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'Bad Teacher' gets a late series order from CBS
CBS celebrated the one-week anniversary of its 2013 upfront presentation to advertisers by giving a late series order to the small screen version of "Bad Teacher." "Bad Teacher" is, of course, based on Jake Kasdan's 2011 hit, which featured Cameron Diaz and took in more than $100 million at the domestic box office. Ari Graynor steps in for Diaz playing a former trophy wife who becomes a teacher in order to meet a new man. Hilary Winston wrote the single-camera comedy pilot, with original screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky serving as executive producers. "Bad Teacher" will »
- Daniel Fienberg
American Horror Story Casts Emma Roberts
American Horror Story has cast Emma Roberts in the upcoming witch-centric, New Orleans–set third season. According to TVLine, Roberts — whose Fox pilot didn't get picked up — will play a "self-involved party girl." She joins Ahs returning cast members Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Francis Conroy, and Jessica Lange, as well as fellow new members of the fold Gabourey Sidibe, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, and Patti Lupone. Ahs: Coven doesn't start up until October, but baffling horrors and disfiguring surprises surround us at all times. »
- Margaret Lyons
Tonys Booked on CBS Through 2018
CBS has extended its agreement to broadcast the Tony Awards through 2018.
Through the agreement with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the Tonys will remain with the network that has broadcast them for the past 35 years.
This year’s Tonys will take place June 8, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the fourth time. After two years at the Beacon Theatre, the kudos will be held at Radio City Music Hall, with Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss returning as exec producers and Weiss directing for the 14th consecutive year.
Last year’s Tonys had their lowest overall audience in 21 years, with approximately 6 million viewers. »
- Jon Weisman
The Bachelor's Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici Planning Summer Wedding, TV Special
The Bachelor's Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are getting closer and closer to saying "I do!" At the Dancing With the Stars finale last night, the future groom told E! News that he and his fiancée have "no set plans or wedding date" set just yet. But E! News has learned exclusively that the reality TV lovebirds are planning to tie the knot sometime this summer. Sean confirmed that he and Catherine are still planning to exchange vows as part of a televised special, telling E! News, "Yeah, I think once we set a date, it'll probably be aired on ABC." As for the wedding planning? The ousted Dancing With the Stars hunk said with a smile, "We're talking about it now »
Video: Arrested Development Cast on the Brazen, 'Banged-Up' and Possibly Blue-d Bluths
Break out those Cornballers and dust off your best Chicken Dance moves: Arrested Development is back!
Courtesy of Netflix, the long-gone cult comedy (finally) returns this Sunday, May 26 with 15 all-new installments — but what can faithful followers of the Bluths (and Funkes) expect out of the revived series?
TVLine posed that very question to Arrested vets Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat during a recent round of interviews, and their answers might surprise you.
Video | Arrested Development Season 4 Trailer
For starters, shares Cross, “You’ll get to see [these characters] outside of the family,” in »
- Megan Masters
UTA Signs Just For Laughs
Just For Laughs, the producer of the Montreal International Comedy Festival, has signed with UTA. The company was at CAA. Just For Laughs is looking to ramp up its production slate with stand-up specials, scripted and unscripted television and digital content and to expand into social media and licensing. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group is behind the Montreal International Comedy Festival, which attracts more than 1.5 million annual attendees, with additional festivals in Toronto, Chicago and Sydney. Just For Laughs is a leading producer of stand-up comedy specials that have aired on CBC, The Comedy Network and HBO in Canada as well as the BBC and Channel Four in the UK and HBO, Fox, BBC America, TBS and Showtime in the U.S. Additionally, the company has produced original series like Bullet in the Face, starring Eddie Izzard, for IFC and The Tournament for CBC in Canada and Versus in the U. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV Spotlight: "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters"
Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters is an animated action/adventure TV series based on the Kaijudo collectible card game developed by Henry Gilcrest and Andrew R. Robinson for Wizards of the Coast. It is produced by Hasbro Studios, animated by Moi Animation in South Korea, and premiered last year on The Hub - and Shout Factory has just released a second compilation, Dragonstrike, on DVD. The main character is Ray, a creative boy who first bridges the gap between the trials and challenges of being an adolescent in suburbia to an amazing world of dragons, spirits and heroes known as the Kaijudo – a hybrid word meaning "the way of the strange beast." He and his two friends, Allie and Gabe, live between the two worlds and are trained to become Duel Masters. The series expands on the environments and creatures of the dragon world as well as the equally challenging real world. »
- Greg Ehrbar
Cable TV Tightens its Grip on Revenues
Why, in the name of Honey Boo Boo, is cable television still alive and well?
Now that the four biggest publicly traded MSOs have reported first quarter earnings, their stocks are up across the board. Based on May 14 closing prices, Comcast shares are 45% higher than a year ago. Time Warner Cable (29%), Charter Communications (72%, with a lift from the 27% stake John Malone’s Liberty Media took in the operator this March) and Cablevision (30%) also are significantly improved.
But why? In a world of widely available broadband and a big (and rapidly growing) pool of Internet video choices, traditional pay TV should be under serious attack. Yes, cable operators have suffered steady erosion of video customers over the past few years as some share has shifted to satellite and telco providers. But subscriber losses have been offset by upgrading customers to higher-priced services and options, such as HD DVRs and digital video. »
- Todd Spangler
'Homeland' Season 3 adds eight new guest stars, upgrades two to regulars
Expect to see a lot of new faces in "Homeland" Season 3. Showtime has unveiled a list of eight new guest stars who have joined the cast.
The list includes Joanna Merlin as Grandma Lois, Jessica Brody's mother; Nazanin Boniadi as Fara, a capable analyst despite her young appearance; Amy Morton as Erin Kimball, Carrie Mathison's CIA appointed attorney; Gary Wilmes as Dr. Richardson, a psychiatrist helping Dana Brody cope with recent events; and Sam Underwood as Leo, a new friend of Dana's with a troubled past.
Other new cast members will play government newcomers looking for answers in the wake of Season 2's terror attack. Tracy Letts portrays Senator Andrew Lockhard, the powerful, authoritative and commanding Committee Chairman; Lawrence Clayton portrays Admiral Jim Pennington, the Presiden't National Security Advisor; and Pedro Pascal portrays Majority Counsel David Portillo, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
In addition to these eight newcomers, »
Former 'Idol' contestants might judge next season's 'American Idol'
Could taking a novel approach to the judges' table be what saves "American Idol" in its ratings descent? According to rumors, that bringing back former stars -- like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson -- is being considered by the show and studio for Season 13.
There has been a lot of speculation about the judges for next season on "Idol." We already know that 12-year judge Randy Jackson is done with the show. There have also been many reports -- none of them denied -- that Nicki Minaj is swiftly following Randy out the door. And although there has been no word from either Keith Urban (who definitely wants to return) or Mariah Carey (who probably does not) about their "Idol" futures, the rumors indicate an all-new panel is coming next season.
'Arrested Development' May Return for More and Other Choice Info from THR's Interview with Netflix's Heads of Content
Today at The Hollywood Reporter, Lacey Rose published her interview with Ted Sarandos and Cindy Holland, Chief Content Officer and VP of Original Programming, respectively, at Netflix. The interview is a candid look into how the company makes its original programming decisions and what's up next for them -- and after an attention-grabbing year for the streaming platform, Sarandos tells Rose that he'd like to double the amount of originals in 2014, to eight new series. The two seem to be incredibly delighted with how things have been going so far, with Netflix subscriptions increasing. They're also got reason to be proud of the critical response pouring in for "House of Cards," the eyeballs coming out for "Hemlock Grove," and rapt anticipation for "Arrested Development." Read More: 10 Things We Learned About the New Netflix 'Season' of 'Arrested Development' From the Show's Stars Here are the six most interesting quotes from the interview: David Fincher. »
- Bryce J. Renninger
'Teen Mom 3' premiere date revealed - Cast makes fun of Farrah Abraham
According to a new report, MTV's upcoming "Teen Mom 3" will debut on the network in August.
TeenMomConfidential.com has heard from sources that rumors of the show not airing are false. The site expects that the series will premiere in "Teen Mom 2's" old time slot -- Mondays at 10 p.m. -- starting in late August. In addition, it's believed that if the show gets picked up for a second season, the four teen moms -- Alex Sekella, Katie Yeager, Briana Dejesus and Mackenzie Douthit -- won't be replaced.
Filming of "Teen Mom 3" Season 1 has wrapped, and the four girls are currently in New York shooting the series' reunion special. It seems that they have become pretty close, because Dejesus posted an image of foursome mocking former "Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham's infamous crying face.
"#Fff Farrah's famous face," Dejesus' Instagram caption reads.
It has not been confirmed whether »
Don Cheadle, Regina King, Angela Bassett Are Critics' Choice TV Nominees; No 'Scandal' Love
The list of nominees for the 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced today by The Broadcast Television Journalists Association. A hat-tip to Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Regina King (Southland), Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias), and RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), who are all nominees this year for their work in their respective categories. No nominations for Scandal, you ask? Well, no! Sorry. Cable TV wins again (no surprise) with HBO and FX leading all nominations with 21 and 19 respectively. The winners will be revealed at the Monday, June 10 event in Beverly Hills hosted by Parks and Recreation star Retta - aka Marietta Sirleaf (her photo above; and yes, she is related to Liberia's first woman president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf). The full list of nominees...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Andy Roddick Joins Fox Sports 1 Ahead Of Launch
Newly retired tennis pro Andy Roddick will co-host Fox Sports Live, the network’s flagship news and highlights show, when Fox Sports 1 launches August 17. He joins Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the Canadian duo previously announced as the primary highlight team for the show, which will be the News Corp-owned network’s equivalent and rival to Espn’s SportsCenter. Roddick is no stranger to the spotlight, having been the U.S.’ top male tennis player for years before being slowed down by injuries and age — he won a slew of titles but only one major, the 2003 U.S. Open, before he retired after the U.S. Open last August at age 30. On the media front, he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2003 and co-hosted a nationally syndicated Fox Sports Radio show last year — the guy knows his sports. Sports Illustrated has already reported that Charissa Thompson, co-host of Espn’s SportsNation, »
- PATRICK HIPES, Managing Editor
David Janollari Signs First-Look Deal with NBC
Deal includes setting up a new shingle at Universal TV, and the pact will focus on producing scripted content.
Janollari shepherded MTV’s scripted skeins “Teen Wolf” and “Awkward” to the net, and while prez of the WB Network, launched programs including “Supernatural.” From 1996 to 2003, Janollari held a producing partnership with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt that led to programs including HBO’s “Six Feet Under.”
“We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” said Greenblatt. “He’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked with and I’m thrilled to be back in business with him at our studio. When he left MTV it became my goal to talk him back into producing again.”
- AJ Marechal
'Bad Teacher' joins CBS comedy line-up with 13 episode order
"Bad Teacher" is going from the big screen to the small screen with a 13 episode order from CBS.
CBS presented their fall schedule to advertisers last week but they warned their may be more series orders coming, and "Teacher" had been rumored to be in that mix. The half hour comedy stars Ari Graynor ("For a Good Time, Call..."; "The Sitter") in the role of a foul-mouthed, golddigging, entirely appropriate teacher played by Cameron Diaz in the 2011 comedy hit.
That film was notably R-rated, so we're sure the CBS version will take on a slightly different tone. Of course, CBS is used to pushing the envelope with risque comedies including hits "Two and a Half Men" and "2 Broke Girls."
"Bad Teacher" is one of three single camera comedies picked up by CBS this year, which usually sticks to more traditional multi-camera comedies filmed in front of a studio audience.
'MasterChef' Season 4: Joe Bastianich doesn't 'want to be accused of killing some cats'
Last season on Fox's cooking-competition show "MasterChef," legally blind Christine Ha won top honors among the home chefs trying to impress pro-chef judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich.
Proving that 20/20 vision isn't necessary to produce food that both looks and tastes great, Ha has set a high bar for the Season 4 contestants, who begin their quest for victory in a two-hour premiere episode -- reportedly featuring a big challenge involving cooking lamb -- on Wednesday, May 22.
Also on tap is the episode filming on this bright, warm February day in Pasadena, Calif., in which the contestants have to face long tables lined with some of the best nonprofessional cooks in the world -- firefighters.
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'Bad Teacher' TV Adaptation Starring Ari Graynor Gets Series Order From CBS
CBS has ordered a single-camera comedy based on the Cameron Diaz movie "Bad Teacher" to series for the 2013-2014 season, the network announced today. Ari Graynor ("For a Good Time, Call...," "Whip It"), who's really earned a bigger platform for herself after so many funny sidekick roles, will take the lead role as Meredith Davis, an unapologetic former trophy wife turned inappropriate instructor in search of a new man to support her after being left penniless by her last marriage. "The Office" alums Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky wrote the original film and are executive producing the half-hour TV series alongside Hilary Winston ("Happy Endings"), who wrote the pilot -- Don Scardino was the director. "Bad Teacher," which has been given a 13-episode order, co-stars Sara Gilbert ("Roseanne"), Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City"), Ryan Hansen ("Party Down") and David Alan Grier ("In Living Color"). Sony Pictures Television are co-producing the series with CBS. »
- Alison Willmore
'Anna Nicole' TV movie gets summer premiere date on Lifetime
Starring Agnes Bruckner ("Private Practice") as Playboy playmate and tabloid fixture Smith, the film also stars Oscar winner Martin Landau as Smith's 89-year-old oil tycoon husband, Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen as Smith's mother, Adam Goldberg as lawyer Howard K. Stern and Cary Elwes as Smith's unimpressed son-in-law.
But the most intriguing name involved is director Mary Harron, who was behind contemporary cult classic "American Psycho" and unusual bio-pics "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "The Notorious Bettie Page." Maybe "Anna Nicole" won't turn out to be a laughable "Liz & Dick" style camp-fest after all.
Lifetime had already set the premiere of quickie movie "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret" for one week earlier, on Saturday, June 22. »
Amazon to launch fanfiction platform
Earning money off of fanfic — it’s not just for E L James anymore.
Amazon is readying the launch of a new publishing platform called Kindle Worlds where writers will be able to publish and earn royalties from their fanfiction.
For now, fanfic writers are limited to submitting stories about only three TV shows: ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, the CW’s Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, which aired its series finale on the CW last December. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses for those three properties (all owned by Warner Bros.), though it expects to announce more licenses soon. »
- Emily Rome
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