TCA News: LIFE’S TOO SHORT for STAR WARS star Warwick Davis

Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis in LIFE'S TOO SHORT | ©2012 HBO

For the new HBO faux documentary series LIFE’S TOO SHORT (debuting February 19), Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have created a comedy centered around Warwick Davis – the little star of STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: RETURN OF THE JEDI (he played Wicket the Ewok), LEPRECHAUN, WILLOW and most recently HARRY POTTER. “I do talk about about most of the work I’ve done in the series particularly WILLOW comes up a lot,” says Warwick from HBO’s TCA press day. “We did some stuff on LEPRECHAUN. A lot of my body of work I talk about and my career, but WILLOW would …Read On »

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TCA News: DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT. 23 lets James Van Der Beek be James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek in DON'T TRUST THE B---- IN APT. 23 - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

In the new ABC comedy DON’T TRUST THE B IN APT.23, James Van Der Beek plays a character named James Van Der Beek, although it’s a character that’s pretty far from himself. “I auditioned against six other James Van Der Beeks for this role,” Van Der Beek says with a laugh, while speaking at today’s ABC TCA press conference. “I was lucky that four of them were not actors, and two of them didn’t speak English.” While Van Der Beek still carries his first TV role DAWSON’S CREEK with him, he also enjoys getting the chance of making fun of …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC says DANCING WITH THE STARS will be on the air for years to come

Karina Smirnoff and J.R. Martinez win the mirror ball on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 13 finale | ©2011 ABC/Adam Taylor

While reality show hits seem to wane and wax over the years, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says he expects DANCING WITH THE STARS to remain on the schedule for years to come. “Obviously each year the casting sometimes tells you where it’s going to come out. Although, I have to say we started with a weaker cast this year, and with J.R. [Martinez] winning it, it was a wonderful storyline,” says Lee. “Look how much THE BACHELOR has lasted and done so strongly for us. It’s romantic. It’s right in the heart of our brand, so I personally …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC talks about the eight episode THE RIVER order and its future beyond Season 1

Bruce Greenwood in THE RIVER - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

One of the most ambitious (and utterly different) series to air this season is the new ABC thriller THE RIVER which comes from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY creator Oren Peli and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The series follows a documentary crew going down the Amazon River to search for a missing in action TV personality adventurer. What they find could very well be not of this earth. At today’s ABC TCA panel, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says the faux documentary series works perfectly as an eight episode first season. “Early on when we were about to pick it up, I …Read On »

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TCA News: The future of GREY’S ANATOMY is secure says ABC

Patrick Dempsey in GREY'S ANATOMY | ©ABC/Bob D'Amico

While GREY’S ANATOMY continues to be a strong player on Thursday nights on ABC, it’s future looks bright this season and beyond according to ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee. “GREY’S came roaring back and it’s creatively still at the top of its form,” says Lee. “[Creator] Shondra [Rhimes] has a vision like no one else. She knows what she’s doing and where she’s going. We’ve heard her vision, not just for the end of the this season, but for beyond and it’s really, really strong. I’m feeling very good about the show.” (additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante) LET YOUR …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC talks about the success of ONCE UPON A TIME

Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

One of the biggest surprises of the fall season has been ABC’s fairy tale series ONCE UPON A TIME – a show that was very ambitious, but started with an uncertainty as to whether fans would stick with its rich mythology week after week. The series has proven to be a phenomenal success and at ABC’s TCA press conference today, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says its success rests on the quality of the show, the marketing push and delaying its premiere to October so it wouldn’t get lost in the clutter of the other fall shows. “In terms …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC says COUGAR TOWN will return for Season 3 as early as March

Busy Philipps, Josh Hopkins, Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt, Ian Gomez, Christa Miller and Dan Byrd in COUGAR TOWN - Season 3 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

The ABC series comedy series COUGAR TOWN starring Courteney Cox may feel as if it’s been eternally benched this entire year, yet at today’s ABC TCA press session, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says that they already have a plan of where it will land on its schedule. “We have an idea where it is, but not quite ready to announce it,” says Lee, though he does confirm it is tentatively scheduled for March. “We didn’t have a place early on for it and when it comes back we hope it will do extremely well,” says Lee. “COUGAR is …Read On »

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TCA News: With movie ELIXER, ABC Family brings more musical programming to the net

ABC Family President Michael Riley | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

As ABC Family continues to have success with various series in different genres like SWITCHED AT BIRTH, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and MELISSA AND JOEY, the next phase of development for President Michael Riley is bringing more musical programming to the net. “Music is a direction we want to weave more into our programming,” says Riley at today’s TCA press event. First up is a made-for-TV musical called ELIXER starring Chelsea Kane and Jane Seymour about a mother who takes a youth potion and decides to crash her estranged daughter’s wedding to save her from marrying the wrong man. “We started …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC Family thrilled with the success of THE LYING GAME

Alexandra Chando plays twins in THE LYING GAME | ©2011 ABC Family/Colleen Hayes

While THE LYING GAME performed well during the first half of Season 1 last summer, ABC Family President Michael Riley says the slight changes made to the second half of the season and a time slot shift this month has rewarded the net with another super hit. “We knew we had something special last summer,” Riley says at today’s TCA ABC Family press conference. “We had had five shows that we put into production. That was double the number of new shows we’ve had ant any given moment. We knew as a cable network, we didn’t want to launch everything …Read On »

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TCA News: CHLOE KING made-for-TV movie in development at ABC Family

Skyler Samuels in THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING - Season 1 - "Heartbreaker"| ©2011 ABC Family/Eric McCandless

Even though THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING didn’t get renewed for a second season on ABC Family, there is potentially good news on the horizon. At today’s TCA press session, ABC Family President Michael Riley says they are currently developing a made-for-TV movie continuing the adventures of the characters from the genre series about a girl who discovers she has cat-like super powers. “That was a great example of a great show where we loved the writing and for us it was about making some decisions and we had to choose what was resonating stronger with the audience,” says …Read On »

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