January 24, 2014 |
Every Grammy Awards telecast is a production nightmare: three-plus hours of multiple live music performances, unpredictable stage antics and rambling acceptance speeches. But this year's production, which airs Sunday night from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, may be the most challenging Grammys ever - and it has nothing to do with Kanye or Miley. Within 24 hours of the ceremony Sunday, the Grammy production team will embark on another major network TV special, this one recorded next-door at the L.A. Convention Center.
October 31, 2013 |
Tina Fey is about to go into bossy-pants mode (again) for NBC. The peacock network has ordered straight-to-series 13 episodes of a new untitled comedy from Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock that will star "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper. (Yep, you're reading correctly: Fey will be behind the camera on this one.) The single-camera comedy is to debut next fall and will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. “We have been lucky enough to work at NBC for our entire careers (except when Robert worked at 'The Dana Carvey Show,' now available on DVD)
October 20, 2013 |
It's the sound most have learned to ignore when she's around. Where there is Julie Plec, the co-creator of "The Vampire Diaries," there's a near constant hum - a sort of real-life soundtrack that rivals the intense, forlorn music on the popular CW teen drama. It's in play at this moment. The bubbly TV show maker, surrounded by text-loaded whiteboards, is working on an episode of "Vampire Diaries" spinoff "The Originals" at the Hollywood offices of Plec's production company My So-Called Company.
October 9, 2013 |
The CW's superhero series "Arrow" was one of the network's success stories from last season, and it returns for Season 2 on Wednesday night to a TV show landscape that's slowly filling with more comic book properties, including "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " on ABC and a possible "Flash" series that might be spun out of "Arrow. " Series executive producer Andrew Kreisberg took a few minutes to talk about the new season, the old season and the Flash. You felt a lot of pressure before the show premiered its first episode last year.
October 8, 2013 |
Harvey Weinstein has joined the BBC to help produce Leo Tolstoy's classic "War and Peace" as a miniseries. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "The drama series based on Tolstoy's epic will consist of six hourlong episodes and eight 44-minute episodes for international markets and is scheduled to air on BBC One in 2015. " Weinstein, of course, has a long list of literary adaptations in his credits as producer and executive producer: "Jane Eyre," "Emma," and "The English Patient" in 1996, "Mansfield Park" and "The Cider House Rules" in 1999, "Cold Mountain" in 2003 and "The Lord of the Rings" series are just a few. But for all his bookishness, Weinstein has not yet adapted a novel by Tolstoy.
October 2, 2013 |
She stole scenes in "Bridesmaids" and "Pitch Perfect," but now Rebel Wilson is trying to make it as a TV star. On Wednesday ABC will premiere "Super Fun Night," which features the zaftig Australian actress as an accident-prone single woman on the prowl. Wilson created the comedy, which is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company. The network is making a big bet on the show, putting the premiere right after its No. 1 comedy, "Modern Family. " And Wilson has a proven connection with young viewers, winning an MTV Movie Award for her work on "Pitch Perfect.