He is in fact – as of March 1st – the new managing editor of Nikki Finke‘s five-year-old Deadline.com, following Michael Speier‘s brief stint in that position last year. Hipes was only just promoted at THR last October, but perhaps sees the writing on the revamped trade’s wall. He had been with the company since 2004, first as a copy editor and then as copy chief.
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The Hollywood Reporter is expanding its TV coverage, picking up former Forbes staffer Lacey Rose to become a senior writer assigned to the TV beat. Rose previously covered TV for Forbes and ran the blog Moneywood. At THR, she’ll be writing features, news and analysis both for print and online.
THR has been looking to shore up its television coverage since TV editor Nellie Andreeva took off to Deadline last March. Aside from adding Rose, they poached away the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Tim Goodman to become head TV critic last October.
New York based showbiz columnist Roger Friedman has never been shy about outing media outlets that allegedly steal material from his Showbiz 411 website to then claim the news, exclusively, as their own. In fact, learning about the latest poacher(s) is half the fun of checking in with Friedman’s (recently revamped) site.
Yesterday, Friedman went for the thievery trifecta, accusing People of grabbing some Nicole Kidman-Keith Urban baby naming background info and the Deadline.com website family of two uncredited showbiz news borrows. The first, claims Friedman, involved a TVLine.com item by Michael Ausiello about Ricky Gervais possibly guesting on the US version of The Office; the other was a Deadline.com piece about Regis Philbin‘s retirement announcement.
Deadline Hollywood’s Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler just landed a big TV movie deal with NBC. Only, she won’t actually be in the film. NBC is making a primetime comedic movie named after Handler’s book Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.
More from Andreeva:
The comedy will be centered on a twentysomething woman named Chelsea who won’t have the same profession as comedian/author Handler but will carry a lot of the traits in her character as depicted in Handler’s 3 best-selling autobiographical books: My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. The compilations of humorous essays about Handler’s everyday life, family, friends and romantic/sexual relationships will also be used as source material for stories in the TV project. Handler, who has hosted Chalsea Lately on NBC’s soon-to-be-corporate sibling E! since 2006, recently signed on to star in and produce After Lately, a half-hour semi-scripted comedy for the channel, which will follow the backstage goings at her latenight talk show.
That would be ratings gold for both of them!
Anyway, Leno’s ratings are yet to be as low as what he did to Coco. We stand by that.
It was the lowest-rated second quarter for The Tonight Show in total viewers, adults 18-49, and adults 25-54 since Letterman moved to CBS in 1993. The Late Show is now tracking at demo levels comparable to where Letterman was before O’Brien was replaced. Late Show drew 3.3 million viewers and a 0.9/4 in 18-49, down 7% in viewers and even in 18-49. It was Late Show’s most competitive 2Q position against The Tonight Show in viewers (-746,000) and adults 18-49 (-0.2) since 1995.
Of course Fox had the also-ran Mad TV on the air for 14 seasons. So Wanda you should have done more sketches of “a crazy character in a retail setting.” That’s apparently how you get staying power in that time slot.
Previously on FBLA: Wanda Sykes Takes on News
Do these people know nothing about foreshadowing? We’re just kidding. They don’t. But this is such a typical in-a-law-suit-one-day-and-in-a-feature-the-next Hollywood story. Conan O’Brien of all people is working with NBC of all companies again.
The untitled O’Brien project, known as “Justice,” was written by John Eisendrath. Described as a new take on a law show with a larger-than-life character at the center, it follows an ex-Supreme Court justice who quits the Court to start his own legal practice.
Eisendrath is executive producing, with O’Brien, his longtime executive producer Jeff Ross and Conaco’s David Kissinger also expected to serve as exec producers.
As part of O’Brien’s $33 million settlement with NBC, his NBC-based company was to continue to operate at NBC Uni through the end of the development season.
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The industry is gearing up for September’s Toronto International Film Festival and THR gives the full fest lineup in today’s paper, unveiling the “most American-friendly lineup in years.” Included in the fest offerings are new pics from helmers Renny Harlin, Paul Schrader and Robin Swicord. Sure to cause a tabloid frenzy is a screening of the drama “Rendition” starring Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and her is-he-or-isn’t-he-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.
Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay, isn’t friends with Kathryn Morris. The “Cold Case” star has just signed a deal heading into her fifth season on the hit CBC crime drama that will pay her $180,000-$190,000 per episode with a production pact to boot. THR‘s Nellie Andreeva has the scoop.
Leading up to the Sept. 16 Emmy telecast, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has installed a “more vigorous vetting process” to step up a crackdown on producer credit inflation. Variety’s Michael Schneider and Dave McNary detail the organization’s efforts to make sure that producers who are attached to awards-worthy series are worthy themselves of receiving such honors. Find out who made the cut in their front-page Var story here.
Variety’s ratings round-up doesn’t look good for Fox’s new reality series “Anchorwoman.” The show, which follows a former WWE Diva who lands a job as an anchor in a small Texas town, sunk with only 2.7 million viewers tuning in. The show is on a limited series run, the story says, so the fate of the three remaining weeks on the schedule hang in the balance. Check the rest of Variety’s ratings reporting here.
– CHRIS GARDNER
THR reports that Fox has again gone to its go-to guy for live broadcasts, Ryan Seacrest, signing the American Idol host to emcee the network’s Sept. 16 telecast of the 59th annual Emmy Awards. Reporter Nellie Andreeva writes that while Seacrest is a “logical” choice for Fox, he is a “somewhat unorthodox pick for the Emmy Awards ceremony which are usually fronted by a comedian.” To be fair though, Seacrest does have his share of funny moments on Idol. But instead of traditional jokes, they’re usually in the form of jabs at Simon Cowell. Wonder what he’ll do without having the razor-tongue Brit to rely on? Well, he could always request a front-row seat for Paula Abdul.
Judd Apatow continued his summer reign at the box-office with his latest pic, Superbad, opening superhuge at No. 1 with a $31.2 million take. The Superbad bow comes on the heels of Apatow’s earlier summer comedy Knocked Up which is currently pushing towards the $150 million mark. Hollywood officially has its new golden boy while a previous golden girl, Nicole Kidman, had a steep fall from grace after her latest pic, the sci-fi remake Invasion, couldn’t invade the top three spots, settling for a No. 5 debut with a paltry $6 million.
Speaking of Kidman, the poor showing of her latest pic hasn’t hindered her career prospects, reports Var’s Michael Fleming. The Oscar-winner has signed on to star opposite Ralph Fiennes in the love story, The Reader, for the Weinstein Co. Stephen Daldry directs based on a novel by German scribe Bernhard Schlink. Reader reunites the Aussie actress with her Cold Mountain producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.
Meanwhile, Kidman’s ex Tom Cruise has been busy himself, shooting the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie in Germany. However, filming hit a bit of a speed bump on Sunday night when 11 people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck in Berlin. THR reports that a side panel burst open when a truck drove around a corner, seriously injuring one cast member.
Disney’s squeaky-clean teen smash High School Musical dirtied up the record books over the weekend when the sequel premiered on Friday night. Var reports that the telefilm averaged 17.2 million viewers for the premiere, making it “the most-watched basic-cable telecast on record. It’s also the largest aud for any television program on any net in about three months.”
– CHRIS GARDNER