8 items from 2014
Once upon a time, most women on television all looked like Donna Reed. Today, it’s a great time to be a woman of color working in television.
Last season, three women of color — “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and “Steel Magnolias’” Alfre Woodward — were nominated for Emmys — lead actress in a drama, supporting actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, respectively. And this season, the broadcast networks rolled out show after show featuring African- and Asian-Americans and Latinos in lead roles. Half of ABC’s 12 new shows star actors of color.
“Pilot season hasn’t been this diverse in a long time, specifically as we are talking about women,” says Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS’ vice president of diversity and communications.
That said, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
In 2013, out of six categories featuring actresses — lead and supporting in drama, »
- Paige Albiniak
Now that it is just barely summer, it’s time for the networks to try their best to get you excited for fall television. ABC wants you to get excited for their schedule, and their new shows, and I’ve got some previews for you, as well as some initial thoughts.
I have to tell you, ABC is looking more and more strange as time goes on, and the overall efforts of the network really have to make you wonder. While there are some hints of interesting shows, and one or two that might turn into worthwhile vehicles, in the Eddie and the Cruisers world of television, ABC is Joe Pantoliano, clutching his tapes, and furiously blathering about the lunacy of not giving the idiotic public what they want, especially since they keep demanding it.
To that end, ABC has declared Thursday, Shonda Rhimes night, largely because someone apparently had »
- Marc Eastman
One of the more highly critically acclaimed sitcoms from the last few years was Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23. Many fans of the show lamented its cancellation, but were glad to learn that series creator Nahnatchka Khan, who had also written for Malcolm In The Middle and American Dad!, was working on a new show. Titled Fresh Off the Boat, the series is based on the memoirs of chef Eddie Huang, and stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, and Hudson Yang. Along with the announcement that the show will be premiering in midseason, ABC has now released the first trailer for the series. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
The last comedy standing has been renewed: ABC picked up Tim Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing for a fourth season.
The order decides the fate of the final comedy series on the bubble from the 2013-14 season. Just a few shows remain in limbo, such as NBC’s Parenthood (expected to return) and Dracula (unlikely). Earlier this week, Last Man Standing’s Friday night companion, The Neighbors, was canceled along with several other ABC comedies (full list of axed shows this week is here).
In addition, ABC announced two more new comedy series orders: Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat. »
- James Hibberd
Last year we were happy to share the web series EastSiders right here on TheBacklot. The dark comedy starring Van Hansis (As the World Turns) and Kit Williamson (Mad Men) made its cable broadcast debut as a feature film on LogoTV, scored wins at both the Indie Series Awards and La Web Fest, received a Satellite Award, spawned a web comic and was eventually released on DVD and VOD by Wolfe Video.
We were wondering if the cast and crew might reunite for more episodes of this great series and– great news– EastSiders will indeed begin shooting a second season this Summer!
A Kickstarter campaign was launched today to finance the new episodes. (The first season was also funded via Kickstarter, reaching it’s goal in just four days and nearly doubling it by the end of the campaign.) The goal for filming a second season has been set at »
- Dennis Ayers
Constance Wu is set to star opposite Randall Park in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Fresh Off The Boat, written/exec produced by Nahnatchka Khan and exec produced by Jake Kasadan. Based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, it is set in the 1990s and revolves around a Chinese family that moves to suburban Orlando. It centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie Huang, raised by an immigrant father (Park) who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother (Wu) who is often bewildered by white culture. Mrs. Huang is no-nonsense pragmatic woman who believes in tough love. Wu, repped by Talentworks and Generate, starred in the Amazon comedy pilot Browsers and will next be seen in Fox Digital’s Parallels and feature Electric Slide. Body Of Proof alum Windell Middlebrooks has booked a series regular role in NBC‘s comedy pilot Mason Twins. Written/executive produced by June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Updated Feb. 7 7:18 a.m. Pt: Constance Wu joins ABC comedy pilot “Fresh Off the Boat.” Every year, it seems the Big Five networks start pilot season earlier and earlier. Even Fox, which announced it was done with the traditional pilot timeline, must still compete with the other networks, cable, and streaming services for the top talent. Also read: 2014 TV Preview: 26 Upcoming Shows to Watch This Winter & Spring (Photos) TheWrap‘s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every show ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC are planning. In cases where they’ve. »
- Wrap Staff
Jake Sandvig (Easy A) has signed for the lead role in the TBS comedy pilot Living The Dream. He will play Connor Logan, a charismatic twentysomething who, along with his best friends, reinvigorates a town on the verge of losing its identity by acquiring and re-opening the local brewery. Sandvig, who toplined last year’s Syfy pilot High Moon, is repped by Innovative Artists and Main Title. Exclusive: Mark Hapka has landed the lead role in Parallels, a sci-fi series from Fox Digital Studio. He plays Ronan Carver, a street-smart underground Mma fighter who has been estranged from his family since he was 16 and suddenly finds himself forced to confront his sister and his past in an adventure through parallel universes. Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann, Constance Wu, Yorgo Constantine and Michael Monks also have joined the cast of the series from writer-director Christopher Leone. Laura Harkcom is producing. Steven Hein, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
8 items from 2014
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