Season 2 of Nicole Byer Series “Loosely Exactly Nicole” Headed to Facebook

“Loosely Exactly Nicole”

Nicole Byer’s cancelled MTV comedy may have found a new life at Facebook. A deal to pick up “Loosely Exactly Nicole” as part of the social media platform’s foray into original video content is close to being finalized. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

Based, well, loosely on Byer’s life, “Loosely Exactly Nicole” premiered on MTV last fall and was cancelled earlier this year. Created by Christine Zander (“Mom”), who also served as showrunner and Ep, the series follows Nicole (Byer) as she tries to establish her comedy career and act like a real adult — whatever that is.

The deal with Facebook seems all but final. “A writers room has already been opened,” THR reports, “and some of the cast and all of the creative team…are poised to return.” 3 Arts and Jax Media will exec produce but MTV will no longer be involved in the show’s production.

If and when the series moves to Facebook, it will see the reunion of Byer and former MTV executive vp Mina Lefevre. Lefevre helped develop “Loosely Exactly Nicole” at the network before she took her current position as Facebook’s head of development.

No word on a premiere date for Season 2 yet, but Facebook is expected to introduce at least some of its original content this summer.

Byer made her breakout on the MTV how-to and advice series “Girl Code.” “Transparent,” “Party Over Here,” and “Lady Dynamite” are among her other credits.

“I think when people get to see someone who looks like them, I think that inspires people to do what they want to do,” the actress and comedian has said.

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Loosely Exactly Nicole, Mary + Jane, Sweet/Vicious: MTV Orders New Scripted Series

[caption id="attachment_47870" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Loosely Exactly Nicole TV show, image via MTV./caption]

MTV announces it has given the greenlight to three new scripted TV shows: Loosely Exactly Nicole, Mary + Jane, and Sweet/Vicious. A half-hour comedy, Loosely Exactly Nicole stars Nicole Byer (above) in the title role. Showrunner Christine Zander executive produces with Avi Gilbert (3 Arts) and Christian Lander.

Mary + Jane, also a half-hour comedy about enterprising pot dealers Paige and Jordan is executive produced by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, and Television 360. A one-hour dramedy, created by Co-ep Jennifer Robinson, Sweet/Vicious is executive produced by showrunner Amanda Lasher and Jennifer Robinson.

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MTV Chief Vows to Restore Music to Programming

MTV Chief Vows to Restore Music to Programming
The new leader of what is arguably Viacom’s best-known cable network wants to, as he put it, “put the ‘M’ back in MTV.”

At MTV, the halls are alive with the sound of music. When Sean Atkins, who was named MTV’s president last year, unveils a new programming lineup later this afternoon as part of TV’s annual upfront market, he will highlight a new live musical performance series – the network’s first new entry in that genre in nearly two decades. And he will announce 14 new series – the most, he said, MTV has debuted in a fell swoop – that are inspired by a renewed focus on music and youth culture.

“You will see a strengthening of our connection to popular culture, exploring new formats and doing the unexpected,” said Atkins in an interview. “This is the beginning of the journey.”

MTV’s recent path has been the
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Sofia Vergara to feature in autobiographical sitcom

Sofia Vergara to feature in autobiographical sitcom
Los Angeles, Oct 9: Actress Sofia Vergara will appear in an autobiographical sitcom titled "Raising Mom".

The show is about a young mother and her 21-year-old son who have to learn how to live separately following a tightly-knit upbringing.

"Raising Mom" has been inspired by Vergara's own experiences with bringing up her son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara, and is being written by Christine Zander, reports

Meanwhile, Vergara will also feature alongside Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. in Jon Favreau's upcoming comedy "Chef".

Apart from that she will be seen in the crime thriller "Heat" alongside Jason Statham.

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Sofia Vergara Signs on to Produce “Raising Mom”

There’s absolutely nothing she can’t do, and Sofia Vergara just joined the forthcoming ABC series “Raising Mom” as an executive producer.

The “Machete Kills” babe’s relationship with her 21-year-old son Manolo was actually the inspiration behind the project, created by Luis Balaguer, who works for Vergara’s Latin World Entertainment company.

According to an insider, “Raising Mom” will be based on a young single mother and son who end up raising each other.

Sofia’s “Modern Family” director Gail Mancuso will helm the show, while “Raising Hope scribe Christine Zander will handle the writing duties.
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ABC Nabs Sofia Vergara Autobiographical Comedy With Gail Mancuso And Electus

Exclusive: Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is fielding another single-camera comedy project at ABC, this time inspired by her own parenting experience. The network has put in development Raising Mom, from Vergara and Luis Balaguer’s Latin World Entertainment, Electus and ABC Studios. Gail Mancuso, hot off her Emmy directing win for Modern Family, is on board to helm. Written by Christine Zander (Raising Hope), Raising Mom is inspired by Vergara’s experiences raising her son and follows a young single mom and her 21-year-old son who discover that they have done a pretty good job of raising each other, only now they decide it might be time to gain some independence. The idea for the show was conceived by Balaguer from observing Vergara’s relationship with her son during the more than 20 years he has been producing partners with the Colombian-born actress. (A pic of her and her son
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TV Review: ‘The Goodwin Games’

TV Review: ‘The Goodwin Games’
Remember “Ben & Kate,” the sweet little comedy about oddball siblings Fox aired — and pretty quickly canceled — earlier this season? Turns out the network developed a logical single-camera companion to the show, which should provide small comfort to “The Goodwin Games,” a series from the creators of “How I Met Your Mother” being rather conspicuously burned off in the summer heat. Mildly charming but exceptionally thin, it makes it hard to fault Fox for its lack of faith. So let the “Games” begin, but don’t expect many to wind up carrying a torch for it.

The series hinges on a trio of completely unbelievable siblings, reunited by the death of their father (Beau Bridges, in full mad-scientist mode). As if plucked from “Gilligan’s Island,” they include a buttoned-up doctor (Scott Foley), an actress (“Ugly Betty’s” Becki Newton) and a nincompoop thief (T.J. Miller) freshly paroled from prison.

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"Inception," "The Social Network" Win Writers Guild Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

As soon as we thought we could predict the outcome of the Oscars, here comes another surprise! This one's brought to you by the Writers Guild of America. Picked for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The director, famously dissed for not getting a Best Director Oscar nomination, may just win the Best Original Screenplay come Oscar night. Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech" was not nominated because it didn't quality under union rules which prompted Nolan to say during his WGA acceptance award that he looked forward to a time when he could accept the award "without qualification."

That could be the beginning of a great script Mr. Nolan, go write it :happy

For adapted screenplay, I'm happy to report that Aaron Sorkin's fantastic script won! Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, "The Social Network" was the only film last year that I predicted to win this very category.
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Writers Guild Awards Nominations! Check Out Full Movie, TV Nominees! Yes, There Are Few Surprises!

"I Love You Phillip Morris" came out of nowhere and secured a nod for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards. Based on the book by Steven McVicker, the film starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGRegor as prisoners in love received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.

"Phillip Morris" will be competing with awards-favorites "127 Hours" (screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy), "The Social Network" (screenplay Aaron Sorkin), "The Town" (screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard), and True Grit (screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen).

In the Original Screenplay category, critics-darlings "Black Swan" (screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin), "The Fighter" (screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson), "Inception" (Christopher Nolan), and "The Kids Are All Right" (written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg) will be competing with "Please Give" by Nicole Holofcener. Much like "I Love You Phillip Morris," "Please Give," a family dramedy set in New York,
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2011 WGA Awards Nominees in TV Announced

Writers Guild of America has announced the writers who receive nominations at next year's awards for their work in television. The most nod that one show gets is three, and that number is claimed by "Modern Family", "30 Rock" and "Breaking Bad".

"Modern Family" and "30 Rock", which have won Emmys, will be up against each other in comedy series and have each received two nods for episodic category. Meanwhile, "Breaking Bad" takes a nod in drama field and two additional episodic nominations.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" is vying for new series prize, battling "Boardwalk Empire", "Justified", "Treme" and "Men of a Certain Age" along the way. "Empire" in particular is also nominated for drama series against older and more prominent shows like "Mad Men" and "Dexter".

The WGA Awards will hand out the prizes in a ceremony held February 5 in Los Angeles and New York. Partial list of nominations can be
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Writers Guild of America announce 2011 nominations The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2010 season to be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards on February 5, 2011, in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Dramatic Series

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Meg Jackson, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Margaret Nagle, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Tom Schnauz, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Manny Coto, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Chip Johannessen, Jim Leonard, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West; Showtime

Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Etan Frankel, Monica Henderson, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC

Mad Men,
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WGA Nominations: Atwt, Gh, Oltl, Glee, Fnl, Lost & More

The Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2010 season to be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards on February 5, 2011, in New York and Los Angeles.

Here are the television nominees in soap-related categories:

Daytime Serial

* As The World Turns, Written by Susan Dansby, Lucky Gold, Janet Iacobuzio, Penelope Koechl, David Kreizman, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, David Smilow; CBS

* General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, David F. Ryan, Tracey Thomson, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald; ABC

* One Life To Live, Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Frederick Johnson, Elizabeth Page, Gordon Rayfield, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Courtney Simon, Chris
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Writer’s Guild of America Announces TV Nominees for 2011 Awards

Today the Writer’s Guild of America kept the spirit of awards season happy by revealing their nominations for achievements in writing for television. Plenty of our favorite shows got some love from WGA members including like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family while plenty of new series like Boardwalk Empire, Justified and The Walking Dead also got some praise. Even the finale episode of Lost is in the mix of episodic nominees. Aside from the narrative dramas and comedies, other staple series like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report get their due diligence as well. Check out the full list of nominees, complete with all the writing talents behind them, after the jump.

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire – Written by Meg Jackson, Lawrence Konner, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Margaret Nagle, Tim Van Patten, Paul Simms, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad – Written by Sam Catlin,
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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) and the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions
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Writers Guild Nominations Announced

As hard as it may be to believe sometimes, someone (or someones) actually sits down and writes a movie or TV show before you end up seeing it at your local multiplex or on your favorite TV network. The people who do the sitting and the writing are, surprisingly, called writers and, like the Directors, the Golden Globes and the Oscars, they have their own awards show.

This week, the Writers Guild of America, which is the trade group and advocate for writers, announced its nominations for outstanding achievement in feature film and television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2009 season to be honored at the upcoming 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20, 2010, in Los Angeles and New York.

We realize that these nominations may not be as glamorous as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, but we kinda like writers around here and think they do a pretty important job.
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Writers Guild of America Announces TV Nominations

It’s mid-December and that can only mean one thing: awards season. Today, the WGA announced their TV nominations (feature nominations will be announced Jan. 11th) and it’s the usual suspects for the most part with a couple of surprises. Mad Men, 30 Rock, The Office, and newcomer Modern Family earned 3 nominations each. Meanwhile, popular fan favorite Glee received two. There are a lot of categories and nominees so I’m just going to mention the two big awards before the jump.

The nominees for Best Drama Series are: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, and Mad Men. The nominees for Best Comedy Series are: 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glee, Modern Family, and The Office.

The WGA will announce the winners on Feb. 20th. Hit the jump to see the full list of nominees.

Drama Series

Breaking Bad” - Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras,
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'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' lead WGA noms

'Mad Men,' '30 Rock' lead WGA noms
Awards heavyweights "Mad Men," "30 Rock" and "The Office" and buzzed-about newcomer "Modern Family" led the TV field for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards with three nominations each.

AMC's "Mad Men" and NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office" are in the running for best drama/comedy series, and each received two nominations for episodic writing. "Family" made the cut for best comedy series, best new series and best episodic writing for a comedy series.

ABC's "Family" was one of two new shows to break into the best series categories along with Fox's quirky high-school dramedy "Glee," which faces "Family" in the best comedy series and best new series fields.

While the WGA Awards are still in its nomination phase, Fox's "The Simpsons" can already uncork the champagne. The veteran series is assured to win the animation category after landing all five nomination slots.

The biggest surprise among the series nominees was HBO's low-key baseball comedy "Eastbound & Down,
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Interview with "Nurse Jackie" creators Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius

Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as the complicated, sweet-and-sour title character, has been a surprise hit for Showtime. With its strong female characters and gay-inclusive storylines — one of the lead characters, Mo-Mo (Haaz Slieman), is gay and the show recently featured a lesbian couple played by Swoosie Kurtz and Blythe Danner — the drama has become a favorite with Lgbt viewers as well.

A big part of Nurse Jackie’s progressive recipe for success are its co-creators and co-show runners, Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius &#8212 who also just happen to be out lesbians.

Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius

We spoke to both of them about writing gay storylines, where Nurse Jackie is headed in its second season, and how they’ve fared as out lesbians in entertainment. Congratulations on the success of Nurse Jackie. Only two days after its premiere episode, it was picked up for a second season!
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Fox orders 'Absolutely Fabulous' pilot

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  Fox has given a pilot pickup to "Absolutely Fabulous," an American version of the beloved BBC series. The BAFTA-winning series aired on the BBC in four seasons and a number of specials between 1992 and 2005. "Absolutely Fabulous" tells the wacky story of fashion publicist Eddy, fashion editor Patsy and Eddy's daughter Saffron, the one sane one. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Saturday Night Live" veteran Christine Zander wrote the script, which was first ordered last fall.  The series location has been changed to Los Angeles, but original series star Jennifer Saunders will be around to executive produce along with...
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Ab Fab New Pilot For Fox TV

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Ab Fab New Pilot For Fox TV
Cult British comedy Absolutely Fabulous is getting a makeover for American TV.

Bosses at America's Fox network have signed to make a U.S. version of the hit BBC show - which ran in the U.K. from 1996 until 2005.

The show starred Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as booze-swilling fashionistas, and went on to win a Bafta Award and an Emmy.

Saturday Night Live writer Christine Zander will helm the U.S. version, and is working with Saunders on the pilot, which is slated to air in America later this year.
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