Amazon is throwing the lid off TV's pilot process. As it looks to join rival Netflix in the original series game, the online retailer has just posted pilot episodes of six sitcoms, two animated comedies and six children's cartoons. Amazon will then gauge audience reaction before making series orders.
Pilots are usually screened in network boardrooms and closed-door focus groups. But in an extensive interview with TV Guide Magazine, Amazon Studios director Roy Price says he wanted to make the service's selection process transparent for U.S., U.K. and (soon) Germany audiences...
Survivor: Caramoan - Fans vs. Favorites
When one of this season's more agreeable Survivor contestants, Dawn, tearfully declared, "I don't want to be here" during Brandon Hantz's epic and ugly tirade of a meltdown last week, I imagine she was speaking for many of us.
Switched at Birth
Alarms are sounded several times, but we never hear them, in a tremendously effective and thematically overdue episode of ABC Family's best-of-network Switched at Birth (8/7c), which unfolds almost entirely in American Sign Language. By necessity, actions speak louder than words — all in subtitles, or sometimes tweets — as the deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Carlton School for the Deaf rally to protest the school board's decision to shutter their campus. (The hearing students, whose integration into the student body has caused some friction this season, also pitch in.)
Can't wait for Netflix's May release of Arrested Development, Season 4? As an appetizer, Bluth family patriarch Jeffrey Tambor will guest star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU in a role that's a change of pace for the actor.
Dule Hill and James Roday
The Psych-Os have spoken!
After 32,000 votes and more than 9,000 submissions, the USA comedy officially has a new, fan-created tagline for Season 7...
James Roday, Dule Hill
Attention Psych-Os! It's time to rock the vote!
Psych asks fans to help craft the new Season 7 tagline!
After USA invited fans to create their own taglines for...
It was over before it even began. NBC is not moving forward with Dane Cook's midseason comedy Next Caller.
Will Shawn's dad live?
That's been the burning question on the mind of every Psych-O since Henry (Corbin Bernsen) was shot in the April finale, and when the cast and crew visited Comic-Con Thursday to show new footage from Season 7, they were happy to keep the mystery alive.
Sporting a T-shirt with question marks on the front and the back, Bernsen was introduced last when a chair and name tag were pulled out from behind the stage for him. He said he didn't know if he had a job. But despite the lack of clues about Henry's status, the cast and executive producers were more than happy to offer plenty of other spoilers...
Bent, David Walton and Amanda Peet
Seriously, what the headline says. Because the powers-that-be clearly don't get how delightful this new rom-com is, or they wouldn't be burning off all six episodes with three weeks of back-to-back airings. Much like last season's Perfect Couples (ironically also from executive producer Tad Quill and co-starring David Walton), Bent has a charm that is seemingly lost on the network happier with things like...
David Walton, Amanda Peet
Relationships are rarely pretty, and Tad Quill has written about some messy ones on shows such as Scrubs, Spin City and last year's Perfect Couples. But things start out even messier for the unlikely couple on Bent, Quill's new NBC comedy (premiering tonight at 9/8c) about a type-A lawyer and single mom (Amanda Peet) and her womanizing, laid-back contractor (David Walton). Joey King plays Peet's wise-beyond-her-years daughter, while Jeffrey Tambor is Walton's unemployed father. Quill took time to answer our showrunner survey in the hopes that viewers will get Bent.