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Jan 28, 2015
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Katie Holmes Coming Back to the Small Screen with a Recurring Role on Acclaimed Pay Cable Drama

A cable drama series that has wowed critics and made an impact on the awards circuit is getting a high-profile guest star. Our good friend Lynette Rice at People magazine reports that Katie Holmes will be a part of season three of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”

“Holmes will play a shrewd and chic businesswoman named Paige, the daughter of billionaire producer Andrew Finney (Ian McShane), who enlists Ray’s services,” Rice reports.

The show has been a fixture at awards shows, with Jon Voight winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination for his supporting role. Star Liev Schreiber has two Golden Globe nominations for his work on the show, which was named one of the Most Exciting New Series in 2013 at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards.

Rice also notes that Holmes will also “reprise her role as Jackie Kennedy…in ‘The Kennedys: After Camelot’ for Reelz Channel.

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:29 am
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Jan 28, 2015
9:28 am
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CBS Moves Forward With Medical Drama Pilot (Deadline.com)

CBS is moving forward with a new medical drama, ordering a pilot for the project from Michael Seitzman, creator of “Intelligence,” Deadline.com reports.

“Code Black” comes from ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, with David Semel set to direct the pilot, the story reports, noting that the project is based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary. The show is set in the ER at L.A. County Hospital.

CBS also ordered a pilot for a multicamera comedy project “The Half of It” from Mike Gibbons, co-creator and exec producer of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0.”

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:28 am
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Before the Bowl was Super: When Commercials Cost $45,000 Per :30, Not $4.5 Million; When 2 Networks Broadcast the Game; and When Two Different Size Footballs Were Used. We Now Refer to It as Super Bowl 1, Though It Wasn’t Called The ‘Super Bowl’ Then. So How Did The Game Get Dubbed the ‘Super Bowl’? (NY Times)

The answer to that question and all of the above information is contained in a wonderful, must-read article published last weekend by The New York Times and written by historian Michael Beschloss.

Beschloss writes that since both the National Football League and the American Football League had their own TV contracts, the game, called the “First A.F.L.-N.F.L. World Championship Game,” and played on Jan. 15, 1967 in a Los Angeles Coliseum that was a third empty (most expensive ticket: $12), was broadcast on both CBS and NBC, each using its own announcers.

“NBC and CBS each paid $1 million for the privilege, selling commercials for $70,000 to $85,000 per minute [versus the $9 million per minute this year]; they hawked 10-cent Muriel cigars and McDonald’s hamburgers (‘Over Two Billion Sold’). CBS tried to draw viewers by preceding its Super Bowl coverage with an exhibition by the Harlem Globetrotters.”

Playing in the game were the Green Bay Packers from the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFL. The two teams had not played each other before. The Packers led at halftime, 14-10, and won the game 35-10.

So how did the game get called the Super Bowl? Writes Beschloss, “[A]fter watching his children enjoying Wham-O’s bouncy new Super Ball, the A.F.L.’s founder, Lamar Hunt, [owner of the Chiefs and] son of the maverick Dallas oil tycoon H. L. Hunt, told N.F.L. Commissioner Pete Rozelle that the game should be called something like the Super Bowl, although he was sure that name could be improved. The name was quickly adopted by other owners and much of the news media.”

Beschloss’article is filled with other gems as well, such as this one: “The A.F.L.’s football (manufactured by Spalding) was a quarter-inch longer, slightly narrower and more tacky on its surface than the N.F.L.’s ball (made by Wilson). The A.F.L.’s ball was said to be easier to pass, the N.F.L.’s more kickable. As a compromise, each team was authorized to use its own football while on offense.”

We highly recommend you read the entire original article, which you can find if you click here.

superbowl1Packers’ Legendary Coach Vince Lombardi Walks Off the Field at the End of the First Super Bowl (from TV footage)

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Jan 28, 2015
9:27 am
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‘Voices of Auschwitz,’ a Powerful Documentary, Is on CNN Tonight (TVWeek)

TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin writes today about the haunting documentary “Voices of Auschwitz.”

As Steven Spielburg says in the documentary about this, the 70 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, “This will be the last significant commemoration” because of the age of the survivors. “But all the survivors will become teachers in perpetuity.”

To read Hillary’s piece, please click here.

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:26 am
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What’s the Top Filming Location in L.A.? It’s Not LAX, Nor Downtown (LA Times)

A new report tracks the most popular filming locations in Los Angeles, with the L.A. Times reporting that No. 1 on the list is Griffith Park.

The report is based on a review of data from FilmL.A. Inc., which handles shooting permits for productions filming in the city and county of Los Angeles.

The park chalked up 322 production days in 2014, followed by the former Herald-Examiner building on South Broadway, with 232 days.

“Another popular downtown film location is the area under the 6th Street Bridge,” the Times reports. “The location generated 86 production days last year for such TV shows as the long-running CBS crime drama ‘Criminal Minds,’ El Rey’s ‘Matador’ and the Fox series ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’”

Also on the list of popular sites: the Los Angeles Times building, Elysian Park, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Will Rogers State Beach, LAX, Dockweiler Beach and the Los Angeles Theatre.

 

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:25 am
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High-Profile Super Bowl Ad Pulled After Provoking Outrage (Entertainment Weekly)

A Super Bowl ad that elicited outrage from viewers will not air, Entertainment Weekly reports. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving announced Tuesday on Twitter that the company has pulled the ad.

“The spot, which was posted to YouTube, shows a puppy who, after falling out of the back of his owner’s truck, returns home only to find out he’s been sold online (with a GoDaddy domain, of course),” EW reports.

Outraged animal rights activists launched a petition calling for the removal of the spot, with more than 40,000 people signing, the story notes.

Irving tweeted: “Thank you @animalrescuers for the candid feedback. What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it.”

Here’s the controversial spot, that’s on YouTube:

 

 

 

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:25 am
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Well-Known TV Stars Poised to Lead Female-Centric ‘Ghostbusters’ Remake (THR's Heat Vision)

The main cast is taking shape for a new “Ghostbusters” project, with a strong connection to NBC’s late-night sketch staple “Saturday Night Live” running through the lineup.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision reports that “SNL” alum Kristen Wiig is in talks for the feature film, while “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy has signed on. “SNL’s” Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are also in negotiations, the story reports, noting that everyone is expected to sign.

Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy and Wiig in “Bridesmaids,” is directing the new project, which is due to begin filming this summer in New York.

 

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Jan 28, 2015
9:23 am
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ESPN Brings New Talent to ‘SportsCenter’ — Including the ‘Lookalike’ Son of a Beloved Actor

The son of an actor who died young is among the new talent coming aboard this week at ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” E News reports that Will Reeve, the 22-year-old son of actor Christopher Reeve, will do special reports for the sports news show.

Also joining the lineup are comedian Reese Waters and Sarina Morales, a social media correspondent, the story reports.

The hires are part of an effort to reach out to a younger demographic, with the new faces set to cover the Phoenix Open this weekend, the report notes.

Will Reeve is described in the story as a “lookalike” for his dad. Christopher Reeve, known for playing Superman on the big screen, died in 2004 at 52.

will reeve (espn)Will Reeve (photo courtesy ESPN)

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Jan 28, 2015
9:23 am
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How Fox Business Network Scored Record Ratings (Deadline.com)

In a promising sign for its new programming lineup, Fox Business Network hit a ratings high Monday night, Jan. 26, 2015.. Deadline.com reports that the premiere of the new prime-time reality show “Strange Inheritance with Jamie Colby” was the channel’s highest-rated premiere ever.
The channel has the new program slotted for back-to-back episodes Monday through Thursday, including new episodes premiering on Mondays and Tuesdays.
FBN also is rolling out “Strange Inheritance Unpacked” at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, taking viewers behind the scenes of the stories featured on the show.

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