“Mike and Molly” creator Mark Roberts has departed the show (I blame the hat), to be replaced by another show stalwart, Deadline reports. Read more here about the change and what it might mean for the sitcom:
“Falling Skies” poster. Who’s up for the new season?
So, Daniel Loeb is an activist, libertarian investor who helped run off Yahoo’s old CEO, went halfsies to buy Deadline’s sibling site Variety, and signed on to the Supreme Court amicus brief supporting gay marriage.
Now Loeb has sent an unusually pleasant (at least for him in these often confrontational situations) letter to the president of Sony, suggesting that they work together to spin off the company’s entertainment assets.
What’s that about, Deadline’s David Lieberman asks, in laying out some background on Loeb and his most interesting proposal here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/who-is-daniel-loeb-and-what-does-he-want-with-sony/
This is definitely one to keep watch on. It could affect Sony’s massive investments in film production and distribution, TV production, home entertainment and music. What do you think about the proposal?
ABC rolled out trailers for 11 of their new shows today at their advertising upfronts presentation, and Deadline has them all here:
Check out the trailers. “Betrayal” is sleek and handsomely done, though it seems like it’d be better as a short-run series or even a movie, a sensation I had with a couple of the other shows as well.
The spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” has a lot of possibilities. It looks like they’ve done a good job taking a general idea and applying it in an engaging new way with the Alice in Wonderland myth.
Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitfield and Marcia Gay Harden definitely are looking promising in “Trophy Wife.”
Rebel Wilson, unsurprisingly, has some good moments in the otherwise very broad “Super Fun Night.” I’d say the same about Jimmy Caan and his co-stas in the Bad News Bear-ish “Back in the Game.”
I also liked the metaphysical premise of “Resurrection,” and it has a terrific cast (the photo is from that trailer)
Check ‘em out. Which ones do you like?
Fox, like NBC, rolled out trailers for a bunch of their new shows today as they made their pitches to advertisers as part of the upfronts.
I have to say the trailer for “Almost Human,” the new sci-fi show from J.J. Abrams, looks pretty terrific, and has remarkable production values for its visual effects. Check it out here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/fox-trailers-new-series-2013/
What do you think of “Almost Human?” How about the other trailers we have on tap there? Anything catching your eye? I was intrigued by “Sleepy Hollow,” liked SOME things about “Us & Them” and thought “Rake” might be pretty decent over time.
The others, hmm, not so much, even with excellent casts. Not sure what happened, but maybe they’ll survive long enough to be okay.
May we present Alexander Grayson. You may know him better as Dracula.
We have links to the “Dracula” trailer NBC unveiled, along with those of new shows such as “The Michael J. Fox Show,” here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/nbcs-new-show-trailers-dracula-ironside-michael-j-fox-sean-saves-the-world-welcome-to-the-family/
Check ‘em out. See anything you like?
A highly amusing trailer for the upcoming Netflix-exclusive set of new episodes of cancelled cult fave “Arrested Development” is out here:
What do you think? Looking forward to the show?
This countdown will take a while longer than 24 hours, but at least fans of the Fox action-drama “24” will have something to look forward to: Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that “marathon negotiations” with Kiefer Sutherland have cleared the way for the show’s return as a limited-run series.
Nellie also has a ton of other news from the Fox presentation to advertisers this morning, including “American Idol” judge revamps and much more.
So, who’s excited about the return of “24”?
In Hollywoodland, this is a Very Big Deal, and Deadline’s indefatigable founder and editor-in-chief Nikki Finke had it first: the hugely successful head of Warner Bros. TV, Bruce Rosenblum (pictured) is out, and won’t be replaced as part of a shakeup of the unit that provides half the profits of the entire studio.
Rosenblum lost out recently in the derby to take over the studio to digital chief Kevin Tsujihara, and his departure in some ways can hardly be seen as a surprise, given that this is frequently what happens to the executive who loses out in such contests. Nikki has all the juicy behind-the-scenes details here:
Guess they didn’t need the whole weekend to think things over after all. The Real Housewives of New York” all signed deals with modest pay bumps, ending a hold out from the Bravo show, writes Deadline’s Dominic Patten here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/real-housewives-of-new-york-want-weekend-to-decide-on-bravo-contracts-after-todays-deadline-will-there-be-raises-or-recasts
So, who’s happy to see this show back on track?