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Netflix Snags Tina Fey’s NBC Comedy

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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was originally slated to debut midseason on NBC. The peacock network gave Fey a straight-to-series commitment for her new project when it ordered it earlier this year. So, it’s a little puzzling why it’s moving to Netflix. It’s not like the network has a riches in successful comedies on their schedule.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt exclusively on Netflix, which has proven to be such an outstanding place for distinctive, original programming,” Fey and Carlock said in a statement. “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order. We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”

All 13 episodes of the first season will be available to stream sometime in March 2015. Ellie Kemper, of The Office and Bridesmaids fame, plays a woman who starts a new life in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. Tituss Burgess, Lauren Adams, Sara Chase, Sol Miranda, Carol Kane and Tina’s former 30 Rock colleague Jane Krakowski round out the cast. Read below to learn NBC’s reason why the series is changing mediums.

read the reason why after the jump

NBC Resurrecting Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous

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Prep yourselves for more champagne wishes and caviar dreams. NBC is resurrecting Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Nick Cannon hosting the reboot. If there’s someone who could give viewers an insider look at some opulent lifestyles, it’s the former Mr. Mariah Carey ;)

The syndicated hit aired from 1984 to 1995. Robin Leach gave viewers a weekly peek at the abodes of your favorite celebrities. This isn’t the first attempt to revive the series. Back in 2013, Style Network (now rebranded as Esquire) developed a reboot, coincidentally enough with the America’s Got Talent host also attached. However, the project never moved forward. Some might also argue that MTV’s Cribs was pretty much the same show but with cooler and quicker edits.

details about the reboot after the jump

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NBC can’t get enough of Minnie Driver. The 44-year-old actress currently stars in About A Boy and this December she’ll be pulling double duty for the peacock network. She’s set to narrate Peter Pan Live! and also play the role of a grown-up Wendy Darling.

“We’re thrilled to have Minnie as part of this Peter Pan adventure,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “She appears in the final emotional scene when Peter returns to the Darling home years later only to realize Wendy is now grown up and has a daughter of her own, but you’ll also hear her voice throughout the movie since Adult Wendy is also our narrator. She’s a classy addition to our wonderful cast.”

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It feels like forever since the last season of Celebrity Apprentice aired. After a year break, the reality guilty pleasure returns on January 4, 2015 on NBC. I hate to admit it, but I’m quite excited even though The Donald gives me major gas.

Included in the bunch are a couple of Real Housewives, a former Cosby kid, musicians, Olympians, reporters, former heartthrobs and reality television’s most polarizing mom. If you don’t recognize many of the faces in the photo above, check out the entire cast below.

check out the entire cast after the jump

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Since leaving the show in 1993, Chris Rock has surprisingly only hosted Saturday Night Live once. That was back in 1996 with The Wallflowers as the musical guest. This weekend, the 49-year-old comedian returned for a second time.

Rock kicked off the show with a controversial opening monologue. He delivered jokes about the Boston Marathon bombings, anti-gun regulations, the commercialization of Christmas and 9/11. Rock joked the corporate sponsor of the rebuilt Twin Towers should be Target. Too soon?

The political trend continued throughout the show. ISIS appeared in pitch perfect parody of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. The terrorist group were seeking a $400 million investment for a 1 percent stake in their organization. The cast perfectly embodied the sharks.

Another highlight was a mock advert promoting a new drug called Swiftamine. It’s targeted at adults who experience vertigo after enjoying a Taylor Swift song.

Check out the hilarious clip and the others below, along with a medley performed by the one and only Prince. In a first for the show, he performed one eight-minute performance as opposed to taking to the stage twice for two four-minute sets.

check out some of the skits after the jump

NBC Cancels ‘A To Z’ & ‘Bad Judge’

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Television viewers have not fallen in love with romantic comedies this season. ABC’s Manhattan Love Story was the first casualty this Fall. Now it’s NBC’s turn to break up.

The network ended its courtship with A To Z. The comedy starring Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Cristin Milioti failed to woo many viewers. The most recent episode only managed to attract 2.6 million viewers and a paltry 0.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo.

A To Z wasn’t the only show to receive bad news on Halloween. The peacock network put the nail in the coffin to another freshman comedy, Bad Judge. The Kate Walsh show fared better than A To Z with 4 million viewers and a 0.9 rating for its most recent outing, but wasn’t enough for network execs to save it. Both shows faced difficult competition from ABC’s powerhouse, Scandal.

Fans of either show can still catch new episodes for the next few weeks. NBC revealed they will air all 13 episodes they’ve ordered. Though unlikely, if ratings pick up, the network might have a change of heart. I don’t see that happening though. For now, they’re dead shows walking.

Will you miss either show? What show do you think will get axed next? Sound off below.

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After their Maya Rudolph variety show special experiment yielded solid ratings, NBC has decided to permanently resurrect the format. The network announced it ordered a new primetime variety series based on the hugely popular U.K. format Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Mr. song and dance himself, Neil Patrick Harris will host the variety show.

As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” said Harris in a press release. “Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

It’s no secret Neil Patrick was interested in starring in a variety show. He expressed his desire to do one when he revealed last year, he turned down hosting gigs for both of CBS’ late night talk shows.

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Another Movie Being Adapted For Television

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Hollywood studio network execs are really grasping at straws these days. Has everyone’s creative juices run dry? On the heels of Rush Hour, Big, Monster-In-Law, Minority Report, Problem Child, In Good Company and The Illusionist comes another movie being adapted for television.

Marley & Me which co-starred Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston is the latest to get second life on the small screen. The 2008 canine comedy-drama lands at NBC which has given the project a pilot commitment. Emmy-winning Sex And The City alumna Jenny Bicks will write the script for the single-camera comedy. The film grossed $243 million worldwide.

learn more about the show and watch original movie trailer after the jump

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