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10 items from 2011


Michael Rispoli Lands Male Lead Opposite Kirstie Alley in ABC Pilot ‘The Manzanis’

2 November 2011 6:07 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Michael Rispoli (The Black Donnellys) has landed the male lead opposite Kirstie Alley in ABC’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Manzanis. Also cast in the family comedy is veteran actor Robert Costanzo. Written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, The Manzanis stars Alley as Angela Manzani, an opinionated wife/mother who, along with her Italian American husband, Nick Manzani (Rispoli), and their 3 kids moves to a quiet New Jersey neighborhood where they clash with their new, WASPy neighbors. Constanzo will play Nick’s father, Joe, while Rhea Perlman was recently cast to play Nick’s mother, Camille. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners are producing, with Pennette, Flebotte, JoAnn Alfano, Aaron Kaplan and Jason Weinberg executive producing. Rispoli next co-stars on Starz’s period drama Magic City. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Cheers! ABC Comedy Pilot Reunites Kirstie Alley With Rhea Perlman

7 October 2011 10:18 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rebecca and Carla together again! Rhea Perlman is reuniting with her Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley on a potential new multi-camera comedy series, this time on ABC.

Perlman has closed a deal to co-star opposite Alley in Alley’s ABC pilot The Manzanis. The family comedy, written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, stars Alley as Angela Manzani, an opinionated wife/mother who, along with her Italian-American family, moves to a quiet New Jersey neighborhood where they clash with their new, WASPy neighbors.

Perlman will play Angela’s mother in law Camille Manzani.

For further details, visit our sister site Deadline. »

- Nellie Andreeva

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It’s A ‘Cheers’ Reunion – Rhea Perlman To Co-Star In Kirstie Alley’s ABC Comedy Pilot

7 October 2011 9:59 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC To Order Family Comedy Pilot Starring Kirstie Alley Exclusive: Rebecca and Carla together again! Rhea Perlman is reuniting with her Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley on a potential new multi-camera comedy series, this time on ABC. Perlman has closed a deal to co-star opposite Alley in Alley’s ABC comedy pilot The Manzanis. The family comedy written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte stars Alley as Angela Manzani,  an opinionated wife/mother who, along with her Italian American family, moves to a quiet New Jersey neighborhood where they clash with their new, WASPy neighbors. Perlman will play Angela’s mother in law Camille Manzani. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners are producing, with Pennette, Flebotte, JoAnn Alfano, Aaron Kaplan and Jason Weinberg executive producing. Since their six-season stint together on Cheers, Perlman and Alley have appeared together only once — when Perlman played herself in an episode of »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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NBC Nears Cast-Contingent Pilot Order To John Scott Shepherd/Neal Moritz Comedy

23 September 2011 3:53 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: I’ve learned that NBC is finalizing a deal for an off-cycle pilot order to single-camera comedy Save Me. The order to the project, from writer John Scott Shepherd, Sony Pictures TV and Neal Morirz’s studio-based Original Films banner, is cast-contingent. Save Me centers on a woman who, after an accident, starts to believe that she is channeling God. The project was originally developed at Showtime. Shepherd is executive producing with Original Films’ Moritz and Vivian Cannon as well as Scott Winant (Californication). Shepherd, whose credits include the features Joe Somebody and Life or Something Like It and the ABC series The Days, wrote the 2009 ABC drama pilot See Kate Run. This is the second project to get a pilot order by NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt after being originally developed at Showtime. The first was Smash, which Greenblatt first shepherded at the pay cable network during his stint there. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Kirstie Alley To Star In New Family Comedy

4 August 2011 2:24 PM, PDT | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - After a successful stint on Dancing With The Stars last spring, Kirstie Alley is set to return to the small screen – this time for a new family comedy. Alley will soon begin filming the pilot episode for The Manzanis, an ABC multi-camera family comedy written by Desperate Housewives writer-producers Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte. The show will star Alley as an outspoken wife and mother whose family moves to a stuffy country-club town. The Manzanis has been in development for two years, but was not picked up by ABC until Alley agreed to join the cast last month. »

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Report: Kirstie Alley To Star In ABC Pilot

4 August 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Is Kirstie Alley heading back to the small screen?

According to Deadline, the former "Cheers" actress is in final negotiations with ABC to star in a new comedy pilot tentatively titled, "The Manzanis."

Kirstie, 60, is set to star as the show's "very opinionated wife/mother" who, along with her family, relocates to a "repressed country-club town," according to the website.

Veteran TV writers Marco Pennette ("Caroline in the City," "Samantha Who?") and Dave Flebotte ("Desperate Housewives") are writing the multi-camera comedy, which is being hailed as "a new take on 'Roseanne,'" according to Deadline.

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Kirstie Alley family sitcom given pilot by ABC

3 August 2011 2:19 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kirstie Alley has signed on to star in a brand new pilot for ABC. The actress, who has previously appeared in sitcoms Cheers and Veronica's Closet, will play the lead role in The Manzanis, a multi-camera family comedy written by Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte. The sitcom is described as similar to 1990s series Roseanne, with Alley starring as a wife and mother whose family moves to a "repressed (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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ABC To Order Family Comedy Pilot Starring Kirstie Alley

3 August 2011 11:32 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Following her memorable run on Dancing With the Stars last spring, Kirstie Alley is returning to ABC as the star of a new comedy project. I've learned that ABC is finalizing the deals for a pilot order to The Manzanis, a multi-camera family comedy written by sitcom veterans Marco Pennette and Dave Flebotte, with Alley attached to star. ABC Studios and studio-based Brillstein Entertainment are producing. The sitcom is described as a new take on Roseanne, and stars Alley as a very opinionated wife/mother who, along with her family, the Manzanis, moves to repressed country-club town. Pennette and Flebotte are executive producing with Brillstein's new TV president JoAnn Alfano. Also expected to executive produce are Aaron Kaplan (Good Christian Belles) and Alley's manager Jason Weinberg. The Manzanis was originally developed two years ago at Brillstein under then-tv president Peter Traugott. It was a contender again this past season »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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ABC Announces 2011-12 Primetime Schedule

17 May 2011 2:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

New series for the 2011-12 season are Apartment 23, Charlie's Angels, Good Christian Belles, Last Man Standing, Man Up, Missing, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Revenge, The River, Scandal, Suburgatory and Work It.

America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Body of Proof, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Happy Endings, Secret Millionaire, Shark Tank and 20/20 join previously announced returning series Castle, Cougar Town, Grey's Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice, Saturday Night College Football also returns.

"We're thrilled to be launching a really diverse and ambitious schedule that balances the strength and stability of our returning hits with a slew of bold new shows," said Lee.

For the 2010-11 TV season, ABC Television Network claims five of the Top 20 highest-rated TV series in Adults 18-49 with Dancing with the Stars, Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars the Results Show and Desperate Housewives, »

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Fall 2011-12 development: Will remakes of 'True Lies' or 'The Munsters' become great hits? Are you ready for a new take on Sherlock Holmes?

5 January 2011 4:04 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Updated, 1/7: Each year, the five broadcast networks develop hundreds of scripted dramas and comedies in hopes they’ll become the next NCIS and Desperate Housewives, or the latest Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. And like every year, a great deal of them are not worth mentioning here — mostly because they involve the bland types of cops, lawyers, and doctors who you’ve already seen fighting crime or sneaking a kiss on the way to the ER.

But fascinating projects continue to pass the first smell test at the broadcast networks. The key is whether the suits take »

- Lynette Rice

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