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Steven Pasquale Joins ‘The Good Wife’; Ernie Hudson In ‘The Lottery’

By | Friday July 18, 2014 @ 8:22am PDT

Steven Pasquale Joins ‘The Good Wife’; Ernie Hudson In ‘The Lottery’Steven Pasquale has joined the cast of the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ The Good Wife. He is slated for a two-episode arc as Elfman, one of the top campaign managers in the country who Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) is trying to convince to run Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) possible campaign. Pasquale, repped by ICM Partners and manager Emily Gerson Saines, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his starring role in The Bridges Of Madison County on Broadway. He also has a recurring role on Netflix’s untitled psychological thriller drama from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. The Good Wife returns to originals on September 21.

GhostbustersErnie Hudson has booked a recurring role on Lifetime’s conspiracy thriller The Lottery. Produced by Warner Horizon, the 10-episode series is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children, threatening extinction of the human race. Mavrick Artists-repped Hudson will play Randall Mitchell, a former Attorney General who uses his access to get the truth about his son (August Richard). Hudson has appeared recently on Mob City, The Millers, and Rizzoli & Isles. The Lottery premieres on July 20.

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EMMYS: Reactions – Lizzy Caplan, Ryan Murphy, ‘True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto & More

EMMYS: Reactions – Lizzy Caplan, Ryan Murphy, ‘True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto & MoreRefresh for latest ….

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Pizzolatto, executive producer and creator, True Detective
Like a filmmaker, hellbent on making the best independent film ever, before Pizzolatto pitched the project to five TV networks, he went about finding the right director for his doppelganger detective series, selecting Cary Fukunaga. Then they hooked up with Matthew McConaughey, who was so passionate about the project, he called Woody Harrelson to come aboard.  ”Everything a writer writes is from a true place, but I didn’t take any inspiration from any real people per se, rather the job and the culture at the time (during the ’90s and early aughts),” said the Louisiana native about his influences. As far as season 2, Pizzolatto asserts, “we aren’t keeping secrets, there’s just empty rumors out there.”  Switching True Detective from miniseries to drama, “was HBO’s decision and it underscored their passion and enthusiasm for the show,” he adds.  While an episode zig zags between time frames with the greatest ease, Pizzolatto revealed that such parameters were clearly defined in the script. Nothing was discovered in the editing room. “The time jumps were probably more of a challenge for the actors” who had to play the opposite of who they were in 2012.
“(Woody’s) Marty is actually a changed man while (Matthew’s) Cohle has devolved into his worst obsessive quality.” Read More »

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New Low

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EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New LowIn the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, a lot of attention was focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama series, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after calling it a drama for the Golden Globes.

The moves worked fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a very strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for, including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.

Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination. Read More »

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Taye Diggs Doing Time On ‘The Good Wife’

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT

Taye Diggs Doing Time On ‘The Good Wife’Taye Diggs will guest star on CBS‘ The Good Wife during its upcoming sixth season. He will appear in multiple episodes as Dean Levine-Wilkins, a meticulous and talented equity partner at Lockhart/Gardner who decides to throw in his lot with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and accompany her to Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary’s (Matt Czuchry) company, Florrick/Agos. The show returns to originals September 21.

Diggs stars in TNT’s Steven Bochco/Eric Lodal-created detective drama Murder In The First, which got a 10-episode order to follow a single case across an entire season. It premiered June 9. Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Josh Charles Reflects On ‘Good Wife’s All-Time Biggest Shocker

By | Thursday June 19, 2014 @ 7:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EMMYS Q&A: Josh Charles Reflects On ‘Good Wife’s All-Time Biggest ShockerJosh Charles was part of one of the most shocking moments of the year when his character Will Gardner was gunned down on CBSThe Good Wife. This was the longest TV stint for Charles—he previously toplined Aaron Sorkin’s critically praised ABC comedy Sports Night, which ran for two years in the late ’90s. Charles already has one Emmy nom for The Good Wife and now is Image (2) Awardsline-logo_use-this-one__140529211810-275x38.jpg for post 738599looking to join a long list of actors who won supporting acting drama Emmys after their characters were killed off, including Drea de Matteo and Joe Pantoliano of The Sopranos, Margo Martindale of Justified and, most recently, Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale.

AWARDSLINE: Were you looking to do a series when you were approached for The Good Wife?
JOSH CHARLES: I don’t think I particularly was, but it came my way, and I thought it was really well written. I liked the fact that it was shooting in New York and Julianna (Margulies), who was a friend, was doing it. So, yeah, I wasn’t really looking to do a series, per se, but this one came around, and I’m glad it did. Read More »

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What TV Series Do Rich And Smart People Watch? You Might Be Surprised

the-bachelor-season-18-juan-pabloIn the TV season just concluded, the highest indexing primetime broadcast series (non-sports) among demo viewers, in homes earning $150K+ per year, was ABC’s The Bachelor. This might come as a surprise to critics who’ve described Bachelor as that hook-up-in-a-hot-tub show, those who would have put money on the most upscale broadcast reality TV series to be something more along the lines of, say, ABC’s pitch-a-venture-capitalist series Shark Tank, or CBS’ tony, often-Emmy-winning world-traveling The Amazing Race, or NBC’s extremely popular singing competiton series The Voice. And, if you stop 10 people on the street, odds are eight of them would swear the season’s most upscale broadcast TV series in young-demo, high income homes would something along the lines of CBS’s lawyerly The Good Wife, or maybe ABC’s Washington-set soap Scandal. They would be wrong. Read More »

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EMMYS: Overlooked Veterans Vie For Another Chance At Emmy Glory

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Awardsline logo_use this oneIn May 2002, NBC’s Friends was coming off its eighth season, which chronicled Rachel’s pregnancy. Whether it was the resurgence of the Rachel/Ross storyline or the nation’s yearning for laughter following the 9/11 attacks, it was one of Friends’ most successful seasons, drawing its largest audience in four years. While Friends was embraced by Friendsviewers in a big way, the popular comedy seemed causa perduta where the Emmys were concerned. For its first seven seasons, Friends only had earned three Emmys (for supporting actress Lisa Kudrow, guest actor Bruce Willis and directing). In 2001 it missed a nom in the best comedy series category, after two consecutive mentions and four overall, and recorded its fewest nominations in any season with five. But the following year, voters gave the show a second look with 11 nominations, as well as wins for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series for Jennifer Aniston. Read More »

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Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics’ Choice Television Awards Nominees

One day after theCritics Choice TV Awards Logo(1) Television Critics Association unveiled nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced nominations for its Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

FX-logoFX leads the BTJA’s noms list, with 19 –  followed closely by HBO which garnered 18.  Topping the list of nominated series, with five noms each, are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife,  FX’s Fargo, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex,  and HBO’s The Normal Heart.

Other top-nominated serieshbologo3 include FX’s The Americans, AMC’s Breaking Bad, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, and PBS’s Sherlock: His Last Vow — each snagging four noms.

cbs8Walton Goggins and Allison Janney were both twice nominated. Goggins is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for Justified, and Janney is nommed for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,  for Mom. The two also will compete against each other in the Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series category for Sons Of Anarchy and Masters Of Sex, respectively.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Billboard Awards Hits 13-Year Viewership High, ‘Good Wife’, ‘Family Guy’ & ‘Mentalist’ Finales Down

By | Monday May 19, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

michael jackson billboard awards 2014A hologram of the late Michael Jackson reminded the kids how it was really done, Justin Timberlake thanked “everyone on Earth” except LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Kendall Jenner dropped the ball and Lorde wowed the crowd at the 2014 Billboard Awards (3.5/10) last night. Unsurprisingly, it was a mix of the awards show and finales galore on the last Sunday of the 2013-2014 TV season. Taking over ABC’s schedule, the live show produced by dick clark productions show was even with last year’s big surge and hence tied an 11-year high. While even in preliminary numbers among adults 18-49, the three-hour show was up 10% in total viewers to 10.5 million, a 13-year high for the show, which wasn’t televised from 2008-2011, and the best it has ever done on ABC since the network revived it (it previously was on Fox). America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) started the night for ABC steady with last week’s show. With the musical heavyweights doing so much lifting with the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show, it is no surprise ABC won Sunday in the demo (3.0/9) and total viewers (9.49 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Debuts Soft, ‘Revenge’ Finale Down, ’60 Minutes’ Up, ‘Cosmos’ Falls

COLIN O'DONOGHUE, JENNIFER MORRISONThe Big 4 are starting their upfronts in NYC today but the 2013-2014 TV season is still going through its final paces with finales and specials. It was ABC who held the finale cards among the networks last night. With a chilly blockbuster surprise at the very very end of Once Upon A Time (2.2/7), the fairy tale drama wrapped its third season. The two-hour finale bopped up 5% from last week to match its best result among adults 18-49 since April 6. The last episode of the season was basically steady with its previous finale, with just a 4% slip from that one-hour broadcast on May 12, 2013. Once Upon A Time also has a tendency to rise a tenth in the final EMILY VANCAMPnumbers, so expect an adjustment later. No spoilers except to say it was a scorched Earth policy of a night and some new beginnings on Revenge (1.5/4) as the high-end soap also ended its third cycle. The one-hour finale rose 15% in the key demo from its May 4 episode and series low tie. However, compared with its two-hour Season 2 finale on May 12, 2013, Revenge took an 11% downward turn. ABC started the night with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/6), which saw a 6% dip from last week. Add it all up and ABC won the night for the third Sunday in a row in the demo with a 1.8/6 rating.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Simpsons’ Rises With Lego-Themed Episode, ‘Resurrection’ Finale Steady, ’60 Minutes’ & ‘American Home Builders’ Fall, ‘Cosmos’ Up

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

SIMPSONS LEGO 3They were really building something on The Simpsons (1.9/6) on Sunday. “You’re right,” Marge said to a questioning Bart last night, “something is different about the Simpsons today.” Of course, the answer wasn’t just that Homer was “wearing a tie.” It was that the Fox show was almost completely full of the Danish interlocking blocks for its 550th episode. Being the Matt Groening-created show, the “Brick Like Me” episode made a nod to Warner Bros’ blockbuster The LEGO Movie and also went very much down its own CGI road. And that worked out well for the long-running series with a 19% rise among adults 18-49 and a 26% rise in viewers to 4.3 million. The rest of Fox’s mainly animated night was on an upward turn for the most part as well. While Bob’s Burgers (1.1/4) was even with last week, American Dad (1.3/4) bopped up 8%. The highest-rated show of the night, Family Guy (2.2/7), saw a 5% rise, while Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.6/5) gained 14% from its April 27 episode after a couple of weeks staying steady. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Watch 36: The ‘Good Wife’-Bad Censor Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 36In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom run through still more news out of Cannes, as the film festival officially selects more official selections, fills out its competition jury and adds Sophia Loren and restored films from Hitchcock, De Sica and other greats to its Classics section. Nancy and David also discuss China’s mysterious crackdown on the online streaming of The Good Wife and three other U.S. shows even as China and the UK signs a long-in-coming co-production treaty, and also look at new distribution methods that are bringing the final Monty Python performance and indie vet Jeff Lipsky’s newest projects to screens around the world. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ & ‘Once Upon A Time’ Rise, ‘The Mentalist’ & ‘The Simpsons’ Down

Bob's Burgers April 27There were no awards shows and no sporting events nationally on the networks in primetime last night, but it was a full house of originals across the board on the first Sunday of the May sweep. With everyone fielding a team for the first time in two weeks, on Fox the animation-heavy night started on fire. Coming off a series low on Easter Sunday last week, Bob’s Burgers (0.8/3) had a massive surge of 83% in the adults 18-49 demo. That remarkable rise was followed by American Dad (1.2/4), which grew 9% from its last original April 13. The Simpsons (1.5/5) unfortunately did not get the same benefit, suffering a 12% drop from its last original two weeks ago. There were young lovers on the run on last night’s Family Guy (2.1/6) and the not-always best of pals Jerome and Peter had to find them; the episode was even with its last original. Tied with Once Upon A Time for the night’s highest-rated show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (1.4/4) was also even week-over-week.

The winner of the night among Adults 18-49 with a 1.7/5 rating, ABC had a pretty good start to its Sunday too. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.6/6) was up 23% from it last new show on April 13. The good time weren’t just limited to unscripted TV for ABC as Once Upon A Time (2.1/6) flew 24% from its show last week. That’s a 3-week high for Once, … Read More »

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China Authority Bars ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Big Bang Theory’ From Online Streaming: AP

By | Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 12:53pm PDT

China-And-Hollywood__130605112955-150x150__130925193515__131105220131Chinese watchdog the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has reportedly ordered local video sites to halt streaming of some U.S. TV shows. According to the Associated Press, they include current series The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife and NCIS, as well as legal drama The Practice which ended its domestic run in 2004. Leading site Youku confirmed to the news agency that it had received notification from THE GOOD WIFESAPPRFT that the shows could no longer be streamed. No reason was given for the clampdown. Online streaming has traditionally been less hindered over its content as compared to state television and movies which are routinely censored. However, sites, which license hundreds of shows that are streamed with ads, are sometimes ordered to remove content that is deemed unsuitable. Late last month, the South China Morning Post said internet users were up in arms over talk of new censorship guidelines which could limit what Western series they can access. Shows like House Of Cards — despite its Season 2 themes of Chinese political corruption — and Sherlock have been extremely popular online. The AP said today that another leading site, Sohu, counts Nikita and Masters Of Sex among its most popular shows. Neither was included in the recent SAPPRFT order.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crisis’ Falls Sharply, ‘Believe’ & ‘Resurrection’ Hit Lows, ‘Cosmos’ & ‘American Dream Builders’ Fall

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 9:28am PDT

The Good WifeWhile AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped its fourth season last night, there were no premieres or finales on primetime broadcast TV on Sunday, but there sure was a lot of action. For one thing, CBS‘ primetime was pushed back more than 20 minutes on the East Coast and the Central time zone due to overruns from the NCAA Tournament. That slide means the networks’ ratings are all over the court and likely to see greater-than-usual adjustments when final numbers comes in later today. As it stands right now, 60 Minutes (2.5) started off the night at 7:30 PM, with The Amazing Race (2.0) at 8:30 PM and The Mentalist (1.6) at 10:30 PM. A week after the sudden and shocking death of male lead Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, The Good Wife (1.7)  faced the fallout. As Julianna Margulies’ Alicia Florrick struggled with the loss of her former lover, the show was up from last week’s 1.5 to match its second-best result among adults 18-49 of the season so far and, with 10.39 million watching, hit its second-best total viewership of the cycle. Of course, expect that to change in final numbers. Preliminary ratings have CBS winning the night with a 2.3/6 rating and 11.729 million watching.

Related: ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Talks Bloody Finale, Teases “Action-Heavy” Season 5
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‘The Good Wife’s Josh Charles Reprises Beloved TV Character On ‘Olbermann’: Video

By | Saturday March 29, 2014 @ 2:08pm PDT

Recently departed Good Wife alum Josh Charles made an appearance last night on Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN show in character as one of his most beloved television alter egos. Surprise – it was Dan Rydell, the sports anchor Charles played 14 years ago on Aaron Sorkin‘s short-lived Emmy winning drama Sports Night (although The Good Wife‘s Will Gardner earned a shout out):

Related: ‘The Good Wife’ Bombshell: Story Behind The Shocking Exit

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Deadline Awards Watch 67 – The CinemaCon Wrapup Podcast

By and | Friday March 28, 2014 @ 6:10pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch ep 67In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond returns to the mike after a post-Oscar break to talk with host David Bloom about the just-ended CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas. While all the studios used the confab to tout their hottest upcoming projects to theater operators, the longtime head of the National Association of Theater Owners touched off controversy with head-scratching comments about not watching Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave on the big screen. Pete and David also discuss whether, in the wake of Josh Charles’ abrupt departure from The Good Wife, having your character killed off a hit TV show can be a shortcut to the Emmy red carpet. Finally, Pete gives his take on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, led by Darren Aronofsky’s audacious take on the Genesis story Noah.

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UPDATE: David Letterman Talks ‘The Good Wife’ Shocker (Video)

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 4:33pm PDT

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know, don’t keep reading.

UPDATE, 4:29 PM: “What the hell happened?” David Letterman says tonight of Sunday’s The Good Wife episode, calling it a “very courageous thing to do,” and adding, “moves like this always pay off. I think they’re always for the better.” Watch here: Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Good Wife’ Up With Bombshell Episode; ‘American Dream Builders’ Starts Low; ‘Believe’ & ‘Crisis’ Slip

By | Monday March 24, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

joshcharlesjulianaCBS’ The Good Wife pulled off the ultimate shocker last night by killing off a popular lead character with absolutely no warning. But by keeping the surprise under wraps for the benefit of its regular viewers in order to achieve the emotional impact the plot twist was intended to have, the series passed on attracting a larger crowd, something ABC’s Scandal has made a business of with promos like “Don’t miss an OMG moment that will change the course of Scandal history in the last 30 seconds of next week’s episode.” Last night’s fast nationals are a little scrambled because of a 41-minute NCAA overrun on the East Coast, but Good Wife has tentatively averaged a 1.5 rating in 18-49, up 15% from last week, and 8.9 million total viewers. Good Wife‘s numbers will likely go up in the finals because the current ratings don’t include the East Coast broadcast of the final 11 minutes, which included the bombshell, and because more viewers than usual probably fired up their DVR last night prompted by the online storm of fan reaction to the stunning twist. Still, even with the modest 15% increase, the 1.5 demo number represents a two-and-a-half-month high for Good Wife. CBS’ The Amazing Race (1.8) was flat, and The Mentalist (1.2) was down 8% as it bled into late night.

Related: ‘Good Wife’ Creators Pen Letter To Fans After Shocking Plot Twist

AmericanDreamBuilders_PNBC’s midseason Monday lineup begins to resemble the network’s troubled Thursday, with Crisis as the best performer last night at a 1.3 in 18-48. Both Crisis at 10 PM and Believe (1.2) at 9 PM dropped by double digits from their Sunday debuts last week, by 19% and 20%, respectively. They weren’t helped by NBC’s newest unscripted entry, American Dream Builders. Slotted in Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s old 8 PM slot, it couldn’t recapture the ratings magic the ABC renovation series had for a number seasons, opening to a disappointing 0.9 rating last night. Read More »

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