Friday, July 29, 2011

Tales From TCA: What's To Come on 'True Blood', The 'Entourage' Movie, Encore's Version of 'Moby Dick', and TV Land's 'The Exes'...

"What's to come on True Blood? Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alan Ball preview!"

True Blood is certainly in the middle of a killer season, isn't it? Just when you thought the show couldn't surprise you anymore, it does-- especially with that creepy baby! Series creator and executive producer Alan Ball definitely likes to keep "Trubies" and "Fangbangers" on their toes with his new twists and character developments, despite the fact that the HBO drama comes from a popular series of books. Sure, having source material inevitably "locks you into" some story elements, but Ball is happy to deviate a bit in order to best utilize his talented performers and beloved characters... [MORE]

"Does the story of Entourage warrant a feature film? Mark Wahlberg thinks so!"

"Mark and I sat down at the beginning of the year, before I started writing, just to talk about what kind of vibe we wanted for the show. And what was important to me, more than any kind of story things, was to leave it with an element of hopefully that the audience goes 'We loved hanging out with these guys, and we'll miss them'," Entourage executive producer Doug Ellin told critics during HBO's TCA day in Los Angeles this week... [MORE]

"William Hurt, Gillian Anderson, Ethan Hawke to revive Moby Dick for Encore"

You all know the classic story of Moby Dick, and if you don't, well, the cliff notes are online. But Encore has a retelling coming to television in just a few days. Starring the incomparable William Hurt, Gillian Anderson, and Ethan Hawke, the story is something that both the network and the stars feel "it's time the story to come back." And with such powerhouses behind it, you should feel pretty confident that the two-night tale is bound to be a modern classic all on its own... [MORE]

"The Exes forces grown men to "deal with each other"

Man caves are going to be a big thing on TV Land come fall 2011! The Exes centers on three guys who end up moving in together post-divorce. David Alan Basche, Donald Faison, and Wayne Knight are the bachelors, and if it sounds a bit crazy, the premise stems from a real building in Santa Monica in which a lot of divorced men happen to move. Remember the sad divorce club Friends teased? This may be the closest thing we ever get! ... [MORE]

"What's to come on MTV's Awkward.? Series creator Lauren Iungerich previews!"

Though many may think that Awkward. has been born of the "Juno movement" that stemmed in the last few years, turning the popular kids of film and television on their head to showcase a smarter, even if sometimes snarkier underdog, series creator Lauren Iungerich shared with television critics in Los Angeles today that it really only came from within her own head. She drew on some personal experiences, some stories from friends, and some universal ideas. After all, "everyone knew a Sadie in high school!" ... [MORE]

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