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'Thirtysomething' at 30: The Highs, Lows and How the ABC Drama Broke the Mold

Had it not been for some home remodeling, there might never have been a Thirtysomething.

Marshall Herskovitz and his partner Ed Zwick had taken a development deal with MGM Television in the mid-1980s, even though they were far more interested in making movies than a TV show to follow their Emmy-winning telefilm Special Bulletin. That’s why, Herskovitz now admits, “we felt we were scamming people a little.”

“It was a sleight of hand on our part,” he recalls of the deal that would lead to thirtysomething, the seminal ABC drama that on Sept. 29, 2017, celebrates the 30th anniversary of...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: 'This Is Us' Ep Ken Olin Signs With Wme

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Still Thirtysomething

This Is Us executive producer Ken Olin has signed with Wme. The television veteran, who also has helmed a few episodes of the NBC breakout drama, previously served as Ep for shows including Sleepy Hollow, Brothers & Sisters and Alias. He continues to be represented by Jackoway Tyerman.

Wme also has added Groundswell Productions vp Hilary Zaitz Michael as an agent in literary packaging. At Groundwell, Michael oversaw series including Hulu’s...
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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show

‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show
NBC sacrificed “Must See TV” for the sake of “This Is Us.”

The Peacock network had big plans this season to bring back the storied “Must See TV” label by moving “This Is Us” to Thursday nights this fall – along with the return of “Will & Grace”). But NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told fans at the Atx Television Festival on Friday that the network abandoned those plans in order to air more episodes in the fall. (“Must See TV” may still be resurrected for the night, however, as “Will & Grace” remains there, among other things.)

Now, by keeping “This Is Us” in its Tuesday slot behind “The Voice,” the show will air 10 consecutive episodes this fall. On Thursdays, there was only room for six episodes before “Thursday Night Football” took over the night.

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ To Help NBC Relaunch ‘Must See TV,’ and Lands Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

The show’s producer,
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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show

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‘This Is Us’ Move To Thursdays Was Thwarted By Creator Dan Fogelman’s Big Fall Plans for The Hit Show
NBC sacrificed “Must See TV” for the sake of “This Is Us.”

The Peacock network had big plans this season to bring back the storied “Must See TV” label by moving “This Is Us” to Thursday nights this fall – along with the return of “Will & Grace”). But NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told fans at the Atx Television Festival on Friday that the network abandoned those plans in order to air more episodes in the fall. (“Must See TV” may still be resurrected for the night, however, as “Will & Grace” remains there, among other things.)

Now, by keeping “This Is Us” in its Tuesday slot behind “The Voice,” the show will air 10 consecutive episodes this fall. On Thursdays, there was only room for six episodes before “Thursday Night Football” took over the night.

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ To Help NBC Relaunch ‘Must See TV,’ and Lands Post-Super Bowl Timeslot

The show’s producer,
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Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates

Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick to Receive AFI Honorary Doctorates
The American Film Institute will confer honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees on Carol Burnett, Marshall Herskovitz, and Edward Zwick at its commencement ceremony on June 5 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Herskovitz and Zwick are graduates of the AFI Class of 1975. The date of AFI’s commencement exercises marks the 50th anniversary of the American Film Institute’s formation in 1967. AFI noted Tuesday that 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Past recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Saul Bass, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Kasdan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler, and John Williams.

Burnett has received six Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards and the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Herskovitz won four Primetime Emmy Awards.
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It Came From The Tube: Cast A Deadly Spell (1991)

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Melding together genres seldom works. It’s a delicate balancing act; tone is key, and when either (or both) are off the whole thing can come crashing down. By 1991, HBO was already offering up original programming and decided to create a whole new sub genre – horror noir. The result was Cast a Deadly Spell, a very entertaining and perfectly concocted mixture of 1940s detective story and supernatural terror. And when the balance is right, like it is here, the results are sublime.

Originally airing on HBO on Saturday, September 7th, CaDS was met with critical acclaim as a riotous mashup of Bogart and the Dark Arts, treating audiences to a unique blend of murder and magic.

Let’s open up our sacred book of incantations, TV Guide, and see what we’re in for:

Cast A Deadly Spell (HBO, Sept. 7th)

L.A., 1948. Private eye Harry Philip Lovecraft is hired
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The Comeback, thirtysomething, This Is Us: Panels Announced for Atx

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Austin is gonna be packed this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this year's Atx Television Festival will include reunions for The Comeback and thirtysomething as well as a This Is Us panel.The Comeback starred Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Cherish, a former "It Girl" who is desperately clinging to the spotlight. The HBO comedy was cancelled in 2005 and then renewed for a second season in 2014. Thirtysomething starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, and Polly Draper as a group of baby boomers negotiating their thirties. The show premiered on ABC in 1987 and ran for four seasons.Read More…
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Nashville Producer Explains Rayna’s — and Connie Britton’s! — Shocking Exit (Plus What’s Next)

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Nashville Producer Explains Rayna’s — and Connie Britton’s! — Shocking Exit (Plus What’s Next)
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Nashville may have lost a very bright star, but as they say: the show must go on. Below showrunner Marshall Herskovitz details to EW the moment Connie Britton told him she wanted to leave the Cmt series, how he and the writers constructed Rayna’s heartbreaking exit, and explains what comes next for Nashville now that Britton is exiting the show.

Entertainment Weekly: So you and Ed Zwick pitched your vision of Nashville to ABC, then the show was canceled, then Cmt picked it up. What happened next with Connie?
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What to Expect on ‘Nashville’ After Connie Britton Shocker

What to Expect on ‘Nashville’ After Connie Britton Shocker
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched “Nashville” Season 5, episode 9, titled “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which aired on Cmt on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Connie Britton’s “Nashville” character, Rayna, was killed of this week’s episode of the country music series, sealing Britton’s fate — the actress is leaving the show.

Britton’s decision to leave the show was a creative choice that was made soon after the show moved from ABC to Cmt, according to “Nashville” showrunner Marshall Herskovitz.

“When Cmt picked up the show, Connie came to [co-showrunner] Ed Zwick and myself and said that she felt inner conflict. She felt that creatively, she wanted to move on from the show, and she was very torn because she loved the show. She loved the people on the show and it was like a family, but after four years, she felt she needed a different challenge, which is something I really understand as an
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Life After Death for Nashville? How Other TV Shows Coped With the Loss of a Main Character

Life After Death for Nashville? How Other TV Shows Coped With the Loss of a Main Character
The show must go on. (This is your spoiler warning.) Nashville said goodbye to Connie Britton, but the show is far from over, its creative team wants you to know that. "Shows always move forward. Grey's Anatomy moved forward. Thirtysomething moved forward after Gary died. This is such a rich cast and such a rich group of characters there's so many great stories to tell," executive producer Marshall Herskovitz told EW. Britton's presence will be felt, via flashbacks, and stories about how the other characters are dealing with loss. "But the show of Nashville is a world, it's not about one person. As great as Connie is and Rayna was, it was never just one person. What people will find as they...
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Producers Guild Announces ‘Produced By’ Conference Dates

The Producers Guild of America has set its ninth annual “Produced By Conference” for June 10-11 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

The PGA, which has more than 7,000 members, has lined up Arri; Ben, Branded Entertainment Network; Final Draft; Prg, Production Resource Group; Panasonic; and The Molecule to sponsor the event, alongside Fox Studios.

The event is a forum for producers in film, television and new media, held through the Producers Guild of America’s charitable entity, the PGA Foundation. It’s hired supervising producer Barry Kaplan (Ekg, Inc.), program director and marketing consultant Kristin Petrovich (Createasphere), programming consultant Madelyn Hammond (Madelyn Hammond & Associates), and sponsorship director Diane Salerno (Six Degrees Global).

Elizabeth Banks, Russell Simmons and “Transformers” producer Ian Bryce were among the notable speakers last June at the 8th annual conference, held on the Sony lot.

Others at the 2016 event included “Sicario” producers Basil Iwanyk and Molly Smith
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Lionsgate Sets Up Vietnam War Series ‘The Suck’ at Discovery

Thirtysomething” creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Vietnam war drama “The Suck” is coming to Discovery Channel. The project from Lionsgate has received a 10-episode series commitment from Discovery, to air in 2018.

Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the series presents a unique and unexpected view of the American experience in the Vietnam War, blending humor, tragedy, and terror. At the same time, it dramatizes the story of the Vietnamese in a way not previously explored in television. Zwick will direct the first episode.

“We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey. It’s great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.

“This
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From VHS to VOD #1

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Nashville Season 5 Episode 1 Review – ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’

Rachel Bellwoar reviews the first episode of Nashville season 5…

Thursday night Cmt treated viewers to an early look at the first half of Nashville’s two hour fifth season premiere. ‘The Wayfaring Stranger’ marks the first episode of Nashville on its new network, Cmt, and the first under new showrunners, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (Thirtysomething). Resurrected after ABC cancelled the show in May, fans who campaigned to have it saved won’t be disappointed.

That’s not to say the show doesn’t feel a bit different under new management. Where old Nashville might’ve strung viewers along about Juliette’s fate, as it did with Rayna and Deacon’s constantly in flux walk down the aisle, new Nashville doesn’t. Season four ended with Avery waiting at the airport for news of Juliette’s plane, which had sent a distress call. That Juliette would be killed off, without
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‘Nashville’ Season Premiere Gets Sneak Peek on Dec. 15 on Cmt, New Trailer

‘Nashville’ Season Premiere Gets Sneak Peek on Dec. 15 on Cmt, New Trailer
“Nashville” Season 5 will have its two-hour premiere on its new network on Jan. 5 at 9/8c, but to satiate any pent-up demand from “Nashville” fans who’ve been jonesing for the new stuff, Cmt will be airing the first hour of the premiere on Dec. 15 at 9/8c. For those without a pay TV subscription, the first hour of the premiere will be available on Hulu the next day, just as the streaming service will be home to all new “Nashville” episodes the day after air.

To go along with the sneak peek, Cmt has also released the first official trailer for the new season, which you can check out above. The new footage kicks in toward the end, with two pairs of new-old lovers arguing over telling their stories through song. Per Cmt, Season 5 begins with Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten) facing a new normal — daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) is now back home, and
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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Director Talks Importance of Strong Female Characters in Blockbusters

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‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ Director Talks Importance of Strong Female Characters in Blockbusters
It’s never been easy to put filmmaker Edward Zwick into a box. The multi-hyphenate has long eschewed sticking to just one genre and even one medium. He helped launch seminal television series like “Thirtysomething” (which he co-created alongside long-time partner Marshall Herskovitz) and “My So-Called Life” (which the pair executive produced) to the small screen, while also directing historical epics like “Glory” and “Defiance,” modern classics like “Courage Under Fire” and “Blood Diamond” and even the odd romantic comedy — or two: Zwick helmed “Love & Other Drugs” and the original “About Last Night…” feature.

Zwick has done it all, but with his latest film, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” he’s managed to do something new: Try his hand at a bone-breaking action sequel, featuring America’s ass-kicking sweetheart in the title role. Zwick and Tom Cruise have worked together before, thanks to the 2003’s epic “The Last Samurai,” and
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Nashville Will Be Back on TV Soon - but Which Star May Not Stay with the Series?

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A version of this story originally appeared on EW.com.The Cmt debut of Nashville now has an official premiere date. Contrary to headlines about the former ABC drama returning in December (what network debuts anything in December?), it turns out the basic cable network is rolling out the show's fifth season on Jan. 5. In the meantime, we're hearing Rayna Jaymes is likely to take her final curtain call in season 5. Star Connie Britton has only signed on for about 10 episodes of the new season. One source close to the show insists, however, that they still remain hopeful they'll get
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Winnie Holzman: from My So-Called Life's teen years to Roadies

Having created one cult classic about the teenage experience – and she almost changed the course of HBO – will the showrunner do it again?

When Winnie Holzman was asked to create a television show from the perspective of a teenage girl, she was flummoxed. Raising an eight-year-old while writing for the groundbreaking series Thirtysomething, Holzman felt very far from the turbulence of adolescence. To research My So-Called Life, she spent time at a local high school and wrote a fictional diary in the mercurial voice of Angela Chase. The cult show, cancelled after just one season in the mid-1990s, launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto and remains one of the great pop culture portraits of teen experience – suffused with romanticism and longing, yet cringingly realistic. “No show on TV has ever come close to capturing as truly the lovely pain of teendom as well,” Joss Whedon has said.
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‘Nashville’ Finds New Life at Cmt for Season 5

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‘Nashville’ Finds New Life at Cmt for Season 5
“Nashville” is officially a go for Season 5 at Cmt, TheWrap has learned. The country music drama will continue on the cable network after it was canceled by ABC during the annual housekeeping that is upfronts season. In addition, Hulu will continue to make all “Nashville” episodes available to stream the day after they air on Cmt. ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere when it announced last month that the series would not return for a fifth season. The news came just a few weeks after “Thirtysomething” duo Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were named new showrunners for.
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‘Nashville’ in Talks for Season 5 at Cmt

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‘Nashville’ in Talks for Season 5 at Cmt
“Nashville” could be back for a fifth season. Lionsgate TV is currently in talks with Cmt to renew the show for another season following its cancellation at ABC, TheWrap has learned. ABC devastated fans of the primetime soap starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere when it announced last month that the series would not return for Season 5. The news came just a few weeks after “Thirtysomething” duo Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz were named new showrunners for next season. Also Read: ABC President Channing Dungey Explains Why 'Castle' and 'Nashville' Had to Go After the cancellation, fans were further upset
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