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‘Madam Secretary’ EP David Grae Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Madam Secretary executive producer David Grae has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, the studio behind the CBS drama series currently in its third season. Under the pact, Grae will continue as executive producer on Madam Secretary, expected to be renewed for a fourth season, alongside creator/exec producer/showrunner Barbara Hall, while also developing new projects for the studio.

This is the first overall deal for Grae, who began his career as a staff writer on the Halls’ Joan of Arcadia. He has also staffed on Without a Trace, Gilmore Girls and was an executive producer on ABC’s long-running Castle. Grae, co-founder of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is repped by Paradigm and the Shuman Company.



New movie for Sophia!

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Epps is set to reteam with Bruce Willis for Acts of Violence, the new actioner from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also have been cast in the film, which begins principal photography next week with Brett Donowho directing.

The pic follows vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to extricate a loved one. Epps will co-star as head bad guy Max Livingston, who leads a human-trafficking ring and is pursued by Detective Avery (Willis). Randall Emmett, George Furla and Tony Callie are producing, with Brandon Hogan, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones exec producing.

Starts shooting next week. I wanna know where?! What does this mean for Erin on PD though???
Chris Colfer to Star in Sci-Fi TV Drama 'Indigo' (Exclusive)
Sonar Entertainment will produce the drama, which the 'Glee' grad will create and direct.

Chris Colfer is plotting his return to TV.

The Golden Globe-winning Glee grad is teaming with Sonar Entertainment to develop sci-fi drama Indigo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, which Colfer created as a starring vehicle for himself, explores the mysterious world of Indigo children — those who are misdiagnosed but wildly believed to possess extraordinary paranormal abilities — and the dark forces working to exploit their powers.

Colfer will pen the script for the potential pilot and is expected to direct it as well. Keith Quinn and Colfer’s manager Rob Weisbach also exec produce alongside the actor.

A network is not yet attached but the plan at the moment is to shop the project to broadcast, cable, premium and streaming services.

For Colfer, Indigo would mark his return to series regular television following his six-season run as Kurt Hummel on Fox’s Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk/Ian Brennan phenomenon Glee.

In the years since Glee wrapped, Emmy-nominee Colfer — who also penned a season five episode of the Fox musical — has remained busy as an author. His New York Times best-selling children’s series The Land of Stories has been translated into 20 languages. The book was adapted into a film, which Colfer wrote, starred in and produced. He previously had a deal with Disney Channel to adapt The Little Leftover Witch for the small screen.

For Sonar, meanwhile, the independent studio has multiple TV series in the works including season two of MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles, AMC’s Pierce Brosnan drama The Son, David E. Kelley’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes for the Audience Network; and also serves as a distributor on FX’s Tom Hardy vehicle Taboo, among others.

Colfer is repped by ICM Partners, Rob Weisbach Creative Management and Myman Greenspan.

Benedict Cumberbatch Prepping 'How to Stop Time' With StudioCanal

Benedict Cumberbatch has lined up another film project. 

The actor’s own SunnyMarch banner has teamed with StudioCanal to pick up the film rights to How to Stop Time, the forthcoming book from prolific adult and children’s author Matt Haig (A Boy Called Christmas, The Last Family in England, The Radleys), being published by Canongate Books in July. 

Cumberbatch will play Tom Hazard, a man who may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but, owing to an extremely rare condition, has been alive for centuries. The Imitation Game and Doctor Strange star will exec produce alongside Canongate CEO Jamie Byng.

StudioCanal is fully financing How to Stop Time and will distribute in its territories, the U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, and will be handling international sales.

The deal was negotiated between SunnyMarch’s managing director, Adam Ackland, who will produce the film, and Nick Marston of Curtis Brown, who brokered the deal on behalf of Haig and Conville and Walsh.

“The prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tom Hazard is a hugely exciting one and I could not be happier about working with Adam and Jamie, and to be reunited with StudioCanal,” said Haig, who was a writer on the growing mini-major’s 2014 hit Paddington.

“We are delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Matt Haig as well as build upon our long-running and dynamic partnership with SunnyMarch, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland,” said StudioCanal U.K. CEO Danny Perkins.

“This compelling novel will make for a powerful film that falls in line with StudioCanal’s ongoing commitment to British talent, storytelling and production. We look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.”

StudioCanal, which took a stake in SunnyMarch last year, is also adapting Haig’s book series A Boy Called Christmas for the big screen, while the writer is adapting The Radleys for Alfonso Cuaron and BBC Films and The Last Family in England for Taika Waititi and Plan B.

Read more: Benedict Cumberbatch and Showtime Team for ‘Melrose’ Miniseries

Flash/Supergirl Musical Episode Stages Glee Reunion, Casts Darren Criss as the Menacing Music Meister

Music makes the Glee kids come together again!

In a pitch-perfect piece of casting, Darren Criss will reunite with his former Glee cohorts Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist when he guest-stars in the two-part The Flash/Supergirl musical episode as the Big Bad Music Meister, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“With our Flash and our Supergirl being Glee alums, how could we not have them go up against another Glee favorite like Darren Criss?” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg tells TVLine. “We have been blown away by his talent over the years and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Music Meister.”

As reported last week, the anticipated crossover will air Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21 at 8/7 each night.

What’s In Store For The Get Down Part 2?

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The Get Down is set in the South Bronx in New York and revolves around these teens who change the city through their music, dance and graffiti. It gained popularity on Tumblr and Twitter after many had pointed out how a show full of diversity and incredible storytelling was being sidelined for shows that did not break the status quo. Many feared last year that due to the ratings not being as high as some of the other Netflix hits such as ‘Stranger Things’ that we wouldn’t get more episodes but that fear was dispelled when we got a trailer for Part 2 last week.

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Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For ‘Green Lantern Corps’

Warner Bros and DC are moving aggressively on a new screen version of Green Lantern. They’ve set David Goyer to write the script with Justin Rhodes for Green Lantern Corps, with Goyer producing and with DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec producing. The new version is described as Lethal Weapon in space, and it’s based on a comic book origin story. The focus will be on two characters: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The latter is an African American Marine sniper before he joined the Lantern Corps and the story very much focuses on his relationship with Jordan and the Corps. The story was conceived by Goyer and Johns.

It’s unclear whether the studio would reengage with Ryan Reynolds, who starred in the disappointing first film and is soaring with Deadpool and working on its sequel. They will get a script and move quickly to get a director, so this project now has a beating heart.

How Bernie’s character came to be

I love that Simon Harper and Oliver Kent obviously watched Doctor Who and saw Kate Lethbridge-Stewart command the screen and were, like the rest of us praying for… 

Originally posted by hella-g4y

I mean come on! wowzer!, played by the devastatingly attractive Jemma Redgrave no less!

So, being exec producers of a continuing drama at the BBC, they did what we could only hope to achieve in fan fiction. They transplanted Kate into Holby as Bernie Wolfe and brilliantly, they made no attempt to really separate the characters (at first) - Kate above, Bernie on her first day working at Holby below.

They made her a sexy (well, that was really down to J Red) as hell army major, queer as you like and made us all fall in fangirly love with her. Then, unbelievably and amazingly they made her Serena’s girlfriend! 

And I love them for it!, what a time to be alive! (Even if I’m not 100% convinced Bernie isn’t Kate currently deep undercover with UNIT and that’s what that Ukraine nonsense was all about…)

Did anyone else know that SunnyMarch was co-producing The Current War?

Everyone but me, then?

The Current War, set to begin shooting on December 18 in London and surrounding areas. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse. Set in the late 1880s,  the pic details the rivalry between Thomas and George and the race to create a marketable and sustainable electricity system. Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, and Nicholas Hoult, and Tuppence Middleton also co-star. Written by Michael Mitnick, the pic is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Timur Bekmanbetov, and Harvey Weinstein with Cumberbatch and Adam Ackland serving as exec producer.”   (x)

Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For ‘Green Lantern Corps’
By Mike Fleming Jr

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC are moving aggressively on a new screen version of Green Lantern. They’ve set David Goyer to write the script with Justin Rhodes for Green Lantern Corps, with Goyer producing and with DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec producing. The new version is described as Lethal Weapon in space, and it’s based on a comic book origin story. The focus will be on two characters: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The latter is an African American Marine sniper before he joined the Lantern Corps and the story very much focuses on his relationship with Jordan and the Corps. The story was conceived by Goyer and Johns.

'StartUp' Renewed for Second Season at Crackle 

The tech drama stars Martin Freeman and Adam Brody.

Crackle is going to start it up again.

Sony Pictures Television’s digital platform has renewed the scripted drama for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Season two will consist of 10 episodes, with the Martin Freeman and Adam Brody starrer set to return in the fall.

The series, which opened to lackluster reviews, explores the launch of GenCoin, a potentially revolutionary idea for an unregulated digital currency, and the deadly tech war that ignites around the creation of the algorithm. Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero will return, with a deal for season-one star Freeman to return currently in the works. (He is expected to return.)

StartUp hails from Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Raymond Ricord, Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding executive produce. Ben Ketai serves as writer, exec producer and director. Brody and Anne Clements also produce.


Crackle has picked up a second season of its new tech drama series StartUp to air later this season.

The gritty StartUp starring Martin Freeman, Adam Brody and Edi Gathegi, was released in September after an early rollout on Reddit, Playstation and Amazon Fire TV, part of a marketing effort by Crackle to reach millennials.

“It’s been really great for us, it was our No. 1 show when it came out, with really high engagement rates, binging, going through,” Crackle GM Eric Berger said. “And internationally, we have had a terrific success with the sale of the show.”


Darren Criss Developing Musical Workplace Comedy 'Royalties' at Fox

The project, which centers on producers and songwriters, hails from the ‘Glee’ grad and writers Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle.

Darren Criss is returning to Fox.

The network is developing a musical workplace comedy from the Glee grad, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The project, titled Royalties, centers on the unseen, unsung and unglamorous heroes behind the pop stars – the producers and songwriters whose day job is it to produce hits. Sometimes it’s sexy, but most of the time, it’s just like every other workplace with office politics, clashing personalities and day-to-day minutiae. The comedy specifically centers on a publishing company, Royalty Music, and the one-hit wonder who returns to the fold in the hopes of making it big again.

Royalties hails from Criss and writers Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle. The latter two will exec produce with The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley. Criss is attached as a co-executive producer. (He will not star in the project should it move forward.)

Criss most famously spent five years on Fox’s former musical comedy hit Glee, for which he also earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding original music & lyrics. The actor, who is currently headlining the Los Angeles production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is also known for his roles in American Horror Story and Girl Most Likely. Criss is repped by CAA, Hyphenate Creative Management, and Hansen, Jacobson.

Rachel and Carlyle previously created the web series Couple Time, which was previously developed at Fox. Rachel is also developing the comedy Ridin’ Dirty for FX with The Jackal Group. Rachel is repped by CAA, Truhett Garcia Management, and Ginsburg Daniels. Carlyle is repped by CAA, Haven Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.

Royalties marks the latest collaboration between Fox and The Jackal Group, which produced the remake of the beloved movie musical Rocky Horror Picture Show. The company also has the drama Camelot and the comedy Mattress World in development at the network.

The project comes in the midst of a rough patch for similar music-centered series. HBO and Showtime axed first-year dramas Vinyl and Roadies, respectively, after one season despite impressive auteurs like Mick Jagger and Cameron Crowe. FX also recently pulled the plug on Dennis Leary’s sophomore comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Nashville, which centers specifically on the world of country music, was also canceled this year after four seasons, but it was resurrected by CMT and Hulu shortly thereafter.

ok can everyone take a break from going ‘omg bighit and BTS make the best mvs’ and just read the credits under the mv?????? it’s by lumpens. even the exec producer isn’t bang shihyuk?? bighit are even giving you names and you still can’t grasp the concept that there’s people working hard backstage?? the blatant disregard for creatives is really getting tiring 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

TO Season 4 news

​What can we expect from Klaus and Hayley’s relationship this  spring on The Originals? —Erin 

“Hayley and Klaus ended Season 3 in a pretty good place,” exec producer Michael Narducci reminds us. “He was able to do what he had to in order to save his siblings, and he was able to trust his child in the hands of this woman he has come to respect and trust more than he does a lot of other people.” And it sounds like things are only going to improve when the former lovers eventually reunite: “They trust and each other and will do whatever it takes to protect their kid, and I think you’ll start to see a lot more of that. They’re not lovers, but they’re parents of this girl, and they have to be in concert if they’re going to do everything they need to do to raise her and protect her.”- (X)

Universal Lands ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’; Will Packer, Kerry Washington Produce

by Mike Fleming Jr      February 15, 2017 3:31pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has optioned City Of Saints & Thieves, the bestselling debut novel by Natalie C. Anderson. Will Packer’s Will Packer Productions and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street production company are in negotiations to produce. James Lopez, Packer’s Head of Motion Pictures, will also produce. They are moving quickly on this project: Melina Matsoukas, exec producer and director of the HBO series Insecure is being sought as director.

The protagonist is Tina, a girl who has been living on the streets of Kenya since her mother’s murder. Recruited by a gang of orphans and street kids, Tina gets closer to exacting revenge for her mother’s death but soon discovers that she may not have all the facts. This is the second book that Scandal star Washington has come involved in; last week TriStar preempted The Perfect Mother, a thriller novel by Aimee Molloy that will be crafted as a star vehicle for Washington, who’ll produce with Amy Pascal.

CAA reps the author along with Faye Bender at The Book Group; Packer is CAA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, and Washington is CAA, Washington Square Films and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller.

Question: Something on Bones’ final season, please? Preferably Booth and Brennan, but I’ll take anything. —Adela
Ausiello: The series finale is a two-part episode (Episodes 11 and 12), with the penultimate hour showing the series’ “six leads in a different light,” previews exec producer Michael Peterson. “It’s going to cover a 24-hour period of time, and it gives a lot of setup for Episode 12. It’s a very strange episode.” Ep 11 also wraps up Zack’s story (and concludes Eric Millegan’s three-episode comeback arc).

source: tvline.com

Update from Sean Pertwee (Elementary: LeStrade)

So happened to see Sean Pertwee at a con today and got the chance to have a fairly long convo re: Elementary. He said that Jonny and he are “mates” from way back, so he loved working with him. And that Lucy is a “doll.” 

Of course, he also said he’d LOVE to come back, tho he’s full-time on Gotham. He said Gotham’s studio in Brooklyn is not that far from Silvercup. But apparently, Fox / CBS are being nasty about sharing talent and have put the kibosh on it.

In fact, he said that Lucy “rang him up” to come back to the show for an episode she was directing, which was fine, but he almost preferred to work with her as a scene partner. He also said she acts as kind of a de-facto co-exec producer (which we kinda figured, but then wth, give her the actual credit!).

I said he was fantastic in that final episode (Ears to You 2x17) and he remembered that his character had gone off to Greece or somewhere, so it wouldn’t be impossible for him to return. We talked about the show being too procedural and not conducive to arcs, which sucks, but makes for better sales overseas. (Though MOST other shows do have season-long throughlines and seem to do fine.)

He came across as a very nice, smart guy. Had interesting things to say in his Gotham panel at the con as well. Tho it’s funny – we had this long talk while we were waiting for the autograph signing to be set up. Then ten minutes later, when I actually went thru the line, he had no memory of me or the prior convo. Actors. ;)