or


[07/16/07 - 11:34 AM]
NBC Announces Updates on New Scripted Series Projects and Universal Media Studios Creative Deals for 2007-08
The pacts include an exclusive, first-look deal with independent film producer Charles Corwin ("Half Nelson," "The Squid and the Whale") with Universal Media Studios and NBC, and the drama pilot "Backyards and Bullets," with Emmy winner Charles McDougall ("The Tudors") as director and executive producer.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC ANNOUNCES UPDATES ON NEW SCRIPTED SERIES PROJECTS AND UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS CREATIVE DEALS FOR 2007-08

Announcements Include Independent Film Producer Charles Corwin ("Half Nelson," "The Squid and the Whale"), Who Signs Exclusive, First-look Deal with Universal Media Studios and NBC

Drama Pilot "Backyards and Bullets" Added to Development Plans

Michelle Nader ("King of Queens") Also Joins Comedy Pilot "Kath & Kim" as Executive Producer While Gary Scott Thompson (NBC's "Las Vegas") Is Named as Executive Producer of U.S. English-language Version of Telenovela "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso"

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- July 16, 2007 -- Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, today made several announcements regarding some of NBC's new scripted series projects for 2007-08, including an exclusive, first-look deal with independent film producer Charles Corwin ("Half Nelson," "The Squid and the Whale") with Universal Media Studios and NBC, and the drama pilot "Backyards and Bullets," with Emmy winner Charles McDougall ("The Tudors") as director and executive producer.

In addition, Silverman named Michelle Nader ("King of Queens"), who joins the comedy pilot "Kath & Kim" as executive producer and also named Gary Scott Thompson (NBC's "Las Vegas") as executive producer of the U.S. English-language version of the Colombian telenovela "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso/Without Breasts There Is No Paradise" (working title).

"We are looking to take bold steps in our development slate and these are only a few of our ambitious efforts that are in the creative pipeline," said Silverman. "As is evident, these programs are in different stages of development and are indicative of the fact that we are aggressively targeting a variety of arenas and talents."

Details of the scripted projects and creative deals follow:

Corwin joins Universal Media Studios and NBC after producing the independent film "The Squid and the Whale," which received Oscar, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations, and won Sundance Film Festival Awards. He also was executive producer of "Half Nelson" (starring Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling). He served as executive producer on the recent cable reality series "Miami Ink" and the upcoming "Storm Chasers" and is executive producer of the upcoming series "L.A. Ink."

In the drama pilot "Backyards & Bullets" (working title), the bucolic suburb of Ridgeview, Wisconsin seems like the perfect place to live: pristinely manicured lawns, friendly hellos and a community that looks out for its own. But big-city crime is spilling into the bedroom town, forcing Ridgeview's Neighborhood Watch group to take matters into their own hands. In this light look at a new form of suburban justice, Lonnie -- the new Chief Detective -- finds himself in a world where blackmail and murder walk hand-in-hand with recycling, barbeques and soccer games. Ed Decter & John Strauss (both for "There's Something About Mary," "The Santa Clause") are the writers and executive producers; Jamie Tarses, Charles McDougall ("The Tudors") and Gavin Polone also are executive producers. Emmy Award winner McDougall ("Desperate Housewives") is the director of the pilot, which is produced by Sony Television and Pariah.

Michelle Nader ("King of Queens") becomes executive producer of "Kath & Kim," a comedy pilot adapted from Australia's hit comedy -- a look into the minutiae of middle-class suburbia that digs deep into the daily lives of Kath, a cheerful, forty-something divorcee, and her obscenely self-absorbed daughter, Kim. It's the love and hate, push and pull, of the dysfunctional relationship only a mother and daughter could share. Original series creators and stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner will serve as executive producers of the pilot along with fellow executive producers Nader and Rick McKenna. The series is a production from Reveille for Universal Media Studios.

Thompson, the creator and executive producer of "Las Vegas" since its premiere in 2003, also wrote the hit feature film "The Fast and the Furious." The previously announced "Sin Tetas" telenovela is based on a best-selling, true-to-life novel of the same name that tells the story of Catalina, a young woman seduced by a world of easy-money, who agonizes that her figure is a barrier to deliverance from poverty and a pampered life as a drug-trafficker's lover. NBC Universal and Telemundo acquired the rights to "Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso" from Colombian production company, Canal Caracol.





  [july 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BACKYARDS & BULLETS (NBC)
· KATH & KIM (NBC)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· LAS VEGAS (NBC)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· WITHOUT BREASTS THERE IS NO PARADISE (NBC)





[07/28/16 - 12:43 PM]
TLC's "Playhouse Masters" Climbs Into Imaginative Spaces
Tyson and Audy Leavitt create the most elaborate, over-the-top playhouses out of their family-run shop called "Charmed Playhouses."

[07/28/16 - 11:24 AM]
#Squadgoals Takes on New Meaning in an All New Season of Velocity's "Garage Squad"
The all new season starring National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Bruno Massel, lead mechanic Joe Zolper, and co-host Heather Storm premieres Wednesday, August 24.

[07/28/16 - 11:18 AM]
TBS Greenlights Digital Animated Series "Storyville" and Begins Development on Notorious B.I.G.-Inspired Series
Musicians, actors, comedians, writers and artists will tell true life stories which will be animated in rich detail, exposing the sheer absurdity of celebrity life in all of its glory.

[07/28/16 - 10:26 AM]
Esquire Network Greenlights New Seasons of Hit Documentary Franchise "Friday Night Tykes" and Spin-Off "Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country"
A combination of fan-favorite teams are set to return, with all-new teams presenting an authentic look at the cultural phenomenon that is American football.

[07/28/16 - 10:03 AM]
PBS to Present "Spotlight Education," A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America's Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17
The stunt features eleven films and documentaries on local PBS stations September 12-17.

[07/28/16 - 10:02 AM]
PBS and American Experience Announce "The Great War" to Premiere April 2017
The six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917.

[07/28/16 - 10:01 AM]
Frontline on PBS Presents "Divided States of America," A Look at the Polarized Nation the Next President Will Inherit
The four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have revealed deep divisions in our country, and examines the America the next president will inherit.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Lin-Manuel Miranda - Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Creator of Broadway Smash Hit Hamilton - Hosts Sixth Annual PBS Arts Fall Festival
"Hamilton's America" gives viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues' creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Taps Charles Dance to Narrate Epic Global Miniseres Event "Savage Kingdom"
The project is a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Disney XD Picks Up Second Season of Its Innovative Hidden-Camera Prank Series "Walk the Prank"
The series has reached 35.4 million viewers including 13.2 million Kids 6-14 and 6.3 million Boys 6-14 on Disney XD and Disney Channel.

[07/28/16 - 09:56 AM]
El Rey Network's Original Wrestling Series "Lucha Underground" Returns for Season 3 on Wednesday, September 7 at 8PM ET
Masked heroes and villains will continue to battle it out for wrestling supremacy in the hour-long weekly series, giving fans a ringside seat to the blood-pumping, chant-starting lucha libre drama and excitement.

[07/28/16 - 09:16 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Seal Another Victory
The Peacock once again is the evening's most-watched network in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/28/16 - 09:05 AM]
FYI(TM) Greenlights New Original Series "Kiss Bang Love"
In "Kiss Bang Love," singles searching for love will participate in a new social experiment to find their match based on blindfolded kissing.

[07/28/16 - 09:04 AM]
Make a Date with Adult Swim's New Drive-In Tour - 10 Cities Host Nights of Fun and Freebies!
Each stop of the five-week, 10-city national tour, brings an ultimate exclusive sneak peek at unaired episodes, never-before-seen pilots and specials, and loads of other Adult Swim favorites.

[07/28/16 - 08:52 AM]
HBO Renews "Ballers" for Third Season
"Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the 'Ballers' team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers," said Casey Bloys.