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6 items from 2003


Barbara Miller, ex-casting chief at WBTV, dies

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Barbara Miller, the longtime head of casting at Warner Bros. TV whose keen eye for talent was instrumental in launching such hits as Dallas and Friends, died Sunday of cancer at the USC/Norris Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Her age was not disclosed. Miller was known as a career maker who assembled the casts for some of primetime's biggest hits, including Murphy Brown, ER, The West Wing, Knots Landing, Family Matters, The Drew Carey Show and dozens of TV movies. She was widely respected by her network and studio executive peers for her skill in matching actors to characters. She was credited as selecting George Clooney for the role of ER's sensitive womanizer Dr. Doug Ross and Matthew Perry as fun-loving Chandler Bing on Friends. »

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Creatives slam FCC dereg slate

29 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

WASHINGTON -- The present slate of FCC media deregulation proposals could devastate the quality of television programming and reduce the number of programs aimed at women, according to writers and producers Wednesday. At a meeting Monday in Washington, the FCC's commissioners are expected to approve a broad restructuring of the media landscape that could allow networks to increase the number of local affiliates that they own nationwide and allow a single company to own multiple television stations in additional cities. The changes could mean huge increases in the amount of revenue the broadcast networks derive from their owned-and-operated stations. It's a shift that writers and independent television producers fear would lead network owners to focus on developing series that would do well in syndication. "When they're allowed to be in the syndication business, they stop thinking about what's going to attract the most viewers and they start thinking about branding and how they're going to get to the big pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," said Diane English, creator of Murphy Brown. »

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Aniston's TV Tot Vanishes

9 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Friends fans have been closely analyzing the show after the past few weeks - because Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel appears to have abandoned her baby. Aniston's fictional daughter Emma, conceived with David Schwimmer's character Ross, arrived into the world late last year on the hit comedy. But in recent episodes, Rachel has been shown at various locations like the coffee shop and the spa - as well as on dates - without reasonable mentions of her offspring. Writer Michael Speier of Hollywood trade publication Daily Variety notes, "The fact that today's top-rated comedy would play the birth card for all its worth as did last season - and then pull the plug - is a little strange. "The history of recent TV tots may provide the motivation. Murphy Brown showcased Candice Bergen's kid - and then got rid of it - while Mad About You ratings took a dive after baby Mabel was featured over and over again." »

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Bergen 'Checks' out at Oxygen

30 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Candice Bergen will part ways with the Oxygen network, which has elected not to include her primetime program among the six series being renewed. While the former Murphy Brown star, whose association with the female-targeted network boosted its visibility when it launched in 2000, won't return, weeknight fixtures Oprah Winfrey and Isaac Mizrahi will be back, along with six new comedy series and Oxygen's first original movie. Bergen's busy acting career was the deciding factor in the termination of her series, Candice Checks It Out, Oxygen president of programming Debby Beece said. "She's doing a lot of movies, so her schedule has been difficult," Beece said, indicating that Bergen could still appear on Oxygen in the future. "We decided not to do any more episodes at this point in time -- not that we're never going to do more." »

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New Line puts 'Me' spec on docket

8 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New Line Cinema has picked up the comedy spec Me v. Me from the writing team of David Sacks and Evan Lowenstein, with studio-based Rat Entertainment set to produce. The script centers on a failed attorney who decides to sue himself for mismanaging his life and turns the legal world on its ear while trying to win back his one true love. New Line production execs Richard Brener, Cale Boyter and Luke Ryan are overseeing for the studio. Sacks is a veteran TV writer who has written for such hit series as The Simpsons, 3rd Rock From the Sun and Murphy Brown. The Me project marks the first sale for Lowenstein, who is half of the pop music duo Evan and Jaron. The pair just completed their second album, which is due out this fall from Columbia Records, and Lowenstein will direct a video from the album. Both writers are repped by CAA. »

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Wolf plays doctor on CBS' 'Charlie'; 'Arrested' cuffs 3

18 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS has ordered Rubbing Charlie, a half-hour, single-camera comedy pilot starring Scott Wolf from writer Tom Palmer and Big Ticket Television. On the pilot casting front, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett and Tony Hale have been added to the cast of the Fox comedy pilot Arrested Development. In Charlie, former Party of Five co-star Wolf will play the title role, a doctor who spends his time trying to help others but remains uncertain of what he wants out of his own life. The project has been in development for more than two years. A cast contingency was removed after Wolf signed on. Palmer (Murphy Brown, Living in Captivity) is represented by the Gersh Agency. Wolf is repped by UTA and Brillstein-Grey. 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV's Arrested centers on a wealthy Orange County, Calif., family (Portia de Rossi, Jason Bateman) that pulls together after their assets are frozen. Walter, best known as the obsessed fan in Play Misty for Me, will play Bateman's mother, while Arnett (The Mike O'Malley Show) will play his friend. Arnett is repped by Writers & Artists and Principato/Young Management. »

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