Meg Ryan To Voice The Mother In CBS’ ‘How I Met Your Dad’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 1:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Meg Ryan How I Met Your DadMeet the future Mother. I have learned that Meg Ryan has been quietly tapped as the narrator in CBSHow I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the way … Read More »

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Contestant On New Season Of ‘The Bachelorette’ Dies In Accident

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 1:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Eric HillEric Hill, one of the contestants on the upcoming season of ABC‘s The Bachelorette, has died as a result of injuries sustained in a paragliding accident over the weekend that was not part of the show. By … Read More »

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David Schulner Inks New Deal With Uni TV, Sets Ancient Egypt HBO Drama With Ridley Scott

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

David SchulnerDavid Schulner is staying at Universal TV with a new two-year overall deal, his third consecutive overall pact there. Through Uni TV, Schulner has sold hourlong drama Pharaoh to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to … Read More »

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VH1 Cancels ‘Best Week Ever’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Best Week Ever CancelledVH1 has pulled the plug on Best Week Ever, the weekly comedic commentary on pop culture. “Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature … Read More »

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Bravo Developing Feuding Families Dramedy From Jennifer Garner

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 11:20am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards - ArrivalsBravo Media has put in development All The Pretty Faces, a dramedy-mystery executive produced by Jennifer Garner. Written and executive produced by J. Mills Goodloe, the project is … Read More »

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Sam Register Upped To President Of Warner Bros. Animation, Will Head New Digital Unit

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

registerWarner Bros Animation’s EVP Creative Affairs Sam Register has been promoted to President, Warner Bros Animation and Warner Digital Series. The second part of the title refers to Register’s role as head of a newly formed live-action digital content production unit where he will oversee the development and production of original live-action digital series, working with both Warner Bros TV-based creative talent as well as outside writers and producers. The studio already has such a division in Studio 2.0, which has spawned series like Childrens Hospital, which migrated to TV via Adult Swim. Warner_Bros._AnimationIt is unclear whether Studio 2.0 will be absorbed by the new unit or remain autonomous. Register also will continue to run Warner Bros’ television animation unit as president, after having served as EVP Creative Affairs for the past six years. He will continue to report to Warner Bros Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. Read More »

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HBO To Co-Produce BBC Miniseries Based On J.K. Rowling Book ‘The Casual Vacancy’

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

a_610x408HBO has come on board as co-producer of BBC’s miniseries adaptation of novel The Casual Vacancy, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The three-hour mini, written by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders), produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Hour) and to … Read More »

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USA Network Sets Summer Premiere Dates

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 8:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

rush_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_0USA Network is shaking things up this summer with a schedule that features four returning series moving to new time slots, joined by two new shows, dramas series Rush and Satisfaction, paired together. This is a rare new drama series launch on USA satisfaction_aspot_keyart_2490x1418_7where the newbies are not slotted behind established series. Rush and Satisfaction (formerly untitled Sean Jablonski) will premiere July 17, airing Thursdays at 9 PM and 10 PM, respectively. Rush, from writer-director Jonathan Levine and Fox 21, examines the world of renegade physician Dr. William Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer” who privately caters to LA’s elite. Satisfaction, from Universal Cable Prods, stars Matt Passmore and explores modern marriage at its midpoint. (watch the first trailer below). Read More »

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Fox Pushes ‘MasterChef’ Premiere By Week

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 7:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BonesFox is saving an extra original of Bones to run with 24: Live Another Day. In the most recent summer schedule announced last month, veteran Bones was to air its penultimate episode of Season 9 on April … Read More »

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Mitch Hurwitz Inks Multi-Year Deal With Netflix For New Series

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

hurwitzEXCLUSIVE: Mitch Hurwitz is staying in the Netflix fold with a multi-year deal, a rare pact with a writer-producer for the streaming giant. Under the multi-tier agreement, the Arrested Development creator will create and produce new original series for the Internet TV network through his banner The Hurwitz Company. Additionally, he will develop projects with other creators as a non-writing executive producer and will consult for Netflix on comedy series. Hurwitz first worked with Netflix on a new season of his Emmy-winning comedy series Arrested Development, which netflix_logo__121008075714-200x92__130701074658was released last year. “We are lucky to be in business with Mitch Hurwitz, a true genius with one of the most distinctive voices in comedy today,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “Mitch’s inventive approach to Arrested Development — one of the top TV comedies of this generation — was ahead of its time, and we’re fortunate to have him on our team.”

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After winning six Emmys for its three-year run on Fox from 2003-06 — including three for Hurwitz, for best series and two for writing — Arrested Development‘s fourth season on Netflix earned three more Emmy nominations for the show, bringing the total to 25. Hurwitz executive produced and co-directed Season 4, and it was that collaboration with Netflix, which Hurwitz describes as being “the best professional experience of my life, even topping some of my favorite unprofessional experiences,” that led to the new deal. “It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn’t resist change but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it,” Hurwitz said. “The fact that I’m also getting one month of their streaming right to my TV or Xbox free … well, it really takes the sting out of buying that Xbox.”

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Adult Swim’s ‘The Boondocks’ Big In Return

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 2:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

boondocksLike The Game, which set ratings records when revived by BET, another comedy series targeting black audiences came back roaring after a lengthy break from television. Last night’s Season 4 bow of the Sony Pictures TV-produced animated series The Boondocks on Adult Swim set series highs across all key demos, including adults 18-34 (1.40 million) and adults 18-49 (1.9 million), up 50% from the show’s previous season averages. It was Adult Swim’s most-watched primetime telecast among key adult demographics in at least five years. The Boondocks premiere was the No. 1 TV program in all of television last night — broadcast or cable — among Adult Swim’s target 18-34 demographic, topping NBC’s The Voice (1.36 million) and TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage (1.16 million).

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‘Fargo’s Noah Hawley Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 12:57pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

hawleyFX Productions has closed an overall production deal with Noah Hawley, the writer, executive producer and showrunner of Fargo, FX‘s first limited series as part of the cable network’s push in event programming. The two-year agreement for … Read More »

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Josh Berman Inks New Overall Deal At Sony

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 11:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BermanEXCLUSIVE: Josh Berman tenure at Sony Pictures Television will be crossing the decade mark with a fourth consecutive overall deal. Under the new, three-year pact, Berman continues as executive producer and showrunner of Sony TV’s Lifetime series Dead Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘Dancing’, ‘2 Broke Girls’ And ‘Mike & Molly’ Slip

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 10:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

kristen-merlin-lgNBC’s and ABC’s lineups followed a similar pattern last night, with a two-hour reality series posting declines from last week to hit lows and a 10 PM drama returning to originals on par. NBC’s The Voice made a bumpy transition to live shows last night with the first performance edition suffering a mic malfunction in addition to a 15% week-to-week ratings drop. The singing competition (2.9) logged its lowest Monday rating to date, matching a series low. Meanwhile, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.1) was down 9% from last week to a season low. But compared to the same night last spring, the veteran ABC dancing competition was even, while The Voice was down 41%. NBC’s The Blacklist (2.8) and ABC’s Castle (1.8) were both flat with their most recent originals three and four weeks ago, respectively. NBC still won the night in 18-49 (2.9) with Voice and Blacklist as the top two programs, while ABC was tops in total viewers (12.2 million). Read More »

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VH1 Lays Off Development & Production Executives In New York

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 9:44am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

vh1__140313203121-275x132EXCLUSIVE: As many as 13 VH1 staffers have been let go, we have learned. That represents the bulk of the network’s New York development and production team who have overseen such series as Mob Wives. Among the departing are … Read More »

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ION Acquires Off-Network Rights To ‘Rookie Blue’

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 7:36am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rookie BlueION Television has acquired series Rookie Blue from the Disney-ABC Television Group. The Canadian police drama has been airing in the U.S. on ABC where the most recent fourth season averaged 7.0 million total viewers, up 13% from … Read More »

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Ellen DeGeneres To Produce Design Competition Series For HGTV

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 7:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ellendegeneresThe six-episode series — Ellen DeGeneres‘ first on cable television — is titled Ellen’s Design Challenge and scheduled to premiere in 2015. It will feature six contestants tasked with designing and building furniture in 24 hours with the help … Read More »

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David Manson In Overall Deal With FX Prods.

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 6:06pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

davidmansonEXCLUSIVE: FX Productions has signed a two-year overall production deal with writer-producer David Manson and his production company Sarabande Prods. Under the pact, Peabody Award-winning Manson will develop, write and produce series for FX Networks. The pact stems from Manson and FX’s recent collaboration on the network’s drama series pilot Hoke starring Paul Giamatti. Manson serves as executive producer on the project, from writer/executive producer/director Scott Frank, which just wrapped production. Manson first worked with FX fxp_logoon the limited series Thief, which won star Andre Braugher an Emmy. “David is an incredibly talented writer-producer and highly respected in the creative community,” said FX Networks and FX Prods President Nick Grad. “It’s great to have him under the FXP umbrella, and we expect to announce some projects with him very soon.”

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Sarah Chalke & Selma Blair Lead Cast Of Jay Chandrasekhar Amazon Pilot ‘Really’

By | Monday April 21, 2014 @ 5:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

sarahchalkechandrasekharI have learned that Amazon Studios has assembled the cast of Really, a single-camera comedy pilot, written, directed by and starring Jay Chandrasekhar, part of comedy team Broken Lizard. Sarah Chalke will play the female lead opposite Chandrasekhar in the project, executive produced by Jamie Tarses. Also cast in the pilot, fully financed and produced by Main Street Films,  are blairschuldtSelma Blair, Luka Jones, Travis Schuldt, Lindsay Sloane, Hayes Macarthur and Collette Wolfe. Really, which was quietly picked up to pilot more than a month ago, revolves around a social and opinionated group of thirtysomething friends in Chicago. It centers on two of them, happily, messily married neurologist Jed (Chandrasekhar) and lawyer/mom Lori (Chalke). Their group of friends includes Fred (Jones) and his wife Joanna (Blair), Mike (Schuldt) and his wife Margaret (Sloane) as well as Hayes (Macarthur) and his significant other Alison (Wolfe). The dynamic in the group changes forever when Jed accidentally catches Mike and Joanna having a sexual liaison. Read More »

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