6 items from 2007
At the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane discussed the possibility of a Family Guy movie. He said that, though there are no story ideas as yet and Fox hasn't given the greenlight, it's a project he'd like to do. MacFarlane said, "We have been trying to figure out how to do [a movie] and the series at the same time without the series suffering."
One source of help may be Ricky Blitt, a former writer on Family Guy. Blitt also created The Winner sitcom which ran on Fox last season to low ratings. MacFarlane says he may ask Blitt to start on a Family Guy movie script but also said there may be some life left in Winner. MacFarlane offered, "It is looking like there could be a future life for The Winner. I hope it pans out." MacFarlane didn't offer any further details but »
JFL wrap-up: Comics bank their laughs at fest
MONTREAL -- The team behind Fox's hit animated show "Family Guy" has been looking at possibly working on a "Family Guy" movie down the line, creator Seth MacFarlane told The Hollywood Reporter here Saturday. He also said Fox comedy "The Winner", on which he serves as an executive producer, may not be dead yet after new developments in recent weeks.
"It is looking like there could be a future life for 'The Winner.' I hope it pans out," MacFarlane said, without providing specifics. "We have been trying to figure out how to do that and the series at the same time without the series suffering," he said about a potential "Family Guy" feature, adding that this is a challenge that also caused the "Simpsons" film to come about so late.
One possible solution, according to MacFarlane, is to have Ricky Blitt, the creator of "Winner" and a longtime ex-writer for "Family Guy" who has since moved on to other work, start on the movie script. »
Actor-comedian Rob Corddry will host The Hollywood Reporter's 36th annual Key Art Awards on June 15 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Key Art Awards is the only competition in which working professionals honor their peers for designing and creating movie marketing materials. The awards cover 29 categories, including posters, trailers, TV spots and standees as well as print, outdoor, Internet, home entertainment and co-branded advertising. Nominations will be announced Wednesday.
Corddry, on the big screen with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder in Blades of Glory, appears in the upcoming comedies The Pleasure of Your Company, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher; The Seven Day Itch, with Ben Stiller; and The Ten, with Jessica Alba, Famke Janssen and Amanda Peet. Corddry recently starred in his own Fox series The Winner from writers-producers Seth MacFarlane and Ricky Blitt. He also was a senior correspondent for four years on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
"Rob Corddry's unique personality and creative comedic style makes him the perfect host for this year's Key Art Awards," THR publisher John Kilcullen said. »
It was "Desperate Housewives" (18.3 million, 7.4 rating/17 share in adults 18-49) that was the night's top show in the key audience demographics, according to preliminary data released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.
It trampled over everything else in its way in the 9 p.m. hour, including CBS' "Cold Case" (13.2 million, 3.3/8) NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11 million, 3.3/7) plus "Family Guy" (8.5 million, 4.4/10) and the second episode of the night of "The Winner" (6.1 million, 3.1/7) on Fox. "Desperate Housewives" was down 9% from its prior season original average.
The Rob Corrdry--starring "The Winner" premiered at 8:30 p.m. with 7.1 million viewers and a 3.5/8 in the demo. "The Winner" came in third in the half hour in adults 18-49 but won in men 18-34 and earned second place in adults 18-34.
The 8 p.m. hour went to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (14.6 million, 5.3/13), which beat CBS' "The Amazing Race" (10.7 million, 3.7/9) and NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want" (6.2 million, 1.8/5). »
Rob Corddry is the latest funnyman joining the cast of New Line Cinema's Semi-Pro. The former senior correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is in final negotiations to join the Will Ferrell sports comedy being directed by Kent Alterman. Also joining the picture is DeRay Davis.
Written by Scot Armstrong, the story is set in the world of the American Basketball Assn. and follows Jackie Moon (Ferrell), the owner-coach-player of the fictional Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon must lead his team on a desperate attempt to make it to the big leagues. Will Arnett, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin have already signed up.
Corddry will play Harrelson's nemesis, the man who is dating his ex-girlfriend.
Davis is a player who showboats on court, getting many fouls.
After finishing a five-year stint on The Daily Show, Corddry, who toplines the upcoming Fox series The Winner, has begun to string together roles in several high-profile films, including DreamWorks' Blades of Glory, also starring Ferrell, and DreamWorks' as-yet-untitled Farrelly brothers project, starring Ben Stiller. »
The network will also use Idol as a launching pad for David E. Kelley's midseason dramedy The Wedding Bells, which will premiere after the reality juggernaut March 7 before moving to its regular Friday 9 p.m. time slot March 9.
Another midseason series, the Rob Corddry-starring comedy The Winner, will join Fox's Sunday lineup. It will premiere with two episodes, one at 8:30 p.m. and one in its regular 9:30 p.m. time slot March 4. Animated comedy American Dad, which airs in the Sunday 9:30 period, will go on hiatus for five weeks to make room for Winner.
Taking a page from the "24" playbook, Fox's third midseason series, race action Drive, will launch with a two-night, three-hour premiere Sunday, April 15, 8-10 p.m. and its regular Monday 8-9 p.m. time period April 16. On Monday, Drive will replace Prison Break, which will have wrapped it second season by then. »
6 items from 2007
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