Fox is the latest network to have found God. The broadcaster is developing Nazareth, a drama that follows Jesus' lesser-known formative years.
David Franzoni (Gladiator, Amistad) is writing the project, which is the latest entrant in TV's recent religious and spiritual programming boom. Inspired by the success of History's The Bible, NBC (A.D.: Beyond the Bible), CBS (The Dovekeepers), WGN America, OWN and CNN all have religious programs in the works. Like Nazareth, Lifetime's The One also tackles Jesus' youth.
Disney Channel's upcoming TV movie Descendants, which focuses on the kids of Disney's most infamous villains, has filled the role of Cruella de Vil's son.
Jessie star Cameron Boyce will play Carlos, the son of the 101 Dalmatians baddie. His hiring rounds out the cast, which also includes Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) as Mal, the daughter of Maleficent; Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Jay, the son of Jafar; newcomer Sofia Carson as Evvie, the daughter of the Evil Queen; and newcomer Mitchell Hope as Ben, the son of Belle and the Beast.
Jim Henson's industrious (and very green) Doozers are back, this time via the new animated preschool series Doozers, set to launch Friday, April 25, on Hulu.
The Doozers were first seen on Henson's long-running kids show Fraggle Rock, which ran on HBO for much of the 1980s. For the reboot, Doozers will focus on four enthusiastic kids (the "Pod Squad") who live in eco-friendly Doozer Creek and engineer their dreams into reality.
Hulu has ordered 52 episodes of Doozers from The Jim Henson Company (Dinosaur Train) and DHX Media (Yo Gabba Gabba). The show launches with seven episodes on Hulu Plus, followed by a cycle of three more new episodes every third Friday (with some exceptions for holidays and special stunts). Episodes will also eventually appear on Hulu.com in blocks of five episodes.
Jim Rash, Robert Kirkman and Blair Butler
Zombies have treated the brains behind AMC's The Walking Dead very well. But Robert Kirkman, who originated the comic book series that inspired the show, admits the early days of his career were slower than, well, the undead. "You have to be crazy to get into [writing]," Kirkman tells SundanceTV's The Writers' Room, which digs into the art of creating some of TV's biggest series. "I went massively into debt."
On April 25's special comic book-themed episode, Kirkman recounts some of the obstacles he faced in getting the TV adaptation of...
Community fans, start mobilizing. That's the message from Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind the NBC sitcom. Community hasn't been renewed for a sixth season and remains very much on the bubble — which is why the producers and stars behind the show are rallying fans to show their support.
Michelle Obama with the cast of Jessie
As part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will appear next month on Disney Channel's tween sitcom Jessie to help raise awareness of the special sacrifices and needs of military families.
You probably haven't heard of BYUtv before, but the channel — operated by Brigham Young University — is found in more than 50 million households across the country (including on DirecTV and various cable systems). Now, BYUtv is looking to get into the scripted series game, starting with the Cold War-era Granite Flats.
The show, which airs Sundays at 9/8c, centers on a group of unlikely young heroes in the town of Granite Flats, Colo., where they uncover a secret bigger than anyone expected. Executive producer Scott Swofford says the show was inspired by the real-life Project MKUltra, a human research project conducted by the CIA. With Season 2 of the series underway, Swofford answered our showrunner survey to explain why Granite Flats shouldn't stay a secret much longer.
Seth Meyers, Mindy Kaling
Less than a year ago, Bryan Donaldson was working in IT at an Illinois insurance company. But as newly-minted late night star Seth Meyers began scouting writers to join his Late Night with Seth Meyers staff, Donaldson's Twitter feed, @TheNardvark, caught the comic's eye.
ABC's Scandal has helped juice Jimmy Kimmel Live ratings on Thursday nights, and in turn the late-night show has been very good to the show's "Gladiator" fans. Now, as Season 3 of Scandal draws to a close, Jimmy Kimmel Live is promising a blowout post-finale special on Thursday night at 11:35/10:35c.