Filmmaker Brett Ratner has ditched plans to direct ABC's drama pilot Women's Murder Club because he won't be able to wrap Rush Hour 3 in time.
Scott Winant (Showtime's Huff) is in talks to shoot the project, which centers on a homicide detective (Angie Harmon) and her three girlfriends, who solve murder cases together. Ratner will remain an executive producer on the pilot.
Rush Hour 3, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, is set for release in August via New Line.
For 10 Fridays late last year and early this year, Angie Harmon led a crew of XX-chromosomed sleuths around San Francisco looking for clues in various murder mysteries. Now they're looking for some executive producers.
The ABC show's producers, Scott Gemmill, Elizabeth Craft, and Sarah Fain, were let go by production company 20th Century Fox Television, according to Variety. Fox will continue to look for producers to replace the recently unemployed in an effort to continue the season. However, the show's ultimate fate is still up in the air, and with today's news, it doesn't look good.
Women's Murder Club, based on the books by James Patterson, last aired in early January.
Over on Fox's 24, executive producer and cocreator Joel Surnow has also left the show, but on his own volition. The effect will likely not be as great as the departure ...Read more
There's a double-dose of good news for Women's Murder Club fans. First, ABC reconfirmed that the show--which has not yet cemented a second-season pickup--is definitely coming back for three more episodes this month. The network has targeted April 29 at 10 p.m. for the drama's return.
Second, April 29 is a Tuesday--a much better night to grab some ratings than the show's previous Friday-night slot. Instead of airing when most nine-to-fivers are out burning off another tiresome workweek and welcoming the weekend, Women's Murder Club will have the chance to show what it can do to a more attentive audience and have Dancing with the Stars as its lead-in.
With Murder Club moving to Tuesdays, Boston Legal will preside over Wednesday nights beginning April 30 at 10 p.m. However, the David E. Kelley legal drama will only be there for a few weeks ...Read more
Early Wednesday morning, ABC released its plans for the fall 2007 television season. The network will kick off the season with late-September premieres of favorite dramas such as Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty, along with new offerings like Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
Premieres will continue through October as new comedies Cavemen, Carpoolers, and Samantha Who? make their debuts, and the December arrival of Cashmere Mafia gives ABC fans something special for which to wait. Boston Legal has yet to find a place on the schedule, but ABC promises to announce its premiere at a later date.
The ABC fall premiere schedule is listed below:
Monday, September 24
8-9:30 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (special 90-minute premiere)
9:30-11 p.m. The Bachelor (special 90-minute premiere)
Tuesday, September 25
8-9:30 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (performance show)
Wednesday, September 26
8-9 p ...
It was ABC's turn to outline its upcoming fall lineup today, and the alphabet did so with 12 new shows--seven dramas, four comedies, and one "alternative series." As previously announced, the network is also returning several programs, including big hits Grey's Anatomy, Lost, and Ugly Betty.
"Seventeen returning shows is really key for us--some of which are breakout hits and some of which we are building. We're confident they're going to be big assets for us," said Stephen McPherson, president of ABC, in a conference call with the press. "To me, it's all about good programming. If we could do 47 Desperate Housewives, we would, but we can't," he said later.
Word on most of ABC's new pickups got out before today's announcements, but the network confirmed it has added the comedy Miss/Guided starring Two and a Half Men's Judy ...Read more
It's a big week for television execs, advertisers, and watchers, as the major networks are expected to announce their fall schedules this week. NBC started the announcements off this morning, revealing which shows made its cut and which shows didn't.
ABC, CBS, and Fox will announce their lineups on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively. However, there may not be many surprises left as word of networks' pickups spreads.
The Grey's Anatomy spin-off that snuck onto the back end of an extended two-hour Grey's a few weeks ago will be picked up by ABC, says the NY Post. The show, tentatively called Private Practice, stars Kate Walsh as popular character Addison Shepherd as she leaves Seattle for a new job in Los Angeles.
The network will also announce that it has picked up six other dramas and three comedies, reports Variety. They include:
Dirty Sexy Money--Peter ...Read more