HBO‘s long-in-the-works World War II miniseries project from Band Of Brothers and The Pacific producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, has acquired the rights to Donald L. Miller’s book Masters Of The Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, which may be joined by other source material. The project has been in development for months and was announced by HBO programming president Michael Lombardo last October at an event in France. The Band Of Brothers and Pacific follow-up portrays a cross section of officers and enlisted men who served in the Eighth Air Force and fought in the air war against Germany. Based in England, the men of the “Mighty Eighth” faced unprecedented physical, psychological and moral challenges. Hanks, Spielberg and Gary Goetzman executive produce for Playtone and Amblin Television.
Oscar contenders The King’s Speech, The Fighter and 127 Hours will face off again, this time as finalists in the feature film category for this year’s Humanitas Prizes, which recognize writers whose work “entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public.” The series finale of DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights made the cut in the hourlong TV category alongside Fox’s House, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and HBO’s The Pacific, while ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, which shared the comedy prize in the half-hour category with Showtime’s Nurse Jackie last year, is nominated again, along with Nurse Jackie, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and Showtime’s The Big C. (The drama prize last year was split between Glee and The Good Wife.) The winners in 6 categories will be announced at the annual ceremony slated to take place Sept. 16 at the Montage Beverly Hills where comedy veteran Gary David Goldberg will receive the Kieser Award “which is given to an individual whose work has helped promote a greater appreciation for each member of the human family.” Here is the official release:
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 11, 2010) The Producers Guild of America announced today that the award-winning producing team, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will receive the Producers Guild’s 2011 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The award will be presented to Hanks and Goetzman at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “Tom and Gary are extraordinarily talented producers who have changed the television landscape with extremely unique, award-winning programming,” said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Following his starring turn on HBO’s World War II miniseries The Pacific, Jon Seda is staying at the network full-time. He is joining the cast of HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme as a regular. On the series, created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, Seda will play a politically connected developer and venture capitalist from Dallas, who becomes involved in the renewal efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. Treme was given a second-season renewal in April right after the premiere.
Tom Hanks was beaming backstage after having picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries for his work producing the HBO 10-parter The Pacific, the $200 million-plus project that was the most expensive in TV history. Hanks, who with Playtone partner Gary Goetzman exec produced the mini with Steven Spielberg, began …
History’s The Kennedys and Starz’s The Pillars of the Earth can’t come soon enough. The miniseries form has been on life-support in the past couple of years, with only one U.S. network, HBO, making consistent efforts in the arena. As a result, the nomination field for best miniseries has developed …
The nominees for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning at Los Angeles’ Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
HBO’s The Pacific received the most nominations with 24, Fox’s Glee 19, AMC’s Mad Men 17, NBC’s 30 Rock and HBO’s Made For TV movies Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack 15, ABC’s Modern Family 14, NBC’s Saturday Night Live 12, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars 9, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie 8, CBS’ Two And A Half Men 6, CBS’ Big Bang Theory 5, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and NBC’s The Office 4.
Overall in nominations, HBO led with 101, ABC with 63 received the most nominations of any broadcast network, followed by CBS 57, NBC 48, FOX 47, and PBS 32. AMC had 26, Showtime 23, Discovery Channel 14, Lifetime 11, FX Networks 9, Comedy Central 8, Cartoon Network 7, Bravo and History and Syfy 6, Disney Channel 5, USA and DirecTV 4, TNT 3, Nickelodeon and Animal Planet and Sundance Channel and IFC and A&E 2, BET and Travel Channel and TCM and NGC and EPIXHD 1. As for studios, 20th TV 49, Lionsgate received 26, Warner Bros TV 23.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
62nd Primetime Emmy Award Nominations
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Glee • FOX • A Ryan Murphy TV Production in association with 20th Century Fox TV
Modern Family • ABC • Twentieth Century Fox Television
Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Lionsgate Television, Jackson Group Entertainment, Madison Grain Elevator, Inc. & Delong Lumber; A Caryn Mandabach Production
The Office • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media Studios
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media Studio
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Dexter • Showtime • Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions
The Good Wife • CBS • CBS Productions
Lost • ABC • Grass Skirts Productions, LLC in association with ABC Network and Studios
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
True Blood • HBO • Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment