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‘Boardwalk Empire’ At NY PaleyFest: Tony Soprano As Nucky Thompson? “One Of The First People We Talked About”, Creator Says
By Ray Richmond – James Gandolfini as Boardwalk Empire kingpin Nucky Thompson? It might have happened had the stars aligned differently, the HBO drama’s creator and showrunner Terence Winter said today during the concluding panel of the PaleyFest: Made in NY event at New York’s Paley Center for Media.
‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Drama ‘Red Brick Road’ In The Works At Lifetime
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: The year of Wizard Of Oz continues with the sale of another high-profile Oz-themed drama project.
Young ‘Ellen’ Stars Sophia Grace & Rosie To Topline NBC Comedy & Feature Produced By Ellen DeGeneres
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Are these the next Olsen twins? Ellen standouts Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, are getting their own primetime show, which will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres.
Open Letter To Kathy Bates: Congrats On Skewing-Up NBC
By Lisa De Moraes – Dear Kathy Bates: Remember how NBC cancelled your Harry’s Law drama series in spring 2012, at the end of its second season, even though it was then the network’s most-watched drama series — because NBC suits felt its audience skewed too old and Warner Bros, not NBCU, owned the show?
ABC’s ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Gets Full-Season Pickup
By Nellie Andreeva – The drama domination this fall continues with another pickup for a freshman hourlong series. ABC has given a back 9 order to Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., bringing its first season to 22 episodes.
CBS Makes Monday Changes: ‘We Are Men’ Cancelled, ‘Mike & Molly’ Slotted At 9 PM, ‘2 Broke Girls’ Moved To 8:30 PM
By Nellie Andreeva – CBS is stepping in to try to right the Monday ship, which has been destabilized by lackluster performances from most of the network’s new shows.
Obamacare Angles For Starring Role On Primetime TV
By Dominic Patten – Will Obamacare become plot fodder for CBS’ Hostages and Under The Dome? A $500,000 grant awarded this week to USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Hollywood Health & Society program certainly suggests it’s a possibility.
NBC To Reboot ‘Remington Steele’ As Comedy With Ruben Fleischer, Jay Scherick & David Ronn
By Nellie Andreeva – EXCLUSIVE: Three decades after Remington Steele launched the career of Pierce Brosnan, the romantic comedy/drama procedural is getting a next-generation reboot, this time as a half-hour comedy.
Megyn Kelly Tops Night In Cable News Ratings
By Lisa De Moraes – Has Fox News Channel found the new queen of primetime cable news?
NBC Acquires Comedy Series ‘Welcome To Sweden’ From Amy and Greg Poehler, eOne
By Nellie Andreeva – The Poehler family is expanding their footprint on NBC. The network, which carries the Amy Poehler-starring comedy series Parks & Recreation, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Welcome To Sweden, a half-hour comedy series from Poehler and her brother Greg, which was originally commissioned by Sweden’s TV4 as the network’s first-ever English-speaking series.
Mipcom: The Next Big Thing?
By Nancy Tartaglione – There’s been a similar vibe across the past several major television markets that take place here in Cannes twice a year, with everybody looking for the next big tentpole reality format. But at this Mipcom, there is a sense of urgency as the U.S. broadcast networks are in dire need of finding successors for their aging marquee franchises.
HBO, ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Lead Creative Arts Emmy Awards; Bob Newhart, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston, Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, ‘Undercover Boss’, ‘South Park’ & Tony Awards Among Winners