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'StartUp' Renewed at Crackle for Season 3

StartUp is booting back up for a third season.

Crackle has ordered 10 new episodes of the Martin Freeman-Adam Brody tech drama.

The season three pickup comes nearly two months after the launch of the hourlong's second season, which saw the addition of star and producer Ron Perlman. Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist), Otmara Marrero (Graceland) and Addison Timlin (Californication) round out the cast.

StartUp was created by Ben Ketai, who also serves as a writer, director and executive producer on the show. Gianni Nunnari, Shannon Gaulding, Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord and Anne Clements also executive produce. Brody also...
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‘Kid Nation’ Boss Reflects on ‘Controversial and Groundbreaking’ Reality Series

‘Kid Nation’ Boss Reflects on ‘Controversial and Groundbreaking’ Reality Series
When “Kid Nation” premiered on CBS 10 years ago, it was amidst a firestorm of controversy. Ever since the reality series was first picked up, critics and viewers alike were raising questions about the wisdom of putting 40 children — between the ages of 8 and 15 — in a makeshift town and having them fend for themselves without adult supervision.

Addressing the Television Critics Assn. a few months before the premiere, then-cbs entertainment president Nina Tassler took the controversy in stride, saying that in order for a reality show to “change the landscape of television, you have to stir public debate.” CBS’ goal, said Tassler, was to “do something different, and try and reach out and have people talk about the show.” And in that, they certainly succeeded. Here, executive producer Tom Forman talks with Variety about the genesis of the show, his take on the controversy, and whether he’d ever revisit the idea.

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Soledad O’Brien, Ice-t to Host Biggie-Tupac Murder Investigation Special for Fox

Soledad O’Brien, Ice-t to Host Biggie-Tupac Murder Investigation Special for Fox
Soledad O’Brien and Ice-t are set to host an investigative special for Fox that will explore the deaths of legendary rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, the network announced Friday.

Titled “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?,” the two-hour special will explore the details surrounding the cases of the rap rivals and former friends who were gunned down within months of each other in the late 1990s. Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996. Smalls, born Christopher George Latore Wallace, was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. It has been 20 years since their murders, and no one has been held accountable.

The special, produced by “The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey” producers Critical Content, will lead viewers through an investigation re-examining the homicides by uncovering new details and revealing never-before-heard accounts. The special will feature interviews with former private investigators, police
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TV News Roundup: Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Sets Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix Stand-Up Special Sets Premiere Date
In today’s roundup, Jerry Seinfeld announces his Netflix debut stand-up special, and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” lands a premiere date.

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Jerry Seinfeld is making his Netflix debut on Sept. 19 with the original stand-up special “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” In the hour-long special, Seinfeld returns to The Comic Strip in New York City, the club that helped launch his career. Interspersed with new material, including legal pads with every joke he’s written since 1975 and childhood videos, Seinfeld will perform the jokes that put him on the comedy map.

Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is returning for its eighth season on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. Returning for Season 8 is Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania, and Siggy Flicker, who are joined by new housewife Margaret Josephs. The women are faced with new trials and tribulations that test their close friendship in the new season. The
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‘Malcolm X’ Series Based On Manning Marable’s Biography In Works By Critical Content

Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention, is being adapted as a television series by Critical Content and writer David Matthews (Boardwalk Empire, Tyrant). Matthews will pen the adaptation with Critical Content’s Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord and Jon Schwartz executive producing. Dr. Leith Mullings and Michael Tyner will serve as producers and consultants. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention is considered the definitive…
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Malcolm X Scripted TV Series in the Works

Manning Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning Malcolm X biography is getting the TV treatment.

Independent studio Critical Content has optioned Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention and plans to adapt the book into a scripted drama series. David Matthews (Boardwalk Empire, Tyrant) is on board to pen the script and exec produce alongside Critical Content's Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord. Dr. Leith Mullings and Michael Tyner will produce and serve as consultants. A network is not yet attached as producers search for filmmakers to join the project. Critical Content, the company behind CBS' The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, also...
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Tom Forman Hits Back At UTA For “Overreaching” Unpaid Commissions Suit – Update

Update, 10:32 Pm: You say I owe you money? I say you owe me money! In a statement from his lawyer late tonight, that’s essentially the response of ex-Relativity TV boss Tom Forman to UTA just hours after the uberagency went after him in court on Thursday with claims of commissions that their former client hasn’t paid them. "UTA's lawsuit against Tom Forman is overreaching in the extreme,” says attorney Michael Kump of uberfirm Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert Llp of…
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UTA Sues Ex-Relativity TV CEO for Unpaid Commissions

UTA is suing television producer and former Relativity TV CEO Tom Forman for breach of contract, claiming he hasn't paid commissions since dropping the agency in the fall of 2015.

The agency says Forman, whose credits include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Guy's Grocery Games and Limitless, agreed to a "standard oral talent agency agreement" in 2008. Under the deal, Forman agreed to pay UTA a 10 percent commission on "any and all sums" he or his production company received with respect to his services as a producer in the entertainment industry on any deal entered into or negotiated during his...
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Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi The Left Hand of Darkness set for limited series

Critical Content has snapped up the rights to Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1969 sci-fi novel The Left Hand of Darkness to develop as a limited series for the small screen, Variety has revealed.

The Hugo and Nebula-winning novel “revolves around a human male’s mission to an alien planet known as Winter where the inhabitants have become androgynous with unusual mating rituals and gender characteristics that are fluid.”

Critical Content’s Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will executive produce the series, with Le Guin also serving as a consulting producer. As yet, there’s no word on a potential outlet.
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Critical Content Developing Ursula K. Le Guin’s ‘Left Hand of Darkness’ as Limited Series (Exclusive)

Tom Forman’s Critical Content banner is developing Ursula K. Le Guin’s renowned science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” as a limited series.

Critical Content has optioned the rights to the 1969 book directly from Le Guin. The 87-year-old author will serve as a consulting producer on the project.

“Darkness” revolves around a human male’s mission to an alien planet known as Winter where the inhabitants have become androgynous with unusual mating rituals and gender characteristics that are fluid. The novel established Le Guin as a writer and as a feminist thinker. It won the Hugo and Nebula prizes for fantasy literature.

Forman, Andrew Marcus and Ray Ricord will exec produce the series. There’s no word yet on a writer for the adaptation.

Critical Content launched in January 2016 after the former Relativity Television was acquired amid Relativity’s bankruptcy proceedings by a group of private equity firms led by Anchorage Capital. The
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StartUp: Crackle Unveils Season Two Release Date & Teaser

Back in January, Crackle renewed its StartUp TV show for a second season and announced production is underway in Puerto Rico. Today, the Sony-owned streaming platform revealed StartUp, season two, will premiere on Thursday, September 28, 2017.Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, and Otmara Marrero are returning for the second season of StartUp. Ron Perlman and Addison Timlin are joining the Crackle TV series cast in the upcoming installment. Creator and writer Ben Ketai directs. He also executive produces with Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Gianni Nunnari, Shannon Gaulding, and Anne Clements. Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions produce.Read More…
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Rob Lowe and Sons Set for A&E Network Reality Series ‘The Lowe Files’

Rob Lowe and Sons Set for A&E Network Reality Series ‘The Lowe Files’
Rob Lowe is embarking on an unscripted version of “The X-Files,” taking his adult sons on a search for answers to unsolved mysteries and supernatural lore.

“The Lowe Files,” from Critical Content, will feature the veteran actor and his sons — Matthew, 23, and John Owen, 21 — on a trek around the country to investigate spooky legends and mysteries. The trio aim to bring some scientific rigor to the process by consulting with experts and academics in fields related to the ghost stories they pursue.

“Since I was a kid I’ve loved unexplained legends, strange phenomena and the scary, supernatural stories told around campfires,” said Lowe. “When I became a father I shared those tales with my two sons. Together we bonded over Bigfoot, UFO’s, and every creepy and bizarre story we could find, passionately debating if they were real…or not. And we swore that someday the three of us would go on our own adventure to
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TV News Roundup: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Join ‘The Voice’; People’s Choice Awards Announce Show Date

TV News Roundup: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Join ‘The Voice’; People’s Choice Awards Announce Show Date
In today’s TV news roundup, “The Voice” will feature country-couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the People’s Choice Awards announce the live CBS broadcast, Popsugar has a new series titled “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” and more!

Greenlights:

Popsugar Studios and cable network Z Living are producing a new series called, “Popsugar Presents: Conquered.” Each half-hour episode of the series will explore themes like fitness, relationships, career and health. “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” will be executive produced by Nicole and Ted Haimes, and executive producer Tim Krubsack for Z Living. The series is slated to premiere on Z Living in January.

Muse Entertainment has acquired the rights to “Amp’d,” the debut novel by two-time Emmy award nominated screenwriter and author Ken Pisani. “Amp’d” is set to be developed as a half-hour premium comedy series with Pisani as the leading creator. The series tells the story of Aaron, whose life is derailed after a car accident leads
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If Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Is Up For Sale, Again, Who’s Buying?

If Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Is Up For Sale, Again, Who’s Buying?
Updated: No one ever accused Ryan of being a bad salesman.

The entrepreneur and his team from Relativity Media put on quite a show last spring for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles.

They showed the New York judge bits of upcoming Relativity films, such as Kristen Wiig’s caper pic, “Masterminds,” currently in release, and Halle Berry’s upcoming thriller, “Kidnap.” They offered video testimony from Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, who declared himself “enormously challenged and excited to ‎become chairman of Relativity Studios.” They presented the judge with fresh fiscal blood — Chicago investor Joseph Nicholas, who promised that he would pump his own millions into the failed studio, with others sure to follow suit. Indeed, Kavanaugh’s film finance expert, Marni Wieshofer, of Houlihan Lokey Capital, assured the court there would be a “feeding frenzy” of new cash for Relativity, once the company cleared Chapter 11.

Less than seven months later,
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CBS Scales Back JonBenet Ramsey Miniseries Plans

CBS Scales Back JonBenet Ramsey Miniseries Plans
CBS has cut its planned true-crime special about the murder of JonBenet Ramsey from six hours to four. The move comes as a glut of projects investigating the 1996 murder of the six-year-old beauty-pageant contestant make their way to television.

Production on “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” wrapped earlier this month. Producers and network executives subsequently came to the decision that, given the material gathered, the project would make more sense as a tighter, two-part, four-hour miniseries than as a more languid six hours spread out over three parts. The move frees up valuable real estate in the fall schedule as CBS looks to launch its new primetime season.

Part one of “The Case Of” will premiere, as originally planned, Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. Et and 8 p.m. Pt, with part two following Monday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. CBS will no longer air a third installment, as previously scheduled, on
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StartUp: Crackle Series Starring Martin Freeman Gets September Premiere

See you in September... Crackle has announced its new, scripted StartUp TV show premieres Tuesday, September 6, 2016, on the free S-vod (streaming video-on-demand) plat. The drama stars Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, and Otmara Marrero. The StartUp TV series cast also includes Wayne Knight and Aaron Yoo. StartUp is written by Ep Ben Ketai who also directs. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Gianni Nunnari and Shannon Gaulding executive produces. Brody and Anne Clements are producers.Set in Miami, Crackle says StartUp is about the "emergence of GenCoin, a brilliant, yet controversial tech idea centered around digital currency-an idea that gets incubated on the wrong side of the tracks by three strangers who don't necessarily fit the mold of "tech entrepreneurs" and a crooked FBI agent who will go to any length necessary to take them down."Read More…
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Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions & Others Ink Overall Deals With Critical Content

Critical Content, the former TV operations of Relativity Studios that is now an indie content studio run by Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus, has finalized an overall deal with America’s Got Talent judge and producer Howie Mandel and his Alevy Productions. As part of the deal, Mandel will exclusively develop and produce original series with Critical Content for TV and digital. Critical Content also announced it has signed overall deals with unscripted producers and production…
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Critical Content Sets Overall Deals With Howie Mandel, 5 Other Production Banners

Critical Content, the television production company that emerged from the Relativity bankruptcy last year, has set overall deals with Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions and five other banners as it ramps up development activity.

Critical Content was launched as an independent entity last October by former Relativity TV toppers Tom Forman and Andrew Marcus. The company received an influx of $75 million from Anchorage Capital after Anchorage and other Relativity lenders acquired the TV assets as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.

The deal with Alevy calls for Mandel, repped by Wme and 3 Arts, to develop TV and digital projects for the company.

“Critical has a pretty simple mission: empower the most creative minds in our industry to do their best, most creative work,” said Critical CEO Forman. “We’re beyond excited to welcome Howie and the other producers to our company, and can’t wait to share their groundbreaking development with our broadcast,
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‘Limitless’ Showrunner Confirms CBS Cancellation

‘Limitless’ Showrunner Confirms CBS Cancellation
It’s officially official.

Though the fate of “Limitless” was bleak, showrunner Craig Sweeny took to Twitter on Wednesday to confirm the news that the CBS drama has been cancelled.

“I’m truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform,” Sweeny tweeted.

I'm truly sad to report that #Limitless will not continue on any platform. Thanks so much to everyone who watched.

Craig Sweeny (@CraigSweeny) May 25, 2016

Last week at Upfronts, CBS president Glenn Geller said the network was looking into shopping “Limitless” around, after CBS decided the show would not be on their 2016-17 slate. “Right now we’re in discussions with other potential buyers,” he said.

Limitless” started out as one of the hottest fall shows on Tuesdays but faded shortly thereafter and hit some lows toward the end of its full-season run. Overall, it averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall
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StartUp: Crackle Releases Official Teaser

Below, watch the official teaser for the new StartUp TV series, coming to Crackle, in fall 2016. StartUp stars Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi, and Otmara Marrero. During its Upfront presentation, Crackle announced Seinfeld's Wayne Knight and The Blacklist's Aaron Yoo have been added to the cast.

A high-stakes crime drama series, Start Up is produced by Critical Content and Hollywood Gang Productions. Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Gianni Nunnari, and Shannon Gaulding executive produce. The series is written by Ben Ketai who executive produces and directs. Brody and Anne Clements produce.

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