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Randall Einhorn Inks ABC Studios Deal

ABC Studios has signed a development deal with prolific director-producer Randall Einhorn. Under the pact, Einhorn will direct a pilot for the studio this coming season, as well as develop character-driven comedy projects. This marks his return to ABC Studios where he worked on The Muppets. Einhorn, who started as a director on reality shows, has emerged as a sought-after comedy pilot and series director. He was one of the primary directors on The Office and FX’s It’s Alw…
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Bobby Moynihan Exits ‘Saturday Night Live’

Bobby Moynihan Exits ‘Saturday Night Live’
Bobby Moynihan will depart “Saturday Night Live” following the sketch-comedy franchise’s season finale this weekend.

Moynihan’s exit from the show had been expected since CBS last week picked up comedy series “Me, Myself, & I,” in which he is set to star, for the 2017-18 season.

This season was Moynihan’s ninth on “SNL” — placing him among the longest-running cast members in the show’s history. In the current cast, his tenure was exceeded only by that of colleague Kenan Thompson.

Moynihan, like so many “SNL” veterans, developed his own stable of recurring characters, including Drunk Uncle and secondhand reporter Anthony Crispino. Among the real-life people he impersonated on the show were Chris Christie, Guy Fieri, and Snooki.

On Wednesday, Moynihan appeared at CBS’ upfront presentation with his fellow “Me, Myself & I” cast members. The single-cam comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span — with Moynihan playing the protagonist at age 40. Kapital Entertainment is
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Watch Trailers for New CBS Shows ‘Young Sheldon,’ ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Seal Team,’ ‘Wisdom of the Crowd,’ and More

Watch Trailers for New CBS Shows ‘Young Sheldon,’ ‘S.W.A.T.,’ ‘Seal Team,’ ‘Wisdom of the Crowd,’ and More
CBS released trailers for its new shows for the 2017-2018 season following its upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday, including first looks at “Big Bang Theory” prequel “Young Sheldon,” the reboot of “S.W.A.T.” with Shemar Moore, and the Jeremy Piven-led drama “Wisdom of the Crowd,” among others.

Young Sheldon,” which stars Iain Armitage as the nine-year-old version of Jim Parsons’ Dr. Sheldon Cooper, will air after “Big Bang” on Thursdays, beginning on Nov. 2, once Thursday Night Football concludes. The network will air a special preview of the pilot on Sept. 25. New comedies “9Jkl” and “Me, Myself, and I” will air on Mondays along with “Kevin Can Wait.”

S.W.A.T.” will air Thursdays at 10 p.m., also beginning on Nov. 2, while “Seal Team” — with “Bones” alum David Boreanaz — will air Wednesdays at 9 in between “Survivor” and “Criminal Minds.” “Wisdom of the Crowd” will join the network’s Sunday night lineup at 8 p.m
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CBS: Stop Saying That ‘This Is Us’ Is the Biggest New Hit of the Year; ‘Bull’ Is

No “Bull,” CBS wants you to know that the freshman Michael Weatherly series is actually the No. 1 new show of the year in total viewers, over NBC’s lauded “This Is Us.”

“We congratulate them on their success, but we like winning,” CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl said. He also pointed out that even CBS’ “Blue Bloods” has a larger audience than any other drama on the other networks, except “This Is Us.”

The Big Bang Theory” is the “Wayne Gretzky of comedy,” he noted, arguing that no other half-hour comes close in total viewers, which is why they’re big on spinoff entry “Young Sheldon.” The show was recently renewed for two more seasons, a negotiation that Moonves characterized as amicable.

He also said he “hoped” that the show will continue even beyond that. “We’ll do these two years and we’re not going to just lay down,
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CBS: Stop Saying That ‘This Is Us’ Is the Biggest New Hit of the Year; ‘Bull’ Is

CBS: Stop Saying That ‘This Is Us’ Is the Biggest New Hit of the Year; ‘Bull’ Is
No “Bull,” CBS wants you to know that the freshman Michael Weatherly series is actually the No. 1 new show of the year in total viewers, over NBC’s lauded “This Is Us.”

“We congratulate them on their success, but we like winning,” CBS senior exec VP Kelly Kahl said. He also pointed out that even CBS’ “Blue Bloods” has a larger audience than any other drama on the other networks, except “This Is Us.”

The Big Bang Theory” is the “Wayne Gretzky of comedy,” he noted, arguing that no other half-hour comes close in total viewers, which is why they’re big on spinoff entry “Young Sheldon.” The show was recently renewed for two more seasons, a negotiation that Moonves characterized as amicable.

He also said he “hoped” that the show will continue even beyond that. “We’ll do these two years and we’re not going to just lay down,
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Alan Cumming, David Boreanaz, Bobby Moynihan, Shemar Moore Lead CBS Male-Heavy Series Orders

CBS is going multigenerational with two new sitcoms, including an ambitious single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Bobby Moynihan, while sticking with tried-and-true topics – crime and action – for its new dramas. The network announced four new dramas and two comedies:

Wisdom of the Crowd” comes from executive producer Ted Humphrey and is “inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, a visionary tech innovator (Jeremy Piven) creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process.”

Jeremy Piven stars with Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalia Tena, and Monica Potter. The show is based on the Israeli format of the same name. and comes from executive producers Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Media Group), Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad. Adam Davidson is executive producer and director; CBS Television Studios is the
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Alan Cumming, David Boreanaz, Bobby Moynihan, Shemar Moore Lead CBS Male-Heavy Series Orders

CBS is going multigenerational with two new sitcoms, including an ambitious single-camera comedy starring “Saturday Night Live’s” Bobby Moynihan, while sticking with tried-and-true topics – crime and action – for its new dramas. The network announced four new dramas and two comedies:

Wisdom of the Crowd” comes from executive producer Ted Humphrey and is “inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, a visionary tech innovator (Jeremy Piven) creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process.”

Jeremy Piven stars with Richard T. Jones, Jake Matthews, Blake Lee, Natalia Tena, and Monica Potter. The show is based on the Israeli format of the same name. and comes from executive producers Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Media Group), Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad. Adam Davidson is executive producer and director; CBS Television Studios is the
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CBS Orders Boreanaz' Seal Team, Moore's S.W.A.T., Cumming's Instinct, Piven's Wisdom, Plus 2 Comedies

CBS Orders Boreanaz' Seal Team, Moore's S.W.A.T., Cumming's Instinct, Piven's Wisdom, Plus 2 Comedies
Make no bones about it: David Boreanaz will be on CBS next season.

Ahead of its 2017-18 schedule unveiling next week, the Eye net has handed out formal series orders to four dramas, including the Boreanaz-fronted Seal Team. Also scoring pickups: Alan Cumming’s Instinct, Shemar Moore’s S.W.A.T. and Jeremy Piven’s Wisdom of the Crowd.

On the comedy side, CBS has Ok’d the family satire 9Jkl starring Royal PainsMark Feuerstein and the time-tripping sitcom Me, Myself & I starring Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan. The duo join the already-ordered Big Bang Theory prequel spinoff Young Sheldon.
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CBS Series Orders: ‘9Jkl,’ ‘Me, Myself & I,’ ‘Instinct,’ ‘Wisdom of the Crowd,’ ‘Seal Team,’ ‘S.W.A.T.’

CBS has given series pickups to four new dramas and two new comedies for the 2017-18 season.

Instinct” stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who has since built a ‘normal’ life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose, and is based on a soon-to-be-published James Patterson book. Writer Michael Rauch, Cumming, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout, Patterson, Bill Robinson, and Leopoldo Gout also executive produce. CBS Television Studios is producing. Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings, Naveen Andrews, and Khandi Alexander also star.

Wisdom of the Crowd,” from CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television, follows a visionary tech innovator (Jeremy Piven) creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process. The series is based on the Israeli format of the same name. Writer
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Sharon Lawrence Joins ‘Me, Myself & I’ CBS Pilot; ‘Mission Control’ Adds Wunmi Mosaku

NYPD Blue alumna Sharon Lawrence is set as a series regular opposite John Larroquette and Bobby Moynihan in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot Me, Myself & I. Written by Dan Kopelman and directed by Randall Einhorn, Me, Myself & I examines one man's life over a 50-year span. The show will focus on three distinct periods in Alex Riley's life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day (Moynihan) and a 65-year-old in 2042 (Larroquette). Lawrence will play Eleanor…
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Bobby Moynihan to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself and I’ — What About ‘SNL’?

Bobby Moynihan to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself and I’ — What About ‘SNL’?
Saturday Night Live” veteran Bobby Moynihan will star in the CBS comedy pilot “Me, Myself and I,” Variety has learned.

Moynihan signing on to topline the broadcast comedy signals his potential exit from “Saturday Night Live,” on which he has been a staple since 2008. Should the CBS pilot go to series, Moynihan’s departure would mark the latest shake-up on “SNL,” following high-profile departures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, who also left for other scripted series over the past year. Currently in his ninth season on “SNL,” Moynihan is one of the longest-running cast members, alongside Kenan Thompson.

Upon Variety‘s request, NBC did not comment on Moynihan’s future status on “SNL.”

“Me, Myself and I” examines one man’s life over 50 years. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042 — Moynihan will play the present day man, Alex Riley
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Kelen Coleman Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Me, Myself & I’; Roberto Aguire Joins CBS’ Paul Attanasio Drama

Kelen Coleman (Big Little Lies) has joined the cast of CBS’ Me, Myself & I, Dan Kopelman's single-camera comedy pilot from Warner Bros TV and Kapital Entertainment. Written and executive produced by Kopelman and directed by Randall Einhorn, the project examines one man's life over a 50-year span, somewhat in the vein of Boyhood. The show will focus on the man’s three distinct periods: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042…
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‘The Mick’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

‘The Mick’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox
Fox has renewed the “The Mick” for a second season for the 2017-2018 season, Variety has learned.

The Mick” follows an unapologetic degenerate –played by star Kaitlin Olson — who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews in the affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut when her sister flees the country to avoid being locked in prison.

Sofia Black-d’Elia, Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton, Carla Jimenez and Scott MacArthur star alongside Olson.

The Mick” debuted midseason at the beginning of this year and quickly became a favorite of Fox execs, landing an additional episode-order early in its freshman season, which will tally up to 17 episodes. No word yet on the number of episodes for Season 2.

“From the earliest stages of development, all of us at Fox had enormous faith in ‘The Mick,’ and it hasn’t disappointed,” said David Madden, president, entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Kaitlin is a fearless comedic force, and
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‘The Mick’ Gets Four More Episodes from Fox

‘The Mick’ Gets Four More Episodes from Fox
Fox has ordered four more episodes of freshman comedy “The Mick,” Variety has learned, bringing the series’ first season order up to 17.

Only three episodes of the Kaitlin Olson comedy have aired thus far, but the premiere, which bowed after a hotly contested NFL game with playoff implications, has now notched a 3.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted demo in Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers, making it the biggest comedy debut of the 2016-17 season. The second episode drew a 1.3 demo rating in Nielsen’s Live+Same Day numbers, and tacked on an extra 0.6 once three days of viewing was counted.

The Mick” stars Olson as a degenerate who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece (Sofia Black-d’Elia, “The Night Of”) and nephews (Thomas Barbusca, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life;” newcomer Jack Stanton) in affluent Greenwich, Ct after her sister flees the country to avoid being locked away in prison.

“We
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Fox’s ‘The Mick’ Gets Plum Post-nfl Premiere, New Trailer

Fox’s ‘The Mick’ Gets Plum Post-nfl Premiere, New Trailer
Fox’s Kaitlin Olson comedy “The Mick” will be premiering on New Year’s Day 2017, following a Sunday NFL doubleheader. After its special Jan. 1 debut, the show will move to its regular Tuesday slot at 8:30 starting Jan. 3.

In “The Mick,” Olson, of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fame, is brash Rhode Islander MacKenzie, a.k.a. Mickey. Mickey is tasked with the guardianship of her sister’s three high-maintenance kids after said sister lands in jail for an extended period of time. There’s a bit of an adjustment period for the responsibility-shy Mickey, but she eventually comes to find that maybe being saddled with these kids isn’t the worst thing in the world.

The series also stars Sofia Black D’Elia (“The Night Of”), Thomas Barbusca (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), newcomer Jack Stanton, Carla Jimenez (“Last Man Standing”) and newcomer Scott MacArthur.

The Mick
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Randall Einhorn Inks Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘The Mick’ As Executive Producer

The Mick was a standout this pilot season, a lower-profile comedy from first-time creators, John Chernin and Dave Chernin, which came in surprisingly strong, becoming an instant frontrunner and landing one of the only two series berths Fox gave to its six comedy pilots. Part of the credit for the success of the pilot goes to the director, Randall Einhorn, who had worked with the Chernin brothers and Kaitlin Olson, cast as the lead in The Mick, on FX’s It’s Always Sunny In…
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Fox’s New Series Trailers: ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘Shots Fired’, ‘Star’, ‘The Mick’ & More

Fox has just dropped trailers for some of its new comedies and dramas as part of the 2016-17 series orders. Check them out below. Making History — Comedy Produced by 20th Century Fox TV. From writer/executive producer Julius Sharpe and executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Mick — Comedy Produced by 20th Century Fox TV. From writers/executive producers John Chernin and Dave Chernin and executive producers Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst, and Randall Einhorn. Son of Zor…
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Exorcist and Lethal Weapon TV Shows Get Series Orders at Fox

Exorcist and Lethal Weapon TV Shows Get Series Orders at Fox
With the current TV season winding down, the networks are preparing for their upfront presentations next week, where they will announce the new fall lineups. In recent years, networks have been getting a jump on the upfronts by announcing their new shows early, and today Fox has revealed six programs that have been given series orders, including shows based on hit movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon. The other four shows are dramas Apb and Pitch, along with comedies Making History and The Mick.

The Exorcist series hails from 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) writing the script for this psychological thriller. More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession.
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Fox Orders ‘Making History,’ ‘The Mick,’ ‘Apb,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & ‘Pitch’ for 2016-17 Season

Fox Orders ‘Making History,’ ‘The Mick,’ ‘Apb,’ ‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘The Exorcist’ & ‘Pitch’ for 2016-17 Season
Fox is the first broadcast network to jump into the 2016-2017 television season.

Variety has learned that comedies “Making History” and “The Mick” have landed series orders, along with dramas “Apb,” “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch.”

As Variety reported yesterday, Fox was looking to pick up three to five dramas and two to three comedies with all of the official series listed an in contention in our report. “Making History” has been an early favorite at Fox all along, and “The Mick” was a comedy frontrunner in the past few weeks. On the drama side, “Lethal Weapon,” “The Exorcist” and “Pitch” also received big buzz early on. “Apb” become a late favorite after changes were implemented behind the scenes.

The six new series join the previously ordered “24” spinoff “24: Legacy,” Lee Daniels’ drama “Star,” the “Prison Break” reboot, the event series “Shots Fired” and Jason Sudeikis’ hybrid comedy “Son of Zorn.
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‘It’s Always Sunny’ Star Kaitlin Olson to Topline Fox Pilot ‘The Mick’

‘It’s Always Sunny’ Star Kaitlin Olson to Topline Fox Pilot ‘The Mick’
Kaitlin Olson will star in Fox comedy pilot “The Mick,” Variety has learned.

Should the pilot go to series, Olson would star on both “The Mick” and FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which has been renewed for its 12th season at FX.

From writers John Chernin and Dave Chernin, “The Mick” revolves around a hard-living, foul mouthed woman — played by Olson — who moves to affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister, who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment.

The single-cam, female-led comedy hails from 20th Century Fox TV. The Chernins will exec produce with Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst and Randall Einhorn, who will direct the pilot.

Olson is repped by UTA.
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