DGA To Elect New President Saturday At Convention
The DGA elects a new president tomorrow at its biennial convention in Los Angeles, and there's a good chance the winner will come from the ranks of its three West Coast-residing vice presidents, as have the past four DGA presidents.
If that pattern holds, the next DGA president will be either Betty Thomas, currently the guild's 1st VP; Thomas Schlamme, now the 3rd VP; or Jon Favreau, the 5th VP. The guild actually has four other vice presidents – the national VP and the… Read
‘The Exorcist’: Jason Ensler Joins Fox Drama Series As Executive Producer
Jason Ensler is joining Fox’s horror drama The Exorcist as an executive producer/director for its upcoming second season. In addition to his duties on the show, stemming from him directing two episodes of The Exorcist‘s first season, he also has signed a deal with the studio behind it, 20th Century Fox TV.
The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's bestseller and the classic 1973 movie, scored an Season 2 renewal after a modestly rated but steady freshman run, which… Read
Stephen Colbert Announces Possible White House Run In 2020, On Russian TV
Stephen Colbert is in Russia and, on Friday night, was set to appear on Evening Urgant, a popular late-night show hosted by Ivan Urgant that airs on state-run TV and looks suspiciously like certain late-night shows in the U.S.
In video on the program’s website (you have to wade through a long-ish program trailer first) that appears to be video of Colbert’s appearance – or the best case of Russian Fake News ever – Colbert is seen exchanging pleasantries and face slaps… Read
Steven Williams Joins ‘The Chi’; Alejandro Edda In ‘Cocaine Godmother’
Steven Williams (The Leftovers, Supernatural) is set for a key recurring role in Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a coming-of-age story that follows a half-dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago. Williams will play Quentin, a… Read
‘Downward Dog’ Canceled By ABC After 1 Season, Will Be Shopped To Other Nets
ABC has canceled new comedy series Downward Dog six episodes into its eight-episode first season. Co-creators Samm Hodges and Michael Killen just shared the news via Twitter. In the note to fans (read it below), they stress that the reasons for the cancellation were strictly financial and that they are “committed to finding a new home.”
ABC was faced with making a renewal decision on Downward Dog, from Legendary TV and ABC TV Studios, as the options on the cast were to exp… Read
‘My Dinner With Hervé’: Mireille Enos Among Three Cast In HBO Movie
Mireille Enos (The Catch) is set for a key role opposite Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan in My Dinner With Hervé, Sacha Gervasi’s HBO movie. Also joining the cast are Oona Chaplin (Taboo) and Harriet Walter (The Crown).
Directed and written by Gervasi based on a story he wrote with Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize… Read
Netflix Orders Justin Willman Magic Reality Series
As part of its push into reality programming, Netflix has greenlighted an original magic series created and headlined by magician/comedian Justin Willman.
I hear the streaming network has ordered six half-hour episodes of the untitled project for a 2018 launch. In what is believed to be Netflix's first original foray into the magic space, the comedic docuseries will follow Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of… Read
‘L&O True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Casts Lolita Davidovich, Heather Graham, Elizabeth Reaser & Larry Cedar
NBC is rounding out the cast for its upcoming Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Lolita Davidovich (The Longest Ride), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga) and Larry Cedar (Trial & Error) are the latest to join the limited series from Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer.
The eight-episode first season will focus on the infamous case of Lyle (Miles Gaston Villanueva) and Erik Menendez (Gus Halper), brothers who were convicted in 1996 of… Read
‘Legion’ & ‘Fargo’ Stunt Coordinator Guy Bews On Executing A ‘Revenant’-Like One-Take Sequence In Two Days
Watching the elaborate action sequences in FX’s unorthodox superhero series Legion, there is a texture and a level of complexity which brings one particular film to mind: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2016 Best Picture nominee, The Revenant. This is no coincidence—working on that film, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Inception, and the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes, stunt coordinator Guy Bews has brought a new level of cinematic stunt coordination to… Read
TV Upfront Market, After A Slow Start, Might Be Helped By Stable Economy
The adage about a rising tide lifting all boats seems to be especially relevant to the major television networks as they swing into the homestretch of this year’s upfront ad sales season.
Early indications suggest that ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC collectively will meet or beat analyst expectations to sign deals worth more than $10 billion — up from $9.8 billion last year — for the season that begins this fall.
Nothing’s certain. This year has been a tough sell; the… Read
Comic-Con: FX Bringing ‘Legion,’ ‘Archer’ & ‘The Strain’ Back To San Diego
With Comic-Con 2017 less than a month away, FX said it is heading to the fanfest with San Diego veterans Legion, Archer and The Strain flying the flag for the network.
Having its fourth and final season launch on July 16, I hear that Guillermo del Toro- and Chuck Hogan-created horror series executive produced by Carlton Cuse will be making its SDCC swan song Thursday, July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. This is a shift for The Strain and FX, who has… Read
‘Olive Forever’: Newcomer Emily Rudd Lands Lead In USA Comedic Pilot
Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins.
Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who's mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A… Read