EXCLUSIVE: Micah Hauptman (Parker, Bread & Butter, Silver Skies) has been cast in Working Title/Universal’s action adventure drama Everest, about the 1996 multi-expedition ascent on Mount Everest that left eight climbers dead. Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jason Clarke, and Jake Gyllenhaal are already aboard the pic directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Hauptman will play filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears, director of the IMAX docu Everest. He’s repped by Chaotik Media and Fuller Downs.
Charles S. Dutton has joined the cast of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. He will play Chank Middleton, a longtime friend of Allman (William Hurt). Based on Allman’s Autobiography My Cross To Bear, the pic will be directed by Randall Miller. Dutton’s recent credits include Longmire, Zero Hour and American Horror Story. He is repped by Greene & Associates and Lighthouse Entertainment.
A Dog Mystery: Is ‘Family Guy’s Brian Gone?
By Nellie Andreeva – Family Guy fans are up in arms this morning over the shocking death of the show’s talking dog Brian, hit by a car in last night’s episode. There is already a petition calling for the dog’s resurrection. While Brian was definitely positively dead and buried by the Griffins in the episode, some fans are suspicious.
MSNBC’s Next Headache: What To Do About Martin Bashir
By Lisa de Moraes – MSNBC‘s joint announcement today with Alec Baldwin’s camp that they had mutually decided to end Baldwin’s Up Late interview show leaves the cable news network with just one on-air talent headache: Martin Bashir, whose apology for graphic comments he made about Sarah Palin hasn’t ended chatter as to whether he should be punished.
Alec Baldwin Won’t Be ‘Up Late’ On MSNBC Any More
By Lisa de Moraes – MSNBC and Alec Baldwin‘s camp announced jointly that Baldwin’s Friday show is toast: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC,” MSNBC and Baldwin rep Matthew Hiltzik said. Added MSNBC: “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.”
’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Fallout: Lara Logan, Producer Take Leave Of Absence
By Lisa de Moraes – Lara Logan, the reporter behind 60 Minutes‘ now-discredited story on the Benghazi attacks, has agreed to take a leave of absence from CBS News. Also taking a leave is producer Max McClellan. Read More »
It took awhile but A&E and Warner Horizon finally closed a deal for a 10-episode third season of the network’s most-watched drama series ever, Longmire. The announcement comes after Longmire executive producer John Coveny tweeted back in August, shortly after the series’ second-season finale: “The call just came: SEASON 3 for is a GO!.” In its second season, Longmire averaged 3.7 million total viewers with the season finale episode August 26 delivering a season high of 4.4 million total viewers. “Longmire has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” said A&E GM David McKillop. Read More »
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Harry Connick Jr To The Rescue? Crooner In The Mix For ‘American Idol’ Judge
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: He is a self-professed big fan of American Idol who has done two very well-received stints as a guest mentor on the Fox singing competition and has been rumored for a judging gig on the show in the past
Are CBS & Time Warner Cable Getting Closer To Agreement?
By Nellie Andreeva - The irony was not lost on anyone who has caught a glimpse of ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championships this week.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Approached To Return As Golden Globe Hosts
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Twenty million viewers can’t be wrong.
HBO’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Drama From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger & Terence Winter Taps Showrunners
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter’s long-gestating rock ‘n’ roll drama for HBO has taken another step to fruition.
‘Dancing With The Stars’ At A Casting Crossroads
By Lisa De Moraes - ABC needs to get two things right this fall: 1) Launch Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.; 2) Relaunch Dancing With The Stars.
‘Longmire’ And ‘The Glades Hit Season Highs In Finales, Await Renewal Decision
By Nellie Andreeva – It was a good finish for A&E drama series Longmire and The Glades last night.
Julianna Margulies Settles ‘Good Wife’ Commissions Lawsuit With Ex-Managers
By Dominic Patten - Like many a good courtroom drama, they’ve reached a deal. More than a year … Read More »
There will be no fifth season for A&E‘s veteran drama The Glades despite the series hitting season highs in its most recent season finale. Glades appeared unlikely to continue, and I hear the network made the call this morning. Like its companion Longmire, Glades posted season highs in its finale earlier this week, averaging 3.4 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 18-49 and 1.3 million adults 25-54. But year-to-year, Glades was down double digits in key demos while Longmire posted gains, likely contributing to A&E’s decision to renew Longmire and end Glades. Still, The Glades, from Fox TV Studios, performed respectably over its run. It was the first A&E scripted series to stick and helped establish the network’s scripted brand.
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Fans’ prayers seem to have been answered. A&E‘s most-watched drama series, Longmire, is getting a third season. “Thanks to the 5 million plus weekly fans (live+7),” Longmire executive producer John Coveny wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “Young and older skewing alike! The call just came: SEASON 3 for is a GO!” A&E and producing studio Warner BrosTV had no comment, though insiders cautioned that the two sides have yet to finalize a deal for a third season. There had been speculation that such a deal could include A&E taking ownership in the show. However, everyone seems to agree that Longmire will return to A&E for a third season. The renewal buzz comes on the heels of big ratings for Longmire‘s second-season finale earlier this week, which posted a season-high 4.4 million total viewers, 1.1 million adults 18-49 and 1.5 million adults 25-54. For the season, Longmire averaged 5.4 million viewers (Live+7, most current) and, while older skewing than A&E’s other series, it was up from Season 1 in the key younger demos.
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EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has put in development Heartland Trucking, a drama project from Walt Whitman Award-winning poet/TV writer Tony Tost (A&E’s Longmire), Television 360 (Game Of Thrones) and Fox 21. Written by Tost, Heartland Trucking is described as a scripted examination of the world of truckers in middle America and a family run business that serves those truckers as well as its own criminal agenda. Tost, repped by RWSG Agency and Management 360, executive produces with Guymon Casady, Meghan Lyvers of TV 360, the television production arm of Management 360.
EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks is venturing into half-hour comedy with Whitey, a pilot from Leslie Greif, the producer behind the blockbuster History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. The Office alum David Koechner is attached to star in the sitcom project, which is being produced under the A+E Networks umbrella as part of the company’s longstanding relationship Greif and his company Thinkfactory Media. I hear Whitey is being earmarked for History though a decision about which A+E Network the project will go to will be made if the pilot is picked up to series. Greif is in the process of locking in a writer/showrunner for the pilot, which eyes a mid-June start date. Whitey centers on Guy “Whitey” White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Whitey graduated high school, married his high school sweetheart and spent his career working at the local engine factory until he got laid off. Now what?
A&E and History both have original drama series on the air (The Glades, Longmire, Bates Motel, Vikings) though neither of them has taken a stab at half-hour scripted comedy. (Sibling Lifetime has in the past with Rita Rocks among other sitcoms, but Whitey is clearly … Read More »
UPDATED: Lifetime‘s soapy mystery dramedy Devious Maids, executive produced by Desperate Housewives‘ Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, will premiere on Sunday, June 23, at 10 PM. The project, originally developed and piloted by ABC last season, stars Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, Edy Ganem and Judy Reyes as five maids with ambition and dreams who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, where murder and mayhem collide in the mansions of some of the wealthiest and most powerful families. Read More »
A&E Network has added two programming execs to its ranks. Former Fox TV Studios Scripted Programming VP Gabriel Marano is joining the network’s West Coast-based scripted department as VP Drama Programming, and Dave Mace is coming aboard the East Coast-based non-fiction department as VP Non-fiction & Alternative Programming. At FtvS, Marano oversaw the development and production of the studio’s scripted cable series including The Americans, The Killing, Burn Notice and the upcoming Maron. At A&E he will report to SVP Drama Programming Tana Nugent Jamieson and help shepherd new pilots as well as the network’s slate of original scripted dramas including The Glades, Longmire and Bates Hotel. Mace, previously at MTV Networks as SVP VH1 Creative Lab and before that VP Original Programming at Logo, will report to A&E SVP Non-fiction & Alternative Programming Elaine Frontain Bryant and be tasked with developing new original non-fiction series ideas for the network.
This is the clearest sign yet of the thaw in the companies’ once-frosty relationship — and could intensify industry concerns about whether Netflix will cannibalize ad-supported TV. Warner Bros Television Group has agreed to license complete previous seasons of serialized dramas including Revolution, Political Animals, Longmire, 666 Park Avenue — and The Following, which debuts this month on Fox. Netflix also landed Chuck, Fringe and The West Wing. The companies say that in addition to these eight shows, Warner Bros may also make available “potential future shows.” Warners reserved the right to sell the programs into traditional syndication windows, via electronic sell-through services and on a catch-up basis for recently aired episodes. But Netflix has exclusive rights to subscription streaming. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Lou Diamond Phillips will both topline and co-write The Boys Of Eloy, based on the true story of a ragtag co-ed softball team in the prison town of Eloy, Ariz. Phillips, who currently stars in A&E’s Longmire as Harry Standing Bear, plays the coach who gets the team in shape and helps lead them to the 2000 Little League World Series of Softball. Michael Montijo and Noe Gonzalez co-wrote the screenplay with Phillips. The Boys Of Eloy will be the debut feature production for Montijo’s Majority Entertainment. Montijo, Phillips and Douglas Warner are producing. J.B. Roberts, Edward Michaels, and Michael Weiss are executive producing. Phillips is repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Two more drama projects landed slots on ABC‘s drama development slate: medical drama Warriors, from director-producer Chris Chulack (Southland), writer Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television; and legal drama Grievances, from writers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price and Neal Moritz’s Original Film.
ER alum Chulack is back on the medical beat with Warriors, which is inspired by the state-of-the-art Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The project, written by Baigerlman and to be directed by Chulack, will follow the best and brightest of active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan; on military families and veterans; as well as administering to Washington’s government elite such as the president, senators, Supreme Court justices — all while juggling their complicated personal lives and trying to maintain their sense of perspective, humor, and sanity. Chulack and Baigelman executive produce with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna. Warriors reunites Baigelman with UTA-repped Mandeville TV, where he developed The Oath, also for ABC. Baigelman, repped by UTA and Management 360, is developing the Miles Davis feature biopic Kill The Trumpet Player for Don Cheadle to star. The two recently co-wrote Mr. Inbetween for Showtime. Chulack, repped by UTA and manager Ken Goss, is executive producer/director on TNT’s Southland and directed the pilot for A&E’s breakout drama Longmire. Read More »
Bailey Chase, who co-stars on A&E Network’s Longmire, will star alongside Ashely Scott and Cuba Gooding Jr in Summoned, written and to be directed by Peter Sullivan. Chase plays a detective who lives and breathes his job and becomes suspicious when an acquaintance jumps to his death for no reason. He soon uncovers that a convicted killer may have returned from the grave for revenge. The supernatural thriller, said to be in the vein of Insidious, shoots in LA. Chase is repped by Gersh and Untitled.
EXCLUSIVE: One of the world’s greatest inventors of all time, Thomas Edison, is the leading man of a new period crime drama project in the works at NBC. Titled Edison, the drama is produced by Sony Pictures TV and Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Prods. Written by Daniel C. Connolly (A&E’s Longmire), it is described as a big, fun, genre-driven show about young Thomas Alva Edison. John Shiban (Breaking Bad, Hell On Wheels), who worked on the Johnson-produced Breaking Bad, is overseeing the script for the project, set in 1880s Manhattan. Read More »