Day: October 9, 2014

RIP Jan Hooks (1957-2014)

Sudden, sad news. Jan Hooks, who starred alongside one of Saturday Night Live‘s best casts ever from 1986-1991, has died. Hooks was 57. Her reps confirmed the news today. TMZ also reported that Hooks recently was battling with serious illness. More details are not yet available. Born April 23, 1957, Hooks grew up in Decatur, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. One of her big TV breaks came on a lesser-known late-night show, Tush, that aired on the station not yet known in 1978-79 as TBS. This is a young unknown Hooks singing a parody of Helen Reddy’s “I Am...

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Maybe See TV? The week in pilots, script commitments and development deals (Oct. 9, 2014)

The Emmys may have celebrated the past year of television, and the new Fall TV series have yet to premiere, but Hollywood always keeps an eye to the future, and August still signifies the start to the following year’s development cycle. You’ll hear a lot in the trades and the trade winds from now through pilot season, which starts in earnest in January, all the way up to the cable Upfronts in the spring and the broadcast network Upfronts in May — when TV programmers present their new and returning lineups to impress and attract advertisers for 2015-2016. When...

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Nickelodeon taps Tony Cavalero from The Groundlings to lead “School of Rock” TV series adaptation

Congrats to Groundlings main company member Tony Cavalero, who will star in the upcoming TV adaptation of School of Rock for Nickelodeon. “I am so honored to be part of the rad legacy that is School of Rock,” Cavalero said. “Jack Black is one of my biggest comedy influences and I am ready to shred!” Cavalero will be stepping into the role of Dewey Finn, the downtrodden rocker who finds new hope by posing as a substitute teacher at a musical prep school, as played by Black in the 2003 film. The TV series, from Paramount Television, has a 13-episode order, and...

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NBC attempted to poach Jon Stewart from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to host Meet The Press

Two first names aren’t a prerequisite to hosting NBC’s Meet the Press. Nor do you have to be an NBC News reporter, anchor or personality to fit the bill as moderator for the Peacock Network’s Sunday morning political roundtable, apparently. Frustrated with its standing amid its network competition — Face the Nation (CBS), This Week (ABC) and FOX News Sunday — NBC pushed aside host David Gregory to make way for Chuck Todd, its White House correspondent and MSNBC anchor. But not before trying to recruit Jon Stewart first. That’s right. As first reported Wednesday by Gabriel Sherman of New...

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