‘Red Band Society’ Bus Ads Pulled Over Offensive Language Referring To Octavia Spencer
Here's the latest flap involving marketing for a new TV show that has offended some L.A. citizens. Metro Los Angeles today yanked ads for Fox's Red Band Society from its buses today after activists complained about offensive language. The ad features the cast of the hospital drama with mini-captions like “Coma Boy” and “The Player.” But the one that rankled folks was next to the photo of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, labeling her “Scary Bitch.” So they've been pulled… Read
Study Deems Broadcast Networks Mostly Mediocre When It Comes To Latino Inclusion
Like a progressive public school from the '70s, the National Latino Media Council this year dropped A-F grades it has been giving broadcast networks for Latino inclusion efforts in front of and behind the camera, opting instead for a grading scale of Good, Mediocre or Bad. Today's report rated the diversity performances of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in the 2013-14 TV season in primetime (the CW is not included). The four networks were graded based on employment of Latino… Read
Ian Sander & Kim Moses Ink First-Look Deal With 20th TV, Set Biblical Drama At Amazon
Ian Sander and Kim Moses have signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television Studios to develop and produce new series for the studio through their Sander/Moses Prods. The deal stems from Sander and Moses' collaboration with 20th TV on the drama Runner. The project, based on the Turkish series Son, was sold to Fox last season to mark the first Turkish TV format to be set up in Hollywood by American producers. The 20th TV-produced drama just received a… Read
Legal Drama From Jerry Bruckheimer & Rick Eid Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment
One of the most successful combinations in network drama has been CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer and crime procedural. Now the ingredients are back together in a new hourlong project — this time on the legal side — which has received a put pilot commitment from CBS. Acquittal, which hails from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, will be written by one of JBT's go-to writer-producers, Rick Eid. It is based on the nonfiction book Acquittal: An Insid… Read
‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley To Adapt His Novel ‘Before The Fall’ In Sony Pic Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired Before The Fall, a novel written by Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of Fargo. That series also brought Emmy nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. Hawley will adapt his novel and he will produce the feature with John Cameron. The book tells the story of a mysterious private-plane crash, starting in Martha's Vineyard, and focuses on the two… Read
Kevin Connolly To Star In Fox Fantasy Football Comedy From Matthew Berry
FX has had success with The League. Now Fox is tapping into the hot fantasy football world with a high-profile comedy package that has landed a put pilot commitment from the network. Titled Fantasy Life, the multi-camera/hybrid comedy, from 20th TV, has Kevin Connolly attached to star. Written by Tim McAuliffe (The Office), Fantasy Life is an office comedy centered on Mitch, a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job working in the fantasy sports department at a major… Read
Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad & Justin Spitzer Sell Workplace Comedy To NBC
Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad and former The Office writer-producer Justin Spitzer have sold single-camera half-hour comedy The Greatest Love Story Ever Told to NBC via Universal TV, where Fleischer and Spitzer are under overall deals. Fleischer is attached to direct and will exec produce with Bernad and Spitzer.
Greatest Love Story Ever Told revolves around a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in Middle America and the love stories that ultimately… Read
‘Simpsons’ EP Al Jean On Character’s Death In 26th Season Premiere: “When We Kill ‘Em, They Stay Dead”
Executive producer Al Jean is being tight-lipped until the very end regarding which The Simpsons character is going to be killed off in the Season 26 premiere on September 28. One promise he's keeping, “When we kill 'em, they stay dead.” Meaning, unlike Family Guy, which killed off Brian the dog for three weeks, don't expect this Simpsons character to be resurrected despite the fact that they're a cartoon. Speculation has swirled for some time by fans that it's cult… Read
‘The Voice’ Dedicated App, ‘Tailgate’ Pre-Show Part Of NBC-Nissan Partnership
The Voice is launching a mobile app to allow viewers to vote on contestants during show episodes, among other functions. The app is part of a broader three-year integration of sponsor Nissan into NBC's hit singing competition as it heads into its seventh cycle. Nissan also will sponsor this cycle's version of The Voice's preshow “tailgate” event that provides fans behind-the-scenes looks at show preparations and was a big source of social-media buzz for the show in the… Read
Diego Luna & Gael García Bernal To Produce Adaptation Of Mexican Series ‘Niño Santo’ For A&E & Amblin TV
A&E Network has teamed with Mexican actors Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV for Niño Santo, based on the Mexican spiritual medical drama series exec produced by Luna and Garcia Bernal. The project has been put in fast-track development with an order for multiple scripts. A+E Studios is producing with Amblin TV and the original show's producer Canana.
Niño Santo follows a group of young doctors who are sent to vaccinate the locals in a… Read
Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer Developing HBO Comedy With French Twist
After successfully adapting British comedy Getting On for HBO, Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are looking across the English Channel to get inspiration for their next half-hour project at the premium cable network where they are under an overall deal.
Olsen and Scheffer will write the comedy with French actress and writer Judith Godrèche, on whose experiences the project is based. It centers on a famous French actress who moves to the U.S. and, with savoir faire, goes to… Read
TNT Orders Cocaine Trade Drama Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay & Michelle Ashford
TNT has officially given a pilot order to Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay's long-gestating cocaine drama project. It was one of three drama pilots with blinking green light at the network, whose official pickup had been delayed by the regime change at Turner. The other two are Titans and Lumen.
Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the untitled serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug… Read