‘Killing Daddy,’ premieres on Saturday, July 5, (8 PM ET/7c) on Lifetime and stars Nickelodeon fave Elizabeth Gillies (‘Victorious’), William R. Moses (‘Secret Life of an American Teenager’) and Cynthia Stevenson (‘Men in Trees’).
In a widely anticipated move, FX has hit the power chord and ordered Denis Leary‘s music comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll to series. The deal just finalized is for 10 episodes to air sometime in 2015 and reunites Leary with the cable network three years after Rescue Me ended its seven-season run.
Created, written by and starring Leary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on Johnny Rock, played by Leary. The lead singer of NYC’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens, Rock is trying to get the both his band and his life back together. John Corbett co-stars along with Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix. Leary and partner Jim Serpico are executive producing through their Apostle banner. It is produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Studios and will be filmed on location in New York City, with the plan to feature original music and occasional guest appearances by real rock stars.
“We have been honored by long-standing collaborations with both FX and Apostle, so it’s gratifying for us to be able to break new ground with them both,” FTVS President David Madden said in announcing the pickup. “Our partnership with Denis and Apostle has been one of our most fruitful ventures, and this time out fans will definitely see a different Denis. As both actor and writer, Denis plunges into dazzlingly original arenas of dark comedy and, along with a stellar veteran cast, the results are just really funny.”
Besides appearances in Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man franchise, Leary has also been producing. He is an EP on IFC’s Maron and, with Bob Fisher, on the USA Network paramedic comedy Sirens, which was just renewed for second season. Those series also are with Fox TV Studios, where Leary and Serpico have a cable deal.
“I am extremely elated at the opportunity to once again be working with John Landgraf and the fine executive talent over at FX,” said Leary. “They have a great platform for comedy, an award-winning marketing team and an amazing new Nespresso machine in the conference room. The Gran Maestria C520 Platinum? Get this: It heats the cup! Also, doing this show with FX will allow me to live one of my last show-business dreams: Emmy winner Peter Tolan will be playing my gay stepdad. I know what you’re thinking — isn’t Peter just a few years older than Denis? In fact, we are the same exact age. I’m just prettier.”
With two networks carrying comedy series, FX Networks has been very aggressive of late in half-hour development, with Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll joining seven other live-action and animated comedy pilots, including the Billy Crystal-Josh Gad starrer The Comedians, also produced by FtvS.
The release of Killing Daddy is drawing closer and Lifetime just released a whole bunch of promotional stills for the upcoming movie! Check them out below, but only if you're not afraid of spoilers! Make sure to watch the movie on Saturday, July 5th at 8PM on Lifetime.
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The adorable Matt Bennett and Liz Gillies hit each other in the face like ruffians.
Liz Gillies rose to fame with a four-season run on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, and now she's taking on a new genre in the horror film Animal. In a recent visit to our New York studio, Liz spoke about transitioning to such an adult project and revealed what it's like working with Drew Barrymore, whose Flower Films production studio is behind Animal.
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Pink Is The New Blog exclusively spoke to Liz and her co-star and on-screen boyfriend Parker Young about their movie Animal. Here are a few excerpts:
PITNB: Liz, since we’re on the subject of moving about, I saw on Twitter that you’re liking New York a little more these days. What was the story was behind that?
Liz: Well, what I meant to say was that I like New York so much better than LA.
PITNB: Ah, okay.
Liz: I’m from New Jersey, so New York is like home to me. Every time I come back I fall more and more in love with it. I’m really not meant to live in LA. It’s too sunny for me (laughs)
ITNB: You’re both working on transitioning from TV to film. What’s the biggest challenge for both of you moving between the two mediums?
Parker: In television there seem to be a lot more cooks in the kitchen—all of the executives and other people telling you what you can and cannot do. That can be a little difficult in terms of trying be authentic.
Liz: Coming from kids’ TV is a challenge in and of itself. To be well-respected, and to be taken seriously—that’s been my biggest challenge. Film is also very intimate, it’s quieter. It is different, but the transition is not too hard. Getting the opportunities is a little tricky, but it’s all coming along.
Parker: And it’s changing now too! So many big movie stars are coming back to TV, and things are different now with these original series on Netflix and DirecTV.
PITNB:Liz, I know you have a huge fanbase. How are you describing the film to your fans? What’s the draw for them?
Liz: I think they’re excited to see me in a different light. And what’s interesting about Animal is that it sounds like a cliché horror movie, but it really bashes in all of those stereotypes. That’s what drew me to it. It’s got a throwback feel, but it also has it’s own take on the whole ‘stuck in the woods’ thing. It’s more of a drama. It’s pulpy, and it’s funny! So I think they’ll be excited because it’s different and, like me, they like things that are different.
PITNB: Liz, you diva! What’s next for you? Do you have any new music coming out?
Liz: Yes, I’ve been writing new music. And I actually have a Lifetime movie coming out next month called Killing Daddy, which was so much fun. I treated it like a mixture of Hush with Jessica Lange, and Killing Daddy, and I went super over-the-top with it. I think I acted like Joan Crawford for the whole movie. (laughs)
Liz: I also shot a pilot for FX called Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. So I’m waiting to see if it got picked up. I’m hoping to get the chance to move back to New York.
Read the full interview at PinkisthenewBlog.com!
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