Will there be a CBS sequel to “How I Met Your Mother“? Nellie Andreeva breaks news that producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are working with Emily Spivey on a female version of the premise: a young woman hanging out with her New York friends would discuss her quest to meet her future husband. The laffer would feature none of the current stars, including Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, Josh Radnor, and Cobie Smulders, but the new cast might be introduced in its series finale next May. Deadline.
Susan Wloszczyzna interviews Oscar contender Jared Leto about his “defining role” as Rayon, a HIV-positive transsexual drug user, in “Dallas Buyers Club.” She also looks back at his start in the TV series “My So-Called Life” and the move to “edgier fare” in films like “Requiem for a Dream,” “Fight Club,” and “American Psycho.” Roger Ebert.
Michael Ausiello exclusively confirms that “Glee” producers are considering a shift from a high school show to a program completely set in New York. Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan would have to decide which Ohio teachers or students would make the move to join original stars Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Naya Rivera. The Fox dramedy will have the rest of this fifth season and one more full season before ending. TV Line.
Six of this year’s hottest Oscar contenders get together for a roundtable interview. Josh Brolin (“Labor Day“), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Prisoners“), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station“), Leto and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), and Forest Whitaker (“The Butler“) chat about bad auditions, bad directors, and being afraid. Hollywood Reporter.
Get ready for the People Magazine Awards, launching late next year on NBC. Produced with the new ownership of Dick Clark Productions, the ceremony will present awards in such categories as “Biggest Phenomenon,” “Most Stylish Person,” “Funniest Person,” “Sexiest Woman,” and the show’s biggest honor “Most Popular Person.” NBC has been investing lately in more kudos events, including the Hollywood Film Awards and American Comedy Awards to go with its long-running Golden Globes. Hollywood Reporter.
ABC sells out of its advertising inventory for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2. Media buyers confirm that the network has been asking record prices, in the $1.8 million range, for a 30-second commercial. The sell-out date was near Christmas last year for the Oscars, but demand is now even greater for live events with large social media components. Variety.
Steve Pond announces that Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli will receive the David O. Selznick life achievement award from the Producers Guild. The duo has been producing the James Bond films for over 30 years and are children of original Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli. Other recipients have included Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Brian Grazer, Billy Wilder, and Laura Ziskin. The Wrap.
What have been the most popular books of the past 20 years? On the anniversary of its regular feature, USA Today looks back at every book that hit the top position. The top 10 are “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (J.K. Rowling), “The Da Vinci Code” (Dan Brown), “Fifty Shades of Grey” (E.L. James), “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” (Richard Carlson), “In the Kitchen with Rosie” (Rosie Daley), “Twilight” (Stephenie Meyer), “The Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins), “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” (Robert Atkins), “The Secret” (Rhonda Byrne), and “The South Beach Diet” (Arthur Agatston). USA Today.