That would be a problem, the network says in a brief filed today, because “Millions of Americans still rely on free over-the-air broadcasts to receive television programming.” What’s more, “broadcast television not only continues to carry the majority of the country’s most popular shows, …
The Season 7 winner and longtime host got news of her own elimination from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Friday. “Weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS… ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn’t even read my name. I won’t be returning to the …
Henry Zebrowski Joins NBC Comedy Pilot ‘A To Z’; Tone Bell Boards ‘Bad Judge’; Nick Gehlfuss In ABC’s ‘Clementine’
Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf Of Wall Street) has been cast as a regular in NBC’s romantic comedy pilot A To Z. From Warner Bros Television, Rashida Jones, Le Train Train and Ben Queen, A To Z follows the relationship between a young couple, Andrew and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), from meeting to breakup. Zebrowski, repped by CAA, Ken Treusch, and Melissa Fox, will play Stu, who despite his outward obnoxiousness and often unsolicited advice, is a great guy and loyal friend to Andrew, his roommate and co-worker at a dating site.
Whitney‘s Tone Bell has been set as a regular in Bad Judge, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Kate Walsh. The project centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Bell, repped by Innovative and Black Box, plays Edward, the bailiff in Rebecca’s courtroom who gets swept up in her flawed, impulsive and chaotic personal life.
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Veteran Judd Hirsch (Taxi) will co-star in Forever, from creator Matt Miller and WBTV. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner who is immortal. His investigative work with Detective Jo Martinez and relationship with best friend Abe (Hirsch), a older and insightful gentleman who knows Henry’s secret, will peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life. Hirsch is repped by Joan Sittenfield Management and attorney Jake Jacobson
Kathleen Munroe (Alphas) has joined the cast of Clementine from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. It centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. Munroe will play Lydia, Charlie’s (Kevin Alejandro) practical, regimented, and protective fianceé who is often at odds with Clementine. Munroe, repped by Magnolia, The Kohner Agency, Gary Goddard and Ryan Nord, recurs on ABC’s midseason drama Resurrection.
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Ely Henry (Suburgatory) and Asif Ali have been cast as leads in Cabot College, Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Directed by Pam Fryman, the comedy is set at a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time. Henry, repped by David Dean Management, and Ali, repped by David Shapira & Assoc. and Aligned Entertainment, will play two of the four male freshmen recently admitted to Cabot College.
NBC’s ‘Today’ Bags Biggest Crowd Since London Games, But ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Nabs More Viewers
ABC‘s Good Morning America attracted the largest audience among morning infotainment programs the week that included the first couple days of NBC‘s Olympics coverage. NBC began covering Games competition on Thursday of last week and broadcast the Opening Ceremony in primetime on Friday. NBC noted Today won those mornings last week — by an average of 190,000 viewers and 326,000 news-demo viewers.
ABC also noted that on Tuesday of this week, GMA topped Today, for the first time ever during official Olympics Games.
ABC took a hit this morning in Prospect Park’s multimillion-dollar legal action over licensed soaps All My Children and One Life To Live. The network was denied its motion to strike the part of the production company’s amended complaint in which Prospect Park asked to have the license agreement for the online shows extended and payments to ABC “excused” while the nearly year-old breach of contract suit for more than $100 million moves forward. The ruling came after a 50-minute hearing in LA Superior Court before Judge Robert Hess. Trial lawyer James Edward Maloney of Texas’ Andrews Kurth represented Prospect Park, while Susan Klein and Nuritsa Ksachikyan of LA’s Valle Makoff were there for ABC. “Prospect Park exercised its option — it produced an entire season of the series,” Klein argued early in the hearing. “It can’t ask the court to rewrite what the parties have negotiated.” Hess saw it differently: “After hearing the arguments from them and you, I’m going to let them leave it in,” he told Klein.
ABC filed the motion to strike on January 13 of this year, two months after Prospect Park filed its amended version of its initial April 2013 complaint seeking “at least $30 million in out-of-pocket losses and/or at least $95 million in lost profits” from the network. The November 13 amended complaint alleges that ABC has been breaking the licensing agreement, claiming the network inked long-term agreements with OLTL actors, killing off OLTL characters on loan to General Hospital and deliberately attacking Prospect Park’s efforts to continue AMC and OLTL online.
Jere Burns (Justified) in in final negotiations and Andrée Vermeulen (CollegeHumor Originals) is set to co-star opposite Rashida Jones in TBS‘ single-camera comedy pilot Tribeca, directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), an outspoken 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The project explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of.
ABC and dick clark productions have extended their broadcast agreements for the American Music Awards for nine years (through 2022/23) and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest for ten years (through 2023/24). Today’s announcement comes on …
Here is the first major discovery of 2014 pilot season. Young Australian actress Sarah Snook has been cast in the title role of ABC‘s drama pilot Clementine, from the Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Written by feature scribe Dean Georgaris, Clementine centers on troubled 28-year-old psychic Clementine Ross (Snook) who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. David Strathairn was recently cast as her father. Mark Gordon Co.’s Gordon and Nicholas Pepper exec produce with Ilene Staple.
This marks the first U.S. TV role for Snook, who had been on the radar of the Clementine producers for a while, since before the script was picked up to pilot. I hear she was suggested by the project’s casting director, Tricia Wood, who is a friend of Georgaris. Snook recently flew to Los Angeles for her first U.S. pilot season, and Clementine was her very first screen test. She was not the first or only young actress the Clementine producers saw — they had been pitched dozens of actresses and had literally scoured the earth, auditioning women from the U.S., England, South Africa, Israel, New York, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. But I hear Snook blew them away and won the role in the room.