The official word: Dick Wolf’s Universal Television/NBC series “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Law & Order: SVU” will be united during a major three-part crossover airing Nov. 11-12.
The three series will share a storyline about a child pornography ring that stretches from Chicago to New York and will arc over three episodes, beginning with “Chicago Fire” (Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 p.m. ET/PT) and continuing on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago P.D.” (Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 and 10 p.m., respectively).
“Warren Leight (“SVU” showrunner) and Matt Olmstead (“Chicago Fire”/“Chicago P.D.” showrunner) are two of the best writers in the business. We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows. Warren, Matt and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three,” Wolf explained.
Each of the three shows opened their seasons to strong ratings, with “Chicago Fire” averaging a 2.6 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall Tuesday, Sept. 23 to match its second-highest rating ever in 18-49 and deliver its #2 total-viewer result to date. “Law & Order: SVU” debuted Wednesday, Sept. 24 with a 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall, making it the show’s most-watched season premiere since 2007. “Chicago P.D.” followed with a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall to win the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers with the show’s biggest overall audience since its series premiere on Jan. 8.
The official word from CBS: THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, commenced production today in Malta for broadcast on the CBS Television Network in 2015. The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Diego Boneta also stars.
“Mark and I are absolutely thrilled to finally see Alice Hoffman's beautiful story come to life,” said executive producer Roma Downey. “This is a remarkable opportunity to see these wonderful actors bring their unique gifts to these significant rolls. We look forward to sharing this epic television event with the CBS audience.”
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Some of you may have read my notes elsewhere about an angry reader who took issue with my criticism of the TV series "Stalker" for its portrayal of violence against women. His letter, and many other events, inspired this column. (By the way, since I wrote the piece, the fella from Fox News has apologized for his comment -- basing the apology on his wife's not liking what he said.)
Where the original angry email said the writer would throw any reply I made into the trash, apparently he bothered to read my column. He sent the following:
See my email must have had quite an effect on you. Good. Yet again I've never seen you getting all worked up about all the violence against men in "entertainment". As far as bringing Ray Rice into this as you did I challenge you to direct your readers to MARTIN FIEBERTS web page in your column. Sadly what's reported isn't all over the network news on video. And it's all documented by some heavy hitters. But then are we hearing about it in the liberal media?
As far as BILL FREZZ'S comments unfortunately these things can happen. False accusations of rape,absolutely. Our military is very seriously looking into these matters. Bad report from a superior officer
with whom some form of consensual relationship was going on- rape. As for Erin and her statements about frat boys, well again, apparently right over your head.
All I can say at this point is, well, haters gonna hate. And I did receive some very positive, thoughtful replies to the piece. For example:To read more or comment...
Update: More appearances are planned.
Carrie Coon will take part in a red-carpet event at the Regal Interstate on Oct. 3, introducing the 7 p.m. showing of the movie and taking part in a Q&A afterward. The movie itlself runs about 2 1/2 hours. There will also be a red-carpet arrival at about 6 to 6:30 p.m. before the movie. I will post more details about that as I get them.
There may also be other events, including an appearance at her alma mater, the University of Mount Union, but I am still gathering info.
If you want to read more about Coon, here's an interview I did in June.To read more or comment...
The official word: Saturday Night, adocumentary created and directed by Oscar nominee James Franco, will stream exclusively on Hulu in an agreement with Rabbit Bandini Productions. After garnering buzz from fans and critics since its sold-out premieres at SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival, the film will be available exclusively on the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning Friday, September 26th.
Directed by James Franco, Saturday Night, explores the production process behind NBC’s iconic sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live. A never-before-seen look at what it takes to make one single episode of the hit series, Saturday Night provides access into the hectic, sleepless week the show’s talented writers and cast members endure to create a single episode - from the Monday afternoon pitch sessions to the live taping on Saturday night. The current feature-length documentary was initially a short film project for Franco’s New York University film class in 2008.
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