TCA: McDonalds Did Not Pay To Be The Star Of CBS’ ‘The Crazy Ones’ Pilot

“McDonalds did not pay, and did not have approval” on The Crazy Ones pilot episode, exec producer Jason Winer told TV critics today at TCA. In the first episode of the new CBS comedy from David E. Kelly and Winer, a Chicago ad agency head and his daughter, played by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, try to get Kelly Clarkson to sing the old McDonalds jingle in an effort to hang on to that important client. Using a real brand is exciting…making up the names of products would not seem so real” Winer explained.  “So far no money has changed hands”.

“If you look under your chairs there’s a Happy Meal there right now,” Williams jumped in. Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Monday Mornings’ Cancelled

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 2:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TNT has officially cancelled David E. Kelley/Sanjay Gupta’s Monday Mornings after one season. There was not much hope for the medical drama, which opened with an underwhelming 1.34 million viewers and ended its freshman run at the same … Read More »

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Sarah Michelle Gellar To Star In CBS’ Robin Williams Comedy Pilot

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 7:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar has been tapped as the female lead opposite Robin Williams in David E. Kelley’s CBS comedy pilot Crazy Ones. Written/exec produced by Kelley and … Read More »

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David E. Kelley’s ‘Monday Mornings’ Debuts Weak; ‘Dallas’ Hits New Series Low

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 11:48am PST

TNT’s Monday Mornings had a sickly debut last night. The 10 PM premiere of the new medical drama pulled in just 1.34 million viewers in Live + Same Day. That’s a harsh drop from the 2.232 million Monday Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Monday Mornings’ Brings David E. Kelley Back Into The Operating Room: TCA

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 12:17pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

At today’s TCA panel on TNT’s new medical drama series Monday Mornings, executive producer David E. Kelley (Chicago Hope, The Practice, Doogie Howser M.D.) admitted reservations about a taking on another medical show. But he said he went back into the operating room because of the participation of neurosurgeon and co-executive producer Sanjay Gupta. The series is based on the book by Gupta. The surgeon also serves as CNN chief medical correspondent.

Kelley said the book made him realize that the show, whose large ensemble cast includes Ving Rhames, Bill Irwin, Alfred Molina and Emily Swallow (on the panel,) could offer “fertile story-telling ground”, adding: It only came to fruition when Sanjay agreed to stay with it. The book is what made me want to do the series, but I wanted to keep the voice that came with us. He assured me he would not abandon us, and stay with us”. Read More »

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CBS Eyes David E. Kelley Workplace Comedy Starring Robin Williams

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Thirty years after the end of Mork & Mindy, Oscar and Emmy winner Robin Williams is plotting a return to series television with a comedy written by Emmy winner David … Read More »

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EMMYS: David E. Kelley On ‘Harry’s Law’s Nominations And Cancellation

By | Thursday July 19, 2012 @ 3:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Series cancelled before their time rarely fare well at the Emmys in their last go-around. But NBC’s Harry’s Law defied the odds, landing two noms for its second and final season — the same as last year. Star … Read More »

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Alfred Molina To Star In David E. Kelley’s TNT Medical Drama Pilot ‘Chelsea General’

By | Wednesday February 8, 2012 @ 12:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Alfred Molina is set to star in David E. Kelley’s TNT medical drama pilot Chelsea General. Based on CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings, the project follows the lives … Read More »

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Marcos Siega & Bill D’Elia To Direct Pilots

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 11:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williamson and David E. Kelley have tapped directors-producers of their existing series to helm their new pilots. Marcos Siega, who directed the pilot for Williamson’s hit The Vampire Diaries and served as a co-executive producer on the CW show, will direct Williamson’s untitled Fox drama pilot. Meanwhile, Kelley’s … Read More »

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TNT Greenlights Medical Drama Pilot From David E. Kelley And Sanjay Gupta

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 5:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In David E. Kelley’s first foray into cable, TNT has given a pilot order to a new medical drama from The Practice creator and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Kelley wrote the script for the project, tentatively titled Chelsea General, based on Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings. Kelley and Gupta, who is a practicing neurosurgeon, are executive producing. Chelsea General promises to be a smart, witty and extremely powerful medical drama, the kind of series David E. Kelley is renowned for making,” said Michael Wright, EVP and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “We look forward to working with David and Sanjay in bringing the doctors’ fascinating stories and characters to television.”

Set to be published in March 2012, Gupta’s Monday Mornings is set at Chelsea General and follows the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The book uses as its backdrop the hospital’s Monday Morbidity and Mortality conference, considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine, where doctors gather for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care. The book takes a look at how surgeons come to terms with mistakes and try to learn from them.

Chelsea General is Kelley’s first project as a free agent. The Emmy-winning writer-producer opted not to renew his overall deal at Warner Bros. TV in May so he can pursue passion projects in different areas, including cable. This marks Kelley’s return to the medical genre 17 years after he created CBS’ Chicago Hope. Read More »

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‘Harry’s Law’ Gets Order For 6 More Scripts

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 3:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has given struggling sophomore dramedy Harry’s Law an order for six additional scripts. Because the series was a midseason replacement last year, its original second-season order was for 13 episodes. While short of a back episodic order, the script … Read More »

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Scenes From NBC’s ‘Wonder Woman’ Pilot Leak Online

By | Thursday July 21, 2011 @ 11:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Readers alerted us that the Wonder Woman clips have been disabled, which is not surprising as their use probably constituted copyright violation and got attorneys for producer Warner Bros. TV on the case.

PREVIOUS: Had it been picked up to series, NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot would’ve been one of the … Read More »

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Elizabeth Hurley & Tracie Thoms Join NBC’s ‘Wonder Woman’

By | Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 10:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Elizabeth Hurley has been tapped for a potentially recurring role in David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot for NBC starring Adrianne Palicki as the comic book heroine who, in … Read More »

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Adrianne Palicki Is NBC’s Wonder Woman

Nellie Andreeva

After her standout performance on Fox’s short-lived drama Lone Star, there was a lot of talk about Adrianne Palicki’s star potential. She is on her way to prove it by landing one of the most iconic TV roles, that of … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up David E. Kelley’s ‘Wonder Woman’, Michael Patrick King’s Drama

Nellie Andreeva

Wonder Woman will fly this pilot season after all. New NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt capped a day of high-profile pilot pickups with a surprise order to David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot. Additionally, he formally greenlighted another hourlong project … Read More »

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TV ‘Wonder Woman’ Not Going At This Time

Nellie Andreeva

The TV reboot of Wonder Woman is being postponed. David E. Kelley’s high-profile take on the female superhero has been shelved after not landing a deal at a broadcast network because of what sources called unfortunate timing. The project hails … Read More »

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Primetime Pilot Panic: ‘Boston Legal’ OK; Kelley’s ‘Life On Mars’ Probable At ABC

By | Sunday May 11, 2008 @ 1:48pm PDT


I hear that, after intense negotiations with David Kelley about cutting the show’s licensing fee, ABC has renewed Boston Legal for a 5th season. A source tells me: “Watch for the cast to be scaled down to Spader, Shatner, Candace, and fewer people around them.” Sources … Read More »

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William Morris Suffers Some Client Losses

By | Friday March 28, 2008 @ 1:21pm PDT

wma.jpgDavid E. Kelley left WMA this week for Endeavor. Topher Grace exited Morris also for Endeavor recently. Comedy feature writer Ed Solomon recently departed Morris to go to CAA (as did WMA’s director Jim Mangold three months ago…).

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