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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

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The CW New Series Trailers: ‘Charmed’ & ‘All American’ & First-Look Scenes

The CW has begun releasing trailers as part of its 2018-19 new series orders. The first two, dramas Charmed and All American are below, followed by first-look scenes for both series. Charmed Produced by CBS Television Studios. From writers/executive producers Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin, executive producers Jennie Urman and Ben Silverman and director/executive producer Brad Silberling. All American Produced by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. From… Read

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Amazon Nabs Jordan Peele’s Nazi Hunters Drama With Series Order, Sonar Produces

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EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has landed The Hunt, a vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series executive produced by Oscar-winning Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele, with a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The project, produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Sonar Entertainment, was created by David Weil (Moonfall), who will write and executive produces. This marks the first new scripted series pickup for Amazon since Jennifer Salke took the reins as head of Amazon… Read

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Batwoman To Join the CW’s DC Arrowverse For Next Crossover Event

As usual, the CW at its upfront presentation revealed details about the upcoming season’s Arrowverse crossover, a traditional highly-rated annual late-fall event that involves four of the network’s DC superhero series, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrowconveniently airing on three consecutive nights next season, Sunday-Tuesday. This year’s event will introduce a new character, Batwoman, Arrow star Stephen Amell and the CW president Mark Pedowitz… Read