‘American Odyssey’ Cancelled By NBC After One Season
NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news.
The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna… Read
FilmLA Sued By Hollywood Nightclub Over NBC’s ‘The Player’ Shoot
The non-profit permitting group got a notice of its own today and it may see them set up shop in court. A Hollywood nightclub filed a complaint for unspecified damages Tuesday against FilmLA for some last minute production shooting that basically closed them down for two days in April. Time that left the owners of The Cosmos nightclub out some mid-week dough. And that's money they want to see some of now.
"Upon the aforementioned notification at 10:00 p.m., on March 30… Read
Donald Trump To Bill O’Reilly: Reason NBC Dumped His Beauty Pageants Will Come Out In Litigation
Updated throughout: Hours after suing Univision for $500 million for bailing on its broadcast of Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump indicated he will do same to NBC, telling Bill O’Reilly the reason NBC also cut ties to both pageants “will come out in ligitation.” Trump already had said he may sue NBC as well.
“Why do you think NBC pulled the plug on your beauty pageant. You had already resigned from Celebrity Apprentice,” the… Read
Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’
It wasn’t mean to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… Read
‘The Whispers': No Decision On Season 2 As Cast Options Expire
ABC is taking a wait and see approach with new drama series The Whispers. Not ready to make a renewal or cancellation call on the series five episodes into its run, ABC and producing studio ABC Studios are allowing the options on the cast of the midseason-turned-summer series to expire today.
Before making a decision, the network is expected to take a few more weeks to sift through ratings data for the heavily DVR-ed series, particularly the important C3 ratings, which… Read
‘Scream’ Review: MTV Series Goes Straight For The Entertaining Jugular
Almost 20 years after the first witty and scary movie came out, Scream is back, this time on the small screen. Debuting on MTV tonight, Scream the TV series is, as my video review above says, a light but surprising shot of un-self-conscious summer entertainment.
While updated from the 1990s with YouTube postings and smartphone stalkings, this Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein-executive produced series still distinctly has a bloodied foot or two in its origins. Yes, for… Read
Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘RASL’ Comic
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of RASL, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith.
Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the… Read
Broadway Follies: AIDS Changed Theater, The Supremes Changed Everything & Staging A Living
Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since it became a formidable competitor to the larger Shubert and Nederlander organizations in the late 1980s. In 2013 producer Jordan Roth became Jujamcyn's majority owner and the Street's youngest power broker. Here they talk about the state of the industry, the only stipulation being no holds barred.
ROTH: Everything is different now. As the President said, our union became a little more perfect… Read
Donald Trump Hits Univision With $500M Miss USA Lawsuit, Network Calls It “Ridiculous” – Update
UPDATED from 2:23 PM with Univision statement: He said last week that he would go after them in the courts and today the GOP Presidential candidate did just that. Donald Trump slammed Univision Tuesday with an over $500 million lawsuit over the Spanish-language network ending their plans on June 25 to show the July 12 Miss USA pageant. Univision said that the severing of ties was because of remarks Trump made in May about “rapists” immigrants flooding into America. Filed… Read
Neve Campbell Joins ‘House Of Cards’ As New Regular
As House Of Cards’ Frank and Claire Underwood head into an election, they will face a new lady in Season 4 played by Neve Campbell. The former Party Of Five and Scream star has joined the cast of the Netflix White House drama as a new series regular. Everyone is staying mum on the character Campbell will be playing. There had been speculation that Season 4 would introduce a new, younger couple to rival Frank and Claire.
Stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return as power… Read
Horror Anthology Series From Max Landis & Nick Antosca In Works At Syfy
In their latest collaboration, Syfy and Universal Cable Prods are teaming on horror anthology series Channel Zero from Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra) and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Friday The 13th). Antosca will pen the script and Landis will produce and oversee creative direction with Antosca. Universal Cable Prods is the studio.
Each season of Channel Zero will focus on a new story. The first season of the series will be based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, a short… Read
Miss USA To Be Streamed After NBC And Pageant Co-Hosts Bail
UPDATES with details: A rep for the Miss USA Pageant tells Deadline fans will be able to view the pageant via the Miss USA site – http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa – and more information will be announced soon. That presumably includes names of a new host, or hosts, for the pageant. Both previously announced co-hosts, who also host NBCU programs, confirmed today they were stepping down, in the wake of NBC’s announcement it was pulling its broadcast of the pageant in the… Read