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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Vetran showrunners are in hot demand to help guide untested TV show creators
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"As a crush of fresh (and green) voices turns to television, execs are scrambling to find proven writer-producers to keep big-ticket investments on track," according to The Hollywood Reporter. These veteran showrunners don't get the glory of the big-name creators. They are the "guy behind the guy," but they're earning a lot of making making sure shows are kept on track. They include NewsRadio creator Paul Simms, who has helped Donald Glover run Atlanta after helping guide Girls and The Flight of the Conchords. "Showrunners don't just fall out of the sky, they're grown," says CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. "There are so many shows now that the talent pool is thinner and people are getting opportunities maybe before they should be."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Tom Selleck didn't object to CBS' Magnum P.I. reboot, but he won't be involved in any way
Source: TV Insider
Speaking for the first time about CBS' reboot starring Jay Hernandez, Selleck tells TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider he was approached early on by executive producer Peter Lenkov -- who has successfully rebooted Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver -- and CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and asked if he "had a problem" with CBS rebooting his iconic show -- that they wouldn't proceed if he objected. The Blue Bloods star also spoke to CBS boss Les Moonves. Afterwards, Selleck says, "I went home and thought about it for about a day. In the end, I thought, ‘We couldn’t have a better bow tied around our show. We went off with our final episode as the number one show on all of television. We’re in the Smithsonian for recognizing Vietnam veterans in a positive light, the first show to really do that. And it led to countless other opportunities. I just felt success is so hard to come by in this business, why do I want to root for somebody to fail.' I just stepped back, and said, ‘I won’t get in your way.'" Selleck also says "they asked" if he'd be involved with the revival, "and I said 'Absolutely not. I’m busy with Blue Bloods.'" Selleck added: “I told them that I won’t do some cameo guest spot to let the audience know I approve...I have an obligation to my version."