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In Hollywood, familiarity breeds content. That's been especially true in recent weeks as TV writers and executives raid film libraries, looking to adapt movies into primetime series.
Among projects now in development: CBS' take on the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour (this time from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence) and a comedy based on Paul Weitz's 2004 feature In Good Company. NBC is rebooting two comedies, Real Genius and Problem Child, as well as creating a sequel to Marley & Me.
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From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire to Parenthood on NBC, this season fans are forced to say goodbye to 13 hit series. For loyal TV viewers that just means prepping goodbyes whether its getting tissue boxes ready for an emotional final end credits or gleefully hate-watching a show to its miserable finish. Whatever the case, they are caught up and know everything there is — good and bad — about the series where the rest are busy trying to catch up before the highly anticipated final episode airs. Shows like Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Mad Men, and Parks and Recreation will likely get huge send offs meaning that if you want to know what’s happening, you’ll need to start bing-watching now. Luckily, we crafted a guide to all the shows ending this season so that you can plan your marathon experience.
And while some will require more couch time than others, »
- Stacy Lambe
Neil Patrick Harris was the 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Ellen DeGeneres was against hosting for a 3rd time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while a deal with 2005 host Chris Rock “failed to materialize.” “Veep” star Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, said no to hosting. Bryan Cranston responds to Toys ‘R Us pulling “Breaking Bad” toys: "Nicely played Florida Mom" "Word on the street is that they were sent to Belize,” he tweeted. World Series delivers its worst Game 1 overnight ratings ever Last night’s blowout win was topped by “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Voice.” Plus: “Selfie” sees a slight rise, and “Marry Me” falls about 15-20% in Week 2. Click Read Full Post For More PBS: At least 33 million watched part of “The Roosevelts” The average audience for all seven episodes was 9.2 million. Melissa Rivers is poised to inherit more than $100M from Joan Rivers »
- Norman Weiss
Lock up the wine cabinet! Cougar Town is welcoming a teen pop sensation when it returns for its sixth and final season: Cody Simpson! E! News has exclusively learned that the Australian singer will be guest-starring on the TBS hit's upcoming season, and he's playing a mini-Beady Eyes—sort of! In the episode, Simpson will play Pete, a high school student who bears a very strong resemblance to Grayson (Josh Hopkins) in both looks and behavior, in his acting debut. Tread carefully, Jules (Courteney Cox). Tread very carefully! Simpson teased fans with his upcoming appearance, posting a dapper photo on Twitter with the caption, "Sparked a little acting flame." Aside from »
“Free Fall,” the latest thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is promising to make elevators your worst nightmare. The film, which comes from the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises, stars D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Sarah Butler (“I Spit On Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). Here’s more about the film: “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal [ Read More ]
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Good [afternoon], USA! Former Fox Sunday night staple American Dad relocates to TBS on Monday (9/8c), a move executive producer Matt Weitzman considers to be nothing short of a fairy tale.
Related Cougar Town Final Season Twist: [Spoiler] to Exit Early
“It’s like you had this family you were born into, and they raise you, but they don’t really understand you,” Weitzman explains to TVLine. “Finally, you get older and they kick you out of the house, then you find this other person who actually likes you for who you are and wants to spend the rest of their life with you. »
The Cougar Town creator is shepherding a pilot adaptation of the popular British comedy for NBC, our sister site Deadline reports, with Community‘s Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan on board to write and executive-produce with Lawrence. Additional EPs include Jeff Ingold and Craig Cegielski.
As its title suggests, The It Crowd follows the exploits of a British company’s information-technology department.
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The writer and director took to Twitter following news that a second adaptation of the British sitcom is being produced by NBC.
The American network first attempted to make a version of the Channel 4 series back in 2007, but the pilot never made it to air.
Clips of the remake - which saw Richard Ayoade reprise his role as Moss, Joel McHale introduced as a stateside Roy and Jessica St Clair taking on the role of Jen - were later leaked online and received a poor reception from fans.
Linehan was not involved in the original adaptation, but confirmed he is working with NBC this time around.
Yep. I'm closely involved and we're going to get it right this time Rt @PaulFORegan: Any »
Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we'll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC's once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it's digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The It Crowd. NBC has been here before. It picked up an It Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, »
- Eric Renner Brown
NBC is pressing control-alt-delete on "The It Crowd."
The network is once again trying to reboot the popular British comedy. According to Deadline, uber-producer Bill Lawrence ("Cougar Town," "Scrubs") has signed a deal for a put pilot (if it doesn't air, it earns a fee).
"The It Crowd" follows the workplace shenanigans of two tech support workers who a bit socially-inept. They have to deal with a new female boss, who is a bit computer-inept.
This is the second time NBC has tried to make an American version of "The It Crowd." In 2006, it picked up a pilot starring Joel McHale of "Community," but the series never filmed more episodes. McHale then headlined "Community," which went to run for six five seasons and a movie sixth season on Yahoo.
NBC is clearly looking to shore up its comedy lineup. With the departure of "Parks and Recreation" after this season, and »
- Kelly Woo
The It Crowd is getting a new Us remake from NBC.
The annals of American networks are littered with failed attempts to remake British comedy series. For every Office, there is a Spaced or a Coupling. Us channel NBC has already tried to craft a take on Graham Linehan’s ace sitcom The It Crowd and failed. The company is trying again, making a deal with Scrubs producer Bill Lawrence.This is a tough one to figure out. One the one hand, we’re really not sure that anyone needs to make another It Crowd: it was a perfect sealed bubble of a show that helped boost the careers of stars Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson. But then you have Lawrence, the man behind Spin City, Scrubs and more recently, Cougar Town and Ground Floor, who will be working with Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, two former Scrubs writer/producers who went on to help Dan Harmon make Community. »
Pretty good update this week as we kick things off with J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year and its R rating, the only "R" rating among the notable titles this week as fellow Oscar contender, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken comes in with a PG-13 rating, though by the sounds of it it's a pretty strong one. Possible foreign language contender, Two Days, One Night from the Dardennes and starring Marion Cotillard scored a PG-13, as did the upcoming Poltergeist remake. Also in the bulletin today is Bill Pohland's Love & Mercy starring Paul Dano as reclusive Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson. And, finally Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb takes home a family friendly PG. Oh, and as for The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power, it's coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on January 20, 2015, and you won't believe it, but on top of starring Victor Webster »
- Brad Brevet
The five-time Emmy nominee has joined the cast of Comedy Central’s Another Period, our sister site Deadline reports, playing a mysterious servant named Chair. A spoof set at the turn of the century, Period tells the story of the Bellacourts, an insanely wealthy family from Newport, R.I.
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* Alex Carter will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS’ Stalker, TVLine has learned exclusively. »
The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 4: “Oppo Research”
Directed by Matt Shakman
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS
Why is Alicia Florrick running?
It’s a question that comes up throughout “Oppo Research” with good reason. Ever since Eli brought up the idea in the final moments of season five, The Good Wife has been loath to give Alicia one big, whopping, obvious motivation for once again rening her life apart in pursuit of another ambitious prize. Every time she answers the question – this week most pointedly by her new campaign manager, Johnny Elfman (Steven Pasquale, erstwhile star of Do No Harm) – her response is evasive, or negative, or completely nebulous. As promised last week, the Oppo Research phase turns out to be thoroughly unpleasant and invasive, and she’s even subject to a cheap DUI setup at the hands of Castro before episode’s end. »
- Simon Howell
Alicia wades into the forehead-deep mire of political opposition research on this week’s installment of The Good Wife, but instead of drowning in possible scandal — photos of herself and late lover Will at a hotel reception desk, son Zach’s girlfriend’s secret abortion, mother Veronica’s spanking of Damien from The Omen in full view of a department store surveillance camera (which, frankly, had to be worth a two-point bump, no?) — she strides over the surface with newfound fire and (thank goodness) her weary sense of humor in tact. (Copious »
Maybe encouraged by the attempts to turn the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie franchise into an hourly TV drama series, director Brett Ratner is teaming up with the makers of "Cougar Town" for a new one-hour TV comedy series that will be based on the "Rush Hour" films he directed, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films, the TV series will follow the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black Lapd officer (originally portrayed by Chris Tucker). No Eta, nor casting announcements yet, or what »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian have teamed up again to produce a TV series based on the action comedy film franchise Rush Hour. The series is set up at Warner Bros. TV, and it will be an hourlong show on CBS.
The series will be written by Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and showrunner Blake McCormick. According to Deadline, the Rush Hour series will stay close to the concept of the first film in the franchise. That will include a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, who was played by Jackie Chan in the movies, who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with an arrogant Lapd officer — originally played by Chris Tucker — who is not interested in working with a partner.
I'm not really all that interested in seeing anything that Ratner's name is attached too. I haven't been impressed with anything he's done in years. »
- Joey Paur
Not long after it was revealed, the proposed TV series reboot of the "Rush Hour" franchise has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS.
The project marks the second Warner Bros. Television-produced series the network has picked up following a "Supergirl" series commitment last month.
The story follows a brash and outspoken Lapd cop who prefers to work alone being forced to team up with a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer. It is based on the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker-led series of the same name.
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- Garth Franklin
From the producers of “Halloween” and “Final Destination” comes the latest action thriller “Free Fall.” The film stars Sarah Butler (“I Spit on Your Grave,” “The Demented,” “Treachery”), D.B. Sweeney (“Taken 2,” “Fire in the Sky,” the upcoming “To Appomattox” miniseries), Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange,” “The Artist”). The film will make its way to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28. Also, speaking of “Halloween,” “Free Fall” is the directorial debut of one of the “Halloween” franchise producers, Malek Akkad. “Free Fall” is a horrifying journey through the corporate world and promises to do for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s amazing thriller [ Read More ]
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