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CBS Developing ‘True Conviction’ Drama Based On Documentary From Tribeca, Seth Gordon & Erica Shelton Kodish

The Seth Gordon-produced documentary True Conviction, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is being adapted for television. CBS is developing drama True Conviction based on the well-received documentary, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, The Goldbergs executive producer Gordon and Being Mary Jane’s former executive producer/showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish and co-executive producer Angel Dean Lopez. CBS Television Studios and Sony…
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“Being Mary Jane” Showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish Inks Overall Deal with CBS TV Studios

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Erica Shelton Kodish is heading back to CBS. The “Good Wife” alumna has signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios after serving as showrunner on the fourth season of Bet’s “Being Mary Jane.” The writer-producer’s new post will see her “developing new television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services,” according to Hollywood’s Black Renaissance.

After kicking off her career as a story editor for “Cold Case,” Kodish moved her way up to writing and co-producing the crime series. Her other writing and producing credits include “Covert Affairs” and “Hawthorne.”

“Getting my writing career off the ground seemed insurmountable,” Kodish has said. “After graduate school a professor told me to expect it to take five to eight years to launch your career. It took every bit of that. I wanted desperately to be in a television writing room and I couldn’t even seem to land a writing assistant position. It was very difficult because others seemed to be having a much easier time of it. But I’ve learned in this business, it does you no good to compare yourself to others. None. In the end, it didn’t really matter that it took me a little longer to get there. What matters is that I persevered. Yes, there were some who got there faster. There were others who took a lot longer, too. In hindsight, I noticed that the only people who didn’t eventually break through were the ones that gave up.”

When asked what advice she’d give to women of color pursuing a writing career, she emphasized, “It takes a village. For me, it was a patchwork of African-American writers, a tight group of women writers, women of color, and a couple key mentors who made it possible for me to have a writing career. For a Woc the challenges are steep. That’s the reason it’s important to have a network of people with whom to discuss these challenges. This group made it possible for me to persist when I was full of self-doubt or just dealing with the everyday challenges of the business.”

Kodish succeeded series creator Mara Brock Akil as showrunner of “Being Mary Jane.”

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‘Being Mary Jane’ Showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

Former The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish is returning to CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the praised CBS drama, with a multi-year overall deal. Under the pact, she will develop new television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. Sheldon Kodish is coming off a season-long stint as executive producer/showrunner on Bet’s Being Mary Jane where she succeeded creator Mara Brock Akil. Sheldon Kodish shepherded the Gabrielle…
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‘Being Mary Jane’ Adds Sonia Rockwell for Season 4

‘Being Mary Jane’ Adds Sonia Rockwell for Season 4
BET’s “Being Mary Jane” has cast Sonia Rockwell for a guest starring role in Season 4.

Rockwell will play Emma, a former weather girl turned correspondent who will work alongside Gabrielle Union’s Mary Jane. Rockwell has previously appeared on CBS’ “MacGyver,” “Scandal,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Drop Dead Diva.” She is repped by Sol Talent and Media Artists Group.

Season 4 of the drama series will see Mary Jane biting off more than she can chew at her new job in New York. After becoming a national anchor on the morning news show “Great Day USA,” Mary Jane is feeling distrustful of Justin (Michael Ealy) after Kara’s (Lisa Vidal) firing. She tries to make it work with Lee (Chiké Okonkwo), but resisting Justin is undermining her performance in the coveted co-anchor spot and forces a final reckoning with Lee.

The series is executive produced by Will Packer and Erica Shelton Kodish, who
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TV News Roundup: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ ‘Amber Rose Show’ Set Premiere Dates

TV News Roundup: ‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ ‘Amber Rose Show’ Set Premiere Dates
Bravo has set the premiere date for “Rhoc” Season 11; Bet has named new executive producers for “Being Mary Jane,” and more in Monday’s TV news roundup…

Dates

Bravo will be premiering Season 11 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on June 20 at 9 p.m. Unlike previous seasons, none of the cast members exited the show between installments, and instead the show has added a new member to the Housewives’ posse – Kelly Dodd.

VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors” will be returning on July 11 at 9 p.m. to celebrate female hip hop artists and trailblazers. This years honorees will join the likes of Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, Def Jam Records, Missy Elliot and Salt N Pepa, who were previously honored by the cable network.

“The Amber Rose Show,” produced by Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods., will premiere on VH1 on June 17 at 11 p.m. Rose will interview celebrity friends about pop culture,
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TVLine Items: iZombie Ups 'Peyton,' Mad Men Anniversary Auction and More

TVLine Items: iZombie Ups 'Peyton,' Mad Men Anniversary Auction and More
Does iZombie take place in Seattle, or… Peyton Place? (Sorry. I had to.)

Aly Michalka — who has recurred as Liv’s best friend Peyton for the last two seasons — has been promoted to series regular for the CW dramedy’s third year, EW.com reports.

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Season 3 of iZombie will debut at midseason, along with The 100, Reign and freshman drama Riverdale.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Mad Men‘s series finale, more than 1,500 props and memorabilia from the show
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‘Being Mary Jane’: Will Packer Joins As Ep, Erica Shelton Kodish Named Showrunner

Bet has set a new producing team on its popular drama series Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. Will Packer has come on board as executive producer, while The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner for the upcoming fourth season. Being Mary Jane was created and executive produced by The Game creator Mara Brock Akil and executive produced and directed by Salim Akil. The two last August signed an overall d…
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New Good Wife Season 7,Episode 11 Official Spoilers,Description Hit The Net

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Recently, CBS served up the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 11 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Iowa," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff go down a plot to get additional votes has Pater doing some very risky stuff. Also, tensions will run high all around, and more! In the new, 11th episode press release: Peter Attempts A High-risk Political Stunt To Gain Votes For His Presidential Bid At The Iowa Caucuses, On "The Good Wife," Sunday, Jan. 10. Press release number 2: Tensions are going to run high as the entire Florrick family is crammed into Peter's campaign bus with Eli and Ruth on their way to the Iowa Caucuses. Once there, Peter will end up trying a high-risk political stunt to gain votes for his presidential bid. Guest stars feature: David Krumholtz (Josh Mariner), Mo Rocca (Ted
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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.19: “Winning Ugly” relocates the series’ cynical heart

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The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 19: “Winning Ugly”

Written by Erica Shelton Kodish

Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

Credit where it’s due: “Winning Ugly” finally remembers just how downright nasty The Good Wife can be at its most bracing. In the scope of the series, Peter Florrick has long been the proverbial “bad apple,” the political mover with the least scruples, willing to do nearly anything to stay on top if he thinks he can get away with it. “Winning Ugly” crane back to expose the ruthless, corrupt underbelly of a political system that runs on deception, where even the political folk heroes are merely the most eloquent pawns for the party line.

One of those heroes is Spencer Randolph (AliasRon Rifkin), a legend in the world of the series – that Marissa Gold more or less melts in his presence is a
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New Good Wife Season 6,Episode 19 Official Spoiler Photos Hit The Net

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Recently, CBS delivered these new, official spoiler pictures for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 19 of season 6, and they offer up new look scenes that feature Alicia and Eli laughing it up. Alicia is also seen with Grace in a different snap shot, and Alicia's daughter, Grace, will be showing up too. The episode is titled, "Winning Ugly." The official plot description for episode 19, reads like this: "When potential voter fraud is discovered in the State's Attorney election, Eli and Alicia will take steps to stop a recount by enlisting the help of a well-respected civil rights lawyer, Spencer Randolph (Ron Rifkin). Also, Diane will learn she unwittingly submitted false evidence in Cary's case." The episode was written by Co-Executive Producer Erica Shelton Kodish, and it was directed by Rosemary Rodriguez. Episode 19 is due to air on Sunday night, April 12th at 8pm central time on CBS.
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New Good Wife Season 6,Episode 19 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

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Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 19 of season 6. The episode is entitled, "Winning Ugly," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and drama-filled stuff as Alicia and company get attacked with a State's Attorney Election voting recount scandal. They'll try to fight it off, and more! In the new, 19th episode press release: Alicia And Eli Try To Stop A Recount When Potential Voter Fraud Is Discovered In The State's Attorney Election. Press release number 2: When potential voter fraud is discovered in the State's Attorney election, Eli and Alicia are going to take steps to stop a recount by enlisting the help of a well-respected civil rights lawyer, Spencer Randolph (Ron Rifkin). Also, Diane is going to learn she unwittingly submitted false evidence in Cary's case. Guest stars feature: Ron Rifkin (Spencer Randolph), John Procaccino
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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.11: “Hail Mary” ratchets up, then releases, the tension

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The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 11: “Hail Mary

Written by Erica Shelton Kodish

Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

Well, now we know how Kalinda might find her way out of the series. “Hail Mary” is a hectic, tense hour of The Good Wife, but its parts don’t quite add up to a totally satisfying whole, especially when considered as the culmination of an unusually long story (by Good Wife standards).

It’s difficult not to think of Spike Lee’s last great film, 25th Hour, in the best scenes of “Hail Mary,” which involve Cary being prepped for the worst of the pen by an expert (a perfectly cast Domenick Lombardozzi, bringing the series total number of The Wire alumni to approximately seven million). It’s both a strong showcase for Matt Czuchry, who credibly takes Cary from tough-guy posturing to almost breaking
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Writers Guild of America announces TV nominations for WGA Awards, Fargo “snub” explained by FX

With Awards season heating up, the Writers Guild of America has announced its TV nominations for the WGA Awards, which are set to take place in February. Check out the full list of nominees below…

Drama Series:

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss (HBO)

The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe (CBS)

House of Cards, Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon (Netflix)

Mad Men, Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray (AMC)

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

Comedy Series:

Louie, Written by Louis Ck (FX)

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Stephen Falk,
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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations

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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations
The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead WGA TV Nominations

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead WGA TV Nominations
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and Amazon’s “Transparent” were among the newbie standouts in this year’s TV nominees for the Writers Guild Awards.

Both shows earned noms for comedy series as well as for new series. “Transparent” made it a trifecta with a nom for episodic comedy, for “The Wilderness” seg penned by Ethan Kuperberg.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Detective,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Louie” and ABC’s “Modern Family” also grabbed two noms each.

Modern Family” was not selected in the comedy series category but took two nods for the “The Cold” and “Three Dinners” segments. Similarly, “Boardwalk Empire” was not named for drama series but received nomimations for the “Devil You Know” and “Friendless Child” episodes.

The Simpsons” had its usual strong showing with four bids for animation writing with “Bob’s Burgers” taking two.
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The Good Wife, Ep. 5.20, “The Deep Web” finds Alicia saying “no”

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The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 20, “The Deep Web”

Written By Luke Schelhaas & Erica Shelton Kodish

Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez

Airs Sundays at 9pm on CBS

Alicia Florrick is in crisis. She lost the man she loved, the one she saw as her lifeboat even in the rockiest storm (and he caused a fair amount of her storms himself). What she really lost, more than Will Gardner, was the possibility Will represented to her. As long as Will was out there, better days were coming for Alicia. She’d leave Peter behind. She’d stop being restrained by roles she felt forced to play. She’d figure out a way to finally just be happy.

With Will gone, Alicia is going to have to learn that the possibility he represented has never been external, that thinking about it that way isn’t productive and isn’t likely to get her to where she needs to be.
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New Good Wife Season 5,Episode 20 Intense Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

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Last night, CBS served up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 20 of season 3, and it appears that things will get very intriguing as Diane gets nervous about people plotting against her, Alicia gets pretty smitten with a new guy on the scene, and more. The episode is titled, "The Deep Web." In the new, 20th episode, Alicia is going to have a chance encounter with an entrepreneur that charms the hell out of her during jury duty, and she will consider options outside her marriage, prompting her to get advice from her mother. Meanwhile, Diane’s friends will hunt her down for legal advice when their son is accused of selling drugs on the Internet. Michael J. Fox will return as Louis Canning ,and Stockard Channing returns as Alicia’s mother, Veronica Loy. Nestor Carbonell will guest star as entrepreneur Daniel Irwin. The
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