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August 19, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Harry Houdini, the famed escape artist, is getting a four-hour miniseries exploring his life on History. The channel announced the miniseries was greenlighted Monday with Oscar winner Adrien Brody set to star as the master performer and "House of Cards'" Kristen Connolly as his wife, Bess. According to History, the miniseries will follow Houdini's entire life, from his beginnings in poverty to his eventual status as internationally famous magician and escape artist. (Fans of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" got a recap of the end of Houdini's life in a recent episode.)
July 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
With cable television taking more chances with edgy content, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said it was important for the network to let producers know that it too will stand by programs that push the envelope. Responding to a question at the semi-annual Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills about the violence and darkness in NBC's new drama "Hannibal," Salke said, "we need to send a message to the community and the creators that we would support a show like that.
July 27, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton - at least in miniseries form. The network is preparing a four-hour biopic, "Hillary," that will star Diane Lane as the former first lady and secretary of State. The miniseries will probably air sometime before 2016, when many political veterans expect Clinton to make another White House bid. "We just closed the deal and haven't even written the script," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters Saturday at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills.
July 18, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Flashy meets gloomy? That's the look of the miniseries or movie category this year. The Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences Thursday nominated wildy different favorites “Behind the Candelabra" and "Top of the Lake," creating a wide spectrum filled out with other nominees "American Horror Story," "Political Animals," "The Bible" and "Phil Spector. " HBO's Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," ignited a media storm, with buzz surrounding the performance of Michael Douglas as the Vegas legend and Matt Damon as his young lover Scott Thorson, whose memoir served as the basis of the film.
July 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
As a kingpin of nonscripted programming, Mark Burnett has won five prime time Emmys and been nominated for many more. But there's a special place in his heart for the recognition the TV academy gave him for “The Bible,” his History miniseries that picked up three nominations Thursday, including for outstanding miniseries or movie. “It's not like some people from Hollywood decided to make a Bible thing,” he said. “We completely believe in the Bible.” EMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Top nominees | Complete list | Recap | Nominee reactions Burnett, who executive-produced the 10-part series with his wife, actress Roma Downey, said he had wondered whether the program's commercial success would work against it with Emmy voters.
July 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning. Early. To save you from having to wake up at 5:35 a.m. PDT, we're sweeping through the high-profile categories one last time. We called the comedy races and the drama nominees . Now it's time to look at the titles and big-name actors competing for the movie/miniseries Emmys. MOVIE/MINISERIES Surprise: Emmy believes ! Well, in ratings, at least. "The Bible" makes it in. Snub: We're betting (hoping?
June 20, 2013 | By Sam Adams
Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey had lofty aspirations for their miniseries "The Bible," but the Twitter fans who dubbed Diogo Morgado "Hot Jesus" found more earthly pleasures in the History program as well. Morgado wasn't well known outside his native Portugal before the first of his five episodes aired on the History Channel, but given that the series' ratings topped 13 million U.S. viewers some weeks, it's safe to say he's a recognizable face nowadays. ("I know you from somewhere ... church?"
June 20, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Two decades after Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in "The Piano," the actress reteamed with director Jane Campion for the Sundance Channel's acclaimed miniseries "Top of the Lake. " Hunter played GJ, an odd oracle who leads a New Age compound for lost women. In a recent video conversation, we spoke with Hunter about working with Campion again and the mysteries surrounding her character. I've read that you said this was a very difficult character for you to get into. How finally did you understand her?
June 20, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
Miniseries such as "Top of the Lake" and "The Bible," both expected to figure in the race for Emmys, are in the vanguard of the remarkable resurgence of a format that, until recently, the industry had all but abandoned. So much long-form programming is now in the pipeline that in April, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences restored supporting acting categories for movies and miniseries, reversing an earlier decision to collapse the acting categories in response to a decline in production.
May 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - This week, the streets of midtown Manhattan will once again swarm with TV executives trying to woo ad buyers to their upcoming fall lineups with splashy presentations, star-packed cocktail parties and plentiful swag. But there's an air of urgency for the suits at the legacy networks - CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. They've been rocked by an ominous first: A basic cable program - AMC's zombie apocalypse drama "The Walking Dead" - outperformed every scripted show on television this season in the advertiser-coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
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