Richie Keen has been tapped to direct TV Land’s comedy pilot Teachers. Based on the popular web series, Teachers revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online, to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a bitch,” these teachers certainly are changing the world, one student at a time. Keen’s previous directing credits include It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, New Girl, Mixology and Sirens. He’s repped by CAA, Scott Fedro of Lonestar Entertainment, and attorney Adam Kaller.
EXCLUSIVE: Randall Einhorn, who’s coming off a two-year overall deal at FX, has signed on to exec produce and direct Season 2 of SundanceTV drama The Red Road. The series, from Aaron Guzikowski, chronicles the clash between two communities – a small town and the neighboring mountains, home to a Native American tribe -i and two men (Jason Momoa, Martin Henderson) on a collision course. Einhorn will direct four of the six episodes, which shoots this fall in Atlanta.
Once again, HBO led all networks in Emmy nominations this year, and it wasn’t even close. Here’s a look at HBO’s noms haul in the past decade, followed by a breakdown in who got what this year.
NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK
HBO – 99
CBS – 47
NBC – 46
FX Networks – 45
ABC – 37
PBS – 34
Netflix – 31
AMC – 26
Showtime – 24
Comedy Central – 21
Lifetime – 17
National Geographic Channel – 15
Starz – 11
Discovery Channel – 10
Game of Thrones led the Emmy nominations race, but not by much, ahead of Fargo, American Horror Story‘s latest, Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart. Below we have charts with all the shows, organized by most nominations and by name. We also have a show-by-show index of what each show was nominated for.
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.
Here’s the full list of noms:
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Outstanding Drama Series
AMC • Sony Pictures Television
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal
Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
AMC • Lionsgate Television
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger
FXX has ordered 10 episodes of half-hour comedy Man Seeking Woman, from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. It’s slated for a 2015 premiere. Jay Baruchel stars in the project based on Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend On Earth, Man Seeking Woman. It centers on Josh Greenberg (Baruchel) a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his longtime girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror. Despite the agony, Josh continues his search in the hopes of finding someone who will make all the misery worth it. Eric André (The Eric André Show, Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23), Britt Lower (Unforgettable) and Maya Erskine (Betas) round out the cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has filled out the cast of the untitled heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo, from Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess. Zach Galifianakis stars as David, a simple armored car guard who takes the fall for a $20 million heist. He goes on the lam from the authorities while tracking double-crossers Steve (Owen Wilson) and Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and the gang of criminals who betrayed him as they blow the loot on ridiculous luxuries.
Ken Marino, who stars in NBC’s upcoming fall sitcom Marry Me, has been cast as Doug Jeffcoat, the rich and uptight neighbor who doesn’t like Steve and his friends degrading the wealthy neighborhood they’ve moved into. Saturday Night Live standout Kate McKinnon is set to play Galifianakis’ ball-busting fiancé. She’s joined by SNL writer Leslie Jones, who will play the detective on the thieves’ trail. The pic’s SNL roots are strong with Lorne Michaels producing;
Tonight’s season finale of Legit will be the FXX comedy’s swan song. FX Networks confirmed today that the sophomore comedy starring Jim Jefferies has been canceled along with the FX freshman animated series Chozen. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said last month that FX and FXX would be doubling their original output in the next year and that the fate of Legit and Chozen would be decided after their current seasons. Chozen wrapped its 10-episode run March 31. Legit was renewed for Season 2 in March 2013, along with fellow FX comedies It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and The League, and all three were moved to the fledgling FXX, along with late-night talker Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell, which has since been cancelled. Legit followed the often often raunchy adventures of Jefferies, an expat Aussie comedian living in Venice, CA, with his boozy, divorced best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl) and Steve’s kid brother Billy (DJ Qualls), a quadraplegic with MS. Chozen, about a gay white rapper (voiced by Bobby Moynihan) who’s fresh out of prison, was from Danny McBride — whose Eastbound & Down recently wrapped a four-season run on HBO — and his Rough Pictures partners Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Chozen was the first original series order for FXX back in June.
EXCLUSIVE: Hit animated comedy Archer is following in the footsteps of fellow FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, landing an elusive basic cable-to-basic cable syndication deal. Comedy Central, the off-network home of Sunny In Philadelphia, has inked a deal with Twentieth Television for the off-network rights to Archer, basic cable’s second-highest-rated comedy among adults 18-49 and No.1 on FX. The deal covers all existing seasons and includes commitments for future seasons of the spy toon, which will begin airing on Comedy Central beginning as soon as May 2015. For the first two years, Comedy Central will have exclusive window pre-midnight, while FXX has exclusivity post-midnight. After that there will be no exclusive windowing parameters.
FX groomed Archer for a syndication play last spring when it gave it a two-season, 26-episode pickup for Seasons 6 and 7. Reruns anchor comedy-focused upstart FXX. Archer, from FX Prods, was created by Adam Reed, who executive produces with Matt Thompson and their production company, Floyd County.
Now you’ll know why characters will drink Miller High Life on The Americans, Coors Light on The Strain, Leinenkugel’s in Fargo, and Miller Lite on The Bridge. The three-year deal will make MillerCoors brands the “official beers” for FX, FXX, and FXM giving the brewer exclusive rights to program integrations and first look placement rights for shows that FX is developing. The beers also will have “a strong presence” on FX’s digital app, FXNOW. The agreement — which the companies call “groundbreaking” — expands on an existing relationship that gives MillerCoors exclusive product placement rights to Sons Of Anarchy and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. The new terms make this “the most comprehensive advertising deal ever for the FX suite of channels,” says FX Networks Ad Sales SVP Michael Brochstein. MillerCoors’ Marketing Connections VP Jackie Woodward says that “our objective is to make sure our brands are woven throughout the entertainment programming that matters most to beer drinkers” especially men from 21 to 35. “This partnership underscores our commitment to telling our brand stories with the right message, in the right places and at the right time.” Media strategy company Initiative helped to ferment the alliance.
Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton & Charlie Day Ink Big New 3-Year Deal With FX Prods. That Includes 2-Year Renewal Of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’, Series Pickup Of Tracy Morgan Comedy, Pilot & Script Orders
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton have cemented their status as FX‘s MVPs with a massive new three-year deal at FX Prods for their RCG Prods. It is said to surpass the trio’s previous $50-million three-year deal with FX, signed in 2011. Like that deal, the new agreement, which will keep the trio at FX until 2017, includes a two-year renewal of Sunny In Philadelphia, which has received 10-episode orders for Season 11 and 12, to not only solidify its status the longest-running live-action comedy series in cable history but also tie My Three Sons for the second-longest-running live-action comedy in television history.
Last year, FX flagship comedy series It’s Always Sunny successfully migrated to FXX, helping to launch the new comedy-focused channel and become its cornerstone program. The upcoming 10th season of Sunny will not launch in the fall as previous ones but unspool in January 2015, paired with RCG’s newest series, a comedy created by McElhenney, Day, Howerton, and Sunny writer Rakhe and starring Tracy Morgan. The untitled project, which has received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order, is not related to Morgan’s FX pilot Do Or Die (aka Death Pact), which is not going forward. RCG will serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series along with with Rakhe. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, who also exec produced Do Or Die, and Nick Frenkel are executive producers.
After recurring in four episodes of Season 7 of The Game, Brittany Daniel has been promoted to regular on the hit BET comedy series, which has just been picked up for an eighth season. Daniel, repped by APA, Inphenate and attorney Doug Stone, plays Kelly on the series, which follows the “football family” of the San Diego Sabers, exec produced by Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenny Smith, Erica Montolfo-Buro and Kelsey Grammer. Daniel also appeared in The Game when it aired on the CW. It was canceled by that network in May 2009 and resuscitated by BET in early 2011. Daniels other TV credits include VH1′s Totally Awesome and a recurring role on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Taryn Manning has signed with Resolution. She recently was upped to regular for Season 2 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black and recurs on Hawaii Five-O as Steve McGarrett’s ne’er-do-well sister. Her big-screen credits include Redemption Road, Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile. Upcoming features include Almost Broadway and #Horror. She continues to be repped by the Syndicate and Felker, Toczek, Gellman, Suddleson.
Lavell Crawford has inked with Innovative Artists. He recurred on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman’s bodyguard Huell Babineaux and has appeared on The Crazy Ones, Super Fun Night and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and also tours as a stand-up comic. Crawford next will be seen in the feature Evil Nature. He continues to be managed by Anonymous Content.
Robert Wisdom (Nashville) is set to co-star opposite Paul Giamatti in Hoke, FX’s darkly comedic drama pilot based on Charles Willeford’s series of novels. Written by Scott Frank, who will direct and showrun the pilot, Hoke is a story of mid-life crisis and murder that features the hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley (Giamatti) in pre-chic Miami circa 1985. Wisdom, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and KLWGN, will play Hoke’s boss Major Brownley, the head of the Homicide Squad. He’s known Hoke for a very long time and knows all of Hoke’s strengths, weaknesses, eccentricities and prejudices. Wisdom just shot a guest star/recurring role on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys pilot, based on the Terry Gilliam movie, playing Jeremy, a former CIA operative who’s content to apply his talents in the kitchen. He is filming his fifth episode of NBC’s Chicago PD as Commander Perry and will next be seen in Universal’s The Loft.
FX Networks is making it clear it wants to stay in the Louis CK business. The network already has Louis CK’s acclaimed comedy series Louie, produced by FX Productions. Now FX Prods. has inked an overall deal with Louis CK and his company Pig Newton to develop and produce new series. The agreement is separate from Louie, which this year earned ad-supported cable’s first best comedy series Emmy nomination. It returns for Season 4 in May 2014. The new series under the overall pact, Louis CK’s first, will be created or supervised by Louis CK, who would have the option to write or direct any of them and will executive produce. Blair Breard, an executive producer on Louie, would also serve as a producer or executive producer, with 3 Arts Entertainment attached as producers. Louis CK already is a Renaissance man, writing, directing, editing and starring in his shows. Now he will add a new role — guiding other creators as they get their projects off the ground. “Working with Louis CK has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career,” said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. “So many incredibly talented artists want to work with Louis and follow down the independent and idiosyncratic creative trail he has blazed. I can’t wait to see who he brings through our door, not to mention any new projects that he wants …
It’s been a rough sledding for FX‘s late-night program Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell in its new home on FXX. With only one night of originals on the fledgling network, Wednesdays, the nightly Totally Biased has been barely registering for most of the week. For instance, on Monday, the show drew only 12,000 total viewers at 11 PM. Its adults 18-49 delivery was 4,000. In FXX’s target demo of adults 18-34 it averaged 3,000 viewers, while its young adults aged 18-24 audience was so miniscule, it was listed as 0 on the Nielsen charts. To put it in perspective, the second lowest rated cable late-night show among adults 18-49 on Monday, The Pete Holmes Show, averaged 245,000 in the demo. That’s 61 times Totally Biased‘s tally. In 18-34, the second lowest rated program, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, scored 101,000 viewers, 34 times the viewership of Totally Biased. While a dropoff in moving to FXX, which is carried in 26 million fewer homes than flagship FX, was expected, those public access program-level numbers are puzzling as Totally Biased was a solid and pretty stable ratings performer on FX. Adding to the head-scratcher is the fact that Totally Biased‘s 1 AM repeat on Monday night did far better than the 11 PM premiere, logging 39,000 total viewers and 27,000 adults 18-49.
Totally Biased performs better on Wednesdays, following original …
Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton have signed on to FX‘s 10-episode limited series Fargo. They will join Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks in the series original adaptation inspired by the 1996 Oscar-winning pic that features a new story and characters. Odenkirk will play Deputy Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy with seniority over his younger, smarter and more ambitious fellow deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tollman). Howerton will play ambitious personal trainer Don Chumph. Odenkirk is repped by WME and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment; Howerton is with WME and 3 Arts.
BBC America has added Michiel Huisman (World War Z, Nashville) Peter Outerbridge (Nikita, Beauty And The Beast) and Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita) to Season 2 of Orphan Black. Huisman joins in a recurring role as rugged outdoorsman Cal Morrison, Outerbridge, also a recurring, will play Henrik “Hank” Johannsen, a mercurial modern-day cowboy and Millen joins as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. The second season is currently in production and is scheduled to premiere in April 2014. Huisman is repped by …
NBC has put in development Fifth Wheel, a comedy from ABC Studios and studio-based The Mark Gordon Co. The project was written on spec by Heidi Niedermeyer & Elena Crevello, best known for their viral video S**t People In L.A. Say (you can see it below). It a twentysomething ensemble show about a girl learning to deal with being the only single person in her group of friends. Gordon and Andrea Shay executive produce. Fifth Wheel joins six other sales for the Mark Gordon Co. this season — dramas with writers Aaron Stockard, Tom Donaghy, Dean Georgaris and Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard at ABC, and comedies at ABC and Fox.
How To Be A Gentleman creator/star David Hornsby is behind an untitled NBC comedy project from Universal TV and studio-based Gary Sanchez. Written by Hornsby, it takes a look at the world of NASA in the 1960s. Hornsby is executive producing with Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke. WME-repped Hornsby continues to recur on FX/FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Eliza Coupe, Demetri Martin, Kyle Bornheimer, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Join Indie Comedy ‘The Last Time You Had Fun’
EXCLUSIVE: A Quiet Little Marriage director Mo Perkins is rounding up familiar and new faces for her next indie comedy. Her Marriage star/collaborator Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) has joined Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Demetri Martin (In A World…), and Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette) in The Last Time You Had Fun, about two men and two women who meet in a bar and decide to leave their spouses, exes, and responsibilities behind for a night on the town in a stretch limo. Charlyne Yi, Jimmi Simpson, and Todd Berger also star. Script is by Hal Haberman (Special). Drea Clark, who collaborated with Perkins on ITVS project Futurestates and is a former executive director of the Slamdance Film Festival, is producing the pic. Filming is underway in LA.