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Sony Sells Out Vince Gilligan-David Shore’s ‘Battle Creek’ Worldwide

Posted by Staff in Mar 08,2015 with No Comments

To say that international broadcasters were hot for new cop drama Battle Creek would be an understatement.

The series, which premiered March 1 on CBS, brings together the critical cache of Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan, who first developed the show back in 2002, with the mainstream commercial track record of David Shore, creator of global hit House M.D. So it was a given that Sony Pictures TV, which is selling Battle Creek worldwide, would have little problem convincing international broadcasters to get onboard.

Sure enough, Sony announced March 6 that the show has sold out worldwide, with deals for more than 100 territories, including RTL for Germany, TF1 in France, Shaw Media in Canada, Globo TV in Brazil and online streaming service iQiyi in China.

“Two of television’s best storytellers have come together to create a great buddy cop story,” said Keith LeGoy, president of international distribution for Sony Pictures Television in a statement. Battle Creek had a strong debut this week in the U.S., performing especially well with a broad audience, so we anticipate viewers around the world will find this series equally engaging.” [Source]

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Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson Suit Up For ‘The Wrong Stuff’

Posted by Staff in Mar 01,2015 with No Comments

Josh Duhamel and Ernie Hudson, who last worked together opposite Hilary Swank and Loretta Devine in the ensemble drama You’re Not You from eOne, are coming together again in the baseball drama The Wrong Stuff, based on the bestselling memoir by ex-pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Richard Lally. The film is being directed by Brett Rapkin and produced by Stephen Nemeth, co-produced by Betsy Stahl and executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and Eric Gagne. Rapkin also penned the script. Shooting is expected to begin next week in Los Angeles.

Set in the 1980s, the film chronicles the downward spiral of Major League pitcher Lee, a hot-tempered, self-serving madman unable to see himself as anything other than a baseball player. Duhamel is cast as the volatile Lee. Hudson will portray Joe, the only black player and first baseman for the all-white, French Canadian Longeuil Senators amateur club. Hudson’s character, an experienced player with 30 years in the sport, is the stabilizing force on the scrappy team.

Duhamel starred in several of the Transformers films and also stars in the CBS crime drama series Battle Creek, which premieres Sunday. Hudson is best known, perhaps, for his turn in the beloved comedy Ghostbusters. [Source]

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‘Battle Creek': Josh Duhamel & Dean Winters Enter Buddy-Cop Game

Posted by Staff in Feb 28,2015 with No Comments

“Battle Creek” is a new take on the buddy-cop genre, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters. Hailing from “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan and “House M.D.” vet David Shore, the series bows March 1 on CBS.

The quirky drama is set in Battle Creek, Mich., population 50,000, where a jaded detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), reluctantly partners with charming FBI Agent Milt Chamberlain (Duhamel) to solve crimes. Shore, who serves as showrunner and exec producer, says the setting is one of the ways the show differentiates itself from others of its kind.

“In the writers room, if we came up with an idea that would be a great ‘Law & Order’ episode, we just didn’t do it,” Shore, who worked on the famed procedural show for two years, said on a recent conference call with Variety.

Shore explained that while the writers are looking for ideas more specific to a small community, that doesn’t belittle the scale of the storylines. “If anything, there are higher stakes because everything’s a little more personal,” he said.

The pilot was created by Gilligan, who’s also at the helm of “Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” but since penning the script, Shore has taken over the reins for the most part. Gilligan “launched us, and protected us,” Shore said.

Winters explained he took the role because the show felt fresh. He said, “You’re got these two characters together who have a lot of respect for each other, but they’re not buddies, to say the least.”

Duhamel, on the other hand, did strike a comparison to another buddy-cop show. “Turner and Hooch,” Duhamel joked, referring to Tom Hanks’ 1989 puppy dog detective comedy.

Without missing a beat, Winters quipped, “Josh would be Hooch.” [Source]

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‘Battle Creek’ TV show premiere is here

Posted by Staff in Feb 25,2015 with No Comments

The red carpet is about to be rolled out in Battle Creek, and organizers of the special premiere event for the “Battle Creek” TV show said about 1,800 tickets have been given away.

The event, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, 50 W. Van Buren St., will show those who have tickets the first episode of the new police drama from co-creators Vince Gilligan, who also created “Breaking Bad,” and “House” creator David Shore.

The premiere is sponsored by WWMT-TV Channel 3 and the city of Battle Creek.

Jim Lutton, WWMT vice president and general manager, said last-minute ticket distributions occurred after some people who signed up for them failed to claim tickets by Friday.

“I understand there were a number of tickets that weren’t picked up,” Lutton said Monday. “I know the city and police department have their own back-up lists. So I think that’s how those tickets will be absorbed.”

Sign-up for the tickets was only available to those in Battle Creek zip codes. A lottery system was used to determine winners. They were to be picked up at the Battle Creek Police Department headquarters at 20 N. Division St.  Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Battle Creek’ Review: Good Characters, Hopeful Future

Posted by Staff in Feb 25,2015 with No Comments

When it comes to the art of procedurals, no production entity has the model more locked down than CBS, and one of its most prevalent factors is in the way it treats the first season of any new show in the genre. Instead of taking the typical approach of introducing characters in the pilot right before diving headfirst into deep background that may come at an audience too much too fast, the eye instead opts for an approach that essentially amounts to making 6-12 episodes of just more pilots. By using this method of repeated first act storytelling over and over again, a new audience can jump in mid-way through a first season and not be entirely lost concerning specific relationships, and this is exactly the kind of approach that was needed for the network’s latest venture, Battle Creek.

Created by House’s David Shore (who also serves as showrunner) and Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, Battle Creek centers on the police force tasked with protecting the Michigan town of its namesake. Unfortunately, due to a less than top-ranking among the finest areas in the country, law-enforcement is hopelessly outdated from an equipment perspective – especially to the dismay of Detective Russ Agnew. Luckily for the force (but to the further dismay of Agnew), everything changes when the F.B.I. opens a satellite office in the city of Battle Creek, headed by the recently transferred and uptight Agent Milton Chamberlain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Josh Duhamel in Battle Creek: Devil in Disguise

Posted by Staff in Feb 19,2015 with No Comments

It’s just after 9:30 a.m. on a Monday when Josh Duhamel slides into a back booth at his favorite diner, greets the waitress by name and orders an egg-white omelet, English muffin and hash browns. “This place,” reports the 42-year-old actor, clad in a long-sleeved gray T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, “is my jam.”

The neighborhood dive—surely the only place in tony Brentwood, Calif., with wood-paneled walls and a handwritten paper sign crookedly taped to one of them that reads “Open daily 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m.”—might seem like an unlikely hangout for Duhamel, the handsome Hollywood A-lister who with pop-star wife Fergie make up one of the industry’s more glamorous couples. But spend some time with the North Dakota native, and it becomes clear he’s retained the humble Midwestern tastes and strong work ethic with which he was raised. After all, this is the guy who, despite starring in the first three hugely successful Transformers films, as well as romantic comedies like New Year’s Eve, still attends acting class. “And it still scares the s*** out of me,” he says with a laugh. “But I want to keep getting better.”

Duhamel’s bringing those well-honed chops to his role as Milt Chamberlain, a charismatic and seemingly earnest FBI agent, in Battle Creek, the highly anticipated new CBS drama created by Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by David Shore (House). In between proudly showing off iPhone videos of his towheaded 1-year-old son, Axl, a refreshingly candid Duhamel opens up about his pretty-boy image, why winning an Emmy for All My Children was the best revenge and the unprintable dating advice he received from Las Vegas co-star James Caan.

How did you get involved with Battle Creek?

I wasn’t sure I wanted to do TV again. I was happy doing movies. But they were also taking me away from home, and when I had my baby I didn’t want to be traveling. I don’t like being away from him for more than a day. I got a call from my agent saying that Vince and David wanted to meet, and I was like, “I can’t not say yes to that.” I was a huge Breaking Bad fan, and House was amazing. So we had breakfast and talked about it. I’d read the pilot but I wasn’t sure. It was like, “Is this enough of a departure?”
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Josh Duhamel Releases New Video to Support Shelter Dogs

Posted by Staff in Mar 14,2014 with No Comments

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This week Josh Duhamel released his own documentary-style personal video in support of the See what good food can do. campaign. The campaign aims to help shine a spotlight on the millions of shelter dogs in need of a forever home.

Last month Josh Duhamel, along with baseball’s David Ortiz, partnered with PEDIGREE to kick off the campaign at the Sundance Film Festival. People across the country can join PEDIGREE and Josh by sharing their transformation story of how their dog became their pet, using #DogTales on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and PEDIGREE will donate a bowl of food to a shelter dog in need (up to 100,000 bowls). [Source]

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Actor Josh Duhamel new ‘voice’ for N.D. tourism

Posted by Staff in Jan 08,2014 with No Comments

Actor Josh Duhamel, a Minot native, is the new voice behind North Dakota’s 2014 tourism campaign.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman announced the campaign Tuesday at Sixteen03 Main Events, a former bakery on Bismarck’s Main Avenue that has been converted into a banquet and meeting center.

Duhamel has a financial interest in the business.

Otte Coleman said the actor agreed to provide the narration for six television ads for $6,600 per spot and did a video promo for the ads from his home in Los Angles that was released Tuesday.

Otte Coleman said this year’s campaign will continue to build on the “Legendary” theme the state has been using for more than a decade.

That successful campaign strategy, which has played on the state’s history and culture, has a new meaning with the recent national attention for a strong economy and energy boom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arrgh! Josh Duhamel Stars in Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Posted by Staff in Jan 04,2014 with No Comments

Ahoy, matey: Josh Duhamel is teaming up with a band of pirates! The actor (and new dad!) is lending his voice as Captain Flynn in the season three premiere of Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, airing Friday at 8:30 a.m. EST on the Disney channel.

In the episode, Captain Flynn finds his ship stuck in the sand and enlists the help of Jake and the gang to search for the magical staff that will set him free. But before they find their buried treasure, the pint-size marauders must go up against a pirate mummy (Jack McBrayer).

We have no doubt Axl Jack will get a kick out of hearing his dad’s voice on the hit show one day, but according to Duhamel’s wife Fergie, their 4-month-old baby boy seems to be following in his musical mama’s footsteps.

“He starts kicking and he’s smiling, and he tries to make noise and sing along. It’s amazing. He loves our songs!” Fergie told PEOPLE in November.

For more info on the season premiere, go to disneyjunior.com. [Source]

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