19 items from 2015
CBS today unveiled its 2015-2016 primetime lineup, featuring seven new shows and 22 returning series. CBS will build on a schedule that will finish the current season as America's most-watched network in viewers for the 12th time in 13 years, including the last seven years straight. The new fall dramas are: the heart-pounding medical series Code Black, set in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation; the fast-paced Limitless, based on the feature film with Bradley Cooper, starring Jake McDorman as an average guy who can suddenly access 100% of his brain capacity with a mysterious pill; and Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist in the title role based on the DC Comics superhero.
The new fall comedies are: Angel from Hell, about a loud, colorful, often inappropriate woman who claims to be a guardian angel, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson; and Life in Pieces, an irreverent »
Jaime Pressly and Mimi Kennedy have both had good "Mom" news since I talked with them on the set of the CBS comedy in March. At the time, Pressly was still a "Mom" guest star, but the "My Name Is Earl" Emmy winner seemed very open to getting to be a regular part of the action. In March, it was announced that Pressly will, indeed, be a regular next season, continuing to chart the journey of wealthy divorcee Jill, who has made several trips to rehab this year. And at the time, Kennedy was unsure what was happening with Marjorie's cancer, an important Season 1 plotline that was ignored for the first chunk of Season 2. In recent episodes, it was finally been revealed that Marjorie has been continuing with treatment and that she's now cancer-free. I held my interviews with Pressly and Kennedy a little long and so there were large »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS’ comedy lineup already features one Masters Of Sex standout in Mom star Allison Janney. Now it is looking to add another. Annaleigh Ashford has been cast as a regular in the CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde. The single-camera Greg Garcia project, from CBS TV Studios, follows Clyde (Charlie McDermott), a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who decides to become a superhero. Ashford will play Britney, the high school sweetheart of Clyde’s older brother Duke who dumped him… »
Still Standing star Mark Addy is returning to CBS with a co-starring role opposite The Middle‘s Charlie McDermott in Greg Garcia's comedy pilot Super Clyde. The single-camera project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Clyde (McDermott), a meek, unassuming, comic book-obsessive fast-food worker who finds his calling. When Clyde gets a really unexpected windfall — the inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill — he decides that his money will be his secret super… »
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will debut his first full length stand-up comedy special exclusively on Netflix, the company announced Monday. “Chris Tucker Live” will see the “Rush Hour” star showcasing his comedic chops, from his impersonations to his on-stage physicality, as he shares his experiences from childhood to the big time. The special was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Tucker’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The special will be the first project that Tucker has starred in and produced through his own company, Chris Tucker Entertainment, with Phil Joanou directing. Also Read: CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot, Projects From Greg Garcia, »
- Joe Otterson
Comic-Con International announced the full three-day schedule for WonderCon 2015, which will take place from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can clickHere to check out the entire convention schedule, but we have pulled out all of the movie, TV, Blu-ray and DVD related panel presentations below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2015 has to offer!
Friday, April 3
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Going Back to The Future
Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to The Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. Room 207
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Batman
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Now let's take a look into what the future may have to offer for the iconic »
CBS and Warner Bros. Television has found the other half of its dual leads for their “Rush Hour” adaptation. Justin Hires will play Carter, the role made famous by Chris Tucker in the original 1998 movie. Carter is described as an irreverent and wildly confident bad-boy detective with the Lapd. He’s a maverick who uses unorthodox methods to get things done, often causing the top brass to look the other way. Also Read: CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Pilot, Projects From Greg Garcia, ‘Modern Family’ Ep Based on the New Line Cinema feature film starring Tucker and Jackie Chan, the pilot follows a stoic, »
- Jethro Nededog
After the shocking twist at the end of “Arrow’s” Feb. 25 episode, we have a lot of questions — and with the show in repeats until March 18, onscreen answers won’t be forthcoming any time soon. Luckily, Variety was among a number of outlets to talk with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg following a screening of “Nanda Parbat,” and the duo — along with stars Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul) and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) — had plenty to tease about what’s coming up for Oliver and company when the show returns in three weeks.
Below, we ponder the implications of “Nanda Parbat” and offer the producers’ insights on what’s ahead for Team Arrow.
How will Oliver react to Ra’s al Ghul’s offer?
Needless to say, neither viewers nor Oliver were expecting Ra’s al Ghul to offer our hero the opportunity to take his place as »
- Laura Prudom
Orange Is The New Black and Jane The Virgin‘s Diane Guerrero has been cast opposite Charlie McDermott in Greg Garcia's CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde, from CBS TV Studios. It follows a meek, unassuming fast-food worker (McDermott) who decides to become a super hero. Guerrero, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Vamnation Entertainment, will play Maddy, Clyde’s (McDermott) very cute, smart and ambitious good friend. Guerrero recently wrapped the female lead in feature Peter… »
What the Heck?
With ABC yet to renew The Middle for a seventh season — and with that cast’s contracts up this spring — Charlie McDermott has signed on as the lead in CBS’ Super Clyde pilot, our sister site Deadline reports.
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Penned by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), the comedy follows a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling. (This marks Super Clyde‘s second go-around as a pilot; Harry Potter‘s pal Rupert Grint previously filled the title role.)
Deadline reports that »
CBS has ordered three new pilots, including an adaptation of a 2011 Bradley Cooper film that counts the Oscar nominee as an executive producer.
The series will pick up where the film left off, following a man with access to a mysterious prescription drug that expands his mental capacity. In the show, the character uses his abilities to help the FBI solve crimes. The project has additional producers in Relativity honchos Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. »
- Matt Donnelly
Marti Noxon is checking into the hospital with CBS.
The drama is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – La County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
- Tim Kenneally
CBS has ordered a pilot for the new TV series Rush Hour, based on the blockbuster movie franchise starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. CBS issued a pilot commitment back in October, with the potential TV series now moving forward to produce the pilot episode. Bill Lawrence, who created Scrubs and Cougar Town, wrote the pilot script, which centers on an arrogant Los Angeles detective who teams up with a by-the-book Hong Kong cop after he is assigned to a case in L.A.
Bill Lawrence revealed earlier this month that the show will feature a new plot that is much different from the movie trilogy, but will feature the same kinds of characters. The actor who will take over the Lee character, originally played by Jackie Chan, will be a martial artist, but the series creator added that he may just find the right actor who doesn't have martial »
CBS picked up three projects Monday, ordering comedy pilots from “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope” creator Greg Garcia and “Modern Family” executive producer Bill Wrubel. On the drama side, the network has greenlit a pilot for a television adaptation of the New Line Cinema film franchise “Rush Hour.”
Like the film, the pilot is about a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who finds himself partnered with a cocky Lapd officer after he’s assigned to a case in Los Angeles. »
- Jason Hughes
CBS has its eye on yet another odd couple for the 2015-2016 TV season.
CBS’ logline for the project is as follows: “A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American Lapd officer who has no interest in a partner. »
The Warner Bros. TV pilot was written by comedy vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian are exec producing with Lawrence, McCormick and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s Doozer Prods. banner.
With comedy writers at the helm CBS’ spin on “Rush Hour” is sure to keep to the comedic tone of the original 1998 New Line feature about a stoic Hong Kong police officer assigned to work a case in Los Angeles with a cocky local cop who has no interest in a partner. The success of the first installment spawned “Rush Hour 2″ in 2001 and “Rush Hour 3″ in 2007.
CBS’ has dabbled in similar waters before. Two years ago it won the bidding for a new incarnation of “Beverly Hills Cop” produced »
- Cynthia Littleton
Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will pen his first-ever book, a memoir mixing comedy and food, titled “Where You Wanna Eat?”
Co-written with Alan Eisenstock, the memoir, to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, will explore Maniscalco’s own dining experiences and most memorable meals, complete with dos and don’ts.
Maniscalco has also signed onto exec produce a half-hour multi-camera comedy, influenced by his own life stories, pending pickup by NBC who recently bought the script, written by Austen Earl (“The Millers,” “Up All Night”). Along with Maniscalco and Earl, Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”), Judi Brown-Marmel and Alix Jaffe are also set to exec produce.
The comedian’s Showtime special “Aren’t You Embarrassed,” currently airing, was one of the cabler’s highest-rated comedy specials of the year.
Maniscalco is repped by UTA.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Supergirl should fly just fine on CBS, despite the initial perception that she’s an odd fit amid the network’s countless procedurals.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday, CBS president Nina Tassler called Supergirl “a real passion of ours,” saying, “We heard the pitch and realized she embodied so many of the qualities and characteristics of the classic female heroines on the network. It’s a story and coming-of-age opportunity for us. We fell in love with the pitch.”
As for how a fanciful superhero drama will “fit” on CBS’ procedural-filled line-up, Tassler explained to TVLine, »
Sunday was a big day for The CW, with a slew of big renewals in the morning, a busy day of Press Tour panels and then an evening coronation for Gina Rodriguez at the Golden Globes. Well, CBS has its own Golden Globe winner, with "CSI: Cyber" star Patricia Arquette, but will the network have anything meaningful in store during its Television Critics Association press tour activities? Let's see what CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler has to say... 9:00 a.m. Pt. The CBS clip reel begins with somebody at a juke box, pressing play on a record, which tells you everything you need to know about CBS' demos. 9:01 a.m. Nina Tassler begins by congratulating Gina Rodriguez and Patricia Arquette for their Golden Globes. 9:02 a.m. CBS is No.1 in total viewers and overnight ratings are less important than ever before. And CBS is getting more value »
- Daniel Fienberg
19 items from 2015
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