Thursday’s “Hobbit trailer, Royal Pains TV movie and James Gandolfini in HBO Criminal Justice remake” news




French TV

  • Canal+ gets the go-ahead to acquire Direct 8 and Direct Star


New US TV shows

  • Ghost Whisperer producers sell dramas to ABC and CBS
  • NBC developing drama based on Midnight, Mass. comics
  • NBC picks up Jerry Bruckheimer comedy At Ease

US TV casting

New US TV show casting

  • James Gandolfini to star in HBO’s adaptation of BBC1’s Criminal Justice
  • Olivia Cooke joins Bates Motel, Rachel Boston joins Witches of East End, Dorian Missick to recur on Paging Dr Freed
  • Harrison Thomas joins Banshee


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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