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Starz, FX Pass on 'Kennedys' Miniseries, Former 'Big Brother' Contestants Face Prison Time and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 11th 2011 3:00PM
The KennedysHistory's ousted 'The Kennedys' miniseries continues to look for a home: Starz and FX have passed on airing the series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, with Starz and FX out of the running, there are very few options for the controversial project. Disney and NBC Universal executives reportedly had a role in having the series yanked, so their networks are out.

HBO is working on its own project on the Kennedy legacy, leaving Showtime as one of the last cable networks that could save the project. Another possibility is releasing the series directly to DVD. Given the buzz around it, sales and/or ratings will probably be high.

"Most of the cable nets are part of huge media companies, so they're all subject to the same pressures," Brad Adgate, media buyer and TV analyst for Horizon Media, said. "This might go straight to video."

In other TV news ...

Veteran TV writer Del Reisman has died. Reisman, known for his work on 'Peyton Place,' 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Cagney & Lacey,' was 86. Reisman also served as president of the Writers Guild of America West and co-wrote the film 'The Take.' [Variety]

HBO has passed on 'Doucmental,' the comedy pilot from Justin Theroux, Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller. HBO has also passed on 'Miraculous Year' and 'All Signs of Death.' [Deadline Hollywood]

ABC has ordered a pilot for 'Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23.' The project follows a young woman as she moves to the city and ends up with a partying roommate. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Supernanny' Quits, Fans Rally to Save 'Caprica' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2010 12:00PM
Jo Frost'Supernanny' star Jo Frost has quit the hit ABC reality series to start her own family.

According to the New York Post, Frost will tape one more season of the series focusing on teen mothers.

"I have decided to hang up my cape," she told the newspaper. "It was a very conscious decision, through much reflection. But I need to create more balance in my life."

Frost has been traveling the U.S. and Britain since 2004, helping parents with unruly kids, but now she wants to focus on her own life and start a family. "Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she said.

In other TV news ...

'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host a holiday special on Fox. 'TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special' will feature some of the most memorable holiday moments from TV. [TV Guide]

Bravo has ordered a full season of Rocco DiSpirito's new series. 'Rocco's Dinner Party' will see four aspiring chefs competing to cater a dinner party for Rocco and his distinguished guests. [Hollywood Reporter]

Joan Allen has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The new horse racing drama also stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. [TV Guide]

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News Roundup: Ryan Murphy Teases 'Glee' Guests, Julie Bowen Talks 'Modern Family' Musical and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2010 6:00PM
Jonathan GroffRyan Murphy is at it again. He's talking 'Glee' every chance he gets, only this time it's on a subject we care about: Jonathan Groff's return.

The 'Glee' boss told E! Online that Groff won't be around soon. "Jon Groff is definitely coming back next year," Murphy said. "Next calendar year. He's not available until January, but he'll be in the back [nine] episodes of this season."

As for the hyped post-Super Bowl episode, Murphy said he doesn't want to do something people expect. Rumors have swirled around Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, but Murphy told E! that he doesn't know what he wants.

Cast members also told E! that they heard Murphy was planning an episode to respond to the recent gay suicide epidemic.

In other TV news ...

Ron Moore is reportedly working on a reboot of 'The Wild Wild West.' The man responsible for Syfy's successful 'Battlestar Galactica' reboot is said to be in the early stages of writing a new version of the 1960s western. Too early to name networks or pretty much anything. [Ausiello Files]

HBO is developing a new comedy with Kevin Bacon. The actor, who is executive producing, may also star on the country club comedy based on Clint McCown's book, 'Member-Guest.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Is a 'Modern Family' musical episode on the way? If it is, Julie Bowen doesn't want to be a part of it. The cast recently took the stage a charity event with Bowen as host, but don't expect the star to belt a tune soon. While she said many of the other actors are musically inclined, she is not. "I could be in a coma and be imagining the whole thing in my head," she said. "It's an option." [TV Guide]

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Review: The Steve Coogan Collection

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 18th 2009 7:07PM
BBC America The Steve Coogan CollectionIf all you know of Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge, the new Steve Coogan Collection might be a bit overwhelming for you. It's thirteen discs with eight different series, including Knowing Me, Knowing You, which introduced the character to television audiences, Knowing Me, Knowing Yule, the Christmas special, and two series of I'm Alan Partridge. That's five discs of Alan Partridge, which is always good news.

But there is plenty of good stuff on the other eight discs, a lot to discover for the Partridge-only crowd. Coogan has a wonderful talent for characters, and this Collection is full of them. There are three discs of the Saxondale series, in which Coogan plays Tommy Saxondale, an ex-roadie who has cleaned up and started an exterminator business.

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Steve Coogan joins Curb Your Enthusiasm cast

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 7th 2007 3:34PM
Steve CooganSteve Coogan, creator of enduring BBC comedy character Alan Partridge and director Michael Winterbottom's apparent muse, is joining the cast of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm as a psychiatrist. According to the ever reliable and always tasteful Sun, Coogan is a huge fan of the show and jumped at the chance to play opposite David.

If you haven't seen Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story or Knowing Me, Knowing You... Alan Partridge, I must insist that you leave TV Squad immediately, join Netflix and get started on your own personal Coogan marathon. It's rare that I say this about anyone media-related other than Joss Whedon, but the man is a genius. My fandom cannot be stopped.

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