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  • HALLMARK CHANNEL ANNOUNCES TIM ALLEN’S HILARIOUS FAMILY SITCOM ‘LAST MAN STANDING,’ COMING TO PROGRAMMING LINEUP STARTING JANUARY 2016
    Network Acquires Series as Part of Top-Rated Comedy Programming Block
    Hallmark Channel, the leading network for quality family entertainment, announces the acquisition of the off-network sitcom “Last Man Standing.” The series will begin to air as part of the network’s successful sitcom programming lineup beginning January 2016. “Last Man Standing,” starring Tim Allen (“Home Improvement”) as the manly patriarch of a family dominated by women, is the latest addition to Hallmark Channel’s highly-rated hit sitcom offerings, which include viewer favorites “The Middle” and “Home Improvement,” also starring Allen.
    “As our classic sitcom schedule continues to grow and bring in a solid ratings performance, ‘Last Man Standing’ fits right into the model of family friendly entertainment that is at the core of our programming values,” says Darren Melameth, Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Acquisitions, Crown Media Family Networks. “Among the cluttered landscape of more risqué television sitcoms, ‘Last Man Standing,’ approaches its portrayal of family life with a humor and attitude that is just right for the Hallmark Channel brand, creating the perfect comedy block starting next year.”
    In “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen’s hilarious comeback to comedy television, “Last Man Standing,” also starring Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo, anchors the popular Friday night lineup on ABC. The series, entering its fifth season, revolves around Mike Baxter (Allen), an outdoor sporting goods exec whose conservative ideas are constantly challenged in a world ruled by women—his wife and three daughters. As Mike tries to maintain his macho manliness while surrounded by the strong-willed women he loves, he finds his traditional values and testosterone-fueled attitude will always single him out. With the perfect blend of wit, hilarious humor and warmhearted family moments, “Last Man Standing” gives a charmingly funny spin on the plight of an everyday American dad.

  • ABC Schedules Oscars Dates
    ACADEMY SELECTS SHOW DATES FOR 2016, 2017, 2018 KEY DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 88TH OSCARS®
    LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.
    DAVID HILL AND REGINALD HUDLIN TAPPED TO PRODUCE 88TH OSCARS®
    Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®, which will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016.
    'We're delighted to have this talented team on board,' said Boone Isaacs. 'David is a true innovator with a dynamic personality. His vast experience as a live events producer, coupled with Reggie's energy, creativity and talent as a filmmaker, is sure to make this year's Oscar telecast a memorable one.'
    "What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all, make it fun," said Hill.
    'I'm looking forward to working with the Academy again,' said Hudlin. 'I love every kind of film, and this year's awards will be a celebration of the total range of cinema.'

  • ABC Family Announces the Cast of and Starts Production on Pilot “Guilt” ABC FAMILY ANNOUNCES THE CAST OF AND STARTS PRODUCTION ON PILOT “GUILT” BURBANK, CA (August 17, 2015) – ABC Family announces the full cast of the thriller “Guilt,” as the pilot kicks off production this week in Budapest and London. “Guilt” is a one-hour soapy drama about a young American woman in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. As the investigation unfolds, viewers will question whether she’s a naïve, young girl whose poor decisions are being magnified under the ruthless glare of the British tabloids, or whether she’s a sociopath who brutally murdered her friend. Even her sister, who comes to London to defend her, will question how well she knows her little sister as more and more ugly truths come out. This mystery will twist through all layers of London society – from a posh but depraved sex club, all the way up to the Royal Family itself. “Guilt” is written, created and executive-produced by Kathryn Price (“The Game Plan”) and Nichole Millard (“The Game Plan”). Stephen McPherson will serve as executive producer. “Guilt” is a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment (the joint venture between Lionsgate Television and Thunderbird Films) and BV Family Productions in association with ABC Family. Gary Fleder (“Kingdom,” “Scorpion”) will direct. Katrina Law (“Arrow,” “Spartacus: War of the Damned”) stars as Natalie, a Boston attorney who drops everything when her sister becomes a murder suspect. Natalie is determined to do the right thing, but is confronted with harsh questions: is her sister is a murderer, and how far will she go to keep her out of jail? Daisy Head (“The Syndicate”) will portray Grace, an immature young girl who enjoys living in the fast lane in London. Grace is stunned when she becomes the prime suspect in her friend’s murder, but there may be more to Grace than meets the eye. Billy Zane (“Titanic”) stars as Stan, Grace’s cocky and cunning defense attorney who revels in conflict and enjoys winning. Cristian Solimeno (“Rush”) costars as D.S. Bruno, an ambitious detective sergeant with the Scotland Yard who is determined to get to the bottom of this murder, and is immediately intrigued by Natalie. Naomi Ryan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) plays Gwendolyn, the Crown Prosecutor, who is heavily involved with this high profile case, and shares a complicated history with Bruno. Kevin Ryan (“Copper”) will costar as Patrick, whose sister Molly is the victim at the center of this story, and who vows revenge on her killer. Zachary Fall (“Crossing Lines”) will play Luc, Grace’s drug-addicted boyfriend, who also is suspected of Molly’s murder, and who is clearly hiding something. Simona Brown (“The Casual Vacancy”) will portray Roz, who lived with both Grace and Molly, and whose guarded exterior hides the fact that she is involved with some shady dealings. Newcomer Sam Cassidy will play Prince Theo, a member of the Royal Family, who secretly crossed paths with Molly. Dinita Gohill (“The Last Train”) rounds out the cast as Meera, a fellow student of Molly and Grace, who is also a reporter for the University paper, and determined to get a story.

  • BBC AMERICA Announces Greenlight of New Original Scripted Series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
    Adapted from Douglas Adams’ Bestselling series of Novels
    Pasadena, California – January 8, 2016 – BBC AMERICA announced today the greenlight of new original scripted series Dirk Gently. The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who) wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and is a set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective Dirk Gently. The straight to series order includes eight one-hour episodes. Penned by Max Landis – the mind behind cult classic Chronicle – the series is a co-production of AMC Studios, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.
    Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “Dirk Gently is a very original series, fresh and unlike anything else. The novels have legions of fans, and with Max Landis’ brilliant and audacious take on this material we are excited to bring Dirk to life for our BBCA super-fans.”
    Dirk Gently, is a serialized comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd, as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
    In addition to creator, Max Landis, Executive producers include Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW; David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion and Zainir Aminullah and Arvind Ethan David for IDEATE MEDIA.
    Today’s announcement underscores BBC AMERICA’S commitment to infectious, smart, culturally relevant original content. The network has a robust slate of originals ahead. Beginning on January 21, London Spy is a provocative and transfixing mystery-drama lead by all-star cast including BAFTA-winner Ben Whishaw, Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and legendary actress Charlotte Rampling. Two new co-productions, Undercover and Thirteen, will also premiere in 2016, alongside the eagerly anticipated return of Top Gear starring Chris Evans, and landmark natural history series The Hunt presented by Sir David Attenborough. Season four of phenomenon Orphan Black continues production and will return in Spring 2016.

  • THE RECORDING ACADEMY, CBS AND STAPLES CENTER ANNOUNCE “THE 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®” WILL AIR LIVE MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016
    The Recording Academy, CBS and Staples Center announce Music's Biggest Night®, THE 58th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®, will return to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
    The GRAMMY Awards broadcast is one of television's major broadcast events, ranking as one of the highest-rated and most-watched specials. THE 57th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS drew 27 million viewers and generated 20.9 million show-related Tweets globally, making it the most talked about award show. A combined viewership of more than 40 million in the U.S. alone tuned in for THE 57th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, A VERY GRAMMY CHRISTMAS, and the star-studded STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE – AN ALL-STAR GRAMMY SALUTE.

  • CBS MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD TO STAR IN “BRAINDEAD,” A NEW COMIC-THRILLER SET IN THE WORLD OF WASHINGTON, D.C. POLITICS, TO BE BROADCAST IN SUMMER 2016 ON CBS
    Series Comes From Robert and Michelle King, Creators and Executive Producers of “The Good Wife”
    STUDIO CITY, CALIF. – Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in “BrainDead,” a new comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics, to be broadcast in summer 2016. The series comes from Robert and Michelle King, creators and executive producers of “The Good Wife.”
    Winstead will portray Laurel, the daughter of a Democratic political dynasty who left Washington, D.C. to become a documentary filmmaker, but is pulled back into the family business when her brother, the senate majority whip, needs her help running his senate office. Now a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer, Laurel discovers two things: The government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers.
    “We’ve been fans of Mary going back to ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ but it was really her extraordinary work in ‘Smashed’ and ‘Alex of Venice’ that had us imagining Laurel’s lines coming out of her mouth,” said Robert and Michelle King. “She’s fantastic at mixing comedy and drama, and keeping it all vulnerable, yet real. We can't wait to see what she does with Laurel.”
    Winstead is well-known for her roles in the horror films “Final Destination 3,” “Black Christmas,” “Death Proof,” “The Thing” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Her additional film credits include “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Smashed” and “Alex of Venice.” Her television credits include the series “The Returned.” Coming up, she will appear in the PBS drama “Mercy Street” and the films “Valencia,” with John Goodman, and “Swiss Army Man,” with Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.

  • COMEDY CENTRAL® GREENLIGHTS ANIMATED “LEGENDS OF CHAMBERLAIN HEIGHTS”
    Executive Produced by Bento Box Entertainment and Created by Brad Ableson, Mike Clements, Quinn Hawking, Josiah Johnson and Michael Starrbury
    Series Picked Up for Ten Episodes and Slated to Premiere in 2016
    NEW YORK, May 6, 2015 – Brace yourself to meet these “legends” as Comedy Central has greenlit the urban coming-of-age animated tale, “Legends of Chamberlain Heights,” a weekly primetime comedy series, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Original Programming, Comedy Central.
    “Legends of Chamberlain Heights” is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment’s (“Bob’s Burgers,” “The Awesomes”) Scott Greenberg, Joel Kuwahara, Mark McJimsey and Mike Clements (“Good Vibes,” “The Life & Times of Tim”), along with Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons,” “Good Vibes”) and Michael Starrbury (“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”), with creative team Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson (“www.jerseychaser.com”) producing. The series’ ten-episode season will premiere in 2016.
    “This show is so relatable because no matter how much of a legend we are in our own minds, deep down we know we have some benchwarmer in us, too,” said Alterman.

  • The CW "THE WORLD DOG AWARDS," HOSTED BY GEORGE LOPEZ, RETURNS TO THE CW IN 2016
    The CW Network announced today that the second annual WORLD DOG AWARDS, hosted by George Lopez, will return in January 2016, honoring man’s best friend in a celebration with some of the most famous four-legged stars and the humans who love them. An airdate and time will be announced at a later date.
    The WORLD DOG AWARDS honor some of the most talented and laudable pups on the planet, from furry film stars to social media darlings. Awards will include A List Dog, for the celebrity dog who made the biggest impact in media, Top TV Dog, Most Pawpular, awarded to the most famous dogs in social media, and Dog of the Year. Special recognition will also be given to service dogs, animal shelters around the country, and celebrity advocates. Viewers will also have a chance to submit their own nominees on cwtv.com for their favorite cute canine YouTube stars, for best Performing Pups.
    Last year’s WORLD DOG AWARDS winners ranged from viral sensations like Hank T. Dog, the unofficial adopted mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers, who won Dog of the Year, and TV star dogs like “Modern Family” celebrity dog “Stella,” to everyday dogs that made a positive impact in their communities. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES star Ian Somerhalder was the recipient of the ASPCA Dog’s Best Friend Award at the inaugural event in 2015.

  • E! ORDERS SCRIPTED PILOT PICK-UP FOR "THE ARRANGEMENT"
    Announcement Follows The Network’s Successful First Venture Into Scripted Programming With Hit Series “The Royals” Drama From Emmy Award-Winning Jonathan Abrahams (“Murder in the First,” “Mad Men”) Is Produced By Universal Cable Productions
    On the heels of the incredibly successful launch of E!'s first scripted series, "The Royals," the network has announced the pilot pick-up for a drama entitled "The Arrangement." The pilot was written by Jonathan Abrahams, who won a Writer's Guild Award and a Primetime Emmy for his previous work on "Mad Men." Abrahams will also executive produce the project along with Jimmy Fox of Objective Productions USA, an All3Media company. Stephen Lambert and Eli Holzman of All3Media America will also serve as executive producers. Universal Cable Productions is set to produce.
    “Jonathan has written a terrific script that juxtaposes a very public Hollywood romance with darker, more nefarious elements. We are excited to work with Universal Cable Productions and Objective to make this pilot and bring the story to life,” said Kevin Plunkett, SVP Scripted Programming, E!. “’The Arrangement’ is the perfect follow-up to the success of ‘The Royals,’ taking the E! brand further into the scripted space with young skewing, escapist stories.”
    “The Arrangement” is a Cinderella story for modern times, with a dramatic and complicated Hollywood twist. The drama follows Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment. After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall… and decide whether or not she will accept “The Arrangement.”

  • ESQUIRE NETWORK ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES, SPOTLESS - A TANDEM Production for CANAL+
    Starring Marc-André Grondin, Denis Ménochet, Miranda Raison and Brendan Coyle
    LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2015 – Esquire Network today announced its first-ever original scripted series, SPOTLESS. The 10-episode dark and irreverent drama from TANDEM Productions (a STUDIOCANAL Company) is executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated, Rola Bauer (THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, CROSSING LINES) and is co-created by BAFTA Award-winner Ed McCardie (SHAMELESS) and Academy® Award-winner Corinne Marrinan (CSI). The series stars Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.), Denis Ménochet (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Miranda Raison (24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY) and Brendan Coyle (DOWNTON ABBEY). SPOTLESS is slated to premiere this fall.
    “Continuing our pursuit to offer the highest quality programming, Esquire Network is excited to embark on its first scripted series and to partner with the talented team at TANDEM Productions,” said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming, Esquire Network. “SPOTLESS is a genre bending drama offering a tonality that’s unique to the current television landscape. Perfectly on point for our discerning male audience, it promises to take them on a twisted dark ride.”
    A sexy and bold one-hour drama laced with dark humor and set in London, SPOTLESS is the story of a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin) whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crash lands into his world. Played out against the backdrop of Jean’s Crime Scene Cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present. Ensnared by mob boss Nelson Clay (Coyle), corruption, drugs and death pose a constant hazard. With Jean’s wife Julie (Raison), the entire family struggles to gain control over their lives and future.
    “Esquire Network is the perfect home for SPOTLESS, our daring, audacious and distinctive new series belongs with this network, which has been equally daring and audacious. The tremendous growth with their target audience is a testament to their strategic focus and strength in the U.S. market,” says TANDEM Productions CEO / Partner Rola Bauer.
     

  • FOX “KICKING & SCREAMING,” NEW UNSCRIPTED SURVIVAL COMPETITION SERIES, TO AIR IN 2016 ON FOX
    Series Produced by Pulse Creative’s Matt Kunitz, in Association with Lionsgate Television
    FOX has ordered KICKING & SCREAMING, a new, eight-episode competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest race of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”), in association with Lionsgate Television, the series drops these unlikely duos in a forbidding wilderness where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. While these survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there’s one thing that none of their previous expeditions have prepared them for: their privileged partners, who think roughing it is going a week without a massage. To win the competition, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.
    “Pairing high-level experts with high-maintenance novices struck us as a perfect way to extract comedy from the survival competition genre,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Matt Kunitz has tremendous experience in this field, and together with Lionsgate, we’ve got the perfect partners to lead us on this adventure.”
    “We’re delighted to venture into the wilderness with FOX and Matt Kunitz as our partners,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “KICKING & SCREAMING has all the earmarks of an important new brand for Lionsgate Television. Matt is a singular creative voice, FOX is the ideal partner and KICKING & SCREAMING is the perfect property to continue building our momentum in unscripted television.”
    “I’ve always been fascinated by the survival space, so I am excited to infuse a touch of comedy into a traditionally dramatic genre and to get to do it on FOX, the home of competition reality series," said Kunitz. “I am pleased to be producing this series in association with Lionsgate, a studio known for stand-out, brand-defining shows, which is perfect for the conflict, heart and humor viewers will see in KICKING & SCREAMING.”

  • FOX JASON PATRIC TO STAR IN SEASON TWO OF “WAYWARD PINES”
    Next Chapter of Hit Event Series to Premiere this Summer on FOX
    Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”) has been cast in a leading role in WAYWARD PINES, the hit psychological thriller event series returning for a second season this summer on FOX. Patric will portray DR. THEO YEDLIN, a confident, driven surgeon whose leadership skills will prove invaluable to the residents of Wayward Pines.
    From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit”) and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. Dr. Theo Yedlin – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race.
    “Jason is an incredibly grounded and believable actor,” said Shyamalan. “I’m so excited for audiences to see what he brings to the world of WAYWARD PINES.”

  • FOX TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS ANNALEIGH ASHFORD JOINS THE CAST OF “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”
    Production Begins This March in Toronto
    Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (“Sylvia,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Masters of Sex”) has been cast as COLUMBIA, the castle’s feisty live-in groupie, in the two-hour television event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, airing this fall on FOX.
    Ashford joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Orange is the New Black”), Victoria Justice (Janet, “Victorious”), Ryan McCartan (Brad, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers: the Musical”), Adam Lambert (Eddie, “Glee”), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, “Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), Staz Nair (Rocky, “Game of Thrones”) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who returns as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair) – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
    Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.
    Annaleigh Ashford is best known for her outstanding work on stage. Most recently, Ashford starred in the title role of the revival of playwright A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” opposite Matthew Broderick. She recently won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of “Essie Carmichael” in the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Ashford received her first Tony Award nomination for the role of “Lauren” in “Kinky Boots,” the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein. In addition to her stage work, Ashford is set to reprise her role as “Betty DiMello” on cable’s critically acclaimed “Masters of Sex.” She made her film debut in “Sex and the City: The Movie” and will next be seen in the independent film “Franny.”
    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler and Gail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Ortega will also direct and choreograph. “Like” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Facebook at facebook.com/RockyHorrorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @RockyHorrorFOX and join the discussion using #RockyHorror. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @RockyHorrorFOX/.

  • Freeform Zelda Williams, Eli Goree and Alberto Frezza Join the Cast of Freeform’s Highly Anticipated New Original Series “Dead of Summer”
    Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis Set to Direct the First Episode
    The summer just got a bit hotter with Freeform adding Zelda Williams (“Teen Wolf”), Alberto Frezza (“Charlie’s Angels”) and Eli Goree (“The 100”) to their new original series “Dead of Summer.” The network also announced today that “Dead of Summer” creators and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis will be directing the first episode of the series. Williams, Frezza and Goree join already announced cast members Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”), Ronen Rubinstein (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Paulina Singer (“Gotham”).
    Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, “Dead of Summer” is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other. Production on the series will begin in March.
    Williams will be portraying a counselor at Camp Clearwater who is a mysterious loner with no interest in bonding with the rest of the group.
    Frezza will be playing the role of “Deputy Garrett Sykes,” a young deputy who has ties to Camp Clearwater and who grows immediately suspicious when events at the camp don’t add up.
    Goree will be portraying “Joel,” an aspiring filmmaker who is returning to Camp Clearwater as a counselor and begins to buy into the idea that something weird is happening.
    “Dead of Summer” will be produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz. Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis (“Lost,” “Once Upon a Time”) and Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) will write and executive-produce the series.

  • NBC HOWIE MANDEL, MEL B AND HEIDI KLUM RETURN AS JUDGES FOR NEW SEASON OF ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ JOINING PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED JUDGE SIMON COWELL
    Nick Cannon Returns to Host as #1 Summer Series Returns to Los Angeles to Embark on a Triumphant New 11th Season
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 12, 2016 – Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum will return as judges to NBC’s top-rated summer competition series “America’s Got Talent,” joining previously announced new judge and “Got Talent” creator Simon Cowell.
    Nick Cannon will again assume hosting duties as the show returns to Los Angeles for its live performance and results shows and heads into a milestone second decade on the air.

  • NBC SETH MEYERS EXTENDS NBC CONTRACT THROUGH FEBRUARY 2021
    Meyers to Stay in the Peacock Fold as “Late Night” Continues to Dominate in 12:30 A.M. Timeslot
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2016 – Late-night host and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Seth Meyers has extended his contract with NBC Entertainment through February 2021.
    Meyers began his tenure at “Late Night” in February 2014 and since his arrival the show has remained a vital component of NBC’s late-night dominance.
    “I can’t thank NBC enough for continuing to support our show and this more than makes up for my disappointment in not getting cast in ‘The Wiz,’” said Meyers.
    “As a writer, performer and host, Seth has a rich history at NBC and we are thrilled that he’ll be at the helm of ‘Late Night’ for many more years,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “His knowledge of both current events and pop culture is unparalleled and he brings that expertise to ‘Late Night’ every night. The show couldn’t be in better hands.”
    Meyers will also host a 2016 New Year’s Eve “Late Night” 10 p.m. primetime special that will highlight all the news and current events of the year.

  • NBC ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW’ GOES WEST AGAIN IN 2016 FOR FIVE SHOWS IN LOS ANGELES
    In a Follow-Up to His Previous Trip to California, Fallon Returns to Stage One at Universal Studios on Feb. 15-19 Two-Hour “The Tonight Show Valentine’s Day Anniversary Special” Kicks Off Week as Fallon Goes Primetime on Feb. 14
    NEW YORK – Jan. 13, 2016 – After a hugely successful trip to the West Coast last year, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is heading back to Los Angeles on Feb. 15-19.
    “The Tonight Show” will once again be telecast from Stage One at Universal Studios with a huge array of A-list celebrity guests, including Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Zach Galifianakis. Others will be announced at a later date. There will also be games, musical highlights and plenty of surprises.
    In addition, Fallon will be going primetime with “The Tonight Show Valentine’s Day Anniversary Special,” set for Sunday, Feb. 14 from 9-11 p.m. The special will celebrate the show’s second anniversary with a compilation of some of Fallon's best “Tonight Show” moments, including celebrity interviews, musical impressions and comedy sketches.
    In its Feb. 2-5, 2015 visit to California, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” dominated the competition and delivered, at the time, its top-rated week in nearly eight months in adults 18-49 and 4.185 million total viewers. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “As always, Fallon and his crew brought their A game to Universal Studios Hollywood.”
    The L.A. visit also set online records at the time, with “The Tonight Show” YouTube channel hitting almost 33 million views for the clip that brought the “Saved by the Bell” cast back together.

  • NBC Heartbeat Official Trailer Melissa George stars as Dr. Alex Panttierre, a brilliant surgeon who operates to the beat of her own heart. Get ready for Heartbeat, coming soon to NBC.

  • NBC DICK WOLF EXTENDS DEAL WITH NBCUNIVERSAL THROUGH 2020
    Legendary Drama Producer Reups With Company as Network Renews New Seasons of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Med”
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2016 – Iconic television creator/producer Dick Wolf has signed a new overall deal with NBCUniversal that extends his relationship with the network through 2020.
    In addition, NBC has given an 18thseason renewal for “Law & Order: SVU” as well as a pickup for the second season of Wolf’s newest drama, “Chicago Med.” Both “Chicago Fire” (season 5) and “Chicago P.D.” (season 4) have previously been renewed.
    Wolf is also in active development for the latest incarnation of the Chicago franchise, “Chicago Law,” as well as the reality series “Law & Order: You the Jury,” where the audience will decide the binding result of a live court case.
    “Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The ‘Law & Order’ legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks him into the stratosphere. He has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation, and he is most welcome at this company forever.”
    Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: “I’m personally thrilled to be working so closely with Dick, and on behalf of everyone at NBC and Universal Television we are so happy to extend our relationship with all the incredibly talented people at Wolf Entertainment. His brand is pure quality, and our continuing partnership is not only great for us but even better for broadcast television.”
    “I’ve been in the same office, with the same phone number, for 30 years. I’m glad people won’t have to learn a new one,” Wolf said. “Staying was really a foregone conclusion. My partnership with Bob has been the best relationship I’ve ever had with the head of a network. He has also assembled a great team of executives at both the network and the studio who make it possible for the Wolf Entertainment team to turn out multiple shows. It is truly a synergistic group effort that makes me enormously excited about both the present and the future.”
    So far this season, “Law & Order: SVU” originals have averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.0 million viewers overall in L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research. “SVU” has built on its regular lead-in by an average of +45% in adult 18-49 rating (L+SD) and the Nov. 11 telecast generated “SVU’s” most dominant head-to-head win to date versus time-period rival “Criminal Minds,” a +25% margin.
    “Chicago Med” originals are averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers overall, according to L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research. In the Tuesday 9-10 p.m. ET slot, “Chicago Med” has prevailed over regular competition on the Big 4 networks with five of six telecasts to date in adults 18-49 (L+SD). ”Chicago Med” has improved that time period by +58% versus NBC’s slot average for the prior season, excluding weeks when “The Voice” ran in the slot in 18-49 and by +114% in total viewers.
    Wolf, one of the most successful television producers of all time, is the creator of the “Law & Order”-branded series and is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer. His company produced the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers” and the Grammy Award-winning documentary on the Doors, titled “When You’re Strange.” Wolf Entertainment currently produces NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med” with Universal Television.

  • NBC SPORTS TO PRESENT UNPRECEDENTED LIVE COVERAGE OF U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS MARATHON IN FEBRUARY 2016
    U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon for Men and Women to Air Live for First Time
    Coverage Airs Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
    STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 20, 2015 – NBC Sports Group, the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and LA MARATHON LLC announced today that NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon for men and women from Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, February 13, 2016, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
    This marks the first time in U.S. Olympic Team Trials history that the men’s and women’s marathons will be televised live nationally. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will live stream the coverage.
    “The Road to Rio will begin on the streets of Los Angeles as we start our U.S. Olympic Team Trials coverage with an unprecedented live presentation of the men’s and women’s marathons,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “This is a great start to our deepest U.S. Trials coverage ever.”
    “NBC’s commitment to Team USA and the Olympic Games is extraordinary and we’re thrilled that these world-class athletes will be able to compete on live television,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Whether you’re one of the thousands lining the race course in Los Angeles or one of the millions watching at home, these athletes will show you just how much it means to represent the United States of America at the Olympic Games.”

  • POP AND LIONSGATE START PRODUCTION ON “TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP” (WORKING TITLE), A 10-EPISODE, ORIGINAL SCRIPTED COMEDY SERIES STARRING ALI WENTWORTH
    Pop’s Second Original Scripted Series Set Behind-The-Scenes in the Irreverent, Fast Paced and High Stakes World of a Fictitious Late Night Talk Show
     Jimmy, Jimmy, James, John, Samantha, Stephen, Seth, Conan, Chelsea, Carson, Chris, Larry, Trevor, Andy, Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my. This month, Pop and Lionsgate Television will start production on TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP (working title), a 10-episode, original scripted comedy series featuring the hilarity that ensues behind-the-scenes of a fictitious late night talk show, entitled “The Nightcap With Jimmy.”
    Starring Ali Wentworth (“In Living Color”, “Head Case,” “It’s Complicated”, “Office Space") and produced by Lionsgate Television (Golden Globe-nominated “Orange is the New Black” and “Casual,” “Nashville,” “The Royals” and “Mad Men”), TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP is an edgy, over-the-top, single camera, culture-commentary comedy that will feature a mixed cast of improvisational actors and real-life celebrities. Each half-hour episode covers the hectic 22 minutes prior to a live airing of a late night talk show, which are fraught with insanity, urgency, absurdity, laughter and lip-sync rehearsals. Besides starring as a producer on the fictitious late night show, Wentworth also serves as an executive producer on the new Pop series.
    "It's been a lifelong dream to portray the true unsung hero of late night television, the talent booker! I apologize to all the Hollywood talent bookers who told me their celeb secrets off the record that I will now exploit for money," remarked Ali Wentworth.
    “In the spirit of great workplace comedies in the world of broadcasting – from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ to ’30 Rock’ – we are excited to take viewers into ‘Traci From Nightcap,’” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman. “Starring Ali Wentworth, we know that this series will have a smart, irreverent voice and reflect Lionsgate’s original, noisy and provocative signature brand of programming."
    “We are in another golden age of late night television with a new guard of buzz-making, digital-innovating, comedic talk show hosts that are driving fandom and the social conversation,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. “‘Traci From Nightcap’ taps into this cultural phenomenon, while Ali’s comedic spirit and New York social scene connections will pave the way for an entertaining comedy that is sharp-witted, celebrity-fueled and engaging.”

  • SYFY UNCAGES MORE 12 MONKEYS
    Critically Acclaimed Time Travelling Thriller From Universal Cable Productions to Return For Second Season
    NEW YORK – March 12, 2015 – Syfy announced today that the widely praised adventure thriller 12 Monkeys has been greenlit for a second season, expected to air in 2016.
    With Natalie Chaidez prepping her next Syfy series (UCP and Valhalla Productions’ Hunters), Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Nikita), co-executive producers and writers of the pilot, will be stepping up to serve as EP/Showrunners. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle (Suicide Squad, American Hustle, The International) and Charles Roven (Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, American Hustle) will continue to executive produce with Atlas’ Jake Kurily producing. Roven served as producer on the original film.
    Currently in its first season, 12 Monkeys has reached 15 million viewers to date, and is experiencing record L3 lifts for the network (average L3 lift is 104%). The renewal also comes as the series continues to gain momentum, with its most recent episode (Friday, March 6) seeing an increase of 6% over the prior four weeks, with 1.5 million total viewers.
    "We are absolutely committed to 12 Monkeys, and have been incredibly impressed by the outstanding critical and audience praise the series has earned,” said Dave Howe, Syfy President. “The talent both on and off-screen have delivered a series that has us all on the edge of our seats, providing exactly the smart, exciting storytelling Syfy is known for.”

  • SYFY TO ADAPT 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY AS A MINISERIES
    RIDLEY SCOTT, SCOTT FREE TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE; STUART BEATTIE TO WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
    NEW YORK — Syfy announced today that it is working with Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television to adapt the Arthur C. Clarke novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Clayton Krueger will serve as co-executive producer.
    An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke's final "Odyssey" book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole's frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.
    Arthur C. Clarke’s “Odyssey” series spanned over 30 years, with the initial publication of “2001” in 1968, and the final “3001” 1997. The original film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is an Academy Award winning classic, and “2010” was the only other of the novels to be filmed. The estates of both Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for “3001: The Final Odyssey.”

  • SYFY AND STEVEN SPIELBERG’S AMBLIN TELEVISION REUNITING TO DEVELOP ALDOUS HUXLEY’S CLASSIC NOVEL BRAVE NEW WORLD
    Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Les Bohem Will Executive Produce Series With Bohem Writing Screenplay Universal Cable Productions to Serve as Studio
    NEW YORK – May 5, 2015 – Adding to its growing roster of major productions featuring science fiction’s most acclaimed franchises, Syfy is reuniting with Emmy® Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World.
    Syfy and Amblin previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy® for Best Miniseries, as well as nominations in six other categories.
    Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order. First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth among the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.
    Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”

  • SYFY GREENLIGHTS INCORPORATED TO PILOT
    MATT DAMON AND BEN AFFLECK’S PEARL STREET FILMS TO PRODUCE WITH CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
    NEW YORK Syfy announced today it has greenlit to pilot Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated tells the story of executive Ben Larson, forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world, to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system - with deadly consequences.
    Created by David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days), who wrote and will direct the pilot, the dystopian future of the show reflects contemporary trends: the growing influence of corporations and private interests in Washington, the slow but steady dismantling of the public sector, and the increase of an amazing amount of wealth by an ever shrinking minority. Incorporated will explore these issues via suspense, action, complex characters and a dark sense of humor, plunging viewers into a future world where the ethical boundaries that we know have been completely redrawn.
    Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.
    “Syfy is working with the best talent in the business to develop the most provocative and smart science fiction programming, and we are delighted to be partnering with Matt, Ben and Jennifer, along with the creative minds of the Pastor brothers and Ted on this pilot,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “Incorporated is an electrifying example of what science fiction does best: holding a mirror to present realities and projecting forward to a recognizable future in which we face the impact and consequences of our actions.”

  • SYFY GREENLIGHTS FUTURISTIC THRILLER INCORPORATED TO SERIES
    -- 13-Episode First Season Of New Drama Series Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films with CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions --
    NEW YORK – Feb. 3, 2016 – Syfy announced today it has greenlit to series INCORPORATED, a futuristic thriller from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. The 13-episode first season of the new drama series is expected to premiere on Syfy in Fall 2016.
    Set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power, INCORPORATED centers around Ben Larson (Sean Teale, “Reign”), a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a very dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves. But he’ll soon learn that he’s not the only one whose secrets may have deadly consequences.
    In addition to Teale, the series will star Eddie Ramos (“Teen Wolf”), Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (“24”), and Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”).
    INCORPORATED is created by David & Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”), who wrote and directed the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Films’ Margaret Chernin will serve as co-producer.
    “The most powerful science fiction holds up a mirror to our world,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller. “INCORPORATED is exactly that type of smart, provocative series, delivering a fresh, edge of your seat thriller that challenges notions of the world we live in today. We look forward to working with the stellar teams at Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions to bring it to life for Syfy viewers this year."
    INCORPORATED joins a powerhouse Syfy original lineup in 2016 that includes the critically-acclaimed first seasons of THE EXPANSE and THE MAGICIANS; the April 11 premiere of HUNTERS, from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; the second season of the thriller series 12 MONKEYS, set to premiere April 18; and the Halloween anthology series CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE. Additional high profile scripted projects in development at Syfy include Aldous Huxley’s classic novel BRAVE NEW WORLD from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and HYPERION, with executive producer Bradley Cooper.

  • UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND HORROR VISIONARY WES CRAVEN SIGN FIRST-LOOK DEAL
    “WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY FINE” AND “THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS” IN DEVELOPMENT AT SYFY
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind, Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream”). The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks.
    “Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said Olmstead.
    “UCP is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”

  • UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS AND BENDERSPINK TO DEVELOP DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL’S “MR. POSTMAN”
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Benderspink today announced they are developing “Mr. Postman,” a crime series by writer/director David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”). Known for his unique and modern dark flair, Mitchell is the latest to join UCP’s roster of standout auspices perfectly complementing the studio’s growing slate of genre projects in development.
    “David is a true artist with incredible vision that I believe will be a game changer in storytelling both in television and film,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at UCP. “We are very excited to take out ‘Mr. Postman,’ his first TV project. It's like nothing else out there.”
    “Mr. Postman” follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street. Mitchell is set to direct and executive produce alongside Chris Bender, JC Spink and Jake Weiner of Benderspink.
    “I’m really excited to be working with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink on this project. It will be very fun to build this world, see these characters come to life, and share this mystery,” said Mitchell.
    Mitchell wrote and directed the award-winning horror feature “It Follows,” currently in theatres. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, the only American film in that section, “It Follows” went on to garner various awards around the world, including NIFF in Switzerland, Fantastic Fest in Austin, and was deemed “one of the scariest films in years” to come out of the Sundance Film Festival. The critically acclaimed film had a limited release in March and has since expanded to 1,600 theaters boasting a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • USA Network UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS’ CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED ‘PLAYING HOUSE’ RETURNS TO USA NETWORK FOR THIRD SEASON
    PLAYING HOUSE Doubled its VOD Audience in Season Two with Innovative Windowing Model
    UNIVERSAL CITY – Jan. 14, 2016 – Universal Cable Productions’ critically-acclaimed PLAYING HOUSE will return to USA Network for a third season. The comedy is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by series’ stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
    "Not only is this a show for the ages, PLAYING HOUSE also represents a whole new way of financing production with its unique partnership of ad sales, Comcast, studio and network," said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
    “Year-over-year we have seen PLAYING HOUSE attract critical acclaim and a loyal fan base that continues to grow,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “The unique relationship between Jessica and Lennon translates into a heart-warming comedy about friendship and we are delighted to have it for a third season.”
    Last season, Comcast and NBCUniversal introduced a new distribution model which allowed viewers to watch every episode of PLAYING HOUSE on Video-On-Demand (VOD) before it aired on USA Network. This not only gave the super fans early access to new episodes, but drove new viewers to the series. As a result, PLAYING HOUSE doubled its VOD audience from season one to season two and, based on the broad partnership with Comcast, the show was #3 on the XFINITY on Demand platform during its premiere month in August, beating all other broadcast and basic cable offerings.
    The VOD episodes offered limited commercial breaks with custom branded spots, which were co-created by, and featured, St. Clair and Lennon. This new model offered the series’ three signature sponsors -- Samsung, Toyota and Comcast -- premium placement across millions of multiplatform-connected homes and engaged the highly passionate community of fans among USA Network subscribers (USA Now apps, web, mobile, connected TV) as well as distribution partners’ VOD and TV Everywhere platforms. The PLAYING HOUSE sponsorship enhanced campaign messaging for all three sponsors and brand favorability increased by as much at 15% among VOD viewers.
     

  • USA Network CATHERINE HARDWICKE (“TWILIGHT”) SIGNS ON TO DIRECT FIRST TWO EPISODES OF NEW USA NETWORK CRIME THRILLER “EYEWITNESS”; SCOTT PETERS (“V”) JOINS UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTION SERIES AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    USA Network has tapped Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Miss You Already”) to direct the first two episodes of the new drama series EYEWITNESS. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), the US adaptation of the successful Norwegian crime thriller (original title “Øyevitne”) explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitness. Scott Peters (“V,” “THE 4400”) joins Adi Hasak (Creator, “Shades of Blue”) and Jarl Emsell Larsen as Executive Producer. Peters will also direct multiple episodes of the 10-episode series. The drama will be adapted for American television by Hasak.
    An established filmmaker, Hardwicke most recently directed “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. She made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed film “Thirteen” and continued working on well-known blockbusters such as “Twilight,” which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise “The Twilight Saga” and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. Additional credits include “Red Riding Hood,” “Lords of Dogtown,” and “The Nativity Story.” Television credits include “Hell On Wheels,” “Low Winter Sun,” and the pilot of “Reckless.” Hardwicke is represented by Rowena Arguelles and Ann Blanchard at CAA and Dan Halsted at Manage-ment.
    Emmy® Award nominated Peters co-created and executive produced “The 4400” as well as the reboot of the classic sci-fi series “V.” Peters has a long history of directing multiple television series including “The 4400,” “Burn Notice,” and most recently “Queen of the South.” Additional directorial credits include “Colony” and the written adaptation of bestselling author Michael Koryta’s novel “The Ridge.” Peters is represented by Rothman Brecher, Andrea Simon Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer.
    EYEWITNESS delves into the lives of two innocent teenaged boys after they secretly meet up in the forest, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever. The series will begin production in Canada later this year and is set to premiere in 2016 on USA.

  •  USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES SERIES PICK-UP FOR ‘FALLING WATER’
    The Drama is From Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”), Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”) and Henry Bromell (“Homeland”)
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2016 – USA Network announced a series pick-up from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”) for the drama, FALLING WATER. The pilot was written and co-created by Masters and Bromell and is from Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) directed the pilot and will also executive produce the series. Bromell and Masters previously teamed up on “Brotherhood” and “Rubicon.” David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”), Will Yun Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”) and Lizzie Brochere (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) are set to star in the series.
    “FALLING WATER captivated us with its cinematic journey and unique exploration into the power of the dream world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “It is an edge-of-your seat thriller that reveals a race to control the collective conscience.”
    “Today’s world demands shows that both challenge and reward the audience in spectacular ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “FALLING WATER is the type of show that can move the needle of popular culture with its thrilling exploration of the dark side of the mind.”
    A mind-bending drama, FALLING WATER is the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas. That the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
    Ajala takes on the role of Burton, the head of in-house security for a multinational investment banking firm, whose personal and professional paranoia collide when an investigation into financial malfeasance at the firm leads to a backlash that engulfs his love life. Meanwhile, Lee is Taka, an intuitive NYPD Detective, whose leap-of-faith insights put him on the trail of an obscure dream-obsessed cult; and Brochere plays Tess, a cutting edge trend spotter with an uncanny ability to predict the next big thing, who is haunted by nightly dreams of an absent child.

  • USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES PILOT PICK-UP FOR ‘EVIL MEN’
    Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”) Are Set to Star in the Drama From CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – USA Network announced the pilot pick-up of the CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions drama EVIL MEN, starring Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”). The pilot is from writer and executive producer Daniel Taplitz (“Breakin’ All the Rules”). Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Mary Beth Basile (“October Road”) also serve as executive producers. Fleder is set to direct.
    “This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, "It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families."
    EVIL MEN follows an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family – along with his city – utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target, instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.
    Roberts takes on the role of Harry Killas, the good husband and loving father who is tasked with an unthinkable mandate by the mysterious and vengeful supernatural force. Collins will play Lazlo Kirk, the profoundly evil former war criminal with magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak, who forces himself into Harry's life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.
    EVIL MEN is the fifth drama pilot to be picked up by USA this season, joining Carlton Cuse’s (“Bates Motel”) COLONY, starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”); MR. ROBOT from Anonymous Content (“True Detective”), starring Christian Slater (“The Adderall Diaries”) and Rami Malek (“24”); Universal Cable Production’s STANISTAN, starring Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”); and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH based on the international best seller “La Reina del Sur” starring Alice Braga (“City of God”).

Sometime in the future

  • The CW NETWORK AND JUST FOR LAUGHS PARTNER FOR BROADCAST AND DIGITAL CONTENT DEAL
    The CW Will Broadcast a Two-Hour Special Next Season Featuring a Hilarious Lineup from the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival
    CW Seed Acquires a New Digital Series and Library Stand-Up Comedy Content For Online and Mobile Platform May 14, 2015 (New York City, NY) - The CW Network and Just For Laughs announced a new strategic broadcast and digital partnership today during the network’s upfront presentation in New York City. As part of this new deal, The CW will broadcast an exclusive two-hour special next season featuring performances from top comedians and new stars, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Host, airdate and comedians showcased on the special will be announced at a later time.
    In addition, Just For Laughs will supply CW Seed, The CW’s digital studio, with an original digital web series of interviews with comedians from the Festival, plus hours and hours of classic stand-up library content for online ( www.cwseed.com ) and mobile app. Launch date for the Just For Laughs digital series and the classic material to be announced later.

  • NBC May 9, 2015 ELLEN DeGENERES AND STEVE HARVEY TEAM UP TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE ‘LITTLE BIG SHOTS’ FOR NBC, HARVEY TO HOST
    Comedy-Variety Series from Warner Horizon Television Lands Eight-Episode Order
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. Two of the biggest names in comedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, have teamed up to showcase some of the smallest talent in “Little Big Shots” (working title), a new comedy/variety series for NBC featuring the world’s most talented and extraordinary kids. The network has ordered eight hour-long episodes of the show, hosted by Harvey, from Warner Horizon Television.
    In “Little Big Shots,” Harvey will showcase young musicians, singers, dancers and every form of wunderkind in the country, and go toe to toe with them in conversations and interviews, with hilarious results.
    From pint-size breakdancers to 5-year-old piano virtuosos, these gifted performers will awe the nation with their talents, slay us with their cuteness and wow us with their accomplishments. These phenomenal kids show us once and for all that talent is born, not made.

  • NBC Buys ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Drama From Matt Arnold As Frank Baum’s Classic Becomes The Hottest TV Property This Season
    EXCLUSIVE: A century after the release of L. Frank Baum’s Wizard Of Oz series, the books have become the toast of this TV development season. NBC just nabbed Emerald City, an Oz-themed drama from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold. Two weeks ago, CBS put in development Dorothy, a medical soap inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz. I hear there is another Oz drama making the rounds from Heroes alums Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster, with Heroes creator Tim Kring supervising. And just last month, Syfy picked up for development a miniseries titled Warriors Of Oz from director Timur Bekmambetov, a fantasy-action reimagining of the classic story. The great interest in Wizard Of Oz is not entirely unexpected as the title has been getting a lot of attention in conjunction with the upcoming 75th anniversary of the classic 1939 feature, which will include a 3D re-release of the Judy Garland starrer. It also comes on the heels of the success of Oz The Great And Powerful earlier this year.
    Emerald City, which Arnold is writing and executive producing through Universal Television, is described as a dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books. Following the success of the 1900 The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Baum wrote 13 sequel novels. Emerald City reunites Arnold with NBC, which acquired his mystery drama series Siberia that had been financed independently and sold internationally before finding a U.S. home on NBC as a summer series. Arnold wrote and directed the pilot and the season finale. He also co-wrote three additional episodes and directed seven of the first season’s 13 episodes. Arnold, repped by ICM Partners, David Engel at Circle Of Confusion and attorney Jennifer Levy, recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller feature Shadow People.

  • TV LAND ORDERS PILOT “NOBODIES,” WITH MELISSA MCCARTHY AND BEN FALCONE EXECUTIVE PRODUCING, GUEST STARRING AND DIRECTING
    HUGH DAVIDSON, LARRY DORF AND RACHEL RAMRAS TO WRITE, STAR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
    TV Land has ordered a pilot for "Nobodies," starring, executive produced and written by Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras ("Mike Tyson Mysteries"), and also to be executive produced by Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Melissa McCarthy and acclaimed comedic actor/director Ben Falcone through their production company On The Day. The pilot is inspired by Davidson, Dorf and Ramras, who in their real lives, watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away in Hollywood. The news was announced this morning at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena by Keith Cox, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, TV Land.
    "Nobodies" will follow Davidson, Dorf and Ramras, playing themselves, as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they've developed so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. The pilot will shoot in Los Angeles in winter of 2016 with McCarthy and Falcone directing and guest-starring – Falcone in the pilot, and McCarthy in a future episode, should the pilot go to series.?
    "Hugh, Larry, and Rachel tell stories that are so funny, you honestly can't believe they're true," said Cox. "It's their unique take on exactly what it's like toiling away in Hollywood – and it is that unfiltered comedy that we're looking for."

  • Dynasty Set To Return on Big Screen
    TV Series Creators Plan Movie Reboot
    Somewhere in the world there is an episode of Dynasty airing right now.
    More than 30 years after its creation, the iconic nighttime soap opera still resonates with audiences, so show creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are following the trend set by the big screen remakes of series like Sex and the City, The A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch and the planned 21 Jump Street film by rebooting Dynasty as a new film franchise.
    “The time is right,” said Esther Shapiro, co-creator of the series with her husband Richard. “Nostalgia has always been big, but we want to take it a step further. We want to go back to the beginning with these characters and use the film to trace their roots. We’re taking Blake Carrington back to his young manhood and when he met Alexis, and setting the movie in the Mad Men era of the 1960s. It will give us the opportunity to start fresh, without the constraints that television placed on our characters in the series.”

  • FLINTSTONES! MEET "THE FLINTSTONES" ON FOX
    Modern Stone-Age Family Returns to Television in New Animated Series from Seth MacFarlane, 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television
    Yabba dabba doo! FOX has picked up THE FLINTSTONES, a 21st century version of the classic animated comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. In a cross-studio collaboration, THE FLINTSTONES will be produced jointly by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. is home to THE FLINTSTONES via its ownership of the Hanna-Barbera collection of animated titles. Dan Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Kara Vallow (FAMILY GUY) will also serve as executive producers. THE FLINTSTONES will begin production in fall 2011 and will be set in stone on the FOX schedule in 2013.
    UPDATE: This idea has been pushed back and may be scrapped. More news

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