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ABC has named Jamila Hunter senior vice president of comedy, Variety has learned.
Hunter’s promotion follows the exit of longtime head of comedy Samie Falvey, who recently departed for AwesomenessTV where she is now head of content.
In her new position, Hunter — previously ABC’s vice prez of comedy — will manage the network’s comedy department, heading development and production of all comedy pilots.
“As one of our industry’s most accomplished executives, Jamila has been instrumental in ABC’s comedy resurgence. She brings a unique perspective to this important role, and I’m thrilled to have her leading our efforts,” said ABC Entertainment president, Channing Dungey, to whom Hunter will report.
Hunter commented: “I’m honored to join Channing’s senior leadership team. Over the years, our network has built a strong comedy brand featuring unique, culturally relevant shows. I’m excited by this new opportunity and looking forward to working with my talented colleagues »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s appropriate that Jeffrey Katzenberg is now celebrating his Imprint Ceremony at the Chinese Theatre. After all, his fingerprints are all over Hollywood.
Over the years Katzenberg has discovered, mentored and nurtured talent, and his long-standing relationships with such actors as Julia Roberts, Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Mike Myers, Richard Gere, Angelina Jolie, and Justin Timberlake have been a key their success as well as his own.
Katzenberg personally casts all his movies. He put Murphy in the “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Shrek” franchises and helped glamorous stars such as Jolie and Cameron Diaz broaden their fanbase by moving into animated films, “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek,” respectively.
He raised the trajectories of such comedians as Myers (“Shrek”) Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda”), and Ben Stiller (“Madagascar”). He helped pair Roberts and Gere in “Pretty Woman,” guided Cruise through such hits as “Color of Money” and “Minority Report, »
- Iain Blair
Celebrated for ushering in the renaissance of animated films, Jeffrey Katzenberg has also worked his magic on TV, earning him shelves of Emmys.
Without Katzenberg,Tim Allen’s “Home Improvement” might never have gone beyond shtick. Trying to lure Allen to do “Dead Poets Society,” Katzenberg jumped on a table and acted out the parts, Allen recalls. The comedian found it “derivative” and passed, as he did with “Turner & Hooch.”
“He called me back and was just incredulous,” Allen says. Allen, however, seized the opportunity to pitch Katzenberg “Home Improvement.” That Katzenberg magic? “I am not even sure how they got [producers] Matt Williams off of ‘Roseanne’ and Carmen Finestra off of ‘Cosby.’
“He’s a real stand-up guy,” Allen says. “When he says something he means it. He wears his professionalism on his sleeves so you know what you are getting — honorable, fun, intelligent and big-hearted.”
Katzenberg’s instincts also »
- Jacqueline Cutler
Nancy Travis has been tapped as the lead in Bernard and Huey, written by Pulitzer-winning satirist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer. Based on Feiffer’s comic strip characters, the Dan Mirvish-directed pic follows two old friends and a woman who complicates their lives. Travis will play Mona, a stylish, decisive, opinionated and brutally honest editor at a New York publishing house. She stars as the matriarch opposite Tim Allen on ABC’s Last Man Standing, whose sixth season p… »
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is the sensational new film from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realises that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
To celebrate the cinema release on 29th September in 3D & 2D, we are giving you the chance to win a special Miss Peregrine »
- Paul Heath
Tim Allen and company have had a successful Friday night run with Last Man Standing on ABC. The sitcom has more than enough episodes for syndication so, how long will it continue? Will it be cancelled this time around, or will it be renewed for a seventh season? Stay tuned.On Last Man Standing, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) is the marketing director of the Outdoor Man sporting goods stores. He has a wife and three daughters so it can be a little tough to stand his ground and stay in touch with his inner man. The rest of the cast includes Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim, Kaitlyn Dever, Christoph Sanders, Hector Elizondo, Flynn Morrison, Jordan Masterson, and Jonathan Adams.Read More… »
Jay Leno is set to reprise his guest role on ABC’s “Last Man Standing” Season 6, and TheWrap has the first photos of his appearance. The former host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” will appear on the September 30 episode, titled “Gameday Forecast: Showers,” as Joe, a mechanic and car aficionado. In the episode, a Jack and Jill wedding shower for Mandy and Kyle is announced, and Mike (Tim Allen) is disappointed to learn it’s on the same day as the big Broncos-Chargers game. In an effort to catch the game with Joe (Jay Leno) and the guys, Mike convinces the couple. »
- Reid Nakamura
Welcome back to Tool Time. Twenty five years ago today, Home Improvement made its debut on ABC.Created by Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean, and Matt Wiliams, the sitcom centers on a suburban Detroit family. The cast includes Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith, Richard Karn, Pamela Anderson, Debbe Dunning, and Earl Hindman (behind the fence). The series premiered on September 17th, 1991.Read More… »
[Editor’s Note: Typically, we recommend six or seven series newly available on Netflix in the coming month, but this September is chock full of choices — in part because fall shows are starting up again and networks want to make sure fans are caught up on prior seasons. So, this month, we’ve selected 17 high-priority choices and have highlighted our favorites. Choose for yourself, or settle in for the ultimate binge.]
1. “Easy” Season 1 (available September 22)
Why Should I Watch It? Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash and Elizabeth Reaser star in this new eight-episode anthology series, but even that kind of star power can’t compete with a brilliant creator. Good thing “Easy” springs from the mind of indie favorite Joe Swanberg. The “Uncle Kent” and “Drinking Buddies” writer-director is taking on his first TV series with a comfortable setting — Chicago — and subject — “love, sex, technology and culture.” We can’t wait.
Best Episode: Every episode Aya Cash appears in will be the best, so hopefully she’s in every single one.
2. “Call the Midwife” Season 5 (available September 19)
Why Should I Watch It? I know, I know. We badger you about this every year, »
- Ben Travers
While the world outside continues to get disgustingly scarier, this week I’m choosing to look inward for peace. Piece of mind. Peace of soul. Reese’s Pieces.
Not long after my wife and I purchased our home (and I guess for the sake of being optimistic, I’ll dub this our first home) I also purchased a new iMac desktop computer. Given the amount of freelance design work I was picking up, having a home system ready to earn me money sure made a lot of sense. And it also helped that the horsepower allowed Unshaven Comics to complete issue after issue, and even record and post 169 episodes of our award-losing podcast. The iMarc, as I’d dubbed it, has been the centerpiece of my digital life now for over five years. It’s been an amazing companion, muse, and canvas to me. But it’s started to show its age. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
The SAG-aftra Foundation hosted its seventh annual Los Angeles Golf Classic on Monday morning, where Kerry Washington was presented with the actors inspiration award and celebrity golfers, including Tim Allen, Ioan Gruffudd and Joe Mantegna, gathered to raise funds for the nonprofit’s emergency assistance and healthcare programs.
Washington, who stars in ABC’s “Scandal” and recently portrayed Anita Hill in the HBO film “Confirmation,” was recognized for both her philanthropic efforts and her support of the acting community at large.
“I was terrified to be an actor. I didn’t think that I had what it takes to compete with Hollywood,” she shared with Variety before the fundraiser, citing SAG-aftra’s role in her pursuit of an acting career. “In my career in the arts, like anybody else, there have been lots of ups and downs. I’ve certainly been one of those actors who has faced unemployment. The foundation has always been there; I feel indebted.”
Washington was presented with the honor by SAG-aftra president JoBeth Williams, who preceded her award presentation speech by initiating moments of silence for the Orlando nightclub shooting and the recent passing of former SAG-aftra president Ken Howard.
“Kerry’s known for playing these strong female characters who stand up for what they believe in, which is not unlike Kerry herself. Her work and her influence stretches far beyond her big and small-screen successes,” Williams said of the actress.
Washington is an advocate for civil rights and public service, earning her an appointment to the president’s committee on the arts and humanities by President Barack Obama in 2009. Her humanitarian achievements have also been acknowledged by an NAACP president’s award and GLAAD Media vanguard award, among other honors.
- Alyssa Sage
Jason from Mnpp here - it's time for another "Beauty vs Beast" y'all! Today's we're talking Pixar because of two reasons -- first off their sequel Finding Dory is out this weekend, prepped to splash magic across the summer box office. And next off it's the 63rd birthday of Tim Allen today, whose greatest role (give or take a Galaxy Quest) came divorced from his physical being, his essence siphoned into Pixar's patented pixels and then tossed into the greatest toy box there ever was with 1995's Toy Story. Can you imagine a world with Buzz Lightyear or Woody the well-meaning cotton-stuffed cowpoke? I thought not. But try to remember that once upon a time they were more at each other's throats than anything else, and then take your sides...
Previously Last week we stormed onto the primary-color-coated set of the soap opera satire Soapdish, maneuvered ourselves between the divas and dimbulbs, and asked you to choose between the Queen Bee and the Crazy Bitch - well with 60% of the vote once again Celeste Talbert (Sally Field) has made her way to that podium. Said Sawyer:
"'What am I, 70, David? Why don't you just put me in a walker? Buy a goddamn walker and put me in it!' #celesteforever"
Kerry Washington is about to add another honor to her already impressive resume. The SAG-aftra Foundation will honor the Scandal star with its Actors Inspiration Award, People has learned. It will be presented June 13 at the foundation's 7th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic. Washington, 39, is being honored for giving back to her fellow actors as well as the community at large. She has been a proponent of civil rights and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2009. She received the NAACP President's Award in 2013 for her commitment to public service and civil rights. »
- Aaron Couch
The Television Academy held a star-studded gala Thursday night to unveil its redesigned North Hollywood campus and celebrate its 70th anniversary.
TV execs, stars and industry legends swarmed around the Academy’s new media center — named after Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl — and then piled into the state-of-the-art Wolf Theatre — titled after Dick and Noelle Wolf — as TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum broke the seal of its cutting-edge Dolby audio and visual systems with a highlight reel of memorable TV moments that drew applause and laughs from the audience.
“This is one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the world, and as a part of their sponsorship, Dolby will update the theater’s technology for the next 10 years, guaranteeing us the ultimate entertainment experience,” Rosenblum revealed.
- Mannie Holmes
Growing up is all about expanding your horizons. You open your mind to everything from different foods to traveling the world, but one of the things that truly marks the transition from young whippersnapper to full-fledged adult is your taste in television. More specifically, you start enjoying home improvement shows.
With your newfound love of these shows, you've probably binge-watched "House Hunters" or "House Hunters International" whenever they're on television, which is all the time. It's time to expand your horizons. Not all Hgtv/Diy Network TV shows are created equal, and you need to watch all of them to prepare. Prepare for what? The part of adulthood that involves buying your own house, and then decorating it.
'Tiny House Hunters' (2014 - present)
Watching this show can make you question your own living situation and may convince you that you could absolutely live in a tiny house ... right? Probably, »
- Chelsea Perrotty
The Television Academy has announced additional guests for its 70th Anniversary gala, taking place on June 2.
Tim Allen, Carly Chaikin, Ted Danson, Portia Doubleday, Florence Henderson, Derek Hough, Felicity Huffman, Cloris Leachman, Phylicia Rashad, Marion Ross and Suzanne Somers are among the stars confirmed to attend the opening event for the new Saban Media Center at the Academy’s North Hollywood campus.
The event will also feature a class photo to commemorate the new campus, which will gather television personalities representing many of TV’s memorable moments, renowned television legends responsible for the medium’s most iconic programming and the stars of today’s hottest series for a unique photographic tribute.
The gala will present the Hall of Fame Cornerstone Award to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in recognition of the networks’ historic vision, »
- Variety Staff
[caption id="attachment_48971" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Last Man Standing TV show on ABC. (L-r) Molly Ephraim, Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Amanda Fuller, Jay Leno, Kaitlyn Dever, and Jonathan Adams. (ABC/Ron Tom).[/caption]
Will the Last Man Standing TV show on ABC be cancelled or renewed for a sixth season? Star Tim Allen thinks season six is on its way and is not keeping it under wraps. Overnight, the actor and comic tweeted, "ABC wants a year six and we are all excited to make it happen." Later, he tweeted to co-star Kaitlyn Dever, who plays his character Mike Baxter's daughter, Eve, "Rest up Eve we are back for season six...Dad."
The Last Man Standing season five finale episode, "The Shortcut," aired April 22, 2016. ABC issued a slew of renewals and cancellations, yesterday. The network is reportedly in talks with 20th Century Fox Television, regarding season six of the Friday »
In the wake of last night's massacre of "on the bubble" series, the fate of only a handful of network shows remain in question - with many of them being decided today.
Fox has renewed its supernatural drama "Sleepy Hollow" for a fourth season despite the departure of female lead Nicole Beharie at the end of last season. The show wrapped its most recent run with a 1.4 rating and 4.8 million total viewers.
NBC has been doing the axe-swinging today, cancelling five series including "Undateable" after three seasons along with much of its freshman class including Eva Longoria's "Telenovela," multi-camera family comedy "Crowded," medical drama "Heartbeat" and mystery thriller "Game of Silence".
The network is set to replace them with several new shows including supernatural thriller "Midnight, Texas," Dan Fogleman's "This Is Us" and the Dick Wolf-produced "Chicago Justice". Three other shows - "Timeless," "Cruel Intentions" and "The Blacklist" are still undecided. »
- Garth Franklin
ABC has renewed the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” for a sixth season. The Disney broadcaster has also picked up the Minnie Driver pilot “Speechless” (pictured) to series. “Friends” alum Scott Silveri will write and executive produce the new 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios show, alongside Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. “Speechless” follows Maya Dimeo (Driver) — a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and her kids — Ray, Dylan and Jj, her eldest son with special needs — per ABC. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to »
- Tony Maglio
Allen stars as Mike Baxter in “Last Man Standing,” which is created by Jack Burditt and executive produced by Allen, Matt Berry, Martin Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker, Rick Messina, Kevin Abbott, Kevin Hench and Michael Shipley. Hailing from Twentieth Century Fox Television, Season 6 of “Last Man Standing” will see new challenges greet Mike as he continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to test his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes in.
“Last Man Standing” also stars Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christophe Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison ad Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate. »
- Laura Prudom
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