9 items from 2012
Every new TV show is a gamble. That’s especially true in the crowded fall season, when the networks roll out an array of new shows. Many of them won’t make it to a second season – and even if they do, it takes years for a TV show to turn a profit. There are ways to mitigate the risk, of course. You cast a recognizable actor. You work with a successful producer – look, there’s Ryan Murphy doing his Ryan Murphy thing with The New Normal! And even in the modern era of DVR and downloading, a good timeslot is still essential. »
- EW staff
CBS’ Made in Jersey legal drama is bringing in a Ringer.
Made in Jersey follows Martina Garretti (played by Human Target’s Janet Montgomery), a working-class Garden State gal who holds her own among the snooty lawyers at Stark & Rowan, a New York law firm. Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) and Donna Murphy (Hack) co-star.
Polaha will play Nolan, a handsome, charming third-year associate at the firm. »
- Kimberly Roots
You may recall that we told you back at the end of February that True Blood showrunner Alan Ball will be stepping down from that position at the conclusion of Season 5, which premieres June 10. According to HBO, Ball will take a “supervisory role” on the show and no longer have daily responsibilities for any subsequent seasons, if there are going to be any future seasons, leaving Ball free to develop new shows for HBO and Cinemax per their agreement.
Truebie fever is raging on, though, and HBO has taken note, as EW is reporting that HBO has lined up Mr. Ball’s Season 6 replacement. He is co-executive producer Mark Hudis, who has been working with Ball in the writers’ room since last year’s Season 4, and whose previous credits include Nurse Jackie and Miss Guided.
Things certainly are looking good for the show when its network announces the name of »
- Erin Willard
It was previously revealed that current True Blood series creator and showrunner Alan Ball would step down after the 5th season. Provided HBO renews True Blood for a 6th season, which is more than likely, a new showrunner has been selected.
True Blood co-executive producer Mark Hudis will take over for Alan Ball, according to a report from Deadline. Hudis was the co-executive producer of True Blood Season 4 as well as the upcoming fifth season, and previously worked on Nurse Jackie, Miss Guided, and That 70′s Show. He has signed a two-year deal with HBO that also includes a development component.
Although he’s stepping down as showrunner, Alan Ball remains on-board as executive producer and will consult and advise on the development of future True Blood seasons. The fifth season of True Blood kicks off on Sunday, June 10th. For our latest coverage, visit: http://dailydead.com/official-episode-descriptions-from-true-blood-season-5/ »
- Jonathan James
The Hollywood Reporter has the news that HBO has promoted Mark Hudis, who has served as co-executive producer on True Blood for two seasons, to the position of showrunner for the series’ sixth season. (Season five premieres June 10.) Hudis, who has previously worked on Nurse Jackie, That ’70s Show, and the short-lived Judy Greer comedy Miss Guided, will be replacing True Blood creator Alan Ball, but unlike the Dan Harmon-Community trainwreck, the situation is amicable between all parties. Ball had already announced that he would be stepping back from the series at the end of the forthcoming »
HBO has lined up a showrunner for True Blood if the vampire drama is ordered for a sixth season.
Now that Executive Producer Alan Ball has decided to step back from his head writer duties after the fifth season that begins June 10, the pay network will bring in co-executive producer Mark Hudis to fill the void. Hudis has worked in the True Blood writers room with Ball since season 4.
In February, HBO released a statement saying that “if we proceeded to True Blood’s sixth season that Alan would take a supervisory role on the series and not be the day-to-day showrunner. »
- Lynette Rice
Alan Ball's successor as "True Blood"'s showrunner has been chosen. Mark Hudis, a co-executive producer on HBO's vampy hit, will take the reins from show creator Ball should the series be picked up for a sixth season. The elevation to showrunner comes as part of a two-year overall deal that Hudis has inked with HBO. Also read: Alan Ball Stepping Down From "True Blood" After 5th Season Hudis has been with "True Blood" since last year. His previous credits include runs as executive producer on "Nurse Jackie," "That '70s Show" and "Miss Guided," as »
- Tim Kenneally
Like Revenge on ABC? Well you may get a lot more of it.
The lion’s share of the net’s drama pilots in development for fall offer sudsy tales in the vein of the Hamptons-based drama that’s currently tearing up the screen on Wednesdays. (To wit: The drama, which is averaging 8.7 million viewers, leads its hour against old dramas on CBS and NBC among adults 18-34 and key female demos. It’s also the net’s most-watched series in the hour in more than four years, since Lost in 2006-07).
Female-skewing serials fit in best for the home »
- Lynette Rice
Actress Judy Greer — who costarred in the Oscar-nominated movie The Descendants and does voice-over work for FX’s Archer — will star in and executive produce a comedy pilot for ABC called American Judy.
The single-camera comedy from writing partners Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor, Leap Year) is about a “cosmopolitan woman gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs.” She juggles step-kids, a mother-in-law, and the ex-wife of her husband, who also serves as the town sheriff.
Greer last headlined a comedy for ABC called Miss Guided in 2008. Her TV credits are extensive »
- Lynette Rice
9 items from 2012
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