NBC has renewed Ellen’s Game of Games for a 3rd season.
NBC has canceled Trial & Error.
Betty White is 97 today.
“The final season of Broad City launches with the celebration of an important milestone. Abbi is turning 30 and in honor of her birthday, she and Ilana are walking the city of Manhattan from top to bottom — and they're documenting the whole thing on social media. ‘This is going to be the lit-iest story ever,’ proclaims Ilana into her phone. The first official look at the episode, which dropped Wednesday (watch in the player, above), unfolds like an Instagram Story as Abbi and Ilana get #workoutchic and prepare to share the NYC adventure with followers. In fact, the entire first episode is filmed as if it's being shared in real time. In an innovative narrative approach, the episode is presented through a story on Ilana's phone as the duo set out — armed with maps, fluids and heavily discounted, high-end footwear. The even bigger milestone is that the the fifth-season premiere (Jan. 24) launches the final season of the critically acclaimed comedy from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The co-creators and stars will be saying goodbye to the TV alter egos they created for the screen 10 years ago, first with a web series before launching the Comedy Central comedy, which follows Abbi and Ilana as they navigate life in New York.”
AT&T Audience Network has announced upcoming dates for original programming: Season 6 of Undeniable with Dan Patrick premieres January 30 and season 4 of You Me Her premieres April 9.
Which Frye Festival documentary should you watch? The answer is probably neither of them, but I’m sure I’ll indulge.
Brittany and Jax will not sign a prenup. Not sure that’s news, but just play along.
“We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios. Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel for up to two weeks at a later date in 2019.” Klum made the announcement herself in a video posted to Instagram last week. Interested candidates are asked to submit a two-to-four-minute introductory video, two photos “showing your own personal style,” and a link to a digital portfolio of their work. Applicants must be over 21 years of age, but there doesn’t appear to be a restriction on what countries contestants must come from. That’s in line with what Klum and Gunn revealed last fall when the former Project Runway co-hosts announced they were leaving the Lifetime show after 16 years at the helm. Klum told reporters the new series would feature global fashion and designers, rather than focusing on just the United States. Gunn, meantime, said working with Amazon would add a new interactive element, with viewers able to buy the designs seen on the show immediately afterward on Amazon.com.”
“In a competitive situation, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights exec producer Jason Katims has signed a multiple-year overall deal with Apple. The exclusive deal, which becomes effective in the summer when his pact with Universal TV expires, will see Katims create and develop new projects for the iPhone maker via his True Jack Productions banner.
“Katims will remain actively involved in the two projects he currently has set up via his Universal TV pact — Netflix's straight-to-series space drama Away (which he co-writes with his collaborator on Hulu's The Path, Andrew Hinderaker) and Fox's Sisters, which is in development at Fox (with The Path's Annie Weisman penning the script).
“Katims' move to Apple reunites him with Michelle Lee, who served as the first head of development at True Jack. Lee now serves as a creative executive on Apple's creative development team, led by Matt Cherniss. True Jack's current head of development, Jeni Mulein, who joined the company in April 2018 to replace Lee, will also make the move to Apple.
“The prolific writer-producer started his career on My So-Called Life before serving as showrunner on Relativity and Roswell as well as Boston Public. He has been a staple on broadcast with critical hits Friday Night Lights, for which he earned a writing Emmy, and Parenthood. On the streaming side, his first series was The Path for Hulu before Netflix picked up Away last year.
“Katims becomes the latest broadcast studio-focused showrunner to jump to a tech giant, joining prolific producers including Ryan Murphy (who left 20th TV), Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris (who both departed from ABC Studios) — who all moved to Netflix — and Justin Lin, with the latter having exited his longtime home at Sony TV last year for a pact with Apple. Since Rhimes' move to Netflix, many top showrunners have taken a closer look at their worth as the overall deals space continues to explode with rich pacts given the demand for proved hit-makers.
“Katims also joins former collaborator Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Rise) at Apple. She became the first showrunner to sign a rich ($10 million) overall deal at Apple. Ehrin, too, left at the end of her Universal Television pact. Apple has since inked content deals with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Sesame Workshop and the company behind Peanuts.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Steve Carell and The Office creator Greg Daniels are reuniting for a Netflix series inspired by President Trump's idea for a space force as the sixth branch of the military.
“Netflix has handed out a straight-to-series order for Space Force, co-created by Carell and his former Office showrunner Daniels. Carell will star in the series, which is described as a workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services — Space Force. Sources note the idea for the series was sparked with Trump's June order to establish Space Force as the sixth military branch.
“Daniels will exec produce alongside Carell and 3 Arts' Howard Klein, with the trio reuniting following their collaboration on NBC's The Office. An episode count has not been determined as scripts for the comedy have yet to be written.
“Sources say Carell's salary for Space Force — including co-creator and exec producer fees — sets a new overall record for talent, likely topping the $1 million per episode paydays that the cast of CBS' The Big Bang Theory previously netted. With The Office ranking as one of Netflix's most-watched acquired series — sources note that it often collects more viewers than some of its originals — the streamer stepped up after hearing Carell was ready to return to series-regular television and aggressively pursued the series. The show was not shopped elsewhere.
“Space Force is Carell's latest TV foray and first long-term commitment since he wrapped his seven-season run on NBC's The Office. Carell, currently starring in features Beautiful Boy, Vice and Welcome to Marwen, signed on as the male lead in Apple's Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show drama. Sources note that Carell signed a one-year deal for the Apple show, which was picked up with a straight-to-series, two-season 20-episode order. He is said to be credited as a "special guest star" for that series, which is expected to unspool as one of Apple's first scripted originals in the summer.
“Daniels, who developed the U.K. version of The Office for NBC, next has Amazon's sci-fi romantic satire Upload in the works. Daniels serves as showrunner and exec produces the comedy alongside his producing partner Klein.
“A teaser, released by Netflix on Wednesday, offers a closer look at what to expect from Space Force: ‘The goal of the new branch is to “defend satellites from attack’ and 'perform other space-related tasks'…or something. This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out.’"
Per Deadline, “Mad Men alumna January Jones is set to play a lead opposite Kaya Scodelario in Spinning Out, Netflix’s upcoming drama series set in the world of competitive figure skating.
“Created by Samantha Stratton (Mr. Mercedes), a former competitive figure skater herself, Spinning Out centers on Kat Baker (Scodelario), an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with talented bad-boy partner Justin (Evan Roderick), she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and Justin will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.
“Jones will play Carol Baker, Kat (Scodelario) and Serena’s (Willow Shields) mother. Carol is a former high-level figure skater who had to forfeit her dreams when she became pregnant with her oldest daughter at a young age. The head of the Baker family, Carol fiercely pushes both her girls to become Olympians in order to fulfill the dream she could never achieve herself. Simultaneously, she struggles with personal demons that threaten to ruin her relationship with her daughters, the thing she values about all else.
“Previously announced cast also includes Johnny Weir as Gabe, Sarah Wright Olsen as Mandy, Will Kemp as Mitch, Kaitlyn Leeb as Leah, Amanda Zhou as Jenn, and Mitchell Edwards as Marcus.
“Stratton and Lara Olsen executive produce and serve as co-showrunners on the series. Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold executive produce via Safehouse Pictures. The company’s Matt Schwartz serves as co-executive producer. Liz Allen (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) will direct and executive produce the pilot and second episode.”
Per Rolling Stone, “Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 20 Feet From Stardom) will highlight Rick Rubin’s eclectic resumé and unique creative process in Shangri-La, an upcoming documentary series about the acclaimed music producer. A ‘work-in-progress’ cut will screen at the 2019 SXSW Festival, scheduled for March 8th-17th in Austin, Texas; the full project will air later in the year on Showtime.
“Neville and Rubin will executive produce Shangri-La along with Jeff Malmberg, Danny Breen, Michael Goldberg, Eric Lynn, Isaac Heymann, Dianna Schmederman and Jason Schrift. Malmberg (editor of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) will direct two episodes of the series, which is set at (and named after) Rubin’s Malibu, California recording studio.
“Rubin began his career in the 1980s, co-founding Def Jam Records as a senior at New York University; at the label, he helped launch the careers of pioneering hip-hop acts like Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. Over the decades, his production skills have translated to seemingly every genre – from rap (Eminem, Kanye West, Jay Z) to soul-pop (Adele) to country (Johnny Cash) to progressive rock (the Mars Volta) to metal (Black Sabbath), helping him rack up eight Grammy awards and 15 nominations.
“The producer’s most recent work includes Smashing Pumpkins’ 2018 album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., Billy Corgan’s 2017 solo record, Ogilala, and Eminem’s LP from the same year, Revival.”