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Fox Buys Single Mom Comedy From Claudia Lonow Rapaport & Hazy Mills

Fox has put in development Emma’s At Her Dad’s, a single-camera comedy from How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) creator Claudia Lonow Rapaport, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills, and Universal TV where Hazy Mills and Lonow Rapaport are based. Written and executive produced by Lonow Rapaport, Emma’s At Her Dad’s is a semi-autobiographical, half-hour comedy about Joey, a lost, 35-ish newly single mom using every single second of her weekends…
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Julie Ann Robinson Signs Overall Deal With Universal TV

Director and executive producer Julie Anne Robinson has signed an overall deal with Universal Television. The two-year agreement agreement covers Robinson and her company CannyLads Productions.

Robinson and CannyLads had previously been under a deal at ABC Studios, where Robinson developed multiple projects including “The Catch” with Shonda RhimesShondaland. She has directed 10 broadcast pilots, including pilot for ABC’s “The Middle” and “How To Live with your Parents.” Her other directing work includes “Orange is the New Black,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” and “Masters of Sex.”

“We have been fans of Julie Anne’s work for quite some time, so when she became available, we literally jumped at the chance to bring her to Universal Television,” said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “She’s an amazing director with a great eye for material.”

In addition to Robinson, CannyLads also includes head of development Kelly Pancho and creative exec Emman Sadorra.

“I
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Gay Rom-Com ‘Family Style’ From Ep Amy Poehler in the Works at ABC

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Gay Rom-Com ‘Family Style’ From Ep Amy Poehler in the Works at ABC
ABC has given a script commitment with penalty to the single-camera comedy “Family Style,” from executive producer Amy Poehler. Described as a multi-generational comedy about two men from different cultures who find love in a family-run restaurant in Miami, “Family Style” comes from writer Claudia Lonow, whose recent TV credits include “Crowded,” “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” and “Friends With Benefits.” Lonow will also serve as executive producer on the series from Universal Television, alongside Poehler and Brooke Posch of Paper Kite Productions and Dave Becky and Scott King of 3 Arts. Also Read: ABC Orders Va Hospital.
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ABC Buys Claudia Lonow & Scott King Miami Comedy Produced By Amy Poehler

ABC has given a script plus penalty commitment to Family Style, a single-camera half-hour comedy from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite production company, How to Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow, Difficult People showrunner Scott King and Universal TV where Paper Kite and Lonow are based. Co-written by Lonow and King based on an idea by King, Family Style is a multi-generational comedy about two mismatched men from different cultures who find love in a…
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Gina Rodriguez Nailed This Audition (but Didn’t Get the Part)

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Audiences know and love Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez as Jane in “Jane the Virgin,” but did you know we nearly met her as another character entirely? In the audition tape below, Rodriguez is auditioning for the role of Jenn in the short-lived 2013 ABC sitcom, “How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).” While the role ultimately went to actor Stephanie Hunt (“Friday Night Lights”) in the Brad Garrett-led series, Rodriguez clearly has a special spark in the two audition tapes below. Read: “Gina Rodriguez Found Her Dream Role on ‘Jane The Virgin’ ” While the videos are not the best quality (catch some great self-taping tips here!), the young star makes it work with her charisma, which practically leaps off the screen. Her comedic timing is excellent, and her reaction shots are as effective as her action—it’s a great audition! But really, we
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Disney Moving Ahead on ‘Castle Hangnail’ with Ellen DeGeneres

Disney Moving Ahead on ‘Castle Hangnail’ with Ellen DeGeneres
Disney has signed TV writer Bill Kunstler to adapt the screenplay for the movie version of “Castle Hangnail,” the children’s book it set up last year with Ellen DeGeneres.

Kunstler was a consulting producer on CBS’ “Mom,” a co-executive producer on CBS’ The Crazy Ones,” a co-exec producer on “Accidentally on Purpose” and a consultant on “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).”

DeGeneres, who stars in Disney’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” is producing “Castle Hangnail” with Jeff Kleeman, her partner at A Very Good Production.

The story, written by Ursula Vernon, centers on a 12-year-old girl who shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch at a time that the castle desperately needs a master or face being decommissioned by the Board of Magic. She projects confidence during the series of tasks she must complete in
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Law & Order: Svu Collars Brad Garrett for Villainous Season-Ending Arc

Law & Order: Svu Collars Brad Garrett for Villainous Season-Ending Arc
Coming off his turn as Fargo mob tough Joe Bulo, Brad Garrett will keep walking on the dark side, with an arc on NBC’s Law & Order: Svu.

RelatedLaw & Order: Svu Renewed for Season 18; Chicago Med Nabs Season 2

The three-time Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond alum will guest-star in the final two episodes of Season 17, airing May 18 and 25, as Gary Munson, a corrections officer at Rikers who maintains his reputation as a hard-working family man, but hides a long history of corruption and violence against female inmates — both inside and out of prison.

RelatedRichard Belzer Set for Law & Order: Svu
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NBC Buys ‘This Is Happening’ Comedy From Gary Sanchez & Amy Rhodes

NBC has put in development This is Happening, a single-camera comedy from Universal Television and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Written by Amy Rhodes (Bad Judge), with How To Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow supervising, This Is Happening is about an uptight, unhappy, single woman in her mid-30s whose life changes when she gets a new job working for a popular website and starts hanging out with a group of her twentysomething…
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NBC Buys ‘Oh Mama’ Family Comedy From Claudia Lonow & Keshet

NBC has put in development Oh Mama, a single-camera comedy from How To Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. The project, based on a Keshet short story, centers on an engaged couple, Daniel and Marjorie, who struggle to save their relationships when their mothers start having an affair… with each other. Lonow, who is under an overall deal, will write the script and will executive produce with Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott. This…
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TVLine Items: Weeds Star Joins Preacher, Masters Kid Cast and More

TVLine Items: Weeds Star Joins Preacher, Masters Kid Cast and More
Preacher‘s congregation is quickly growing, and Elizabeth Perkins is its newest member.

The Weeds actress has joined AMC’s drama pilot in a co-starring role, opposite recently announced lead Dominic Cooper, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Actress to Star in Preacher

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic, Preacher focuses on Rev. Jesse Custer, a conflicted Texas preacher who embarks on a journey to find God. Perkins will play Vyla Quinncannon, Jesse’s strong-willed mother who owns the local slaughterhouse.

Since ending her run on Weeds, Perkins has appeared on The Closer,
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How to Turn Your Life Story Into a TV Sitcom

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Should we feel bad for Eddie Huang? The restaurateur whose memoir about his childhood inspired the current ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" went on a multi-post Twitter rant after this week's episode, complaining that, since the pilot, the show has drifted far from the reality of his own experience, to the point where "it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life."

That's certainly unfortunate, even for a guy who received a tidy sum for the TV rights to his autobiography. No one wants to see his or her experience distorted and broadcast to millions. Then again, what did he expect? It's a network sitcom. It's generally going to avoid any bleak reality that can't be resolved in 22 minutes.

This sort of biographical distortion has been an issue for sitcoms since the dawn of television, since the format simply doesn't lend itself easily to
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'Weeds' alum Elizabeth Perkins heads to 'How to Get Away with Murder'

'Weeds' alum Elizabeth Perkins heads to 'How to Get Away with Murder'
Weeds alum Elizabeth Perkins has landed a guest-starring role on How to Get Away with Murder, EW has learned exclusively. Perkins will play Marren Trudeau, a high-profiled client whom Annalise (Viola Davis) will represent during an upcoming case-of-the-week. Additionally, Sara Paxton (The Beautiful Life) will guest-star as a woman who works for Marren, while Niko Pepaj (Bunheads, Awkward) will play Marren’s assistant. Perkins’ casting brings her back to ABC after starring on the network’s short-lived comedy How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). The trio will appear in an episode slated for Oct.
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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now
Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on
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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now
Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on
See full article at Digital Spy - Movie News »

NBC, Claudia Lonow Developing Family Comedy 'Assisted Loving'

NBC, Claudia Lonow Developing Family Comedy 'Assisted Loving'
NBC is looking to Claudia Lonow for another slightly off family comedy. The showrunner behind How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) is teaming with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment for comedy Assisted Loving, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From Universal Television, the comedy — which has received a script commitment from the network — is based on the book of the same name by Bob Morris. The comedy centers on two half-siblings who take care of their father. Morris' 2008 book centers on a man whose love life is a disaster who finds himself looking

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Shonda Rhimes defends new show's title: Too long for Twitter?

Shonda Rhimes defends new show's title: Too long for Twitter?
Is Shonda Rhimes’ latest show Twitter unfriendly?

Critics at the Television Critics Association press tour questioned the wisdom of ABC’s writer-producer mogul naming her new Thursday night drama How to Get Away with Murder. Why the title alone is 20 percent of a tweet! Plus, the crime drama presumably has the “maybe difficult” Twitter hashtag of #Htgawm.

“We don’t consider a hashtag when we’re writing a title,” said Rhimes, drawing applause from some of the press (presumably those who aren’t tweeting) at the Beverly Hilton.

In the show, Viola Davis stars as a law professor at a
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Sarah Chalke Joins Fox's Backstrom as Rainn Wilson's Ex-Fiancée

Sarah Chalke Joins Fox's Backstrom as Rainn Wilson's Ex-Fiancée
Sitcom all-star Sarah Chalke is taking a serious detour with a major recurring role opposite Rainn Wilson in Fox’s midseason crime drama Backstrom, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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The Scrubs vet will play Amy Gazanian, the ex-fiancée of Wilson’s titular detective. A former social worker and journalist, Amy left Backstrom 10 years ago, largely due to the many flaws in his trauma-riddled character. Now back in town, she has been appointed the Chair of the Civilian Oversight Committee — and in spite of her lingering affection for Backstrom, she intends to do her job and
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A Note to ABC: Stop thinking audiences like ironic and reclaimed comedy titles

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A Note to ABC: Stop thinking audiences like ironic and reclaimed comedy titles
Dear Paul Lee, Titles are tough. I don't have a magic answer for what titles are good and what titles are bad. I have, however, gotten a handy rule of thumb in recent years: If the ABC Comedy Development Department thinks a title is good, it probably isn't. What network, you'd be smart to ask, is actually good at making sure that its shows have good titles? I can't tell you. More shows on TV have awful titles than have good titles. It's just a thing. But I know that ABC keeps screwing over perfectly good shows with perfectly dreadful titles and I don't think I'm going to get many protests on this one. ABC just can't help itself. There are easy to pinpoint bad titles that ABC has thought were really clever. "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)"? Nope. Awful title. Maybe that's
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ABC reportedly cancels 'Trophy Wife' & 'Mixology'

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ABC reportedly cancels 'Trophy Wife' & 'Mixology'
In the age of DVRs, On Demand, Hulu and other options for Diy TV scheduling, timeslots matter less than they used to, but they still matter. Enough people still watch TV passively, leaving the same channel on after their favorite, that a show no one cares about like "The Millers" can be renewed entirely because it's paired with a monster like "The Big Bang Theory," while it's miraculous to see a new show succeed (or even survive) without a good lead-in. That's why it was so maddening to watch ABC's scheduling decisions this season, and the way they have apparently led to the cancellations of both the very good "Trophy Wife" and the awful "Mixology." (ABC isn't confirming anything yet, but actors from both shows tweeted about the cancellations last night.) In the five seasons ABC has been lucky enough to have "Modern Family" as one of its hits, the
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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Mixology’ Soft In Debut, ‘Chicago P.D.’ Hits Series High With ‘Svu’ Crossover, ‘Survivor’ Steady In Return

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After so many duds this season, you start to root for a new ABC show to open. Upcoming drama Resurrection now remains the network’s last and only hope after back-to-back disappointments from the launches of drama Mind Games and comedy Mixology this week. Last night’s debut of Mixology (1.8 in adults 18-49) ranked as ABC’s lowest-rated comedy premiere this season and the third lowest overall for a Monday-Thursday comedy, only behind NBC’s now defunct Welcome To The Family (1.1) and Sean Saves The World (1.4). And that’s with one of the best comedy lead-ins on television, Modern Family, marking the lowest-rated debut following ABC’s flagship comedy. Yes, Modern Family is not the ratings powerhouse it used to be, with last night’s episode (3.1) down 11% from the last original to a season low but still, Mixology‘s premiere rating was down a big 38% from the short-lived How To Live With Your Parents
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