UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Rob Lowe Comedy, Odd Couple Sitcom To Pilot

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 4:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

loweUPDATE: NBC also gave a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Pro, starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project, which had a production commitment, stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation. It is co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. Read More »

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Comedy Central Greenlights Animated Cop Comedy Series Produced By Rob Lowe & Will Gluck And Voiced By Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte & Kate Mara

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 8:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

willgluckloweEXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a 10-episode order to animated comedy series Moonbeam City, an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. Created and executive produced by Scott Gairdner (Conan), executive produced by Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz and produced by Rob Lowe, Moonbeam City features a voice cast led by Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara. It follows gairdnerundercover detective Dazzle Novak (Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Gairdner and Olive Bridge developed the project, which falls outside of Olive Bridge’s deal with Sony TV, and took it to Lowe who came on board to star and produce. “I was hoping for 10,000 episodes, but 10 is a good start,” said Gairdner. Retorted Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman, “Had Scott just asked, we would have given him a 10,000-episode order. Oh well, lesson learned for him.” Mark Brooks serves as supervising director, with animation by Titmouse. Read More »

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Amy Poehler’s “A Prick”, Jokes Rob Lowe With Letterman On ‘Parks & Recreation’ Exit: Video

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 5:23pm PDT

The former West Wing star didn’t mince words, even if they were obviously in jest. In an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman set to run tonight, Rob Lowe told Dave that the real reason both he and Rashida Jones are splitting NBC‘s Parks & Read More »

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ABC Buys Semi-Autobiographical 1970s Family Drama From Rob Lowe & Kevin Falls

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 11:56am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Former West Wing star Rob Lowe has reunited with the acclaimed drama’s co-executive producer Kevin Falls for a new ABC drama project informed by Lowe’s years growing up in Malibu. Co-created by Lowe and Falls, The Point centers on a single mother and her two teenagers who move from Indiana to Malibu in the summer of 1976. The Byrd family must navigate the cross currents of colorful personalities, power land grabs, dead friends and lovers, cheating hearts, and seismic cultural changes that will transform Malibu from a quirky middle-class beach town to the iconic coastal destination of today’s rich and famous. As depicted in Lowe’s bestselling 2011 memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends, the actor grew up in Ohio before moving to Malibu’s Point Dume area with his mom and brother when he was a teenager. Falls will write the project for Sony Pictures TV where he is under an overall deal. He and Lowe executive produce. WME-repped Falls, who shared in three of West Wing‘s four best drama series Emmys, is the co-creator/executive producer of Sony TV’s TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash, which was recently renewed for a fourth season. Read More »

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Rob Lowe- Starring Workplace Comedy Gets NBC Production Commitment

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Lowe NBC Pilot ComedyEXCLUSIVE: Departing Parks And Recreation co-star Rob Lowe is on track to return to NBC‘s primetime with another single-camera workplace comedy series. The network has given a production commitment to The Read More »

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Rob Lowe Joins Sony’s ‘Sex Tape’ Comedy

By | Monday September 16, 2013 @ 11:57am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony has signed Rob Lowe to join Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal in Sex Tape, the comedy that Jake Kasdan co-wrote and is directing. Segal and Diaz play a husband and wife who try to re-energize … Read More »

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National Geographic’s ‘Killing Kennedy’ To Premiere November 10: Video

National Geographic Channel chose today — which would have been the diamond wedding anniversary of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy — to announce the premiere date for its JFK assassination movie. Anyone else creeped out by that? Anyway, Killing Kennedy, based on the book of same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, will premiere on Sunday, November 10. It’s timed to the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Killing Kennedy will be released globally in 171 countries, in 48 languages. NatGeo’s first original feature, Killing Lincoln, premiered in February to a crowd of 3.4 million, which made it the most-watched program in the network’s history. Killing Lincoln  also was based on a book of same name also by O’Reilly and Dugard. (Watch an exclusive clip from Killing Kennedy after the jump.) Read More »

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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 … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Killing Kennedy’ Star Rob Lowe Happy To Topline Bill O’Reilly’s “Massive Best Seller” Adaptation

Rob Lowe, who stars as President John F. Kennedy in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy, says he’s not off-put by the fact that it’s based on a book by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly. “I didn’t think about … Read More »

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EMMYS Q&A: Rob Lowe

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 3:08pm PDT

David Mermelstein is an AwardsLine contributor.

For some people, Rob Lowe will forever be associated with that group of young actors who emerged in the mid-1980s and remain known as the Brat Pack. But a more considered look at Lowe’s career reveals a steadily evolving performer, now 49—one who has grown from matinee idol to more mature leading man and, most recently, character actor. That last distinction finds its fullest expression thus far in Lowe’s commandingly creepy portrayal of Dr. Jack Startz, the pill-pushing plastic surgeon who handily holds his own opposite Michael Douglas’s Liberace and Matt Damon’s Scott Thorson in Steven Soderbergh’s cinematic swan song, Behind The Candelabra.

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Rob Lowe To Play John F. Kennedy, Ginnifer Goodwin & Michelle Trachtenberg To Co-Star In National Geographic’s ‘Killing Kennedy’

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 9:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rob LoweRob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time) and Michelle Trachtenberg are set to star in National Geographic’s two-hour original factual drama Killing Kennedy, from Scott Free Prods. Based on the best-selling book … Read More »

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IFC Acquires ‘Knife Fight’

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 1:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY (August 9, 2012) – IFC Films announced today the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to director Bill Guttentag’s (SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION) political drama KNIFE FIGHT. Guttentag wrote the screenplay with political consultant Chris Lehane, who served as White House advisor to President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton andserved as Vice President Al Gore’s press secretary. The film stars Rob Lowe,Jaime Chung, Julie Bowen, Richard Schiff, Saffron Burrows, Jennifer Morrison, David Harbour, EricMcCormack, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Guerrino De Luca and Catherine and Daniel Davila produced the film, with Lowe and William Green executive producing. KNIFE FIGHT had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of “true believer” Paul Turner (Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office in KNIFE FIGHT. With the help of a bright young assistant (Chung) and a seedy operative (Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (McCormack), a blackmailed California senator (Harbour), and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Moss). When the ugly side of Turner’s work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean.

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Rob Lowe Playing Liberace’s Plastic Surgeon In HBO Tale

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Rob Lowe is in talks to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in Behind The Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh-directed film for HBO that stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his young limo driver and live-in lover Scott Thorson in … Read More »

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Rob Lowe Cast As Prosecutor In Movie About Casey Anthony Trial

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT

Rob Lowe has been cast as prosecutor Jeff Ashton in the Lifetime movie about last year’s Caylee Anthony murder trial. Based on Ashton’s best-selling book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, the story will unfold from the prosecutor’s perspective in the … Read More »

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Lifetime’s Drew Peterson Film Draws 5.8 Mil

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 11:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Drew Peterson might have found the Lifetime film about him “hysterical”, but the network had the last laugh. The Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable drew 5.8 million viewers in its premiere on Saturday to become the most watched movie … Read More »

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Miramax’s Colony Capital Goes After Summit

EXCLUSIVE: It escaped almost everybody’s notice that Colony Capital’s Tom Barrack and his buddy and business associate Rob Lowe attended the November 14th premiere of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. There appeared no reason for the pair to be … Read More »

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EMMYS: More Presenters Set For Primetime Awards

Melissa McCarthy, Don Cheadle, Kaley Cuoco, Rob Lowe, Lea Michele and Ian Somerhalder have been added to the presenters list for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, set for Sunday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and live on Fox. The … Read More »

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Toronto: Myriad Takes On ‘Knife Fight’

By | Sunday September 11, 2011 @ 3:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sunday, September 11, 2011, Toronto….. Myriad Pictures will handle sales outside North America for Academy® Award-winner Bill Guttentag’s political drama Knife Fight, starring Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”, “Parks & Recreation”, Breakaway), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”, Horrible Bosses, “Boston Legal”), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, The Hangover, Part II), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix trilogy, Disturbia, Chocolat), Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”, Textuality, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”, Solitary Man, The Lost World: Jurassic Park). The screenplay was written by Guttentag and prominent political consultant Chris Lehane who as a White House advisor to President Bill Clinton earned the reputation as “Master of Disaster” and later served as Al Gore’s Press Secretary. This is Lehane’s first feature film script.

The film follows three political candidates running for public office. Rob Lowe plays a hard-ball political crisis manager in the middle of the dirty campaigns whose clients are hip-deep in scandals involving drugs, sex, money and lies. Chung plays his smart administrative aid, and Bowen plays a hot shot reporter who sleeps her way to major news stories.

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Toronto Fest Sets Canadian Premieres

Mike Fleming

While most of the industry views the Toronto International Film Festival as a place to showcase films for acquisition or Oscar runs, festival organizers always stock the program with homegrown films. The festival just announced that part of the program, … Read More »

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