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Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Richard Price to pen a TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Outsider
The crime novelist, who has collaborated with David Simon on The Wire and The Night Of, will pen a 10-episode limited series adaptation of the King horror novel that was released last month for Media Rights Capital.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
The CW is taking back Sunday nights after a decade, expanding its schedule to six nights a week
It's been a decade since The CW programmed Sunday nights. In 2008, the network outsourced its Sunday timeslot to Media Rights Capital, an experiment that failed after one year. So The CW gave Sunday primetime to its affiliates in 2009. Now with a record nine pilots ordered, The CW has struck a deal with its affiliates to take back Sunday nights. "By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about," says CW president Mark Pedowitz. "Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers."
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Kevin Spacey accused of being racist, using racial slurs on the House of Cards set
Earl Blue, the head of VIP Protective Services, tells The Daily Mail his company was hired to work security on Season 1 of the Netflix series, where he alleges that Spacey refused to shake hands and acknowledge the predominantly black security guards. Blue says he was told from one of his employees that Spacey even used racial slurs. “He obviously had some uneasiness about me being near (his) trailer,” Blue says. “I would smile at him and even speak, say ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon.’ But he would never reply. I have experienced this before. I have been black my whole life and I can tell when a person is not looking at me as a person but they are looking at me as a color." After Season 1, Blue says HBO told him they were pleased with the work, but opted not to renew his company’s contract. Netflix referred all comment on Blue’s allegations to producer Media Rights Capital, which declined comment.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
House of Cards will resume production in early 2018 without Kevin Spacey
Robin Wright will be the star when the eight-episode sixth and final season resumes filming in early 2018, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced this morning. “We are excited to bring closure to fans," Sarandos said, noting that resuming production will ensure that people working on the show won’t lose their jobs.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Why House of Cards is a long shot to return for Season 6
Producer Media Rights Capital’s hopeful recent statement saying “our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes” doesn’t mean that production will actually resume, says David Zurawik. “The production company is like a gambler at the poker table steadily losing money, but staying in the game hoping the next hand will be the winning one that will recoup everything that has been lost,” he says. “If the player gets up now from the table in an effort to cut future losses, everything it has already spent and committed on Season 6 is lost. The reason I think the odds are long on Netflix buying into anything the writers come up with in the next couple of weeks is that brand is everything to the premium streaming service, and thanks to (Kevin) Spacey’s behavior, anything associated with House of Cards might already be toxic in the minds of some.”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
House of Cards extends its production hiatus for two more weeks
Crew members will continue to be paid for the next two weeks while writers figure out how to write off Frank Underwood. Producers Media Rights Capital said in a letter to cast and crew, “These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 10:34PM EDT
UPDATE: Kevin Spacey "suspended" from House of Cards after Netflix cuts all ties
Netflix announced Friday night that Spacey will no longer be involved with House of Cards. But 30 minutes later, producer Media Rights Capital said Spacey "has been suspended." Why the different language? "Being that Spacey has been an integral part of the show since its conception," Deadline explains, "the suspension move by MRC clearly is part of the legal procedure of detangling him from House of Cards." Earlier, Deadline noted that since Spacey has been deeply connected to House of Cards since it was pitched as a TV show -- as executive producer and star -- he could potentially file a lawsuit. "Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey," Netflix said in its earlier statement. "We will continue to work with MRC during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show." Media Rights Capital, meanwhile, said: "While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately. MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus.”