9 items from 2016
U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has acquired new sitcom “The Great Indoors” from CBS Studios International for broadcast in Britain on its ITV2 channel. The show, which stars Joel McHale and Stephen Fry, premieres Oct. 27 in the U.S. on CBS.
The licensing agreement provides ITV2 the exclusive first-window broadcast and VOD rights to the show for the U.K. McHale plays a renowned adventure reporter whose globe-trotting days come to an end when the founder of the outdoor magazine he works for (Fry) announces its move to web-only and assigns him to supervise an online team of millennials in the digital department. The cast also includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Shaun Brown, Susannah Fielding and Chris Williams.
“The Great Indoors is a smart premise with a strong cast, and we think it’ll be a great addition to the wealth of youth-skewing comedy we’re continuing to build on ITV2,” said Rosemary Newell, Head »
- Robert Mitchell
The workplace comedy, which follows McHale’s outdoor-magazine reporter character as he transitions to a job in the publication’s millenial-run digital department, is “a big sandbox,” McHale told an audience Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “That’s how I felt about Community when I first read it.”
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The multi-cam comedy stars McHale as Jack Gordon, a veteran outdoors reporter who butts heads with the younger staff at his magazine's office. Stephen Fry, Chris Williams, Shaun Brown, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, and Susannah Fielding also star.
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CBS has released the trailers for the new shows debuting during the network’s 2016-17 season, including the upcoming revival of “Star Trek.” The first look teaser for the sci-fi series had no footage, but promised “new crews, new villains, new heroes, new worlds.”
Though the logo simply says “Star Trek,” Variety has learned that the series will have a more specific title to be unveiled at a later date. Later installments in the “Star Trek” television franchise had titles that differentiated them from the original series — “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
Check out the videos for the new series below.
“MacGyver,” a reimagining of the classic series, is an action-adventure »
- Laura Prudom
CBS is ready to jumpstart its fall season with a paper clip, rubber band, and lighter.
The network has ordered six new shows, including a reboot of the 1980s action series "MacGyver" and an adaptation of the movie "Training Day." The new shows also include comedies with big names as headliners: Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale.
CBS has a lot of holes to fill in its schedule this fall. "The Good Wife" ended, "CSI: Cyber" was canceled (leaving the network without a "CSI" series for the first time in 16 years), and "Supergirl" is moving to The CW.
Here's a rundown of all the new CBS shows:
Synopsis: A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. »
- Kelly Woo
CBS is enlisting MacGyver to help fortify its 2016-2017 schedule.
The much-hyped reboot was one of four dramas the Eye network ordered to series on Friday, joining Jerry Bruckheimer’s Training Day remake, the Michael Weatherly-fronted Bull, and Jason Katims’ medical entry Pure Genius (fka Bunker Hill).
On the comedy side, CBS has Ok’d Joel McHale’s workplace sitcom The Great Indoors and Matt LeBlanc’s family satire Man With a Plan (fka I’m Not Your Friend). Speaking of the latter, The Office‘s Jenna Fischer — who was set to play LeBlanc’s wife — has exited the project for creative reasons. »
CBS has greenlit a slew of series for the 2016-2017 season.
In the comedy department, the network has ordered projects starring Matt LeBlanc and Joel McHale. As for dramas, CBS will be rebooting “Training Day,” “MacGyver,” plus has picked up a medical drama from Jason Katims and a new show starring “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly.
“Training Day” is based on the 2001 movie that starred Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The series revival stars Bill Paxton and newcomer Justin Cornwell. A crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film left, the show is about an idealistic young police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton). Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz star alongside Paxton and Cornwell.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“The Great Indoors” revolves around an adventure reporter named Joel, played by McHale, who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. Mintz-Plasse will play Clark, one of Joel’s colleagues, a tech/nerd survivalist who knows everything about surviving at sea, in the woods and on Mars, but hasn’t left downtown in five years.
The multicam comedy pilot hails from “Tosh.0” creator Mike Gibbons who penned the script and will serve as exec producer on the CBS TV Studios project, along with exec producer-supervisor Chris Harris and exec producer-director Andy Ackerman.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Niecy Nash is putting the badge back on for her new pilot, “The Enforcers.” The “Reno 911!” alum is joining forces with Christine Woods for Fox’s new comedy pickup about two polar opposite—as required by TV law—single mothers who set out to acquire their dream jobs as police officers. The plan hiccups when they’re assigned to a department that solely deals with minor code violations like noise complaints and water misuse. Los Angeles will host the project with a mid-March shoot date, and Tim Payne will handle additional casting for the pilot. Millennials strike again in CBS’ new series. The network is looking to skew younger with its new pilot pickup “The Great Indoors.” The comedy will take an adventurous reporter indoors where he will lead a group of techy 20-somethings in the digital department of a magazine. “Community” commodity Joel McHale will star, along with Shaun Brown and Chris Williams. »
9 items from 2016
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