UP Orders ‘Last Hope With Troy Dunn’ To Series
The network that bill itself as “feel good TV for you and your family” had greenlighted its latest series — and it certainly fits that bill. Casting is underway for UP’s working-titled Last Hope With Troy Dunn, in which author and motivational speaker Dunn tracks down lost loved ones and facilitates reunions. Produced by DunnDeal Studios, the series will launch in the fall. Meanwhile, the net also has acquired all 44 episodes of Dunn’s reality series The Locator, which it… Read
Swoosie Kurtz On ‘Mike & Molly,’ Mom And Her First Tony Award Nomination
EXCLUSIVE: I met Swoosie Kurtz for the first time in the brief lull between her first Tony nomination and her first win. Almost immediately I asked her to marry me. Didn’t matter that I was married at the time. Didn’t matter that we were somewhat blazed and not alone (everyone was blazed and as I recall, everyone of every sexual predilection was asking for Swoosie Kurtz’s, um, hand in marriage). We were young, the environment was bohemian, to employ a euphemism, and all… Read
‘Golan The Insatiable’ Trailer: Kneel Before Fox’s New Toon Series
A year after Fox scrapped its ADHD Saturday animation block, one of the programs culled from that toon incubator is making its way to primetime. Here’s the first trailer for Golan The Incubator, which launches May 31 with a new voice cast led by Aubrey Plaza and Rob Riggle. It follows Dylan (Plaza), a 9-year-old small-town oddball who is picked on and harassed — until one day she stumbles upon Golan (Riggle), a mighty “godlord” from another dimension. All Dylan wants is… Read
Joe Henderson Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV
Joe Henderson, who was just tapped as showrunner of Lucifer, has signed an overall deal with the studio behind the new Fox drama series, Warner Bros. Television. Under the two-year pact, he will render executive producer/showrunners services on Lucifer as well as develop new projects for network, cable, and digital.
Henderson is executive producing Lucifer, from Warner Bros. TV, DC Comics and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, with Tom Kapinos, who wrote the pilot based on the… Read
TLC “Deeply Saddened” As It Pulls All Episodes of ’19 Kids And Counting’ In Wake Of Child Molestation Allegations – Update
UPDATED with TLC statement, 12:23 PM: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids And Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” the Discovery Communications network said in a statement just sent to the media. The network declined to elaborate as to whether this was a temporary situation.
PREVIOUSLY, 10:45 AM:… Read
Martha Coolidge: Blaming DGA For Lack Of Female Directors Is “Dangerous Side-Path”
Veteran director Martha Coolidge, a former president of the Directors Guild of America, wholeheartedly supports the ACLU's call for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the woeful underemployment of female directors. But she says the civil rights group was wrong to blame the DGA for the problem.
"The DGA has worked harder and thrown more money at trying to solve the problems of discriminatory employment than anyone else in the industry," she told… Read
‘Texas Rising’ Review: History Shouldn’t Have Messed With The Lone Star State
With a Memorial Day debut on History Channel, Texas Rising has ambitious aims. But sad to say, the 10-hour multi-week miniseries just doesn't hit the target. Brought to the small screen by some of the team behind the blockbuster The Hatfields And McCoys series, the Roland Joffe-directed tale of Lone Star warfare and revolution ends up, as my video review above says, being shrill instead of strong.
Not that Texas Rising lacks a Texas-sized cast as it picks up this piece of… Read
‘Kardashians’ Bruce Jenner Special & ‘The Royals’ Finale Elevate E! Live+3 Ratings
E!'s special Keeping Up With The Kardashians: About Bruce, which debuted Part 1 on May 17 at 9 PM, delivered 2.8 million demo viewers and 4.2 million total viewers in Live+3 ratings, making it the network’s most-watched premiere since September 2012.
The special finished as the No. 1 ad-supported cable program for the night in the demo, women 18-39 and in persons and women 18-34, Read
‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Season 2 Sneak Peek: The Internet Is Coming
EXCLUSIVE: Here a first look at the new TV spot for Season 2 of AMC’s ’80s computer drama Halt And Catch Fire. The show’s sophomore year picks up in 1985 as the startup company run by Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) and Donna (Kerry Bishé) wrestles with a wild new concept that will come to be known as the Internet. Meanwhile, Joe (Lee Pace), Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and Bosworth (Toby Huss) get caught up in their own "online" wave as they remake the tech landscape all around… Read
Kurt Sutter Drama ‘Bastard Executioner’ Picked Up To Series By FX For Fall Launch
Kurt Sutter’s follow-up drama to mega hit Sons Of Anarchy is officially a go at FX. The cable network has picked up Sutter’s gritty Late Middle Ages drama pilot The Bastard Executioner to series with a 10-episode order. The pickup to the project, from Imagine TV, Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods., comes just as the the pilot wrapped production in Wales. Filming on the series will resume there in the summer.
A period drama, The Bastard Executioner tells the story of a… Read
Ava DuVernay & Eli Roth Added To PGA’s Produced By Conference
EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay and Eli Roth are the latest additions to PGA's Produced By Conference, set for May 30-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. The Selma producer-director will sit for A Conversation With Tyler Perry, and the horror veteran is set to moderate a panel on Blumhouse Productions.
DuVernay is collaborating with Oprah Winfrey on Queen Sugar, an OWN series about a medical student who reinvents herself after her husband is sent to prison. She's also working… Read
‘Wayward Pines’ Ratings Rise, ‘500 Questions’ Down, NBA Playoffs Up For ESPN
The first night after the 2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was packed with encores, but there was also some very good intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The first of those second chances was the second week of Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good night.
Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of 20%… Read