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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rising Star’ & ‘Wipeout’ Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Steady, ‘Reckless’ Rises

By | Monday July 21, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rising Star’ & ‘Wipeout’ Fall, ‘Big Brother’ Steady, ‘Reckless’ RisesIt was a half-and-half night among the Big 4 in primetime Sunday. CBS and ABC were almost all originals, while NBC and Fox were all encores. For Big Brother (2.1/8), that literally meant a bit of chess match among the usual housemate intrigue. Although the fourth Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of the vet reality show dipped 5% among adults 18-49 from last week, preliminary ratings have BB as the top-rated show of the night and, with 6.38 million tuning in, the night’s second-most-watched show — following the audience of 7.72 million for a repeat of 60 Minutes (0.9/4) that started the night. New episodes of Unforgettable (1.0/3) and freshman Reckless (0.6/2) followed BB to round out the night. Last night saw another double-digit rise for the Poppy Montgomery starrer as it grew 11% from its July 13 show. The latter took an even bigger jump with a 20% rise from last week, when it was flat with the week before. CBS topped the night in18-49 with a 1.1/4 rating and in total viewers with 6.147 million watching.

Even though it was all repeats, Fox was second in ratings (1.0/4) while ABC was No. 2 in viewers with 4.073 million. With a 1.5/5 rating, Fox’s 9 PM Family Guy encore was the night’s second-highest-rated show. Read More »

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WME Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana Stevens

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 12:22pm PDT
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WME Signs ‘Reckless’ Creator And ‘Safe Haven’ Scribe Dana StevensWME has just signed Dana Stevens, the prolific feature writer who is the exec producer and sole creator of Reckless on CBS. Stevens last year adapted the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven for Relativity, and her other credits include City Of Angels dana stevensand the Kevin Costner baseball pic For Love Of The Game. She currently is adapting for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and Fox The Dive, the touching story of Cuban free diver Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestres, the latter of whom died trying to better her record for a free dive, in which she plunged to an unimaginable depth on a single breath and then tried to swim to the surface. Stevens had been at UTA.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key Demos

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 9:24am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: ‘Big Brother’ Tops Sunday Ratings In Key DemosCBS’ 8 PM return of Big Brother to Sunday night (1.8/6, 5.76 million viewers) came in 22% short of last Thursday’s time period premiere to tie its lowest-rated Sunday launch to date. It was, nonetheless, the night’s top rated broadcast in the demo, as well as 18-34 and 25-54.

After BB, CBS’ Reckless unveiling (0.7/2) tumbled 79% from last summer’s highly hyped premiere of Under The Dome (3.3/9). Following Reckless, Unforgettable (0.9/3) bounced 13% from its most recent telecast (0.8/3), and on par with its in-season debut on April 4. CBS finished first among viewers (6.1 million) for the night, but tied ABC in the demo (1.1/4).
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CBS Junket Day: ‘Reckless’ Linchpin Is Sex, Says Creator (Video)

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

UPDATES WITH VIDEO: RecklessCBS‘s new summer series Reckless “is about cops and lawyers” but “the linchpin is sex,” creator/exec producer Dana Stevens told reporters at CBS Summer Junket Day.

Reckless, written by Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, is set in Charleston, SC, and stars Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet as a Yankee litigator and southern City Attorney who are intensely attracted to each other, while battling over a police sex scandal in which a woman may have grounds for claiming she was raped — adding to the pantheon of CBS series that have been/will be accused of trolling for ratings by making violent/sexual victims of female characters.
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T.I. Joins ‘House Of Lies’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Reckless’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Add Recurring

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Singer/actor T.I. (Boss) will do a multiple-episode arc on the third season of the Showtime comedy series House Of Lies as Lukas, a clothing company co-owner with childhood friend “Dre” (guest star Mekhi Phifer), who enlist Marty (Don Cheadle) to help expand their empire. He is with UTA and Category 5 Entertainment’s Brian Sher.

Amir Arison (Homeland) has booked a recurring role on hit new NBC drama series The Blacklist, playing FBI Tech specialist Aram Mojtabi who is an enthusiastic, hardworking agent desperate to assimilate. Arison, repped by Bauman, Redanty and Shaul and Sweet 180, recurs in the upcoming 3rd season of HBO’s Girls. Read More »

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New Drama Series Hire Producing Directors

Nellie Andreeva

As the newly picked-up broadcast series are gearing up for production, they’ve brought in producing directors. Here are some notable hires on new drama series. Jace Alexander will be co-executive producer/director on hot NBC drama The Blacklist. He is with ICM Partners and Fineman Entertainment. Ghost Whisperer creator John Gray will serve in the same capacity on CBS’ Reckless, while Ken Olin will be producing director on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Other producing director appointments: Dan Lerner (Lucky 7), Tim Busfield (Mind Games), Sam Hill (Almost Human), Jonas Pate (Believe), Deran Sarafian (Star-Crossed) and Nelson McCormick (Gang Related).

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Drama ‘Reckless’ Gets Series Order At CBS

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 10:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has picked up a third new drama series for next season. The order went to soapy legal drama Reckless. Written by Dana Stevens and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Reckless is a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet, Anna Wood) struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing, with Kim Moses, Ian Sander, Corey Miller and Hardwicke executive producing and Stevens co-exec producing. Reckless joins procedural Intelligence from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios and serialized thriller Hostages from Warner Bros TV. Nice going for the soapy Reckless, which was the last drama to get a pilot order at CBS and now has snagged a last-minute series order. Word is CBS isn’t necessarily done. Reckless had been one of five pilots left in contention, along with dramas Backstrom and NCIS: Red, which is rumored for a potential pickup, and comedies Friends With Better Lives and Bad Teacher.

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Adam Rodriguez Joins CBS Pilot ‘Reckless’

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 5:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS: Miami alum Adam Rodriguez is back at CBS with a co-starring role in the network’s drama pilot Reckless, from CSI: Miami producer CBS TV Studios. The Charleston, SC-set project centers on Jamie (Anna Wood), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy (Cam Gigandet), a Southern City Attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Rodriguez plays Preston, a well-respected police detective who works on the Charleston PD alongside Trey (Shawn Hatosy). Rodriguez is the second top alum of the CSI franchise to book a CBS pilot this year along with Marg Helgenberger of the mothership CSI series, who co-stars in Intelligence. Rodriguez, repped by Global Artists and A Management, was recently in Magic Mike and will next be seen in Lovesick.

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Actors Board Pilots ‘Undateable’, ‘Reckless’ & ‘Westside’

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Actor-comedian Ron Funches (Disney XD’s Crash & Bernstein) has been added to the NBC/WBTV comedy pilot Undateable, about a group of date-challenged friends whose lives are forever altered when a more confident character (Chris D’Elia) enters their world. Funches, repped by APA, Truhett Garcia Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg, plays Shelly, an odd, shy musician member of the group whose appeal to women comes to life when he’s performing. He also is a writer for The Kroll Show.

Gregory Harrison has been cast in CBS‘ Charleston, SC-set drama pilot Reckless, which centers on Jamie (Anna Wood), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy (Cam Gigandet), a Southern City Attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Harrison, repped by Stone Manners Salners and Himber Entertainment, plays Dec, a polished, well-connected Charleston attorney who is Roy’s ex-father-in-law and mentor. Read More »

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Stephen Lang To Star In ABC’s ‘Reckless’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Avatar‘s Stephen Lang has been tapped for a lead in ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written by Chris Black and directed by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) disappears during a violent military coup in East Myanmar, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Lang plays Sarah’s father Tom, who runs a top military manufacturing facility and uses his strong political connections to demand action when his beloved daughter disappears. Notoriously impossible to please, Tom has never fully embraced his son-in-law David as a member of the family. This marks Lang’s first series regular role since Fox’s Terra Nova. Innovative-repped Lang was among the most vocal supporters of the futuristic series, penning a passionate open letter following its cancellation by Fox.

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Kathryn Morris Joins CBS Pilot ‘Surgeon General’, Anna Wood To Star In ‘Reckless’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Former Cold Case star Kathryn Morris is returning to CBS with a lead role opposite Jason Issacs in the network’s drama pilot Surgeon General. Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Morris, repped by Gersh and Mosaic, plays Lydia, the Surgeon General’s Chief of Staff.

Anna Wood has landed the female lead in CBS‘ drama pilot Reckless, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens. The sultry legal show set in Charleston, SC, centers on Jamie (Wood), a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy (Cam Gigandet), a Southern City Attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Wood is repped by SMS, Leading Artists and Liberman Zerman.

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‘Southland’s Shawn Hatosy To Co-Star In CBS Pilot ‘Reckless’, ‘Dexter’s James Remar In NBC’s ‘Hatfields & McCoy’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 11:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Southland co-star Shawn Hatosy has joined the cast of CBS‘ drama pilot Reckless, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens. The sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, centers on Jamie, a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet), who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Hatosy, who plays Det. Sammy Bryant on Southland, will play another police detective, bad-boy Trey. For Hatosy, the casting is in second position to Southland, which is currently airing its fifth season. The critically praised cop show, which originated on NBC, has never been a big ratings performer and is again on the bubble, but it has been a prestige series for TNT, which has not made a decision on its future. Hatosy, repped by  IFA and H2F Entertainment joins fellow Southland star Ben McKenzie, who also booked a CBS drama pilot, The Advocates.

Dexter co-star James Remar has been cast as leads in NBC’s pilot Hatfields & McCoys, a take on the infamous feud set in present-day Pittsburgh. The startling death of the McCoy patriarch re-ignites the feud between the two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment. Remar, repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment, plays the powerful and very wealthy Joe Hatfield, estranged husband to Mary Hatfield (Rebecca De Mornay). … Read More »

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Seth Gabel Joins ABC’s ‘Gothica’, Georgina Haig & Kim Wayans Cast In CBS’ ‘Reckless’

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 4:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fringe alum Seth Gabel is headed to another potential genre series with a co-starring role on the ABC drama pilot Gothica. Set in the present day, the project weaves together a mythology that incorporates the legends of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. It centers on journalist Grace Van Helsing (Janet Montgomery) who takes over her family’s hometown newspaper. Gabel, repped by ICM Partners, Management 360 and Felker/Toczeck, will play Roderick Usher, the district attorney and heir to the once-powerful Usher family who is carrying secrets.

Another former Fringe co-star, Georgina Haig, and In Living Color alumna Kim Wayans have been added to CBS‘ drama pilot Reckless, directed by Catherine Hardwicke from a script by Dana Stevens. The sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, centers on Jamie, a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern City Attorney (Cam Gigandet), who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Wayans, repped by manager Karen Forman and Patti Felker, will play Vi, Jamie’s paralegal. She took a dramatic turn in last year’s Pariah. Aussie Haig, repped by IFA and Sue Barnett & Assoc. in Australia, plays Lee Anne, a police officer in the Charleston PD.

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Naveen Andrews Joins ABC Drama Pilot ‘Reckless’, Comedy ‘Mixology’ Casts A Lead

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Naveen AndrewsLost alum Naveen Andrews has been cast in the ABC pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Andrews will play Brit Roland Shaw, former SAS and a renegade who will do whatever it takes, for a price, to rescue Sarah. Andrews, repped by Gersh, Ellen Meyer Management, and attorney Rick Genow, recently wrapped the male lead role opposite Naomi Watts in the film Diana.

Alexis CarraAlexis Carra (Grey’s Anatomy) has booked ABC’s single-camera comedy Mixology, directed by Larry Charles from a script by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, Mixology, from ABC Studios, chronicles the exploits of singles, five guys and five girls, in search of love — all over the course of one night. Carra, repped by SMS and manager JC Robbins, will play one of them, Jessica, the sexy, single mother of two who says she wants drinks, sex and an easy cab ride home, but is ultimately a warm, maternal, loving woman looking for a guy to make … Read More »

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Parminder Nagra Joins ABC’s ‘Reckless’, Da’vine Joy Randolph In ‘Brenda Forever’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ER alumna Parminder Nagra has been cast in the ABC pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Nagra plays David’s co-worker Susan, the chief financial offer for the company and a trusted advisor to the family.

Da’vine Joy Randolph, Tony nominee for Ghost the musical on Broadway, has been cast opposite Ellie Kamper in NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever. Written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson and produced by Sony TV, it blends stories from Brenda Miller’s (Kemper) past and present to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum. Randolph, repped by Paradigm and Fox Rothschild, will play Brenda’s friend Pearl.

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Patrick Fugit To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘Reckless’, Four Other Pilots Book Actors

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 4:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) has been cast as the lead in ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Fugit is with Gersh and Levin/Brown Management.

Justine Lupe (Harry’s Law) has been cast in Greg Garcia’s CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde, about Clyde (Rupert Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. Lupe, repped by Gersh and Authentic, plays Clyde’s older sister Faith. Read More »

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Mandy Moore To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Pulling’, Eloise Mumford In ‘Reckless’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 7:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore is set as one of the leads in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, based on the praised 2006 British series. The pilot, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Moore plays one of them, Louise, who is optimistic and desperate to snag a husband — but her man-hungry tactics typically backfire. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment produce, with Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive producing with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Aaron Kaplan. ABC has long had its eye on Moore. The network produced a comedy pilot starring the actress last season and earlier this season bought a Rich Appel comedy project she was attached to with a put pilot commitment. Read More »

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ABC Pilot ‘Reckless’, AMC’s ‘Turn’ & CBS’ ‘Hostages’ Add To Casts

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Ernie Hudson is in negotiations to co-star in ABC‘s drama pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Hudson, repped by repped by The Marshak/Zachary Co. and Buchwald/Fortitude, will play a world-weary experienced CIA analyst who is being put out to pasture. He recurred on another ABC drama, Last Resort, this season.

Seth Numrich is in negotiations and British actor Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) is set for AMC‘s period drama pilot Turn, written by Craig Silverstein and directed by Rupert Wyatt. Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, Turn is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Gorman, repped by Management 360 and UK’s Independent Talent, will play Major Hewlett, a British Major, assigned to the Colonies. He will next be seen in Pacific Rim. Numrich, repped by Innovative and Principal Entertainment, will play Benjamin Talmadge, an outspoken, impassioned young man who is running reconnaissance missions for General Washington. He played the lead in Broadway’s War Horse. Read More »

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke To Helm CBS Legal Pilot ‘Reckless’

By | Saturday February 9, 2013 @ 2:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke has signed on to direct CBS’ drama pilot Reckless, a legal soap executive produced by Ghost Whisperer producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses. Written/executive produced by Dana Stevens (City Of Angels), Reckless is described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. CBS TV Studios is producing. This marks the pilot directorial debut of Hardwicke whose only previous TV gig was directing an episode of AMC’s period Western Hell On Wheels last year. On the feature side, in addition to the opening installment of the Twilight franchise, she has directed Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown and the upcoming Plush. It has been a stronger than usual pilot season for female directors in the drama field, which is traditionally dominated completely by male directors. In addition to Hardwicke, Patty Jenkins is helming ABC’s Betrayal and Lesli Linka Glatter is directing CBS’ Anatomy Of Violence.

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