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TCA: WE tv’s First Scripted Series ‘The Divide’ “Wasn’t Baked Fully” When Pitched To AMC

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 5:01pm PDT

TCA: WE tv’s First Scripted Series ‘The Divide’ “Wasn’t Baked Fully” When Pitched To AMCIs WE tv’s first original scripted drama The Divide the network’s own Mad Men?

The new 8-episode series, written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), does not resemble that AMC drama’s story line or midcentury setting in any way. Rather, the contemporary series explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system LaGravenese Goldwyn TCAthrough the eyes of Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton), an equally passionate district attorney and rising political star.

But at today’s TCA panel, producers explained that when they pitched their story to AMC Networks, it was suggested that The Divide could become what Mad Men was for AMC: sibling network WE tv’s first scripted show. Read More »

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WE TV Sets July Premiere For ‘The Divide’

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 9:36am PDT

wetv__130909231827-200x95WE tv will debut its first original scripted drama The Divide with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday July 16 at 9 PM. The series will then move to its regular 10 PM timeslot beginning Wednesday, July 23. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), the eight-episode series explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland), an impassioned case worker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page (Damon Gupton) an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star. AMC Studios is producing.

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Hot TV Trailer: WE TV’s ‘The Divide’

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 9:59am PDT

WEtv has dropped a trailer for its first original scripted drama The Divide. Written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind The Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), The Divide explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa played by Marin Ireland (Homeland, Boss, Side Effects), an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page played by Damon Gupton (The Newsroom, Prime Suspect), an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star. The eight-episode series, produced by AMC Studios, premieres in July. Have a look:

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David Cross Set For Fox’s ‘Dead Boss’; ABC’s Richard LaGravenese & CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Add To Casts

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 12:04pm PDT

Coming off his directorial debutdavidcross2 on Sundance pic Hits, David Cross has been tapped as a guest star on Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from WBTV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Cross will play Derek Bridges, the narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic “dead boss”. He is with UTA, BEP and attorney Harris Hartman.

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Melissa George To Star In ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Drama Pilot

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 4:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

melissageorgeMelissa George has been tapped as the female lead opposite Rufus Sewell in ABC’s Richard LaGravenese drama pilot. Also cast in the pilot, in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, is Elliot Knight. The untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites, Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Sewknightell) and Margot Worth Cole (George), who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Brit Knight, repped by Resolution, Affirmative Entertainment, UK’s Payne Management and Mike Adler, plays Philip’s right-hand man Leo who is loyal to his boss and keeps all of his secrets. This marks the second consecutive ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot for Aussie George, who toplined Gothica last season. She also played the lead in the Cinemax/BBC drama Hunted.

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Oded Fehr Joins ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Pilot; Kyle Jones In ‘Damaged Goods’

By | Thursday March 13, 2014 @ 4:38pm PDT

Oded Fehr (The Mummy franchise) has landedodedfehr1 a series regular role in ABC’s Richard LaGravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites, Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Rufus Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole, who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Fehr, repped by Paradigm and ADD Agency, will play Anderson Cole, Margot’s ex-husband and one of the Forbes 500 whose power has resulted in expanding a multimillion-dollar company into a multibillion-dollar corporation. Anderson has fooled three beautiful women into marrying him and is working on Trophy No. 4. Fehr previously starred in the Resident Evil franchise and Showtime’s Sleeper Cell and will next be seen in For The Love Of Money.

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Katie Holmes Joins ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Pilot; Josh Sussman In ‘The Winklers’

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 10:38am PST

Katie Holmes has landed a series regular rolekatie2 in ABC’s Richard LaGravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites, Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Rufus Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole, who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. Holmes will play Ann, a woman of education and breeding who, with her husband, runs a philanthropic foundation that helps bring clean water to African villages.

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Rufus Sewell To Topline ABC’s Richard LaGravenese Drama Pilot

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

sewellRufus Sewell is set as the male lead in ABC’s Richard LaGravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites — Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole — who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. UK-born Sewell, repped by WME, previously headlined CBS’ drama series Eleventh Hour and recently co-starred in HBO’s Parade’s End. He’ll next be seen in Hercules.

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ABC Picks Up Drama Pilots From Stephanie Savage, Richard LaGravenese, Chris Keyser & Tom Donaghy

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 7:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

abclogoABC has handed pilot orders to four more dramas, Astronaut Wives Club, written by Stephanie Savage; an untitled project from Richard LaGravenese in the vein of Dangerous Liaisons; Warriors, written by WGAW president Chris Keyser; and Tom Donaghy’s Agatha. All four come from ABC sibling ABC Studios.

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The Astronastronaut-wives-clubaut Wives Club, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, initially was eyed as a potential limited series. Based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published last summer, it was written by Savage in her first TV writing effort since co-creating Gossip Girl with Schwartz. Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, The Astronaut Wives Club tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Savage, Schwartz and Fake Empire’s President of Television Len Goldstein executive produce with London. This is Fake Empire’s first pilot order under the company’s overall deal at ABC Studios.

Related: Comedy Based On Kevin Hart’s Life Gets Cast-Contingent Pilot Order At ABC

The untitled Richard LaGravenese project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. LaGravenese exec produces with Erwin Stoff, Ilene Staple and Wren Arthur.

Related: Soapy Drama From David O. Russell & Susannah Grant Gets ABC Series Order

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WE TV Officially Greenlights LaGravenese/ Goldwyn Drama As First Scripted Series, Sets 3 Scripted Projects In Development

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s official: WE tv has picked up its first scripted series with a 10-episode order to The Divide, written by Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra) and co-created by LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), for a 2014 premiere. Additionally, WE has closed development deals for three additional scripted drama projects from such auspices as Chris and Paul Weitz, RJ Cutler and Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

Previous: WE TV Eyes Expansion Into Scripted Programming With Series Order To AMC’s LaGravenese/Goldwyn Drama Pilot

The Divide was originally developed and ordered as a pilot last year by WE sibling AMC, which didn’t pick it up to series but left it in contention. The project’s series order by WE tv had been contingent on finding a showrunner as David Manson, who ran the pilot at AMC, had moved to Netflix’s House Of Cards as executive producer. Veteran John Tinker (The Practice) has now been tapped for the job and will serve as executive producer alongside LaGravenese and Goldwyn. Andrew Sugerman (Shopgirl) will co-executive produce. The series will be produced by AMC Studios, which produced the pilot directed by Goldwyn. Read More »

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‘The Last 5 Years’ Underway In NY

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 9:38am PDT

Behind The Candelabra scribe Richard LaGravenese is writing and directing The Last 5 Years, the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical. The pic begins shooting this week in NY, with CAA handling domestic sales and The Exchange shopping international. Anna Kendrick, who saw success in last year’s music-based pic Pitch Perfect, is starring with Tony and Grammy nominee Jeremy Jordan. The musical is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist. From Lucky Monkey Pictures and Sh-K-Boom Records, Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, LaGravenese and Janet Brenner are producers, and Steve Norman is co-producer.

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Jeremy Jordan Joins Richard LaGravenese Musical ‘The Last 5 Years’

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 1:18pm PST

Jeremy Jordan The Last 5 YearsEXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Jordan keeps finding ways to show off his vocal chops as he moves from stage to screen. The Tony nominee has been cast opposite Anna Kendrick in The Last 5 Years, adapted from Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning off-Broadway musical. Jordan will play Jamie, a rising novelist whose relationship with struggling actress Cathy (Kendrick) is explored through an unusual narrative device: His story unfolds in chronological order as the pair first meet, while hers unfolds in reverse starting at the end of their marriage. Richard LaGravenese (Beautiful Creatures) is directing from his own script and will produce with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 6:35pm PST

Supernatural Southern Gothic looks like quite a combination. Here’s Warner Bros‘ new trailer for Beautiful Creatures, directed by Richard LaGravenese from his screenplay based on the first of a series of novels by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. Opens February 13th, 2013.

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AFM: Anna Kendrick To Star In Musical Film ‘The Last 5 Years’, With Richard LaGravenese Directing

By | Monday October 22, 2012 @ 5:38pm PDT

Anna Kendrick has added another music-heavy film to her to-do list, signing on to star in The Last 5 Years, an adaptation of the off-Broadway play. Richard LaGravenese adapted the film from Tony-winning composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s musical and will direct. International sales and finance outfit The Exchange has acquired all international rights and will sell the pic at the American Film Market.

The Last 5 Years is a musical deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy (Kendrick), a struggling actress, and Jamie, a rising novelist, told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their individual perspectives. It premiered off-Broadway in 2002 and has spawned countless productions worldwide. Producers include LaGravenese, Lucky Monkey Pictures, Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner.

Kendrick currently stars in the Universal comedy Pitch Perfect about a college a cappella team Pic has grossed $45.5 million domestically since its September 28 premiere.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Beautiful Creatures’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 2:37am PDT

Based on the first of five novels in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures looks potentially bewitching. Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Alden Ehrenreich, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis star in the supernatural Southern gothic tale written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. Philippe Rousselot is the cinematographer for the Warner Bros release that opens Wednesday, February 13th:

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David Manson Joins AMC’s Richard LaGravenese Drama Pilot As Showrunner

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 2:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: David Manson has come on board AMC’s LaGravenese & Goldwyn pilot (aka Philly Lawyer) as executive producer/showrunner. The untitled project is a legal thriller centered on a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. It explores personal morality and how people struggle with the shades of grey found in the absence of a simple, ordered moral universe. Feature scribe LaGravenese wrote the script and will executive produce the pilot with Goldwyn, who will direct, and Mason. Andrew Sugerman will serve as a co-executive producer. Manson most recently served as executive producer/co-showrunner of the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country. His credits also include New Amsterdam and Thief. Additionally, Manson created/exec produced the TNT series Saved. The untitled LaGravenese/Goldwyn project is one of two drama pilots AMC picked up last month, along with Low Winter Sun.

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AMC Picks Up Two Scripted Drama Pilots

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 1:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

AMC has handed pilot orders to Low Winter Sun and the Untitled LaGravenese & Goldwyn Project, marking the first time the network has greenlit two scripted pilots at the same time. Low Winter Sun and the Richard LaGravenese/Tony Goldwyn drama were among six projects selected to do presentations at the network’s annual pilot script showcase, informally referred to as a “bake-off,” last month.

Low Winter Sun, a co-production between Endemol Studios and AMC Studios, is based on the 2006 two-part British mini-series written by Simon Donald and starring Mark Strong, which was produced by Endemol’s Tiger Aspect Prods. Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds) wrote the U.S. adaptation, a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective.  Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Mundy will serve as executive producer/showrunner on the project, repped by CAA. Jeremy Gold, head of creative affairs for Endemol Studios, oversees the project with Greg Brenman, head of drama for Tiger Aspect. This is Endemol’s second AMC pilot following Hell On Wheel, which came out of the “bake-off” two years ago and went on to become a series that has been renewed for a second season.

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