Columnist Brian Lowry says networks are pushing sexual and violence boundaries even more today so their shows can stand out. He points out examples of “Girls” and “Masters of Sex” on the pay cablers and “Hannibal” and “The Following” on the networks. Variety.
Connie Britton says a “Friday Night Lights” film script has been written, but that Emmy winner Kyle Chandler isn’t interested in being part of it. In the NBC/DirecTV drama series, Chandler played Coach Taylor for a Texas high school football team. TV Guide.
A new book about legendary talk show host Johnny Carson is already stirring up trouble. One story says he divorced his second wife because of her affair with football star Frank Gifford. Vulture.
The TV Academy honors prolific director James Burrows with an evening devoted to his career. Watch video featuring stars from “Cheers” (John Ratzenberger, George Wendt), “Friends” (Jennifer Aniston), “The Millers” (Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale), “Taxi” (Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd), and “Will and Grace” (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing). ATAS.
Veteran actor Christopher Lee will receive this year’s BFI Fellowship at the BFI London Film Festival on October 19. Lee started his film career in 1948 and has had over 250 acting roles. Deadline.
Marvel and Disney are teaming up to launch a complete comic book series that will turn the theme parks into settings for adventures. Variety.