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‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ ‘Shield’ Reunions Among 2016 Atx TV Fest Highlights

13 October 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Family is a key theme for the first wave of programming announcements for the 2016 Atx Television Festival.

The lineup for the fifth annual festival includes a 20-year reunion panel celebrating “Everybody Loves Raymond” that will have series creator Phil Rosenthal, stars Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts and Monica Horan and writers Mike Royce, Lew Schneider, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens and Aaron Shure discuss the evolution of this iconic family sitcom.

But this theme is most evident in the festival’s tribute to Norman Lear, bestowing the “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” producer with its Achievement in Television eXcellence Award.

“We’re humbled and honored to have the legendary Norman Lear accept our Achievement in Television eXcellence Award, which was created with the intention of acknowledging those who have dedicated their lives to television – participating in its history as well as its future – and there is no one better suited »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Talent Rants on Social Media Amplify Craziness of Pilot Season

8 May 2015 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pilot season has become even more brutal now that the biz operates in the fishbowl of social media. Just ask Fox and Eric McCormack.

The former “Will & Grace” star toplined the Fox drama pilot  “Studio City,” which had positive buzz all cycle until the past 72 hours, when other projects thought to be dead began to pick up steam.

On Thursday night, McCormack took to Twitter to vent about the news (which Fox has not yet confirmed) that the network has passed on the show. The drama from writer Krista Vernoff and John Wells Prods. revolves around a young woman whose father is the drug dealer of choice for Hollywood stars.

So wanted to share good news. But no: Fox is Not picking up #StudioCity. America, you’d have Loved this f—— show. @KristaVernoff

Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) May 8, 2015

The “Will & Grace” alum’s comments exemplify what the close public contact and »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Idol Grad Chris Daughtry Lands Recurring Role in Fox's Studio City Pilot

25 March 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chris Daughtry’s already a rock star — and now he’s about to play one on TV.

The American Idol Season 5 standout has been cast in the Fox drama pilot Studio City in the recurring role of drug-addicted music star Keith Rhodes.

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Fans of Daughtry’s original music need not worry about his acting gig getting in the way of fresh music, as he’ll also write original tunes for the potential series.

Studio City, from Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff, is a coming-of-age story about a »

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‘American Idol’ Alum Chris Daughtry Cast in Fox’s ‘Studio City’ Dramedy

25 March 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

American Idol” alum Chris Daughtry is heading back to Fox.

The rocker has been cast in a recurring role in the “Studio City” pilot, Variety has learned.

Daughtry — who’s the front man of the Grammy-nominated band Daughtry, which he formed, after his “Idol” elimination — will play a Keith Rhodes, a drug-addicted rock star. He will also write original music for the series.

The musician joins “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack who will topline the hourlong dramedy, as a singer-songwriter who turns out to be a celebrity drug dealer. British actress Florence Pugh has been cast as McCormack’s singer daughter, Cat, who navigates her journey to stardom and holds onto her big dreams, despite living under the same roof as her drug dealer father. Heather Graham will also co-star in the pilot.

While Daughtry is widely known as a singer-songwriter, he’s tried his hand at acting with a »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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British Newcomer Florence Pugh Cast as Eric McCormack’s Daughter in ‘Studio City’

5 March 2015 4:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Eric McCormack‘s on-screen daughter has been found in British actress Florence Pugh who has been cast as the female lead in “Studio City,” Variety has learned. The Fox dramedy marks Pugh’s American television debut.

Pugh — who co-starred in the UK feature “The Falling” alongside “Game Of Thrones'” Maisie Williams — will play Cat, a rising singer/songwriter, living with her singer/songwriter-turned celebrity drug dealer dad, played by the “Will & Grace” actor.

Cat is a survivor with a sense of humor and big dreams, despite her dysfunctional family life, including her drug-dealing musician father and unstable alcoholic mother.

The project, described as a cross between “Shameless” and “The O.C.,” comes from the team behind “Shameless,” Krista Vernoff, Andrew Stearns and John Wells who will all serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Vernoff, whose real-life experiences inspired the coming-of-age story.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Eric McCormack to Star as Celebrity Drug Dealer in Fox Pilot ‘Studio City’

12 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Eric McCormack has been cast as the lead in Fox’s “Studio City” pilot, Variety has learned.

The “Will & Grace” Emmy winner will star as a celebrity drug dealer in the hourlong drama, which has been described as a cross between “The O.C.” and “Shameless,” and hails from producers of the latter series, Krista Vernoff, Andrew Stearns and John Wells.

“Empire” director Sanaa Hamri is attached to direct.

The coming-of-age story, inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experiences, follows a young singer’s journey to stardom as she grows up living with her singer-songwriter father (McCormack), who happens to be a drug dealer to the stars and mixes his day job with his dreams of becoming a musician to “chaotic effect.”

Vernoff penned the pilot and will serve as an exec producer, along with Wells and Stearns. John Wells Productions, in association with Warner Bros. TV, will produce.

McCormack is represented by ICM, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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