NBC has picked up its fourth drama pilot for the 2015-16 cycle, “Game Of Silence.”
The hour-long thriller from Sony Pictures TV and Carol Mendelsohn Productions follows a successful rising attorney who could lose it all when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark, violent secret from their past.
Carol Mendelsohn, former showrunner of “CSI,” will serve as exec producer on the legal drama, along with Julie Weitz and David Hudgins (“Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”). Hudgins will pen the pilot.
“Game Of Silence” is based on the Turkish series of the same name.
Longtime television executives Susan Rovner and Brett Paul have been tapped to become presidents of Warner Bros. Television, ascending from their most recent roles as executive VPs of the studio. This means that they will continue to do double duty, simultaneously serving as presidents of Warner Horizon Scripted Television, roles they have occupied since 2014. [...]
Netflix has ordered a new kids animated series, “Dino Girl Gauko,” Variety has learned. The program is from creator and showrunner Akira Shigino, who previously served as a director on a number of popular Japanese animated TV series, including “Crayon Shin-chan,” “Line Town,” “Osomatsu-kun,” and a remake of “Yatterman.” The comedy series is set in [...]
TV’s “upfront” ad-sales market has started to simmer. What will be required to bring it to full boil? TV networks and media buyers hope to answer that question in coming weeks – if not days. In this annual market for advance commitments to buy commercial time, Madison Avenue and TV sales executives haggle over the [...]
The seventh and final season of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ will premiere on Netflix on Friday, July 26, announced the streamer, offering up a first look at some of the last images of life at Litchfield. Viewers will get to see Piper’s struggle with life on the outside, Taystee’s friendship with Cindy as she [...]
The fifth edition of SeriesFest will deliver panels and programming designed to celebrate individual talent as well as companies who are “taking creative risks and leveraging advances in technology to reimagine storytelling.” On the linup is Starz’s upcoming supernatural thriller “The Rook,” a panel with the creatives behind Shondaland, a look at LGBTQ representation on [...]
The BBC will air a spoof talk-show fronted by an animated Vladimir Putin. The U.K. pubcaster has ordered two pilot episodes of “Tonight With Vladimir Putin,” a semi-scripted talk show hosted by a CGI representation of the Russian leader. The first guest will be Alistair Campbell, a former high-ranking political spin doctor in the U.K. [...]
It’s probably no surprise that Norman Lear has seen his relevancy rise even higher in recent years. Lear’s classic 1970s sitcoms, such as “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons,” feel just as applicable today as they did 40 years ago. And that’s part of the motivation behind ABC’s Wednesday night special [...]