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Neil Patrick Harris is getting a variety show at NBC (Updated)

Update: NBC has confirmed that Harris will indeed be hosting a series based on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, in a press release. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which “will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.” It will be filmed in front of a live audience. “As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” Harris said in a statement. “Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

Original post: Master host Neil Patrick Harris is getting what seems like the perfect gig: According to Vulture, NBC is enlisting Harris for the U.S. version of the British variety show Saturday Night TakeawayREAD FULL STORY

Listen: Monica Potter describes the perfect 'Parenthood' ending

Bad news, Braverman fans. Monica Potter says that this really, really is the last season of Parenthood. When the actress stopped by EW Radio, she said Jason Katims and the writers want to end on “a high note” (which is hard to do when each episode sends fans headfirst into a box of Kleenex). But if EW senior writer Sara Vilkomerson has come to terms with this news, we will too. What we won’t be on board with is the fact that Zeek and Camille’s house is now the Bad Judge set. Potter described her and costar Craig T. Nelson’s reaction to this news: “I went, ‘No, no.’ And he goes, ‘What the f—what is this? Why is there a bench here? And whose gavel is this?'” READ FULL STORY

Jim Parsons leads voice cast for NBC's 'Elf' stop-motion animated special

As if there aren’t quite enough reruns of Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell’s 2003 holiday hit Elf on television for fans this holiday season, NBC is debuting a new take on the modern Christmas classic.


NBC gives put-pilot commitment to 'Marley & Me' TV series

NBC has given a put-pilot commitment to Marley & Me, a single-camera comedy that will serve as a sequel to the 2008 comedy-drama film of the same name, EW has confirmed.

The film’s director, David Frankel, is set to direct the pilot; Jenny Bicks will write the script. Bicks, Frankel and film producer Karen Rosenfelt will executive produce the show under the 20th Century Fox Television banner. READ FULL STORY

'Ellen DeGeneres Show' to start same-day broadcasts in Asia

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be available in several more countries this fall thanks to a deal with Lifetime Asia.

The talk show, now in its 12th season, will have same-day telecasts in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Macau, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines beginning on Oct. 20. Ellen will air weekdays at 8 p.m., Hong Kong time. Deadline first reported the deal.

Ellen is currently renewed through 2017, giving fans around the world several hundred more episodes to look forward toand now they won’t have to wait to watch.

Jay Leno may return to TV as host of his own CNBC show

While Jay Leno has been away from television for less than a year since his The Tonight Show retirement, it seems he may already be itching to return to the NBC Universal family.


NBC isn't moving forward with 'Say Anything' series

Cameron Crowe is getting his way: After tweeting that he was “trying to stop” NBC from developing a TV series based on his 1989 film Say Anything, NBC has decided not to move forward with the show.

The show, which NBC announced Monday, was set to be a half-hour comedy that picked up 10 years after the original Say Anything left off. At that point in the Say Anything world, Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court would be finding their way back to each other after breaking up after their brief post-graduation romance. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Crowe doesn't want a 'Say Anything' TV series

Lloyd Dobler and his boombox are set to return to the screen in the form of an NBC Say Anything series—but not if Cameron Crowe has anything to say about it.

The last time audiences saw Dobler (John Cusack) and Diane Court (Ione Skye), they were happy in love post-high school graduation, but the half-hour series will pick up 10 years later at a time when the couple are long broken up but finding their way back into each other’s lives.

Crowe, who directed the original 1989 Say Anything, wants Dobler and Court’s relationship to stay in the past, though: “Regarding the announcement of a ‘Say Anything’ tv show,” Crowe tweeted soon after the news broke Monday, “@JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement… except in trying to stop it.” READ FULL STORY

Barry Levinson to direct Jennifer Lopez's 'Shades of Blue'

Academy Award winner Barry Levinson is set to direct the pilot for Shades of Blue, a 13-episode NBC show with a straight-to-series order starring Jennifer Lopez.


Eddie Izzard bringing 'Junior Bender' crime comedy to NBC

Eddie Izzard is delving into the detective genre at NBC.

EW has confirmed that NBC and Izzard are working together on Junior Bender, a television adaptation of Timothy Hallinan’s series of comedic crime novels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has given a script commitment to the comedy drama, which will follow the titular thief who moonlights as a private detective for criminals who can’t go to the police.

Jessica Ball will write the script and executive produce alongside Izzard and Sarah Townsend under the Universal Television studio banner. There’s no word on whether Izzard will star in the project, which is still in early stages of development.

NBC renews 'Hollywood Game Night,' Jane Lynch to return

Hollywood Game Night is getting a third season, and Jane Lynch will return to host the popular NBC show for another 10 episodes, the network announced Friday.

“I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America’s favorite celebrated persons!” Lynch said in a statement. The Glee star won an Emmy in August for her work on Hollywood Game Night, which has boasted guests like Martha Stewart, Joe Manganiello, Julie Bowen, Rosie O’Donnell, and John Legend.

In season 2, the show averaged a 1.5 rating, 4 share in adults ages 18-49, and 5.0 million viewers overall, according to Neilsen Media Research—an improvement from the previous season.

'A to Z' premiere react: Feldman, Milioti elevate lackluster love story

A to Z lays out its hand in the opening minutes of the pilot. Narrator Katey Sagal explains that lead characters Andrew and Zelda “will date for 8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, and 1 hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z.” The show has an endgame in mind from the start and seems overly aware of its existence as a romantic comedy—those frequent (500) Days of Summer comparisons in recent months are more than apt.

While the show can’t quite live up to its predecessors in the initial outing, the first episode, “A is for Acquaintances,” is an incredible example of how the chemistry between two leads can carry a show that stumbles more often than not.


'Bad Judge' premiere react: Pilot lives up to its name in quality, not in spirit

The pilot to Bad Judge feels off. That’s not unexpected for a show that’s already had two showrunners, a heavily revised first episode, and major cast alterations before the pilot has even premiered. Out of all of the behind-the-scenes calamity, though, comes a pilot that looks more like Frankenstein’s Monster than a half-hour comedy. It’s an episode that stitches together parts of completely different concepts in the hopes of making something cohesive, but instead delivers an episode nothing short of erratic.

In the patchwork of a pilot, Bad Judge is missing just about every key ingredient—coherent plotting, concrete characterization, and, most importantly, actual jokes.



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