Harry Connick Jr.-Starring Comedy From Worldwide Pants & ABC Studios Gets Put Pilot Commitment At Fox
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 3:25pm PDT
Tags: Big Deals TV, Fox, Harry Connick Jr.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox is expanding its relationship with new American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr to the scripted side, handing a put pilot commitment to a multi-camera comedy starring the popular singer-actor. The untitled project, penned by veteran Late Show writers Eric Stangel & Justin Stangel, is a family comedy with a musical element starring Connick as a successful entertainer and single dad who takes time off to reconnect with his teenage daughter. David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, where the Stangel bothers are under a development deal, is producing with ABC Studios. Connick Jr, the Stangels and Worldwide Pants’ Letterman, Rob Burnett and Ann Marie Wilkins executive produce.
This is the latest major commitment from an outside network for an ABC Studios comedy in the studio’s first season actively selling on the open marketplace. Both ABC’s new boss Patrick Moran and head of comedy Amy Hartwick came from 20th TV, which, while aligned with Fox, supplies all major broadcast networks, so the goal was to not let vertical integration stand in the way of finding ABC Studios’ comedy pitches the most suitable home. Their efforts resulted in four put pilot commitments at all other major networks — for the Harry Connick Jr project at Fox; workplace comedy The Pro starring Rob Lowe at NBC; and two half-hour projects at CBS, comedies from Jonathan Groff and Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky & Danny Chun. Additionally, the studio had received an early pilot order for Dan Fogelman’s half-hour Galavant and a pilot production commitment for a comedy from June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson & Groff at ABC.
This would mark Connick Jr’s first series regular role and a return to comedy after his high-profile recurring role on another multi-camera comedy, NBC’s Will & Grace. The Harry Connick Jr project landed at ABC Studios in a very competitive situation with two other studios vying for the show. It marks the first sale for the Stangels under the overall deal they inked with Late Show producer Worldwide Pants in January when they stepped down as head writers after a 14-year stint but remained writers on the CBS late-night show. Worldwide Pants’ highest-profile primetime series to date is CBS’ hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond. Connick Jr. , Worldwide Pants and the Stangel Brothers are repped by CAA.
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How does the Onion stay in the satire business when reality is so ghastly?
The first reaction is: how do these people sleep at night? My guess is the answer would be, Just fine, thanks. To even think of shit like this, let alone to turn it into a television show, you pretty much have you leave your conscience and your soul at the door.
But I won’t be surprised if this…show, if you want to call it that, becomes a hit. The trainwreck factor alone will have people tuning in. And in a world where the Situation brings in more viewers every week than television art such as “Mad Men,” we’re already at the bottom of the barrel.
Now we’re just scraping it.
E! ANNOUNCES NEW COMPETITION REALITY SERIES “BRIDALPLASTY” HOSTED BY SHANNA MOAKLER
Brides-to-Be Compete in Wedding-Themed Challenges Collecting Extreme Plastic Surgery Procedures While Trying to Win a Dream Celebrity-Style Wedding
Los Angeles, CA, September 16, 2010 – Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day but for the women competing on E!’s new series, “Bridalplasty,” only perfection will do. “Bridalplasty” brings together engaged women who are seeking complete image transformations before their big day – they want the dream wedding AND the dream body to go along with it. These brides-to-be are willing to do whatever it takes to beat the competition in order to get that perfection. Throughout the show, as they put together their dream wedding, each week one lucky bride will also get one piece of her dream body – going under the knife for one of the surgeries off her “wish list.” The last bride standing will have the opportunity to have an extreme plastic surgery makeover and win a wedding fit for the stars where she will unveil her shocking new look for the very first time to the man that she’s about to marry. Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Terry Dubrow joins host Shanna Moakler (a celebrity bride herself) to guide the competitors in their quest for a flawless wedding. Executive produced by Giuliana Rancic, as well as Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego (51 Minds), the 10-episode, one-hour series will debut Sunday, November 28 at 9pmET/PT on E!
In the first episode, 12 eager brides-to-be from across the country move into a mansion where they live together and compete to collect plastic surgery procedures and fabulous wedding prizes along the way. But before the competition heats up, they first meet with Dr. Dubrow for a private consultation to create a personalized plastic surgery “wish list” that they hope to complete before walking down the aisle – from muffin tops to crooked noses to flat chests, the perceived imperfections they hope to fix are extensive and dramatic. Each bride will leave the consultations with a clear vision of what her new body could be.
The competition begins and the women go head to head in wedding-themed challenges, ranging from writing wedding vows to planning honeymoons. The winning bride receives the chance to choose a procedure from her “wish list,” which will take place immediately and be revealed at the beginning of the next episode. Each episode ends in a dramatic elimination with one bride being voted off by her competitors, possibly walking away with nothing and losing her chance to be the perfect bride.
In the finale, the “Bridalplasty” champion will be named and viewers will follow her journey as she prepares for her dream wedding, which includes undergoing all of the procedures on her plastic surgery “wish list,” and her fiancé’s anticipation as he waits to see her full transformation. In a moment anticipated all season long, the bride will finally walk down the aisle to reveal her new appearance to her husband to be. Viewers will witness his emotional and possibly shocked reaction as they stand at the altar and he lifts her veil to see her for the first time following her extreme plastic surgery. The dramatic finale marks the end of her quest for perfection and reveals if her dream wedding does in fact become a reality.
“Bridalplasty” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 9pmET/PT on E! The series is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment, an Endemol company who have been behind some of cable television’s biggest franchises, including “The Surreal Life,” “My Fair Brady,” “Flavor of Love” and “Rock of Love.” Executive producers are Giuliana Rancic and Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for 51 Minds.
Shanna Moakler is one of the entertainment industry’s most sought-after talents. Shanna has hosted CW’s reality series “Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants,” starred in ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and also starred in the MTV series “Meet the Barkers” with her (now) ex-husband, Blink 182 Drummer, Travis Barker. The former Miss USA has also made appearances on the big screen, including roles in “The Wedding Singer” and “Love Stinks.”
Dr. Terry Dubrow is a board certified plastic surgeon in southern California with over 15 years of experience. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Certified Expert for The California Medical Board. He was the plastic surgeon on the Fox television show “The Swan” and his surgical practice includes reconstructive cancer surgery as well as cosmetic surgery.
About Comcast Entertainment Group
Based in Los Angeles, Comcast Entertainment Group operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable, inspiring and transformational lifestyle programming; and G4, offering the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and “geek culture” for the male 18-34 demo. E! is currently available to 97 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. and the E! Everywhere initiative underscores the company’s dedication to making E! content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online to broadband video to wireless to radio to VOD. The Style Network currently counts 65 million cable and satellite subscribers and Mystyle.com keeps women up to date on all the latest fashion and beauty news on the web. G4 is available in 70 million cable and satellite homes nationwide and G4tv.com is a top web destination for video game news and information.
From Robert Feder’s blog today:
Richard Roeper, the Sun-Times columnist and multimedia movie critic whose reviews appear on richardroeper.com, Starz, YouTube, hulu.com and elsewhere, turns up withJay Leno on NBC’s new “Tonight Show” Monday to recap the Academy Awards. (Roeper’s Best Picture Oscar prediction: “The Hurt Locker.”) He’ll also talk about his new book, Bet the House: How I Gambled over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance, published by Chicago Review Press.
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