NBC Buys Comedy From Joe Port, Joe Wiseman & Kapital Entertainment
NBC has put in development a relationship comedy from the Me, Myself & I team of co-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.
Written by comedy veterans Port and Wiseman, the comedy centers on a 20-something woman and a 40-something guy who get into a go-nowhere relationship that unexpectedly goes somewhere, bringing their generationally divided friends and family along for the ride.
Port and Wiseman executive… Read
Jenji Kohan Inks Overall Deal With Netflix
Netflix has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Jenji Kohan, who is behind two hit series for the Internet network, Orange Is the New Black and GLOW.
Weeds creator Kohan is the latest A-list showrunner to make Netflix her creative home, joining Shonda Rhimes. Under the pact, she will produce new original series and other projects.
Kohan created and executive produces Orange is The New Black, which helped put Netflix on the original series map and continues to be one… Read
‘Mad Men’s Marti Noxon Speaks Out Against Matthew Weiner: “I Believe Kater Gordon”
Marti Noxon, who was a consulting producer on AMC’s Mad Men, says she believes the sexual harassment allegations made by Kater Gordon against Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
In a series of 12 tweets, Noxon outlined her case in support of Gordon. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer exec producer calls Weiner an “emotional terrorist” and that the Mad Men cast and crew “regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.”
Last week, Gordon, an Emmy-winning Mad Men… Read
ABC Buys Small-Town Family Comedy From ‘Life In Pieces’ Duo
ABC has given a script commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Life in Pieces duo Lesley Wake Webster and Jason Winer and his Small Dog Picture Company. 20th Century Fox TV, where Small Dog is based, is the studio.
Written by Wake Webster, the comedy is set in small-town Kentucky and centers on an overly idealistic young woman who experiences a delayed coming-of-age, guided by her freewheeling, larger-than-life father. It’s told in flashback as she testifies… Read
Discovery And Scripps Shareholders Approve Pending $14.6 Billion Merger
At a special shareholder meeting today in New York, Discovery’s pending $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive got overwhelming support.
In a brief SEC filing, the company reported the tally was 258.2… Read
Al Franken Accuser Reads Letter Of Apology She Received, On ‘The View’
Al Franken's accuser told The Ladies of The View on Friday that, as she was in the dressing room getting ready to appear on the show, she had received a note from the Minnesota senator, apologizing again for the rehearsal kiss and the photo that happened in 2006 when they were on a USO tour.
"He'd reached out, would like to talk to me personally," radio host Leeann Tweeden said, adding, "I will," when asked.
One day earlier, Tweeden charged the former Saturday Night Live… Read
‘Beat Bugs: All Together Now’ Trailer: First Look At Josh Wakely’s Netflix Special
We’re getting a first look at Josh Wakely’s Beat Bugs: All Together Now, a 48-minute special set to premiere Tuesday, November 21 on Netflix.
Inspired by Wakely’s Emmy-winning animated kids series, Beat Bugs: All Together Now brings together some of the show’s most beloved characters as they venture outside the garden to attend a prestigious talent show. The special features an original cover of "Here Comes the Sun" by Yusuf/Cat Stevens and other original covers including… Read
Fox Chairman Dana Walden Joins Hulu Board Of Directors
Dana Walden, Chairman & CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s Board of Directors. She succeeds Randy Freer, former president and COO of Fox Networks Group, who was named Hulu CEO following Mike Hopkins departure last month.
The makeup of the board of Hulu, which is co-owned by 21st Century Fox, Disney, Comcast and Time Warner, consists of three seats for Fox, held by Peter Rice, Walden and Brian Sullivan, and three for Disney, Kevin Mayer, Ben Sherwood. Bruce… Read
CBS’ Paired ‘The Big Bang Theory’ And ‘Sheldon’ Dominate Flat Thursday
While NBC ruled ratings Thursday with NFL football, CBS dominated non-pigskin programming. The night’s top two entertainment shows, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (2.6 demo rating, 13.2 million total viewers) and Young Sheldon (2.1, 11.7M), experienced slight slippage week to week, and the net’s 10 PM rookie S.W.A.T. (0.9, 6.22M) has shed another tenth in demo rating.
ABC’s Shonda Rhimes winter finales churned up nothing dramatic, ratings-wise anyway, with Grey’s Anatomy (1.8… Read
‘Still The King’ Billy Ray Cyrus Comedy Series Canceled By CMT After 2 Seasons
CMT has opted not to pick up a third season of scripted comedy Still The King starring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Still the King, CMT’s first original scripted series, was a breakout, with its 2016 debut marking the network's highest-rated original series premiere at the time with more than 4.7 million total viewers in Live+3 across three Viacom networks. Its second season aired this past summer.
Under the new Viacom leadership, CMT, a reinforcing brand in the new structure, has… Read
Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special Set For New Year’s Eve
Netflix said today it will bow its next Dave Chappelle stand-up special Dave Chappelle: Equanimity on New Year’s Eve this year. It will be the first of the comic’s newly shot specials as part of the streaming service’s three-special deal. Two older but previously unaired shows — Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium and Deep in the Heart of Texas: Dave Chappelle Live at Austin City Limits — were made available earlier this year.
Equanimity was unveiled on social… Read
Adam McKay Reteams With Composer Nicholas Britell On Two Projects
EXCLUSIVE: Adam McKay is re-teaming with his The Big Short composer Nicholas Britell on two projects. Britell will next score the untitled film McKay wrote and is directing about former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, which stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell. The film, chronicling Cheney’s rise to becoming the most powerful Veep in history, is currently shooting in Los Angeles for Annapurna and is slated for release in fall 2018. McKay and his Gary Sanchez… Read