On the Lot

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Exclusive: Garry Marshall Eyes a Return to TV with Fox Project

Three decades after Garry Marshall dominated TV with the likes of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, he's just sold a new TV project to Fox with his son Scott Marshall.

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Exclusive: Garry Marshall Eyes a Return to TV with Fox Project

Three decades after Garry Marshall dominated TV with the likes of Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, he's just sold a new TV project to Fox with his son Scott Marshall.

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I watched all of On the Lot's ...

Question: I watched all of On the Lot's episodes, and I really loved the show. The film directors were surprisingly talented, and I found myself voting for favorites. Not to mention the fact that the prize was huge: $1 mil with Spielberg. Yet you and others have bashed the show, and the ratings were apparently low. I don't get it. What went wrong? I am very disappointed that we won't see another episode. Answer: The biggest problem I had with the show (which I quickly bailed on) was that, at least in the early stages, we never got a sense of the process of filmmaking. I would sit through a bunch of what looked like student films with no idea of the conflicts and challenges involved in getting them made. The process of creation is part of what makes reality shows like Project Runway and Top Chef so addictive. If On the Lot eventually improved in that aspect as it went on, so be it. It was too late for me. Plus I found the live studio aspect off-putting, and the host was simply ghastly ... read more

I realize that Pirate Master ...

Question: I realize that Pirate Master was not the greatest show in the world, but I liked it, and, according to the message boards, so did other people. Personalities were coming out, twists were being added, and there were only five episodes left when CBS decided to pull it. Are they really generating more money by airing repeats of 48 Hours? They already invested the time and money in filming, editing, etc, so why pull it? The announcement included a line about the final shows being streamed on the website at 3 in the morning. Oh gee, thanks, CBS, I'm so freakin' grateful. The networks wonder why people are turning to cable channels: Well, one answer is the cablers' loyalty to their viewers. CBS doesn't have that much to offer as it is, so maybe it should quit ticking off its viewers. Answer: In another summer, I'd probably agree. But this summer, things are so competitive and so crowded on network and cable that I'm not really surprised when a network pulls a flop off the air, even ... read more

On the Lot, Fall TV Poll and More Short Cuts

Fox's On the Lot welcomes guest judges Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket) on July 17 and 24, respectively.... Molly Stanton (Twins, Passions) has inked a talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox TV, to either front a pilot or join an existing series.... Brian McKnight makes his Broadway debut when he steps into the role of Chicago's Billy Flynn starting Oct. 8.... Why is Sarah Michelle Gellar suddenly the paparazzi's favorite poser?.... What fall series has you counting the minutes until its return? Choose from our list and vote here (bottom right). read more

Short Cuts: Bob Saget, On the Lot and More

Out on DVD today are High School Musical: The Concert and Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile, while an Aug. 28 release has been set for Bob Saget: That Ain't Right.... Directors Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and Eli Roth (Hostel) guest-judge On the Lot tonight and next Tuesday, respectively.... The June 28 premiere of the USA Network spy drama Burn Notice will air commercial-free, marking the first time anything on the cabler has run sans ads. DIRECTV is the ghost sponsor.... TBS will launch a hi-def channel in September. Tuesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

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Premiered: May 22, 2007, on Fox
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Wannabe filmmakers compete to win a development deal with a major studio. The contestants are divided into teams, and every week they must produce short films in a variety of genres, which are judged by a panel of industry insiders and, ultimately, the viewers. Despite being the brainchild of reality-show guru Mark Burnett ('Survivor') and Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg ('Schindler's List'), the inaugural season's low ratings ensured there would be no sequel.

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