or


[07/27/12 - 11:20 AM]
ABC at TCA: Lee "Optimistic" About "Modern Family" Negotiations
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- "We're in the middle of negotiations at the moment," ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee told reporters at the network's executive session at the TCA Summer Press Tour about its much-publicized talks with the cast of "Modern Family" and producer 20th Century Fox Television. "And we're hopeful, we're optimistic that we'll be able to resolve it." The word "optimistic" was used four times by the executive in response to various attempts by reporters to get specifics of the negotiations. Not surprisingly - and understandably - Lee stuck to the script of avoiding comment beyond "it's a wonderful show" and "we are optimistic about it."

Ultimately, Lee only let one piece of hard news slip during the session: the network is re-piloting "Kings of Van Nuys," its attempt to import the U.K. comedy "Only Fools and Horses." John Leguizamo, Christpher Lloyd, Wendi McLendon-Covey, B.J. Bales and Dustin Ybarra starred in the original pilot shot this past spring from writers Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg. Lee would later add that no recastings are planned. "We're going to give it another crack," he told me in the post-session scrum. "It's one that I have a little glint in my eye for."

Lee likewise affirmed his intentions to re-pilot CBS castoff "Super Fun Night," starring Rebel Wilson. "We're likely to make that show a single-camera [comedy], which I think is perfect for us," he said. "If we can get that right she could be a great compliment to our comedies."

As for other topics:

-- On why "The Neighbors" and "Suburgatory" were swapped on Wednesday nights: "I think 'The Neighbors' sits better in the 8:00 hour than the 9:00 hour. And you know what? Candidly, there's so much pressure at 9:30 after "Modern Family." I wanted to make sure that people started to enjoy the show because I want it to be on the air for a very long time." Adding, "'Suburgatory' is such a good show, we think that's going to be a really good bridge for 'Modern Family' through to 'Nashville,' maybe a better bridge than 'Neighbors.' And we think 'Neighbors' is going to be a better bridge from 'Middle' through to 'Modern Family.'"

-- On if "Rookie Blue" could work in season rather during the summer: "We have not made a decision to put it in the season. We think it is a really strong player for us, and we are actually looking for next summer to do more plays like that."

-- Lee hasn't passed on a second season of "Duets." "I mean, look, we haven't made a decision about it yet," he said. "You know, I think our cast was fantastic, and we love the twist that you actually had Jennifer Nettles or Kelly Clarkson getting up there and doing a scene, not just being the judges. You know, reality is hard because it's very much more difficult now to find the shock of the new." As for fellow summer entry "The Glass House," Lee admitted that the network's legal dust up with CBS "was totally worth it... we were right in the lawsuit, and that lawsuit is over."

-- On why they passed on "Gotham": "We were super excited by some of the shows that we had... so it's a very high bar to meet. And we had less needs this year than we did last year. You know, if you remember, I would think there were something like seven new shows that we brought out. So, look, in the end, it didn't quite make it."





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DUETS (ABC)
· GLASS HOUSE, THE (ABC)
· GOTHAM (ABC)
· KINGS OF VAN NUYS (ABC)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· NASHVILLE (ABC)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· ROOKIE BLUE (ABC)
· SUBURGATORY (ABC)
· SUPER FUN NIGHT (CBS)









[05/05/15 - 02:34 PM]
The CW Pulls "Cedric's Barber Battle" from Friday Lineup
Back-to-back episodes of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will now fill the 8:00/7:00c hour.

[05/05/15 - 02:31 PM]
Syfy and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television Reuniting to Develop Aldous Huxley's Classic Novel "Brave New World"
In the series, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in "hatcheries."

[05/05/15 - 01:07 PM]
It's Time to Get Saved with Lifetime(R)'s All-New Docuseries, "Preach" Premiering June 5
The six-episode series follows four powerful female leaders who believe God has given them the ability to heal the sick, see the future and rid people of their addictions.

[05/05/15 - 12:50 PM]
College Softball Conference Tournaments: 50 Games, 11 Championships
The ACC Championship Game (ESPN) and American Athletic Conference Championship Game (ESPN2) will be televised Saturday, May 9.

[05/05/15 - 12:45 PM]
Production Begins in Pittsburgh on WGN America's "Outsiders," New Original Drama Series from Peter Mattei, Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti
David Morse, Joe Anderson, Thomas M. Wright and Ryan Hurst star in the 13-episode series, due in early 2016.

[05/05/15 - 12:34 PM]
U.S. Women's National Team Preps for World Cup in Two Send-Off Series Matches on FOX Sports 1
The series begins on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, with an important friendly against the Republic of Ireland, followed by a match against Mexico on Sunday, May 17.

[05/05/15 - 12:24 PM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Original Movie, "Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery" Becomes the Network's Most-Watched Film Among W25-54, Households, and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, May 2.

[05/05/15 - 12:01 PM]
C. Thomas Howell and Henry Rollins to Guest Star in ABC Family's New Procedural Drama "Stitchers"
Howell will guest star in a recurring role as Daniel, a mysterious person Kirsten (series star Emma Ishta) knew long ago.

[05/05/15 - 11:48 AM]
Esquire Network Partners with Buick for "Knife Fight" Season Three - Debuts Short-Form Series "Eat Like a Man"
Select episodes feature on-air "pantry tours" with host Ilan Hall sourcing the latest secret ingredients in the Buick Regal GS.

[05/05/15 - 11:46 AM]
Josh Charles Joins Hit Series "Masters of Sex" in a Major Guest-Starring Role
He'll play Daniel Logan, a self-made businessman working in the scent industry.

[05/05/15 - 11:03 AM]
E! Continues to Expand Pop Culture Prowess with Two New Series and Dynamic Original Development Slate
"The Comment Section" and "Just Jillian" are on tap for late summer 2015 and early 2016, respectively.

[05/05/15 - 10:08 AM]
Poppy Montgomery Guest Stars in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love" Premiering June 6
Eric Mabius, Kristin Booth, Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson return for this world premiere two-hour movie from Martha Williamson.

[05/05/15 - 09:19 AM]
Chiller Unveils 2015-2016 Original Programming, Including Original Movies and Network's First-Ever Original Series
"Slasher" follows the plight of a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders - based on the widely-known, grisly killings of her parents.

[05/05/15 - 09:14 AM]
HBO Offers Bonus Presentation of "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Next Sunday, May 10
Widely acclaimed at film festivals and in its recent limited theatrical run, the documentary debuted Monday, May 4.

[05/05/15 - 09:06 AM]
"Conan" to Film from Comic-Con(R) International July 8-11
This will mark the first time ever a late-night show has broadcast from San Diego during Comic-Con.