Monday, June 30, 2014

CBS' "Under The Dome" Season 2 Episode 1 "Heads Will Roll" Written by Stephen King Premieres Monday 6~30~2014 10:00PM

[CBS Press Release]


"Under the Dome" Returns Monday, June 30, 10:00 PM With the Premiere Episode Written by Stephen King

CBS today announced premiere dates for scripted summer event series—UNDER THE DOME produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.

UNDER THE DOME returns for its sophomore season on Monday, June 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Executive producer Stephen King, the bestselling author of the novel the series is based on, wrote the first episode, which will be directed by executive producer Jack Bender. UNDER THE DOME was last summer's #1 program, averaging 15.06 million viewers and 3.9/11 in adults 18-49, ranking as the most-watched scripted summer series in 21 years.

UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.

UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan are executive producers. UNDER THE DOME is licensed in 200 markets worldwide by CBS Studios International and is off to strong starts in countries where it has already premiered.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Vicious ~ Six Part Brit Sitcom Starring Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi Premieres Sunday June 29, 2014 10:30PM on PBS

[PBS Press Release]

VICIOUS to Premiere June 29, 2014 on PBS Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen Star in Boisterous British Sitcom

PASADENA, CA; January 20, 2014 -- PBS announced the addition of a British sitcom, VICIOUS, starring Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) and Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech) to the summer lineup, premiering Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. ET. The six-part VICIOUS will follow the second season of LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX also starring Jacobi, airing at 8:00 p.m., and a second season of MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Endeavour,” starring Shaun Evans, at 9:00 p.m., to round out PBS’ star-studded night of British programming.

Following a rich tradition of British sitcoms known for their broad, boisterous humor, VICIOUS tells the story of partners Freddie (McKellen) and Stuart (Jacobi), who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. Constantly picking each other apart and holding on to petty slights for decades, Freddie and Stuart are always at each other’s throats, cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws. However, underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another. Freddie and Stuart are often joined by feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Ash, (Iwan Rheon, “Game of Thrones”) their young, upstairs neighbor.

“VICIOUS brings together the talents of two highly regarded British actors — Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen — in this entertaining series,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “We’re excited to add it to our lineup on Sunday nights to give audiences a new dose of fun and humor.”

Gary Janetti (“Will & Grace”, “Family Guy”) is the Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer of VICIOUS, which is also produced by Gary Reich, known for “Uncle David” (2010), “Dan Clark's Guide to Dating” (2006) and “Dan Clark's Guide to Working” (2007). VICIOUS is a Brown Eyed Boy in association with Kudos and Nickelby Inc. production.

“I couldn't be more delighted for VICIOUS to be airing on PBS,” said Janetti. “Creating the series was a complete joy for all of us involved, and we hope the viewers in the U.S. will have as much fun watching VICIOUS as we had making it.”

VICIOUS was recently picked up for a second season by its original broadcaster, ITV1, in the UK.

About PBS

PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. 

PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. 

More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About Shine International

Shine international is the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group and is responsible for the distribution of more than 3,700 hours of broadcast content annually. Shine International focuses on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and non-scripted formats and tape. 

The company distributes programming from Shine Group’s growing library of programming along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide. Shine International is a leader in handling global rights to television formats, including group formats The Biggest Loser (airing in 30 countries), The Family, One Born Every Minute, Clash of the Choirs and MasterChef, which through Shine International and Shine Network is now in production in over 40 countries and airing in 145 territories.

About BBC Worldwide North America Sales & Distribution

BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is one of five core businesses under BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK public service broadcaster, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). BBC Worldwide exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the BBC, and invests in programming in return for rights. The Sales & Distribution business negotiates, sells and distributes television programs to networks and secures co-production partners, across the U.S. and Canada.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tony Goldwyn Stars in Outlaw Prophet: The True Story of Fundamentalist Mormon Leader Warren Jeffs Saturday 6~28~2014 8PM on Lifetime

[Lifetime Press Release]

"Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs" is the true story of the fundamentalist Mormon leader who spent more than a year on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted List” for unlawful flight on charges related to his alleged arrangement of illegal marriages involving underage girls. Based on the book When Men Become Gods by New York Times bestselling author Stephen Singular, the movie chronicles Jeffs’ (Tony Goldwyn) rise to power after the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs (Martin Landau).

Within days of his father’s passing, Warren married all of his father’s wives and dictatorial control over his polygamist followers ensued. He demanded women in the sect be completely subservient to men, banned laughing, and “reassigned” wives to other men at whim. Jeffs was eventually charged as an accomplice to rape for arranging underage marriages but fled prosecution. After a year-long manhunt, he was finally apprehended in Texas and brought back to trial.

The courtroom testimony of two brave young women who escaped his reign of terror ensured he would finally be convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs gives an inside look at the psychology of a cult leader and those who blindly followed him. Even to this day with their leader behind bars, members of his polygamist cult still believe that he is the prophet chosen by God himself.

Starring Tony Goldwyn, Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Martin Landau, Molly Parker and Joey King. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, "Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs" is executive produced by Judith Verno ("Lizzie Borden Took An Ax"), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("Bonnie & Clyde"). Art Monterastelli ("The Hunted"), Steve Kornacki ("Boardwalk Empire"), Alyson Evans, Bryce Kass and Gabriel Range ("Death of a President") wrote the teleplay with Range also directing the film.

Immediately following the movie’s world premiere on Saturday, June 28, Lifetime will air the hour-long documentary, "Warren Jeffs: Beyond the Headlines," at 10pm ET/PT and provide an in-depth look at the cult leader’s rise to power after the death of his father, his ultimate capture by authorities and the trail of destruction he left behind. "Warren Jeffs: Beyond the Headlines" is produced by Peacock Productions.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


[Press Release]

Los Angeles, CA (June 5, 2014) – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards will be shared with both a national and global audience via livestream when the ceremony takes place on Sunday, June 22.

This is the first time in its history that the prestigious organization will be utilizing this platform to broadcast the awards show, and it does so in the hopes that audiences around the world will be able to engage in an event which celebrates programs that are known internationally and boast a global fan base.

 The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be available for viewing live at beginning at 5:00pm on June 22. Emmy® Awards will be handed out for twenty-five categories, including several new ones announced this year.

NATAS will also be connecting with viewers through their social media platforms, enlisting the help of several social media ambassadors to capture special moments on-site and share them via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube.

“We are so thrilled to be sharing the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards with a global audience in such an innovative and contemporary fashion,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action.”

Wienges brought on some of the industry’s finest production, social media and public relations partners to produce the 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards and help see the ceremony through its first web-based broadcast. Spike Jones, Jr and SJ2 Entertainment will be producing the live show at the Beverly Hilton with Terry D. Peterson, Owner, Artistic Director, Verite Productions, Inc. Paul Colichman and HERE Media will handle all aspects of social media for the event, and Slate PR, led by Andy Gelb, has been appointed the Agency of Record for the 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards.

The Daytime Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00am – 6:00pm during the 2013 calendar year. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with The Television Academy (ATAS).

A full list of all nominees in all categories can be downloaded at A full list of the winners of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards may be viewed at List of 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Winners

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Spike TV Develops Script for Original Series Based on Stephen Frey’s Best-Selling Novel, “The Chairman” Executive Produced by [and possibly starring] Julian McMahon

[Spike TV Press Release]


Ben Silverman’s Electus To Executive Produce Actor/Producer Julian McMahon, David Schiff, Greg Suess of ROAR, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, and Dana Vachon To Serve As Executive Producers

New York, NY, June 10, 2014 –Spike TV has joined forces with Ben Silverman’s Electus to develop a script for an original series, “The Chairman,” based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author Stephen Frey. Award-winning producer Ben Silverman (“The Office, “The Tudors,” “Ugly Betty,” “The Biggest Loser”) of Electus, Jeremy Elice of Elice Island, renowned actor Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”), and David Schiff are the Executive Producers for “The Chairman” with Sean Canino of Electus as Co-Executive Producer. Dana Vachon, “Mergers & Acquisitions” author and Vanity Fair contributor, serves as Executive Producer and Writer. Greg Suess from ROAR will serve as Executive Producer as well.

“When Julian McMahon and Greg Suess brought us this great book series, we knew it could be the basis of a stylized, smart, aggressive, character-driven story in the financial world unlike anything that has previously been on television,” says Silverman. “We’re collectively so thrilled to both be a part of Spike’s emerging scripted brand and make talked-about TV with our fantastic writer, Dana Vachon.”

“The Chairman” is the story of Christian Gillette, a Gulf War veteran who is charismatic, powerful, cool under fire, and tremendously connected. Gillette takes over a billion dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance is closely tied to the brutal realm of war that still haunts him — and that some of its most dangerous players are now his inherited enemies.

“The Chairman” is a suspense thriller following Christian’s odyssey through worlds of ill-gotten riches in an age of extreme inequality; a tale of money, exile and murder playing out in the blackened heart of the American dream. Stephen Frey is a New York Times best-selling author.

Since 1995, he’s had 20 novels published with Penguin, Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster and Amazon Publishing. His latest work, “Red Cell 7,” the sequel to “Arctic Fire,” was published in January. Frey’s next novel, “Kodiak Sky,” will be published in November 2014 by Amazon Publishing. He is represented by the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency and Steve Fisher at APA.

Julian McMahon [who may also star in the project] is represented by Paradigm and The Schiff Company.

Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV and Justin Lacob, Vice President, Original Series, will oversee the project.

About Spike TV:
Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About Electus:
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation.

About ROAR:
ROAR is a talent, music, and brand management firm with expertise in career & business development, strategic partnerships, and marketing solutions. The ROAR team comes from diverse, yet complementary backgrounds in music, motion picture, television, publishing, concert & event production, branded entertainment, digital marketing, media strategy, corporate partnerships, retail, finance and legal, offering a true 360 degree approach to client service. ROAR clients include leading musicians, actors, writers, directors, comedians, entertainment & lifestyle companies, experts & icons, and family offices engaged in entertainment and lifestyle initiatives.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

68th Annual Tony Awards Live From Radio City Music Hall NYC Sunday June 8, 2014 8PM on CBS

[Tony Awards Press Release] 68th Annual Tony Awards to Wow Worldwide

New York, NY (June 3, 2014) -- The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be televised live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday June 8th from 8-11 P.M. (ET/PT time delay) on CBS in the U.S. and internationally to over thirty countries including Japan (WOWOW), Australia (Foxtel), New Zealand (Sky), Philippines (ABS-CBN), Canada (CHCH) and on Pramer Film & Arts throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean and via AFN to American servicemen worldwide. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Distributed to international broadcasters by The Fremantle Corporation, Broadway’s biggest night is to be hosted by Hugh Jackman and will feature appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.

Feature performances by 2014 Tony Nominees Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet; Idina Menzel performing from the new musical If/Then and Alan Cumming reprising his Tony Award winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret. Performances by the casts of this year’s Best Musical and Best Musical Revival Nominees, as well as other new musicals: Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky will also be included in the entertainment.

Sting will perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship. Music legends Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will take the stage for an unforgettable performance with the cast of After Midnight and the cast of Wicked, winner of 3 Tony Awards in 2004, will take the stage to celebrate Wicked’s 10th Anniversary.

The Tony Awards is a multiple Emmy Award-winning celebrity packed entertainment experience that continues to delight a growing and appreciative audience of theatre, music and dance lovers around the world.

Visit, and follow the Tonys at, @TheTonyAwards on Twitter, and #TonyAwards

The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit

About the Tony Awards

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nick Scandalios is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather Hitchens is Executive Director. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2014 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2014 Tony Awards.

IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards website, across digital platforms. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. Audemars Piguet is the presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. 

City National Bank is the official bank of the Tony Awards. United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards. Nexxus Salon Hair Care is the official beauty partner of the Tony Awards. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys. The New York Times is the official and exclusive print media partner of the Tony Awards. PEOPLE is the official magazine partner of the Tony Awards. Clear Channel Spectacolor is an official media partner of the TonyAwards and co-producer of the Tony Awards Simulcast in Times Square.