Marty Pasetta Dies: Longtime Director Of Academy Awards Telecasts Was 82
Marty Pasetta, best known as director of Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and ’80s, has died. Pasetta died after he was struck by a car he had just exited Thursday night in La Quinta, CA. He was 82.
The driver of the car had dropped off Pasetta and another passenger, and subsequently exited the car but left the transmission engaged, according to the Desert Sun. The car then struck both passengers. Pasetta died at the scene and the other passenger died later… Read
‘X-Factor’ Producers Hit With $2M Lawsuit By Contestant; Says Performance Was “Altered”
Sally Hessnice may have not been judged worthy to go very far on The X-Factor by Simon Cowell and gang two years ago but the singer isn't ready to exit stage left just yet. She filed a multi-claim complaint today against producers FremantleMedia North America, Cowell’s Syco Television and Blue Orbit Productions for more than $2 million in damages. Hessnice claims that her audition performance shown on the Fox show back in September 2013 was strategically altered "to… Read
Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman On Almost Passing On ‘Jane The Virgin’, Pace, Title Change & How Will It End
Last May, the CW introduced a new dramedy from showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman: Jane the Virgin—an adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. It was a standout at the Upfronts and went on to become a critical darling and a Golden Globe winner for star Gina Rodriguez. Snyder Urman started her career on the ABC comedy Hope and Faith before stints on Gilmore Girls, Men in Trees, Lipstick Jungle and 90210. Jane the Virgin is her second series as creator; the… Read
‘Fuller’ Brush-Off: Olsens Won’t Head Home For ‘Full House’ Sequel
Little Michelle Tanner won’t be making a return to TV. The executive producer of the upcoming Full House sequel today confirmed that Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen won’t appear on the Netflix series that premieres next year. "Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family,” Robert L. Boyett said. “It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional… Read
Melissa McCarthy Staying At CAA
UPDATED: Almost two months after the bombshell move of CAA’s top comedy talent agents to UTA, including Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak, I’ve learned that the last remaining A-list client in play, Melissa McCarthy, has made her choice, and she is staying with CAA. McCarthy had been with Heyman and Lesak for the past 5 years as she saw her career explode. She joined CAA shortly after landing the female lead in Mike & Molly, which would earn her an Emmy Award, and her… Read
UP Orders ‘Last Hope With Troy Dunn’ To Series
The network that bill itself as “feel good TV for you and your family” had greenlighted its latest series — and it certainly fits that bill. Casting is underway for UP’s working-titled Last Hope With Troy Dunn, in which author and motivational speaker Dunn tracks down lost loved ones and facilitates reunions. Produced by DunnDeal Studios, the series will launch in the fall. Meanwhile, the net also has acquired all 44 episodes of Dunn’s reality series The Locator, which it… Read
Swoosie Kurtz On ‘Mike & Molly,’ Mom And Her First Tony Award Nomination
EXCLUSIVE: I met Swoosie Kurtz for the first time in the brief lull between her first Tony nomination and her first win. Almost immediately I asked her to marry me. Didn’t matter that I was married at the time. Didn’t matter that we were somewhat blazed and not alone (everyone was blazed and as I recall, everyone of every sexual predilection was asking for Swoosie Kurtz’s, um, hand in marriage). We were young, the environment was bohemian, to employ a euphemism, and all… Read
‘Golan The Insatiable’ Trailer: Kneel Before Fox’s New Toon Series
A year after Fox scrapped its ADHD Saturday animation block, one of the programs culled from that toon incubator is making its way to primetime. Here’s the first trailer for Golan The Incubator, which launches May 31 with a new voice cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Rob Riggle. It follows Dylan (Plaza), a 9-year-old small-town oddball who is picked on and harassed — until one day she stumbles upon Golan (Riggle), a mighty “godlord” from another dimension. All Dylan wants is… Read
Joe Henderson Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Joe Henderson, who was just tapped as showrunner of Lucifer, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the new Fox drama series, Warner Bros. Television. Under the two-year pact, he will render executive producer/showrunners services on Lucifer as well as develop new projects for network, cable, and digital.
Henderson is executive producing Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, with Tom Kapinos, who wrote the pilot based on the… Read
TLC “Deeply Saddened” As It Pulls All Episodes of ’19 Kids And Counting’ In Wake Of Child Molestation Allegations – Update
UPDATED with TLC statement, 12:23 PM: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids And Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” the Discovery Communications network said in a statement just sent to the media. The network declined to elaborate as to whether this was a temporary situation.
PREVIOUSLY, 10:45 AM:… Read
Martha Coolidge: Blaming DGA For Lack Of Female Directors Is “Dangerous Side-Path”
Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the ACLU's call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. But she says the civil rights group was wrong to blame the DGA for the problem.
"The DGA has worked harder and thrown more money at trying to solve the problems of discriminatory employment than anyone else in the industry," she told… Read
‘Texas Rising’ Review: History Shouldn’t Have Messed With The Lone Star State
With a Memorial Day debut on History Channel, Texas Rising has ambitious aims. But sad to say, the 10-hour multi-week miniseries just doesn't hit the target. Brought to the small screen by some of the team behind the blockbuster The Hatfields And McCoys series, the Roland Joffe-directed tale of Lone Star warfare and revolution ends up, as my video review above says, being shrill instead of strong.
Not that Texas Rising lacks a Texas-sized cast as it picks up this piece of… Read