19 items from 2016
U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV has acquired new sitcom “The Great Indoors” from CBS Studios International for broadcast in Britain on its ITV2 channel. The show, which stars Joel McHale and Stephen Fry, premieres Oct. 27 in the U.S. on CBS.
The licensing agreement provides ITV2 the exclusive first-window broadcast and VOD rights to the show for the U.K. McHale plays a renowned adventure reporter whose globe-trotting days come to an end when the founder of the outdoor magazine he works for (Fry) announces its move to web-only and assigns him to supervise an online team of millennials in the digital department. The cast also includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Ko, Shaun Brown, Susannah Fielding and Chris Williams.
“The Great Indoors is a smart premise with a strong cast, and we think it’ll be a great addition to the wealth of youth-skewing comedy we’re continuing to build on ITV2,” said Rosemary Newell, Head »
- Robert Mitchell
Exclusive: American Anarchist is a documentary about William Powell who, at age 19, wrote one of the most infamous books ever published: The Anarchist Cookbook. From Oscar nominated filmmaker Charlie Siskel (Finding Vivan Maier, Tosh.0), the doc will world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival which launches on August 31. Check out the trailer above in which Powell says he “grossly underestimated” the controversy his writing would provoke. The film has… »
Note: The below interview contains plot spoilers for The Neon Demon. The Neon Demon is a hugely divisive film that for me was never less than a fascinating watch. Love him or loathe him, Nicholas Winding Refn takes things to extremes that most other filmmakers wouldn’t dare; in Neon Demon specifically, the late-second and third acts are full of moments both shocking in their audacity and striking in how they manage to lure us in even as they repel us. Chief among these is a scene involving Jena Malone’s makeup artist Ruby and a blond female cadaver that gets very uncomfortable very fast. The more obvious, and equally valid, approach here would be to reach out to Refn and/or Malone to discuss the mechanics of an incredibly disturbing, button-pushing scene, and yet -- as someone perpetually fascinated by those who occupy the lower rungs on the Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
Andrew Bachelor, the world’s most popular Vine star, who is also known to his roughly 16 million followers as King Bach, is set to headline a brand new feature film titled Where’s The Money. Bachelor will play a street-smart slacker who must rush a lily-white fraternity at USC in order to recover stolen money, according to a press release.
Shooting began on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The cast also features fellow Vine star Logan Paul as well as rapper-actor Method Man, former NFL star Terry Crews, Mike Epps, and Kat Graham of The Vampire Diaries fame. The budget for the film is set at $1.5 million, according to Deadline.
Where’s The Money is being produced by the Boies/Schiller Film Group and Dylan Sellers Productions. It was written by Ted Sperling, Scott Zabielski, and Ben Sutor, and will be directed by Zabielski, who also helmed the Tosh.0 series. Bachelor and his sister, »
- Geoff Weiss
Tosh.0 is hitting a big milestone. This week, Comedy Central announced the series will return in June with new episodes, including the show's 200th.
Hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh, the clip show offers funny commentary on viral videos and pop culture in general. Now in its eighth season, Comedy Central already renewed the series for a ninth back in March.
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TV Land enters the late night comedy fray. The cable channel has ordered a first season of ten episodes of the Throwing Shade TV series, hosted by Parks and Recreation's Erin Gibson, and Superstore's Bryan Safi. Watch a preview, below.
Throwing Shade is inspired by the podcast and Funny Or Die video series of the same name. Throwing Shade is slated to premiere in January 2017. The TV Land show will be executive produced by Gibson and Safi, as well as Funny Or Die's Andrew Steele, Anna Wenger and Joe Farrell, and Charlie Siskel ("Review," "Tosh.0") will executive produce and serve as showrunner.
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With years under its belt of running programs featuring everyone from Bill Maher to Dave Chapelle, Comedy Central has long had a distinctive voice. But it never got to make itself heard in a dynamic way each year when TV networks make an annual pitch to Madison Avenue.
That will all change this evening, when the Viacom-owned outlet puts on the first standalone upfront presentation in the nearly quarter-century since Time Warner’s Comedy Channel and Viacom’s Ha! merged to form the network as it is known today. In a show that is expected to feature many of its most popular stars, like Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore, Comedy Central intends to make the case that it attracts the younger consumers advertisers say they crave and that its executives are working diligently to move with those viewers as they place more emphasis on mobile devices and streaming video. »
- Brian Steinberg
Comedy Central said it would extend the first season of the racy series “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” by 10 episodes, while renewing schedule stalwarts “Tosh.0,” “Drunk History,” “Review” and “This Is Not Happening.” Digital series “Alternatino,” “Nothin’s Easy,” and “Questionable Science” have also been renewed for new seasons, the Viacom-owned cable network said.
The network will hold an upfront programming presentation for advertisers on Thursday.
Glaser’s half-hour series features the comedienne exploring sex-related topics through field reporting and a panel discussion. The series is exec produced by Nikki Glaser, Chris Convy, showrunner Chris McGuire and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray. Gary Mann and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The show has been airing Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.
“Tosh.0” has been renewed for a ninth season. The series, which recently hit its 200th episode, airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and explores many aspects of Web-based content. »
- Brian Steinberg
“The Great Indoors” revolves around an adventure reporter named Joel, played by McHale, who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. Mintz-Plasse will play Clark, one of Joel’s colleagues, a tech/nerd survivalist who knows everything about surviving at sea, in the woods and on Mars, but hasn’t left downtown in five years.
The multicam comedy pilot hails from “Tosh.0” creator Mike Gibbons who penned the script and will serve as exec producer on the CBS TV Studios project, along with exec producer-supervisor Chris Harris and exec producer-director Andy Ackerman.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
"Harry Potter" and "UnReal" star Freddie Stroma has been cast as the lead, author H.G. Wells, in Kevin Williamson's ABC pilot "Time After Time" based on Karl Alexander's fantasy novel. The story follows Wells as he tracks Jack the Ripper through time to the modern day.
The project was previously adapted for the screen as a Nicholas Meyer film in 1979 which starred Malcolm McDowell and David Warner. Marcos Siega is directing the TV version's pilot. [Source: Deadline]
The Great Indoors
The story centers on McHale's Joel, an outdoorsy adventure reporter with a sardonic sense of humor who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss of a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. »
- Garth Franklin
Joel McHale has found his next gig.
“The Great Indoors,” written by “Tosh.0” creator Mike Gibbons, centers around an adventure reporter named Joel (played by McHale) who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. Gibbons will also serve as exec producer on the multicam comedy, which hails from CBS TV Studios.
McHale’s character is an outdoorsy guy’s guy with a sardonic sense of humor. The longtime star reporter for “The Great Outdoors” magazine, Joel has climbed mountains, confronted bears and just generally led a life of excitement and adventure, but when he’s sidelined by an injury, he’s forced to »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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The multi-cam sitcom finds McHale playing the longtime star reporter for The Great Outdoors magazine who has climbed mountains, confronted bears, and just generally led a life of excitement and adventure. But when he’s sidelined by an injury, he’s forced to take »
The multi-cam comedy centers around a conservative, small town family who are forced to reconcile their values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect.
Weir serves as writer and exec producer on the project, with Alix Jaffe on board as co-exec producer. The project hails from CBS Television Studios and Garcia’s Amigos de Garcia Productions shingle. Weir has previously worked with Garcia as a writer and consulting producer on his two most recent comedies, “The Millers” and “Raising Hope.”
An actress and writer, Weir currently appears on The CW’s Golden Globe-winning comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” with previous roles on CBS’ “Life in Pieces” and FX’s “The Comedians.” She is perhaps best known for her stint as a cast member on “MADtv” from 2000-06.
- Laura Prudom
“MacGyver” is a reimagining of the 1980’s television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Written by Paul Downs Colaizzo, original exec producer Henry Winkler is attached to the new potential series as an Ep, along with Michael Clear. James Wan (“Saw” franchise, “Furious 7”) is attached to direct the pilot and will also serve as an exec producer. CBS Television Studios will produce.
CBS also ordered a drama pilot for “Bull,” which is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, before he was a talk show host and during his days as head »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS has ordered the TV show comedy pilot for The Great Indoors. A multi-cam project, The Great Indoors comes from writer Mike Gibbons, who will executive produce.
An Ep on Tosh.0 and co-executive producer on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Gibbons' comedy roots go deep. He produced The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
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Described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the film left off, the pilot centers around an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to an elite squad of the Lapd, where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective.
Fuqua — who helmed the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow movie, which earned Denzel Washington an Academy Award for lead actor and Ethan Hawke a nomination for supporting actor — will direct the pilot and executive produce. The script was penned by “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall, who will also executive produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-exec producer. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films.
Other drama pilots in contention at CBS for the 2016-17 season include “Drew, »
- Laura Prudom
Gibbons will write and executive produce the project, which hails from CBS Television Studios. “The Great Indoors” centers around an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
Gibbons’ previous credits include producing three iterations of “The Late Late Show,” from Craig Kilborn through James Corden, along with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” for which he won an Emmy Award, and “Lopez Tonight.”
CBS has four other comedy pilots in contention for 2016-17 season, “The Kicker,” from “30 Rock” producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock; “My Time/Your Time” from “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; “Superior Donuts” from “Odd Couple” exec producer Bob Daily; and an untitled comedy based on Australian series “Upper Middle Bogan. »
- Laura Prudom
CBS has ordered half-hour comedy “The Great Indoors” to pilot. The multi-camera sitcome follows an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. “Tosh.0” producer Mike Gibbons will write and serve as the executive producer on the project from CBS Studios. Also Read: Jason Katims Silicon Valley Hospital Drama Draws Pilot Order From CBS This pilot season, a new, modern take on “Nancy Drew” and hospital drama “Bunker Hill” are among CBS’ drama orders. On the comedy side, the network has picked up »
- Linda Ge
The film follows a group of overweight dads who get a wake-up call and abruptly change their hard-drinking, hard-eating lifestyles when a member of their group has a heart attack.
Exec vice president of production Jon Mone will oversee the project for Universal.
Wild wrote and executive produced “Ted” and “Ted 2,” alongside producers Stuber and Clark. The two films, released by Universal, collectively grossed more than $760 million worldwide. Wild also serves as executive producer, writer and voice cast on Fox’s “Family Guy.”
Bluegrass Films is »
- Justin Kroll
19 items from 2016
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