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Oscar-Winning Composer Alan Menken Developing Musical Series for ABC, 'Men of a Certain Age' Ratings Slump and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2010 11:30AM
Alan MenkenAlan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of Disney hits such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Little Mermaid,' is at work on a musical series for ABC. This is the third musical show in development at the network.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Menken is teaming with Oscar-nominated lyricist David Zippel and comedy writer Marco Pennette for the new project described as a mix between 'Rent' and 'St. Elmo's Fire.'

The project could feature two or three original songs per episode. It's set to follow a young musician who lives with other artists as the try to make it big.

In other TV news ...

Adrienne Barbeau will guest star on 'CSI: NY.' The former 'Maude' star will play a clinic manager who plays a key role in an investigation. [Entertainment Weekly]

'The Fugitive' producer Alan A. Armer has died. The Emmy winner lost his battle to colon cancer on Dec. 5 at the age of 88. [Hollywood Reporter]

Starz has bought a comedy script from nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse. The project follows a group of people who cross paths during a Los Angeles night. Bolthouse co-created and developed the project with 'Weeds' writer Vanessa Riesen. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Men of a Certain Age' ratings are down compared to last year. The TNT show pulled in 2.4 million viewers. Last season the show's lowest was 3.2 million viewers. [Hollywood Reporter]

Disney ordered a pilot of 'Austin and Ally,' a show being described as 'Entourage' for kids. The series follows a 15-year-old singer who becomes famous on YouTube. [Variety]

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Despite some big magazine ads, I don't think there was enough publicity on the return of "Men of a Certain Age" to guarantee that the audience that watched it all those many months ago even knew it was returning. That's the problem with very long breaks.

December 08 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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