CBS Comedy Stars Top TV Money-Makers

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 5:17pm PDT

Those people (and TV critics) wondering why Will Arnett would take a role on a CBS multi-cam sitcom with a running fart gag in the pilot, for crying out loud, even if it is exec produced by Greg Garcia, need look no further than Forbes’ just-out list of the highest-paid TV actors. It’s topped entirely by CBS comedy stars. (Note the somewhat apologetic tone of Arnett’s recent multi-cam explanation to Digital Spy: “I’ve spent the last 10 years doing single-camera shows, from Arrested Development to 30 Rock to Running Wilde to Up All Night and, it sounds lame, but I just thought it would be really fun.”) Ashton Kutcher is ranked No. 1, paid $24 million between June of ’12 and ’13, because he’s the guy who enabled Warner Bros TV to retain a big franchise and CBS to hang on to an important piece of its campaign to take over comedy on Thursday nights while maintaining a four-comedy slate on Mondays — a good thing too, given the early demise of We Are Men. Kutcher’s co-star Jon Cryer, who last fall won an best-actor Emmy for having survived the Charlie Sheen years, is No. 2 on the list. Heck, even the show’s Angus “Don’t Watch This Filth” Jones made the list, which presumably eases the pain of being phased off the show this season, after which he will have to make do with his earnings from the show’s syndication. Former CBS star Ray Romano is No. 3 on the list, owing, Forbes says, in large measure to the money he’s still making off of Everybody Loves Raymond repeats. And, at No. 4: Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, tied the network’s Mark Harmon, who is star of the country’s most-watched scripted series NCIS. Read More »

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EMMYS: More Presenters Set For Primetime Awards

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 10:19am PDT

Will Arnett, Alec Baldwin, Andre Braugher, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Margo Martindale and Sofia Vergara have been added to the presenters list for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. They join previously announced Diahann Carroll, Matt … Read More »

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Margo Martindale Cast In Greg Garcia’s CBS Comedy Pilot

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Margo MartindaleEmmy winner Margo Martindale (Justified) is set to co-star opposite Will Arnett in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced by Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl creator … Read More »

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Will Arnett To Star In Greg Garcia’s Multi-Camera CBS Pilot

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 6:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Up All Night’s Will Arnett has been tapped as the lead in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced by Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl creator Garcia, centers on Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. CBS Studios is producing. For Arnett, the pilot is formally in second position to NBC’s Up All Night. After recently scrapping its planned transformation from a single- to a multi-camera comedy, I hear the sophomore comedy is not going forward but it has not been officially cancelled by the network and the cast, sans star Christina Applegate who left 10 days ago, has not been released. Since Applegate’s exit, which threw NBC’s plans for Up All Night in turmoil, Arnett had been courted for a slew of pilots. He fielded multiple offers until settling on CBS’ Greg Garcia project whose main character’s story dovetails with Arnett’s real-life experience of going through a divorce. His Up All Night co-star Maya Rudolph also has been approached for pilots, including NBC’s Sean Hayes comedy.

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Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser Lend Voices To Animated ‘The Nut Job’

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 1:04pm PST
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EXCLUSIVE: The animated feature The Nut Job has drawn a voice cast that will be led by Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon, and Jeff Dunham. The feature, which Peter LepeniotisRead More »

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TBS Pacts With Will Arnett And Jason Bateman’s Outfit For Branded Web Shorts

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 8:59am PDT

TBS Will Arnett Jason BatemanWill Arnett and Jason Bateman’s advertising and digital production company DumbDumb is behind the online talk show for Denny’s restaurants as well as campaigns for Orbit and Old Navy. They will produce up to six short-form comedy videos for TBS.com featuring sponsor integration and DumbDumb’s star power (Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Will Forte and Kristen Bell have appeared in ads in the past) to push the video virally via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube among other platforms. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Disney’s English-Language Version of ‘The Secret World Of Arrietty’

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 5:56pm PDT

Disney has released the official trailer for its February 17, 2012 U.S. opening of The Secret World of Arrietty. The Studio Ghibli production is directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi from a screenplay by the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. It’s based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton. … Read More »

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EMMYS: First Primetime Presenters Set

Will Arnett, Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler, Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel and Ashton Kutcher have been tapped as the first group of presenters announced for the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, set for Sept. 18 at NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live in … Read More »

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Will Arnett To Co-Star In NBC’s Emily Spivey Comedy Pilot

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 4:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s untitled Emily Spivey comedy pilot is building a star-studded cast. Arrested Development alum Will Arnett has closed a deal to join Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph in the project, executive produced by Saturday Night Live honcho Lorne … Read More »

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Ricky Gervais Wants Will Arnett On ‘Office’

Nellie Andreeva

As an executive producer on the U.S. version of his British series The Office, Ricky Gervais has a say in what happens on the show. If it things go his way, Arrested Development star Will Arnett would be joining the … Read More »

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‘Running Wilde’ Benched For 2 More Weeks

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s struggling freshman Running Wilde seems to be facing a slow and painful death. The low-rated show, which just came back on Tuesday after two weeks of preemptions, is being benched again for the rest of the November sweep, slated … Read More »

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David Cross vs. The Volcano: The Peculiar Story Behind The ‘Wilde’/'Arrested’ Reunion

Nellie Andreeva

davidcrossdaly_andrewBy now you may have already heard that David Cross is joining Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett’s new comedy series Running Wilde, bringing in another piece to the Arrested Development reunion that’s … Read More »

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Peter Serafinowicz Joins ‘Running Wilde’

Nellie Andreeva

PeterSerafinowiczEXCLUSIVE: Peter Serafinowicz has joined the cast of the new Fox comedy series Running Wilde as a regular. Serafinowicz was made a regular after he popped in his guest-starring turn in the pilot as Fa’ad Shaoulin, the Oxford-accented neighbor and frenemy of Steve Wilde (Will Arnett). Similarly, Erin Cummings, who guest-starred in the pilot for ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 as the medical examiner, was recently upped to regular on the new drama series. The Lionsgate TV-produced Running Wilde centers on Steve Wilde, a filthy-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart and uber-liberal humanitarian (Keri Russell). Read More »

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