Sean Penn Plugs Mysterious “Author” Pappy Pariah On HBO’s ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’
So who is Pappy Pariah and why is Sean Penn saying all those nice things about him? Little or no light was shined on the not particularly difficult mystery Friday when the actor appeared on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. The guest spot was the two-time Oscar-winner’s second Pappy plug this week – he appeared Tuesday on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – to promote the oddly-named author’s “mem-noir” Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Penn narrates a free audiobook of the… Read
‘Archer’ Creator Looking To End Series With 10th Season
The end is nigh for the staff of International Secret Intelligence Service/unnamed drug running crew/Figgis Detective Agency. Archer creator Adam Reed has revealed his intent to bring the FX cult hit animated series about extremely incompetent spies to an end… in approximately three years. Appearing this week on Modern Film School's Murmur podcast, Reed explained his loose plan for the show’s tenth season to be its last:
The plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don't… Read
‘Legends Of Chamberlain Heights’ Duo Josiah Johnson & Quinn Hawking Sign With UTA
Exclusive: UTA has signed Josiah Johnson and Quinn Hawking, co-creators of Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlain Heights. They continue to be repped by MGMT Entertainment and Ellie Altshuler. The adult-oriented animated series premiered September 14 on Comedy Central following South Park, two months after receiving a rare early second-season renewal from the network during Comic-Con. Johnson and Hawking developed the series with co-creators Brad Ableson, Mike Clements… Read
‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy Not Going Forward At NBC After Objections
NBC has decided not to go forward with half-hour comedy Mail Order Family after the concept was met with disapproval by Asian American groups over possible stereotyping of Filipino women, triggering a Change.org petition to stop the project.
"We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers… Read
ABC Head Of PR Hope Hartman Departs To Do Docus, Starting with ‘The Judy Effect’
After a decade at ABC, Hope Hartman, who has overseen communications for the network and ABC Studios as SVP Communications for ABC Entertainment, is leaving. Her last day is today.
Hartman now plans to focus on documentary-making full time. During her stint at ABC, which she joined as VP Media Relations in 2006, Hartman directed her first documentary, Book Club, which she completed in 2012. It screened at festivals, was optioned for development as a series at the CW and… Read
NBC Buys ‘A Year To Remember’ Drama From Telefe USA & Kapital Entertainment
NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. This marks the first network sale for Telefe USA since the LA-based outpost of Argentina’s largest broadcaster, Telefe, was launched in March.
The adaptation, written by Michael Folley (How to Get Away with Murder), is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who's… Read
‘Dynasty’ Reboot Set At the CW With Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage
The CW is returning to the primetime soap arena in a big way, taking a shot at rebooting one of the iconic series in the genre, the Aaron Spelling-produced Dynasty. The network has put in development the high-profile project, which hails from the duo behind one of the CW’s biggest soaps, Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, in their return to the network.
They have teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series’ creators… Read
Gloria Reuben To Adapt Dean Koontz Novel ‘Dark Rivers Of The Heart’ For TV
Mr. Robot‘s Gloria Reuben is teaming with Cathy Konrad's Tree Line Film and Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Television to adapt Dean Koontz's bestselling book Dark Rivers of the Heart for television.
The psychological thriller centers on an ex-Marine, haunted by a tortured past, who is on the run with a mysterious, troubled woman who witnessed the murder of her husband and parents. The lethal servant of a black ops government agency, corrupt in mind and deed, is their… Read
‘Notorious’ & ‘Pitch’ Hold Steady In Week 2 With No ‘TNF’ On CBS, ‘Grey’s’ Stays Hot
Snapshot updated with finals: New series Week 2: ABC's Notorious (even), Fox's Pitch (1.1, down -0.1), The Good Place (1.3, down -0.1, adjusted up from 1.2); Returning series all down, with the exception of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.4, even with its premiere fast national) and Fox’s Rosewood (0.8, up +0.1); Chicago Med (1.3) hits new series low; Grey's Anatomy (2.4, 8.34 million viewers) is night’s highest-rated and most-watched program.
Rookies Notorious and Pitch and… Read
Fox Orders Gordon Ramsay Live Food Variety Show ‘The F Word’
Fox has ordered a new series from its biggest reality star, Gordon Ramsay. The network has picked up live food variety show The F Word from the popular chef, TV personality for premiere in 2017. This marks the first series for Studio Ramsay, the independent production company Ramsay launched earlier this year, and hails from the company’s joint venture with All3Media.
Like other Ramsay shows on Fox, The F Word is based on his hit UK series of the same name. The F Word is… Read
Viacom’s New Directors Will Lead Committee Weighing CBS Deal
Viacom board members recently picked by Sumner and Shari Redstone to join the governing body dominate the Special Committee of Independent Directors that will look into a potential merger with CBS, the company says.
Eversource Energy Chairman Thomas May and former Sony Entertainment President Nicole Seligman will be co-chairs. Others exploring the matter include tech investor Kenneth Lerer, former Discovery President Judith McHale, Avis Budget Group Executive Chairman… Read
Donald Trump’s Mic Really Did Have Issues, Says Debate Commission
Until now, the 84 million-plus viewers of Monday’s presidential debate mostly had to take Donald Trump’s word that his microphone was glitchy. Aside from those amplified sniffles, the sound seemed unremarkable during the broadcast.
But now the Commission on Presidential Debates has Read