Not coincidentally, “Life of Pi” was distributed by News Corp.’s Fox.
“Tyrant,” which is about an American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, was created by Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), whose Israeli series “Prisoners of War” was the source material for “Homeland.” Howard Gordon (“Homeland”) and Craig Wright (“Lost”) “developed” the new FX series.
Raff is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner; Gordon is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner; Wright is only Emmy-nominated.
Which means Lee also gets to be an exec producer of “Tyrant”!
Lee’s not the first director to migrate from big screen to small shortly after winning an Oscar. Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” then signed on to direct the pilot for HBO’s “The Miraculous Year,” about a New York family as seen through the lens of a self-destructive Broadway composer. But Bigelow was not, like Lee, a TV-directing virgin, having previously directed episodes of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Karen Sisco.”
When FX ordered the “Tyrant” pilot, the show was described as a drama series about an Arab state dictator who dies, leaving his American son to head the country. On Thursday, FX described it far more vaguely: the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
Chris Hayes to new slot
Ed Schultz’s show is out and Chris Hayes is in for weeknights in prime time on MSNBC.
The Schultz-hosted “The Ed Show” will be moved from its 8 o’clock weeknight berth to weekend evenings starting next month.
“I’m thrilled for Ed and happy to be expanding our weekend programming,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin about the Schultz announcement. “It’s an exciting time for MSNBC, and I’m looking forward to having Ed’s powerful voice on our network for a long time.”
Hayes, who has hosted the weekend morning show “Up w/Chris Hayes,” is moving to the 8 p.m. slot — leading into “The Rachel Maddow Show,” starting April 1. (Hayes has regularly served as a guest host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.”)
“Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend mornings,” said Griffin in the Hayes announcement. “He’s an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC.”
Burnett meh on TV critics
Preaching to the choir, producer Mark Burnett will be seen on Sunday telling “CBS Sunday Morning” that TV critics don’t matter.
In an interview with Lee Cowan, Burnett will discuss the role of TV critics in the launch of his hit History channel miniseries “The Bible.”
Critics have never been big on Burnett’s TV projects: “Survivor,” “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” “The Contender,” “Shark Tank” and “Stars Earn Stripes,” to name several.