NBC Adapting Movie ‘Problem Child’ As Comedy Written By Scot Armstrong
Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, is taking on the 1990 PG comedy Problem Child. NBC has put in development a single-camera comedy adaptation of the Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The new Problem Child hails from Universal TV and Peter… Read
UPDATE: Roc Nation Pulled ‘Run This Town’ License For Thursday Football After Rihanna Blasts CBS For Last Week’s Song Swap-Out
UPDATE: 12:43 AM: Roc Nation revoked CBS' license to use Jay-Z tune "Run This Town” for its package because of the network's "misuse and misrepresentation of Rihanna's name and participation in connection to the Thursday football package,” among other offenses it cited, prompting CBS to announce today it was "going in another direction” with its football opener.
"Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements… Read
Mark Feuerstein Joins Showtime’s ‘Nurse Jackie'; Nick Clifford In VH1’s ‘Hindsight’
Royal Pains' Mark Feuerstein has signed on as a recurring guest star opposite Edie Falco on the seventh and final season of Showtime comedy Nurse Jackie. Feuerstein will appear in six episodes as Barry Wolfe, a high-powered, cutthroat lawyer who will represent Jackie (Falco) as she pieces her life back together following her arrest last season. He joins recently announced recurring Tony Shalhoub. In addition to his role as Hank Lawson on Royal Pains, Feuerstein is… Read
Discovery Unveils Details Of Nik Wallenda’s Chicago Skyscraper Tightrope Walk
Discovery has set November 2 for Nik Wallenda's Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk. Using dozens of cameras positioned across the city and on helicopters, Discovery will follow Wallenda's attempted two-part walk, without net or harness, at night, in one of the windiest sections of Chicago. For the first part of the crossing, Wallenda will walk about two city blocks - uphill rising to a 15-degree angle - from the iconic Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building… Read
Rosie’s Return Snares Big Ratings For ‘The View’
In case you are wondering why The View brought back polarizing Rosie O'Donnell: Monday's season debut clocked 3.902 million viewers — the show's biggest opening audience in eight years — which is also since Rosie joined the show the first time back in 2006. Monday's opening was the long-running show's second-biggest opening on record and hit a three-year high in target demos of women 18-49 and 25-54 with year-to-year opening leaps of 15% and 20%, respectively. In the… Read
Robert Simonds’ New Studio Taps Kevin Grayson To Head Domestic Distribution
The executive ranks keep filling out at Robert Simonds' new film and TV studio. Kevin Grayson is the latest to join the currently unnamed venture known as STX Entertainment, created by Simonds, TPG Growth, Gigi Pritzker, and Hony Capital. Grayson will depart his post as Senior Vice President of Distribution and Assistant General Sales Manager at Universal Pictures at the end of the month. He'll join Simonds and COO Thomas McGrath serving as the mini-studio's new President… Read
USA Event Series ‘Dig’ Pushed To 2015, Eyes Additional Episode Order
The premiere of USA Network's action adventure event series, DIG, originally slated for this fall, has been shifted to 2015. The move was fully expected given the logistical issues the show faced when the Gaza conflict prevented it from filming in Jerusalem beyond the pilot. The production took time to evaluate the situation and eventually settled on alternative locations, Croatia, where it is currently filming, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, where it will go next. The… Read
MTV Series ‘Eye Candy’ Casts 3 Regulars
Casey Deidrick (Days Of Our Lives), John Garet Stoker and Kiersey Clemons (Austin & Ally) are set to co-star opposite Victoria Justice in MTV's thriller drama series Eye Candy, from top genre feature producer Jason Blum. The project was picked up to series in February with a 10-episode order. It was to undergo changes, including extensive recasting, with only Justice and Harvey Guillen staying on from the pilot cast.
Written by Emmy Grinwis, Eye Candy stars Justice as… Read
‘Step Up’s Ryan Guzman Joins Richard Linklater Baseball Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Linklater has tapped Step Up All In star Ryan Guzman for That's What I'm Talking About, the baseball movie he's assembling following his acclaimed time lapse drama Boyhood. Guzman has landed a lead role in the 1980s-set film about a college freshman who moves into a fraternity-like baseball house with his hard-partying teammates. He's got the background for the part: The athletic actor, who has starred in two Step Up dance pics, was a college pitcher… Read
NBC Finishes No. 1 In 18-49 Demo For 2013-14 Primetime Season
NBC came in at No. 1 in adults 18-49, its first 52-week season win in that demo in 10 years, and is up +25% vs last season in total viewers, the network said today. The victory mirrors the primetime series rankings. NBC is running +14% ahead of its year-ago rating in the demo (2.4 up from 2.1), according to “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research through September 14. The averages exclude NBC's 18 nights of Winter Olympics coverage.
The network was the only… Read
CBS Buys Mob Comedy From ‘Big Bang’ Actor Kevin Sussman & Neal Moritz
The Big Bang Theory co-star Kevin Sussman is expanding his relationship with CBS. The network has put in development Wife Of Crime, a multi-camera comedy project written by Sussman. It hails from Neal Moritz's Original Film banner and CBS TV Studios, where the company is under an overall deal. Wife Of Crime centers on a straight-laced guy from Staten Island who marries into an Italian family with ties to the mob and finds himself drawn to the warmth of his new crime… Read
RATINGS RAT RACE: Revamped ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Snags Smallest Crowd For Fall Debut
An average of 13.5 million people (2.4/7 demo rating) tuned in for the 19th-season debut of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, according to early stats. ABC noted the 8-10 PM debut built from its first hour to its second, was Monday's most-watched program and the No. 1 show in the demo, drawing the biggest audience for any non-sports TV series since May 20.
That said, the long-running franchise was down 23% in the demo and 16% in overall audience — about 2.5 million viewers —… Read