A recent article in the New York Times cites popular shows like “HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” as those that attract the commander-in-chief, in addition to AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland” on Showtime.
*Former “Homeland” star David Harewood says the U.K. is losing black actors to the U.S. because there are no strong roles on British soil.
Harewood, who played CIA boss David Estes in the Showtime series for two seasons, believes screenwriters in his native Britain are taking too long to catch up with their American counterparts and write dramatic roles for black stars.
The actor, who lives in Streatham with wife Kirsty Handy and two daughters, tells the London Evening Standard: “With the types of dramas that we do, it’s going to take a while for people to start casting strong black lead roles. It’s why that whole generation of strong black lead actors left the country.”
Harewood’s character was killed in an explosion at the climax of season two of Homeland. The third series began last night on UK television.
He is now deciding whether to leave the UK for Los Angeles as he starts shooting new HBO series “The Money.”
*Homeland star Damian Lewis says Jay Z has upped his street cred by dropping the name of his character in a track from his new album.
The rapper mentions Lewis in “F.U.T.W.,” a track from “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” in which he spits, “Feel like a stranger in my own land/ Got me feeling like Brody in Homeland.” [Listen below.]
Lewis, who plays prisoner of war-turned-Congressman Nicholas Brody in the hit drama series, told Esquire magazine of the name check: “It’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me. My natural habitat is quite a long way from, you know, a gangster rapper. So the fact I’ve somehow straddled popular culture to find myself name-checked (is great).”
*He may have gotten beaten at the behest of his half-brother, and his chest stapled by a huge staple gun, but Pooch Hall’s Daryll in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” will live to see another season.
If for some reason he doesn’t, at least the show will.
Showtime has renewed the fixer drama for a second season, the network announced Tuesday. The news comes just weeks after “Ray Donovan” became the network’s biggest drama premiere ever after averaging 1.35 million viewers during its initial episode. The debut surpassed the premiere episode of Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Homeland” by 61 percent.
“Ray Donovan is on track to be our biggest season one show ever,” David Nevins, president of entertainment said in a statement. “[Creator] Ann Biderman and the extraordinarily talented creative team, coupled with the brilliant ensemble cast led by Liev Schreiber, have produced one of the hottest new dramas of the year. We are proud and excited to pick up another season.”
Based on the storyline so far, it’s no guarantee that Daryll will survive for season two. He’s the illegitimate son of Mickey Donovan, played by Angelina Jolie’s dad Jon Voight. The Boston-born patriarch is sprung from prison in the season premiere, and his son Ray (Schreiber) is not happy. Ray’s brother Terry (Eddie Marsan) runs the family boxing gym in Los Angeles, while their other brother Bunchy (Dash Mihok) spends his days using drugs and alcohol to battle demons stemming from childhood molestation.
Daryll is eager to please the pops he never knew, and Mickey is taking full advantage, sending his son off on an errand that landed him on that wrong end of the staple gun.
Below, Pooch talks more about his character.
“Ray Donovan” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Watch a promo for the July 21 episode below.
*Director-actor Clark Johnson has been cast as a lead opposite John Goodman, Mark Consuelos and Matt Malloy in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot, “Alpha House,” written by Garry Trudeau.
According to Deadline.com, the actors play four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC. Johnson is Sen. Robert Bettencourt, a power player from Pennsylvania who came from nothing, went to an elite college and watched carefully to learn the game of big-city politics.
Johnson previously directed and acted on HBO’s “The Wire.” He has directed the pilots and finales of “The Wire,” FX’s “The Shield” as well as multiple episodes of Showtime’s “Homeland.”
Also cast in “Alpha House” is Alicia Sable as Tammy Stackhouse, John Goodman’s character’s chief of staff.
*British actor David Harewood, best known for his role as David Estes in the Emmy-winning Showtime drama “Homeland,” will reunite with the show’s producers for their new CBS pilot “Anatomy of Violence.”
The CIA drama, from “Homeland’s” writer-producer trio Howard Gordon, Alex Cary and Alex Gansa, is inspired by Adrian Raine’s nonfiction title, The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime. The hourlong drama will center on Dr. Raines, a criminal psychologist with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female detective with whom he shares a conflicted past.
Harewood, who was killed off in “Homeland’s” second-season finale, will play Alejo, special agent in charge, a celebrated profiler and Raines’ boss and friend.