Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2 shows canned

It’s case closed for David E. Kelley’s drama pilot “Legally Mad,” with NBC officially passing on the show, Variety reports.

Elsewhere, Fox has pulled the plug a week early on its animated sitcom “Sit Down, Shut Up,” the trade publication said Tuesday.

However, NBC is on the hook to pay producer Warner Bros. TV a multimillion-dollar penalty on “Legally Mad,” which was given a hefty commitment by the network.

According to Variety, speculation surrounding the status of “Mad” arose last week when the show wasn’t among NBC’s fall pickups. “Mad” would have represented the first prime-time series from Mr. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”) since the writer-producer sealed a deal with Warner Bros. TV. Kenny Ortega directed the pilot, which Mr. Kelley wrote, about a father and daughter at a Chicago law practice - and the characters who surround them.

The cast included Kristin Chenowith, Charity Wakefield, Hugh Bonneville, Jon Seda, Kurt Fuller and Loretta Devine (Miss Devine also had a co-starring role in Mr. Kelley’s “Boston Legal,” which ran on Fox for five seasons).

Fox, meanwhile, opted to yank the remaining episode of “Sit Down, Shut Up” after Sunday’s show posted dismal ratings among adults 18-to-49 in its new 7 p.m. slot.

Foxx hosts awards

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will host the “BET Awards ‘09” live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 28, reports.

The awards show will feature performances from Maxwell, Ne-Yo and other artists to be announced.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the soul-music trio the O’Jays.

Stars on ‘Storymakers’

Tom Cruise, Judd Apatow, Cameron Diaz and Nick Cassavetes will participate on “AMC Storymakers.”

The special, which airs Friday, will be hosted by Peter Bart and Peter Guber, reports.

Mr. Bart and Mr. Guber will discuss changes in the entertainment industry as well as memorable career highlights and upcoming movies, such as Mr. Apatow’s “Funny People” and Miss Diaz and Mr. Cassavetes’ “My Sister’s Keeper.”

AMC premiered its first “AMC Storymakers” special in February in advance of the Oscars.

Stone returns

British singer Joss Stone has signed to return to Showtime’s drama “The Tudors” for its fourth and final season, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

She will reprise her role from the current third season as Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

Anne, whose marriage to Henry was annulled after he decided he no longer found her attractive, became the king’s confidante and outlived his other five wives.

Over the past few weeks, Showtime has beefed up its guest star/recurring ranks, tapping Embeth Davidtz, Kathleen Turner, Ed Westwick, Peter Gallagher, Diane Farr, Eva Amurri and Rick Springfield for “Californication.”


In other THR news, veteran producer Don Mischer is returning to the “Primetime Emmy Awards” after a five-year absence as executive producer of the upcoming 61st edition of the awards show.

The program will be broadcast Sept. 20 on CBS.

CBS and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences said Mr. Mischer had presented them with new ideas for this year’s telecast but wouldn’t elaborate further. His return follows Ken Ehrlich, who served as executive producer for the ceremony for the past four years, including last year’s ill-fated experiment with the five nominated reality hosts as co-emcees.

Mr. Mischer has won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work.

His producer/director credits include “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” “Fashion Rocks,” “XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony,” “Motown 25,” several of “The Tony Awards,” “The People’s Choice Awards,” “The Kennedy Center Honors” and several Super Bowl halftime shows - including the ones featuring appearances by the Rolling Stones, Prince and Bruce Springsteen, among others. This will mark his ninth time as executive producer of the “Primetime Emmy Awards,” THR notes.

Web wedding on tap

One lucky engaged couple will be tying the knot and saying their vows live online this summer.

The Hollywood production studio Endemol (producer of “Deal or No Deal”) has teamed with MySpace to produce the online interactive reality series “Married on MySpace,” which launches this week on the site.

The show, which will put the couple through their paces before they tie the knot in August, also has a sponsor - Touchstone Pictures, reports.

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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