FCC Considers Fines For On-Air Use Of Washington Redskins Name
The FCC - best known for its efforts to protect Americans from Janet Jackson's nipples, Charlotte Ross' rear end and various gags delivered by a pre-America's Got Talent Howard Stern - has jumped into the Washington NFL team name debate, announcing today it's mulling whether to fine broadcasters for saying on-air the racial slur that is the team's name.
The commission is charged with fining broadcasters for obscenities and indecencies by responding to viewers/listeners'… Read
Julianna Margulies Inks Production Deal With CBS Studios
Julianna Margulies, the Emmy-winning star of The Good Wife, has formed Toast Prods., which will be based at CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the praised CBS legal drama. Under the pact, Margulies and her Toast Prods. will develop and produce series, limited event series and TV movies for the studio, which will target various platforms and will not necessarily be starring vehicles for Margulies.
Margulies has a close relationship with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves going back… Read
‘Hand Of God’ To Go To Series, Two Others Likely As Amazon Studios Starts Making Series Pickup Decisions
It appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company's third batch of pilots expire today. I've learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series. Two other pilots — David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh's country club comedy Red Oaks, and Whit Stillman's expat comedy The Cosmopolitans — are in serious contention. Both have a real shot at a pickup, with an order for Red O… Read
Showtime Casts Rachel Bloom’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Pilot; Dominic Cooper Joins ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’
Santino Fontana, Michael McDonald, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III have been cast as potential series regulars on Showtime's comedy pilot Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, starring Rachel Bloom. The project centers on Rebecca (Bloom), a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything - her
partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan - in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that… Read
Suddenlink To Drop Viacom Channels In Dispute Over Contract Terms
Here's the latest sign of Viacom's fraying relationship with small cable operators: Due to a contract impasse, at midnight Suddenlink will become the second cable company — following Cable One — that doesn't carry the entertainment power's channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. Viacom wanted “a nearly 50% increase in payments, even though viewership has decreased in the last several years for their main channels, some by almost 30%,” the St… Read
Fox News Channel Tops Cable Primetime Ratings In Third Quarter
Fox News Channel finished No. 1 in primetime among all cable networks for the third quarter — the first time it has done so since the Iraq war in the first quarter of '03.
In FNC's so-called “extended” primetime, 7-11 PM, the cable news network finished first in a quarter for the first time ever — besting ESPN, USA and TNT, though those networks don't typically extend their primetime to 7 PM. FNC finished No. 3 for the quarter among cable networks for total day viewing… Read
ABC Nabs 1970s Female Cop Drama From Fake Empire & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot
In their first collaboration, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire has teamed with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment for Broad Squad, a period female cop procedural, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under a deal, is producing.
Set in 1978, the series is described as a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers. Dubbed “The Broad Squad” by the local press, they… Read
‘Rush Hour’ To Be Remade As Action Series From Bill Lawrence & Brett Ratner
A big series project is about to hit the markeplace — an hourlong action comedy based on the blockbuster movie franchise Rush Hour. I've learned that Warner Bros TV has closed deals for the project, which will be co-written/executive produced by one of studio's top showrunners, Bill Lawrence. The movie franchise's director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian will serve as executive producers.
Written by Cougar Town co-creator Lawrence and the series' executive… Read
Yvonne Strahovski To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Astronaut Wives Club’
Coming off a starring role opposite Keifer Sutherland on the Fox event series 24: Live Another Day, Yvonne Strahovski has been tapped as one of the leads in ABC's 10-episode drama series The Astronaut Wives Club, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire, Groundswell Productions and ABC Studios. It marks Chuck alumna Strahovski's reunion with the NBC spy dramedy's co-creator Schwartz, who exec produces Astronaut Wives Club alongside Savage. Written by Savage… Read
Tracy Morgan Blasts Walmart After Retailer Blames Him For Not Wearing Seatbelt When Driver Rear-Ended His Limo
“I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused,” Tracy Morgan said in a statement the day after Walmart said in a court filing that Morgan and others in his limo are “in whole or in part” responsible for outcome of a fatal highway crash. “My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time,” Morgan said in today's statement. He said he issued the statement “after I heard what Walmart… Read
FX Renews Comedies ‘Married’ & ‘You’re The Worst’, Moves ‘Worst’ To FXX
FX Networks has renewed its two freshman summer comedies, Married and You're The Worst, with 13-episode orders, up from 10 episodes for their rookie runs. Married will continue on FX, while You're The Worst is headed to sibling FXX.
Neither has been a breakout, but both have done OK by cable comedy standards. On a weekly basis, Married has averaged 1.96 million total viewers and 1.35 million adults 18-49, and You're The Worst is averaging 1.65 million viewers and 1.09… Read
Otter Media Adds Top Execs As Chernin-AT&T Online Strategy Clarifies
Otter Media has named former airline and telecomm executive Virasb Vahidi as CEO, and just-departed YouTube executive Tom Pickett to head a new group under Vahidi running niche online-video channels CrunchyRoll, KDrama and Creativebug.
Otter is the joint venture, announced earlier this year, between The Chernin Group and AT&T. Today's announcement finally begins to provide structure and clarity to a series of other moves by the joint venture, including last week's deal Read