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Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; More

Global Showbiz Briefs: Plenty Of Glory For E!’s ‘Gutz’; ‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy; MorePlenty Of Glory For ‘Gutz’ In The Philippines
E!‘s first international reality series, It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez, has been given an early renewal for Season 2. The trials and tribulations of the Filipino showbiz clan broke ratings records throughout the S1 run, becoming the channel’s most watched program in the Philippines since January 2013. At its peak, it made E! the No. 1 channel in its primetime slot among key demographics. The series also performed well in Malaysia. As in cinema, producing for local audiences can be a lucrative business. NBC Universal’s E! is aiming to build a superstar family reality franchise in Asia with the Gutz. The six-episode series gives viewers unfiltered access to the Gutierrez family, which includes former beauty queen Ruffa; her twin brothers, actor Richard and fashionista Raymond; and their parents, veteran screen star Eddie and political aspirant/talent manager Annabelle. The season finale of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez airs July 6. Here’s a trailer:

‘Rising Star’ Heading To Italy On Mediaset Canale 5
rising starRising Star has found a broadcast home in Italy. The Keshet International format will be produced for Mediaset Canale 5 by Sony Pictures Television’s local shingle, Toro Produzioni. Eight episodes have been commissioned to air during the 2015 season. Rising Star has sold to over 25 international markets. Brazil, Portugal and the U.S. are currently on air. A second season is planned at … Read More »

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NBCU Taps CFO For E!, Esquire Network

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 12:51pm PDT

NBCU Taps CFO For E!, Esquire NetworkThe company has stayed in-house for the new top money man at two of its cable nets. Donald Storm III has been named CFO of E! and Esquire Network, overseeing all financial operations for both and  pursuing Donald Storm IIIgrowth opportunities. He had been VP Financial Planning and Analysis at NBCUniversal Corporate. Based in LA, Storm will report to E! President Suzanne Kolb and Esquire chief Adam Stotsky, working with Catherine Dunleavy, EVP and CFO of NBCU Cable Entertainment. Earlier in his career, Storm was an Audit Manager for GE corporate.

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E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu App

E! Buys Pitch For Scripted Drama Based On Deborah Schoeneman’s NYT Article About Guy-Rating Lulu AppDeborah Schoeneman and Offspring Entertainment have sold a pitch to E! through Warner Horizon Television, about a young woman who has created a wildly successful (and controversial) app to rate/review men. Offline, the woman is struggling to find love. The idea for the one-hour drama was inspired by Schoeneman’s New York Times article,  “What’s He Really Like? Check the Lulu App,” which tells the story about the social networking app, which has over 1 billion profile views of men –  and its founders, Alexandra Chong and Alison Schwartz. Schoeneman would executive produce — with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot via their Offspring Entertainment. Chong is a consulting producer on the project.
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Ross Mathews Signs With WME — Has E! Said Goodbye To ‘Hello Ross’?

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 4:49pm PDT

Ross Mathews Signs With WME — Has E! Said Goodbye To ‘Hello Ross’?WME has signed talk-show host/red-carpet commentator/best-selling author Ross Mathews, and his company, Ross Mathews Media. In addition to hosting his E! talker Hello Rosshe also has been a regular panelist and guest host on E!’s soon-to-depart Chelsea Lately, and is a fixture on E! News and E! Network’s Live From The Red Carpet shows as part of his overall talent deal with that Comcast cable network. There’s been increasing noise today that E! is not looking to move forward with a third season on the show,  which is EP’d by, among others, Chelsea Handler –  who’s moving herself from E! to Netflix. E! insists no decision has been made about the talk show; some insiders tell us the network’s deal gives it 90 days after the show wraps a season to make a call on a pickup — E! would be about a month into those 90 days, the show having wrapped it second season in mid-May.

Sources report that, regardless, Mathews will continue to do red carpet interviews for E! and be seen on-air as an E! News correspondent. Leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, Mathews was the official political reporter for E! News. He covered both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where he interviewed political figures including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and former Republican Presidential nominee John McCain.  In 2013, Mathews released his first book, the best-seller Man Up: Tales Of My Delusional Self-Confidence. He began his career in … Read More »

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E! To End Chelsea Handler Late-Night Show In August

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 12:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

chelsea_lately-showIt is officially the end for Chelsea Handler‘s late-night run on E!. The network, which had kept quiet amidst the frenzy of speculation that Handler would be leaving, fueled by the host’s own comments, announced today that Handler’s Chelsea Lately will air a live hourlong series finale on August 26. Handler’s last telecast will be preceded by a month-long farewell highlighting the show’s seven-year run.“We are very proud of Chelsea Lately’s long-running success and the unique space that the series carved out in late night television,” said E! president Suzanne Kolb. “Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night with her acerbic wit and fearless commentary and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition.” The end of Chelsea Lately will come a few months before Handler’s contract expires at the end of the year. “I myself am more surprised than anyone that I was able to hold down a job for seven years, and it was a fantastic seven years,” said Handler. “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.​”

Chelsea Lately was developed and launched by the previous E! regime led by Ted Harbert when the network was part of Comcast. Chelsea Lately‘s ratings have slid lately. Between 2010, the year before her last renegotiation with E!, and 2013, the show’s viewership has dropped 32% to 572,000, with the declines extending into 2014.
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Pilot ‘Songbyrd’ Not Going Forward At E!

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBCUniversal LogosE! has passed on its music-themed drama pilot Songbyrd, created/exec produced by Krista Vernoff and exec produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Songbyrd was one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, along with drama The Royals. When The Royals was picked up to series in early March, Songbyrd was left in contention and last was featured in E!’s upfront slate  at the end of March. Songbyrd, which originally was developed for NBC, centers on songwriter Lauren Byrd (Bethany Joy Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Diane Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister Mickey (Rumer Willis), to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process.

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Maria Menounos Exits ‘Extra’, Inks E! Deal

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 2:53pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

220px-Maria_Menounos_LFAfter months of speculation that Maria Menounos might be leaving syndicated entertainment newsmagazine Extra, she has made the move, signing a deal with E! Under the multi-year pact, Menounos will host her own one-hour entertainment newsmag series, Untold with Maria Menounos. She also will be featured on the roundtable series Live From E! and upcoming E! specials. Additionally, E! has signed a first-look deal with Menounos’ production company, Underman/Omegagirl Prods. Hosted on location by Menounos, Untold with Maria Menounos will cover such topics as Gen Y royals, the rise of heroin in Hollywood, the popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) and the rise of reality stars. Each episode will comprised three individual stories, as well as additional segments such as celebrity sound-off and pop culture minute.

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Hot TV Teaser: E!’s ‘The Royals’

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 7:15pm PDT

“In case you’ve forgotten, we are not a normal family.” Indeed. Here’s the first sneak peek at E!‘s maiden scripted effort, which stars Elizabeth Hurley as queen of a fictional British royal clan. Vincent Regan, Haley Lu Richardson, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen, Jake Maskall, Ukweli Roach and Oliver Milburn also star in The Royals, which the reality-focused cable net ordered to series in March. It is created by Mark Schwahn, who wrote and directs the show and is executive producing with fellow One Tree Hill alums Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. Here’s 20 seconds of what to expect:

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E! Greenlights Reality Fashion Series Toplined By Diane Von Furstenberg

By | Thursday May 8, 2014 @ 11:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

E_Logo__121217153532-150x150The DVF Project (working title), announced last month as part of E!’s planned development slate, now has the green light for a late 2014 premiere. The series will follow designer Diane Von Furstenberg as she searches for her fashion house’s first-ever DVF Global Brand Ambassador. American Express UNSTAGED Fashion With DVFThe young women candidates will be involved in every major event that takes place at the brand culminating in Fashion Week have entree to Furstenberg’s empire for a weeks-long ultimate interview. They will also work within the four major DVF divisions – merchandising, PR, marketing and design. They’ll do whatever it takes to get the job, which includes jet-setting around the globe to DVF sponsored events, meeting celebrities, working on multi-million dollar campaigns, and producing charity events. The DVF Project is produced by Electus and Hud:sun Media. Executive producers are Chris Grant, Michael Rourke, Mioshi Hill, Corie Henson, Lenid Rolov and Diane von Furstenberg.

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E! Signs EJ Johnson To Overall Deal, Includes Second Season of ‘#RichKids of Beverly Hills’

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 2:07pm PDT

EJ JohnsonEJ Johnson has signed a new overall deal with E! to return to the network’s series #RichKids Of Beverly Hills for its second season. The series documents the lives of social-media-savvy socialites in the 90210,NBCUniversal Logos including billionaire offspring Dorothy Wang and lifestyle blogger Morgan Stewart; EJ, who was a secondary cast member in the first season, is expected to play a larger role in Season 2. Johnson, son of Magic and Cookie Johnson, also will make appearances on a variety of the network’s programs to showcase his fashion expertise; he has appeared on E! series and specials in that capacity, including Fashion Police, E! News and as a special correspondent during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February. As part of the deal, E! will collaborate with Johnson to develop new projects.

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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.

Related: Chelsea Handler: Crankiest Talk Show Guest Ever?

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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 each stand-alone episode, the doctors will perform two surgeries, but could work with multiple patients who need their help turning the nightmares of their previous plastic surgeries, from botched boob jobs to lopsided butt lifts,   into success stories. Viewers will follow each patient from the complex medical procedures to the intensive recovery process that will result in the ultimate reveal at the end of each episode. Botched premieres summer/fall 2014. It is executive produced by Alex Baskin, Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart and Mark Herwick for Evolution Media.

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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 private and often complicated lives of some of WWE’s most popular Divas, including The Bella Twins: Nikki and Brie and their romantic relationships with WWE superstars John Cena and Daniel Bryan. Season two will bring The Bellas’ 30th birthday in addition to Brie’s journey to the altar with Bryan. It will continue with new episodes on Sundays at 10 PM through December 15. Eric & Jessie: Game On centers on the steamy relationship of newly married country/pop singer Jessie James and Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker as they juggle their high-profile careers, family and friends. Its season one finale aired November 3. And Hello Ross will wrap its first season on Friday November 29. Some of the guests from Season 1 of the Ross Matthews-hosted show include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kris Jenner, Leah Remini, Lance Bass, Gloria Estefan and Kelly Osbourne. Each of the series will return for Season 2 in early 2014.

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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 Michael Winship, President of the WGA East today (see his full statement below). “We are exploring all options.” Rivers made the comments in an interview last week with comedy site, Splitsider. In contrast to her pro-guild stance of just over a month ago after the comedian and long time Guild member avoided an October 14 disciplinary hearing in NYC to determine whether the E! host had violated the union’s rules by writing and performing showrunner duties for the show during the strike, Rivers now appears to have changed sides. “E! is right. They wanted writers to take a vote before they went out and decided to strike and the WGA wanted them to negotiate to not take a vote,” she said in the online interview.

Fashion Police writers have been on strike since April seeking more than $1 million in back wages and overtime. They are backed by the WGA in their fight. After risking being possibly being kicked out of the WGA East, Rivers’ took a very different tone on the writers’ situation last month. “As part of the resolution of the Charges, Ms. Rivers has agreed not to write during the strike and to meet with E! … 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 block from 7-9 AM weekdays starting November 11. The show, which aired from 1989-93 on NBC, chronicled the lives of a group of students at Bayside High and their ex-hippie principal (Richard Belding). It helped launch the careers of young actors including Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley.

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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 project was in development and now E! has made it official setting a January 2014 premiere date. The series, sparked by the Rich Kids Of Instagram Tumblr blog, takes an inside look at a social circle of uber-wealthy 20-somethings who are armed with black cards, tiny dogs and loads of Louboutins. As the children of some of the most wealthy families and billionaire and millionaire moguls, this exclusive, often dramatic clique of friends, each with their own unique relationships, goals and heartaches, come together to party, play and relate to each other’s distinctive lifestyles. Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills is produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment. David Leepson, Gennifer Gardiner and Doron Ofir serve as executive producers.

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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 of her time is her “second family” at her Creative Entertainment Group office filled with a slew of characters from her demanding clients, up and coming talent associates and impressionable young interns, all vying for her attention and accolades. Costello, granddaughter of late comedian Lou Costello, has coached clients including Kelly Osbourne and Ceelo Green, and created the Hosting Bootcamp seminar for up and coming television hosts. The Drama Queen premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10 PM on E! The series is executive produced by Jeff Collins, Mike Aho and Michael Hammond for Collins Avenue Productions, with Andrew Perry serving as Executive Producer.

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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 is a contemporary drama about a fictional royal family informed by the regal opulence of the British monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet; a tale of men and women corrupted by power, wealth and desire. Moseley, repped by APA, Intellectual Artists and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will play Prince Liam, the younger brother to the beloved Prince Robert. When Robert is killed in a military training accident, Liam is thrust into a spotlight. Sexy, charming and smart, he’s in love with a young American woman, Ophelia, who helps him cope with the loss of his brother and his new position as the next King of England. Liam bristles at the strict rules, which govern the monarchy: being told what to say, where to go and how to it. At the root of it all, Liam has lived in Robert’s shadow and worries that he is not a credible successor. Hurley plays Liam’s mother, Queen Helena.

Related: Elizabeth Hurley To Topline E! Pilot ‘The Royals’

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