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Inspiring Dave Annable Post Sheds Light On Agony Of Network Series Recastings

The broadcast upfront has always been a rollercoaster, with the highs of series pickups sometime followed by the lows of actors on newly ordered shows being replaced. While recastings are virtually inevitable when the networks rush to cast and film 70+ pilots within a two-month window, competing for talent with the other broadcasters as well as cable and streaming networks, 2018 was particularly brutal, with major recastings on three new CBS series, The Code, F.B.I and The… Read

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‘LA To Vegas’ Comedy Series Canceled By Fox After One Season

LA to Vegas ordered to series at Fox

Fox’s single-camera airplane comedy series LA To Vegas has been permanently grounded as the network has opted not to renew it for a second season. As Deadline exclusively reported last week, Fox had been looking to get LA to Vegas executive producer Will Ferrell to appear in the Season 2 premiere in order to create buzz around the comedy’s return. I hear Ferrell was open to possibly guest starring in an episode next season but would not commit to doing the Season 2… Read

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‘The Expanse’: Amazon In Talks To Pick Up Space Series After Syfy Cancellation

There is hope for The Expanse beyond its upcoming third season, which will be the sci-fi drama’s last one on Syfy. I hear Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces The Expanse, is in conversations with Amazon about picking up the critically praised series for Season 4. Sources stress the talks are still ongoing. Reps for both companies declined comment. Amazon, along with Netflix, have been main targets for the fans behind the #SaveTheExpanse campaign. The… Read

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Original Productions Taps Jeff Hasler As President

Original Productions has hired veteran executive Jeff Hasler as president of the prolific unscripted TV production company owned by FremantleMedia. Hasler will oversee all development, production, business and strategic aspects of the company along with Ernie Avila, COO and EVP, Business Affairs and Sarah Whalen, EVP Development and Programming. Avila and Whalen, who have been running Original Prods. in the past couple of years, will now report into Hasler. Hasler joins… Read

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‘Kidding’: Ginger Gonzaga Set To Recur In Jim Carrey’s Showtime Comedy Series

Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here, Togetherness) has booked a recurring role opposite Jim Carrey in Showtime’s upcoming half-hour comedy series Kidding. In addition, a busy Gonzaga has booked a series regular role in ABC’s untitled Bobby Bowman pilot. Created by Dave Holstein, and directed by Carrey's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry, the 10-episode Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children's television, a beacon of… Read

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‘Catch-22’: Giancarlo Giannini To Co-Star In George Clooney’s Hulu Limited Series

Oscar-nominated actor Giancarlo Giannini is set for a co-starring role opposite Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler and George Clooney in Catch-22, Hulu's high-profile limited series directed by Clooney. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 follows the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Abbott)… Read

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Upfronts 2018: The Overachievers List

As we close the book on a wild upfront, with a lot of drama, some last-minute pickups, many cancellations and one resurrection, here is Deadline's annual honor roll of those who excelled at the 2018 upfronts. Also included is a list of pods and independent production companies with multiple series on broadcast and cable. Greg Berlanti and Aaron Kaplan lead the pack this upfront with three new series each. Berlanti just set a new record for the most on-air series with 14 … Read

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‘Search and Destroy’: Hulu’s Carrie Brownstein Comedy Pilot Adds Four To Cast

Brad Morris (Great News), Leah Harvey (On the Road), Jessica Hecht (Red Oaks) and Imogen Tear (When Calls the Heart) have been cast opposite Taylor Dearden and Aubrey Peoples in Hulu comedy pilot Search and Destroy, from Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein and Annapurna Television. Written and directed by Brownstein, Search and Destroy is loosely based on Brownstein’s best-selling memoir Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl. It’s centered around Karen Wolff (Dearden), a… Read

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Upfronts 2018: Network Ownership Peaks, Digital Rights Demands Increase As Volume & License Fees Slide

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A week before ABC made its official new series orders, the network still had not screened two high-profile pilots, the light action drama Whiskey Cavalier from producer Bill Lawrence, and comedy Most Likely To from Berlanti Productions. The holdup was due to new expanded digital rights deals ABC had put forward a couple of weeks before. I hear the new template — which varied slightly from show to show and studio to studio — called for expanded stacking rights that cover… Read

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‘L.A.’s Finest’: Charter Communications In Talks To Pick Up ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot

EXCLUSIVE: The LA's Finest pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba might go to series after all. I hear that the studio behind the Bad Boys offshoot, Sony Pictures TV, is in talks with Charter Communications about picking up the action drama. Sources stress that talks are still preliminary and might not lead to a deal. Reps for Sony and Charter declined comment. Sony TV, as well as the project’s other production entities, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary… Read

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Fall 2018-19 Broadcast TV Schedule Grid: Welcome To 1988 & The CW On Sundays

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Turns out the 2018-2019 primetime broadcast TV season is going to look a lot like the last year of Ronald Reagan's presidency thanks to reboots, recycling and football. Moonlighting isn’t back yet, but click through more of Roseanne and the debut of Tim Doyle's 1972-set The Kids Are Alright — The Wonder Years by any other name — on ABC, and Tuesdays are very 1988. The return of Candice Bergen's Murphy Brown to CBS after two decades and the reboot of Magnum P.I. on the… Read