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Sternin & Ventimilia Sell Autobiographical Comedy, Project With Dan Savage To ABC

  • Deadline TV
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.
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Family Tools Review

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.
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Do You Have Use for ABC's Family Tools?

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Do You Have Use for ABC's Family Tools?
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 CouplesKyle 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.

Rounding out the cast are Leah Remini (King of Queens) as Jack’s Aunt Terry, Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street) as his cousin Mason,
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Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS

Daytime Emmy nominations: 'Young and the Restless' leads CBS
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.

Good Morning America and Today will bring their ratings rivalry to the Emmys, where they’ll be joined by CBS Sunday Morning in the Outstanding Morning Program category.
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Daytime Emmy Nominations 2013: Ellen DeGeneres, The View & More

The nominations are in! Ellen DeGeneres, The View and General Hospital lead the pack in the 2013 Daytime Emmy nominations.

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

The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS

Bradley P. Bell, Executive Producer

Rhonda Friedman, Edward J. Scott, SupervisingProducers

Ronald W. Weaver, Senior Producer

Mark Pinciotti, Coordinating Producer

Cynthia J. Popp, Colleen Bell, Casey Kasprzyk, Producers

Days of Our Lives, NBC

Ken Corday, Executive Producer

Lisa de Cazotte, Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producers

Janet Drucker, Tim Stevens, Coordinating Producers

Albert Alarr, Producer

General Hospital , ABC

Frank Valentini, Executive Producer

Mary-Kelly Weir,
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TV Review: ‘Family Tools’

TV Review: ‘Family Tools’
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.
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Activision Signs Multi-Year Deal for Ninja Turtles Video Games; First Game Coming This Summer

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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,
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Activision Signs Multi-Game Deal For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IP

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.

Today’s
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Order For ABC’s Midseason Comedy ‘Family Tools’ Cut To 10 Episodes

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: ABC has cut the order of midseason comedy series Family Tools from 13 to 10 episodes. Sources close to the network say that the decision was made for scheduling reasons as Family Tools in slated to premiere in January and air Tuesdays at 8:30 Pm, bridging the two cycles of Dancing With the Stars. ABC brass estimated they only need the comedy for 10 weeks before Dancing comes back. Family Tools‘ companion in the Tuesday 8 Pm hour will be fellow midseason comedy How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life). The 20th TV series started production early and has already completed its 13-episode order. It is unclear what ABC will do with the 3 extra episodes. Meanwhile, ABC Studios-produced Family Tools started filming later, in part because of a showrunner change in August when veterans Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia were brought in to replace Bobby Bowman, who
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‘Super Troopers’ Director Jay Chandrasekhar to Write & Direct ‘Yogi Bear 2’

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Nearly 40 years after his introduction to audiences during The Yogi Bear Show’s original television run, the titular character still resonates with the public, as the live-action/CGI Yogi Bear (2010) raked in over $200 million at the box office. Although critics panned the film, its financial success apparently warranted a sequel from Warner Bros.

Initially, the studio rehired the writers of the original, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimillia, to develop a script for Yogi Bear 2 back in May 2011. Unfortunately, producers weren’t very happy with the script and decided to shake things up by bringing in someone new to the project.

According to Deadline, that someone is none other than ...

Click to continue reading ‘Super Troopers’ Director Jay Chandrasekhar to Write & Direct ‘Yogi Bear 2
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Snozberry Picnic: Jay Chandrasekhar to Direct and Re-Write ‘Yogi Bear’ Sequel

There are quite a few entry points for this next piece of news: there are the Super Troopers jokes (boom, accomplished in the headline), the snarky bit about how we all forgot that Yogi Bear 2 was happening, something about Justin Timberlake, and perhaps a jab or two at the profoundly unfunny The Babymakers, but all that chatter aside, there is but one piece of this news worth exploring – it’s a great idea. Deadline Hollywood reports (via ComingSoon) that Jay Chandrasekhar has been hired by Warner Bros. to rewrite and direct their Yogi Bear 2. The film’s current screenplay comes from writers Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia (who were also behind the first film’s script, along with Brad Copeland). Chandrasekhar, though most typically most remembered as “that dude from Broken Lizard,” has quite the varied resume. He’s a director, writer, actor, producer, and editor who has worked in features, commercials
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Super Troopers Director Jay Chandrasekhar to Rewrite and Helm Yogi Bear 2

  • Collider.com
Warner Bros. has tapped Jay Chandrasekhar to rewrite and direct Yogi Bear 2.  The original film in this new era of the series, which came out in 2010, was written by Jeffrey Ventimilia (Rio) and Joshua Sternin (The Tooth Fairy), with Eric Brevig (Men In Black) in the director's chair.  Though not too well received by critics, the film made over $200 million worldwide. Chandrasekhar, known for his work in the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, has also directed The Babymakers (starring Paul Schneider and Olivia Munn) as well as the Dukes of Hazzard film.  For TV work, Chandrasekhar has directed episodes of Up All NightRoyal Pains and Community.  For more on the project and whether Boo Boo can ever be as popular as Honey Boo Boo (probably not), hit the jump. The 2010 film featured the voice acting credits of Dan AykroydJustin Timberlake and Anna Faris, though no word yet on
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Director Jay Chandrasekhar Confirmed for Yogi Bear 2!

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Director Jay Chandrasekhar Confirmed for Yogi Bear 2!
Jay Chandrasekhar (The Babymakers) has come aboard to rewrite the script and direct Yogi Bear 2 for Warner Bros.

We reported last May that Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia (Yogi Bear, Tooth Fairy) signed on to write the sequel. Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.

Yogi Bear, released in 2010, took in over $200 million worldwide, with Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake voicing Yogi and Boo-Boo. Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, and T.J. Miller starred in live-action roles. It is not known yet if any of these cast members will return for the sequel.

Jay Chandrasekhar is best known for his work as a member of the Broken Lizard troupe, directing, writing, and starring in comedies such as Super Troopers and Beerfest.

Yogi Bear 2 comes to theaters in 2013. The film is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.
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Jay Chandrasekhar to Direct Yogi Bear Sequel

Jay Chandrasekhar, best known for working with Broken Lizard on comedies like Super Troopers and, most recently, The Babymakers , has signed on to direct Warner Bros.' Yogi Bear sequel, Deadline reports. As announced last year , Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, two of the writers behind the original film, will be providing the screenplay. The first Yogi Bear , released in 3D and based on the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, was directed by Eric Brevig and starred Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris and Andy Daly.
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New ABC Comedy Series ‘Family Tools’ Changes Showrunners

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: There has been a change at the helm of the upcoming ABC comedy series The Family Tools. Bobby Bowman, who developed the adaptation of the British comedy White Van Man and wrote the pilot, has stepped down as executive producer/showrunner of the series. Veterans Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia (That ’70s Show) have come in as executive producers and new showrunners. I hear the change stems from ABC and ABC Studios’ desire to have someone with showrunner experience steering the series. This is Bowman’s first series as a creator and/or showrunner. He previously worked as a key writer-producer on Greg Garcia’s three comedy series: Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. I hear the network and the studio valued Bowman’s voice on the show and offered him to stay on staff but he chose to step aside and give the new showrunners a clean slate.
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DVD Review: Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear

Stars: Dan Ackroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller | Written by Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin | Directed by Eric Brevig

Yogi Bear, who made his first appearance in 1958 has been a perennial favourite in the Hanna-Barbera canon ever since. Starring in his first non-tv movie since 1964, Yogi is now voiced by Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd and his companion Boo-Boo is voiced by pop star and Social Network player, Justin Timberlake. Anna Faris co-stars, with Tom Cavanagh as the long-suffering Ranger Smith, who finds Jellystone Park threatened with closure, with Yogi’s antics poised either to save the day or ruin it.

Despite my feelings of nostalgia for Yogi and Boo-Boo, I was initially slow to warm to the film, which lacks much of the charm of the original cartoons, much like the similar live action Scooby Doo films.

After a while, however, the pitter patter of the
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TV: Turtles, Cabbage, Torchwood, Neverland

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nickelodeon will relaunch the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as a new animated series and today the cast has been announced via Entertainment Weekly.

Sean Astin will voice Raphael, Jason Biggs is Leonardo, Greg Cipes is Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen is Donatello. Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia will executive produce the show which will debut next Fall.

The Cabbage Patch Kids

Galen Walker has scored the TV rights to "The Cabbage Patch Kids" franchise and a script is reportedly in the works for an animated TV special featuring the creations which were a big hit in the early-mid 80's says The Hollywood Reporter.

Walker and Cwa Carlin West Agency would produce the special with the hope of relaunching the brand.

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Starz has released a series of character video vignettes for the upcoming series with new footage and each of the major characters
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adds Sean Astin and Jason Biggs

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adds Sean Astin and Jason Biggs
Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) has joined the cast of Nickelodeon's all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Raphael, one of four teenage brothers dedicated to a life battling evil denizens. Rounding out the cast are Jason Biggs (American Pie) as Leonardo, Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as Michelangelo and Rob Paulsen as Donatello. Paulsen also voiced the original Raphael from 1987-1996 in the first series. Currently in production at the Nick Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif., the show is set to premiere in fall 2012. Executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and J.R. Ventimilia, this half-hour action-comedy series breathes new life into the wildly popular band of reptile brothers.

"I'm excited to be joining the ranks of the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team," said Astin. "This franchise and these characters are beloved around the world, and I'm proud to be the next Raphael. I plan to
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Voice Cast Includes Sean Astin & Jason Biggs

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming back with a bang next yer. Not only is a new live action movie in the works, but Nickelodeon is airing a brand new animated series too. And EW have the skinny of who will be providing the voices for those lean green fighting machines.. Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings‘ Sam, The Goonies‘ Mikey, and Rudy‘s Rudy) will be voicing red-masked Raphael. He’ll be joined by a cast that includes Jason Biggs as Leonardo, Greg Cipes as Michelangelo, and Rob Paulsen as Donatello. The series will be executive produced by Ciro Nieli, Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, and is currently set to debut in Fall 2012, although select fans can get an exclusive first look at the reimagined Turtles at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. Interestingly, Paulsen voiced Raphael in the original cartoon. EW also have an interview with Astin, here are some excerpts.
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Sean Astin voicing Raphael in new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- Exclusive

Sean Astin voicing Raphael in new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- Exclusive
When you consider that the title sounds like the caffeinated fever dream of a particularly excitable eight-year-old, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had so many incarnations: Gritty monochromatic independent comic book, beloved ’80s cartoon, mega-grossing feature-film trilogy, an endless assortment of action figures, fondly-remembered videogames, a second animated series that ran for several years in the 2000s, and a big-screen animated reboot.

Next year, Nickelodeon will relaunch Turtles as a new animated series, and EW can report exclusively that Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings’ Sam, The Goonies’ Mikey, and Rudy’s Rudy) will be voicing red-masked Raphael.
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