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As "Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple scolded us all last week, answers about what may or may not have happened to our beloved Glenn are forthcoming -- but we're going to have to wait awhile. The exasperated executive producer instead encouraged viewers to look at this season of the show as a movie or a book, with different reels/chapters that need to be viewed together to make a cohesive whole. So this week, we were served a Morgan-centric chapter that filled in some of our wayward traveler's back story, but did little to propel the plot of our main chain of events. It's an episode that fans are bound to either love or hate; I found myself somewhere in the middle.
- Katie Roberts
Kevin James is coming back to CBS. The network has given a 13-episode series production commitment to a new family comedy starring, written and exec produced by the King of Queens alum, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The untitled multicam project stars James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to figure out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show) and Rock Reuben (The King of Queens) are also on board as writers and
- Kate Stanhope
Kevin James is coming back to his old "King of Queens" home of CBS as the network has given a 13-episode production commitment to a new family multi-camera comedy starring, written and executive produced by James.
Currently untitled, James plays a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to figure out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Bruce Helford ("The Drew Carey Show") and Rock Reuben ("The King of Queens") will writer and executive produce the project alongside Jeff Sussman ("The King of Queens") . The show will kick off during the 2016-17 season.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Though he did have a small role in 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” Towles was more associated with the films of Rob Zombie, appearing in “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” Zombie’s 2007 reboot of “Halloween” and the fake Zombie-shot trailer for “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” included in the 2007 film “Grindhouse.”
Zombie remembered Towles on his Instagram page Monday, saying “He was a nice funny guy.”
- Carmel Dagan
Every few years at press tour, I find myself sitting down with Bill Lawrence — creator, co-creator and/or showrunner of “Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable,” which returns for a second season Tuesday night at 9:30 — to talk about the state of TV comedy. As a guy who broke into the business during the ‘90s sitcom boom (his early jobs were on “Boy Meets World” and “Friends”), who’s worked extensively on both traditional multi-cam sitcoms and filmed single-cam comedies, and has now worked for both broadcast and cable (with “Cougar Town,” which concludes its run at the end of this month, he’s done both), he can take a global view of the genre in a way many of his contemporaries can’t, and he remains one of the champion talkers among showrunners of comedy or drama. Back in January, we talked about letting »
- Alan Sepinwall
Prolific television writer and producer Sam Simon has passed away, Deadline is reporting. Simon succumbed to the colorectal cancer that he had been fighting since 2012. He was 59.
Simon began his career in television working on animated features such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a storyboard artist. Having an interest in writing as well, Simon submitted a spec script for the television show Taxi, which subsequently led to the hiring of him as a writer and eventual showrunner for the series’ final season, where he first worked with James L. Brooks.
His path through television led him to the writing rooms of other luminary TV shows such as Cheers, Barney Miller, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ultimately leading him to be a writer and producer on The Tracey Ullman Show, where he once again worked with Brooks.
- Deepayan Sengupta
American writer, director producer Sam Simon has passed away aged 59, having lost his battle with colon cancer on Sunday evening.
Best known as co-creator and producer of The Simpsons, Simon’s credits include the likes of Taxi (where he served as showrunner), Cheers, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Tracey Ullman Show, The George Carlin Show, The Drew Carey Show, Friends and Anger Management.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, the nine-time Emmy Award winner announced he was giving away his fortune to charitable causes, including numerous animal organisations, having been a champion of animal rights during his lifetime.
- Gary Collinson
Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. He was 59 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.
“Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean also confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday.
In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, and he subsequently co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the animated comedy, also serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left the show in 1993 while retaining an exec producer title.
The animated sitcom, he said, gave him more freedom than live action. “You »
- Carmel Dagan
Among his many career highlights, Simon "served as the showrunner on the sitcom 'Taxi' at the age of 23; wrote for and produced the comedies 'Cheers' and 'The Drew Carey Show'; and created a Fox series for the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin in the mid-1990s," according to The Hollywood Reporter. He most recently worked as a consultant on Charlie Sheen series "Anger Management."
But Simon was best-known for helping shepherd the creation of "The Simpsons," alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. The trio worked together on "The Tracey Ullman Show," on which Bart and co. first got their start, later giving the Simpsons family its own Fox series in 1989.
"The Simpsons" is now the longest-running primetime series in television history. »
- Katie Roberts
Ferguson has been cast to lead ABC’s scripted comedy pilot “The King of 7B,” Variety has confirmed.
The 30-minute laffer follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, played by Ferguson, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street. The ensemble rounds out with the previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
The project marks the return to primetime for the Scottish-born comedian, who starred in “The Drew Carey Show” for eight years before his latenight break. Since, he’s appeared on “Web Therapy,” “Hot in Cleveland,” portrayed himself on “Family Guy” and lent his voice to “Futurama” and “Archer,” among other animated series. Ferguson »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“What is the wild one doing with Dyad?”
New Orphan Black clone Rudy poses a good question in the latest Season 3 teaser trailer:Has Sarah switched to the dark side?
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Press Play on the video above to find out the answer, then hit the comments with your theories/thoughts in advance of the show’s return on April 18.
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Pay cabler Epix is making a move toward adding original scripted series to its mix, tapping former Disney and HBO exec Jocelyn Diaz to oversee development.
Diaz will serve as exec VP of original programming, Epix confirmed Tuesday.
“With Jocelyn on board, we’re going to be able to take this to a new level with original scripted series that resonate with our viewers,” said Epix prexy-ceo Mark Greenberg. “To be successful at originals you must be authentic — and that’s exactly what Jocelyn brings to the table.”
Diaz, formerly veep of production at Walt Disney Studios, said her mandate was to deliver “compelling content and original series that provide a unique and full-spectrum entertainment experience.”
At Disney, Diaz worked in development and production on such live-action features as “Into the Woods” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Before her stint at Disney, Diaz was »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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