Lenora Crichlow & Spencer Grammer Join ‘Mr. Robinson’ On NBC
A to Z's Lenora Crichlow and Spencer Grammer have been cast as regulars in Mr. Robinson, NBC's midseason comedy series starring The Office alum Craig Robinson as part of the creative revamp of the project under executive producers/showrunners Mark Cullen and Rob Cullen. Mr. Robinson stars Robinson as a journeyman musician who gets a job as a music teacher at a middle school. Crichlow, who just became available after wrapping NBC's just cancelled A to Z, will play Victoria… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par In Households, Slip In Demo With Host Cameron Diaz
Last night's Saturday Night Live with host Cameron Diaz and musical guests Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars drew a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 among adults 18-49 in the markets with Local People Meters.
That was even in households with last Saturday's show hosted by Woody Harrelson and down 13% in 18-49. The household number was solid - tied for the second-highest this season - but the demo delivery was on the soft… Read
Ex-NBC ‘Fixer’ Says He Funneled Money, More To Cosby Women: Report
Was NBC's 1980s regime aware of any inappropriate off-stage behavior by their biggest comedy star Bill Cosby? A 90-year-old former NBC employee, Frank Scotti, says he arranged meetings, cash payments, apartments and more with a string of models and other women on behalf of Cosby during The Cosby Show run on the network between 1984 to 1992. This is the first time NBC has been implicated in the ongoing controversy that has included a number of women coming forward… Read
Black ‘Annie’ Spoof On ‘SNL’ Stirs Its Own Hard Knocks
Lorne Michaels' writers' room handed veteran Saturday Night Live host Cameron Diaz a mixed bag of gags for last night's gig, her fourth in the slot.
After a pointless opening monologue -- featuring stupid questions from cast members planted in the audience -- she scored a semi-solid B- with the inevitable riff on her upcoming Annie remake with the Daddy Warbucks of Jamie Foxx, here including a pretty funny, carrot-topped Leslie Jones as a not-so-Little Orphan Annie. Quvenz… Read
Michael Che To Bill Cosby – “Pull YOUR Pants Up:” ‘SNL’
Last night's Cameron Diaz-hosted edition of Saturday Night Live scored points off the ever-expanding tribulations of Bill Cosby in a Weekend Update blast from co-anchor Michael Che.
“Hey Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up,” Che opened, before admitting, “I've always wanted to say that.”
It was a pointed reference to Cosby's frequent lecturing of African-American men on their responsibilities as husbands and fathers -- a harrumphing posture that's taken it on the chin… Read
‘Constantine’ Ratings Rise, ‘Last Man Standing’ Down, ‘Shark Tank’ Up, ‘Blue Bloods’ Even; ABC Wins Night In Demo
There were no Hollywood Film Awards or other disruptions to the Big 4 primetime schedule last night. Which meant everything clocked back into its regular Friday pattern with ABC (1.6/5) winning the night among adults 18-49 while CBS took the viewership top spot (9.19 million) on the final Friday of the November sweep.
The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshman Constantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of… Read
Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos”
Sex scandal or no sex scandal, Florida loves Bill Cosby. Despite snowballing allegations of rape that prompted Netflix to delay the comedian's Thanksgiving Day special and NBC to drop his family comedy pilot, the comedian received two standing ovations at the beginning and end of his Melbourne, Florida set as well as screams of encouragement from a packed house, CNN reports.
Addressing reports of the assertions by several women that they had been drugged and sexually… Read
SVP Alternative Among Several Eliminated Positions At CW As Part Of TW Layoffs
The sweeping Time Warner layoffs have reached the CW. The network's SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming. I hear the cuts are part of the ongoing layoffs at Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment, which co-owns the CW with CBS.
Vadas was one of two alternative executives at the CW, leading the network's… Read
Nora Arnezeder To Co-Star In ‘Zoo’; Christian Campbell Joins ‘True Detective’
French actress Nora Arnezeder (Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS' new summer drama series Zoo. Based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic. Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French… Read
‘CNN Original’ Roger Strauss Retires; Directed Tiananmen Square Live Coverage
The man who directed CNN's live coverage of the Tiananmen Square protest, including the heart-stopping footage off the guy who singlehandedly stopped a column of tanks, called it a career today. Roger Strauss was one of the few remaining “CNN Originals,” folks who have been at the cable news network since its 1980 launch. He started directing in 1982 and ran the control room for more than 19,000 live shows. “This is someone who has truly had a front-row seat to history —… Read
Paul Dano To Co-Star In Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot ‘Codes Of Conduct’
12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen has recruited the film's co-star Paul Dano for his HBO drama pilot Codes Of Conduct. Dano will co-star opposite Devon Terrell in the project -- a provocative exploration of a young black man's experience entering New York high society.
Co-written by McQueen and World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Codes Of Conduct, centers on Beverly Snow (Terrell), a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His… Read
‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox
Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets. Armstrong, Orenstein and Kaplan… Read