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20th Century Fox TV Names Brandon Brito, Cheryl Dolins New Drama, Comedy Heads

15 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Twentieth Century Fox Television has recruited two TV veterans to lead its comedy and drama development teams.

Brandon Brito will join 20th from sister studio Fox 21 as senior vice president, drama development. Cheryl Dolins, a seasoned producer and former NBC executive, joins as senior vice president, comedy development. Both will report to Michael Thorn, executive vice president of development for the studio.

“Brandon and Cheryl both have backgrounds not just as developers, but as producers as well, which makes them the ideal executives to lead our drama and comedy teams in this highly competitive environment,” Thorn said.

Brito most recently served as vice president of scripted at Fox 21, where he helped develop and launch FX’s “Tyrant,” Wgn’s “Salem” and A&E’s “Damien.” He also worked on “The Residence,”  Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black’s adaptation of the best-selling non-fiction book by Kate Brower, which is being executive produced by Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Groundhog Day’ Actress Angela Paton Dies at 86

27 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angela Paton, best known for her role in “Groundhog Day,” died on Thursday in Oakland, Calif. She was 86.

The actress was in hospice care after a recent heart attack, the Associated Press reports.

Paton played Mrs. Lancaster, the small-town bed-and-breakfast owner where Bill Murray’s Phil Connors awakens in a panic every morning in the 1993 classic comedy.

Paton, who has more than 90 film and television credits to her name, also played Faye in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” Michelle’s grandmother who sleeps with Stifler in “American Wedding” and Mrs. Holmes in “Lolita.” She also appeared in 1994’s “Blue Sky” and “Trapped in Paradise.” She’s had roles on the shows “Falcon Crest,” “Home Improvement,” “My Name Is Earl” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The Brooklyn native had a flourishing stage career in the San Francisco Bay Area before transitioning to the screen when she was nearly 60 years old. Paton »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93

9 May 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former SAG president William Schallert, best known as TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show,” died Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93. His son Edwin confirmed his death.

His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Laura Haefner

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William Schallert, Former SAG President and ‘Patty Duke Show’ Star, Dies at 93

9 May 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former SAG president William Schallert, best known as TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show,” died Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 93. His son Edwin confirmed his death.

His most memorable role was as beloved TV dad Martin Lane on “The Patty Duke Show” (1963-66). The performance still resonates: TV Guide slotted him at No. 39 on its list of Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.

Schallert would be familiar to many for his memorable appearance on the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series: He played Nilz Baris, the agriculture undersecretary who is outraged to discover that the furry, endlessly reproducing aliens have devoured all the grain.

Schallert served as SAG president from 1979-81 and oversaw a three-month strike in 1980 that centered around rates and residuals for pay TV, videocassettes and videodiscs and included a successful boycott of the year’s primetime Emmy Awards. »

- Laura Haefner

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The 'Twins Peaks' Revival Cast List Is Insane (and Insanely Long)

25 April 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Showtime revealed the full cast list for its upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival, and it's nothing short of insane -- and insanely long.

The ensemble includes a whopping 217 actors -- yes, you read that right -- and amid all the returning faces, there are also a bunch of surprising, big-name newbies along for the ride this time around. (We've embedded the entire list at the end of this post.)

Original cast members that will be back include many previously-announced people, and the ensemble will feature the likes of Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Sheryl Lee, Dana Ashbrook, David Duchovny, Miguel Ferrer, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Ray Wise, Wendy Robie, Russ Tamblyn, and Catherine E. Coulson, among many others.

As for the newcomers, some of the bold names that stand out include Monica Bellucci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Laura Dern, Jay R. Ferguson (a.k.a. Stan from "Mad Men"), Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters"), Ashley Judd, »

- Katie Roberts

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Ethan Suplee Joins Hulu’s Hugh Laurie Drama Series ‘Chance’

14 April 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

My Name Is Earl alum Ethan Suplee has booked a series regular role opposite Hugh Laurie in Hulu's drama series Chance. The project is from author Kem Nunn, Room director Lenny Abrahamson, showrunner Alexandra Cunningham, producer Michael London and Fox 21 TV Studios. Based on Nunn's novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuro-psychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a… »

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant to Star in Netflix Comedy Series

18 March 2016 5:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Add Drew Barrymore to the list of movie stars joining TV’s new golden age.

The actress will co-star with Justified alum Timothy Olyphant in Santa Clarita Diet, an upcoming comedy at Netflix.

RelatedPee-wee’s Big Holiday Hits Netflix: Is It the Adventure You’ve Waited For?

The single-camera project, which has been ordered straight to series, centers on married couple Joel and Sheila (played by Olyphant and Barrymore), two realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the titular Los Angeles suburb — that is, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change that sends their lives down a road of death and destruction. »

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Alyssa Milano Lands Lead Role in CBS' What Goes Around Comes Around Pilot

11 March 2016 1:44 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alyssa Milano is going from Mistresses to Mrs.

RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The TV vet has landed the female lead in CBS’ comedy pilot What Goes Around Comes Around — reuniting her with Jason Lee, with whom she guest-starred on My Name Is Earl. Our sister site Deadline broke the news.

The potential series, written by Dan Kopelman (Rules of Engagement, Galavant), follows two fortysomething parents — Robin (Milano) and Kenny (Lee) — who were wild and reckless teenagers and now face their worst nightmare: raising three adolescents of their own.

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Alyssa Milano Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

11 March 2016 12:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alyssa Milano has joined the CBS comedy pilot “What Goes Around Comes Around,” TheWrap has learned. Milano will star alongside Jason Lee in the pilot as his wife. She will play Robin while Lee will play Kenny. Kenny and Robin, who were wild and reckless teenagers, now face their worst nightmare: raising three teenagers of their own. Lee and Milano previously played husband and wife — albeit in a short-lived marriage — on the Greg Garcia comedy “My Name Is Earl.” Also Read: CBS 'MacGyver' Pilot Adds 'CSI' Alum George Eads Currently, Milano is the host and a judge on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars. »

- Joe Otterson

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Alyssa Milano To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

11 March 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Earl and Billie are getting back together! Alyssa Milano is set as the female lead opposite Jason Lee in CBS’ comedy pilot What Goes Around Comes Around. The duo, who played husband and wife Earl and Billie on Lee’s NBC single-camera comedy series My Name Is Earl, will once again play a couple in the CBS single-camera pilot. Also cast in the project, from Dan Kopelman and Aaron Kaplan, is Jee Young Han. Written by Kopelman and directed by Tim Story, What Goes Around Comes… »

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Freeform Cancels ‘Kevin From Work’ After 1 Season

4 March 2016 1:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Freeform has canceled “Kevin From Work” after one season, TheWrap has learned. The workplace comedy starring Noah Reid and Paige Spara, wrapped its 10-episode first season in October with series low of just 120,000 total viewers for the season finale. The cancellation marks the first for Freeform since rebranding itself in January. Dramas “Switched at Birth” and “The Fosters” were renewed by the network last year. Also read: Freeform's 'Dead of Summer' Adds 3 New Cast Members “Kevin From Work” was created and executive produced by “How I Met Your Mother” and “My Name Is Earl” veteran Barbie Adler. Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kapan and. »

- Reid Nakamura

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TVLine Items: Jason Lee Lands CBS Pilot, Disney Renews Two and More

1 March 2016 1:57 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jason Lee is looking to get back in the saddle.

The former My Name Is Earl star has nabbed the lead role in What Goes Around Comes Around, a single-camera comedy pilot at CBS.

RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The potential series follows two fortysomething parents — Kenny (Lee) and Robin — who were wild and reckless teenagers and now face their worst nightmare: raising three adolescents of their own. In addition to being a husband and father, Lee’s Kenny is the owner of a hip music management company.

Since headlining Earl, »

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Jason Lee Cast as Lead in CBS Pilot ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

1 March 2016 10:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jason Lee has been cast as the lead in the CBS comedy pilot “What Goes Around Comes Around,” TheWrap has learned. Lee will play Kenny, a husband, father and owner of a hip music-management company. Kenny and his wife, who were wild and reckless teenagers, now face their worst nightmare: raising three teenagers of their own. Lee starred in the NBC comedy “My Name Is Earl” from Greg Garcia for four seasons. He also appeared in “Raising Hope,” another Garcia series, and starred in TNT’s “Memphis Beat” for two seasons. Also Read: CBS Casts Sarah Shahi in Nancy Drew »

- Joe Otterson

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Jason Lee To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

1 March 2016 10:30 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

My Name Is Earl alum Jason Lee is set as the male lead in What Goes Around Comes Around, CBS’s single-camera comedy pilot from Dan Kopelman and Aaron Kaplan. Written by Kopelman and directed by Tim Story, the project centers on two fortysomething parents — Kenny (Lee), a husband, father and owner of a hip music management company; and Robin — who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare—raising three teenagers of their own. Kopelman, Kaplan and… »

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Tony Danza to Star in Greg Garcia’s NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Sebastian’

19 February 2016 2:21 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony Danza is returning to TV comedy. The former “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss?” star has been cast as a lead in NBC’s comedy pilot “Sebastian,” TheWrap has learned. The family comedy stars Sebastian Maniscalco as a man whose old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father (Danza) are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family and the absurdities of the modern world. The casting marks a return to NBC for Danza, who previously starred on “Taxi” on the network. Also read: NBC's 'Hairspray Live' Gets December Date, 'The Wiz Live' Creative Team “Sebastian »

- Reid Nakamura

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Tony Danza Eyes Sitcom Comeback With Greg Garcia's NBC Pilot Sebastian

19 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Four-time Golden Globe nominee Tony Danza is poised for a return to sitcoms, playing pop to comic Sebastian Maniscalco in an NBC pilot.

RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Stars

In Sebastian, which is inspired by Maniscalco’s life and is being exec-produced by Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) shingle, the Who’s the Boss? alum will play the opinionated, old-school Italian father of the title character.

Austen Earl (The Millers) will pen the project and also serve as an Ep alongside Maniscalco.

RelatedStockard Channing to Play ‘Offensive’ Acting Legend in »

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Beautiful Girls 20 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?

9 February 2016 9:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty years ago this week - Feb. 9, 1996 - the romcom-dramedy Beautiful Girls first opened in theaters. The film centers around Willie (Timothy Hutton), who returns home for his high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town. It's funny, it's heartwarming, and it features one of the better ensemble casts of the 1990s. In honor of the film's 20th anniversary, we're pulling out the yearbook and looking up the film's cast to what they've been up to over the past 20 years. Timothy HuttonHutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1981 for Ordinary People when he was only 20. To this day he's the youngest-ever »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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My Name Is Earl: How the Cancelled NBC Series Would Have Ended

6 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

My Name Is Earl aired for four seasons on NBC before it was cancelled, and the creator has revealed how he would have ended the series if it had continued on to a natural end. The series ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, but Greg Garcia did have a plan in mind for how to wrap things up.

In a Reddit Ama, he revealed how he would have ended the comedy series if he had been able to close it out. He said:

“I had always had an ending to Earl and I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to see it happen. You’ve got a show about a guy with a list so not seeing him finish it is a bummer. But the truth is, he wasn’t ever going to finish the list. The basic idea of the ending was that »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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