Chelsea Handler Eyes Exit From E!

By | Sunday March 30, 2014 @ 2:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

chelsea_lately-showWhen powerful music manager Irving Azoff in October joined the team of comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler, the announcement stated the duo’s intentions. “The host of E!’s top-rated late night show, Chelsea Lately, Handler is busy positioning herself for life after her current contract expires at the end of 2014,” it read. That “positioning” has featured exploratory meetings with production companies and other cable networks. It also has included pointed comments dropped by Handler about her dissatisfaction with E!, recently referring to the network a “a sad, sad place to live” and “a failure” on The Howard Stern Show. Now, after weeks of speculation that the Handler was plotting an exit, Azoff has told The Hollywood Reporter that Handler indeed “intends to leave” when her contract expires at the end of the year. Theoretically, that could be posturing, which is part of any renegotiation where the stakes are this high, but given the fact that Handler specifically hired Asoff to plan her life post-E! and that the rift between the her and E! appears to run pretty deep, the intention appears to be real. That has been confirmed by sources.

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E!’s Slate Includes Gucci Miniseries, More ‘Rich Kids’, New Kardashian Offshoots, Christina Milian & Lance Bass Reality Series

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

E!_LogoHeading into its upfront presentation, E! has unveiled its original programming slate, which includes three upcoming series: reality competition series Escape Club premiering June 8, plastic surgery docu-series Botched premiering this September, and the network’s first original scripted series The Royals debuting in early 2015. The network has picked up a second season of #RichKids Of Beverly Hills and has put in development a New York-based spinoff. It also has greenlighted a new installment of the Kardashians’ Take franchise, Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons while developing yet another Kardashian reality series, Dash Dolls, about Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s boutiques. “E! continues to deliver for the pop culture fan through buzzy original programming, unparalleled entertainment news, and innovative digital initiatives,” said Suzanne Kolb, President, E! Entertainment.

E! Network Events - 2013While celebrity-driven unscripted fare remains a cornerstone of E!’s programming with new projects headlined by the Kardashians, Christina Millian and Lance Bass, there are also more fashion and lifestyle offerings, including a new reality series in the works toplined by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg. E! also stepped up its coverage of Fashion Week this year. The expansion in the arena is in part because E!’s sister network Style was phased out, said Kolb. “We are stretching that muscle more.”

On the scripted side, the network is developing a miniseries about the Gucci family. Longform is a relatively new area for E!, where the network also has in the works another project, The Four Hundred. Because of E!’s tradition with covering events, like awards ceremonies, event programming “feels like area that would have great traction for us,” Kolb said.

E!’s upfront scripted slate only includes the Gucci mini and pilot Songbyrd, one of E!’s first two scripted pilots along with The Royals, which is still undergoing testing. “It’s a good pilot,” said Kolb. And while there are no scripted development projects announced today, “we are continuing the active scripted development pipeline,” Kolb said, noting that the network won’t wait to see how The Royals does before ordering more scripted pilots later in 2014.

E! also eyes expansion of its late-night block anchored by Chelsea Lately by possibly turning its awards night special After Party into a daily pop culture news recap that could air at 11:30 PM. Here is the network’s original programming slate: Read More »

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E!’s New Reality Series ‘Botched’ Tries To Fix Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

NBCUniversal LogosBotched features plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif as they try to fix the unfixable when extreme plastic surgery goes terribly wrong. E! has ordered eight one-hour episodes of the reality series. In … Read More »

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E! Renews ‘Total Divas’, ‘Eric & Jessie’ & ‘Hello Ross’ For Second Season

By | Monday November 25, 2013 @ 10:31am PST

E! has picked up second seasons for reality series Total Divas and Eric & Jessie: Game On along with interactive weekly talk show Hello Ross. Total Divas follows the … Read More »

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WGA East Slams Joan Rivers Over “Reprehensible” Remarks About ‘Fashion Police’ Writers

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 8:47am PST

Calling striking Fashion Police scribes “schmuck writers” and “idiots”, Joan Rivers is back in hot water with the Writers Guild of America East. “Her latest statement egregiously violates the spirit of the rest of the settlement,” said … Read More »

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E! Acquires ‘Saved By The Bell’ Reruns, Sets Daily 2-Hour Block

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:14am PST

Zack, Screech, Kelly, A.C. and the gang are back, 20 years after the final bell. E! has picked up the early-’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell and will air it in a two-hour … Read More »

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E!’s ‘Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills’ Gets January Premiere Date

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 12:37pm PDT

It sure seems rich kids are good business. On the heels of Keeping Up With Kardashians and Bravo’s Shahs Of Sunset, comes E!’s new reality series Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills. Nellie Andreeva reported in August that the … Read More »

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E!’s ‘The Drama Queen’ With Marki Costello To Premiere November 10

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

The Drama Queen will take viewers inside Hollywood celeb manager Marki Costello’s world as as she works at not just building entertainment careers but building brands and teaching her clients how to be stars. Taking up the majority … Read More »

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E! Pilot ‘The Royals’ Casts Its Prince

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 6:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The Chronicles Of Narnia‘s William Moseley is set to star opposite Elizabeth Hurley in the hourlong E! pilot The Royals, from Lionsgate TV and One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn. It … Read More »

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Elizabeth Hurley To Topline E! Pilot ‘The Royals’

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 3:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: British actress Elizabeth Hurley is set for regal duty with a starring role in the hourlong E! pilot The Royals, from Lionsgate TV and the One Tree Hill team of creator Mark Schwahn … Read More »

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Noah Pollack Joins E! As SVP Programming & Development

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

E!‘s new programming chief Jeff Olde has added another member to its senior executive team. Noah Pollack has been named SVP, Programming & Development. Working alongside Damla Dogan and reporting to Olde, Pollack will oversee unscripted series development and original programming. Pollack, who comes from Lifetime where he served as VP, Reality Programming, starts in the fall. Read More »

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E! Orders More Episodes Of ‘Total Divas’

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT

E! and WWE are adding six episodes to their new reality series Total Divas, the show tracking the in-ring and behind the scenes lives of pro lady wrestlers Natalya, the Bella Twins, … Read More »

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E! Developing ‘Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills’ Reality Series

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Some of the young people, who achieved Internet notoriety by showcasing their lavish, over the top lifestyles on the Rich Kids Of Instagram Tumblr blog, are headed to television. I’ve learned that E! has put … Read More »

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E! Nears First Scripted Pilot Orders For Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren’s ‘Songbyrd’, Mark Schwahn’s Hamlet Drama ‘The Royals’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 3:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that E! is finalizing deals for its first two scripted pilots. The orders, which will be be cast-contingent, are going to dramas Songbyrd, from writer Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), top songwriter Diane Warren and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and The Royals, from Lionsgate TV and the One Tree Hill team of creator Mark Schwahn and producers Brian Robbins & Joe Davola. Both projects were part of E!’s most recent scripted slate unveiled at the network’s upfront in April. Entering the scripted space had been a priority for E! under its new NBCUniversal leadership team led by Bonnie Hammer. Sibling cable channel Bravo has been on a similar path and recently produced its first scripted pilot, drama Rita.

Songbyrd was originally developed at E! sibling NBC by Universal TV this past development season. It centers on Lauren Byrd, a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric, yet wildly successful process. Read More »

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Kim Kardashian’s Baby Could Debut On Current Season Of E!’s ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’

By | Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 6:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Her sex was revealed on the Season 8 premiere of E!‘s Keeping Up With The Kardashians less than two weeks ago. And now the baby daughter of series’ star Kim Read More »

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WGA Sets Rally For Striking ‘Fashion Police’ Writers

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT

Less than a week after E! President Suzanne Kolb told striking writers on Fashion Police that their guild is the real enemy, the WGA has organized a rally in support of the picketers. In … Read More »

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E! News Twitter Hacked

By | Saturday May 4, 2013 @ 1:25pm PDT

E! Online TwitterThe entertainment news org confirmed this afternoon that its @eonline Twitter feed reaching 5.2M followers was hacked earlier today. The account was subsequently suspended. E! News text subscribers also received hacked … Read More »

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Striking Writers on E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ Clarify Their Stance

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 8:51am PDT

The scribes who went on strike last week against E!‘s Joan Rivers-hosted panel series Fashion Police and Rivers’ production company have sent another response to the network. They say E! has falsely characterized the situation by suggesting … Read More »

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‘Fashion Police’ Writers Now File Labor Complaints Against Joan Rivers’ Company

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT

Joan RiversThere are more labor problems for Fashion Police. Today host Joan Rivers’ Rugby Productions had complaints filed against it by four more writers on the E! series. The scribes’ latest claims … Read More »

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