Author Staci Robinson has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the fledgling CW network and its owners, along with producers of the soon-to-debut series
The Game, alleging that it copies the concept and characters of her unpublished novel.
The suit, filed September 14 in the US District Court in Los Angeles, claims Robinson gave a manuscript of the novel to Game executive producer Mara Brock Akil in 2001, when she interviewed for a writers assistant post at Kelsey Grammer's Grammnet Prods. Akil and Grammnet are named as defendants in the suit, along with CW and its owners, CBS and Warner Bros.
Both the novel and the show revolve around a woman torn between her academic pursuit and a love interest with an NFL athlete, according to the suit.
In addition to a claim for monetary damages, Robinson's suit seeks a ...Read more
The CW has announced the premiere dates for its first fall season. The network is being formed by the merging of UPN and The WB and will include many shows from those networks, as well as new fare such as Veronica Mars.
Dawn Ostroff, president of the new network, told the TV Critics Press tour that there will be last minute tweaks as the fall season approaches. Vacant slots such as Monday, September 18; Tuesday, September 19; and Thursday, September 21 might be filled with the previous season finales of returning series' or a special the network is creating highlighting it's slate of shows.
"We just want a few days to iron out all the kinks and make sure everything is up and running," Ostroff said.
The CW fall season blasts off Wednesday, September 22 with a two-hour America ...Read more
The CW got into the scheduling mood today, announcing its 2008-2009 schedule in New York City, and it's sticking with what works for it. That means spoiled rich teens, spoiled aspiring models, and a sci-fi Thursday.
Word broke yesterday that the network was picking up three new shows, but no one knew where they would fit into the schedule until today.
Monday nights will leave the hallways in schools buzzing the next morning, as Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill take over the first day of the work week.
Tuesday nights continue the chatter, with a pair of new teen-targeting soapy dramas, including the much-hyped Beverly Hills, 90210 redux, simply dubbed 90210. That will be followed by Surviving the Filthy Rich, which sees a young woman live the glamorous life of a live-in tutor to a pair of super-wealthy teenage girls.
Wednesday is makeover day, with a pair of ...Read more
In the least surprising move of the upfronts, the CW has given the go-ahead to the modern-day version of the classic teen soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210, says Variety. The program, which still does not have a title, has been a hot topic at the network ever since it was announced earlier this year.
The CW is fast-tracking the series based on premise alone; over the last few weeks the cast has been put in place even though they have nothing to say--a pilot script hasn't even been completed yet. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas initially penned a pilot for the show, but his script is currently being rewritten by Freaks and Geeks producers Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, who are expected to take over showrunning duties after Thomas decided to split to work on other projects.
The most recent cast announcement for the show is also its biggest ...Read more
When the writers strike was officially lifted one week ago, the first network to officially announce that its shows were going back to work was the good old CW. Much to the delight of the younger generation everywhere, the network said its most popular shows, including Supernatural, Gossip Girl, and Smallville, would return with new episodes this season, but didn't say when.
It took a few days for the CW to straighten out its schedule, but it did, and late last week gave the return dates of eight of its programs.
Starting things off will be the net's two shows that managed to power through most of their season orders before the strike hit. Aliens in America--the coming-of-age comedy that sees a Wisconsin boy befriend a Pakistani exchange student--will air its remaining eight ...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 CW, television's new broadcast network, is set to launch this fall in more than 93 percent of the United States--the most ever for a prime-time startup. But the big question is: Will anybody be watching?
Formed by the merger of the soon-to-be-defunct WB and UPN networks, the September 20 launch of the CW will leave former UPN viewers in 60 percent of the country looking for their favorite shows on channels that previously carried the WB.
Conversely, about 28 percent of past WB viewers will have to switch to stations that were once UPN affiliates. In still other cases, audiences will have to tune into a station that was neither a UPN nor a WB affiliate before.
The risk is that loyal UPN and WB viewers will become confused and give up on such shows as 7th Heaven, Everybody Hates Chris, Gilmore Girls, and America's Next Top ...Read more
Fall schedule announced! The NBC upfront took place Monday, May 15; this section will be updated as announcements are made.
The Apprentice (to return midseason)
Crossing Jordan (to return midseason)
Scrubs (to return midseason)
20 Good Years
This new comedy from the cocreator of The Cosby Show follows the adventures of two friends who finally realize that life doesn't last forever. John Lowry and Stanley Friedman are an odd pair to be buddies. They're polar opposites in every way and have a hard time seeing eye to eye. The one thing they can agree on is that they only have ...
The Game stars Tia Mowry as Melanie Barnett, a young, intelligent medical student, who is also the girlfriend of an eager rookie football player, Derwin Davis (Pooch Hall). Melanie decides to pass on her chance at attending Johns Hopkins Medical School to be with Derwin after he is recently chosen to play for the San Diego Sabres as the new third-string wide receiver. As Melanie tries to adjust to her new lifestyle, she meets Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel Robinson), single mother and manager of Malik Wright (Hosea Chanzes) who is a charming star quarterback for the San Diego Sabres and Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the satisfying wife of Jason Pitts (Coby Bell) who is a thrifty star player for the San Diego Sabres. With the help of Tasha and Kelly, Melanie learns how the game is played amongst the women behind the athletes. The Game originally aired on the CW before BET Networks picked it up in 2010.moreless