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AMC’s ‘Into the Badlands’ to Bow in November Behind ‘Walking Dead’

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AMC will use megahit “The Walking Dead” to help launch its six-episode martial-arts drama “Into the Badlands,” the network announced Friday at its TCA session in Beverly Hills. “Into the Badlands,” which tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) who embark on… Read more »

Robert Redford’s Docu-Drama ‘The West’ Lands Straight-to-Series Order at AMC

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AMC has given a straight-to-series order to “The West,” a docu-drama from exec producer Robert Redford, the cabler announced Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. The network has ordered eight one-hour episodes, slated to premiere summer of 2016. Redford’s Sundance Productions and Stephen David Entertainment will produce “The West” for AMC. Exec producers… Read more »

AMC Renews ‘The Making of the Mob’ for Season 2 Based in Chicago

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“The Making of the Mob” has been renewed for Season 2, AMC announced Friday at the Television Critics’ Assn. press tour. The second season, given an eight-episode order, will revolve around the Chicago underworld, rather than New York, which the freshman season covered. “The Making of the Mob: Chicago” will document the emergence of organized… Read more »

Bankrupt Relativity Has to Settle for Modest $9.5 Million Loan

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Relativity Media’s efforts to secure a $45 million loan to allow it to continue operating while it goes through the bankruptcy process hit a snag on Friday. Instead, the studio will have to settle for a smaller $9.5 million cash infusion that it hopes can allow it to keep the lights on until a hearing… Read more »

Ken Howard Blasts SAG-AFTRA Election Opponents

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SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard has issued a blistering attack on opponent Patricia Richardson and her Membership First allies, asserting that the faction’s record is one of failure. Howard issued the broadside in an email to the 160,000 members of the performers union on Friday — a day after Richardson had blasted Howard and his allies… Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s $1 Million SuperPAC Donors Include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg

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Priorities USA Action, a SuperPAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, reported $1 million contributions each from Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban. Other donors to the group, an independent expenditure committee that can collect unlimited contributions from donors, included J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, who each gave $500,000. Saban’s wife Cheryl, also… Read more »

Adam Carolla Lists Hacienda in La Cañada-Flintridge

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SELLER: Adam Carolla and Lynette Paradise LOCATION: La Cañada-Flintridge, CA PRICE: $3,495,000 SIZE: 4,001 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Though they bought it just two years ago for $2.965 million, comedian, veteran television personality and occasionally and unapologetically controversial podcast superstar Adam Carolla and his wife, Lynette Paradise, have hoisted their… Read more »

Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman Celebrate STX Entertainment’s First Premiere of ‘The Gift’

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Studio newcomer STX Entertainment premiered its first feature film, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut “The Gift,” at L.A. Live on Thursday. In the film, which was also penned by the Aussie actor, an old grudge compels a high school loner to seek vengeance on a former classmate. The takeaway: Bullying the smaller kid in school can come back… Read more »

How Lucy Ricardo Gave Birth to ‘Mission: Impossible’

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If it weren’t for Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Tom Cruise would not be saving the free world in “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” which opens July 31. In 1950 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz formed Desilu Prods., and the huge success of “I Love Lucy” turned Desilu into a powerhouse that created many more TV… Read more »

Cate Blanchett-Robert Redford Rathergate Drama ‘Truth’ Set for Oct. 16 Release

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Sony Pictures Classics is giving an Oct. 16 awards-season release to the Cate Blanchett-Robert Redford drama “Truth,” centered on the Dan Rather scandal. It will launch in New York and Los Angeles with a nationwide expansion to follow. James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut also stars Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid. The film is based on… Read more »

Casting Roundup: ‘HTGAWM’ Adds Famke Janssen, Archie Panjabi’s Post-‘Good Wife’ Gig

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A ‘X-Men’ favorite is heading to the courtroom on “How To Get Away With Murder,” plus another “X-Men” alum is “The Blacklist’s” new baddie. “The Good Wife’s” Archie Panjabi has booked her first TV role, after departing the CBS drama, and “Empire” is bringing a new pop singer into the studio in Friday’s casting roundup…… Read more »