Randy Jackson Inks Overall Producing Deal With Endemol Shine North America
Grammy-winning producer, musician and longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson has signed an overall production deal with Endemol Shine North America where he will develop unscripted, scripted and digital programming.
"Randy is one of the most respected talents in both the music and television industries and we're looking forward to developing projects with him to produce across our unscripted, scripted and digital businesses.", said Endemol Shine North America… Read
YouTube’s ‘The Gorburger Show’ Moving To TV With HBO Pilot Order
After a two-season run on YouTube, T.J. Miller’s Funny or Die/Warner Music web series The Gorburger Show is headed to television. HBO has ordered a pilot for the half-hour project, created, co-written and directed by Josh Martin and Ryan McNeely (aka The Director Brothers) and co-written by Silicon Valley‘s Miller who also voices and puppets the title character, an animatronic monster.
The Gorburger Show, which is currently filming in Los Angeles, is a talk show hosted by… Read
Les Moonves Says He’s Negotiating To Put CBS On Apple’s Planned TV Platform
Les Moonves is a digital immigrant, but he appears to have become a loyal citizen of the medium based on his comments today at, and after, Re/Code’s Code Conference. He said CBS “probably” will be included in Apple’s planned TV platform and talked up plans to launch a stand-alone Showtime platform.
The Apple talks are still “early,” but he met last week with media chief Eddy Cue. “When Apple calls, you always listen,” Moonves told CNBC. The electronics company plans a… Read
Richard Schiff Joins Showtime’s The Affair'; Stephanie Erb In ‘Ray Donovan’
Richard Schiff (The Gambler) has booked a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Showtime drama The Affair. He will play Jon Gottlief, a high-profile city attorney who has been Bruce Butler’s (John Doman) longtime family lawyer, in a season-long arc.
Schiff has been on a tear recently. He will next been in the upcoming film Entourage and HBO’s The Ballers, playing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s very successful and demanding boss. He's currently shooting Rogue… Read
‘Orange’ Jailbird Danielle Brooks Heads To Broadway’s ‘Color Purple’
Danielle Brooks, who plays tough-and-vulnerable “Taystee” Jefferson on Orange Is The New Black, will make her Broadway debut playing Sofia in the upcoming fall revival of The Color Purple headlined by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Cynthia Erivo. The production is a transfer of director John Doyle’s (Read
New ABC Drama ‘Oil’ Recasts At Least One Role – Update
UPDATE WEDNESDAY: There has been a change, and one of the two young actors in the Oil pilot earmarked for recasting, Yani Gellman, may continue on the show. A final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
PREVIOUS TUESDAY: Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting. Toplined by Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series examines the biggest oil discovery in American history, which has triggered a… Read
FX Orders Toon Pilot ‘Cassius & Clay’ From Megan Ganz & Adam Reed
FX is returning to the animated game with Cassius & Clay, a pilot that follows two women living as bandits in a futuristic, postapocalyptic America. Described as being in the vein of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, the project from writer-EPs Megan Ganz and Adam Reed stars Kaitlin Olson as Ordwood Cassius, a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullshitter who has more debts than sense, and Lake Bell as Shopcarter Clay, the fastest gun in the postapocalyptic… Read
‘Lewis And Clark’ Miniseries Adds Four To Cast
Tanaya Beatty (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1), Stephen Hill (Draft Day), Creed Garnick (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike) and Aidan Kahn are the latest to join the cast of HBO miniseries Lewis And Clark. Based on the book Undaunted Courage, by Stephen E. Ambrose, it tells the story of America's first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River. Production is slated to begin this summer.
The miniseries follows the epic… Read
‘Ink Master’ Renewed For Season 7 By Spike TV; Spinoff Set
Ahead of its Season 6 premiere on June 23, Spike TV has ordered a 16-episode seventh season of its hit tattoo-competition series Ink Master to debut in spring 2016. Spike also announced a spinoff series, Ink Master: Redemption, which offers disgruntled former human canvases of Ink Master a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, goes into production this summer for a September… Read
‘America’s Got Talent’ Ratings Hit Debut Low, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Returns Down, ‘I Can Do That’ Opens Solid
There were a lot of championship level sports on cable last night in primetime and a lot of unscripted on the Big 4. After Tuesday's 7-3 ice battle, the New York Rangers have forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to a NHL Eastern Conference Game 7 to decide who competes for the Stanley Cup. At least LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers know their next step. NBA Playoffs basketball on TNT on Tuesday saw the Cavs grab a spot in the Finals with a 118-88 win over the Atlanta… Read
Abrams Artists Ups Four Agency Veterans In Restructuring
Abrams Artists Agency has announced a restructuring and realignment of the company's senior leadership, promoting four veteran execs to senior leadership roles. Neal Altman and Robert Attermann have been tapped as COOs of the company in Los Angeles and New York, founder and CEO Harry Abrams said today. In addition, Brian Cho has been named the CFO in Los Angeles and New York, and Marni Rosenzweig has been promoted to SVP in Los Angeles and heads up the Los Angeles Talent… Read
ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Takes May Sweep In Demos, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Wins Week
ABC’s World News Tonight won the May sweep in the news demo and in adults 18-49 for the first time in eight years, that network boasted early this morning, citing Nielsen numbers.
NBC issued a blistering response, noting that NBC Nightly News clocked its 31st consecutive sweep win in total viewers, averaging 7.71 million, to best ABC by 35,000 and CBS by 1.08 million.
NBC also pointed out it that it was the No. 1 newscast in total viewers and both demos for the week of… Read