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September 2011 Archive


TBS Pilot 'Men At Work' Rounds Out Cast

EXCLUSIVE: James Lesure (Mr. Sunshine), Michael Cassidy (Privileged) and Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been cast opposite Danny Masterson in the TBS half-hour pilot Men At Work, a multi-camera sitcom created by Breckin Meyer. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses' studio-based Fanfare, is an ensemble comedy that explores bromance, sexcapades and office adventures of four buddies who work at a magazine. It centers on Milo (Masterson), a… Read


UPDATE: NHL Network Is Pulled From AT&T U-verse Lineup In Carriage Dispute

UPDATE, 9 PM PT: At midnight ET, The NHL Network went dark on U-verse after AT&T and the network couldn’t reach a new carriage agreement. PREVIOUS, 8 PM: AT&T informed its customers that the NHL Network could be removed from the U-verse TV lineup tonight. “We have tried to reach a fair, long-term deal with NHL Network in order to continue delivering this channel to U-verse TV U450 and Sports Tier customers,” AT&T said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it appears that as of… Read


Michael Ovitz And IMG World And Teddy Forstmann's Brain Cancer: The Real Story, And Also What Ovitz Told Me About It

EXCLUSIVE: First, let me knock down this untrue rumor: I know for certain there is no IMG World board meeting on a conference call or otherwise today to discuss ousting board member Michael Ovitz in response to allegations he’s maneuvering inside the board and with Forstmann, Little & Co investors to run and/or own the global management and production giant. Also, let me say definitively that Mike Dolan is and will remain for some time IMG’s President/COO because he was… Read


Holiday Movie Release Date Moves: A Recap

It’s been a busy week for Hollywood studios settling on release dates. Here’s what’s happened: Unauthorized, Sundance Now, Oct. 7** Puss In Boots, DreamWorks Animation, Oct. 28 (Nov. 4) Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Paramount, Dec. 16 sneak previews (Dec. 21*) The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount, Dec. 21 (Dec. 23) War Horse, DreamWorks/Touchstone/Disney, Dec. 25 (Dec. 28) The Lucky One, Warner Bros, April 20, 2012 (Aug. 12, 2012) Argo, Warner Bros, Sept. 14, 2012… Read


Bruce Miller Joins Syfy Series 'Alphas' As New Showrunner

EXCLUSIVE: Syfy’s drama Alphas is heading into Season 2 with a new showrunner. Bruce Miller has joined the series starring David Strathairn as executive producer/showrunner. He replaces Ira Steven Behr, who is departing after running the series in its first season. Alphas, from BermanBraun, Universal Cable Prods and co-creators Zak Penn and Michael Karnow, follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. It was renewed… Read


'Chuck', 'Grimm' Premieres Pushed By Week

The final season of NBC’s Chuck and the first of the network’s new drama Grimm will start a week later than originally announced. NBC said today that the two series will now launch on Oct. 28 as part of a two-night Halloween block that will start off on Thursday, Oct. 27, with Halloween-themed episodes of the network’s comedies – Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and… Read

TV Land Picks Up 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'

TV Land has acquired broadcast rights to The Dick Van Dyke Show. The sitcom will premiere on Oct. 3, exactly 50 years after it debuted on CBS. TV Land is marking its anniversary by running episodes in a three-hour block from 6-9 PM Oct. 3-7, and giving it the marathon treatment the following weekend. After that, its regular spot will be weekdays at 7 PM. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, the classic workplace comedy created by Carl Reiner ran for 5 seasons… Read


Business Insider: Low Bids Could Doom Hulu Auction

The much-hyped Hulu auction may end up a bust because “the bids are not coming in as high as (the company’s backers) hoped,” Business Insider reports. Hulu was looking for more than $2B, but the site has said that Dish Network came in at $1.9B.  Google’s believed to have topped that with $4B, but that’s contingent on program licensing terms that Hulu’s owners Disney, News Corp, and Comcast apparently can’t swallow. That’s exactly the dilemma that many executives anticipate… Read


Universal TV Sells First Projects To Outside Networks: Comedy To ABC & Drama To CBS

A month after Bela Bajaria was given the reins of NBC’s production arm with the mandate to re-establish it as a full-fledged, stand-alone studio, Universal Television has sold two projects to non-NBC networks, comedy End Of The World to ABC and untitled FBI drama to CBS. In addition to Bajaria’s hire, the company’s rapid transformation over the past month also includes the assembling of a top executive team under her with the appointment of heads of comedy, drama and… Read


Verizon Appeals FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Verizon’s fight to overturn the FCC’s net neutrality rules is on. The phone giant today asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. to step in and consider whether regulators have the right to set rules for the Internet. Verizon Deputy General Counsel Michael Glover says that the FCC's “assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations” on the Web is “inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry… Read

Hedge Fund Places Big Bet On Netflix

Hedge fund manager John Thaler seems to think Netflix has been beaten up enough. He recently increased his stake to about 4M shares, or 7.6% of Netflix’s total, according to an SEC filing today from his JAT Capital Management. At the end of June he had 467,812 Netflix shares. Since then the company’s market value has fallen nearly 57%; shares closed today at $113.16, down  three cents. Thaler specializes in tech and media investments. His other major holdings in media… Read


Hot Scribe Dante Harper Takes On Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation' For Sony And Roland Emmerich

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has hired Dante Harper to adapt Foundation, the groundbreaking Isaac Asimov science fiction trilogy which Roland Emmerich is developing to direct. Emmerich has been attached since the studio acquired the property in early 2009 when he and former Centropolis partner Michael Wimer won a multi-studio auction as the rights became available. Originally published as a short story series in Astounding Magazine in 1942, Asimov’s Foundation is the complex… Read