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20th Century Fox TV Taps Dana Sharpless & Steve Sicherman To Lead Current Programming

  • Deadline
20th Century Fox SVPs Dana Sharpless and Steve Sicherman have been named co-heads of the studio’s Current Programming department. They will succeed Carolyn Cassidy who was promoted to President of Creative Affairs in July.

Reporting to Cassidy, Sharpless and Sicherman will oversee Disney TV Studios unit’s slate of live-action series for all networks, cable and streaming services. Sharpless will manage the studio’s drama series; Sicherman will be in charge of comedies.

“I feel very fortunate to hand over the current programming team to Dana and Steve, who have been tremendous contributors to the success of 20th,” Cassidy said. “They are smart, strategic and beloved by all producers, writers and directors they work with as well as everyone inside our company.”

Sicherman started at 20th TV as Director of Comedy followed by stints as VP of Current and Drama Development. He has worked on such series as This Is Us,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Tamara Tunie

She may not be a household name, but you’ll almost certainly recognize Tamara Tunie from at least a few of her numerous TV roles. The actress is one of TV’s most prolific stars, with performances in everything from Better Call Saul, Blue Bloods, Billions and 24 to Dietland, Black Earth Rising, and, of course, Law & Order: Svu. Tunie hasn’t kept her ambitions to the small screen, however, but can proudly claim a slew of film and stage credits, both as star and director. To find out more, keep reading. 1. She’s active in the community Tunie’s contributions to the

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Tamara Tunie
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‘Jack Ryan’ Season 2 Falters Despite John Krasinski’s Best Efforts | Review

When Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan premiered as an original series on Amazon Prime in 2018, it was admittedly a somewhat familiar mash-up of Homeland and 24, but was handsomely crafted and compelling enough in its own right to serve as a pretty easily watchable show. A lot of that was due to John Krasinski’s leading performance as the titular CIA Analyst-turned-sometimes-badass, but showrunners Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland also attacked each hourlong episode as if it were its own little mini Jack Ryan movie. But if the show’s first season succeeded as an …
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Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Movie Set for Hulu

Joseph Baxter Nov 1, 2019

Hulu is adapting Clive Barker’s story collection, Books of Blood, as a movie, adding Star Trek director Brannon Braga and a stacked cast.

Books of Blood, the 1984-1985 six-volume short story collection that first brought maestro of macabre Clive Barker to prominence, is getting a feature film treatment. However, don’t expect to find said film at theaters, VOD, or, for that matter, even Netflix. – It’s coming to Hulu!

Brannon Braga, the veteran writer and producer of the Star Trek franchise, will be the driving force behind Hulu’s Books of Blood in a move that will certainly delight Trekkies… well, the ones who can appreciate hellishly twisted creatures and ambulatory flayed people. The project will be the feature directorial debut for Braga, who’s also serving as executive producer, set to co-write with Adam Simon, who worked with him on Wgn America series Salem.
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The Rookie to Stage Another Castle Reunion This Season

If you're a fan of ABC's The Rookie, then there's a good chance you were also a fan of Castle, another procedural which also starred Nathan Fillion

The sophomore drama series recently staged a Castle reunion, and the series will be doing so once again. 

TV Line is reporting that Annie Wersching has been locked in to appear in an upcoming episode as Rosalind Dyer, a serial killer on death row who finds herself getting a little too close to Fillion's John Nolan

If you watch Castle online, you will recall Wersching from that series as Kelly Nieman, a prison doctor/plastic surgeon who grew obsessed with Jerry Tyson. 

Jerry carried out a string of heinous slayings throughout his turn on the series, and Kelly later became his accomplice and love interest. 

Related: The Rookie, Stumptown Among Full Season Orders at ABC

It was a gripping plot, but it
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Former Fox Co-Chief Gary Newman Joins Attention Capital Executive Team

  • Deadline
Gary Newman, who had a long run as chairman of Fox alongside Dana Walden until 2018, has joined Attention Capital as executive partner.

Attention Capital was founded by former Fox ad chief Joe Marchese, former Snapchat content head Nick Bell, former head of content at Snapchat, and former Palantir exec Ashlyn Gentry. The company gained notice last summer for teaming with James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems to acquire half of Tribeca Enterprises from the Madison Square Garden Co.

Attention, which is looking to raise $500 million, takes its name from its strategy to invest in companies that are stakeholders in the attention economy. Lisa Gersh, who led brands like Alexander Wang, Goop, Martha Stewart, and Oxygen, has also joined the company along with Newman as executive partner.

Newman and Gersh will consult on operations for companies in the portfolio and also help on the investment efforts of Attention.

In a LinkedIn post announcing the new executives,
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‘Your Honor’: Tony Curran, Keith Machekanyanga, Lamar Johnson & Benjamin Flores Jr. Join Showtime Legal Drama

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‘Your Honor’: Tony Curran, Keith Machekanyanga, Lamar Johnson & Benjamin Flores Jr. Join Showtime Legal Drama
Exclusive: Tony Curran (Ray Donovan), Keith Machekanyanga (Dear White People), Lamar Johnson (The Hate You Give) and Benjamin Flores, Jr. (Rim of the World) are set for recurring roles opposite Bryan Cranston in Your Honor, Showtime’s limited series based on the hot Israeli drama format (Kvodo). The legal thriller hails from Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO’s Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife‘s Robert and Michelle King. The series, produced by CBS TV Studios, is in production in New Orleans.

Written by British TV writer-playwright Moffat, the 10-episode limited series rips through all strata of New Orleans society.

Curran plays Frankie, a trusted associate of crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg). Machekanyanga plays Little Mo, a gang leader who enlists the help of one of his crew, Kofi Jones (Johnson), in a crime. Flores plays Eugene, Kofi’s
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Happy Birthday to Brandon Barash — See His Cutest Moments With His Daughter, Harper!

Please join us in wishing a very happy birthday to Brandon Barash! After studying acting at the University of Southern California, he broke into show business with roles on the primetime series The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, and 24 before joining the cast of Gh in 2007 as bad boy Johnny Zacchara. Although Barash left Gh in 2013, he has returned for a few short stints here and there, but then found himself taking over for fellow Gh alum Tyler Christopher as Stefan Dimera over on NBC sudser Days Of Our Lives. He has also appeared in the recurring role of Detective Robby Oderno in Major Crimes and played Thomas Calabro in The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. (Photo Credit: Steven Bergman) Barash is also a talented musician and plays in the band Port Chuck, which also includes fellow Gh alums Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Scott Reeves (ex-Steven), and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). In real life,
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Horror Highlights: Pixel Elixir’s Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkin Ale Enamel Pins, Dark Harbor, Murder Made Easy

  • DailyDead
Drinkers and non-drinkers of pumpkin ale—or just beer in general—may be happy to know that Pixel Elixir has brewed up four pumpkin ale glow-in-the-dark enamel pins. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Dark Harbor trailer and Murder Made Easy VOD release details.

A Look at Pixel Elixir's Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkin Ale Enamel Pins: "If you love pumpkin beer, Halloween, Oktoberfest, or just beer, in general, like us, this pin's for you. 1.5" tall, black nickel-plated soft enamel with glitter foam and a glow in the dark jack o' lantern face! Comes with dual rubber clutches on a glossy backer card. Also features a shiny epoxy coating for extra protection. Prost!

Ships in a weatherproof poly mailer."

For more information, visit:

https://www.pixelelixir.com/collections/enamel-pins/products/pumpkin-ale-enamel-pin

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Dark Harbor Trailer and Premiere Details: "Aps Films has released the first trailer and stills from director Joe Raffa's unsettling thriller Dark Harbor.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Surveen Chawla

Surveen Chawla is an Indian actress and dancer who was born in Chandigarh, India, India, on August 1, 1984. She began her career in Indian soap operas in 2003 and has progressed to also working in films. She is best known for her roles in ‘24’, ‘Parched’, ‘Ugly’, and ‘Hale Story 2’. Although she is well-known in India and relatively well-known in other countries, there are many things that people do not know about her. Here are 10 interesting facts about Surveen Chawla. 1. She is Married to Akshay Thakker Surveen Chawla has been married to actor Ashkay Thakker since

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Surveen Chawla
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General Hospital's Kathleen Gati Reveals Obrecht's Secrets (Exclusive)

After surviving a murder attempt, most folks would take a good hard look at themselves and the choices they’ve made in life. “Not Obrecht,” General Hospital’s Kathleen Gati chuckled to Soaps In Depth. Her character “enjoys being dark and evil, so she was like, ‘Goody goody! Now who can I get vengeance on?’ That’s what makes her tick. It’s like cat and mouse for her. Meow!” But Obrecht is hardly your garden variety alley cat. “She doesn’t just have nine lives, she has 100, and she always lands on her high-heeled pumps,” Gati said. “People say she’s crazy. She’s not crazy, she’s super, super smart! I wish I were more like her. She plans everything, she knows and sees everything before it happens, and she’s just so clever. “Nothing fazes her, and she can survive anything, which I just relate to,” continued the actress.
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Connie Britton on ‘Friday Night Lights’ Remake: ‘You Need to Let it Go’

  • Variety
Connie Britton on ‘Friday Night Lights’ Remake: ‘You Need to Let it Go’
Connie Britton opened up at a fireside chat Wednesday at the #BlogHer19 Creators Summit in Brooklyn by talking about one of her most beloved roles — Tami Taylor in the fan favorite series “Friday Night Lights.”

When asked if a remake of the sports cult film and Emmy-winning TV show is in the works she stated simply (but with a smile), “You need to let it go.”

The four-time Emmy-nominated actress was on hand to speak about her future Hollywood endeavors (including a newly inked first look deal with Amazon Studios), while recalling the high and lows of her career playing memorable female characters on shows like “Nashville,” “24,” “American Horror Story” and “Dirty John.”

Britton said she is “really excited” about her Amazon contract, but also shared her concerns about the industry when it comes to her latest role as producer and, more importantly, as a female in charge.

“[It is] really
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Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)

Mary Lynn Rajskub, Edwin Hodge Join Chris Pratt in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Ghost Draft' (Exclusive)
Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for her work on the television show 24, and The Purge actor Edwin Hodge have joined Ghost Draft, the sci-fi thriller from Skydance and Paramount.

Chris Pratt is toplining the project, which is set to begin shooting later this month in Atlanta. Chris McKay, who directed The Lego Batman Movie, is helming. 

The script, with drafts by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque, tells of a future where humanity is losing a war against aliens. To turn the tide, scientists draft soldiers from the past to fight the war.

Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin and Theo Von are ...
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Activist David Clennon Declines Audition For Netflix Series With Israeli Producers, Cites Solidarity With Palestinian People

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Activist David Clennon Declines Audition For Netflix Series With Israeli Producers, Cites Solidarity With Palestinian People
Emmy-winning actor David Clennon said in an op-ed today that he declined an audition for a new Netflix series because he didn’t want to work with two Israeli producers previously involved in a television show that casts Palestinians in a negative light.

In an op-ed for TruthOut.org, Clennon said creative executive producers Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz were involved in the Israel television series Fauda, which depicts a Hamas terrorist being hunted by a Rambo-like soldier from the Israeli Defense Forces. When Clennon was approached to audition for the Netflix series with the working title Sycamore, he began doing some investigating.

When he discovered the involvement of Issacharoff and Raz, he decided not to audition for the Netflix role of Martin Wexler, an American politician. The show plans to start filming in September in New York and Tel Aviv and is described as a political espionage thriller.

Clennon
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Starz Orders True-Crime Docuseries ‘Leavenworth’ and Drama ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ to Series

  • The Wrap
Starz has ordered two new shows to series: original true-crime unscripted docuseries “Leavenworth” and original drama “Dangerous Liaisons,” the network announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

“Leavenworth” centers on the true story of Clint Lorance (pictured above), a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. Lorance has appealed his conviction.

According to Starz, “While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the Us Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage. As determinations on Lorance’s fate unfold, questions probe not only the merits of his conviction, but analyze the system
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The Dollhouse Episode You Never Saw: Joss Whedon's Epitaph One

Alex Spencer Jul 25, 2019

We look back at the "secret" 13th episode of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, set a decade in the future, in 2019...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

You know how some buildings have secret thirteenth floors, closed off for reasons of superstition? Dollhouse has a secret 13th episode. On the 10th anniversary of its debut, let’s crack open the vault and look at "Epitaph One," one of the most unusual hours of network television ever produced.

Dollhouse was the fourth series created by Joss Whedon – he of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly fame – and his final foray onto the small screen before writing and directing one of the most successful movies of all time. "Successful" not being a word you would necessarily associate with Dollhouse.

Whedon’s last two shows had ended in cancellation and heartbreak, and by the end of Dollhouse’s first season, it
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Top YouTube Originals Exec Jon Wax In Talks For ‘Head Of Genre Drama’ Role At Amazon (Report)

One of YouTube’s top original content execs, Jon Wax -- who serves as the platform’s head of drama, scripted, and current programming -- is reportedly in talks to join competitor Amazon Studios, the e-tailer’s original content arm.

If Wax were to join Amazon, he would fill a post recently vacated by Sharon Tal Yguado, who served as head of genre drama until May 3. The move for Wax would be a propos, Deadline reports, given that YouTube has scaled back its premium scripted development amid a move to make all originals free and ad-supported by the year 2020.

Wax joined YouTube in Aug. 2017, reporting to global content chief Susanne Daniels. During his tenure at YouTube to date, Wax has helped launch hallmark series like Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water, Origin, and Impulse. Prior to joining YouTube in 2017, Wax served as Evp of scripted programming at Wgn America and Tribune Studios.
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YouTube’s Jon Wax In Talks To Join Amazon Studios

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Jon Wax, YouTube’s head of Drama, Scripted & Current Programming, is in negotiations to join Amazon Studios. He is expected to take over the head of genre drama post recently vacated by Sharon Tal Yguado.

Wax, a respected development executive, had been on the market for a new job since YouTube late last year paused its scripted development. Some of the new scripted series launched on YouTube Red/Premium while he was there include Cobra Kai, Step Up: High Water, Origin and Impulse.

Before joining YouTube in 2017, Wax was Evp of Scripted Programming at Wgn America and Tribune Studios, a position he held for four years, Wax built Wgna’s scripted programming slate from the ground up with his former mentors at Fox, Peter Liguori and Matt Cherniss, and helped put Wgna on the original programming map with such dramas as Salem, Manhattan, Underground and Outsiders.

Prior to Wgna, Wax
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Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Casts Dominic Sherwood, Five More

Shadowhunters may have come to a bittersweet conclusion, but another one of its actors had landed a new TV role.

Dominic Sherwood, who played Jace on the recently canceled Freeform drama, has joined the cast of Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

He is one of six new additions, joining the series alongside Adam Rodriguez, Michael Gladis, Lorenza Izzo, Thomas Kretschman, and Ethan Peck.

The new series is set in 1938 Los Angeles, and focuses on Det. Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto), who becomes embroiled in an epic story following a murder that shocks the city.

It quickly paves the way for Tiago and his family “grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart,” according to the official logline.

Related: Penny Dreadful Sequel Ordered to Series

Sherwood will play Kurt, the chauffer and bodyguard for Richard Goss (Kretschmann). There's more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background.
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‘The Conners’ Star Sara Gilbert On Learning To Value Her Voice & Bringing New Vulnerability To Adult Darlene

‘The Conners’ Star Sara Gilbert On Learning To Value Her Voice & Bringing New Vulnerability To Adult Darlene
Long before she was a teenage actress holding her snarky own in Roseanne, before heading a panel of women sharing their perspectives on The Talk, and before the Roseanne reboot reconfigured into The Conners, Sara Gilbert found her voice as a performer.

Specifically, during an elementary school performance of The Wizard of Oz, the five-year-old Gilbert was cast as Toto, which sparked an improvisational chord. “When we were doing it, I decided to start barking at random times during the play, and every time I would bark, people would laugh,” Gilbert recalls. “That was me figuring out that I could do comedy.”

Showbusiness was the family trade: among other credits, her maternal grandfather Harry Crane developed The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason and brought the celebrity roast concept to The Dean Martin Show. And half-siblings Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert were child stars on Little House on the Prairie, collecting crew gifts
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