NBC Cancels 'Smash' and 'The New Normal,' CBS Passes on TV Version of 'Beverly Hills Cop' from Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy Deadline.com; THR
The headline from Deadline.com says it all: "SHOCKER: ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Gets Pass At CBS, Likely To Be Shopped Elsewhere."
In other big programming news, NBC cancelled two more series, the much-hyped and very expensive "Smash,' and "The New Normal."
Regarding "Smash," The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Despite the infusion of Broadway stars, an arc by Jennifer Hudson and cameos from Rosie O'Donnell and Liza Minelli, among others, the once lauded series is averaging a measly 0.8 among adults 18-49 and just under 3 million total.
"The high-profile drama was a passion project for the NBC entertainment chairman, Bob Greenblatt, who brought the drama with him from his former post at Showtime. The episodic cost of Smash was said to in the neighborhood of $4 million, largely in part to pricey production numbers and a large ensemble cast.
" 'Smash,' which counted Steven Spielberg among its executive producers, will complete its 17-episode sophomore season on May 26.....[This season's] final episode was crafted as a series finale."
As for CBS not picking up the pilot of "Beverly Hills Cop" and making it a series, Deadline writes, "It is likely that the project, which had multiple suitors before landing at CBS in a bidding war last fall, will be shopped elsewhere. 'Beverly Hills Cop' originally was produced by Sony TV. After it had already been picked up to pilot at CBS, Paramount – which is looking to enter the TV business — exercised an option to buy into the show, creating an odd pairing between former corporate siblings Paramount and CBS and making odd bedfellows of Les Moonves and Brad Grey."
The Deadline article notes that "Cop" "stars Brandon T. Jackson as Axel Foley’s son and Eddie Murphy reprising his signature role as Axel."