The Highs and Lows of This Week in TV Industry News
We’ve been woefully neglectful of television industry news this week, so in order to compensate, here’s some quick hits covering the highlights and the not-so-highlights of the week:
NBC has greenlit a multi-camera comedy pilot called, “Justice,” about a law firm with “larger than life” lawyers. The main character quits his job as a Supreme Court justice to start his own law firm, which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Bah. Another law show. So why is this in the highlights? Cause it was developed by Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco. Methinks NBC is trying to make nice and save a little face. Too late.
NBC is developing a new show with an interesting premise: It centers on a recently demoted manager of a novelties company who is shipped off to India to manage a ragtag group of customer service reps. I have a little faith in it because it comes from Ken Kwapis, who is one of the main directors of “The Office.”
Fox has picked up Ron Howard’s new show, which is a workplace comedy set at an Internal Revenue Service district office. The pilot was written by Brent Forrester, from “The Office.” (Howard has a very good track record with television shows, having also produced “Arrested Development,” “Sports Night,” “Felicity,” and the upcoming “Parenthood” TV series.)
I’m not sure if this belongs in the highlights or the lowlights, but ABC cancelled “Ugly Betty” this week, though the show will finish out the season. I liked the show during its first year, but quickly gave up on it, and really haven’t thought much about it since. I’m not bothered by the cancellation, though I do believe there are some boneheads on the Internet who are already trying to save it, because there’s someone who wants to save every goddamn show that’s cancelled.
The CW is taking another stab at developing La Femme Nikita for the small screen. In the pilot, the title heroine has gone rogue, so a new Nikita is being trained to replace her. Cool. Except for The CW part. (H/T Cindy)
David Spade is developing an animated television version of his movie Joe Dirt for TBS, in collaboration with Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company. If this deal didn’t involve David Spade, David Spade would have something pithy to say about a certain has-been status.
VHI1 has greenlit three television shows: 1) “Undateable,” a dating advice show based on the book, Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t be Dating or Having Sex; 2) a make-over show called “Transform,” which will transform people both inside and out, and 3) “Famous Crime Scenes,” a docu-reality show that recreates the deaths of famous people, like Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Tupac Shakur.
Carrie Underwood will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl this year; The Who will be performing the half-time show.
Effing Jennifer Lopez will guest star on “How I Met Your Mother,” for an episode airing in March. Lopez will play Anita Appleby, a no-nonsense author of self-help books that teach women how to train men into relationship machines through the power of denial.
MTV is close to a deal to bring back “Jersey Shore” for another season starting late this summer.
NBC is developing a television show called “The Cape” about a cop who was framed for murder, who turns into a masked hero called The Cape in order to clear his name and reunite with his son. It comes from “Empire” creator Tom Wheeler.