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‘Spaced Out’ Comedy Redeveloped As Multi-Cam At CBS With Bill Lawrence

CBS has closed a deal for Spaced Out, a multi-camera workplace comedy from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV where Lawrence’s Doozer Prods. is based. Written by Lawrence, the ensemble comedy is set in the world of commercial space travel. Doozer’s Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive produce. A single-camera version of Spaced Out was set up at NBC last season. It was written by Adam Sztykiel and executive produced by Lawrence and Ingold. The project went to p…
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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’

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‘Han Solo’ Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord Reveal Departure Reason: ‘Our Approach Was Really Different’
It’s never easy to get let go from a project, but in their first public appearance since exiting what’s now been titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller handled it gracefully.

“The experience of shooting the movie was wonderful,” Lord said to the crowd at Vulture Festival Sunday. “In terms of us leaving the project, everyone went in with really good intentions and our approach was really different from theirs… The gap was too big.”

Added Lord, “Sometimes people break up and it’s sad. We learned a lot from our collaborators, we’re really proud of our work and wish everyone with the best.”
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Scott Foley to Star as FBI Agent in ABC Dramedy Pilot From Scrubs Creator

Scott Foley to Star as FBI Agent in ABC Dramedy Pilot From Scrubs Creator
Scott Foley is sticking with ABC… and he wants to hang onto that government pension, too.

The Scandal veteran has signed on to star in the ABC action dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier, according to our sister site Deadline, with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence onboard as an executive producer. Foley will play FBI agent Will Chase — code name: Whiskey Cavalier — who partners up with a CIA operative to lead a team of spies that saves the world, one mission at a time.

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Scott Foley To Star In FBI-cia Action-Comedy Set At ABC As Put Pilot From Bill Lawrence & Dave Hemingson

Exclusive: As Scandal is wrapping its seven-season run on ABC, the network has moved in to secure the next starring vehicle of cast member Scott Foley. In a competitive situation with multiple networks interested, ABC has landed Whiskey Cavalier, an hourlong action-dramedy project executive produced by Bill Lawrence, which has Foley attached to star and produce. The project, from writer Dave Hemingson, Warner Bros. TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Prods., has…
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Katie Lovejoy’s Drama Series “Dead Inside” Put Into Development by The CW

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Screenwriter Katie Lovejoy’s new project could join the ranks of “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Deadline confirms that her drama series “Dead Inside” has been put into development by The CW. The show would center on a cop who is able to communicate with her deceased brother.

“After surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth,” the source writes of “Dead Inside.”

Lovejoy penned the pilot and will exec produce the series alongside Doozer Productions’ Bill Lawrence (“Cougar Town”) and Jeff Ingold (“Rush Hour”).

Warner Bros.’ has hired Lovejoy to write its “Pride and Prejudice” update, “The Season.” The film is based on Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer’s novel and will place Lizzie Bennet in the world of contemporary debutante balls. Lovejoy also penned the upcoming film adaptation of Kiera Cass’ Ya novel “The Selection.” “Me Before You’s” Thea Sharrock is attached to direct the project about a young woman selected to vie for a prince in a “Bachelor”-esque competition. On the TV side, Lovejoy previously wrote the NBC pilot “Miranda’s Rights,” about a disgraced lawyer who rebuilds her career at at start-up firm.

Katie Lovejoy’s Drama Series “Dead Inside” Put Into Development by The CW was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The CW Buys ‘Dead Inside’ Supernatural Cop Drama Produced By Bill Lawrence

The CW has put in development Dead Inside, an hourlong drama from writer Katie Lovejoy, Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Productions. In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both…
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Emmy Weekend: Saturday Brunch With ICM Partners, Tea With BAFTA

Saturday is a leisurely day of Emmy weekend activities this time around.

NBCUniversal and Showtime are taking a year off from hosting large-scale parties. That clears the path for the Evening Before fundraiser in Century City benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which is always the weekend’s glitziest draw.

After a jam-packed Friday schedule, Emmy revelers got to sleep in a bit. Brunch was provided by ICM Partners, and there was tea in the afternoon courtesy of BAFTA Los Angeles.

ICM Partners

By noon, the backyard of the Santa Monica home of ICM honcho Chris Silbermann and producer Julia Franz was overflowing with good food and good conversation. The casual setting of the brunch was, as ever, a nice respite for the ears and throat from louder evening affairs.

Among those enjoying the spread and the sunshine were “Better Call Saul’s” Vince Gilligan and Thomas Schnauz, ABC’s Channing Dungey, Patrick Moran
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‘Life Sentence’: Riley Smith Set To Recur On the CW Dramedy

Riley Smith is reuniting with the CW and Warner Bros. TV for Life Sentence. The former Frequency star is set for a major recurring role opposite Lucy Hale in the CW’s upcoming dramedy from Wbtv and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer Prods. Life Sentence centers on Stella (Hale), a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she's not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to "live like she was dying…
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‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported

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‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported
Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence was aboard a seaplane that crashed in New York City’s East River on Friday afternoon.

The plane, which was headed to the Hamptons, experienced a broken pontoon and was disabled around 5:30 p.m. ET, according to WABC. Ten people, including passengers and crew, were evacuated by FDNY and taken to 23rd Street Marina on the East Side. No injuries were reported.

Lawrence later posted several photos of the incident on social media. “Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks,” he wrote on Twitter.
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Bill Lawrence Unharmed After Plane Crash In New York City

Scrubs and Spin City creator Bill Lawrence has taken to social media to let everyone know all is Ok after a plane crash Friday in New York City. Lawrence, his daughter and five others were aboard a seaplane that made an emergency landing Friday evening in the East River. No one was hurt. The seven, who were wearing life vests and sitting in the plane after it went down, were rescued by an NYPD Harbor Unit, according to NBC 4 New York. Wild day. Daughter and all ok…
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Bill Lawrence Unharmed After Plane Crash in New York (Watch Footage)

Bill Lawrence Unharmed After Plane Crash in New York (Watch Footage)
TV producer Bill Lawrence was involved in a plane crash in New York City on Friday. The “Scrubs” and “Spin City” creator was left unharmed.

The accident occurred early this evening in Manhattan and caused the aircraft to land in the East River near E. 20th St., according to Wabc. The local New York news outlet reports that the Fdny responded to the disabled seaplane, after its pontoon apparently broke. The plane originally took off from the East Hampton Airport around 2:35 p.m. Et.

Lawrence took to social media to detail the incident, posting numerous photos and even a video of the seaplane landing in the water.

On Twitter, the “Cougar Town” creator wrote that no one on the plane, including his daughter, was hurt. He tweeted, “Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks.”

The veteran comedy TV writer, who was clearly left unharmed and made light of the scary
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Comey Testimony: TV Showrunners Explain Why This Was an Episode Open to Interpretation

As with many steps in the unfolding FBI saga, former bureau director James Comey’s Senate hearing Thursday had frequently been compared to a piece of scripted drama. After the public portion of the hearing had concluded, it lacked the definitive, certain amount of finality that some had hoped may magically appear.

Read More: James Comey Hearing: Late Night TV Reminds Us There’s No Silver Bullet For Trump Presidency

So, with another chapter closed in the continuing political quagmire that the ongoing investigation presents, some of the people charged with making scripted TV themselves took to Twitter to comment on the Comey hearing as it unfolded. The result was a group that, like the American public and global audience as a whole, each took away a different lesson from what many were anticipating as an important TV event in the early summer.

Much has been made over the past
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Comey Testimony: TV Showrunners Explain Why This Was an Episode Open to Interpretation

Comey Testimony: TV Showrunners Explain Why This Was an Episode Open to Interpretation
As with many steps in the unfolding FBI saga, former bureau director James Comey’s Senate hearing Thursday had frequently been compared to a piece of scripted drama. After the public portion of the hearing had concluded, it lacked the definitive, certain amount of finality that some had hoped may magically appear.

Read More: James Comey Hearing: Late Night TV Reminds Us There’s No Silver Bullet For Trump Presidency

So, with another chapter closed in the continuing political quagmire that the ongoing investigation presents, some of the people charged with making scripted TV themselves took to Twitter to comment on the Comey hearing as it unfolded. The result was a group that, like the American public and global audience as a whole, each took away a different lesson from what many were anticipating as an important TV event in the early summer.

Much has been made over the past
See full article at Indiewire »

Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

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Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Read More: Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career

This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
See full article at Indiewire »

Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

Save ‘Underground,’ And Don’t Piss Off David Simon — The Week in Showrunner Tweets
One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

Read More: Mindy Kaling Has Some Thoughts on Hugh Jackman’s Career

This week: “BoJack Horseman” reveals its Fyc campaign (and it’s pretty great), while “Underground” fights for a new home and showrunners celebrate Jessica Chastain.

#UndergroundOnNetflix

The disappointing news that Wgn America will not be green-lighting a third season of “Underground” led to social media calls for other services and networks to pick up the series.

One person who thinks that sounds like a great idea? “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien, who even made sure to
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
The evolution of animation on television has been thrilling to behold over the last several years, as creators use the medium’s unlimited potential to explore what is possible not just on a visual level, but on a storytelling level.

It doesn’t matter the target audience — some of the most emotional narratives, relevant satire and beautiful filmmaking on television this century has its roots in a format that many might write off as “just for kids.” Not so: Animation, like television in general, is very much a writers’ medium. That’s why even writers rooted in live-action series, like Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence, have found themselves dabbling in the animated world.

Below, IndieWire spotlights some of the most important and relevant series of the binge TV era, with series that excites not in spite of the fact that it’s animated, but because of it.

Read More: The
See full article at Indiewire »

The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
The evolution of animation on television has been thrilling to behold over the last several years, as creators use the medium’s unlimited potential to explore what is possible not just on a visual level, but on a storytelling level.

It doesn’t matter the target audience — some of the most emotional narratives, relevant satire and beautiful filmmaking on television this century has its roots in a format that many might write off as “just for kids.” Not so: Animation, like television in general, is very much a writers’ medium. That’s why even writers rooted in live-action series, like Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence, have found themselves dabbling in the animated world.

Below, IndieWire spotlights some of the most important and relevant series of the binge TV era, with series that excites not in spite of the fact that it’s animated, but because of it.

Read More: The
See full article at Indiewire Television »

Watch Trailers for New CW Shows ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Valor,’ ‘Life Sentence’

Watch Trailers for New CW Shows ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Dynasty,’ ‘Valor,’ ‘Life Sentence’
The CW released trailers for its new shows “Black Lightning,” the reboot of “Dynasty,” “Life Sentence,” and “Valor” after their upfront presentation in New York on Thursday.

DC Comics adaptation “Black Lightning” and “Life Sentence,” which stars “Pretty Little Liars” alum Lucy Hale, are both set to debut midseason. “Dynasty” will air Wednesdays after “Riverdale” starting this fall, while “Valor” will also bow in the fall on Mondays after “Supergirl.”

Watch the trailers below.

Black Lightning

Jefferson Pearce previously fought crime as the vigilante Black Lightning, but has since retired. 10 years later, he is drawn back into battle when crime and corruption plague his city once more.

Cast: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams

Executive producers: Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock Akil, Sarah Schechter

Dynasty

In a reboot of the classic primetime soap opera, Fallon Carrington is poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she
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Watch CW Trailers for the Dynasty Remake, Life Sentence and More

Watch CW Trailers for the Dynasty Remake, Life Sentence and More
The CW on Thursday unveiled its fall 2017 schedule and offered first looks at its new shows, including a reimagining of the classic primetime soap Dynasty, as well as highly anticipated midseason entry Black Lightning.

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Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl and The O.C.) serve as executive producers on Dynasty 2.0, alongside Sallie Patrick (Revenge), Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin) and original series creators Esther and Richard Shapiro. The cast includes Grant Show (Melrose Place), Elizabeth Gillies (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) and Nathalie Kelley (The Vampire Diaries), among others.
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