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NBC’s ‘A To Z’ Covers The Alphabet Of Issues At TCA

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 5:49pm PDT

NBC’s ‘A To Z’ Covers The Alphabet Of Issues At TCAFaced with a series title like A to Z, it’s no surprise TV journalists were like dogs chewing a bone at today’s TCA panel on the show, demanding that producers and cast of the new NBC comedy series reveal whether the show will be done in one season.
No, EPs Rashida Jones, Ben Queen and Will McCormack explained patiently. The idea is that each season will complete a phase in the relationship of new couple Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti).  No, the title doesn’t mean each season will feature a new couple.
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Steve Carell’s Police Comedy Starring Rashida Jones Gets TBS Series Order

By | Wednesday May 7, 2014 @ 11:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

tribecaAhead of its upfront presentation next Wednesday, TBS has kicked off its new series pickups with a green light to the character-driven police comedy Angie Tribeca (working title, form. Tribeca), the brainchild of Steve and Nancy Carell. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the project starring Rashida Jones for a 2015 premiere. Also expected to get a TBS series order is hot comedy pilot The Buzzy’s.

tbsAngie Tribeca, which had been a frontrunner based on auspices alone, is a satirical look at police procedurals. The single-camera comedy, whose pilot was written by Steve and Nancy Carell and directed by Carell, focuses on an eccentric but brilliant group of LAPD detectives who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of. Jones plays Angie Tribeca, a lone wolf who’s capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when her boss (Burns) tells her she has to work with a partner (guest star Hayes Macarthur).
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Rashida Jones To Topline Steve Carell’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Tribeca’

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rashida Jones TBS Tribeca PilotDeparting Parks & Recreation original cast member Rashida Jones has lined up her next series vehicle, signing on to play the lead in TBS‘ single-camera comedy Tribeca, co-created and directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, actress Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Jones), an outspoken 10-year veteran of the LAPD’s elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The project explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information, and refuse to rest until justice has been served…sort of.  A lone wolf, Angie is not thrilled when told she has to work with a partner. The Carells are executive producing the pilot through their Carousel TV, with production tentatively scheduled for February/March. Jones had been in high demand since word leaked in that summer that she would be leaving Parks & Recreation. The actress, repped by UTA and attorney James Adams, had been very busy as a producer via her shingle with Will McCormack Le Train Train. In its first year under a deal at Warner Bros TV, the company has sold six project and recently landed its first pilot order for comedy A to Z at NBC. Picking a starring vehicle outside of her deal was somewhat surprising but I hear Carell actively pursued her, and she sparked to the premise of … Read More »

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Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Producing Nail Salon Dramedy For HBO

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 4:44pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

jonesmccormack__130131195218-275x252EXCLUSIVE: Rashida Jones and Will McCormack‘s first year as producers through their Warner Bros. TV-based Le Train Train shingle already yielded several broadcast sales, including put pilot commitments at NBC and Fox. Now the duo is expanding to cable with a single-camera half-hour project at HBO. The pay cable network has put in development Claws, described as a midnight-dark workplace dramedy-noir about a nail salon in Florida and the strange, dangerous women who work there. Eliot Laurence (The Big Gay Sketch Show) will write and co-executive produce, with Le Train Train’s Jones, McCormack exec producing and Jeff Grosvenor producing for Warner Bros. TV. Laurence, repped by UTA and 3 Arts wrote the feature Welcome To Me starring Kristen Wiig. Jones and McCormack are with UTA.

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ABC, WBTV Team For ‘Girls Without Boys’ From Emily Goldwyn & Sasha Spielberg

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 5:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development the half-hour single-camera sitcom Girls Without Boys from Warner Bros Television. Emily Goldwyn & Sasha Spielberg will write the project, and Caroline Williams will be the showrunner and executive produce along with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Jeff Grosvenor of Jones and McCormack’s Le Train Train will produce. The premise: Three brilliant but socially challenged girls navigate the world outside of single sex education with the help of their eccentric teachers and parents.

The show was hatched by Goldwyn and Spielberg, who are the daughters of John Goldwyn and Steven Spielberg, respectively. They based the concept loosely on their own shared experiences of attending the prestige Marlborough school, located in Los Angeles near a co-ed school. Marlborough may have given them a first-class education, but not about things like being able to talk to boys. Read More »

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Romantic Comedy From Ben Queen, Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Gets NBC Put Pilot Commitment

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: There are a lot of overachieving writers and producers scoring multiple big commitments this buying season. Writer Ben Queen (Cars 2) and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack‘s Le Train Train — each already behind a put pilot commitment — have teamed up for A To Z, a single-camera romantic comedy, which has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Written by Queen, A To Z follows a relationship between a young couple, comprehensively, from meeting to breakup, over the course of a season. There are no current plans for Jones and McCormack to star. The two are executive producing with Queen. Jeff Grosvenor, Le Train Train’s head of development, is producing. Read More »

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Mother-Daughter Comedy From Rashida Jones, Will McCormack Gets Put Pilot At Fox

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack‘s recently launched production company is making a big entrance with a put pilot commitment at Fox. The network has bought Stuck, a single-camera comedy that teams Parks & Recreation co-star Jones and co-executive producer Alexandra Rushfield. The project is produced by Jones and McCormack’s Le Train Train in association with Warner Bros. Television where the company inked a pod deal in January. Penned by Rushfield, Stuck centers on a “stuck in a rut” middle-aged woman who works at a bank and gets her “stuck in childhood” daughter a job there. Within a day, the daughter is the mother’s boss. While working and living together, they help each other to get “unstuck.” Jones, who has no plans to star, executive produces with McCormack and Rushfield. Jones is an original cast member on NBC’s Parks & Recreations, which she is set to depart after the first 13 episodes this season. Le Train Train recently hired Jeff Grosvenor as head of development.

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Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones To Exit ‘Parks & Recreation’, NBC Eyes New Show For Lowe

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC‘s Parks & Recreation may have been renewed for 22 episodes, but two of its co-stars, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, are only staying for the first 13. Lowe and Jones are set to exit the off-beat comedy halfway through Parks & Recreation‘s upcoming sixth season. I hear NBC is looking to keep Lowe in the fold, finalizing a development deal with an actor for a potential new series. Meanwhile, Jones has been ramping up her producing career, setting her production company with Will McCormack at Warner Bros. TV and tapping Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Jeff Grosvenor to run it. Jones was the first actor to join Amy Poehler on Parks & Rec (then still perceived to be an Office spinoff). Lowe, who next stars in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, joined as a guest star at the end of Season 2. Their characters share a storyline on the show — they’re having a baby. The duo’s departure was first reported by Buzzfeed. Season 6 of Parks & Recreation launches on September 26 with the daunting task of its hour-long premiere facing the hour-long season opener of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

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Jeff Grosvenor To Run Rashida Jones & Will McCormack’s WBTV-Based Production Co.

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 5:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Wonderland Sound and Vision’s Jeff Grosvenor has joined Rashida Jones & Will McCormack‘s production company as EVP overseeing development. The hire stems from the two-year pod deal Parks and Recreation co-star Jones and her writing partner, fellow actor-writer McCormack, signed with Warner Bros. Television in January to develop, write and produce comedy and drama projects for broadcast and cable. “Jeff is the perfect fit for us,” McCormack said. “He has a sharp eye for story and development. We are ecstatic he has joined our team to help bring our voice to TV.” Read More »

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Rashida Jones & Will McCormack Ink Pod Deal With Warner Bros. Television

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Parks & Recreation co-star Rashida Jones and her writing partner, fellow actor-writer Will McCormack, have signed their first TV pod deal — a two-year pact with Warner Bros. Television. Under the agreement, the two will develop, write and produce comedy and drama projects for broadcast and cable.

Jones and McCormack previously wrote the Jones-starring indie romantic comedy Celeste And Jesse Forever, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and recently nabbed a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. The duo is currently writing the feature Frenemy Of The State for Universal and Imagine. On the TV side, they previously wrote We Are Puppets, which was in development at Showtime. Jones is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney James Adams; McCormack is with UTA and Loeb.

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Aaron Sorkin On ‘Social Network’ Women

Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse into why Hollywood portrays women the way it does on the big screen. The backstory is that Emmy-winning writer-producer-director Kev Levine’s blog posted a comment complaining about The Social Network‘s “lack of a decent portrayal of women. With the exception of 1 or 2 of them (Rashida Jones included), they were basically sex objects/stupid groupies… kinda makes me think that Aaron Sorkin (though I love his writing) failed the women in this script. Kind of a shame considering he’s written great women characters like C.J. Cregg!” So the pic’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin responded:

“Believe me, I get it. It’s not hard to understand how bright women could be appalled by what they saw in the movie but you have to understand that that was the very specific world I was writing about. Women are both prizes an equal. Mark’s blogging that we hear in voiceover as he drinks, hacks, creates Facemash and dreams of the kind of party he’s sure he’s missing, came directly from Mark’s blog. With the exception of doing some cuts and tightening (and I can promise you that nothing that I cut would have changed your perception of the people or the trajectory of the story by even an inch) I used Mark’s blog verbatim. Mark said, “Erica Albright’s a bitch” (Erica isn’t her real name — I changed three names

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Oscilloscope Acquires ‘Monogamy’

By | Monday August 16, 2010 @ 9:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has closed a U.S. rights deal for Monogamy, the narrative film directing debut of Dana Adam Shapiro which stars Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) and Meital Dohan (Weeds). Shapiro, best known for directing the documentary Murderball, brought the film to the Tribeca Film Festival for its world premiere. It won the Best New York Narrative Award. Oscilloscope will release the pic in early 2011.

A wedding photographer (Messina) eases his anxiety about his impending marriage by establishing a hobby in which he’s hired by clients to shoot clandestine photos of them. He becomes obsessed with one of those clients, a sexy exhibitionist (Dohan) he begins stalking day and night. What he sees leaves him confronting uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home. Submarine repped the US rights.

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