‘Kirstie’ Creator/Showrunner Marco Pennette Exits TV Land Series

By | Friday February 28, 2014 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

KirstiesNewShowEXCLUSIVE: TV Land’s freshman comedy Kirstie just finished its freshman run on Wednesday. If it gets a second season, it will be without creator/executive producer/showrunner Marco Pennette, who is leaving. The departure is not related to Kirstie or … Read More »

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TV Land Orders Comedy Presentation From Marco Pennette Starring Kirstie Alley

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 12:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TV Land has given a cast-contingent presentation order to Giant Baby, a multi-camera comedy written by Marco Pennette starring Cheers alumna Kirstie Alley. The project centers on Madison “Maddie” Banks (Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Owen, the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother dies. “We’ve had our eye on Kirstie Alley for a long time, and we finally got her!” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones.

TV Land brass took a look at Pennette’s ABC pilot The Manzanis after the network passed on it in May. The multi-camera comedy also starred Alley, as well as her former Cheers co-star Rhea Perlman. Ultimately, TV Land opted to develop a new project with Pennette and Alley. It resulted in Giant Baby, which the two executive produce with Alley’s manager Jason Weinberg. Read More »

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Showrunner Change On NBC’s ‘Animal Practice’ – Marco Pennette To Take Over

By | Monday August 20, 2012 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of NBC‘s upcoming comedy series Animal Practice (formerly Animal Kingdom). Gail Lerner, who joined the show after the pilot as executive producer/showrunner, is departing, with Marco Pennette coming in … Read More »

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ABC To Order Family Comedy Pilot Starring Kirstie Alley

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Following her memorable run on Dancing With the Stars last spring, Kirstie Alley is returning to ABC as the star of a new comedy project. I’ve learned that ABC is finalizing the deals for a pilot order to The Manzanis, a multi-camera family comedy written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, with Alley attached to star. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment are producing. The sitcom is described as a new take on Roseanne, and stars Alley as a very opinionated wife/mother who, along with her family, the Manzanis, moves to repressed country-club town. Pennette and Flebotte are executive producing with Brillstein’s new TV president JoAnn Alfano. Also expected to executive produce are Aaron Kaplan (Good Christian Belles) and Alley’s manager Jason Weinberg. Read More »

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ABC Taps Songwriting Heavyweights For Musical Comedy Project

By | Tuesday December 7, 2010 @ 3:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Oscar-nominated lyricist David Zippel have teamed with veteran comedy writer Marco Pennette  for a musical comedy set up at ABC. The network is making a big effort to launch a musical series next season with 3 such projects in development.

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