Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

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Jimmy Iovine Out Of ‘America Idol’, Randy Jackson Poised To Replace Him As Mentor
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: The sweeping changes on Fox’s American Idol continue.

Disney’s Next Teen Star? Disney XD Greenlights Two Pilots Starring Jacob Bernard
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVEDisney has big plans for Jacob Bertrand. The boy-oriented Disney XD has cast the 13-year-old actor as the lead in two pilots it has picked up as vehicles for him, Kirby Buckets and Neckpee Island.

UPDATE: Al Jazeera Sues AT&T Over Contract Dispute As New Network Launches
By Lisa De Moraes – 2ND UPDATE, 6:45 PM: Al Jazeera America has released a statement about its lawsuit (read here) against AT&T: “Al Jazeera America made a decision to seek judicial intervention in its dispute with AT&T,” the network said.

Fox Nabs Comedy From ‘30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey & Robert Carlock And Universal TV With Series Commitment
By Nellie Andreeva – In a very competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, a multi-camera comedy from 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard, creator/co-showrunner Tina Fey and co-showrunner Robert Carlock  has landed at Fox with a series commitment.

A Closer Look: Score One For CBS Today In Battle With Time Warner Cable
By Lisa De Moraes – CBS scored a decisive PR win in today’s round of its nearly three-week-and-counting battle with Time Warner Cable when it announced it had reached a swift and amicable retransmission deal with Verizon FiOS that covers New York, Los Angeles and Dallas — markets in which CBS is now blacked out to TWC customers.

Why Robert Rodriguez Is Hating On Sony TV
By Nikki Finke – EXCLUSIVE: Deadline reported this week that Sony TV will produce an El Mariachi series based on the 1992 Robert Rodriguez film. Now I’ve learned that Robert Rodriguez and his reps are really pissed about it.

Dr. Luke In Negotiations For ‘American Idol’ Judge Gig
By Nellie Andreeva And Nancy Tartaglione – Fox‘s American Idol may be going back to its roots, betting on a hot music producer who is virtually unknown to the public as a judge — just as it did with Simon Cowell in 2002.

CNN’s ‘New Day’ Hits New Lows With Prince William Interview
By Dominic Patten – CNN had a Royal first Monday and some new ratings and viewership lows for its morning show as well.

Michael Patrick O’Brien, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser & Noël Wells Poised To Join ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: I hear that SNL writer Michael Patrick O’Brien, comedian John Milhiser, actress Noël Wells and performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett have emerged as top candidates to join Saturday Night Live as new featured players this fall.

Fox Nabs Adaptation Of Australian Comedy ‘A Moody Christmas’ From Doug Ellin & CBS Studios With Put Pilot Commitment
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation with four networks bidding, A Moody Christmas, an adaptation of the Australian series of the same name, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment.

Kevin Spacey Laments Lack Of Ballsy TV Execs In Wide-Ranging MacTaggart Lecture
By Nancy Tartaglione – Kevin Spacey officially opened the Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival in the Scottish capital this evening, becoming the first Hollywood star, rather than exec or broadcaster, ever to deliver the prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.

Family Thriller From Jerry Bruckheimer & Aron Eli Coliete Goes To Fox As Put Pilot
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: In its first sale this broadcast pitch season, Jerry Bruckheimer Television has set up a drama at Fox with a put pilot commitment.

Netflix Wins Dismissal Of Investors’ Class Action Streaming Suit
By Dominic Patten – The online streaming and DVD rental service can take one putative securities class action out of its instant queue.

ABC Buys Legal Thriller From Shondaland & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVEShonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland has set up its fourth project this development season.

Peter Jackson Is Not Directing ‘Doctor Who’
By Mike Fleming Jr. – Reports of Peter Jackson‘s involvement behind the Doctor Who camera have been greatly exaggerated.

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