Huffman, Gottsagen Play Ball With New ABC Comedy

Variety – November 30, 2020 at 11:02AM:

Felicity Huffman and ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ star Zack Gottsagen are attached to lead a comedy at ABC that has landed a pilot production commitment. The untitled single-camera comedy stars Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor league baseball team. After suddenly losing her husband and inheriting his beloved team, she is forced to…

Felicity Huffman, ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Star to Lead ABC Baseball Comedy With Pilot Production Commitment

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Joins ‘Triage’ Medical Drama Pilot

Deadline – October 19, 2020 at 02:22PM:


Jamie-Lynn Sigler is set as a series regular opposite Parisa Fitz-Henley and Michael Ealy in Triage, ABC’s second cycle medical drama pilot from David Cornue, Erica Messer, Jon M. Chu and 20th Television. Created by Cornue, Triage is a character-driven medical drama that follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar (Fitz-Henley) over three distinct decades.

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‘American Heritage’ Drama From Matt Lopez In Works At ABC With Put Pilot Commitment

Deadline – October 9, 2020 at 10:36AM:


ABC is developing American Heritage, a drama from writer Matt Lopez (Bedtime Stories). The network bought the project preemptively with a put pilot commitment. Written by Lopez, American Heritage is an epic drama about two Latinx immigrant families vying for wealth, power, and the American Dream in California’s Sonoma Valley.

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How Matt James’ Quarantined ‘Bachelor’ Season Will Differ From Clare Crawley’s ‘Bachelorette’ – October 2, 2020 at 11:58AM:

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After The Bachelorette successfully filmed its 16th season with, the 39-year-old first introduced during Juan Pablo Galavis’ search for love, the upcoming Bachelor with Matt James will also be filmed with its cast and crew in quarantine.

“Yes, we are still in a quarantine pandemic bubble,” host Chris Harrison told. “I think the most important things we learned from last season — it worked, it was successful. We had no issues whatsoever, so if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

TV and movie productions now have guidelines they must follow due to the pandemic, and some have had to pause production as a result of a cast or crew member testing positive for coronavirus. Harrison even had to reportedly step aside with JoJo Fletcher filling in as host on The Bachelorette while he quarantined after traveling to take his son to college.

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‘Triage’: Bex Taylor-Klaus Joins Cast Of ABC Medical Drama Pilot

TV – Deadline – October 1, 2020 at 04:59PM:


EXCLUSIVE: Bex Taylor-Klaus (13 Reasons Why and Dumplin) has been cast as a series regular opposite Parisa Fitz-Henley in Triage, ABC’s second cycle medical drama pilot from Erica Messer, Jon M. Chu and David Cornue. Created by Cornue, Triage is a character-driven medical drama that follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar (Fitz-Henley) over three distinct decades at the same hospital. […]

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Here’s why ‘Dancing With the Stars’ replaced Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews – October 1, 2020 at 01:43PM:

Dancing With the Stars underwent a makeover just before its 29th season began, when hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were replaced by Tyra Banks — much to the surprise of Bergeron and Andrews. Now, showrunner Andrew Llinares has explained the thinking that went into that decision.

“It’s about evolution,” Llinares said during an ABC virtual press tour Wednesday, per Deadline. “When a show has been on for this many seasons, it’s very easy to stay in a place where there’s nothing wrong, but actually does the show feel fresh, exciting and new? It’s tough. I’ve worked on many shows of this type and we’ve always been at our most successful when we continue to move things on.”

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews host a November 2019 episode of "Dancing With the Stars." (Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

Although reaction on social media was mixed, the audience was at least curious about the moves. The Sept. 14 season debut of the reality competition drew its highest premiere ratings since 2017.

“We wanted to make the show feel relevant but still hold on to the heart of the show,” Llinares said. “You can make very significant changes as long as the format stays true. The changes hopefully make the show feel like it speaks to a younger audience, broader audience, while not alienating anyone who has been watching the show for many, many years. That’s been the challenge.”

Tyra Banks hosts "Dancing With the Stars." (Photo: Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)

He praised Banks, who’s also serving as an executive producer on the show. He also said COVID-19 has forced producers to make positive changes in other ways, such as redesigning the set and doing away with backup dancers.

Meanwhile, Andrews, a former contestant who joined the cast in 2014, has stayed in touch with her former TV family. Bergeron, the show’s original host, has good-naturedly joked about it.

Two contestants have already been eliminated in the new season: former NBA player Charles Oakley and Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Will Tackle COVID-19 Next Season: ‘We’ve Actually Reinvented the Wheel’ (EXCLUSIVE)

TV – Variety – October 1, 2020 at 10:49AM:


Over 317 episodes, “Grey’s Anatomy” has tackled everything from mass shootings to plane crashes. But when the writers’ room for the ABC medical drama convened in June, showrunner Krista Vernoff posed a surprising hypothetical for Season 17: What if the show existed in a world without COVID-19? “I think that people have fatigue of COVID, […]

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ABC Developing Lockdown Comedy From ‘Better Things’ Producer, ‘Tonight Show’ Writer

TV – Variety – October 1, 2020 at 10:48AM:


ABC is developing a comedy with the current coronavirus predicament at the heart of it. The single-camera project in question is called “Real People,” and hails from ABC Signature and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” writer Nedaa Sweiss (pictured). “Real People” follows diverse neighboring families who grew close during the lockdown as they struggle […]

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