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George Lopez Should Be "Loco" For Coco

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2010 10:00AM
George LopezTBS has offered Conan O'Brien a deal that's so sweet, you could pour it over pancakes.

No one, however, is closer to achieving a full-on joygasm than 'Lopez Tonight' host George Lopez. He should. He's going to have an awesome lead-in audience, worldwide attention, and a better chance of beating the late night bigwigs than he could ever hope for if he was on his own.

So why should he not go "muy loco" or any other ethnically charged verb for sharing a late night block with "Coco"?

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James Cameron Doesn't Think Much of Fox News' Glenn Beck

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2010 7:32PM
Glenn BeckActually, that's putting it mildly. James Cameron probably has a higher opinion of mosquito bites because as Ned Flanders once put it, "They sure are fun to scratch."

Cameron had a sit down with Hollywood Reporter reporter Alex Ben Block for the DVD release of his Oscar nominated film 'Avatar' and the two somehow got to talking about global warming and the pandemic of people on both sides of the aisles.

This segued into that all-important political topic of Glenn Beck, prompting Cameron to call him a "[BLANK]ing [BLANK]hole," only he didn't say "blank." Use your imagination.

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If Sheen Doesn't Come Back, Who Takes a Financial Hit?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 28th 2010 8:52AM
Charlie SheenAlcohol and drugs within Hollywood is not a new thing. The question is, how does it affect the actor's career and the projects he or she is working on. The Hollywood Reporter has posted an interesting article regarding the possible impact of Charlie Sheen entering rehab on the production of 'Two and a Half Men.'

The summary is this: if Sheen has a "morals clause" in his contract, then his behavior could cost him his job. His character is fairly central to the show and the absence of it would be noticeable to the viewer. The producers could use this as an opportunity to renegotiate his salary.

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Which Shows Are on the Endangered List?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 12th 2010 10:29AM

SmallvilleWe're hitting that time of year when the fates of television shows are decided. The Hollywood Reporter has posted their list of potentially cancelled shows as well as a probability score of renewal next to each.

While it is not surprising that 'Smallville' is given a high probability of renewal, it is somewhat disturbing. The show has become extremely different since its move to Fridays, focusing more on the geek factor than the teen angst. It's come a long way from the 'Buffy'-clone it started out as. If anything, The CW should cancel the series and go immediately to a spin-off Superman series, perhaps called 'Metropolis'.

It's also a good thing that 'Chuck' has recovered from its precarious perch and become a ratings winner for Monday night. What can I say? I like the show.

So what do you think of THR's list? Is it on the mark? Are the critics crazy? Sound off in the comments.

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Could Nikki Finke Sue HBO?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2010 2:02PM
HBO logoLast week, when Annie posted about the series HBO is developing the comedy 'Tilda,' about the life of "a powerful female online showbiz journalist with a no-holds-barred style," the first person I thought of was Nikki Finke, who writes the blog Deadline Hollywood.

In fact, pretty much everyone who works in entertainment journalism thought of Finke; she's reclusive, opinionated, confrontational, litigious, and likes to punctuate news that corroborates with her inside info with a big fat "TOLDJA!" in all caps. So it's not a surprise to think that more than one person had to wonder if Finke was involved in this show, and if she wasn't, would she sic her lawyers after HBO and anyone else within subpoena-shot.

Gawker called Finke, who, in between threats to sue the site's writer and corporate parent, said she'd talk about her involvement (or lack therof) with the project soon. But The Hollywood Reporter managed to find out that Finke wasn't involved, leading to their wondering if Finke has the right to sue over this series.

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The real Jersey Shore doesn't like Jersey Shore

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2009 9:00PM
This just in from TV Squad's Department of the Blatantly Obvious: residents of Jersey's Seaside Heights don't like the Jersey Shore gang.

Some of the town's natives told The Hollywood Reporter that they feel the popular MTV reality show gives their little corner of the universe a very bad image in the eyes of the viewing public.

One woman who described the town as a very quiet and charming place told the publication, "They should call it 'North Jersey Shore.'" So if you're from Seaside Heights, do you agree with her?

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It's official: TV is better than the movies

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 8:15PM
Science has officially proven it. That TV set in your living room, sitting there being all smug and into-itself, has every right to be.

A study by the Deloitte firm dubbed the annual "State of the Media Democracy" has found that 34 percent of Americans have dubbed television as their favorite medium.

That's up 27 percent from last year and above the Internet, music and books, which they deemed to be more expensive than a night at home vegging out in front of the idiot box. Books are more expensive?!? Are libraries in dire straits for cash, too?

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Changes for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 10th 2009 6:00PM
Variety logoMajor changes happened today for two of the biggest trade newspapers in the entertainment industry. First, The Hollywood Reporter, along with Billboard and several other assets owned by the Nielsen Business Media, have been sold to a new investment group called e5 Global Media. Second, Variety will be placing its web site behind a pay wall, requiring a subscription fee to read content beyond a certain number of visits per month.

With regards to The Hollywood Reporter, it's tough to say what will happen with this sale. It may result in major changes or simply business-as-usual. As for Variety, the pay model has been done before with other publications with various degrees of success. While Variety is an industry powerhouse, people are really used to getting their news for free. I wonder if the sale of THR gave Variety the stones to try the new model. More likely it was just coincidence.

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The Game calls for a trick play on fourth and long

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 6th 2009 1:09PM
The cast of It's strange how barely anyone has noticed that The CW has slowly started weeding out their half-hour comedies. The few that remain are stuck on Friday night. The rest, with the exception of the always interesting Reaper, are the same tired boy-meets-girl teen dramas that every high school guy who hopes to score on his prom night has to watch and fully document.

One sitcom, however, isn't going down without a fight. It is scratching and clawing its way through earth and sand as it dangles on the edge of a cliff and tries to maintain its identity...by completely changing it.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the half-hour sitcom The Game will completely re-pitch itself to The CW as an hour-long comedy- drama. Some call it a "dramedy," but I like to call it a "comma" just to #*$& with people's heads.

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Pick a title for Alec Baldwin's new show - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2008 3:21PM

Alec BaldwinIt seems that Alec Baldwin isn't content with starring on NBC's 30 Rock (and possibly running for office). He also wants to get into producing TV shows. Over at the Hollywood offices of The Hollywood Reporter (gah, new logo!), Baldwin pitches his new show, which he describes as both a family drama and a show where the entire cast has sex in a space capsule over and over again. He says it's a combination of Falcon Crest, Star Trek, and Girls Gone Wild.

In the video after the jump, someone off camera suggests the title Last Tango on Saturn, while Baldwin suggests Interplanetary Pie, though I don't think the networks would go for that. Maybe this is a plot they should squeeze into 30 Rock. Hey, they already had M.I.L.F. Island, right?

What's your title suggestion? How about Melrose Planet? Gossip Aliens? Sex and the Galaxy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Five reasons why I hate the new HollywoodReporter.com

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 7th 2008 3:25PM
THRThe Hollywood Reporter has always ranked high on my list of entertainment sites, but that might change with the site's new makeover. Or rather, makeunder. It's awful! Let's break it down:

1. The Header. They've ditched the classic logo with "Hollywood" in script font for a blocky, robotic logo (see picture). Say what?! As my TV Squad buddy, Joel, says, "It's like changing the Ford or GE logo ... shouldn't be done." And as my other TV Squad buddy, Bob, says, it looks like the logo for "some generic Internet business newsletter." Agree on both counts.

2. The Colors. Bland, bland, bland. Are they harking back to that old saying, "What's black and white and red all over?" Those colors just don't do it for me. Yes, I realize the old design included those colors, but not in such a "plumbing and heating business" kind of way.

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The Closer gets a third season

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 30th 2006 11:17AM
the closerAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT has already renewed The Closer for a third season. The show is on fire now, and we're only three episodes into its second season. It broke a ratings record for a basic cable original scripted series with 8.3 million viewers. TNT has ordered another 15 episodes for 2007.

I started watching The Closer when it premiered last season because I've always liked Kyra Sedgwick. She plays a great fish out of water as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, with her 'Thank Yous' that mean a thousand things and her heinous wardrobe. I think the writing dramatically improved this year over last. Several times last year, I solved the crime at least twenty minutes before Brenda did, but so far this year the writing is more complex and storylines are getting more creative. My one request is to see Brenda fail. She can't knock it out of the park each time with suspects. I want to see how her character reacts to professional failure (we've seen her fail at her personal life time and again).

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Desperate Housewives top producer walks out

by Anna Johns, posted May 1st 2006 8:01AM
desperate housewives logoIt's a rough spring for the cast and crew of Desperate Housewives. Last week, Teri Hatcher suffered an eye injury when a light bulb burst. And now, word that one of the show's top producers walked off the set. The Hollywood Reporter (via Reuters) says that Tom Spezialy, executive producer and show runner, left the show on Friday following "an unspecified falling out." Spezialy didn't quit but THR says he may be replaced next season.

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Grammer, Brady, Derek in new pilots

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 29th 2006 9:59AM
kelsey grammer; bo derek; wayne bradyKelsey Grammer is returning to comedic television, but only behind-the-scenes. He has agreed to direct the CBS comedy pilot, My Ex-Life, about about two divorced couples and the way they deal with life after divorce. Former Love Monkey and Ed actor Tom Cavanah snagged a lead role in this show.

Despite a list of cancelled shows, The CW doesn't think that Wayne Brady is bad luck. The new network has picked up a comedy pilot called Flirt, starring Brady as the only man working at a women's magazine.

Bo Derek has joined the cast of Secret Obsessions, a telenovela-style, primetime soap opera on My Network TV, the network that FOX is creating out of its UPN stations that lost their affiliation earlier this year. Secret Obsessions is about the glamorous, yet ruthless world of fashion. Derek will play Maria Zianni, a mega-bitch who runs a fashion corporation.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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Patricia Heaton may get her own talk show

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 24th 2006 12:46PM
patricia heaton talk showPatricia Heaton, who spent her entire time on Everybody Loves Raymond nagging at Ray Romano, may be the host of her own daytime talk show. The Hollywood Reporter says Heaton is in talks with Buena Vista Television for a show, which would debut in 2007. Luckily, the plans are for multiple hosts, like The View. I say 'luckily' because, here on the West Coast, we have to suffer through Patricia Heaton commercials for Albertsons grocery stores that make me want to throw my remote through the television set.

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