Oct 27, 2016
4:41 pm

NBC Working on Bringing Back One of Its Most Successful Sitcoms (THR, TVWeek)

NBC has reportedly gotten serious about putting a beloved sitcom back together for a return to the airwaves. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that “Will & Grace” is in early talks at the network.

“The network is in talks to reboot the Emmy-winning comedy starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The goal, sources say, is to do a 10-episode limited series revival,” THR reports.

The news follows a reunion in September, when an election-themed “Will & Grace” special came together. NBC and Universal TV weren’t commenting, and insiders cautioned that the talks are still in the preliminary stages.

“No deals are in place with the four key stars or with creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the latter of whom had the idea to do the September election-themed TV revival,” THR notes. “Universal Television, which produced the original series, would have to secure the stars as well as the creators. It’s unclear if NBC would air the revival or if the network could get outbid for what is sure to be a pricey series by a streaming giant like deep-pocketed Netflix.”

The original series was wildly successful, running for eight seasons from 1998-2006 and becoming a perennial honoree at the Primetime Emmys with 16 trophies and 83 nominations.


Oct 27, 2016
4:33 pm

Mel Gibson Opens Up About His Infamous 2006 Arrest, Anti-Semitic Remarks (Variety)

Mel Gibson has made it clear that the incident in 2006 in which he was arrested on a DUI and was taped spouting anti-Semitic remarks isn’t one of his favorite topics of conversation. But the actor and filmmaker got to talking about it in an interview with Variety that’s on the publication’s “Playback” podcast.

Gibson told Variety: “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”

Gibson wants people to move past the incident, suggesting that his words during that encounter don’t accurately reflect who he is. “For one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair,” he said.

We encourage readers to click here to go to Variety to listen to the full “Playback” podcast.

Oct 27, 2016
4:19 pm

Endgame Set for ‘Bones’ (Variety)

Fox has locked in details for what will be the final season of its long-running drama series “Bones.” Variety reports that the 12th and final season will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The season will consist of 12 epiosodes. The series stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz.

In a statement announcing plans for the final season, showrunners Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson said: “We’ve loved working on ‘Bones’ and are so excited to bring our fans this final season. After 12 years on the air, it’s an honor to be able to write the exciting and meaningful ending, which the show deserves.”


Oct 27, 2016
3:21 pm

‘Live With Kelly’ Unveils Co-Hosts for Week of Nov. 7 — Including the Return of a New Fan Favorite (TVWeek)

“Live with Kelly” is bringing back a guest co-host who has won the hearts of many of the show’s viewers — Richard Curtis, who recently won of the show’s “Live with Kelly and You” viewer guest host search.

Curtis has already had the one appearance as co-host that was his prize for winning the search contest, but he received such a positive response that the show is bringing him back.

Curtis will guest host alongside Kelly Ripa on Monday, Nov. 7.

Here’s the schedule for the week:

Monday, November 7 – “LIVE with Kelly and You” Winner RICHARD CURTIS

Tuesday, November 8 – Actor TONY GOLDWYN

Wednesday, November 9 – Journalist MEGYN KELLY

Thursday, November 10 – Major League Baseball MVP and Broadcaster ALEX RODRIGUEZ

Friday, November 11 – TV Host CHRIS HARDWICK

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Oct 27, 2016
12:57 pm

One of the Regulars on ‘The View’ Is Leaving the Show — and Doing a Spinoff of Her Old Show (TVWeek, ABC)

More turnover is in the works at the ABC talk staple “The View,” where show regular Raven-Symone revealed this morning that she will be leaving the program before the end of this year.

She also announced her new project, which is a spinoff from her show “That’s So Raven.” The new program is in the works at Disney.

Raven-Simone, 30, played a teenage girl when the original supernatural-themed sitcom aired on Disney Channel and ABC Kids from 2003-2007. This time around, she will play a single mom with two kids.

Here’s a clip of Raven-Simone’s announcement this morning …

Oct 27, 2016
11:41 am

Report: Former CBS Executive in Advanced Talks to Acquire Playboy (Reuters)

A group led by two veteran Hollywood executives is in advanced talks to acquire Playboy Enterprises Inc., Reuters reports. The news organization reports that talks are under way between Playboy and Double Eagle Acquisition Corp, launched last year by Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan.

“Sagansky, a former president of CBS Entertainment and co-president of Sony Pictures Television, and Harry Sloan, a former chairman and chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, raised $500 million through the initial public offering of Double Eagle in 2015,” Reuters notes.

Double Eagle “is negotiating the acquisition of Playboy as part of a portfolio of assets it is seeking to buy from private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management for between $2 billion and $3 billion,” Reuters reports, citing sources who are familiar with the matter.

“Rizvi Traverse’s portfolio also includes investment stakes in Twitter Inc, SpaceX, Square Inc and Snapchat, as well as RealD Inc, a 3D movie technology company it acquired earlier this year,” the report notes. “It is not clear whether Double Eagle would acquire all the assets of Playboy Enterprises, or which other Rizvi Traverse holdings would be included in the deal.”

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Oct 27, 2016
11:39 am

Look What ‘I Love Lucy’ Started (TVWeek)

The spirits of “I Love Lucy” stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were in the room Monday night as the Paley Center for Media celebrated seven decades of Hispanic achievements in television in a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The event brought out some of the biggest names in the business, with a lineup that included Andy García, Eva Longoria, Jorge Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Prince Royce, Jimmy Smits, Lucie Arnaz, Andrés Cantor, Oscar De La Hoya, Eugenio Derbez, Horatio Sanz, Héctor Elizondo and Wilmer Valderrama.

TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin has all the details — please click here to read her full report.


Oct 27, 2016
11:19 am

Is There Room for Two Kellys on ‘Live With Kelly’? Rumors Fly After Megyn Kelly Books Co-Hosting Spot (Deadline)

Megyn Kelly, the media darling of the current election cycle — whose contract with Fox News is about to run out — booked a special appearance as co-host alongside Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly” on the morning after the presidential election, Deadline.com reports.

“Cue up speculation that Kelly is flirting with ABC News — ‘Live with Kelly’ being syndicated by ABC parent Disney, and a time slot competitor to NBC News’ cash cow ‘Today’ show,” Deadline notes.

The report adds: “In one of those incredible coincidences, word of the booking on the significant election-cycle morning broke the same day Fox News interim CEO Rupert Murdoch gave an interview to his newspaper Wall Street Journal, to  publicly announce Kelly is important to the network and he hopes to get her under contract ‘very soon,’ while adding, ominously, ‘We have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her’ time slot.”

Megyn Kelly, whose Fox News contract comes up next year, will be co-hosting with Kelly Ripa for the first time.

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Oct 27, 2016
11:01 am

Report Reveals How Much Money It Will Take for Fox News to Keep Megyn Kelly (Mediaite, WSJ)

As rumors circulate that Megyn Kelly is shopping her talents beyond Fox News, a new report says she’s seeking an average salary north of $20 million to remain at FNC.

Our friend Joe Flint broke the story in The Wall Street Journal, which is behind a paywall, with Flint’s report also cited by Mediaite. Flint’s report cites sources who are familiar with the situation.

Rupert Murdoch, who is currently CEO at Fox News along with his role as co-executive chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, told WSJ that keeping Kelly, whose star has risen dramatically in the current election cycle, is a high priority for senior management — and confirmed that contract talks are ongoing.

Kelly is said to be making about $15 million in the final year of her current contract. A bump to $20 million or more would put her on the same level as Fox News star Bill O’Reilly.

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Oct 27, 2016
10:23 am

The Women of ABC’s ‘The View’ Set Prime-Time Election Night Special — But It Won’t Be on ABC (TVWeek)

The co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk staple “The View” will be covering the presidential election live in prime time on election night, but the 2-1/2-hour special won’t be carried on ABC — it will be on Lifetime.

The event program, “The View Live Election Special,” will keep it in the corporate family, as Lifetime owner A+E Networks is co-owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group.

The program, which will take place on “The View’s” usual set with a live studio audience, will include election-themed Hot Topics, interactive election activities and up-to-the-minute results from key battleground states. The telecast is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Also on tap are live reports from the ground in Times Square, where thousands of people are expected to gather and celebrate the election.

In an announcement, Liz Gateley, EVP and Head of Programming for Lifetime, said: “Continuing Lifetime’s legacy and mission to be at the forefront of women’s issues and amplify their voices, we are thrilled to partner with our talented friends at ‘The View’ on this historic night. Never before have we seen a presidential election cycle so driven by gender, and as a network we are proud to bring diverse perspectives to the national conversation.”


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