‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox
Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith's hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony's Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV.
Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor) will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. They will executive produce with Overbrook's… Read
‘Below Deck’ Renewed For Third Season By Bravo
A day after Below Deck's Season 2 finale broke a series season ratings record, Bravo has re-upped the yachting yarn for a third go-round. The reality series from 51 Minds, which follows the professional and personal lives of the crew of a luxury yacht as they deal with their wealthy charter guests, scored its best numbers of the season last night. It earned the highest-rated episode of the season among all key demos, with 1.4M total viewers and 710,000 P18-49, according… Read
DGA Board Approves New Commercials Contract
The DGA's national board of directors has unanimously approved the terms of a new three-year contract covering directors and members of the directorial team working on TV commercials. The new pact, which includes pay raises of 2.75% in the first year and 3% in each of the second and third years, now goes to the guild's members for final ratification.
"Members working in commercials represent a strong and steady portion of the DGA membership, and this contract will secure… Read
Nancy Snyderman Out Of Quarantine – But Not Returning To NBC For Another Month
NBC News will bring back its chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, whose mandatory quarantine ends today — but the news division is keeping her out of circulation for another month, presumably to give the toxicity of her quarantine violation time to subside.
In a memo to staff, NBC News chief Deborah Turness announced that the 21-day quarantine period of Snyderman and her team is ending tonight, but that “we have encouraged them — and they have agreed — to take… Read
California Film Commission Appointments: IATSE VP & PMK*BNC Boss Added
Just over a month after signing a big expansion of California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program, Gov. Jerry Brown has picked a Democrat labor leader and a Republican PR CEO to join the state film commission's board. The announcement of IATSE VP Thomas Davis and PMK*BNC boss Michael Nyman to the board of the Californian Film Commission comes as big change and big bucks are about to hit the state organization.
Next year will see not only an influx of hundreds of… Read
Lisa Ling’s ‘This Is Life’ Latest CNN Show Pushing Network Definition To Early Viewer Approval
Lisa Ling's This Is Life continues CNN's encouraging preliminary ratings results with programs that push the news network's definition. In its first telecast, on September 28, the documentary series clocked 235,000 demo viewers and 598,000 total viewers, handily winning both metrics, and a big uptick compared to the 10 PM time slot's prior four-week average with repeats of such programs as The Hunt, Death Row Stories and Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.
The new series'… Read
Quartet Cast In HBO’s ‘Crime’ Miniseries
Michael Kenneth Williams, Amara Karan, Jeannie Berlin and Glenne Headly have joined the cast of HBO's eight-hour miniseries Crime (formerly Criminal Justice). The project's executive producer Steven Zaillian, who helmed the original pilot co-starring the late James Gandolfini, is set to direct multiple episodes, with James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) tapped to direct one. The New York crime story, a passion project of Gandolfini, centers on Jack Stone — played by Jo… Read
ABC Nabs Fortune Feimster Comedy From Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock
The Cabot College team of creator/executive Matt Hubbard and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have reunited for another multi-camera project. It will be headlined by Cabot College co-star, actor-comedian Fortune Feimster.
Hubbard again will write the script for the project, which has landed at ABC with penalty in a competitive situation. Set in North Carolina, the untitled multicamera comedy is based on the family life and stand-up of Feimster, who grew up… Read
Bryan Cranston “Congratulates” Florida Mom On Anti-‘Breaking Bad’ Doll Campaign
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has tweeted his amazement/amusement upon learning Toys R Us was taking his action figure off its shelves in response to an online petition created by a Florida housewife. Toys R Us, meanwhile, has learned about the downside of the media's deep and abiding love of all things Breaking Bad, when a flood of late-night gags and morning-infotainment-show hand-wringers turned a puny 8,000 signature-strong petition protesting the dolls into a… Read
World Series Ratings: Game 1 Strikes Out With New Low
UPDATE, 1:57 PM: The final stats are in for last night's World Series Game 1 and it looks like there were two losers: The Kansas City Royals, obviously, after falling to the San Francisco Giants 7-1, and Fox. The opening game got a 3.4/11 rating between 8-11 PM with 12.19 million viewers. That's a drop of 19% from the first game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 23 last year. Last night's game dipped 6% from the previous all-time World… Read
Lifetime Orders ‘Lizzie Borden’ Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci
Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie's Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden's sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015.
Lifetime has turned… Read
‘Bewitched’ Follow-Up Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment
In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network that aired the original series from 1964-1972.
Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched's debut, the new version… Read