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Here’s Another Look At Starz’s ‘Outlander’ — One You’ll Be Seeing Every Week

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 2:11pm PDT

Here’s Another Look At Starz’s ‘Outlander’ — One You’ll Be Seeing Every WeekA day after debuting a new trailer at its Comic-Con panel, Starz has released the opening title sequence for its new time-warping drama. We see stars including Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan along with weapons and wildlife, stitches and sunsets. The Outlander credits are set to a new arrangement of centuries-old Scottish folk tune “The Skye Boat Song” by The Walking Dead composer (decomposer?) Bear McCready and sung by his wife Raya Yarbrough. They also teamed on projects for such series as Da Vinci’s Demons, for which he won an Emmy, and Battlestar Galactica. Have a look and listen:

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Comic-Con: ‘Family Guy’ Feature Film On Hold; Season 13 Guest Stars & Stories Revealed

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 1:47pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘Family Guy’ Feature Film On Hold; Season 13 Guest Stars & Stories RevealedSimilar to 20th Century Fox TV‘s Bones Comic-Con presentation, the Family Guy creators and cast also revealed a number of storylines for its upcoming season. In no particular order, Meg (Mila Kunis) becomes a foot-fetish model, Stewie is impregnated with Brian’s baby, Jesus returns in the Christmas episode and “the guys help him get laid,” said executive producer Steve Callaghan. And as discussed at TCA, there’s the episode where Peter tries to kick Liam Neeson’s ass. Other guests stars in addition to Neeson this season include Allison Janney, Julie Bowen, Lea Thompson and Jeff Garlin.

Related: Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates

Family Guy Comic-ConThe toon’s director and producer Peter Shin confirmed that there’s a looming feature film of Family Guy, but it’s currently on hold while creator Seth MacFarlane directs Ted 2. Said Shin,  ”We started some work on one a while ago, but it’s been put on hold. It might move forward in the future.” Callaghan mentioned that the upcoming September 28 The Simpsons Guy is much in the vein of a film.  MacFarlane would also like to do a Star Trek parody much in the same way Family Guy did a send-up of Star Wars: A New Hope with its sixth season premiere Blue Harvest. Airdate TBD.

Related: Starz Gives 2-Season Order To Seth MacFarlane-Jonathan Ames Comedy

A nice button during the Q&A included Simpsons creator Matt Groening taking the mike and asking, ‘Hey guys, what advice can you give a young, struggling animator? Please if you … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Outlander’s Decades In The Making & New Trailer (Video)

By | Friday July 25, 2014 @ 3:13pm PDT

Comic-Con: ‘Outlander’s Decades In The Making & New Trailer (Video)“People have been trying to make a feature film of (my novel) Outlander for the last 20 years. I said to (executive producer) Ron Moore that I have seen scripts that made me turn white and burst into flames,” said author Diana Gabaldon about her 1991 book which tells the romantic story of a 1945 combat nurse Claire Randall, who is time warped back to 1743 and marries a dashing Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser.

Related: TCA: Starz Offers Free Viewing Of ‘Outlander’ Premiere, Sets Split First Season Plan

At Starz‘s Comic-Con panel, Moore, Gabaldon and the cast recounted how the bestselling international novel finally saw its way to a visual medium. They also introduced a new trailer:

WIRED Cafe @ Comic Con - Day 2When Battlestar Galactica was winding down, EP Moore was discussing with wife Terry and his producing partner Maril Davis what their next project would be, and the two brought Outlander to his attention over dinner.

Related: Starz Sets Premiere Date For ‘Outlander’, Releases Key Art

“They got all excited, but I kept drinking and eating.  I was taken with it ultimately. It was a page turner and I wanted to see what happened next. I liked the character of Claire and its attention to history.  I saw this novel as a TV series.” Read More »

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Ed Helms, Hilary Swank & Ed Harris In Talks To Star In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘One Percent’

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Ed Helms, Hilary Swank & Ed Harris In Talks To Star In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s MRC Series ‘One Percent’Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s MRC series is taking shape, with Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris in various stages of negotiations to topline the hour-long project. In his U.S. TV debut, the Oscar-nominated Iñárritu will direct the series, titled One Percent, which he co-created with Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, and Armando Bo. MRC Logo NewThe four recently collaborated on the script of Iñárritu’s latest feature, black comedy Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, which has been selected to open this year’s Venice Film Festival in its world premiere and as the closing-night title for the New York Film Festival.

helmshilaryswankOne Percent is set against the backdrop of the organic farming community. Helms and Swank would play a husband and wife who are struggling professionally and personally to keep their business afloat, while Harris would play the family patriarch. MRC is expected to take the project out to buyers in a few weeks, likely seeking a straight-to-series order, which has been the company’s strategy. It has been able to secure two-season pickups for its Emmy-winning David harris2Fincher-Kevin Spacey drama House Of Cards at Netflix and the Seth MacFarlane comedy at Starz.

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‘House Of Cards’ Emmy Nominee Carl Franklin Signs With Paradigm

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 4:52pm PDT

‘House Of Cards’ Emmy Nominee Carl Franklin Signs With ParadigmEXCLUSIVE: TV and film director Carl Franklin, who’s up for an Emmy for helming the Season 2 opener of Netflix drama House Of Cards, has signed with Paradigm.  He won the Indie Spirit Award for helming 1992 crime pic One False Move from a script by Billy Bob Thornton; last week Franklin earned his first Emmy nod for Outstanding Direction for House Of Cards episode “Chapter 14.” He was most recently on ICM’s client roster. Read More »

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Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV Schedule

Comic-Con 2014: Complete TV ScheduleWednesday, July 23 — Preview Night
6-10 PM, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. TV Pilot Screening: Constantine, The Flash, iZombie, Teen Titans Go!

Thursday, July 24
10-11 AM, Ballroom 20
Fox’s 24: Kiefer Sutherland, EP Jon Cassar returns to Comic-Con to show off highlights from 24: Live Another Day.

10:30-11:30 AM, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Legends Of TV Land: Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Sneak peek of animated episode of Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

Related: ‘Star Wars – Episode VII’ Not Presenting at Comic-Con 2014

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TCA: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Nearly Announces Third Season For ‘Black Sails’

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 3:13pm PDT

TCA: Starz CEO Chris Albrecht Nearly Announces Third Season For ‘Black Sails’Starz CEO Chris Albrecht gave a virtual third-season pickup to Black Sails, his swashbuckling pirate adventure series/Treasure Island prequel from Michael Bay, when he addressed the press this afternoon at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour. “I looked at the final episode [of Season 2] the other day, and when I finished it … I thought to myself, ‘I need to find out what happens next.’” But he quickly added, “That’s certainly not an official announcement,” noting the press has taken jabs at his network for picking up shows early.

Related: TCA: Starz’s Basketball Comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Has Crossover Appeal, Say Producers & Cast

Image (1) Black Sails_STARZ_coming_2014.jpg for post 476428Participating recently in a panel with FX Networks CEO John Landgraf and Showtime chief David Nevins, Albrecht said he listened to the two men discuss how a series does not find its audience until its third season in this market. “I’m actually doing this wrong,” Albrecht said he concluded. “If we like the first season should we pick up the next two. … I’m actually beginning to think that, in this world of increased competition, I should worry less about what other people think and more about our belief in … people doing the show. Like I said, when I looked at the end of the second season, I wanted to know what happens next. So I’m optimistic.”

Asked about the state of his network, Albrecht said: “I’m at a little bit of a loss to understand why really good shows we put on haven’t created more buzz with you. … We’ve been thinking about, talking marketing-wise, spending more money on a series’ second season than less money — which is the way networks historically think. Maybe we need to lean into these things we believe in, in a big way.” Read More »

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TCA: Starz’s Basketball Comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Has Crossover Appeal, Say Producers & Cast

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 3:10pm PDT

TCA: Starz’s Basketball Comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Has Crossover Appeal, Say Producers & CastThe TCA panel for Starz‘s new series Survivor’s Remorse — about basketball phenom Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), who must balance fame and fortune with his former family life — found themselves tiptoeing around a statement made earlier by Starz CEO Chris Albrecht in his opening remarks: “White people don’t watch a lot of shows that don’t have a lot of white faces.”

Albrecht was talking about Power, Starz’s drama series about a nightclub owner/drug dealer that features a predominantly black cast. Albrecht boasted that the series draws “the largest concentration for any premiere show since The Wire — about 50% of the audience”, the executive said. But Albrecht added that Power still needs to be given time to develop crossover appeal.
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TCA: Starz Offers Free Viewing Of ‘Outlander’ Premiere, Sets Split First Season Plan

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 1:02pm PDT

TCA: Starz Offers Free Viewing Of ‘Outlander’ Premiere, Sets Split First Season PlanStarz is making the first episode of its new series Outlander available in its entirety for free to viewers, beginning August 2, in advance of its worldwide premiere August 9 at 9 PM. The episode will be available on multiple TV and online platforms nationwide. The network said in advance of its TCA session today that first season of the series will be split in two, with the first eight episodes running over eight consecutive Saturdays through September 27; the second half of the 16-episode order is scheduled to continue in early 2015. Outlander is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica).

Starz 1 logoStarz estimates about 82 million multichannel video households will have access to the premiere episode via additional linear, on-demand and/or online sampling opportunities on select cable, satellite and telco affiliates in the U.S.  as well as online through select websites including Starz.com/Outlander, the Starz Outlander Twitter page, the Starz YouTube page, Starz Outlander Facebook Page and the free STARZ PLAY app for all U.S.-based users. Read More »

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EMMYS: Record 11 Black Actors & Actresses Nominated Across All Categories

EMMYS: Record 11 Black Actors & Actresses Nominated Across All CategoriesLast year Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle made Emmy history as two African American actors breaking through the lead acting categories at the same time with nominations.  Not only did they both earn nominations again this year, but a total of 11 Black actors and actresses were nominated across all acting categories — the most since 1977 when Roots racked up nine nominations for its castmembers according to TV Academy stats (Roots wound up winning trophies for Olivia Cole  and Louis Gossett Jr).  Last year Washington’s nom for Scandal repped the first in nearly two decades for a black actress, the last being Cicely Tyson in 1995′s Sweet Justice. This year, Washington will be running into Tyson on the red carpet as she’s also up for an nomination in the lead movie/miniseries actress category for The Trip to Bountiful. Another big year for Black thesps was 1986, when The Cosby Show earned eight acting nominations and a guest comedy actor win for Roscoe Lee Browne. Typically the Emmys, similar to the Oscars, has been criticized for a lack of diversity in the past.

mark evan jackson“It’s a testament to the storytelling that is going on out there,” Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, said this morning about the record. “If you look at what Fox is doing with diverse comedies, there’s The Mindy Project and our show. There’s a new dimension of half-hour comedies that don’t depend on stereotypes or the boxes we put people in. I play a … 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: 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
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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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Comic-Con: Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Travels To San Diego

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 9:41am PDT

Comic-Con: Starz’s ‘Outlander’ Travels To San DiegoStarz has added its summer series Outlander to Comic-Con‘s Friday, July 25 schedule with a panel at 2:15 PM in room 6A.  Executive producer Ronald D. Moore, cast members Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek as well as Outlander author Diana Gabaldon will be on hand to discuss the series with fans.

Outlander follows the epic story of Claire Randall (Balfe), a married combat nurse from 1945, who is time-warped back to 1743 where her life is suddenly threatened. She is forced into marriage with a romantic young Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser (Heughan), and her heart is torn between two men in two different lives.

Outlander premieres Saturday, August 9 at 9 PM.  Series is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Starz Adapting ‘American Gods’, ‘Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller & ‘Heroes’ Michael Green Will Showrun

By | Tuesday July 1, 2014 @ 1:03pm PDT

Starz Adapting ‘American Gods’, ‘Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller & ‘Heroes’ Michael Green Will ShowrunStarz will develop an adaptation of FremantleMedia North America’s Neil Gaiman urban fantasy novel American Gods. Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and The River and Heroes executive producer Michael Green will write the pilot and showrun the series. The 2001 novel, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, and centers on a looming war between the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots and the upstart pantheon of gods who stand for society’s fixation with money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. The story’s main character, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman and older god. Both set on a cross-country mission to gather forces in preparation to battle the new deities. Read More »

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Steven Brand Joins AMC Drama Pilot ‘Galyntine’, Dan Fogler Added To ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 4:15pm PDT

Steven Brand Joins AMC Drama Pilot ‘Galyntine’, Dan Fogler Added To ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’Steven Brand has been tapped for a new series regular role on AMC’s pilot Galyntine, the drama created by Halt & Catch Fire‘s Jason Cahill and executive produced by Scott Free and The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero. Nicotero also is directing the pilot, a fantasy-action adventure with hints of sci-fi set in a postapocalyptic future without technology where a band of survivors is forced to adapt to isolation and the challenges of their new world. Alex Russell was just cast in the lead role, and Catherine Dent and Charlotte D’Ambroise also are aboard. Brand, repped by Global Artists Agency, will play Britt, Haven’s (Dent) husband. He is Essyn and Aethys’ father, a once formidable hunter who’s now a political figure in the colony. Brand, who recurred on Starz’s Magic City, is next up in a recurring role on ABC’s drama Secrets & Lies.

Related: 2014 AMC Pilots

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Joe Roth Becomes An Adviser At Revolution Studios As Private Equity Firm Takes Control

By | Thursday June 26, 2014 @ 2:05pm PDT

Joe Roth Becomes An Adviser At Revolution Studios As Private Equity Firm Takes ControlIt’s a wrap for Joe Roth at Revolution Studios, which he founded in 2000. He’ll become a strategic adviser to the company with a first-look TV development deal, the company says today, after it received a major infusion of cash from Fortress Investment Group. The private equity firm says it intends to buy out Revolution’s original partners. Studio CEO Vince Totino and COO Scott Hemming will remain at Revolution. “The time is right for us to expand the Revolution brand through the development of original projects as well as those that are based on the valuable intellectual property in the Revolution library,” Totino says. “With Fortress’s financial resources and industry expertise and our continued partnership with Joe Roth, we plan to grow Revolution substantially in the coming years.”

Revolution became a financial disappointment after a promising start. Roth — a former studio exec at Disney and Fox — forged alliances with Sony, Starz and Fox, and stars including Adam Sandler and Julia Roberts. Roth also directed films including Christmas With The Kranks and Freedomland. But Revolution shuttered its film division in 2007 with a library of 50 titles as bombs including Gigli and Hollywood Homicide overwhelmed successes including Oscar winner Black Hawk Down and Maid In Manhattan. The TV production operation has continued with shows including Are We There Yet for TBS and Anger Management for FX.

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Starz Ups Ken Segna To VP Original Programming

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 4:03pm PDT

Starz Ups Ken Segna To VP Original ProgrammingKen Segna joined Starz four years ago as an executive assistant. Now he has been promoted to VP Original Programming, based in the company’s Beverly Hills office. In his new role, Segna will take the lead on new development and current productions, including the upcoming original series Power, executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. He also will oversee production of the recently greenlighted anthology series The Girlfriend Experience, produced by Transactional Pictures and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz. Segna also serves as the production lead on original series Survivor’s Remorse, executive produced by LeBron James.
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Starz Taps David Weil As EVP & General Counsel

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT

Starz Taps David Weil As EVP & General CounselDavid Weil has joined Starz as EVP and General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs. He takes over from Steve Beabout, who is retiring after 18 years as General Counsel. Weil will be based in the Beverly Hills headquarters where he will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of business and legal affairs for the company, including the Starz linear channels, affiliate negotiations, public company compliance management and the worldwide distribution and home entertainment businesses. He will report to Chris Albrecht, CEO.
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