‘Conan In Cuba’ Trailer: First Look At TBS Late-Night Special
Conan O’Brien’s much ballyhooed trip to Cuba over President’s Day weekend, will debut tomorrow night at 11 PM ET/PT as a special edition of his TBS late night show, coincidentally called Conan In Cuba.
Shot over four days in Havana, with 10 staffers, including the host and producer, Conan has said he did not want the episode to be a snarky-American comedy take, or a political statement — more fish-out-of-water. In the episode, Conan learns to roll a cigar at a cigar… Read
Carrie Preston To Star In Suzanne Martin Empty-Nester NBC Comedy Pilot
The Good Wife scene-stealer Carrie Preston has been cast as the female lead opposite Patrick Warburton in NBC's untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike's dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean… Read
Spike Unveils New Logo & Tagline
Spike TV’s logo and tagline have gotten a makeover. The network unveiled the new network identifiers today at its upfront in New York. The network says its new tagline "Spike: The Ones to Watch” reflects Spike’s strategic shift to a general entertainment network, “delivering compelling original entertainment with an edge and a distinctive point of view,” adding, “It speaks to the network's bold personalities and a brand pushing the boundaries of the unexpected.”
The new… Read
Charter Ready To Go After Time Warner Cable If Comcast Deal Falls
“There’d be a ton of reasons” why Charter Communications “would likely pursue” the No. 2 cable operator if federal officials nix Comcast’s $45 billion stock deal to buy Time Warner Cable, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei told investors today at Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. He should know: Liberty, which is controlled by chairman John Malone, is Charter’s dominant shareholder. The cable company tried to buy Time Warner Cable last year, before it… Read
Holt McCallany To Star In NBC Pilot ‘Warrior’
Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David DiGilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance… Read
‘Hamilton’ Fever: Hitmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda Channels Tony Manero In New Logo
A star is born: With the run at the Public Theater sold out and arrival on Broadway this summer assured, the producers of Hamilton unveiled their striking new logo for the show. Striking because Lin-Manuel Miranda, the unofficial mayor of Washington Heights who wrote the book and hip-hop score and plays the title role of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, looks in the poster a bit like the brother from another borough — Tony Manero in silhouette. Like, 1776 meet 1976. Joh… Read
WGA Study: Most Jobs Go To White Guys in Their 40s
The number of jobs for women, minority and older TV writers took a nose dive last year, according to a new study by the Writers Guild of America, West. "Women and minorities have actually lost ground as compared to their white male counterparts," the study found, "both in terms of overall staff positions and in higher-level executive producer ranks."
Minority writers saw a nearly 7% decline in employment last season, falling from 15.6% of the workforce in 2011-12 to 13.7%… Read
NBC Smiles At Plan To Create Subscription Web Service For Comedy
Funny is money: NBC plans to launch a Web-based subscription comedy service this year, the network confirms. But much else about the initiative, disclosed by the Wall Street Journal, remains unclear — in part because it’s still in the early planning stage.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and SNL likely would help to anchor the service, being designed to target viewers under 35 years old. But it also could provide a home for original content from inside and outside… Read
Jon Foo To Play Detective Lee In ‘Rush Hour’ CBS Pilot
The 1998 Rush Hour movie helped make Hong Kong film star and martial arts wiz Jackie Chan a household name in America, jumpstarting a successful Hollywood career. Now CBS’ TV adaptation of the hit movie franchise is looking to do the same for Jon Foo, who has landed the Detective Lee role played in the movies by Chan.
Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, CBS’ Rush Hour pilot centers on Lee (Foo), a… Read
Mike Epps To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Uncle Buck’
Mike Epps has been tapped for the title role in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Also cast in the project, from Universal TV and Will Packer Prods., is Nia Long.
Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will's kids in a very childish way. Long will play… Read
Eddie Izzard, Two Others Cast In HBO Pilot ‘The Devil You Know’ From Jenji Kohan
Eddie Izzard is set to star in HBO drama pilot The Devil You Know (formerly New World). Also cast in the project, co-written by Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan, Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller and directed by Gus Van Sant, are young actresses Nadia Alexander and Ismenia Mendes.
Described as a provocative period drama, The Devil You Know (working title) explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history — the infamous… Read
‘Captain America’s Russo Brothers Enter Sony First-Look Deal
Sony Pictures just landed Captain America filmmaking brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo for a three-year, first-look features deal with the studio, starting in April. Their film Captain America: The Winter Soldier banked a whopping $714.7M worldwide for Disney and Marvel. Given the success of that property, they will next direct Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Disney. Marvel is also circling the brothers to direct the next installments of The Avengers, sources… Read