Tuesday, 15 July 2014

ABC Snaps a 'Selfie' With New Comedy Series.

By Gregory Robinson

ABC has revealed more details regarding their new romantic comedy 'Selfie'. The single-camera comedy, which stars Doctor Who alum Karen Gilan and John Cho from the cult classic Harold & Kumar, is a modern/contemporary take on the academy award winning musical 'My Fair Lady'.

The series follows the live of Eliza Dooley (Gilan), a vapid and social media obsessed woman, who enlists the help of a marketing expert Henry Higgins (Cho) who works as a marketing manager at the company their both work for to help Eliza realise that being 'liked' doesn't actually mean you are liked.

Series creator Emily Kapnek, who also created the underappreciated quirky comedy 'Suburgatory' said "Eliza has her flaws. Henry does too. Our pilot is where the series begins, the show is about evolution of the characters".

The undeniably modern comedy could not arrive at a better time - with the number of social media apps increasing at an alarming rate (from Facebook and Twitter, to Snap Chat and Tinder). Can only lead to a rise in individuals who become famous in their own right - or, 'instafamous' (see Instagram)

Kapnek said "I know plenty of people who are forever connected to their phones", which seemed to be the catalyst for the creation of the series.

'Selfie' will premiere on Tuesday, September 30 @ 8/7c on ABC.

Check out the official trailer below!

ABC Boss Paul Lee Discusses Diversity

By Gregory Robinson

Paul Lee, President of the ABC television group, discussed the network's upcoming slate of new series which, for the first time in many seasons, consists of many different racially diverse casts and characters.

The new series on tap for the Fall and mid-season schedule include comedies about an Asian family (Fresh Off the Boat) which is based off the memoire by internet chef Eddie Huang, a Black family (Black-ish) created by and starring comedy actor Anthony Anderson, and a Latino Family (Cristela) created by and starring Cristela Alonzo, a female comic who is completely new in the land of television having no previous credits.

On the drama side, 'American Crime', created by John Ridley and 'How To Get Away with Murder', starring academy award nominated actress Viola Davis and produced by Shonda Rhimes - who is known for creating the immensely popular political soap 'Scandal' (which stars Kerry Washington).

Lee said "it is our mission statement to represent America", when asked about the diversity on his network, "to be able to pull this off, you need not just stars on air... you need the storytellers and you need the executives to truly reflect America as it is".

ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

By Gregory Robinson

ABC has confirmed the dates for its new Autumn/Fall series, with most of the new shows set to premiere during the official premiere week. The new romantic comedies 'Selfie' and 'Manhattan Love Story' will have to depend on each other when they have to maintain good ratings of the already cluttered Tuesday schedule across all networks.

Check out the schedule below!

Monday, September 15
8-10 PM - “Dancing With the Stars”
Monday, September, 22
10-11 PM - “Forever” (Special Sneak Preview)
Tuesday, September 23
9-10 PM - “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
10-11 PM – “Forever” (Regular Time Period Premiere)
Wednesday, September 24
8-8:30 PM - “The Middle”
8:30-9 PM - “The Goldbergs”
9-9:30 PM - “Modern Family”
9:30-10 PM - “black-ish”
10-11 PM - “Nashville”
Thursday, September 25
8-9 PM - “Grey’s Anatomy”
9-10 PM - “Scandal”
10- 11 PM - “How to Get Away With Murder”
Friday, September 26
8-10 PM - “Shark Tank”
10-11 PM - “20/20”
Sunday, September 28
8-9 PM - “Once Upon a Time”
9-1o PM - “Resurrection”
10-11 PM - “Revenge”
Monday, September 29
10-11 PM – “Castle”
Tuesday, September 30
8-8:30 PM - “Selfie”
8:30-9 PM - “Manhattan Love Story”
Friday, October 3
8-9 PM - “Last Man Standing”
9-1o PM – “Shark Tank” (Regular Time Period Premiere)
Sunday, October 5
7-8 PM - “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Friday, October 10
8:30-9 PM - “Cristela”

ABC Family's 'Chasing Life' delves into the reality of Cancer

By Gregory Robinson

ABC Family's drama series 'Chasing Life' explores the harsh reality of suffering from cancer, whilst also trying to maintain a semblance of reality in one's personal life.

The series follows 24 year-old April, a smart and quick-witted aspiring journalist,  just as things start to look up at work, home and on the romance front with co-worker Dominic, April gets the devastating news from an estranged uncle that she has cancer.

Dealing with cancer can be difficult for some, however, the youth network has not shied away from showing the extremities of the disease. Not only the treatment stage, but also finding out one is suffering from cancer, and how they try to deal with it.

Series star Italia Ricci, who plays cancer sufferer April said "there isn't a right way to portray the struggle with cancer, it's different for everyone".

Production recently wrapped on the 21 episodes for the first season, with the mid-season finale set to air on August 12th. Producers who attended the TCA's revealed that the last episode "will explore April's 7 days in chemo". It appears as though ABC Family has not shied away from the pain experienced from suffering from cancer and will use the series as a hub for sufferers and survivals to see April's trials and tribulations throughout the series.

However, 'Chasing Life' is not the first time we have seen a young protagonist suffering from cancer. The upcoming Fox drama 'Red Band Society' features a character who must have his leg removed due to the disease. Furthermore, the topic has also been explored in the unexpected teen summer smash 'The Fault in our Stars'.

Executive producer Joni Lefkowitz said "young people with cancer feel forgotten, they're glad to see stories about what they go through".

The importance of the reliability factor in 'Chasing Life' and films such as 'The Fault in our Stars' gives audiences the chance to view the progression of the disease organically. Executive producer, Patrick Sean Smith said "I think we’re all fascinated by the end, and death, millenials like to talk about things that make grownups uncomfortable”.

This realistic story, he said, gives young viewers a chance to look at death “organically … without a zombie apocalypse”.

'The B----' Is Back

The unaired episodes of the late 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23' will air on Logo.

Logo has acquired the eight unaired episodes of ABC's underrated comedy 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23'.

The cable network will air all eight episodes, which have only ever appeared online, Saturdays @ 10/9c beginning July 19. 

However, before the B---- takes up a new residency with 'new episodes', Logo will air a 'Don't Trust the B----....' Marathon with 16 episodes set to air from 1 pm-10pm. 

ABC cancelled the late sitcom in January 2013 after a string of low rated episodes - which may have partly been due to the hectic scheduling midway through the season. 

The series follows June Colburn as she moves from Indiana to New York City to pursue her dream job, until she ends up moving in with a con-artist party-girl named Chloe AKA 'The B----'

Will you be tuning in to the 'new' episodes? 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Nickelodeon cancels Sam & Cat

By Gregory Robinson

Nickelodeon announced today (July 14) that multi-camera comedy series Sam & Cat would not be returning for a second season.

The news comes after production on the series' 40 season one episodes was mysteriously halted in March, rumoured to be down to a conflict between the two leads - Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.

McCurdy has been a prominent figure on Nickelodeon's schedule since starring in the popular series 'iCarly', in which she played Sam Puckett for five seasons. McCurdy also played the same character on the spin-off series 'Sam & Cat', which also featured Grande playing Cat, another popular character from the now cancelled Nickelodeon series 'Victorious'.

In March, during Nickelodeon's Upfront meeting, no decision about the future of the series had been made - however - raunchy lingerie photos of McCurdy which leaked online and the rather sudden explosion of Grande's pop career may have led to questions about the sustainability of the show in the long-terms.

The network said in a statement "Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of Sam & Cat. We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best".

The series was created by Dan Schneider, a crossover spin-off which followed McCurdy and Grande's characters as roommates who start a babysitting business.
#GettinWiggy,” which will air on July 17, will now serve as the series finale.

NBC's 'A To Z' Is More Than Just Alphabet Soup

By Gregory Robinson

NBC has unveiled their new romantic comedy series 'A To Z' at the TCAs. The series is set to star Ben Feldman as Andrew and Cristin Millioti as Zelda. The show will document the ups-and-downs of their relationship from beginning to end, hence the title, 'A To Z'.

A possible issue for this series is whether the show is sustainable? how many stories can be generated from this premise? and, what will happen when the two adorable lead characters break up - or get married, have two kids and a pet Labrador?

Executive Producer, Ben Queen likes the idea of "examining a relationship from beginning to end". Queen wishes to explore the progression of a relationship, rather than a 'will-they-won't-they' outlook which has been seen one to many times in sitcoms.

This raises the question; how will the writers and producers keep audiences 'shipping' Andrew/Zelda when they are already together - doesn't the 'will-they-won't-they- dynamic help to make audiences fall deeper in love with the characters?

Queen added "We tried to make you fall in love with this couple in the first act of the pilot so they would want to keep following them throughout the season". Not only will audiences be treated to the relationships of the season one focus characters 'ZelDrew', but "will also follow the love lives of all characters" said Queen.

'A To Z' will premiere on Thursday, October 2 @ 9:30/8:30c on NBC!

Check out the trailer below:

Kate Walsh takes the defendent position for NBC's 'Bad Judge'

By Gregory Robinson

The cast and crew of NBC's upcoming comedy series 'Bad Judge' gathered at the TCA's in which they were grilled by critics about the somewhat racy content of their show.

The single-camera comedy series stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a tough and successful judge serving in the Los Angeles County Courts, however, in her personal life, Judge Wright is a pretty wild party child, who gets drunk and has spontaneous sex in her offices. eventually, she meets an eight-year-old  boy whose parents she'd previously put in the hoosegow.

Walsh said "the character appealed to me. stunted, adolescent traits in men are celebrated, but, not usually in women".

The comedy which stems from the minds of executive producer Anne Heche and creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (Funny or Die) may have to try and balance the wild lifestyle of the lead character with some more, down to earth, moments to keep viewers interested. perhaps the eight-year-old boy is present to keep Wright grounded.

Will you be tuning in to see the exploits of Rebecca Wright? should her character be toned down, or turned up?

'Bad Judge' will premiere on Thursday, October 2 @ 9/8c on NBC.

Check out the trailer below!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Constantine vaporises character, adds mysterious comic book addition

The Upcoming NBC fantasy-drama series 'Constantine' has retired one of its former lead characters.

By Gregory Robinson

'Liv', the original female lead, was played by Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) in the original pilot has been terminated. However, rather than recast the role, a new character will take her place.

The surprising exit is said to be due to 'creative changes' behind the scenes of the show. 

Telemundo star Angelica Celaya will play 'Zed', who originated from the original Hellblazer comic series in which Constantine is based. 

Zed is described as a fan-favourite; an artist who met Constantine in a London alley way and eventually became allies. 

NBC's Constantine is gearing up for a major launch later this year. In the coming weeks, the pilot episode will be screened at Comic Con 2014 ahead of its official primetime, Friday night launch following NBC's equally scary procedural 'Grimm'. 

Are you still looking forward to this spooky comic book drama? Will the show benefit from featuring more characters from the cult-following comic books? 

Constantine is slated to premiere on Friday, October 24 @ 10/9c on NBC!

Check out the trailer below:


NBC developing a new 'Cosby Show'

By Gregory Robinson

NBC has officially confirmed that a new multi-generational comedy series, set to star sitcom legend Bill Cosby, is in development.

The multi-camera family comedy will see a fictionalised Bill Cosby and his three daughters in a large extended family; with husbands, kids and in-laws in a classic, throwback sitcom.

The show is currently being written by Mike Sikowitz and Mike O'Malley, who recently teamed up for the now cancelled NBC single-camera family comedy 'Welcome to the Family' which was cancelled after three episodes.

Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC said "we want to move forward and see diverse groups of people in front and behind the camera. We are proud of our record so far"

NBC's record also consists of two sitcoms which were also fronted by primetime comedy legends - 'The Michael J. Fox Show' starring, you guessed it, Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Spin City) and 'Sean Saves the World' starting Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Smash). 

Greenblatt also put emphasis on the possibility of having an African-American family on their primetime schedule, something which has been absent in recent years with the last successful African-Ametican family sitcom being the UPN/CW hit 'Everybody Hates Chris' which ended in 2009.

"We're trying to get more people into the system, which is the hardest part" said Greenblatt. 

Bill Cosby starred in the iconic CBS comedy 'The Cosby Show' which focused on the Huxtable family, an upper- class African-American family living in New York. 

The 'new' Cosby Show does not have a premiere date, although, the show is expected to premiere next Summer or during the Autumn/Fall.

Incest is 'hot' in MTV's 'Happyland'

MTV's new comedy explores theme parks, rides and sibling relations...

MTV released a teaser of their upcoming series 'Happyland' during their TCA meeting on Friday (July 11).

The promo for the soapy teen comedy, which follows the exploits of the employees at a popular theme park, features lead character Lucy - played by Bianca Santos - has a make out session with the theme parks new resident hottie/character actor Ian, who just so happens to be *SPOILER ALERT* her brother. 

Questions towards the cast and crew, understandably, erupted into the topic of incest and how this may, or may not relate to future story lines. Santos said "Incest is hot and we're all going to have fun..."

In October 2013, MTV ordered Happyland and Faking It to series, both with an 8-episode order. Both comedies are geared towards the audience of MTV's only other successful comedy, Awkward, which returns with brand new episodes in September. 

All three shows address the complexities of teenage relationships; promiscuous, falsely homosexual and incestious galore!  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

MTV Will Take You to 'Shannara'

Fantasy drama adaptation set to join the youth network's line up.

By Gregory R.

MTV has given a straight to series order to new fantasy drama series 'Shannara', based on a series of novels first published in 1977 from author Terry Brooks. 

The first season, which slated to premiere on the network in 2015, will consist of 10 episodes and is set to based on the second book in the franchise 'The Elfstones of Shannara', the network announced at their TCA meeting on Friday (July 11)

The series is set to appeal to MTV's young demographic with numerous opportunities for romance, adventure and suspense. "The story is set in our world, but thousands of years after the destruction of  civilization. The tale is centered on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world."

In December, MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to the project which meant, if the network brass liked the script submitted, a full series would be ordered.

The TV series will be written by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who previously created the superhero drama 'Smallville' which aired for ten successful seasons and has since gained a cult following. 

Jonathan Liebesman, who directed the upcoming blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has now been tapped to direct the first two episodes and will remain as an executive producer.

 John Favreau was originally set to direct the series, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

Sonar entertainment in association with MTV Worldwide is set to produce.