NFL Moves Jets-Bills To Monday Night; CBS Will Air It In NYC, Buffalo Markets
The massive snowstorm that has buried Buffalo, NY, has forced the NFL to call an audible. The league said tonight that the Buffalo Bills' home game against their in-state and division rival New York Jets has been moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday night in Detroit. CBS will air the game at 7 PM Eastern in the NYC and Buffalo-area markets. The schedule shift means ESPN could lose a big chunk of viewers in the country's No. 1 TV market for its … Read
Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway
A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read
Chris Pratt Circles ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’
Chris Pratt has been offered everything since Guardians Of The Galaxy. Let's keep our eyes on Cowboy Ninja Viking, Universal's adaptation of the graphic novel. Not sure which of the three he'll play, but Pratt has been circling the picture for some time, and now I hear things are starting to move. Actually, he plays all three in writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel about a highly trained assassin - suffering from multiple personality disorder… Read
Fox Slots ‘Glee’ Final Season On Friday, Schedules ‘Last Man’, ‘Weird Loners’, ‘Backstrom’ & FailArmy Reality Show
Fox has slotted more midseason series. The 13-episode final season of Glee will air on Fridays, beginning January 9. It will be paired with new unscripted comedy World's Funniest Fails (working title), based on the hit YouTube channel FailArmy and featuring comedians analyzing "epic fail" viral videos. It's from dick clark prods.
Also today, Fox made official its plan to reduce the number of American Idol episodes. The veteran singing completion will start off its… Read
‘Everly’ Producers Eye Black List Action-Thriller ‘Dig’
EXCLUSIVE: Vega, Baby!, the new production and finance outfit from Ricky Budhrani and Everly producer Adam Ripp, has optioned Black List 2013 genre script Dig, by scribe Adam Taylor Barker. The action-thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains tracks Sol, a tough-as-nails grave digger out for revenge after his father-in-law kidnaps his daughters.
Vega, Baby! opened up shop in August with backing from Singapore-based financiers and recently added an acquisitions and… Read
Disney Hit With New Lawsuits By Kids With Autism; Many More Expected
EXCLUSIVE: Fourteen new individual lawsuits were filed this week against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act. "The systems, policies and procedures associated with the Disability Access Service which Disney rolled out in October of 2013 were certain to create discrimination against Plaintiffs, and it was obvious that the community of persons with cognitive impairments would be harmed by the DAS," said the filings in federal… Read
EuropaCorp Seeing Red; Bolsters Film Slate, Ups Lisa Ellzey To Film Prexy
EXCLUSIVE: As EuropaCorp's Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert keep building toward the opening of their Red distribution pipeline, they've added a new film to the slate and promoted Lisa Ellzey to be president of their U.S. film operation. They've hired Harry Brown helmer Daniel Barber to direct Underground, the Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski-scripted thriller about a Gotham detective who investigates missing persons cases that lead him into a frightening, labyrinth-like… Read
Iliza Shlesinger To Topline ABC Comedy Produced By Mark Gordon, Cindy Chupack
ABC and producer Mark Gordon are betting on comedian Iliza Shlesinger as the next strong female comedy voice in primetime. The network has put in development Forever 31, a comedy written by and starring Shlesinger, which will be produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co. Shlesinger has teamed on the project with one of the top female comedy writers of the past 15 years, Sex And The City alumna Cindy Chupack.
Based on Shlesinger's comedy, Forever 31 follows… Read
‘Sullivan & Son’ Cancelled By TBS After Three Seasons
The slate overhaul at TNT and TBS continues. TBS has cancelled comedy series Sullivan & Son after three seasons. Sullivan & Son and Men At Work were TBS' first original comedy series to take hold, both going to three seasons after making it to the air in 2012. Men At Work was cancelled in May, with transplant Cougar Town also wrapping its run on the network. This leaves Ground Floor, which debuted in November 2013 and was renewed for a second season, as the only returning… Read
James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Prediction: A Party Every Night Or “A Bleeping Disaster”
With scores of well-known comedians vying for the job, it came as a shock to many when CBS decided in September that the replacement for outgoing Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson would be British comedic actor James Corden. Not only is he unknown to many in the U.S., he didn't even know he was up for the gig.
In an interview today, Corden told Deadline the backstory on how he hooked the Late Late Show gig just as his movie career is taking off, as well as what audiences… Read
‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings 'positive thinking' and 'self-help' to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld's actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box's Happy Valley and Kino Lorber's Monk With A Camera are among Friday's debuting documentaries.
Happy Valley, named… Read
‘Doctor Who’s Matt Smith In ‘Patient Zero’
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Smith will star in Screen Gems' Patient Zero opposite Natalie Dormer. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the Mike Le-scripted action thriller and Vincent Newman is producing.
In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to… Read