‘Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller Faces Jail With New Final Sentencing Date In Fraud Case
EXCLUSIVE: With the feds pushing for Abby Lee Miller to get 2 ½ years behind bars for fraud, the Dance Moms host today learned she will have just under two-weeks more of assured freedom.
Two days after Miller's final sentencing hearing of February 24 was suddenly yanked off the court calendar at the request of the government, a federal judge in Pittsburgh this morning set March 8 as the new date on which the high volume host could learn if her fate is prison or probation… Read
Court Tosses Tatyana Ali Lawsuit Claiming ‘The Real’ Was Her Idea
The Los Angeles Superior Court got real today with former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali, tossing the actress’ claims that Warner Bros and Telepictures pilfered her idea for syndicated daytime talk show The Real.
In dismissing Ali’s lawsuit, the court ruled that the trade secret laws upon which the actress made part of her claim does not protect ideas. Information that would be protected as trade secrets — formulas, methods, techniques and the like — were not… Read
‘For God & Country’ NBC Pilot Casts Hadi Tabbal; Warren Leight-Paul Haggis Pilot Adds 2
Hadi Tabbal (Madam Secretary) is set as a series regular opposite Anne Heche and Mike Vogel in For God And Country, NBC's military drama pilot from writer Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Written by Georgaris and directed by Brad Anderson, For God And Country is described as a heart-pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines… Read
‘Real Life’: Rebecca Rittenhouse To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot From Hilary Winston
Former Blood & Oil star Rebecca Rittenhouse has been cast as the female lead in Real Life, CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot written/executive produced by Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston and executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Written by Winston and directed by Pam Fryman, Real Life chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora (Rittenhouse) and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in… Read
Bloomberg Scrubs White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party As Donald Trump Vows To “Do Something” About Press
Add Bloomberg L.P. to the list of media outlets deciding to opt out of hosting parties at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Vanity Fair, which traditionally co-hosted the party at the French Ambassador’s residence, pulled out earlier this month.
Bloomberg joins a growing list of media outlets who don’t like this year’s dinner optics; The New Yorker said earlier this month it was scrubbing plans to host its party held at a hotel near the White… Read
Matt Czuchry To Star In ‘The Resident’ Fox Medical Drama Pilot
Coming off a seven-season run on The Good Wife, Matt Czuchry has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Bruce Greenwood and Manish Dayal in The Resident, Fox's medical drama pilot written by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Antoine Fuqua.
The Resident centers on Devon Pravesh (Dayal), an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant and cocky senior resident, Conrad… Read
Publicists Guild Awards: ‘This Is Us’, ‘Deadpool’ Among Winners
The publicists branch of the International Cinematographers Guild unveiled winners today during its 54th annual Publicists Awards luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. The teams from NBC’s This Is Us and XXX took home Showmanship honors among seven competitive categories.
The guild also honored Denzel Washington (Motion Picture Showman of the Year), Ryan Murphy (Television Showman of the Year), DreamWorks New Media chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg (Lifetime Achievement Award) and… Read
‘Berlin Station’: Keke Palmer Joins Epix Drama Series For Season 2
Keke Palmer (Grease Live, Scream Queens) is set as a series regular on the second season of Epix’s drama series Berlin Station.
Created by Olen Steinhauer, the contemporary spy drama takes a look at the activity of a CIA office on a global stage in the midst of an investigation into a now-famous whistleblower. The series follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), a new arrival at Berlin's CIA station who is on a clandestine mission to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw… Read
Encore: Oscar Producers Mike De Luca & Jennifer Todd Ponder Trump, Hopes & Anxieties Going Into Hollywood’s Big Night
Editors Note: This story originally ran on February 15, 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: The long relationship between Academy Awards producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd goes back to his storied tenure as New Line’s wunderkind bad-boy production president, when she produced the first of three Austin Powers films. De Luca is now the Oscar-nominated producer of the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, Moneyball and The Social Network. He’s forever shortlisted for every big studio… Read
ABC’s Marc Cherry Pilot Casts Male Lead, Adds W. Earl Brown
Saamer Usmani has landed the male lead opposite Reba McEntire in ABC's Marc Cherry drama pilot, from ABC Studios. Also cast as a series regular in the pilot is veteran actor W. Earl Brown (Deadwood).
Written by Cherry and directed by Michael Offer, the untitled project stars McEntire as Ruby Adair, the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red-state outlook challenged when Tag Fayad (Usmani), a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent, is sent to help… Read
‘This Is Us’, ‘Thirtysomething’ 30-Year Reunion, ‘The Comeback’ & More Add To ATX Television Festival Slate
NBC’s This Is Us is coming to Austin, Texas as cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and creator Dan Fogelman will be at the ATX Television Festival this summer for a panel on the hit breakout series.
Joining them will be NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and EP Ken Olin.
There’s also a 30-year reunion of ABC’s thirtysomething with cast members Ken Olin, Patricia Wettig, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron, Timothy Busfield, and David Clennon. Many of them helmed… Read
‘Searchers’: Alex McGregor Cast As Female Lead In Berlanti Prods. CW Pilot
Alex McGregor (Of Kings and Prophets) has been cast as the female lead opposite Zane Holtz is in the CW drama pilot Searchers, from Berlanti Prods. and WBTV.
Written by Jason Rothenberg and directed by Dean White, Searchers is about a group of unlikely heroes who find themselves on the journey of a lifetime. Ten years after the deaths of their parents, Cooper (Holtz) and his free-spirited sister Fable (McGregor) are forced to team up when they learn that their mother's… Read