|NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
CBS Orders Two New Multi-Camera Sitcoms for 2018-19
CBS, which could have two protected time periods next season if it moves “Young Sheldon” into the Thursday 9 p.m. half-hour, has ordered two new comedies for next season: “Welcome to the Neighborhood” and an untitled Ben Winston project.
“Welcome to the Neighborhood” features Cedric the Entertainer as the the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness. The cast includes Dreama Walker, Josh Lawson, Marcel Spears, Sheaun McKinney and Tichina Arnold. And the untitled Ben Winston project focuses on a young married couple whose life becomes more complicated after a young musician moves into their spare bedroom and brings with him the complications of being an up-and-coming mega pop star. The series features Amber Stevens, Chris Parnell, Felix Mallard and Damon Wayans, Jr.
Fox Adds “The Cool Kids” and “Proven Innocent” to the New Series Roster
Fox, which announces its programming plans for next season on Mondayafternoon, has confirmed new sitcom “The Cool Kids” and new drama “Proven Innocent.” In “Cool Kids,” three male friends in a retirement community (Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan) are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Vicki Lawrence) whose ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70 somethings. It comes from 20th Century Fox Television in association with FX Productions.
“Proven Innocent,” from Danny Strong Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television, is a legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm. The logline: Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (Rachel Lefevre) with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were ‘proven’ guilty. Our lead’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity. While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies – one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. The cast includes Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith and Clare O’Connor.
PBS Announces Documentary Series “Breaking Big”
PBS and OZY Media have confirmed that the third primetime television show from OZY Media, “Breaking Big,” will premiere Friday, June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 12-episode documentary series explores the unexpected journey to success of some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs.
Hosted by Carlos Watson, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and co-founder and CEO of OZY.com, “Breaking Big” explores the twists and turns on the road to thriving careers for some notable figures in various fields. The series of 30-minute documentary films traces the unusual paths followed by 12 talented men and women – from country music superstar Jason Aldean and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels and chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang – who overcame nearly insurmountable obstacles and long odds to reach and re-imagine their own potential and, ultimately, to break big.
The series will include analysis from eminent social scientists, marketing experts, film critics, book editors and others to help viewers understand the risk-taking and bold moves these journeys require. The series kicks of with comedian and late night host Trevor Noah as the first guest and subject. For a clip, click here
truTV Orders Comedy “Tacoma PD”
Cable net truTV has greenlit 10 half-hour episodes of a scripted comedy called
“Tacoma PD” (working title), featuring “Super Troopers 2” co-creators and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. Set in a firehouse, leading the fire house crew are Chief Terry McConky (Heffernan) and Captain Eddie Penisi (Lemme). The series, which will go into production later this year and will debut in 2019, is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.
In development at truTV are a Untitled Ken Jeong Project and “This Functional Family.” The Ken Jeong (“Dr. Ken”) project a proposed half-hour, comedic non-scripted medical advice show with Jeong dispensing his expertise while also performing related comedy bits in front of a studio audience. Created by Jeong, the series is produced by Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media, with Jeong, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Brett Carducciserving as executive producers.
“This Functional Family,” meanwhile, is an animated comedy based on Jo Koy’s stand-up tour about a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Drawing upon Koy’s real-life experiences and characters featured in Koy’s popular stand-up tour.
FX Acquires The New York Times Series “The Weekly”
FX has landed the first-run North American rights to The New York Times series “The Weekly,” in partnership with Hulu, which will be the exclusive SVOD streaming home to new episodes of the series the day after air. In addition to the FX linear telecast and Hulu, episodes will also be available on FX’s VOD services, FXNOW (with commercials) and FX+ (commercial-free) to authenticated subscribers.
Marking FX’s first entry in the ongoing weekly news genre, “The Weekly” will be a narrative documentary news program that includes one or two of The Times’s biggest and most important visual stories each week. The logline: Viewers will be with those stories and the reporters as the show brings them to life. Much as The Daily podcast has taken a narrative approach to news that introduces listeners in a new way to host Michael Barbaro and reporters like Mike Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Rukmini Callimachi, “The Weekly” will find the stories behind the headlines that would otherwise be left on the cutting room floor.
A minimum of 30 episodes of “The Weekly” will be telecast on FX. The series is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company. WME represented the project.