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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Lethal Weapon couldn't land Karl Urban and Johnny Knoxville to replace Clayne Crawford
Both actors passed, so the role was offered to Seann William Scott, whom, it turns out, had passed on the series two years ago.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Meet reality TV kingpin Mike Darnell, who oversees everything from The Bachelor to Ellen to TMZ to Basketball Wives
The Warner Bros. TV executive, who's in charge of alternative programming, oversees more than 30 shows. “He’s the best executive in reality television I’ve ever worked with,” says Peter Roth, the head of Warner Bros. TV and Darnell's boss. Darnell was responsible for putting American Idol and Gordon Ramsay's many shows on air when he worked at Fox. “The viewer is desensitized,” he says of trying to create a reality TV hit nowadays. “It’s much, much, much harder to get people’s attention with a crazy idea than it used to be. It’s been done. Now it’s less about jolting the viewer and controversy. Now it’s about being clever and finding stuff that you know will be broad-based. You have to smell the tide of where things are and where it’s going.”
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox execs say they didn't fire Clayne Crawford from Lethal Weapon, but they supported the decision
Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden says it "was not our choice" to drop Crawford. "Our partners at Warner Bros. came to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver Lethal Weapon as we’ve known it, that there were some real challenges in the cast,” he says. ALSO: Fox says canceling Lucifer was a "ratings-based decision."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Clayne Crawford breaks his silence on Lethal Weapon firing, wishes cast and crew good luck next season
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Crawford was fired after doing nothing to change his behavior each time he was reprimanded, prompting Warner Bros. TV to refuse to even consider moving forward with the series with him aboard. Thus Fox didn't have the option of renewing the show with Crawford attached. "To my cast and crew - CONGRATULATIONS on season 3! To the Fans - Thank you for the overwhelming support and love," Crawford wrote on Instagram. "Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!" ALSO: Some Lethal Weapon fans aren't happy with the Seann William Scott casting.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory's value is "incalculable" to CBS, generating $125 million to $150 million in ad revenue per season
The CBS comedy has also generated more than $1 billion for Warner Bros. Television in syndication revenue. “Every scheduler, every network president, anybody who works at a network, you live for a show like this," says CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. "The interesting thing to me is it’s as dominant as it’s ever been.” ALSO: How Big Bang booked Mark Hamill -- without a script.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Gilmore Girls producer files another lawsuit over the show's profits
Gavin Polone, who is entitled to 12.5% of the show's revenue, is accusing Warner Bros. of using "various improper accounting practices to improperly manipulate the profitability of Gilmore Girls.” Polone last sued Warner Bros. over the show's profits in 2016.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 1:32PM EST
Full House / Fuller House creator Jeff Franklin is "heartbroken" he was fired from his Netflix show
"I’m heartbroken to be leaving Fuller House," Franklin wrote on Instagram, without specifically addressing the allegations of abusive behavior against him. "Creating and running Full House and Fuller House has been the greatest joy. I wish the cast, my second family for over 30 years, continued success. I’m so proud of all we accomplished together, and beyond grateful to our loyal fans. Adios Tanneritos!"
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
Full House creator Jeff Franklin dumped from Fuller House over alleged abusive behavior
Franklin has been fired as showrunner and Warner Bros. TV won't renew his overall deal after the studio received complaints about his behavior on set and in the writers room, according to Variety. "Franklin has been accused of being verbally abusive to staffers and making inappropriate statements in the writers room, including making sexually charged comments about his personal relationships and sex life," reports Variety's Cynthia Littleton. "Franklin has not been accused of directly sexually harassing or engaging in physical misconduct with any staffers." Staffers also complained Franklin would bring women he was dating on set and sometimes give them roles on the show.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Could Friends’ Central Perk become a coffee chain and board game?
Warner Bros. has secured documents to copyright the name Central Perk for “coffee shop and café services,” using the logo from the NBC comedy. Warner Bros. also intends to use the copyright on “toys, board games and slot machines.” Central Perk was last used as an authorized pop-up coffee shop in downtown Manhattan as part of the Friends' 20th anniversary in 2014.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 9:29PM EST
Robert Knepper will remain on iZombie after a sexual misconduct inquiry found “no evidence of wrongdoing”
Warner Bros. TV conducted an investigation following allegations of sexual misconduct from five women. “We were deeply concerned about recent allegations regarding Robert Knepper. As a result, we conducted an internal inquiry with some of the cast and crew of iZombie,” the studio said in a statement. “We found no evidence of wrongdoing on the set of the show. We have taken and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved, which is our top priority.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Why Sabrina ended up on Netflix instead of The CW
On Netflix, Warner Brothers will be able to maintain 100% ownership of the Riverdale offshoot. If the new Sabrina ended up on The CW, WB would have to share ownership and profits with CBS.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 2:16PM EST
Arrowverse executive producer Andrew Kreisberg fired following a “thorough” sexual harassment investigation
Kreisberg, executive producer of the DC Comics dramas Supergirl, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, has been terminated following his suspension weeks ago over sexual harassment allegations. "After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately," Warner Bros. TV said in a statement. "Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions."
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Producer who co-created Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow has been suspended amid sexual harassment investigation
Andrew Kreisberg, who serves as an executive producer on all four shows, was suspended by Warner Bros. after what executive producer Greg Berlanti called “some deeply disturbing allegations” surfaced against him. According to Variety, which spoke to 19 sources, men and women “describe similar incidents of inappropriate touching and endemic sexual harassment; they often told the same stories and corroborated each other’s accounts.” The allegations include “asking for massages from uncomfortable female staff members, and kissing women without asking.” For his part, Kreisberg denies acting inappropriately, telling Variety: “I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized. Like many people, I have given someone a non-sexual hug or kiss on the cheek.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 10:34PM EDT
Lord of the Rings is poised to become a TV series
Amazon has emerged as a potential buyer, but a TV series based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels is “far from official,” says The Hollywood Reporter, which adds: “Talks are said to be focusing on rights issues with the Tolkien estate; the project has yet to even go out to search for a potential writer.” Warner Bros. TV is in talks for the potential series four months after Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate settled an $80 million lawsuit after a five-year battle over profits from the Lord of the Rings film franchise.
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Warner Bros. responds to ex-Bachelor producer’s lawsuit: We found no wrongdoing after investigating her allegations
"We take all allegations of workplace harassment very seriously," Warner Bros. said in response to Bachelor and Bachelorette segment producer Becky Steenhoek’s sexual harassment lawsuit. "These allegations were brought to our attention and were thoroughly investigated earlier this year. Our findings did not support the plaintiff’s characterization of the events claimed to have taken place, which is why we are disappointed by the filing of this lawsuit."