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D.B. Sweeney lands 'Brain Trust' pilot

D.B. Sweeney lands 'Brain Trust' pilot
D.B. Sweeney is to play the lead role in hour-long TBS drama pilot Brain Trust. Deadline reports that the actor will play Detective Billy Doyle in the project, which has been written by The Love Guru director Marco Schnabel. The series will follow Doyle as he forms an alliance with three geniuses from a private think-tank and works to repair his damaged (more)
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Eliza Dushku To Star In TNT Pilot 'Bird Dog,' D.B. Sweeney To Lead TBS Pilot 'Brain Trust'

  • Deadline TV
Eliza Dushku To Star In TNT Pilot 'Bird Dog,' D.B. Sweeney To Lead TBS Pilot 'Brain Trust'
Exclusive: Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is returning to series television as the female lead in Mike Robe's TNT drama pilot Bird Dog, while D.B. Sweeney has landed the lead in Dean Devlin's hourlong TBS pilot Brain Trust. Bird Dog is a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of two cops who happen to be father and daughter. It centers on Gail McGrath (Dushku), who followed in her father's footsteps in becoming a police officer but had little else in common with him. She left the big city she had grown up in to move to a small Pacific Northwestern town where she was patrolling the streets until her dad, a NYC cop, showed up on her front doorstep to join her as her new partner. Now this father-daughter team, call sign "Bird Dog," is being put to the test -- not only in solving crimes, but with each other.
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Leverage’s Dean Devlin working on new cop drama for TBS

TBS have announced that they are moving forward with Brain Trust, a brand new pilot from Leverage and Independence Day producer Dean Devlin.

Brain Trust (currently a working title) sees Dean Devlin team up with Marco Schnabel – the man behind TNT’s The Librarian movies – on a new comedic detective show that follows:

…Detective Billy Doyle, whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career. Doyle’s life gets turned around, however, when a recent murder case gets unexpected and unconventional help from three hyper-smart geniuses from a private think tank. If Doyle can survive the chaos and keep these new partners in line, they just may be the antidote to resurrect his career and, ultimately, his life.

Brain Trust is being produced for Us cable network TBS by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
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Dallas Pilot Ordered by TNT

  • MovieWeb
TNT orders a remake of the classic series Dallas and three other pilots TNT and TBS are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from such successful producers and writers as Dean Devlin (TNT's Leverage and The Librarian movie trilogy); Marco Schnabel (TNT's The Librarian movie trilogy); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager); Allan Loeb (The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps); and Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings, A Killing in a Small Town).

TNT has lined up pilots for a pair of unique crime procedural pilots, Perception (working title) and an untitled Allan Loeb project. The network is also moving forward on a pilot for Dallas, an updated version of the classic TV series. Meanwhile, TBS has a pilot in the works for Brain Trust (working title), a comedic detective series.

"These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,
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TNT and TBS boost development slates with update of 'Dallas,' new shows about detectives

TNT and TBS have ramped up their development by taking a chance on four new projects from producers and writers like Dean Devlin (Leverage); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager), and Allan Loeb (The Switch, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). TNT ordered three pilots: An update of TV’s long-running Dallas, which will focus on rivals J.R. and Bobby Ewing, from Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings); Perception, a drama from Biller and Sussman that’s about an eccentric neuroscientist who help the Feds solve complex cases, and the untitled Loeb project, a drama based on The Rabbit Factory by novelist Marshall Karp.
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TNT & TBS Pick Up 4 Pilots Including 'Dallas'

  • Deadline TV
TNT and TBS have just handed out pilot orders to 4 projects, including TNT's planned Dallas update. TNT's orders include Dallas, written by Cane creator Cynthia Cidre, crime procedural Perception (formerly Proof) and an untitled project from Allan Loeb (form. the Rabbit Factory), while TBS has picked up the Dean Devlin-produced comedic detective series Brain Trust. Here is the networks' announcement: TNT and TBS are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from such successful producers and writers as Dean Devlin (TNT’s Leverage); Marco Schnabel (TNT’s The Librarian movie trilogy); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager); Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps); and Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings). “These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).“They also
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TNT and TBS Order Four Pilots Including Dallas

TNT and TBS are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from such producers and writers as Dean Devlin (TNT's "Leverage" and "The Librarian" movie trilogy); Marco Schnabel (TNT's "The Librarian" movie trilogy); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman ("Star Trek: Voyager"); Allan Loeb ( The Switch , Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ); and Cynthia Cidre ( The Mambo Kings , A Killing in a Small Town ). TNT has lined up pilots for a pair of unique crime procedural pilots, "Perception" (working title) and an untitled Allan Loeb project. The network is also moving forward on a pilot for "Dallas," an updated version of the classic TV series. Meanwhile, TBS has a pilot in the works for "Brain Trust"...
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TNT and TBS Announce New Programming in Development

TNT and TBS announce new programming in development TNT and TBS today unveiled a broad array of plans for new programming, including several comedy projects that are being considered for TBS and a host of projects in development for TNT. The two cable giants staged a joint Upfront presentation in New York, with appearances by a legion of stars, including TBS's Conan O'Brien, George Lopez and Ice Cube; and TNT's Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dylan McDermott, Timothy Hutton, Noah Wyle, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Ben McKenzie, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer and Angie Harmon.

TNT and TBS rank among the largest networks in television. "Television is more popular than ever with viewers, and that makes the medium very valuable to advertisers," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "With reach that rivals broadcast and strong programming on each network,
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Upfronts: Conan O’Brien Debuts New TBS Show on November 8; Plus, Updates on TNT/TBS Programming

  • Collider.com
The big news to come out of the Turner networks upfront presentation today is the announcement that Conan O’Brien’s new late night TBS show will premiere at 11:00 Pm on November 8. O’Brien’s debut on TBS will end a nine-month hiatus from television, punctuated by a 30-city live tour, the creation of a Twitter account, and a somber appearance on 60 Minutes.

The upfront also gave TNT and TBS a chance to brag about their new series, like the 1980s-set comedy Glory Daze and the buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Here’s the official press release:

Top Talent Chooses TNT and TBS

TNT and TBS today unveiled a broad array of plans for new programming, including several comedy projects that are being considered for TBS and a host of projects in development for TNT. The two cable giants staged a
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TNT unveils original series in new schedule

TNT unveils original series in new schedule
New York -- TNT on Wednesday unveiled 11 original series for the 2010-2011 TV season and announced projects in development with such big-name talent as Don Cheadle, Jamie Foxx, Mark Gordon, Mark Burnett, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Steven Bochco and Dean Devlin.

This summer, TNT will air seven new or returning originals: "The Closer," "Saving Grace," "Dark Blue," "Leverage," "Memphis Beat," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "Hawthorne." Later this year, "Men of a Certain Age" returns.

In 2011, the network will debut a new series from Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle called "Fallen Skies," with "Southland" returning as well. It has also in recent days picked up buddy lawyer series "Franklin & Bash." starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.

Among the development shows are:

* An untitled Don Cheadle medical show:

With Cheadle as an executive producer, it focuses on 1971 Los Angeles, where a group of idealistic doctors open an urgent-care clinic in hopes of
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Razzie Winners are Announced

The winners of the 2008 Razzie Awards have been announced, with Mike Myers' "The Love Guru" and Paris Hilton's "The Hottie and the Nottie" both taking home three wins. "The Love Guru" was picked as the worst film of the year. Check out the full list of winners below and let us know if you would change something. Worst Picture: * The Love Guru * Disaster Movie * Meet The Spartans * The Happening * The Hottie and The Nottie * In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Worst Actor: * Mike Myers (The Love Guru) * Larry the Cable Guy (Witless Protection) * Eddie Murphy (Meet Dave) * Al Pacino (88 Minutes, Righteous Kill) * Mark Wahlberg (The Happening, Max Payne) Worst Actress: * Paris Hilton (The Hottie and the Nottie) * Jessica Alba (The Eye, The Love Guru) * The Cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Meg Ryan) * Cameron Diaz (What Happens in Vegas) * Kate Hudson (Fool's Gold,
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News Bites: The Return of Narnia and The Remake of 'The Thing'

  • Cinematical
Who cares about the box office? Narnia sure doesn't! Prince Caspian might have struggled to put an impressive number of arses in seats, and gotten unceremoniously dumped by Disney, but someone still wants those Pevensie kids. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Fox 2000 is picking up the tossed aside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and wants to get it in theaters by the holiday season in 2010. Talk about a risky proposition. The last one wasn't only over budget -- it brought in a sucky box office. Who in their right mind would take on a struggling series and try to bring dragons and other beasties to the big screen while saving pennies in a bad economy? The warning bells, they are a-ringing.

Meanwhile, The Thing is coming back to attack! But have no fear -- the man behind this might just make this a desirable remake. Variety reports that Ron Moore
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'Sitter' finds a home with Atomic

Fox Atomic must have just gotten its allowance.

The Fox division has just purchased Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka's original screenplay "The Sitter," with Michael De Luca on board to produce. A day earlier, the company bought a comedy pitch called "Girlfriend in a Coma" from Marco Schnabel and Larry Stuckey.

Both are edgy, youth-oriented comedies, which would plant them in the same demo as future releases "Miss March," due in March, and the Diablo Cody-penned "Jennifer's Body," a horror-comedy starring Megan Fox that's set for September.

De Luca has "Brothers," from writer David Benioff and director Jim Sheridan, in production. He most recently produced "The Love Guru" and "21."

Gatewood and Tanaka, repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment, are working on "How Soon Is Now" for Scott Stuber and "Overachievers" for 21 Laps, both at Universal. The duo also wrote "Hairstyles of the Damned," which producer Nick Wechsler is developing at Sony/BMG.
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Schnabel and Stuckey Penning Coma

The Love Guru director Marco Schnabel and Little Fockers writer Larry Stuckey are teaming to write Girlfriend in a Coma , says The Hollywood Reporter . The film is a satirical high school comedy that looks at an unlikely romance, with the pitch set up at Fox Atomic. Michael McCullers and 3 Arts will produce the project. McCullers wrote and directed the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler hit Baby Mama for Universal.
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Schnabel To Pen Girlfriend In A Coma

You might have thought that, having inflicted the absolutely godawful The Love Guru upon the world (without even asking for permission, which was doubly rude), that Marco Schnabel would have been banned from even seeing any more movies, let alone writing or directing them.Yet Hollywood now appears to be working on some sort of three strikes and out policy, and so it’s just been announced that Schnabel will team up with that other comedic powerhouse, Larry Stuckey, to write Girlfriend In A Coma.Smiths fans will, of course, instantly recognise the title of one of Morrissey & Co’s finest singles, which in turn inspired the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name. Schnabel and Stuckey’s film, though, would seem to be unrelated, given that it’s, apparently, a satirical high school comedy which focuses on an unlikely romance (could it be a romance between a guy and
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Writers slip into 'Coma'

"The Love Guru" director Marco Schnabel and "Little Fockers" writer Larry Stuckey are finding a girlfriend.

The pair are teaming to write "Girlfriend in a Coma," a satirical high school comedy that looks at an unlikely romance, with the pitch set up at Fox Atomic. Michael McCullers and 3 Arts will produce the project. McCullers wrote and directed the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler hit "Baby Mama" for Universal.

Schnabel and Stuckey met and honed their chops under comedy veteran Jay Roach. Schnabel was a second-unit director on Roach's "Meet the Fockers," and Stuckey was an associate producer on the 2004 film.

Fox Atomic is set to release youth-themed comedies including "The Post Grad Survival Guide" and "Miss March."

Schnabel is repped by Wma and 3 Arts; Stuckey by Icm; and McCullers by Endeavor and 3 Arts.
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2008 Razzie Award Nominees Anounced

  • Screen Rant
The Oscars attempt (emphasis on the word, “attempt”) to recognize cinemas greatest achievements each year. The Razzies, on the other hand, recognize cinema’s greatest underachievements each year.

After seeing the nominees for this year’s Razzie Awards, I’m beginning to think that the Razzie judges need to be given jobs on the Oscar selection committee. Maybe then the Oscar noms would be a little bit more spot-on.

Here are the 2008 Razzie Award nominees for your viewing displeasure.

Worst Picture

Disaster Movie & Meet The Spartans (Two bad movies, one tired-ass concept) The Happening (Ouch, M. Night that’s gotta hurt!) The Hottie and The Nottie In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale The Love Guru (Like no one saw that one coming.) Worst Actor

Larry The Cable Guy, Witless Protection Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave Mike Myers, The Love Guru Al Pacino, 88 Minutes & Righteous Kill (double ouch!
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Paris Hilton and 'Love Guru' lead Razzies nominations

  • Gold Derby
When the Razzie Awards nominations were announced this morning, it was obvious that voters are really smitten with Mike Myers' "The Love Guru" — it leads with the most nominations (seven), including a worst picture bid. Mike Myers, up for worst actor and screenplay as well as one for producing the picture, was previously in the Razzies race five years ago for "Cat in the Hat," but was underwhelmed by the Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez mismatch "Gigli."

In second place with six Razzie bids, including a worst picture nod, is the combo of "Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," which are grouped together because they're "two films from the same two talent-free writer/directors, both featuring essentially the same cast," says the Razzie press release.

By comparison, it looks like Paris Hilton's "The Hottie & the Nottie" was robbed! It only has five nominations despite being ranked by IMDb
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Is "The Love Guru" the Worst Film of 2008? Razzie Awards Nominations Announced!

Mike Myers' mess of a comedy is leading this year's Golden Raspberry Awards aka the Razzies!

"The Love Guru" scored seven nominations including Worst Picture of the year! Yikes!

Myers is also nominated for Worst Actor alongside Larry the Cable Guy for "Witless Protection," Eddie Murphy for "Meet Dave," Al Pacino, yes The Al Pacino for both "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill," and Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg for both "The Happening" and "Max Payne."

Ugh! The Razzie voters are one mean bunch :happy

Wanna know the full list of Worst Picture nominees? Click Read More.

Worst Picture

* Disaster Movie

* The Happening

* The Hottie and the Nottie

* In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

* The Love Guru

* Meet the Spartans

Worst Actor

* Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection

* Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave

* Mike Myers, The Love Guru

* Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill

* Mark Wahlberg, The Happening
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Updated: Worst Excuse for an Award Show Announces Their Nominees

Update: Apparently this is a list or "suggestions" and the nominees will be announced later this year. Do not take these to be official nominations. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced their nominees for th 2009 Razzie Awards and yet again you can spot the not-so-subtle attempts at humor and the obvious nature of the entire list. The best part of the whole thing is that the way these awards are decided are based on member votes, which means people actually spend - at a minimum - $20 to submit votes and say films such as Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans weren't any good. I wonder, did these people actually go spend money on these movies or are they voting purely on the idea that these movies must be bad? Because if they actually paid to see all of these movies that may be as sad as the award show itself.
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