Producers Praise Cable Nets’ Flexibility, Despite Tight Budgets: Cable Show

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 9:38am PDT

That was the overall consensus  from a panel of producers at the cable industry trade show this morning that featured Marc Cherry (who created Desperate Housewives), Mark Johnson (Executive Producer of Breaking Bad), and Joe Weisberg (creator of The Americans). “Some of the most exciting work is being done on cable,” says Cherry who’s about to introduce Devious Maids on Lifetime. Networks are “so hungry for viewers that they’re willing to take risks.” He relishes the opportunity to develop a series without having to generate 23 or more episodes. With the intense plotting of a soap opera “the workload is just overwhelming…You can kind of feel it around episode 14 where the story starts to not make sense.” With Devious Maids “I had every episode plotted out. I couldn’t do that” with Desperate Housewives. Weisberg says he “didn’t think I had it in me” to handle the broadcast networks’ demands. “In cable you could do 13 episodes and then take a couple of months off.” Read More »

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FX Greenlights Drama Pilot About 1980s KGB Spies Posing As U.S. Suburbanites

By | Friday December 16, 2011 @ 1:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX has greenlighted its next pilot, The Americans, a period drama created/executive produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and executive produced by Justified showrunner Graham Yost. The project centers on two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, … Read More »

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Paul Greengrass Joins Fox CIA Drama As EP

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 8:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Feature director Paul Greengrass has joined Fox’s untitled CIA drama project from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. This marks the first foray into U.S. television for British director-writer Greengrass, who will … Read More »

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Fox Buys CIA Drama From Imagine, Family Comedy From ‘Big Bang’ Recurring Duo

Nellie Andreeva

Fox has bought a CIA drama from writer Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and a multi-camera comedy from actor-writers John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman, best known for their recurring roles on CBS’ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory. The hourlong … Read More »

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