February 2011 Archive

TV

TV Land Renews Comedy 'Hot In Cleveland' For Third Season

TV Land's first original scripted series, Hot in Cleveland, is quickly amassing episodes. The hot sitcom just received a 22-episode third season pickup by TV Land. Production on the new season will begin in the summer. After a scorching debut with 4.8 million viewers tuning to the series premiere last June, Hot in Cleveland continues to be a hit for TV Land, averaging 3.2 million viewers, 1.6 rating in TV Land's target adults 25-54  demographic. The comedy also has earned… Read

Awards

UPDATE: Oscar Ratings Down From 2010

UPDATE NOON: ABC's time zone-adjusted ratings for last night's 83rd Academy Awards are in, confirming the drop from last year's telecast. Some 37.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the show from 8:30-11:30 PM, down 9% from last year. In adults 18-49, the Oscars drew an 11.7 rating, down 12%  from last year. With hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who are smack in the middle of the 18-34 demo, the ceremony was down even in that category from last year when 50something… Read

Film

R.I.P. Director Gary Winick

We are saddened to report that  filmmaker Gary Winick died Sunday at age 49. Winick died after a long battle with brain cancer. While he has transitioned to such studio films as Letters to Juliet, 13 Going On 30, Bride Wars and Charlotte's Web, Winick has long led the charge for independent films. He directed Tadpole and was also the founder of indie company InDigEnt. Winick received his B.A. degree at Tufts University and his MFA degree from the University of Texas and… Read

TV

NBC Sets Premiere Date For 'The Voice', Taps First Coaches

NBC's new singing competition series The Voice, a rival to Fox's American Idol, will premiere on Apr. 26 and will air in Idol's previous signature Tuesday 8 PM slot. The network has signed the first 2 musician coaches for the show produced by John de Mol and Mark Burnett: Grammy Award winners Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine (Maroon 5). After two airings from 9-11 PM on Tuesday on April 26 and May 3, the show will move to its regular Tuesday 8 PM slot on May 10. The Voice is… Read

TV

Showtime Gives Second-Season Pickups To Drama 'Shameless' & Comedy 'Episodes'

Showtime has renewed both of its freshman series, drama Shameless and comedy Episodes, for a second season.  The William H. Macy-Emmy Rossum-starring family drama Shameless received a 12-episode order, while the size of the order for the Hollywood-centric Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc is yet to be determined. Production on both series will begin later this year. With the pickups for Shameless and Episodes, Showtime is now bringing back its entire winter Sunday lineup. In… Read

Film

Universal Acquires Hot Berlin Title 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' With Oscar Winner Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre novel that stars Gary Oldman, freshly minted Oscar winner Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds. The rights were held by Studiocanal, and the film was produced by Working Title. Universal is eyeing a November or December release for the picture, which is in post production. Script was written by… Read

TV

Charlie Sheen Parts Ways With Longtime Publicist, Gets Banned From Warner Lot

We hardly need proof that Charlie Sheen is not in rehab since he is on TMZ right now doing a live interview from his back yard, but the actor's former longtime publicist Stan Rosenfield just sent out an email debunking a couple of Sheen-related rumors making the rounds online. That was probably Rosenfield's last official PR move on Sheen's behalf as he just left the troubled actor. “I have worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and I care about him very much,” he… Read

TV

NBC's 'S.I.L.A.' & CBS' 'Girls' Find Leads

Cold Case alum Danny Pino has become the first actor cast in Stephen Gaghan's pilot for NBC S.I.L.A., a complex drama in the style of  Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. The project, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, centers on detective Terry Mullins, who works in L.A. Mayor's Special Investigations Unit. He is partnered with Douglas Romero (Pino), a 3rd generation Angelino and a great… Read

Film

Tribeca Doubling Annual Output To 26 Films

New York, NY February 28, 2011 - Tribeca Enterprises today announced that Tribeca Film will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. The comprehensive distribution label for independent film also announced that it acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles to be released across multiple platforms. The curated selection of films includes many genres and features stars including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo… Read

TV

Charlie Sheen Vows To Sue CBS & Warner Bros., Demands Raise For 'Men'

UPDATE: And if GMA and Today were still under the impression that they've gotten some kind of an exclusive with their Charlie Sheen sitdowns, the actor also did video interviews this morning with his favorite news outlets of late: TMZ an Radaronline. “I'm supposed to be out there all humble and asking for my job,” Sheen said during the TMZ chat. “No, I don't do that. I don't understand what I did wrong except live a life that everyone is jealous of… I don't know what I… Read

TV

ABC & Movie Academy Battle Over Charlie Sheen Interview Promos On Oscars Show

3rd UPDATE SUNDAY PM: Well, there were no promos for the Charlie Sheen interview during the actual Oscar ceremony. They aired during the Red Carpet coverage and after the credits. That is outside of the area where the Academy has a say. 2nd UPDATE SUNDAY AM: According to ABC, there will be promos for the Charlie Sheen interview during the Oscar telecast after all, two of them. UPDATE Saturday 9 PM: ABC just landed the hottest TV interview of the moment, a sitdown with… Read

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