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Comedy Central Renews ‘Drunk History’ & ‘Nathan For You’ For Third Season

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 2:45pm PDT
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Comedy Central Renews ‘Drunk History’ & ‘Nathan For You’ For Third SeasonComedy Central has given third-season orders to Tuesday night series Drunk History and Nathan For You four episodes into their sophomore runs. The new seasons will air in 2015. The announcement was made the day Kent Alterman, the network’s President of Original Programming, is presenting Nathan For You star Nathan Fielder with Just For Laugh’s Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award in Montreal.

Related: Comedy Central Gives Series Orders To Pair Of Shows, Renews 3

600x400_drunkhistory3Created for television by series host Derek Waters and director Jeremy Konner, Drunk History pairs inebriated storytellers up with well known talent as they reenact great moments in history. Guest stars in Season 2 include Jack Black, Courteney Cox, David Cross, Charlie Day, Laura Dern, Emily Deschanel, Nathan Fielder, Johnny Knoxville, Nick Kroll, John Lithgow, Jordan Peele, Stephen Merchant, Patton Oswalt, Busy Philips, Jason Ritter and Winona Ryder. Through four episodes, second season ratings for are up +26% among Adults 18-49 vs. season one and +17% among total viewers. In its Tuesday 10 PM timeslot, Drunk History is the #1 original series in all of television with Men 18-34 and #1 in cable with Men 18-49. Waters, Konner and Gary Sanchez Prods’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke exec produce.

Related: Comedy Central Ups Jim Sharp To EVP

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Dips In Finale, Fox Wins Night With MLB All-Star Game, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Drops

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Dips In Finale, Fox Wins Night With MLB All-Star Game, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ DropsYes, we are already that far into the summer that seasonal shows are having their finales. Last night it was NBC freshman drama The Night Shift (1.2/4) taking its turn. Having debuted on May 27 and renewed fairly quickly for a second season on July 1, the medical show dipped 8% last night among adults 18-49 compared with its July 8 episode. With battle memories and scars, the finale was down 25% from the 1.6 its premiere drew in late May. Night Shift’s lead-in was an America’s Got Talent (2.0/7) audition recap special. The two-hour show was down 23% from the last original AGT on Tuesdays, which got a 2.6.

85th MLB All Star GameOf course, the really big game of the night was the baseball’s All Star-Game (3.0/10) on Fox. Final numbers will come from Fox Sports later today, but in preliminary ratings, last night’s victory by the American League over the National League at Target Field in Minneapolis was a bit of a repeat of last year. The game itself was up 3% from the July 16, 2013 match-up. This being live sports, expect the numbers to be adjusted later today. Last year’s game ended up averaging a 6.9/12 in the final numbers. Needless to say, even with the preliminary ratings, Fox won the night in the demo and among total viewers with 10,95 million.

Batting up against the All-Star Game, ABC had a full primetime of originals with Extreme Weight Loss (0.9/3) and Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3). … Read More »

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Kristen Connolly Joins ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ In Recasting

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 12:00pm PDT

Kristen Connolly Joins ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ In RecastingKristen Connolly (House Of Cards) has landed a series regular role on ABC thriller The Whispers. In a recasting, Connolly will play Lena Lawrence in the series from ABC Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. The Whispers focuses on an an unseen force that is manipulating society’s most innocent – our children – to act in favor of its cause. As the kids unwittingly help this unknown enemy, the clock counts down in a suspenseful race to save humanity. Connolly replaces Brianna Brown, who played the role in the pilot but exited the midseason drama in June. Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Kylie Rogers and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf also star. Connolly is repped by Alisa Adler, Erin Castellanos and April LaValley at Paradigm and Michael Lazo at Untitled Entertainment.

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New Low

Nellie Andreeva

EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New LowIn the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, a lot of attention was focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama series, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after calling it a drama for the Golden Globes.

The moves worked fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a very strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for, including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.

Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination. Read More »

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EMMYS: British Continue To Invade Acting Categories

EMMYS: British Continue To Invade Acting CategoriesCor blimey, the British aren’t coming — they’re here to stay. Including Ricky Gervais’ surprise Emmy nomination as Lead Actor in a Comedy series for Derek this morning, there are 15 nods for Brits in the acting races this year. If we add voice-overs, Jeremy Irons and Daniel Craig would make it 17 performance nods. Last year, there were 14 total.

British actors have been plying their trade in U.S. series for ages, but this crop boasts a lot of British-based (or instigated) productions and co-productions rather than U.S. shows à la Homeland. The UK TV tax credit has encouraged British broadcasters to strive for increasingly ambitious productions.

dancing on the edgeAlong with Gervais, whose Derek was originally commissioned for Channel 4 before being picked up by Netflix, there’s a big group from perennial Downton Abbey, a co-pro of Carnival Films and Masterpiece; a first Emmy nod for Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in BBC miniseries Dancing On The Edge, which Starz airs Stateside; Idris Elba in Luther, another BBC show that goes out on BBC America; and Helena Bonham Carter playing the British-American Elizabeth Taylor in BBC and BBC America co-pro Burton & Taylor. And, of course, Sherlock is back this year. Benedict Cumberbatch scored a Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie spot … Read More »

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EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter Reactions

By and | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 10:36am PDT

EMMYS: Ricky Gervais “Nearly Cried” & Other Noms Twitter ReactionsThe Derek star may have almost had waterworks but he was far from the only one getting emotional online after the TV Academy announced the list of nominees announced for this year’s Emmy Awards. Check out some of the best tweets we saw this morning. Do you have any more good ones we can add in?

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Network

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By NetworkOnce again, HBO led all networks in Emmy nominations this year, and it wasn’t even close. Here’s a look at HBO’s noms haul in the past decade, followed by a breakdown in who got what this year.

Emmy Nominations HBO Chart 2004 to 2014

 

NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK

HBO – 99
CBS – 47
NBC – 46
FX Networks – 45
ABC – 37
PBS – 34
Netflix – 31
FOX– 30
AMC – 26
Showtime – 24
Comedy Central – 21
FOX– 30
Lifetime – 17
National Geographic Channel – 15
Starz – 11
Discovery Channel – 10 Read More »

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EMMYS: Overall Nominations By Show

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:07am PDT

EMMYS: Overall Nominations By ShowGame of Thrones led the Emmy nominations race, but not by much, ahead of Fargo, American Horror Story‘s latest, Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart. Below we have charts with all the shows, organized by most nominations and by name. We also have a show-by-show index of what each show was nominated for. Read More »

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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger Read More »

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Well Go USA Acquires Danny Glover Hostage Thriller ‘Supremacy’

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 5:00pm PDT

Well Go USA Acquires Danny Glover Hostage Thriller ‘Supremacy’Joe Anderson (Across the Universe) and Danny Glover star in Supremacy, a racially charged psychological thriller that Well Go USA has acquired with an eye toward an awards-season run. Pic is directed by Deon Taylor from Eric J. Adams’s script in a departure from his most recent feature, the 2009 horror Chain Letter. Supremacy follows a high-ranking white supremacist (Anderson) who murders a cop and hides out with his accomplice by taking a black family hostage. Glover plays the patriarch of the house, an ex-con who must rely on his wits and understanding of the racist mind to keep his family safe. Well Go is plotting a limited theatrical run in the fall. Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Ricky Gervais On Netflix Underdog ‘Derek’: “I Don’t Care About The People Who Don’t ‘Get’ It”

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 3:50pm PDT

EMMYS Q&A: Ricky Gervais On Netflix Underdog ‘Derek’: “I Don’t Care About The People Who Don’t ‘Get’ It”Ricky Gervais nabbed an acting Emmy for Extras and won another for producing the long-running comedy series The Office. Now he’s hoping to catch voters’ eyes and hearts with Derek, the nuanced and bittersweet series that stars Gervais as a naive caretaker in nursing home whose optimism buoys the spirits of the elderly residents and fellow workers around him. Or not. The melancholic dramedy falls outside the comedian’s more mainstream hits and has drawn mixed reviews, although Gervais says it’s the selective viewer and not a broad audience that he was hoping to capture with Derek. The show’s second season is vying in the Comedy category after debuting on Netflix in May (Season 1 was ineligible for Emmys consideration last year). As Gervais tells Deadline, this will likely be the last full season viewers see of Derek Noakes, who may appear in his own special once Gervais’ Office alter ego David Brent gets his own spin-off film.

DEADLINE: The second season of Derek is competing in the Comedy category, but it’s really more bittersweet and deeply emotional than most comedies.
RICKY GERVAIS: Well, it’s nice to try and evoke any emotion. I’ve never thought comedy just had to be knee-jerk laughs every 30 seconds, you know? But I think that’s probably why it’s slightly different than most sitcoms – it’s slightly more sincere. I think comedy, in general, is a much more intellectual pursuit as opposed to an emotional one and possibly drama is probably more emotional. But they’re all branches of the same tree. It’s a workout for your emotions. That’s what fiction is: it’s role-play for the soul.

DerekDEADLINE: The idea that shows or content or art has to be one or the other, comedy or drama, is rather reductive and only comes up during awards season, doesn’t it?
GERVAIS: Yes, it does. “What category is it in?” and that. But some people need to pigeonhole so they can sit down and enjoy it. It’s very strange. And it’s funny. I’ve had it with everything I’ve ever done. People decide what it is and then they complain that it’s not what they said it would be. It’s the same with when people try to retell a joke. They say the joke that I told, totally different, and then they say, “Isn’t that horrendous?” And I want to say, “Yes, that is horrendous. That’s not the joke I told. You at least have to say the joke I told to criticize me for it. You at least have to get every single word and comma and pacing and nuance before you can criticize it. Because in a joke, everything matters. It’s a piece of poetry, a good joke, and everything counts. So you can’t miss out a bit. You just can’t. You’re not allowed.” Read More »

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Alicia Vikander Landing Leads In ‘Light Between Oceans’ And ‘Danish Girl’

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 10:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

Alicia Vikander Landing Leads In ‘Light Between Oceans’ And ‘Danish Girl’EXCLUSIVE: Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is getting two roles that all the brightest young actresses have been trying for. She is closing a deal to star with Michael Fassbender in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel The Light Between Oceans for DreamWorks. At the same time, I hear that she is the choice of The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to star opposite his Les Miserables guy Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl for Working Title. Her reps are right now working out the details so that Vikander can go from one film right into the other starting in the fall.

AliciaVikanderVikander is the latest thesp in a wave of Scandinavian talent to break on these shores. Raised in Stockholm, Vikander began as a dancer before turning to acting. She’s gorgeous, but she is no overnight discovery; she has earned her way to this place. Her breakout roles were the Foreign Language Oscar-nominated Nikolaj Arcel-directed A Royal Affair, and co-starring in Anna Karenina, another Working Title production. Upcoming, Vikander stars opposite Ewan McGregor in Son Of A Gun, and is currently starring alongside Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz in the Justin Chadwick-directed 17th century love story Tulip Fever. She also stars in Testament Of Youth for BBC Films, which just wrapped, and opposite Oscar Isaac in the Alex Garland-directed Ex Machina and in the studio films The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Seventh Son. Read More »

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SHOCKER: Nielsen/NRG Parts Ways With President And Industry Guru Derek McLay

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 10:18am PDT

SHOCKER: Nielsen/NRG Parts Ways With President And Industry Guru Derek McLayEXCLUSIVE: Nielsen/NRG has ousted one of its top executives, sending shockwaves across  studios, talent agencies and filmmakers who looked to him for guidance and has prompted several calls into the company to voice their dismay over the decision. Nielsen/NRG president Derek McLay, who joined the company in 2009, was the behind-the-scenes guru for many high-ranking executives around town, well-liked and knowledgeable and, by all accounts, a straight-shooter unafraid to tell it like it is. McLay was the liaison between the company and all the major studios, providing the those in the industry with insight into the all-important area of research and tracking.

tn44748_57_Jobs_DWC_20130813_157According to sources, McLay was called into the office Monday night and told his services would no longer be needed. Nielsen/NRG is one of the preeminent research firms for the entertainment industry.

In my 30 years of reporting, I seriously have not seen an outpouring of support like this (both on and off the record) for any executive after a firing. Clearly the guy had strong relationships and also, quite apparently, a dedication to his clients. Don’t take my word for it, just look:

“Derek McLay is the heart and soul of NRG and I’m crushed,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., whose company relied on him for guidance and research expertise on a number of pictures including Oscar nominees Silver Linings Playbook, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Django Unchained to mention a few. Added TWC COO David Glasser, “It’s one thing to get information, it’s another thing to interpret it and have the personal relationships to communicate those results to the studio and the filmmakers in a way that we can not only understand it but use it to help shepherd our films.”

Filmmaker David O. Russell, said through his rep that he was surprised, noting that he “enjoyed working with McLay, and always found Derek extremely helpful.” (Russell is well-known to be a big believer in the research process and uses that information to help shape his films and the their marketing).

Those who have worked with him said McLay made sense of the research and translated the numbers to the executives and what mattered is that he truly understands marketing and distribution, having previously worked at MGM in distribution. Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate, said “Derek is an excellent executive and a great help in all of our processes and hope he’s back at it soon so we can again take advantage of his talent.” Friedman, himself, is a marketing expert with many years under his belt and has an astute understanding of the importance of research to the overall picture. Read More »

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Battle of The Sexes Rages On New York Stages

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT
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Summer In NY

Pulitzer winner Ayad Akhtar's latest 'The How & The Why' at the Lincoln Center Theater and Shakespeare In The Park's 'Much Ado About Nothing' prove there's plenty to see even if the Broadway season has ended. Deadline's Jeremy Gerard reports.

Sun-drenched Messina or Sun Belt capital Atlanta — take your pick: The battle of the sexes rages as New York’s summer season gets underway, courtesy of the Bard, in Italy, and last year’s prodigiously talented Pulitzer winner, Ayad Akhtar, in the second.

Much Ado About Nothing Public Theater/Delacorte TheaterShakespeare in The Park, the continuing gift of the Public Theater to people either willing to wait hours on line or shell out tax-deductible dollars to the House That Joe Papp Built, launches with director Jack O’Brien’s visually sumptuous and often rollicking  – and unabashedly American — staging of Much Ado About Nothing. I use the words visually stunning even in the knowledge that Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film set the bar very very high on that account. But rare is the Shakespeare comedy that isn’t enhanced by the bosky Central Park setting of the Delacorte Theatre, with the Belvedere Castle looming in the near distance, and design legend John Lee Beatty has provided an ochre-suffused villa and square as inviting as you would expect. You may find yourself sorely tempted to order an espresso and pull up a chair.

Much Ado About NothingPublic Theater/Delacorte TheaterThis is the one about Beatrice and Benedick, those viper-tongued combatants who doth protest too much, and the machinations set in play by Bea’s younger, prettier cousin Hero and her champing-at-the-bit lover Claudio,  to facilitate their own nuptials by getting the squallers together. … Read More »

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EMMYS: Production Designers Bring 1920s & ’30s Eras Alive For Period Dramas

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 4:47pm PDT

Awardsline logo_use this oneThe period surrounding World War I, Prohibition and the Great Depression has been skillfully and realistically reflected in such shows as PBS’ Downton Abbey, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Lifetime’s Bonnie & Clyde. While each program’s storyline illustrates how world events shaped the 'Boardwalk Empire'lives of their characters, the physical surroundings—rendered in minute detail—really drive the narrative home. Such is the work of a production designer. The old Hindu saying, “The world is like the impression left by the telling of a story,” is analogous to the role of his craft, says production designer Bill Groom, who has won two Emmys for his work on HBO’s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire. “As designers, we leave the evidence behind of a person’s life, and we do it in advance—it’s captured in film and then told back to the audience. We create rooms where a person sometimes has lived for 40 years,” he says. Read More »

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‘Treme’s Eric Overmyer, Bo Derek Board Political Drama Series ‘Capitol Crimes’ Adapted From Warren Adler Novels

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 5:33pm PDT

americanquartet-capitolcrimesEric Overmyer Capitol Crimes EXCLUSIVE: Eric Overmyer (Treme, Boardwalk Empire) has come aboard as showrunner on the scripted series Capitol Crimes, currently in development by Mark Sennet Entertainment Inc. and Grey Eagle Films. The politically charged project is adapted from the seven-novel Fiona FitzGerald Mystery series by author Warren Adler (The War Of The Roses, Random Hearts), about a female homicide detective and senator’s daughter who penetrates the most prestigious D.C. circles solving high-profile murders. Mark Sennet, Brian Gary, Adler’s son Jonathan Robert Adler and Stephen Greenwald are executive producers on the series, which has also added Bo Derek and Craig Sheftell as co-exec producers.

bo-derekLike the series’ protagonist, 10 actress Derek has extensive experience in D.C.’s social and political scene. She came aboard as co-EP after meeting with Adler and Sennett. “I’ve spent so much time in Washington D.C., and I was on the board of The Kennedy Center,” she explained to Deadline. “I love this city and obviously that will play a part [in the production]. I’ve been a big fan of Warren Adler’s writing since War Of The Roses, and the idea of a female homicide detective in the power center of the world makes for good storytelling,” she said. Talks with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe already have put the commonwealth at the top of producers’ lists as a potential filming location to stand in for D.C. Derek also might take a role on the series. Read More »

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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And CableTV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Saturday May 24, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

TV setHere’s a rundown of shows that will hit the airwaves (and Netflix) for the first time between now and the start of the 2014-15 TV season, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus. We will update when new dates are announced:

May 26:
American Ninja Warrior (NBC, Season 6 premiere)
MasterChef (Fox, Season 5 premiere)
BBQ Pit Wars (Destination America, new series sneak peek; time slot premiere May 31)
Rock My RV With Bret Michaels (Travel, series premiere)

May 27:
America’s Got Talent (NBC, Season 9 premiere)
The Night Shift (NBC, series premiere)
Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, Season 4 premiere)
The Wil Wheaton Project (Syfy, series premiere)
Heroes Of Cosplay (Syfy, Season 1B premiere)
Alien Encounters (Science, Season 3 premiere)
Boundless (Esquire, Season 2 premiere)
The Haves And The Have Nots (OWN, Season 2B premiere)
Little Women: LA (Lifetime, series premiere)

May 28
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox, Season 11 premiere)
Rogue (Audience [DirecTV], Season 2 premiere)

May 29:
Our America With Lisa Ling (OWN, Season 5 premiere)
Undateable (NBC, series premiere; back-to-back episodes)
The Sixties (CNN, limited series premiere)

May 30:
Crossbones (NBC, series premiere)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (WE tv, series premiere)
Mystery Millionaire (WE tv, series premiere)
No Limits (Animal Planet, series premiere)
Derek (Netflix, Season 2 premiere)

May 31:
Bet On Your Baby (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
Sing Your Face Off (ABC, series premiere)

June 1:
Halt & Catch Fire (AMC, series premiere)
Enlisted (Fox, unaired episodes premiere)
Food Network Star (Food Network, Season 10 premiere)
Mountain Men (History, Season 3 premiere)
Return To Amish (TLC, series premiere)
Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery, series premiere)
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Cannes: ‘Sea Of Trees’ Financier Makes First-Look Deal With Upstart Addictive Pictures

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ken Kao was one of the new financiers who made a splash Ken Kao, Gus Van Sant, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Waltonon the Croisette when he launched Bloom with former Exclusive Media exec Alex Walton and shopped international on several strong properties including Sea Of Trees with Gus Van Sant directing Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. Under his other banner, Waypoint Entertainment (under which he set up Sea Of Trees), Kao has made a first-look deal with Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder and their newly formed Addictive Pictures.

Related: Cannes: Matthew McConaughey Hits Croisette To Talk ‘Sea Of Trees’

Cannes2014_badge__140417160328-150x150 (1)Ackerman was Guillermo del Toro’s development executive for six years, and worked on such films as the horror pic Mama. He’s still working on projects with filmmakers that include the Neil Cross-scripted Midnight Delivery and the Rodrigo Cortes-directed Mine. Schoenfelder comes from the book world, where he was editorial director for the Little Brown imprint Mulholland Books and worked on projects from JJ Abrams, Warren Ellis, Charlie Huston, Scott Spencer, David Guggenheim, Derek Haas and Anthony Horowitz. He also oversaw the relaunch of Popcorn Fiction, a Haas-hatched website that featured writing from such screenwriters as Brian Helgeland, Rian Johnson, DB Weiss, Mark Bomback, Brian Koppelman and Scott Frank. Books Schoenfelder shepherded that were set up for films include Ellis’ Gun Machine, Guggenheim’s Weaponized and others. Read More »

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