Ashley Judd announced today “after serious and thorough contemplation” that she will not be running for the U.S. Senate. This comes after weeks of speculation that the Democrat supporting actress would challenge Republican …
The Emmys‘ Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category featured many of the expected contenders. HBO’s Game Change and Hemingway And Gellhorn made the cut along with History Channel’s highly rated mini The Hatfields & McCoys, which made a big splash with 16 nominations, and BBC’s Luther and PBS’ Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia adding serious gravitas — if not shows that had many viewers compared to the marquee categories.
The most interesting nomination came for FX’s American Horror Story, which managed to tie Mad Men for the most overall nominations this year with 17. This show, which offers a different storyline each season with cast members taking on different roles, is a somewhat controversial entry. It is designed as a continuing “series” that could go on for many seasons. In fact, it had to get special treatment from the Academy board in order to be even eligible as a miniseries, where it obviously had a much easier time getting nominated than it would have in the Best Drama Series category where many think this weekly series belongs. Executive producer Ryan Murphy brought it to the Academy and asked that it be considered as a mini rather than regular series — he’s no dummy. At the Primetime Awards Committee meeting the issue was brought up and someone asked if the show initially had a pilot — it did. The committee deadlocked 19-19 on whether to recommend the Board of Governors approve Murphy’s request. The board eventually caved, and Murphy got his way, resulting in the truly impressive Emmy haul this morning. FX sent DVD screeners to the Academy and one of the episodes was clearly labeled “Pilot”. What movie or miniseries has ever had a pilot? Obviously the Academy is twisting the definition of what makes a movie or mini in order to give this category new blood that doesn’t come from HBO or niche networks and cable.
They say ‘dying is easy’, it’s getting a hit TV series that’s hard. Well if they didn’t say that they should have. That’s especially true if you already have a big career in the movies. It is tough out there for those silver screen legends to get arrested on the little screen. Or so it seems.
Television audiences like to discover their own TV stars, not have a big movie name forced on them. Oscar winner Kathy Bates just saw her first series, Harry’s Law cancelled by NBC after just two seasons even though it was produced and created by TV golden boy David E. Kelley. Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman and multiple Oscar nominee Nick Nolte had their highly touted HBO series Luck whacked even before they could finish shooting the second season and get any of those episodes on the air. Of course there were extenuating circumstances on that one due to the continuing death of racehorses on the set but the series was not racking up big numbers for the pay network anyway. Rob Schneider may not be a big huge film star but since his days on Saturday Night Live he has been known mostly for his movie roles. In an attempt to trade that success in for weekly TV stardom all he got in return was a quick ax from CBS for his freshman sitcom, Rob. Producers thought film star Christina Ricci would be a big draw for the highly touted and expensive ABC series, Pan Am but it crashed and burned after a single season, even with Ricci on board.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At first glance the globe-hopping series “Missing,” which stars Ashley Judd as a former CIA operative in search of her missing son, looks like it would have a sky-high budget. Each of the episodes was shot on location in a different European city. But after today’s TCA panel on the show, executive producer Gina Matthews and writer/executive producer Grant Scharbo told Deadline the show’s budget is “in the middle-range” of the budgets of all the network’s hour dramas. In fact Scharbo said the show could be shot more cheaply abroad than in Los Angeles. And because of the international locations, the show has already been sold in various international markets. Foreign characters will speak in their native tongues, with subtitles.
Thousands of TV executives from around the world are en route to Cannes for the annual MIPCOM market, which starts on Monday. The great majority of them, who are flying into the nearby Nice airport, were greeted by a group of Pan Am stewardesses — a promotion for the new …
ABC Studios will be jetting in Ashley Judd for the premiere screening of its thriller show Missing at next month’s MIPCOM TV market. This year’s event runs Oct. 3-6. Creator/exec producer Gregory Poirier, who wrote National Treasure: Book of Secrets, will also be on hand to unveil the show in Cannes. Co-stars Cliff Curtis and Adriano Giannini will be at the Palais des Festivals too. Meanwhile, Paul Verhoeven, cult director of Starship Troopers and Total Recall, will be in town to promote FCCE’s The Entertainment Experience — “the world’s first multi-platform format based on a user-generated movie” (whatever the heck that means). Eddie Izzard will be flying in to promote his turn as Long John Silver in RHI Entertainment’s Treasure Island, due to premiere on Syfy in the U.S. and Sky in the UK. And Stevie Van Zandt — who so memorably played mob consigliere Silvio Dante in The Sopranos — will promote Norwegian TV show Lilyhammer, being sold by Germany’s SevenOne International. This time Van Zandt plays a Mafioso who testified against his former Mafia boss in New York and winds up being relocated to the Norwegian countryside as part of the Witness Protection Program.
MIPCOM previously announced that Anne Sweeney, Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair, will be this year’s MIPCOM Personality of the Year. Here’s the official release:
HBO has Al Pacino moving from Jack Kevorkian to playing Phil Spector in a film directed by David Mamet. I can tell you that Cameron Crowe tried for years to make a studio feature film about Mr. Wall Of Sound with Tom Cruise playing the gun-toting volatile record producer. But eventually …