Bill Cosby Legal Cases Move Forward Ahead Of ‘Dateline’ Special
Busy day for Bill Cosby, and not in a good way. Today he was compelled, for the first time in about a decade, to answer questions under oath about allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion, when she was a minor.
Meanwhile, a Massachusetts federal court today ixnayed (read the ruling here) his bid to get dismissed a libel lawsuit being brought against him by three other women, who also claim Cosby assaulted him, but who can’t sue him owing to… Read
‘Key & Peele’ Showrunners Developing ‘The Romeos’ Buddy Comedy At ABC
With Key & Peele recently ending its five-season run, the hit sketch series’ executive producers/showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have sold another half-hour comedy with a male duo at the center — this one a little older. Titled The Romeos, the single-camera comedy has been set up at ABC and ABC Studios.
Written and executive produced by Roberts and Martel, The Romeos (stands for Retired Older Men Eating Out) has a Grumpy Old Men vibe and revolves around two… Read
Gene Allen Dies: Ex-Academy President & ‘My Fair Lady’ Oscar Winner Was 97
Gene Allen, a production designer who won an Oscar for My Fair Lady and was a former President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach, CA. He was 97. The Academy announced the news today.
His was one of eight Academy Awards for My Fair Lady in 1965, including Best Picture. Allen also scored Oscar noms for A Star Is Born (1955) and Les Girls (1958). He was a three-term Academy President (1983-85)… Read
Greg Berlanti Dramas From Chris Fedak & Jennifer Johnson Set At CBS As Put Pilots
On the heels of a strong launch for Greg Berlanti Prods.’ current drama series, the company has set up two more hight-profile hourlong projects for next season. CBS has given put pilot commitments to Out Of Body, written by Jennifer Johnson, and an untitled project from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. Both hail from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where the company and the two writers are based, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing.
‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order By NBC
NBC’s Blindspot, already the fall season's top-rated new series in adults 18-49, has become the first freshman series to get a Back 9 pickup, bringing its first-season order to a full-season 22 episodes. The order follows the network’s recent pickup of nine backup scripts for the thriller about a woman with no memories whose tattooed body holds the key to her past and to a vast and complex mystery.
Through three weeks, Blindspot has averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49… Read
Francois Arnaud Joins NBC Drama ‘Blindspot’; LisaGay Hamilton In ‘The Wilding’
UPDATED: The Borgias‘ alum Francois Arnaud has booked a recurring role on NBC’s thriller drama series Blindspot, which just received a full-season order by NBC. Written by Martin Gero and directed by Mark Pellington, Blindspot centers on a mysterious Jane Doe (Jaime Alexander) who is found in a body bag in NYC's Times Square with tattoos all over her body, including the address of the FBI agent Kurt Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) who found her. Arnaud will play a mysterious… Read
Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’: Wynn Everett, Lotte Verbeek, More Join Season 2 Cast
Marvel’s Agent Carter is bulking up its cast as the series heads to Hollywood for Season 2. The Newsroom alumna Wynn Everett, Lotte Verbeek (The Fault In Our Stars), Currie Graham (Pompeii) and Reggie Austin (Devious Maids) have joined as regulars for the second season of the ABC action-drama series. In addition, Dominic Cooper and Bridget Regan, who recurred last season, both will be back for Season 2. Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark and Regan will be back… Read
‘American Gothic’ Murder Mystery Drama Gets CBS Series Order For Summer 2016
CBS is keeping the number of its summer original drama series at three. As it recently opted to end Under The Dome after three seasons and Extant after two, the network has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to American Gothic, a twisty family drama from writer Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane The Virgin) and Under The Dome and Extant producers, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. American Gothic will air next summer, joining fellow newcomer, comedic… Read
The ABCs Of Relativity: What Happened In Its Bankruptcy Case, And What’s Next?
EXCLUSIVE: Don’t blame yourself if you’re struggling to figure out where things stand in Relativity Media’s effort to extricate itself from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A lot of important decisions were made this week in a case that’s unusually tortuous, even for bankruptcy attorneys and financiers who feast on complexity.
One of them likened the multiple all-night negotiations leading to those rulings as a “death march.”
CEO Ryan Kavanaugh’s studio is known… Read
‘In Jackson Heights’ Trailer: 50 Years Of Frederick Wiseman Docus
EXCLUSIVE: Frederick Wiseman has made 40 documentary films in the past 50 years and the trailer for No. 40 is now here: the New York love letter In Jackson Heights, a feature-length snapshot of the diverse neighborhood in northwestern Queens. It is in the midst of its fall fest run, having premiered in Venice before screening in Toronto and now getting a slot in its hometown fest, the New York Film Festival, on Sunday, with Wiseman in attendance.
Wiseman, now 85, has won… Read
‘Martian’ Frying ‘Pan’ At The Weekend Box Office; New York & L.A. Embracing ‘Steve Jobs’ – Friday Afternoon Update
2ND UPDATE, 1:50 PM: Early Friday matinees show what we’ve been expecting all along: 20th Century Fox’s The Martian is scheduled to land at No. 1 again this weekend with a second frame take of $32M-$34M at 3,854 theaters, still loaded with PLF and 3D; rocket fuel that makes the Ridley Scott film go zoom. Friday alone is looking like an estimated $9M-10M. Martian will settle down by EOD on Sunday between $103.7M-$105.7M.
Warner Bros.’ expensive Pan is looking at $6M-$7M… Read
Live-Action ‘Tiger & Bunny’ Coming From Imagine And Anew
Just-announced at New York Comic Con is the news that Ron Howard and Brian Glazer are getting into the superhero game. Imagine Entertainment is partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works and Namco Bandai on a live action, English-language remake of Namco Bandai’s popular anime series Tiger & Bunny.
For those who haven’t checked it out, Tiger & Bunny explores themes familiar to fans of deconstructionist takes on superheroes like Powers, Watchmen and the like (though… Read