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Why TV Can’t Close The Upfront: GroupM Resists Big Rate Hikes

15 July 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV can’t seem to wrap its annual “upfront,” when it vies to get hold of billions of dollars in advertising.

In mid-June, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke told a group of investors that the large Comcast-owned media conglomerate was off to an auspicious start in TV’s annual “upfront” market, when U.S. media companies work to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for their coming programming cycle. “We are having a very strong upfront,” he told a conference organized by Guggenheim Partners. “We are a little over halfway done.”

Closing out that final 50% has been more challenging – and not just for NBCU.

With TV networks enjoying more leverage in these annual talks with Madison Avenue in some time, one of the world’s biggest media-buying firms, GroupM, has held firm. NBCU and Time Warner’s Turner have yet to finalize deals with the company, which represents advertisers like Unilever and American Express, according »

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2016 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Comedy Series

14 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Quick Hits

Last Year’s Winner: “Veep” Was It an Upset? Kind of. Most experts believed “Modern Family’s” five-year win streak would end, but disagreed over whether “Veep,” “Transparent” or “Louie” would defeat it. Still Eligible? Yes Hot Streak: Though “Modern Family” lost its winning streak last year, it could still become the most awarded program ever in this category with just one more win. It’s currently tied with “Frasier” at five trophies. Fun Fact: The last time the highest-rated show nominated won was in 2012 (“Modern Family”). The last time the lowest-rated show won was most likely in 2004, when “Arrested Development” took home the prize over “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Will and Grace” (though lack of ratings for certain HBO programs makes it hard to tell for sure).

Read More: Emmys 2016 Trivia: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey Shared A Nod & 20 Other Wild Things About This Year’s Nominations

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Casting Update for Spike TV’s The Mist Series

13 July 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:

Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.

The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):

Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter, »

- Derek Anderson

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Broadway Actor John McMartin Dies at 86

7 July 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John McMartin, the Broadway veteran who created roles in landmark musicals including “Sweet Charity” and “Follies,” had died. He was 86.

The death of the longtime actor, whose face was familiar to TV audiences from roles on “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote” and, most recently, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” was attributed to cancer in a paid obituary announcement in the New York Times. On Broadway, he’d been seen in “All the Way,” the Tony winning 2014 production that starred Bryan Cranston, as well as musicals “Anything Goes” (2011) and “Grey Gardens” (2006).

McMartin, who was nominated for five Tony Awards over the course of his career, made his Broadway debut in 1961 play “The Conquering Hero,” but his first signature role came in 1966 Neil Simon-Cy Coleman musical “Sweet Charity,” in which he played the nebbishy accountant Oscar, a Tony-nominated performance he reprised in the 1969 movie version opposite Shirley MacLaine.

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Kelsey Grammer: ‘I admire Putin because he is so comfortably who he is’

25 June 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on being thrown outside naked, demolition jobs and his sister’s murder

Born in the Us Virgin Islands, Kelsey Grammer, 61, grew up in New Jersey and Florida. He became famous for his Emmy-award-winning portrayal of Dr Frasier Crane in the sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. Grammer voices Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons and his latest movie is Breaking The Bank.

He is married for the fourth time and has six children. He divides his time between La and New York.

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Win Breaking the Bank on DVD

17 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Breaking the Bank on 20th June, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD. Discovering a rogue trader (Mathew Horne – Gavin & Stacey) has left the bank in serious financial trouble with rival American and Japanese banks circling like sharks, Charles (Kelsey GrammerFrasier, Cheers) needs […]

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TV’s ‘Upfront’ Ad-Sales Talks Start to Heat Up

15 June 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV’s “upfront” marketplace may be gaining traction, though media-buying executives and other people familiar with the tone of these annual negotiations for billions of dollars of TV-advertising inventory caution that talk of serious activity may be overstated.

While all the TV companies are believed to be in active negotiations with advertisers, NBCUniversal and CBS are said to have begun securing advance advertising commitments, according to people familiar with the situation. CBS’s sales effort is in its early stages, one of these people said, while NBCU has been selling both cable and broadcast. Both networks have pressed for deals that call for increases in the rate of reaching 1,000 viewers, a measure known as a Cpm that is integral to these yearly discussions between Madison Avenue and the U.S. TV networks.

Several ad buyers could not corroborate the reports of sales activity, and some indicated that the overall market had yet to move in earnest.

The signals of activity come as TV networks and advertisers grapple with a marketplace that has grown increasingly complex, despite heightened demand for TV advertising in recent months. Media companies are trying to package cable, broadcast and digital inventory at once, as advertisers seek to create broader campaigns that reach consumers through TV advertising, mobile tablets and social media, among other types of outreach. Ad buyers, meanwhile, are trying to tamp down the rate hikes their clients have to pay even as ratings declines and new demands for TV time from  certain advertisers put pressure on the available supply.

Indeed, the networks and ad buyers have been at loggerheads for several weeks over the rate of increase that ought to be paid. Initial bids from the networks called for double-digit Cpm increases – some as much as 15% or higher, according to ad buyers. Advertisers, meanwhile, have expressed a desire to pay Cpm increases of just 4% to 5%. Many buying executives have made a hard point of not wanting to agree to increases of more than 9%, though one of the people familiar with discussions said that CBS pressed for some agreements that call for hikes in the low double-digit percentage range.

Expectations have been high for this year’s market, which may be the first in several years to move in the TV networks’ favor. The networks lost leverage over the past few years, and saw their ability to increase the rates of increase for TV time erode as more advertisers experimented with streaming video as well as content and programming from new digital players. The five English-language broadcast networks secured between $8.02 billion and $8.69 billion for their 2015-16 primetime entertainment schedules, according to Variety estimates, compared with between $8.17 billion and $8.94 billion for the 2014-15 season.

In 2016, NBCUniversal has moved aggressively in discussions about rates, according to multiple executives, so much so that some buyers said they were frustrated by the terms the company has tried to set. These people said NBCU is working, as it has for the past several years, to reverse declines in its base rate for reaching 1,000 viewers. Those CPMs are said to be significantly less than those commanded by Fox, CBS and ABC, and are the result of years of ratings shortfalls that took place as NBC failed to find solid replacements for programs like “E.R.,” “Seinfeld, “Frasier” and other must-see TV delights that gave it years of top ratings and a command position that lasted into last decade.

NBC’s luster these days rests on its “Sunday Night Football” franchise as well as “The Voice,” and the addition of a handful of “Thursday Night Football” games in the coming season. The network’s parent company has also placed more emphasis on its portfolio of news, late-night, sports and general-entertainment cable options, and has its coming broadcast of the Rio Olympics, another big-viewing property to dangle in front of sponsors.

Ad buyers have suggested that TV budgets are flat to slightly up for the coming programming season, with movie studios and auto manufacturers among the categories trimming TV-ad money. Consumer packaged goods companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers, meanwhile, are said to be shifting money back to TV after several years of placing new emphasis on digital.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Annecy: Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman To Star in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters’

15 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — Kelsey Grammer (“Boss,” “Frasier”) and Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Hand of God”) are attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters,” his upcoming and much-awaited animated TV series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television for Netflix.

The announcement was made June 15 at France’s Annecy Festival, the Cannes of animation, as Del Toro delivers a masterclass on his career which is expected to feature a two minute sizzle-reel from “Trollhunters,” plus some 10 minutes of clips and scenes from the series.

Billed as an epic family event series, and indeed marking Del Toro’s first work for kids and families, “Trollhunters” will bow on Netflix in December 2016. Created and executive-produced by Del Toro, Trollhunters is “set in the fictional suburb of Arcadia,” where Jim, and his two best friends “make a startling discovery that beneath their hometown lies a hidden battle between good trolls and bad, the outcome of which will impact their lives forever,” DreamWorks Animation and Netflix said in a statement on Wednesday.

Anton Yeltsin, Chekov in “Star Trek,” voices Jim, who discovers a mysterious amulet; Grammar limns a kindly troll who helps Jim; and Perlman will provide the voice of Bular, which the series makers describe as “a sinister troll who targets Jim and his friends for battle.”

The cast renews the collaboration between Del Toro and Perlman, maybe the most iconic of the director’s regular actors, having played the lead in 2002’s “Hellboy” and 2008’s “Hellboy II: the Golden Army,” two early mid-career Del Toro movies which consolidated the Mexican helmer’s reputation for spectacle, an empathy with outcasts, and a desire to mix genre, physical effects and ancient mythology with complex ethical fables.

Expectation is high to see the scope and scale which Del Toro brings to a near obsession – he is the author of a novel, “Trollhunters” – in a limited series format, having tackled vampires in the FX Network-aired “The Strain.”

DreamWorks and Netflix, for their part, promise “stunning visuals and ambitious, complex storytelling” which “raises the bar for family series as a global must-see viewing event for the entire family.”

Another large question is how Del Toro will have tackled the animation. “Trollhunters” is produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix. Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow”) and Christina Steinberg (“Rise of the Guardians,” “National Treasure”) serve as executive producers. Dan Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) and Kevin Hageman (“The Lego Movie”) are co-executive producers; Chad Hammes (“Dragons: Race to the Edge”) is another producer.

More details of “Trollhunters” are expected to be revealed during Del Toro’s June 15 masterclass which has rapidly acquired the status of a must-attend event. Such has been the demand from journalists at Annecy for interviews with Del Toro that the Festival has scheduled a Del Toro press conference for June 16.

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- John Hopewell

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Scott Ellis Set as Director for NBC’s ‘A Few Good Men’ Live Play, Aaron Sorkin Discusses Casting & More

14 June 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scott Ellis has been tapped to direct NBC’s upcoming live adaptation of “A Few Good Men.”

Aaron Sorkin broke the news Tuesday morning at Variety’s annual TV Summit, held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Sorkin said of Ellis directing.

Ellis is a multi-time Tony-nominated director, having worked on the stage productions “She Loves Me,” “Steel Pier,” “1776,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Curtains,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” and “You Can’t Take It with You.” On the television side, Ellis was exec producer on Showtime’s “Weeds.” He has directed episodes of “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Frasier” and “30 Rock,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

Sorkin spoke about “A Few Good Men” at the Variety event on a panel with NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Kenny Leon, who directed NBC’s “The Wiz Live” and is on board to direct “Hairspray Live.”

“If something happens to Scott, let me know. I’m waiting in the wings!” Leon joked on the panel, pitching himself to direct the live play. Greenblatt chimed in: “You’re busy doing ‘Hairspray.'”

For the NBC live adaptation, Sorkin is re-writing “A Few Good Men,” which originally started as a Broadway play, before the 1992 film, starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

“I am very exited to write it up again. It was my first play, it was my starter play. I’m very proud of it, but it still feels a little bit like my high school yearbook picture to me. I think, or I at least hope, I’m a better writer now,” Sorkin said. “I’m looking forward to attacking it just for the sake of a re-write, as well as it should be written for this particular production.”

As for casting, the panel said that they’re getting into the process.

“We are reaching out to people. We’re beyond having just a list,” Sorkin revealed, adding that the creative team is getting many phone calls, now that the new wave of live TV productions has blown up. “Actors don’t get the opportunity to do that a lot,” he said of performing live on television.

The panelists praised Carrie Underwood for being the first actor to step into the new world of live TV with NBC’s “The Sound of Music” in 2013. Three years later, actors are jumping at the opportunity to flex their creative muscles on live TV.

“I’m going to give you the long list of scaredy-cats from ‘Sound of Music’ because there are some big people who said, ‘I can’t do that,'” Greenblatt said for “A Few Good Men” casting.

In addition to talent getting excited, the entire Hollywood community has welcomed the live programming wave.

“We got a call out of the blue from Tyler Perry,” Zadan said. “He called and he said, ‘I’m calling to help you because I’m going to mobilize a social media campaign for ‘The Wiz’ because this has to succeed.’ He called Oprah and he called everyone else that he knows and they started tweeting…the support that we got from the community was so overwhelming…because they know that failure means there won’t be anymore. We needed those ratings for this to continue because they’re so expensive.”

The new trend of TV musicals come with a learning curve — and being the first live play on television in decades, “A Few Good Men” even more so.

“I have been for years wanting to see live theater come back to television,” Sorkin said. “I was thinking, ‘Boy I hope [NBC] expands into non-musicals next’ — not thinking for a second that my play would be the canary in the coal mine.’

Surely Sorkin’s revitalized play will launch a new wave of more live plays on television, just like “The Sound of Music” inspired more NBC musicals, including “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz,” and Fox’s “Grease Live.” And up next at the broadcast networks is Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and ABC’s “Dirty Dancing.”

“There are no barriers between Broadway, movies and television anymore,” Greenblatt said. “Tt’s completely interwoven now.”

Up next for NBC is “Hairspray Live” in December. But, Greenblatt teased that it won’t be long for “A Few Good Men” to come.

“We’re probably going to do it in February,” the NBC exec revealed. “We haven’t locked in the date.”

While February will bring a new cast and a new script to Sorkin’s hit, he assures that the live production will stay true to form.

Quoting the film’s most famous line, Sorkin quipped: “It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Man.’ You can’t handle the truth! It’s going to be ‘A Few Good Men.'”

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Maya & Marty (and Tina & Steve): What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?

7 June 2016 8:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Tina Fey returned to her old 30 Rock stomping grounds on Tuesday alongside Maya & Marty‘s first second-time guest.

RelatedHairspray Live: Meet the Newcomer Cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC Musical

Steve Martin, who briefly appeared during Episode 1, brought his banjo along for Week 2 of NBC’s summer variety venture.

SNL‘s primetime equivalent followed up on its May 31 debut with sketches involving improper forms of etiquette, gropey ventriloquist dummies and Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. The hour also featured special guests Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes and Drake, the latter of whom was sorely missing from all but one segment in »

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How Kelsey Grammer Became Sideshow Bob on ‘The Simpsons’, Including the Origin of His Voice

7 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With the exception of Dr. Frasier Crane on both Cheers and the spin-off series Frasier, easily the best role Kelsey Grammer has played in his career is that of Sideshow Bob, the sidekick of Krusty the Clown on the long-running animated series The Simpsons. Grammer won an Emmy for his voiceover performance as the character […]

The post How Kelsey Grammer Became Sideshow Bob on ‘The Simpsons’, Including the Origin of His Voice appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Company Team for Netflix Children's Program

2 June 2016 7:07 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The hills are alive at Netflix with a new children’s program starring prolific entertainer Julie Andrews.

The Sound of Music legend has teamed with the Jim Henson Company to launch Julie’s Greenroom, an educational series aimed at teaching preschoolers about the performing arts.

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In each episode, Andrews will be joined by assistant Gus (played by Giullian Yao Gioiello, The Carrie Diaries) and a bevy of special guest stars — including Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), singer Sara Bareilles, Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show »

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The Big Bang Theory: 8 Actresses Who Could Play Penny's Mom

17 May 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You know how the mother of the bride is never supposed to steal the spotlight from her daughter on her wedding day? Yeah, there’s going to be no way to keep that from happening if The Big Bang Theory finally introduces us to Penny’s often-mentioned-but-never-before-seen mom in the fall.

RelatedBig Bang Theory Finale Conjures Up a Nightmare for Leonard and Sheldon — Plus: Season 10 Scoop!

“It’s a little early to say for sure” whether or not it’s actually going to be possible, showrunner Steven Molaro recently told TVLine, “but we would very much like to meet Penny »

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Richard Gere To Star In Jon Avnet’s ‘Three Christs’

9 May 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s (“Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business”) “Three Christs,” based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach.

Eric Nazarian and Avnet penned the adaptation, with Avnet set to direct. The story follows a doctor (played by Gere) who is treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, each of whom believe they are Jesus Christ.

Avnet and Dr. Aaron Stern will produce under his Brooklyn Films banner alongside Highland Film Group’s Arianne Frasier, Delphine Perrier and Molly Hassell.

Highland Film Group is financing the project and will introduce it to international buyers in Cannes this week. CAA reps domestic rights.

Gere can next be seen in Oren Overman’s family drama “The Dinner,” alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney. He is repped by Wme. Avnet is repped by CAA.

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- Diana Lodderhose

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TV News Roundup: Adam Arkin to Guest on ‘Carmichael Show,’ TV Land Sets ‘Impastor,’ ‘Jim Gaffigan’ Premiere Dates

14 April 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Adam Arkin will guest star in an upcoming episode of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” plus, TV Land sets premiere dates for two of its returning comedies, “Empire” will soon have its own line of dolls, and more. . . 

Casting:

Adam Arkin will guest star on “The Carmichael Show” as Grant North, Maxine’s (Amber Stevens West) reserved, high-achieving father.  In the upcoming episode, Grant will be in town for Maxine’s graduation.

In addition to a recent guest appearance on the Season 2 finale of “How to Get Away With Murder,” the Emmy-nominated actor has held notable roles on “Sons of Anarchy,” “Law & Order,” “The West Wing” and “Frasier.” Also a director, his credits include episodes of ” Sons of Anarchy,” “The Blacklist,” “The Americans” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Premieres:

The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Impastor” will both return to TV Land in June — “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on June 19 and “Impastor »

- Alyssa Sage

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Dirty Dancing Remake at ABC: Mad Men Grad to Play Neil Kellerman

30 March 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Mad Men alum Trevor Einhorn is Catskills-bound.

Einhorn has been cast as geeky, Baby-crushing Neil Kellerman in ABC’s three-hour Dirty Dancing remake, TVLine has learned. Neil takes an immediate interest in Baby, which her father strongly supports, much to Baby’s embarrassment. The role of Max’s tightly wound grandson was played in the original film by Lonny Price.

In addition to his recurring stint as copy writer John Mathis on Mad Men, Einhorn is known for playing Frasier and Lilith’s son Freddy on Frasier.

RelatedDirty Dancing: Nicole Scherzinger Cast as Penny in ABC Remake »

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‘A Night at Sardi’s’ Closes With Jason Alexander, Eric McCormack, Steven Weber and a ‘Big Bang’

10 March 2016 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Tonight we honor Peter Grad, who passed away suddenly last summer,” began David Hyde Pierce on Wednesday at the final “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit — founded by Laurie Burrows (daughter of playwright Abe Burrows) and her late husband Grad (an Mtm Television executive) 23 years prior, to support the Alzheimer’s Association. “His example as a charitable and loving man inspires us and lives with any of us who ever came in contact with him. Many of his jokes live with us too, and for that, we will never forgive him.”

What will also clearly live on is the “A Night at Sardi’s” legacy, evidenced by the loyal alum from Peter Gallagher to Jason Alexander to Eric McCormack — “No one had ever heard of me when this first began!” McCormack said — who returned to reenact their favorite numbers, which helped to generate $28 million over the 23 years, for the show »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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‘A Night at Sardi’s’ Closes With Jason Alexander, Eric McCormack, Steven Weber and a ‘Big Bang’

10 March 2016 10:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Tonight we honor Peter Grad, who passed away suddenly last summer,” began David Hyde Pierce on Wednesday at the final “A Night at Sardi’s” benefit — founded by Laurie Burrows (daughter of playwright Abe Burrows) and her late husband Grad (an Mtm Television executive) 23 years prior, to support the Alzheimer’s Association. “His example as a charitable and loving man inspires us and lives with any of us who ever came in contact with him. Many of his jokes live with us too, and for that, we will never forgive him.”

What will also clearly live on is the “A Night at Sardi’s” legacy, evidenced by the loyal alum from Peter Gallagher to Jason Alexander to Eric McCormack — “No one had ever heard of me when this first began!” McCormack said — who returned to reenact their favorite numbers, which helped to generate $28 million over the 23 years, for the show »

- Jasmin Rosemberg

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Why Frasier Deserves More Recognition

28 February 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Edward Gardiner on why Frasier deserves more recognition…

If I asked you to think of a sitcom beginning with ‘F’ which first aired in the 90s, what immediately springs to mind?  I’d wager about 90% of you are currently thinking “well it’s Friends, of course” – or at least would be had I not incepted you by writing ‘Frasier’ in the title.  Whether you’d be thinking it in such a polite manner is also up for question.

And that’s fine, by the way.  Friends is wonderful and brilliant, and completely deserving of its adoration amongst the 90s generation.  This isn’t just a list of reasons Frasier is better than Friends, or, for that matter, The Simpsons or South Park or Seinfeld.  This is simply a list of reasons Frasier is one of the greatest sitcoms ever to grace the small screen, and why more people need to watch it. »

- Edward Gardiner

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Chefs Impact Report: The Culinary Celebs Cooking Up Empires in Entertainment

25 February 2016 11:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

These gastronomic celebs have placed their culinary stamp across multiple platforms, built restaurant empires and advanced the foodie conversation.

Jose Andres

mini-bar, tres by jose andres, bazaar

Part of the food revolution in Spain, Andres has brought his modern twists on tapas to L.A., D.C. and Las Vegas at restaurants such as the Bazaar and Mini-Bar. His TV career began in 2008 with “Made in Spain,” and he has since been a regular guest on talk shows, cooking competitions and Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows. His most recent TV project was the PBS special “Undiscovered Haiti With Jose Andres.”

Lidia Bastianich

felidia, eataly, “lidia’s kitchen”

Chef/co-owner — with son Joe and Mario Batali — of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, the artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace Eataly and her own production company, Tavola Productions, Bastianich has spent the past decade producing series and specials for PBS, most recently “Lidia’s Kitchen. »

- Phil Gallo

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