ABC Buys Legal Drama ‘Conviction’ From Mark Gordon Company As Put Pilot
On the heels of the strong premiere of the Mark Gordon Co.-produced new ABC drama Quantico, Gordon has set up a new drama project at ABC. The network has given a put pilot commitment to Conviction, a legal drama from the now-independent Mark Gordon Co., which is backed by Entertainment One.
Conviction is co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who will write the project, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the potential… Read
‘Gotham’ EP On Tonight’s Joker Origin Shocker & Honoring The Batman Legacy
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's episode of Gotham
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that many shows would have saved for a season finale, the Batman backstory series tonight laid some new tracks for the origins of the Caped Crusader's archenemy. Having teased and toyed out the emergence of the Joker since the last half of Gotham's first season, Monday's third episode of the self-titled Rise Of The Villains second season of the Fox drama added a whole new twist… Read
Roger Bart Joins ‘Graves’ On Epix; Tembi Locke In USA Pilot ‘Shooter’
Revenge alum Roger Bart has landed a recurring role opposite Nick Nolte in Epix original series Graves, a single-camera half-hour political satire produced by Lionsgate. In Graves, 20 years after his presidency, former President Richard Graves (Nolte) has the epiphany that his policies have damaged the country for decades. So, along with his young assistant, he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration's wrongs just as his wife, the former First Lady… Read
Harvey Weinstein & BBC Debut ‘War And Peace’ Footage, Talk Future Collaborations – Mipcom
Akin to the previews The Weinstein Company does of its Oscar-caliber movies during the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein held a special buyers-only screening of 20 minutes of footage from its upcoming miniseries War And Peace tonight in Cannes. In attendance for the showing were BBC exec producers Faith Penhale, Bethan Jones and writer/exec producer Andrew Davies.
Stars Lily James, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea were also there to revel in the first time they’d… Read
Does Lionsgate Have Starz In Its Eyes?
Starz shares are up more than 10% and Lionsgate’s are up more than 6.5% in post-market trading today after the Los Angeles Times reported that the companies are in “advanced talks” to merge. The story offers no deal terms for what it describes as a merger. If any talks bear fruit, though, then Lionsgate likely would end up being the buyer. The studio has a market value of $5.7 billion vs Starz’s $3.8 billion. The report says that Lionsgate would run a combined… Read
Nancy Drew Drama Series In Works At CBS
CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, SVP of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer. CBS Television Studios, where Rater & Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… Read
Endemol Shine CEO Defends TV Business: “We Have Never Had It So Good” – Mipcom
In her first major speech since taking over the post of CEO of Endemol Shine Group, Sophie Turner Laing today sounded a defense of the TV business, and offered up considerations for the future of the fast-evolving landscape. In a talk that might have been just as suited for the UK’s prestigious MacTaggart Lecture, the former Sky exec spoke about changing times and the abundance of choice now available to viewers. But, she countered recent debate that there’s too much… Read
Fox Developing Couples Dancing Show As ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Awaits Renewal Decision
Fox has put in development a couples dancing competition show from former The Voice executive producer Stijn Bakkers and American Idol producer FremantleMedia North America. Created/executive produced by Bakkers and Toby Gorman, EVP Alternative at FMNA, the untitled show highlights the lives of real-life couples who, each week, will participate in intensive training, rehearsals and live performances until one couple is crowned the winner. FMNA’s Jennifer Mullin also… Read
MTV’s Nicole Byer Pilot Casts Sophie Von Haselberg, Fahim Anwar & Rachel Hilson
EXCLUSIVE: Sophie von Haselberg, Fahim Anwar and Rachel Hilson have been cast as series regulars opposite Nicole Byer in MTV’s untitled Nicole Byer pilot. They join previously cast Kimrie Lewis-Davis. Byer plays a young adult who is forced to move in with her sister and four kids in the suburbs after causing a fire in her New York City apartment. Aunt Nicole will offer her own brand of advice to her sister's kids while trying to get her life back on track.
Von Haselberg… Read
Samuel Baum Inks 2-Year Deal With HBO
Samuel Baum has signed a two-year exclusive cable writing and producing deal with HBO. The pact comes on the heels of HBO Films greenlighting The Wizard Of Lies, the Bernie Madoff movie starring Robert De Niro on which Baum was a writer. The film about the disgraced financier has been shooting in New York with Barry Levinson directing.
Baum recently co-wrote and executive produced the Amazon pilot Cocked. He previously created and executive produced the Fox drama series Li… Read
‘Casual’ Review: Jason Reitman-Produced Hulu Comedy Is Seriously Good
The disappointments of family and love plus a little heartbreak will always be fertile soil from which to grow comedic possibilities. Hell, we've all been there and see ourselves in the jokes. However, as my video review above says, rarely have the consequences of those seeds seemed both so desperate and so funny as they do in Casual. Debuting on October 7 on Hulu, the series created by Zander Lehmann and executive produced and directed by Jason Reitman flourishes with… Read
Greg Garcia Producing Schoolteacher & Millennial Comedies For NBC & Fox
Greg Garcia has teamed with two more writers who worked on his most recent series, CBS' The Millers — Austen Earl and Chadd Gindin — for new half-hour projects, Letters To Beyonce and The Pack, that have landed at NBC and Fox. They join two comedy projects with The Millers writers Stephnie Weir and Bobby Bowman, which Garcia recently set up at CBS. All four shows hail from CBS TV Studios, where Garcia's company Amigos de Garcia Productions is based, with Garcia executive… Read