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  • ABC THIRTEEN NEW SHOWS ORDERED FROM ABC STUDIOS FOR THE 2015-16 SEASON
    ABC Picks Up “The Catch,” “The Family,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “The Muppets” “Quantico,” “The Real O’Neals,” and “Wicked City” from ABC Studios
    ABC also Picks Up Sony and Universal Television Co-Productions with ABC Studios “Dr. Ken” and “Uncle Buck”
    In Addition, ABC Picks Up “OIL” from ABC Signature Studios
    CBS orders New Dramas “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black“ FOX orders New Comedy “Grandfathered”
    ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios had another banner development year with thirteen new shows ordered to series. New dramas “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “The Family,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “The Muppets,” “OIL,” “Quantico,” “Wicked City” along with new comedies “Dr. Ken” (co-production with Sony), “The Muppets,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Uncle Buck” (co-production with Universal Television) were picked up at ABC. New dramas “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black” were ordered at CBS and new comedy the “Grandfathered” was ordered at FOX.
    Returning ABC Studios shows “American Crime,” “black-ish,” “Castle,” “Galavant,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville” (co-production with Lionsgate Television), “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “Scandal” and “Secrets and Lies” on ABC join “Criminal Minds” on CBS and “Devious Maids” on Lifetime.
    ABC Studios dramas “”The Whispers” premieres on MONDAY, JUNE 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), “The Astronaut Wives Club” premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and “Mistresses” premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
    “We are extremely proud of the series the studio is producing for ABC and other networks. This TV season is especially exciting as we have increased the number of quality shows over last season,” said Patrick Moran, EVP, ABC Studios.

  • ABC FAMILY CONTINUES TO GROW ITS COMEDY SLATE BY GREENLIGHTING ORIGINAL SERIES “KEVIN FROM WORK”
    Burbank, CA (March 24, 2015) – As part of the network’s comedy expansion, ABC Family has greenlit the single-camera, half-hour workplace comedy “Kevin From Work” to series. It was announced today by Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development. The series begins production in June and will premiere later this summer.
    “Single camera represents the evolution of our comedy brand,“ Burke said. ”’Kevin From Work’ is an endearingly awkward love story – this time from the guy’s point of view.”
    “Kevin from Work” is a half-hour workplace comedy centered on Kevin, a young man who declares his unrequited love for his coworker Audrey in a letter, believing he’ll never see her again after he accepts a job overseas. But when the opportunity falls through and Kevin is forced to return to his old job, how will he and Audrey continue to work together now that his feelings are no longer secret? The comedy stars Noah Reid (“Backpackers“) as Kevin, Paige Spara as Audrey, Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”) as Brian, Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”) as Roxie, Punam Patel as Patti, with guest star Amy Sedaris (“Strangers with Candy”) as Julia.
    “Kevin from Work” is written, created and executive-produced by Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Arrested Development”). Aaron Kaplan at Kapital Entertainment (“Chasing Life,” ”The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Neighbors” and “Terra Nova”) and McG at Wonderland Sound & Vision (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.,” “Supernatural,” “Chuck,” and “Nikita”) will serve as Executive Producers. McG also directed the pilot and will direct several episodes of the series.
     

  • ABC Family Begins Production on Three Drama Pilots: "Recovery Road," "Stitchers" and "Unstrung"
    Burbank, CA (June 9, 2014) – ABC Family has begun production in Los Angeles on three drama series pilots: “Recovery Road,” “Stitchers” and “Unstrung.”
    Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, “Recovery Road” focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Trying to save face, Maddie chooses to spend her nights living with other recovering addicts at a rehab facility and her days pretending everything is perfectly normal among her high school classmates and her closest friends. The pilot was written by Bert V. Royal (“Easy A”) and Karen DiConcetto (“Ruby & The Rockits”), who will also serve as executive producers alongside Beth Miller (“12 Dates of Christmas,” “Revenge of the Bridesmaids”) and Craig Piligian (“Survivor,” “American Chopper”) from Pilgrim Studios and Danielle VonZerneck (“Left to Die”).
    “Recovery Road” stars Samantha Logan as Maddie, Sebastian De Souza as Wes, Kyla Pratt as Trish, Sharon Leal as Charlotte, Alexis Carra as Cynthia, Justin Prentice as Dallas, Caroline Sunshine as Emily, and also guest stars Doug Savant as Alan.
     

  • ABC FAMILY HAS CAST KATHERINE MCNAMARA AS ‘CLARY FRAY,’ THE FEMALE LEAD FOR THE SAGA SERIES “SHADOWHUNTERS”
    McNamara Joins Previously Announced Dominic Sherwood as ‘Jace Wayland,’ Alberto Rosende as ‘Simon’ and Emeraude Toubia as ‘Isabelle Lightwood’
    Burbank, CA (May 5, 2015) – ABC Family has found their ‘Clary’ in Katherine McNamara. It was announced today by the network. McNamara was recently seen starring in the feature film “New Year’s Eve” and will be seen next in the feature film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and this summer on ABC Family’s hit series “The Fosters.”
    Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare,
    “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
     

  • BRAVO MEDIA VENTURES TO MANHATTAN’S UPPER EAST SIDE WITH NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY SERIES “ODD MOM OUT”
    Abby Elliott, Andy Buckley, Sean Kleier, KK Glick and Joanna Cassidy Join Creator and Star Jill Kargman
    NEW YORK – September 5, 2014 – Bravo Media announces casting on its second original scripted series “Odd Mom Out,” created by and starring acclaimed author and celebrated fashionista Jill Kargman. Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, in Jill’s world, life is about keeping up with the Rockefellers. This half-hour comedy, based not-so-loosely on Jill’s own life, captures the fantastically outrageous domain of the uber-wealthy momzillas inhabiting New York’s Upper East Side. Playing a version of herself, Jill is living in an ecosystem that has become so elite, so hip, and so trendy, that she now finds herself the “odd mom out.” The 10 episode series begins production later this month shooting at various locations in New York City.
     

  • CBS ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2015 SLATE “Zoo,” a New Drama Based on James Patterson’s #1 Bestselling Novel, Debuts Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00 PM
    Perennial Reality Hit “Big Brother” Returns with a Special Two-Night Premiere, on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, Both at 8:00 PM
    “Under the Dome” Debuts with a Two-Hour Premiere on Its New Night, Thursday, June 25 at 9:00-11:00 PM
    Season Two of “Extant,” Starring Academy Award Winner Halle Berry, Premieres Wednesday, July 1 at 10:00 PM
    CBS today announced premiere dates for its lineup of original summer programing that includes the new drama ZOO, returning event series UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT, and the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER.
    ZOO, a new drama based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, will premiere Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.
    BIG BROTHER debuts with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, both at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The Sunday broadcast premieres June 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER regularly won their time periods in key young demographics and ranked among the summer’s top 10 programs in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.
    UNDER THE DOME returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM), following BIG BROTHER, forming a strong two-hour block of established summer hit shows. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger will guest star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town’s inhabitants figure out the Dome’s purpose and what it wants from them. UNDER THE DOME was last summer’s most-watched (11.32m) and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 (2.8/09) and adults 25-54 (3.7/10).
    EXTANT, a serialized mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, makes its sophomore debut Wednesday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This season, astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. In its first season, EXTANT was the most-watched new scripted program of the summer, winning its Wednesday 10:00-11:00 PM time period in viewers (8.65m) and key demographics.
     
  • CHILLER UNVEILS 2015-2016 ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING, INCLUDING ORIGINAL MOVIES AND NETWORK’S FIRST-EVER ORIGINAL SERIES
    NEW YORK – May 5, 2015 – On the heels of its most-watched original movie to date (Animal) and the SXSW 2015 premiere of its original movie The Boy, Chiller announces new original content for 2015 and 2016, including its first-ever original series, Slasher, and two new original movies, Lifeforce and Siren.
    “Chiller delivers a broad range of compelling horror programming, from classic edge-of-your-seat thrillers to thought-provoking psychological dramas,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller. “Given Chiller’s success in the original film space with Animal and The Boy, we’re thrilled to premiere our first-ever original series, Slasher, later this year.”
     

  • COMEDY CENTRAL® GREENLIGHTS “WHY? WITH HANNIBAL BURESS” TO SERIES
    Executive Produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson and Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment
    Series Picked Up for Eight Episodes and Slated to Premiere in July
    NEW YORK, March 10, 2015 – For those intrigued by life’s curiosities, Comedy Central and comedian Hannibal Buress will give you the answers! The #1 brand in comedy has greenlit eight episodes of the weekly, half-hour series, “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” it was announced by Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming, Comedy Central.
    “Hannibal keeps asking us ‘why’ so we just told him to go find out and we’ll air it,” said Alterman.
    “I’m extremely excited to help Comedy Central sell advertising,” said Buress.
    Executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson (“The Chris Rock Show” and “Da Ali G Show”) and Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment, “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” celebrates Buress’ hilariously brilliant off-beat voice and point-of-view. If it’s in the zeitgeist, Buress will address it, providing his unique perspective on each week’s topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and special, in-studio guests. “Why? With Hannibal Buress” will be a weekly, half-hour series shot in front of a studio audience and each episode will tape the same week it airs.
    A wildly popular Emmy® and WGA Award-nominated comedian, writer and actor, Buress has been praised by The New York Times as having an “irresistible” comedic presence that lands squarely between “cerebral and swagger.” He is a series regular on the hit Comedy Central series “Broad City” (watch clip) and is the co-host of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” currently in its third season.
    Buress also appeared in the 2014 blockbuster feature “Neighbors,” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and he just shot the film “Daddy’s Home” alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. He will also be one of the featured “Roasters” on the “Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” on March 30.
    Hannibal’s highly-rated, one-hour stand-up special “Hannibal Buress Live from Chicago” premiered on Comedy Central on March 29, 2014 (watch clip), with GQ declaring “He makes us ugly laugh. Hard.” His first one-hour special, “Animal Furnace” (watch clip) premiered on the network in May 2012, and he has also been featured on several comedy-fan favorite TV shows including FX’s “Louie,” Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” and “The Mindy Project,” Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show,” and Adult Swim’s “China, IL.” He has written for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” as well as “30 Rock,” where he also appeared on camera. He is a favorite on the late night TV circuit with appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” (watch), “The Late Show with David Letterman” (watch), “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (watch) and “Conan” (watch).
     

  • COMEDY CENTRAL® SETS SIZZLING SUMMER SCHEDULE
    Series Premieres Include “Another Period” and “Why? With Hannibal Buress”
    New Seasons of “Drunk History,” “Review” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail” and New Episodes of “Key & Peele” and “Tosh.0”
    Comedy Central has the perfect escape from the heat this summer. The coming months promise a sizzling lineup highlighted by the series premieres of “Another Period,” which follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of Newport, RI’s first family, and “Why? With Hannibal Buress,” featuring Buress’ hilariously brilliant off-beat perspective on every topic in the zeitgeist. The summer months also bring new episodes of “Key & Peele” and “Tosh.0,” new seasons of “Drunk History,” “Review” and “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and all-new Comedy Central Original Specials from Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, Bridget Everett and Nick Swardson.
     

  • CBS FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT TO GUEST STAR AS HERSELF ON “MADAM SECRETARY”
    July 14, 2015 – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will guest star as herself on an episode of MADAM SECRETARY, airing in the fall on CBS.
    In the episode, Albright advises Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) on how to navigate a sticky situation with National Security Advisor Craig Sterling (guest star Julian Acosta), that is threatening to fracture her relationship with President Conrad Dalton (Keith Carradine).
    Albright is the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99–0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997, making her the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time. Her term concluded on January 20, 2001.
    The second season of MADAM SECRETARY premieres Sunday, October 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
     

  • THE CW ORDERS NEW SEASONS OF "AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL," "PENN & TELLER: FOOL US" AND "MASTERS OF ILLUSION" FOR 2015
    November 17, 2014 (Burbank, CA) — The CW has ordered new seasons of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION to air during 2015. Each series will roll out throughout the year with specific premiere dates to be announced at a later time.
    After acquiring the original British series from DCD Rights to air this past summer, The CW has ordered 13 brand new one-hour episodes of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, which will go back into production next year. As in the previous series, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once, and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder.
    Hosted by actor Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), these 13 all new half-hour episodes of MASTERS OF ILLUSION feature great escapes, fascinating sleight-of-hand, and large scale illusions, all in front of a studio audience. The series features amazing magic performed by cutting-edge illusionists and escape artists, and performers in each episode display skills ranging from perplexing interactive mind magic to hilarious comedy routines.
     

  • THE CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES FALL 2015 PREMIERE DATES
    The Season Kicks Off with a Two-Night Concert, THE IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30
    The Hit Series THE FLASH and IZOMBIE Return for Season Two Tuesday, October 6
    ARROW and SUPERNATURAL are Back in Action on Wednesday Nights Beginning October 7
    Thursday Nights Have Real Bite Starting October 8, with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Followed by THE ORIGINALS on a New Night
    Mary, Queen of Scots Returns Friday, October 9 in REIGN Followed by AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
    The New Comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Debuts Monday, October 19 Followed by the Return of the Award-Winning JANE THE VIRGIN
    June 24, 2015 (Burbank, CA) - The CW Network will launch its 2015-16 season in October, featuring the sophomore debuts of the network’s highest-rated series THE FLASH and the award-winning and critically acclaimed comedy JANE THE VIRGIN, as well as the series premiere of its freshman comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.
    Once again, The CW will kick off the fall with the exclusive television broadcast of the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL, airing over two nights, Tuesday, September 29 (8:00-10:00pm ET) and Wednesday, September 30 (8:00-10:00pm ET).
    The CW's most-watched series ever, THE FLASH, returns for its second season Tuesday, October 6 (8:00-9:00pm ET), followed by the brainy zom-com IZOMBIE (9:00-10:00pm ET).
    Wednesday nights are action-packed, with the fourth season of ARROW bowing Wednesday, October 7 (8:00-9:00pm ET), followed by the demon-hunting Winchester brothers in SUPERNATURAL (9:00-10:00pm ET).
    Thursdays have a new bite starting Thursday, October 8 with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8:00-9:00pm ET) followed by THE ORIGINALS on a new night (9:00-10:00pm ET).
    Royalty returns on Friday, October 9 with REIGN (8:00-9:00pm ET) on a new night, followed by Cycle 22 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (9:00-10:00PM ET). AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL moves from Wednesdays to Fridays beginning October 2.
    The new comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, starring Rachel Bloom as an unhappy lawyer who quits her job and moves across the country in search of love, with her inner monologue providing irreverent musical interludes, premieres Monday, October 19 (8:00-9:00pm ET), followed by AFI and Peabody Award winning series JANE THE VIRGIN, starring Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez, returning at 9:00-10:00pm ET.
     

  • E! CONTINUES TO EXPAND POP CULTURE PROWESS WITH TWO NEW SERIES AND DYNAMIC ORIGINAL DEVELOPMENT SLATE
    New Series Include Docu-Follow “Just Jillian” with Fitness Superstar Jillian Michaels and Comedy Series “The Comment Section” Executive Produced by Joel McHale; Five Projects In Development Span the Worlds of Celebrity Offspring, Hollywood Lifestyles, Relationships, Social Media and More
    LOS ANGELES – May 5, 2015 – E! announced today the greenlight of two new series, “Just Jillian” and “The Comment Section,” in addition to five original series in development rooted in celebrity and pop culture. The announcement comes on the heels of E! delivering significant ratings growth and success last month, which included finishing +29% ahead of April 2014 in primetime among A18-49. E! was also one of only six top 30 networks to deliver growth in primetime in April, and one of only three networks to see double digit lifts.
    “We are excited to unleash our latest line-up of new original programming as we continue to build momentum with fan favorite series,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, E! “While these projects are extremely diverse, they are quintessentially E!, giving our fans a sneak peek into the celebrity lifestyle and having fun with entertainment and pop culture in a way that only E! can.”
     

  • 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.”
     

  • E! TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH SUMMER PROGRAMMING SLATE
    New Series Include "Hollywood Cycle" (July 7), "Sex With Brody" (July 10), “Stewarts & Hamiltons” (July 26), Bruce Jenner Documentary Series (July 26), “The Comment Section” (August 7) and “WAGS” (August 18) Along with Returning Hit Series “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” (May 24), “Botched” (June 7), “Total Divas” (July 7) and "House of DVF" (August 31)
    LOS ANGELES – May 21, 2015 – Pop culture powerhouse E! today unveiled its “E! Summer Here” programming line-up, including a dynamic slate of new series premieres and popular returning franchises that will continue to sizzle all summer along. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend is the return of fan favorite “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” on Sunday, May 24 at 10pm, following a new episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” at 9pm, which will air its mid-season finale on Sunday, May 31. The WWE Divas are back for a new season of “Total Divas” beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, followed by new series “Hollywood Cycle” airing at 10pm. Then reality TV star Brody Jenner will make summer nights even hotter when “Sex With Brody” debuts Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm. Later in July, Bruce Jenner’s new documentary series following his life as a transgender woman will premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, along with new series “Stewarts & Hamiltons,” featuring a complicated family tree that only Hollywood could produce at 10:00pm.
     

  • ESQUIRE NETWORK SHOWS THEM THE MONEY, GREENLIGHTS “THE AGENT”
    -- Documentary series exploring four real-life ‘Jerry Maguire’ agents premiering July 2015 --
    LOS ANGELES – March 24, 2015 – Behind every professional football player is an agent. Their clients make the plays on the field, but they run the game off the field. Esquire Network gives an inside look at the business behind America’s biggest sports obsession as cameras follow four top real-life ‘Jerry Maguire’ sports agents navigating the cutthroat world of professional football in THE AGENT. This 10-part documentary series premieres July 2015.
    With exclusive access beginning in September 2014, THE AGENT chronicles the journey leading up to the 2015 draft. From contract negotiations, endorsement deals, recruiting, private clubs and training to meetings with scouts and veteran players in the NFL, viewers will get raw insight into these behind-the-scenes business dealings. The relentless ambition, ruthless pressure and high-stakes of the pursuit to securing that top pick are revealed. Some call it the hustle and grind but it’s all about survival.
     

  • 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 DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS TO PRODUCE “67TH PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS” AIRING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, LIVE ON FOX
    EMMY® Award-winning producer Don Mischer and partners Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare will return as producers of the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS airing LIVE coast-to-coast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 PM ET live/5:00-8:00 PM PT live) on FOX. Television’s biggest night will be hosted by Andy Samberg.
    “It’s been a great year in television,” said Don Mischer. “Celebrating the best of the season is a thrill for us, and having the talented and hilarious Andy Samberg on board as host will make for a can’t-miss celebration.”
    Nominations for the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS will be announced the morning of Thursday, July 16.
     

  • FOX “THE X-FILES” RETURNS TO FOX
    Emmy Award-winning Pop Culture Phenomenon
    From Chris Carter Is Back as Six-Episode Event Series
    David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to Reprise Their Roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully
    Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.
    The announcement was made today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group and Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of THE X-FILES. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015. Further details remain under wraps and will be announced at a later date.
    “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
    “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of THE X-FILES – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” remarked Newman and Walden. “THE X-FILES was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as THE X-FILES, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
     

  • FOX GREASE IS THE WORD! FOX ENROLLS AT RYDELL HIGH WITH PARAMOUNT TELEVISION’S “GREASE LIVE,” THE FIRST-EVER LIVE BROADCAST PRODUCTION OF ICONIC MUSICAL “GREASE”
    THREE-HOUR LIVE EVENT TO AIR DURING 2015 ON FOX
    Get ready to do the hand jive as FOX enrolls at Rydell High with GREASE LIVE (working title), a LIVE three-hour production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease,” it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX); and Paramount Television. Scheduled to air LIVE during 2015 and featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE LIVE (wt) will reintroduce the great music and timeless story to an entirely new generation.
    Based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name with book, lyrics and music by the legendary team of Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs, the 1978 hit film “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing movie musical ever.
    “From Broadway to film, and across generations, ‘Grease’ is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can't wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” said Shana C. Waterman, Senior Vice President of Event Series for FOX. “Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for FOX, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”
    “It’s incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Kevin, Joe and Shana on this epic television event,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “FOX's passion for engaging audiences with bold storytelling and live musical formats make it a perfect home for this special broadcast.”
     

  • FOX EMMY® AWARD-WINNING WRITER, ACTOR AND COMEDIAN ANDY SAMBERG TO HOST “67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS” AIRING LIVE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, ON FOX
    Nominations to be Announced Thursday, July 16
    Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg will host the 67TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS airing LIVE coast-to-coast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 PM ET live/5:00-8:00 PM PT live) on FOX. Samberg stars as “Det. Jake Peralta” on the award-winning comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.
    “It’s wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year's Primetime Emmy Awards,” said Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera. His humor, insights and charisma will be an exciting addition to our annual celebration of television’s best and brightest.”
    “The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
    “Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!,” said Samberg. “Like, in general you should buckle your seat belts in your car. In fact, even if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should buckle your seat belt. It can be dangerous on the road. Also, if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I’m hosting, and it’s gonna be a wild ride. So buckle your seat belts.”
     

  • FOX e-Alert: Watch/Share the New FOX Series Trailers
    TRAILERS FOR THE NEW FALL SHOWS 
    A comedy about coming of age – at any age – GRANDFATHERED stars John Stamos (“Full House,” “ER”) as the ultimate bachelor whose life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather. Trailer
    THE GRINDER, starring Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation,” “The West Wing”) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years”), follows a famous TV lawyer (Lowe) who, after his hit series, “The Grinder,” is canceled, moves back home and joins his brother (Savage) at their family’s real-life law firm – despite having no formal education, no bar certification, no license to practice and no experience in an actual courtroom. Trailer
    Based on Steven Spielberg’s international blockbuster film and the first of his films to be adapted for television, MINORITY REPORT follows the partnership between a man (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) haunted by the future and a cop (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”) haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes before they happen. Trailer
    ROSEWOOD Starring Morris Chestnut (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Best Man” franchise) as a brilliant private pathologist who uses wildly sophisticated technology and his drive to live life to the fullest to help a tough-as-nails detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz, “The After”) and the Miami PD uncover clues no one else can see. Trailer
     

  • HALLMARK CHANNEL UPS THE STAKES IN HOLIDAY WITH THE LAUNCH OF COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS THANKSGIVING WEEK, FEATURING 5 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS OF NEW ORIGINAL FILMS – A NETWORK FIRST
    New Programming Event Creates Unparalleled Opportunities for Advertisers During the Most Important Retail Week of the Year
    Hallmark Channel, the Heart of TV, is building on its annual signature holiday programming franchise with a brand new tradition – Countdown to Christmas Thanksgiving Week. This new tentpole initiative will feature an unprecedented five consecutive nights of new original holiday movie premieres from Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th. In addition, beginning Monday, November 23rd, the network will celebrate the holiday with daily segments on the network’s Emmy® nominated daytime lifestyle series, Home & Family, and spotlight Thanksgiving-themed digital content – including recipes, entertaining tips, and more – on its websites and social platforms. The event significantly extends Hallmark Channel’s original holiday programming footprint and offers new opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers on both the network’s linear and digital platforms during the most trafficked retail week of the year. This announcement comes on the heels of the company’s record breaking ratings results in Fourth Quarter 2014, which positioned Hallmark Channel as the #1-rated cable network among households and women 25-54 for over 8 weeks.
     

  • NBC RENEWS ‘HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT’ FOR 10-EPISODE THIRD SEASON
    Jane Lynch Also Set to Return Fresh Off Her Emmy Award for Best Reality Show Host
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — October 3, 2014 — NBC has renewed its popular alternative series “Hollywood Game Night” for a 10-episode third season with Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch, it was announced by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
    In August, Lynch won the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or reality-series competition. It is Lynch’s second Emmy after having won in 2010 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Sue Sylvester in “Glee.” She is also a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner for “Glee.”
    Lynch said, “I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America’s favorite celebrated persons!”
    “We’re thrilled to be making more ‘Hollywood Game Night,’” said Telegdy. “Jane is an amazing host and ringmaster. Let the games begin!”
    In “Hollywood Game Night,” two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000.
    Guests who appeared in season two include Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, Julie Bowen, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Rosie O’Donnell, Olivia Wilde, Christina Applegate, John Legend, Lauren Graham, Henry Winkler, Adam Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Martha Stewart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Joe Manganiello, Rita Wilson, Cobie Smulders and Ray Romano.
     

  • NBC NEIL PATRICK HARRIS TO HOST NEW NBC VARIETY SERIES FROM ITV STUDIOS AMERICA
    Based on the Popular U.K. Series ‘Takeaway,’ the Hourlong Show Features Comedy Sketches, Game Show Elements, Hidden Camera Pranks and A-List Stars
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — October 27, 2014 — Bringing five-time Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris to the network, NBC has ordered a new primetime variety series based on the hugely popular U.K. format “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” which was created by ITV Studios, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. The series is an institution in the U.K., winning multiple awards, including two prestigious BAFTA’s in 2014.
    Harris, who has served as an Emmy and Tony Award host and was recently announced as host of the 2015 Academy Awards, will bring his multi-dimensional skills to the forefront of this new hourlong series.
    NBC’s new variety series will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars, based on ITV’s U.K. format, “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”
    NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America, all of which will be filmed in front of a live audience. Neither an official title nor air date has been set.
     

  • NBC GOES ON 8 ‘FIRST DATES’ AS NETWORK ORDERS POPULAR U.K. FORMAT TO SERIES
    Ellen DeGeneres-Executive Produced Series Will Explore All of the Simple Wonder of a First Date
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 27, 2015 – NBC has ordered 8 episodes of “First Dates,” an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media (part of the alternative department at Warner Bros.) that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.
    Whenever a prospective couple goes on a first date, the same question always arises: Will the date blossom into a long-term love affair? It’s the moment when sparks often fly and our imaginations run wild — when two people realize they may have found their soul mate.
    Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. The audience will be along for the full ride in a relatable viewing experience that plays like a real romantic comedy. Viewers will judge for themselves about how the couple is interacting and whether they are a good fit for one another. Is there a palpable sense of chemistry? Will there be an ever-elusive second date, or will it be back to love’s drawing board?
    Production will begin in July in Chicago. No premiere date is set.
     

  • NBC SETS AUG. 5 PREMIERE DATES FOR TWO NEW COMEDIES AND ROBUST LIST OF REALITY SERIES AS NETWORK LOOKS FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT SUMMER WIN IN 18-49
    Craig Robinson Stars as Unorthodox Music Teacher in “Mr. Robinson” While Burgeoning Comic Jerrod Carmichael and David Alan Grier Bring “The Carmichael Show” to Life Summer Debuts Also Set for Alternative Series “The Island” and “I Can Do That” and Return of “Food Fighters,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” and “Last Comic Standing” as Well as Comedy “Welcome to Sweden”
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 26, 2015 – NBC has set Wednesday, Aug. 5 for a new hourlong block of comedies as “Mr. Robinson” will premiere at 9 p.m. immediately followed by “The Carmichael Show” at 9:30 p.m. In addition, new summer alternative series “The Island” (May 25) will immediately follow “American Ninja Warrior” on Mondays while “I Can Do That” (May 26) will have “America’s Got Talent” — summer’s #1 reality show — as its Tuesday lead-in.
    Returning reality series “Food Fighters” (July 2), “Hollywood Game Night” (July 7), “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (July 13) and “Last Comic Standing” (July 22), as well as second-year comedy “Welcome to Sweden” (July 19), will all come back for new seasons on NBC, which has won the last four summers in the 18-49 demo.
     

  • NBC ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW 2015-16 SEASON News June 22, 2015
    “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” Begins Sept 15; #1 Reality Show “The Voice” and Hot New Drama “Blindspot” Premiere Sept. 21; “Heroes Reborn” Finds Its New Powers Sept. 24, the Same Day “The Player” Makes Its Debut; and “Chicago Med” Opens Up Its Doors Nov. 10
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – June 22, 2015 – NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which includes the return of the #1 broadcast program “Sunday Night Football,” the #1 reality series “The Voice,” new live series “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” new dramas “Blindspot,” “Heroes Reborn” and “Chicago Med,” and new comedy “People Are Talking.”
    “Sunday Night Football” begins on Thursday, Sept. 10 when the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT). Three days later on Sept. 13, “Sunday Night Football” travels to Dallas as the Cowboys play their NFC East rivals the New York Giants (8:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. PT). The game will be preceded by the season premiere of “Football Night in America” (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
    The premiere of the new live alternative series “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” will air Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. following the Tuesday season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” Based on the hugely popular U.K. show “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” “Best Time Ever” will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.
    The Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice,” with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, begins its ninth season Monday, Sept. 21 (8-10 p.m.).
    “The Voice” will be followed by the heart-racing new Greg Berlanti-produced drama “Blindspot” (10-11 p.m.), which stars Jaimie Alexander as a beautiful Jane Doe who is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there.
    Wednesday, Sept. 23 marks the return of dramas “The Mysteries of Laura” (8-9 p.m.) and a special two-hour “Law & Order: SVU” (9-11 p.m.), which begins its 17thseason on NBC.
    Two drama series premiere and the hit series “The Blacklist” return on Thursday, Sept. 24. The highly anticipated “Heroes Reborn” (8-9 p.m.), from creator Tim Kring, continues the superheroes saga that began with the 2006 breakout series. The third season of “The Blacklist, starring Emmy Award winner James Spader, returns to its 9 p.m. timeslot. “The Blacklist,” when including live-plus-7 data, was the most-watched drama on Thursdays last season.
    “The Player” (10-11 p.m.), starring Wesley Snipes, is a Las Vegas-set action-packed thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.
    From iconic Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, the third season of “Chicago P.D.” debuts Wednesday, Sept. 30 (10-11 p.m.).
    Live episodes of “Undateable” will begin Friday, Oct. 9 with a special hourlong telecast (8-9 p.m.). NBC’s new comedy “People Are Talking,” about two diverse couples who analyze and obsess about everything, will launch a week later, Friday, Oct. 16 (8:30-9 p.m.). The fifth season of Friday night staple “Grimm” begins Oct. 30 (9-10 p.m.).
    The fourth season of “Chicago Fire” debuts Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will air 10-11 p.m.
    “Chicago Med,” the newest Windy City drama from Wolf, will make its series premiere Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. before shifting to 9 p.m. the following week.
     

  • OXYGEN MEDIA INCREASES ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING BY 25 PERCENT WITH ADDITION OF EIGHT NEW SERIES
    Oxygen and Esquire Network Greenlight First Ever Co-Production With Companion Series “Living With Funny” And “Comedians of L.A.”
    Network Lands Exclusive Cable Rights To NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution’s Daily Syndicated Comedic Program “Crazy Talk”
    NEW YORK – March 30, 2015 – The youngest skewing women’s network in prime, Oxygen Media continues its commitment to increase original programming by 25 percent with eight new series targeting millennial women. Reinforcing the network’s new programming filter, these vibrant and bold series include “Douglas Family Gold,” “The Hustle,” “Pretty. Strong.,” “Player Gets Played,” “Boss Nails” and the third installment of the popular franchise, “Preachers of Atlanta.” The network secured the exclusive cable distribution for the half-hour syndicated daily comedic show, “Crazy Talk,” debuting this fall from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. As part of NBCUniversal Lifestyle Networks, the announcements were made today at the Bravo Media, Esquire Network and Oxygen Upfront Press Presentation.
    An unprecedented co-production, Oxygen and Esquire Network have greenlit companion docu-series featuring talented and successful comedians, but with an emphasis on different aspects of their lives and told from different viewpoints. The Oxygen series, “Living With Funny,” follows their personal lives and relationships, while the Esquire series, “Comedians of L.A.,” focuses on the working life of a stand-up comedian onstage, backstage, and offstage. The series will air during the same period on each network so fans can follow both shows seamlessly.
    After becoming the network’s highest-rated freshman series premiere among all key demos in 2014, “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” has been picked up for season two with all five cast members returning. In addition, successful business mavens Randi Zuckerberg, Ido Leffler, Sarah Prevette and Lauren Maillian will serve as mentors and investors on “Time to Quit Your Day Job.” Previously announced as “The Investment Club,” this risk-taking new series brings passionate young hopefuls together to pitch their innovative new products and make their mark as successful entrepreneurs.
     

  • OXYGEN MEDIA EXPANDS DEVELOPMENT SLATE WITH FOUR NEW PROJECTS TARGETING YOUNG WOMEN
    NEW YORK – November 18, 2014 – Fueled by the network’s commitment to increase original programming under the recent rebrand, Oxygen Media expands its aggressive development slate with four new projects targeting young, multicultural women. The youngest skewing women’s network in primetime by over eight years, the new Oxygen reflects how real women see the world – vibrant, optimistic and bold. The culturally relevant and authentic character-driven projects include “The Misty Copeland Project,” “Teaching English,” “Survival of The Clickiest,” and “Straight up with a Twist.” The announcement was made today by Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International for Oxygen Media.
    “From the unbelievably inspirational and talented Misty Copeland, to the bold young women experiencing life abroad, the new development slate appeals to a multitude of female viewers,” said Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International for Oxygen Media. “These projects embrace the new Oxygen programming filter, which focuses on real characters who are on a journey to seek out new experiences and follow their true passions in life.”
    Oxygen Development Projects:
    “The Misty Copeland Project” (working title)
    Produced by Sirens Media with Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Valerie Haselton and Misty Copeland serving as executive producers.
    As talented hopefuls from diverse backgrounds descend upon New York City to take on the next major step in their ballet careers, who better to train and mentor them, than Misty Copeland, the renowned ballerina who herself has defied all odds and shattered boundaries by overcoming the cultural pressures of professional ballet. Copeland, who began taking ballet lessons on the basketball court of a Boys & Girls Club at age 13 and was considered a prodigy, made history by becoming the second African American female soloist in the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. With the opportunity of a lifetime and chance to catapult to the top of the ballet world, these aspiring dancer’s passion, commitment and hard work will be center stage in Misty’s Master Class.
    “Teaching English” (working title)
    Produced by Relativity Television with Tom Forman and Brad Bishop serving as executive producers.
    Most Americans have never left the country, but for these millennials, this is where life truly begins. Whether it is the spontaneous decision to teach English to children in Singapore or to work at an International school in Russia, this adventurous project will follow a group of young Americans living abroad in countries where English is rarely heard. Fortunately, there are other fellow expats to rely on when the idea of “taking off” proves to be more difficult than expected. Whether it's overcoming language barriers or potentially meeting "Mr. Right Where You'd Least Expect Him," these are the truly epic stories of young people chasing their dreams.
    “Survival of The Clickiest” (working title)
    Produced by Trium Entertainment,LLC and Lentos Brand with Mark Koops, Eric Day, Ronak Kordestani and Stephen Lentini serving as executive producers.
    With all the freedom, money, and influence, it's easy to see why being an online star is one of the most desired and competitive professions among millennials today. Some of the most powerful people in this million dollar industry are fashion and beauty vloggers, who function like modern day Carrie Bradshaw's - using their platforms to gain inside access and influence their eager followers all with a click of a button. Produced in partnership with StyleHaul, the largest fashion and beauty multichannel network on YouTube with over 165 million subscribers, this project will follow a group of young budding online style stars each forging a path in the ultra-competitive world of vlogging. With no rules, no backup plans, and plenty of haters, life outside the online bubble is never as glamorous as it seems as these emerging entrepreneurs juggle the demands of their followers, friends and family.
    “Straight Up with a Twist” (working title)
    Produced by All3Media America with Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and James Flint serving as executive producers.
     

  • 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 UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE EMMY NOMINEE CHARLES DANCE WILL STAR IN UPCOMING TELEVISION EVENT CHILDHOOD’S END
    SIX-HOUR MINISERIES WILL AIR ON SYFY IN 2015
    NEW YORK – October 27, 2014 – Syfy and Universal Cable Productions today announced that Emmy nominee Charles Dance, whose numerous credits include Game of Thrones, Phantom of the Opera, Jewel in the Crown and Bleak House, will play the lead role of the alien Overlord “Karellen” in the upcoming six-hour miniseries Childhood’s End.
    Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s classic novel, Childhood’s End will premiere on Syfy in 2015. Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.
    In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: “We are thrilled that Charles has picked Childhood’s End following his amazing work in Game of Thrones.”
    Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Mike DeLuca (Captain Philips, Moneyball, The Social Network) will serve as executive producers. Alissa Phillips (Moneyball, Mob City) is co-executive producer. Childhood’s End will be adapted by Matthew Graham (creator of BBC's Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes). Universal Cable Productions will be the studio.
    The miniseries will be directed by Nick Hurran, who received an Emmy Award nomination for Sherlock and a Hugo Award nomination for Dr. Who.
     

  • Syfy AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE KEY ROLES FOR THE MAGICIANS
    PILOT FOR SERIES BASED ON LEV GROSSMAN’S INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING NOVELS TO BEGIN FILMING THIS DECEMBER IN NEW ORLEANS
    NEW YORK – November 6, 2014 – Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have cast Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Hale Appleman (Teeth) and Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) in key roles for the upcoming pilot The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved #1 New York Times best-selling book series, which begins production in New Orleans this December. Acclaimed independent film producer Mike Cahill (I Origins, Another Earth) is signed on to direct.
    Stella Maeve will play the beautiful and confident Julia, a wealthy and brilliant Ivy-Leaguer who seems destined for success. But Julia’s future plans are forever altered after she is denied admittance to the mysterious Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Unaccustomed to failure, Julia finds life meaningless now that the possibilities of a previously unseen magical world have been denied to her. But she may get another chance to pursue a career in magic when she’s recruited by a secret society. Maeve can currently be seen in a recurring role on the NBC series Chicago PD. She most recently starred in the independent features Dark Summer opposite Keir Gilchrist, All Together Now, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Independent Spirit Award-winner Starlet. Previously, Maeve co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart in The Runaways. Maeve is repped by Paradigm Agency and Principato-Young Entertainment.
    Hale Appleman will portray Eliot, a student at the Brakebills who is an odd combination of a preppy with intrinsic coolness. Effortlessly hip, with his air of self-possession, Eliot is accustomed to commanding any clique, and he’s a natural leader of his fellow magical students. He will prove a sometimes frustrating ally in Quentin’s fortunes -- and may soon factor into a series of perilous adventures. Appleman played Tobey Cobb in the 2007 film Teeth. He made his film debut in Chad Lowe’s feature Beautiful Ohio, and portrayed cartoonist Judd Winick in Pedro, Nick Oceano’s 2008 film dramatizing the life of AIDS educator Pedro Zamora. He also recurred on NBC's Smash. His theater credits include Alex Timbers’ The Last Goodbye, which was at the Old Globe in San Diego, and Streamers on Broadway. He is represented by Innovative Artists and D2 Management.
    Arjun Gupta will portray Penny, a young man with an edgy look and attitude. He’s deliberately intimidating to Quentin, his new roommate and fellow magic student at Brakebills. A reluctant telepath, he is bedeviled by voices that hint at pathways to other worlds. Gupta played Sam in the first three seasons of Nurse Jackie opposite Edie Falco, and currently recurs on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder. Gupta is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.
    The Magicians, produced by Universal Cable Productions, follows 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real and poses grave danger to humanity. John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural) will write the script, with Michael London (Milk) as producer. Production on the pilot is set to start this December in New Orleans.
     

  • Syfy MARK CUBAN TO BECOME THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH ANN COULTER ASSUMING DUTIES OF VICE PRESIDENT IN SHARKNADO 3
    BO DEREK, JERRY SPRINGER, CHRIS KIRKPATRICK AND CHRIS JERICHO WILL ALSO APPEAR IN NEW SYFY/THE ASYLUM PRODUCTION
    NEW YORK, N.Y. – March 2, 2015 – A new Administration is taking office before January 2017! Syfy and The Asylum today announced that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) will play the President of the United States with political commentator/author Ann Coulter joining him as Vice President in the eagerly anticipated original movie Sharknado 3.
    Previously announced cameos in the latest installment of the global pop culture sensation will include Bo Derek as May, the mother of April (Tara Reid); Jerry Springer, appearing as Mr. White, a manic tourist; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
    Also joining the cast of Sharknado 3 will be Ryan Newman, who will play April and Fin’s (Ian Ziering) daughter Claudia Sheperd, with Jack Griffo portraying Claudia’s friend, Billy.
    Featuring stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and Cassie Scerbo (Nova), Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July, causing mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.
    Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct, based on an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.
    Sharknado 3 is a production of The Asylum.
    When it aired last July 30, Sharknado 2: The Second One became Syfy’s most-watched original movie ever.
     

  • SYFY’S DOMINION ADDS NEW RECURRING CHARACTERS FOR SEASON 2
    PRODUCTION ON UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS DRAMA UNDERWAY IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
    NEW YORK – March 27, 2015 – Production is underway in Cape Town, South Africa for the 13-episode second season of Syfy’s supernatural drama series, Dominion. Joining the series’ stellar cast are recurring guest stars Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs), Simon Merrells (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Olivia Mace (Doctors) and Luke Tyler (Chronicle). Season 2 of Dominion is set to premiere on Syfy in Summer 2015.
    The first season of Dominion premiered in June 2014, and was cable’s #1 scripted program among viewers 18-49 and 25-54 in its timeslot (Live +7). Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is set in a post-apocalyptic future, 25 years after an army of lower angels waged an epic war against mankind. The series follows the reluctant “Chosen One,” Alex, who must fight to save Vega (what was formerly Las Vegas) from the angels that are hell-bent on destroying humanity.
    In Dominion’s second season, humanity continues its struggle against the archangel Gabriel and his army of angels. Alex journeys from Vega to the legendary city of New Delphi, a human enclave with a dark secret, hoping to secure a military alliance with its charismatic leader. Back in Vega, Claire Riesen faces a civil war, pitting her against the disgraced David Whele and his newfound rebel allies. While war rages in the few cities left on earth, Michael stumbles upon a mystery in the form of Mallory, a perfect small town seemingly untouched by mankind’s war with the angels.
     

  • SYFY GREENLIGHTS GEEKS WHO DRINK WITH ZACHARY LEVI AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND HOST
    Wildly Popular Pub Quiz to Become Weekly Game Show
    NEW YORK – Syfy announced today that Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn, will executive produce and host the game show Geeks Who Drink through one of his production arms, The Nerd Machine. The weekly series is based on the pub trivia contest of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with more than 25,000 people participating in over 600 bars across 35 states. Produced by Kinetic Contact (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment, Geeks Who Drink will premiere on Syfy Thursday, July 16th.
    In each installment of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed “trivia geeks” battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics from pop culture to science fiction. Each team consists of three players – a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play and (mostly) friendly competition, the winning team will earn bragging rights, a spot on the Geeks Who Drink leaderboard and a bevy of prizes to geek out over.
    “Not only is Zachary a spectacular talent both in front of and behind the camera, he lives and breathes geekdom and is a true pioneer in bringing the nerd community together," said Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Programming and Development, Syfy. "As executive producer and host of this series, Zachary has the unparalleled ability to introduce the beloved bar game to the masses, inviting viewers at home to experience the infectious joy of the game for themselves."
    Added Levi: "To be the executive producer and host of Geeks Who Drink is an exciting opportunity to broaden my experience on both sides of the camera. Geeks Who Drink is such a fresh take on the game show genre, and something that we at The Nerd Machine believe will resonate with everyone who loves trivia and pop culture. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the teams at Syfy, Kinetic Content and Condé Nast Entertainment.”
    An avid gamer, Levi, co-founded The Nerd Machine with David Coleman as a company designed to create unique new content, spread nerd culture, and bring passionate geeks together from all around the world.
     

  • 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 LEV GROSSMAN’S NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING FANTASY THE MAGICIANS TO SERIES UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS TO BEGIN FILMING IN JULY
    NEW YORK – May 4, 2015 – Continuing its commitment to developing bold, high profile scripted dramas, Syfy today announced it has greenlit The Magicians to series.
    Based upon Lev Grossman’s best-selling books, The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year, Aquarius) as Quentin Coldwater, a brilliant grad student who enrolls in Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic. He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity. Stella Maeve (Chicago P.D.), Hale Appleman (Teeth), Arjun Gupta (Nurse Jackie) and Summer Bishil (Towelhead, Lucky 7) also star in this one hour drama.
    Groundswell Productions' Michael London and Janice Williams (Milk) will executive produce. John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), writers of the pilot, will serve as executive producers. Mike Cahill (I Origins) directed the pilot. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.
    "The Magicians pilot beautifully delivers a world filled with wonder, fantasy and intrigue," said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “We can’t wait to delve deeper into the lives of Quentin and his college friends, as they struggle with the enormity of their burgeoning powers – and unleash them upon the world.”
    "Ever since ‘The Magicians’ was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” said Lev Grossman. “The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I’m so thrilled that it’s finally happening, and I’m beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it. Get ready; you’ve never seen anything like this."
    “Lev is a visionary world-creator. It’s an awesome responsibility to honor the novels’ core audience and also to translate that vision to the screen,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are lucky to have Sera Gamble, Michael London, John McNamara and Janice Williams as the team bringing this series to life.”
    Lev Grossman’s “Magicians” trilogy is an international sensation, published and widely praised in more than twenty countries. The epic conclusion to the series, “The Magician’s Land,” opened at #1 last summer on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller’s list, and was widely acclaimed as one of the best books of the year.
    The twelve episode season will begin shooting in Vancouver in July.
     

  • 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 UNVEILS ITS DEVELOPMENT SLATE FOR 2015/2016
    Nine Original Dramas Join the Previously Announced Mark Wahlberg Produced SHOOTER Scripted Projects Hail From Charlize Theron, Rob Reiner, Barry Sonnenfeld, Eric Kripke, Aaron Korsh and Catherine Hardwicke Alternative Project from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
    NEW YORK – April 7, 2015 – USA Network announced its 2015/2016 development slate with nine scripted drama projects hailing from Charlize Theron (“Monster”), Rob Reiner (“When Harry Met Sally”) Barry Sonnenfeld (“Men in Black” franchise), Eric Kripke (“Supernatural,” “Revolution”), Aaron Korsh (SUITS) and Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), among others. The network is also developing an alternative project with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (WWE, “Furious 7”).
     

  • 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”).

2016

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • FOX TRAILERS FOR THE NEW 2016 SERIES
    LUCIFER Tom Ellis (“Merlin”) stars as the charming, charismatic and handsome-as-hell original fallen angel, who, bored and unhappy in Hell, takes refuge in Los Angeles, where he uses his gift of persuasion to punish bad guys. But the longer he’s away from the underworld, the greater the threat that the worst of humanity could escape. Trailer
    THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE A disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops, is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists, as a 35-year-old (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities. Trailer
    A new animated comedy from FAMILY GUY’s Mark Hentemann and Seth MacFarlane, BORDERTOWN is a satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. - Mexico border. Trailer
    THE TRAILERS FOR “ScreamQueens,” “The Guide To Surviving Life” AND  “The X-Files” WILL BE RELEASED SOON.
     

  • 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.”

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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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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