TVLine Items: Networks Chase New Michael J. Fox Series, SNL Vet Visits Up All Night and More!
Michael J. Fox is plotting a full-time return to TV — and every network wants him!
The Family Ties icon and occasional Good Wife lawyer has teamed with writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and director Will Gluck (Easy A) on a single-camera comedy — in which he would star — and the four major networks (Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS) are eager to land the project.
Details surrounding the series — which is being developed by Sony Pictures Television for a 2013 launch — are scarce, but Vulture (which first reported the news) has confirmed that it will be inspired by Fox’s own life.
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• Saturday Night Live vet Rachel Dratch will reunite with former castmate Maya Rudolph on the sophomore season of Up All Night, which launches Thursday, Sept. 20. Per The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll play a superfan of Rudolph’s talk show host character, Ava.
• Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace) and Wendy Moniz (The Guardian, Guiding Light) have booked multi-ep arcs on ABC’s new fall thriller 666 Park Avenue, TVGuide.com reports. Moniz will play a therapist, while Murciano joins as a surgeon living in the spooky hotel at the center of the supernatural series.
• Teen Wolf‘s Season 2 finale on Monday drew 1.7 million total viewers and, as it has been all season, was the time period’s top cable draw in the 12-34 demo.
• Spike TV is reviving its former faux reality series The Joe Schmo Show, EW.com reports. The project centers on a group of actors tricking a wannabe TV star into thinking he is competing on the craziest reality show ever. Ralph Garman (Family Guy) will return as host of the series, which is now titled Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty.
• Fox has purchased an hour-long romantic comedy project from Jason Katims and his Parenthood partner Sarah Watson. Per Deadline, the”edgy” drama follows a single thirtysomething attorney working at a Chicago-area law firm.
• Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie), Christian Camargo (Dexter), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn) and Gregory Storm (Girlfriends) have been set as judges for the first round of the inaugural Telefest, the first independent television festival to offer a Viewers Choice Award along with an Industry Choice Award. Pilot submissions are now being accepted (visit Telefest.org), with a social media feedback site going live Dec. 1 and the festival taking place in March 2013.
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