Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.
The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).
Hello, friends and bannermen. Game of Thrones is winging its way to our TVs faster than a raven, and just like our dark-feathered friends, it brings ominous tidings. But before Season 3 kicks off on Sunday (9/8c, HBO), let's get the Thrones conversation going.
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This weekly chat series is for fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, upon which HBO's fantasy drama is based. It's meant to be a safe haven to discuss spoilers...
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...
Now this is some really wonder-ful news.
Ben Stiller is set to reprise his role as magician Tony Wonder in an upcoming episode of Arrested Development, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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Will Arnett has been cast as the lead in CBS' unauthorized Greg Garcia comedy, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Maya Rudolph, Christina Applegate, Will Arnett
NBC is considering scrapping its struggling sitcom Up All Night, in the wake of star Christina Applegate's departure and news that Maya Rudolph is pregnant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ahead of several big creative changes behind the scenes, Christina Applegate is leaving Up All Night after two seasons.
"It's been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to...
"People are kind of used to getting what they want now," Arrested Development star Portia De Rossi said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter previews.
That statement couldn't be more true for the loyal following the Emmy-winning cult comedy has amassed. After seven years off the air and many rumors about the show's return (first via Showtime or another network, and later, by way of a movie), Arrested Development will return on Internet streaming service Netflix with...
Up All Night
Get ready to see the wild 2004 wedding of Up All Night's Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett), courtesy of a flashback that will air December 13.
The episode also...
As 30 Rock heads towards its series finale, it should come as no surprise that we'll see plenty of our favorite familiar faces returning.
Dean Winters, who portrayed Liz's (Tina Fey) horrible boyfriend Dennis Duffy, has been tapped to return in the upcoming Thursday, Nov. 29 episode, Vulture reports.
Yes, we're excited to see what trouble he'll bring, but there are so many other characters we'd love to see return as well! Here's our wish list for the final season: