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As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
Get ready to travel back to Oz, everybody! NBC announced yesterday that the next musical project that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind the network’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will tackle will be The Wiz. Like both Sound of Music and Peter Pan, The Wiz will air this December (Dec. 3, to be exact); however, this time, Zadan and Meron won’t be putting on the show alone. Instead, the duo will work together with Cirque du Soleil on NBC’s version of The Wiz, and following the Dec. 3 debut of the musical, Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the TV production and Broadway revival of The Wiz, collaborating with another Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein, who will compose new »
- Chris King
NBC will debut a new live television production of the hit Broadway musical “The Wiz” on Thursday, Dec. 3, to be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, whose new stage theatrical division will co-produce the live TV event and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. “We're thrilled to have the opportunity to not only produce this as our next »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.
The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over »
NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »
- Adam Chitwood
NBC’s next live musical event will come with a literal twist (or, more likely, dozens of ‘em).
The network announced on Monday that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the men behind NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan — will mount a live production of The Wiz in partnership with Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 3. Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
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Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will »
NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event: “The Wiz” will take centerstage Dec. 3, the net announced Monday.
“The Wiz” marks NBC’s third such production, following the success of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Carrie Underwood, and “Peter Pan Live!,” in which Allison Williams played the title character.
“The Wiz” will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, also presented by Cirque du Soleil.
Casting for both projects has yet to be announced.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC’s “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” return as exec producers. Kenny Leon directs both the TV production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
NBC is upping its live musical game. The network on Monday announced that The Wiz will be its next live musical performance — with Cirque du Soleil boarding the project with plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016. NBC's The Wiz, set for Thursday, Dec. 3, will again be executive produced by Sound of Music and Peter Pan duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with Tony-winning director Kenny Leon attached to direct both the live event as well as the Broadway revival in 2016-17. Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to
- Lesley Goldberg
NBC has announced that "The Wiz" is set to be its next live musical performance following the great success of "The Sound of Music" and the not-so stellar but still decent performance of "Peter Pan".
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the live event as well as the Broadway revival, while Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown.
The show is currently slated for a December 3rd airing.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
NBC is set to ease on down the road with its next live musical, with the network announcing Monday that it will stage an adaptation of "The Wiz" in December -- with a special assist.
NBC revealed that "The Wiz" will once again be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the duo behind the network's previous live efforts, "Sound of Music Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!," and the past three Oscars telecasts). But this year, the network is pulling out all the stops for the broadcast, which will also feature a collaboration with acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.
And the ambitious plans don't stop there: After the live staging airs on NBC in December, the show will then move to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. Tony winner and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "La Cage aux Folles," "Hairspray") will work on adapting the show's original book by William F. Brown, »
- Katie Roberts
Indie ‘toon Animal Crackers already boasts Ian McKellen and Sylvester Stallone for an unexpected team-up as part of its cast. Now co-directors Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft have announced that real-life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are also lending their voices.Animal Crackers follows a family, led by Blunt and Krasinski’s Zoe and Owen Huntington who inherit a ramshackle circus. When they partake of the titular biscuits, they find themselves transformed into animals and other characters, which we feel is a plotline that 1998’s Armageddon sorely missed out on.“When Emily and John came in and performed their first scenes of the movie together... It was magic,” Sava, who also co-wrote the script with Dean Lorey, tells Screen International. “I can think of no other way of describing what they brought to the film. We had to literally go back and re-storyboard the sequences because they »
They’ll be a bit of The Big Bang Theory and The Office overheard in the star studded Blue Dream Studios feature. Kaley Cuoco and John Krasinski have joined the voice cast of the Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft co-directed animated pic Animal Crackers, the studio announced today. Odin’s Eye Entertainment is representing international sales of the film in Berlin.
Partnering with China’s Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co. and China Film Co. Ltd. for financing, the Blue Studio produced pic follows a family who inherited an old circus and a mysterious box of animal crackers – yep, the ones you used to eat. Sava is producing along with George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, Jamie Thomason, and Leiming Guan. Wenhua Dongrun’s Mu Yedong, China Film board chairman La Peikang, and Landmark Asia’s Sam Chi are EPing.
Cuoco and Krasinski are the latest addition to »
- Dominic Patten
Blue Dream Studios has added Kaley Cuoco and John Krasinski to the animated feature film “Animal Crackers,” joining Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symone and Harvey Fierstein.
Odin’s Eye Entertainment is selling international markets at Berlin. “Animal Crackers” is set to be completed in the summer of 2016.
The film is about a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers, which magically change the person who eats them into an animal. Scott Christian Sava is co-directing with Tony Bancroft (“Mulan”) from a script he co-wrote with Dean Lorey.
The project is being financed in partnership with Beijing Wen Hua Dongrun Investment Co. and China Film Co.
- Dave McNary
A Mrs Doubtfire musical is in development.
Composer Alan Menken told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the project is in the "early stages" of development.
"It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," he said, adding: "We're really enjoying working on it."
Talk of a film sequel was halted after Williams's death last year.
Watch a trailer for Mrs Doubtfire below: »
The death of Robin Williams devastated the world late last year. It was a news story that many could not believe or indeed want to believe. He was gone. A Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb may have been his final performance on screen, save a vocal part in the Simon Pegg starrer Absolutely Anything, but his film legacy is still alive, even if Hollywood is intent on keeping it so by rehashing some of his old work. This is a little different however as news reaches us today that plans are afoot to bring one of his most beloved movies to the stage.
Mrs. Doubtfire was probably one of Williams’ finest movies, and probably one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Now Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein are said to be behind a stage version of the film, according to EW.
“It’s going very well, »
- Paul Heath
Looks like one more Mara Wilson movie is headed to Broadway: Alan Menken told EW Radio this week that he's currently hard at work writing the score for a Mrs. Doubtfire musical alongside the movie's own Harvey Fierstein, who's writing the book. (David Zippel is handling lyrics.) Menken cautioned that the trio was "in the early stages," but they were all "really enjoying working on it." As will, we imagine, Broadway's finest pyrotechnicians. »
- Nate Jones
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, composer Alan Menken, who is probably most famous for working on Disney animated classics "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," and "Beauty and the Beast" (in addition to "Little Shop of Horrors," "Enchanted" and the recent, weirdly overlooked television series "Galavant"), admitted that he is turning "Mrs. Doubtfire" into a Broadway musical.
While Menken will be composing the score, David Zippel, who worked with Menken on Disney's "Hercules," will be writing the lyrics and Harvey Fierstein, who was in the movie and is something of a Broadway legend (having written books for "Kinky Boots" and "Newsies," among many others), will be writing the book. Otherwise, Menken was pretty cagey. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told Entertainment Weekly. "We're really enjoying working on it."
- Drew Taylor
The iconic Mrs. Doubtfire house which is located in San Francisco was struck by an arsonist late on Monday. Made famous by the comedy, the property has served as a memorial for the late Robin Williams since his death last year. Damage was limited, as the owner was able to put the fire out before it got out of control.
The incident happened at 8:00 pm on Monday. The owner, a doctor, believes the fire was started by a disgruntled patient. Fire officials believe the arsonist doused the doormat in a flammable liquid before igniting it on fire.
Before his death, Robin Williams was planning a return as Daniel Hillard, an actor and divorcee who disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. The location was likely to be used again in Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but the project, of course, »
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