Matt Gerald Lands Villainous ‘Ant-Man’ Role; Kenneth Choi In Court For ‘The Whole Truth’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 6:47pm PDT

Matt GeraldMatt Gerald has joined the cast of Marvel’s Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright. Paul Rudd stars at the titular superhero, alongside Patrick Wilson, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena. Gerald will play one of the bad guys. He recently wrapped Solace with Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, and his credits include Avatar, Escape Plan, Dexter and Hawaii Five-O. He is repped by APA and Benderspink.

kenneth_choiKenneth Choi has booked a role in director Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth. It centers on a defense attorney (Daniel Craig) who fights to get his teenage client (Gabriel Basso) acquitted of murdering his wealthy father. Choi will play the prosecutor. He just wrapped the NBC pilot Coercion and is shooting Sons Of Anarchy. Credits include The Wolf Of Wall Street and Ironside. He is repped by Mosaic and TalentWorks.

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Taryn Manning Inks With Resolution; Innovative Artists Signs Lavell Crawford

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 3:25pm PDT

Taryn ManningTaryn Manning has signed with Resolution. She recently was upped to regular for Season 2 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and recurs on Hawaii Five-O as Steve McGarrett’s ne’er-do-well sister. Her big-screen credits include Redemption Road, Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile. Upcoming features include Almost Broadway and #Horror. She continues to be repped by the Syndicate and Felker, Toczek, Gellman, Suddleson.

Lavell CrawfordLavell Crawford has inked with Innovative Artists. He recurred on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman’s bodyguard Huell Babineaux and has appeared on The Crazy Ones, Super Fun Night and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and also tours as a stand-up comic. Crawford next will be seen in the feature Evil Nature. He continues to be managed by Anonymous Content.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rake’ Tanks In New Slot, ‘Hannibal’ Rises, ‘Undercover Boss’ Finale Up Over Last Year, ABC Wins Night In Demo

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

rake march 14When Fox moved newbie Enlisted on Friday nights in January, the show saw a big jump upwards. The same could not be said for fellow freshman Rake (0.5/2) last night on its move to Fridays. The debut of the Greg Kinnear–starring drama in its new slot last night saw the faltering show hit a new low – down 37% from its last original on Thursday March 6. How much longer Rake will last now is really a matter of how low Fox is willing to let the show go. With a falling Rake as its lead-in instead of a Bones repeat, Enlisted (0.6/2) took a hit last night. The comedy was down 14% from its March 7 show. At least Raising Hope escaped unscathed. That comedy was even with last week’s 0.5/2 rating.

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CBS & ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Creator’s Estate Settle $100M Lawsuit With Talent Agent

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 11:19am PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEGeorge Litto won’t be getting his day in court after all — and the talent agent is probably OK with that. CBS’ lawyer James Curry today told an LA Superior Court judge that the network and the estate of Hawaii Five-0 creator Leonard Freeman have come to an amicable resolution with Litto in the nearly 2-year-old case. With a much-delayed trial set to start cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712__131121001522shortly, today’s resolution came as a surprise when Curry and other lawyers appeared in front of Judge Elizabeth Allen White. Litto was the agent of Freeman, who passed away in 1974. His initial May 2012 lawsuit against the estate sought $10 million in punitive damages and a big swell of the shares of the profits from the reboot version of the Hawaii-set cop show, which CBS brought back in 2010.

While no details of the settlement were provided by the Sheppard Mullin attorney in court, it is highly unlikely Litto received all he was asking for from the estate. Nonetheless, this marks the end of what has been some choppy surf of a lawsuit for CBS. The network was pulled into the suit in the fall of 2012, then got itself dropped out, and then pulled back in again in separate rulings last September and November. Litto claimed that Freeman’s heirs and CBS wrongly excluded him from negotiations for the new Five-O. The talent agent also said that after Freeman’s death, he … Read More »

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R.I.P. Character Actor Richard Bull

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 10:24pm PST

nels_olesonThe prolific TV actor who played the hen-pecked shopkeeper on Little House On The Prairie has died. Richard Bull died Monday of pneumonia in Calabasas, CA. He was 89. He played general store owner Nels Oleson for all of the NBC drama’s nine seasons and in three telefilms during the 1980s. But his busy small-screen career dates back to the mid-1950s, appearing in episodes of more than 100 shows. Bull’s resume includes such classic series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, The Streets Of San Francisco, Lou Grant, Knots Landing, Hill Street Blues and ER — all the way through to Starz’s Boss in 2011. The Zion, Ill., native also appeared on the big screen in pics including High Plains Drifter, The Parallax View, The Andromeda Strain, The Thomas Crown Affair and the 2008 Larry the Cable Guy comedy Witless Protection.

Related: In Memoriam: Notable Deaths Of 2013

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R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 4:10pm PST

jhcTV/film composer and conductor John Cacavas, whose credits include Airport 1975 and 1970s TV series Kojak, died January 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature Horror Express. He went on to score the next two movies in the Airport franchise, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. Cacavas had developed a strong friendship with Telly Savalas, leading to a long tenure as composer for the Kojak TV series (1973-78), including the series theme for its fifth and final season on CBS. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-O, Matlock, Switch, Columbo, Mrs. Columbo, Quincy, Buck Rogers, Gangster Chronicles, Lady Blue, Four Seasons and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He also composed movies-of-the-week, TV pilots, mini-series and specials such as A Time to Triumph, Eddie Capra Mysteries, She Cried Murder, Time Machine, By Reason Of Insanity, Jenny’s War , Police Story, Dirty Dozen II and III, Confessional and Perfect Murder Perfect Town. Read More »

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Oscar Scandal: Academy Nixes Song Nomination For Improper Campaigning

Oscars 2014What’s next Oscar, a Best Actress nomination for Pia Zadora? After Deadline Hollywood uncovered the story behind a bizarre Oscar nomination for a little-heard song in an unseen film that was curiously written by a former Academy Governor and head of the music branch, the Academy took the highly unusual step today of disallowing the tune from Oscar consideration. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Murder She Wrote’ Reboot Not Going Forward, Could Be Revisited In The Future

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

murder she wroteEXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that NBC has opted not to proceed with the proposed re-imagining of one of the most successful series in TV history – Murder, She Wrote — which had Oscar winner Octavia Spencer attached to star. The project, from writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari, got a lot of attention when it came  together in October, receiving a put pilot commitment from the network. A light, contemporary procedural, it was to follow a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Rebooting an iconic series is extremely difficult, as proved by a string of efforts, including NBC’s attempt at a contemporary Rockford NBC_logoFiles from House creator David Shore and producer Steve Carell, which didn’t go to series. It took two attempts with different writers for a new Hawaii Five-0 to get on the air. The same happened with Prime Suspect — it was actually Cunningham’s take that got NBC brass’ approval and attracted Maria Bello for a well-received remake of the British drama — and with ABC’s Charlie’s Angels. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Low Start For Fox’s ‘Enlisted’, ABC & CBS Series Up In Return

By | Saturday January 11, 2014 @ 9:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EnlistedpilotFox pushed the original Nov. 8 premiere date for Enlisted to January so the slapstick single-camera comedy about three brothers and a group of misfits on a small Army base could get more promotion on the network’s highly rated NFL coverage. That didn’t seem to have help much as Enlisted launched to a 0.7 among adults 18-49 last night, tying ABC’s ill-fated limited series The Assets as the lowest debut on the Big 4 networks. The expectations for Enlisted weren’t high. It is paired with Fox comedy Raising Hope which, once a solid anchor on Tuesday, has been wilting in its new Friday home. The veteran managed a 0.8 in 18-49 at 9 PM last night, holding onto half of its Bones (1.5, down 12% from its last original on Dec. 6) lead-in. Enlisted‘s underwhelming 0.7 at 9:30 PM was on par with what Raising Hope had been delivering in the time period.

ABC won the night in adults 18-49 powered by the two top programs in the demo, Shark Tank (2.1/6) and 20/20 (1.7/5), both delivering season highs. Its comedy Last Man Standing (1.5) finished tied for No.3 for the night among 18-49. ABC’s entire entertainment Friday lineup returned higher from a month-long hiatus. Last Man Standing at 8 PM was up 25% from its last original on Dec. 13, Neighbors (1.1) was up 22%, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘I Love Lucy Christmas Special’ Tops Night, CBS & ABC Tie For Win

By | Saturday December 21, 2013 @ 10:07am PST

LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIALIt was truly old school last night on TV and once again America loved their Lucy. CBSI Love Lucy Christmas Special (1.4/5) topped an encore and holiday special heavy night Friday. The only network with a full slate of originals on Friday, CBS also had Hawaii Five-O (1.2/4) and Blue Bloods (1.1/4). The former was even with last week’s show while the latter dipped 8%. The original episode of the 50th state cop show took a bit of a blow in its 9 PM spot as a Shark Tank encore topped it by 8% among adults 18-49. Then again the ABC entrepreneurial reality show, which usually tops Fridays, has long been a strong performer in repeats as well so no big surprise.  At 10 PM, Blue Bloods was, as usual,  the most watched show of Friday night with 10.18 million viewers total. After back-to-back Shark Tank encores, the only new thing on ABC last night was a Shark Tank themed 20/20 (1.2/4) which was down two tenths from its December 13 show.Overall, the night saw CBS and ABC tied for the No. 1 spot with a rating of 1.2/4 with CBS taking the viewership prize with 9.40 million watching.

The CW had new episodes of The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1) and Nikita (0.2/1). The Sex & The City prequel saw a rise upward a tenth from last week while the … Read More »

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Leland Orser Cast In ‘The Gambler’ & ‘Faults’; Ivana Milicevic Joins Untitled Cameron Crowe Project

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 7:29pm PST

Leland Orser 1Leland Orser has joined the cast of Paramount’s remake of The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson. He will play Jones, a resentful English professor at UCLA who is the Wahlberg character’s superior. Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the pic from a script by William Monahan. Orser also will star in writer-director Riley Stearns’ Faults, recently named to the 2013 Black List. He plays Ansel Roth, who is hired by parents of a woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is caught up in a cult to kidnap and deprogram her. Orser, whose recent credits include TV’s Magic City, Revolution and Touch, next appears in The Guest, which will premiere at Sundance next month. He is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.

Ivana Milicevic 1Ivana Milicevic has landed a role in the Untitled Cameron Crowe project for Sony. The romantic comedy centers on a defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who falls for an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. Milicevic plays Alexis Huff, the biographer of Bill Murray’s character, who follows him to the Aloha State. Scott Rudin is producing the pic, which Crowe wrote and is directing. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

EVAN MENDELSOHN, NICK MORTON (TIPSY ELVES)Friday was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few nights of the past couple of weeks when a holiday special of some sort wasn’t on TV. Not that Christmas was absent from the small screen just two weeks from the big day, though some shows had less cheer than others. On Shark Tank (2.0/7), ugly Christmas sweaters reared their often ironic heads as is common this time of year. Not that it caused anyone to look away as the entrepreneurial reality show stayed steady with last week’s season high among adults 18-49 and was once again the top rated show of Friday night. The rest of ABC’s line-up was a bit more of a roller coast with Last Man Standing (1.2/5) down 14% from its December 6 show while The Neighbors (0.9/3) was steady with last week and 20/20 (1.4/5) shot up 27% in the key demo. While the news mag series will still be in originals for the next couple of weeks, last night was the last new shows of the year for the rest of ABC’s Friday prime time with everyone returning on January 10. At least ABC can take some Christmas cheer that, with a 1.5/5 rating, they won the night again among the 18-49s. With 8.090 million watching, CBS had the highest viewership of Friday night and was No. 2 in the demo … Read More »

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R.I.P. Eleanor Parker

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 9:12pm PST

eleanorparker2The three-time Oscar nominee worked with many of Hollywood’s most iconic leading men — including Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, and Frank Sinatra — and such storied directors as William Wyler, Frank Capra,  Otto Preminger and Robert Wise. Eleanor Parker died Monday in Palm Springs of pneumonia complications. She was 91. She earned back-to-back Best Actress Academy Award noms for Caged (1951) and Detective Story (1952) and added a third just three years later for Interrupted Melody (1955). Parker starred in dozens of films and TV shows during her 50-year career, but she’s perhaps most widely remembered as the Baroness in the 1965 Best Picture winner The Sound Of Music. On the big screen, she also starred in such films as Scaramouche, The Man With The Golden Arm, The King And Four Queens, A Hole In The Head and Panic Button. By the 1970s, Parker was focusing on TV, and she earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nom for the 1969-70 series Bracken’s World. She went on to appear on such series as Hawaii Five-O, Vega$, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Murder, She Wrote.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Nikita’ Returns With Premiere Low, ‘Bones’ Rises, ‘JFK’ Special Solid, CBS & ABC Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PST

The final Friday of the November sweep was a night of return and remembrance. The return was with the fourth and final season premiere of The CW’s Nikita (0.2/1). Back for just six final episodes, the spy drama fell a hard 33% among adults 18-49 from its October 19th Season 3 debut last year. That’s a premiere low for Nikita. Added to that was the fact that last night’s result also cratered 60% from the season finale of America’s Next Top Model in the same slot last week. In terms of overall viewers, Nikita was also down sharply from 947,000 watching last year’s season debut to 732,000 watching last night. A modest but steady Friday night performer for the CW over its run so far, Nikita has done well in DVR viewing so expect so uptick there as Live+3 and Live+7 results trickle in. Nikita’s lead-in, The Carrie Diaries (0.3/1), was even with last week.

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JFK Assassination Coverage Churns Crowds For PBS

In terms of remembrance, NBC commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy with Where Were You: The Day JFK Died (1.1/5) at 9 PM hosted by Tom Brokaw. The two-hour special featured the likes of Steven Spielberg and Dan Rather Read More »

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CBS Ups Chi McBride To Series Regular On ‘Hawaii Five-O’

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 10:54am PST

Chi McBride has been upped to series regular on CBS‘ Hawaii Five-O. CBS announced last summer McBride, who starred in the network’s short-lived Golden Boy, would guest star on the fourth season debut of Five-0, playing SWAT Captain Lou Grover –  a character from the original series. At the time, it was suggested more episodes with McBride were likely. With its switch from Monday at 10 PM to Fridays at 9 this season, and without those younger-skewing Monday comedies as its leadin, Five-0 is up 17% in overall audience — from 10.2 million to nearly 12 million viewers — but is down 19% in the demo; its median age has increased from last season’s 55.8 years at this point last season, to 59.5 this season to date.

“Well, I know this sounds corny, but the only thing I ever wanted in my career was to be on CBS, the home of my idol Jackie Gleason,” McBride enthused in today’s announcement.

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CBS Set For January Trial Start In ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Rights Case

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 3:50pm PST

They would be on more stable legal footing if they just jumped in the surf off the coasts of America’s 50th state. After being in, then out, and then in again, CBS today is really back in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit over the Hawaii Five-O reboot. In a downtown hearing today, LA Superior Court Judge Gregory Alarcon denied the network’s latest bid to be let out of the case brought by talent agent George Litto. In his ruling on the summary judgment motion, Alarcon made no finding on the merits of the actual case, which is now set for a January 21, 2014 trial date. However, the judge did agree with Litto’s contention that CBS had clear knowledge of the partials rights that the talent agent held to the series in conjunction with creator Leonard Freeman’s estate. The agent to Freeman, Litto is seeking $10 million in punitive damages and a share of the profits from the rebooted show, which CBS brought back in 2010. “Once again, this is a procedural hearing, and we remain confident that we’ll prevail on the actual merits of the case at trial,” a CBS spokesperson told me after today’s hearing.

It’s been quite a road to get where CBS is now. In January of this year, Alarcon agreed with CBS’ then demurrer and removed the network from the suit Litto first filed in May 2012. But in July, Alarcon changed his mind and put CBS back in the lawsuit with Freeman’s heirs after the plaintiff assured the court that legal battle over Five-O was about money and not CBS’ ability to continue to produce the show. In September, Judge Elizabeth Allen White denied CBS’ effort to again get out of the case. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth season on a new night. With Jeffrey Tambor making a paternal guest appearance, the comedy aired back-to-back premiere episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM with both drawing a 0.7/2. To put it mildly, the move from Tuesdays to a new night did not raise ratings hope for Raising Hope – quite the opposite. The series was down 36% from the season debut of the now shuttered Fringe in the same time period. Compared to Raising Hope’s Season 3 Tuesday 8 PM debut on October 2, 2012, both of last night’s premiere episodes cratered 59% among adults 18-49 and 41% in total viewers. Raising Hope’s lead-in had a slightly softer ride. Moving to the 8 PM Friday slot previously occupied by MasterChef Jr, Bones (1.2/4) was down from the Gordon Ramsay’s little cookers 1.5/5 of last week’s finale. Bones was also down 43% from its prior average on Mondays. Overall, Fox pulled a 1.0/3 rating last night with 3.659 million watching.

In terms of who won the night overall – the crown went to CBS on Friday. With a 1.5/5 rating and 9.957 million viewers, the Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef Jr’ Finale Up, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Tops ‘Grimm’, ‘Dracula’ Bites, ABC & CBS Tied To Win Night

By | Saturday November 9, 2013 @ 10:01am PST

It was an East Coast vs. West Coast battle on the season finale of MasterChef Jr. (1.5/5) last night. After a 7-episode run, NYC’s 13-year old Alexander Weiss and Culver City’s 12-year old Dara Yu faced off for the trophy and the $100,000 grand prize. For Fox, the latest Gordon Ramsay show has proven a winner too. A solid Friday night ratings return since its September 27 debut, MasterChef Jr was up 15% among adults 18-49 last night and bopped up 5% among total viewers to 4.2 million. All of which gave the freshman its best demo and viewership results since its premiere. While not officially renewed for a second season yet, MasterChef Jr. looks to be a sure bet to back on the network that seemingly can’t get enough Ramsay. Additionally Ramsay beat Ramsay as MC Jr.’s finale brought the network a 25% jump over the same night last year when Kitchen Nightmares pulled in a 1.2/4 on November 9, 2012. With a Sleepy Hollow (0.6/2) encore ending its night, Fox got a 1.0/3 rating Friday.

In terms of who won the night in the key demo on Friday, it was a 1.5.5 ratings tie between ABC and CBS. The latter came in first in total viewers with 9.89 million viewers to the former’s 6.197 million.
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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Co-Star Daniel Dae Kim Inks First-Look Deal With CBS TV Studios

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hawaii Five-O‘s Daniel Dae Kim is branching out to producing. He has launched the production banner 3AD, which will be based at CBS TV Studios, the studio behind Hawaii Five-O, with a two-year first-look. Under the pact, Kim will develop and produce projects for network and cable. He is in the process of hiring a development executive. Kim, repped by APA, Anonymous Content and Klevan/Longarzo, is filming the fourth season of CBS’ Hawaii Five-) as Chin Ho Kelly. He rose to fame with his role as Jin Soo Kwon on ABC hit Lost, for which he shared a SAG Award for best drama ensemble.

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