“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
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.
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…
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.
HOW MUCH: FREE!
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.
ADMISSION AND ALL DEMONSTRATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS ARE FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.
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.
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!
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)
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
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!
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…
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; firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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!
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
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.