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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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TCA 2011 News: DOCTOR WHO might consider more U.S.-based stories in the future

Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 3 | ©2011 BBC

After the DOCTOR WHO series made a brief tour of the U.S. in Series 6  by actually shooting in the states for the first time, showrunner Steven Moffat wouldn’t rule out the idea of revisiting America again for the show – but only if it’s right. “It’s entirely about story,” says Moffat while at today’s Summer 2011 TCA tour in Beverly Hills. “I don’t think in order to make DOCTOR WHO [appeal to]  Americans you have to do stories set in America. Americans are not going to wish there were more series set in America. It’s story driven. [America] is […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: Who is new DOCTOR WHO Matt Smith’s Favorite WHO?

Matt Smith in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 1 | ©2011 BBC

At today’s 2011 TCA press tour in Beverly Hills, Matt Smith was asked who his favorite DOCTOR WHO was, and the answer is … second Doctor Patrick Troughton. “What’s wonderful about him is he’s weird and peculiar, but he’s not asking you to think he’s weird or peculiar,” says Smith. The actor also spoke about how being a younger Doctor actually helped give a new dimension to the character. “It worked in my favor,” says Smith. “There’s something funny about a young face and an old soul. It allows you to reinvent being old. So that was interesting. When I […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: Steven Moffat confirms DOCTOR WHO is “against Hitler”

Matt Smith in DOCTOR WHO - Series 6 - Episode 4 | ©2011 BBC

Much has been written about the forthcoming DOCTOR WHO episode “Let’s Kill Hitler” at today’s Summer TCA session in Beverly Hills, DOCTOR WHO showrunner Steven Moffat chimed in about any quasi-controversy. “Unequivocally, we’re against Hitler,” says Moffat. “I think he was a bad thing and I’m glad he’s gone. The worst thing you could do to that awful man is to take the Mickey out of him on DOCTOR WHO. We’re not really going to save Hitler. He’s dead already.” DOCTOR WHO resumes Series 6 on August 27, 2011 on BBC and BBC America.   Click on Link: For More […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: BEDLAM to bring the ‘scary’ to BBC America

Theo James in BEDLAM - Series 1 | ©2011 BBC America/Jonathan Ford for Sky Living

At today’s TCA session, BBC America announced that they’re so impressed with the new supernatural series BEDLAM that they decided to move up its airdate from October 8 to October 1 so it can follow the season finale of DOCTOR WHO. The series is set in an old Victorian lunatic asylum that’s been converted into apartments and follows a young man name Jed (Theo James) who begins to have visions of the ghosts that are still residing there – and those ghosts are very angry. “We were influenced by THE SHINING and Japanese horror films,” says creator David Allison. “We […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BREAKOUT KINGS captures PRISON BREAK creators Matt Olmstead & Nick Santora

Domenick Lombardozzi, Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin & Serinda Swan in BREAKOUT KINGS - Season 1 | ©2011 A&E

In A&E’s new scripted action drama series BREAKOUT KINGS, airing Sundays at 10 PM, two United States Marshals, played by Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi, enlist/coerce the aid of three convicts (Jimmi Simpson, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Ryan) in recapturing prison escapees. Matt Olmstead and Rick Santora, who worked as a team for four years on PRISON BREAK, are the creators/executive producers of BREAKOUT KINGS and talk to us about why they are returning to jail with their storytelling. ASSIGNMENT X: What is the genesis of BREAKOUT KINGS? MATT OLMSTEAD: For me on PRISON BREAK, probably year two or three, Santora […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about Wednesday’s forthcoming three-hour comedy block

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At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee spoke about the decision to program a three-hour comedy block on Wednesday night, with the addition of new comedies HAPPY ENDINGS and MR. SUNSHINE starring Matthew Perry paired up with its already solid performers of THE MIDDLE, BETTER WITH YOU, MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN. “It’s certainly a risk,” admits Lee. “There is an appetite for comedies. Do audiences have an appetite of comedy at 10:00 pm? Yes, we know that’s true. It’s certainly a risk. We thought that HAPPY ENDINGS, which is an adult show, had […]Read On »

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