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NBC Buys 1980s Wrestling Drama Pilot From Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 24th 2011 11:45AM
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? It's a wrestling TV drama.

According to a report in Deadline, NBC has bought a pilot based on the professional wrestling boom of the 1980s, to be produced by former WWE star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

For wrestling fans, the '80s were a golden era that gave rise to some of the sports most legendary stars, like Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and Bret "The Hitman" Heart.

The show will be written by Brent Fletcher, who has worked as a writer for NBC on the football drama 'Friday Night Lights,' and Seamus Kevin Fahey, writer of 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.' Jerry Bruckheimer will be one of the co-executive producers.

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NBC Benches 'Chase'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 4th 2011 7:30AM
'Chase'The news just keeps getting worse for 'Chase' fans. After cutting the series order back in December, NBC has now announced that it is putting the series on hiatus, effective immediately.

According to The Futon Critic, beginning Wednesday, NBC will replace the struggling drama with a second hour of 'Minute to Win It.' The scheduling change comes after the game show this week posted series-high ratings in the time slot normally occupied by 'Chase.'

'Minute to Win It' attracted 9.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in the coveted adults aged 18-49 demographic. By contrast, the most recent new episode of 'Chase' pulled in a comparatively modest 4.17 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.

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News Roundup: 'Glee,' 'NCIS' Premiere to Big Ratings, ABC Finds Bruckheimer's 'Lost Girls'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2010 6:25PM
Jane Lynch'Glee' is back, but did the constant buzz hurt or help its ratings?

According to TV by the Numbers, the season 2 premiere was seen by 12.3 million viewers and received a 5.5 rating in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old segment. That was 50 percent higher than its September premiere last year.

'NCIS' on CBS was the big winner, drawing 18.92 million viewers, its spinoff, 'NCIS: LA,' was seen by 15.68 million and 13.60 million in its second hour.

Meanwhile, on Fox, 'Raising Hope' debuted to 7.48 million viewers and 'Running Wilde' drew 5.87 million viewers.

In other TV news ...

The talk of canceling 'Lone Star' is a bit premature. Fox will give the struggling Texas drama another chance, airing a new episode next week. The series has been hailed by critics as one of the season's best new shows, but premiered to lousy ratings. [Vulture]

Acclaimed choreographer and 'Fame' star Debbie Allen has signed on to direct an episode of 'Hellcats.' The CW drama has tapped Allen to direct an episode that features a huge musical number. [E! Online]

ABC has picked up Jerry Bruckheimer Productions' 'The Lost Girls.' The project is based on the blog and novel of the same name by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner. The trio ditched their corporate jobs, boyfriends and city life to go on a year-long journey. [Deadline Hollywood]

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'Chase' Series Premiere: This Show Lives Up to Its Title (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 21st 2010 7:08AM
'Chase' Series Premiere: This Show Lives Up to Its Title'Chase' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC) is a new crime drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer -- the man behind the 'CSI' franchise and 'The Amazing Race,' among other shows. But so far, the reaction to 'Chase' has not been very positive. 'USA Today,' for example, calls the show "really bad." Other critics are slightly more kind, calling the drama "bland" and "entertaining enough."

After watching the pilot episode, we're willing to argue that the series isn't terrible -- but it's fairly by the book and unimaginative. In a sense, the name of the show says it all.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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Five Things Learned on the TCA Press Tour

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 13th 2010 5:29PM
Jerry Bruckheimer at the Summer 2010 TCAsNow that I've been back from California for a few days, and have fought off the jet lag (it gets worse as you get older, kids), I've been able to look back and digest what I learned at the TCA tour.

Besides the fact that I've learned my limits to eating salmon and chicken for lunch every day, there were a few things, at least from a TV perspective, that have stuck in my brain since I've gotten back:

1. The networks are relying on procedural dramas more than ever. Perhaps they got scared off by the flame out of 'FlashForward,' or the downward spiral to cancellation by 'Heroes.' But there only seemed to be a couple of new dramas on the networks' fall slates that had any kind of beefy continuing storyline. NBC's 'The Event' is probably the most serialized of the new shows, followed closely by FOX's 'Lone Star.' CBS's 'Blue Bloods' has a serialized element, but as we're finding out, there's an on-set disagreement as to how much that should be emphasized.

The rest of the dramatic slate leans heavily on the procedural, and as I said the other day, they are starting to blend together in my mind. Want evidence of this? Jerry Bruckheimer (pictured above) now has shows on three of the four networks this fall.

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Pilot Watch: 'Chase'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2010 1:04PM
The cast of 'Chase' on NBC
From now through August, we're going to be taking a quick look at the fall and mid-season pilots that the networks sent to critics after their upfront presentations.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall.

Show: 'Chase'
Network: NBC
Timeslot: Mondays, 10PM ET


The lowdown: The job of a U.S. Marshal is to chase down fugitives. And Houston-based Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish), is as good as anyone at doing that. She's a Texas native with a checkered background; both aspects of her life allow her to get in the heads of the convicts that try to run through the Lone Star state. Aided by a crack team of Marshals with their own special skills, Frost is determined to keep violent criminals from either doing more harm or running for the border.

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NBC Picks Up 'Chase'

by Andrew Scott, posted May 10th 2010 5:40PM
Jerry Bruckheimer ChaseNBC has officially picked up the action-procedural 'Chase,' from 'CSI' maven Jerry Bruckheimer.

According to the Live Feed, the "fast-paced" drama, starring former 'Past Life' lead Kelli Giddish, centers around a team of U.S. marshals who track down America's "most dangerous fugitives."

Cole Hauser, Amaury Nolasco, Rose Rollins and 'Desperate Housewives' hunk Jesse Metcalfe co-star as members of Giddish's team.

This marks the fifth pickup in two weeks for the Peacock network. As we previously reported, NBC recently gave the thumbs up to the CIA drama 'Undercovers,' from J.J. Abrams, as well as 'The Event,' 'Outsourced' and Cindy Chupak's ('Sex and the City') 'Love Bites,' starring Becki Newton ('Ugly Betty') and Jordana Spiro ('My Boys').

Tell us: Which NBC show are you most looking forward to?

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Jerry Bruckheimer Teams With ABC For New Reality Series

by TV Squad Editors, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:36PM
Jerry BruckheimerJerry Bruckheimer and Bert van Munster, producers of Emmy-winning 'Amazing Race,' have just struck a deal to create a new series with ABC. The show is being teased as a "heart-stopping reality competition."

According to The Wrap, the new reality series is tentatively called 'Catch Me,' and is set to contain several of the action elements that made 'Amazing Race' a hit. Producers are reportedly looking to cast teams of two in the project, with contestants who "have an adventurous streak and a poker face." Player recruitment will begin in Chicago.

For more, check out Inside TV.

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'Amazing Race' Team Unveils New 'Catch Me' Reality Show

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 27th 2010 1:30PM
Jerry Bruckheimer and Bert van Munster, producers of the Emmy-winning 'Amazing Race,' have just struck a deal for a new series with ABC that's being teased as a "heart-stopping reality competition."

The new reality series is tentatively called 'Catch Me,' according to The Wrap, and promises to contain several of the action elements that made 'Amazing Race' a hit. Producers are reportedly looking to cast teams of two in the project, with contestants who "have an adventurous streak and a poker face." They'll begin recruiting their poker-faced players in Chicago.

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'Miami Medical' - 'Pilot' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2010 2:08AM
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Like CBS's other medical drama for this TV season, 'Three Rivers,' 'Miami Medical' is very earnest and filled with moments that strive for poignancy. The fact that it doesn't succeed is less a reflection on the network than the creators. At least CBS gets credit for realizing that 'Miami Medical' was less that the sum of its aspirations and planted it in the little viewed Friday, 10 PM time slot.

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Husband and Wife Pair on 'Nip/Tuck' Separate for New Pilots

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 2nd 2010 10:30PM
Dylan Walsh & Joely Richardson, 'Nip/Tuck'It looks like the McNamara's of 'Nip/Tuck' won't be getting back together anytime soon. With the popular FX series wrapping its run this season, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that both Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson, who played the couple, have scored roles in new pilots.

One of the fun things about long-running series coming to an end is speculating on what kind of roles the actors will wind up in next. While some go to movies, and some seem to fade away into behind-the-scenes work, or even other professions entirely, many immediately look to continue working on existing and new series.

After getting so familiar with seeing an actor or actress in a certain role, it can be jarring to try and imagine them as a completely different character. For example, Walsh will be going from a smooth plastic surgeon to a bad-ass government agent, while Richardson is transforming into a high-powered attorney.

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Kelli Giddish Finds Life After 'Past Life' With 'Chase'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 24th 2010 5:19PM
Kelli GiddishIt looks like it might be easier for Kelli Giddish to put her 'Past Life' behind her than it was for those of us unfortunate enough to have seen the show. Giddish played Dr. Kate McGinn, who used people's past lives to solve modern crimes. The show was even worse than it sounds dropping from 9 million viewers to 3.5 million in only three episodes.

But Giddish has bounced back, with The Hollywood Reporter indicating she's been cast as the lead in the Jerry Bruckheimer NBC pilot 'Chase.' The series would follow a U.S. Marshall in Texas who's team is tasked with tracking down and bringing in America's most dangerous fugitives. While it hasn't been stated, it's probably safe to assume there will be no past life regressions to deal with; just current life transgressions.

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Elisha Cuthbert and Christian Slater on Finding 'The Forgotten'

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 8th 2010 4:30PM
Come Tue., Feb. 9, Elisha Cuthbert, who's had some memorable scenes in her career, is joining Christian Slater on the ABC mystery drama 'The Forgotten' in a recurring role. It's not the first time the two have worked together -- they paired on the big screen in the 2007 dark comedy 'He Was a Quiet Man,' in which she played a quadriplegic and Slater an office drone with homicidal fantasies.

On 'The Forgotten,' Cuthbert's Maxine Denver joins a team led by Slater of non-professionals who help law enforcement identify Jane and John Does. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, which premiered in the fall, marks a new television venture for Cuthbert, who's best known as Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer on Fox's '24,' and for the movies 'Old School,' and 'Love Actually.'

We chatted with Slater and Cuthbert about the similarities between 'Quiet Man' and 'The Forgotten' -- besides the dead bodies -- and about how 'The Forgotten' has started to solve real-life John and Jane Doe mysteries.

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Maria Bello to Star in HBO's 'Emergency Sex'

by Mike Scalise, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:45AM
Maybe Maria Bello is taking this 'History of Violence' thing a little too seriously.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the former E.R. co-star will headline the HBO series 'Emergency Sex,' based on the book 'Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth'.

The series is inspired by the gritty tales of beleaguered U.N. peacekeepers Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait and Andrew Thomson, who were all stationed in war-torn countries like Cambodia, Somalia and Haiti throughout the early '90s.

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Will New Shows From J.J. Abrams, David E. Kelley and Jerry Bruckheimer Save NBC?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:00PM
NBC just can't seem to get its peacocks in a row lately.

After announcing the controversial (but unsurprising) decision to pull Jay Leno from its primetime line-up at the TCAs this weekend, the network will look to scripted dramas to fill at least some of the void.

According to Variety, NBC has already greenlit half-a-dozen drama pilots in hopes of quickly filling the 10 PM slot.

But will it be enough to save the network in the ratings race? Business Week reports that NBC has seen a 4.6 percent drop in primetime viewers since Leno began airing at 10, causing a domino effect that resulted in a dip in audience numbers for NBC's affiliate news stations and late night programming.

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