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'Earl,' 'Office' lead WGA's TV writing noms

14 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

My Name Is Earl and The Office led nominations Wednesday among multiple television categories of this season's Writers Guild Awards, which have been expanded to recognize the writing teams behind the best drama, comedy and new series. In terms of sheer numbers, The Simpsons dominated, taking all six of the nominations for animated series. Besides Earl and Office, both of which got three nods, Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and The West Wing were the other multiple nominees with two apiece for their writers. These series also figured prominently in the three new categories recognizing the teams behind the best dramatic series, comedy series and new series. The new categories for writing teams, which will be voted on by members, are intended to be more representative of what the membership and general public are watching since they recognize a series, not just a single episode. »

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'Earl,' 'Office' lead WGA's TV writing noms

14 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

My Name Is Earl and The Office led nominations Wednesday among multiple television categories of this season's Writers Guild Awards, which have been expanded to recognize the writing teams behind the best drama, comedy and new series. In terms of sheer numbers, The Simpsons dominated, taking all six of the nominations for animated series. Besides Earl and Office, both of which got three nods, Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and The West Wing were the other multiple nominees with two apiece for their writers. These series also figured prominently in the three new categories recognizing the teams behind the best dramatic series, comedy series and new series. The new categories for writing teams, which will be voted on by members, are intended to be more representative of what the membership and general public are watching since they recognize a series, not just a single episode. »

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'Replacements' finds a place on Disney Channel

29 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Disney Channel is expanding its animated offerings with a full-season order for a new comedy series titled The Replacements from Walt Disney Television Animation. In other animated series news at Disney, WDTVA is set to go into production on a fourth season of the comedy/action series Kim Possible. Disney Channel has ordered 21 episodes of Replacements, which is set to premiere next year. The show revolves around Riley (voiced by Grey Delisle of The Fairly OddParents) and Todd (Nancy Cartwright of The Simpsons), orphaned siblings who order "parents" from a company named Fleemco Replacement Parents -- a British superspy "mom" (Kath Soucie of Pooh's Heffalump Movie) and a renowned stuntman "dad" (casting for this role is under way) -- which then lets them replace any adult they know through its new Replacement Person program. The show was created by children's book author and illustrator Dan Santat. Jack Thomas is executive producing, while Heather Martinez is directing. »

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Sykes, Wilson join Regency's 'Super' cast

14 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wanda Sykes and Rainn Wilson have joined the cast of the Uma Thurman-Luke Wilson starrer Super Ex for Regency Enterprises. Directed by Ivan Reitman, the comedy centers on a man (Luke Wilson) who learns that his girlfriend (Thurman) is a superhero and breaks up with her when she becomes too controlling and neurotic. She then uses her powers to torment and embarrass him. Don Payne (The Simpsons) penned the screenplay. Sykes will play the boss of Luke Wilson's character, while Rainn Wilson will play the best friend. »

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Jean, Reiss honored by WGA ani group

9 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Simpsons writers Al Jean and Michael Reiss will be honored with a lifetime achievement award as the Animation Writers Caucus of the WGA West recognizes their contributions to the medium. Jean, currently the series' executive producer/showrunner, and Reiss, a writer on the show for 15 years, will receive the honors at the caucus' annual reception today at WGAW's Los Angeles headquarters. "Mike and Al have been have been friends and colleagues of mine for over 25 years, since our childhood playing together in the schoolyard at Harvard," WGAW president Patric Verrone said. "Presenting this award is a proud testament to the highest achievement in both animation writing and blatant cronyism." »

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New 'Simpsons' boosts Fox to Sunday wins

12 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox's primetime lineup was juiced a bit by an NFL overrun that spilled into the first hour of primetime. But The Simpsons started on time at 8 p.m. with an average of 10.8 million viewers and 5.2 rating/14 share in the adults 18-49 demo, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Domestic comedy War at Home followed at 8:30 p.m. with 8.7 million viewers and 4.2/11 in adults 18-49. In its first outing, "War" did a far better job of hanging on to Simpson's coattails than Arrested Development or other shows that Fox paired with its veteran animated hit last season, though it only faced repeat competition. Fox inched back up the Nielsen ladder at 9 p.m. with the season premiere of Family Guy (9.2 million, 4.5/11) but its 9:30 p.m. animated companion American Dad (7.8 million, 3.8/9) continues to slip significantly from its lead-in. »

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CBS has 'Impact' on rerun-laded Sunday

8 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS won a rerun-laden Sunday with its 9-11 p.m. telecast of the 1998 action-thriller Deep Impact. The Tea Leoni-Robert Duvall starrer brought in 9 million viewers and 3.0 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. NBC's 9 p.m. repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent tied the film for the largest audience of the night with an average of 9 million viewers and 2.4/6 in the demo. Fox was above water from 8:30-9:30 p.m. demo-wise with repeats of The Simpsons (6.3 million, 3.0/9) and Family Guy (6.4 million, 3.2/9). ABC's most-watched program of the night was its 7 p.m. encore of America's Funniest Home Videos (6.9 million, 2.2/8). For the night, CBS was No. 1 in viewers (8.5 million) and adults 18-49 (2.5/7), with Fox running close behind in the demo (2.4/7). »

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Summer not so hot for nets in primetime

3 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Despite all of the original series on the schedule, the Big Four networks' summer slump continued during the week ending July 31. CBS won the week in viewers, with a mere 7 million average, and tied Fox for the No. 1 ranking in the adults 18-49 demographic with an equally lackluster 2.2 rating/7 share, according to Nielsen Media Research. As usual, CBS was powered by the strength of its regular schedule, even in repeats. Fox was buoyed at opposite ends of the week by Monday's 9 p.m. Hell's Kitchen (7.4 million, 3.6/10) and Sunday's combo of the 8:30-9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (6.7 million, 3.3/10) and Family Guy (6.6 million, 3.2/9). Fox's Wednesday 8-9:30 p.m. dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance (8 million, 3.3/11) cooled off considerably in its second airing. »

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Big Four nets sleep through Sunday

1 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Big Four networks slumbered through another repeat-laden Sunday in primetime. NBC's 9 p.m. repeat of Law & Order: Criminal Intent was the most-watched program of a little-watched night, drawing 8.7 million viewers and 2.5 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Fox's 9 p.m. encore of Family Guy (6.5 million, 3.3/9) once again yielded the night's top adults 18-49 demo score. CBS managed to squeak ahead of NBC for the nightly win in total viewers (CBS' 7.3 million to NBC's 7.2 million) thanks to 60 Minutes, Cold Case and the 9-11 p.m. airing of the 2001 Sean Penn-Michelle Pfeiffer theatrical I Am Sam. Fox led in adults 18-49 (2.4/8) with an extra push from the 8:30 p.m. repeat of The Simpsons (6.4 million, 3.1/9). »

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Reiss tapped for Australian TV conference

29 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- Mike Reiss, an Emmy-winning producer on The Simpsons and co-creator of The Critic, is the latest to join the list of speakers for the Screen Producers' Association of Australia Conference, set for Aug. 13-16 on Queensland's Gold Coast, the guild said Tuesday. He joins an international lineup that so far includes BBC director of TV Jana Bennett; Rene Balcer, writer-producer of Law & Order: Criminal Intent; and Richard Titus, president and CEO of Schematic. »

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Fox gets help in a 'Family' way Sunday

28 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Family Guy reeled in some younger viewers for Fox on what was otherwise a ho-hum Sunday dominated by repeats on the major broadcast networks. Fox's 9 p.m. animated comedy delivered the highest adults 18-49 demographic score of the night with a fresh episode that averaged 7.3 million viewers and 3.8 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 demo. In adults 18-34, Family Guy rallied to 5.2/16, an impressive number for the summer months. At 9:30 p.m., a fresh installment of Fox's American Dad (6.3 million, 3.1/8 in adults 18-49) did OK business. Coupled with a double dose of Simpsons reruns from 8-9 p.m., Fox had no trouble taking the night win in the adults 18-49 demo (3.0/9). CBS led the night in total viewers (7.8 million) thanks to 7 p.m.'s 60 Minutes (8.9 million, 1.6/6) and the 8 p.m. repeat of Cold Case (8.3 million, 1.9/6). NBC had a good showing at 10 p.m. for its repeat of Crossing Jordan (8 million, 2.5/7), which topped ABC's encore of Desperate Housewives (6.3 million, 2.5/7) in the hour. »

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Mike Reiss joins Oz producers conference

28 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SYDNEY -- Emmy-winning producer on The Simpsons and co-creator of The Critic, Mike Reiss, is the latest to join the list of speakers for the Screen Producers' Assn. of Australia Conference, set to take place on Queensland's Gold Coast Aug. 13-16, the guild announced Tuesday. He joins an international lineup that so far includes Jana Bennett, the BBC's director of television and Rene Balcer, writer and producer of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Earlier confirmed was Richard Titus, president and CEO of Schematic. »

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Fox gets help in a 'Family' way Sunday

27 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Family Guy reeled in some younger viewers for Fox on what was otherwise a ho-hum Sunday dominated by repeats on the major broadcast networks. Fox's 9 p.m. animated comedy delivered the highest adults 18-49 demographic score of the night with a fresh episode that averaged 7.3 million viewers and 3.8 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 demo. In adults 18-34, Family Guy rallied to 5.2/16, an impressive number for the summer months. At 9:30 p.m., a fresh installment of Fox's American Dad (6.3 million, 3.1/8 in adults 18-49) did OK business. Coupled with a double dose of Simpsons reruns from 8-9 p.m., Fox had no trouble taking the night win in the adults 18-49 demo (3.0/9). CBS led the night in total viewers (7.8 million) thanks to 7 p.m.'s 60 Minutes (8.9 million, 1.6/6) and the 8 p.m. repeat of Cold Case (8.3 million, 1.9/6). NBC had a good showing at 10 p.m. for its repeat of Crossing Jordan (8 million, 2.5/7), which topped ABC's encore of Desperate Housewives (6.3 million, 2.5/7) in the hour. »

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The 'Ex' files: Wilson eyes Regency lead

16 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Luke Wilson is in negotiations to topline Super Ex for Regency Enterprises. Ivan Reitman is on board to direct the feature, which is being produced by Gavin Polone from a script by Don Payne, an Emmy winner as The Simpsons writer/co-exec producer. The story centers on a man who finds out that the woman he is dating is a superhero; she decides to use her powers against him after he breaks up with her for being too controlling and neurotic. »

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The 'Ex' files: Wilson eyes Regency lead

16 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Luke Wilson is in negotiations to topline Super Ex for Regency Enterprises. Ivan Reitman is on board to direct the feature, which is being produced by Gavin Polone from a script by Don Payne, an Emmy winner as The Simpsons writer/co-exec producer. The story centers on a man who finds out that the woman he is dating is a superhero; she decides to use her powers against him after he breaks up with her for being too controlling and neurotic. »

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'Simpsons' Movie Confirmed

9 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Homer Simpson and his hugely popular family are set to hit the big screen in a new full-length movie based on the cult cartoon series. The show's principal voice actors have all signed on for the project and creator Matt Groening is delighted with the script for the film. The Simpsons' spokeswoman Antonia Kaughman says, "Now we're going to get the best of both worlds, evidently... They finally worked out a movie team, a team of the writers, because we could never hire outside writers - they had to be Simpsons writers, and most of them were working on the show. They finally put this team together that has time on the side, and they've been working on the script. So the movie won't be at the end of the series - they'll be working simultaneously." »

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Original voices replaced for 'Los Simpson' season

6 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MEXICO CITY -- When Latin American audiences tune in to the new season of The Simpsons in July, they might notice something oddly different about the voices of Homero or Senor Burns. That's because a labor dispute has prompted a dubbing studio to replace the program's famed Spanish-language cast members as it heads into its 16th season here. Los Simpson, as the series is called in Spanish, has been a huge success throughout Latin America. The big question now is how viewers will react to an entirely new cast of voice actors for the coming season in July. The original cast, represented by Mexico's National Actors Assn., or ANDA union, went on strike in February. »

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20th TV taps Pearson as sr. vp brands

1 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox Television has named Mark Pearson to the newly created post of senior vp brand and franchise management. He will be responsible for developing growth strategies for 20th brands and franchises, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and 24. While many of the major film studios have appointed executives to similar positions that also include responsibilities for television properties, 20th Television is the first TV production studio believed to have created a brand and franchise management position. Pearson will report to 20th presidents Gary Newman and Dana Walden. He will collaborate with the studio's producers, creative and marketing executives as well as its online, wireless, licensing and home entertainment divisions to identify potential new business opportunities and promotional platforms, 20th said. The studio added that Pearson will work with the broadcast networks and third-party partners to explore ways to maximize viewer interest in 20th's series and products. Pearson said he will also be responsible for orchestrating brand integration deals for 20th Television properties. »

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Dekel joining 20th TV as new licensing exec vp

16 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

20th Century Fox Television has named CAA entertainment marketing executive Elie Dekel executive vp licensing and merchandising, replacing Peter Byrne, who is leaving the studio to pursue other interests. Dekel will oversee the worldwide licensing of Fox's diverse portfolio of film and television properties across such platforms as interactive gaming, themed entertainment, television promotions, literary publishing and a wide array of consumer-product categories. Fox licensing and merchandising is a unit of 20th Century Fox Television, but Dekel, like Byrne, will be responsible for licensing both film and TV properties. "We are thrilled to bring Elie on board in this very important position," 20th Century Fox Television president Gary Newman said. "With this studio's gold-standard properties like The Simpsons and Family Guy, we think there are enormous opportunities to expand our licensing and merchandising activities." »

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King can't take Sun. crown from 'Housewives'

10 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The king of rock 'n' roll was no match on Sunday for the queens of Wisteria Lane. The first half of CBS' heavily promoted, four-hour Elvis Presley biopic faced an uphill climb in its opening hour against ABC's red-hot Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Fox got encouraging news from the second week of its animation comedy block with solid showings from The Simpsons and Family Guy. Elvis finished out with a respectable 13.9 million viewers and 3.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic from 9-11 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. »

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