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‘SNL’ Vet Beth McCarthy-Miller to Direct Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’ (Exclusive)
Beth McCarthy-Miller will direct the Fox comedy pilot “Amy’s Brother,” Variety has learned.
“Amy’s Brother” is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof. The half-hour, single-cam laffer was written by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, who will serve as co-executive producers. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.
McCarthy Miller was the director of “SNL” for eleven years, and has racked up numerous Emmy nominations for both “SNL” and “30 Rock.” Her resume is uber impressive in both unscripted and scripted TV ranging from ABC’s “Match Game” to Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” to broadcast sitcoms »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jason Ritter to Star in ABC Dramedy Pilot The Gospel of Kevin
No pressure Jason Ritter, but you’ve got the whole world in your hands.
The Parenthood vet is set to play the title role in The Gospel of Kevin, an hour-long comedic drama pilot about a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
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Chazz Palminteri Joins CBS’ Comedy Pilot ‘Distefano’
Chazz Palminteri has booked a series regular role opposite Chris Distefano and Annie Potts in Distefano, CBS' comedy pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Sony TV. Inspired by the comedy of Distefano, the project centers on Izzy (Diane Guerrero) and Chris, two 20-somethings raising their newborn daughter and merging their meddling families – one Colombian American, one Italian. Palminteri will play Tony, Chris’ (Distefano) dad, a… »
CSI Vet Marg Helgenberger Joins Fox's Behind Enemy Lines Pilot
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Loosely based on the 2001 Owen Wilson/Gene Hackman movie, the Fox project is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped — you guessed it — behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic series” will offer a multi-perspective narrative that follows soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier and intelligence officers in D. »
‘Somewhere Between’: Devon Sawa Cast In ABC Summer Drama Series
Nikita alum Devon Sawa has been cast opposite Paula Patton in Somewhere Between, ABC's thriller drama series with a supernatural twist, which has a 10-episode straight-to-series order for summer 2017. Written by Legend Of The Seeker and Taxi Brooklyn co-creator Stephen Tolkin and based on a Korean format, Somewhere Between centers on superstar news producer and fiercely loving mom Laura Price (Patton). She isn't crazy: She knows her daughter Serena is going to be… »
Demi Moore Set To Recur On ‘Empire’
Demi Moore is set for a major recurring role on Fox’s hit hip-hop drama series Empire. Moore’s character will be introduced be introduced in the Season 3 finale this spring. She’ll play a take-charge nurse with a mysterious past, who will become ever more treacherously entangled with the Lyon family in Season 4. Moore joins previously announced actors and musicians who will appear on Empire this spring, including her daughter Rumer Willis, Eva Longoria, Taye Diggs… »
Days of Our Lives Renewed at NBC
NBC is flipping the hourglass for a 52nd time.
Despite rumors that Days of Our Lives was nearing extinction, NBC has renewed the venerable soap opera for a record 52nd season, TVLine has learned exclusively. The pickup comes a month after the sudser fired co-head writer Dena Higley and replaced her with General Hospital vet Ron Carlivati. Days‘ other co-head writer, Ryan Quan, is sticking around as a creative consultant.
“We feel so privileged to be able to continue the remarkable legacy of Days of our Lives, »
Jimmy Kimmel Talks Considering Retirement From Late-Night TV After 14 Years
Jimmy Kimmel has become a household name after 14 years of starring on live-night television with his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” While talking with Variety magazine he revealed his contract with ABC expires in the fall of 2019 and said he has thought about retiring. “I know I will do the show for another three […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Cast as Lead in Marvel, ABC’s ‘Inhumans’
Based on the classic Marvel comic book characters created by by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, “Inhumans” tells the story of a race of super-powered beings who first appeared in Marvel Comics publications in 1965. »
- Daniel Holloway
Kaitlin Olson’s ‘The Mick’ Renewed by Fox for Season 2
Sorry, suckers, it looks like Mickey’s gonna stick around for a while: Fox has renewed freshman Kaitlin Olson sitcom “The Mick” for a second season. To-date, the series has averaged a solid 2.0 Nielsen rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, including a week’s worth of delayed viewing. By Fox’s own count across multiple platforms, ‘The Mick’ has reached an average of eight million total viewers per episode. “From the earliest stages of development, all of us at Fox had enormous faith in ‘The Mick,’ and it hasn’t disappointed,” said David Madden, president, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Kaitlin is a fearless comedic. »
- Tony Maglio
Showtime’s 1970s LA Stand-Up Scene Series ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Will Make World Premiere At SXSW
Showtime’s new drama series I’m Dying Up Here, set during the heyday of Hollywood’s 1970s stand-up scene will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Wednesday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m. before the series airs on Sunday, June 4. A Q&A will follow after the screening at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas with the series' cast and producers, including Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin , Al Madrigal and executive… »
Tim Robbins to Star in Alan Ball's New HBO Dysfunctional Family Drama
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This 10-episode series — which bears the unofficial, working title Here, Now — centers on a middle-aged couple and their four children, three of which were adopted from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia. The twist? The seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Also, one »
‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Celebrates the Start of Production By Expertly Trolling Fans
It’s been a full 16 months since the last episode of Rick and Morty, and as of now we still don’t know when we’ll see the show again. There were some optimistic rumblings that season 3 could premiere by the end of 2016, but that garbage year has already come and gone. On the bright side, though, […]
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- Angie Han
TV Ratings: ‘The Bachelor’ Wins Big, ‘24’ Sinks, ‘Timeless’ Finale Ticks Up
ABC’s “The Bachelor” brought in the biggest numbers by far in every measure Monday night. The stalwart reality series drew a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 7.88 million viewers over its two hours, cleaning everyone’s clocks. “Quantico” followed with a 0.7 and 2.57 million viewers.
On CBS, “Kevin Can Wait” brought in a 1.4 in the demo and 7.29 million viewers. “Man With a Plan” came in with a 1.3 and 6.69 million viewers. “Superior Donuts” ticked down to a 1.2 and 6.68 million viewers. “2 Broke Girls” held at a 1.2 and 5.78 million viewers. “Scorpion” brought in a 1.2 and 7.14 million viewers.
NBC’s “Timeless” finished out its first season with a 0.9 in the demo and 3.34 million viewers, up from last week’s nadir of a 0.7. A special “American Ninja Warrior: All Stars” filled the void between “The New Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Voice” with a 1.4 in the demo and 5.19 million viewers. Speculation about a second season of the time »
- Oriana Schwindt
Savannah Guthrie Sets March 3 Return to ‘Today’
Savannah Guthrie will be back at work on “Today” as of March 3.
The co-anchor with Matt Lauer of NBC News’ morning show announced her return date via Twitter on Wednesday morning. Guthrie has been on maternity leave since Dec. 3. She gave birth to her second child, son Charles, with husband Mike Feldman on Dec. 9.
Hey, little one, you're not the *only* good reason to wake up early!! I'm headed back to @TODAYshow March 3! Excited to see you all! pic.twitter.com/tEZa9IJEzJ
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) February 22, 2017
- Variety Staff
Jimmy Fallon’s Donald Trump Unveils “112% Factual” Trump News Network
In his first original show since President Donald Trump declared the press the enemy of the American people, Jimmy Fallon unveiled Trump News Network – the only news network that is 112% factual – in which Tonight Show Trump will “talk about big things in the world of things.” Lead story: “Another crazy week for Donald Trump. I shot four under par, my best golf score yet…but fake media would not report it.” In other news: “Sweden is still reeling from Friday’s incident… »
When Movies Fit into the Real World: A Gallery
Hopefully the picture above gives you an indication of what these photos are all about. A photographer by the name of Francois Dourlen has a pretty awesome hobby. He’ll take real world photos and then with his phone he’ll find a scene, any scene that can replace a particular element in a picture and then create an entirely new photo. For this particular set of pictures I’ve focused on the ones he mixed with movies and TV. As you can see in the photo above he replaced the back of a car window with that of Jim Carrey as a
When Movies Fit into the Real World: A Gallery »
- Nat Berman
Lethal Weapon Sneak Peek: Riggs Has a Smart Mouth (and a Glass Jaw)
Most people would have the good sense not to entice a professional boxer to punch them in the face.
Lethal Weapon‘s Martin Riggs is not most people.
In this exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday’s episode (8/7c), the smart-mouthed detective needles a former Golden Gloves boxer so much that the retired pugilist takes a swing at him. And man, does that swing connect.
The episode, titled “Unnecessary Roughness,” finds Murtaugh and his talkative partner investigating a murder »
Bill Maher Takes Credit For Yiannopoulos Downfall, Calls Him “Emotionally Needy Ann Coulter Wannabe”
Bill Maher is taking credit for the swift downfall of Milo Yiannopoulos. In a New York Times interview posted online this morning, Maher suggests that Yiannopoulos’ appearance on last Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher was the “disinfectant” needed to expose the now-ex Breitbart News provocateur. Maher’s decision to book the right-wing loudmouth came under considerable fire last week, most notably when scheduled fellow guest Jeremy Scahill refused to appear on the same… »
Matt Groening’s Futurama Is Going to Be a Mobile Game
While Futurama began as somewhat of an evil stepchild of The Simpsons, it didn’t take long for it to develop its own fan base and become a classic all on its own. While the animation and some voices were all trademarks of Simpsons creator Matt Groening, the subject matter and story lines were vastly different and catered to a much more specific crowd: the geek universe. To this day people are still analyzing the show, its characters and watching reruns whenever they get the chance. But some good news came today because something new from Futurama is on the horizon.
- Nat Berman
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