‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ to Join Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ to Join Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame
The hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” will be recognized by the Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame as the 2014 television inductee.

The CBS series will be honored at the Television Luncheon on April 7 in Las Vegas, and cast members Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan as well as the show’s creator, Phil Rosenthal, are expected to attend the induction ceremony.

“‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is a great example of high quality broadcast programming that provides family entertainment, resonates with audiences of all ages, and above all, makes us laugh,” Nab president and CEO Gordon Smith said in a statement. “I look forward to meeting the cast members and writers and recognizing the show’s amazing success at this year’s Nab Show.”

The family comedy, created by Rosenthal and executive-produced by Rosenthal, Romano, Stu Smiley and Rory Rosegarten, debuted in 1996 and ran for nine seasons until
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Comedy producers eye 'No Clothes'

New York -- Veteran comedy producers and masterminds of the defunct U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen are returning to the mountain resort as part of this week's Aspen Ideas Festival to try out a format mixing politics and comedy called "The News Has No Clothes."

If the stage show works, producers could end up pitching the concept -- described as "The View" and "Politically Incorrect" meet old BBC show "That Was the Week That Was" -- to TV networks for a possible late-night slot.

The team behind the idea includes Joe Lang, director of festival producer Jazz Aspen Snowmass and former local producer for Uscaf; Craig Minassian, assistant press secretary and director of TV news in the Clinton White House and Uscaf director; Robert Morton, former executive producer of "Late Show With David Letterman" and Comedy Central's "Chocolate News"; and Stu Smiley, executive producer of "Flight of
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Odenkirk, Cross returning to HBO

Odenkirk, Cross returning to HBO
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The "Mr. Show" duo of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are returning to HBO with "David's Situation", a new comedy pilot starring Cross.

Odenkirk and Cross co-wrote the project, which will star Cross as himself. He leaves Hollywood to move into a suburban, gated community where he has two roommates, a right-wing conservative and a liberal hippie.

"We feel it's really strong and important to the health of America," Cross and Odenkirk wrote about the project on their Web site,

Odenkirk will direct the pilot, which is slated to film in May. Odenkirk and Stu Smiley will executive produce, with Dionne Kirschner serving as producer.

The pickup for "Situation" comes 10 years after Odenkirk and Cross' late-night sketch comedy series "Mr. Show with Bob and David" bowed out after four seasons on HBO.

CW's "Austin Golden Hour" follows a close-knit team of young emergency room surgeons and EMTs in Austin.

Jean inks deal for bio comedy series at HBO

Jean inks deal for bio comedy series at HBO
Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean has cut a deal with HBO to produce and star in a comedy series loosely based on his life. The project, now in the early stages of development, will be penned by Jean along with writers Seth Rosenfeld and Danny Hoch (HBO's Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground) and executive produced by HBO veteran Stu Smiley. Jean also is set to write and produce original music for the series through his Platinum Sound studio. The son of a minister, Jean was born in Haiti in 1972, where he absorbed the local Creole and folk traditions that would later influence his hip-hop and world music recordings. His family moved to Brooklyn when he was 9, and later moved to New Jersey. By the time he was a teenager, he had taken up the guitar and joined a rap group featuring Lauryn Hill and other future Fugees.

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