CBS and Warner Bros. announced today that The CW and Hulu have struck a five-year licensing deal to allow the website to stream CW shows on Hulu and Hulu Plus. This encompasses network tentpoles 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, as well as Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, and Nikita. Under the agreement, up to five in-season episodes will only be featured on Hulu Plus for eight days following the broadcast, at which point they will be available on the ad-supported free Hulu site. “The CW programming is a great example of the kind of in-season content we want to make available,” said Hulu’s SVP of Content Andy Forssell. “Making these shows available on Hulu and Hulu Plus will allow new and existing fans to get their fix of The CW’s great shows anytime and anywhere.”
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Why did FX order potentially 100 episodes of a sitcom starring an actor who disastrously flamed out in a media explosion of drugs, hookers, quasi-intelligible rants and legal action just six months ago?
As you know, FX just committed to 10 episodes of Sheen’s Anger Management, a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 film of the same title. If that first batch of episodes earn a certain rating, FX is obligated to buy 90 more. (It’s a go-big-or-go-home style of production deal pioneered by Tyler Perry with TBS comedies like Meet the Browns and House of Payne.) Quipped Time‘s James Poniewozik on Twitter: “I’d advise taping them all in like a week, just to be safe.”
Here’s why FX made a deal with the warlock: READ FULL STORY
Charlie Sheen has found his next home. FX announced today that it has acquired Anger Management, a sitcom loosely based on the 2003 movie of the same name from Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios. The home of Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story has ordered 10 episodes of the comedy from the Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury, and will be written and executive produced by veteran comedy writer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show).
The show will premiere next summer. READ FULL STORY
Showtime has renewed Homeland, a drama about a CIA officer who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of a U.S. soldier was a setup and connected to an Al Qaeda terrorist plot. The series stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin and is from Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The pay network ordered 12 new episodes. READ FULL STORY
More changes on the NBC daytime serial Days of Our Lives — but this time, it’s behind the camera. EW has confirmed that Co-Executive Producer Noel Maxam is out and former Passions Executive Producer Lisa De Cazotte will take over, instead.
Maxam only joined the show in June along with Greg Meng, who will stay on board as co-executive producer. Soap Opera Network first reported the news.
Maxam and Meng were brought on to “reset” the daytime drama to include “more contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the Days history of family, romance, and drama.” Translation: They’re trying to keep Days as relevant as possible to ensure that soaps continue to have a place in daytime for as long as possible.
Several high-profile changes have been made on the soap. Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn are back, as are Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark. In the meantime, the producers have increased the size of the sets by adding the new Horton Town Square.
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The Talk will have something fresh to address on Monday — a new co-host. The CBS daytime talk show has officially added Aisha Tyler, the actress best known for gigs on Ghost Whisperer and Friends, to the panel alongside Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood.
Tyler previously guest-hosted on the daytime show that celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. She’ll debut Monday, according to Deadline.
In 2009, Tyler shot an eponymous talk show pilot for ABC that was described as a cross between daytime and late-night talk shows. The hope was to take the actress’ show to syndication. She also co-hosted on The View as well as Entertainment Tonight.
Meanwhile, Tyler continues to lend her voice to FX’s animated series Archer as Lana.
As part of an attempt to revamp the year-old show, CBS has rotated in a number of gals to help fill the void left by Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete, whose contracts were not renewed. Kris Jenner did a stint, as did Molly Shannon.
Sons of Anarchy, FX’s highest-rated series ever, has been picked up for a fifth season.
The drama about an outlaw biker club is the No. 1 scripted drama series in all of basic cable. Season four which concludes on Nov. 29 is averaging 5.8 million viewers and 3.9 viewers ages 18-49. When taking into account multiple viewings, the show actually averages 9 million total viewers and 6 million adults 18-49.
“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” says FX President Jon Landgraf in a statement. “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like Hamlet into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience.”
The drama stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, and Charlie Hunnam. Seven episodes remain this season. The drama airs Tuesdays at 10 on FX.
HBO announced today that Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will star in Behind the Candelabra, a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between Liberace and his younger live-in lover, Scott Thorson. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) from a script by Richard LaGravenese (Water for Elephants), the film will feature Douglas as Liberace and Damon as Thorson.
Jerry Weintraub (Oceans 11 franchise) will executive produce. “I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on His Way, I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie,” Weintraub said in a statement. “I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderbergh – it doesn’t get any better than that!”
The movie will start production in the summer of 2012, with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs.
Simpsons fans, it’s time to stop saying ‘D’oh!’ and start shouting ‘Woo Hoo!’ Signaling that the negotiating stalemate has ended, Fox announced today that it has renewed the animated comedy featuring Homer Simpson for two more seasons. The deal takes the series — already the longest-running prime time comedy in TV history — through the 2013-2014 season, its 25th, totaling 559 episodes. The statement did not specify whether that 25th season would be the show’s last, but noted: “In the words of Homer Simpson, ‘Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!’”
The negotiations between the show’s principal voice actors and studio, 20th Century Fox TV, hit a major snag on Oct. 4, prompting the studio to issue a statement saying that it could not “produce future seasons under its current financial model.” The studio asked the actors to take a 45-percent pay cut; the actors reportedly countered with a smaller reduction but requested a share of the show’s considerable profits. Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders among other characters, released a statement earlier today, noting that he would be willing to take a pay cut of more than 70 percent in exchange for a piece of the back end.
This, of course, wasn’t the first time that renewal talks became heated. In 1998, the studio maintained that it would replace the cast with cheaper voice actors if a new deal couldn’t be reached.
The show’s 500th episode airs Feb. 19.
EW has confirmed that AMC Networks has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Netflix to make streaming of The Walking Dead season 1 exclusive to Netflix starting today. “We are delighted to be in business directly with AMC Networks. AMC’s programming sensibilities have struck a chord with our members and with the overall viewing public,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who noted that Netflix has already secured streaming rights to AMC’s Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Today’s deal also includes Sundance programs All On The Line with Joe Zee and Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, plus future seasons of Dead.
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Strike Back, Cinemax’s action series about an elite military unit on the hunt for an elusive Middle Eastern terroist, has been renewed for a second season. The show, which stars Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom) and Philip Winchester (Camelot), received an order of 10 new episodes that will air in mid to late 2012. Strike Back currently airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m., and concludes its first season Oct. 21.
This should satiate the genre fans who can’t get enough of what Fringe is offering: The drama’s masterminds — together with Jon Favreau and Seth Green – are teaming on an hour-long project for ABC that brings an X-Files sensibility to Capitol Hill. It’s called Secret Cabinet.
Here’s the official logline: “A procedural following a newly-elected president and his secret cabinet, the government’s covert team of America’s most elite minds who investigate and protect our nation from the strangest occurrences and conspiracy theory truths out there.”
ABC gave a put pilot commitment to the project, which means the network would have to pay a stiff penalty if it decides not to order it to series. That means the high-concept script from Fringe men Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has a great chance of making it to the lineup come fall of 2012.
Favreau will direct the pilot, which will reunite him with Orci and Kurtzman. The duo penned Cowboys & Aliens that was helmed by Favreau.
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