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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
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
- Mike Barnes
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 »
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
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
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 Krantz. The 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… »
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… »
“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.
- Jasmin Rosemberg
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.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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… »
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… »
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.
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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, »
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… »
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… »
“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
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):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
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
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
“Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series »
- Gary Collinson
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
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."
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."
The Comedy »
“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.”
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.”
“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.
- Dave McNary
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