Global Showbiz Briefs: BBC Unveils ‘Doctor Who’ Web Series; ‘Coronation Street’ & ‘Emmerdale’ Staying On Aussie TV Into 2020
With Peter Capaldi set to debut as the newest Doctor Who on Saturday, the BBC today announced a behind-the-scenes online series that will follow every step of the creation of his first season as the Time Lord. Doctor Who Extra will be available exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the UK (no word yet on plans for diffusion outside Britain). Over the course of 12 programs, the show will be an inside take on Season 8 from the people who made it including Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and… Read
NBCU Slammed In Second Age-Discrimination Lawsuit By Emmy-Winning Former KNBC Producer
Pink slipped from his producing job at KNBC about two years ago after almost a decade at the station, Frank Snepp has decided to double up on his battle against his former employer. The 71-year-old Emmy and Peabody winner today filed a wrongful-termination complaint against NBCUniversal and the local LA affiliate seeking a jury trial and "compensatory, general, and punitive damages." Proving that timing really is everything, the 9-page filing in LA Superior Court (read it… Read
Comedy Central Orders ‘@DadBoner’ Animated Pilot Based On Twitter Feed
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is headed to the Midwest with @DadBoner, an animated comedy project based on the popular Twitter feed and the book it spawned, Power Moves: Livin' The American Dream, USA Style, by the feed's writer, Mike Burns. The cable network has ordered a pilot for the project, written by Burns and Tim Long. The @DadBoner feed is penned by Karl Welzein, a fictional middle-aged Michigan man separated from his wife who loves Bob Seger. Welzein's real identity… Read
‘Survivor’ Editors Win IATSE Contract With Mark Burnett Company
EXCLUSIVE: You can be pretty sure most of the Survivor crew will vote to stay on this newly unionized island. The Motion Picture Editors Guild and Mark Burnett's Island Post Productions have finalized an agreement in principle to unionize postproduction staff on the veteran CBS reality show, a deal that comes after a brief labor action last week. As the IATSE Local 700 sought, the roughly 30 editors and other post staff will receive full health and pension benefits under… Read
NBC Nabs Kari Lizer Mom Comedy With Put Pilot Commitment
NBC is back in business with Kari Lizer, giving a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy from the New Adventures Of Old Christine creator. Titled Wing Mom, the project from Warner Bros TV, where Lizer's company Kari's Logo Here is based, is inspired by Lizer's relationship with her adult children. It centers on a divorced woman who has been waiting until her two kids were grown before starting to date again. When her 18-year-old son starts to offer her romance… Read
The Thrill Of Induction (Eventually): Hall Of Fame Names Chris Schenkel
The late Chris Schenkel — for decades ABC's workhorse announcer through nine Olympics, the NBA, horse racing, college football, and of course 36 years of those winter Saturday bowling tournaments — has been named to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, nine years after his death at 82, the hall announced today.
Other honorees on this year's list include a group of heavy-hitting executives, including NFL Network CEO and President David Bornstein, CBS Sports operations… Read
HBO Ups Amy Gravitt, Nick Hall, David Levine & Francesca Orsi To SVP
HBO has elevated four executives to SVP Programming — two in comedy, Amy Gravitt and Nick Hall, and two in drama, David Levine and Francesca Orsi. Gravitt and Hall, who oversee the development and production of original comedy series, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of comedy Casey Bloys. Levine and Orsi, who have the same responsibilities on the drama side, report to EVP of HBO Programming and head of drama Michael Ellenberg. All four have been promoted from… Read
Brian Huskey Set For ABC’s ‘Selfie'; Rebecca Forsythe Joins ‘Members Only’
Brian Huskey has booked a recurring role on the ABC/Warner Bros. TV single camera comedy Selfie from Emily Kapnek. Selfie follows twentysomething Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) as she rebrands her social media image with the help of marketing guru Henry (John Cho). On the show, Huskey will be playing Larry, a clueless lab technician at a children's pharmaceutical company, who has a real, unrequited fondness of Henry. Larry's random presence adds complications to Henry's My F… Read
Emmygeddon: Can TV Academy Avoid Monday Night Traffic Nightmare?
In case you haven't heard yet, the Emmys are on a Monday this year. In downtown L.A. at Nokia. At 5 PM. Yikes. That means potential traffic headaches that never were an issue on the show's usual Sunday date in the past (it hasn't aired on a Monday since 1976). The Television Academy is however making an all-out effort to avoid the kind of traffic nightmare that could impact the show big time. In fact, the organization has been working with the city for months just… Read
Crews Runaway To Sacramento To Back Bigger Production Tax-Credit Bill
Hundreds of film and TV industry workers practiced a different sort of runaway production today, heading to Sacramento where they turned the Capitol's north lawn into a Hollywood soundstage as they rallied for a bill to quadruple production tax incentives.
"Our jobs make magic on the screen, but we can't feed our families on fairy dust," said Thom Davis, business manager of IATSE Grips Local 80. "Every day, film and television production jobs are leaving California."
Step Right Up For ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Premiere Date
The fourth iteration of FX's limited-series franchise will start its haunting on October 8. Set in 1952, American Horror Story: Freak Show revolves around a troupe of carny curiosities whose arrival in Jupiter, FL, coincides with creepy goings-on in the town. The cast includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Michael Chiklis, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson as Siamese twins Bette and Dot. EP Tim Minear said at Comic-Con last month that John Carroll… Read
Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina & Jon Bernthal Join HBO Miniseries ‘Show Me A Hero’
Winona Ryder (The Iceman, Black Swan), Alfred Molina (Matador, Monday Mornings) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Walking Dead) have been cast opposite Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in HBO's six-hour miniseries Show Me A Hero from The Wire co-creator David Simon. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, it tells the story of Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), the youngest big-city mayor in the nation who finds himself thrust into the center of a racial controversy… Read