Sep 17, 2014
10:47 am

Drama Series Shuts Down Production After Death on the Set (Deadline)

Production on a science-fiction drama was shut down after a fatality occurred on the set. reports that the TNT series “Falling Skies” shut down following the death of a Teamsters security guard.

The guard was hit by an unattended truck, which rolled down a hill and pinned him against a tree, the story says. The incident happened in a park in Burnaby, British Columbia, where the show is taping its fifth and final season.

“A five-ton truck parked on a 6% slope had been left unattended,” said WorkSafeBC spokesman Scott McCloy, whose group is investigating the death. “The vehicle tailgate was lowered for off-loading of equipment. The truck rolled backwards down the slope and the deceased worker was caught between the tailgate and the tree.”

TNT said it is “deeply saddened by this tragic event, and on behalf of the producers and TNT, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the security guard.”


Sep 17, 2014
10:31 am

Original ‘Cougar Town’ Cast Member Leaving Show (TVLine, TheWrap)

An original cast member on “Cougar Town” is leaving the TBS show. (SPOILER ALERT.) A report on says Brian Van Holt, who has played Bobby Cobb on the show since it debuted in 2009 on ABC, is exiting the series early in its sixth and final season. notes that Van Holt will rejoin the show later during season six as a guest star, with only the premiere currently slated to feature him.

Van Holt is leaving to pursue other opportunities, TVLine reports. The actor recently finished work on the Syfy limited series “Ascension.”

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Brian Van Holt

Sep 17, 2014
10:27 am

One of the NFL’s Top Advertisers Takes Strong Stance on the League’s Problems: ‘We are not yet satisfied’ (Ad Age)

With the NFL under fire for its handling of suspended Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s attack on his then-fiancee, Anheuser-Busch InBev is weighing in, and it’s not pleased, reports Advertising Age.

The brewer, one of the NFL’s biggest advertisers and sponsors, issued what the publication calls a “stern statement that appears to put the NFL on notice.”

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the brewer said in its statement. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

There was no indication that the brewer may pull advertising or support, however. A spokesman for A-B InBev said the company is “not prepared to share any additional details of our conversations with the league or our sponsorship activity at this time.”

An NFL representative said, “We understand. We are taking action and there will be much more to come.”

Before it issued the statement A-B InBev had declined to comment about Rice’s domestic-violence issue, the story adds.

Please click here to read the full report from Advertising Age.

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Sep 17, 2014
10:11 am

Soft Viewer Turnout for New Syndicated Talk Show (TheWrap)

A new syndicated talk show premiered Monday to viewer numbers that are being described as weak. reports that “The Real,” which stars Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, drew what the article calls a “disheartening” 0.9 rating/3 share in primary run metered market averages.

That placed the show 40% below the numbers for its lead-in, the piece adds.

The show’s ratings were also 10 percent below the shows it replaced this year, the piece adds.

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Sep 17, 2014
10:09 am

Is ‘Crossfire’ in Trouble? CNN Show Reportedly Scrapping Staff (Daily Caller)

CNN’s reboot of the political debate show “Crossfire” may be in trouble, according to a report by the Daily Caller.

Staffers from the show are being shifted over to “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and other shows, the report says. A publicist for CNN reportedly told the publication the show “is on extended hiatus.”

It wouldn’t be the first “extended hiatus” for the CNN show, which went off the air for eight years before the network revived it in 2013, with hosts Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones.

“But the show has never caught on. During the missing Malaysian airliner coverage, the program was routinely dropped for news for lengthy periods of time,” the piece notes.


Sep 17, 2014
10:07 am

ABC Developing True-Crime Procedural Set in Los Angeles (Deadline)

ABC has an L.A.-based true-crime procedural series in the works. reports that the series, “The L.A. Crime,” will feature Los Angeles police across different eras in the city’s history.

The first season will feature two officers as they hunt down a “Bonnie & Clyde” serial killer team during the 1980s, with the Sunset Strip as the season’s backdrop.

The drama is written by Steven Baigelman of “Feeling Minnesota.” He will executive produce, along with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.

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Steven Baigelman

Sep 17, 2014
10:04 am

NBC Adapting John Ritter Movie for TV Project (Deadline)

A 1990 film that starred the late John Ritter is getting a TV adaptation at NBC. reports that the network has an adaptation of “Problem Child” in the works.

The film was about a couple adopting a troubled 7-year-old who upends their lives. It starred Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as the couple who adopted the boy, and the actors themselves later married.

The TV version is being developed by Scot Armstrong, who successfully turned the TV show “Starsky & Hutch” into a feature film, the story notes. The project comes from Universal TV and Peter Traugott’s TBD Productions. Armstrong is executive producing with Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.


Sep 17, 2014
10:01 am

Fox Developing New DC Comics Project (Deadline)

Just as its new Batman-prequel series “Gotham” is set to debut, Fox is developing a drama based on another DC Comics character. reports that the network has given a put pilot commitment to “Lucifer,” based on a DC character who appeared in “The Sandman” comic books and later was given his own eponymous comic book series.

The character, who was created to look like David Bowie, resigns his role as the Lord of Hell after becoming bored, and heads to Los Angeles, where he opens a piano bar called Lux.

The drama comes from Warner Bros. TV, along with Tom Kapinos’ Aggressive Mediocrity. Kapinos of “Californication” is writing and executive producing.

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Sep 17, 2014
9:51 am

New Judd Apatow Comedy Gets Two-Season Order (LA Times)

A new comedy series from Judd Apatow has received an order for two seasons. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that Netflix gave a two-season order to “Love,” which stars “Community” actress Gillian Jacobs.

Jacobs and Paul Rust, who created and wrote the series with Apatow and Lesley Arfin, play a couple navigating “the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid,” Netflix said of the series.

Apatow has explored relationships in films such as “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40,” and he’s also the executive producer of HBO’s “Girls.”

“Love” will air 10 episodes in 2016 and 12 in 2017, the story says.

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Gillian Jacobs

Sep 17, 2014
9:29 am

Joan Rivers Biography in the Works (NY Times)

A biography of Joan Rivers is in the works at Little, Brown & Company, with journalist Leslie Bennetts on board to write the book, reports The New York Times.

Bennetts, a former reporter for The Times who now covers the entertainment industry for Vanity Fair, met Rivers several times but never interviewed her, the story notes. The biography will rely on interviews with other comedians, friends and business associates to portray Rivers’ life. The book is scheduled to be published in 2016.

Bennetts said she was interested in the project because “Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.”


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