UPN is looking to spin off its hit comedy Girlfriends by ordering a "backdoor" pilot to air as an episode of the long-running series later this season.
The potential spin-off will feature an all-new group of characters, women in the lives of professional football players.
Girlfriends, now in its sixth season, revolves around the lives and loves of four women: a restaurateur, a divorcee, a free-spirited vegan, and a self-involved married woman. The show's creator, Mara Brock Akil, is set to write the spin-off episode and would executive produce the new series with Girlfriends executive producer Kelsey Grammer.
Singer/actress Brandy, who starred in the 1990s UPN sitcom Moesha, is headed to rival WB for a comedy that will explore the life of a young woman after she hits 25.
Brandy will play a diehard New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles to take a job as an entertainment editor. The pilot for the untitled project will be written by Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil.
Akil first met Brandy and her brother, actor Ray J, on The Sinbad Show, where Ray J was a cast member and Akil was production assistant.
"They both told me that I was going to be huge in this business," Akil said. "They believed in me when I was answering phones--I've never forgotten that."
Akil, Brandy, and Ray J's paths crossed again a few years later when Akil was a rookie writer ...Read more
The aftermath of the Hollywood work stoppage can't keep Superman, the demon-hunting Winchester brothers, and New York private-school girls in plaid skirts down.
While some shows are calling this television season a done deal, the CW is asking six of its top shows to return to work and produce up to half a dozen new episodes to air this season, says Media Week.
The six shows getting the call for "five or six more episodes" are Smallville, Supernatural, Reaper, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and The Game. The network hopes to get new episodes on the air by mid-to-late April, with the half-hour comedy The Game getting as many as nine fresh episodes beginning next month.
As for the rest of the CW's slate, Aliens in America, which produced a hearty 18 episodes before being shut down by the strike, will not go back to work ...Read more
The ratings battle of Monday night rages on.
NBC's powerful lineup of Deal Or No Deal and Heroes continued to dominate in the key 18 to 49-year-old demographic, but both shows were down 8 percent from last week. Heroes took a 6.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Research.
Fox's Prison Break and 24 both crept higher from last week's numbers. Prison Break scored 9.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating, up 14 percent, while 24 snagged 15.3 million viewers and a 5.4 rating in 18-49s.
At 8 p.m., NBC scored a 4.8 for Deal or No Deal. Fox earned a 4.1 for Prison Break, and ABC notched a 3.2 for a repeat of Wife Swap. CBS earned a combined 2.4 for repeats ...Read more
NBC won the Monday-night ratings fight, thanks to Deal or No Deal and new hit Heroes. CSI: Miami held on to the top spot for the 10 p.m. hour, according to Nielsen overnights.
At 8 p.m., Deal scored a 5.5 in adults 18-49. Fox and Prison Break earned a 3.8, CBS scored a combined 32 average for How I Met Your Mother and The Class, and ABC came in with a 2.6 for Wife Swap. The CW earned a combined 1.3 for Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us.
At 9, Heroes flew with a 6.5, CBS earned a combined 4.4 for Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine, and ABC romanced a 3.4 for The Bachelor: Rome. Fox nabbed 3.3 for a repeat of House, and The ...Read more
Heroes is showing muscle.
Last night's episode of the freshman series matched its highest ratings yet, 6.2 rating/15 share in 18- to 49-year-olds, with 14.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen overnights. That's almost 10 percent better than last week's episode, and it makes Heroes the highest-rated new show of the 2006 fall season.
Heroes received a full season order from NBC on October 5, and on Sunday the network ran a marathon. The higher numbers could be attributed to viewers who were on the fence about the serialized drama watching the marathon and liking what they saw.
At 8 p.m., NBC and Deal or No Deal won a 4.4 in 18 to 49s, with CBS earning a combined 3.3 for How I Met Your Mother at a 3.6 and ...Read more
Heroes stormed the schedule last night, flying even higher than it has previously and giving Friday Night Lights a boost. The Tuesday-night football drama was put into Monday's post-
Heroes berth for a special one-time showing.
Heroes was watched by 14.7 million viewers, up from last week's 14.3 million. In the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, Heroes scored a 6.3 rating, up from last week's 6.1.
Friday Night Lights was seen by 8.3 million viewers, better than last Tuesday's 6.3 million. It was also better than the usual inhabitant of the 10 p.m. spot, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which has been sliding fast and was seen by 7.7 million last week.
Even with the improvement, Lights was trounced by a CSI: Miami repeat in the 10 p.m. slot, with ...Read more
ABC is home to some of the best shows on television, and the finales for these great series will surely not disappoint. Look for excitement from Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey's Anatomy--and be sure to bid a final farewell to Sydney Bristow on the series finale of Alias.
9:00 p.m.: Supernanny
GIRLFRIENDS revolves around the friendships of four African-American women from different walks of life. They explore the many trials and tribulations that most women face today, such as relationships, family, friends and other hot topics that interest universal women. Whether it is getting over a divorce, finding a career or simply looking for true love, GIRLFRIENDS delivers along with comedy and wit.
GIRLFRIENDS is a production of Happy Camper Productions and Grammnet Productions in association with CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. Creator Mara Brock Akil, Kelsey Grammer, and Regina Hicks all serve as executive producers for the show.