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Washington to guest on Bionic Woman, signs NBC development deal

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 16th 2007 8:04AM
Isaiah WashingtonDespite being fired from Grey's Anatomy and blaming everyone but himself for his predicament, it looks like Isaiah Washington is landing firmly on his feet.

According to USA Today, NBC is set to announce that they've signed the actor to a development deal; under the deal, Washington will star in an action drama that he pitched the network, starting in the 2008-09 season. In the meantime, he will have a guest role on the network's upcoming remake of The Bionic Woman, playing a mysterious figure that will either help or hurt the main character, Jamie Sommers. He's signed for at least five episodes.

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American Dad executive producers to develop new series for 20th Century Fox TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 3:02PM

tvRick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, who both serve as executive producers on American Dad, have signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

The men won't have to leave American Dad under the deal, but will be allowed to develop new projects for the studio. Previously, the men worked on such shows as Two Guys and a Girl (which they co-created), Do Over and Like Family.

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Craig Ferguson starts production company

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 12th 2006 6:06PM
Craig FergusonCraig Ferguson must have been seeing the buckets of money his boss, David Letterman, has been raking in and said, "hey, how do I get a piece of this?"

Why else would he start his own production company? To develop young talent, he told The Hollywood Reporter. In his job, he told the industry trade paper, "You meet everybody. You get to see every actor who is doing stuff, and you get to see the younger comedians on their way up. That is a natural symbiosis." The company, Green Mountain West, has already signed a development deal with CBS Paramount that gives his home network first-look rights at anything he develops.

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Cedric the Entertainer signs deal with ABC

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 28th 2006 4:02PM
Cedric the EntertainerAnother King of Comedy has struck a network television deal. Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac show creator Larry Wilmore are developing a sitcom for ABC. The pilot hasn't been picked up, but if it does eventually make the airwaves, you'll get to see Cedric juggle life as the single father of a teenage girl with his life as a... wait for it... security chief at LAX.

Cedric is, of course, known for his comedy specials and Barbershop films, but did you know that Larry Wilmore is an on-air contributor to The Daily Show and consulting producer to The Office? Personally, I hadn't connected those dots before now. Combining these talents could add up to funny, but the failsafe stand-up material - airport anxiety - could go either way -- a welcome pressure valve letting off America's collective steam or groan-worthy security gags that just aren't funny the 100th time around.

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Artie Lange signs a development deal with FOX

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 15th 2006 1:35PM
Artie LangeOn the Howard Stern show today, Artie Lange announced that he signed a development deal with FOX. It's like the usual development deals you hear about; Artie will get paid a lot of money to either help develop sitcoms that he will star in, or make himself available to act in someone else's project if FOX thinks he's a good fit for it. Like he mentioned on the air, it's one of the sweetest gigs in show business.

For now, he'll still be doing Howard's show, because there is not sitcom vehicle imminent; but if a project does come along in ten months or so, he'll have to leave.

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CBS Paramount signs deal with Laguna Beach producers

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 14th 2006 3:26PM
Laguna BeachFor all you readers out there who are poring over their pilot scripts, thinking that you're going to be the next Larry David or Aaron Sorkin, let me let you in on a little secret: put some hot and not-very-deep girls in bikinis, have them kiss a lot of guys on the beach, and you're on your way to television riches. Just ask David Hasselhoff.

Alternately, you can just ask the husband and wife team of Gary and Julie Auerbach, creators of MTV's hit "reality" series Laguna Beach. According to Variety (registration required to see the entire article), they have signed a deal with CBS Paramount Networks to develop scripted comedies and dramas for the company. Apparently the company's president and vice president are big fans of Laguna, and like the fact that the reality series is being presented with the narrative arcs usually seen in scripted shows. They want a little of the reality element brought to scripted shows, and they feel the Auerbachs are the best people to do that.

My theory as to why they got the deal? See the first paragraph. Boobs. Gossip. Sand. Beach. It doesn't take a programming genius to see the money making potential here.

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Director of Superman Returns signs development deal with ABC

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2006 12:12PM
Bryan SingerAccording to the UK site Digital Spy, Bryan Singer, director of the summer blockbuster Superman Returns, has signed a development deal with ABC. In the reported seven-figure deal, Singer will develop three pilot scripts for the network; the network is gauaranteeing Singer that at least one of them will end up being produced with him as the showrunner.

This isn't Singer's first TV venture; he was involved as an executive producer and director for House. Let's hope whatever pilot comes out of this deal is closer to the House aesthetic (and maybe that of Singer's first hit feature, The Usual Suspects) than the comic-book genre he's been involved with lately. We already have Heroes and Smallville; that's plenty for me.

[via Bloglines]

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NBC brings Spike Lee on board

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 19th 2006 9:22AM
spike leeFormative filmmaker Spike Lee has signed a development deal with NBC. Talks between the network and Lee reportedly began in May, after he directed the pilot for the CBS legal drama, Shark (starring James Woods). No word yet on exactly what the show will be about.

Knowing that Spike Lee is creating a television drama is very exciting. I'm not sure how his work will translate onto television, but you can bet that whatever he comes up with will be thoughtful and poignant. At least, that's what I'm hoping. In the meantime, Lee is premiering a four-hour documentary on HBO on August 16th about the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

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Lisa Kudrow signs development deal with NBC

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 14th 2006 3:31PM
Lisa KudrowIt seems like the cast member of Friends that we've seen the least since the show ended two years ago is Lisa Kudrow. Sure, she starred in that HBO series The Comeback last year, but, for the most part, she's been keeping a low profile.

(Ok, Schwimmer's pretty much fallen off the face of the earth since the show ended. But Kudrow's certainly been lower-profile than the other four.)

Most of what Kudrow's been doing is developing shows (including The Comeback) under her production company's banner for Warner Brothers. But now her company, Is or Isn't Productions, has signed on with NBC Universal in a two-year development deal. Kudrow and her partner Dan Bucatinsky will keep working on shows in the background, though Kudrow might star in one of them if the right project comes along. Nice. Sounds like she's doing a lot better job handling her post-Friends career than, say, Jennifer Aniston, no?

[Photo: Getty Images]

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