John Ratzenberger Joins HBO Pilot ‘A Lot’; Roberta Colindrez In ‘I Love Dick’ Amazon Pilot
John Ratzenberger has been cast opposite Whitney Cummings in her half-hour HBO pilot A Lot. Inspired by Maureen Dowd's book Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide, the not-so-romantic comedy is about how a financially successful woman navigates a world complicated by the biological and cultural differences between the sexes. Ratzenberger plays Gerry, Amanda’s (Cummings) father, who has a stroke-related condition known as “locked-in syndrome”. He has full mental capacity… Read
‘Superior Donuts’: CBS Orders New Pilot For Jermaine Fowler Comedy
CBS is re-piloting Superior Donuts, its multi-camera comedy starring Jermaine Fowler, for midseason consideration. The project, written and executive produced by Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and Bob Daily, who serves as showrunner, hails from CBS TV Studios.
I hear the ensemble comedy, based on the play by Tracy Letts, will undergo some recasting, with Brian d'Arcy James, who played the co-lead opposite Fowler in the original pilot, not continuing. CBS brass have been… Read
‘Mirror’s Edge’ Video Game To Be Adapted As TV Series By Endemol Shine Studios
Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has acquired the action-adventure video game property Mirror’s Edge to adapt for television as a female-centered action series.
Developed by EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Mirror’s Edge is set in a quasi-futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. The game's main character and heroine is Faith… Read
‘The Americans’ To End Run With Two-Season Final Renewal By FX, EPs Ink Deals
FX’s praised Cold War spy drama The Americans is getting an end date. The network has given the series, now airing its fourth season, a pickup for two more seasons, a 13-episode Season 5 to air in 2017 and 10-episode sixth and final season to air in 2018.
Additionally, FX Productions, which co-produces The Americans with Fox 21 TV Studios, has closed new overall deals with executive producers/co-showrunners Joe Weisberg, who created the series, and Joel Fields to develop… Read
‘Get Shorty’ TV Series Ordered By Epix
Epix has set its third original scripted series, handing out a 10-episode order to Get Shorty, a reimagining of Elmore Leonard's 1990 bestselling thriller comedy novel previously adapted by MGM with Barry Sonnefeld’s 1995 feature starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo.
At Epix — a joint venture between Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM — the hourlong dark comedy series from MGM TV and Shameless executive producer Davey Holmes joins previously… Read
Comedy Writer Niki Schwartz-Wright Inks 20th TV Overall Deal, Joins ‘Speechless’
Young comedy writer Niki Schwartz-Wright has signed her first overall deal, a 2 + 1 pact with 20th Century Fox TV. It stems from her stint as a producer on the studio’s Fox comedy series The Grinder this past season. Under the overall deal, Schwartz-Wright will join 20th TV’s new ABC comedy series Speechless as supervising producer and will also develop.
Speechless, from creator/executive producer Scott Silveri and exec producers Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar, centers on… Read
‘Young & Hungry’ Spinoff: Steve Talley Set As Male Lead, Ryan Pinkston Cast, Title & Other Details Revealed
Steve Talley (Pretty Little Liars) has been cast as the male lead opposite Ashley Tisdale and Aimee Carrero in Freeform’s Young & Hungry spinoff, now in the works. The project, which will be titled Young & Sofia, will be introduced as a planned spinoff in the eighth episode of Young & Hungry‘s current fourth season. Also guest starring in that episode with an option to be a series regular on the potential spinoff is Ryan Pinkston, who recently co-starred alongside Tisdale… Read
‘Being Mary Jane’: Will Packer Joins As EP, Erica Shelton Kodish Named Showrunner
BET has set a new producing team on its popular drama series Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union. Will Packer has come on board as executive producer, while The Good Wife co-executive producer Erica Shelton Kodish has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner for the upcoming fourth season.
Being Mary Jane was created and executive produced by The Game creator Mara Brock Akil and executive produced and directed by Salim Akil. The two last August signed an overall d… Read
‘This Is Us’ Phenomenon: Record-Breaking Trailer Tops 50 Million Views On Facebook
4TH UPDATE, MAY 26: The trailer for the upcoming NBC series This Is Us has hit another milestone, crossing the 50 million views mark on Facebook, and doing it in just 11 days. Factoring in additional views on YouTube, Moviefone's Facebook post and elsewhere, the trailer for the new series has been watched almost 70 million times. The total does not include plays on nbc.com. Taking that into account, the trailer’s viewership is estimated to be between 70 million and 80… Read
Sara Ramirez Exits ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ After 10 Seasons
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight's season finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey’s Anatomy is seeing off a third longtime cast member in as many years. Sara Ramirez is leaving Shonda Rhimes’ veteran ABC medical drama starring Ellen Pompeo after 10 seasons, with tonight’s Season 12 finale serving as her farewell episode.
“I’m deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey's Anatomy & ABC, but for now I’m taking some welcome… Read
The CW Boss On the Future Of ‘The Vampire Diaries’, Plans For ‘Supergirl’
After a flurry of announcements (and some retractions) by The Vampire Diaries cast members in the past couple of months that the upcoming eighth season will be the series’ last, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said that “no determination” has been made yet.
“In my dreams it isn't, but we will see how the audience will react,” he said. Also not set yet is the size of the show’s eighth season. That will be done in the next few weeks.
Pedowitz said he has “a rough idea” where… Read
‘The Good Wife’ Spinoff A Go At CBS All Access
UPDATED: During CBS’ upfront presentation, CBS Corp. chairman Leslie Moonves confirmed a straight-to-series order to a Good Wife spinoff project, starring The Good Wife's Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, to premiere in spring 2017 on CBS All Access. It will be CBS' fledgling SVOD platform’s second original series, following the new Star Trek, which launches in January. Both come from CBS TV Studios.
On the spinoff, which will pick up a year after the events in The Goo… Read