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Jan 27, 2015
3:58 pm
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Norman Lear Wants to Bring Back ‘One Day at a Time,’ With a Twist (TV Insider)

“Legendary producer Norman Lear, 92, is looking to revive one of his signature sitcoms – but with a modern twist,” writes our good friend Michael Schneider in a scoop for TV Insider.

The story continues, noting that Lear “tells us that he’s in talks with Sony Pictures Television about updating his 1970s sitcom ‘One Day at a Time,’ this time with an all-Latino cast.

“The new series would be produced in conjunction with Televisa USA, the English-language arm of Mexican media giant Televisa. No deal is finalized yet, but studio insiders confirm it’s being discussed as a possibility. The original ‘One Day at a Time,’ which aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984, starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother who moves with her daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli) to Indianapolis.”

Schneider adds, “Not only would the new ‘One Day at a Time’ embrace issues facing the Latino community, but the show’s original conceit tackled women’s empowerment, an issue just as pertinent today. Social advancement remains a key subject for Lear, who has raved in recent interviews about Amazon’s ‘Transparent,’ which focuses on the transgender community.”

To read more about this story please click here, which will take you to Schneider’s original piece.

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Jan 27, 2015
2:50 pm
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The Headline Says It All In This L.A. Times Report: ‘Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is no longer viewed as inevitable’ (LA Times' Company Town blog)

“[I]t is unclear whether the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission will give Comcast their blessing” on a merger with Time Warner Cable,” writes Meg James at the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.

The article adds, “The new Comcast would be the nation’s dominant supplier of high-speed Internet service. The company would boast 30 million customers in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle.

“Streaming service Netflix, satellite giant Dish Network, lawmakers and others have voiced concerns that Comcast could use this grip to stifle development of the Internet video business. In a sense, Comcast would have an incentive to beat back online challengers to its core business of bundling cable TV channels.”

Furthemore, James notes, some programmers “fear Comcast would use its size and influence to undercut how much programmers such as CBS, Viacom and Discovery are paid for their channels.”

Meanwhile, the article says, “Comcast, for its part, maintains the regulatory review of its acquisition is proceeding on schedule.”

We urge you to click on the link in the first paragraph, above. It will take you to the original piece, which is packed with a lot more details.

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Jan 27, 2015
2:45 pm
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Elton John Teams with the Creator of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Six Feet Under,’ Alan Ball, For New HBO Pilot (Variety)

“HBO has given the greenlight to a pilot for ‘Virtuoso,’ a period drama about musical prodigies from ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball, Elton John and David Furnish,” reports Variety.

The story continues, “Set in 18th century Vienna, the series follows a class of musicians from all across Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.”

The production will film this spring in Budapest.

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Jan 27, 2015
5:54 am
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X-Men’ Franchise in Talks to Become TV Series (LA Times Show Tracker blog)

A superhero franchise that has been huge at the box office is in talks to be made into a television series. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog reports that Fox is in “early discussions” for a live-action “X-Men” project.

“Nothing has been signed and no talent is attached,” the report notes.

The story adds that it’s unclear whether producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg or director Bryan Singer, who have been involved with the feature films, would be a part of the TV project.

20th Century Fox has rolled out seven “X-Men” features and has “X-Men: Apocalypse” in the pipeline for 2016, the report notes.

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Jan 27, 2015
5:52 am
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Botched Plan or Botched Reporting? For Now, At Least, Rosie Perez is Staying on ‘The View’ (Variety)

A reported plan to fire co-host Rosie Perez of the ABC daytime talk staple “The View” never happened, according to a spokesperson for the network quoted by Variety.

The publication reported back on Jan. 14 that Rosie Perez was headed out after just four months on the show, and now reports that ABC “botched” the plan and is standing behind Perez after the original story “created pandemonium backstage at ‘The View.’”

The latest piece quotes an ABC spokesperson saying: “These unnamed sources are wrong. As was always the plan, the amazingly talented Rosie Perez took time off to rehearse for her Broadway play. We’re eagerly looking forward to having her back on February 3rd. Any speculation to the contrary is simply untrue.”

Variety adds: “According to a source familiar with ABC execs’ thinking, fear of ‘an Ann Curry situation’ — a reference to NBC’s botched firing of the ‘Today’ anchor in 2012 — led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network’s 11 a.m. talk show for now.”the-view-logo

 

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Jan 27, 2015
5:50 am
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ABC Comedy Pickup Reunites ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ Stars (THR's Live Feed blog)

ABC is putting the stars from “National Lampoon’s Vacation” back together in a new TV project. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network picked up the comedy pilot “Chev & Bev,” starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

The single-camera comedy has the two stars from the feature film playing “two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren,” THR reports.

The project, which has been in development for more than a year, will be written by “My Name Is Earl’s” Brad Copeland and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, the report notes.

 

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Jan 27, 2015
5:48 am
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‘Frozen’ Meets ‘Book of Mormon’: With Luck, Original Number for Oscarcast Will Combine the Class of ‘Frozen’ with the Sass of ‘Book of Mormon’ (TVWeek)

“Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from ‘Frozen,’ Kristen Anderson-Lopez and [her husband] Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, ‘Moving Pictures,’ which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC,” the network has announced.

The announcement also notes that Robert Lopez is an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winning songwriter and co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.”

With that background we hope that the Oscar number has the sass of “Book of Mormon” and the class of ‘Let It Go,’ and the other numbers from “Frozen.”

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Jan 27, 2015
5:46 am
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CBS Pilot Pickups: Blockbuster Feature Film Franchise in the Pipeline (THR's Live Feed blog)

A TV adaptation of a blockbuster movie franchise is among a number of pilot pickups CBS made late Monday. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is moving ahead with an adaptation of “Rush Hour.”

CBS also ordered a “Super Clyde” adaptation from Greg Garcia, along with “Joe Time” from “Modern Family’s” Bill Wrubel, the report notes.

The “Rush Hour” project comes from “Cougar Town’s” Bill Lawrence. “The TV remake is in similar tone to the New Line Cinema films and follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in L.A., where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner,” the article reports, adding that casting is currently taking place.

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Jan 27, 2015
5:44 am
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Melissa Rivers Files Lawsuit Over Her Mother’s Death (NY Times)

A malpractice lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy surgical center where Joan Rivers was undergoing some procedures before she died, has been filed.

“ ‘Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better,’ Melissa Rivers said in a statement issued by her lawyers, Jeffrey Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz,” reports The New York Times.

The story adds, “Melissa Rivers’s lawyers said they would seek ‘significant damages,’ which could range in the millions considering that Joan Rivers at 81, was still performing regularly as a comedian.”

The Times story also notes that “Rivers’ private doctor, Gwen Korovin, wanted to send a small instrument into her windpipe to take a second look at her vocal cords, according to [the] malpractice lawsuit filed Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

“The anesthesiologist [Renuka Bankulla] warned that the cords were extremely swollen, and that they could seize up and Ms. Rivers would not be able to breathe. ‘You’re such a curious cat,’ Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the medical director of the clinic…scolded the anesthesiologist, according to the suit, which was filed by Ms. Rivers’s daughter, Melissa. Dr. Cohen dismissed the anesthesiologist’s concern as ‘paranoid’ and let Dr. Korovin proceed, the suit said, with disastrous results.”

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Jan 27, 2015
5:42 am
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Fox Orders Pilot for Family Comedy (Deadline.com)

Fox has picked up a pilot for a family comedy from 20th Century Fox TV, Deadline.com reports.

The story notes that the untitled project comes from Dana Klein and Aaron Kaplan, creator and executive producer, respectively, of “Friends With Better Lives.”

“Written by Klein, it 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,” the article reports. “The family comedy, which landed at Fox in August with a put pilot commitment, originally was titled ‘The Bad Stanleys’….”

Kaplan and Klein are executive producing the new project.

 

 

 

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