‘Wag The Dog’ Comedy Series In Works At HBO
HBO is teaming with Barry Levinson and Robert De Niro on a small screen version of Wag the Dog.
The premium cabler and Oscar winner Levinson are developing the 1997 political satire, which Levinson produced and directed and De Niro starred, as a half-hour comedy series. It hails from Warner Bros. TV, whose sibling New Line Cinema produced the original feature.
HBO describes the series as “an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond… Read
Deadline’s TV Talk Podcast Episode #2: FYC Emmy Campaigns, ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘American Gods’
As the town holds its collective breath over a potential writers' strike next week, TV Talk returns for another week of small-screen spiel. On deck with Deadline’s Awards Editor (Pete) and Senior Editor, Chief TV Critic (Dominic) are those sometimes overwhelming FYC campaigns of events, billboards, swag and screeners that can spin your Emmy head around. Has it all become too much? Do the efforts need to be leaner and smarter? You might be surprised what we think.
We also… Read
Jesse Eisenberg To Star In, Write & Direct Comedy TV Series In Works At Bad Robot
EXCLUSIVE: Jesse Eisenberg has teamed with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. for The Market, a half-hour single-camera comedy series project, which Eisenberg is writing and will be starring in and directing. Warner Bros. TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio.
The Market centers on the recently widowed Harold Katzman who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son, Stan (Eisenberg). Both men simultaneously lose their jobs due to the changing American economy and are… Read
Sharon Vuong Upped To Head Of Alternative Programming At CBS
CBS once again is promoting within, naming Sharon Vuong as SVP Alternative Programming at CBS Entertainment. Effective immediately, she will oversee the network's alternative department, reporting to CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller.
Vuong, who most recently was VP Alternative Series Development, succeeds Chris Castallo, who recently announced plans to leave the network when his contract expires in the summer.
In 2013, Castallo also was a senior CBS alternative… Read
Eurovision 2017 To Air in the US On Logo
The Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, will be broadcast in the U.S. for a second consecutive year. Viacom’s Logo, which carried the Grand Finale live last year, will do it again for the upcoming 62nd edition of the contest, known for catchy pop tunes, extravagant costumes and over-the-top production values. The three-and-a-half-hour 2017 Grand Final will air live and commercial free on Saturday, May 13 at 12 PM… Read
‘People Of Earth’: Nasim Pedrad Joins TBS Comedy For Season 2
Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedrad (Scream Queens, New Girl) has signed on as a series regular for Season 2 of TBS’ hit comedy series People of Earth, which premieres this summer.
The series centers on a group of alien abductees – or “experiencers” – living in the small town of Beacon, N.Y. Pedrad will play Special Agent Alex Foster, a smart, dedicated FBI investigator getting a second chance after recently being disgraced. Alex comes to Beacon on the hunt for local… Read
OddLot Ups Rachel Shane To Chief Creative Officer, Hires Adrian Alperovich As COO
EXCLUSIVE: OddLot Entertainment has promoted Rachel Shane to chief creative officer and hired former Focus Features and FilmDistrict exec Adrian Alperovich as COO. The news comes as Madison Wells Media’s OddLot is coming off an Oscar Best Picture nomination for Hell Or High Water on the film side and its new anthology series Genius which premiered this week on National Geographic Channel and already has snagged a Season 2 renewal.
Shane, who had been President of… Read
A&E Doubles Down On Nonfiction, Exits Scripted In Programming Strategy Shift
As A&E is reaching a turning point in its ratings comeback with the first back-to-back months of viewership growth in almost four years, the A+E network is recalibrating its programming strategy, returning to its roots as an exclusively non-fiction brand. Following the end of A&E’s signature drama series Bates Motel earlier this week, there will be no more scripted programming on the cable network going forward.
The move had been in the works for awhile; while A&E… Read
Streamy Awards 2017 Sets Date For Twitter Live Stream
The seventh annual Streamy Awards recognizing the year’s best in online videos and their creators will roll out live on Twitter on September 26 from the Beverly Hilton.
Last year’s Streamys scored 750,000 views in a YouTube live stream.
The awards, from Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter, are also doing a bit of a revamp this year, adding Comedy Series and Drama Series and removing gender distinction from the performance categories. Organizers are also adding Branded… Read
‘Empire’ Ratings Fall To Series Low After A Week Off, ‘Designated Survivor’ Rises
There were some serious flashback braids, a very hot mic and the appearance of Eva Longoria as a gaming commissioner on Empire (2.1/8) last night but there was also ratings pain.
Back after a week off, the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created Fox drama was down 9% among adults 18-49 from its last original to hit a brand new series low. With a few exceptions, these demo basements for the still highest rated show of the night are becoming almost commonplace in Empire's… Read
Fox News’ Jesse Watters Takes First-Week Vacation After First-Daughter Comments
Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News protege Jesse Watters is taking a brief vacation from his new gig on The Five, an announcement he made a day after his on-air comments about Ivanka Trump’s handling of a microphone were interpreted by some as vulgar and sexist.
Rival talkers weren’t buying Watters’ explanations. Following yesterday’s criticism by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of ABC’s The View today took aim. Talking about the culture at Fox News, Sunny Hostin said the… Read
Bravo Unveils Unscripted Slate With 6 New & 18 Returning Series; More ‘Real Housewives’ & ‘Vanderpump Rules’
Bravo Media is expanding its unscripted programming slate with six new and 18 returning series, including many in the Real Housewives franchise and Vanderpump Rules.
Upcoming new series include Bethenny and Fredrik Property Project (working title), featuring Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners. Sell It Like Serhant stars Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing New York) coming to the aid of struggling sales… Read