or


[07/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Inks Deal for Paul Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby," "Crash") to Create, Direct and Executive-Produce Gritty New Crime Drama Series, "The Black Donnellys"

[via press release from NBC]

NBC INKS DEAL FOR PAUL HAGGIS ("MILLION DOLLAR BABY," "CRASH") TO CREATE, DIRECT AND EXECUTIVE-PRODUCE GRITTY NEW CRIME DRAMA SERIES, "THE BLACK DONNELLYS"

BURBANK, Calif. -- July 24, 2005 -- NBC has signed Emmy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Oscar winner "Million Dollar Baby," "Crash") to write, direct and serve as executive producer of "The Black Donnellys," a new mid-season drama series concerning the exploits of four young Irish brothers and their involvement in organized crime in New York's notorious Hell's Kitchen neighborhood.

The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"As his credits suggest, Paul Haggis represents the cutting edge of creative, forceful dramas that make an impact with critics and audiences alike," said Reilly. "We can't wait to start work on this entertaining, insightful and brooding story that will feature Paul's remarkable vision."

Haggis will be creator and executive producer (along with fellow executive producer Bobby Moresco) of the gritty drama that chronicles the contemporary story of the Donnellys, four young and handsome Irish brothers who fight for love yet cannot escape sinking deeper into the criminal underworld.

After optioning two short stories concerning boxing, Haggis' wrote a spec screenplay for the film hit "Million Dollar Baby," which was quickly bought by Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood. The feature went on to capture the Oscar earlier this year as Best Picture and earned other major Academy Awards. Haggis' most recent film, "Crash," starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon, became a critical favorite as well as an underground box-office success after its release last spring. His latest screenplay to go into production is "The Last Kiss," starring Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs") and Rachel McAdams.

Earlier, Haggis won two Emmys -- one as a producer on "thirtysomething" when the drama was named Outstanding Drama Series, and a second for Outstanding Writing on a Drama Series for the same program. He also received a Humanitas Prize and numerous other awards for his prolific television work.

The series is a production of NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Blackfriars Bridge Productions.





  [july 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BLACK DONNELLYS, THE (NBC)
· SCRUBS (ABC)









[11/21/14 - 09:02 AM]
FX and FXX Set January Premiere Dates for New and Returning Series
"Justified," "The Americans," "Archer," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and newcomer "Man Seeking Woman" are all due in January.

[11/21/14 - 08:43 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Demos with Fall Finales
"Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" power the Alphabet in front last night.

[11/21/14 - 07:03 AM]
Bravo Media Greenlights Season Two of "Untying the Knot" with Celebrity Attorney and Mediator Vikki Ziegler
The series follows Ziegler as she travels the country using her particular brand of honest, empathetic, and to-the-point communication to help couples "divorce with dignity."

[11/20/14 - 05:25 PM]
FOX Announces Additional Winter Premiere Dates, Including "Glee's" Final 13-Episode Season
Also on tap are newcomers "World's Funniest Fails," "Backstrom," "The Last Man on Earth" and "Weird Loners."

[11/20/14 - 12:47 PM]
In Honor of World AIDS Day, Showtime(R) to Present "The Last One"
The documentary chronicles the history of The NAMES Project Foundation's AIDS Memorial Quilt.

[11/20/14 - 12:29 PM]
AMC Announces Two-Night Premiere Television Event to Launch New Drama Series "Better Call Saul"
"Saul" will debut on Sunday, February 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT with its second episode airing the next day, Monday, February 9 at 10:00 p.m.

[11/20/14 - 12:15 PM]
"Museum Men" - H2(TM) Premieres Brand New Series Saturday, November 29 at 10pm ET
In the series, viewers will follow highly skilled craftsmen as they use their expertise to meticulously rebuild history in museums across the nation.

[11/20/14 - 12:09 PM]
"Worst Cooks in America" Back for Sixth Season of Culinary Boot Camp with Returning Chef Anne Burrell Competing for the First Time Against Chef Tyler Florence
The latest seven-episode series premieres Sunday, January 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[11/20/14 - 12:01 PM]
Disney-ABC Television Group and Kohl's(R) Offer the "AMAS Backstage Live" on the Watch ABC App for Desktop and Mobile Devices
The "AMAs Backstage Live" on Watch ABC is designed to be the ultimate complement to the live telecast of the "2014 American Music Awards(R)".

[11/20/14 - 11:32 AM]
Jeff Fager Announces His Decision to Return to Role As Executive Producer of "60 Minutes" Full-Time and to Step Down from Post as Chairman of CBS News
At the same time, CBS announced that Fager has extended his term as Executive Producer of "60 Minutes" to early 2019.

[11/20/14 - 11:27 AM]
"The Tonight Show" Continues Dominance Against ABC, CBS Timeslot Competition for Week of Nov. 10-14
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of November 10-14.

[11/20/14 - 11:13 AM]
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea to Perform "Booty" at the 2014 American Music Awards(R)
They join 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Charli XCX, Fergie, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Magic!, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Sam Smith, and the evening's host, Pitbull.

[11/20/14 - 11:07 AM]
Eighth Annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research Begins December 3
Last year, Jimmy V Week raised a record $1.8 million, bringing the seven-year total of contributions to more than $8.2 million.

[11/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Velocity and Discovery Channel to Air 36 Hours of Live Coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2015
Coverage begins Tuesday, January 13 from 6-8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and continuing through Sunday, January 18 from 2-7 PM ET on Velocity.

[11/20/14 - 11:00 AM]
TBS's "Cougar Town" Celebrates 100th Episode
Co-creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence led a toast with cast members, including Courteney Cox, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Christa Miller, Josh Hopkins and Ian Gomez.