Call this Episode 2: A New Hope. Warner Bros had to be taken aback a bit by the feel-good box office for its feel-good family pic Dolphin Tale, which hit No. 1 in its second weekend back in 2011 and finished with $95 million-plus worldwide. Alcon Entertainment dips its toe in the waters again for Dolphin Tale 2, which follows the inspired-by-a-true-story of Hope, a young dolphin who is saved with the help of the good people from the first movie — namely Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman and Austin Stowell. Bethany Hamilton, the young shark-bite survivor who inspired the feel-good (there’s that phrase again) movie Soul Surfer, also has a role. The pic from returning director Charles Martin Smith, who also wrote this installment, comes up for air September 19. Here’s the trailer:
Fox‘s American Idol is hosting a preview event at 5:30 PM PT ahead of tomorrow’s Season XII premiere. Watch the live-streamed Q&A with judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, and host Ryan Seacrest:
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EXCLUSIVE: Fox is expanding its relationship with new American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr to the scripted side, handing a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy starring the popular singer-actor. The untitled project, penned by veteran Late Show writers Eric Stangel & Justin Stangel, is a family comedy with a musical element starring Connick as a successful entertainer and single dad who takes time off to reconnect with his teenage daughter. David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, where the Stangel bothers are under a development deal, is producing with ABC Studios. Connick Jr, the Stangels and Worldwide Pants’ Letterman, Rob Burnett and Ann Marie Wilkins executive produce.
This is the latest major commitment from an outside network for an ABC Studios comedy in the studio’s first season actively selling on the open marketplace. Both ABC’s new boss Patrick Moran and head of comedy Amy Hartwick came from 20th TV, which, while aligned with Fox, supplies all major broadcast networks, so the goal was to not let vertical integration stand in the way of finding ABC Studios’ comedy pitches the most suitable home. Their efforts resulted in four put pilot commitments at all other major networks — for the Harry Connick Jr project at Fox; workplace comedy The Pro starring Rob Lowe at NBC; and two half-hour projects at CBS, comedies from Jonathan Groff and Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky & Danny Chun. Additionally, the studio had received an early pilot order for Dan Fogelman’s half-hour Galavant and a pilot production commitment for a comedy from June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson & Groff at ABC. Read More »
With everything and everyone officially coming together at the last minute like last year, American Idol’s judges for the upcoming thirteenth season are finally seated. Keith Urban is back from last year and, as announced earlier today, Jennifer Lopez is back after exiting the season before and Harry Connick Jr. has joined the gang. Here is the first photo of the trio together as they began auditions in Boston Tuesday. Season 13 of American Idol debuts on Fox in January 2014.
After the usual drama and down-to-the wire dealmaking, Fox has locked in its judging panel for the upcoming 13th season, with Harry Connick Jr and Jennifer Lopez joining Keith Urban, while original Idol judge Randy Jackson will replace Jimmy Iovine as in-house mentor. Lopez, Connick Jr and Urban, joined by Idol host Ryan Seacrest, are starting work today with the first taped auditions in Boston. For all the talk of shaking things up, the behind-the scenes changes of new Idol executive producers and a new Fox executive, David Hill, in charge of the veteran series did not extend to the screen as all on-air talent have been on the show before — Lopez, Urban and Jackson as judges and Connick Jr as a guest mentor. And with Lopez, Connick Jr. and Urban, Idol for the first time will have a judging panel entirely made of singers, resembling the group of mentors on rival The Voice. “Surprise, surprise! I am so happy to be back as part of this amazing show that started it all,” said Jackson, who announced his exit from Idol in May. While Iovine is being replaced as a mentor, his Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records will continue to release Idol winner and contestant music.
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The judging panel for the 13th season of American Idol is expected to be in place by the end of the weekend so production can get underway as planned. Harry Connick Jr. is finalizing a deal to take the third spot alongside Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez. As we first reported, Connick Jr. emerged as a leading candidate for the vacant chair earlier this week after a deal with music producer Dr. Luke fell through at the last minute. Connick is a self-professed big American Idol fan and has done two very well-received stints as a guest mentor on the Fox singing competition. With him on board, Idol for the first time will have a judging panel entirely made of singers, resembling the group of mentors on rival The Voice.
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EXCLUSIVE: He is a self-professed big fan of American Idol who has done two very well-received stints as a guest mentor on the Fox singing competition and has been rumored for a judging gig on the show in the past. Could it be Harry Connick Jr‘s time? I hear the singer is on a shortlist of candidates for the seat on the Idol judging table, which became vacant again after a deal with music producer Dr. Luke fell through at the last minute. Asked in May on The Ellen DeGeneres Show whether he would be interested if asked to become a judge on Idol, Connick said, “Well, yeah, I mean I had a really good time! I had a good time mentoring. Judging is a whole different deal; I don’t know how good I would be at that.” Because the judge search is dragging on, Fox has not set dates for the taped auditions yet.
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