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Oct 23, 2014
1:51 pm
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Future of TLC’s ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Hangs in Balance After Child Molester Enters the Picture (TMZ)

The future of the popular reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is being reassessed by TLC after reports surfaced linking one of the show’s stars with a convicted child molester.

TMZ.com reports that the show’s Mama June — Honey Boo Boo’s mother — has begun dating a man who was released from prison this year after serving 10 years for molesting a young relative of June’s.

“The new guy is 53-year-old Mark McDaniel. He was convicted in 2004 for aggravated child molestation. Prosecutors say he molested an 8-year-old child — forcing oral sex. June was dating McDaniel at the same time he molested the child,” the story reports.

TMZ does not identify the young victim, but notes that June has contact with the youngster. McDaniel, who was released in March, reportedly is registered as a sex offender in Georgia.

“We’re told Honey Boo Boo’s mom has been seeing McDaniel for the last few months … sneaking away from production of the show and meeting up with him,” TMZ reports. “We’re told she’s also been setting him up by buying him various gifts.”

A rep for TLC said in a statement: “TLC is not currently in production on HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

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Oct 23, 2014
1:47 pm
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New Netflix Drama Series Gets a Title and an Ominous Teaser — Here It Is (TV.com)

The upcoming Netflix drama series starring Kyle Chandler of “Friday Night Lights” now has a title — “Bloodline” — a start month — March 2015 — and a new teaser, which you can watch below.

TV.com notes that the project comes from the creators of “Damages,” and adds: “Thanks to ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ Netflix has a pretty good track record when it comes to producing original dramas.”

The first season will reportedly consist of 13 episodes. The high-octane cast includes Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek.

Here’s the new teaser:

TVBIZWIRE
Oct 23, 2014
1:41 pm
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World Series Continues to Fuel Fox Prime Time (TVbytheNumbers)

Fox won prime time again Wednesday night among the broadcast networks, as its coverage of game two of the World Series held steady, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the game, in which the Kansas City Royals evened the series at a game apiece with a 7-2 triumph over the San Francisco Giants, scored a preliminary 2.9 average rating in viewers 18-49, matching the number for Tuesday’s game one. The report notes that the numbers are subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the nature of live sports coverage.

ABC and CBS finished tied for second behind Fox, as their lineups mostly held steady with last week’s results. On CBS, both “Criminal Minds” (2.4 average in 18-49) and “Stalker” (1.7) matched last week’s demo results, while “Survivor” ticked down one-tenth of a point to a 2.2.

ABC’s “The Middle” (2.0 average in 18-49) and “The Goldbergs” (2.2) both matched the ratings for their previous original episodes, while “black-ish” equaled last week’s 2.5 average. “Modern Family” ticked down one-tenth to a 3.3, still finishing as the top show of the night on broadcast prime, and “Nashville” rose one-tenth to a 1.4.

NBC’s drama lineup slipped one-tenth across the board from last week: “The Mysteries of Laura” hit a 1.3, “Law & Order: SVU” dipped to a 1.6 and “Chicago PD” fell to a 1.5.

For prime time overall, Fox led the way in the 18-49 demo with a 2.9 average, followed by ABC and CBS (both with 2.1 averages), NBC (1.5), Univision (1.1) and CW (0.7). Fox also won total viewers with 11.1 million, topping CBS (8.8 million), NBC (7.4 million), ABC (7.2 million), Univision (2.8 million) and CW (2.0 million).

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Oct 23, 2014
1:39 pm
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CBS Announces Premiere Date, Exec Producer for New Version of ‘Late Late Show’ (LA Times)

CBS has unveiled plans for the rollout of the post-Craig Ferguson version of its “Late Late Show.” The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the new host, James Corden, will take his first bow Monday, March 9.

The choice of Corden, a British actor and comedian, to replace Ferguson was announced earlier this year. Ferguson’s final go-round on the show is set for Dec. 19.

“Additionally, the network announced on Thursday that Corden’s version of ‘The Late Late Show’ would be executive produced by the host’s longtime friend, Ben Winston. The pair have known each other since Winston was 17,” the story reports.

Winston is the executive producer of the British “X Factor.”

The Times piece adds: “The pair worked together for Corden’s four years hosting the Brit Awards, and co-wrote several sketches for Corden during the Red Nose Day charity telethons.”

No word yet on when David Letterman will clear the way for Stephen Colbert to take over CBS’s “Late Show,” but Colbert is shutting down his Comedy Central show in December.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 23, 2014
1:31 pm
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Fox Developing Comedy Based on Will Smith Movie (Deadline)

Fox has a new comedy in the pipeline that’s based on a feature film starring Will Smith. Deadline.com reports that the project is based on the 2005 movie “Hitch,” in which Smith played a dating consultant.

The project comes from Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, which also produced the movie with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures TV, the story adds.

The film, which grossed about $370 million, has previously served as inspiration for TV projects, with Overbrook and Sony TV trying to adapt the movie in 2007 and 2010 for CBS and Fox, respectively, the report notes.

The latest attempt to turn the film into a TV show will be written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, with the project said to be a workplace comedy that looks at dating and sexual politics.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 23, 2014
8:41 am
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CBS Cuts Episode Order for Long-Running Procedural for the First Time (TVLine)

CBS has reduced the episode order for a police procedural that has been a staple on the network. Writing on TVLine.com, Michael Ausiello reports that the network cut the order for “CSI” to 18 episodes, down from 22.

The show is in its 15th season, and this is the first time the drama will have produced less than a full season of episodes, the story notes.

“I’m told the decision was more about inventory than ratings,” Ausiello writes. “In addition to spinoff ‘CSI: Cyber,’ which is slated to assume ‘CSI’s’ Sunday-at-10 perch later this season, CBS also has Vince Gilligan’s ‘Battle Creek’ and a seventh season of ‘The Mentalist’ waiting in the wings.”

He adds, “‘CSI’s’ move to Sundays at 10/9c has produced decent results: Although the show is down double-digits from its Season 14 average (when it aired Wednesdays at 10), it’s maintaining the time period’s year-ago average in viewers and adults 18-49.”

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Oct 23, 2014
8:33 am
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Cause of Death Revealed for ‘Modern Family’ Actress (People)

The cause of death for actress Elizabeth Pena has been released. Pena, a film and television veteran who had a recurring role on the ABC comedy series “Modern Family,” died Oct. 14 at 55, as previously reported.

People reports that Pena died of complications relating to alcohol abuse, with the Los Angeles County Coroner citing cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol, as well as cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock and acute gastrointestinal bleeding on her death certificate.

Her manager said last week that she died of natural causes after a brief illness.

She recently played Sofia Vergara’s mother, Pilar, on “Modern Family,” and also starred in movies including “La Bamba” and “Lone Star.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 23, 2014
8:21 am
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Aaron Sorkin Reveals Which A-List Actor Will Play Steve Jobs in His Movie Adaptation of the Walter Isaacson Bestseller About the Late Apple CEO (Bloomberg)

A top Hollywood actor will tackle the role of Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming biopic about the late CEO of Apple. Bloomberg reports that the job went to Christian Bale, with Sorkin noting that Bale didn’t have to audition for the part.

Said Sorkin, who’s writing the adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 bio “Steve Jobs”: “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale.”

Asked by Bloomberg’s Emily Chang about Bale’s audition, Sorkin said: “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Sorkin added: “He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. … So it’s an extremely difficult part and he’s gonna crush it.”

Sorkin, who won an Oscar for his script for “The Social Network,” noted that filming is set to begin in the next couple of months.

Here’s a clip from Chang’s interview with Sorkin:

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Oct 23, 2014
8:11 am
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Viewers Loved It in the 1960s and Now NBC Has Outbid Its Rivals for an Updated Version of Classic Sitcom (Deadline)

NBC is readying a new version of a comedy series that was a TV staple in the 1960s. Deadline.com reports that the Peacock Network secured the rights to a new take on “Bewitched” in what the article calls a “very competitive situation.”

The network has made a pilot production commitment to the project, the report notes.

The comedy is written by “The Vow” writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, and received interest from multiple networks, ending in a bidding war between NBC and ABC. The latter network aired the original comedy, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, from 1964-1972, the piece notes.

“Coming on the 50th anniversary of ‘Bewitched’s’ debut, the new version is a reimagining of the original series two generations later. It centers on Daphne — Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter — a single twentysomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life. But she soon realizes that the one thing she cannot conjure and control is the one thing she wants most — real love.”

“Bewitched” led to an earlier spinoff, when Samantha’s daughter, Tabitha, had her own series in 1977 on ABC. That short-lived spinoff starred Lisa Hartman as an adult Tabitha.

The original series has remained popular with TV fans, enjoying a long life in syndication around the world, the piece notes. It’s also available on Hulu.

The article adds: “‘Bewitched’ is part of the wave of classic series and movies that are getting series treatment this development season as the networks are relying heavily on well-known properties, in part because of the dearth of available seasoned creators, many of whom are tied to existing shows.”

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Oct 23, 2014
8:09 am
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Old TV Episodes Discovered Starring Monty Python Members (Radio Times)

Episodes from an old comedy series that have been missing for decades have been found that star John Cleese and Graham Chapman, who went on to become famous as members of the Monty Python comedy troupe.

Radio Times reports that the two episodes of “At Last the 1948 Show,” a sketch comedy series from the 1960s that was a forerunner of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” were discovered in the archives of the late Sir David Frost.

The British Film Institute announced the discovery and said the episodes will air for the first time since 1967.

“The discovery is being dubbed a major find for fans of the early flowering of surreal British television comedy, which led to the creation of the Monty Python programs two years after the series aired. ‘At Last the 1948 Show’ is famous for containing the first use of the phrase ‘And now for something completely different’ which became a Python catchphrase and for showcasing the first outing of the Four Yorkshiremen sketch,” the story reports.

The episodes are on two reels of 16mm film and hadn’t been seen since they originally aired in 1967. Of the show’s 13 episodes, more than nine episodes of material is now held by the British Film Institute, including the two newly discovered episodes, the report notes.

Dick Fiddy, the British Film Institute’s television consultant, said: “This latest recovery is a crucial find. It represents a key moment in the history of British television comedy featuring the combined talents of some of its greatest exponents. These gifted comedians, all in their 20s and 30s, were let off the leash and allowed to experiment with style and content, resulting in shows which have had an enduring influence on comedy worldwide.”

Here’s an example of “At Last the 1948 Show” — not from the newly discovered episodes:

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