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EMMYS: Q&A With Brad Falchuk Of ‘Glee’

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 5:09am PDT

Brad Falchuk had quite a summer. While working on two shows at once as the co-creator of Glee and FX’s forthcoming American Horror Story, he found himself recently disputing reports of Glee stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith leaving the series after Season 3. Despite the fan backlash and gripes online about the quality of its sophomore season, Glee still snared a dozen Primetime Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Comedy Series. Falchuk spoke with Deadline TV Contributor Ray Richmond:

DEADLINE: Glee has been whacked hard on the Internet. What do you think fueled the backlash?
BRAD FALCHUK: I have to say it really just goes with the territory. What I can tell you is that we worked 7 days a week all season. We just worked our asses off. And I’m really proud of what we did. I make no apologies for it. When you have three creators who are so directly involved with every story and every word as Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and I were, what you wind up with onscreen is going to be different each year depending on where we are creatively. So it was what it was, and we’re all very proud of it. When you’re on top like we were from the start, you make yourselves a very big target. But in terms of the storytelling, how the episodes played out, the talent, the choreography, I make no apologies for it. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Q&A With Bill Prady

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 4:06am PDT

Bill Prady is showrunner for CBS’ other Chuck Lorre show – that is, The Big Bang Theory, first-time Emmy nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series in the same year that Two and a Half Men was pulled out of the running. Big Bang was created by Lorre and Prady. And since Lorre’s not talking to any media, Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman sought out Prady:

DEADLINE: Congratulations on your nomination. I’ll ask the cliché question first: how does it feel?
BILL PRADY: Boy, what’s a non-cliché answer to that question? I’m going to go with a clichéd answer and say it’s really fun. If I knew exactly what you had to do to make a show Emmy-worthy, it is absolutely something that we would do. I’m going to assume that the process is people look at the shows that are out there and mark the ones they enjoy most, and we were one of those shows this year.

DEADLINE: Big Bang Theory is a live studio audience multi-camera show, and the last to win the Comedy Series award was Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005.
PRADY: I’m personally a big fan of four-camera TV comedy. There’s been a shift over the years in the number of multi-camera and single-camera comedies produced. I think that probably has something to do with it. Is there a presupposition on the part of the Emmy voter to choose only one four-camera show? I genuinely don’t think that people make choices like that. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Q&A With Showrunners David Benioff And D.B. Weiss

Feature film writer David Benioff (Troy, The Kite Runner) and novelist D.B. Weiss found mega-success as co-showrunners of their very first TV show, HBO’s freshman medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones. It hauled in 13 Primetime Emmy nominations, including honors for top Drama Series and Writing for an episode they co-penned. That’s more nods than any drama series except Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. Deadline TV contributor Ray Richmond talked to Benioff and Weiss via email about how they’re dealing with overnight success and where Thrones will go in Season 2:

DEADLINE: So has the early success of Game of Thrones surprised you? This is probably a difficult question to answer honestly: If you say ‘No’ it sounds immodest, and if you say ‘Yes’ it appears insecure.
DAVID BENIOFF and D.B. WEISS: We, the insecure, say ‘Yes.’ We always believed the show would find a loyal audience, but our fear was that it could be an audience of 40. Both the number and the passion of the viewers stunned us.

DEADLINE: The author of the Thrones books, George R.R. Martin, once said that he considered his novels un-filmable. What convinced you both they could be filmed after all?
BENIOFF/WEISS: Ignorance. Read More »

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EMMYS: ’30 Rock’ Q&A With EPs Tina Fey & Robert Carlock And Director Beth McCarthy

By | Thursday August 25, 2011 @ 11:42pm PDT

NBC’s 30 Rock is one of the network’s workplace comedies (including The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Community) with Emmy nominations this year. 30 Rock already has a trio of back-to-back wins in the top comedy category for 2007-2009. But this time the show’s creative team is pushing hard for a directing win for Beth McCarthy for its much-touted live episode. A Saturday Night Live veteran, the helmer sometimes known as McCarthy-Miller is up against the other comedy director nominees Pamela Fryman for How I Met Your Mother and also Michael Alan Spiller, Gail Mancuso and Steven Levitan, all for Modern Family. Deadline TV contributor Diane Haithman talked to creator and star Tina Fey, showrunner Robert Carlock, and Beth McCarthy about their Emmy hopes for 30 Rock this year, whether the Tracy Morgan controversy will be written into the show, and if this will be Alec Baldwin’s final season:

DEADLINE: Do you think that Tracy Morgan’s seemingly anti-gay jokes in his standup routine [“I’ll kill my son if he acts gay”] will hurt the show’s Emmy chances or its reputation in general?
TINA FEY: Because of my real-life pregnancy, we don’t go back on the air until January. I’m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by then. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness.
CARLOCK: He’s horrified and embarrassed. … Certainly if we come home [from the Emmys] empty-handed, I’m not going to blame Tracy.

DEADLINE: Will you write the controversy into the show?
FEY: It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story. So we may use it.

DEADLINE: Is this going to be Alec Baldwin’s last season?
FEY: You know, we’re going to keep talking to him. I think he’s a person who talks sometimes and changes his mind, like any person.  But we are going to keep talking to him, and as soon as I know, I will let you know.
MCCARTHY:  We are going to make him change his mind.

DEADLINE: Are people gunning for 30 Rock since it’s been on the air since 2006?
TINA FEY: It’s like you’re reading something harshly critical about the show, and you go: ‘This isn’t even a writer, this is an Internet poster,’ and you have to separate yourself. Having worked at Saturday Night Live, you ride the cycle of, ‘We’re discovering it, we hate it, it’s the worst it’s ever been, it’s coming back, we’re rediscovering it.’ You ride that Ferris wheel for years there. It’s a perception that is inevitable, and you just keep doing your work.
ROBERT CARLOCK: We just want Beth to win. Read More »

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MORE TURMOIL: ‘Blue Bloods’ Creators Exit

By | Friday April 22, 2011 @ 5:30pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This is why so many Hollywood creatives don’t understand the decisions of the networks and the Big Media corporations who run them. Because here’s a show that’s doing well in its primetime slot. And just a few days ago, freshman drama Blue Bloods was praised by Armando Nunez, president of CBS Studios International. “It’s perhaps not as sexy to talk about, but it has proven a success both on the network and in terms of global distribution,” he said. It tops the charts of how this season’s freshman shows have performed, with Blue Bloods sold around the world not just to tiny channels but to big ones like Sky Atlantic in the UK, Australia’s Network Ten, and Discovery Latin America. So what do CBS and CBS Studios and its executive producer Leonard Goldberg, who also happens to be a CBS Corporation board member, do? They exit the show’s creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green (formerly of The Sopranos). Because I’m told Goldberg and the network think the show needs be “more procedural.” As if CBS doesn’t already have procedural shows coming out of its wazoo. And this latest firing comes nine months ago after then-showrunner Ken Sanzel exited the CBS series because of creative tensions with Tom Selleck over scripts that the actor felt were too procedural.

Of course, it’s a ridiculous conflict of interest for Goldberg to both be on the CBS Corp board and to be running one of its shows. … Read More »

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Mosaic Manager Ann Blanchard Joining CAA

EXCLUSIVE (UPDATED BELOW): There’s been no announcement yet. But Ann Blanchard is already being accused of breaking Hollywood protocol by not first informing those agents repping her Mosaic Media Group’s TV management clients of her change of employment. Instead, she’s calling those clients today and trying to take them with her to CAA. As a result, agencies who gave her clients to manage are calling me spitting mad. For instance, UTA reps Mosaic’s TV biz and yet Blanchard today was phoning UTA clients to come with her to CAA. Before moving to Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic where she’s been producing several projects, Blanchard had been a TV lit agent and SVP at the old William Morris Agency and is now calling her former clients from there, too. Blanchard, who wasn’t supposed to start at CAA for another 3 weeks, already has 10 high level clients at the tenpercentery including Amy Brenneman, Ed Redlich, Alexa Junge, Doug Petrie, and TV director Michael Dinner. I’ve been hearing that CAA wants to widen its writers / creators / showrunners list after what is well known to be several ”off” years packaging pilots and down this year as well. Remember that movies are the glitz of the agency biz but TV is the cash cow.

UPDATE: Ann Blanchard just told me: “I feel terrible about this reaction and of course want to make clear that I truly value my relationships with all the agencies. I’m in the process of calling all the high-level agents I’ve worked with over the course of this weekend. … Read More »

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