Gail Berman



House Comes to an End: Producers and Cast Recall Creating a Curmudgeon

Hugh Laurie

House, a risky, challenging and altogether different kind of medical drama, premiered on November 16, 2004, and turned the genre on its head with a true antihero lead: a doctor who has overt disdain for his patients — and people in general. But thanks to compelling writing and a career-defining performance by British improv-comedy vet Hugh Laurie, the show stayed on the air for eight seasons of abuse (both drug and verbal) and countless diagnoses that were almost never lupus. As House prepares to sign off for good (Monday, May 21 at 8/7c on Fox), talked to the show's creators and cast about building the Emmy-winning drama from the ground up. This is the first of a two-part series.... read more

Pilot Season: NBC Orders Hannibal Straight to Series; Also Picks Up Notorious

Bryan Fuller

NBC has given a series order to Hannibal, an adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, from Pushing Daisies' Bryan Fuller.

The contemporary thriller... read more

Pilot Season: CBS Picks Up Comedy Pilot from Louis C.K., Spike Feresten

Louis CK

CBS is getting in business with Louis C.K.

The network has ordered an untitled comedy pilot written and executive-produced by the Louie star and Spike Feresten. The project centers on... read more

Lifetime Nabs Eric Stoltz for Modern Love

Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz has been cast as the lead in Lifetime's dramedy pilot Modern Love, reports.

The series, from Sex and the City's Jenny Bicks, is based on a series of columns published in The New York Times. Stoltz will star as... read more

Lifetime Orders Modern Love Pilot

Jenny Bicks

Lifetime has ordered the pilot Modern Love, based on a series of columns published in The New York Times. The project centers on newspaper science editor Simon McElvane, who must balance his collapsing marriage while raising an adopted 15-year-old daughter. He's then given the job of editor of the newspaper's "Modern Love" column, giving him the opportunity to learn more about life and love.

The show will weave in stories... read more

NBC in Bed With Inception-Style Pilot


NBC picked up four additional pilots Thursday, including three comedies and an Inception-style thriller that explores dual realities.

REM, a twist on the typical crime procedural, centers on a police detective who's involved in a traumatic car accident and then wakes up in two fractured realities. The project follows his simultaneous and parallel lives with his broken family. As the title suggests, the Rapid Eye Movement sleeping state may have something to do with the cop's split perceptions. Warner Bros.' Oscar-nominated film Inception played with the idea of manipulating and controlling one's dream state.

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Ira Steven Bahr Named Alphas Showrunner

Ira Steven Behr

Star Trek vet Ira Steven Behr has been named executive producer and showrunner of Syfy's upcoming series Alphas, according to Deadline.

Alphas stars David Strathairn as the eccentric leader of a team of ordinary citizens with extraordinary mental abilities. Known as Alphas, they tackle cases that... read more

Lauren Conrad Returns to MTV for Third Reality Series

Lauren Conrad

MTV just can't let go of Lauren Conrad, the girl next door from Laguna Beach who became a tabloid fixture and the network's biggest star with the advent of The Hills.

Conrad announced Friday that she will soon be... read more

In the Works: J.Lo's Amigas, Sex with Dr. Ruth and More

Jennifer Lopez by Kevin Mazur/

Jennifer Lopez is developing The Amigas Sweet 15 Club, a dramedy about Miami teens who run a Quinceañera party-planning biz, says the Reporter. J.Lo will exec-produce with Jane Startz (The Baby-Sitters Club).... Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun have a pair of projects at NBC: the Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect)-penned drama Mafia Wives, and a comedy about a has-been hairdresser.... Also from Variety, ABC has ordered 13 more episodes of Just for Laughs.... MTVU this fall will launch Sex Cred with Dr. Ruth, a short-segment series in which Westheimer and college-newspaper sex columnists answer Qs about, well, "short segments" and the like. read more

Press Tour Day 9 (Fox): Paula, Stewie and Other Head Cases


9:02 am If I didn't know better, I'd swear Fox is trying to kill us. How else to explain the artery-clogging goodie bags awaiting each and every one of us at our work stations this morning. Among the treats inside: chocolate-covered pretzels, M&M's, Whoppers, roasted almonds, Jolly Ranchers and huge gumballs. Do they not realize that most of the critics — after spending upwards of three weeks binging on fried shrimp, pizza, hamburgers and lard-filled pastries — are in detox mode? This is akin to inviting Sue Ellen Ewing to finish off a bender with a wine-tasting at Falcon Crest! Well, I'm not letting the terrorists win this time. I'll pretend like they're not even there.

Executive Session
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm going to miss former Fox chief Gail Berman. Sure, we didn't always see eye to eye — she insisted audiences were responding to Quintuplets; I insisted she was plastered — bu read more

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