New Series

Simpsons renewed for two more seasons

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean has said the recent renewal of the cartoon for two more seasons has signalled a new beginning. “Our mood is elation. Believe me, we don’t look at this as these will definitely be the last two. We just want to keep fighting and go as long as we can. We really feel this isn’t an end but a beginning. It’s cliché, but it’s the truth.”

Production shut down on new sitcom

Production has been shut down on new American sitcom How to be a Gentleman, which features Entourage’s Kevin Dillon and kiwi actor Rhys Darby. The comedy premiered poorly and looks to be on the brink of cancellation.

Cleese criticises BBC comedy

Veteran actor John Cleese has blasted the BBC for its poor scripts for new comedy shows, saying he has been sent terrible scripts from the broadcaster. “Twenty years ago, there were 30 or 40 great scriptwriters in the UK – most of them at the BBC. Now, there are only seven or eight.”

New comedy picked up

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has sold his new comedy to the ABC network. The sitcom centres on a small-town volunteer fire department.

Marsden and Richards to guest on 30 Rock

James Marsden has signed on for a role in 30 Rock’s sixth season. Denise Richards has also landed a role on the comedy series.

Snoop Dogg to feature in new sitcom

A new family sitcom pilot featuring Snoop Dogg has been picked up by the NBC network. The comedy is written by a writer who has been involved in the likes of Everybody Hates Chris and Two and a Half Men.

Second cancellation of the season

The second new season series to be cancelled is comedy Free Agents which starred Hank Azaria. The cancellation followed NBC’s earlier axing of The Playboy Club this week.

Simpsons producers will take pay cut

Several producers of The Simpsons have indicated they will be happy to take a pay cut in order to keep the cartoon on the air. The series is in danger of being axed due to a contract dispute between the show’s voice actors and 20th Century Fox.

New comedy developed for Garcia

A new comedy series is being developed for JoAnna Garcia, who previously featured in the axed comedy Better With You. The series will supposedly revolve around Garcia’s character moving in with her husband’s family.

Coens developing new series

Film directors Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to executive produce a new series for the Fox network. The pair, who directed the Oscar-winning film No Country For Old Men among others, have co-created the series HarveKarbo which centres on a grouchy LA private detective.

Favreau and Green working on sci-fi series

Jon Favreau and Seth Green are working together on a new pilot for the ABC network called Ex-Comm. Star Trek’s Roberto Orci is co-writing the sci-fi drama with the pair.

Batman series coming

A new animated Batman series has been announced for the Cartoon Network that will debut in 2013. 

Reality star suing Entourage producers

A reality star who claims he is known as “Johnny Bananas” has carried through with threats to sue the producers of Entourage after they introduced a series called “Johnny Bananas” into the storyline.

The Adjustment Bureau developed for TV

A TV show based on the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt movie The Adjustment Bureau is in the works at the Syfy network. The project is being developed by the same team behind the likes of Smallville and No Ordinary Family.

24 movie script almost complete

Kiefer Sutherland has confirmed that the script for the forthcoming 24 movie has almost been completed. “We are coming very close to having a finished script. That’s been the most difficult thing. You have to remember that we have 24 hours to explain the stories in 24 and so trying to condense that into a two-hour film version has been a real shift in gear for us.”

Hart signs on for Modern Family

Modern Family has acquired comedian Kevin Hart to play the role of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) new neighbour. Hart worked alongside new castmate Sofia Vergara in the 2004 film Soul Plane.

British PM next in line for comedy series

The producers of At Home with Julia, the hugely controversial Australian comedy series based around the domestic life of Julia Gillard, have now set their sights on British PM David Cameron. The series would be the first British series based on the life of an incumbent prime minister.

Sheen settles disagreement 

Charlie Sheen has reached an agreement with his former employers Warner Bros and Chuck Lorre over his departure last year. Sheen will most likely receive a large sum of back-end payments, which are royalties owed for his time on Two and a Half Men.

Two and a Half Men down 30% in US

The second episode of the new season of Two and a Half Men in the US was down 30% in the ratings on its premiere episode. 20 million viewers tuned in to Ashton Kutcher’s second showing.

New Schneider sitcom picked up

Actor Rob Schneider’s new sitcom has been officially picked up by the CBS network. The currently untitled project, which is based on Schneider’s own life, will debut in 2012.

HIMYM creators reteam for new project

The creators of How I Met Your Mother have reteamed to develop a new TV project called The Goodwin Games. The project will follow three estranged siblings who reconnect following their father’s death.

Rihanna to feature on X Factor USA

Simon Cowell has confirmed that Rihanna will have a guest judging role on the upcoming X Factor USA series.

Lost actress joins Hawaii Five-0

Another former Lost actress is joining the cast of Hawaii Five-0 for its second season. Tania Raymonde will film a guest appearance on the show alongside former cast-mates Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O’Quinn.

Lopez developing show

Jennifer Lopez is working with the creators of Ugly Betty on a new TV project. It is believed the show will centre on the lives of three Latino sisters and their relatives.

New animated comedy picked up

American network FX has picked up the rights to an animated series which features the voices of Justin Long and Kristen Bell. The series in currently titled Unsupervised and comes from the writers and producers of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Top Gear Australia axed

Top Gear Australia looks to have been axed by Channel 9 in Australia, with presenter Steve Pizzati tweeting: “It’s true – as of next week, TGA will be on at the special time of not at all. Sorry to the open-minded people that gave it a go and enjoyed!”. Channel 9 is yet to officially confirm the news.

Ferrell to receive top comedy award

Will Ferrell has been named as the recipient of the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humour. The actor will receive the award at a gala ceremony in October.

Fox developing Spectre drama

The Fox network in the US is developing a drama series based on DC Comic’s The Spectre. The network has ordered a script based on the superhero who was first created in 1940.

Shatner, Walsh added to Charlie Sheen Roast

William Shatner, Jon Lovitz and Kate Walsh have been added to the lineup of The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen with former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash also making a special guest appearance. 

E.T. actor to guets on The Mentalist

E.T. actor Henry Thomas has signed on for a guest role in The Mentalist as the brother of Lisbon (Robin Tunney). Thomas played Elliot in the 1982 blockbuster movie and has appeared since in the likes of CSI and Without a Trace.

New Sorkin drama picked up

Producer Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO pliot, which centres on a fictional cable news network, has been given a series order. The series will feature Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn and Dev Patel among others.






The Big C renewed

The Big C has been renewed for a third season by Showtime in the US. The comedy-drama will return with ten new episodes midway through next year.

New series from Scrubs creator

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is developing a new series that is believed to be a workplace comedy. Lawrence will collaborate with a writer who has been involved in the likes of How I Met Your Mother and Friends.

Whitaker developing new show

Forest Whitaker has started work on developing a new TV project called H.I.K.E. that centres on a female police officer who struggles to balance her career with family life.

Smith reality series gets the green light 

Kevin Smith’s new reality series Secret Stash has been given the green light by AMC. The series will be set in the director’s comic book store in New York.

Preview of new Ricky Gervais comedy

A preview clip for the new Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant comedy Life’s Too Short has been released. The comedy centres on the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis, who featured in the pair’s previous series Extras.

Boxing drama on the way

HBO is developing a boxing drama loosely based on the life of Mike Tyson. The development team includes Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and Entourage creator Doug Ellin.

Priestley lands role in Pierce Brosnan drama

Actor Jason Priestley has landed a role in the new Pierce Brosnan series entitled Bag of Bones. The series is based on a Stephen King novel of the same name.

Jackson developing new TV project

Samuel L Jackson is developing a new TV project that is said to be a legal drama. Jackson is working with former Army Wives writer Rob Bragin.