Netflix Sets Up Russell Peters Special & Docu-Series To Kick Off Service’s Expansion Into Stand-Up Specials & Documentaries

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going global with its first major release under its initiative to add stand-up specials and documentaries to its original programming slate. The streaming service will be the exclusive home of comedy special Notorious and docu-series Russell Peters Vs. The World toplined by international stand-up star Peters. The 70-minute stand-up comedy performance and four-part docu-series following Peters on his global Notorious tour will premiere October 14 and be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available — the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands. A little over a month after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells signaled in a letter to shareholders the company’s plan to expand into original stand-up specials and documentaries, the company’s efforts in the arena are in full swing. Just last week, Netflix announced special Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive, which will follow Notorious as the company’s second original stand-up special on November 1. Peters was chosen to kick off Netflix’s foray into the comedy specials area, dominated by HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime, because of his global appeal and the company plans to back up the release of Notorious and Russell Peters Vs. the World with a large-scale marketing campaign. “Russell Peters has achieved what few comedians ever manage in their careers,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “He transcends cultural, regional and even language borders.” Netflix’s library includes three previous Russell Peters specials, Russell Peters: Red, White And Brown, Russell Peters: The Green Card Tour, and Russell Peters: Outsourced. “Peters has proven popular with Netflix subscribers in every territory we operate in,” Sarandos said. Read More »

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Laz Alonso To Co-Star In NBC’s ‘Notorious’, Camille Guaty In Fox’s ‘Let It Go’

By | Monday March 26, 2012 @ 9:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings) is set as the male lead opposite Meagan Good in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, Notorious is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna Locasto … Read More »

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Jenny Slate To Co-Star In ‘Super Fun Night’

By | Friday March 23, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate has been cast as a lead opposite Rebel Wilson in CBS’ comedy pilot Super Fun Night. The project, written by Wilson and produced by Warner Bros TV and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, follows three nerdy female friends — Kimmie (Wilson), Helen-Alice (Slate) and Marika — on their “funcomfortable” quest to have super fun every Friday night. Helen-Alice is Kimmie’s super-smart best friend and roommate who thinks the pinnacle of fun is staying in on Friday nights to eat pizza and watch dorky movies. Slate, repped by WME and 3 Arts, recurred on Bored To Death and most recently voiced a character in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Read More »

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Meagan Good Lands The Lead In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Notorious’

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 12:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In her first series regular gig, Meagan Good has been tapped as the lead of NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, Notorious is described as an opulent soap in which detective Joanna … Read More »

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‘Notorious’ & Mindy Kaling Pilot Add Casts

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Katherine LaNasa and Neil Jackson have been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, it is described as an Read More »

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Victor Garber & Rachael Taylor Book Pilots

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 4:27pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Alias and Eli Stone alum Victor Garber has been tapped to star in NBC’s drama pilot Notorious, from Universal TV and BermanBraun. Written by Liz Heldens, it is described as an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover … Read More »

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NBC Gives Straight-To-Series Order To ‘Hannibal’, Picks Up ‘Notorious’ Drama Pilot

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 4:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has pulled the trigger on a 13-episode order to Hannibal, a straight-to-series project from Gaumont International Television, written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis. The project is described as a contemporary thriller series … Read More »

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