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Metan Development Group will launch Metan Wen Zhi Ku, a joint venture that will tap Hollywood talent that has worked on hit shows like “Head of the Class” and “Murphy Brown” to cook up transmedia projects for Chinese audiences. Its first project is a romantic comedy web series set in China, Europe and South America. Transmedia is an approach to storytelling that unspools a narrative across multiple media platforms, spanning movies, television shows and social media outlets. Metan CEO and President Larry Name has tapped a team of writers led by Art Eisenson (“Kojak”) and David Gittins (the executive director of the TV. »
- Brent Lang
Guess who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner?
Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin, at least in terms of "The Michael J. Fox Show." The veteran performers reunite -- long after being teamed in the 1974 crime-caper movie "11 Harrowhouse" -- as Mike's (Fox) parents in Thursday's (Nov. 21) episode of the NBC sitcom, appropriately titled "Thanksgiving."
The holiday visit doesn't exactly run smoothly: While TV newsman Mike is trying to make the sort of connection he's never had with his dad, sister Leigh (Katie Finneran) has ongoing issues with Mom, who's something of a control freak.
"I think that's a tactful way of putting it," Bergen tells Zap2it. Famous for playing a TV journalist herself on "Murphy Brown," she had fun portraying Mike's mother "after I kind of found my way, but she's the mother from hell, basically. No one stands a chance next to her.
"It was a very nice set to be on, »
On TV this Thursday: Election Day on Parenthood, Thanksgiving on Grey’s, Michael J. Fox Show and Big Bang Theory, the Indianapolis Colts visit Parks & Rec, Covert Affairs spies a finale and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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8 pm Parks & Recreation (NBC) | In back-to-back episodes, Leslie tries to complete some of her city council goals (before she gets ousted from office, sad face), including hosting an event with the Indianapolis Colts, and then »
- Misha Solomon
Janis Hirsch has spent years in sitcom writers rooms trying to make people laugh. But her next screen contribution might very well bring a tear to your eye.
At 13, the writer-producer — who has worked on such shows as “Frasier,” “Will & Grace” and “Murphy Brown” — was among more than 800,000 people who wrote letters of condolence to first lady Jackie Kennedy in the immediate wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, with 2 million received overall. Much to Hirsch’s surprise, a few years ago she heard from Ellen Fitzpatrick, who was assembling a book titled “Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation.”
The project, now subtitled “Remembering President Kennedy,” has been turned into a TLC special by Amblin Television, and Hirsch’s is among the letters featured in the Nov. 17 telecast.
“I got this call asking, ‘Are you Janis Hirsch from Trenton, New Jersey?’ ” says the writer, whose first thought upon »
- Brian Lowry
On Nov. 14. 1988, viewers met a different kind of television reporter ... snarky, edgy and just out of Betty Ford Center rehab.
The sitcom "Murphy Brown," now exactly 25 years old, earned title star Candice Bergen five Emmy Awards over its decade-long CBS run. The show will make a weeknight comeback when the premium-cable channel Encore Love is converted into Encore Classic on Monday, Dec. 2, and Bergen couldn't be more pleased about it.
"Finally!" she tells Zap2it. "I have no idea why it's taken so long. I was always told it was because the music rights were so expensive, because every episode opened with a Motown song. I'm thrilled it's going back on -- and without commercials, which is lovely. I barely watched the show in its last five years, so I haven't seen it in a long time."
Famously raising the ire of then-Vice President Dan Quayle over Murphy's single parenthood, »
Now, that’s how you want to celebrate an iconic show’s 50th anniversary. The son of Anthony Coburn, who wrote the very first episode of Doctor Who, claims he owns the rights to the Tardis, the iconic police call box used to travel through space and time. He claims his dad gave the BBC informal permission to use the idea but that ended with his father’s death in 1977.
The CW has ordered a full season of its new dramas — The Originals, , The Tomorrow People and Reign. That last one is a bit of a surprise, since Reign has lost a lot of The Vampire Diaries‘ viewers (apparently, its ratings are consistent with or without the Tvd lead-in and there are a lot of online viewers only The CW can measure).
Sure, the writing on The Tomorrow People has me rolling my eyes, but it also has a »
- Lyle Masaki
Today Encore announced the introduction of new channels, Encore Black and Encore Classic, plus the launch of a new Encore ESPAÑOL, beginning Monday, December 2, 2013 . In addition to these channel enhancements, Encore Suspense will launch a month-long, nightly horror film block entitled “The Graveyard Shift,” all December-long. The Encore channels will bring an extensive combination of commercial-free premium movie and television content, offered in HD. From Encore: Encore Family of Channels Gets a Makeover In December, Introducing Encore Black And Encore Classic, PluS a New Encore ESPAÑOL. Encore Channels to Reintroduce Commercial-Free, HD Versions of Favorite TV Series & Movies Including: “Murphy Brown,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Night Court” (Encore Classic) “Diff’rent Strokes,” “What’s Happening!!,” “Amen” and “227” (Encore »
- April Neale
Starz has made changes to its Encore pack of channels citing the nation’s evolving demographics and focusing on groups who over-index in viewing within the premium pay TV category. That translates to shuffling some of the eight Encore-branded channels to target baby boomers, Black and Latino audiences and the company acquiring older TV series to serve them, something rarely done on premium cable which is traditionally built on movies and original series. Starz also is launching a horror block on Encore Suspense. Beginning December 2, 2013, Encore Drama will be replaced by Encore Black, a channel catering to the African-American community, traditionally over-indexed on premium channel viewership. The channel’s programming lineup will include Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up and off-network series What’s Happening!!, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, and Amen. The December launch will spotlight actor Samuel L. Jackson with films such as Unbreakable, Losing Isaiah, Freedomland and One Eight Seven. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Bryan Batt has joined the cast of the Lifetime drama pilot Unreal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama follows a staffer on a dating reality show tasked with manipulating the participants. Batt will play a gay man who works as a producer on the show.
Mad Men could still use a check in with Sal.
Are you ready to spend your mornings at Bayside High? Because E! is about to start airing two hours of Saved By the Bell every morning.
- Lyle Masaki
Exclusive: Murphy Brown creator Diane English has joined NBC’s comedy project starring pint-sized Ellen standouts Sophia Grace and Rosie and produced by Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV, which actively pursued English. With her on board, the project, originally bought by NBC with a script commitment, has been given a pilot production commitment. There is no firm concept yet for the multi-camera comedy, though Sophia Grace, 10, and her cousin Rosie, 7, are expected to play some versions of themselves. English is executive producing through Bend in the Road Prods. alongside Avgp’s DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman. This would mark ICM Partners-repped English’s first series since the end of Murphy Brown which earned her two best series Emmys and a writing one for the hit comedy’s pilot. British girls Sophia Grace and Rosie have been a major ratings draw on Ellen where they are frequent guests. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Simpsons executive producer Al Jean confirmed the actress’ death to several media outlets on Saturday. Wallace’s friend Cathryn Michon told our sister site Deadline that Wallace, who had battled breast cancer in the past, died from complications of the disease.
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- Kimberly Roots
By: CBS News
Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said in a statement Saturday, Oct. 26, that her death is a terrible loss. He said Wallace's "irreplaceable character," the fourth-grade teacher who has to deal with Bart Simpson's constant antics, would be retired from the show.
"Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away; this was not Marcia's Edna Krabappel," Jean said.
Jean said Wallace was "beloved by all at The Simpsons." »
Marcia Wallace, who provided the voice for schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died on Friday at the age of 70. According to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for the long-running animated series said that Wallace had been gravely ill, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
Wallace, who grew up in Creston, Iowa, first won acclaim on The Bob Newhart show, playing Newhart's secretary Carol Kester from 1972-1978. She later reprised the role in an Emmy-nominated turn on Murphy Brown. In her early career, Wallace also played bit parts on Bewitched, »
Marcia Wallace, the star of “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Simpsons,” died Friday. She was 70. Wallace’s blazing red hair and bubbly delivery were tailor made for the role of the straitlaced Newhart’s daffy receptionist on the hit CBS show. In fact, the part was written specifically for her at the behest of CBS founder Bill Paley. Also read: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2013 She would remain with “The Bob Newhart Show” for its six-season run before segueing into guest appearances on shows like “Alf” and “Murphy Brown,” and becoming a regular presence on game shows such as “The 25,000 Pyramid” and. »
- Brent Lang
As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. »
- Anthony Breznican
Marcia Wallace, best known lately for voicing the character of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," has passed away at the age of 70, reports TMZ. Her caregiver tells the site Wallace died with her family by her side after battling a lengthy illness.
Wallace was known decades ago as the quirky receptionist Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show," appearing in nearly all of the 142 episodes of the comedy. Her character married her on-screen boyfriend Larry Bondurant in the memorable Season 4 episode titled "Carol's Wedding" and she reprised the role in a funny turn for "Murphy Brown" in 1994, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Comedy.
Wallace also won a Primetime Emmy in 1992 for her Outstanding Voice-Over Work on "The Simpsons."
Marcia Wallace, the feisty redhead who starred as receptionist Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” and voiced teacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” died Friday. She would have turned 71 on Nov. 1.
TMZ reported the actress died at her home in Los Angeles but other details remained unclear.
Wallace won an Emmy for outstanding voiceover performance on “The Simpsons” in 1992.
Born in Creston, Iowa, she moved to New York after graduating college and worked in off-Broadway productions. The role of the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show” was written specifically for her after she had appeared numerous times on “The Merv Griffin Show.”
- Pat Saperstein
Marcia Wallace has died at the age of 70. The actress died Friday night, Oct. 25, in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. According to the site, she had been sick for the past several months, and passed away at her home with her family by her side. The Emmy awarding-winner actress first broke out in Hollywood in TV with guest roles in Bewitched, The Brady Bunch and The Bob Newhart Show. She also was featured in Murphy Brown, 7th Heaven and The Young and the Restless. Her film [...] »
The 10th Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 6-14) is to honour Martin Sheen with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the film industry.
Sheen will be presented with the award during the opening ceremony of the festival on Dec 6.
The 73 year-old actor achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Other notable roles in more than 80 films include Wall Street (1987), Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He also starred on television as President Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing.
Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Martin Sheen is a cinematic legend whose remarkable career has spanned five decades. In that time he has brought to life a huge variety of compelling, intelligent and wonderfully »
Comedy writers Andy Bobrow, co-exec producer on NBC’s Community, and Kristin Holloway have sold a pitch to ABC through Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck’s studio-based Olive Bridge banner. The single-camera Permanent Vacation is about a group of middle-of-the-road misfits in a mediocre bar on an average resort in the middle of a lake in the middle of America. Bobrow, who has an overall deal with Sony TV, executive produces alongside Olive Bridge’s Gluck and Richie Schwartz. Holloway co-exec produces. Bobrow is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson; Gluck is with UTA and Sloane Offer. Michael Saltzman, who spent the past two seasons on AMC’s Mad Men, is returning to his comedy roots with a half-hour sale at Fox through CBS TV Studios and Jeffrey Kramer’s Juniper Place Prods. Kramer and Saltzman will exec produce the project, about a successful executive who returns home to »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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