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"Heroes Reborn" begins — as it all but certainly had to — with a philosophical monologue. Noah Bennett (Jack Coleman), aka Hrg, aka the most popular "Heroes" character returning for a major role in this sequel miniseries, is considering all that's happened to the world since the original series ended, and the strained relationship he has with daughter Claire. "When you look back at the things you've done, the decisions that you've made" Noah ponders, "the last thing you want to feel is regret. Am I right?" I don't know how much regret "Heroes" creator Tim Kring feels over the way the show went from phenomenon to punchline in only a few years. But it's telling that the first hour of the two-hour "Heroes Reborn" premiere (it airs tomorrow night at 8 on NBC) is book-ended by musings — first by Hrg, then by ponderous scientist Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) — about how much better »
- Alan Sepinwall
The five finalists, and the judges, have been revealed for the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which have honored excellent dramatic writing since 1955. Winners receive $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place, $4,000 for third place and $2,000 and $1,000 for honorable mentions on Monday, November 2, at UCLA. This year’s judges are NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, filmmaker Richard Lagravenese (Oscar-nominated writer of "The Fisher King," "The Bridges of Madison County" and director of "The Last Five Years") and TV superstar Shonda Rhimes, who created "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" and executive-produces "How to Get Away with Murder," which nabbed Viola Davis an Emmy this week. The finalists are: Emily Bensinger, UCLA, “Harridans” Noel Chalmers, UCLA, “Stinker” Sean Dennison, Uc Riverside, “Panacea” Melissa Finell, UCLA, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The finallists in the 2015 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards are: Emily Bensinger (UCLA), Harridans; Noel Chalmers (UCLA), Stinker; Sean Dennison (Uc Riverside), Panacea; Melissa Finell (UCLA), Sensitivity Training; and Chloe Keenan (UCLA), What I Did This Summer — By Sophie Crumb.
The awards were launched in 1955 to all students from any University Of California campus and accepts screenplays, teleplays and stage plays are accepted.
“We are so grateful for the Goldwyn family’s vision and generosity, and thrilled that four of the five Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards finalists are from the UCLA Tft graduate screenwriting programme this year,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television.
“We take great pride in our students. Each and every one of them strives to tell compelling and thought-provoking »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Last month, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt outlined one of the network’s top priorities for this development season as “How do we find the next great comedy?” A month into the selling process, NBC — which is retreating from the genre in its fall lineup — has emerged as the most aggressive comedy buyer, shelling out a slew of very big commitments. The latest is a production commitment to Dumb Prince, a royal-family comedy written by Charlie Grady (The Mindy Project) and… »
This story first appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. With a month and counting before another broadcast TV season was set to begin, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt stood before the industry's top critics and laid out exactly what keeps him up at night. "Too many shows," he said. "Not enough monetization. Fractured audience. Netflix doesn't report ratings. What did Nielsen do this time? And how do we find the next great comedy?" The rat-a-tat headline scroll drew laughs from his Beverly Hilton audience
- Bryn Elise Sandberg
We all know the “Xena” reboot is happening — in as much as any reboot bandied about to take the pulse of public interest can be considered happening. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed as much last month. But since the idea is still in its infancy, no one seems to know how Lucy Lawless will fit in. Den of Geek recently spoke to Ms. Lawless about her role in the upcoming “Ash vs. Evil Dead” series, but the question of reviving the Warrior Princess soon came up. Ms. Lawless was not optimistic about her return to the iconic leather miniskirt. “No one really dies! Screw her head back on, it’s a bit wonky, and she’s got a really bad attitude since she’s been in a box for 20 years. […] I’m probably not up for that gig. I can’t imagine how you could tell the story with me »
- Donna Dickens
Looks like nostalgia just isn't enough.
NBC has canceled their planned "Coach" reboot, despite an initial 13-episode order. The new show would've brought back original series creator Barry Kemp, as well as stars Craig T. Nelson and Bill Fagerbakke. There have been rumors that production was not going well due to creative issues.
The new "Coach" would've been a sequel to the original, which aired from 1989 to 1997. Nelson's character, Hayden Fox, is retired, but called back as an assistant coach to his son.
From the beginning, the revival seemed like a bad idea. At TCA a few weeks ago, one reporter asked NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt if it was a practical joke. "One man's practical joke is another man's hit show," he said. "It's a way to do another variation on a family show with, I think, a truly talented star and a great showrunner and a presold title. »
- Kelly Woo
NBC has decided to sack its Coach revival series because of "creative issues," Variety reports. The network had ordered a baker's dozen of episodes, with original lead Craig T. Nelson coming back to star in what was described as more of a sequel than a reboot. The show, slated for a mid-season debut, was supposed to pick up 18 years after Coach had left ABC, with Nelson's character leaving retirement to become the assistant coach of his son's Ivy League team in Pennsylvania. Only a pilot episode had been filmed, but it was reportedly getting mixed internal reviews — those, on top of public skepticism raised by critics earlier at this year's TCA tour. NBC's president Bob Greenblatt notably defended the show, commenting: "It’s a way to do another variation on a family show with, I think, a truly talented star and a great showrunner and a presold title." Streaming service, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Donald Trump has officially released by NBC, as the host of The Celebrity Apprentice, according to NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt on Thursday. Donald Trump Will Not Host Next Season Of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Greenblatt confirmed at the Television Critics’ Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., that Celebrity Apprentice will not be back next season, but will […]
- Shantel Whitaker
Donald Trump wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He fired NBC’s “The Apprentice.” The billionaire presidential candidate took to Twitter on Thursday to vent his frustration with the media’s reporting of the split. He scolded the Huffington Post and the Associated Press, in particular, for headlines like “NBC Officially Fires Donald Trump From ‘Celebrity Apprentice'” following comments made by NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt at the TCA press tour. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Calls Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign 'Refreshing' (Audio) People don’t understand that I left The Apprentice to run for Pres–the Apprentice Did Not leave me. »
- Joe Otterson
“I want to open it up and see who has the first question about Donald Trump,” quipped NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at this morning’s NBC executive session panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Greenblatt had already, in his opening remarks prior to taking questions from assembled journalists, addressed the situation regarding NBC’s relationship, or lack thereof, with Donald Trump in terms of The Celebrity Apprentice, but he knew there would be follow-ups. Greenblatt had this to say about The Celebrity Apprentice in his opening remarks: “Due to circumstances that everyone here is aware of regarding our host [laughter … Continue reading →
- Jeff Pfeiffer
If you've ever wanted to yell Donald Trump's most famous line back at him, now is as good a time as any. Talking to TV reporters at TCA on Thursday, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt laid out a forecast for Celebrity Apprentice: The show will return sometime in the future (just not next season), and it will have a big-personality host (just definitely not the Donald). This is one of the by-products of Trump's divorce from NBC, which was announced at the end of June, near the beginning of his recent uptick in politically incorrect misfires and after he had announced his intent to take over the White House. According to Variety, Greenblatt confirmed that NBC was "almost done" severing the connection between the Trump Organization and Apprentice.But then Greenblatt said this: "I don’t think somebody who is running for president, and might possibly be the »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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