LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Kevin Hart and his fellow "Real Husbands of Hollywood" cast members kept the conversation real Tuesday evening at the Paley Center for Media while discussing the upcoming season of the BET show that has been dubbed "the fakest reality show."
The show, which premiered its third season on Tuesday, is a spoof of the current reality show format "Real Housewives." It was created by Hart and Chris Spencer, and all the cast members play parodies of themselves. Hart was joined on the panel by co-stars Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Nelly and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams as well as showrunner Ralph Farquhar.
Hart, who has received a lot of exposure from his hit films like "Think Like A Man Too" and the upcoming film "The Wedding Ringer," said the show has always been a group effort.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In a bold surprise, HBO said it will launch a stand-alone over-the-top service in the U.S. next year, HBO chief Richard Plepler confirmed Wednesday.
"This will be transformative for our company," Plepler said during his presentation at Time Warner's Investor Day confab. Noting that there are now about 10 million households in the U.S. that are broadband-only, he declared: "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO."
Plepler didn't offer many details and warned the crowd of Wall Street analysts that they wouldn't be able to answer too many questions because of proprietary concerns. He said the plan was to "work with current partners and explore models with new partners."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CANNES -- Leading German production house Constantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with TV series spin-offs of the "Mortal Instruments" and "Resident Evil" movies.
Constantin exec board chairman Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news at a launch for another Constantin high-end TV series, "Shades of Guilt," at Mipcom TV market in Cannes Sunday.
Constantin has been involved in TV production for many years, and half of its activities is in TV, Moszkowicz said, but the company's strategic goal was to shift more toward television. "We are increasing our TV activities substantially both in Germany and internationally," he said. Fiction series would be the focus of the growth, he added.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - On the eve of the season five premiere of AMC's monster skein "The Walking Dead," the show's executive producer Greg Nicotero described the mood perfectly: "Tomorrow feels like Christmas."
The core cast, Nicotero, graphic novel creator and producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Scott Gimple kicked off PaleyFest New York Saturday with a panel with an aud filled to the brim with eagerly awaiting fans. Like a zombie herd, the fans were so rabid, some journalists weren't able to get to the red carpet.
"I decided if I do one thing wrong [tonight] I'm closing down my Twitter account because I know you all will let me have it," said NBC News' Tamron Hall, moderator of the Yahoo! live streamed event.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Come January during the sixth season premiere of "Archer," the show's central spy agency will no longer be called ISIS.
The creators of the hit FX animated show have eliminated all use of the acronym, which stands for the International Secret Intelligence Service -- the name of the show's underground spy organization -- as it's become increasingly associated with the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
According to The Daily Beast, the season opener shows movers rolling out the circular blue ISIS sign that has been a prominent part of the show's New York City setting for the past five seasons. The pivotal scene and following dialogue between Malory Archer (Jessica Walter) and her son Sterling (H. Jon Benjamin) -- explaining that they now work for the CIA -- was added after the original version of the episode screened at San Diego Comic-Con.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force production banner has plenty of high-profile film properties to manage these days, including the final two "Hunger Games" pics and the Warner Bros. adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Goldfinch."
But the time has also come for the movie veterans to make their first foray into TV series production. And this is no small effort. Jacobson and Simpson have teamed with Ryan Murphy to produce a 10-episode miniseries recounting the O.J. Simpson murder trial for FX.
"The People Vs. O.J. Simpson" will be the first installment of what FX hopes will be a recurring true-crime franchise for the cabler. The project will focus on the profound impact that the trial, which ran nearly 10 months, had on the country, on the media biz and on race relations. Former NFL great Simpson was ultimately acquitted in October 1995 of charges that he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman in June 1994.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After scoring this summer at the box office with "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel is moving ahead with an animated series for Disney XD that will revolve around the heroic misfits.The Marvel Television produced show will star Peter Quill as Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joins forces with Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora and warrior Drax the Destroyer.
The film has earned over $324 million at the domestic box office since August.
"This is a very exciting time for the Marvel Animation Studio as we get to explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe by developing the first-ever 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy' animated series," said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. "After starring in the biggest movie of 2014, everyone wants more of Star-Lord and his crew - now they'll get it."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - When "The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Sunday, Oct. 12, our survivors must face the immediate obstacle of escaping the train car they were trapped in by the residents of Terminus at the end of last season -- but is their new prison preferable to what awaits them outside?
Variety sat down with "Walking Dead" star Michael Cudlitz, who plays fan-favorite character Abraham Ford in the monster hit, to delve into Abraham's overarching mission to transport scientist Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) to Washington, D.C., in the hope of curing the outbreak; his relationship with the rest of the group; and the importance of keeping hope alive in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.