12 items from 2015
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.
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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
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