Looks like another agency has had to go after another star in court over the latter not paying the former what they allegedly owe. In this case it is UTA, that today slammed Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery with a breach of contract complaint in LA Superior Court. The agency wants the more than $248,222 they say they are due in unpaid commissions for the actress’ work on the CBS series. In the 16-page jury-demanding filing, UTA also says it wants general damages, interest and legal fees from Montgomery, who now is with ICM Partners.
“Montgomery paid commissions due to UTA through and including season one of [Unforgettable], and then, for no reason whatsoever, suddenly stopped making payments,” says the complaint (read it here). “Montgomery has not only turned her back on the people who helped her career, but on her contractual obligations to those people.” According to filing, UTA and Montgomery entered into an oral agreement in August 2010 that the agency would rep the actress. The Unforgettable deal was negotiated in February 2011. The crime drama debuted in September of that year on CBS. Montgomery exited UTA not long after her agent Ruthanne Secunda joined ICM in December 2012. (UPDATE, 8:05 PM: A statement I received from Montgomery’s reps says in part that “Poppy categorically disputes UTA’s claim, which is nothing more than an over-reaching claim by a talent agency which has done nothing for Poppy over the past several years.”)
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There was a lot of up-and-down movement last night. ABC was the biggest gainer, winning with an average of 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, a Friday season high and the network’s best result on the night in year-and-a-half, since Nov. 9, 2012. Opening things at 8 PM was the special Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks (1.5), matching ABC’s season high for the time slot. It boosted Shark Tank (2.2), which was up 22% from last week to tie a season high. The gains carried over to 10 PM’s 20/20 (1.7, up 21%, 7 million viewers). It featured Barbara Walters’ headline-making interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Staviano though the sit-down came together so last minute that ABC had no time to promote it for bigger ratings. It is getting a major online play.
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Look who is getting in the renewal consideration game: CBS’ Unforgettable (1.1) shot up 22% from last week. Given its trimmed budget and half CBS ownership, if it can maintain these levels, a summer/midseason run is not as out of the question as it seemed. Hawaii Five-0 ( 1.2) did only marginally better, down a tenth from last week. Read More »
CBS is tweaking its Thursday comedy lineup and adding two series in late midseason, new comedy Bad Teacher and returning procedural Unforgettable. Beginning February 27, the first week after the Sochi Olympics, veteran Two And A Half Men and freshman The Crazy Ones will switch places, with Men airing at 9 PM, followed by Crazy Ones. This is a more conventional lineup, with established shows (The Big Bang Theory, Men) as 8 PM and 9 PM anchors and newbies (The Millers, Crazy Ones) in the hammock positions behind them. I hear the reason CBS didn’t go with this schedule last fall was to try to protect Elementary at 10 PM, which was losing its drama lead-in as the network expanded its comedy block to two hours. A seasoned performer, Men was slated at 9:30 PM to lead to Elementary. After a huge launch in September behind an hourlong Big Bang, Crazy Ones has been delivering middling ratings, most recently posting a 1.7 in 18-49 last Thursday vs. 2.7 for its lead-in, The Millers, and 1.8 for lead-out Men. Crazy Ones also is a single-camera comedy sandwiched between two multicams, and Men will likely do better airing behind two other shows of its kind, Big Bang and Millers. Crazy Ones will wrap its 22-episode order on April 17 and will be replaced at 9:30 PM by another single-camera comedy, Bad Teacher, on April 24. The Men-Crazy Ones switcheroo is being done in part to prepare a launch pad for Bad Teacher, based on the hit feature, which will have three weeks to prove itself to CBS brass before they set the schedule for next season. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The renewal was not as dramatic as last year when the Sony TV-produced procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh was cancelled and then picked up. Unforgettable has received a 13-episode third-season order, and will return in summer 2014. In its recently concluded summer portion of the second season, Unforgettable averaged 8.2 million viewers and a 1.4/4 in adults 18-49, airing in the Sunday 9 PM hour. The series is executive produced by creators John Bellucci and Ed Redlich, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Jane Curtin, Dallas Roberts, James Hiroyuki Liao and Tawny Cypress co-star.
New additions to CBS’ crime drama Unforgettable, James Laio and Tawny Cypress, have been promoted to regulars. The two were originally cast in March for recurring roles on the upcoming second season of Unforgettable. That brings the number of regulars on the show back to 6, with Laio, Cypress and fellow new castmember Dallas Roberts joining returning stars Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh and Jane Curtin. Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin and Daya Vaidya departed as regulars after Season 1. Laio plays Jay, a detective with expertise in a wide range of technical subjects in the Major Cases Section of the NYPD; Cypress plays Murray, a former decorated FBI agent who begins work at the Major Cases Section of the NYPD. Unforgettable, from Sony TV and CBS Studios, returns July 28. Read More »
The Walking Dead‘s Dallas Roberts has joined the upcoming second season of CBS‘ drama Unforgettable, joining returning cast members Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh and Jane Curtin. Roberts, repped by UTA and Circle Of Confusion, will play Eliot, who is in charge of the Major Cases Section of the NYPD. This expands Robert’s relationship with CBS — he also has a recurring role on The Good Wife. Tapped for recurring roles on Unforgettable are James Laio as Jay, a detective with expertise in a wide range of technical subjects in the Major Cases Section of the NYPD; and Tawny Cypress as Murray, a former decorated FBI agent who begins work at the Major Cases Section of the NYPD. Unforgettable, from Sony TV and CBS Studios, returns July 28.
EXCLUSIVE: Domenick Lombardozzi (Breakout Kings) has been cast in a recurring role on HBO’s period mob drama Boardwalk Empire. He will play Chicago mobster Ralph Capone, older brother to Al Capone (Stephen Graham). This marks Lombardozzi’s return to HBO where he co-starred on The Wire, did arcs on Entourage and Oz and guest-starred on Bored To Death. He will next be seen in the features Malavita, directed by Luc Besson, and Blood Ties, helmed by Guillaume Canet.
James Hiroyuki Liao (Battle: Los Angeles) has joined the retooled version of CBS’ crime drama Unforgettable. He will play Jay, a detective with a wide variety of eclectic interests and skills. He is set for three episodes with an option to become a regular. Last season, Hiroyuki, repped by SMS and Joan Sittenfield Management, co-starred in the CBS drama pilot Applebaum. He also recurred on 24 and Prison Break.
CBS has set the bulk of its summer schedule, locking in premiere dates for the second season of Unforgettable, the new Steven Spielberg-Stephen King drama Under The Dome, the remake of hit UK reality format The Great British Bake Off and an expanded version of veteran Big Brother. “This is our most aggressive summer so far with original programming,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said today.
The 13-episode Under the Dome, set in a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome, will open Monday, June 24 and will air in the Monday 10 PM slot. Repeats of Hawaii Five-0 will move to Friday 9 PM for the summer. Unforgettable, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, returns for its second season on Sunday, July 28 at 9 PM., replacing (usually very low rated) summer rebroadcasts of The Good Wife, which is getting off the schedule.
Bake Off will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 PM. The series features skilled amateur Americans competing in baking challenges. Big Brother will have a longer edition this summer, premiering two weeks earlier than previous years on Wednesday, June 26 at 9 PM. Once again, it will air three times a week, Tuesdays (9 PM, beginning July 2), the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen will be broadcast on Wednesdays (9PM, beginning July 3) and Sundays (8PM, beginning June 30). The Wednesday live eviction show will move to 8PM on July 17 after the reality baking series completes its season order. NCIS: Los Angeles will move to Tuesday (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning July 2. Here is CBS’ summer schedule: Read More »
CBS’ Unforgettable beat the odds by scoring a 13-episode second-season renewal after getting cancelled in May. But not everyone from the drama procedural’s cast will be back when series returns next summer. CBS and producing studios Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios locked in stars Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh before the series’ pickup last month. Also signed for Season 2 is Jane Curtin, who joined the series as a new regular halfway through the first season. The three were considered key to Unforgettable‘s renewal. As for the rest of the series’ regular cast, none is expected to continue as producers are evaluating the show’s creative direction. “CBS made some creative changes and the supporting cast will not be returning next season,” Season 1 Unforgettable regular Daya Vaidya tweeted earlier this month. “Yea, Nina, Roe, Mike and Tanya r gone,” she wrote, referring to the characters played on the show by her and fellow regulars Kevin Rankin, Michael Gaston and Britt Lower.
EXCLUSIVE: Unforgettable lives! CBS has picked up the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, which was cancelled in May after one season, with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer.
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Following the cancellation by CBS, Sony Pictures TV, which co-produces Unforgettable with CBS TV Studios, began actively shopping the series to other networks, including TNT and Lifetime, while also pursuing a resurrection at CBS where it eventually started renewal negotiations. Unforgettable centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a New York detective with the ability to visually remember everything, who works for a team led by her ex-partner and boyfriend, Lt. Al Burns (Walsh). Unforgettable will mark the highest-profile summer original scripted series to air on CBS in a long time. The network, which sticks mostly to unscripted fare and scripted reruns in the off-season, recently had some success with another crime procedural, Canadian import Flashpoint, which started in the network in the summer.
The axing of Unforgettable was surprising and one of the closest calls this upfront season. In its first season, Unforgettable averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 2.5/7 among adults 18-49 and was the most-watched series on any network to get the hook. The series was created by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: It looks like procedural drama Unforgettable will indeed not go forgotten. I’ve learned that CBS, which cancelled the series starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh in May after one season, is in discussions to bring it back with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer. The network declined comment.
Following the cancellation by CBS, Sony Pictures TV, which co-produces Unforgettable with CBS TV Studios, began actively shopping the series to other networks, including TNT and Lifetime. Unforgettable centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a New York detective with the ability to visually remember everything, who works for a team led by her ex-partner and boyfriend, Lt. Al Burns (Walsh). Unforgettable would mark the highest-profile summer original scripted series to air on CBS in a long time. The network recently ran another crime procedural, Canadian import Flashpoint, in the off-season. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The cancellation of CBS’ freshman drama Unforgettable was one of the closest calls this upfront season. Now the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh is exploring a move to cable. I’ve learned that producers Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios have had preliminary conversations with TNT and Lifetime about potentially picking up the series. Unforgettable, which centers on Carrie Wells (Montgomery), a New York detective with the ability to visually remember everything, would make sense for both TNT and Lifetime. TNT has had a lot of success with female-lead cop procedurals with The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. Lifetime has tried hard to launch one with two recent series, The Protector and Against The Wall, both of which were cancelled after one season. Turner has been the most open to rescuing broadcast series with NBC’s Southland going to TNT and most recently Cougar Town moving to TBS.
When asked what went wrong for Unforgettable to warrant the cancellation after a relatively solid first-season run, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said the question is not “what went wrong with Unforgettable but what went right with the new pilots.” Unforgettable averaged 12 million viewers and a 2.5 among adults 18-49.