Ryan Seacrest Nears Deal To Continue On ‘American Idol’, Likely To Stay In NBCU Fold

By | Friday April 18, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ryan_seacrest_20110720152348Ryan Seacrest will split his allegiances on May 1 when Fox‘s American Idol, which he hosts, airs against NBC‘s iHeartRadio Music Awards, which his company produces with Clear Channel. The programs involve all three of … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Prods. Taps Eugene Young As President

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 7:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

young1Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to RSP chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed EVP Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. EVP Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. Ryan-Seacrest-Productions__140114201752“Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC To Launch iHeartRadio Music Awards Show Produced By Ryan Seacrest

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 7:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

iheartradioUPDATE, TUESDAY 7:30 AM: I hear Ryan Seacrest‘s American Idol schedule would not allow him to host the new awards show as hoped but he will be very much involved as a producer. The iHeartRadio Awards will be executive produced by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and Ryan Seacrest Prods. The show will be produced by Done and Dusted Production and directed by Hamish Hamilton.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY 10 PM: A new music awards show is entering the fray. I hear NBC would announce as early as tomorrow morning the launch of iHeartRadio Awards with Ryan Seacrest as host. Read More »

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Jennifer Lopez To Topline 13-Episode FBI Drama Series At NBC She Is Producing With Ryan Seacrest For 2015-16

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 8:25pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lopezseacrestIn one of the highest-profile packages this year, NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Shades Of Blue, a drama toplined by Jennifer Lopez, which she will executive produce with her American Idol co-star Ryan Seacrest. Written by Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love), the project will begin working on scripts in June with an eye toward a 2015 production start and will be for the 2015-16 season, not the one that starts in September. Shades of Blue  is a complex police series that centers on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. Part of a close-knit unit known for its conviction record, Harlee has become compromised by her colleagues — all of NBC_logowhom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter — and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself. Lopez and Seacrest executive produce with Nina Wass, Hasak, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina for Universal Television, Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods., Ryan Seacrest Prods., EGTV and H’s Films. Search is underway for an experienced TV writer-producer to serve as co-showrunner alongside former Israeli journalist-turned-screenwriter Hasak. This marks reality powerhouse RSP’s first drama series. Its first scripted series, ABC comedy Mixology, which it joined at the pilot stage, premieres next week.

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“Whether its producing, acting, singing or any of her other many entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force, and we’re delighted to be in business with her and Adi Hasak on this sophisticated show,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “We’re especially excited that Jennifer is returning to her acting roots from such great movies as Out of Sight, and we know that she will create this complicated character in a vivid way that will breathe new life into the cop show genre. Ryan Seacrest is part of the NBCU family and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense.” Read More »

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TCA: Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Mixology’ Isn’t Just About Hooking Up — No, Really

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:18pm PST

tca-logo__120107041908Ryan SeacrestDiane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

With the February 26 premiere of ABC’s new comedy Mixology, executive producer Ryan Seacrest makes his first foray into scripted series. At today’s TCA, Seacrest denied that this move into scripted foreshadows the death of reality TV.

“Not anytime soon,” Seacrest said, appearing on the panel with EPs John Lucas and Scott Moore (feature scribes new to TV) and the cast of 10 regulars. “I’m reading about Kim Kardashian every day.”

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“I’m sorry to hear that,” an audience member responded.

“It’s my pleasure. Look, you asked,” Seacrest joked back. But he acknowledged that his production company “has a balance slate, we do produce a lot of unscripted . . . [but] we hope to achieve balance.”

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Set in a Manhattan bar, the 13 episodes will track one night in the lives of five young men and 15 young women looking for love. Lucas and Moore said that while the season arc takes place over a single evening, the audience will come to know the characters through flashbacks in the style of Lost. (After the session, Moore declined to say whether a second season of the show would bring in an entirely new set of characters.) Read More »

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Watch: ‘American Idol’ Season XIII Live Q&A

By | Tuesday January 14, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST

Fox‘s American Idol is hosting a preview event at 5:30 PM PT ahead of tomorrow’s Season XII premiere. Watch the live-streamed Q&A with judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., Keith Urban, and host Ryan Seacrest:



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VIDEO: Did Sacha Baron Cohen Paint His Masterpiece With Charlie Chaplin Stunt?

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 6:36am PST
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We gave short shrift yesterday to the video of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s acceptance speech, when he took the stage to accept the Charlie Chaplin Britannia … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Extends Deal To Host & Exec Produce ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ On ABC

Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest New Year's Rockin' Eve ContractRyan Seacrest has signed a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Prods to continue as host and executive producer of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,Read More »

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Primetime Emmys 2013: Ryan Seacrest Center For Treatment Of Excessive Host Disorder Disclaimer (Video)

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 8:07pm PDT

Remember that segment years ago when tonight’s Primetime Emmys show started, about Excessive Host Disorder, in which the cast of How I Met Your Mother staged an intervention, with the help of Arsenio Hall? Remember the reference … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Crosses His Fingers As ‘Million Second Quiz’ Returns After Epic App Crash

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 5:36pm PDT

“Last night so many of you were playing along on your MSQ apps that you actually crashed the system,” Ryan Seacrest raved at the top of tonight’s Million Second Quiz the new game show that was supposed to showcase NBC’s social TV cutting-edge-ness but instead embarrassed the network in its premiere one night earlier. “The good news is you made us the No. 1 free app on iTunes,” the host added. Wild applause from the live audience. “But wait, there’s more good news,” said Seacrest, who is maybe the only live-TV host who could pull off that gag with a straight face after last night’s debacle. “They tell me it’s actually fixed –  I hope so,” he added, hedging his bets. An NBC exec told Deadline tonight they’d decided to have Seacrest address the snafu at the top of the second show because, “We want to be as transparent with the audience, especially when breaking new ground on network TV with second-screen applications.”

“Breaking new ground” is what NBC did when its app crashed about halfway through the East Coast premiere Monday night. The network had hoped to get the app back up in time for the premiere’s West Coast feed, but that never happened. The app — with which viewers were supposed to not only play along with the live show but continue to play round-the-clock in hope of qualifying to become a contestant on the broadcast competition — did not return until late this morning. Read More »

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Deadline’s Best TV Stories Of The Week

Did you miss some of Deadline’s top TV stories of the week? Check them out here:

CW In Talks For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama By ‘Heroes” Creator Tim Kring
By Nellie Andreeva - EXCLUSIVE: The summer of Wizard Of Oz continues with another sale of a high-profile Oz-themed drama project.

Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video
By Lisa De Moraes - NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium.

Were Consumers The Biggest Losers In The CBS-Time Warner Cable Dispute?
By David Lieberman - It sure looks that way. Millions of Time Warner Cable customers lost CBS-owned stations and channels for a month, and will still probably see their monthly rates rise to accommodate the deal that the companies made last night.

Fired ‘Storage Wars’ Star Scores A Win Over A&E In Lawsuit
By Dominic Patten – Dave Hester can move forward with the wrongful termination portion of his wide-ranging lawsuit against A&E and the producers of Storage Warsa judge ruled today. Read More »

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UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest Booed By Broncos Fans During NBC’s NFL Pregame Show: Video

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 1:11pm PDT

UPDATED with final numbers: NBC continues its Overexposing Ryan Seacrest campaign — this time the network had The Man Who Can’t Say No open NBC’s regular-season NFL football franchise kickoff last night, in which he got loudly booed by Broncos fans in Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium. “Working the NFL season opener! Finally those 2-a-days paid off. I hope my high school coach is watching. #Kickoff2013”, Seacrest tweeted excitedly before his debut. “Please welcome — Ryan Seacrest,” Disembodied Voice said as a suit-and-tied Seacrest walked out on the field on national TV last night, and football fans began to jeer.

Because it was Ryan Seacrest. And they’re not stupid.

“I only know of one other countdown that might be as big as this show,” the master of self-promotion continued gamely — a reference to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve gig on ABC. The crowd was not impressed. They booed some more.

“America is ready for 17 weeks of excitement, followed by the drama of the playoffs, all culminating in New York at the Super Bowl!” Seacrest said, explaining how the football season worked to Denver’s die-hard fans as though he was explaining to viewers some new rule change on American Idol. The crowd booed some more. “So come on Denver, let’s join these football greats — representing all 32 teams — and ring in the NFL season! Here we go!” he yelled, as the crowd continued to express unhappiness, and 25.1 million viewers saw it from the comfort of their couches and their sports bars. (continued)

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Fox Greenlights Dating Competition Series Produced By Ryan Seacrest

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 7:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is taking on a new role for Fox — a matchmaker. I’ve learned that the network has quietly greenlighted Dream Date, a dating competition series from Ryan Seacrest Prods. … Read More »

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It’s Official: Ryan Seacrest Will Host NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 7:19am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan SeacrestThe American Idol host has closed his deal to host and executive produce NBC’s upcoming live interactive game show The Million Second Quiz, which will feature contestants playing head-to-head trivia bouts inside a … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest To Host Yet Another Non-Scripted Live Show: NBC’s ‘Million Second Quiz’

The Ryan Seacrest Overexposure March continues, with the press in hot pursuit. His latest pit stop: Seacrest is this close to signing a deal to host NBC’s new reality series Million Second Quiz. To recap: … Read More »

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy Reality Contenders

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Deadline’s Awards Columnist Pete Hammond has a simple wish: How about some competition in the Emmy Reality Competition category? With just one week left for voters to pick their nominees for this year’s awards, Hammond suggests some alternatives to The Amazing Race, which has won all but one … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest On Mike Darnell’s Fox Departure

By | Friday May 24, 2013 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ryan Seacrest was a local Los Angeles DJ when he was picked by Fox’s head of alternative programming Mike Darnell as co-host and then sole host of American Idol. Seacrest became a TV star and has gone on to expand into producing and build a mini Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Mixology’ Casts A Regular, Adds Ryan Seacrest’s Company

By | Tuesday February 5, 2013 @ 11:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Simses (What’s Your Number) has landed a regular role in ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Mixology, from feature writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up) and ABC Studios. I’ve also learned that Ryan Seacrest’s production company is boarding the project as a pod. Shepherding the pilot from Ryan Seacrest Prods will be veteran TV comedy producer Nina Wass, who joined the company as head of scripted in August. Wass has a long history at ABC Studios — she spent eight years there partnered with Gene Stein. I hear ABC Studios has been adding experienced TV producers to several of its newly picked-up pilots, including studio-based Matthew Gross (Body Of Proof), who is joining drama Murder In Manhattan. Read More »

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