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13th April 2017

02:40 - Let the Right One In - Vampire Drama Pilot Passed On By TNT

TNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot order to Let the Right One In, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project, written by Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, was picked up to pilot in August but it didn’t go into production.

I hear Tomorrow Studios, which developed the project and was to produce the pilot with Turner’s Studio T, is currently shopping it to other networks in its current iteration or as a potential redo of the concept.

Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, has two other projects at TNT, series Good Behavior, which was renewed for a second season, and pilot Snowpiercer, based on the movie, which is starting casting.

Let the Right One In, originally set up at A&E and A+E Studios, is an eerie drama about a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic female vampire who appears to be near his age. The vampire settles into the boy’s small Vermont town with her mysterious caretaker, just as a series of bizarre murders begins attracting the attention of law enforcement.

02:40 - Vikings - Season 5 - Erik Madsen to Recur

Erik Madsen has booked a recurring role on the fifth season of History’s Vikings, which is currently filming in Ireland. Madsen will play King Hemming, a Danish King that leads a Viking Army against the Saxons.

10th April 2017

20:15 - NCIS: New Orleans - Season 3 - Joel McHale to Guest?
Thanks to Dot for the heads up.

20:15 - Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle Being Developed as a TV Series
Thanks to Zarah for the heads up.

According to Publishers Marketplace, Universal Cable Productions has acquired the television rights to Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, described as being “about four private school boys and a psychic’s daughter who quest for a sleeping king of Welsh legend in the mountains of Virginia, uncovering ancient magic, powerful dreams, and the devils in themselves.” Executive producers will include Michael London (Sideways, the upcoming HBO adaptation of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad) through Groundswell Productions; Andrew Miller, known for The Secret Circle, who will adapt the book series as EP and showrunner; and Catherine Hardwicke, who is also attached to direct the pilot, and who directed the first Twilight film.

7th April 2017

02:10 - Alexa & Katie - Netflix Orders Multi-Camera High School Comedy Series
Thanks to Jovan for the heads up.

Netflix is making a move in the original comedy series space targeting tweens and teens with Alexa & Katie, a multi-camera sitcom toplined by Disney XD star Paris Berelc (Mighty Med, Lab Rats: Elite Force) and newcomer Isabel May.

Alexa & Katie, which has received a 13-episode order, marks the first multi-camera comedy series produced by Netflix. The Internet network’s highest-profile shows in the genre — Fuller House, The Ranch and One Day At A Time — have come from outside studios.

Created by Heather Wordham (Hannah Montana, Reba), with comedy veteran Matthew Carlson (Malcolm In The Middle, Samantha Who?) serving as showrunner, Alexa & Katie is about two lifelong best friends Alexa (Berelc) and Katie (May), who are eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school. The friends confront a crisis that leaves them feeling like outsiders at a time when what seems to matter most is fitting in.

19:40 - Monsters of God - TNT Passes on Pilot
Thanks to Milie for the heads up.

TNT has opted not to proceed with Monsters of God, its period drama pilot from Rod Lurie, Plan B Entertainment and Turner’s in-house studio. The project will be shopped to other outlets.

In Monsters of God, written and to directed by Lurie, savagery and violence are the cornerstones of Colonel “Terrible” Bill Lancaster (Garrett Dillahunt)’s holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peaceful co-existence between the Comanche and local townspeople, Lancaster sets out on a quest to kill off every single member of the tribe, bringing chaos to the town of Slater. Meanwhile, his wife, Cynthia Lancaster (Lauren Ambrose), will let no one get in the way of her obsessive quest to institute her feminist ideals, even if she has to challenge the U.S. Army and make her own allegiance with the Comanche women. Whether by force or free will, change is coming to Texas, and the escalating insanity will reveal humanity at its most monstrous.

TNT’s remaining pilots include Let the Right One In, Snowpiercer and The Deep Mad Dark. Of the network’s previous batch, one, Claws, went to series.

5th April 2017

22:35 - The Machine - Katee Sackhoff, Lance Henriksen and Jaeden Bettencourt Join Syfy's AI Pilot

Battlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff, Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Jaeden Bettencourt (Hotel Transylvania 2) have joined the voice cast of Syfy’s artificial intelligence drama pilot The Machine.

Based on the 2013 cult film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.

Sackoff, Henriksen and Bettencourt will voice super computers, Nadia, Stanley and Kazimir, respectively.

22:35 - Ray Donovan - Season 5 - Ryan Dorsey to Recur

Ryan Dorsey (Justified) has booked a recurring role on the fifth season Showtime’s Ray Donovan, which premieres this summer. Dorsey will play Dime-Bag, a duplicitous thief.

Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer – the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away.

22:35 - Future Man - Patrick Carlyle to Recur in Hulu Comedy Series

Patrick Carlyle (Godless) is set for a recurring role in Future Man, Hulu’s half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and executive produced by Matt Tolmach, the high-concept comedy centers on Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson) a janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.

Carlyle will play Vincent Skarsgaard. As a rookie cop, Vincent watched his partner die and in the 49 years since, he has thought of nothing else. He’s a cop with a vendetta and gimpy knees.

4th April 2017

19:50 - Anne - Netflix Trailer
Thanks to Pawel for the heads up.

19:50 - Invader Zim - Nickelodeon Announces TV Movie

Jhonen Vasquez’s seminal societal satire Invader Zim will return to Nickelodeon, as the network has just announced greenlight plans for an Invader Zim television movie.

The series, which debuted on Nick in 2001, followed an alien named Zim who arrived on Earth with imperialistic intentions of conquering the planet (in order to gain favor with his home race). Wildly ineffective but hilariously earnest, Zim and his robot companion GIR attempted to blend in and study the human race while simultaneously trying to enslave it.

Four key original voice cast members — Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (GIR), Andy Berman (Dib), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz) — will return for the 90-minute movie, which picks up on a “perpetually desperate and delusional” Zim hatching a new plan to achieve his goal.

19:50 - Mayans MC - Raymond Cruz Joins FX's Sons of Anarchy Spinoff Pilot

Raymond Cruz, best known for his role as Tuco on the AMC drama and spinoff Better Call Saul, has signed on for a role in Mayans MC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama is set post-SOA and centers on EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border who struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel as well as his need for respect from the women he loves.

Cruz will play Che "Padre" Romero, a full patch member of Mayans MC. With road-worn experience, he keeps a paternal eye out for the club. He is the voice of reason amongst the chaos. Cruz will appear in the pilot and, should Mayans MC be picked up to series, he will recur.

19:50 - Jean-Claude Van Johnson - Bar Paly to Recur on Amazon Original Series

Bar Paly is set for a major recurring role on the first season of Amazon comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson. It stars Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) as Jean-Claude Van Johnson, a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of “Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world.

Paly will reprise her role of Krisztina from the pilot as the stunning actress who is the female lead in Jean-Claude’s movie.

19:50 - Queen of the South - Season 2 - Paola Andino to Recur

Puerto Rican actress Paola Andino (Every Witch Way) is set to recur on the second season of of USA Network’s drama series Queen of the South. Based on best-selling book La Reina Del Sur by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte, Queen of the South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.

Andino will play Olivia “Chaparra” Gutierrez, a party girl with a brash mouth and a taste for trouble who ushers her best friend Isabela Vargas (Sandy Valles) into the narco-brat lifestyle – much to the chagrin of Isabela’s parents, the drug empire power couple at odds with each other, Camila and Epifanio Vargas.

19:50 - Future Man - Britt Lower Joins Hulu Comedy Series in Multi-Episode Arc

Britt Lower has joined the streamer's upcoming Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg comedy Future Man for a multi-episode arc, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Future Man centers on Josh Futterman (The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future declare him to be the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.

Lower will play Jeri, a co-worker who Josh has been crushing on from afar for years. She's smart and beautiful, but it's only when Josh works up the courage to talk to her that he realizes she's also a bit of a weirdo, with an oddball sense of humor that might match perfectly with his own.

19:50 - The Tick - Scott Speiser Joins Amazon Original Series

Scott Speiser (NCIS) has booked a series regular role in Amazon’s upcoming comedy series The Tick. A co-production with Sony TV, The Tick centers on an underdog accountant with zero powers who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. Details of Speiser’s role are being kept under wraps.

19:50 - Dice - Season 2 - Ron Livingston Joins Cast

Ron Livingston (Office Space) is joining the Season 2 cast of Showtime’s comedy series Dice in a recurring role.

Created by Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II), the scripted, semi-autobiographical series, from Fox 21 TV Studios, will dig deeper into the many facets of Andrew Dice Clay – beyond the character who once sold out Madison Square Garden – as the unemployed comic struggles in the Vegas suburbs to be a loving father, a devoted boyfriend and a professional gambler who is stuck dealing with the effects of his outrageous brand of fame.

Livingston will play Sydney Stein, an entertainment lawyer who can schmooze you up one minute and turn on you the next. Sydney agrees to do a big favor for Dice, but when Sydney gets into a big mess himself, he turns to Dice for help.

30th March 2017

20:20 - My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante Novel Becoming HBO Miniseries with Production Beginning This Summer


Saverio Costanzo Directs All Eight Episodes; Produced By Lorenzo Mieli And Mario Gianani For Wildside And Domenico Procacci For Fandango

When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship. She met Raffaella Cerullo, whom she has always called Lila, in the first year of primary school in 1950. Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story thus begins and goes on to cover over 60 years of their lives, trying to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and – in a way – her best friend, her worst enemy.

ROME, LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK, March 30, 2017 – Production is set to begin this summer on MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, an eight-episode drama series from Saverio Costanzo (“Private,” “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” “Hungry Hearts”), who directs all eight episodes. The show is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Elena Ferrante, which is the first of her four-part series published in the U.S. by Europa Editions.

Produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside and Domenico Procacci for Fandango, the HBO-RAI original series will be filmed in Italian. Adapted for TV and story written by Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci and Saverio Costanzo. The executive producer for Wildside and Fandango is Jennifer Schuur. The international distributor is FremantleMedia International.

Says Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming, “We are thrilled to partner with Wildside, Rai and Fandango to bring the powerful, epic storytelling of Elena Ferrante and her Neapolitan Novels to life. Through her characters, Elena and Lila, we will witness a lifelong friendship set against the seductive social web of Naples, Italy. An exploration of the complicated intensity of female friendship, these ambitious stories will no doubt resonate with the HBO audience.”

Notes Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, director general, RAI, “With MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, RAI brings to TV screens the extraordinary publishing success by Elena Ferrante. This is an ambitious project that satisfies many of the public service’s objectives in the field of TV drama. It is Italian and international; it is universal but complex; it is a huge co-production with a global value. Thanks to a first-time cooperation with HBO, a cutting-edge broadcaster in the field of TV series, and producers now established at the international level like Wildside and Fandango, the Italian TV drama takes another step forward in exporting Italian products around the world. A strategy that looks at quality and the market, playing the cards of Italian creativity and talent and of the high level of expertise reached in the creation and production of TV series.”

Observes Lorenzo Mieli, CEO, Wildside, “Producing a series based on the incredible work of Elena Ferrante is an exciting challenge. Through the eyes and lives of two extraordinary friends, her quadrilogy describes 50 years of Italian history, touching on universal themes and feelings. We and Fandango are particularly proud of having brought together two partners like HBO and Rai for a series with a strong Italian identity, but aimed at a global audience. A project that can mark a further great step forward for original Italian productions and a confirmation of Wildside’s international business.”

Notes Domenico Procacci, sole administrator, Fandango, “This is also a good story in terms of production. We’re working very well with Wildside and Rai, a company that is changing, and that now can, editorially speaking, be more daring than before. Having HBO in the production structure now is exciting: They’ve done some of the best series ever, and their presence is a guarantee, for everyone, of absolute attention to quality. This attention is confirmed with the choice of a director like Saverio Costanzo. The objective we all have is to produce high quality for as broad a public as possible. Exactly what Elena Ferrante did with her novels.”

20:20 - MOVIES: War Machine - Netflix Trailer feat Brad Pitt
Thanks to auroradelbi for the heads up.

20:20 - Young & Hungry - Season 5 - Jose Moreno Brooks to Recur

Telenovela alum Jose Moreno Brooks has signed on for a recurring role on Freeform’s original comedy series Young and Hungry. Brooks will play Juan Carlo, a Mexican street vendor and Casanova that Sofia (Aimee Carrero) falls for while on vacation. In the fifth season, Gabi and Josh try to prove to everyone that they won’t let feelings get in the way of their new arrangement, Sofia continues on the path to a career in journalism, and Josh faces an unexpected reunion with his estranged father.

29th March 2017

08:50 - CBS Chief Glenn Geller to Take Leave of Absence Following Heart Attack
Thanks to Al for the heads up.

CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller will take a leave of absence from the network after suffering a mild heart attack, Variety has learned.

In a note to staff Wednesday, Geller said that he is “on track for a full recovery” after resting at home. He added, “The bad news is that pilot season and the Upfront isn’t the best environment to achieve that recovery. After consulting with my doctors, my husband, and my family, I plan to take off a few more weeks and return at the end of May.”

In a separate memo, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said that company leadership is “fully supportive of Glenn focusing on restoring himself to 100%.” But, he continued, “At the same time, it’s clear that we must now adjust ourselves to a new situation as we finish our pilots and head into the Upfront.”

No change in leadership structure at the network was announced. Moonves wrote to executives that they will be relied on to pick up the slack in Geller’s absence: “You all know what to do, and will now need to step up with the same energy, dedication and passion that you bring to your jobs every day – and just a little bit more, given the situation.”

The move comes as CBS prepares for its upfront presentation May 17 in New York, where it will unveil its 2017-18 primetime slate and fall schedule. The network has already finalized pilot orders for this development season. Work on next season’s slate will intensify in the coming weeks.

Geller was named CBS Entertainment chief in 2015 following the departure of longtime network leader Nina Tassler. He had previously served as head of current programming for the network. Among the series developed during his tenure are “Superior Donuts,” “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With Plan,” and “MacGyver.”

Read the full memos from Geller and Moonves below.

From Geller:

Hi everyone.

As many of you know, I experienced a mild heart attack recently and I’ve been resting at home for a couple of weeks. The good news is the doctors have given me an excellent report card and say I’m on track for a full recovery. The bad news is that pilot season and the Upfront isn’t the best environment to achieve that recovery. After consulting with my doctors, my husband, and my family, I plan to take off a few more weeks and return at the end of May.

I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received from Leslie and my 3rd floor colleagues over the past few days. While it will be very strange not being in the trenches with you during this crazy time of year, I have all the confidence in you — our creative teams and talented executives — shepherding our terrific pilots. I know you will all carry the CBS flag to Carnegie Hall with distinction. I’ll be watching with pride.

All the best,

19:00 - Inside the FBI: New York - Promo & Premiere Date Revealed for Dick Wolf's USA Network Docuseries
Thanks to Walter Mulder for the heads up.

Dick Wolf has another new show coming — but this one’s not an NBC procedural. The docuseries Inside the FBI: New York will premiere at 10 PM Thursday, April 27, on USA Network, the NBCUniversal-owned net said today. It also released the first promo for the series; watch it above.

28th March 2017

02:45 - MOVIES: Ferdinand - Trailer

02:45 - Mayans MC - Andrea Londo Joins FX's Sons of Anarchy Spinoff Pilot

Andrea Londo is set for a series regular role opposite JD Pardo in Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX.

Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller’s death at the end of SOA’s seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California-Mexico border. Londo will play Carnalita. As a child, she watched her family die at the hand of the Galindo cartel. Now, street-wise and driven, she protects the lost children orphaned by cartel violence.

02:45 - Stitchers - Season 3 - Anna Akana to Recur
Thanks to RD for the heads up.

Anna Akana (Miss 2059) is set for a recurring role opposite Emma Ishta and Allison Scagliotti on the upcoming third season of Freeform’s hit drama series Stitchers. She’ll play Amanda, a cool and confident medical examiner who starts working with the Stitchers team and has an instant spark with Camille (Scagliotti). Her character first appears in the June 12 episode.

18:15 - MOVIES: IT - Teaser + Poster
Thanks to BowlfullofAwesome and Dumble for the heads up.

27th March 2017

14:30 - MOVIES: Ghost in the Shell - Final Trailer
Thanks to auroradelbi for the heads up.

10:30 - Godless - BTS Photos

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