DeNiro TV Producer?: Tribeca Productions and CBS Studios hook up

November 10, 2009 by  
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ASG-017992Robert De Niro’s long-tenured production company, Tribeca Productions, has signed a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios, Variety is now reporting. He will produce up to 3 TV shows for various networks, including CBS, over the next few years.

The Oscar winner is currently working on 3 New York-based (location not a shock, it’s his native home) TV projects for CBS and its sister networks: Securing the City, a 1-hour drama about NYPD and its counterterrorism force; Felony Review, with young assistant district attorneys in New York and their cases and tribulations; and a unique Spike Lee and Robert De Niro produced Showtime drama as yet unnamed.

It seems the popular actor has pretty much moved to the other side of the camera for the most part.

Uproar: Suicide groups upset about ‘The Office’ and hangman scene

November 5, 2009 by  
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the-officeSome suicide prevention groups are apparently quite unhappy with a scene in “The Office” where Steve Carell’s character scares young children by putting himself in a hangman’s noose as a Halloween prank. NBC apparently isn’t laughing at all about the uproar.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention should never use suicide as a joke in any way, and we (sorta) agree with them. I mean, you have to be able to laugh at many things, but suicide is something should be treated sensitively for many reasons, let alone you never know what state the viewer watching it is in.

Robert Gebbia, the foundation’s executive director was quoted as saying: “We try not to be zealots about this…But this one … kind of crossed the line.”

NBC had no direct comment on the matter, as was expected.

More McFarlane: Fox Orders More ‘American Dad’

October 30, 2009 by  
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04122Seth MacFarlane is now one of the richest writers/producers in history, after reaching a $100M dollar deal with Fox a few months back to stay and produce shows for them through 2012, and that includes ‘American Dad‘, which was just renewed for a 6th season today.

The deal includes a sitcom to be produced by MacFarlane that is still in the planning stages, and Family Guy and The Cleveland Show to run through 2012 as well.

It appears this lineup will dominate Fox’s Sunday night programming for some time to come, and MacFarlane was quoted as saying after the $100M deal: “I get a lot of pleasure out of making shows. It’s a bonus to be getting paid well for it, and it’s a double bonus to be getting paid exorbitantly for it.” We couldn’t have said it better.

Second Chance: Southland and TNT in talks to migrate show

October 25, 2009 by  
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southlandRemember Southland, the searing cop drama plagued by low ratings and celebrated by critics that was cancelled by NBC before the second season even aired? Well, it may soon be getting a second shot, courtesy of TNT, a network that loves their cop dramas.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a deal is ” close to being reached”, based on inside info from various sources.  Talk began quickly after NBC unexpectedly canned the show after completing 6 episodes of the new season. Hopefully, this rookie gets a chance in the limelight with a network less gun-shy about canning a promising show.

TNT, Warner Bros. and John Wells Productions have refused to comment regarding the talks, but a deal is “imminent” according to the talk through the grapevine.

Hawaii Five-O Back on TV?

October 12, 2009 by  
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hawaii_five-oRemember “Book ‘em Dano…murder one”? Well, if you’re older you’ll remember the famous line and the cop show from the 60′s and 70′s that featured Jack Lord as the tough cop in Hawaii.

Apparently, according to Yahoo! TV and Variety, it’s coming back again. Here’s the scoop:

“Hawaii Five-O” is reportedly heading back to TV – thanks to the writers behind “Star Trek” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the screenwriters of the two summer hits, will be rebooting the classic cop drama for CBS along with “CSI: NY” producer Peter Lenkov, Variety reported.

The original show, which ran from 1968-1980, was filmed on location in Hawaii, where the new version is expected to return.

“Hawaii Five-O” starred Jack Lord and Danny Williams as a pair of hardened cops serving in the Hawaiian State Police. There’s no word yet on who would take on their roles in the reboot.

Swine Flu and Bones: Scare Turns Out To Be False Alarm

October 6, 2009 by  
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bonesIt appeared that Fox series Bones was going to be shut down after star “David Boreanaz came down with a flu that was first believed to be of the swine variety, Access Hollywood has confirmed”, according to an article.

Creator Hart Hanson tweeted that they suspected swine flu, then retracted the diagnosis, as it was shown the star did not have swine flu. Good thing; it would have shut down production for at least a week or two.

It just shows how deeply this illness has affected the public consciousness, and how scared people are of the flu strain. It’s now reported that Boreanaz will return to the set tomorrow, and shooting will go on as normal. Fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as episode schedules will not be affected.

Swayze in Audiobook: “I knew I had received a death sentence.”

September 28, 2009 by  
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Patrick SwayzeIn a very searing and revealing audiobook of his memoirs releasing soon, where he narrates along with his wife, he basically admits he knew he was dead when he heard “pancreatic cancer”.

He also admitted being very angry and bitter after hearing the diagnosis, realizing his time was short. “Why me?” he asked many times, feeling like he “wasn’t ready to go yet”.

The Dirty Dancing star died a few weeks ago now after a year long battle with cancer. He completed the A&E series The Beast as his last hurrah, often struggling to finish scenes and being in a lot of pain according to the producers.

More from the book:

“Now, a lot of things go through your head when you get a death sentence handed to you, starting with: ‘Why me?’ It’s hard not to sink into bitterness … For me, that initial shock quickly turned into self-criticism and blame.”

The audiobook comes out Tuesday, and it sounds like a pretty intense read/listen. Rest in peace, Patrick.

Good and Bad News: The Jay Leno Show

September 22, 2009 by  
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0000060482_20090826183737It was a good week for Jay Leno, and in the long term, maybe not so good.

Blessed with lots of big stars, a well-timed Kanye West appearance, and the attention of a hungry press, his show had a strong opening week ratings wise despite blasts from many critics about the show’s less than inspired writing.

All five of the episodes finished among The Nielsen Co.’s 24 big preime time shows last week.

Now the Bad News: Monday’s Leno episode had 5.7 million viewers, about half to 65% off of last week’s numbers. Very bad news for Jay, especially in only the second week of its run.

The opening episode of “The Jay Leno Show” had 18.4 million viewers on Monday of last week, and the audience had dropped quickly to 7.6 million by Friday, which bodes poorly for its future, many would say. A few have even whispered that the show may be ditched in the next year or so if it doesn’t get better. Hopefully, we’ll see Jay rebound a bit, but so far, not so good.

DWTS to honor Patrick Swayze next week

September 16, 2009 by  
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patrickswayzeIt’s official: Dancing with the Stars will honor fallen actor Patrick Swayze, after his untimely death from cancer this week in a special segment on the show. This was confirmed by Access Hollywood.

“He was one of the few people to integrate dance with being an A-list actor,” DWTS Producer Conrad Green was quoted as saying to People magazine.

“He inspired many people and many of our pros to dance. We want to honor the great moments he’s brought to film by getting our dancers to do their interpretation to some music from his films.”

Swayze also apparently visited the set of the show when it first started out, Green recalls. “We have some very fond memories of [the late actor] coming to help us our when we were a tiny little show way back when,” Green said.

It’s a fitting ceremony for an actor who loved to dance, and loved to act as well. RIP Patrick Swayze.

Will It Work: Ellen on Idol?

September 11, 2009 by  
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ellenThe news came down this week: Ellen DeGeneres will be replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol.

Opinions around the web are pretty mixed, but we think it’ll be a good thing in the long run. She’ll bring a sense of fun and irreverence to a show that’s really needed it the last few years, and hopefully carry along her legion of fans to prop up its slightly sagging ratings too.

Plus, she can be a little crazy at moments, so she’ll give us our little dose of crazy we’re used to with Paula. No one can replace Paula, of course, but we’re of the opinion Ellen will acquit herself pretty well.

Ellen will appear as the fourth judge starting this coming season on Idol, with several guest judges appearing as well during the first few episodes.

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