16 items from 2015
The mood has been a little dark on NBC this season, but things are about to lighten up. So says Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, in assessing the network’s performance as the 2014-15 season heads into its final quarter.
The Peacock has had little ratings luck with its new scripted series so far this season. The five dramas launched to date — “State of Affairs,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Constantine,” “Allegiance” and “The Slap” — have delivered lackluster numbers and are long shots for renewal.
Greenblatt acknowledges that NBC’s focus on dense, darker conspiracy thrillers such as “State of Affairs,” “Allegiance,” and the upcoming “Odyssey” has been out of step with the kind of material that viewers appear to be looking for in network dramas. That’s been a big handicap, especially as NBC has banked on an all-drama makeover of its Thursday lineup with the relocation of “The Blacklist” to the 9 p. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Childrens Hospital‘s Erinn Hayes is set as the female lead in Problem Child, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The TV adaptation, written by Scot Armstrong, is described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents… »
'Cat People' 1942 actress Simone Simon Remembered: Starred in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic (photo: Simone Simon in 'Cat People') Pert, pouty, pretty Simone Simon is best remembered for her starring roles in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie Cat People (1942) and in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938). Long before Brigitte Bardot, Mamie Van Doren, Ann-Margret, and (for a few years) Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm in a film career that spanned a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both sides of the Atlantic – at times, with fatal results. During that period, Simon was featured in nearly 40 movies in France, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Hollywood. Besides Jean Renoir, in her native country she worked for the likes of Jacqueline Audry »
- Andre Soares
Medical dramas are still hot in the TV development game, with NBC’s soap “Heart Matters” and CBS’ ER-set “Code Black” and “Lfe” up for series contention. Overall, however, the networks are looking beyond the operating room for the 2015-16 cycle, tying pilots to current events, and focusing on more diverse themes. In fact, CBS’ “Rush Hour” remake is the only new show that fulfills the once-popular buddy-cop slot. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends this pilot season:
Diversity in Entertainment
Hot on the heels of “Empire’s” huge success on Fox, NBC leads the broadcast pack with five minority-focused pilots. Eva Longoria headlines the straight-to-series “Telenovela,” and Jennifer Lopez will star as a cop-turned-undercover FBI agent in “Shades of Blue.” Drama “Curse of the Fuentes Women” comes from “Ugly Betty” producer Silvio Horta, while “Love Is a Four Letter Word” puts marriage to the race-sex-and-gender test. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Overshadowed by the little thing that was Super Bowl Sunday was the news that ABC has ordered two more pilots for the 2015-16 season, one of them being a TV adapatation of the 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck, which famously starred John Candy in the titular role and Macaulay Culkin as his nephew, Miles. Uncle Buck comes from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley of MADtv and is described as “as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.” Will Packer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Cragg and Bradley. Uncle Buck is only the most recent film-to-tv pilot to be ordered in the past couple weeks. NBC has already ordered a pilot based on the 1990 film Problem Child, while CBS has greenlit pilots inspired by both Rush Hour and »
- Chris King
In TVLine’s exclusive first look at Monday’s Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, 8/7c), Fox volunteers to be one of the models in Team Vortex’s impromptu photo shoot, an offer which Moore politely declines.
“I wanted them to be, like, really really thin,” Moore tells her.
I won’t spoil Fox’s response, but trust me, it’s good. So hit Play on the preview clip below, then drop a comment: Should Moore be the next celebrity fired by Donald Trump? »
During its Super Bowl coverage on Sunday, NBC will envision the Voice judges as Thunderdome overlords, walk The Blacklist‘s “Red” through much mayhem and have Bianca Kajlick and Bridget Mendler hose down some Undateable firemen.
Check out the Super Sunday promos below:
Neil Patrick Harris Variety Special
Related storiesParenthood Finale: Show Boss Talks Flash-Forward Surprises, Deleted Scenes and That Fnl CameoPilot News: Problem Child, »
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the series finale of NBC’s “Parenthood” entitled “May God Bless and Keep You Always.”)
In true “Parenthood” fashion, the NBC dramedy said farewell with a few laughs and plenty of tears. The most engrossing family drama in recent years really resonated with its hardcore base of fans, who showed up in droves to say goodbye.
They also took to social media, posting on Facebook and sending the Twitter hashtag #BravermanForever to the top of the rankings throughout the night on Thursday.
Also Read: NBC Orders Comedy Pilot »
- Jason Hughes
“It’s a big episode, and there was a lot of story to tell,” Katims said of the swan song. “We had to make several really brutal cuts in order to get the show to time, and that’s even with the network giving us some extra screen time, which was wonderful.”
Among the scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor: a sweet sequence between John Corbett’s Seth and his newborn grandson, as well as »
Every parent’s worst nightmare could soon become a reality on NBC.
Your thoughts on Problem Child? Any casting suggestions? Drop ‘em all in the comments section below.
NBC has greenlit a pilot based on the hit 1990 film “Problem Child.”
The comedy follows the cat-and-mouse relationship between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.
Also read: ‘True Detective’ Villain Cast in NBC’s ‘Hannibal’
Produced by Universal Television, Tbd Entertainment and Imagine TV, the pilot will be written by Scot Armstrong (“Hangover II”) who’s also an executive producer. Bob Simonds, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and “A Beautiful Mind” producer Brian Grazer will also executive produce.
- Alicia Banks
The 30-minute single-cam family comedy, inspired by the original 1990 film, in which the late John Ritter starred, follows the cat-and-mouse game between a brilliant yet mischievous child and his parents.
The pickup marks NBC’s 11th comedy in contention for the 2015-16 cycle, and the net’s second of the day. “Cuckoo,” based on the British series starring Andy Samberg, was also ordered to pilot Thursday.
Armstrong, who wrote the screenplay for “The Hangover Part II” and worked on “Old School” and “Road Trip,” will exec produce, alongside Brian Grazer (“24″), Simonds (“State of Affairs”), Traugott and Kaplan, who worked on “Manhattan Love Story” together. Armstrong will pen the pilot. Universal TV, Tbd Entertainment, Imagine TV and Stx Entertainment will produce.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
NBC is moving ahead with its Problem Child reboot. The network on Thursday handed out a pilot order to the comedy inspired by the 1990 John Ritter film of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From writer Scot Armstrong (The Hangover II, Old School, Road Trip), the half-hour single-camera comedy is described as a family show about the cast-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child. The comedy, which landed at the network in September with a script order, will be executive produced by Armstrong, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan via their Universal Television-based Tbd
- Lesley Goldberg
Over the years film goers have been treated to movies touting the joys of parenthood such as Penny Serenade, Yours, Mine, And Ours, and, for most of its story, Parenthood. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum, when raising your sibling becomes more than a bit difficult. More harrowing than the comedy slapstick of the Problem Child series, but not the melodramatic themes of The Bad Seed or The Good Son. In his newest film French-Canadian actor/director/writer Xavier Dolan mixes in a touch of futuristic “what if” to shine a spotlight on the struggles of many fractured modern-day families. It’s the tale of the tug-of-war between a violent, troubled teenager and his overwhelmed widowed Mommy.
A brief prologue printed in white letters on a black screen tells us that we’re now a couple of years in the future after a 2015 change in Canada’s »
- Jim Batts
Pilot season is currently in full swing, with NBC issuing a pilot order for Problem Child. The half-hour sitcom is based on the 1990 feature film comedy of the same name, which starred John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck and Michael Oliver as the title character. The original movie followed a couple who get conned into adopting a seemingly-normal 7-year-old boy, before learning that he leaves destruction everywhere he goes.
The series is described as a family show, following two parents' "cat-and-mouse game" with their brilliant yet devilish child. Scot Armstrong, who wrote features such as Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the pilot script. The writer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, Tbd Entertainment's Peter Traugott and Universal TV's Rachel Kaplan.
Director Paul Feig — he of Bridesmaids and The Heat fame — ain’t afraid of 1) No ghosts, and 2) Casting lesser-known actresses to front his divisive Ghostbusters reboot, as proven by his choice of Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones to star alongside Feig regulars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Anyone see that coming? (We didn’t.)
Which isn’t to say we aren’t excited about this cast. Quite the opposite: If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan, you already know Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest, smartest actresses working these days. And Leslie Jones steals just about every scene she’s in. If you’re not an SNL fan, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you up to speed.
Watch: Return to the red carpet for 'Ghostbusters' 1984 premiere!
16 items from 2015
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