Vine Star Curtis Lepore Exits Rainn Wilson Comedy
When on Monday we broke the story of a new scripted comedy series project produced by Rainn Wilson and his SoulPancake banner featuring five of the most popular personalities on short-form video platform Vine, there was immediate online backlash against one of the stars, Curtis Lepore. The objections to his involvement in the project, titled Hollywood and Vine, stemmed from a rape charge against the viral star at the beginning of the year. Lepore was charged with raping… Read
‘Manhattan Love Story’ Cancelled By ABC
ABC's new comedy Manhattan Love Story this week hit the “point of no return” rating of 0.7 in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day). Now it has become the first casualty of the fall season. The network has pulled the underperforming freshman romantic comedy, effective immediately; its lead-in, Selfie, will run back-to-back originals in the Tuesday 8 PM hour next week.
Selfie and Manhattan Love Story had the odds stacked against them from the start — left to fend for themselves… Read
‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Canceled As TLC Wrings Its Hands And Details Get Worse — Update
UPDATED: TLC has pulled the plug on its reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after reports the tot's mother was again seeing a former boyfriend convicted of child molestation.
And, just when you thought this story could not get any skankier, one of Mama June's daughters, the now 20-year old Anna Cardwell (aka Chickadee), has come forward saying she was a victim of Mark McDaniel at age eight (McDaniel got out of prison this past March). That's a reversal from this… Read
ICM Partners’ Interns Lawsuit Mediation Set For December
UPDATE, 5:08 PM: Two days after NBCUniversal settled a potential class action lawsuit by former Saturday Night Live interns for $6.4 million, ICM Partners has moved one step closer to possibly resolving its own labor issue. As expected, the agency and representatives for ex-interns Kimberly Behzadi and Jason Rindenau have agreed to mediation, now scheduled for December 15.
ICM Partners attorney Steven Herd said in a letter from both sides sent to U.S. District Court Judge… Read
Brody Jenner & Stevie Ryan Relationship Talk Show Ordered By E! As Presentation
Reality star Brody Jenner, Stevie TV's Stevie Ryan and sex and relationship therapist/TV personality Dr. Mike Dow are set to host an untitled live weekly relationship call-in talk show for E!, which will be filming a development presentation in Los Angeles this month.
The project originated with Brody and is based on The Brody Jenner Podcast With Dr. Mike Dow, which launched in January. Jenner sold the idea with Dow attached to E!, and Ryan was brought in as a third… Read
Adam Davidson To Direct Pilot For ‘The Walking Dead’ Companion Series
AMC has tasked Adam Davidson with creating the visual world of The Walking Dead companion series. The veteran TV helmer has been tapped as director of the high-profile pilot, slated to film late this year.
Co-created by Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based, and Dave Erickson (Marco Polo), the spinoff takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location.
Executive producing the companion series… Read
‘Two & Half Men’ Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn & Marcus Wiley Sell Comedy To ABC
After a break, Two And A Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn is returning to TV with a new multi-camera comedy project, Totally Illegal, which has been set up at ABC with Marcus Wiley producing through ABC Studios.
Totally Illegal takes a different spin on the idea of assimilation and immigration experiences in the framework of a family show. It is based on the real-life exploits of producer Kelly Slattery (Breaking Wind), who arrived in the U.S. from rural Canada as an… Read
Does Alibaba Plan To Take Control Of Lionsgate?
Lionsgate shares rose 5.3% to $33.00 today after The New York Post reported that the Chinese e-retail giant is eager to buy Mark Rachesky's 37.4% stake in the independent studio. Although Lionsgate isn't commenting, there's enough in the wind to make the scenario plausible. Alibaba is flush with cash after its record-setting $25B IPO last month — and founder Jack Ma will be in Hollywood next week to talk with different studios. He already knows Lionsgate: Alibaba… Read
Starz Ballet Drama ‘Flesh And Bone’ To Become Limited Series
With filming on the upcoming eight-episode Starz drama series Flesh And Bone completed, the pay cable network has decided to air the project as a limited series. The format switch will require no script changes, reshoots or additional footage, with the eight episodes airing as originally written and the current finale standing as a suitable conclusion to the limited series.
Created/executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by Lawrence… Read
Terry Keenan Dead: Longtime Business Reporter-Anchor At CNN, CNBC & Fox News
Terry Keenan, a veteran business journalist who worked at CNN, CNBC and Fox News during nearly a nearly quarter-century TV career, died Thursday in New York of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 54. For the past five years, Keenan had written a weekly business column for The New York Post; her final column was posted just days ago, on October 19.
She learned the ropes in the 1980s working on Louis Rukeyser's PBS series Wall Street Week and then on Lou Dobbs' Moneyline at CNN… Read
FCC Postpones Auction Of Broadcast TV Spectrum To 2016
Television station owners have more time than some probably ever imagined to decide whether to let wireless broadband providers buy airwave spectrum that they use to transmit programming. The FCC has been working on a voluntary auction for years with plans to have it take place in mid-2015. But today the agency says it will postpone the sale to early 2016 as it grapples with a lawsuit from the National Association of Broadcasters that says the plan will hurt stations that… Read
Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis To Topline Showtime Pilot ‘Billions’
Emmy-winning Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime with a lead role in another drama project. Lewis and fellow Emmy winner Paul Giamatti have been tapped as the two leads in Showtime's Wall Street drama pilot Billions, which will be directed by Neil Burger (Divergent).
Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions is a fictional drama that takes a close look at the world of high finance by tracking the… Read