Nick Nolte’s ‘Graves’ POTUS Not Ronald Reagan Parody, Creator Insists To Dubious TV Critics

Epix’s single-camera dramedy, Graves, which tells the story of former two-term POTUS Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), as he tries to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy, 25 years after leaving the White House is not, as some have suggested, a skewering of Ronald Reagan, creator Joshua Stern insisted this afternoon at TCA.

One TV critic, of the “it’s about Reagan” school, said the Reagan motif does not work in that  the series’ central character is…

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David Lindley At The Levitt Pavilion

He drives a Toyota Sienna minivan, a 2004, if it weren’t for the sideburns he’d be mistaken for a soccer mom. For far too long we’ve equated music with riches and fame. Ever since the Beatles, and then the paradigm was supersized with MTV and now too many see playing as a vehicle to somewhere […]

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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s LACMA Exhibit

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to… Read more »

Watch Anohni, Lee Ranaldo, Ira Kaplan, & More Perform At Lou Reed Tribute

Lee Ranaldo & Ira KaplanThe Bells: A Daylong Celebration Of Lou Reed, a tribute event curated by Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson and producer Hal Willner, kicked off at NYC’s Lincoln Center today. The festivities began with an tai-chi class led by Reed’s instructor Master Ren GuangYi, followed by covers of his music performed by a rotating cast of … More »

‘America Divided’ Docu Creator Defends Use Of Celebrity Correspondents

Solly Granatstein, executive producer/co-creator of Epix America Divided docu series that uses celebrities as “correspondents,” got asked to defend that decision, by journalists at TCA.
“We felt it was a formula that really worked, in getting people’s attention,” He said, adding that “these folks, every single one of them are just great on camera. We wanted it to be a cinematic series, even though it’s unscripted you feel like you’re watching a dramatic series” noting…

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Nat Geo’s ‘Mars’: “If Mankind Has Two Planets… Then Our Odds Of Extinction Will Drop To Nearly Zero” — TCA

National Geographic’s scripted/unscripted hybrid series Mars gives viewers both a real and dramatized quest to colonize the planet. The combination present-day documentary and scripted look at the future is what director Everard Gout described as a process in which “one hand fits in the other in terms of the knowledge and in terms of the emotion.” “It’s electrical” he added, “because you have that level of truthfulness on the documentary side but you also have an equal…

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NFL Denies Sending Donald Trump Letter About Debate Schedule

An NFL spokesperson Saturday denied that the league had contacted Donald Trump to complain about the schedule for the upcoming presidential-election debates between Trump and Hillary Clinton. The statement contradicted Trump’s assertion that he had received a letter from the NFL bemoaning the fact that the debate dates overlap with scheduled games. “While we’d obviously… Read more »

EPIX Sets Premiere Date For ‘Berlin Station’ & ‘Graves’, Taps Alan Coulter To Direct ‘Get Shorty’ – TCA

As EPIX is entering the original scripted space with three series from each of its co-owners, Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, the premium network/SVOD service made its TCA debut. At the top of the EPIX presentation, the network’s co-founder/CEO Mark Greenberg announced that EPIX’s first original scripted series, drama Berlin Station from Paramount TV and comedy Graves from Lionsgate TV, will both premiere Oct. 16. The third EPIX original scripted series, an adaptation of…

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Media Groups Support Mark Boal’s Refusal To Turn Over Bergdahl Tapes to Military Prosecutors

News organizations from across the country have signed an Amicus Brief in support of Mark Boal‘s refusal to hand over to military prosecutors his taped interviews with accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter filed suit last week against President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Army prosecutor Maj. Justin Oshana in response to the government’s threat to subpoena 25 hours of taped interviews Boal conducted with Bergdahl, who’s…

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