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'Broadchurch': Why not just air the UK original? Fox explains

Fans of Broadchurch are convinced the UK crime drama is near perfect. So naturally Fox is completely remaking it. After all, the 2013 show has accents! And U.S. viewers won’t heavily watch a drama that’s full of British accents.

Turns out, Fox’s chairman Kevin Reilly considered airing the UK version, though ultimately ruled it out. At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena on Monday, the executive explained: “As great as Broadchurch is, 99.9 percent of the U.S. public would have never seen that show.” Which sounds like a reason in favor of airing the original, but Reilly continues: “[U.S. viewers] would be more comfortable seeing something made for America … there are cultural particularities [to the original] that would cap it off.”

Another point: Fox is changing the ending by adding a twist after the point in the story where the British version concluded. “We’re doing 10 episodes; they did eight,” Reilly said. “We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for.”

Fox’s version is titled Gracepoint and stars David Tennant (who also starred in the original) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). There’s no premiere date yet. As much as it’s tempting to mock Fox for this move, when Reilly adds that the original would get lower ratings than a reboot, he’s probably correct (sadly). There are major exceptions, as the story on the link above points out (Downton Abbey is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic). A sequel to Broadchurch is in the works overseas, but Fox will have more control over the show by making its own version in terms of the number of episodes, how many seasons are ordered, casting decisions, and so forth. So it’s an understandable decision, but not one you can make without getting a little grief about it.

Fox confirms 'Glee' moving setting exclusively to NYC


At a TCA panel Monday afternoon, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed plans for the remainder of this season of Glee to be set entirely in New York.

The move has been rumored for a few months, but this marks the first confirmation from the network. Reilly also confirmed once again that next season, the show’s sixth, will be the last for the musical comedy. READ FULL STORY

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' wins Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes

And the surprises just keep coming: Freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine just snagged the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy. This is the second year in a row that the Hollywood Foreign Press has celebrated a new program in this category; last year, HBO’s Girls took home the prize.

Executive producer Daniel J. Goor accepted the award on his show’s behalf, making sure to thank his writers — “who never get to see their families” — series lead and newly-anointed Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg, co-EP and co-creator Michael Schur, and finally, his family, including his two-and-a-half-year-old, “who’s a nightmare.” Goor closed out his speech by noting that he decided to go into comedy instead of medicine, and that, in the end, he’s positive that he made the right decision: “This is way better than saving a human life.”

Check out the full list of winners here.

M. Night Shyamalan's TV debut 'Wayward Pines': A first look -- PHOTO

When Special Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) finds himself in Wayward Pines, Idaho, it looks to be a quiet, bucolic pocket of seeming perfection. But considering M. Night Shyamalan is the executive producer of this Fox 10-episode miniseries — created by Chad Hodge from the book by Blake Crouch and co-starring Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard, and Juliette Lewis — you may not be surprised to discover that all is not what it appears to be. In fact, things are downright weird and possibly quite dangerous. We asked Shyamalan, seen here directing Dillon in the pilot, to tell us a bit more about what’s going on with Wayward Pines.

Fox is putting 'The Following' season 1 online in time for holiday binge

‘Tis the season for television’s mid-season hiatus, which means viewers are left without new episodes of their favorite shows for weeks at a time. However, Fox is taking advantage of that downtime with a “Holiday Binge.”


'New Girl': Linda Cardellini to guest as Jess' sister

Linda Cardellini is going to play a bad girl on New Girl. The Freaks and Geeks vet — who received an Emmy nomination for her role last season on Mad Men — has taken a recurring role as Abby, the out-of-control sister of Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Fox has confirmed. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Sleepy Hollow' dreamed up Ichabod's talk with the OnStar lady

Sleepy Hollow hooked scads of viewers with its balls-to-the-wall crazy pilot episode, which established in quick succession that a) American Revolutionary War hero Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) was Rip Van Winkle’d into a 200+ year slumber, then b) awoken to fight the evil Headless Horseman, who c) happens to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Also, his wife’s a witch. Also also, he’s destined to team up with Sleepy Hollow cop Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), who herself is still haunted by a demon she spotted when she was just a girl. Oh, and then there’s Zombie John Cho…

Clearly, Sleepy has a lot of balls in the air — but so far,  it has managed to keep juggling them all. (It’ll continue to do so well into 2014, as Fox made Sleepy the first new show to earn a second season way back in October.) Even better, the show has proven that it’s just as adept at humor as it is at supernatural action/adventure. Witness, for example, Ichabod’s flabbergasted reaction to present-day New York’s mammoth sales tax, or the way he describes a package Abbie’s received (“treasures from the Amazon”) — or the opening of season 1′s fourth episode, which finds Crane delivering a swoonworthy monologue about his lost love Katrina, who’s currently caught in purgatory. The punchline: He’s sitting in a car… and telling this tale to Yolanda, an OnStar customer service rep.

Who dreamed up this already classic scene? That’d be Sleepy staffer Damian Kindler, a sci-fi vet who loves to write twists on American history — especially given his Canadian upbringing. (“There was something cheeky about the Canadian dude going, ‘The Boston Tea Party was a ruse, man!’” he tells EW with a laugh.) Read on to see how Kindler created one of the show’s standout moments — and to learn the show’s general approaches to writing both Ichabod and Abbie.

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'Glee' hits 100 episodes: Which original cast members will return?

On March 18, Glee will air its landmark 100th episode. In honor of the occasion, the show has already launched Gleeks Choice, which allows fans to vote for their favorite Glee songs of all time to be remixed in the 100th episode. But who will be singing those memorable numbers?

Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy recently tweeted that all the original cast members had been invited to return to the show:

Former MTV VJ Lisa Kennedy Montgomery to host libertarian Fox Business show

What’s next — Downtown Julie Brown moving to CNBC?

Fox Business announced Tuesday that Lisa Kennedy Montgomery — better known as ex-MTV VJ Kennedy, the hipster conservative host of Alternative Nation from 1992 to 1997 — is joining the network as host of a new program called The Independents. The series, which will air Monday through Wednesday and Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET, will feature “a roundtable discussion about the day’s news, with a focus on the protection of economic and civil liberties.”

Montgomery isn’t a new addition to the Fox family — she joined the company’s business network as a contributor and special correspondent to John Stossel’s weekly talk show last year. Previously, Montgomery hosted Fox Reality’s recap show Reality Remix from 2005 to 2008.

Matt Welch, editor of the libertarian monthly Reason — to which Montgomery also contributes — and Kmele Foster, chairman of the conservative/libertarian America’s Future Foundation, will co-host The Independents alongside Montgomery.

The roundtable will premiere Monday, Dec. 9.

'Glee' fans to choose songs featured on 100th episode

Glee fans, affectionately known as Gleeks, will finally get the chance to directly impact what happens on the musical series, now in its fifth season. Fox has announced Gleeks Choice, an online initiative that calls for fans to vote for the songs to be “remixed” for the show’s upcoming 100th episode. The episode airs March 18, so there’s plenty of time for Ryan Murphy and Co. to craft a story around the top 10 chosen songs. Fans can vote for up to 10 songs at a time and can submit votes as many times as their Gleekish hearts desire.

The choice of songs includes notable Glee moments like Rachel and Kurt’s “Defying Gravity,” Santana’s “Valerie,” and Artie’s “Safety Dance.” Also included is the pilot’s iconic rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which remains a fan favorite. Previews of each song are included with each choice — so don’t worry if you can’t remember what Gwyneth Paltrow’s rendition of “Landslide” sounds like.

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving sneak peek: 'Turkey's in the toilet' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There’s nothing more stressful than preparing a Thanksgiving meal, especially because there are so many things that can go wrong. You can burn something, over-salt, under-cook, or, if you’re Bob, find the turkey in the toilet?

We have an exclusive sneak peek from Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving episode, which shows the family waking up on Thanksgiving morning to find that their uncooked turkey is somehow wedged in the toilet. And trying to get it out? Well, that’s a bad idea for a number of reasons.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Dwyane Wade sells semi-autobiographical comedy to Fox

Dwayne Wade’s making swift moves on the court yet again, but this time it’s on the squeaky floors of the comedy world. The Miami Heat guard sold his New York Times best-seller A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball to Fox as an adaptation for a half-hour comedy with a script commitment, EW has confirmed.

Partnering with Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin, the Sony Pictures Television entry Three the Hard Way is based on Wade’s life as a single father. The show is the first television development project for Wade’s ZZ Productions.

Wade has tapped Burn Notice executive producer Ben Watkins to pen the pilot script, which tells the story of an NBA superstar who finds himself trying to balance his world as a parent and athlete when he gets custody of his two young sons. Three the Hard Way is inspired by Wade’s A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, a semi-autobiographical book in which he talks about parenting his two sons Zaire and Zion and his rise in the NBA.

Maria Bartiromo leaving CNBC after two decades

CNBC says veteran anchor and reporter Maria Bartiromo is leaving the business news channel.

Bartiromo’s contract ends Sunday, concluding 20 years with CNBC, the channel said Monday. According to the Drudge Report, Bartiromo will join Fox Business Network.

The Fox network said it had no immediate announcement to make Monday.

Bartiromo joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. At CNBC, she pioneered daily live reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and won an Emmy Award for a documentary on Google.

Her high-profile work at CNBC and photogenic looks earned her the nickname “Money Honey.” Bartiromo anchors CNBC’s Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo and the syndicated On the Money with Maria Bartiromo.

CNBC is owned by NBCUniversal.

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