Crackle Orders Drama Series 'The Art Of More' Starring Dennis Quaid
Sony's Crackle officially has entered the original drama field with its first hourlong series, The Art Of More, toplined by Dennis Quaid. Christian Cooke (Magic City) has been cast as the co-lead opposite Quaid in the project, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from the digital network. Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) co-stars.
Quaid also executive produces The Art Of More (formerly Sold) alongside Laurence Mark, Gary Fleder, the project's creator Chuck Rose and showrunner Gardner Stern.
Written by Stern and Rose, the drama explores the underbelly - and surprisingly cutthroat world - of premium auction houses, filled with hustlers, smugglers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and bizarre. It follows a blue-collar young man, Graham Connor (Cooke), who leverages his way into this exclusive existence by exploiting his connections to antiquities smuggling rings he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq.
Quaid plays charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner, a Machiavellian master of money and power who's one part charm and one part intimidation. Brukner is the life of the party, but when it comes to his money, he can be ruthless, shrewd and corrupt. Bosworth plays Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses - and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right. Filming on the series starts the first week of May in Montreal.
On the drama side, it has distributed several shows in a 23-minute episode format including Chosen, Cleaners and Sequestered.
Via: Deadline Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke attend the 2015 Crackle Upfront at Hudson Theatre on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Crackle)
The 100's Adina Porter Joins WGN America Slavery Drama Underground
Adina Porter's new role will take her underground.
The actress will play a woman who helps slaves find their way along the Underground Railroad in WGN America's forthcoming historical drama.
Porter, whose extensive resume includes roles on The 100, True Blood and The Newsroom, will portray Pearly Mae. The character is instrumental in spreading a song that contains clues that lead escaping slaves to freedom.
The one-hour drama, which was ordered straight to series in February, "follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad, "according to the network. To succeed, they'll have to "evade those tasked with bringing them back, dead or alive."
Porter joins a cast that includes Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Jurnee Smollett-bell (Friday Night Lights), Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow).
Via: TVLine Adina Porter attends the Variety and Formula E Hollywood Gala at Chateau Marmont on April 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Variety)
'Wizard of Oz' Series 'Emerald City' Revived at NBC
NBC has given Emerald City -- its dark modernization of The Wizard Of Oz -- a 10-episode series order, after having shelved the project last year. The series was devised by scribes Matt Arnold (Siberia) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as a Game of Thrones-influenced reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic tale.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the project is being reworked by writer David Schulner, who previously worked on shows like Dracula, Do No Harm, The Event and Kings for NBC.
Here's the official longline for the series:
In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own—a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands.
Mitch Pileggi has confirmed that he is set to reprise his role as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner in Fox's upcoming revival of "The X-Files" franchise.
David Duchovny previously hinted at the character's return last month during a Letterman appearance. Having been with the show since the beginning, Skinner essentially became the most well-known supporting character in the franchise alongside the Cigarette-Smoking Man.
Skinner was last seen in a cameo in the 2008 film "The X-Files: I Want To Believe".
Via: EW Mitch Pileggi attends TNT's 25th Anniversary Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
Daredevil Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix With New Showrunners
Marvel's Daredevil will continue to fight crime in Hell's Kitchen - but with new bosses.
Netflix has renewed the series for Season 2, which is slated to premiere in 2016.
Taking the helm for the second season are executive producers Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy), who worked closely with Season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight and creator Drew Goddard.
Via: TVLine Charlie Cox attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Marvel's Daredevil' at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on April 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
"Attack The Block" and "Edge Of Tomorrow" star Franz Drameh has joined the cast of The CW's upcoming "Arrow" and "Flash" TV series spin-off.
Drameh will play a character named Jay Jackson, a former high school athlete whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, he soon comes to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew after he unexpectedly gains powers.
Though officially the series doesn't have a title yet, there's word that "Legends of Tomorrow" is looking to be the show's moniker with thirteen episodes of the series being ordered for the first season which will premiere early 2016.
Drameh joins a cast that includes Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill and Ciara Renee. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter are executive producing.
Via: The CW Caity Lotz attends Unilever Dry Spray Antiperspirant event hosted by Kat Graham at ICE Santa Monica to #TryDry on December 14, 2014 in Santa Monica, California (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Unilever)
It's official: Homeland is pulling out of the Middle East.
Showtime announced Monday that its acclaimed espionage drama is going to Germany for Season 5. According to the network, Homeland will become the first American television series to ever to shoot a full season entirely in Germany. The new season will be filmed at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin.
We're told the new season will pick-up two years after Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. "Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the 'war on terror, 'Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.
Last season Showtime found itself under fire for some of its Middle-East-set storylines. Showtime president David Nevins told reporters in January that the show was considering avoiding a Muslim extremest storyline this year. "We're not necessarily going to stay now and forever [focusing on] U.S. relations in the Muslim world, "Nevins said at the time. "It's a show ultimately about U.S. foreign policy, U.S. intelligence in the 21st century at a very difficult time. So we're exploring a few different possibilities and may change it up a little bit. The real franchise of the show is how difficult it is to be America in the world in the 21st century, how difficult the choices are, I think that's a story that will remain relevant for as long as they can come up with new stories."
The 12-episode new season will premiere this fall.
Via: EW Claire Danes (L) and Alan Cumming attend the Performance Space 122 2015 Spring Gala Honoring Claire Danes at Capitale on April 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Tim Guinee, who played federal judge Teddy Graves in FOREVER S1Ep21 "The Night in Question", also played Sarah Connor's fiance in the unaired Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot.
As an aside, now that Abigail's mystery has been solved, Henry can move on and finally put that part of his life behind him. This closure will inevitably lead him to Jo. I'm kind of excited to see that. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Youtube
SyFy has cancelled scripted drama Helix, just over two weeks after the series' second season finale on April 10.
From Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore and produced by Sony TV, Helix focused on a team of scientists battling a mankind-threatening outbreak. Billy Campbell starred.
The thriller debuted to 1.82 million Live+SD total viewers. The premiere broke SyFy L+3 records by gaining 64% in 18-49 to 1.2 million and 53% in total viewers. But its ratings dropped dramatically in the second season, down 59% in total viewers (560,000/0.2), and down 62% in the demo from Season 1.
Date: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 01:38 | Message # 1195
The CW Renews iZombie For Season 2
The CW is hungry for more iZombie. The network has renewed the freshman drama, which is loosely based on the DC comic book of the same name created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, for Season 2, there is no word yet on the number of episodes being ordered or when the series will return.
The series stars Rose McIvor, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Rahul Kohli, and Malcolm Goodwin, premiered in March to 2.3 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic. The most recent episode clocked in at 1.62 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.
iZombie's Season 1 finale airs June 9.
Via: TV.Com Rose McIver attends The CW Network's New York 2015 Upfront Presentation at The London Hotel on May 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Date: Thursday, 07 May 2015, 02:01 | Message # 1196
Supergirl Lands Series Order At CBS
Supergirl officially has liftoff at CBS, with the network handing the Greg Berlanti adaptation a formal series order for the 2015-16 TV season.
The much-hyped project - written and EP'D by Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg - stars Glee's Melissa Benoist as the title character, AKA Kara Zor-El. Since arriving on Earth from Krypton years ago, Kara's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
The cast also includes Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives), Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal), Chyler Leigh (Grey's Anatomy) and Jeremy Jordan (Smash).
The first Supergirl Villain to be played by Owain Yeoman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and currently starring in AMC's Washington spies drama Turn).
Via: TVLine Melissa Benoist attends the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'The Longest RIde' at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 6, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 02:38 | Message # 1197
"The X-Files" Returns January 24th
During their upfront presentation this morning , the Fox network has announced the news that sci-fi fans have been waiting for - the premiere date for their upcoming event series revival of "The X-Files".
Mulder and Scully will return to our screens starting with a one-hour premiere on Sunday January 24th at 10pm after the NFC Championship Game. The remaining five episodes will then screen weekly in the "Gotham" timeslot of Mondays at 8pm starting from January 25th.
It looks likely that the second season of "Gotham" will be done as two separate uninterrupted chunks of around eleven episodes each - one in the Fall, one from the week after "The X-Files" ends on February 29th. That hasn't been confirmed as yet.
Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 03:15 | Message # 1198
Gotham Promotes Morena Baccarin To Series Regular In Season 2
The doctor is not only in, she's staying and getting a promotion!
Gotham has formally upgraded Morena Baccarin to a series regular ahead of the show's upcoming second season.
The Homeland alumna joined Fox's Batman origin story in January in the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a love interest for Ben McKenzie's James Gordon. The recurring gig included a Season 2 series-regular option, which the show has now decided to exercise.
Date: Thursday, 14 May 2015, 00:29 | Message # 1199
The "Supergirl" TV series is official for fall, and CBS has debuted the first trailer from the show, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role.
That looks like quite a bit of fun and the special effects look outstanding. However, I'm not a great fan of the Sex in the City/ Devil Wears Prada teenage girl vibe. Maybe I'm too old for this.
Also if like me you thinks Kara looks A LOT like Felicity Smoak, maybe it's because "Supergirl" is executive produced by "The Flash" and "Arrow" veterans Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Youtube
Nicholas D'Agosto Returns To 'Gotham' As Series Regular
Nicholas D'Agosto was cast in a recurring role as Harvey Dent/Two Face in the first season of Fox's Gotham with an option to become a regular in Season 2, and now the network has exercised that option. D'Agosto will return for the second season as a regular in the role. D'Agosto announced the news via Twitter.
In the Batman prequel series, based on the DC characters, Harvey Dent is a bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Although he one day will serve as the white knight Gotham needs so badly as a DA, Dent also gives us a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become: Two-Face.