Jessica Fletcher is back on the case!
NBC is developing a Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer as an amateur detective who publishes a mystery novel, Deadline reports. Spencer will take over the role originated by Angela Lansbury in the series, which ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1984.
Linda Lavin, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty
Pity the network that has to follow cable at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Such was long-time underdog NBC's lot on Saturday, putting its happiest face on a mixed bag of new fall programming in front of an audience that just a day earlier had sat in rapt fascination as the cast and creator of AMC's Breaking Bad presented their farewell TCA panel — the first episode of its final run (airing Aug. 11) is as gripping as you could hope, by the way. The cable portion of TCA also included a spectacularly geek-tastic celebration of Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary staged by BBC America (complete with TARDIS and Dalek, a roving Cyberman and a museum-quality display of costumes and props).
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As NBC executives pray for a ratings win, producer Mark Burnett may have just passed them a Hail Mary.
Burnett and his wife, producer-actress Roma Downey, will produce for the network A.D.: Beyond the Bible, a sequel to their hugely popular miniseries The Bible — and Burnett doesn't see it as a one-off. "There's no reason this shouldn't run 10 years," he tells TV Guide Magazine.
It won't come cheap. NBC made an aggressive bid for the sequel, knocking other contenders (including History, which aired The Bible) out of the running. But a History spokesperson says the channel passed on A.D., adding, "We're about what's next."
NBC is partnering with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for a follow-up to their hugely successful 10-part miniseries The Bible, the network announced Monday.
The working title of the new series is A.D.: Beyond the Bible, which will cover the events following Jesus' death.
Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon on Late Night when Fallon takes over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2014, NBC announced Sunday.
Up All Night
NBC's Up All Night should have been a hit. The show came with a strong comedy pedigree: It starred Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph and was produced by Saturday Night Live don Lorne Michaels. At the center was what seemed to be a relatable premise for the young adults watching the network's upscale comedies: a hip, young couple adjusts to life with a baby.
But two years after creator Emily Spivey shot the pilot (then called Alpha Mom), Up All Night is all but gone, suffering the death of a thousand tinkers. A heavily touted plan to morph the show into a multi-camera sitcom is now mostly abandoned, and some of the outlandish ideas bandied about for the revamp (including one idea involving rock star...
CBS is serious about tackling broadcast TV's summer problem, and to prove it, the network is hauling out two big names: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Steves are behind the upcoming 13-episode CBS summer series Under the Dome, based on King's best-selling thriller about a New England town that becomes sealed off from the rest of the world.
Will Arnett, Christina Applegate
NBC may be on the rise this season, but comedy — traditionally one of the network's strong suits — hasn't played much of a role in its recovery. Freshman half-hour Go On is showing promise, but NBC's Thursday night block, once the home to "Must See TV," now limps along.
That's why execs are taking a long, hard look at its comedy brand to decide in what direction to steer the laughs next year. NBC introduced the new slogan "We Peacock Comedy" this fall, but what kind of comedy does NBC actually "Peacock"?<
Christina Applegate, Will Arnett
NBC's Up All Night will halt production next week and return next spring as a multi-camera comedy filmed in front of a live audience, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
The show will take a three-month break after wrapping production on its 11th episode next week, in order to convert the stage and set to the new format, NBC said Monday. The existing episodes will air into December, and production will resume in February.
Justin Kirk and Crystal the monkey
There are a lot of actors in Hollywood who would refuse to play second banana to a monkey.
Animal Practice star Justin Kirk, on the other hand, is more than happy to share the spotlight.
"The thing about Crystal [the capuchin monkey who plays "Dr." Rizzo] is, all of the attention that comes to her she deserves and more. She is one of a kind and a national treasure," Kirk tells TVGuide.com. "Truth be told, I miss...