April 2010 Archive


Co-Showrunner Exits ABC Studios 'Castle'

EXCLUSIVE: Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Rene Echevarria has departed the ABC dramedy series after not being able to reach a new deal with producer ABC Studios. Echevarria co-ran Castle with creator/executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe this season, which saw the quirky mystery show establish itself as ABC's most promising new hourlong series in years. Castle's ratings rise in the current second season earned the Nathan Fillion starrer an early renewal for next… Read


Icahn Extends Lionsgate Offer By 10 Days

Today was supposed to be the deadline for Carl Icahn's $7 per share tender offer made to Lionsgate stockholders. But stockholders were cold to the proposal: only 6.55 million shares have been tendered so far. I don't think the 10-day extension is going to give Icahn his hostile takeover unless he ups the ante significantly. Otherwise, he'll have to start proxy fight if he wants to continue, and that could really gets pricey. Stay tuned. ICAHN: New Lionsgate Numbers “A Sha… Read


Showtime Sets Summer Premiere Dates For 'The Big C', 'Weeds', & 'The Real L Word'

Showtime's new dark comedy series The Big C, starring Laura Linney as a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer, will premiere Monday, Aug. 16 and will air at 10:30 p.m. It will follow the network's comedy Weeds whose sixth season also debuts Aug. 16. Showtime also has set June 10 as premiere date for the eighth season of Penn & Teller: Bullshit, which is being paired with the new roundtable comedy series The Green Room with Paul Provenza at 10:30 p.m. New reality series The… Read


Producer Jamie Tarses Re-Ups At Sony TV

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Tarses is staying at Sony Pictures Television with a new two-year overall deal. Tarses is among the studio's most prolific non-writing producers. She exec prods two Sony series, TBS' My Boys and TNT's Hawthorne as well as four buzzed-about comedy pilots this development season, Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings at ABC, True Love at CBS, and Franklin & Bash at TBS. At one time one of the most controversial network executives in entertainment history, first at… Read


With Kick-Ass Helmer X'd Out, Fox Zeroes In On Filmmakers For 'X-Men: First Class'

WriteThru: So here is the latest on 20th Century Fox's efforts to lock in a director for X-Men: First Class, which will begin production late summer or early fall. I'm told that Samuel Bayer, who directed the weekend's top grossing film A Nightmare On Elm Street, will meet with the studio tomorrow, and joins a list of filmmakers that includes Timur Bekmambetov, Louis Leterrier, David Slade, Daniel Espinosa and Carl Erick Rinsch. A decision will be made in the next week or… Read


Ed Wilson Out At Tribune Co & B'casting

CHICAGO, April 30 — Ed Wilson, who has served as Tribune Company's chief revenue and sales officer since 2009 and as president of Tribune Broadcasting since 2008, announced today that he will step down from both positions effective immediately and be retained as a consultant to the company. “The time is right for both the company and for me to make this move,” said Wilson.  “It has been an amazing ride since I came onboard and I'm grateful to Randy Michaels for giving me… Read


More From Conan O'Brien’s '60 Minutes' Interview: ‘I Didn’t Get Screwed’

CBS News released more excerpts from the Sunday interview with Conan O'Brien on 60 Minutes. Asked to comment on NBC statements that The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien was losing money, O'Brien said, “I honestly don't see how that's possible. It's really not possible. It isn't possible.” Regrets? “I don't regret anything. I don't regret one decision I made in that week and a half period. I wish it had ended differently. But, I'm fine. I do believe, and this might be my… Read


Warner Bros Sets 'Batman 3' Release Date

Warner Bros has set Batman 3 for release on July 20, 2012, according to an internal email just sent by distribution chief Dan Fellman. There is no official start of production date at this point because Chris Nolan just completed Inception, the film that opens July 16. The film is expected to be done in 3D, as studio chief Alan Horn told theater owners at ShoWest that all Warner Bros tent poles will be done that way. Of course, Nolan will make the final decision, he's… Read


EXCLUSIVE: Allen Shapiro Behind Planned Deal To Buy 'American Idol' Parent CKX

EXCLUSIVE: It's been kept completely secret — until now. But I've learned that savvy media investor and entertainment programmer Allen Shapiro is the wizard behind the curtain of this One Equity Partners deal-in-the-making to purchase CKX. Sources tell me that the many weeks of day and night meetings to hammer out a deal have reached a crucial stage. But Shapiro's name hasn't yet been linked, and neither The New York Times nor Wall Street Journal even mentioned him in… Read


MTV Goes Scripted with New Animated Series & Live-Action Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: MTV is adding two projects to its scripted slate. The cable network is close to a 12-episode order to Good Vibes, an animated comedy from The Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green.  Additionally, it has ordered a comedy pilot tentatively titled THAT Girl. Launching a scripted lineup of live-action and animated series has been a priority for MTV's president of programming Tony DiSanto who recently hired veteran David Janollari to head the network's… Read


RATINGS RAT RACE: Networks Rebound & 'Survivor' Wins Sweep Opener

It may have been the NFL draft after all. After a miserable ratings performance with across-the-board series lows last Thursday against ESPN's telecast of the NFL draft, the broadcast networks rebounded last night, the opening night of the May sweep. On CBS, Survivor (4.0 rating/13 share in adults 18-49), once again the top program on Thursday night, was up 11% from last week. CSI (3.0/8) bounced back by 7%, same as The Mentalist (3.2/9). On NBC, Community (2.0/7) made… Read


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