The top TV stories that Deadline had this week. Missed ‘em? Now you can check them out anew here:
Leno’s Last Tonight Show’ To Air Feb 6; Staff Paid Until September
By Lisa De Mores – EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit s deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September
Broadcast Drama Marketplace Off To A Very Slow Start: Where Are The Pitches?
By Nellie Andeeva -Note to up-and-coming writers with good drama spec scripts lying around: now is your time. We’re heading into mid-August, and the network drama marketplace is still very sluggish
Fox Makes Big Investment In Programming & Marketing; To Spend $150M More Vs. Last Year, Including 10% Lift In Development
By Nellie Andreeva – Fox has been aggressive in the early going this buying season, snapping pitches preemptively in premium deals, including two pilot production commitments and one put pilot.
Hot Amblin TV Sci-Fi Spec ‘Extant’ Lands At CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer ‘14
By Nellie Andreeva - After making waves in the marketplace, the sci-fi drama spec Extant from new writer Mickey Fisher and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television has landed at CBS with a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes to air next summer.
Shark Week Nets Biggest Crowd Ever In Opening, But Some Fin-atics Attack Kickoff’s Fake Docu
By Lisa De Mores – EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Channel’s Shark Week clocked its biggest audience in its 26-year history Sunday night.
ABC Buys Cop Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer Dana Calvo
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: You couldn’t tell Shonda Rhimes has her hands full with two 22-episode drama orders for next season (ABC’sGrey’s Anatomy and Scandal).
Fox Developing World War III Event Series From David Hayter
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Fox has made a development deal for World War III, an apocalyptic event series from X-Menwriter David Hayter and Hatfields & McCoys producer Leslie Greif of Thinkfactory Media.
Relationship Comedy From David Caspe, Seth Gordon & Jamie Tarses Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Committment
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: In what is believed to be the biggest commitment for a comedy project so far this development season, Marry Me, a single-camera half-hour from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, just landed at NBC.