I have been out of town for a few days on family business. Entertainment did not stop in my absence. "The Avengers," which I liked set box office records. The great writer Maurice Sendak, whose books were commonplace in my children's shelves, died. Lifetime renewed "The Client List," alas. "The Artist" will be back in theaters this weekend. And
the publicity machines sent along various other items, some of which I am including below. All statements are official words from the foiks makng the announcements.
From TNT: TNT has greenlit Monday Mornings, a powerful new series from award-winning producer David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D., on whose book the series is based. The medical drama stars Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, TNT's The Company), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You), Bill Irwin (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Keong Sim (Glee), Sarayu Rao (Lions for Lambs), and Emily Swallow (TNT's Southland).
Monday Mornings (formerly known as Chelsea General) is produced by TNT Originals and David E. Kelley Productions. Kelley and Gupta both serve as executive producers. Kelley penned the pilot episode, which was directed and executive-produced by Bill D'Elia (Boston Legal, The West Wing). TNT has ordered a 10-episode first season of Monday Mornings, which is set to premiere in summer 2013. TNT has teamed up with Turner Broadcasting System International, Inc. to produce this global series. The show, which will air on TNT and Turner networks around the world, will be distributed by TBS International outside of the United States and Canada.
“Monday Mornings is a superb drama brought to life with passion by a gifted ensemble cast and some of the best creative minds working in television today," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "David, Sanjay and their team have given us an outstanding addition to TNT’s stable of high-profile dramas, and we’re very proud to have it on the network."
Set at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore., Monday Mornings follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The title refers to the hospital’s weekly morbidity and mortality conference, when doctors gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.
Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten (Molina), the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva (Rhames), the hospital's trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wilson (Bamber) and Dr. Tina Ridgeway (Finnigan); the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney (Irwin); the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park (Sim); the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur (Rao); and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux (Swallow).
From WE: The laugh is back! KENDRA ON TOP, the new WE tv docu-soap showcasing former Playboy model, bestselling author and fitness guru Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett, premieres Tuesday, June 5th at 9 PM ET/PT with 14 episodes, including a one-hour premiere and finale and 12 half-hour episodes. The series will focus on Wilkinson as she “gets her groove back,” and works diligently to balance family, work and her personal ambitions. KENDRA ON TOP from Prometheus Entertainment began production last month and brings viewers back into the fun-loving world of the former playmate and her adorable family. Photos available for download at http://press.wetv.com
KENDRA ON TOP will chronicle Kendra’s journey as she dives back into being the bombshell we’ve come to know over the years. Known for being the outrageous sex symbol who once dated Hugh Hefner, Kendra - now a mom to son Hank IV (“Little Hank”) and wife to former NFL player Hank Baskett III – is set to unleash her party girl and prove that she can be a mommy and still be a hottie. Pulled in many directions, she’ll face each challenge and opportunity with an upbeat attitude and an outrageously funny outlook on life. Meanwhile, no longer a star NFL player, Hank must now find a new way to support the lifestyle his family has grown accustomed to. Through it all, viewers will be taken on a wild ride with Kendra and the family, as they weave their way through what their new life has to offer.
Kendra is a staunch business woman laser-focused on building her brand. With Hank looking for work, the bodacious mom is eager to find the next thing that will put her back on top, and bring home the dollars. But is it an expansion of her “Love Candy” romance kits, a return to the pages of Playboy, or a shot at hosting a talk show? The possibilities are endless. On the other side, Hank has decided to make his mark in the entertainment world by auditioning for acting and hosting gigs. But his first audition leaves him feeling unsure of himself and unsure of his place in that world. Let’s not forget Little Hank who is growing up fast and ready for pre-school. Change is in the air for the Wilkinson-Baskett family and Kendra and Hank will face life’s new adventures with the love, humor and that contagious laugh audiences love.
From FX: FX, the home of Louis C.K.’s award-winning comedy series Louie, has reached an agreement to televise C.K.’s latest standup special, Louis C.K. Live At the Beacon Theatre. The special premieres this Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
In a move that was hailed as groundbreaking and game-changing, C.K. released ‘Live At the Beacon Theatre’ directly to consumers through his website for $5 apiece. The strategy was hailed as groundbreaking and helped to catapult him onto TIME’s 2012 list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Released on December 10, 2011, the one-hour special brought in over $1M in the 11 days after its release. C.K. donated a large portion of the proceeds to charity.
Louis C.K. serves as Executive Producer, Writer, Director and Editor of Louis C.K Live At the Beacon Theatre. Dave Becky is Executive Producer and M. Blair Breard is Producer. The special is produced by Pig Newton, Inc.
Season 3 of his acclaimed comedy series Louie debuts on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. TIME magazine name Louie the Best Television Show of 2011. FX has ordered 13 episodes for the third season.
Louis C.K. is one of the most honest and respected comedic voices of his generation, finding success in both television and film, as well as the live stage. Currently he serves as executive producer, writer, director and editor on Louie. Louis was nominated for four 2011 Emmy® Awards for Louie and his standup special Hilarious including “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series”, “Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special” and “Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music or Comedy Special”. He was honored as 2011 “Comedy Person of the Year” from the Just For Laughs Festival. C.K. was recently named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” won four 2012 Comedy Awards, and was named as Variety’s 2011 “Comedy Person of the Year”. Louie was honored on many year-end top 10 lists including AFI, Time, Entertainment Weekly and dozens of others. Hilarious was also honored with a 2012 Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
As a filmmaker, Louis is best known for his cult classic Blaxploitation spoof, Pootie Tang, which he wrote and directed. Louis’ first feature film, Tomorrow Night, an independent film that he produced, wrote, and directed, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He also created the short film, Ice Cream, which screened at Sundance and as part of the “New Directors, New Films” series at MOMA in 1994.