TCA 2012: Fox talks about the decision to renew FRINGE for a final season

Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv and John Noble in FRINGE - Season 4 | ©2011 Fox/Andrew Matusik

While Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly admits that the network has history of cancelling low-rated genre shows despite huge fan bases, he admitted today at the Fox Summer TCA Press Tour that he was pleased he was able to give FRINGE a final 13-episode Season 5 send-off. “I don’t like to pull the plug on any show, and many of our failed shows have millions of fans,” says Reilly. “We have a checkered history with genre at best, because we’re one of the only networks who have consistently tried genre. FRINGE has a particular fan base and the FRINGE producers […]Read On »

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TCA News: The Scoop on WILFRED Season 2

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Sacrifice" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

At today’s TCA session for the FX Network, details were revealed on the second season of the popular comedy WILFRED starring Elijah Wood as Ryan, who may or may not be hallucinating that his girlfriend’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann) is talking to him and getting him in massive trouble. Creator and star Gann reveals that Season 2 will “continue to explore Ryan’s journey toward enlightenment with Wilfred leading the way and tripping him up along the way as well.” As for resolving Season 1’s cliffhanger, executive producer David Zuckerman says that will be resolved pretty quickly at the start of […]Read On »

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TCA News: Dustin Hoffman talks about the LUCK of doing the new HBO series

Dustin Hoffman in LUCK - Season 1 | ©HBO/Steve Schapiro

One of the biggest coups in TV this year comes from HBO that nabbed actor Dustin Hoffman to star in LUCK, the gambling drama created by David Milch and directed by Michael Mann. At HBO’s TCA session for the series which debuts January 29, Hoffman admitted he didn’t know what to expect joining a TV show for the first time. “I was expecting [to shoot] 20 pages a day,” says Hoffman. “I was expecting an atmosphere that, you know, was like making movies on cocaine or something, but it’s the opposite. We did the best we could with as much […]Read On »

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TCA News: Julianne Moore talks about playing Sarah Palin in HBO’s GAME CHANGE

Julianne Moore in GAME CHANGE | ©2012 HBO/Phillip V. Caruso

HBO is digging back into the well of the recent political past with their new movie GAME CHANGE based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin non-fiction book about the 2008 Presidential Race. Playing Sarah Palin, who ran for vice-president alongside John McCain, is actress Julianne Moore who went through a tremendous amount of research to get the performance right so it was real and grounded – and not a caricature. “The first thing I did was hire a vocal coach, because for me she has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking and I really felt I needed to capture that,” […]Read On »

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TCA News: Update on new Charlie Sheen FX series ANGER MANAGEMENT

Charlie Sheen at the 2006 Summer CBS Party at the Television Critics | ©2006 Sue Schneider

Even though FX has picked up the new Charlie Sheen sitcom ANGER MANAGEMENT created by Bruce Helford, President and General Manager of the FX network says that he was initially skeptical of the pitch before he heard it. “Charlie was there, as was the creator and showrunner and it was really an excellent pitch,” says Landgraf. “It’s funny, complicated and the character Charlie ought to be playing at this point. He’s playing a character who has a checkered past and wants to do more positive things in life. He has a complicated relationship with his 13-year old daughter and a […]Read On »

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TCA News: POWERS adaptation still in limbo at FX, but not dead

POWERS - Issue 19 | ©Icon

At today’s TCA press day for the FX Network, President & General Manager John Landgraf says the status of the POWERS graphic novel adaptation created by Brian Michael Bendis is still in limbo – though still alive. “We didn’t pick the pilot up,” says Landgraf. “We did a fairly substantial rewrite which would require pretty substantial reshoots of the pilot. We’re in the process of deciding whether to pull the trigger on the reshoots. I adore the underlying property. It’s the most difficult adaptation I’ve ever worked on.” Landgraf explains that much like HBO transforming the fantasy film genre into […]Read On »

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TCA News: The status of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 2

Dylan McDermott and Rubber Man in AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Season 1 - "Smoldering Children" | ©2011 FX/Lewis Jacobs

When AMERICAN HORROR STORY ended Season 1, the big twist wasn’t what happened to the characters, it’s what happened to the show. Executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy essentially pulled the wool over the viewers eyes and created a TV series that would reboot every year with a new story,  new characters and a new cast. At today’s TCA press tour for the FX Network, John Landgraf, President & General Manager, says that he’s excited by what Murphy is conjuring up for the completely different Season 2. “He really loves to create a new world,” says Landgraf. “You even saw […]Read On »

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TV News: Ricky Gervais chats about his third time as Golden Globes host

The 69th Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais | ©2012 NBC/Todd Antony

After hosting the Golden Globe Awards twice, Ricky Gervais is returning for a third time this Sunday night for THE 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES. While promoting his new HBO faux docu-comedy series LIFE’S TOO SHORT (debuting February 19 on HBO), he spoke about why he decided to return – even though many felt he took his comedy way over the edge during last year’s telecast. “I’m going to have another go,” says Gervais. “I did it the first time because I thought that’s fun and it’s fun for a comedian to have a global audience like that. And I did […]Read On »

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TCA News: First News on THE CLOSER spin-off MAJOR CRIMES

THE CLOSER THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON | © 2011 Warner Home Video

At today’s TCA press tour for the Turner networks, details on the new THE CLOSER spin-off for TNT was announced. The series will be called MAJOR CRIMES and will pick up directly where THE CLOSER leaves off. “THE CLOSER concentrated solely on getting a confessions, this is about getting convictions,” says Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Cast members returning from THE CLOSER to the new show include Mary McDonnell (Captain Sharon Raydor), G.W. Bailey (Lt. Provenza), Tony Denison (Lt. Andy Flynn), Michael Paul Chan (Lt. Tao), Raymond Cruz (Detective […]Read On »

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TCA News: LIFE’S TOO SHORT for STAR WARS star Warwick Davis

Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis in LIFE'S TOO SHORT | ©2012 HBO

For the new HBO faux documentary series LIFE’S TOO SHORT (debuting February 19), Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have created a comedy centered around Warwick Davis – the little star of STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: RETURN OF THE JEDI (he played Wicket the Ewok), LEPRECHAUN, WILLOW and most recently HARRY POTTER. “I do talk about about most of the work I’ve done in the series particularly WILLOW comes up a lot,” says Warwick from HBO’s TCA press day. “We did some stuff on LEPRECHAUN. A lot of my body of work I talk about and my career, but WILLOW would […]Read On »

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