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R.I.P. James Shigeta

By | Monday July 28, 2014 @ 7:29pm PDT

R.I.P. James ShigetaThe actor whose 50-year career included a star turn in Flower Drum Song and a memorable roles in Die Hard and Midway, died today in Los Angeles. James Shigeta was 81. The Hawaii native had scores of film and TV credits from the late 1950s into the 2000s. In 1960, he shared a Best Male Newcomer Golden Globe Award with George Hamilton, Troy Donahue and Barry Coe after making his screen debut as a detective in The Crimson Kimono. Notable film roles followed in such early 1960s films as Walk Like A Dragon with Jack Lord, with whom he’d reteam years later for an early episode of Hawaii Five-O; Cry For Happy opposite Glenn Ford and Donald O’Connor; and Bridge To The Sun with Carroll Baker. He then starred in the 1961 film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, which scored five Oscar nominations.

James Shigeta MidwayShigeta had more film roles later in the decade, but his career focused more on the small screen. He appeared on such dramas as Ben Casey, Perry Mason and I Spy and later recurred on Medical Center. Shigeta piled up the TV credits throughout the 1970s — Kung Fu, Ironside, Mission: Impossible, Emergency! — before playing Japanese Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo in Midway (1976). The sprawling World War II epic, the second film to screen in seat-rattling Sensurround in theaters, starred such Hollywood heavyweights as Ford, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson and Toshiro Mifune. Read More »

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Shannen Doherty & Holly Marie Combs Go ‘Off The Map’ On Great American Country

Shannen Doherty & Holly Marie Combs Go ‘Off The Map’ On Great American CountryEXCLUSIVE: Charmed alums Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210) and Holly Marie Combs (Pretty Little Liars) are hitting the road in Great American Country’s Off The Map With Shannen & Holly. It follows the former Charmed co-stars and real-life friends on a girls’ road trip through the southeastern U.S., with stops in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. They will travel unknown roads, meet locals and tackle exciting adventures with help from Great American Country viewers. Visitors to GACTV.com can vote on the activities the pair will take on at each destination, with new questions rolling live as filming continues in July and August. The original six-episode series is slated to premiere in 2015.

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Disney Channel Renews ‘I Didn’t Do It’ For Season 2

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 10:15am PDT

Disney Channel Renews ‘I Didn’t Do It’ For Season 2Disney Channel has ordered a second season of its comedy series starring Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It), Austin North, Piper Curda, Peyton Clark, and Sarah Gilman. I Didn’t Do It revolves around the close-knit group of teens in the midst of a wild occurrence – something so absurd that it has them trying to explain away the craziness. Through flashbacks they recount the various and sometimes random moments leading up to their predicament. Since premiering in January, I Didn’t Do It has tied as Disney Channel’s No. 1 series among tweens 9-14. Series was created by Tod Himmel (90210) and Josh Silverstein (So Random!) and is produced by It’s a Laugh Productions.

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E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu App

E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu AppDeborah Schoeneman and Offspring Entertainment have sold a pitch to E! through Warner Horizon Television, about a young woman who has created a wildly successful (and controversial) app to rate/review men. Offline, the woman is struggling to find love. The idea for the one-hour drama was inspired by Schoeneman’s New York Times article,  “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” which tells the story about the social networking app, which has over 1 billion profile views of men –  and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz. Schoeneman would executive produce — with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot via their Offspring Entertainment. Chong is a consulting producer on the project.
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Jane Fonda To Keynote 2014 UCLA Commencement Ceremony

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 4:14pm PDT

Jane Fonda UCLATwo-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda will deliver this year’s commencement speech to UCLA‘s School of Theater, Film and Television grads on Friday, June 13. Fonda made her screen debut in 1960′s Tall Story and went on to star in over 40 films including comedy classics Cat Ballou and 9 to 5. Dramas They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Julia, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After nabbed her Academy Award nominations, while her turns in Klute and Coming Home won her the Oscar.

The actress, producer, author, and fitness icon recently boarded Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, which reunites her with Michael Caine. She’ll share words of wisdom with UCLA’s class of 2014 along with this year’s Distinguished Alumnus honoree Darren Star, who dramatized LA’s elite teen set with Beverly Hills, 90210 and brought the soapy shenanigans of the city’s twentysomethings to life in Melrose Place. Read More »

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CW 2014 Fall Schedule: Few Changes, ‘The Flash’ Paired With ‘Supernatural’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

cwlogo__130516122259 (1)The CW, coming off its most watched season in 3 years, is heading into the fall with a very conservative fall schedule, keeping three of five nights intact and introducing only two new series, The Flash and Jane The Virgin, with two new and two returning dramas held for midseason. Here is the schedule, followed by analysis and description of the CW’s new series.

CW FALL 2014-2015 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; NN=New Night; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – The Originals (NN)
9-10 PM – JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – THE FLASH
9-10 PM – Supernatural

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Arrow
9-10 PM – The 100

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – The Vampire Diaries
9-10 PM – Reign

FRIDAY
8-8:30 PM – Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30-9 PM – Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Encore Episode)
9-10 PM – America’s Next Top Model

Related: CW To Develop ‘Supernatural’ Spinoff For Next Season

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Fox 2014 Schedule: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘Mulaney’ Join Sunday Animated Block, ‘Glee’ Held For Midseason

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox Fall Schedule 2014Animation domination no more. Fox is abandoning its all-animated Sunday comedy block and reverting to a mix of live-action and animated comedies on the night, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and newbie Mulaney joining The Simpsons and Family Guy. Meanwhile, for the first time since its launch, Glee is not on in the fall schedule for its final season. Here is Fox’s fall schedule, followed by analysis and description of the network’s new series.

FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
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2014-15 Fox Schedule

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

2014-15 Fox Schedule
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8-9 PM – GOTHAM
9-10 PM – Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY
8-9 PM – UTOPIA
9-9:30 PM – New Girl
9:30-10 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY
8-9 PM – Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 PM – RED BAND SOCIETY

THURSDAY
8-9 PM – Bones
9-10 PM – GRACEPOINT

FRIDAY
8-9 PM – Masterchef Junior
9-10 PM – UTOPIA

SATURDAY
7-10:30 PM – Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7-7:30 PM – NFL Game
7-8 PM – Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 PM – The Simpsons
8:30-9 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9-9:30 PM – Family Guy
9:30-10 PM – MULANEY

Related: Fox New Series First Looks: Video

2014-2015 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

New Dramas – Fall

GOTHAM – Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop’s rise … Read More »

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E! Signs EJ Johnson To Overall Deal, Includes Second Season of ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 2:07pm PDT

EJ JohnsonEJ Johnson has signed a new overall deal with E! to return to the network’s series #RichKids Of Beverly Hills for its second season. The series documents the lives of social-media-savvy socialites in the 90210,NBCUniversal Logos including billionaire offspring Dorothy Wang and lifestyle blogger Morgan Stewart; EJ, who was a secondary cast member in the first season, is expected to play a larger role in Season 2. Johnson, son of Magic and Cookie Johnson, also will make appearances on a variety of the network’s programs to showcase his fashion expertise; he has appeared on E! series and specials in that capacity, including Fashion Police, E! News and as a special correspondent during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February. As part of the deal, E! will collaborate with Johnson to develop new projects.

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Gwen Stefani In Talks To Take Christina Aguilera’s Chair On NBC’s ‘The Voice’

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 7:50pm PDT

Gwen StefaniNBC will have two “new” judges for The Voice in the fall as Gwen Stefani is in talks to replace the pregnant Christina Aguilera as a coach for Cycle 7, which starts taping in June. According to informed sources, Stefani also had been in talks for a judge position on ABC’s Rising Star, the interactive singing competition that’s set to premiere June 22. And she has experience on these kinds of shows, having mentored on Fox’s American Idol. The No Doubt singer and fashion icon might have given fans at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival TheVoice__121109194015-200x112__130425000858__130502160756__130516211150something of a Voice fall preview last week when she joined Pharrell Williams onstage for a take on her 2005 solo hit “Hollaback Girl.” NBC announced last month that Williams will join The Voice next season, replacing CeeLo Green, who had announced his departure in February.

Related: Chris Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ As Show Makes A Format Change
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ABC Family Orders 3 Drama Pilots, Renews Comedy Series ‘Baby Daddy’ For Season 4

By | Monday March 17, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

abcfamily1UPDATED: In one of ABC Family‘s first major greenlight/renewal decisions under new president Tom Ascheim, the network has picked up three drama pilots: Alice In Arabia, about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them; Recovery Road, based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a teenage girl dealing with addiction; and Unstrung, about a brother-sister duo of tennis players. Additionally, the network has ordered a fourth season of comedy Baby Daddy and announced today a fourth-season renewal of fellow comedy Melissa & Joey, though that 20-episode pickup was originally unveiled in May.

Related: 2014 ABC Family Pilots

Alice In Arabia comes from a novice TV writer, Brooke Eikmeier, brookewho wrote the script while serving as cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language to the US Army stationed at Fort Carson, CO, where she supported NSA missions in the Middle East. ABC Family also has bought a second script from Eikmeier, who left service in September with a rank E-4 Specialist. It is about female cultural specialists embedded with Special Forces teams to help them navigate cultural issues with the local population. “These three powerful new dramas are a great fit with ABC Family’s brand of original programming,” said Ascheim. Added Kate Juergens, Chief Creative Officer and EVP Original Content at ABC Family. “Innovative and authentic is the promise we make to our audience. These new projects deliver on that promise with emotional and entertaining storylines, intriguing, multi-faceted characters and complex relationships.” Last season ABC Family also ordered three drama pilots, The Fosters, Twisted and Chasing Live, all of which went to series. Here are detailed descriptions and credits for ABC Family’s newly picked up drama pilots: Read More »

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Christopher McDonald, Trevor Donovan Join History’s Texas Rangers Mini; S. Epatha Merkerson In NBC’s ‘Babylon Fields’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 5:36pm PDT

trevordonovanChristopher McDonaldchrismcdonald1 (Requiem For A Dream) and Trevor Donovan (90210) have joined the killer cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé will direct. McDonald, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, will play Henry Karnes, a grizzled, tough taskmaster of the ranging company. Donovan, with APA and Michael Yanni Management, will play Kit Acklin, a handsome, wise-ass, expert horseman whose chivalry and equestrian skills are matched only by his gun-fighting prowess. Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot round out the all-star cast.
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Ben Koldyke To Co-Star In NBC Series ‘Mr. Robinson’, Manish Dayal In CW’s ‘Identity’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 4:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

klondykeBen Koldyke, coming off ABC’s freshman comedy Back In the Game, has joined NBC’s recently picked-up six-episode comedy series Mr. Robinson in a new co-starring role opposite Craig Robinson. The addition of Koldyke’s character is part of the changes to the single-camera project, which is being reworked by its new creative team, led by executive producers/showrunners Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen. Mr. Robinson stars Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. Koldyke, repped by Gersh Agency and manager Brian Medavoy, plays a gym teacher at the school. Koldyke’s series credits also include HBO’s Big Love and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother.

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Riley Smith Joins HBO’s ‘True Blood’

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 12:24pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Riley SmithEXCLUSIVE: True Blood is adding a new vampire for its seventh and final season. Riley Smith (90210) is set for a major recurring role. He will play Keith, a sexy, rock ‘n’ roll vampire with a romantic side. A drummer in James’ (Nathan Parson) band, he becomes smitten with Arlene (Carrie Preston) on first sight. Smith, repped by Gersh and Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta, is a regular in Lifetime’s original movie/backdoor pilot Deliverance Creek from Nicholas Sparks Productions. The film has no airdate yet but is expected to premiere later this year, with the project still in series contention as backdoor pilot.

Related: Luke Grimes Exits HBO’s ‘True Blood’; Role Will Be Recast

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Charlie Weber Cast In ‘How To Get Away’; ‘The Flash’ Gets Mother

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 8:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

weberCharlie Weber (90210) has been cast in ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder. The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. Weber, repped by Resolution, Vanguard Management and Gregory Slewet, plays an associate of the professor.

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harrisonMichelle Harrison (the CW’s Emily Owens, MD) has been added to the cast the CW/WBTV/DC pilot The Flash, about scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who becomes the Fastest Man Alive. She will play the guest starring/recurring role of Barry’s mother, Nora Allen. Repped by Russ Mortensen at Pacific Artists Management.

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Rick Cosnett & Danielle Panabaker To Co-Star In CW Pilot ‘The Flash’

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 5:29pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Danielle Panabaker Flash CWRick Gosnett Flash CWEXCLUSIVE: The Vampire DiariesRick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker (Shark) are set to co-star opposite Grant Gustin and Jesse L. Martin in the CW pilot The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen aka The Flash (Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who FLASH_Arrow w copyarrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Cosnett plays star Detective Eddie Thawne, a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret. Panabaker plays Caitlin Snow, a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. Originally envisioned as a backdoor pilot episode of Arrow, Flash will now film a regular pilot directed by David Nutter, a move clearly geared toward a series pickup.

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ABC Family Picks Up Comedy Pilots Starring Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth & Emily Osment To Series

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 12:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

This marks the reunion and return to primetime for former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Tori Spelling & TORI SPELLING, JENNIE GARTHJennie Garth and the first pickup decision for new ABC Family president Tom Ascheim. The network has given series orders to two of its three comedy pilots: Mystery Girls, starring and executive produced by Spelling and Garth, and Young & Hungry, starring Emily Osment and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. Production on both comedies will begin early this year for a premiere later in 2014.  “It’s great to start the new year and my tenure at ABC Family with the pickup of these two funny original series,” Ascheim said. ABC Family’s third comedy pilot, Work Mom, remains in contention. Mystery Girls and Young & Hungry join ABC Family’s established comedy series Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. “Viewers are excited abcfamily__131126001110to see Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth back on television together again, and will fall in love with Young & Hungry star Emily Osment in these comedies that bring us fun, new characters with which to laugh out loud,” said ABC Family’s Chief Creative Officer Kate Juergens. This is a big year for ABC Family comedy pilots as last cycle none of the network’s half-hour hopefuls went to series.

Related: ABC Family Sets January Premiere Date For ‘Melissa & Joey’ And ‘Baby Daddy’

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Erin Foster & Sara Foster Topline Unscripted VH1 Presentation Skewering Reality Genre

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

erinfostersarafosterVH1 has commissioned a presentation for a comedy reality series created, executive produced by and starring actresses Erin Foster and Sara Foster, daughters of David Foster. The show explores the hypocrisy of reality TV by centering around two sisters (Erin & Sara Foster) who say they would never do a reality show, but are being filmed by a camera crew. 3 Arts Entertainment and Good Clean Fun are producing, with 3 Arts’s Oly Obst, Kimberly Carver and Josh Lieberman executive producing alongside Good Clean Fun’s Jason Carbone. Last year, Erin, repped by 3 Arts and CAA, was a writer on NBC’s The New Normal. Sara, managed by Luber Roklin, co-starred on the CW’s 90210.

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Malcolm McDowell To Star In ‘Mozart In The Jungle’; Brianne Howey Joins ‘Twisted’

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 7:22am PST

mcdowellMalcolm McDowell (Franklin & Bash) is set to co-star opposite Gael García Bernal in Amazon’s comedy pilot Mozart In The Jungle, directed by Paul Weitz. Based on the memoir by Blair Tindal, the project, written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, is all about sex, drugs and classical music and shows that what happens behind the curtains at the symphony can be just as captivating as what happens onstage. McDowell plays Thomas, a seasoned conductor being forced into retirement by the arrival of hotshot new conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Also cast in the pilot are Lola Kirke (Reaching For The Moon) as the impressionable oboist Hailey, Bernadette Peters (Smash) as Gloria, the Chairwoman of the Board of the symphony, Saffron Burrows (Law And Order: CI) as Cynthia, a cellist in the middle of an affair with Thomas, Peter Vack (CBGB) as Joshua, a talented dancer out of Juilliard who becomes Hailey’s love interest, and Hannah Dunne (This Is It) as Lizzie, Hailey’s friend and roommate.

BrianBrianne-Howey squarene Howey has landed a recurring role on ABC Family’s teen drama Twisted. She will play Whitney, a free spirit who is full of life and takes chances. She comes to Green Grove to live with her father (Ivan Sergei) for a fresh start. Howey’s TV credits include Revenge, The Middle, NCIS and 90210. She is repped by Untitled Entertainment.

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