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ABC Buys Neighbors Comedy From Ryan Raddatz & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

The Neighbors executive producer Aaron Kaplan is back at ABC with another single-camera neighborhood comedy. ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Neighbors Of North Sycamore, from writer Ryan Raddatz (The Crazy Ones) and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Penned by Raddatz, Neighbors Of North Sycamore follows a millennial couple who buy their first house only to discover they're living on a block where privacy is a myth, and everyone's drama plays out 24/7 on the street's…
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Young Sheldon Scores Full-Season Order at CBS After Just One Episode

Young Sheldon Scores Full-Season Order at CBS After Just One Episode
Young Sheldon has zoomed to the head of his freshman class.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory prequel has earned a full-season pickup just two days after its highly-rated launch, making it the first rookie series to score a coveted “back 9” order. Monday’s premiere delivered 17.2 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating — retaining nearly all of its Big Bang Theory lead-in to mark the most-watched comedy launch since 2 Broke Girls (in September 2011) and the highest rated since The Crazy Ones (September 2013).

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Ratings: Young Sheldon Retains Nearly All of Big Bang Lead-In, Good Doctor Delivers to ABC an 8-Year High

Ratings: Young Sheldon Retains Nearly All of Big Bang Lead-In, Good Doctor Delivers to ABC an 8-Year High
CBS’ Young Sheldon preview was Monday’s (very) big freshman on campus, delivering 17.2 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating (per finals) — retaining nearly all of its Big Bang Theory lead-in to mark the most-watched comedy launch since 2 Broke Girls (in September 2011) and the highest rated since The Crazy Ones (September 2013).

Young Sheldon, which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B-,” doesn’t resume its run for five-plus weeks, until Thursday, Nov. 2 at 8:30/7:30c.

Big Bang meanwhile opened Season 11 with 17.7 mil and a 4.1 (average grade of “B+”), improving on its year-ago premiere (15.8 mil/3.8).

Elsewhere on CBS: Kevin
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CBS Developing Politically-Themed Comedy Series With ‘Odd Couple’ Team (Exclusive)

CBS Developing Politically-Themed Comedy Series With ‘Odd Couple’ Team (Exclusive)
CBS is developing a new multi-camera comedy series with the executive producers of “The Odd Couple,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Currently titled “Mr. Frederick,” the show would follow a progressive family that welcomes their lonely widowed neighbor into their lives only to learn he’s an outspoken conservative. Ryan Raddatz will write and executive produce. Husband and wife team Eric and Kim Tannenbaum will executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce.

This is not the first time the trio has worked together. While the Tannenbaums were executive producers on CBS’ remake of “The Odd Couple,” Raddatz worked as a writer and supervising producer on the series. In addition to “The Odd Couple,” Raddatz has written for and produced “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Impastor,” the latter of which was executive produced by the Tannenbaums. He also wrote for the short-lived Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” and was a writer on “1600 Penn.” The
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Robin Williams With Sweet Selfie on 3rd Anniversary of His Death

Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Robin Williams With Sweet Selfie on 3rd Anniversary of His Death
Sarah Michelle Gellar took to social media Friday to pay tribute to Robin Williams on the third anniversary of his death. The iconic Oscar-winning actor and comedian played her father on the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, which aired for one season and ended in April 2014, about four months before he was found dead at his California home. He was 63. "Robin, we keep you with us this through all the gifts you have left, of which there are many. So today, watch one of his movies, listen to his comedy specials or quote your favorite joke. You were a comedy genius, a phenomenal actor and a great friend. We miss you everyday, but today especially," Gellar wrote on Instagram, alongside a black...
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Remembers Robin Williams on 3rd Anniversary of His Death: 'We Miss You Everyday'

Sarah Michelle Gellar Remembers Robin Williams on 3rd Anniversary of His Death: 'We Miss You Everyday'
Sarah Michelle Gellar is paying tribute to her on-screen dad.

The 40-year-old actress took to Twitter on Friday to honor Robin Williams, three years after his death.

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"We miss you everyday, but today especially. #RobinWilliams," Gellar, who played Williams' daughter on CBS' The Crazy Ones, wrote alongside a sweet black-and-white photo of the two.

Billy Crystal also remembered the late actor on social media, writing, "3 years later and words still don't come easily. Think of Robin today and smile."

Watch: Robin Williams' Widow Pens Emotional Essay About Late Actor's Struggle Before Suicide

Williams died on Aug. 11, 2014, at 63 years old. 

See how his daughter, Zelda, coped with his death in the video below. 
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Robin Williams on Anniversary of His Death: 'We Miss You Every Day'

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Pays Tribute to Robin Williams on Anniversary of His Death: 'We Miss You Every Day'
It’s been three years since Robin Williams’ tragic death, but his presence is still felt among those who knew him best.

Sarah Michelle Gellar paid tribute to Williams’ on the third anniversary of his death with a heartfelt post on Twitter.

“We miss you everyday, but today especially,” she tweeted alongside a photo of herself and Williams.

We miss you everyday, but today especially. #RobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/n6OVZ6T9eU

Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) August 11, 2017

Gellar, 40, played the straight-laced daughter Sydney to Williams’ eccentric ad man Simon in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones.

Williams passed away at
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Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot

Fargo Recap: Never Meet an Enemy in an Empty Parking Lot
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Fargo recap here.

You’d think every Fargo character would know that rule pretty well by now, but someone had to learn it the hard way this week.

Ray’s out of a job, and he and Nikki lost their high-roller bridge sponsor when Ray blew off their dinner, so they’re forced to come up with another get-rich scheme — and yes, it involves more wigs. Ray poses as Emmit again and films a sex tape with Nikki (who’s wearing a long red “hooker wig”), placing it in an envelope on
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Four Books from “Big Little Lies” Author Liane Moriarty Headed to the Screen

Big Little Lies”: HBO

The “Big Little Lies” finale was less than two weeks ago and fans are clamoring for more time with Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Bonnie, and Renata. There have been rumors of a possible second season for the HBO series — although it was originally conceived as just seven episodes — but there are no concrete plans at the moment. Luckily, Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel the series is based upon, has plenty of other screen projects in the works. According to Entertainment Weekly, four of her novels have been optioned.

The adaptation of Moriarty’s “Truly Madly Guilty” will reunite “Bll” actresses and exec producers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard and Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films will produce the story about a barbecue that ends in tragedy. As EW writes, the novel is “stacked with [Moriarty’s] signature themes: female friendship, duplicity, the darkness lurking beneath lucky, ordinary suburban lives.”

Although EW mentions that “Truly Madley Guilty” will be adapted for the big screen, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Papandrea is pushing for a four-episode series instead.

Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star in the film version of Moriarty’s “What Alice Forgot.” The book centers on a 39-year-old woman who sustains a head injury and forgets the previous decade of her life. “She comes to at the hospital thinking she’s still 29, newly married, and pregnant with her first child,” EW summarizes. “In reality, she has three kids and is in the midst of a bitter divorce from the former love of her life.”

In 2013 CBS Films acquired the rights to “The Husband’s Secret.” The book’s action kicks off when a woman finds a note from her alive-and-well husband. It begins, “To be opened only in the event of my death.” The Herald notes that the “Husband’s Secret” script has been finalized and the search for the leading lady has begun.

Moriarty’s “Three Wishes,” which examines the relationship between 33-year-old triplets, was optioned a few years back. No other details have been disclosed.

And, of course, there is the possibility that Moriarty will bring us more “Big Littles Lies.” Both the book and show center on a group of mothers involved in a murder that takes place during a trivia night hosted by their children’s elementary school. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Wild”) and written by David E. Kelley (“The Crazy Ones”), the television adaptation stars Witherspoon, Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz. The critically acclaimed project was a ratings hit, and is expected to rack up a number of Emmy nominations.

In an interview with the Herald, the author mentioned she’s open to writing more TV adventures for the women of Monterey, but isn’t planning to write a follow-up book.

“I’m absolutely open to it because, once I started thinking, it was too much fun to see what I could do and to see these characters again,” Moriarty explained.

Specifically, she’s excited to pick up Bonnie and Celeste’s stories. “The obvious thing is, first of all, I think we could bring in more of Bonnie’s story from the book,” Moriarty said. Bonnie, played by Kravitz (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), was probably the least developed character in the HBO series. The Bonnie of the book is a domestic abuse survivor, but that backstory was omitted from the series.

As for Celeste, Kidman’s character, Moriarty is interested in exploring her life after surviving an abusive marriage. “When you’ve been through a relationship like that, how do you feel now? How would she feel? She’s grieving. She’s still grieving for the end of a terrible relationship and I think that would be a really interesting thing to explore.”

Four Books from “Big Little Lies” Author Liane Moriarty Headed to the Screen was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Fox's Type-a Comedy Pilot Adds Richter, Bornheimer, Marino and Harris

Fox's Type-a Comedy Pilot Adds Richter, Bornheimer, Marino and Harris
This is a lot of big Type-a personalities for one sitcom.

On the heels of news that Eva Longoria is set to star in Fox’s consultant-themed workplace comedy pilot, TVLine has learned that the Desperate Housewives alum will be joined by Conan sidekick Andy Richter, Casual‘s Kyle Bornheimer, Party Down‘s Ken Marino and The Practice‘s Steve Harris.

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The potential series centers on a team of corporate consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle (i.e. layoffs,
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Eva Longoria to Play 'Brutally Honest Consultant' in Fox's Type-a Pilot

Eva Longoria to Play 'Brutally Honest Consultant' in Fox's Type-a Pilot
Eva Longoria will be the bearer of bad news on (potentially) a weekly basis as the star of Type-a, Fox’s comedy pilot about a team of corporate consultants hand-picked to do the dirty work most professionals can’t handle (i.e. layoffs, downsizing, etc.).

The Desperate Housewives vet has signed on to play Axler, an ambitious, brutally honest consultant who is at war with her inner “nice girl.”

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Penned by Life in Pieces scribe Lesley Wake-Webster, the project is loosely based on the
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How TV’s ‘Mad Men’ Hatched Heinz’s Latest Ad Campaign

How TV’s ‘Mad Men’ Hatched Heinz’s Latest Ad Campaign
Heinz just tapped a pitch from a fictional ad agency to help devise a very real ad campaign.

The condiment-maker, part of the Kraft Heinz company, recently launched a small promotional salvo that makes use of an idea originally broached in a sixth-season episode of the AMC advertising drama “Mad Men.” The concept, greeted skeptically by the young Heinz account executives featured in the scripted show, is to run dynamic visuals of popular dishes like French fries or a cheeseburger accompanied by just a few words of copy: “Pass the Heinz.”

“It’s clean. It’s simple. And it’s tantalizingly incomplete,” says Don Draper, the convention-shattering creative executive (played by actor Jon Hamm ) who is the central character of the series, while introducing the concept. “It feels like half an ad,” quips one of Heinz clients on hand in the scene.

Just a few years after Draper’s idea surfaced in 2013, the real Heinz thinks the
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NBC’s ‘What About Barb?’ Pilot Casts Leah Remini, Jessica Gunning as Leads

NBC has found the Barb that “What About Barb?” will be about. Jessica Gunning will play the titular character in the pilot that follows a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process. The project is based on the 1991 film “What About Bob?” starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.

Leah Remini will play Suzanne, Barb’s therapist. Intelligent, put-together, professional and uptight, Suzanne is a renowned psychotherapist and a NY Times best-selling author of the book “Baby Steps” — a book she wrote to help her get over her own divorce. Remini is also behind successful A+E docuseries “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.”.

Gunning, a staple of the U.K. TV scene, was recently in “Fortitude” (which will debut its second season on Amazon in the U.S.). Her Barb is described as vivacious, enthusiastic
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NBC Orders Pilot Based on Movie ‘What About Bob?’ With Female Twist

NBC has given a pilot order to “What About Barb?” a comedy based on the movie “What About Bob?” Variety has learned.

The pilot follows a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient, but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

The single-cam comedy hails from writer Joe Port, who will serve as executive producer with Joe Wiseman. ABC Studios is producing.

Port and Wiseman have extensive experience in the broadcast comedy TV world. Their credits include “The Odd Couple” and “The Crazy Ones” on CBS, “Last Man Standing” on ABC, “New Girl” on Fox, plus “1600 Penn” on NBC.

“What About Bob?” starred Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. The 1991 black comedy centered around Murray who played a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist, played by Dreyfuss, on vacation. The film made nearly $68 million at the box office.

“What About Barb?” is the latest movie-to-television adaptation to come to
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Female-Driven 'What About Bob?' Reboot Picked Up to Pilot at NBC

NBC is looking to Frank Oz's 1991 feature What About Bob? for its next comedy.

The network has handed out a pilot order to What About Barb?, a female-focused take on the Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss starrer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the movie, the single-camera comedy revolves around a psychotherapist who tries to cut ties with her most overbearing patient but is unsuccessful and gains an annoying family member in the process.

Writing duo Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (The Odd Couple, The Crazy Ones, 1600 Penn, New Girl) will pen the script and executive produce...
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"AHS" Star Lily Rabe Is Pregnant With Her First Child!

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American Horror Story actress Lily Rabe is expecting her first child with boyfriend Hamish Linklater. Lily debuted her growing baby bump when the couple attended the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony earlier this month, and shared a photo of herself at the event on Instagram on Friday. Lily and Hamish, who starred in The New Adventures of Old Christine and The Crazy Ones, have been dating for a few years. They appeared together in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline in 2015 and recently wrapped a modern-day movie adaption of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which hits theaters next year. A couple wks ago.. Taking my baby to The White House. A photo posted by Lily Rabe (@pillypie22) on Dec 23, 2016 at 4:14pm Pst The 34-year-old actress is one of the few stars to appear in all six seasons of the hit FX series and is known for her portrayals of Nora Montgomery,
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Exclusive: 'Mork & Mindy' Star Pam Dawber on Staying Married in Hollywood and Keeping Kids Out of Headlines

Exclusive: 'Mork & Mindy' Star Pam Dawber on Staying Married in Hollywood and Keeping Kids Out of Headlines
Mork & Mindy star Pam Dawber believes her family with husband Mark Harmon wouldn't be as stable had she kept acting full-time.

"I don't think two people can work all the time in show business and stay married," Dawber tells Et's Nischelle Turner.

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Dawber and Harmon, both 65, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary next year. When Dawber and Harmon wed, the actress was still going strong off the success of her sitcom, Mork & Mindy, and the handsome heartthrob was more than a decade into an extraordinary TV career, which included roles on The Love Boat and St. Elsewhere. Today, Harmon stars on CBS' No. 1 rated drama NCIS, while Dawber gave up fame more than a decade ago to raise the couple's two sons: 28-year-old Sean and 24-year-old Ty.

"I was in a number one show. I had my own deal. I got to do Broadway. I got to
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‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny on Issa Rae’s Brutally Honest Comedy – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

David E. Kelley was one of TV’s biggest hitmakers in the 1990s, with four shows on the air simultaneously at one point. (In 1999, he even pulled off the unthinkable feat of winning both the Emmys for Outstanding Drama – “The Practice” – and Comedy – “Ally McBeal.”)

But after a string of disappointments in the broadcast arena, Kelley is reinventing himself as a producer for streaming and premium cable. First up: “Goliath,” a legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton as a down-in-his-luck lawyer who takes on a shady mega-corporation and its equally gigantic law firm.

“I think the ability to be a little darker and to be a little more specific with what this show is about,” Kelley tells us. “There is a burden in broadcast. I think, you’ve got
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‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny on Issa Rae’s Brutally Honest Comedy – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

David E. Kelley was one of TV’s biggest hitmakers in the 1990s, with four shows on the air simultaneously at one point. (In 1999, he even pulled off the unthinkable feat of winning both the Emmys for Outstanding Drama – “The Practice” – and Comedy – “Ally McBeal.”)

But after a string of disappointments in the broadcast arena, Kelley is reinventing himself as a producer for streaming and premium cable. First up: “Goliath,” a legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton as a down-in-his-luck lawyer who takes on a shady mega-corporation and its equally gigantic law firm.

“I think the ability to be a little darker and to be a little more specific with what this show is about,” Kelley tells us. “There is a burden in broadcast. I think, you’ve got
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David E. Kelley and Billy Bob Thornton mount impressive comebacks in 'Goliath'

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David E. Kelley and Billy Bob Thornton mount impressive comebacks in 'Goliath'
In his day, Billy McBride was the best damn lawyer his colleagues had ever seen, a courtroom virtuoso and founding partner of one of the biggest law firms in the world. Now, though, he's an alcoholic who lives in a motel, works out of the bar next door, and is either a joke to those who only know him like this or a sad cautionary tale to those who remember his glory days. David E. Kelley, the writer who co-created Goliath, the new Amazon drama in which Billy (played by Billy Bob Thornton) is the central character, was once every bit the colossus of the TV legal drama. As creator and/or executive producer of shows like L.A. Law, Picket Fences, The Practice, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal, Kelley won 10 Emmys himself — including the unprecedented, unlikely to be duplicated feat of winning the comedy and drama series Emmys in the
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