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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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EMMYS: For Food Shows, It’s More Than What’s In The Kitchen

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 8:53am PDT

EMMYS: For Food Shows, It’s More Than What’s In The KitchenDiane Haithman is a contributor to Deadline Hollywood

Could this year’s Emmy Reality and Reality-Competition categories turn into a food fight?

Perhaps more important: Should there be a law preventing a chef from wrapping zucchini around a toasted marshmallow, creating the S’More from hell (observed in a recent installment of Chopped)?

The stage — or should we say table — has been set. In 2010, Bravo’s Top Chef  knocked The Amazing Race off its 7-year pedestal by taking home the Emmy for best Reality-Competition program (Race came back for another two wins before being unseated by The Voice in 2013).  “I believe it was the first prominent, prime time food show to win the category,” says Primetime Emmy Award chair Bob Boden. Read More »

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A&E Orders 18 More Episodes Of Mark & Donnie Wahlberg’s ‘Wahlburgers’

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:09am PST
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WahlburgersActors/pop singers/producers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg can add reality TV stars to their resumes with A&E’s Wahlburgers. While A&E’s flagship Duck Dynasty has lost some of its ratings prowess this season, it has helped launch a potential new breakout for the network in freshman reality series Wahlburgers, which chronicles brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg’s efforts to expand their burger restaurant business in the Boston area. Three weeks into Wahlburgers‘ run, A&E has ordered 18 more episodes of the series, double its original order of 9 episodes. Wahlburgers, which follows Duck Dynasty, has seen audience growth week to week, averaging 3.5 million total viewers to date. “Viewers are responding to the heartwarming dynamics of Boston’s first family as they balance living in the Hollywood spotlight and growing a business,”said David McKillop, General Manager and EVP of A&E. Wahlburgers is produced by 44 Blue Prods., in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Donnie Wahlberg  exec produce with 44 Blue’s Rasha Drachkovitch.

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A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Down 21% From Season Bow; ‘Wahlburgers’ Debuts With 3.3M Total Viewers

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 4:02pm PST

il RobertsonDis family Robertson? A week after A&E Network‘s Duck Dynasty posted its first year-to-year declines, Episode 2 of Season 5 continued the downward trend. The adventures of the Robertson clan drew 6.7 million total viewers, down an eye-opening 21% from the season opener. The 3.6 rating in the adults 25-54 demo was down a less-rough 14% from last week. The dwindling numbers come in the wake of the Wahlburgersheadline-hogging controversy over patriarch Phil Robertson’s comments about gays and blacks and his imposed-then-rescinded suspension from the show.

Meanwhile, A&E’s premiere of Wahlburgers followed at 10:30 PM and held only of half of Duck Dynasty‘s audience. The hourlong reality series from 44 Blue Productions — which chronicles Mark and Donnie Wahlberg heading back to Boston to join forces with brother Paul in a hamburger restaurant — drew 3.3 million total viewers, including 1.8 million in the demo.

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A&E To Premiere Latest Wahlberg Reality Series ‘Wahlburgers’ On January 22

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 8:55am PST

A&E announced today it will premiere its latest homage to the Wahlberg brothers on January 22; Wahlburgers will show brothers Mark and Donnie heading back to Boston to join forces with brother Paul in a hamburger restaurant that’s already working on its second location, and serves as home base for the gang from the old neighborhood, including, A&E says, the real Johnny “Drama” Alves, Henry “Nacho” Laun, Mark’s chidhood pal Billy Leonard, and family matriarch Alma.

This is not to be confused with the teamsters reality-series pilot A&E had ordered from Mark Wahlberg, the Boston-set six-episode reality series about four female friends struggling to break through their blue-collar surroundings that A&E ordered from Mark Wahlberg, or Donnie Wahlberg’s reality series Boston Finest that somehow escaped A&E’s notice and wound up on TNT.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the entire Wahlberg family as they graciously lift the curtain to share this new side of their story,” said A&E exec vp and GM David McKillop of the series, on which Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are among the executive producers.

Wahlburgers is produced for A&E Networks by 44 Blue Productions, in association with Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions. In addition to the two Wahlberg’s  Stephen Levinson is exec producing. For  44 Blue Productions, exec producers are Rasha Drachkovitch and Jym Buss. Executive Producers for A&E are Lily Neumeyer and Devon Graham.

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