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Posts Tagged ‘Molly Shannon’

Watch the Box: Toy Box

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NBC has bravely plunged into a world of series without pilots, ordering six episodes of Kath and Kim from Reveille (no surprise there)starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair. The show, based on an Australian series, concerns itself with a self-absorbed woman and her 40ish divorced mom–Shannon, who could be Blair’s mom if she’d been a slut in high school.

Mattel and CAA are playing nicely with Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Max Steel, UNO and Polly Pocket, and developing movies, TV, digital, video games etc. based on said brands. Mattel also made a deal with Joel Silver and Warner Bros. to develop a live-action He-Man Masters of the Universe. CAA and Hasbro, turned Transformers into a movie, and plan to do the same to G.I. Joe. Boys and their toys.

Fuse has four new series:

Fuse Rocks the Garden–live concert series at Madison Square Garden begins with the Foo Fighters on February 19 at 11p.

10 Great Reasons–each episode counts down the top 10 facts or myths in today’s music.

Live Through This– comebacks starting with at Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx.

Talking Metal– hard rock/heavy metal TV series based on the Talking Metal podcast.

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Oxygen Looking for Fresh Funny Females, But Not Campus Ladies

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Comedy is in Oxygen’s DNA–6-2007, press release.
Comedy is Oxygen’s voice–1-2007, at the upfronts.

FBLA guesses if you say it often enough, someone will think it’s true.

Oxygen, in a daring move fresh from five years ago, is searching for female comedy creators by way of a contest, the Create-a-Series Comedy Competition.

The winning series (which Oxygen will own) will run on on its broadband channel SheDidWhat.tv. Molly Shannon, whose own funniness is debatable, will host.

If Oxygen is so committed to comedy, why not just bring back Campus Ladies?

Year of the Dog Bites Man–Screenwriter Sues

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Evidently, idea theft abounds in Hollywood. Laura Kightlinger is suing Mike White. She’s the creator of Jackie Woodman, and this whole thing sounds like an episode for that series.

Kightlinger wrote a screenplay about a woman who rescues cats. White, best known for Nacho Libre and Chuck and Buck, wrote a screenplay about a woman who rescues dogs, which became the Molly Shannon vehicle, Year of the Dog.

The two were friends–she even offered to punch up his script, which in retrospect, maybe he should have accepted that offer, and shared the credit.

All this only matters because the stakes are so low: Year of the Dog has made $1.5 million at the box office. White emailed the Times:

I never cared if they thought I was weird or uncommercial or an acquired taste or whatever. That Laura is seeking publicity for herself by trying to damage what I have spent my career trying to create seems cruel.

Let’s review: his movie made $1.5 million and he thinks she’s trying to glom on the glory?