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Bernie Mac coming back to TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2007 3:26PM

Bernie MacBernie Mac has signed a deal with FOX to star in a new sitcom.

Starting Under will be about a divorced, opinionated guy who not only finds himself living with his son but also working for him. The show has been giving a large episode order - seven episodes, which I guess is large nowadays - and the deal was finalized just before all this strike stuff happened.

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NBC greenlights new modern-day King David drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 5th 2007 3:00PM

NBC logoJust because there's a writers strike doesn't mean the networks aren't buying new shows!

Just before the strike announcement, NBC made a deal for a new drama titled Kings, which is described as "a contemporary soap loosely based on the story of King David, the Biblical king of Israel." There's really something funny about that description.

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Heroes: Origins put on hold

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 1st 2007 1:20PM

Heroes: Origins may not be coming to a television near you after allProduction of one of the more highly anticipated shows on the NBC schedule, Heroes: Origins, has been put on hold. Apparently, due to fears of a pending writers' strike. Or, maybe not.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the Heroes spin-off will not be receiving its six-episode run, which was to begin in April of 2008. While NBC hasn't officially said that the series is canceled producers have not been given a date when it would be put on the schedule. During the network upfronts held last May it was mentioned that Origins would be spelling its older sibling during a late-season hiatus.

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Fox wins the battle for Oaks

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 5th 2007 3:00PM
fox logoEarlier last month Kevin Reilly, former NBC entertainment prez, landed the same gig over at Fox. Now the new chief has just landed his first major development deal after a serious bidding war with CBS.

Reilly's inaugural project is The Oaks by writer David Schulner, who has written for Everwood and Desperate Housewives. The high-concept drama will be helmed by Dexter director Michael Cuesta, with Cuesta, Schulner and Shield creator Shawn Ryan serving as the pilot's executive producers.

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A taste of New Orleans - dinner with Fox's K-Ville - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2007 11:02AM
Fox Just when I thought it was another field trip.

Rather than load all 200 plus members of the TCA on a plane to New Orleans, Fox decided to have a N.O.-themed party at Les Deux, a trendy restaurant in Hollywood in honor of its new series K-Ville, which has cast Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as cops in a post-Katrina Louisiana.

There was only man who could give me the full scoop on this series and what it will mean to New Orleans -- Times Picayune TV columnist Dave Walker

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Fox's fall lineup and executive session - The Life of "Reilly" - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2007 10:22AM

Peter Liguori and Kevin ReillyFox entertainment president Kevin Reilly answered inquiries from TCA members on Sunday about a big name exiting the network -- only the network was NBC and the departure was Reilly's own.

Reilly poked fun at the standard reasons found in press releases that are used to explain a person's leaving a top gig. "No one is ever really fired in Hollywood are they," he rhetorically asked, adding, "You can pick whatever trade euphemism you want [to explain my exit from NBC]. 'I segued.' 'I thought about it over the holidays.' I want to spend more time with my family, which I did for three days.'"

Then, Fox hired him to work with Peter Liguori, the network's entertainment chairman.

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Fox preview - Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Bones - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 22nd 2007 3:03PM

Fox Fox Broadcasting Company gets its turn today to go in front of the TCA membership at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom.

You can bet Kevin Reilly, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, is going to be asked a few questions about his exit last spring from NBC.

Once those inquiries get out of the way, Reilly, and Peter Liguori, Fox's chairman, entertainment, will tout Fox's upcoming TV shows.

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A look at four new shows, Shark, and How I Met Your Mother - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 19th 2007 1:00PM

James Woods, CBS' SharkAfter the executive session, CBS continued immediately with its jam-packed day of press tour, introducing four new shows and taking a look at returning hits Shark and How I Met Your Mother.

First up, the all-star cast of Cane, a prime time soap that's been compared to The Sopranos and Dallas, starring Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo and Rita Moreno, takes the platform.

Smits, who also serves as co-executive producer, stars as Alex, a man who's married to his "sister" (Alex is adopted), prompting executive producer and perpetual funnyman Jonathan Prince to call creator/e.p. Cynthia Cidre -- "Woody."

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NBC executive session part one - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 16th 2007 4:35PM
Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, Co-chairs of NBC Enterainment and Universal Media Studios, start off their first TCA executive sessoin by reading some programming changes.

Deal or No Deal is moving to Friday night at 8, providing a nice lead in for critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights and Las Vegas, which has Tom Selleck joining its cast.

Isaiah Washington is going to join The Bionic Woman. He'll be in five of the first eight shows.

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Kevin Reilly is new entertainment prez at Fox

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 9th 2007 7:09PM
kevin reillyNot even two months after NBC booted Kevin Reilly out of his job as entertainment president, Fox has picked him up and placed him in the exact same position for that network. During Reilly's time at NBC, ratings didn't budge much, but he was also a champion for quality programs like Friday Night Lights.

Reilly is reuniting with former co-worker, Peter Liguori, who has been promoted to entertainment chairman at Fox. The two teamed up when they worked at FX and brought edgy shows such as The Shield and Nip/Tuck to that network. Fox evidently wants some of that mojo.

Reilly's first challenge is to get people to watch some of Fox's new shows, none of which he chose. I'm hoping he'll give a little love to Unhitched, the Farrelly brothers comedy that is by far the best thing Fox has going for it in the fall.

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Kevin Reilly may be picked up by Fox

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 6th 2007 6:21PM
kevin reillyFollowing this spring's upfronts presentation and lackluster response from advertisers, NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker fired entertainment president Kevin Reilly. But, it appears Reilly will not be out of work for long. Various reports today say that he is in final negotiations to join Fox, under his former FX boss Peter Liguori.

This is a smart pairing for Fox. Liguori and Reilly brought mega-hits to FX including The Shield and Nip/Tuck. And, judging from this spring's upfronts presentation from Fox, the network could use some edgier programming. There's no doubt that Reilly has an eye for quality programming (Friday Night Lights), but his downfall with NBC was his inability to bring the network out of fourth place.

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Report: Trump and NBC kiss and make up

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 6th 2007 5:42PM
donald trump; the apprenticeReuters is reporting that NBC and Donald Trump have agreed to bring back The Apprentice for one more season, and possibly two. During this spring's Upfronts presentation, The Apprentice was left off the NBC schedule. The network didn't officially cancel the reality show, but Donald Trump opened his big yapper and announced that he had no plans to return for another season. Then, less than two weeks later, he told Larry King that he did want another season. Since then, NBC has hired a new entertainment president and that may be the reason The Apprentice is back on the table.

According to this afternoon's report, NBC will announce the return of The Apprentice during a summer presentation to television critics on July 16th. NBC isn't confirming the report, but I imagine we'll hear something from Trump's camp soon.

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Steve Carell gets "familiar" with Bob Wright - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 6th 2007 11:36AM
Steve CarellThe folks at NBC sent us a link to a funny little video that they've put up on their Dot Comedy video site. In the video, shot at the 2005 upfront presentation, Steve Carell has a very positive (and obviously pre-planned) reaction to the renewal of The Office for a second season. He bounds down the aisle at Radio City Music Hall, overjoyed that his struggling little mid-season replacement was picked up. He's so overjoyed that he finds NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright and kisses him on the lips.

The ironic thing about this video is that two of the main players in it, Wright and Kevin Reilly, who you see announcing The Office's renewal, are no longer with the network; if you recall, Wright's replacement, Jeff Zucker, just fired Reilly last week. By the way, Dot Comedy has a whole Carell channel set up to promote his upcoming movie, Evan Almighty. They also have vlogs from various comedians (including our own Paul Goebel). It's a good way to blow an entire day at work. The video is after the jump.

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What Reilly's departure says about NBC's fall schedule

by Anna Johns, posted May 29th 2007 3:21PM
kevin reillySo, NBC's fall schedule sucks. At least, that's the message I'm getting today with the news that president of NBC entertainment, Kevin Reilly, has lost his job.

I'm trying to understand why NBC Universal president Jeff Zucker would hold on to Reilly for the crucial planning of the fall schedule after his lackluster performance with last fall's expensive-but-low-rated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Kidnapped, etc. And this spring, NBC once again came in last in the ratings among the big four networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX).

After NBC's upfronts presentation earlier this month, advertisers didn't really leap at any of the offerings on the new fall lineup (because they're boring). That's an obvious reason to get rid of Reilly, but it also doesn't put a lot of confidence in the fall schedule.

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Goodbye super-sizing!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2007 2:39PM

30 RockJoel told you this morning of Kevin Reilly's probable ouster from NBC, and now here's more news from The Peacock: they're getting rid of super-sizing.

It seems that the network has gotten a little bored of having the occasional 40 minute episode of their Thursday night lineup (My Name Is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock). It's been going on for 10 years now (it started with Friends), but NBC President of Program Planning Vince Manze says that it's not novel anymore and "I don't think anyone here thinks, at this point, super-sizing often is good for the shows. We're going to do our best to not have to do it next year."

The network is, however, going forward with plans to air several hour-long eps of The Office this fall. If that's successful, maybe they'll try it with other shows?

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