NEWS: Crystal Hunt, Early 2014 TV, David Tennant, Diversity Hires, Carrie Preston, Holiday TV Roundup

Former GUIDING LIGHT and ONE LIFE TO LIVE Actress Crystal Hunt Tells Her Side of Bar Fight Story
“Crystal was confronted by an inebriated woman who walked up to her and became confrontational, aggressive and menacing,” her attorney Shepard Kopp told TheWrap. “Crystal was disturbed by the woman’s erratic behavior and got up from the bar and moved over to a table in the corner, approximately 30 feet away. The woman followed her and continued her harassing behavior at the table.

“At that point, Crystal asked that security personnel in Pearl’s have the woman removed from the bar, at which point they asked the woman to leave, but she refused. She continued to approach Crystal in the same menacing and aggressive way. Afraid for her personal safety, Crystal acted in self-defense.”

UK-Bound 2014 Pilot Season? ABC Comedy GALAVANT To Film There, Will Others Follow?
Comedy series have been immune from runaway production, with only dramas making the trek to other countries, mostly Canada. That is about to change. ABC/ABC Studios' single-camera pilot GALAVANT, a comedy fairytale written by Dan Fogelman, will shoot in the UK, including Wales, employing some 150 locals. This is the first U.S. broadcast pilot to film in the UK since the country in April approved a tax credit that provides a 25% rebate on 80% of the production budget spent in the UK.

Why 100 new TV shows are launching in early 2014
More people watch TV from January to March than at any other time of year. The TV industry has known this for years, which has led networks to add more shows. Because there's more to watch, more viewers watch -- or so the thinking goes. A basic yardstick appears to bear this out: 115.1 million people watched prime-time TV at any given moment last year, from January through March, according to Nielsen. That compares to 106 million during the summer. Usage is expected to reach record levels next month -- surpassing last winter's record level.

David Tennant: I am taking American accent lessons ahead of US Broadchurch role
The former DOCTOR WHO star has revealed that he is having tuition via Skype ahead of his starring role in GRACEPOINT, the US version of BROADCHURCH.

Alarmed New York residents flooding 911 over movie and TV shoots
The latest incident occurred Wednesday morning on the Staten Island set of NURSE JACKIE, a Showtime series starring Edie Falco. Seven freaked-out residents dialed 911 to report a horrible car wreck at the intersection of West Shore Expressway and Korean Veterans Parkway during the morning rush hour. But it turned out to be a “mock accident” with an overturned car, one police source said.

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Adds 2 New Regulars
Gbenga Akinnagbe and Giles Matthey (Jobs) have been cast in the next chapter in the 24 franchise that will be set and filmed in London.

In the White Room With Black Writers: Hollywood's "Diversity Hires"
There's this thing in Hollywood, a "diversity staff writer." Most every writing room has one—an entry level, non-white staff writer, explicitly hired due to their race. (If you're really lucky, being gay or a woman might just suffice, in lieu of not being white.) The diverse staff writing position, colloquially referred to as a "diversity hire," isn't just a vague, subtle effort to break up the litany of white, male faces that make up a majority of the working writers in television.

The Oral History of MTV's UNDRESSED
Each episode contained three separate stories, and each individual story unfolded in short bursts over multiple episodes. The show is best-remembered now as having been a launching pad for hundreds of young actors: Christina Hendricks, Adam Brody, Chad Michael Murray, Max Greenfield, Marc Blucas, Katie Sackhoff, J. August Richards, Brandon Routh, Jason Ritter, Katie Aselton and Taran Killam, among many others.

The 15 Best TV Title Sequences Of 2013
MASTERS OF SEX came in at #2.

How THE GOOD WIFE Plans to Top Carrie Preston's Treadmill Desk
The show has another comedic scene planned for the character and it involves a bear, Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and…Times Square?! What has TV's zaniest lawyer gotten herself into this time?

Holiday TV Roundup: Your Guide to Movies, Specials and Marathons
The holidays are in full swing, which means there are plenty of parades, marathons, New Year's Eve specials and Christmas movies to keep track of. Check out a handy list for what's planned as 2013 comes to an end.

DYNASTY and DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Jack Coleman to guest star on CSI
Coleman will play Jim, a kind, empathetic pastor who is devastated by the death of his 16-year-old daughter, whose body was found in the desert. Although he's committed himself to charitable work, he's neglected the needs of his family, and, when questioned by the CSIs, seems to have a lack of connection when talking about his loss. Could the CSIs suspect him?

THE WIRE Writer David Simon Tapped for Writers Guild of America Award
David Simon, whose credits include THE WIRE, TREME and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET — has been tapped as the recipient of the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for career achievement from the Writers Guild of America East.

“David Simon’s distinguished career is a celebration of his ability to combine the street smarts of the cityside newspaper reporter he once was with the creative imagination of a novelist,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “He crafts compelling stories about the heartache and strife of urban America, depicting both the humanity of those who live and work there and the too often pitiless indifference of its institutions.”

ABC Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Pilot Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Production Company
The show is a law-school legal thriller about students and their mysterious criminal defense professor who get involved in a murder plot.

David Mamet Developing 7 DEADLY SINS As Limited Series for Fox
The themes invoked by the seven deadly sins will serve as a backdrop of a series of interconnected stories the reflect on the human condition through Mamet’s distinctive lens. And there’s plenty of material to work with from the list of Christianity’s Big 7 no-nos: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony.

'You Waited': The Oral History of Donna Losing Her Virginity on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210
It took Donna Martin seven seasons, 206 episodes, and a lot of false starts by a blue-balled David Silver to finally lose her virginity on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210. But at long last, at the tail end of the two-part season finale that aired on May 21, 1997 (“Graduation Day”), she gave it up. “It was scary after so long to think it was finally going to happen,” Tori Spelling tells Vulture.

It Was a Good Year for Women on TV
There is still major, major ground to gain, and smashing the patriarchy takes a long time. But maybe we're making some progress with shows like ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and ORPHAN BLACK.

12 Objects That Defined The Year In Television
From BREAKING BAD's stevia packet to the Q-tip from GIRLS, here are some of the pivotal objects that sum up scripted television in 2013. SPOILER ALERT for a ton of shows if you’re not caught up.

Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Producing Nail Salon Dramedy For HBO
The pay cable network has put in development CLAWS, described as a midnight-dark workplace dramedy-noir about a nail salon in Florida and the strange, dangerous women who work there.

BBC to Air BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Retrospective
In honor of the tenth anniversary of its final episode in Britain, the BBC is speaking with creators of the iconic teen action and horror drama which furthered visibility of LGBT characters on TV.

Chalky White Children's Books Are The Perfect Gift For All Those Kids Who Watch BOARDWALK EMPIRE (NSFW)
Leave it to Michael K. Williams, a.k.a BOARDWALK EMPIRE family man/gangster Chalky White, to come up with the most inappropriate children's books you've ever heard.

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