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June 10, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
A changing of the guard is underway on “American Idol,” with a new executive producer announcement Monday. Following news that its two longtime producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick were making their exits from the singing competition show came Monday's announcement from FremantleMedia North America, one of the makers of the Fox headliner, that it has anointed Per Blankens as an executive producer.  Blankens is well-versed in the “Idol” franchise, having spent five years in command of the Swedish version.
March 6, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Strive as one might for objectivity, certain shows come equipped with viewer expectations. So when Denis Leary announced that USA would be debuting his comedic accompaniment to "Rescue Me," a natural reaction, at least among Leary fans, would have been "Yay. " Then, when the first episode of "Sirens," which premieres Thursday, turned out to be one long (literally and figuratively) penis joke, an equally natural reaction might have been "Gaack. " Which is no doubt why USA sent three episodes for review.
March 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Veteran TV producer Henry Bromell, a writer and executive producer for the acclaimed Showtime series "Homeland" and "Brotherhood," has died. He was 66. Bromell died at an undisclosed hospital after suffering a heart attack at home. He had worked on the producing staff of "Homeland" since the drama's premiere in 2011, and shared in the show's win in the Emmy for outstanding drama series last year. PHOTOS: Henry Bromell's career highlights "We are deeply saddened by our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been part of the Showtime family for over a decade," Showtime executives said in a statement.
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.
May 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The reality show surrounding the Lakers is always captivating. The Lakers' front office is looking to make roster changes. Kobe Bryant is wondering if he'll ever win his sixth NBA championship. Pau Gasol is worrying whether he'll remain a Laker. Andrew Bynum is noticing the angst on whether he will fully mature. Metta World Peace is thriving on acting goofy. The Lakers' reality show rarely focuses just on the basketball court. It focuses on everything off of it too. With Lamar Odom, the Lakers were eventually treated to too many doses of the Kardashian family.
February 23, 2013 | By Todd Martens
After 28.4 million viewers tuned into the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, Pop & Hiss had some thoughts on how to improve the show . Some of the suggestions were lighthearted -- no more mimes, for instance -- and others took the Grammys to task for regularly booking familiar faces such as Elton John and Sting.  The telecast's longtime executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, wrote a letter to The Times to respond to the criticisms. Ehrlich, a three-decade veteran...
June 19, 1991
David Browning, executive producer of NBC's low-rated "Real Life With Jane Pauley," has quit the show and NBC News after one season, it was announced Tuesday. NBC spokeswoman Peggy Hubble said Browning left word that it was an amicable departure, and that he was going off to work on other projects. Browning, a respected veteran of more than 20 years at CBS News, had moved out of his office and was not available for comment.
After behind-the-scenes tension at the "Today" show, NBC on Thursday decided to replace the morning show's top producer, Jonathan Wald, two network executives said. Former "Good Morning America" senior producer Tom Touchet is a leading candidate to replace Wald, one NBC executive said. Wald, 36, became executive producer of the "Today" show in May 2001, replacing Jeff Zucker, who was promoted to NBC entertainment president. Previously, Wald had been executive producer of "NBC Nightly News."
October 13, 1988 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
The curtain is going up on a new era at Starlight. Recognized for its traditional summertime revivals of such musicals as "Show Boat" and "Fiddler on the Roof," the theater may begin commissioning its own original musicals, according to Harris Goldman, whose appointment as Starlight's new executive producer was announced Wednesday.
The ongoing turmoil at NBC's "Today" show resulted in another departure Thursday when executive producer Tom Capra said he was leaving both the series and the troubled news division to join the network's entertainment department.
January 24, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
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 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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 | By Yvonne Villarreal
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 | By Patrick Kevin Day
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 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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 | By Scott Collins
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.
July 23, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Michael Nason, a central figure in the growth of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral and ministry, has resigned, Schuller and Nason said Friday. Nason "has notified me that he will not be returning for the 1988-89 production season beginning in September," Schuller said. He added that Nason, 46, executive producer of the "Hour of Power" television program, is retiring for "personal reasons."
As Mike O'Malley puts it, "The time to tell people the kind of show you want to do is not when you are drowning your sorrows in a bar when you are canceled." So O'Malley, not content with the creative quality of his new NBC sitcom, "The Mike O'Malley Show," sat down and wrote what he wryly refers to as "the manifesto" to his writing staff--a document that surfaced several weeks ago and was soon heating up fax lines around town and making its way into various publications.
August 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been updated, as indicated below
It's been three years since film producer Michel Shane's 13-year-old daughter Emily Shane was killed by a speeding driver while she was walking along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  Now Shane, 57, an executive producer for "Catch Me If You Can" and "I, Robot," is in a last-ditch push to raise money for a documentary film about the part of PCH that has been called "Blood Alley. "   Like many filmmakers before him , he is using the website Kickstarter to ask for donations to fund the movie, which he says will advocate for changes to improve safety along the highway, plus dangerous roads in other communities.
August 12, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Seeking to assuage concerns about management stability at Digital Domain, the new owners of the struggling visual effects company announced promotions of two veteran executives. Following the recent resignation of the respected Ed Ulbrich as chief executive officer, the Venice-based studio, which now goes by the name Digital Domain 3.0, said Monday it has promoted Terry Clotiaux to president of its feature film production division and Rich Flier to president of its advertising and games division.
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