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ABQ’s Scoundrels

Posted by on June 22, 2010 | One comment

From Entertainment Weekly:

“The series premiere of Scoundrels and The Gates gave ABC some bragging points for an otherwise ho-hum night of TV on Sunday: The Gates, which averaged 4.64 million viewers at 10 p.m., represented ABC’s strongest summer scripted series debut in five years. It won its time slot at 10 p.m. in the adult demographic and came in second in viewers behind CBS’ repeat of Cold Case.

Scoundrels averaged 5.17 million viewers at 9 p.m. and won its second half-hour in viewers. The two dramas also gave ABC a boost over last year in viewers and adults 18-49.” – EW

Tune-in and keep Virginia

NM Series Alums Strike New Deals

Posted by on February 21, 2012 | 2 comments

Two beloved figures in scripted drama, near and dear to the hearts and wallets of many in the New Mexico Film industry have inked deals to work new projects as the sun sets on their respective 5 year long NM series.

Mary McCormack is making the move from dramatic series Fed to sitcom mom. The In Plain sight star has been cast to lead a new comedy pilot from the mind behind the HIGHlarious New Adventures of Old Christine.


In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack, has lined up her next series gig, playing the lead in Kari Lizer’s untitled ABC comedy pilot (aka The Unprofessional). The multi-camera comedy, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne (McCormack), a high-powered executive who, having dominated the corporate America for years, now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers.

Also hot off the deadline:

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has signed a new overall deal with the studio behind the acclaimed AMC drama series, Sony Pictures TV. The rich 18-month pact kicks in retroactively to November, when Gilligan’s previous deal with the studio expired (he has been working on the show without a contract for the past three months), and will keep him at Sony though June 2013. The deal covers Gilligan’s services as executive producer/showrunner on the final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad, which will begin production in late March. The order will be filmed in two batches of eight episodes, with a break of several months between for writers to work on scripts. The pact also includes development component, with Gilligan expected to focus on new projects for Sony after he wraps Breaking Bad.

You can bet we’ll be following these two developments for you ABQ. Here’s hoping we’ll see these two back in NM productions!

After all, ABC/ABC Family (parent co. Disney) is no stranger to NM and Vince Gilligan has conveyed more than an affinity for the Land of Enchantment…to be continued…

Thanks Liz


Posted by on October 10, 2011 | 2 comments



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NM Film & Media Day 2011

Posted by on February 11, 2011 | 2 comments

From NM Film and Media Day:

February 16, 2011

10am- 4pm Come one come all!
10am-3pm Casting Call
(7am Volunteers report to location)
(8am Mayor & Tribal Leaders Breakfast)

WHERE: Corner of Paseo de Peralta & Old Santa Fe Trail in SANTA FE

WHO: New Mexico Film Industry Professionals, our State Legislators, YOU (anyone interested in how movies are made)

WHAT: Everything you always wanted to know about the film industry in New Mexico; a chance to meet people working in the industry, and get your foot in the door.



We will be having the largest casting call that New Mexico has ever seen in which ALL of New Mexico’s working Casting Directors and SAG franchised Talent Agents and/or their representatives will be present. If you would like to be a movie “Extra” in MARVEL’s “AVENGERS” or on the Television shows BREAKING BAD or IN PLAIN SIGHT (filmed in Albuquerque area) or any future feature films to be shot in New Mexico, all of the Casting Directors and Extras Casting will be on site to meet you, including EMMY nominated casting directors Jo Edna Boldin CSA and Angelique Midthunder CSA.

Photographers will be there to take your headshots for our database for FREE. A representative from the Screen Actors Guild will also be there to answer your questions about working as a professional actor in the local film industry. (10am – 3pm )

ACTING CLASSES: Intensive with actress Lora Cunningham (acting credits include: Nip/Tuck, Book of Eli, Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight) Every hour on the hour; in the casting tent.

“EXTRAs 101” & “How to be a Stand In” CLASSES: If you have never been on a movie set before this class will teach you everything from the basics & set etiquette to how to become a stand in and photo double for leading actors. Every hour on the half hour; in the casting tent.

STUNT DEMONSTRATIONS: Informational by AL GOTO the state’s premiere stunt coordinator (over 200 credits including BREAKING BAD, IN PLAIN SIGHT, SCOUNDRELS, MACGRUBER)

HAIR & MAKE UP DEMONSTRATIONS: Everything from glamorous beauty make up for movie stars to blood and gore of special effects make up. By Katie Doughit (credits include: THOR, COMANCHE MOON, 3:10 to YUMA, LEGION) Experience a real movie set make up trailer where you could be chosen to get glamor make up or gory wounds!

WARDROBE: Come see movie costumes from films shot all around New Mexico from futuristic to present day contemporary to historical 1800’s and everything you can imagine. Costumers Aleah Ames, Paula Trujillo, Claire Sandrin, Debra Chapman & Kate Czark will be presenting and answering questions.” Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer Cathy Smith will be presenting and some of her spectacular Native American costumes will be on display.”

SPECIAL EFFECTS: Movie FX demos and information

EDITING: Post production classes / demonstration – how movies are edited and put together.


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Email: FilmAndMediaDay@gmail.com

I-25 Studios Gets a lil’ TNT

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 | 2 comments

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (NBC’s class of ’06-’07) makes a move, of sorts. Two of the stars of the axed show will be re-teaming for a brand spanking new TNT detective, drama series that will begin shooting in the Q next month.

The series is based on the Marshall Karp novel The Rabbit Factory. The story will follow two detectives, – “Lomax & Biggs” in their life of sleuthery, debacles and hopefully some-time debauchery, whilst navigating their way through mysteries and life as a dynamic duo.

Allan Loeb, screenwriter of the iconic, big screen sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is at the helm of the production that pairs famed Wings actor Steven Weber and member of the original Kings of Comedy actor/comedian/host D.L. Hughley as the leads.

Shooting fires-up in December at Albuquerque’s I-25 Studios, home of the AMC hit series In Plain Sight – in which Weber also appeared.

TNT, Weber, Hughley and crew (+NM job$) join current NM productions IPS and  Breaking Bad…and fill a bit of the void left by our dearly departed Scoundrels.

Welcome Gumshoes!

Casting deets to follow as they become avail…

Adiós con Dios

Posted by on October 16, 2010 | 3 comments

The ABC series Scoundrels shot here in the Q has officially been canceled {sads}.

I blame McDonough

The NM Production premiered in June of this year, during ABC’s summer season. The full 8 episode run opened with a solid 5.17M viewers but that steadily declined to just over 2M for its finale this August.

Stars David James Elliot and Viginia Madsen have new projects lined-up…Best to all cast & crew!

Here’s hoping to get you back to work in Nuevo México otra vez!

NM Goes on at the Emmys

Posted by on August 30, 2010 | 3 comments

Toni Collette did not take home a statue this year but was awarded the Emmy last year for lead actress in a drama series for the United States of Tara (Edie Falco got the award this year for Nurse Jackie). Collette is currently in town filming Fright Night.

Resident designer, part time director and “rancher” Tom Ford dressed the event’s host, Jimmy Fallon among other nominees, winners and presenters.

Temporary New Mexican Joan Allen, was up for lead actress in her NM film Georgia O’Keeffe which was nominated for Best TV Movie, Art Direction, Best Casting, Best Directing, Best Hairstyling, Best Makeup, Best Music Composition and Best Costumes. – HELLO!

Local actor Eric Martinez of NM’s ABC series’ In Plain Sight, Scoundrels (and much more) was on the carpet with our focus of the night Steven Michael Quezada.

You memmer him, he and his gorgeous familia – who shared their awesome pics with all of us. Oh of course you know his name…as does THREE time consecutive winner for lead actor in a drama series Bryan (standing ovation from TOM HANKS) Cranston!!! (as heard above)

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Your Q Spot: Criss Cross-Q Edition

Posted by on July 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Your Q Spot: Criss Cross-Q Edition

As Heard on Coyote 102.5 July 23, 2010

SE Albuquerque – Upside down, underwater, etc. whichever way you look at it, our own coveted Albuquerque Studios is experiencing some financial difficulties (this is NM, we can all relate) and is gonna climb out of the hole through the re-structuring of Chapter 11.

The re-organization should allow the studio to recover and continue to roll with productions such as the current ABC show Scoundrels, AMC’s Breaking Bad and the upcoming SKG Dreamworks horror feature Fright Night.

The “WEST SIDE” will soon hold its own in the mega-multiplex, movie theater arena. Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (CNK) has announced their plans for a new Century Theater in Rio Rancho… » Read the full post

Your Friday Q Spot

Posted by on June 18, 2010 | One comment

Local boys done good – Local boy’s done really, really good! With the support of a solid fan base and a kick from social net Q son Ryan McGarvey is going BIG time as the Ryan McGarvey band heads to Chicago to play among Guitar Gods and Royals at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival on June 26. Fresh off multiple national shows the band just played a kick-ass set here locally at the County Line last weekend and you can catch ’em one more time at Savoy before they head out to the show of shows.

Similarly, local actor/musician extraordinaire Gabriel Rivera is ready, set, shooting out of the stratosphere from his NM base. Gabriel stars in the Oscar eligible live action-short film Red Mesa. His musical talents have him vying for a spot at the top in Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings Test Drive 2010, where he and his band can get outfitted with top-knotch gear and the grand prize of recording sessions at the famed Tainted Blue Studio in NYC. Vote for bro TODAY!

Q on the Tube – Catch your supporting role in the premiere of ABC’s Scoundrels this Sunday night. And your Sindicator is OVERJOYED to announce the official word from AMC television that the BEST running show on television, Emmy Award winning Breaking Bad will in fact be BACK for season four – ahhhhhh glorious!

Out on the Q – Now that your entire Fri-day and night will be consumed by reading this and every previous page of ©Sindication you’ll have some juggling to do with your Saturday in the Q. Over the river and near some woods is the ink fest known as STAR where burque’s best band of skin-ink artists celebrate nine years strong with a bash at Elliot’s 3 p.m. – anniversary 10.

Posh it over to the Savoy to catch a glimpse of McGarvey, then head downtown to NM’s Own version of the Beverly Hills Hotel – the one and only ABQ Hyatt Regency tweet-up! Ryan and the reigning King and Queen of Q social media can tell you just how important your so. net is! Learn more and RSVP here.

Trouble finding the Q Spot? It’s here and on the air with Erica Viking every Friday on Coyote 102.5

Get into the Hall of Fame

Posted by on June 9, 2010 | 3 comments

UPDATE: 6/14/10 “BBS Casting LLC is looking for a pair of Caucasian Twins up to 6 months old to appear in an upcoming Hallmark Movie.
Please submit Photos & Contact information via email to; scoundrels2010@gmail.com or contact us by phone at
505-227-2808 or 505-310-3404” – BBS

UPDATE: 06/10/10 “We are seeking Cars and Drivers for the production of “Let Them Shine” –Hallmark Hall of Fame
The Cars and Trucks must be 1985 and older.
We Cannot Use: Red, White, or Black
Any Submissions must be received by June 15, 2010
Shooting Date for vehicles will be June 18, 2010.
Estimated time on Set: 10-12 hrs

Please send Pictures of Vehicle as well as Contact information to: LetThemShine2010@gmail.com” – BBS

The Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie Let Them Shine is holding an open casting call in Albuquerque.

Saturday and Sunday June 12 & 13
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. both days

The Garden Room of the Albuquerque Hilton
1901 University Blvd. NE

“We will be seeking: All ages, All sizes, All Ethnicities. Esp. New Born Babies and Young Children.

Pay Rate: Background: $10/hr, Stand Ins: $12/hr

Ex: Est. 12 hrs on set. Food and Beverages will be provided

If you cannot make the Casting Call, please send detailed information and photos to: LetThemShine2010@gmail.com” – BBS Casting

Mouse in the House: Part Deux, Trois, Quatre

Posted by on May 28, 2010 | 3 comments

New Mexico Mouse in the House

The Walt Disney Company is quietly dotting the state with their mouse ears as the entertainment GIANT’s long reach includes Marvel, ABC and The Disney Channel, all of which are sowing New Mexico roots.

Thor is bound to dominate the big screen next spring, the Q spot is the backdrop for network TV’s Scoundrels starting in June, and the purported next High School Musical, Lemonade Mouth is getting set to employ and roll in New Mexico.

Even ESPN regional television resides in the Mouse House. ESPN happens to operate the New Mexico Bowl – our very own college bowl game, set to air on the national stage ESPN will provide to millions of viewers on December 18 this year.

And as we ~reported here, the Bowl’s title sponsorship is still up for grabs…

If it’s not quite in your budget to buy your own bowl don’t fret, but be sure to dust off your monogrammed mouse ears and put on your perma-smile ’cause NM is poised to join the billion dollar club!

New Mexico Upfront

Posted by on May 18, 2010 | One comment

Syndicated Superstars, Big Bang Theory

This week in NYC America’s TV broadcast networks’ make their upfront presentations to advertisers.

“Broadcast TV’s season finales aren’t the only nail-biters on the mind of Madison Avenue this week.

With the big networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — launching their fall-schedule pitches over the next few days as part of the annual ad sales bazaar known as the upfront, the scrambling that networks are doing to make casting, scheduling and programming decisions have advertisers equally on edge.” – New York Post

Included in the bunch of summer show line-ups are two, count ’em two New Mexico productions.

ABC Scoundrels – Stars Virginia Madsen as the matriarch of a family of small-time criminals who decide to go straight when Dad is sent off to prison.

CBS The Odds – Stars Donald Faison and Jacob Vargas in the buddy cop show set in Las Vegas, where “the cops are as outrageous as the crimes they solve.”

On the heels of series Big Bang Theory blowing-up and making syndie history with the biggest syndication deal EVER we wish both our NM shows the best of luck!

“Cable giants TBS and Fox both snagged rights to repeats on their networks, and they didn’t come cheap. In fact, Variety is reporting that at $1.5 million an episode, the multi-camera sitcom “set a record price.” By the way, that blows away the record set by FX of $800,000 for the syndication rights to “Two and a Half Men.” – Yahoo! TV

Sweet Virgina

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Posted by on May 4, 2010 | One comment

If you were watching DWTS tonight you saw Pammy get the boot and the first promo for the NM production Scoundrels.

The scripted and performed (imagine that) comedy/drama starring Academy Award nominated sweet Tweet Virginia Madsen, focuses on a family of small-time criminals who try to go straight after the father is sent to prison.

Premieres Sunday June 20 on ABC.

Support NM on the tele and Tweet with @madlyv, her NM twitpics are as cool as she is!

Television and You ABQ, NM

Posted by on April 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Television and You ABQ, NM

Please forgive the commercial advert and craptacular audio accompanying this USA Network television series web promo for NM’s Own In Plain Sight.

Rabid fans, talented cast and stellar guest stars are surely pleased as we are that the third season of the show is currently in production in the Duke City.

We love hearing buzz from and about our local talent who are working it for IPS. Kudos and congrats to all involved!

Breaking Bad season three is currently airing on AMC, Crash season two airs on Starz and Stargate Universe à la Nuevo México can be caught on the Syfy channel.

Stargate Universe Air

CBS series The Odds and ~scandalous ABC series Scoundrels are also currently filming here!

Links: Starz, AMC, EURweb, THR, Syfy, USA

Madsen Set to Get Her “Q” On

Posted by on March 4, 2010 | 2 comments

As widely reported another gorgeous lady is headed to the Q for a new television series.

Scoundrels, based on the New Zealand show “Outrageous Fortune” will star Virginia Madsen and air eight episodes on ABC this Summer.

Liz Dean (Eastwick, Eli Stone, Nip/Tuck, Everwood) of Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting is named as the LA Casting Agent.

Ulrich, Dawson, Kritzer Casting
4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 301, Valley Village, CA 91607

Local Cast and Crew call info. to follow.

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