UPDATE, 7:15 PM: E! has responded to the Michael J. Fox graphic it put up during the Golden Globes preshow: “We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J Fox’s Parkinson’s diagnosis during our Eonline live …
The Casting Society of America’s 29th annual Artios Awards celebrating outstanding achievement in casting were handed out last night in simultaneous ceremonies in LA and NY. On the West Coast, CBS Entertainment boss Nina Tassler received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Linda Lowy the Hoyt Bowers Awards, while Michael J Fox was given the New York Apple Award. Here are this year’s winners in categories covering film, TV and stage:
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2013 ARTIOS AWARDS WINNERS
Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)
Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy
Feature – Studio or Independent – Comedy
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes NBC Primetime Comedy Debut Tonight Ahead Of Sunday Beltway Show Blitz: Video
Newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – this week’s prettiest dress in the shop — is set to appear on virtually every Sunday Beltway show this weekend AND make his sitcom debut tonight in that long-awaited guest-starring gig on NBC‘s The Michael J. Fox Show.
Throw your mind back to summer TV Press Tour 2013, when NBC’s Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt prattled on happily about this Hillary Clinton miniseries he was developing, little knowing that weeks of GOP fulminating later, there would be this loud pop, and the air would be filled with mangled fragments of that project. That same day at the press tour, folks involved with the network’s new comedy series The Michael J. Fox Show announced presumed 2016 GOP presidential candidate Christie would appear on the series, playing himself, being interviewed by Fox’s local-newscaster character, who falls asleep just as Gov. Christie decides on air, “I think I should make an announcement.”
TV critics were told back then the appearance would air at some point.
That time is now.
NBC was careful not to air the episode, or talk about it much, until after Christie won re-election this past Tuesday in a walk-over. Christie did likewise, telling the press he did not know when the episode would air, and downplaying the appearance with a gag about their being “no chance of me getting my Screen Actors Guild card anytime soon.”
Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin To Play ‘Michael J. Fox’ Parents; Christina Chang Recurs On ‘Nashville’
Meet Michael J. Fox’s new TV parents: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin, have been tapped for guest/potential recurring roles on Fox’s new NBC comedy series. …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – the darling of NBC, having recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – appears in an upcoming episode of NBC’s new Michael J. Fox comedy series but immediately puts Fox to sleep, the actor explained this morning. Fox plays a version of himself on The Michael J. Fox Show – a well-known, much-loved personality, suffering from Parkinson’s Disease living in Manhattan. Except his Michael Henry character isn’t a beloved former TV comedy and movie actor — he’s a local newscaster. In one of the early episodes, Henry lands a big interview with Christie but, having been up a couple days straight, falls asleep in the first moments of the interview.
Henry works at the NBC owned-and-operated station in the country’s No. 1 market. Fox explained at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 this morning that the show creators were looking for a way to have the character be “recognizable, but not make him an actor or an athlete – an actor would be boring and athlete would be impossible.”
Henry works at the NBC station because “a fictional television network didn’t give us 22 episodes,” series co-creator/exec producer Will Gluck joked-but-not-really. Struggling Today Show anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are featured in the pilot – and they could show up going forward said Fox, in which case the show would be “not doing it to save them” but to service the primetime show, that’s been given a plum Thursday timeslot. Fox, who stepped down from his last TV series starring role, on ABC’s Spin City when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, said that coming back to the work schedule “I knew one of two things would happen: either I was going to atrophy as I went on in the year, or rebuild the muscles. And I’m finding I’m rebuilding the muscles. I’m more comfortable with the schedule every week.”
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning comedy writer-producer Alex Reid has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, which starts June 1, Reid will be joining the studio’s new NBC comedy series starring Michael J. Fox as executive producer. On the untitled project, which has a 22-episode order, Reid will serve as co-showrunner alongside creator Sam Laybourne. Reid, Laybourne and Will Gluck, who directed the pilot, will executive produce, with Richard Schwartz co-executive producing. Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment co-produces the series, loosely based on Fox’s life, with Sony TV. It stars Fox as a husband and father of three in New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease. Reid’s overall deal also calls for him to develop new projects, though he will initially focus exclusively on the Michael J. Fox series. Reid, who is finishing up a deal at Universal TV, most recently served as co-executive producer/director on the NBC/Uni TV comedy series Up All Night, reuniting with star Christina Applegate after serving in the same capacity on the actress’ previous series, ABC’s Samantha Who?
I Hate My Teenage Daughter lead Katie Finneran has landed a co-starring role on Michael J. Fox’s NBC comedy series, which has a 22-episode order for a fall 2013 launch. The single-camera comedy, from Sony Pictures TV and producer-director Will Gluck, is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease. A former lead anchor for a local station in NY, Mike decides to go back to work after a new medication helps him manage the effects of his illness. Finneran will play Mike’s narcissistic, single and jobless sister. Also cast in the series are Conor Romero as Mike’s college dropout son who recently returned home, and Jack Gore as his younger, 7-year-old son.
It is officially Back to the Future week. A day after footage with Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly hit the web, Spike released a teaser for its upcoming Scream Awards that will feature a Back to the Future reunion celebrating the original film’s 25th anniversary and featuring …