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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: Fox is 'Raising Hope'

Monday, 02 August 2010 05:27 PM Written by

foxrh_18-lucas-single-stripe_2403DJ1BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Fox launches two new comedies this fall, the still-under-construction "Running Wilde" from the producers of "Arrested Development" and starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell, and "Raising Hope," from producer Greg Garcia ("My Name is Earl") and seemingly set in the same "Earl" downscale universe.

Cloris Leachman stole the show at the "Hope" press conference. Read more after the jump. ...

 

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: Fox exec session

Monday, 02 August 2010 02:00 PM Written by

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Will Fox chairman Peter Rice and/or Entertainment president Kevin Reilly announce big changes to "American Idol" (J-Lo, Steven Tyler in, Kara DioGuardi out, perhaps)?

Find out by following live blog coverage after the jump. ...

 

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: 'Lone Star,' fall's strongest pilot

Monday, 02 August 2010 01:53 PM Written by

lone_star_blogBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Fox’s “Lone Star” is the most ambitious fall pilot but it won’t be for everyone. The pilot also raises concerns about how producers will maintain its walking-the-edge-of-a-knife story as it moves forward.

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: ABC finally gets comedy right

Sunday, 01 August 2010 08:20 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- After years of disappointing sitcoms, this fall marks the second year in a row that ABC has the best comedy development.

The network scored last fall when three of its four comedies -- "Modern Family," "The Middle" and "Cougar Town" -- were renewed. ABC is now poised for more comedic success.

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TierneyBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Maura Tierney, who had to drop out of "Parenthood" last summer (Lauren Graham took over the role) due to a battle with cancer, is now replacing Joely Richardson in ABC's "The Whole Truth" a competently made, fairly entertaining legal procedural (once you get past co-star Rob Morrow's scenery-chewing in the pilot).

Read more about Tierney after the jump. ...

 

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body_proofBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- This fall Dana Delany moves from "Desperate Housewives" to her own series, "Body of Proof," playing a testy medical examiner who used to be a neurosurgeon until a car accident left her unable to operate.

Delany said the role recalls her days on "China Beach," one of my all-time favorite series. Read how the roles are similar after the jump. ...

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: ABC exec live blog

Sunday, 01 August 2010 01:00 PM Written by

Paul_LeeBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Paul Lee just got the job as entertainment president at ABC on Friday so he's not real prepared to answer questions from critics. He didn't develop the network's new shows, he didn't pick them and schedule him. Heck, who knows if he's even watched him. Until a few days ago he just ran ABC Family. Lee replaces Steven McPherson, who quit abruptly on Tuesday, a move that quickly turned into a guessing game for clues about reasons for his departure.

Top ABC/Disney Television publicist Kevin Brockman appeared on stage at the start of today's press conference with a stuffed pink elephant and basically said, don't bother asking further questions.

"On Tuesday we issued a statement announcing Steve McPherson's resignation from ABC Entertainment Group and I realize you all may have questions. Obviously, that's what you do for a living, but to save us some time, Tuesday's statement still holds. It is literally all we are going to say on the subject so you may ask but you will get the same answer."

For the record, here's the statement: "Steve McPherson today submitted his resignation as President, ABC Entertainment Group, and the Company accepted. Mr. McPherson said, 'I want to thank the wonderful team of individuals who have worked with me throughout my time here and wish them nothing but the best.' A replacement for Mr. McPherson will be announced shortly."

I'll live blog what may prove to be a dull executive session after the jump. ...

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PRESS TOUR JOURNAL: ABC revamps 'Detroit1-8-7'

Sunday, 01 August 2010 12:43 PM Written by

detroit187BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Cop dramas are almost as old as television, so it makes sense to try something new.

ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" did just that using the mockumentary format seen in "The Office" and "Modern Family" that makes a TV program feel like a documentary. In the case of this cop show, it feels like a film crew is following the police officers on the job. I'm not sure it made "Detroit 1-8-7" better than an average cop show but it did make it at least a little bit distinctive.

So why have producers and/or the network ditched that format and are re-shooting parts of the pilot? Find out after the jump. ...

 

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