TCA 2011: ABC talks about new series ONCE UPON A TIME and its sustainable concept

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

Dealing the real and fairy tale worlds, ABC’s new fall series ONCE UPON A TIME is filled with the kind of scope that most network’s would be fearful to embark on because of its sustainability. However, Paul Lee, ABC’s Entertainment President feels the show is really going to surprise audiences and at today’s ABC Television Critics Association executive session, he revealed he’s very excited about the future of the show. “We were initially worried we couldn’t sustain it as a full series, but I’ve seen the second and third episode and I’m now fully confident we can sustain it,” says […]Read On »


TCA 2011 News: ABC still working on THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series (and a Marvel character will also be on CASTLE this year)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

With Marvel now part of the Disney (and ABC fold), ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said today during his Television Critics Association executive session that he’s very eager to bring Marvel characters to the network. Currently in development are possible TV iterations of THE INCREDIBLE HULK and AKA JESSICA JONES. “We’re extremely excited about having Marvel in the fold,” says Lee. “With AKA JESSICA JONES and THE HULK, we hopefully have great choices to look at when they come around.” Lee also adds that he would be a hero to his kids if THE HULK works out. “If we got […]Read On »


TCA 2011: Fox addresses recent GLEE controversy, spin-off status and Season 3

The cast of GLEE (L-R: Ashley Fink; Dianna Agron; Lea Michele; Heather Morrison; Kevin McHale; Jenna Ushkowitz; Amber Riley, Naya Rivera) visits New York in the Season 2 finale - "New York" | ©2011 Fox/Craig Blankenhorn

With GLEE entering Season 3, controversy has dogged the Fox show in the last few weeks. Some of it stems with co-creator Ryan Murphy talking about writing three of the show’s primary leads off the show (Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith) at the end of this season by having them graduating, but failing to mention he was quietly developing a spin-off for them. It all blew up in everyone’s face, with tons of back-pedaling, and at today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association executive session, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about it from the network perspective. “The public nature […]Read On »


TCA 2011: HOUSE – Season 8 may or may not be the final season on Fox

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season Seven | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Justin Stephens

With HOUSE returning for Season 8 with a leaner cast this fall, and a long negotiation process that delayed the announcement it would be returning, the question mark of whether the show will return for a Season 9 was in the air at today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association session for Fox. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says he still has no word if this will be the show’s final season. “I can’t confirm it’s the last season,” says Reilly. “Hugh [Laurie] is mulling it. The producers are. This is the original team of creators who have been there from […]Read On »


TCA 2011: NBC reveals the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie

Jason Ritter in THE EVENT - Season 1 - "Inostranka" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

While speaking with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at this summer’s 2011 TCA, ASSIGNMENT X asked about the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie. Although things aren’t set in stone, Greenblatt does hint that a final decision about its ultimate fate could be decided quite soon. “It’s been discussed with Syfy and a few weeks ago it seemed more possible than it does today, but I honestly don’t know,” says Greenblatt. However, Greenblatt is quick to point out that THE EVENT, if it does get this last-minute reprise, will not air on NBC. “If it happens, it would definitely be […]Read On »


TCA 2011: NBC is confident THE OFFICE will do well despite Steve Carell’s exit and James Spader being added

James Spader in THE OFFICE - Season 7 - "Search Committee" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

With THE OFFICE losing Steve Carell this season, and James Spader coming in to fill that gap, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is confident the  show will continue to prosper on Thursday nights. “My expectations are always very measured, so that we can under-expect and hopefully over-deliver,” says Greenblatt. “THE OFFICE is a very important to us. Like I said a few minutes ago, it’s our number one show in all kinds of demos. Shows go through transitions as they age and I think losing Steve is one of those. And I was at the first table reading a couple […]Read On »


TCA 2011: NBC says they are committed to DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Melissa Reeves in DAYS OF OUR LIVES | ©2011 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

With CBS and ABC shuddering their long-running soaps, NBC is still fully committed to its daytime soap warhorse DAYS OF OUR LIVES. “It’s the only soap we have and I think it does relatively well for us,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s 2011 Summer TCA press session. Greenblatt also says the other networks shedding their schedules of soaps could also open up more of an audience for NBC’s DAYS, but Greenblatt cautions that this genre may “sort of be going into the twilight years of its existence with all the other talk shows and syndicated shows that are […]Read On »


TCA 2011: NBC Chairman is confident THE PLAYBOY CLUB won’t be boycotted by any other affiliates

Amber Heard in THE PLAYBOY CLUB - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/John Russo

With NBC’s Utah affiliate KSL refusing to air NBC’s new period drama THE PLAYBOY CLUB, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said today at NBC’s Summer TCA session that he doesn’t anticipate any other affiliate stations dropping out before the show debuts in the fall. “I think every other affiliate will be airing the show and are on board,” says Greenblatt. “I guess I wasn’t completely surprised. That brand name is a little polarizing, even though I think the show isn’t at all that revealing. But that station in Utah doesn’t program SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – they don’t take it. So […]Read On »


TCA 2011: NBC inks new deal with THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION producer Greg Daniels which includes animation

Steve Carell in THE OFFICE - Season Seven - "Counseling" | ©2010 NBC/Chris Haston

With the success of THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC’s Thursday night schedule, NBC announced today they’ve nabbed Greg Daniels(who executive producers those two series) for a new development deal. “Greg and I had the chance to work together a number of years ago at the Fox network when he was launching KING OF THE HILL, which I think ran 13 years,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at the today’s NBC TCA press tour. “It’s a new deal to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, which is something that Greg is […]Read On »


TCA 2011 News: TRUE BLOOD Season 5 scoop plus E.P. Alan Ball returning for another year

Anna Paquin in TRUE BLOOD - Season 4 - "I'm Alive and on Fire" | ©2011 HBO/John P. Johnson

At today’s HBO session at the Summer 2011 TCA in Beverly Hills, TRUE BLOOD executive producer Alan Ball says he’s definitely on board for Season 5 of the series that stars Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse. “There will be an end for me on this show at some point, but I just closed a deal to do another season,” says Ball.  “I don’t have any desire to leave, because I’ve had more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.” As for scoops on the new seasons, Ball reveals they will be showing how one of the vampires were “made” […]Read On »

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