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TCA 2014: Quick Takes From ABC and ABC Family’s TCA Presentation



On Day 8 of the 16-day biannual Television Critic’s Association Summer 2014 Press Tour, ABC and ABC Family introduced their new programming, and the following is a snapshot-look at a few of their new series.

“Chasing Life” is a remarkable new TV series that debuted in June on ABC Family Channel about a young woman who finds out she has cancer. What should be a tough subject to bring levity to, “Chasing Life” found a unique and charming way to introduce us to the life of April Carver, fantastically portrayed by Italia Ricci. The show starts out with the very day April’s life starts to take off with a cool job opportunity and meeting a dashing young man, she finds out she has leukemia. The show has embraced April’s struggle to keep everything she has worked so hard to attain and to still pursue her dreams, while depicting the trials of dealing with cancer too. The show features a strong heart-warming family at the center and April’s family has their own hilarious and heart-tugging storylines as well. They emphasize that, just because someone has cancer, it does not mean that life stops for everyone. So “Chasing Life” reveals how this amazing family comes together and still tackles their own daily challenges. Confession: From the first episode this show captured my heart. I fell head over heels for it and am so grateful that this show was given a chance to bring its wonderful story and incredible characters to my television screen. Point of interest: Italia Ricci co-starred with Jordan Gavaris (“Orphan Black”) in the Cartoon Network series “Unnatural History.” It was another family-friendly show that I loved whole-heartedly and miss to this day. (“Chasing Life” premiered in June and continues to air new episodes on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. on ABC Family Channel.) Read the rest of this entry »

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FINDING CARTER Scoop: Kathryn Prescott Talks Whether Carter Is Ready for Romantic Love and A Ready-Made Family



A TV show about child abduction is not expected to one of the most heart-felt and charming shows on television. But under the helm of Emily Silver (“Bones”), FINDING CARTER takes a difficult subject and finds a way to introduce a fractured family who is reunited with a young teen girl who had been abducted 13 years before. The twist is that the teen girl, Carter Stevens (Kathryn Prescott), did not know she was an abducted child and grew up thinking of the woman who took her as her mom and all she wants now is to be reunited with the one person she knows and loves — and not stuck with a family she does not remember. FINDING CARTER has achieved a very rare feat by managing to humanize everyone involved and remind us that there are two sides to a story.

In an exclusive interview, star Kathryn Prescott talked about her amazing role as Carter and the challenges that comes with portraying a young woman whose life has been blown apart and how she struggles to figure out where she fits in this new life that is sprung upon her. Read the rest of this entry »

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• Cannot Wait: ‘Parenthood’ Boss Teases Final ‘Larger Story’ That Affects Everyone.
• ‘Doctor Who’: New trailer promises Daleks, a dinosaur and ‘darkness’.
• The Business of Show: Nickelodeon Cancels ‘Sam & Cat’ After Behind-the-Scenes Drama.
• TCA: TV Academy May Look At Primetime Emmy Categories Because Industry Has Evolved.
• The Big Tease: Good Luck Sleeping After Watching This ‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’ Teaser.
• TCA: NBC’s Bill Cosby Comedy To Be Created By Mike Sikowitz, Mike O’Malley, Who May Co-Star, Coming Summer Or Fall 2015.
• Casting Coup: Christopher Walken to Play Captain Hook in NBC’s ‘Peter Pan’
• Funny Business: Hulu Inks Exclusive Deal to Stream Entire ‘South Park’ Library, Renews ‘East Los High’
• Woo-Hoo! ‘Modern Family’ Has ‘Big Plans’ for Adam DeVine in Season 6.
• I Don’t Wanna Wait: Criminal Minds Targets Kerr Smith for Season 10 Premiere.
• Reign Scoop: Spartacus Star Nabs Dangerous Season 2 Role.
• ‘Better Call Saul’: New photos, details from ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off.
• Starz Giving Outlander an Early Debut — and Splitting Season 1.
• Deal of the Day: Save 60% off COSMOS on DVD via Amazon.

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CHASING LIFE Chat: Richard Brancatisano Previews His Unique New ABC Family Series



Sizzling is not a word you would normally associate with a show about a young woman who finds out she has cancer; but this is not your normal show. CHASING LIFE introduces a world where April Carver (Italia Ricci) choses to zealously embrace and pursue her life to the fullest, not letting a little thing like cancer get in her way. After all, life is just too amazing to just give up and die, particularly not when April has just met the man of her dreams.

In a recent exclusive interview, star Richard Brancatisano talked about his fun role as Dominic, the man who sweeps April off her feet, and how much fun it is working on this unexpected new show. Read the rest of this entry »

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CHASING LIFE Chatter: Italia Ricci Previews Her Unexpected and Charming New ABC Family Series



Who knew that cancer could be just the catalyst a young woman needed to fully embrace her life? In the new ABC Family Channel series CHASING LIFE, April Carver (Italia Ricci) is on the verge of having the perfect life, when life throws her something totally unexpected. Yet unwilling to compromise her goals and dreams, April fights back and dares to live an extraordinary life.

In a press conference call, star Italia Ricci talked about her character April and the amazing journey that she takes in the new series CHASING LIFE. Read the rest of this entry »

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• Casting Couch: J.K. Rowling’s ‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries announces cast.
• RIP SUBURGATORY: Jeremy Sisto To Co-Star In A&E Series ‘The Returned’
• Buzz Watch: ‘Orange is the New Black’ Trending Stronger Than ‘House of Cards’
• Must Read TV: How Hit Guest Stars Ended Up on TV’s Top Shows.
• Fire in the Belly: When a lead actress has a baby on board, Hollywood gets creative.
• Comedy Showrunners Roundtable: Chuck Lorre, Jenji Kohan, Mike Judge on Ejaculation Shots, Awful Pitch Meetings and Salary Negotiations.
• Cable Ace! ‘Game of Thrones’ whacks ‘The Sopranos’ to become HBO’s most popular show ever.
• Sad But True: Daytime Emmy Awards To Livestream Online.
• Funny Business: Co-Creator Christopher Lloyd Returns To ‘Modern Family’ After Closing New 20th Deal.
• Deal of the Day: Save 81% off STAR TREK THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES via Blue-ray.

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Longest Build-Up: After five seasons of awkwardness between them, MODERN FAMILY’s Jay and his gay son, Mitchell, had a shocking confrontation which was as out of the blue as it was intense, not to mention painfully realistic.

Most Topical: Forget LAW & ORDER. By dealing with everything from bit coins to fake on-line reviews (and even the difficulty of turning on a television thanks to modern technology), THE GOOD WIFE has become the show that’s truly ripped from the headlines.

Best Comeuppance: The look on Conrad’s face when he realized that Emily’s latest REVENGE plot had exposed his secrets to the world was priceless.

Silliest Statement: During a face-off between the men and women of HELL’S KITCHEN, Gordon Ramsay declared the battle to be “closer than he expected” despite the fact that nearly every such competition in the history of the show has come down to a tie that is broken by the final dish.

Biggest Disappointment: Why, exactly, did ABC’s promo department feel the need to give away nearly every twist of RESURRECTION’s season finale? On the plus side, this week saw the show getting renewed for next season! Read the rest of this entry »

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Spoiler Alert! Find Out What Your Favorite Fox Shows Have in Store for May Sweeps (feat. 24, GLEE, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, BONES & More!)

Press Release: This May, FOX presents massive television events, series premieres and season finales, as well as all-new episodes with big guest stars, including the two-hour premiere of the highly-anticipated new event series 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY May 5; the series premiere of new unscripted comedy RIOT May 13; the fifth season premiere of culinary sensation MASTERCHEF May 19; the three-hour, two-night season finale of AMERICAN IDOL XIII, featuring the final performance show May 20 and the final live results show crowning the next music superstar May 21.

Plus, don’t miss special FOX Sports primetime broadcasts of NASCAR ON FOX April 26 and May 10; the season finales of THE FOLLOWING April 28, NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT May 6, SURVIVING JACK May 8, BONES May 12, GLEE May 13 and BOB’S BURGERS, AMERICAN DAD, THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY May 18; and all-new episodes of HELL’S KITCHEN, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES and COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY throughout May.

Here are the highlights, night by night, for this May on FOX: Read the rest of this entry »

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We Shine the Spotlight on MODERN FAMILY Star Nolan Gould


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Nolan Gould plays Luke Dunphy, the goofy troublemaker on the four-time Emmy award-winning show, MODERN FAMILY. I spoke with the young actor about how Luke has changed through the years, advice he’s gotten from older actors on the show, and who is most like their character in real life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mark Your Calendars: ABC Family Announces Summer Slate and Return Dates for PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH and THE FOSTERS


Press Release: ABC Family announces the summer premieres of three highly-anticipated new original series, including the riveting drama “Chasing Life” and hilarious comedies “Young & Hungry,” starring Emily Osment, and “Mystery Girls,” starring and executive produced by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth. Fan favorites “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” also return in June with brand-new episodes. Read the rest of this entry »

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