Apr 17, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“24” star and co-executive producer Kiefer Sutherland has signed a multiyear deal with show producer 20th Century Fox Television to stay with the thriller drama and ascend to executive producer. Effective in June, Mr. Sutherland will hire a development executive and begin to develop and executive produce network series programming. Mr. Sutherland joins “24’s” current executive producers, Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon and Evan Katz. … Matt Lauer has extended his contract as “Today” show co-anchor by three years, which will keep him on the No. 1 morning show into 2011 and will take him to 14 years on the show. … Finola Hughes is returning as Anna Devane on “General Hospital” May 12 as part of a sweeps story line. … Jordana Spiro (“JAG”) will star in the half-hour series “Boys” from Sony Pictures Television and Pariah. Ms. Spiro will play a young tomboy sportswriter trying to find romance. “Boys” is set to premiere on TBS in the fourth quarter. … Kathy Griffin will appear in a one-hour stand-up special titled “Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman.” The comedy special will debut May 9 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Bravo. It is produced by Production Partners in association with Bravo, and Sandy Chanley serves as executive producer.


Robert Redford will executive produce a new series in development for TNT titled “Generations.” “Generations” crosses back and forth through time to follow the lives of three generations of the same family living in the same house. … Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, John Calley, David Zucker and Ken Nolan will executive produce “Company” for TNT. The thriller tells the stories of CIA agents forced to live double lives over the course of 45 years. … Jill Leiderman has been named executive producer for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Jimmy Kimmel and Ms. Leiderman executive produce and Jason Schrift and Doug DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. … Alex Duda has been named an executive producer for the Telepictures Productions syndicated talk strip “The Tyra Banks Show.” Ms. Duda will join executive producer John Redmann for the show’s second season, which starts this fall.


Lucia Cottone has been named VP of series development and current programming for Lifetime Television. Ms. Cottone will be responsible for scripted series development and current programming, including the upcoming lifetime drama series “Angela’s Eyes.” … Jerry Petry has been named executive VP of administration for NBC Universal Television Group’s West Coast operations. Mr. Petry will report to Marc Graboff, president of the division.

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