TV News Roundup: ‘The Gong Show’ To Hold Open Casting Calls

TV  News Roundup: ‘The Gong Show’ To Hold Open Casting Calls
In today’s roundup, “The Gong Show” is holding open casting calls for contestants and “The Bachelor Winter Games” will have a reunion special.


ABC’s “The Gong Show” is searching for unusually talented and unique performers to see if they have what it takes to appear on the show’s second season! The show is searching one-of- a-kind and original acts that could lead to a performance on “The Gong Show” stage in front of a celebrity-filled judging panel and viewers across the country. Potential contestants can apply online at or attend an open casting in at the Flapper’s Comedy Club in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 24. A parent/legal guardian must submit on a minor’s behalf.


The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All,” a reunion special, will air on on Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. Est, on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on
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ABC Orders Family Comedy Pilot From Writer Bobby Bowman

ABC has given a pilot order to an untitled single-camera comedy from writer Bobby Bowman about a family dealing with mental illness.

The ABC Studios pilot was inspired by Bowman’s experience growing up with a father who grappled with mental illness. The project is described as an uplifting look at a dysfunctional family that “perseveres despite their differences and finds happiness in unexpected places.”

Bowman wrote the script and will executive produce with Dawn Ostroff and Jon Koa of Conde Nast Entertainment. Greg Walter of 3 Arts Entertainment is a producer.

Bowman is a broadcast sitcom veteran, having worked on CBS’ “Yes, Dear” and “The Millers,” NBC’s “My Name Is Earl,” and Fox’s “Raising Hope.” This pilot season he also co-wrote a Fox comedy with Peter Murrieta, “Bell Heights,” for Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.

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The untitled ABC project marks one of Conde Nast Entertainment’s first forays into scripted
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Eva Longoria-Produced Drama ‘Grand Hotel’ Scores ABC Pilot Order

ABC has ordered two more pilot for the 2018-2019 season, one of which is executive produced by Eva Longoria.

That project is titled “Grand Hotel,” described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. It is based on the Spanish series “Gran Hotel,” which was set in Spain at the turn of the 20th century.

Brian Tanen will write and executive produce. Longoria and Ben Spector will executive produce via their UnbeliEVAble banner. Oliver Bachert and Christian Gockel of Beta Films–the distributors of the original series–will also executive produce. ABC Studios will produce. ABC and UnbeliEVAble had previously tried developing the show last year.

Tanen is repped by UTA. Longoria is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

ABC has also
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ABC Orders Comedy Pilots from Liz Meriwether and Kristin Newman

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Liz Meriwether has yet another comedy pilot on the way. “Single Parents,” a single cam project from the “New Girl” creator/Ep and J.J. Philbin, received a pilot order at ABC. This marks Meriwether’s second pilot for the 2018–19 season. Deadline confirms that ABC also ordered “Steps” from Kristin Newman.

Written by Philbin, “Single Parents” was previously given a put pilot commitment. The project, which “revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other,” is based on a story by Meriwether and Philbin. The duo will exec produce with “New Girl” Ep Katherine Pope.

Daddy Issues,” Meriwether’s other pilot, received an order from Fox earlier this week. Erin Foster (“Barely Famous”) writes and stars, and Meriwether is producing.

Philbin writes for “New Girl.
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ABC Orders Two Family Comedy Pilots From ‘New Girl’ Team, Kristin Newman

ABC has ordered a pair of single-camera family comedies to pilot.

The first is titled “Single Parents.” It follows a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other.

The series was co-created by Liz Meriwether and Jj Philbin. Philbin will write and executive produce with Meriwether and Katherine Pope also executive producing. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.

Meriwether created the Fox series “New Girl,” on which Philbin serves as a writer and consulting producer with Pope serving as an executive producer. The show is about to enter its seventh and final season on Fox.

Meriwether and Pope are repped by Wme. Meriwether is also repped by Rise Management. Philbin is repped by UTA and Rise.

The second project is titled “Steps.” Based on the Swedish format “Bonus Family,” it follows
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ABC Orders 2 Comedy Pilots: ‘Single Parents’ From Liz Meriwether & J.J Philbin And ‘Steps’ From Kristin Newman

ABC has given pilot orders to a pair of single-camera comedies, Single Parents, from New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether and one of the departing Fox comedy's longtime writers, J.J. Philbin, and Steps, from Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Mandeville TV. They come from soon-to-be-merged studios 20th Century Fox TV (Single Parents), where Meriwether is under an overall deal, and ABC Studios (Steps), where Newman and Mandeville TV are based. Single Parents…
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Zendaya to Star in, Produce Movie About First African-American Woman to Graduate From Vassar

Zendaya to Star in, Produce Movie About First African-American Woman to Graduate From Vassar
Zendaya will produce and star in the thriller “A White Lie,” playing the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College, Variety has learned.

The project is based on Karin Tanabe’s book “The Gilded Years,” which told the true story of Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned, African-American woman who was the descendant of slaves and passed as white so she could attend Vassar during the 1890s. She’s pulled into her elite world where she’s treated as a wealthy, educated white woman who finds romance with a moneyed Harvard student.
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NBC Buys Nicu Drama ‘Delivery’ From Kristin Newman & Rob Wright, With Reese Witherspoon Producing

This is probably the most heartwarming story you will hear this broadcast selling season. NBC has put in development Delivery, a family drama set in a high-risk perinatology unit, from writers Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Rob Wright (Lethal Weapon). The project hails from ABC Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner. Delivery is a deeply personal project for Newman and Wright, who are married and new parents. The two are not writing partners but teamed…
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Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Producing Female Silicon Valley Comedy For ABC

ABC has put in development half-hour comedy Valley Girls (aka Geek Girl Rising), based on Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens' recently published non-fiction book Geek Girl Rising: Inside The Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Prods, Ari Berkowitz (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Kristin Newman (The Neighbors) and ABC Studios. Written by Berkowitz, Valley Girls is inspired in part by the stories of the highly successful women…
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Why ‘The Muppets’ Failed, According To Miss Piggy Creator Frank Oz

Why ‘The Muppets’ Failed, According To Miss Piggy Creator Frank Oz
ABC’s The Muppets television show revival was short-lived. While the series got favorable reviews, there was a sizable backlash from parents who didn’t think the adult-skewing humor was suitable for family viewing. After six episodes the network replaced showrunner Bob Kushell with Kristen Newman as part of their plans to creatively overhaul the series, but […]

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‘The Muppets’ Cancelled by ABC

‘The Muppets’ Cancelled by ABC
ABC has cancelled comedy series “The Muppets.” The show will not be picked up for a second season.

The decision to pull the plug on the show came after a midseason show runner change failed to turn around disappointing ratings. The show underperformed following a massive marketing campaign around its launch. Critics derided the series as not family-friendly enough and out of step with the history of the characters, created by the late Jim Henson.

“The Muppets” started hot as might be expected but had a quick fade, finishing with a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. ABC has been faring a little better of late in its Tuesday timeslot with “The Real O’Neals.”

Still, ABC had until recently been leaning toward a renewal for the series based in part on the franchise’s overall value to corporate parent the Walt Disney Co.
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The Muppets Cancelled at ABC

The Muppets Cancelled at ABC
It’s time to cut the music, it’s time to kill the lights. It’s time to… Ok, you’ve probably figured out where this insensitive parody is headed by now.

ABC on Thursday confirmed what many a felt-lover has feared: The Muppets will not return for a second season.

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The Muppets’ latest small-screen venture found them working for Up Late With Miss Piggy, a talk show starring — who else? — Miss Piggy, fresh off a breakup from her longtime love/producer Kermit the Frog.
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The Muppets: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Tonight marks the season finale of The Muppets on ABC. The network wasn't happy with the new Tuesday night series' ratings in the fall so they replaced series showrunner Bob Kushell with Galavant's showrunner, Kristin Newman. Newman made some changes to the series but they don't seem to have made a difference. The ratings hit new lows when the show returned from its winter hiatus.

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The Muppets Recap: Unveil the Tail

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The Muppets Recap: Unveil the Tail
Whoa. I think … I actually liked this episode. I mean, the show finally remembered that Camilla exists. Though my heart broke when Camilla left Gonzo, thereby ending television's most romantic relationship, I am thrilled that she's now on the show. Even if #Gonzmilla doesn't become a major storyline, this feels like confirmation that new showrunner Kristin Newman wants The Muppets to have more heart, more brains, and more in common with Muppets of old than it did before. On the other hand, we're still stuck with the mockumentary format, which should probably be straight-up banned.Besides asserting the show's credibility within the Muppets' franchise, "A Tail of Two Piggies" also manages to stick together as an episode. The characters with conflicting motivations feel true to their identifies, the jokes are actually funny, and the guest stars are deployed exactly as often as needed. The episode also does a great job
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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?

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Review: Did 'The Muppets' add 'a little more joy' with revamped show?
Last month, I spoke with new Muppets showrunner Kristin Newman about her plans to bring the characters back to their roots. Those ideas all sounded promising, but how well were they executed? Well, tonight's episode was the first she was involved with from beginning to end (though she did some rewriting on the last episode to air back in December), and I have some thoughts on whether it lived up to expectations coming up just as soon as I sell oven mitts on Etsy... Self-awareness has always been a key part of the Muppets formula. The Muppet Show was a backstage showbiz comedy, The Muppet Movie featured the characters making and watching a movie about how they first met (and the script for the movie itself becomes a plot device), Kermit and the others in The Great Muppet Caper commented about what part of the movie they were in, and
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The Muppets Will Be Less Mean and More 'Jimmy Fallon-Style' With Its Midseason Reboot

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The Muppets Will Be Less Mean and More 'Jimmy Fallon-Style' With Its Midseason Reboot
The curious case of The Muppets has been puzzling critics and viewers alike — who the hell is Denise, and where the hell is Camilla? — since the mockumentary-style comedy premiered on ABC in the fall to a lukewarm response. The show, which chronicles the adorable anthropomorphic characters in Los Angeles as they work on the late-night talk show Up Late With Miss Piggy, was noticeably more adult in narrative and oddly morose in its overall tone. But instead of muttering a signature Beaker meep meep and continuing on with production, showrunner Bob Kushell was let go, soon replaced by Galavant showrunner Kristin Newman to give it a Dr. Bunsen Honeydew-calculated change. And what are those changes, you may ask? In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Newman discussed at length about how her main goal will be to make the show less mean-spirited and instead fill it with
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How the new 'Muppets' showrunner plans to save Kermit, Miss Piggy, and friends

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Last spring, ABC boss Paul Lee boasted of one of his new comedies, "This is not your grandmother's 'Muppets.'" At press tour this weekend, Lee admitted "The Muppets" needed some creative tweaking, because, "We didn’t quite feel it had the joy, the laughter, and the heart we were looking for." In other words, they now want something very much like your grandmother's "Muppets," which is as it should be. The version of "The Muppets" that debuted in the fall had funny moments, but for the most part the characters seemed cynical and bitter and occasionally mean in a way that doesn't at all fit what Jim Henson's creations should be doing. The last couple of episodes that aired seemed to finally be bringing the sweetness back to the Muppets, and it sounds like new showrunner Kristin Newman (who arrived in time to do some rewriting of the
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ABC’s Paul Lee Talks ‘Muppets’ Problems, ‘Quantico’ Strength and Value of ‘Big Swings’

ABC’s Paul Lee Talks ‘Muppets’ Problems, ‘Quantico’ Strength and Value of ‘Big Swings’
ABC Entertainment Group chief Paul Lee was candid about the shortcomings of the much-ballyhooed revival of “The Muppets” in assessing the network’s performance during his presentation Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.

The fall launch in general was solid for the Alphabet. Lee cited the Sunday night FBI drama “Quantico” as having emerged an important new player. Star Priyanka Chopra is “a quintessential ABC star,” Lee enthused, pointing to the growth in delayed viewing week after week. “We really think the show has legs.”

But on “Muppets,” Lee didn’t gild the lily. The show was a creative disappointment even if it turned in a decent Nielsen number. Lee said he’s encouraged by five scripts that he’s seen from new showrunner Kristin Newman, who was recruited last year to replace Bob Kushell.

The response to the “Muppets” underscored the depth of
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ABC's "Muppets" Reboot Gets Relaunched

ABC's freshman comedy series "The Muppets" has undergone a major shake-up as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Bob Kushell has left the project with Kristin Newman ("Galavant") in negotiations to succeed him as new showrunner.

The show is undergoing a creative overhaul which will be seen on screens after the series takes a hiatus following its tenth episode. The remaining six episodes will air in the Spring and are said to be treated as a relaunch.

Kushell co-wrote the original Muppets presentation with "The Big Bang Theory" co-creator/executive producer Bill Prady. The show was rushed to air before its concept and tone had been formed - resulting in reviews expressing great concern over its creative direction. Ratings for the show started strong but have since plunged even as it remains Tuesday's highest-rated new TV show among Adults 18-49 (2.6).

Source: Deadline
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The Muppets: co-showrunner Bob Kushell quits the show




In an unpredicted turn of events, The Simpsons alum Bob Kushell has left his role as a co-showrunner for The Muppets series…

Here’s an unexpected one. Bob Kushell – one of the executive producers and co-showrunners of ABC’s The Muppets TV show – has departed the series after only six episodes have been aired.

Kushell is well versed in working behind the scenes on successful comedy series, having previously held roles on The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Malcolm In The Middle and Anger Management.

From our perspective, things seemed to be going well for The Muppets. ABC ordered a few more episodes of the adult-skewed series only last week. It remains a mystery, then, exactly why Mr Kushell has walked away.

According to Variety, “Kushell’s departure comes amid reports that he had been clashing over the creative direction of the series with co-showrunner Bill Prady.
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