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2016

  • E! ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES TAKING VIEWERS EXCLUSIVELY INSIDE THE PRIVATE WORLD OF GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MARIAH CAREY
    Special Eight-Episode Docu-Series Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, “Mariah's World” Will Follow the Pop Icon During Her Highly Anticipated European Tour and Whirlwind Fairytale Romance
    LOS ANGELES – March 15, 2016 – E! Entertainment and Bunim/Murray Productions team up once again to take viewers beyond the flashbulbs and fame and into the private life of one of the most celebrated pop divas of all-time – singer, songwriter and mega-producer Mariah Carey. The eight one-hour episode docu-series, “Mariah's World” will grant VIP access to the songstress like never before as she begins her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour of the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa, all while planning her upcoming wedding to Australian business mogul, James Packer. The docu-series will feature an intimate look at the world renowned icon, including her family, friends and inner circle that keeps this diva at the top of her game. The series will air globally across E!’s 17 international channels reaching 153 countries in 24 languages.
    "Mariah is one of the most captivating pop superstars of our time and one of the rare artists whose first name alone is instantly recognized around the globe. We’re excited to partner with Bunim/Murray Productions, Mariah and Stella Bulochnikov to offer our viewers exclusive access into her private world," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, E! “The series will present a unique, vulnerable and surprisingly humorous side to Mariah that her fans have never before seen while showcasing her unparalleled celebrity lifestyle filled with true glamour, maximum luxury and ultimate stardom."
    “I’m excited to bring my fans into my life for the next journey I'm about to embark on,” said Mariah Carey. “I’m already having so much fun with this documentary and I know you will too. There is nothing like capturing these moments.”
    Update: Premieres Sunday, 12/4.

  • E!'s THE ROYALS - Max Brown (“That Good Night” with John Hurt, “The Tudors”) cast in Season 3 as "Prince Robert"
    Max Brown (“That Good Night” with John Hurt, “The Tudors”) joins the cast in season three of E!’s first original scripted drama series “The Royals” as ‘Prince Robert.’
    The oldest son of Queen Helena and the late King Simon, Prince Robert was a beloved member of The Royal family. He was presumed dead after a military accident, thrusting his younger brother, Prince Liam, into the spotlight. Prince Robert is a regal, heroic young man whose love for his country is only superseded by the love he has for his family, despite their many flaws. The return of Robert could help the lives of the Queen, Liam and Eleanor who have gone down a destructive, tumultuous path in his absence.
    “The Royals” is co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (“One Tree Hill”), and executive produced by Brian Robbins, Joe Davola (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville”), and Shauna Phelan.
    Elizabeth Hurley (“Queen Helena”), William Moseley (“Prince Liam”), Alexandra Park (“Princess Eleanor”) and Jake Maskall (“King Cyrus”) will return as the scandalous royal family at the helm of a corrupt monarchy with Tom Austen reprising his role as the sexy yet duplicitous bodyguard “Jasper” and Genevieve Guant returning as “Willow,” close friend of “Prince Liam.”
    Season three picks up two weeks after the execution of King Simon’s murderer who had plagued the royal family for months. With Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor at the height of their celebrity status, continued debate on who is the rightful heir to the throne, and the potential return of the presumed deceased Prince Robert, season three promises even more scandal, heightened stakes, and steamier love triangles.
    Update: Returns Sunday, 12/4.

2017 and beyond

  • 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.'

  • CBS ANNOUNCES WINTER AND SPRING SCHEDULING PLANS FOR 2016-2017
    Two-Time Emmy Award-Winning “Undercover Boss” Returns Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 8:00 PM
    “Ransom” Debuts Sunday, Jan. 1 Before Moving to Its Regular Saturday, 8:00 PM Time Period on Jan. 7
    “Training Day” Premieres Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10:00 PM
    “Doubt” Premieres Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10:00 PM
    “Survivor” Returns Wednesday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
    “The Amazing Race” Returns Friday, April 21 at 8:00 PM
    CBS today announced several winter and spring scheduling moves, including the series premieres of RANSOM, TRAINING DAY and DOUBT.
    The Network will begin rolling out its new scripted programming on New Year’s Day with the launch of RANSOM, a crime drama about a world-renowned crisis and hostage negotiator whose team is brought in to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. RANSOM debuts on Sunday, Jan. 1 after a football doubleheader, and moves to its regular Saturday time period (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Jan. 7. Luke Roberts, Sarah Greene, Brandon Jay McLaren and Nazneen Contractor star.
    CBS will launch two dramas in February, beginning with TRAINING DAY, premiering Thursday, Feb. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) after PURE GENIUS completes its season order. TRAINING DAY is a crime thriller starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a morally ambiguous veteran detective. Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal and Marianne Jean-Baptiste also star.
    DOUBT will premiere Wednesday, Feb. 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) following the season finale of CODE BLACK. The new drama stars Katherine Heigl as a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Dulé Hill, Steven Pasquale, Elliott Gould, Dreama Walker, Laverne Cox and Kobi Libii also star.
    As previously announced, the new competition series HUNTED premieres Sunday, Jan. 22, immediately following one of television’s biggest events, the NFL’s AFC Championship game (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT – time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25 with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT, and then air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT in subsequent weeks.
    Also, in the second half of the year:
    The eighth season of two-time Emmy Award-winning alternative series UNDERCOVER BOSS will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on Dec. 28, until the time period premiere of HUNTED on Jan 25.
    The next season of SURVIVOR debuts with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), one week after the conclusion of HUNTED. SURVIVOR moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 15.
    The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE returns on Friday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), with a two-hour premiere one week after the season finale of MACGYVER, then moving to its regular Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 28.
    The premieres of SUPERIOR DONUTS and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS will be announced at a later date.'

  • 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.” Updated: Premieres in March 2017.

  • FOX ROBERT KNEPPER, ROCKMOND DUNBAR AND AMAURY NOLASCO RETURN TO “PRISON BREAK,” AN ALL-NEW EVENT SERIES PREMIERING IN THE 2016-2017 SEASON ON FOX
    Knepper, Dunbar and Nolasco Join Previously Announced; Cast Members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies, in their Original Roles
    Robert Knepper (David Lynch’s “Rancho Rosa”), Rockmond Dunbar (“The Path,” “The Mentalist”) and Amaury Nolasco (“Telenovela,” “Gang Related”) will reprise their roles in the all-new event series PRISON BREAK, which is set to premiere during the 2016-2017 season on FOX.
    Knepper (THEODORE “T-BAG” BAGWELL), Dunbar (BENJAMIN MILES “C-NOTE” FRANKLIN) and Nolasco (FERNANDO SUCRE) join previously announced cast members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies, who reprise their roles as brothers MICHAEL SCOFIELD and LINCOLN BURROWS and DR. SARA TANCREDI, respectively. In the drama’s new chapter, when clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive, Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, T-Bag, C-Note and Sucre, are pulled back into the action.Update: Will air Tuesdays in the Spring 2017.
  • FOX “KICKING & SCREAMING,” NEW UNSCRIPTED SURVIVAL COMPETITION SERIES, TO AIR IN 2016 ON FOX Update: Will now air in 2017.
    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.”

  • FREEFORM LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE SHORT-FORM ORIGINAL SERIES ‘PARTY GIRL’ FROM NEW FORM AND MAKER STUDIOS SCRIPTED COMEDY CO-CREATED BY ACTRESS, WRITER AND COMEDIAN LISA SCHWARTZ AND TV WRITER LACEY FRIEDMAN
    “Party Girl,” an exclusive 10-episode original short-form series co-created by actress, writer and comedian Lisa Schwartz (aka LisBug) and television writer Lacey Friedman (“The Goldbergs”), is live now on Freeform.com, the Freeform app and Hulu.
    Loosely based on Schwartz’s experiences, “Party Girl” follows a twenty-something (Schwartz) as she navigates adulthood while working with a band of quirky co-workers at a Los Angeles party company that specializes in themed birthdays. The series features a cast of characters including Fay, the slightly off, mama-bear leader (Beverly D’Angelo, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”); Philip, the mediocre magician (Ed Begley Jr., “Pineapple Express”); and Clive, the client that literally takes the cake as the weirdest party hero ever (Adam Busch, “Men at Work”), among others.
    Schwartz is best known for her widely popular YouTube channel that has over 2 million followers and her musical parodies that have amassed millions of views.
    “We are thrilled to premiere our show on the Freeform app and are glad to be a part of their family,” said Schwartz and Friedman. “’Party Girl’ is a twisted homage to birthday party entertainers, based on Lisa’s personal experience, and a nod to all of us who try to maintain our dignity in a world set up for us to have none.”
    “We love working with emerging talent like Lisa who has such an authentic and fresh point of view. “’Party Girl’ is a hilarious show that beautifully portrays the emotional highs and lows of being in your twenties,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform.
    The series is produced by digital studios New Form and Maker Studios. The “Party Girl” pilot first emerged during the New Form incubator program last year and was further developed into a series project premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

  • Hulu DIMENSION 404, A SIX-EPISODE SCRIPTED SERIES FROM FREDDIE WONG, MATTHEW ARNOLD AND CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DEZ DOLLY OF ROCKETJUMP, TO STREAM ON HULU
    New Sci-Fi Anthology Series Marks RocketJump’s Second Long-Form Network Series Distributed by Lionsgate
    Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is partnering again with Executive Producers Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dez Dolly (RocketJump: The Show) to launch Dimension 404. The new, scripted sci-fi anthology series explores the wonders and horrors of our digital age across six one-hour episodes that will premiere exclusively on Hulu.
    Impelled by the Internet’s notorious “404” error code, Dimension 404 aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. What if an obscure cartoon held the secret to time travel? What if energy drinks caused the apocalypse? What if the NSA’s top analyst was a gigantic, all-knowing cube of sentient meat named Bob? These mysteries and more will be explored in six, self-contained, hour-long stories where the twist ending is just the beginning.

  • 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.”

  • Dear Diary: TV Land Orders Pilot Script of "Heathers"
    The script is written by Jason Micallef, and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.
    Dating a murderous psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best friend's suicide are typical teen problems for Veronica Sawyer. With a pilot script order for "Heathers," TV Land is digging into the pitch-black comedy for their first anthology series, based on the cult classic film. Set in the present day, our heroine will be dealing with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script is written by Jason Micallef ("Butter"), and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.
    The pilot script order for "Heathers" comes on the heels of several development announcements TV Land made at their upfront presentation on March 3rd, including an untitled put pilot based on the life of Kyle Richards ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") with Emmy(R)-winning executive producers John Wells ("Shameless," "ER," "The West Wing") and John Riggi ("The Comeback," "30 Rock," "Will & Grace"), and a pilot order for an adaptation of hit film "The First Wives Club," to be written by Rebecca Addelman ("New Girl") and executive produced by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City"). The network also renewed "Teachers" for a 20-episode second season and struck an overall development deal with Darren Star, the creator of the critically-acclaimed show "Younger," which has its second season finale on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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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