The top TV stories that Deadline had this week. Missed ‘em? Now you can check them out anew here:
Leno’s Last Tonight Show’ To Air Feb 6; Staff Paid Until September
By Lisa De Mores – EXCLUSIVE: Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit s deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September
Broadcast Drama Marketplace Off To A Very Slow Start: Where Are The Pitches?
By Nellie Andeeva -Note to up-and-coming writers with good drama spec scripts lying around: now is your time. We’re heading into mid-August, and the network drama marketplace is still very sluggish
Fox Makes Big Investment In Programming & Marketing; To Spend $150M More Vs. Last Year, Including 10% Lift In Development
By Nellie Andreeva – Fox has been aggressive in the early going this buying season, snapping pitches preemptively in premium deals, including two pilot production commitments and one put pilot.
Hot Amblin TV Sci-Fi Spec ‘Extant’ Lands At CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer ‘14
By Nellie Andreeva - After making waves in the marketplace, the sci-fi drama spec Extant from new writer Mickey Fisher and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television has landed at CBS with a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes to air next summer.
CBS & Time Warner Cable Resume Negotiations
By David Lieberman – UPDATE, 12:58 PM: Time Warner Cable denies Martin Franks’ claim that it is trying to keep CBS from doing business with new entrants.
Shark Week Nets Biggest Crowd Ever In Opening, But Some Fin-atics Attack Kickoff’s Fake Docu
By Lisa De Mores – EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Channel’s Shark Week clocked its biggest audience in its 26-year history Sunday night.
ABC Buys Cop Drama From Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland & Writer Dana Calvo
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: You couldn’t tell Shonda Rhimes has her hands full with two 22-episode drama orders for next season (ABC’sGrey’s Anatomy and Scandal).
Fox Developing World War III Event Series From David Hayter
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: Fox has made a development deal for World War III, an apocalyptic event series from X-Menwriter David Hayter and Hatfields & McCoys producer Leslie Greif of Thinkfactory Media.
Relationship Comedy From David Caspe, Seth Gordon & Jamie Tarses Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Committment
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: In what is believed to be the biggest commitment for a comedy project so far this development season, Marry Me, a single-camera half-hour from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, just landed at NBC.