8 items from 2015
Bun in the oven! Brooklyn Decker is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Andy Roddick. The mom-to-be announced the news via Instagram on Saturday, May 2. The Sports Illustrated model and Friends With Better Lives star has been vocal in the past about becoming a mom and couldn’t be more excited to share the experience with her husband of six years. “He’s just the most clever person I’ve ever met,” the soon-to-be first-time parent gushed of her tennis pro to Glamour last year. “He has such [...] »
The 8-part series stars Thomson as George Turner, who quits his job as an 800 word columnist for a Sydney newspaper after his wife dies and, on impulse, buys a house in a remote New Zealand seaside town.
The family.s hopes of making a fresh start don.t go to plan in their new environment as the locals are both secretive and inquisitive.
Donald (Friends with Better Lives, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is cast as George.s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie and keen surfer, with Carter (McLeod.s Daughters) as Jan, editor of the newspaper George wrote for. »
- Don Groves
Power Rangers fans, prepare to have your collective childhood morphed.
A new (and highly Nsfw) 14-minute film, hailing from producer Adi Shankar (A Walk Among the Tombstones) and music-video director Joseph Khan, and co-starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), offers a glimpse of what a full-fledged, gritty Power Rangers movie would be like — and it’s pretty perfect.
Without giving too much away, the film (simply titled Power/Rangers) likens the multi-colored protectors to child soldiers, recruited to fight in an intergalactic war they have no business being in, and reveals the grim »
Wiest and Jones join Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt, who were previously cast in the ensemble sitcom, hailing from Kapital Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox TV, which reunites Jones with “Friends With Better Lives” exec producer Aaron Kaplan.
The single-cam comedy tells the story of one family from the perspective of its different members. Wiest will play the family matriarch, Joan Short, who adores her family and would do absolutely anything for them — as long as she agrees with it. Jones has been cast as Wiest’s onscreen daughter-in-law and Hanks’ wife Jen, a woman used to being in control, who now has a baby and finds out for the first time that she’s not.
Brandt and Hanks will play two of Wiest’s three TV kids, oldest and youngest, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Medical dramas are still hot in the TV development game, with NBC’s soap “Heart Matters” and CBS’ ER-set “Code Black” and “Lfe” up for series contention. Overall, however, the networks are looking beyond the operating room for the 2015-16 cycle, tying pilots to current events, and focusing on more diverse themes. In fact, CBS’ “Rush Hour” remake is the only new show that fulfills the once-popular buddy-cop slot. Here’s a look at some of the biggest trends this pilot season:
Diversity in Entertainment
Hot on the heels of “Empire’s” huge success on Fox, NBC leads the broadcast pack with five minority-focused pilots. Eva Longoria headlines the straight-to-series “Telenovela,” and Jennifer Lopez will star as a cop-turned-undercover FBI agent in “Shades of Blue.” Drama “Curse of the Fuentes Women” comes from “Ugly Betty” producer Silvio Horta, while “Love Is a Four Letter Word” puts marriage to the race-sex-and-gender test. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Fox has given a pilot order to a fourth comedy for the 2015-16 cycle.
Exec produced by Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan for 20th Century Fox TV and Kapital Entertainment, the untitled half-hour multicamera comedy tells the story of a working mom who’s in constant competition with her perfect stay-at-home sister-in-law.
Klein will pen the project, which previously landed a put pilot order. Originally, the Untitled Dana Klein pilot was described as a sibling rivalry comedy between two competitive brothers. Variety has learned the pilot was tweaked because the creative team found the new female-centric version to be more compelling.
Already ordered at Fox are two other comedy pilots: an untitled series starring John Stamos and “48 Hours ‘Til Monday” from Charlie Grandy and Universal TV. Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens,” starring Lea Michele, is also on the 2015-16 slate, ordered to series.
The net has also ordered five dramas thus far, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Multi-camera project from “Friends” alum will be told from the point of view of a working mom who’s in competition with her stay-at-home sister-in-law
Dana Klein is in the family way with Fox.
Former “Friends” producer Klein has sold a comedy pilot to the network. The multi-camera family comedy is told from the point-of-view of a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law.
Klein, who’s most recently known for the CBS comedy “Friends With Better Lives,” is writing and executive producing the pilot. »
- Tim Kenneally
2014 was a great year for television. Popular series such as NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, and Scandal continued to dominate in the ratings and were all ranked in the top twenty of the most watched shows of the fall season. Even new TV shows like Madame Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, and How to Get Away with Murder are highly watched programs. 2014 was also the year we had to say good-bye to some of our favorite television programs. A total of 136 TV shows bit the dust last year, which is a whole lot of programming. Most of them like Friends with Better Lives and Bad Teacher could not survive one season before venturing out of our lives to never be watched again. Here is a list of 12 TV shows that ended sometime in 2014, all of them very different. One is a show about vampires, one about taking care of a young child, »
- Tim Gerstenberger
8 items from 2015
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