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Nickelodeon Orders Two Animated Series, Four Live-Action Pilots
By Nellie Andreeva – Nickelodeon has greenlighted two new animated series, Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, ordering 26 episodes of each.
Fox Nabs Gotham City Origin Drama About Commissioner Gordon From Bruno Heller & Warner Bros. TV With Series Commitment
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: In one of the biggest drama deals this season, after a bidding war, Fox has landed Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller, with a series commitment.
ABC Eyes Potential ‘Modern Family’ Spinoff
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: ABC‘s flagship comedy Modern Family, which is coming off a fourth consecutive best series Emmy win, may be getting a spinoff. I’ve learned that the network and producer 20th Century Fox TV have met to discuss potentially spinning off the hit comedy.
Television-Related Toys Eclipse Movie Characters On Retailers’ Holiday Picks
By David Lieberman – There appears to be a trend here that might disturb studios that released family films with the expectation of seeing a windfall from licensed merchandise sales.
Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Renewed For Fifth Season
By Nellie Andreeva – Fox sure likes its burgers. The network has renewed Bob’s Burgers for a fifth season with a 22-episode order ahead of the animated comedy’s fourth-season premiere Sunday.
CBS To Adapt Anne Rice’s ‘Seraphim’ Novels As Drama Project With Timberman-Beverly, ‘Memphis Beat’ Creators & Joe Carnahan
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Angel Time, a drama series project based on the characters in Anne Rice’s The Songs of the Seraphim novels.
A&E Sets U.S. Version of French Series ‘The Returned’, Carlton Cuse In Talks To Adapt
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Hit French series The Returned (Les Revenants) is getting an American remake. A&E Network has nabbed rights to the supernatural/suspense drama, which will be developed as a co-production between A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America.
Apple Refunds Angry ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans Over iTunes Season Pass Charges
By Dominic Patten – Apple are breaking out their wallet today and breaking good it seems. Just days before Breaking Bad ends forever, the company is refunding the fans over their iTunes purchase of the last episodes of the AMC show.
Martin Freeman To Star In FX Limited Series ‘Fargo’
By Nellie Andreeva – Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman is set as the co-lead opposite Billy Bob Thornton in FX’s first limited series Fargo, executive produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.
2013-2014 Broadcast Season: The One Thing Each Network Must Pull Off To Claim Success
By Lisa De Moraes – The most CBS-ish new series of the 2013-14 TV season got off to a strong start last night, while the most NBC-like new series floundered. Nothing new there.
Sony Pictures TV Sets Space Travel Series As Space Heats Up As Reality Frontier
By Nellie Andreeva – Sony Pictures Television will introduce a new reality series format atMIPCOM — Milky Way Mission — which will send celebrities into space.
CBS Prepping Planted ‘NCIS’ Spinoff Produced By Mark Harmon & Gary Glasberg
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: CBS is looking to further expand its lucrative NCIS franchise.
Nikki Finke Live-Snarks 65th Emmys: At Least TV Isn’t As Bad As Its Awards Show
By Nikki Finke – Yes, I’m interrupting my 19 weeks of banked vacation to live-snark the small screen awards. But only because the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was hoping I wouldn’t.
An Emmys Postmortem – How Appropriate
By Lisa De Moraes – Death became the Primetime Emmy Awards last night, which enjoyed the franchise’s biggest crowd in eight years with a major show of mourning.
Primetime Emmys 2013: Surprisers And First-Timers Lift Telecast – But Did It Have To Be So Sad?
By Pete Hammond – It was obviously another huge night for AMC, which took home the most prestigious Emmy prize of Outstanding Drama Series for the 5th time in the last six years, this time for long overdue Breaking Bad.
Chuck Lorre’s ‘Big Bang’ Emmy Speech
By Nellie Andreeva – Coming off its highest-rated and arguably its strongest season creatively, The Big Bang Theory, which nabbed the Critics Choice TV Award in June, was a prime contender for the best series Emmy on Sunday. It wasn’t to be, with Modern Familyrepeating as a winner for a fourth time, but you can’t blame co-creator/exec producer Chuck Lorre for going prepared (or maybe he jotted down a few notes just in case after dark horse winner Merritt Wever’s train-wreck onstage appearance).