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Charlie Cox in CBS’ Wall Street Pilot

Charlie Cox will be starring in CBS' new untitled pilot.
Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox will be starring in CBS’ new untitled pilot.

Charlie Cox will be taking the lead role in CBS’ upcoming untitled television show. The Boardwalk Empire alum will be returning to CBS in a pilot described as a “Wall Street drama” from executive producer John Cusack. The drama will take place in the world of Wall Street, which includes money and power. Cox will be starring as Jackson, an inherently good Wall Street hedge fund trader who has returned from service in Iraq. The story was written by Justified writers Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell, and was based on an idea created with the aid of Elmore, Cavell, Cusack and Kevin McCabe. The pilot will be executive produced by Justified’s Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

Charlie Cox is no stranger to CBS as he starred in last season’s pilot The Ordained. Cox is also a veteran of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, in which he starred in for two seasons. In addition, his long resume includes Stardust, Moby Dick and Hello Carter.

CBS has a great lineup of drama pilots for this new season. We can expect Extant and Battle Creek, which have both already received direct to series orders for this summer. Other dramas include Madame Secretary, Scorpion, and CSI and NCIS spinoffs.

See full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Wanda Sykes is Bringing Back ‘Last Comic Standing’

Wanda Sykes of Push It Productions will be executive producing NBC's 'Last Comic Standing,' which is set to air in summer 2014.
Wanda Sykes of Push It Productions will be executive producing NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing,’ which is set to air in summer 2014.

HPC News – Hollywood Production Center is currently housing Push It Productions, which is run by the powerful duo Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz. Following a three-year absence, NBC is bringing back Last Comic Standing, and Push It Productions is on board to produce the show. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz are attached as executive producers, continuing Hurwitz’s relationship with the series as executive producer from 2006 to 2010.

The eighth season of Last Comic Standing, an unscripted comedic competition series is set to be aired on NBC in the summer of 2014. The show first started in 2003 and ran seven seasons until 2010. The show is being revived, and the network is once again bringing together top comedians from across the country to compete in a series of comedic challenges each week until one comedian is left standing with a development contract with NBC and a television special on Comedy Central.

Push It Productions inked the overall deal with Universal Television’s alternative studio in April. Wanda Syke’s credits include a long stand-up comedy career complete with three Emmy Awards and television work, such as HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fox’s The Wanda Sykes Show, Comedy Central’s Wanda Does It. Hurwitz’s own resume includes work on OWN’s The Rosie Show and NBC’s The Marriage Ref.

View full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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‘The Bridge’ Season Finale

'The Bridge' season finale airs on Wednesday, October 2 on FX.
‘The Bridge’ season finale airs on Wednesday, October 2 on FX.

Creative Casting has found its home at the Hollywood Production Center. Their resume is long and ever expanding, but one of their most recent projects is FX’s new romantic comedy pilot You’re the Worst. They also recently worked on a casting project for The Bridge, which premiered on FX earlier this summer.

The Bridge was a big project for Creative Casting, as it turned out to be a huge hit for summer television this year. The drama television series debuted in July and was already renewed for a second season to air in 2014. The Bridge is based on two police detectives who investigate a serial killer that is menacing the United States and Mexico with murders along the Texas-Chihuahua border. With over 3 million viewers on the series premiere date, this show truly boosted the summer television lineup. The season finale of The Bridge is set to air on Wednesday, October 2.

Congratulations on the great work, Creative Casting!

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The Results are in for the Emmys

Downtown LA – The Emmys saw a lot of action last night in Downtown Los Angeles. The huge award show everyone was waiting for saw a lot of surprises, and overall, the best man (or woman) took home the award. One of the biggest categories that was surrounded by speculation was who was going to win the Outstanding Drama Series category. With terrific television shows in the category, such as Homeland, Breaking Bad and House of Cards, everyone knew it was going to be a tight race. With surprising losses by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul in their respective categories, it came as a great reward when Breaking Bad was announced the winner.

Other notable moments was Modern Family continuing its winning streak as they received the Outstanding Comedy Series award. The Variety Show category welcomed a newcomer as The Colbert Show took home the win. This year, The Voice won the title of best Reality-Competition Program, while Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn from Project Runway were given the award for best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

With Neil Patrick Harris as host there were plenty of laughs to be had, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were never far from making their next joke, although both ladies were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but the title went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep.

Check out the full list of nominees and winners here:

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The Emmy’s are Here at Last

The Emmy's will air on Sunday, September 22 at 8pm. Neil Patrick Harris is set to host.
The Emmy’s will air on Sunday, September 22 at 8pm. Neil Patrick Harris is set to host. Tina Fey and Allison Williams (pictures above) both received nominations.

Hollywood – The much awaited event of the season, the Emmy’s, will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 8pm. This year will mark the 65th year for the Emmy’s, and with host Neil Patrick Harris they have not missed a beat. The multi-Grammy Award winner Elton John who earlier this week performed at the University of Southern California (USC) will be performing on the Primetime Emmy Awards stage.

The Hollywood Reporter has kicked off Emmy festivities with its Nominees Night on Thursday, September 19 at the Garden Terrace of Soho House in West Hollywood. Showrunners, actors and executives alike joined to celebrate the imminent event with both excitement and anxiousness. Tina Fey, Aaron Sorkin, Vince Gilligan and Matthew Weiner were among the talent there.

The categories span across various genres, comedy, drama, miniseries/movie, variety/music and reality, and within each genre there are three to nine categories. There has been a lot of talk surrounding these nominations and who deserves to win, but it will not be decided until Sunday. Front runners with various nominations in multiple categories is Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and House of Cards to name just a few.

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The New Faces of ‘SNL’

The new cast for the 39th season of "Saturday Night Live" was revealed this week. The season premiere is Saturday, September 28.
The newest additions to the cast for the 39th season of “Saturday Night Live” was revealed this week. The season premiere is Saturday, September 28.

Saturday Night Live has been on the air since 1975, and they have recently announced exciting information about their newest upcoming season. The 39th season of SNL will be airing on Saturday, September 28, and will be showcasing a group of 6 new castmembers. Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noel Wells, Brooks Wheelan and Mike O’Brien will all be appearing on the new season next Saturday. These additions mark the most sweeping changes NBC has made to the show in its 39-season history. The Saturday Night Live premiere will have Tina Fey as the host and will feature Arcade Fire as the musical performance.

While most of these castmembers are all new to SNL, Mike O’Brien has a history with the late-night live television sketch comedy. Mike has been part of the writing department for the past 4 seasons, so he should be very comfortable as the new season starts. Another newcomer, Brook Wheelan was a late add-on, but the Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian is ready for the challenge. The show has a long history of casting stand-ups, such as Norm Macdonald, Colin Quinn and Chris Rock, all of whom had more than enough charisma and wit for the show.

Saturday Night Live also received big news earlier this summer when it was announced that their long-time castmember Seth Meyers was offered to host Late Night on NBC that will be starting in February. It has not been confirmed whether he will be leaving SNL altogether.

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Season 16 of “Big Brother”

"Big Brother" has been renewed for a 15th season that will air next summer.
“Big Brother” has been renewed for a 16th season that will air next summer on CBS.

Big Brother is a television reality game show that has been a hit since it first premiered in 2000 on CBS.  With the 15th season wrapping up this week, it was only fitting for the network to announce the show’s renewal for a 16th season that is set to air next summer. Big Brother has been going strong for 14 years and the airing of the September 5th episode this month marked the show’s 500th episode.

The show follows a group of HouseGuests who live, eat and sleep in the Big Brother House, isolated from the outside world and under constant video camera surveillance for 3 months. The HouseGuests compete in a series of competitions throughout the season for a chance at the grand prize of $500,000. The group of HouseGuests vote each other off each week, and at the end of the season when there are only 2 contestants left, the last seven evicted become the “Jury of Seven” that will choose who wins the grand prize. The game is especially interesting because while contestants fight to outlast everyone in the show, they must also avoid burning any bridges because in order to win they need the most allies.

Julie Chen has been the host of Big Brother since its first season. The show is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Alison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly in the Wall Entertainment.

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Breaking Bad Fans Welcome “Better Call Saul”

"Better Call Saul" will officially be the "Breaking Bad" spin-off with the lawyer, Saul Goodman.
“Better Call Saul” will officially be the “Breaking Bad” spin-off as the series wraps up its final season.

While many fans mourn the imminent end of Breaking Bad, AMC has offered a way to ease the pain. AMC has announced that they are moving forward with their Breaking Bad spin-off that will be based on the ever-meddling lawyer, Saul Goodman. The show has been announced with the working title Better Call Saul and will be a prequel that focuses on the Saul Goodman character before he became Walter and Jesse’s lawyer.

Bob Odenkirk will be the star of the show as he returns as Saul. Vince Gilligan, the mastermind and creator of Breaking Bad will stay tied to this new project, which he expressed enthusiasm for. The series has not been formally ordered by AMC, but they are expecting to finalize soon.

The news comes as Breaking Bad airs its final episodes this month. The series finale is set to air on Sunday, September 29. AMC has a lot going on with the recent news of Mad Men finishing its 7 season run in 2014. It was also announced that The Killing, which just wrapped up its 3rd season this August, has been cancelled. However, AMC is ready to launch two dramas next year, which we hope will be a hit.

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Goodbye to Walter and Jesse

AMC's Breaking Bad premiered its 5th and final season this summer, and will say goodbye during its final episode on Sunday, September 29.
AMC’s Breaking Bad premiered its 5th and final season this summer, and will say goodbye during its final episode on Sunday, September 29.

Hollywood – Can’t get enough of Breaking Bad? With the imminent series finale you will have to find a way to cope without Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, but to make this closure easier, AMC offered a chance for fans to experience the end together. The final episode of Breaking Bad is going to be screened at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday, September 29 at 8pm, presented by Cinespia. The cast and crew are going to be present and all proceeds of the event are going to the Kind Campaign.

The tickets went on sale September 4 and to no ones surprise they are now all sold out. The event is going to be co-hosted by The Embassy and will feature DJ Chris Holmes spinning before and after the showing. All the attendees will also have a chance at a Q & A with the cast and crew immediately following the show. The night will begin with the screening of Breaking Bad’s pilot episode, which will be followed by the final episode.

Breaking Bad had a successful 5 season run with AMC and will be finishing up with countless award nominations. Breaking Bad has been considered the greatest television drama of all times, and millions of fans will come together to watch it come to an end on Sunday, September 29.

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Burn Notice Leaves its Mark

Burn Notice series finale airs on Thursday, September 12.
Burn Notice series finale airs on Thursday, September 12.

TVM Productions, operating under the umbrella of Fox Television Studios, continues work on its highly successful series Burn Notice. USA Network’s hit cable television show premiered its 7th and final season earlier this summer on June 6th.  Along with celebrating their final season, Burn Notice celebrated its 100th episode on June 13, the second episode of the season. The series finale is scheduled to air on Thursday, September 12.

The series first premiered in 2007, and they have since enjoyed their 7 years of filming. TVM Productions has received critical praise for the television show, which follows an ex-CIA agent who has been ‘burned’ by his former employer. TVM Productions has worked on the successful show for several seasons and has a wealth of television credits to its name.

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‘R&B Divas: Los Angeles’ Reunion Special

Field Legend Productions was the producing team on the R&B Divas: Los Angeles Reunion special that airs on September 4.
Field Legend Productions is the production team on the R&B Divas: Los Angeles Reunion special that airs on September 4.

Hollywood Production Center would like to congratulate Field Legend Productions for production of the R&B Divas: Los Angeles Reunion special. The series premiered on Wednesday, July 10 on TV One. The reality television show chronicles the lives of R&B singers Cynthia “Lil’ Mo” Loving, Chante Moore, Kelly Price, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le Toussaint and Dawn Robinson as they share their musical careers and personal lives with America.

TV One ordered an eight-episode season, with the season finale scheduled for Wednesday, August 28. Part 1 of the Two Part R&B Divas: LA Reunion special will air on Wednesday, September 4. The talk show queen Wendy Williams is the reunion’s special celebrity host.

R&B Divas: Los Angeles is spin-off from the original show R&B Divas: Atlanta, which was wildly successful on TV One. The series premiered on August 20, 2012, and was brought back for a second season, which concluded on July 10, 2013.

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‘Larrymania’ is Back for its 2nd Season

Larrymania premiered its second season on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm on mun2.
Larrymania premiered its second season on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm on mun2.

Hollywood Production Center would like to congratulate Cinemat for beginning production of their second season of Larrymania. Mun2’s #1 Hispanic celebrity reality series revolves around the fast-paced life of international superstar Larry Hernandez and captures even more of the intensely demanding and chaotic life of the singer/songwriter who balances his roles of father, son, partner, and ultra-busy celebrity life, all while the cameras are rolling.

The reality television show premiered its second season on Sunday, August 18 at 9pm on mun2 and will continue into the fall season. The show has gained large popularity from Larry’s fans and continues to grow in followers. Larry Hernandez is an American Regional Mexican singer, musician, composer, and now television star. Larry Hernandez is one of the most recognized faces in the regional Mexican music genre. His many awards and recognitions include three prestigious Latin Billboard Awards in the last three years, and last year’s Premio lo Nuestro award for Regional Mexican Banda Artist of the Year.

Larrymania is produced by Cinemat and Executive Produced by Gloria Medel Solomons for mun2. The series is an original mun2 production, and airs with English language subtitles.

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The Million Dollar Listing Men are Back

Madison, Josh and Josh are back for Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles which premiered its 6th season on August 7.
Madison, Josh and Josh are back for Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles which premiered its 6th season on August 7.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles is back just in time for the summer. The reality show returned for its sixth season on Bravo after first premiering in 2006. The trio of real estate agents Madison Hildebrand, Josh Flagg and Josh Altman are ready to lay down the law as they take care of some of the biggest real estate deals in Los Angeles. The real estate ranges between Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Malibu, and there isn’t a single property that we wouldn’t kill to live in.

The hit Bravo show chronicles the professional and personal lives of three extravagant real estate agents as they sell high-end Los Angeles properties. The show also gives viewers a tiny glimpse into the world of high-priced real estate in LA. The real estate agents get into drama with each other and with their rich but crazy clients, all while selling multi-million dollar homes.

The series created the spin-off, Million Dollar Listing New York which premiered in March of 2012. Bravo has another similar television show Flipping Out and Interior Therapy which both star Jeff Lewis, an eccentric real estate guru who is great at what he does. Flipping Out premiered in 2007 and will be starting its 7th season later this year. Interior Therapy is relatively new having only premiered last year, but they are already preparing for its 2nd season later this year.

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Summer Television is Making a Splash

Under the Dome premiered on CBS earlier this year and has been renewed for Summer 2014.
Under the Dome premiered on CBS earlier this year and has been renewed for a second season in Summer 2014.

Under the Dome is an original television series based on the Stephen King novel by the same name. The show premiered on CBS earlier this summer in June and it has since been a hit, proven by CBS’ quick renewal of the show for a second season to premiere in 2014. Scripted programming is rare during the summer months, but CBS may have struck gold with their success this summer.

Earlier this week CBS handed out a straight-to-series order for Extant, a television show that Steven Spielberg will be co-executive producing. Those at CBS believe that this futuristic thriller will be able satisfy peoples’ high-quality programming during the summer, and it is set to play alongside Under the Dome next summer.

While Under the Dome changed the face of summer television, CBS has assured everyone that they will continue with their regular 22-episode season approach, which continues to be the most popular trend. There is still hope for great television year-round, and hopefully it will not only be CBS that is provides it.


Shark Week is Back for the Summer

Shark Week starts on Sunday, August 4th on the Discovery Channel.
Shark Week starts on Sunday, August 4th on the Discovery Channel.

With the recent obsession over Syfy’s “Sharknado” in social media, the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has come at just the right time. The network’s yearly Shark Week starts on Sunday, August 4th and will include 7 days of television programs purely about sharks. This fun-filled week of sharks first started in 1987 and this weekend will mark their 27th year. This year’s slogan is “It’s a Bad Week to be a Seal” and has been promoted through their Snuffy the Seal campaign on YouTube.

Shark Week will include 11 hours of new programming made just for Shark Week, with sensational titles such as “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives,” “Sharkpocolypse” and “Voodoo Sharks.” Discovery Channel has also expanded the programming to include a new late-night live talk show that will recap highlights each night. This new addition, “Shark after Dark,” will be hosted by comedian Josh Wolf who will infuse humor into America’s much anticipated week of sharks. In 2011, Shark Week was hosted by Andy Samberg who was a big hit because of his comedy and high profile. Last year’s host was Philip DeFranco, but this year’s official host has not been announced yet.

Shark Week takes place every summer and was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. People are intrigued by these dangerous marine animals, and Discovery Channel has made an outlet for people to learn more about them and enjoy a lighthearted humor that surrounds the entire event. Last year, Shark Week brought in a cumulative 21.4 million of viewers, up from the 18.6 million in 2011. Last year, Discovery Channel also took the 18-49 demographic for non-scripted cable networks that week.