NBC's Jay Leno not feeling all the love | Show Tracker | Los Angeles Times
ABC and CBS have asked their stars not to appear on Leno's new 10 p.m. show because they don't want to take the chance of stealing viewers from their own networks that air expensive dramas in the 10 p.m. slot. [Read More]
Steve Harvey joins 'Good Morning America' | The Associated Press
ABC says comedian Steve Harvey is joining "Good Morning America" for reports on family and relationship topics. Harvey's first segment is scheduled for Wednesday's broadcast. [Read More]
ABC in search of "The Fast & the Funniest" comedians | Hollywood Reporter
ABC has ordered a new reality competition show from two "Last Comic Standing" producers in which comedians have to be funny on the fly. In "The Fast & the Funniest," a group of stand-ups travel cross-country competing in challenges and performances. The first three to reach the final destination will perform for a cash prize. The project's order is contingent on casting, with APA-repped Page Hurwitz and Javier Winnik producing the show. [Read More]
Chris Kattan returns to tv in ABC's "The Middle" | Hollywood Reporter
Chris Kattan has landed his first post-"Saturday Night Live" TV series. The 10-year "SNL" veteran has joined ABC's new comedy "The Middle" as a regular. Kattan, who guest-starred in the pilot, will play Bob, a good friend of fellow car salesman Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton). [Read More]
ABC sacks comedy chief over Chaser's 'wish' skit | The Age
The ABC has dumped its head of TV comedy after investigating how the Chaser's now-infamous skit on dying children went to air last week. ABC managing director Mark Scott tonight said the head of TV comedy, Amanda Duthie, had been sacked after a review of the processes that led to the screening of the "Make A Realistic Wish" segment on Wednesday night. Ms Duthie, however, stays on as head of arts and communications programming. [Read More]
Mike Judge's The Goode Family: "Pilot" - review | A.V. Club
There were a couple of pretty good laughs.. But there were just too few of them, the pacing was a disaster, and unlike King of the Hill, which established its characters right off the bat, there wasn't really anyone to care about within the family, and no quirky breakout figures outside of it. [Read More]
The Jimmy Kimmel Upfront Monologue Video - Blogger Hysteria? | TVOvermind
It is clear by watching the video, taped at the ABC Upfronts earlier this week, that Kimmel is bringing his patented self deprecating and no-holds-barred irreverent style to the event - which is designed to give advertisers the heads up on upcoming programs - and not trashing the network as some would have us believe. When you watch the video, I can virtually guarantee you that the humor in Kimmel's routine is clear. At the very worst the monologue is occasionally unfunny, however it is never ... [Read More]
NBC Reveals Fall Schedule - "My Name is Earl" cancelled | AST
NBC has pulled the plug on "My Name is Earl". The show's sidekick, Ethan Suplee, confirmed the news via Twitter. "Just got the call that My Name Is Earl has been canceled," he wrote. "They sure did take their time with that decision -- or rather informing us of it." An Earl insider says execs at 20th Century Fox (the show's producer) are in discussions with Fox and ABC about picking up the four-year-old comedy. [Read More]
Jimmy Kimmel Demolishes ABC's Upfronts | NYTimes
Mr. Kimmel said, "Everything you're going to hear this week is" nonsense. "Let's get real here. Let's get Dr. Phil-real here. These new fall shows? We're going to cancel about 90 percent of them. Maybe more. If ABC is so confident in its new fall shows, he asked, why is it announcing them at the same time it announces the midseason shows that will replace those fall shows? "This show ‘Shark Tank' has the word tank right in the title," he said. To the ABC advertisers, Mr. Kimmel said, "Every ye... [Read More]
ABC renews 'Scrubs' | Hollywood Reporter
It's official -- ABC on Friday renewed veteran comedy "Scrubs" for a ninth season. The move comes on the heels of producing studio ABC Studios locking in most of the main cast members who had no deals beyond the current eighth season, the show's first on ABC after a seven-year run on NBC. Star Zach Braff is set to come back for six episodes to transition the show to its new set-up. [Read More]