8 items from 2013
Exclusive: There has been a major change in the relationship dynamic of veteran comedy writing duo Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, and it is the subject of a comedy project they have sold to ABC. Titled Changes, the single-camera project is written/exec produced by Sternin and Jennifer Ventimilia, which is Ventimilia’s new name after she underwent gender reassignment. Based on the duo’s real-life friendship, Changes revolves around two guys whose 30-year friendship was rocked when one of them became a woman. Sternin and Ventimilia’s partnership echoes the Wachowskis, who also continued to work together following Larry’s gender reassignment. Changes is one of two comedies Sternin and Ventimilia have sold to ABC through their overall deal at ABC Studios. The other is a multi-camera sitcom based on the adolescent memories of journalist/activist Dan Savage. It explores a contemporary family that comes together by falling apart. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
There’s a five or six year span somewhere around the late ’80s to early ’90s that has become known as a true Golden Age of sitcoms, and if the last two or three years can be said to have one absolute trend, it’s trying to update and recapture the formula that made those shows into the ratings behemoths they were. Not only are there interesting markers of public appeal like the fact that these Golden Age shows are becoming the staples of Nick-at-Nite and TV Land, but the surprisingly popular original programming on TV Land is clearly leading the way when it comes to this revival.
The bigger networks are adding their own efforts that, though decidedly updated in one way or another, aim to explore the possibilities still open by way of the general sensibilities and frameworks that worked so well for shows of the past. »
- Marc Eastman
Family Tools debuted Wednesday at 8:30/7:30 (ABC) — will you make room for it on your workbench?
The comedy introduces the Shea family, whose patriarch Tony (The Closer‘s J.K. Simmons) suffers a heart attack and realizes he can no longer handle the family handyman business alone. One problem: The logical candidate, his son Jack (Perfect Couples‘ Kyle Bornheimer), is a chronic screw-up with a less-than-stellar career history. Everyone, naturally, is waiting for him to biff big-time in this latest pursuit.
- Kimberly Roots
The Young and the Restless tallied 23 nominations as honors were announced this morning for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Restless’ impressive take helped CBS lead all networks with 50 overall nominations. PBS and ABC followed, with 44 and 38 nods, respectively.
General Hospital, which earned 19 nominations, joined Restless in the race for Outstanding Drama Series, and Sesame Street received 17 nods, including three for Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
- Jeff Labrecque
Sam Champion read the 2013 Daytime Emmy Nominations on Good Morning America on May 1, and it’s a great list! General Hospital and The Young & The Restless were some of the many shows nominated, while Ellen DeGeneres, Katie Couric and the lovely ladies of The View are some of the hosts nominated. Read on for the full list.
Daytime Emmys 2013 — Full List Of Nominations
Outstanding Drama Series
Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer
Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer
Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer
Days of Our Lives, NBC
Ken Corday, Executive Producer
Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers
Albert Alarr, Producer
General Hospital , ABC
Frank Valentini, Executive Producer
- Eleanore Hutch
Poor Kyle Bornheimer. He’s rifled through failed sitcoms on so many different networks he’s actually begun to recycle. So after his last ABC stop in “Romantically Challenged,” he’s back in “Family Tools,” a series so uninspired even the network appears pretty blase about it, starting with its late-spring, not-even-after-”Modern Family” timeslot. Adapted from a U.K. series, it’s a familiar story about a screw-up son who takes over the family business, enduring the usual wacky relatives, crazy clients and little indignities. Oh, and that handyman business he’s inherited? Do they moonlight tinkering on scripts?
Actually, that’s not an entirely fair criticism. Produced by “That ’70s Show” alums, “Tools” isn’t completely broken, from an execution standpoint, and the cast — including J.K. Simmons as the gruff dad and Leah Remini as the aunt who sneakily lures the protagonist back home — is superior to the material. »
- Brian Lowry
Looks like my wish for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise to get a video game reboot is coming true. Nickelodeon and Activision have announced they're partnering together for an exclusive multi-year deal to create video games based on the new Tmnt cartoon show. The best news, the first game will be coming this Summer.
I've been dying for a new Tmnt game for a while now. I love the franchise and think there's plenty of potential within the Ninja Turtle universe for great gaming experiences. Sadly, most of the recent games haven't delivered on that potential. With a new TV show being a massive success (for good reason too), I figured/hoped that new video games wouldn't be too far behind. Turns out I was right! Here's the press release with the info:
Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: Atvi) today announced a worldwide, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Nickelodeon announced today that they have entered into a worldwide deal with Activision Publishing Inc. to develop and publish multiple video games based on the new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
Activision Publishing’s Vice President Kurt Niederloh commented on the upcoming games, saying ”The fans of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are unique in that they span generations and are very passionate. We respect this passion and look forward to working with Nickelodeon to create games that embody the spirit of the property.”
In total, Activision has agreed to develop three games based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The first game is expected to be released this Summer, with the following two games to be spread out over the course of the “multi-year” deal. Neither company revealed any details about the upcoming games, nor did they announce the platforms that they were being developed for.
- Justin Alderman
8 items from 2013
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