Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot
Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio.
Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network.
Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read
PBS Names Don Wilcox VP Digital Marketing and Services
Online marketing veteran Don Wilcox will join PBS' digital team next week, working under Ira Rubenstein, the recently named SVP and GM of PBS Digital. Wilcox will oversee PBS.org and PBS Digital Studios, and oversee programs that help the public broadcaster's local affiliates drive membership.
Wilcox was most recently VP and General Manager of Branded Entertainment for Fox, where he oversaw operations and strategy for Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com and TheXFactorUSA.com. Like… Read
CNN Florida Governor’s Race Debate: No Fan, Much Hot Air
"Everybody comfortable here?" Jake Tapper asked impishly of Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist and Rick Scott at the start of tonight's debate in a Jacksonville TV studio. It was a reference to the last time the two men squared off, when there was a “flap over a fan and viewers were blown away!” as CNN Voiceover Guy said breathlessly tonight in the minutes leading up to tonight's CNN-hosted square-off.
Sadly, for casual viewers of political debates, the fun… Read
Greg Garcia To Produce NBC Comedy With Sebastian Maniscalco Eyed To Star
My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia is back at NBC with a new comedy project he is executive producing through his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos De Garcia Productions. It is inspired by the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco who is expected to star. Written by Austen Earl, writer-producer on Garcia's CBS series The Millers, and produced by CBS Studios, the untitled comedy follows newlywed Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a… Read
‘Bachelor Party’ Comedy Series Inspired By Movie Set At ABC As Put Pilot
Bachelor Party, a half-hour comedy anthology series loosely inspired by the 1984 movie, has landed at ABC with a big put pilot commitment. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, whose feature sibling produced the film, and two 20th TV-based companies, Jason Winer's Small Dog Picture Co. and The Walcott Co., , the shingle of New Girl star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler.
Co-created by another New Girl duo, writer-producers JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, Bachelor Pa… Read
Fox Hit With $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor
This is so good and so big that you have to wonder if it is a joke – in which case the state courts are going to be plenty peeved off. Here's the deal: Frank Sivero says that The Simpsons ripped off the Frankie Carbone character he played in 1990's Goodfellas and he wants to be paid for it. In a lawsuit filed today, the actor says he wants to be paid a lot – $250 million and more for the Springfield Mafia's Louie.
Claiming that the long-long-running animated series has… Read
NBC Cameraman Declared Ebola-Free; Tries To Rescue Nancy Snyderman From Self-Inflicted Career Disaster — UPDATE
NBC's freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, officially declared Ebola free this afternoon by experts at the Nebraska Medical Center biocontainment unit, celebrated by attempting today to rescue the network's chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman from the career-nuking situation she created when she violated the voluntary quarantine she'd agreed to, on-air.:
Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each… Read
‘American Dad!’ Moves to TBS; 2.5 Million Follow
TBS's American Dad! premiere kicked off Monday night with 2.5 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for the premiere on TBS and encore presentation on Adult Swim. That made it basic cable's most-watched entertainment program for the night. The show also topped last night's charts among basic cable entertainment programs in key demos, drawing more than 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.2 million adults 18-34.
Breaking it down: TBS's 9 PM premiere telecast drew 1.1… Read
Julie Anne Robinson Sells Drama With Shondaland, ‘No Angels’ Comedy Adaptation With Amblin To ABC
Director-producer Julie Anne Robinson (Suburgatory) has set up two projects at ABC through her pod deal with ABC Studios — drama The Long Game, for which Robinson's Canny Lads Productions has teamed with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' ABC Studios-based Shondaland; and a single-camera comedy adaptation of the praised British dramedy No Angels, on which Robinson has partnered with Amblin TV. Robinson is directing and executive producing.
The Long Game is written by Jennifer… Read
‘Today’ Show Interviews NFL’s New Social Responsibility Team, Debuts League’s New Domestic Violence PSA Campaign
The same afternoon NBC's Law & Order: SVU announced it would do a ripped from the headlines episode about sports and domestic violence, NBC's Today show announced it had landed an exclusive interview with the NFL's new Social Responsibility Team in which they talk about what a “very very bad idea” it is to toss domestic abusers from the league and the need for “an opportunity for people to have a second chance…/return to playing.” The interview will air tomorrow… Read
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Tackles Sports And Domestic Violence
Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) and Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) will guest star on one of those November sweep ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Wolf Films/Universal Television's Law & Order: SVU that we have come to expect and love. This one will tackle the whole sports/domestic violence issue. Coleman's character is described as “an ex-sports star turned reporter” who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend (Good) in the episode titled "Spousal… Read
‘Z Nation’ Renewed For Second Season On Syfy
Z Nation is coming back. Syfy announced it has picked up the zombie drama for a second season for debut in 2015. The series' freshman 13-episode run kicked off on September 12 with 1.6 million viewers, making it the most watched show on cable in its 10 PM slot and the second best among the key demo. Z Nation hails from Sharknado franchise producers the… Read