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PaleyFest: Michael Chiklis Joining FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

By | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 8:48pm PDT

TFreak Showhe biggest news on the closing night of PaleyFest was the reveal that Michael Chiklis is joining the American Horror Story cast for the fourth season. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy said the Emmy winner will make his AMS debut playing the father of Evan Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character on American Horror Story: Freak Show, the title of which Murphy announced in a tweet this week.

Michael Chiklis“What a way to come back to my home network,” Chiklis told the screaming crowd at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. “We’re going to freak you and scare you!” Said Murphy: “Every person on this stage is coming back,” referring to Bates, Emma Roberts (Madison Montgomery), Angela Bassett (Marie Laveau), Sarah Paulson (Cordelia Grove), Gabourey Sidibe (Queenie), Frances Conroy (Myrtle Snow), Jamie Brewer (Nan), Denis O’Hare (Spalding) and Evan Peters (Kyle Spencer). While most of the castmembers were announced in the press recently, Roberts and O’Hare were known to be holdouts. Prior to the panel tonight, both actors told Deadline that they were still in talks.

Related: FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Renewed For Fourth Cycle

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PaleyFest: ‘Veep’ Reps Discuss Bad ‘House Of Cards’ Acting, Political Cameos & President Schwarzenegger

By | Thursday March 27, 2014 @ 9:46pm PDT

Veep 1“They’re very welcoming in Washington [D.C.] – the fools!” Veep creator Armando Iannucci told PaleyFest attendees tonight. He and the HBO comedy’s cast reminisced about all the politicos in Washington who were only too happy to divulge personal secrets to them as they did research for the show – like the woman who kept her phone on her pillow at night and said “whoever dates me dates [my boss].” President Clinton, meanwhile, recently told Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won an Emmy last year for playing VPOTUS Selina Meyer, that the best part about her character is “no term limits.”

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘Veep,’ Season 3

Paleyfest 2014 logoIannucci declared that there never will be a crossover episode of Veep and Netflix’s House of Cards, as one PaleyFest ticket-buyer suggested during the Q&A period. That’s because “the cast is very talented in Veep – more talented than the ones in House of Cards. There’s some basic staring at cameras while you say your lines [in House of Cards], which is a fundamental mistake. It should be rooted out – Acting Class 101,” he joked.

Related: HBO’s ‘Veep’ Renewed For A Third Season

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PaleyFest: Dan Harmon & ‘Community’ Cast Talk Season 6, Chevy Chase And A Potential Streaming Future

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:57pm PDT

Dan Harmon Community PalyeFestCommunity creator and exec producer Dan Harmon told Deadline tonight at the PaleyFest that there’s still no word about a sixth-season order from NBC, but it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in the fridge,” Harmon said about NBC’s silence about a renewal. “We’ll find out when the network is the hungriest.” Harmon said he’s heard “whispers from dark corners” about the possibility of Community being resurrected through a streaming format, should NBC completely deep-six the comedy series. The creator gives props to Sony, the studio thatPaleyfest 2014 logo fired him after Season 3 then brought him back for Season 5, for recognizing the cult appeal of Community should this occur: “No one is better than Sony when it comes to recognizing a property. If they have something that’s worth anything, that has an opportunity to recoup and profit, it’s Sony.”

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He added: “There seems like there’s a space where we could do something; one can go to Hulu or Netflix. It’s a new business model. Should Community continue on a streaming platform, well, that’s an adjustment Harmon will need to make. “Whether [streaming] is the best for Community, I don’t know. It’s a network sitcom. It’s like, ‘Let’s take this sonnet that didn’t work for everyone and turn it into a limerick,” he said.

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PaleyFest: ‘The Mindy Project’ Cast Discusses The Kiss And James Franco

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 10:50pm PDT

nOdJLOY - Imgur“The death of comedy is political correctness,” Mindy Kaling said at The Mindy Project Q&A at PaleyFest.  The comment was apropos of some lines delivered on the show, but could be a response to the group Media Action Network for Asian- Americans which wants Kaling’s character to stop dating so many white guys on the series. “We are concerned that in the course of two seasons, her character, Dr. Lahiri, has had a ‘white-only’ dating policy involving about a dozen men,” the org wrote the other day to Fox, noting Kaling’s “strangely defensive” response to Entertainment Weekly on the subject: “Do people really wonder on other shows if female leads are dating multicultural people? Like I owe it to every race and minority and beleaguered person. I have to become the United Nations of shows?” At PaleyFest tonight, Kaling said of her show, “My writing staff on this show is the best writing staff on television…they love women and love their characters”

Related: TCA, ‘The Mindy Project’ On Returning Guests, Haiti And That Haircut

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PaleyFest: ‘Masters Of Sex’ Cast Talks Hamlet, Arthur Miller, A Stratum Of Filmmaking, And Girdles

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 10:10pm PDT

Michael Sheen came to the Masters of Sex Q&A at PaleyFest and tried to class up the joint with a lot of talk about playing Hamlet, and reading D3tFmrD - ImgurArthur Miller as a teen only to discover Miller’s plays had no bad characters — just people making bad choices. Fortunately, he was greatly outnumbered on stage at the Dolby Theatre by the women of Showtime’s 1950s-set drama series about real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. They wanted to talk about the drudgery of maintaining a ’50s hairdo and the best way to pee in a girdle.

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Sheen, known for playing David Frost in Frost/Nixon and Tony Blair in The Queen, said playing Masters was the “perfect combination” for an actor, because he was a famous historical figure but was little known as a man Paleyfest 2014 logoand so “private” and “secretive and mysterious” that, “by necessity you have to invent a lot as well.” And while he was not looking to do television, Sheen said he was receptive to the idea, because “you can tell a story over 12 hours [that] really opens the door, as an actor, to explore character in a different way.” Pay cablers like Showtime are “a stratum of filmmaking that’s not being done in film any more. … Writing is so strong in television at the moment … the sophistication of the audience … the bar is very high, and that pushes you to do the best work you can.”

Related: PaleyFest 2014 Schedule

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PaleyFest: ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Teases ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Crossover

By | Sunday March 23, 2014 @ 4:15pm PDT

© Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media More Marvel Cinematic Universe crossovers are in store next month as ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads into its final season 1 stretch with some added Marvel juice. The ABC superhero spinoff series returns to air Thursday, April 1 ahead of the Friday, April 4 theatrical debut of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Today’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. PaleyFest panelists hinted at Captain America crossovers with S.H.I.E.L.D., which will be back for seven episodes in a row starting April 8 culminating in the Season 1 finale, said exec producer Jeph Loeb. He danced around officially spilling on how the show will overlap with Captain America, but since they already welcomed Thor: The Dark World film co-star Jaimie Alexander on a ratings-lifting crossover episode following the events of that film earlier this month, “it wouldn’t surprise anyone if [events from] the movie you mentioned were to happen in the show we’re talking about,” he teased.

Paleyfest 2014 logoThe series has yet to be renewed for a second season, and Loeb made an effort during PaleyFest’s fan-centric panel to thank ABC’s Andy Kubitz for scheduling their final seven episodes without further scheduling breaks. He and fellow EPs Jeff Bell, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon are heading into production on the season finale (“It’s a long season and everybody’s running on fumes,’ said Tancharoen) and they’re still holding out for an official Season 2 renewal. “Who do I have to shank?” asked one fan in the audience, inquiring after the show’s Season 2 prospects while holding a Thor plush in one hand.

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PaleyFest: ‘Mad Men’ Cast Muses About Season 6, Wonders About Season 7 And Bemoans The Inevitable End

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 10:16pm PDT

> on March 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.It was quite clear heading into Friday night’s Mad Men panel at the PaleyFest that the audience would come away knowing more about Star Wars: Episode VII  than Mad Men Season 7. Star Wars wasn’t discussed, but in traditional fashion, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner not only revealed zero clues about the next season of the AMC series, which returns April 13, but he remained largely tight-lipped about his next act when the show concludes in 2015. “I love the audience not knowing how the new season is going to start,” Weiner told Deadline, “We ended [Season 6] in the fall of 1968, and we’ll begin right after that.” One reveal: “A week from today, we start shooting the final seven episodes,” star Jon Hamm during Paleyfest 2014 logothe Q&A, which followed a screening of Season 6 finale “In Care Of.”  In that episode, Hamm’s complex protagonist, ad man Don Draper, suffers a layoff from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and divulges his past to his co-workers and children. “I don’t think any of us have any idea what the tone or look will be,” Hamm said of how the cast remains in the dark about the ultimate finale. Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Cast & Crew Talk ‘Shipping’ And Villains, Tease Season 2

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 9:18pm PDT

John ChoThe cast and crew of Fox‘s supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow materialized Wednesday evening at PaleyFest to tease the fates of the show’s characters going into fall’s second season. Although January’s S1 finale left the cast in Paleyfest 2014 logovarious states of distress and spaces between spaces — Purgatory being one such locale — cast member John Cho‘s presence was testament to the fact that on Sleepy Hollow, as EP Mark Goffman noted, “You can be dead but that doesn’t mean you’re gone.”

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sleepyhollowThe show’s producers promised the return of John Noble as Henry Parrish aka Jeremy Crane aka The Horseman of War in Season 2. And he won’t be alone. “There are a lot of amazing foot soldiers coming, familiar and also original,” teased co-creator/EP Bob Orci. Fellow co-creator and EP Len Wiseman hinted that a new creature will be introduced that confronts Headless, “possibly with his own face.” He then wondered, “How do you create a character as evil and scary as Headless?” Quipped Alex Kurtzman, yet another of Sleepy Hollow‘s co-creator and EP: “Dick Cheney.”

Related: John Noble & Lyndie Greenwood Promoted To Regular On Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’

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PaleyFest: ‘Parks And Recreation’ Gives No. 1 Fan A Standing O

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 11:19pm PDT

The cast of comedy The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "Parks And Recreation"Parks And Recreation got upstaged tonight at PaleyFest by one of those rabid fans NBC is always telling advertisers about.

“Oh my gosh! WOW! Oh, my gosh! Okay, So Hi! I’m Daniel!” the young man began. “Oh sh*t! Oh my god! So, um, to be fair to the show, you guys all seem so natural on the show, even when — you guys seem so chill, and I want to know, are you guys always like that, off-camera?!” he emoted while hopping about. “Oh my gosh! I’m right here! Oh my gosh!” Daniel said, beginning to foam over as he discovered his image was being projected on a giant screen over the cast, so that the show’s many fans in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood could see him as he asked his question. “And, um, like, I want to know, you guys seem to embody the characters, and become your characters. Retta, are you always, ‘Oh, damn! Bitch!?” concluded Daniel, who was just another super-fan attending PaleyFest in the theater, but would likely have been Tasered had he come within three feet of the cast members outside the theater on Hollywood Blvd. Unless, of course, he’s an actor punking PaleyFest for JKL which has its studio just down the road.

YIuOU2H - Imgur“I don’t know what you’re talking about! I’m not like that OK? Shit! Fuck!” joked Retta, who plays Donna Meagle, the office manager at the Pawnee Indiana Parks and Recreation Department on the NBC comedy.

“All I’m asking is,  Are you guys always like that?! Are you always like a klutz?!” Daniel continued – that question apparently was directed at Jim O’Heir, who fell out of his chair on cue.

“Yeah! So, that’s like my question. OK?!” Daniel concluded.

The cast, and show co-creator Mike Schur, stood and gave Daniel a standing ovation. Daniel began to hyperventilate and record the moment on his camera.
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PaleyFest: ‘Lost’ Creators Still Keeping Secrets At 10th Anniversary Reunion

By | Sunday March 16, 2014 @ 10:37pm PDT

lostTonight’s PaleyFest panel at the Dolby Theatre was a 10th Anniversary Reunion for Lost — the Emmy-winning ABC fantasy drama that made its debut in 2004. Apparently a decade is a long time when it comes to social media: Executive producer Carlton Cuse and co-creator/EP Damon Lindelof said the show would never have been able to keep the kind of plot secrets that were the signature of early episodes in today’s Twitter-happy world.

“The spoiler culture was not what it is now,” said Cuse, who appeared on the large panel with Lindelof and cast members Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Ian Somerhalder, Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelley and Ian Cusick. (At the beginning of the panel, host Paul Scheer called a moratorium on any jokes about the mysterious disappearance of airplanes. “Let’s not have ask questions about that because they won’t be in good taste,” he said.)

Lost Paleyfest reunionThe producers cited as a prime example their decision to kill off Ian Somerhalder’s popular Boone Carlyle character early in the show’s run. The decision was controversial even back then, but at least the producers were able to keep a lid on the surprise. Cuse said the show wanted to defy TV series convention. In an episode of CSI: Miami, for example, you always knew that whoever had a gun to the head of David Caruso’s Horatio was not going to pull the trigger. “(We thought) the idea that we could kill a character that was so beloved would give the show incredible energy, so no one was safe,” Cuse said. Read More »

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PaleyFest: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Dodge Finale Questions

By | Saturday March 15, 2014 @ 10:20pm PDT

Creator and cast of CBS‘s Monday comedy series How I Met Your Mother declined to give up any information about the series finale at the How I Met Your Mother Season 7PaleyFest tonight. Right off the bat moderator Wayne Brady (who played Neil Patrick Harris’ gay brother on the show) asked creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays about the “rumors swirling” that Cristin Milioti’s character, aka The Mother, “is dying. Would you really kill of the mother?” Brady asked.

Thomas and Bays began to tap dance, saying they are “wildly excited” about the finale, that “it’s great” and “we can’t say anthing” about it, with Thomas adding apologetically,  “We have been the worst interview in show business” for the show’s nine seasons, likening himself and Bays to “disgraced politicians” with their evasive answers – especially about the mother, whose identity had been kept secret for eight seasons.

They also dodged a question as to what will be the show’s final slap – slaps being a thing on HIMYM. “It will happen; we won’t forget, ” Thomas promised. In re whether there will be another of the CBS comedy’s trademark musical production numbers before the show ends at the end of this month, Thomas responded, “We won’t confirm or deny. But no.”

Nobody mentioned the spinoff, How I Met Your Dad.

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PaleyFest: ‘Veronica Mars’ Creator Rob Thomas On A Sequel, Crowdfunding And That Poster Problem

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 8:39pm PDT

Veronica MarsDeadline caught up with Veronica Mars creator and executive producer Rob Thomas tonight at the Dolby Theatre before the opening panel of PaleyFest 2014, which celebrated a reunion of the former CW show’s cast prior to tomorrow’s bow of its Warner Bros feature film spinoff. “There’s language in the cast’s deals about a sequel and Kristen Bell and I have talked about it, but it’s all about hitting that magic [revenue] number with box office and VOD,” said Thomas about the franchise’s long-term prospects. Although Thomas – who leaves for Vancouver in 10 days to start production on his CW pilot iZombie — wouldn’t specify what that magic figure is for Veronica Mars to earn a sequel greenlight, speculation is that Warner Bros has built this project to win. In addition its day-and-date VOD release tomorrow, Warner Paleyfest 2014 logoBros will bow Veronica Mars in 291 theaters and will be content if it generates $1 million in theater ticket sales by Sunday. The studio’s only exposure is in P&A. But even if Veronica Mars falls short, Thomas said: “I wrote the movie in such a way that if we don’t see Veronica Mars again, the audience will be satisfied in a way that Season 3 did not. I wanted to go down swinging on this series.”

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PaleyFest Unveils Full 2014 Schedule: ‘Lost’ Reunion Among Additions

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 8:47am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThis year is being billed as the biggest William S. Paley Television Festival to date thanks in part to the move to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland for the fest that runs March 13-28. Added to the already-announced opening-night event featuring the Veronica Mars Kickstarter-funded reunion movie, organizers have added a lost-logoLost 10th anniversary reunion on March 16, Netflix participation (Orange Is The New Black), and a so-long session for CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Also feted this year: Fox’s The Mindy Project and Sleepy Hollow; AMC’s Mad Men; the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals; ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Showtime’s Masters Of Sex; HBO’s Veep;     and NBC comedies Parks & Recreation and Community, the latter of which is back for a fifth season due to “popular demand”, the Paley Center for Media says. The full slate of panels announced today includes the already-confirmed ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars, and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, which will close out the fan confab. Here’s the full schedule: Read More »

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‘Veronica Mars’ Reunion To Open PaleyFest 2014

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 10:04am PST

The-Paley-Center-for-media-logoThe Paley Center for Media’s 31st annual TV confab is set for March 13-28 and is moving across town from the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. PaleyFest 2014 will kick off its schedule with Veronica Mars, a panel reuniting the cast of the former UPN/CW series starring Kristen Bell. The date is no coincidence: the much-buzzed about, Kickstarter-elevated Veronica Mars movie from Warner Bros is being released the next day. Also on the panel docket is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, and the fest will close like last year with the latest incarnation of FX’s American Horror Story. The full lineup will be unveiled January 8.

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ At NY PaleyFest: Tony Soprano As Nucky Thompson? “One Of The First People We Talked About”, Creator Says

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 6:03pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

James Gandolfini as Boardwalk Empire kingpin Nucky Thompson? It might have happened had the stars aligned differently, the HBO drama’s creator and showrunner Terence Winter said today during the concluding panel of the PaleyFest: Made in NY event at New York’s Paley Center for Media. In response to a question from an audience member about actors other than Steve Buscemi who were considered to portray Nucky, Winter said that Gandolfini — who died in June — was “one of the first people we talked about” for the role. “Not only had we just worked with him,” Winter added, “but he also bore such an uncanny resemblance to the actual Nucky.” But Gandolfini was never really given serious consideration because he was coming off having portrayed an iconic gangster on The Sopranos, Winter admitted. A few other names came up, but because most people had no clue what the actual Nucky Thompson looked like, exec producer Martin Scorsese recommended that they just pick an actor they “really like and want to work with,” Winter said. “Then Marty called me up and said, ‘I can’t stop thinking about Steve Buscemi.’” I said, ‘I can’t either.’ And that was it.”

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‘Nurse Jackie’ At NY PaleyFest: A Cast Tweak, An Emmy Surprise And Why New Yorkers Are “Just A Little Cuckoo”

By | Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 4:19pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

There was a bit of news unveiled today at the PaleyFest: Made in NY panel for Nurse Jackie: Tony Award winner Julie White has joined the Showtime comedy’s cast as a regular for Season 6. It had been announced last week that White would be recurring, but exec producer Clyde Phillips confirmed that she is “now a series regular,” beginning with the first episode. She is playing Antoinette, a brassy Southern real estate agent who becomes the AA sponsor of Jackie Peyton’s (Edie Falco) after the drug-addicted ER nurse falls off the wagon at the end of Season 5. The series is completing shooting on its second episode following a season-finale climax in which Jackie pops a pill stashed in her wedding ring box at a party celebrating the one-year anniversary of her sobriety. Concurrently, Adam Ferrara — whose cop character Frank was written into the series as Jackie’s love interest last season — is back for Season 6, cementing his status as a regular. Ferrara previously was a regular on the FX firefighter drama Rescue Me, and he was asked by audience member at the panel how it was different being on a show like Nurse Jackie that was decidedly less “testosterone-driven.” “It smells better,” he quipped, “but I’m very fortunate to have had both experiences — testosterone and estrogen.” He thought about this for a moment and then added, “I could probably create life by myself.”

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‘Elementary’ At NY PaleyFest: Rhys Ifans Confirmed For Season 2; Other Castings

By | Saturday October 5, 2013 @ 6:07pm PDT

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Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) “will absolutely be back” in Season 2 of CBS’ Elementary, creator/producer Robert Doherty confirmed at this evening’s PaleyFest: Made in NY panel. Doherty said the series plans to include “as much as we can get” of the character. “You’ll see him a couple more times in the first 12 (episodes) and four more times in the back 12,” said Doherty, who was joined on the panel by EPs Craig Sweeney and Carl Beverly and cast members Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill. The panel was moderated by TV Guide’s Bruce Fretts. Doherty added that Mycroft will be coming to New York and “circumstances will draw him back into Sherlock and Joan’s orbit”. Producers also confirmed that guest Natalie Dormer (as Irene Adler) will return “around midseason” and that the show hopes to have Sean Pertwee return as Inspector Lestrade but nothing has been confirmed.

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‘The Americans’ At NY PaleyFest: Suspicions, Family Secrets And Series Creator’s CIA Regrets

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 6:56pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

The Americans creator/executive Joe Weisberg and executive producer Joel Fields told a PaleyFest: Made in NY crowd tonight that their show’s second season will expand from exploring the marriage of two spies to focus more on their family. FX’s Cold War-era drama, created by former CIA agent Weisberg, stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Soviet intelligence agents posing as an average American couple with two kids. The panel included the two EPs, Russell, Rhys and Noah Emmerich, who portrays the couple’s neighbor, nosy FBI agent Stan Beeman.

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Although the kids are kept in the dark about their parents’ occupation, the first-season finale included the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) snooping into forbidden territory. Following the panel, which was moderated by New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, one audience member probed for details about whether Season 2 would spotlight the spy kids. Answered Fields: “I think we can say as much as, last season was the exploration of a marriage [and the news season] would draw a big concentric circle” around that marital unit to include Paige and her 10-year-old brother Henry (Keidrich Sellati). “That moment with Paige is a hint to some of the direction we will go.” Read More »

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NY PaleyFest: Louis C.K. Sounds Off

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 8:06pm PDT

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Looking and sounding more relaxed than he has, well, maybe ever, Louis C.K. told a sold-out PaleyFest: Made in NY audience tonight at the Paley Center in New York that his look of renewed vigor is no illusion. “I’m feeling a huge amount more energy,” C.K. said, explaining that it’s the result of his having taken a year off from his Emmy-nominated FX comedy Louie. The reigning comic’s comic — widely considered to have the most creative freedom of perhaps any human in television history – made the commitment to take a 12-month sabbatical “for the good of the show. I didn’t want to start making the show with diminishing returns.” He stressed that as his show’s writer, producer, director, editor and star, he would be juggling so many balls that he’d turned in some episodes “that I knew weren’t good enough. It had been kind of a nightmare. We took a year off to kind of hit the reset button.”

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So now for the fourth season of the critical smash Louie that he just began shooting, the pace of production will be far more leisurely. “We usually start shooting in February for that year’s show, and we’re four months ahead this time. So we have much, much more time.” The entire season now will be in the can when it returns to the air next spring. But at the same time, C.K. is – by his standards – taking his time. “We have 60 shooting days this year; we usually do 48,” he said. “I feel like we’re doing it a lot smarter, besides finally having the luxury of time.” Read More »

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