Fox has given a series prototype order to Home from Jerry Bruckheimer, TVGuide.com has learned.
The family thriller delves into the secrets lingering behind the façade of a suburban family. Additional scripts have been ordered beyond the pilot, putting the network in position for a fast transition to series production. These atypical pilot orders come on the heels of Fox boss Kevin Reilly declaring pilot season dead at the winter press tour.
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After the Games, the deluge. Now that Sochi's Closing Ceremony is but a glittery, shimmering memory, time for TV to get back to normal — which means everything new is finally new again. And for NBC, it signifies another big week, as it tries to keep the momentum going, using a new season of The Voice (8/7c) and its irresistible Blind Auditions to fuel ratings on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a visceral assist from The Blacklist (10/9c). Red's latest target: a woman from his shadowy past played by Jennifer Ehle, who'll always be my favorite Elizabeth Bennet (from the 1995 Pride and Prejudice).
Octavia Spencer has been tapped to star in Fox's Red Band Society, TVGuide.com has learned.
In this comedic young soap, a group of teenagers meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely friends and allies. With Fox declaring pilot season dead, Red Band Society is a series prototype with additional scripts ordered beyond the pilot.
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NBC has decided not to move forward with the Murder, She Wrote reboot staring Octavia Spencer, Deadline reports.
However, the network plans on trying to find a different way to reimagine the amateur sleuth series, according to the report.
This fall's network development frenzy has led to a slew of bigger-than-usual deals with some of the hottest names in TV. But that doesn't mean all of these projects will actually get made.
The price tag for hot pitches has escalated thanks to the emergence of new competitors with hefty wallets, such as Netflix, plus cable networks (including WGN America, Discovery Channel and E!) spending heavily to get into the scripted business.
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With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.
Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well.
Substance abuse and addiction are typically played for laughs on the CBS comedy Mom, but that's not the case on Monday's "very special episode," in which Bonnie (Allison Janney) falls off the wagon. And she doesn't exactly have a soft landing.
"It's quite a look I sport in this episode," Janney tells TVGuide.com. "No vanity involved in this performance!"
There's at least one person who isn't excited about the planned Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer: original star Angela Lansbury.
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CBS will air what Mom star Allison Janney is calling the sitcom's first "very special episode" on Nov. 18, when her recovering-alcoholic character, Bonnie, relapses. "It goes in a direction that not a lot of [cocreator and executive producer] Chuck Lorre's shows have gone," Janney says. "We go pretty deep and raw and have some moments you don't usually see in a half-hour sitcom."
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