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Peter Grad, Former Mtm Television President, Dies At 75

3 August 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Grad, a television executive and philanthropist, died of a heart attack Aug. 1 while on vacation in Vail, Colo. He was 75.

Grad spent five years as president of Mtm Television from 1987 to 1992. He also did a seven-year stint as a TV development exec at 20th Century Fox. During his long run in TV he helped shepherd such notable series as “L.A. Law,” “The Fall Guy,” “Mr. Belvedere” and “Evening Shade.”

Grad was married for 47 years to Laurie Burrows Grad, daughter of famed playwright-director Abe Burrows. He was the father of Nick Grad, president of original programming and production at FX Networks.

Born in Newark, N.J., Grad grew up on the Jersey shore. He attended the University of Pennsylvania. He dabbled in everything from engineering and finance to acting and producing for the stage before he turned to TV development in 1977, when he joined Paramount TV on the East Coast. »

- Variety Staff

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Peter Grad, Former President of Mtm Television, Dies at 75

3 August 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Grad, a television executive, producer and philanthropist, died of a heart attack Saturday while on vacation in Vail, Colo., his family announced. He was 75. Survivors include his son, Nicholas Grad, president of original programming and production at FX Networks, and Nicholas’ wife, Carolyn Bernstein, executive vp at Endemol Shine Studios. Grad’s brother-in-law is famed TV director and 10-time Emmy Award winner James Burrows. Grad began his career at Paramount Television before moving to 20th Century Fox Television, and he went on to serve as president of Mtm Television. During his career, he was responsible for shepherding

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- Mike Barnes

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NBC Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

11 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Orders Comedies People Are Talking, Crowded And Superstore

8 May 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With pickups for the fall season in full swing, NBC is betting on three comedies, from Ride Along producer Will PackerHot in Cleveland‘s Suzanne Martin and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.

People Are Talking, created by DJ Nash, centers on two neighborhood couples who meet often to obsess over everything from sex, class and race to their suspicions that the new babysitter is a porn star. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tone Bell are two of the main foursome, Packer will exec-produce and Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) directed the pilot.

Crowded, from Martin and actor Sean Hayes, is yet another multigenerational family comedy (following Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and others in what seems to be a never-ending trend) about parents whose future plans are derailed when their two adult daughters experience trouble in their personal and professional lives and move back in. James Burrows directed the pilot, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Superstore,' 'Crowded' get NBC series orders

7 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I appreciate that NBC at least let one other piece of pre-upfronts news break -- Rip, "Hart of Dixie" -- between piecemeal announcements for new comedy pilots. Just hours after picking up the multi-cam comedy "People Are Talking," NBC has added to what is essentially a bare comedy cupboard with series orders for "Crowded" and "Superstore." The trio of Thursday comedies join the strange "Coach" reboot and Eva Longoria's "Telenovela" in NBC's 2015-2016 in-season plans, while "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" are premiering limited runs in August. It's at least conceivable that NBC may not renew a single one of its existing comedies, though "Undateable" is probably reasonably safe for a third season pickup.  Let's look at the two new comedies, both ensembles featuring a slew of TV favorites. "Superstore" marks America Ferrara's return to the small screen and also brings Ben Feldman back to NBC just one »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Beth Hoyt To Co-Star In CBS Pilot ‘The Half Of It’, Morgan Krantz Also Cast

9 April 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Actress-comedian Beth Hoyt has been cast as a female lead opposite Jon Dore in The Half Of It, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows. Also cast in the project, from CBS TV Studios, is Morgan KrantzThe Half Of It, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Mike (Dore), a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Hoyt… »

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Andrea Anders Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Half Of It’

7 April 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Andrea Anders has been added to The Half Of It, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows. Anders will play Megan, one of the female leads in the project. The role had been conceived as regular, but Anders was cast as a guest star as she already is a regular on another comedy pilot, NBC’s How We Live, which she just wrapped. The Half Of It, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Mike (Jon Dore), a newly divorced dad… »

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Stars Sing Broadway Tunes for Alzheimer’s at Sardi’s Benefit

19 March 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“We’re very happy to be here tonight,” said “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, sandwiched on the Beverly Hilton stage between co-stars Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting at Wednesday’s A Night at Sardi’s benefit, an annual ode to Broadway for the Alzheimer’s Association — where the actors were honored for their unwavering support last year. “And we’re happy that we’re not singing,” added Nayyar.

“I thought you liked singing,” Helberg bantered back, to which Nayyar responded, “I mean, yeah, I like singing, except it gives me months and months of anxiety.”

“I’m sad that we’re not singing,” Cuoco-Sweeting attested. “It’s the one chance we get to work in complete unison. I think we make beautiful music together, guys.” And they weren’t alone.

“My friend Jason Alexander’s opening the show,” noted Lea Thompson in »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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Steven Weber to Star in CBS Comedy ‘Joe Time’

9 March 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Wings” alum Steven Weber has been cast as the title character in the CBS comedy pilot “Joe Time.”

Weber will star as a family man who’s put aside his own desires so his loved ones can follow their own bliss — but he struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.

Also cast are Duane Martin and Eric Peterson. Martin will play Theodore, Joe’s successful music-producer neighbor, and Peterson will play Scott, Joe’s gay brother, who works with him in the family construction business.

The multicamera project comes from exec producer-writer Bill Wrubel and will be directed by sitcom vet James Burrows. Warner Bros. Television will produce.

Weber most recently appeared in a major role on ABC Family’s “Chasing Life” and had guest gigs on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “NCIS: New Orleans. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Steven Weber To Topline CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Joe Time’

9 March 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

After a string of hourlong series, Wings star Steven Weber is returning to his multi-camera comedy roots with a starring role in Joe Time, CBS’ multi-cam comedy pilot from Warner Bros. TV and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel. Directed by veteran James Burrows, who also helmed the Wings pilot 25 years ago, Joe Time centers on Joe (Weber), a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives… »

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Jon Dore Cast As Lead In ‘The Half Of It’ CBS Comedy Pilot

4 March 2015 2:08 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jon Dore has landed the lead in The Half Of It, CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons and directed by James Burrows. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Mike (Dore), a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Mike is dealing with mixed feelings: half of him is the excited, upbeat single guy and the other half is the single dad who is… »

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Pilot News: Carrie Preston Starring in NBC's Empty-Nester Comedy

3 March 2015 5:18 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

After tangling with vampires and lawyers, True Blood alumna (and current Good Wife fan favorite) Carrie Preston is set to conquer the ups and downs of family life as the star of NBC’s untitled Suzanne Martin comedy pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The multi-cam project chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike (Rules of Engagement‘s Patrick Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home.

iCarly‘s Miranda Cosgrove co-stars as one of Mike and Martina’s children, »

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Carrie Preston To Star In Suzanne Martin Empty-Nester NBC Comedy Pilot

3 March 2015 3:41 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Good Wife scene-stealer Carrie Preston has been cast as the female lead opposite Patrick Warburton in NBC's untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn (Preston) when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike's dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean… »

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Patrick Warburton To Star In Suzanne Martin NBC Comedy Pilot

27 February 2015 5:09 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Rules Of Engagement alum Patrick Warburton is set as the male lead in NBC’s untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike’s dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean Hayes and Todd Millner. Warburton is with ICM Partners… »

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James Burrows to Direct CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The Half of It’ (Exclusive)

23 February 2015 12:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has tapped veteran comedy director James Burrows to direct the pilot for “The Half of It,” Variety has learned.

One of the most sought-after sitcom helmers, Burrows directed the pilots for “The Big Bang Theory,” “Friends,” “Frasier,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Mike & Molly” and “2 Broke Girls,” among others.

“The Half of It,” from writer and exec producer Mike Gibbons — who is also head writer and co-exec producer of CBS’ upcoming “Late Late Show with James Corden” — follows a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half of his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married.

Christine Ko is set to star in the multicam CBS TV Studios sitcom as Suzi, a fun-loving twentysomething hipster and whiz kid.

The project marks Burrows’ third pilot this season, and the second with CBS. He’s set to direct the Eye’s “Joe Time, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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From BAFTA to DGA and Everything in Between, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

9 February 2015 3:01 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season

With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!

Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):

Best Film

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory Of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Director

Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

The Theory Of Everything James Marsh

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything »

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Alejandro González Iñárritu wins the DGA Award for Birdman

8 February 2015 10:48 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Directors Guild of America held the 67th annual DGA Awards Dinner in Los Angeles last night, during which Alejandro González Inarritu was honoured with the DGA Award for Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman.

Innaitu was nominated alongside Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and the award makrs his second DGA success, having received the DGA Award for Commercials in 2012 for a Proctor and Gamble ad.

Here’s a full list of the winners…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Alejandro G. IÑÁRRITU

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Lesli Linka Glatter

Homeland,” “From A to B and Back Again” (Showtime)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Jill Soloway

Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series »

- Gary Collinson

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Does ‘Birdman’ DGA Win Mean “Game Over” For Other Oscar Hopefuls?

8 February 2015 2:28 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Yes, Birdman is for real. If there was any lingering doubt that industry awards voters are dead serious about honoring a movie that is about a lot of things but especially about themselves, the DGA’s top honor erased those questions. Now after triumphing at the PGA, winning the SAG Ensemble Cast prize and DGA Directorial Achievement Award for Alejandro G. Inarritu this movie has flown past the competition and left what was thought to be a front runner, Boyhood, in its dust. It’s an important moment for the film as its victory occurred on the very weekend Oscar balloting begins.

The Boyhood momentum was created by critics and pundits based on its sweep through the critics portion of the season where it pulled a Social Network by winning everything right thru the Golden Globes for 2010, only to be trounced by The King’s Speech once the Guild prizes started rolling in. »

- Pete Hammond

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Birdman wins top honour at annual Directors Guild of America Awards

8 February 2015 2:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu has scooped the top honour at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.

Iñárritu won Best Feature Film Director ahead of nominees for American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game.

In his acceptance speech, the director claimed that filmmaking is not as hard as it used be, stating: "To make a good film we all know is war, and we have just to survive it. If this is considered a great film, it doesn't have anything to do with me. It's a miracle."

Laura Poitras picked up the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Citizenfour.

On accepting the award, she said: "This is an incredible time to be a documentary filmmaker. People are doing work that is incredibly groundbreaking and risk-taking."

Lisa Cholodenko claimed the TV movie or miniseries prize for her two-part HBO drama Olive Kitteridge.

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DGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Feature Film for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

7 February 2015 8:26 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has won the Directors Guild of America top feature film award.

“I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” a deeply moved Inarritu said in his acceptance speech Saturday night at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. “I am openly humbled.”

Alfonso Cuaron, who won last year’s DGA and Oscar for “Gravity,” made the presentation of the DGA’s top award to the audacious and surreal comedy-drama.

Inarritu, a native of Mexico, noted that filmmaking is unpredictable: “You can’t pick a sexual position that will turn out a certain kind of child.”

Inarritu credited the cast, led by Michael Keaton, along with producing partners John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.

He won over Richard Linklater for “Boyhood,” Clint Eastwood for “American Sniper,” Morten Tydlum for “The Imitation Game” and »

- Dave McNary

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