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Mayim Bialik to Host TV Land’s ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot

24 July 2014 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mayim Bialik has reason to smile: She’s on “Candid Camera.”

The “Big Bang Theory” star will host TV Land’s “Candid Camera” reboot alongside Peter Funt, son of show creator and original host Allen Funt, the network confirmed Thursday. The formal announcement will come later Thursday.

Bialik, who rose to fame in “Blossom,” also tweeted the news, saying “I have a new side gig.”

See Also: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Reveals Her Toughest Scene from Last Season

Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus is producing the revival with Funt’s Candid Camera Inc. Funt and Silverman are serving as exec producers.

The hidden-camera classic first aired as a radio show called “Candid Microphone” in 1947 before moving to TV. It has come back to life several times since, most recently in 1996 and 2001.

Candid Camera” will premiere on TV Land on Monday, Aug. 11. That week, a new episode will air Monday through Thursday, »

- Alex Stedman

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Mayim Bialik will host TV Land's reboot of 'Candid Camera'

24 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Don’t worry, your reaction isn’t being taped right now.

EW has learned that TV Land will announce at their Comic Con panel today that Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will host Ben Silverman’s new version of Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and host, Allen Funt. Silverman’s company Electus will co-produce with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera Inc, with Funt and Silverman serving as executive producers.

The series will premiere on TV Land on Monday, August 11 with a new episode airing from Monday through Thursday that week. Episodes »

- Jackson McHenry

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Jane the Virgin Will Be More Comedy than Drama

20 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

CW was met with a lot of flack for picking up Jane the Virgin, a show where a Latina girl is artificially inseminated by mistake. Yes, the plot is a little crazy, but the show hopes to teach about life, morality and also show that Latina’s can play many types of roles. Here is what executive producer Ben Silverman had to say about the show.

We knew it had edge to it, but the moment you see the show, you see it’s all about thoughtfulness and morality. It really is a show that, once you watch it, you recognize it’s very deep and broad appeals to all different people going through things in their own life.

Here is what the series star Gina Rodriguez had to say.

There are other stories that need to be told, The media is a venue and an avenue to educate and teach our next generation. »

- Sarah Peel

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Press Tour: 'Jane the Virgin' breakout Gina Rodriguez 'waited patiently' for right role

18 July 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Anyone looking for the breakout star of the upcoming fall TV season found the answer in "Jane the Virgin" leading lady Gina Rodriguez. When you can charm a room full of grouchy, sleep-deprived critics at the 2014 TCA summer press tour -- as Rodriguez did, with ease -- you can probably win over the world. The panel easily could've gone the other way. "Jane," inspired by a Venezuelan telenovela, has one of the new season's most absurd premises: Jane (Rodriguez), a young college student Miami and avowed virgin, is accidentally artificially inseminated during a visit to her Ob-gyn and winds up pregnant. The father, Rafael (Justin Baldoni), is the owner of the hotel where Jane works. And that's where the insanity begins. In the hands of showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman ("Emily Owens, M.D."), "Jane" adopts the same heightened mix of comedy, romance, sentimentality and unique, relatable characters that defined the »

- Geoff Berkshire

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'Jane the Virgin': The CW's Hilarious New Comedy with a Miraculous Twist

18 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Think Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls.

In a network that is jam-packed with vampires, witches, dark creatures, and brave superheroes, this fall The CW is gifting fans with an outrageous new twist: An endearing and funny new series with absolutely no supernatural elements. Gasp!

Jane the Virgin, which will join the CW's Monday night line-up on Oct. 13, is an adaptation of a hit Venezuelan telenovela starring Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a virgin who is accidentally artificially inseminated duing a routine gyno appointment. It's pretty much every twenty-something girl's wildest nightmare that we never realized could happen.

However, don’t let this wacky (and admittedly terrifying!) premise stop you from tuning in and missing out on all the small screen fun. At its heart, Jane the Virgin is a ridiculously charming show brought to you by co-creators Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens M.D.).

Related: Fall TV is Finally Catching Up to America on Diversity »

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Jane the Virgin EPs Justify Edgy Title, Promise a Comedy About 'Morality'

18 July 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The cast and executive producers of The CW’s Jane the Virgin — described as “Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls” — assembled Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to explain their “whimsical” new comedy to the press.

Related Fall TV First Impression: Jane the Virgin

The show’s title, of course, was one of the first things up for discussion.

“We knew it had edge to it,” executive producer Ben Silverman admitted, clarifying that CW President Mark Pedowitz was always a supporter of the title. “But the moment you see the show, you see it’s all about thoughtfulness and morality. »

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'Jane the Virgin' Showrunner Wants ' 'Ugly Betty' Meets 'Gilmore Girls' '

18 July 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Comparisons to Ugly Betty are inevitable for Jane the Virgin. Not only is it one of the few American telenovela adaptations to make it to the air, it's the second Latino family dramedy to come from executive producer Ben Silverman. But Silverman kept relatively mum during Jane the Virgin's Friday panel at the Television Critics Association, with showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman instead talking about how she sees her show resembling Ugly Betty. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows "I wanted to describe it as Ugly Betty meets Gilmore Girls," explained Snyder Urman, saying the three generations of women depicted

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- Michael O'Connell

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CW Boss Defends Beast Renewal, Offers Supernatural Spin-Off Update, Drops Dixie Pregnancy Bombshell

18 July 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Crossovers, cancellations and spoilers were on the menu during Friday’s Television Critics Association panel with CW President Mark Pedowitz.

Related The CW’s Fall Schedule Opens in Early October, The Flash Gets Big Boost

First topic of discussion was Beauty and the Beast — specifically, why the low-rated series was renewed for a third season. Pedowitz attributed that to its “very engaged fan based” and “very international following. In short, “We brought it back because … it’s a very profitible show for everybody.”

He noted that producers weren’t certain of its renewal when writing the Season 2 finale, crediting Brad Kern »

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Press Tour: July 2014 The CW Executive Session Live-Blog

18 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's The CW's turn at the Television Critics Association press tour. And if there's any network executive capable of evading questions with the grace of Paul Lee, it's The CW President Mark Pedowitz. Usually I can predict a few of the things that will come up at an executive session, but this is a bit of a mystery... Click through for all of Friday (July 18) morning's excitement... 9:02 a.m. The CW has ordered 24 more episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" for... the future. 9:03 a.m. Mark Pedowitz takes the stage to Cuban music. 9:03 a.m. The first question is about "Beauty and the Beast." "'Beauty and the Beast' has a very engaged fan base. It has a very big international following," he says. The reality is that because of the international marketplace, it's very profitable for the overall company, Pedowitz says. 9:04 p. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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NBC Orders Bear Grylls Show Featuring Celebs in the Wild

19 June 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is sending Bear Grylls into the wild with Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Ben Stiller and other celebs.

The Peacock has given a six-episode order to “Running Wild With Bear Grylls,” an unscripted hour that will pair the famed British adventurer with one celeb per episode for a 48-hour treks to an exotic locale in the U.S. and abroad. Also on board for the series, which bows July 28, are NFL star Deion Sanders, “Today” anchor Tamron Hall and Tom Arnold.

Series hails from Electus and Bear Grylls Ventures. Grylls is exec producing with ElectusBen Silverman, Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Laura Caraccioli, Doug McCallie and Viki Cacciatore.

“Bear’s incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and latenight programming for NBC.

Grylls was seen on NBC last summer with the series “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls. »

- Variety Staff

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New Beatles 'Event Series' Coming to NBC

16 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Beatlemania is sweeping the U.S. once more: Deadline reports that NBC is developing a new series about the Fab Four.

According to the trade, the drama would chronicle the rise of the music superstars, from their early days in Liverpool, England to their current consideration as one of the biggest, most influential bands of all time. The as-yet-untitled project would be an eight episode event series, following in the footsteps of NBC's other attempts at limited, buzzworthy programming, like its live staging on "The Sound of Music" and the miniseries "Rosemary's Baby."

The creative team behind the show is no stranger to British history, though the trio had previously tackled a subject a few hundred years ahead of The Beatles's time. Deadline writes that the series is being shepherded by Michael Hirst, the creator and executive producer of "The Tudors," as well as Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg, who »

- Katie Roberts

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NBC Developing New Event Series About The Beatles

16 June 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Rosemary’s Baby, the Bible follow-up A.D, and its live-production of The Sound Of Music, NBC has been making great strides into the arena of event programming. Now, that strategy looks set to continue with the development of an eight episode show about The Beatles.

The limited event series is coming from the team that delivered the highly successful show The Tudors – which ran from 2007-2010, and kicked the careers of stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer into high gear. The Tudors creator Michael Hirst will write the Beatles show, while powerhouse executives Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg will executive produce, hoping to recreate the phenomenal response met by their look at Henry VIII’s reign. NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt unites the team, having originally greenlit The Tudors when he headed up Showtime.

The Beatles are among the most iconic and influential music groups of all time. »

- Sarah Myles

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TV News: Freak, Point, Beatles, Ferb

15 June 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

American Horror Story: Freak Show

Sarah Paulson has tweeted a photo of her character in the upcoming new season of "American Horror Story". Centering around a circus-style freak show, the actress will play Bette and Dot, a woman with two heads. [Source: Twitter]

Point of Honor

Amazon Studios and ABC Signature are finalizing a pilot order deal for "Point Of Honor," a Civil War event series from both "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and "Secretariat" director Randall Wallace. Cuse and Wallace co-wrote the script, with Wallace set to direct.

The story follows a fictional family from Lynchburg, Virginia who find their lives and family fractured by the commencement of the Civil War. 'Honor' was set up at ABC several years back but never progressed. [Source: Deadline]

The Beatles

NBC is in early stages of development of an eight-episode event series about The Beatles. "The Tudors" creator/executive producer Michael Hirst is set to write and »

- Garth Franklin

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Beatles Event Series in the Works at NBC

13 June 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has found the subject of its next adventure in event programming. The network is developing an event series about The Beatles, from “The Tudors” team of Michael Hirst, Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap on Friday. Also read: Beatles Documentary Sparks $100 Million Lawsuit Against Sony/Atv The eight-episode series, which would tell the story of Liverpool's most famous foursome, will be written and executive produced by “Tudors” creator/executive producer Hirst, with “Tudors” executive producers Silverman and Weinberg also on board to executive produce. The Fab Four project follows NBC event programming such as “The. »

- Tim Kenneally

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NBC to Rock With Beatles Event Series: Who Should Play the Fab Four?

13 June 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC is going across the universe.

The Peacock network is in the early stages of developing an event series about The Beatles, our sister site Deadline reports.

Photos | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!

The eight-episode project — written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst — will tell the story of the iconic band.

Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg (The Tudors) will serve as executive producers.

Feeling a case of Beatlemania coming on? Any early casting suggestions? Sound off below!

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NBC Developing the Beatles Event Series

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John, Paul, George and Ringo might have made their American debut on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t play for the Peacock too.

NBC is in the early stages of developing an eight-part event series based around the Fab Four that is to be written by “The Tudors” creator/exec producer Michael Hirst and exec produced by Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg. All worked with NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt while he was at Showtime.

This deal is in line with NBC’s current focus on event series, such as its recent “Rosemary’s Baby” miniseries and last winter’s “The Sound of Music: Live!” — a strategy Greenblatt touched upon in last month’s Variety cover story.

Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood first broke the news of the event series.

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- Whitney Friedlander

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NBC Developing an Eight-Episode Event Series on The Beatles

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Are The Beatles bigger than the Bible? NBC is looking to find out -- Deadline is reporting that the network is in development on an eight-episode event series based on The Beatles.  "The Tudors" creator and executive producer Michael Hirst is currently writing the program, with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg set to executive produce. Both worked with him on the Showtime drama. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt gave "The Tudors" the green light when he was overseeing Showtime.  NBC has been pushing "event TV" with varying levels of success. The live staging of "The Sound of Music" was a major hit, while the remake of "Rosemary's Baby" was met with poor reviews and far from overwhelming ratings. Greenblatt also gave the go-ahead to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow up to the high-rated History Channel miniseries "The Bible," titled "A.D." The 12-part miniseries is supposed to air in the spring of next year. »

- Ben Travers

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NBC Developing an Eight-Episode Event Series on The Beatles

13 June 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Are The Beatles bigger than the Bible? NBC is looking to find out -- Deadline is reporting that the network is in development on an eight-episode event series based on The Beatles.  "The Tudors" creator and executive producer Michael Hirst is currently writing the program, with Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg set to executive produce. Both worked with him on the Showtime drama. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt gave "The Tudors" the green light when he was overseeing Showtime.  NBC has been pushing "event TV" with varying levels of success. The live staging of "The Sound of Music" was a major hit, while the remake of "Rosemary's Baby" was met with poor reviews and far from overwhelming ratings. Greenblatt also gave the go-ahead to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's follow up to the high-rated History Channel miniseries "The Bible," titled "A.D." The 12-part miniseries is supposed to air in the spring of next year. »

- Ben Travers

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Cinemax Nabs War Drama From 'Boiler Room's' Ben Younger (Exclusive)

13 June 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cinemax is heading into a war zone. The premium network is prepping a drama, titled Signal, from Boiler Room writer/director Ben Younger. The hour-long entry is inspired by true events and will look inside the clandestine world of military contracting during the Iraq/Afghanistan war. Specifically, Signal will center on a young man who launches a propaganda business in the Middle East and gets rich on the back of millions of dollars of Us Government contracts. Younger will write and executive produce, with ElectusBen Silverman and Sean Canino joining him as EPs. “What drew me to this story was the opportunity to look at a

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- Lacey Rose

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Spike TV Developing Drama Set In Financial World With Julian McMahon, Ben Silverman

10 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: “We’re on the hunt for a drama series next,” Spike TV Evp Original Series Sharon Levy told Deadline a month ago when the network made its return to scripted programming with a green light to event series Tut. The network has added another hopeful to its drama development slate, suspense thriller The Chairman, executive produced by actor Julian McMahon, ElectusBen Silverman and former AMC executive-turned-producer Jeremy Elice. I hear the project is being eyed as a potential starring vehicle for Nip/Tuck alum McMahon. Based on the Stephen Frey novel and to be adapted by Mergers & Acquisitions author and Vanity Fair contributor Dana Vachon, Chairman tells the story of Christian Gillette, a charismatic Gulf War veteran who takes over a billion-dollar private equity fund after its founder’s mysterious death. As his new powers open secret doors he realizes that the world of apparently gentrified Manhattan finance »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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