When Ryan Seacrest kicks off the upfronts by welcoming Pitbull to the stage with his entourage of booty-dancers, you know that Fox isn’t catering to your mom. (Unless your mom is one of Pitbull’s booty-dancers, in which case, lucky you!) So it’s no surprise that Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, followed Pitbull’s performance with the announcement that Fox is branding itself as “America’s Next Generation Network,” focusing on a youthful audience. That might also explain why Andy Samberg was there, making some decent quips for the benefit of his fellow Next Generation Americans — and a few self-aware advertisers, too. (“Who’s ready to laugh? Who’s ready to pretend that we weren’t all forced here by the invisible hand of capitalism?”) When he wasn’t dreaming up joke shows that sounded real (X-Men Origins Days of Future Past Collectors Cups — the Show), he was doing a pretty good job introducing real shows with jokes. “Is this the best lineup of shows that Fox has ever assembled?” he asked. “I’m not gonna lie to you. Moving on!” And, yet, a few projects looked promising, even for very old viewers — like, say, anyone over 22. READ FULL STORY
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Not only did the return of Jack Bauer in the premiere of 24: Live Another Day on Fox boosts the network’s ratings last Monday night, but it finally confirmed to star Mary Lynn Rajskub that the show, which had ended its original in 2010, was actually back.
“It’s still unbelievable to me,” Rajskub told EW. “I’m like – is this really happening? Obviously it is, but it’s exciting!” Even though its return is a limited event series consisting of only 12 episodes, half of what fans are used to, Rajskub promises that the action is very much the same and keeps up with the fast pace of the current television landscape. “At first, I was like wait, what, huh? But the way people are consuming stuff now and for the writers towards the end, I think it was getting difficult to do the 24. So, they came up with this concept where they could have 24 but in 12. When I read the scripts, they feel very much like the old 24 in terms of the pacing. I think the 12 are going to go by really fast when people watch it.” READ FULL STORY
American Idol is getting downsized for next year’s 14th season.
Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday that the iconic singing competition show will be “streamlined” next year and will have a new format.
“We always built our second season around Idol,” Reilly said. “Next year, the format will be different. There will be less hours, around 37 hours. I think it will be a two-night format initially during the audition phase, and will quite likely end up as a two-hour show on one night for most of its run.” Idol has been airing 50-plus hours for “quite some time” says Reilly.
Fox is betting on its new sitcom Mulaney. The network Tuesday ordered 10 more episodes of the show — bringing its total to 16 — from Saturday Night Live scribe and stand-up comic John Mulaney. The series, about a rising stand-up comedian (Mulaney) trying to take his career to the next level, also stars comedy legends Martin Short (who plays his boss) and Elliott Gould (his neighbor), as well as SNL alum Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, and Zack Pearlman, who play his three NYC roommates.
Mulaney shoots before a live audience, something that was very important to John. “I wanted to do the type of live-audience multi-camera sitcoms that I grew up on, and I have been working in stand-up and have been performing for live audiences,” he told EW. “And obviously, SNL is on a set in front of a live audience. I was used to writing for and judging stuff by a live audience, and I love the energy of it.” He says of comparisons to another show centered on a stand-up comedian, the iconic Seinfeld: “If we are a 10th as good as they are, we will be lucky.”
Check out EW’s exclusive first look at the cast in action below: READ FULL STORY
Fox has faith in John Mulaney.
The network has its extended its order for Mulaney, the sitcom starring the Saturday Night Live writer, from 6 episodes to 16. The comedian tweeted about the news early Wednesday morning:
FOX made this a great night by picking up my show “Mulaney” for 10 more episodes. I am thrilled. Sincerely. Call me with any questions.
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) May 7, 2014
Fox is developing an event series about the bombings that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Rod Lurie will serve as writer, director, and executive producer of the untitled project, based on the book Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell.
The four-hour drama “follows the heartbreak, terror, and triumph on Boston’s tragic Marathon day and the week that followed, told through the eyes of various Bostonians who would not let their city’s fighting spirit die,” according to its official logline.
Helman and Russell were part of the Boston Globe team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the twin bombings, which killed three people and injured 275 on April 15, 2013. The authors will act as consultants on the series. READ FULL STORY
Did the promotional model, preschool teacher and Miss Los Angeles knew what hit them?
Fox is about to launch its (pretty freakin’ awesome) answer to the Bachelor franchise — a show in which a bunch of babes are dropped off at an English castle and promised the chance to date a prince. Guess who he looks like?
This, we understand, was one of the last reality shows developed by reality show guru Mike Darnell before he left Fox — and all we can say is that it makes us miss that crazy little bastard even more.
Get a load of this show, which debuts May 27 on Fox: READ FULL STORY
The Bible continues to inspire Hollywood.
Fox is developing Nazareth, an “event series” documenting the formative years of Jesus.
Written and executive produced by Gladiator scribe David Franzoni, the miniseries will focus on Jesus of Nazareth’s “lost years,” the period between ages 12 and 30, which is not described in the New Testament.
The series is part of an overall deal with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment, which is producing Nazareth with FX Productions and Entertainment One. Franzoni and Eleven Films’ Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson will serve as executive producers alongside Cooper. READ FULL STORY
American women will do just about anything for a fairytale royal wedding. Also, they don’t seem to keep up with the news much. At least, that’s what Fox’s new reality show, I Wanna Marry “Harry”, is counting on.
I Wanna Marry “Harry”, brought to us by the folks who dreamed up Joe Millionaire, follows 12 American women as they compete to win the heart of a guy who sort of looks like Prince Harry — but whom they wholeheartedly believe to be Prince Harry. (Apparently they didn’t know about the quotation marks in the show’s title.)
Of course, by the time the show wraps, the women will find out the truth– and likely make viewers bemoan the state of society. Regardless, it will definitely be an interesting ride.
'Surviving Jack': Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris talk new sitcom and why '90s grunge was so important
From boy bands to Spice Girls to Steve Madden shoes – who doesn’t love the ’90s?
Christopher Meloni and Rachael Harris sure do, or at least are doing a great job of pretending in their new Fox sitcom Surviving Jack, which debuts Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The show, about a doctor and former military man who takes over parenting duties for his teenage children when his wife goes to law school in 1991, is full of the decade’s style and attitude — something the stars are very comfortable with. READ FULL STORY
Joe Millionaire lives!
Well, sort of. EW has confirmed that Fox will soon debut a new reality series called I Wanna Marry “Harry,” in which a dozen American ladies will compete for the heart of a man they’ve been led to believe is Prince William’s ginger-haired younger brother. In actuality, though, they’re courting Matthew Hicks, “an average English bloke” who’s been given “the royal treatment and an upper crust makeover.”
The series shares more than a little DNA with Fox’s seminal 2003 reality competition Joe Millionaire — which makes sense, since both shows were initially developed by former Fox executive Mike Darnell. (According to Deadline, Darnell brought “Harry” to the network before leaving Fox last spring.)
“Harry” is set to premiere Tuesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. ET, likely with a pilot that features Lorde’s “Royals” at least once. Here’s hoping the show won’t be too (faux) refined to engage in a little bit of subtitled smooching as well:
The Mindy Project is back next week! I repeat: The Mindy Project is back next week!
We’ve been patiently waiting for our Shulman & Associates fix since January, but enough is enough. After the midseason finale fireworks — as Mindy flew back to New York to get Cliff back, Danny grabbed her for a passionate mile-high make-out sesh — it’s a wonder we haven’t combusted from the anticipation. To help you hold out one more week, the Mindy cast hit PaleyFest at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Tuesday night for a revealing and laugh-filled panel.
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