Tracy Morgan Blasts Walmart After Retailer Blames Him For Not Wearing Seatbelt When Driver Rear-Ended His Limo
“I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused,” Tracy Morgan said in a statement the day after Walmart said in a court filing that Morgan and others in his limo are “in whole or in part” responsible for outcome of a fatal highway crash. “My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time,” Morgan said in today's statement. He said he issued the statement “after I heard what Walmart… Read
FX Renews Comedies ‘Married’ & ‘You’re The Worst’, Moves ‘Worst’ To FXX
FX Networks has renewed its two freshman summer comedies, Married and You're The Worst, with 13-episode orders, up from 10 episodes for their rookie runs. Married will continue on FX, while You're The Worst will move to sibling FXX.
Neither has been a breakout, but both have done OK by cable comedy standards. On a weekly basis, Married has averaged 1.96 million in total viewers and 1.35 million in adults 18-49, and You're The Worst is averaging 1.65 million viewers and… Read
Otter Media Adds Top Execs As Chernin-AT&T Online Strategy Clarifies
Otter Media has named former airline and telecomm executive Virasb Vahidi as CEO, and just-departed YouTube executive Tom Pickett to head a new group under Vahidi running niche online-video channels CrunchyRoll, KDrama and Creativebug.
Otter is the joint venture, announced earlier this year, between The Chernin Group and AT&T. Today's announcement finally begins to provide structure and clarity to a series of other moves by the joint venture, including last week's deal Read
Dylan Sellers Exits President Post at TWC
EXCLUSIVE: After three years as president of production and acquisitions at The Weinstein Company, Dylan Sellers will be leaving the company and transitioning back to producing films. His contract's up; he won't have a producing deal at TWC, but might produce a film or two there as he sets up his next course. Sellers is working out those details right now with TWC COO David Glasser, who'll soon be looking for an executive to fill that prexy role.
Sellers moved to TWC from… Read
‘Tonight Show’ Heading To Phoenix For Post-Super Bowl Broadcast
NBC's The Blacklist isn't the only show getting a plum post-Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday, February 1, 2014. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will head to Phoenix for a special live telecast that night after NBC stations' late local news. Fallon's taking his show to Phoenix's Orpheum Theater that night, following NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX. Fallon will continue his road trip and tape from Los Angeles, at Universal Studios Hollywood, February 2-5, marking… Read
Red Granite Hires Mika Pryce As Creative Executive
Former Langley Park Pictures story editor Mika Pryce has been tapped as creative executive at Red Granite Pictures, the indie finance, production and distribution outfit run by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland. Pryce, who also has worked at Evolution Media Capital and Lionsgate International, will report to Red Granite president of production David Koplan.
Red Granite has Alexandre Aja's Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple coming out October 31 via Radius-TWC and… Read
‘Skin Wars’ Renewed For Season 2 On GSN
The body-painting competition series hosted by Rebecca Romijn will return for more. GSN has ordered a 10-episode second season of Skin Wars, with RuPaul, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina set to reprise their judge roles. The series grew 63% among women 18-49 and 42% among women 25-54 since its August premiere, and Season 1 wrapped last week with the cable net's highest-rated finale ever.
"We are thrilled that young audiences tuned in to witness the astonishing work of these… Read
Dennis Quaid Joins Dan Rather-George W. Bush Scandal Pic ‘Truth’
EXCLUSIVE: Dennis Quaid has landed the role of Col. Roger Charles in Truth, the story of the scandal that ended the careers of veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. The film stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in those two roles, with James Vanderbilt directing his script. Film starts shooting this week. Elizabeth Moss also signed on.
Quaid's character served two tours in Vietnam, then in the Pentagon before becoming a liaison working with… Read
NBC Nabs ‘Raven Rock’ Drama From Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, eOne & Paramount TV
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Rock, a drama series project based on Garrett Graff's upcoming nonfiction book, has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty. The project hails from eOne Television and Paramount Television, who will serve as the studios, along with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and Robert Zemeckis' Compari Entertainment.
Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt Graff's book, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government's Secret Pl… Read
Universal Extends Emerging Writers Program For Second Year
Universal Pictures launched its Emerging Writers Fellowship last year as a way to identify and cultivate new voices. In conjuntion with the film group's Diversity Council, NBCU's Corporate Diversity team and the WGA, a second year of the program has been set. Application will be accepted beginning October 21 and more info can be found here.
Last year's inaugural class began their program in May. Under guidelines set by WGA West and directed by program manager Heather… Read
FYI Greenlights ‘Married At First Sight’ Follow-Up Series Chronicling Year 1 Of Wedded Bliss
Less than two months after FYI renewed its breakout series for a second season, the cabler net has ordered a follow-up to Married At First Sight. Here comes Married At First Sight: The First Year, which follows the two couples who stayed together at the end of the original series' freshman year. Production is set to begin on eight hourlong episodes of The First Year, which are slated to premiere in 2015. The series will follow the couples from the six-month mark of… Read
‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Bags Biggest Premiere Week Ratings Gain With Live + 3 Viewing
Thursday's 10 PM debut of Shonda Rhimes' new ABC series How to Get Away With Murder became the biggest overall gainer of Premiere Week 2014-15, adding 6.0 million total viewers after 3 days of playback. The new drama clocked the biggest ever total viewer increase in L+3 for any telecast on any network, season, beating previous record holder, NBC's The Blacklist episode of January 27, 2014, which had grown by 5.6 million viewers. HTGAWM climbed to 20.3 million total… Read