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‘The Goldbergs’ Executive Producer Chris Bishop Inks Overall Deal With Sony TV

21 July 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Goldbergs‘ executive producer Chris Bishop has signed a two-year overall deal with Sony TV, the studio behind the popular ABC comedy series. Under the pact, Bishop will continue to serve as an executive producer on the The Goldbergs alongside creator/showrunner Adam F. Goldberg. He also will develop new projects with Doug Robinson of Happy Madison, which co-produces The Goldbergs with Sony TV. Before joining The Goldbergs after the pilot as supervising producer… »

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Sony TV’s New Leaders Reveal Growth Strategy

12 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jamie Erlicht was on vacation in Oregon when he got the call from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton. Erlicht and his partner of more than a decade, Zack Van Amburg, officially were being elevated at Sony Pictures Television, assuming many of the duties of ousted chief Steve Mosko. When the news was announced June 2, a deluge of congratulatory calls and comical gifts followed. “Why didn’t they consult me first because I may have some things to share,” Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan emailed. The GoldbergsAdam F. Goldberg sent over a vintage stand-up arcade game with a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Ghostbusters Documentary ‘Ghostheads’ Set for July 15 Launch on Netflix

29 June 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has set a July 15 launch date for the Ghostbusters fan documentary “Ghostheads,” coinciding with Sony’s opening of its “Ghostbusters” reboot.

Ghostheads” premiered as a Work in Progress at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. The film looks at the impact the Ghostbusters franchise has had on fans over the past three decades. with interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson, Paul Feig and Peter Mosen, who has been dressing like Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz character since the first film’s release, and whose passion landed him a small part in the sequel.

The film is directed by Brendan Mertens, a Canadian filmmaker who said of his fellow fans, “Ghostheads are friendly people – there’s not really any animosity like in other fandoms we’ve seen.  They really use their powers for good – raising money for their local communities, providing a place for people who may otherwise feel alone, and »

- Dave McNary

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Emmy Awards: 18 Underappreciated Shows That Deserve a Vote

16 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy Awards voting has never been more complicated, with more series than ever vying for those coveted few slots in 2016. And while the usual suspects will naturally get attention, it’s those hidden gems that tend to get buried in the stacks of “For Your Consideration” mailers. To cut through the clutter, Variety’s TV team has selected a few favorites that we think deserve your vote.

Baskets,” FX

Starring Zach Galifianakis as “non-identical” twins Chip and Dale, Louie Anderson as their Costco obsessed mother, Christine, and 47-year-old acting novice Martha Kelly as the romantic lead, Martha, FX’s “Baskets” is not like any other comedy, or show, on television. The funny-sad serialized storytelling of showrunner Jonathan Krisel takes all of these characters on unexpected journeys full of emotional discoveries, pratfalls, bittersweet self-reflection and fart jokes. It’s completely silly, completely serious and completely wonderful. — Geoff Berkshire

Blunt Talk,” Starz »

- Variety Staff

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‘The Goldbergs’ Scores Tribune, Sony Syndication Pact

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tribune Broadcasting stations in 18 major markets have set a deal with Sony Pictures TV for rerun rights to the ABC domestic comedy “The Goldbergs” starting in fall 2017.

The deal cements “Goldbergs” status as the prime syndication-friendly comedy available to broadcast TV stations in the next few years. The drought in broad-appeal sitcoms coming off the broadcast networks has alarmed TV station managers, many of which rely on sitcom reruns as tentpoles of their late afternoon, early evening and late-night schedules.

Tribune stations taking “Goldbergs” include its outlets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston. All told the deal covers nearly 37% of U.S. TV households.

“ ‘The Goldbergs’ is a stand-out comedy with all-family appeal, growing ratings and buzz-worthy storytelling, making it a great fit for our stations,” said Sean Compton, Tribune’s president of strategic programming and acquisitions.

John Weiser, president of distribution for Sony Pictures TV, cited the show’s three consecutive seasons of ratings growth in primetime as a good sign of a healthy afterlife in reruns.

“Goldberg” reruns have already been made available for streaming on Hulu through a deal set last September. That makes the show a test case for sitcoms with the potential to juggle both a streaming and traditional broadcast syndication window.

The Hulu exposure likely cut down on the price Tribune was willing to pay to land the show, yet the scarcity of available sitcoms surely worked in Sony’s favor.

“It is poised for a long run on ABC and in syndication,” Weiser said.

“Goldbergs” is heading into its fourth season on ABC this fall. The series, created and exec produced by Adam F. Goldberg, is set in the 1980s and revolves around the coming of age story of a boy in a boisterous family. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and George Segal star.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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ABC Orders Notorious Drama, Jenna Elfman's Imaginary Friend Sitcom

12 May 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC’s 2016-17 TV season will mark the return to TV for both onetime Covert Affairs agent Piper Perabo and three-time Emmy nominee Jenna Elfman.

RelatedABC Orders Conviction Drama to Series, Starring Hayley Atwell

The network on Thursday gave a series order to the drama Notorious, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. Promising a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media, the series stars Perabo as Julia George and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) as Jake Gregorian. »

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Drama ‘Notorious’, Comedy ‘Imaginary Mary’ Picked Up To Series At ABC

12 May 2016 5:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ABC has given series orders to drama Notorious and comedy Imaginary Mary. Both are co-productions between Sony TV and ABC Studios. Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm, had been an early standout at the network, while Imaginary Mary, from The Goldbergs team of Adam F. Goldberg, David Guarascio and Happy Madison, had received high marks for its seamless blending of live-action and CGI animation. The pickup gives The Goldbergs creator Goldberg, Happy Madison and Sony TV… »

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ABC Orders Comedies ‘Downward Dog,’ ‘Imaginary Mary’ and ‘Second Fattest Housewife’

12 May 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has ordered three new comedies to series, “Imaginary Mary,” “Downward Dog,” and the project formerly known as “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport,” now known as Untitled Sarah Dunn.

The live action/CGI hybrid “Imaginary Mary” centers around Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg”) a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

The series also stars Stephen Schneider as Ben, Rachel Dratch as the titular imaginary friend Mary, Nicholas Coombe as Andy, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora and Erica Trembay as Bunny.

The series hails from “The Goldbergs” writers and exec producers Adam F. Goldberg and David Guarascio, and exec producer Doug Robinson. »

- Laura Prudom

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The Goldbergs Review: Adam Goldberg – Master Dungeon Master

6 April 2016 10:14 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Another Wednesday is here, and with it comes a new episode of The Goldbergs. Let’s take a look at what went on in this week’s new episode, “Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone?” The main story in the episode concerns Adam and his experience in gym class, every 80’s kid’s nightmare. To make up for being imperfect at gym, Adam is a master at Dungeons & Dragons. He and his friends tire of being the dorks that they see themselves as, though, and Adam convinces the coach to let him be a team captain so that he can change the social ladder. He starts

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- Jasef Wisener

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ABC Renews 15 Shows Including ‘Quantico,’ ‘The Bachelor’ & Comedy Slate

3 March 2016 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has handed out a slew of renewals for shows including much of its comedy slate, plus Shondaland’s “Tgit” dramas.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Black-ish,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of Shield,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank” and “Quantico” have all been renewed for the 2016-17 season.

The only shows that have not landed pickups and remain on the bubble are “The Muppets,” “Agent Carter,” “Castle,” “Nashville,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” “Galavant,” critically acclaimed anthology series “American Crime,” plus all-but-dead freshman series “Wicked City” and “Blood and Oil,” which both had their episode orders trimmed earlier in their first runs.

The early pickups come after the network’s recent executive shakeup that saw Channing Dungey take the top spot of president of »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Fresh Off the Boat, Goldbergs Renewed

3 March 2016 12:52 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

ABC was also in a “funny” mood this Thursday, renewing both The Goldbergs and Fresh Off the Boat for the fall — after ordering new seasons of the dramas Once Upon a Time and Quantico.

Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The Goldbergs will be back for Season 4, series boss Adam Goldberg shared on Twitter (below), while Fresh Off the Boat has been picked up for Season 3, TVLine has learned.

Prepare for a 4th season of smothering, yelling, 80s toys, Star Wars references, tightie whities and the Big Tasty run! We got picked up! »

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ABC Renews ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘The Middle’

3 March 2016 12:37 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Update (2:42 p.m.): ABC has also renewed “The Middle” for Season 8, according to the showrunners. Thrilled to announce that #TheMiddle will officially be back for a season 8! — DeAnn Heline (@DeAnnHeline) March 3, 2016 The Middle officially picked up for season 8! — Eileen Heisler (@EileenHeisler) March 3, 2016 Previously (12:51 p.m.): The network has also renewed “The Goldbergs” for Season 4, according to showrunner and creator Adam Goldberg. Prepare for a 4th season of smothering, yelling, 80s toys, Star Wars references, tightie whities and the Big Tasty run! We got picked up!!!! — Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) March 3, 2016 Originally: ABC has renewed »

- Linda Ge

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Goldbergs Video: Beverly Tries to Trick Murray Into Dirty Dancing With Her

29 February 2016 3:55 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The time of Beverly’s life on The Goldbergs involves… Murray and a vacuum cleaner?

This Wednesday, the ABC comedy pays tribute to the classic ’80s Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey film Dirty Dancing, a favorite of creator Adam F. Goldberg’s mother.

RelatedJenna Elfman Joins Goldbergs EPs’ Imaginary Friend Comedy Pilot at ABC

In TVLine’s exclusive video from the episode, fictional Bev is just as obsessed with the flick as her real-life counterpart. She even uses a “sticking” vacuum to fool her grumpy hubby into Swayze-ing his hips.

“I was inches away from having the time of my life! »

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Jenna Elfman to Star in Live-Action/CGI Pilot for ABC

24 February 2016 5:18 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Jenna Elfman will star in ABC's untitled live-action/CGI comedy pilot from The Goldbergs' Adam F. Goldberg, with executive producer David Guarascio, and animator Patrick Osborne, Deadline reports. Elfman's last regular TV series role was as Joyce on Growing Up Fisher, which was cancelled by ABC after one season of 13 episodes.

In the pilot from Goldberg and Guarascio, Elfman plays the single Alice, an adult only child. Her life is up-ended when she falls for a divorced father of three (Stephen Schneider). It is then that her childhood imaginary friend, Mary, returns to Alice's life.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV News Roundup: Demi Moore to Star in Drama Series; ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Casts Male Lead

23 February 2016 4:32 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Demi Moore is eyeing her television return, and Jean-Claude Van Damme will star in an Amazon action comedy pilot. Plus, ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” has found its male lead, in today’s TV news roundup . . .

Development News:

Demi Moore could be returning to TV for her first major role since “General Hospital” in the ’80s, as the actress is set to star in the drama “10 Days in the Valley,” which is being shopped around to networks. The series, first reported by Deadline, hails from “Rookie Blue” co-creator Tassie Cameron. The show from Skydance Television follows Jane Sadler (Moore), an overworked writer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her 5-year-old daughter is taken from her bed in the middle of the night, forcing Jane to put everything on the line to get her child back, including her TV series, her loyalties and her own deep secrets. »

- Jacob Bryant

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Jenna Elfman to Star in ABC Imaginary-Friend Comedy Pilot

23 February 2016 10:29 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jenna Elfman has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot from Adam F. Goldberg and David Guaracio. She will star as Alice, a thirty-something bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father of three, played by Stephen Schneider (“You’re the Worst”). This triggers even more upheaval when her slightly unhinged imaginary friend Mary, whom she created as an only child, suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family. The untitled project from the “Goldbergs” duo hails from Sony Pictures. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Jenna Elfman Joins Goldbergs EPs' Imaginary Friend Comedy Pilot at ABC

23 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jenna Elfman is really going to need to get in touch with her imagination.

RelatedPilot Season 2016: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The veteran comedy actress (Dharma & Greg, Growing Up Fisher) has been cast in ABC’s untitled comedy pilot from The Goldbergs EPs David Guarascio and Adam F. Goldberg.

The potential series (fka Imaginary Friend) will mix live action and CGI, and according to the network “centers on a thirtysomething bachelorette whose life is turned upside down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. »

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Jenna Elfman To Topline ABC’s Comedy Pilot From Adam F. Goldberg

23 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Jenna Elfman is set as the lead in ABC's untitled live-action/CGI comedy pilot from The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg and executive producer David Guarascio, as well as animator Patrick Osborne, Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Goldberg and Guarascio and directed by Shawn Levy, the untitled comedy centers on Alice (Elfman), a bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father… »

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Stephen Schneider To Co-Star In ABC’s Comedy Pilot From Adam F. Goldberg

22 February 2016 5:17 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Stephen Schneider is set as the male lead in ABC’s untitled live-action/CGI comedy pilot from The Goldbergs creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg and executive producer David Guarascio, as well as animator Patrick Osborne, Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Goldberg and Guarascio and directed by Shawn Levy, the untitled comedy centers on a thirtysomething bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a… »

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ABC Orders Drama Pilots from Kevin Williamson, Reese Witherspoon, ‘Agent Carter’ Bosses

28 January 2016 2:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC has given pilot orders to four dramas from executive producers including Kevin Williamson, “Agent Carter” showrunners Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, and Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon & Bruna Papandrea, Variety has learned.

“Spark,” written and executive produced by Michael Cooney, hails from ABC Studios. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Ian Sander and Kim Moses also executive produce.

Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are executive producing an untitled drama written by Meaghan Oppenheimer, in which a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. The project also hails from ABC Studios.

“The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez,” described as “MacBeth with a Cuban twist, »

- Laura Prudom

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