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'Fear the Walking Dead' Recruits Jenna Elfman as Season 4 Regular

The world of the apocalypse continues to expand.

Jenna Elfman has joined the cast of Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular for its fourth season. Details of the character she's playing are currently unknown. 

Elfman, most famous for her starring role on Dharma & Greg, has appeared as part of the main cast of a number of television shows in recent years, all of which were canceled after a single season: CBS' Courting Alex and Accidentally on Purpose, NBC's 1600 Penn and Growing up Fisher, and ABC's Imaginary Mary

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‘Imaginary Mary’ Star Jenna Elfman Is Fed Up with Network TV, But Giving It One More Shot — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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‘Imaginary Mary’ Star Jenna Elfman Is Fed Up with Network TV, But Giving It One More Shot  — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast
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Jenna Elfman thought she was done with network TV.

“Dharma and Greg” put her on the map in the late 1990s, but after that hit, the actress suffered through a series of disappointments, including “Courting Alex,” “Accidentally on Purpose,” “1600 Penn,” and “Growing Up Fisher.”

“I had written off network TV,” Elfman said. “I told my agents not to come to me with another network show. I work really hard and I do my best to promote the shows. I feel like mostly I do a good job. In any other field that would give you job security. Sometimes it’s like it doesn’t matter.”

But there was something she couldn’t resist about “Imaginary Mary,” her new ABC series from “The Goldbergs” executive producer Adam F. Goldberg.
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Disney Plans A "Castle Hangnail" Feature

Disney Pictures has signed on TV writer Bill Kunstler ("Mom," "Accidentally on Purpose") to adapt the screenplay for the film version of Ursula Vernon's children's book "Castle Hangnail".

The story centers on a twelve-year-old girl who shows up on Castle Hangnail's doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch at a time that the castle desperately needs a master or face being decommissioned by the Board of Magic.

She projects confidence during the series of tasks she must complete in order to be approved by the board while concealing several secrets, including her true identity.

Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will produce.

Source: Variety
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Disney Moving Ahead on ‘Castle Hangnail’ with Ellen DeGeneres

Disney Moving Ahead on ‘Castle Hangnail’ with Ellen DeGeneres
Disney has signed TV writer Bill Kunstler to adapt the screenplay for the movie version of “Castle Hangnail,” the children’s book it set up last year with Ellen DeGeneres.

Kunstler was a consulting producer on CBS’ “Mom,” a co-executive producer on CBS’ The Crazy Ones,” a co-exec producer on “Accidentally on Purpose” and a consultant on “How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).”

DeGeneres, who stars in Disney’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” is producing “Castle Hangnail” with Jeff Kleeman, her partner at A Very Good Production.

The story, written by Ursula Vernon, centers on a 12-year-old girl who shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch at a time that the castle desperately needs a master or face being decommissioned by the Board of Magic. She projects confidence during the series of tasks she must complete in
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Review: Amazon's shockingly filthy, surprisingly sweet 'Catastrophe'

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Review: Amazon's shockingly filthy, surprisingly sweet 'Catastrophe'
"Catastrophe" is a delightful study in contradictions. It's a high-concept comedy with low-key execution, and it's at once filthy on a level that's impressive even in the year 2015, yet almost shockingly normal despite that. The series — its six-episode first season aired on Channel 4 on the UK earlier this year, and is now streaming on Amazon Prime — casts its stars and creators, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, as an American businessman and an Irish schoolteacher who have a fling while he's on a week-long trip to the UK. They get on well enough to at least discuss seeing each other again the next time he's in town, but then Sharon discovers that she's pregnant and Rob decides to set his whole life aside to move in with her and help raise the baby. This is a premise from which rom-coms and sitcom hackery can be born — see "Accidentally On Purpose,
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Productions

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Charlize Theron is in business with Universal Cable Productions.

The actress/producer has aligned herself with Ucp via a new first-look deal through her Denver and Delilah production banner, Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.

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Under the deal, Theron and Ucp are already working on projects for USA Network, Bravo, NBC and Amazon, Wachtel noted.

Along with the new Ucp deal, Denver and Delilah has hired former Epix
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah production banner has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods. to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks.

The company has four projects percolating at NBC, USA, Bravo and Amazon.

The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, at Thursday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

Laverne McKinnon has also joined Denver & Delilah as head of scripted television. McKinnon was formerly exec VP of original programming and development at Epix and senior VP of drama development at CBS.

The pact marks Ucp’s growth in diversified programming development, under the direction of exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead.

“I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Olmstead. “I’m thrilled that Laverne has joined forces with them.
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Is ABC's Manhattan Love Story Worthy of a Second Date?

Is ABC's Manhattan Love Story Worthy of a Second Date?
The would-be couple at the center of ABC’s Manhattan Love Story sure do spend a lot of time in their own heads. But what were you thinking as you watched the new rom-com on Tuesday night?

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Before you give us your take, here’s a brief refresher of the pilot: Dana (played by Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Analeigh Tipton) is fresh to New York City, having moved from Atlanta to finally start her publishing career. (How is publishing still a rom-com trope?) Although it appears
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Witness Two Queens of Comedy “Playing House” on the USA Network

Witness Two Queens of Comedy “Playing House” on the USA Network
If you don’t know Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair by name, you'll know them by face (from Accidentally on Purpose and Bridesmaids, respectively). And here’s something else you may not know about them: They're BFFs in real life and on Playing House (series starts April 29 at 10/9c on USA). Just how do the Upright Citizens Brigade, karate, and slumber parties figure into their story? Scroll down to find out!
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AMC Pushes Into Scripted Comedy With First Order (Exclusive)

AMC Pushes Into Scripted Comedy With First Order (Exclusive)
AMC is pushing into comedy for the first time. The cable network home to Mad Men and The Walking Dead is developing a scripted comedy based on Andrea Abbate's play Random Acts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose, The Office) will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy alongside Todd Holland and Karey Burke of Dark Toy Entertainment and Kenton Allen of Big Talk Productions. Photos: 'The Walking Dead's' Most Shocking Deaths The comedy revolves around Katie and Lisa, single girls in their early 30s who work through issues with relationships, family, and growing up. 

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Matt Edmondson to host new ITV2 talk show TV Od

Matt Edmondson is to host a new ITV2 talk show this summer.

TV Od will feature the Fake Reaction star trawling through tweets, blogs and forum posts about opinions on the previous week's TV shows.

Produced by Img Productions and Accidentally on Purpose, it will also include Edmondson discussing TV guilty pleasures with celebrity guests.

He will also confront the stars with comments made about them on Twitter, whether they are positive, negative or rather strange.

Edmondson said of his new series: "I'm ridiculously excited about making TV Od. Finally, I have a valid excuse to spend every waking hour watching telly whilst simultaneously surfing the internet.

"All we need to do now is factor in a part of the show where I have a nap and it'll be like every day off I've ever had."

Executive producer Alex Gale added: "TV Od is going to be a funny and
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Actors Added To Fox’s Matt Hubbard, ABC’s Jeff Lowell Comedy Pilots

Ely Henry (Suburgatory) and Asif Ali have been cast as leads in Cabot College, Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Directed by Pam Fryman, the comedy is set at a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time. Henry, repped by David Dean Management, and Ali, repped by David Shapira & Assoc. and Aligned Entertainment, will play two of the four male freshmen recently admitted to Cabot College. Nicolas Wright (Accidentally On Purpose) has been added to My Thoughts Exactly, ABC‘s comedy pilot from writer Jeff Lowell, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ABC Studios. It is a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple, Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) embarking on a new relationship. Wright will play Peter’s handsome, slick brother.
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Andrea Abbate Project Lands at Fox

Andrea Abbate Project Lands at Fox
Andrea Abbate’s “Paroled” project has landed at Fox as a put pilot with a significant penalty.

To be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, “Paroled” follows a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. Project is based on members of Abbate’s own family getting out of prison — again.

Abbate will exec produce with 21 Laps/Adelstein. Her credits include “The Tony Danza Show,” “Rude Awakening” and “Accidentally On Purpose.”

Abbate and Marty Adelstein are repped by Wme. Abbate is also represented by Morris Yorne Barnes, and Adelstein by Ziffren Brettenham.
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Fox Buys Male 'Laverne and Shirley' Comedy From Andrea Abbate

Fox Buys Male 'Laverne and Shirley' Comedy From Andrea Abbate
Fox is looking for the next Laverne and Shirley. In a pre-emptive buy, Fox has handed out a put-pilot order with significant penalty to Paroled, a semi-autobiographical comedy from Accidentally on Purpose's Andrea Abbate, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Paroled is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole and is based on members of Abbate's family getting out of prison -- again. The project hails from 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th Century Fox Television, where the banner is under an overall deal. Abbate will write and executive produce alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Photos: Fox's 2013-14

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Exclusive: Jenna Elfman Officially Replaces Parker Posey in NBC's Growing Up Fisher

Exclusive: Jenna Elfman Officially Replaces Parker Posey in NBC's Growing Up Fisher
It’s official: Former 1600 Penn Flotus Jenna Elfman is returning to NBC next season as the female lead in Growing Up Fisher (fka The Family Guide).

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Peacock net has closed a deal with Elfman to replace the recently-exiled Parker Posey in the single-camera comedy, which is set to debut at midseason.

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The series centers on a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and enjoys his mom’s (Elfman) newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and, ultimately, grow closer.
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Claudia Lonow Signs Overall Deal With Universal Television

Exclusive: How To Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow has inked an overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, Lonow will join the writing staff of the studio’s upcoming NBC comedy series Sean Saves The World starring Sean Hayes and will also develop new projects. Wme-repped Lonow is a rare female comedy writer-producer who has created four shows that have gotten on the air: Accidentally On Purpose for CBS, Rude Awakening for Showtime, Good Girl’s Don’t for Oxygen and most recently How To Live With Your Parents for ABC this past midseason. “Claudia is a gifted writer and producer with a strong female comedic point of view,” Universal TV’s Evp Bela Bajaria said. “We know she’ll contribute greatly to our new comedy Sean Saves The World and enhances our strong roster of creative talent at Universal Television.”
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Jenna Elfman may join NBC's 'Family Guide'; 'Undateable' also recasting roles

A pair of new NBC comedies are in recasting mode, with a well-known actress looking to take over one of the vacated parts.

The network wants Jenna Elfman -- who starred on NBC's "1600 Penn" this season -- to take a lead role in "The Family Guide," according to TVLine. She would replace Parker Posey, who left the show after filming the pilot. NBC will also recast two parts on "Undateable," which like "The Family Guide" is set for a midseason debut.

"The Family Guide" is about a boy (Eli Baker) and his relationship with recently divorced parents (J.K. Simmons plays his father), and how the family ultimately becomes closer after the divorce. DJ Nash, who previously worked with Elfman on "Accidentally on Purpose," created the show.

"Undateable" is going through its second recasting of the lead female role. Briga Heelan ("Cougar Town") replaced Aly Michalka during the pilot process.
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Exclusive: Jenna Elfman In Talks to Replace Parker Posey in NBC's The Family Guide

Exclusive: Jenna Elfman In Talks to Replace Parker Posey in NBC's The Family Guide
Former 1600 Penn FLOTUS Jenna Elfman may be returning to NBC next season as the female lead in The Family Guide.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Peacock net is pursuing Elfman to replace the recently-exiled Parker Posey in the single-camera comedy, which is set to debut at midseason.

Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to All That’s New for 2013-14

The series centers on a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and enjoys his mom’s (Elfman) newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and, ultimately, grow closer.

Posey dropped out of the project shortly after it was ordered to series.
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TV Review: ‘How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)’

TV Review: ‘How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)’
The tough economy and failed marriages have forced plenty of grown children to move back home with their parents, which becomes the linchpin of ABC’s “We’ll save money on marketing with the long-winded title” sitcom “How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life).” Goofy, moderately sweet and too rarely funny, it’s a natural thematic companion to “Modern Family,” if not an especially strong one. On the plus side, a “Life” sentence in this case would merely be the next several years, but enough shows have flopped in the half-hour to temper expectations for a happy ending.

Admittedly, there’s not much new about a slightly uptight kid having to deal with his or her hippy-dippy, flower-powered parents, so the main flourishes in the script by showrunner Claudia Lonow (“Accidentally on Purpose”) are what kind of quirks she gives to Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and
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Exclusive First Look: Sarah Chalke Learns How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)

Exclusive First Look: Sarah Chalke Learns How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
Babysitting, it appears, is not like riding a bike.

Hence the blank stares Sarah Chalke‘s Polly encounters as she leaves instructions for her parents, who are about to watch their granddaughter for the first time, in this exclusive sneak peek at next Wednesday’s premiere of ABC’s How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) (9:30/8:30c).

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The multi-cam comedy executive-produced by Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose) follows the recently divorced Polly as she moves back in with her eccentric parents, Elaine
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