Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
Because they are introducing a show about men into the traditionally female-skewing ABC primetime lineup, the producers and performers of Man Up! were called upon to spend much of their time addressing reporters at TCA today about what it means — or doesn’t mean — to be a man in America in 2011. The show stars Christopher Moynihan (also the creator and one of the executive producers), Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler (Tony winner for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as three confused guys in their late 30s who would love to grow up if they could only figure out how.
One reporter went so far as to ask that, in a new season that includes many of what the network has been calling “female empowerment” shows, if Man Up! might actually be a show about male emasculation. Fogler thinks not. “[It] reflects what’s going on with people right now in society,” he said. “I feel very close to my character, Kenny — I have a lot of friends out there who will watch … that’s me up there, man … I think they’ll dig it. I don’t think the show is about men being emasculated; [it’s about men] finding themselves.” Moynihan joked that the three, being actors, “are soft guys already … face it, I have a lot of product in my hair.” On a more … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Tagline Television, the six-year-old production company behind Psych, has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods., the studio that produces the veteran USA Network dramedy.
Tagline already has 2 other hourlong projects set up at UCP, Faerborne and Under. Faerborne, from writer Andrew Robinson, is for sibling cable network Syfy. It centers on a young Seattle businessman whose life is turned upside down when he learns that he is a “Changeling” – a fairy left to be raised by humans – and must be trained to fight goblins and other mythical creatures that live among us in disguise. The Kevin O’Hare-written Under, which is yet to be set up at a network, centers on a talented young doctor who discovers that his gambling father had his college financed by the Mob and is forced to moonlight for the mafia as their “on call doctor.”
Psych creator Steve Franks is behind a new hourlong project about a duo helping a local police department, this time for A&E. Titled Tropical Fox, the project, which Franks is co-writing with Kell Cahoon, centers on a brilliant British detective who goes rogue to track a wanted criminal in Hawaii and ends up forming an unlikely partnership with a local cop on the sleepy side of Oahu to aid the Honolulu Police Department.
Over at Cartoon Network, the company has set up Citizen’s Arrest, a half-hour live-action comedy from writer Jason Ward about a sixteen-year-old boy who acts out his … Read More »