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Jan 27, 2015
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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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Jan 27, 2015
5:40 am
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Kim Kardashian Super Bowl Commercial Rolls Out — Here It Is (YouTube)

A new ad starring Kim Kardashian, set to air on TV during the Super Bowl, got an advance release on YouTube. The spot for T-Mobile has Kardashian lampooning herself and her outfits, taking selfies and checking herself out in the mirror.

Here’s the 30-second spot:

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TVBIZWIRE
Jan 27, 2015
5:38 am
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American Idol’ Winner Takes Legal Action Against the Show (ABC News)

A singer and songwriter who became a champion on the Fox competition series “American Idol” has taken legal action to try to break his contract. ABC News reports that Phillip Phillips filed a claim against producer 19 Entertainment and other companies associated with the show.

Phillips, who won season 11 of the show in 2012, says he has been “manipulated” by the company, the story reports.

“Phillips, 24, filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner, claiming that he was obligated to play gigs that did not benefit his career, such as one show he did for free for JetBlue, and that the production company regularly withheld information about his career from him,” the story reports. “For example, he claimed he only found out the name of his album when the public did. Phillips also alleged that 19 Entertainment receives as much as 40 percent of any of his endorsement deals.”

In a statement, Phillips said: “I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans.”

phillipphillipsPhillip Phillips as we First Met Him on “American Idol”

 

 

 

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Jan 27, 2015
5:30 am
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It May Not Match ‘Hatfields and McCoys,’ But History’s Latest Miniserie Is Pulling Strong Ratings (Deadline.com)

The latest miniseries airing on History is pulling in numbers that, if it weren’t for the unavoidable comparisons with the channel’s megahit “Hatfields & McCoys,” would look pretty good.

Deadline.com reports: “About 3.3 million viewers signed on to the first night of History’s three-part miniseries ‘Sons of Liberty’ [Sunday] night. ‘SoL’ delivered 1.4 million adults 25-54 and 1.2 million adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., according to Fast Cable Nielsen Ratings.”

In contrast, “Hatfields & McCoys” delivered 13.9 million total viewers, the report notes, along with 5.8 million adults 25-54 and 4.8 million adults 18-49 when it premiered back in May 2012, becoming the top-rated nonsports telecast ever on basic cable, the report notes.

History followed up on “Hatfields” with an audience of 13.1 million total viewers for “The Bible” in March 2013.

 

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