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TCA: Casting Directors Say They’re Color Blind When Choosing Actors

By | Saturday July 19, 2014 @ 2:17pm PDT

TCA: Casting Directors Say They’re Color Blind When Choosing ActorsAmid gripes from American actors about the lack of diversity in TV and film, as well as the industry’s penchant for selecting British and Australian thespians for prolific roles, the casting directors at FX’s “Casting 101″ TCA panel assert they’re just looking for the best person for the part – and often it doesn’t matter how famous the person is.

Cami Patton, the casting director for Justified said, “Producers, showrunners and studio executives are used to looking at tape from other actors in other parts of the world.  You don’t need an actor with an entire history (of credits).”  One candidate, as pointed out by the group, was Matthew Rhys who plays the lead Soviet undercover spy Philip Jennings on FX’s The Americans. Largely known to U.S. audiences through his turn on Brothers & Sisters, Rhys bowled casting directors over with his Broadway performance in Look Back in Anger. Patton added that when she cast a fresh-faced British actor by the name of Damian Lewis in the role of U.S. Army Lt. Richard Winters in 2001′s Band of Brothers, “We were trying to match actors with the photos that we had of these real people. At the time he was doing Hamlet on stage with Ralph Fiennes. That’s how he got on our radar.” Read More »

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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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Wish We All Could Get California Cash: Fox’s Beach Boys Pic & BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Among Tax Incentives Winners

Wish We All Could Get California Cash: Fox’s Beach Boys Pic & BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ Among Tax Incentives WinnersJust under a month after the California Film Commission plucked this year’s recipients of the state’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program in a lottery, we learned today who the winners are. Fox’s movie musical revolving around the songs of the Beach Boys and Universal’s Scarface reboot are among the 11 feature films getting a piece of this year’s incentive pie. (See the full list below.) In a rare runaway production reversal, a victory for those who want to bring Hollywood home and a very early renewal, BET’s Being Mary Jane will be relocating from Atlanta to L.A. for its upcoming third season thanks to the Golden State’s tax credits. This is the first news of the high-rated Gabrielle Union-starring show, which just got its official second-season green light back in February, getting a third season. Being Mary Jane joins 12 other basic cable TV series and two TV movies getting money to be made here.

Related: It’s Time To End Lottery For Calif. Tax Credit Program (Video)

Unlike the years since the credits were first introduced in 2009, the list of initially successful projects was not released almost right away by the state Commission because it wanted to make sure everyone was truly eligible. But now that due diligence has been done and the lucky ones have been privately informed, the Commission has revealed that a total of 26 … Read More »

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Amber Tamblyn Leads Classy Quartet In Geffen’s ‘Reasons To Be Pretty’

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 10:58am PDT

Amber Tamblyn Leads Classy Quartet In Geffen’s ‘Reasons To Be Pretty’In a move not entirely unlike casting Michele Pfeiffer in a film role originated onstage by Kathy Bates (which is what happened when Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune became Frankie And Johnny), Amber Tamblyn will play a woman who emphatically terminates her four-year relationship with her boyfriend when she finds out he’s described her looks as “regular” when the Geffen Playhouse presents Neil LaBute‘s excellent drama Reasons To Be Pretty next month.

neil labuteShawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless) is Greg, the thoughtful-but-stuck-in-a-dead-end-job boyfriend of Tamblyn’s Steph, and they will have the pleasure of duking it out in the opening scene, one of the funniest, nastiest, loudest smackdowns ever written, in a flash-flood of epithets that would make Trey Parker blush.

Amber Tamblyn, Alicia Witt Leads Classy Quartet In Geffen’s ‘Reasons To Be Pretty’ Opposite them will be Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless, The Newsroom), as Greg’s not precisely reliable macho friend Kent, and Alicia Witt (Justified, 88 Minutes) as his wife Carly. The show, which was nominated for a Tony best play award in 2009 (which was before it got capital letters), will be staged by Geffen a.d. Randall Arney. The run is July 29-August 31, with the official opening set for August 6.

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With Gary Oldman, ‘The Death Of Klinghoffer’ And Abe Foxman: No One Wins

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 8:41pm PDT

With Gary Oldman, ‘The Death Of Klinghoffer’ And Abe Foxman: No One WinsI took the photograph that leads this column a little over a year ago, when my summer vacation was turned upside down by a revolution called Taksim Square. It sits near my desk and caught my eye when I was thinking today about the force of nature that is Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, someone I deeply admire even though he hasn’t always been a friend of open discourse. He managed to stir the pot on both sides of the continent in recent days.

My wife and I had come to Istanbul for R&R after a trip she takes each spring with college students, mostly non-Jewish, along with Holocaust survivors, to experience firsthand sites of mass murder, torture, violence, starvation and cremation in Germany and Poland.

garyoldmanBut it turned out to be the weekend that Taksim Square erupted in alternating waves of tear-gas suffused violence and placard-wielding protest as students, workers, shop keepers and just-folks joined ranks against the increasingly right-leaning government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and, specifically, his plan to bulldoze one of the last green spaces in the crowded city and put up a shopping mall. Propped against a young woman camping out among the hundreds was her sign, carefully lettered in Turkish and English: Ifade Ozcurlugum Icin Buradayim: I Am Here for My Freedom of Expression.

Writing about Taksim Square, like the other human rights stories I covered during eight years at Bloomberg News, was a humbling counterpoint to my work as a critic and reporter of art forms in which love, loss, risk, sacrifice, even death are generally metaphors and the greatest thing at stake is the cost of a ticket. In Taksim Square I encountered people willing to risk everything for their freedom of expression. Read More »

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Amazon Prime Nabs Exclusive ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Streaming Deal With Aardman

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 8:05am PDT

Amazon Prime Nabs Exclusive ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Streaming Deal With AardmanAmazon today announced it had snagged a U.S. content licensing agreement with Aardman Animations that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for the TV and short film series Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, Timmy Time and classic animation Rex The Runt.  In addition, new shows from the Shaun The Sheep and Timmy Time series will be added to Prime Instant Video, including Seasons 3 and 4 of Shaun The Sheep, the Shaun The Sheep: Championsheeps special, and two new Timmy Time specials. Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Josh Charles Reflects On ‘Good Wife’s All-Time Biggest Shocker

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 7:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EMMYS Q&A: Josh Charles Reflects On ‘Good Wife’s All-Time Biggest ShockerJosh Charles was part of one of the most shocking moments of the year when his character Will Gardner was gunned down on CBSThe Good Wife. This was the longest TV stint for Charles—he previously toplined Aaron Sorkin’s critically praised ABC comedy Sports Night, which ran for two years in the late ’90s. Charles already has one Emmy nom for The Good Wife and now is Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599looking to join a long list of actors who won supporting acting drama Emmys after their characters were killed off, including Drea de Matteo and Joe Pantoliano of The Sopranos, Margo Martindale of Justified and, most recently, Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale.

AWARDSLINE: Were you looking to do a series when you were approached for The Good Wife?
JOSH CHARLES: I don’t think I particularly was, but it came my way, and I thought it was really well written. I liked the fact that it was shooting in New York and Julianna (Margulies), who was a friend, was doing it. So, yeah, I wasn’t really looking to do a series, per se, but this one came around, and I’m glad it did. Read More »

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Legendary’s Supernatural Military Thriller ‘Spectral’ Adds Clayne Crawford

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 6:15pm PDT

Legendary’s Supernatural Military Thriller ‘Spectral’ Adds Clayne CrawfordEXCLUSIVE: Rectify‘s Clayne Crawford has locked in a role in Legendary Pictures’ thriller Spectral. The project, described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down, stars James Badge Dale and is being helmed by first-timer Nic Mathieu. Crawford’s film and TV credits include 24, HBO pilot All Signs of Death, The Baytown Outlaws, The Glades, Jericho, and Justified. He’ll play Sergeant Calvin Toll, a focused but short-fused military lifer. Earlier this month Max Martini also joined the cast. Project originated from a pitch by Ian Fried then was scripted by George Nolfi and rewritten by John Gatins. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and John Jashni are producers on the picture, with Jillian Share and Guy Riedel exec producing. Share will oversee the project for Legendary alongside Sophie Sikora. Crawford is repped by APA.

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EMMYS: Some Of This Year’s Series Contenders Are Gorier Than Ever

By | Tuesday June 17, 2014 @ 8:09pm PDT

EMMYS: Some Of This Year’s Series Contenders Are Gorier Than EverLike the Tiber River after Caligula’s been on a weekend bender, television today is flooded with blood. What was once the sole sphere of slasher flicks now has become a common spattering on the small screen, and not just with cable shows such as AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones and the recently launched Showtime drama Penny Dreadful. Now the networks are in the gore game with Fox’s The Following and Sleepy Hollow and NBC’s Hannibal and Grimm. The Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599proliferation of blood and guts on TV in this era of the explicit proves that the appetite for death and destruction hasn’t jumped the shark so much as stabbed the beast, torn into its flesh, cooked it up and swam among the remains. Read More »

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Sarah Paulson Joins Nic Cage In ‘The Runner’; Matt Craven Suits Up For ‘Stonewall’; Jeremy Strong Joins ‘Selma,’ ‘Black Mass,’ ‘Time Out Of Mind’

By | Tuesday June 10, 2014 @ 7:23pm PDT

Sarah Paulson Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated Sarah Paulson has joined Nicolas Cage in The Runner, about an idealistic but flawed New Orleans Congressman Colin Price whose dysfunctional life and career are destroyed by a sex scandal. Paulson, last seen in the Oscar-winner 12 Years A Slave, will play a PR consultant Price hires to help him get back into the political game. Paulson earned an Emmy nod for her turn in American Horror Story: Asylum and will return for the FX series’ next installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show. She’s repped by UTA and Kipperman Management.

Craven, MattResurrection and Justified thesp Matt Craven has been cast in Roland Emmerich’s NYC period drama Stonewall. Jeremy Irvine, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman, and Joey King are also starring in the pic about the 1969 police raid at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn that served as a flashpoint for the gay rights movement. Craven will play Deputy Seymour Pine, the leader of the raiding police force who sympathizes with the gay community but must carry out his duties. Craven previously starred in Emmerich’s White House Down. He’ll squeeze in his Stonewall shoot before heading to film the second season of ABC’s Resurrection. Craven is repped by Frontline Management, SDB Partners and Paul Hemrend in Toronto.

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Kaitlyn Dever Joins ‘The Greens Are Gone’; Miguel Gomez Cast In ‘Southpaw’; Richard Cabral Books ‘Blood Father’

Kaitlyn DeverKaitlyn Dever has been cast in director Peer Pedersen’s drama The Greens Are Gone. Catherine Keener stars as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family who’s pushed to her limits by the disappearance of her son (Anton Yelchin). Dever will play a bipolar teenager. Her credits include TV’s Last Man Standing and Justified and features The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12. She next appears in Men, Women & Children. Dever is repped by UTA and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.

Miguel GomeMiguel Gomez has booked a role in director Antoine Fuqua’s boxing feature Southpaw. Written by Kurt Sutter, the pic stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an up-and-coming fighter who loses everything in a moment of rage and has to start from the bottom to get his life back. Gomez will play his ring rival Miguel “Magic” Cantu. His credits include Louie and The Domino Effect, and he next will be seen in FX’s upcoming drama The Strain and the feature Pacific Standard Time. Gomez is repped by Greene & Associates, manager Eli Selden and Jackoway Tyerman.

Richard CabralRichard Cabral has joined the cast of Blood Father for director Jean-Francois Richet. Mel Gibson stars as an ex-con who reunites with his estranged daughter to protect her from Mexican mobsters. Cabral will play Joker, a tough enforcer for the Mexican Mafia. … Read More »

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Showtime Developing 1980s Rehab Drama Produced By Robert Downey Jr.

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 5:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

downeysEXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Showtime has put in development a drama from writer Gary Lennon, Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Downey’s Team Downey banner and Sony Pictures TV. I hear the pay cable network landed the project in a competitive situation. Written by Lennon (Orange Is the New Black, garylennonJustified), the untitled drama is set in 1983 and follows a rehab/therapeutic community in Venice Beach where drugs and alcohol have always been part of the local culture. showtime_logo__121211185844__130120002910__130730210613__131210182749Lennon is executive producing with Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell, while the company’s Chris Mammolito serves as co-executive producer. Lennon and Team Downey are repped by CAA.

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Record Number Of Projects Apply For California Film & TV Tax Credits

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California's Tax Incentives Lottery System Is Broken

Despite this year's record number of applications, a lot of people are unhappy with the lottery system used for California's Film and TV Tax Credit Program. The current random-drawing method negates merit and is uncertain, explains Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

ca film commissionWe won’t know for nearly a month who gets a piece of California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program pie this year, but we do know today how many projects were picked via lottery and how many applications were submitted. The California Film Commission says 23 projects have been initially selected and that 497 applications were submitted before Monday’s 3 PM deadline. In terms of the initial projects pulled in the lottery, there’s a slight decrease from last year. In terms of applications, that’s a record for a program where demand always outstrips supply. It’s about 30% more than last year’s record 380, when the likes of Warner Bros’ Entourage movie, the fourth season of MTV’s Teen Wolf and the fifth seasons of FX’s Justified and ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars emerged as winners. Last year saw 29 projects initially successful in the lottery. That went up to 31 projects a day later on June 4, 2013, when a TV series CFC Lottery 2014-1dropped out and freed up funds. With a Deputy Fire Marshal pulling the numbers, the lottery started yesterday afternoon but was suspended around 4:30 PM when the CFC offices were evacuated due to a nearby bomb scare. Picking up where they left off, the commission restarted the lottery at 9 AM today.

Related: DeadlineNow: Don’t Blame Canada, Fix California’s Film & TV Tax Credit (Video)

Now that the initial winners of the credit covering about 20% of production costs also has been determined in a random selection process, the state office plans to take the next few weeks to check the applications thoroughly to make sure they are eligible for the incentive. A list of successful projects will be made available on July 1. In past years, the commission has announced the name and number of projects that scored on the lottery, but this time round it wants to thoroughly check each potential winning application individually to make sure it qualifies. Read More »

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Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics’ Choice Television Awards Nominees

One day after theCritics Choice TV Awards Logo(1) Television Critics Association unveiled nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced nominations for its Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

FX-logoFX leads the BTJA’s noms list, with 19 –  followed closely by HBO which garnered 18.  Topping the list of nominated series, with five noms each, are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife,  FX’s Fargo, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex,  and HBO’s The Normal Heart.

Other top-nominated serieshbologo3 include FX’s The Americans, AMC’s Breaking Bad, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, and PBS’s Sherlock: His Last Vow — each snagging four noms.

cbs8Walton Goggins and Allison Janney were both twice nominated. Goggins is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for Justified, and Janney is nommed for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,  for Mom. The two also will compete against each other in the Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series category for Sons Of Anarchy and Masters Of Sex, respectively.
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Neal McDonough To Recur On USA’s ‘Suits’

By | Wednesday May 21, 2014 @ 12:37pm PDT

Neal McDonoughneal mcdonough has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of USA Network drama Suits. McDonough will play Sean Cahill, who is not so much an SEC investigator as he is a bulldog. Tasked by Eric Woodall (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) to uncover wrongdoing at Pearson Specter, Cahill will go toe-to-toe with anyone. Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty also star. McDonough, repped by Paradigm, More/Medavoy Management and attorney Stuart Rosenthal (Bloom Hergott), is currently shooting Sony’s Mall Cop 2. His other feature work includes Red 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Flags Of Our Fathers, and The Guardian. His TV credits include Mob City, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Boomtown and Band Of Brothers. Suits Season 4 premieres June 11.

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UPFRONTS 2014: The Overachievers

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 4:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

overachieversIt wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule:

dcHow about DC‘s superhero effort this upfront? Warner Bros. TV made a big push with its sibling comic book banner this season, resulting in four pilots, all of them picked up to series: Gotham at Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW and Constantine on NBC.

Related: CW 2014 Fall Schedule

AmblinTVIt’s been a great year for Amblin TV. The company, which last summer received a straight-to-series order for drama Extant on CBS, added three more series over the past week, dramas Red Band Society at Fox, Whispers at ABC and Public Morals at TNT. That brings the independent company’s tally to eight series, including Under the Dome at CBS, The Americans at FX, Falling Skies at TNT and Halo at xBox/Showtime.

Related: CBS 2014 Schedule

keshetIsrael’s Keshet saw drama Allegiance and comedy Your Family Or Mine get pickups at NBC and TBS, respectively, while limited series Dig was presented at USA’s upfront. (The company also has dramas Tyrant and Homeland and unscripted series Rising Star, Boom and Deal with It.) 3 Arts received straight-to-series orders for comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Robinson at NBC and Mulaney at Fox, has Cabot College in talks for a six-episode order at Fox (as well as returning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks And Recreation, both from Mike Schur, The Mindy Project).

Related: NBC 2014 Schedule

kaplan__130220013414-150x150berlantiThere are several producers and production companies that landed two new series orders this week. Warner Bros. TV-based Greg Berlanti executive produces the CW’s The Flash, which he also co-wrote, and NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura. (He also has Arrow at the CW). Independent producer Aaron Kaplan received orders for Mysteries Of Laura at NBC and Secrets & Lies at ABC. (He also has cable series Chasing Life and Instant Mom). Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses is behind new NBC comedy Marry Me and TBS’ Your Family Or Mine (along with TNT’s Franklin & Bash). ferrell-mckay-cp-getty-71523538Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Uni TV-based Gary Sanchez landed its first broadcast series times two, with pickups for comedies Bad Judge and Mission Control at NBC (company also has Drunk History at Comedy Central). Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have midseason series The Odd Couple on CBS and The Club on ABC (as well as Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified, Hindsight and Masters Of Sex). Marty Adelstein, with Becky Clements, is shepherding new ABC comedy Cristela and NBC drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny. (He also has Last Man Standing, with Clements, and Teen Wolf.) Jake Kasdan executive produces ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Fox’s Weird Loners (as well as Fox’s New Girl).  Tim Kring has two event series, NBC’s Heroes: Reborn and USA’s Dig. Vince Gilligan has Battle Creek on CBS as well as Better Call Saul on AMC, while Rob Thomas has iZombie for CW and a Veronica Mars Web spinoff for CW digital. rashidajonesRashida Jones has two new series, one as a producer, NBC’s A to Z, and one as an actress, TBS’ Angie Tribeca, where she plays the lead. In a rare feat, Laurie Metcalf is a regular on two comedy series, CBS’ The McCarthys and HBO’s Getting On. Electus has new series introduced this week, Jane The Virgin on the CW and the unscripted DVF Project on E! (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while their Cabot College is in talks for a Fox order.)

Related: Fox 2014 Schedule

Shonda RhimesKevinWilliamsonSeveral prolific writer-producers have expanded their portfolios. Shonda Rhimes has added How To Get Away With Murder to create a rare Shonda lineup on ABC, with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Murder on Thursday next fall. Kevin Williamson has new CBS drama Stalker, which he created, joining his other series, The Following on Fox and The Vampire Diaries on the CW. Read More »

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AMC Slams “Ill- Conceived” ‘Walking Dead’ Lawsuit From Frank Darabont & CAA

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 1:55pm PDT

DJP LEGAL BADGEIt’s not quite the blood and gore of the zombie apocalypse, but today the legal battle between AMC and original The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont and CAA got more a lot more biting. “Doubling down on their ill-conceived theory of the case, Plaintiffs now seek to use discovery to conduct amclogo4__140305172543-275x125a fishing expedition through the files of Defendants, a television network, two television studios, and a parent company, to obtain access to highly sensitive proprietary and confidential information that bears no relevance to Plaintiffs’ claims, including highly confidential and proprietary information relating to television shows other than the one at issue, The Walking Dead,” said AMC today in a scathing letter (read it here) to a NY Supreme Court judge. The letter is the latest salvo in the on-going case first filed by Darabont and CAA in a December 17 complaint. The plaintiffs allege that they were scammed out of contractually assured profits from the blockbuster series and that AMC played a “self-dealing” artificially low license-fee shell game with the show based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novels. AMC, of course, says that’s not the case.

Related: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5: First-Look Photo

TNT's "Mob City" Screening - After PartyCAAlogo_r_20110602022615-275x133Of course, all that could become irrelevant or at least secondary very soon. “Contracts are not screenplays,” said AMC’s attorney Marc E. Kasowitz with some rhetorical flourish in this most recent letter. “The law does not permit them to be unilaterally rewritten simply because one party dislikes the ending. Yet, that is precisely what Plaintiffs seek in this action.” Once again rejecting Darabont and CAA’s contentions of self-dealing and low license fees in their original complaint last year, the cable station also revealed to no great surprise that they plan to file a motion for summary judgment for liability soon. AMC also let slip that they paid Darabont “close to $3 million” for his work on WD Seasons 1 & 2 before canning him from the show he developed back in late July 2011.

Related: AMC Greenlights Three Unscripted Series, Including Chris Hardwick’s ‘Celebrity Bowling’
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