7 items from 2012
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 »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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 ...
- Daniel Johnson
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 »
- Kate Erbland
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 Night, Royal 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 Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris, though no word yet on »
- Allison Keene
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, 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. »
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. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
7 items from 2012
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