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Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
Last night was David Letterman’s last time ever hosting a late night program. Other late night hosts gave thanks, and Dave looked back at some favorite memories, with music by the Foo Fighters. If you can gauge which other hosts/networks like Dave the most based on who begged the audience to switch over to CBS, it’s Kimmel and Conan. Kimmel didn’t even air a live show last night, and Conan got Patton Oswalt to make enough references to Halloween 3 and The Andromeda Strain that everyone was forced to tune out.
Dave’s final entrance. Dave wishes Stephen Colbert all the best. The show will be in excellent hands. »
- Max Wood
Fox is the latest broadcaster to unveil its schedule for the 2015-16 TV season, and herewith are the major headlines: Ryan Murphy’s comedic horror anthology Scream Queens will anchor an all-new Tuesday lineup, Sleepy Hollow is on the move to Thursdays at 9/8c after Bones, and the new Morris Chestnut procedural Rosewood will lead into Empire on Wednesdays.
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Also of note: The six-episode X-Files revival will bow Sunday, Jan. 24 following the Nfc Championship Game, before settling into its regular Mondays-at-8 perch the following night. »
Cannes – Four years after “The Voice,” if Mip TV was anything to go by ABC and Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution are unabashedly pushing a candidate as the Next Big Breakout or even The Next Big Thing: ABC’s primetime event game-show “500 Questions.”
And foreign buyers look as if they’re buying into the proposition.
In Warner Bros.’s big push at Cannes, and one of the biggest and splashiest of any U.S. newbie project, Burnett, Darnell and CNN’s Richard Quest, the show’s host in its ABC version, took to the stage Monday night at Mip TV to preview the gameshow, which is produced by Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor”) and Burnett’s United Artists Media Group, with Wbitvd selling overseas format rights. »
- John Hopewell
Shine Australia will produce The Great Australian Spelling Bee, a family entertainment series, for Network Ten. An original format created by Shine and Ten, the show will see kids aged 8-13 displaying their skills with words, definitions and grammar.
There is a call for applications via CastaSugar, which close on April 17. The show is expected to be stripped five nights a week. The host will be announced soon.
The format is completely different from Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, which ran on Ten from 2007-2009, according to the network.
.The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an exciting, engaging new series and a perfect fit with our strategy of bringing event television to Australians,. said Ten.s chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey. .Surrounded by their friends and loved ones, we will see Australia.s brightest young people put through their paces as they inspire and surprise us. And we will cheer them on. »
- Don Groves
This Week in TV News is a compliment to the Week in Review feature, which will now be focused on film news.
AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
ABC Family has tapped former Fox and E! exec Kary McHoul to head its unscripted division, Variety has learned.
McHoul joins the cabler in a newly created role as senior VP, programming and development unscripted, in an effort to boost ABC Family’s unscripted slate. McHoul will report to Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development.
“Kary is simply the best in the business,” said Burke. “She has an incredible track record of creating, packaging and launching hit shows across genres and platforms. She knows how to capture an audience, and we are honored that she has chosen to lead our charge into unscripted series programming. I had the pleasure of working with Kary during her tenure at Fox and am thrilled to be reunited with her here at ABC Family.”
McHoul mostly recently worked as a consultant to several digital media outlets, and she was president of Nigel Lythgoe Prods. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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