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Pulse Films Pumps Up Scripted Team Further With Jamie Hall Hire

  • Variety
Pulse Films has further pumped up its scripted team with the hiring of Jamie Hall as its executive vice president of scripted production and commercial affairs. Hall is the former COO of Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and financing for entertainment projects.

Hall’s appointment follows the recent hiring of Dimistra Tsingou as the company’s president of scripted, and the promotion of Lucas Ochoa to chief creative officer.

Hall will oversee Pulse’s scripted TV and film production globally including upcoming Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery helmed series “Gangs of London” for Sky and HBO Cinemax, and “Atomic Bazaar,” written by Greg Burke.

Productions under Hall’s watch at Big Light included the CBS series “Ransom,” “The Indian Detective,” starring comedian Russell Peters for CTV, the drama “Medici: Masters of Florence,” starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, and Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle.
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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Names Oliver Lang as COO

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Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Names Oliver Lang as COO
Frank Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, whose credits include “Medici: Masters of Florence,” “Ransom” and Emmy winning “The Man in the High Castle,” has named Oliver Lang as chief operating officer. Based at the company’s London headquarters, Lang will oversee its operations, strategic partnerships and financing for drama projects.

Writer-showrunner Spotnitz, who credits include “The X-Files,” “Hunted” and “Strike Back,” founded Big Light five years ago to produce a diverse slate of international television series, and has since become one of Europe’s fastest-growing independent production companies.

As well as Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” now in its fourth season, the company’s projects include “Ransom,” now in its third season for CBS and Global; “Medici: Masters of Florence” and two seasons of “Medici: The Magnificent,” both for Rai and Netflix; and “The Indian Detective” for Netflix.

Lang is managing director of Sharp Edge Media, the
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‘Power’: Evan Handler, Monique Gabriela Curnen & Mike Dopud Set As Series Regulars In Season 6

  • Deadline
‘Power’: Evan Handler, Monique Gabriela Curnen & Mike Dopud Set As Series Regulars In Season 6
Californication alum Evan Handler is set as a new series regular on season 6 of Power, and Mike Dopud and Monique Gabriela Curnen, who recurred in seasons 4 and 5, have been promoted to regulars for the upcoming season of Starz’s hit drama series.

Handler will play Jacob Warner, the new U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, there to clean up one too many messes and not built to play nice. Formidable and powerful, he will use the position and authority to challenge those around him to get answers.

Dopud plays Jason Micic, a brutal and ruthless Serbian crime boss, and Tommy’s connect, with sights on expanding his network to both coasts at any cost.

Curnen plays Blanca Rodriguez, the incorruptible NYPD Internal Affairs investigator that zeroed in on Angela Valdes while conducting the investigation of the disappearance and probable murder of Detective Raymond Jones, Raina’s killer and a suspected dirty cop.
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Stan Lee’s Lucky Man Travel’s To Shudder

Shudder, the leading subscription video on demand service for thriller, suspense and horror, has acquired all three seasons of the bold, action packed crime thriller Stan Lee’s Lucky Man for Us release, produced by Carnival Films.

Based on the original idea from legendary comic book writer Stan Lee, Lucky Man is a story about luck, fate, gambling, superstition and the consequences of our actions. It follows Di Harry Clayton – a brilliant, yet troubled cop from London’s notorious Murder Squad who is also a compulsive gambler in danger of losing the thing he values most: his family. As he’s approaching rock bottom, he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Eve at a casino who gives him a mysterious bracelet that grants him with the power to control luck. But it comes at a price.

Stan Lee said: “I’ve always been captivated by the subject of luck, and I
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‘Ransom’ Renewed by CBS for Season 3

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‘Ransom’ Renewed by CBS for Season 3
CBS and Canadian broadcaster Global have renewed Ransom for a third season.

Production on the new season is set to begin in October. As with past seasons, CBS will be the U.S. home for the series, with Global broadcasting the show in Canada.

CBS for two seasons has scheduled “Ransom” on Saturday nights, where original sscripted programming is rarely seen on broadcast. As an international acquisition, however, “Ransom” provides a low-cost programming option for CBS at a time when reruns perform increasingly poorly against the wealth of viewing options available on streaming and cable, and broadasters are under pressure to actively program year-round.

Ransom” was created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz. It is a Canada-Hungary treaty co-production, produced by Entertainment One (eOne) with executive producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny of Sienna Films and Spotnitz for Big Light Productions.

Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald of Wildcats Productions will
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‘Ransom’ Renewed For Season 3 By Global & CBS

  • Deadline
Global has picked up a third season of suspense drama series Ransom for premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S.

Created by Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, the series hails from Entertainment One, Big Light Productions, Sienna Films and Korda Studios. The 13-episode Season 3 will begin shooting in October in Budapest, Hungary. The principal cast includes Luke Roberts, Nazneen Contractor, Brandon Jay McLaren and Karen LeBlanc

Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. They travel the globe to help multinational corporations and government agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution. Season 3 follows the world of international crisis and hostage negotiating with Eric Beaumont (Roberts) and his elite team as they save lives when no one else can.
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'Ransom' Renewed for Season 3 at CBS

'Ransom' Renewed for Season 3 at CBS
CBS is sticking with Ransom.

The U.S. broadcaster will continue with the imported series for a third season as Canadian outlet Global has also picked up the drama starring Luke Roberts for another cycle.

The Ransom renewal comes as CBS continues to support original programming on typically little-watched Saturdays. Season two of the show, created by David Vainola and Frank Spotnitz, averaged 2.4 million viewers during its April-June run on the network.

The 13-episode third season will resume production in October for a premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S.

The show is produced ...
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‘The Flash’: Jessica Parker Kennedy Upped To Series Regular For Season 5

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‘The Flash’: Jessica Parker Kennedy Upped To Series Regular For Season 5
Jessica Parker Kennedy, who recurred last season in The Flash, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming Season 5 of the CW superhero drama.

Kennedy plays Nora West-Allen, Barry and Iris’ future daughter. She was introduced last season as the Mystery Girl, and her identity was revealed in the finale. She joins recently promoted Danielle Nicolet (Cecile) and Hartley Sawyer (Ralph), who also will return as series regulars for the upcoming season.

Kennedy first appeared as the character in November in the multi-show crossover event, when she covertly approached groom-to-be Barry at his and Iris’ ill-fated church wedding. She then resurfaced occasionally throughout the season, dropping clues as to Mystery Girl’s identity.

Based on the DC characters, The Flash is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, showrunner Todd Helbing and Sarah Schechter. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television.

Kennedy’s other TV credits include
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12 Lowest-Rated TV Shows of 2017-18 Season (Photos)

The 2017-18 television season is in the books, and as usual, some shows performed better than others. Like, better than all of these.

Broadcast’s lowest-rated entertainment series this time around was CBS Saturday show “Ransom,” which our readers have probably never heard of. ABC’s reality competition “The Toy Box” was just one-tenth of a ratings point behind that one among adults 18-49, which is the demographic most-beloved by advertisers.

See how the 12 lowest-rated broadcast TV shows rank by their ratings below. For purposes of this story, we elected not to count shows on The CW, which would have gobbled up a bunch of spots. See the full rankings below.

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Rank: 11 (tie)

Show: “Running Wild With Bear Grylls”

Net: NBC

18-49 Rating: 0.8

Rank: 11 (tie)

Show: “Elementary”

Net: CBS

18-49 Rating: 0.8

Rank: 6 (tie)

Show: “Champions”

Net: NBC

18-49 Rating: 0.7

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13 Lowest-Rated TV Shows of the 2017-18 Season That Have Been Renewed… So Far (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Fun fact for TV shows on the bubble: You don’t actually have to have stellar ratings to get renewed. Yes, Nielsen numbers are a big part of the decision-making process when the broadcast networks decide what series to ax and what to keep ahead of their upfront presentations, but they aren’t everything. Each year, plenty of shows with modest viewership squeak by. Scroll through the TheWrap’s gallery to see the 11 lowest-rated TV shows of the 2017-18 season — so far– that got renewed. (Of course we counted “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” here, because of that last-minute NBC pickup). All ratings in this story come from Nielsen’s “most current” data stream, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available. Least-viewed is first, most-watched last. And, yes, there are ties.

Ransom” (CBS): 0.4

“Elementary” (CBS): 0.6

“Madam Secretary” (CBS): 1.0

“Instinct” (CBS): 1.1.

“For the People” (ABC): 1.1

“A.P. Bio” (NBC): 1.1

*”Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox): 1.2

MacGyver” (CBS): 1.2

“Blindspot” (NBC): 1.2

Man With a Plan” (CBS): 1.2

Gotham” (Fox): 1.2

Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC): 1.3

Lethal Weapon” (Fox): 1.3

*Canceled by Fox, revived by NBC 1 day later

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‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Instinct’ Among 5 CBS Renewals

CBS has renewed five of its shows, continuing the onslaught of renewals and cancellations ahead of the broadcast networks’ upfronts presentations next week.

Criminal Minds,” “Instinct,” “Life in Pieces,” “Man With a Plan” and “Celebrity Big Brother” will all return for the 2018-19 season, the network announced on Saturday.

Perennial bubble show “Criminal Minds” will return for a 14th season, which will bring its episode total past the 300 mark. “Life in Pieces” has been picked up for a fifth season, “Man With a Plan” for its third, and both “Instinct” and “Celebrity Big Brother” will be heading into Season 2.

Also Read: Fall TV 2018: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

The decisions leave just “Code Black” and “Elementary” in limbo at the network.

The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Ransom,” “Seal Team,” “S.W.A.T.” and “Young Sheldon” have all previously been renewed.

See the complete list of renewals, cancellations and new series orders here.

Read original story ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Instinct’ Among 5 CBS Renewals At TheWrap
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CBS Renews 11 Series, Including ‘Bull,’ ‘Survivor’

  • Variety
CBS announced Wednesday that is has renewed 11 more of its current series.

The new renewals are: “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Madam Secretary,” “MacGyver,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “48 Hours,” and “60 Minutes.”

That brings CBS up to 17 renewed shows total, having previously renewed “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “Seal Team,” and “Swat.” The network has therefore renewed their entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups at this point.

Noticeably absent are any of CBS’ Monday shows, specifically “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan,” “Superior Donuts,” and “Scorpion,” with the long-running drama series “Criminal Minds” also not yet renewed. Freshman comedies “9Jkl” and “Living Biblically” are also awaiting official word on second seasons, though both of those shows have not been stellar ratings performers. “Life in Pieces,” currently in its third season, has not yet been renewed as well.

Sunday drama
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Ransom: Season Two Viewer Votes

Are Eric Beaumont and the team still in top form during the second season of the Ransom TV show on CBS? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show Ransom is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Ransom season two episodes below. A CBS crime drama from creators Frank Spotnitz and David Vainola, Ransom stars Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren, and Nazneen Contractor. The mystery thriller centers on crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts). He and his team save lives which often seem beyond saving, in part, because Eric
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‘Trading Spaces’ Hands TLC Its Highest-Rated Saturday in 8 Years

  • The Wrap
“Trading Spaces” returned to TLC and brought the network’s largest Saturday night audience in eight years.

The premiere episode of the home design show was the most-watched show on TV across the entire night, with 2.8 million total viewers, besting the season premiere of the CBS drama “Ransom” and the HBO’s “Paterno” biopic starring Al Pacino.

The episode was preceded by an hourlong reunion special, which also won its timeslot with 2.5 million total viewers. Together, the two shows earned the Discovery-owned network its most-watched Saturday night block in since 2010.

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“Trading Spaces” was revived by TLC after a decade off the air, with original host Paige Davis returning, as well as designers and carpenters Doug Wilson, Carter Oosterhouse, Frank Bielec, Genevieve Gorder, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Laurie Smith, Ty Pennington and Vern Yip. New cast members include Brett Tutor, Joanie Dodd, John Gidding, Kahi Lee and Sabrina Soto.

It is produced by Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America

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What We Learned From The ‘Ransom’ Season 2 Premiere

There have been many trends when it comes to television series, especially with the new fad of rebooting series that bring all the feels back for older generations. However, there are also some shows that haven’t seen as long of a hiatus, but are getting that second chance on the air and in front of audiences everywhere. This was the same case for many fans who were thrilled to hear that the drama series ‘Ransom’ was coming back for a second season, especially since the show was initially cancelled after its first season ended in May. Now, we have finally

What We Learned From The ‘Ransom’ Season 2 Premiere
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TVLine Items: Alan Cumming to Visit Doctor Who, Ransom Return and More

TVLine Items: Alan Cumming to Visit Doctor Who, Ransom Return and More
Alan Cumming is poised to meet the new Time Lord.

The Good Wife vet will guest in a Season 11 episode of Doctor Who, which will feature new leading lady Jodie Whittaker, the actor revealed on the Homo Sapiens podcast.

Cumming — who next stars in the upcoming CBS drama Instinct — shared that he will be playing King James I, whom he described as “a dandy, foppy character who becomes alright in the end.”

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

* Season 2 of CBS’ hostage drama Ransom will premiere Saturday, April 7 at 8/7c.

* Christopher Abbott (The Sinner, Girls) will headline
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Ransom: Season Two; Filming of CBS Series Begins This Month

Ransom is gearing up for a new season. Recently, star Luke Roberts revealed season two of the CBS TV show begins filming this month.The action drama stars Roberts as Eric Beaumont, an experienced crisis and hostage negotiator who works with his team are brought in to save lives when no one else can. The cast also includes Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen Contractor, and Sarah Greene.Read More…
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Five More Actors Join Syfy’s “Tremors” Pilot

Five More Actors Join Syfy’s “Tremors” Pilot
With the pilot gearing up to begin shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, five actors have signed on to star alongside the returning Kevin Bacon in Syfy’s “Tremors”! Via Deadline, P.J. Byrne (Final Destination 5), Hunter Parrish (“Weeds”), Ebonée Noel (“Wrecked”), Brandon Jay McLaren (“Ransom”), and Haley Tju (“Bella and the Bulldogs”) are the latest to join the cast. Byrne will play Melvin, a survivor […]
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‘Tremors’: P.J. Byrne & Four More Cast In Syfy Reboot Pilot

P.J. Byrne (Big Little Lies) is set for a key series regular role in Syfy pilot Tremors, a reboot of the 1990 cult classic film, with original star Kevin Bacon reprising his role. The project hails from Jason Blum's Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods. Also joining the cast are Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Ebonée Noel (Wrecked), Brandon Jay McLaren (Ransom), and Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs). In the new Tremors, written by Andrew Miller (The Secret Circle), the killer…
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Ransom: Has the CBS TV Series Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch Does it sometimes feel like network TV is holding you hostage? Has the Ransom TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on CBS? The television vulture is watching for all TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Ransom season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the television network, Ransom follows experienced crisis and hostage negotiator, Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts). He and his team are brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they sometimes understand themselves. Using his keen insight into human behavior, Beaumont is able to resolve even the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Eric’s team is played by Brandon Jay McLaren, Nazneen
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