JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In Tommy Johnagin CBS Comedy Pilot
JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Better With You, Once Upon A Time) is set as the female lead opposite Tommy Johnagin in CBS’ untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by the comedian’s life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumack, WBTV and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Garcia Swisher, repped by WME and John Carrabino, plays Michelle, an accomplished pediatrician married to… Read
Obama On Leonard Nimoy: “I Loved Spock”
The death the Star Trek actor today has left one fan in particular proclaiming his devotion to the cool, calm and collected Vulcan. President Barack Obama publicly noted the death of Leonard Nimoy on Friday:
"Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy." —President Obama #LLAP
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 27, 2015
Besides the tweet, the White House also released a long statement from the president about Nimoy's death and the effect the actor… Read
Tarak Ben Ammar, Dominique Delport Proposed To Join Vivendi’s Supervisory Board
Franco-Tunisian media mogul Tarak Ben Ammar and Havas Media Group France chief exec Dominique Delport have been proposed to join the supervisory board of French media giant Vivendi. The moves, expected to be ratified and confirmed at the Vivendi shareholders’ meeting in May, represent a further consolidation of chairman Vincent Bollore’s vision for the group.
The duo will almost certainly have an impact on the future direction of Vivendi, which finds itself sitting on a… Read
Eric Mabius Joins NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’
Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius has landed a major recurring role on NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire. He’ll play Tom Nesbitt, a high-end strip club owner. Mabius recently wrapped Signed, Sealed, Delivered, an original limited series for Hallmark Channel. His feature credits include indie Price Check, which premiered at Sundance in January, Welcome To The Dollhouse, Resident Evil and Where The Road Meets The Sun. He’s repped by ICM and Geordie Frey at GEF… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5 Key Art Unveiled – New Horizons
In a just over a month and a half, fans of the blockbuster HBO series will finally be back on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. But while Game Of Thrones fans wait for the Season 5 debut on April 12, the premium cabler today released another look at what is to come.
Following on his escape from King's Landing, Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is now on the run across the Narrow Seas – as this image shows to some extent. And, of course, there are dragons on… Read
‘Baby Daddy’ Renewed For Fifth Season By ABC Family
As production wraps on Season 4, ABC Family said today it has renewed its flagship comedy series Baby Daddy for a fifth season.
The renewal comes amid strong ratings for the series. Returning with one-year highs for its Winter Season 4 premiere across target demos, to date, Baby Daddy ranks as cable TV's No. 1 series on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Females 12-34 and is the No. original cable TV telecast in Women 18-49 (616,000/1.0 ).
Craig Ferguson To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The King of 7B’
With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive… Read
Dean Cain, Helen Slater Join ‘Supergirl’ Pilot
CBS is drawing from the DC Comics superhero TV and film universe for the latest additions to its Supergirl pilot. Dean Cain, who played Clark Kent/Superman in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, and Helen Slater, who played Kara Zor-El/Supergirl in the 1984 film Supergirl, are set to guest star in what is described only as “mystery roles.”
Based on the DC Comics characters, Supergirl — from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods. — centers on… Read
‘The Last Man On Earth’ Review: Will Forte Show Funny & Original, Says Dominic Patten
There's more end of the world on Sunday nights with the March 1 debut of Fox’s The Last Man On Earth. Starring SNL alum Will Forte and produced by The Lego Movie team of Phil Lord & Chris Miller, the single-camera comedy is very different from The Walking Dead. And, as a big fan of the AMC blockbuster zombie apocalypse series, I mean that in a good way.
As my video review above says, the premise is all in the title as temp Phil Miller finds himself seemingly the sole… Read
Noah Galvin Joins ABC’s Dan Savage Comedy Pilot, Annie Funke In CBS’ ‘LFE’
Newcomer Noah Galvin has booked the young lead in the ABC/ABC Studios untitled Dan Savage comedy pilot. Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Savage, the single-camera project revolves around the O'Neals, a seemingly perfect All-American family. When the youngest son, Kenny (Galvin), comes out of the closet, all the family secrets are revealed and the family proves to be quite typical and not so perfect. Galvin is… Read
Peacock Productions Jumps With Brian Banks Into ‘Serial’-esque Real-Time True Crime Series Derby
Add NBC News’ Peacock Productions to the growing list of unscripted-TV producers trying to do their own iteration of the wildly successful Serial podcast. Peacock Prods’ hook? Its series will be developed with Brian Banks, whose life as a wrongly convicted man is being turned into a movie directed by Lee Daniels.
Last August, Daniels announced he’d signed to The Brian Banks Story for Amy Baer's Gidden Media. Profiled in a 60 Minutes piece, Banks was a high school… Read
Leonard Nimoy’s Death: Reactions From Friends, Co-Stars & The Industry
Friends, co-stars and the industry are weighing in about Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83. Here is a sampling; we’ll add more throughout the day:
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."
-William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015
Star Trek actor George Takei, to CNN:
“Leonard was a very dear friend. One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek… Read