CBS Picks Up Dana Klein/Mark Feuerstein Comedy, Andy Weir NASA Drama To Pilot
CBS has made its first pilot orders this season, giving the green light to 9J, 9K, And 9L, a multi-camera family comedy from the husband-and-wife team of Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein, toplined by the former Royal Pains star; and NASA-themed drama Mission Control, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee (Dexter). Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios.
9J, 9K, And 9L, produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital… Read
Team Trump Fires Back At Ex-‘Apprentice’ Contestant’s “Absurd” Lawsuit Over His Denial Of Her Sex Assault Claim – Update
UPDATE, 3:09 PM: Donald Trump’s transition team has struck back at Gloria Allred and her client Summer Zervos, who sued the President-elect in New York court today. "More of the same from Gloria Allred," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. "There is no truth to this absurd story."
PREVIOUS, 1:25 PM: Three days before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump has been sued by a former contestant on The Apprentice, who in October accused him of sexually assaulting her in a… Read
Nexstar Completes $4.6B Acquisition Of Media General
That’s a wrap for Media General: Nexstar Broadcasting completed its $4.6 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of the TV station owner today, just 10 days shy of the one-year anniversary of when they announced the deal.
Nexstar — now calling itself Nexstar Media Group — also announced that it fulfilled terms of an agreement with Justice Department antitrust officials by selling 13 TV stations, for which it will collect $548 million.
The company is now the No. 2 independent… Read
‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Moves To Netflix As Part Of Big Jerry Seinfeld Deal That Includes Specials & Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is on the move. Jerry Seinfeld has made Netflix the new home of his Emmy-nominated series. The massive exclusive Netflix comedy deal, which starts this year, also includes two new Seinfeld stand-up specials as well as the development of scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for the Internet network. The first special will be released this year.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee launched on Sony’s Crackle in 2012 and just premiered… Read
Networks Unveil Plans For Donald Trump Inauguration Day
Refresh for updates… Three days ahead of the Ball on the Mall, the TV network are solidifying their plans to cover the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. And the expected protests.
CBS This Morning and an expanded hourlong edition of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley will originate from the nation’s capital, with all anchors on deck. Following the newscast at 8 PM ET will be Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump, a… Read
‘Imposters’ Creators: “We Wanted To Con The Audience” — TCA
The creatives behind Bravo’s new con series Imposters are not only out to deceive the characters, but also want to get the audience. “The cons are not just happening within stories but we wanted to con the audience whenever possible,” said exec producer Adam Brooks, during the show’s presentation at TCA. “It's a show full of twist and turns.”
Continuing on the topic, EP Paul Adelstein added, “one of the fun things” about a con-theme series “is that the rug can shift… Read
Former A&E GM David McKillop Sets Up Shop At Jupiter/Sky Vision
EXCLUSIVE: Former top A&E and History executive David McKillop, who developed and put on the air such hit series as Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars, has signed an in-house deal with distributors Jupiter and Sky Vision to develop and produce new series.
Under the pact, Europa, McKillop's independent production company, will be housed in Jupiter's Manhattan offices. In addition to projects already in development at the History Channel, Discovery Communications and two Jupiter… Read
Andy Cohen’s Donald Trump Inauguration Plans: Deep Breathing And Yoga – TCA
Andy Cohen plans to avoid watching the festivities when Donald Trump is inaugurated on Friday. This is a shame, given that Cohen is perhaps best suited — as a former NBCUniversal programming exec, a reality TV series creator and executive producer and a nonscripted series star — to explain the made-for-TV coronation of the billionaire NBC reality star-turned-alt-right darling-turned 45th president of the United States. Asked how he planned to spend the day, Cohen listed… Read
ABC Gives Pilot Order To Legal Drama From Shondaland & ‘Scandal’ Writer
ABC continues to be ahead of the broadcast pack on pilot orders this season. The network has handed out its third 2017 pilot order to a legal drama from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. The project, written by a Shonaland writer-producer, Scandal's Paul William Davies, was a lock for a pickup. Like another early ABC pilot order, comedy Malcolm & Libby, produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the untitled Paul Davies drama too had a big product… Read
Guy Burnet Joins ‘Counterpart’ & ‘Pitch Perfect 3’; Johnny Messner In ‘Jane The Virgin’
British actor Guy Burnet (Ray Donovan, The Affair) has landed a recurring role on Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller opposite Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco. Described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and… Read
Eva Longoria & Jerrod Carmichael On The Pursuit Of Inclusion In TV – NATPE
Eva Longoria and Jerrod Carmichael appeared on a NATPE 2017 panel today in Miami to discuss the genesis of their work as producers, along with the opportunities and challenges producers find in the ever-evolving television marketplace.
On the panel, titled "The Producer's Responsibility in Storytelling," Carmichael said one of the best gifts of producing is the opportunity to help shape a show and its perspective to a greater degree, a sentiment shared by Longoria along… Read
‘Homeland’ Season 6 Premiere Ratings OK With Preview
There are no good comparisons for Sunday’s sixth-season premiere of Homeland as the Showtime drama for the first time debuted in January, not in the fall, and for the first time had the opening episode available to Showtime subscribers for on-demand viewing for more than two weeks prior to the January 15 premiere telecast.
The actual Sunday Season 6 premiere of Homeland drew 1.1 million viewers at 9 PM and 1.4 million viewers for the night via two airings and replays… Read