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…
Mickey Mouse likes the house that New Mexico built. Disney is the parent co. to ABC, ABC Family, ~Dreamworks and Marvel, all of whish (Messican typo, that stays) have worked NM productions – from multiple television pilots, tv movies, to a couple lil’ family films like Thor and The Avengers.
Now ABC has a budding prime-time drama series hit on their hands that has some NM paw prints all over it.
Series star, Emily Van Camp is a NM movie vet with her work on the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard. As we told you here the sweet hometown boy in the show is played by NM native Nick Wechsler. And as we’ve been following here, we anxiously await the directorial debut of Revenge villainess vixen extraordinairess, Madeline Stowe – which is slated to bring WOLVERINE and Edward/Jacob or whoever Robert Pattinson plays in Twilight to New Mexico!
So ICYMI: The show is awesome and easily scores a 4 on the Scoville Scale of hotness for its New Mexico connections alone and a solid 10 for its viewability – LOVE IT!
Thanks to an anonymous ;) tip this Pretty New Mexican has recently been brought to our attention!
Striking what is rapidly becoming my favorite pose – NM’s Own Nick Wechsler is the male lead in ABC’s new drama series Revenge.
For his Harlequinesque factor alone this native New Mexican’s return to television is causing a buzz, and a blip on the “radar” of tvline.com where he’s been named a highly anticipated “Fresh Face of Fall”!
The Albuquerque born & raised, Highland H.S. graduate will begin heating-up the primetime lineup when Revenge premieres Wednesday September 21.
Iowa raised, Q born Annabeth Gish can be seen in 5 episodes of the ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars which spawned the spin-off The Lying Game now filming…
Two more natives can be seen on a couple of little shows you may have heard of:
Neil Patrick Harris stars in his seventh season of How I Met Your Mother on CBS and again on ABC Albuquerque’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns in the #1 comedy on TV, Modern Family!
Footnote: ABC’s parent company is Disney – WE LOVE YOU MICKEY!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is casting for its next season and YOU can take part! Casting agents are focusing on New Mexico as they search for the next deserving family. If you’d like to nominate a family or submit your family’s story, you must send an e-mail including:
Family Name Family Story Photos of Family/Home Contact Information
Send the e-mail to: ExtremeLasCruces@emhe.tv or ExtremeSantaFe@emhe.tv, depending on which city you’re closest to. The deadline is Aug. 31.
BRIAN SCOTT (Judge): Brian Scott is a country singer/ songwriter and restaurateur from New Mexico who found global fame when he won the 2009 Karaoke National Championship USA title with a rendition of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” that some judges claim was better than the original. He went on to place sixth in the world championships and has been tapped to be a judge at the worlds this year in Ireland.
Our “cowboy karaoke” judge, Brian has first-hand experience of the pressure our contestants are under. He has recorded many of his own original songs and mentors other singers including the past two karaoke world champions. He has hosted and judged local, state and national contests. He also created and produced a two-man show called Two for the Road (2008) in Palm Springs, California where he was nominated for best male singer.
He is now a successful restaurateur of The Blue Goose Cafe in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
In this edition of things that don’t need to happen: NM’s Own Mishka, oh wait – I like Mishka and she has emotional range, I mean Minka Kelly has been cast in the latest installment of Charlie’s (please let me rest in peace) Angels.
The upcoming CA² production returns to its small screen roots on ABC with original series producer Leonard Goldberg. Annie Ilonzeh (General Hospital) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers) round out the trio.
The series pilot will be set in Miami and will reportedly feature the voice of Robert Wagner as Charlie!
“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
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.
The original short film on which the mega-monster-hit TV show ‘Lost‘ is based has hit the internets. So says ClickHereDummy.com.
I’m not in the ‘Lost’ cult but I am impressed with the fandemonium it inspires. So for you or a ‘Lost‘ maniac you may know & love here it is – enjoy.
The only two things I think of when I see clips of that show is how that blond chick got it on with Angelina Jolie in Gia and that that sweaty, greasy mess of a man Naveen Andrews is what I had always imagined my beloved Michael K. would look like before I knew him – not as a measure of hotness, but because I could only picture his poetic rants of raunch and venom coming from a sucio looking mug like that.
Incredible Beauty Salma Hayek shines a spotlight on travesties befalling children on her humanitarian visit to Sierra Leon – where, in what is a global tragedy, due to lack of education, prevention and treatment, the reckless creation of human life and preventable deaths are common place.
In this piece, Hayek witnesses an infant death that could’ve been prevented with an immunization that costs less than one dollar.