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'Homeland' Trailer: Showtime Ups the Political Intrigue (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 23rd 2011 10:45AM
Homeland, Claire DanesShowtime's kicking it up a notch with its new series, 'Homeland.' The political thriller starring Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis tells the story of an American POW who is rescued from the Middle East ... but was he released intentionally?

In this new trailer, Danes' character, Carrie Anderson works diligently to put her suspicions at ease. Was Scott Brody (Lewis) released for a reason? Has he been turned against the U.S.?

'Homeland' comes from '24' executive producer Howard Gordon and is based on the Israeli TV series 'Prisoners of War.'

This marks Danes' return to series TV, her first since 'My So-Called Life.' The actress recently picked up a slew of awards, including an Emmy, for her work in HBO's 'Temple Grandin.'

Check out the full trailer below and a 3-minute scene here.

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'Bewitched' Creator Dies, Former 'Dexter' Showrunner Joins 'Homeland' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:30AM
Sol SaksSol Saks, the creator of 'Bewitched,' has died. He was 100.

The TV writer and playwright got his start in radio with gigs on 'Duffy's Tavern,' 'The Baby Snooks Show' and 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.'

On the TV side he wrote for 'My Favorite Husband' and 'Summer Playhouse.'

The writer is said to have drawn inspiration for 'Bewitched' from the movies 'I Married a Witch' and 'Bell, Book and Candle.' Saks' 'Bewitched' ran on ABC from 1964-1972. The series is still enjoying a long life in syndication.

Besides 'Bewitched,' Saks published a book, 'The Craft of Comedy Writing' in 1985 and plays such as 'A Dream of Butterflies.' Saks also wrote Cary Grant's last film, 'Walk, Don't Run.'

According to Variety, Saks died of respiratory failure, a result of a pneumonia.

In other TV news ...

Former 'Dexter' showrunner Chip Johannessen has joined Showtime's 'Homeland.' Johannessen will be a writer and producer on the CIA drama. The project, from '24' producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, stars Claire Danes. [Hollywood Reporter]

A&E's 'The Glades' returns Sun., June 5 at 10PM. Last season the show became A&E's most-watched series, pulling in more than 3 million viewers. [Deadline]

Masi Oka has landed a script deal at Syfy. The 'Heroes' veteran is teaming with Alex Sabeti to write 'The Correctors,' a time travel drama. Oka is also attached to star and executive produce. [Hollywood Reporter]

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First Look: Claire Danes in 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 12th 2011 2:40PM
HomelandOne thing is clear from this first look at 'Homeland' -- this isn't Showtime's typical quirky, female-driven series. Far from it.

In the just-released three-minute scene, we get our first look at Claire Danes as a very suspicious CIA officer. After a presumed-dead American POW (Damian Lewis) is found in the Middle East, Danes' character voices her concerns over his possible connection to terrorists.

Look for Mandy Patinkin as Saul, a CIA veteran and mentor to Danes' character.

The new series starts production this summer.

Watch the preview after the jump.

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'24' Producer Howard Gordon on His Three New TV Series, First Novel and the '24' Movie

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Howard Gordon 24If '24' producer Howard Gordon isn't the hardest working man in show business these days, we don't want to see the schedule of the guy who is.

While finishing the final season of the hit Kiefer Sutherland drama last year, Gordon also penned his first novel, 'Gideon's War,' a fantastic political and military thriller that pits Gideon Davis, a pacifist negotiator (yes, the anti-Jack Bauer), against his brother, a special ops agent who's gone rogue and taken a multi-million dollar oil rig hostage.

On his current slate, Gordon is completing a Showtime drama pilot -- 'Homeland' -- starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, about a CIA officer (Danes), who suspects a Marine sergeant (Lewis) is planning a terrorist attack when he resurfaces after going missing in Iraq for several years.

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Discovery Cancels Michael Jackson Autopsy Special, J.B. Smoove Gets Fox Comedy and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 3rd 2011 2:00PM
Michael JacksonAfter fan petitions and strongly worded letters from Michael Jackson's estate, Discovery has canceled its planned special about Jackson's autopsy.

The special was to air in the United Kingdom on Jan. 13. "Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," Discovery Networks International said in a statement.

According to Reuters, John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate, were pleased with Discovery's decision.

In other TV news ...

• Diego Klattenhoff has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' Klattenhoff will play Mike Faber, a Marine and friend of Damian Lewis' character, Scott Brody. The series stars Claire Danes as a CIA agent who suspects the Scott Brody character is planning an attack on the US. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Veteran actor Pete Postlethwaite has died. Postlethwaite appeared in 'Inception,' 'The Usual Suspects' and countless more films. He also starred in a number of TV miniseries including 'Criminal Justice' and 'The Sin.' [Variety]

• Oprah has named the finalists for 'Your OWN Show.' They include Zach Anner, a wheelchair-bound travel guide, a Texan minister who lived on the streets after dropping out of high school and three people trying to get their own cooking show. More than 9,500 people submitted video entries. The first episode of the competition is set to air Jan. 7. [New York Times]

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CW Boss Dawn Ostroff to Step Down, 'Young Justice' Gets Premiere Date and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 22nd 2010 2:40PM
Dawn Ostroff, entertainment president of The CW, will step down at the end of the season.

Ostroff, the former head of UPN, has been with The CW since its inception and is the longest-running sitting broadcast president.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Ostroff will remain active with the network as her contract winds down in June. She'll oversee the midseason launch and order pilots for the fall 2011 season.

In other TV news ...

Damian Lewis has joined the cast of Showtime's 'Homeland.' The 'Life' veteran will play the male lead, Marine Sergeant Scott Brody, who returns home after spending eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad. Claire Danes also stars as Carrie Anderson, a CIA agent who suspects Brody may be plotting an attack on America. [Deadline Hollywood]

Cartoon Network's 'Young Justice' will premiere on Jan. 7. The show about DC Comics sidekicks launched with a movie event in November. Look for new episodes to air Fridays at 7PM. [Kryptonsite]

Disney was denied its appeal of a $319 million 'Millionaire' verdict. A federal judge ruled that Disney/ABC and Buena Vista cheated producer Celador International out of millions of dollars by cutting sweetheart deals to bring 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' to America. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Dane DeHaan is New 'True Blood' Series Regular, Laura Fraser Joins 'Homeland'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 15th 2010 8:15AM
As the body count mounts in 'True Blood,' the producers keep adding fresh cast members. Last month we reported that Fiona Shaw and Courtney Ford had joined the cast for Season 4, and now we hear that Dane DeHaan ('In Treatment') is also heading to Bon Temps.

According to deadline.com DeHaan has signed on for a recurring role as Timbo, one of the teens Jason (Ryan Kwanten) takes care of in Hotshot.

Rebecca Wisocky ('90210') has landed a guest spot in the Season 4 premiere episode, playing the key role of Queen Mab, who's described as "an elegant beauty who presides over a fantasy land and also has a temper."

Deadline.com also reports that the Showtime series about the C.I.A., 'Homeland,' has added to its principals with the casting of Scottish actress Laura Fraser ('A Knight's Tale,' 'Casanova').

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News Roundup: Katie Couric Wants to Join 'Dancing With the Stars' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 20th 2010 11:30AM
Katie CouricKatie Couric wants to dance! Yes, that's right, the CBS News anchor would love to cha cha cha all over your TV screen as a part of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Couric told UsMagazine.com. So, what's holding her back? You know, besides her nightly anchoring duties? "Those skimpy outfits!"

'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 premieres tonight at 8PM on ABC.

In other TV news ...

ABC's reality series 'Obese' has been given a second season -- prior to its series premiere -- and a new name: 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.' The first season is set to debut midseason -- possibly March. Each episode of the series follows a participant for an entire year. [Variety]

After 10 seasons, 'Last Call with Carson Daly' is getting a makeover. When the late night show returns on Sept. 20, it will have live performances, behind-the-scenes segments and features on emerging artists. [Reuters]

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