Kevin Williamson and the duo of Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage may be getting their own nights on the CW next season. I hear Schwartz and Savage’s veteran Gossip Girl may be paired with a newly picked up series they produce, small-town medical drama Hart of Dixie, written by Leila Gerstein and starring Rachel Bilson. And the newly picked-up young witch tale The Secret Circle, which Williamson co-wrote and is executive producing with Andrew Miller, is rumored to get a lunch behind the CW’s top series The Vampire Diaries, which Williamson also co-created and is executive producing. Freshman Nikita, which ran behind Vampire Diaries this season, is expected to move to Fridays, paired with veteran Supernatural. That would give McG a night on the CW too as he executive produces both shows. I also hear One Tree Hill may be held as a backup.
The PGA’s third annual Produced By Conference, set for June 3-5 at Walt Disney Studios, will be held alongside the Association of Film Commissioners International’s Locations show. The event recently announced an initial roster of speakers, to which NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has since been added. Among the topics to be discussed at the conference — chaired by Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd and Rachel Klein — are new media, global finance, producer/director collaboration, distribution, independent film, scripted television, reality television, digital content and brand identity. The updated schedule:
CONVERSATION: ROBERT GREENBLATT AND MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ
A one-on-one conversation with recently named Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, about his vision for broadcast television, led by Emmy-winning® producer Marshall Herskovitz (LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, BLOOD DIAMOND, “thirtysomething”).
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FX’s summer lineup has been set, with the new original comedy Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann, debuting on Thursday, June 23 at 10 PM. A pair of returning series also have dates: Season 2 of Louie will return on June 23 at 10:30 PM, and Rescue Me returns for its final season on Tuesday, July 12 at 10 PM.
While the NFL and its locked-out players continued court-mandated mediation sessions today in Minneapolis, the league went ahead and released its schedule for the 2011 season and so did NBC for its flagship Sunday Night Football. If the NFL finalizes a new collective bargaining agreement in time, the season will begin Thursday, Sept. 8 on NBC with the New Orleans Saints vs. the Green Bay Packers, the first of 17 games on the network. (Last year’s Thursday opener drew 27.5 million viewers, the network’s most-watched regular-season primetime NFL game to date.)
The Sunday Night Football franchise has become a major force in NBC’s fall schedule and a key to the ratings turnaround the new regime at the network is aiming for, so it would be extra rough on NBC if the season was scrapped (broadcast nets Fox and CBS and cable nets ESPN and NFL Network also have rights to games but Fox and CBS’ games are in the afternoon, so the impact on primetime wouldn’t be as big as it would be at NBC). SNF was the No. 1 show on Sunday all 18 nights last season, averaging 21.8 million viewers, up 12% over 2009, and dominating across all male demos and scoring well in some female ones too. It’s also the network’s turn to host the Super Bowl this year. Read More »
NBC has scheduled midseason comedy The Paul Reiser Show in the Thursday 8:30 PM slot. The single-camera comedy starring Reiser will premiere Thursday, April 14. It will replace another NBC midseason comedy series, Perfect Couples, which will have aired 11 episodes of its 13-episode order. Where (and if) the remaining two episodes of the ensemble comedy will run is TBD. This is the first of several midseason series ordered but not scheduled by NBC’s previous regime to get slotted under the network’s new chief Bob Greenblatt. Still waiting to get a premiere date are anthology comedy Love Bites and comedy Friends with Benefits. Space for comedies on NBC’s fall schedule will be tight as the network recently renewed all 4 of its returning comedies: Community, The Office, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
The Paul Reiser Show hails from Reiser and Jonathan Shapiro. It stars Reiser as himself enjoying the quiet life at home with his wife Claire (Amy Landecker). Thrown together by circumstance, Reiser and some friends including Jonathan (Ben Shenkman), Habib (Omid Djalili), Fernando (Duane Martin) and Brad (Andrew Daly), form an unlikely comradeship — and a pretty lame basketball team. The Paul Reiser Show is produced by Warner Bros TV and Reiser’s Nuance Prods. Reiser and Shapiro co-wrote the pilot as well as each of the episodes that follow, and both serve as executive producers. Bryan Gordon directed the pilot.