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Fox’s Version of “Broadchurch” Looks Just as Good as the Original

One of the best police pro­ce­du­rals to come on tele­vi­sion last year was actu­ally in the U.K.  ITV, a com­peti­tor of the BBC, gave the world the first “series” of “Broad­church.”  The show was an eight-episode ser­ial focus­ing on the death of a 10-year old boy and the effect it had on a small sea­side tourist town and the fam­i­lies which lived there.

It starred “The 10th Doc­tor,” David Ten­nant as the lead detec­tive on the case and was a crit­i­cal and rat­ings suc­cess.  So much so that not only did the BBC buy it for its Amer­i­can chan­nel — BBC Amer­ica — but the U.S. net­works reached out to the showrun­ner Chris Chib­nall and asked for a remake.

That show is now known as “Gra­ce­point,” still will star Ten­nant (notice the Amer­i­can accent from the Scot­tish actor below) and “Break­ing Bad” alum Anna Gunn as his part­ner.  Instead of being eight episodes, the here is for the series to be 10.

Check it out the pre­view.  Will prob­a­bly be a critic’s choice just as the one in the U.K was.


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TV Shows Taking Over Network Upfronts">Comic Book Themed TV Shows Taking Over Network Upfronts

As one sea­son of TV wraps up next week, another is slowly being pre­pared.  In that new year, there will be count them five (so far) new dra­mas that base their source mate­r­ial in comic books just on broad­cast networks.

The CW, owned by Warner Bros. which owns DC Comics, is already the home of “Arrow,” a take on the Green Arrow.  Next sea­son, they intro­duce “The Flash,” (essen­tially an Arrow spin-off) and “iZom­bie,” based on a short-lived series from DC Comics’ Ver­itgo imprint.

NBC is join­ing in the fray with “Con­stan­tine,” based on DC Comics “occult inves­ti­ga­tor” John Con­stan­tine of “Hell­blazer” fame (Yes, the same one Keanu Reeves played in the movie.).  Rumors are the series will be put on Fri­days to pig­gy­back off the suc­cess of its sci-fi / mon­ster series “Grimm.”

FOX has given the green light to “Gotham,” a take on the Bat­man mythol­ogy directly after the days of the mur­der of Thomas and Martha Wayne, with a spe­cific focus being on Jim Gor­don before he becomes police com­mis­sioner.  Pretty much, the idea is to pro­vide “pre­quel” ideas to “Bruce Wayne, the years before he becomes Bat­man,” with a mix of the acclaimed “Gotham Cen­tral” series which focused on the city’s police department.

(Bat­man as the back­drop of a police pro­ce­dural in itself, is an inter­est­ing idea for television.)

Not to be left behind, ABC — owned by Dis­ney, which also owns Mar­vel Comics — has given the go ahead to “Agent Carter,” the con­tin­u­a­tion of the story of Peggy Carter from the films “Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger” played by the beau­ti­ful Hay­ley Atwell.

Agent Carter fol­lows the story of Peggy Carter (Atwell). It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a seri­ous blow as she finds her­self mar­gin­al­ized when the men return home from fight­ing abroad. Work­ing for the covert SSR (Strate­gic Sci­en­tific Reserve), Peggy must bal­ance doing admin­is­tra­tive work and going on secret mis­sions for Howard Stark, all while try­ing to nav­i­gate life as a sin­gle woman in Amer­ica, in the wake of los­ing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Reaper cre­ators Michele Fazekas & Tara But­ters serve as exec­u­tive producers/showrunners, Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger‘s Steve McFeely & Christo­pher Mar­cus wrote the script and also exec­u­tive pro­duce, along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb. The script was fin­ished more than four months ago (“the script is great,” ABC’s Paul Lee said back in Jan­u­ary), the option on one-shot’s star Atwell had to be extended as it came up three months ago.

ABC also renewed “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” for a sopho­more sea­son and has seen a rat­ings spike since April thanks in large part to a huge tie-in to “Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier.”  The rumored plan for the two series is to use “Agent Carter” as a bridge of new episodes over the win­ter months (roughly 10 weeks) as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” splits its sea­son essen­tially into two.

Times and which days of the week these series will air should be announced next week.  Net­work upfronts (when ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and the CW) are the tra­di­tional times adver­tis­ers get to see newly-minted pro­gram­ing for the fall season.

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Deal Reached to Eliminate Wisconsin’s Aggregate Donation Limit

Good.  This was always a stu­pid law in my opin­ion on the books.  Peo­ple are still lim­ited to $10,000 per can­di­date, but the idea of lim­it­ing total con­tri­bu­tions always seemed to make no sense, espe­cially in years where many statewide offices are up.

This now frees up many donors to give simul­ta­ne­ously to both guber­na­to­r­ial and attor­ney gen­eral cam­paigns; not to men­tion state leg­isla­tive as well.  Appar­ently this scares lib­er­als or some­thing even though their rich donors aren’t hand­cuffed by the law any­more either.

The state of Wis­con­sin has agreed to stop enforc­ing a limit on how much peo­ple can donate in total to can­di­dates run­ning for office, bring­ing state law in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The state Depart­ment of Jus­tice on Thurs­day released a set­tle­ment it reached in a fed­eral law­suit brought chal­leng­ing the limits.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down over­all lim­its on how much donors can give to mul­ti­ple can­di­date for Con­gress and polit­i­cal committees.

Wis­con­sin law pro­hibits donors from giv­ing more than $10,000 a year to all can­di­dates. That is what donor Fred Young chal­lenged in a fed­eral law­suit brought in Milwaukee.

The set­tle­ment was sub­mit­ted Thurs­day to U.S. Dis­trict Judge Lynn Adel­man to sign.

The case was “Young v. GAB.”   The U.S. Supreme Court case which paved the way for this deal was McClutchen vs. FEC.

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TVA Wants His Old Job Back">TVA Wants His Old Job Back

This is the prob­lem you get when the only Repub­li­can in the race is now Job Hous-Eye.

Polit­i­cal vet­eran Terry Van Akkeren has announced plans to run for his old post rep­re­sent­ing the 26th Assem­bly District.

The 60-year-old Demo­c­rat, who held the seat from 2002 to 2010, said Wednes­day that he’s been encour­aged to run by sup­port­ers in She­boy­gan County and Madi­son and ulti­mately felt com­pelled to enter the race as no other can­di­dates came forward.

Van Akkeren served four con­sec­u­tive two-year terms in the seat before los­ing in 2010 to Repub­li­can Mike End­s­ley, who has since announced that he will not seek a third term.

We need to put aside all the par­ti­san bick­er­ing and work together,” Van Akkeren said. “Even if we’re in the minor­ity as Democ­rats, we should still be able to work together and get things done.”

Van Akkeren most recently served a one-year term as Sheboygan’s mayor after win­ning a 2012 recall elec­tion against for­mer mayor Bob Ryan for the right to serve out the remain­der of Ryan’s term.

Van Akkeren left City Hall the fol­low­ing spring after los­ing in the gen­eral elec­tion to cur­rent Mayor Mike Vandersteen.

Redis­trict­ing has made the 26th Assem­bly Dis­trict GOP-leaning, but with­out a more top-tier can­di­date, then Van Akkeren will have an easy path to being elected to the seat.  Not that Job isn’t a nice guy, he’s just rather eccen­tric and largely seen as a peren­nial can­di­date who has run mul­ti­ple times as either a Repub­li­can, or Inde­pen­dent or Lib­er­tar­ian party tickets.

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