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Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 1:31PM EDT
Laurence Fishburne to star in and produce Sony UFO paranormal drama series Rendlesham
Fishburne has signed on to star in a drama series based on the 1980 event dubbed "Britain's Roswell." He'll take on the role of Tyrone, "a retired American airman who was stationed at the U.S. base during the Cold War. With his wife Carol and son Brock, Tyrone returns to the area to visit Carol’s dying father, and is forced to face events that have haunted him his whole life." Rendlesham doesn't yet have a network home.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Designing Women reboot is in the works
Creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is shepherding a potential updated version of her hit 1990s CBS sitcom about four women (and one man) who work at an Atlanta design firm, which aired from 1986 to 1993, according to TVLine. She is developing the revival with Sony Pictures Television, which was recently revealed to be working on a potential reboot of The Facts of Life. The potential revival comes a month before Designing Women's CBS timeslot companion, Murphy Brown, is making a comeback with its own revival series. TVLine adds that the Designing Women reboot is expected to be "taken out to the marketplace soon," but it's unclear if any original cast members will be involved.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Jeopardy! arrives on Hulu
The classic game show makes its streaming debut today, with 60 episodes available from the recent past thanks to a deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television. The episodes available aired between 2012 and 2015, including a “Tournament of Champions,” a “College Championship” week and a “Kids Week,” along with “Battle of the Decades." Hulu announced the news via a video promo featuring host Alex Trebek, saying in his trademark fashion: “It’s the streaming service that’s now home to one of the most beloved quiz shows of all time, Jeopardy!" After pausing for dramatic effect, he said, "What is Hulu?"
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 4:00PM EDT
Norman Lear plans to reimagine his obscure shows with his new Sony TV deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I'm not about to reimagine Good Times or The Jeffersons," the iconic TV producer tells The Hollywood Reporter. Lear's obscure shows that could be rebooted include 1975 hotel comedy Hot L Baltimore and 1977 soap opera spoof All That Glitters. "If we're going to take properties and reimagine them, it would likely be from deeper in the library and things that people don't readily know," says Brent Miller, Lear's producing partner. The Hollywood Reporter adds that Amazon has passed on Lear's rejected NBC retirement community comedy pilot Guess Who Died, starring Holland Taylor, Hector Elizondo and Christopher Lloyd. Although Lear says, "I'm not done pursuing this world."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Norman Lear: There are no plans to reboot All in the Family or Maude
Despite Lear signing a deal with Sony TV Friday that includes potentially reimagining his classic TV series, Lear told critics: “I have no intention of doing All In The Family again.” He also doesn't plan another version of Maude.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Norman Lear celebrates his 96th birthday today by signing a Sony TV deal to potentially reimagine All In the Family, The Jeffersons and his other TV hits
“I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid,” Lear quipped of the deal that also includes Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Sony Pictures TV already produces Netflix's acclaimed One Day at a Time remake.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan signs a new deal with Sony TV
Gilligan, who is currently working on Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, has been with Sony Pictures Television for the past 11 years. His new deal will keep him at Sony for three more years. As Variety notes, Gilligan is one of the "most sought-after showrunners and creators" and Sony's renewal of his deal "is a win for the studio at a time when A-list showrunners are being heavily courted by Netflix and other streaming services for exclusive production pacts."
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Paul Reiser on a Mad About You revival: "My guess is it won’t happen"
Source: Tampa Bay Times
"It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it now," Reiser told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "Sony is trying to figure out from their end; that’s where I just walk away and go, call me when you figure it out. I don’t know what happens at that level. They make their deals with whoever they make their deals with. So we’ll see if it happens. It may not happen. It likely won’t happen. My guess is it won’t happen." Reiser and Helen Hunt signed deals with Sony TV in April to reprise their famous NBC roles. Reiser says of the revival being in potential limbo, "It’s like, ‘You know, guys, I was very happy not doing it for 20 years, and then you invited us back. And now if you can’t make it happen, it’s not a big deal.’ Things happen, they don’t happen." Reiser says if a Mad About You revival does indeed happen, "it wouldn’t go to NBC, probably. In a dream world, it would be on a streaming (platform). I don’t know if we’re going to do it, but if it did come back, I would much rather do it on a streaming platform than a broadcast."
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
Timeless fails to find a new home -- a wrap-up movie is an "uncertainty"
Co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted that Sony TV's attempt to find the canceled NBC drama a new network "have sadly failed." As for a wrap-up movie, he tweeted that "discussions still take place… but there are considerable economic obstacles that make it an uncertainty. We will update you when we know more.”
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 3:59PM EDT
NBA star Steph Curry signs a TV and film deal with Sony
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“We’re thrilled to work alongside Steph to bring his positive, affirming brand to create content in the scripted and non-scripted television landscape,” Chris Parnell, co-president of Sony Pictures Television said of the Golden State Warriors star's deal. “He’s tapping into his drive and creative energy on the court to expand to horizons off the court and we’re honored to be a part of it.” Curry's wife, Ayesha Curry, is already a TV star with Food Network's Ayesha's Home Kitchen.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Brewery is accused of infringing on Breaking Bad's trademark with its "Breaking Bud" beer
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Sony TV has filed suit against Knee Deep Brewing, claiming the company is using Breaking Bad's name, identity and logo to sell its beer. "Simply put, rather than investing the time, effort and resources necessary to establish their own reputation and identity, Defendants have instead opted to hijack the famous brand identity" of Breaking Bad, Sony says in its lawsuit.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt are officially on board the Mad About You revival
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Danny Jacobson, who co-created the hit NBC sitcom with Reiser, will also be part of the revival. Sony Pictures Television signed Hunt, Reiser and Jacobson after months of negotiation. As James Hibberd reports, "the next step is shopping Mad About You to a network. Given the rather spectacular ratings success of ABC’s reboot of Roseanne, as well as the solid performance of NBC’s revived Will & Grace, there are likely to be multiple potential suitors. NBC would be an obvious landing place for the series given its history on the network. But since the comedy wasn’t owned or produced by NBC, it’s not yet clear if it will end up there."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
How shows like Community and One Day at a Time avoided cancelation
Sony Pictures Television president Jeff Frost, whose studio has had a number of high-profile renewals of shows that seemed marked for death, offers some insight into how he's kept shows alive.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Chuck Norris files a $30 million lawsuit over Walker, Texas Ranger profits
Norris’ breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS and Sony TV claims he wasn’t paid the agreed-upon profits for his hit 1990s series. CBS and Sony have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
Breaking Bad gets an official YouTube channel for its 10th anniversary
The Sony Pictures Television Breaking Bad YouTube channel will feature footage of the acclaimed series, as well as user-generated content and specially created “theme pieces.” Breaking Bad celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday.