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CBS Orders Crime Drama Pilot Starring Alan Cumming, Craig Turk Legal Drama
CBS has given pilot orders to two projects featuring key auspices from the network’s praised legal drama The Good Wife — crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming, and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. Killer Instinct (fka Dr. Death) was written by Rauch based on the upcoming book of the same… »
Seth Meyers-Mike O’Brien Comedy Gets Pilot Order From NBC
Written by O’Brien, the untitled single-camera pilot is described as focusing on a hilariously cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher, where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him. O’Brien serves as executive producer along with “Late Night” host Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer. Universal Television and Michaels’ Broadway Video are producing.
O’Brien was a staff writer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for seven seasons beginning in 2009. He was a featured player on the Michaels-produced late-night sketch comedy franchise for the 2013-14 season, but returned to solely working on the writing staff the following season.
NBC also Monday ordered “Reverie,” a »
- Daniel Holloway
Stephen Colbert Set to Host the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards
Stephen Colbert is taking his talents to the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! This marks the first time the late-night talk show host will emcee the Emmys, which airs live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17. In Monday's press release, CBS Entertainment executive vice president Jack Sussman shared in part, "Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we've seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television's best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert." Colbert echoed the »
Arrested Development's Surprising Season 5 Premise/Format Revealed — It's Going to Be Part [Spoiler]!
Get ready to see the Bluth clan like you’ve never seen them before — and we mean that literally.
Although Netflix declined to confirm/comment, TVLine has learned exclusively that Arrested Development‘s long-gestating fifth season will likely have a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors).
The move, which an insider notes isn’t entirely set in stone, would go a long way in clearing Season 5’s major scheduling hurdle (i.e. corralling the insanely busy cast at the same time »
‘The Flash’-‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover Adds Darren Criss as Villain
The CW’s Arrowverse is staging a “Glee” reunion, and has cast Darren Criss to play the villain Music Meister in the musical crossover episodes featuring “The Flash” and “Supergirl” in March. Criss is an alum of Fox’s “Glee,” where he sang and danced alongside The Flash himself Grant Gustin and Supergirl Melissa Benoist. While the vast majority of the musical action in the crossoverwill take place on “The Flash” in an episode fitting entitled “Duet,” the story will be set up at the end of the “Supergirl” episode preceding it the day before – much like with this year’s four-show crossover. »
- Linda Ge
Alec Baldwin Sets 'Saturday Night Live' Return as Host
The actor, who has been making appearances all season long as President Donald Trump, is set to host on Feb. 11, it was announced Monday.
This will be Baldwin's record-breaking 17th turn as host. He was previously tied with Steve Martin. In addition to his frequent cameos this season as the new president, Baldwin last hosted in 2011.
Ed Sheeran will return for his second time as musical guest the same evening.
Baldwin will be preceded by Kristen Stewart, who makes »
- Kate Stanhope
Ratings: CBS' 'Hunted' Has Solid Kickoff Leading Out of AFC Championship
Leading out of the NFL’s well-watched AFC championship game, CBS’ new reality competition hit the ground running.
The Patriots’ defeat of the Steelers drew 41.3 million total viewers and a 13.4 demo rating from 7 to 10 pm ET, on par with the fast nationals for last year’s primetime NFC championship (which did 40.7 mil/14.3 on Fox). The premiere of "Hunted," in which pretty people didn’t do the smartest things to evade capture — like, say, buy the bus tickets but don’t use them! — then retained 10.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating. »
Jennifer Morrison, Jenna Elfman, ‘Underground’ to Be Honored at aTVfest
Jennifer Morrison, star of ABC’s hit fantasy series “Once Upon A Time,” and Jenna Elfman, who’s top-lining the Alphabet’s upcoming new comedy “Imaginary Mary,” have both been tapped to receive the Spotlight Award at the fifth annual aTVfest in Atlanta.
The television festival, which is presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), also announced that the cast of “Underground,” including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, and Christopher Meloni, will receive the cast award for outstanding achievement in television. The second season of the Wgn series is set to premiere in March.
The festival will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, and features premiere screenings and panels of several of TV’s top comedies, dramas and animation features at SCAD venues throughout midtown Atlanta.
- Debra Birnbaum
‘Entertainment Tonight’ Senior Producer Bonnie Tiegel Dies
“Entertainment Tonight” senior producer Bonnie Tiegel has died, the entertainment news program announced on Monday. Tiegel, who produced the show for more than 20 years, died in Los Angeles on Monday surrounded by friends and family, according to the “Entertainment Tonight” website. “Our entire ‘Entertainment Tonight’ family is mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Bonnie Tiegel,” the program said in a statement. “For over 20 years, Bonnie has been the heart and soul of our show and a respected member of the Hollywood community. Her energy, laughter and love will be immensely missed by all who knew her.” Also. »
- Reid Nakamura
Amazon Prime Strikes BBC Content Deal For India
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has agreed to license some 600 hours of library content to the newly launched Amazon Prime Video service in India. The deal largely covers factual and pre-school programming.
It includes CBeebies shows vintage puppet animation, “Clangers,” animation series Dinopaws and Hey Duggee, which recently won the Pre-School Animation of the year at the 2017 BAFTA Children’s Awards. BBC factual programs in the deal include “Gandhi,” an in-depth look at Mahatma Gandhi, “The World’s Weirdest Weapons” and “The Genius of Inventions.”
That growth is exemplified by figures from Reliance Jio, a new phones and broadband Internet provider. From a standing start in September, it this week claimed to have 72 million subscribers. Amazon Prime launched in India in July last year »
- Patrick Frater
‘Scandal’ Gets Live Aftershow on Time Inc.’s Pen Streaming Network (Exclusive)
ABC’s “Scandal” hit political drama now has its own superfan-fed aftershow, launching on Time Inc.’s People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen) free streaming service.
Pen will launch the live “Scandal Superfan Recap: Gladiators Don’t Run” on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 p.m. Et, one hour after the conclusion of its season 6 premiere at 9 p.m. Et/8 p.m. Ct. The 16-episode series will be hosted by Laura Coates (pictured above), CNN legal analyst and former Justice Department federal prosecutor — and self-described “Scandal” megafan — who will be joined each week a new panel of “Scandal” enthusiasts, including editorial staffers from People and Entertainment Weekly.
Time Inc. isn’t partnering directly with ABC or “Scandal” showrunner-creator Shonda Rhimes on the aftershow. But the network obviously is supportive of any effort to drive more live viewership in primetime. Time Inc. developed “Scandal Superfan Recap” as a way to tap into the rabid TV fanaticism of its audience (especially EW »
- Todd Spangler
'Allo 'Allo! actor Gorden Kaye dies
Agent confirms actor best known for role as cafe owner René Artois has died in care home, aged 75
Kaye’s agent confirmed he died in his care home on Monday, aged 75.
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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons Headed to Feb. 5 Game
While most of the attention between now and the NFL championship game Feb. 5 in Houston will be focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta's score-at-will offense, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defense of New England, which allowed the fewest.
Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their — and the Patriots' — fifth Lombardi »
- the Associated Press
Amazon Scraps ‘Highston’ Comedy Series From Bob Nelson & Sacha Baron Cohen
Amazon has opted not to proceed with the new comedy series Highston. The streaming service picked up to series the pilot — written by Oscar-nominee Bob Nelson (Nebraska), directed by Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen — in December 2015. But it was never scheduled, and tonight, after co-star Curtis Armstrong tweeted that the show was dead, the development was confirmed by Amazon. "We love Bob, Jon… »
Lucifer: Death by Poison on Campus and Deckerstar is Real!
“There’s no winning when you play by a twisted tyrant’s rules.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Lucifer. On tonight’s episode of Lucifer, we learned the hard way that negotiating with villains never ends well. Even if you have the Devil on your side. The hour begins with a rather steamy make-out scene between Detective Decker and our favorite Devil. I was positively giddy thinking that Deckerstar is about to become real. Then I saw Detective Decker grab Lucifer’s horns (or Love Handles as he called them) and I came to the realization that it’s a dream. Lucifer doesn’t
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ABC Orders Drama Pilots ‘The Good Doctor’ & ‘Doomsday’ From David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim & Carol Mendesohn
I’ve learned that ABC has given pilot orders to two drama projects with big auspices and big commitments from Sony Pictures TV — medical drama The Good Doctor, from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim, which had a put pilot commitment, and Doomsday, a thriller drama from producer Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd (Justified), which had a production commitment with a series penalty behind it. Written by Shore based on… »
NBC’s ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Taps Soap Writing Vet Ron Carlivati
NBC soap Days of Our Lives – lately facing its very own existential cliff-hanger – has replaced its co-head writer Dena Higley with longtime daytime scribe Ron Carlivati. “Like Sands Through the Hourglass,” Carlivati tweeted tonight, a reference to Days‘ famous spoken-word intro. Carlivati will be the daytime series’ head writer, with Ryan Quan, co-head writer with Higley, given the newly created Creative Consultant title. Sharing that title will be Days writer Sheri… »
‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Nick Woos the Women With Shovels Full of Literal S—
It’s the fourth episode of “The Bachelor” and… where were we?
Leading into the rose ceremony, most everyone is where we would expect them to be: Vanessa is confronting Nick about Corinne; Taylor is using words like “plethora” so we know that she’s The Smart One; and Corinne is fast asleep.
At the rose ceremony, Jaimi straightens her hair and is unrecognizable, and the women indicate that if Corinne gets a rose, s— will go down. Corinne gets a rose. “I’m so happy I got a rose. Now I get to make out with Nick for another week,” Corinne says, while Christen and Brittany return home, heartbroken.
After the ceremony, Corinne gives an eternal toast and everybody seems pissed off partially because they are disgusted by her presence, but »
- Seth Kelley
Quantico Recap: [Spoiler] Is a Terrorist — and Soon 'You Will Be, Too'
If you don’t quite remember where Quantico‘s fall finale left off — after all, it aired two months ago — fear not: FBI Agent Hannah Wyland is here to do the snarky hard work for you.
The ABC drama’s move to Monday meant that the show’s Powers That Be had to do something to bring new viewers up to date, and quickly. Enter Eliza Coupe’s returning character, whose interrogation of Alex throughout the winter premiere proves beneficial not only for newbies but also for those of »
Verizon Axes 155 Go90 Staffers; Streaming Service Targets Millennials
Confirming the layoffs of 155 Go90 employees, Verizon says the company remains “committed to rapidly enhancing our existing online video products and delivering new products." "Our focus with go90 and our Verizon digital media efforts are to fulfill our strategy of leveraging Verizon content investments, enhancing user experience and strengthening our advertising infrastructure,” the company said in a statement. “Fulfilling this strategy has resulted in some duplicative… »
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