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Alex Reid (Producer) ABC Deal

Alex Reid is a name some of you may have spotted in Malcolm in the Middle credits as he is the executive producer/writer and eventually showrunner on the final season. He won an Emmy for the writing of ‘Bowling‘ in 2001. He also produced ‘Help Me Help You‘ which starred Jane Kaczmarek (Lois).

Emmy-winning writer-producer Alex Reid has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios.

Under the seven-figure pact, “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Reid will join the studio’s upcoming ABC comedy series “Samantha Who?” as co-executive producer and will develop new projects.

Reid read several scripts this past development season, but the single-camera “Samantha,” written by Don Todd and based on an idea by Cecelia Ahern and Todd, stood out.

“It was a very emotionally written story,” he said of the project, previously known as “Sam I Am” and “Samantha Be Good.” “I feel that this is the direction television comedy needs to go to attract and hook audiences.”

Source: HollywoodReporter.com

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He also was drawn by the prospect of again working with Todd, whom he met on NBC’s short-lived animated comedy “God, the Devil and Bob.”

“Samantha,” which stars Christina Applegate as a woman with amnesia who has to rediscover her life, landed the plum post-”Dancing With the Stars” slot on ABC’s fall schedule.

Reid first met with ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz, executive vp Julia Franz and their team two years ago when his deal with “Malcolm” producer Regency TV was up.

He said he was impressed by Pedowitz but ultimately “wasn’t ready to leave ‘Malcolm.’ ”

Reid inked another two-year deal with Regency TV and served as executive producer and eventually showrunner on the final season of “Malcolm.” Last season, he served as executive producer/co-showrunner alongside creators Alexandra Rushfield and Jennifer Konner on Regency TV’s praised but short-lived comedy for ABC “Help Me Help You.”

When his deal was up this year, “it was a new playing field with no show for me to return to,” he said. “I remembered how much I liked Mark and his team, and ABC Studios was the first place I went back to when I was looking where to land for the next few years,” he said.

Reid won an Emmy in 2001 for writing the “Bowling” episode of “Malcolm.” The episode also earned him a WGA nomination.

Reid is repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency and attorney Jared Levine.

Source: HollywoodReporter.com

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June 30th, 2007

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June 29th, 2007

Malcolm (Not) in the Middle?

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm)An Associated Press article mentions Frankie. The article isn’t very flattering, but as usual Frankie provides a funny quote.

MALCOM (NOT) IN THE MIDDLE: TV actor Frankie Muniz isn’t getting high ratings on the track.

The star of the hit show “Malcolm in the Middle” for the past seven years, Muniz is trying his hand at driving this season in the Atlantic series. On Sunday, he spun off the course, wrecked his suspension and finished 24th in the 26-car field.

After six events, Muniz is ranked 28th with four points – just 169 points behind series leader Raphael Matos.

Before Sunday’s race, Muniz, who started 25th, joked that he had a foolproof strategy to win.

“I’m in the back so I’ll just wait for everyone to crash and then pass,” he said.

Source: TSN.ca | Thanks MalcolmFun | Discuss this post in the FORUM

June 27th, 2007

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) Cleveland Grand Prix Report

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm)On the 23-24 of June Frankie took part in the next stage of the Champ Car Atlantic series.

Muniz, driving the #13 Chandler Team Jensen race car, made contact with another car on the race start sufficient to require a visit to his pit crew for a new front wing. His race effectively compromised, Muniz again had an off course excursion while trying to pass another car on track, ending his race prematurely.

Source: JensenMotorsport.com | Discuss this post in the FORUM.

June 27th, 2007

Trying to Keep Kids Just Kids

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) Grows UpSome interesting quotes from Malcolm in the Middle creator Linwood Boomer on how season 2 may have been very different if Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) didn’t grow up so fast!

“Malcolm in the Middle” went through its awkward stage early. It was an instant hit for Fox when it premiered in January 2000. However, its 14-year-old star, Frankie Muniz, who was 13 when he shot the first season as an 11-year-old whiz kid, had grown eight inches and his voice had dropped at least an octave before the show came back for a second season that fall. So producers scrambled for an early shoot over the summer, and juggled new story lines for their lead character.
“We realized that a lot of the fourth grade, fifth grade, 10-11-year old stories we had been planning to do with Malcolm we couldn’t do anymore,” said creator Linwood Boomer. “We had to sort of write to his age.”

Source: sfgate.com | Discuss this post in the FORUM.

June 26th, 2007

Bryan Cranston (Hal) a Top Physical Comedian

Bryan Cranston (Hal) Bryan Cranston (Hal) has been named the 5th best physical comedian on TV by UnsoughtInput.com. A title that I’m sure many readers agree with.

5. Bryan Cranston - Who is Bryan Cranston? He’s known as the dad (Hal) from Malcolm in the Middle, but astute viewers might also remember him as the “dentist who converted to Judaism just for the jokes” on Seinfeld (”Whatley!”). I realize it’s odd to see Cranston up here near the top of the list, but while doing research (read: watching 6 seasons of Malcolm back-to-back) it goes without saying the Cranston is sitcom television’s most talented and relentless physical comedian of the past 10 years. Granted, the entire television family of Malcolm does an amazing job of beating each other up (and other random characters) but Cranston shines as the most physical of the group. Most notable are his roller skating scenes (in which he reportedly did most of the “stunts” himself), his work in a Dance, Dance Revolution contest and his new hobby of race walking (note the fabulous costumes in each clip). Cranston is an all-around physical comedian on the show, giving a performance that completely defines “hapless boob.” From flustered screaming to girly whining, Bryan Cranston currently holds the torch for best television physical comedian of the 21st century. Since his show has been off the air for a year now, let’s hope Scrubs‘ Zach Braff (16) kicks it up a notch and decides to join a circus.

Source: UnsoughtInput.com | Discuss this post in the FORUM.

June 26th, 2007

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) Cleveland Interview

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm)Here are the highlights of Frankie’s interview, click ‘more’ below to see the full version.

On Hollywood:

“It’s really hard to explain to people who haven’t fully experienced the Hollywood lifestyle, because from the outside it looks totally glamorous with fast cars, big houses and parties and beautiful women. But it’s really everything but that. It’s a lot of drama. Just the people in Hollywood, I’m happy to be away from them. I’m having such a good time with racing. I want to do this as long as possible.”

On Racing:

“This is a very high level and there are plenty of lower levels I would be at if I wasn’t capable of being here,” Muniz said. “I am about a second off the fastest car, which isn’t bad. Where I’m at driving-wise is if someone who has never touched a basketball got thrown into the NBA. He would suck. He wouldn’t know what he was doing. So I was kind of thrown into the NBA with racing, but I’m doing well, so I like that.”

Source: Cleveland.com | Discuss this post in the FOURM

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GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND
Idling actor
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Steve Silver
Plain Dealer Reporter

Frankie Muniz is no longer the pint-sized, squeaky-voiced Malcolm he played for seven years on Fox.

And he is no longer in the middle – he’s now behind the wheel of a 300-horsepower Atlantic Championship race car at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Cleveland.

Muniz had a lucrative acting career that began when he was 8 and included a lengthy run on “Malcolm in the Middle” and starring roles in the films “My Dog Skip” and “Agent Cody Banks.” Now 21, he decided to trade in the glitz of Hollywood for the grit of professional car racing.

“It’s honestly incredible,” said Muniz, who now sports close-cropped hair, tattooed arms and a hint of a goatee.

“It’s really hard to explain to people who haven’t fully experienced the Hollywood lifestyle, because from the outside it looks totally glamorous with fast cars, big houses and parties and beautiful women. But it’s really everything but that. It’s a lot of drama. Just the people in Hollywood, I’m happy to be away from them. I’m having such a good time with racing. I want to do this as long as possible.”

Muniz admitted that although he used to watch as many open-wheel and NASCAR races that he could when he was younger, he never had aspirations to be a driver.

That changed when he participated in the Toyota Pro / Celebrity race at the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) in 2005. After winning the go-kart race, Muniz began focusing on ways to enter the professional racing world. He even contemplated buying a NASCAR team.

“I knew that ‘Malcolm’ was coming to an end and I knew that I wanted to take a break for a while from acting,” Muniz said during a Grand Prix media luncheon. “I didn’t think I’d specifically get into something else, I just knew I wanted to chill.”

Muniz’s early retirement came to a quick end when his friends introduced him to Eric Jensen, the owner of Jensen MotorSport. The meeting went well and Jensen gave Muniz an on-track test, which landed the actor on Jensen’s team in the 2006 Formula BMW USA, launching his professional racing career just 15 months ago.

After completing the 12-race Formula BMW series with an average finish of 20th, Muniz made the jump to the Atlantic series, one step closer to his dream of racing Champ Cars.
But Muniz’s results have been subpar this year.

Through five races, Muniz has not finished higher than 19th. With an average start position of 24th, he has managed to climb to an average finishing position of 20th – a mark good enough to earn him four points and a No. 27 ranking out of 31 drivers chasing the Champ Car Atlantic Championship title.

“This is a very high level and there are plenty of lower levels I would be at if I wasn’t capable of being here,” Muniz said. “I am about a second off the fastest car, which isn’t bad. Where I’m at driving-wise is if someone who has never touched a basketball got thrown into the NBA. He would suck. He wouldn’t know what he was doing. So I was kind of thrown into the NBA with racing, but I’m doing well, so I like that.”

A wrist injury he suffered working out with a trainer last week could hamper Muniz’s competitiveness this weekend. Muniz said he partially fractured his wrist and hopes a cortisone shot will eliminate any pain.

Muniz finished all 27 laps during Friday’s first round of qualifying, but his best lap time of 1:09.407 was next to last and 2.831 seconds behind the leader, Raphael Matos.

“He’s still learning,” said Tom Sutherland, Muniz’s Drive Energy Soda teammate. “I know he is new with this and I am doing everything I can to help him out. He’s 21 and I’m 18, so he is really learning quickly, he should really be proud of where he’s at in a professional series like the Atlantic.”

If Muniz is one thing, it certainly is proud.

Muniz is so proud that he did not fall into the drug- and alcohol-filled Hollywood partying scene that he has a tattoo that reads “Zero” down the inside of his left arm for his zero tolerance to drugs and alcohol.

Yet despite the hectic travel schedule and seemingly never-ending array of workouts, tests and races, Muniz is in love with his new sport.

“I’m truthfully the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life right now,” he said.

It looks like ‘Malcolm’ has shaken off that aggravating middle-child syndrome.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

ssilver@plaind.com, at 216-999-4661

Source: Cleveland.com | Discuss this post in the FOURM

June 23rd, 2007

Fan Video Contest!

Create a Malcolm in the Middle based video, it can be about anything related to Malcolm in the Middle. It could be clips from episodes, photos and music, original footage, you talking about the show, music-video, lip syncing (!) – anything really.

All entered videos will be put to a FORUM poll. The top 2 videos will win joint first prize – your video will be featured both in a post like this and have a spot in the sidebar – you can see where it will be – scroll to see ‘Fan Videos’ - coming soon. It will look like the other videos above.

Even if you don’t win just for entering your video will be featured on a special ‘Fan Video’ page of the site – which will be coming soon.

This front page is viewed around 200-300 times a day 1,000 (and rising) so your video will be seem by lots of people.

For more details go to the FORUM.

June 21st, 2007

Bryan Cranston (Hal) to Star on Stage

Bryan Crasnton (Hal)A lot is currently happing for Bryan Cranston, AMC have green lit ‘Breaking Bad’, he’s considered leading man material and now we have news that he will be appearing in the professional theatre of Monmouth University, in a revival of Neil Simon’s Chapter Two.

John J. Burke directs the staging, which features Cranston as a widower author and Cranston’s real-life wife, Robin Dearden, as his new love interest. Their actor pals Bill Timoney and Georgette Reilly play their on-stage pals.

According to the troupe, “In the semi-autobiographical Chapter Two, Cranston plays grieving widowed writer George Schneider, who unexpectedly meets his next match in Jennie Malone — a rocky midlife reawakening based largely on the romance and marriage of playwright Simon and actress Marsha Mason.”

Performances play Pollak Theatre on the Monmouth University campus July 19-29, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ. Tickets are $35. For information, call (732) 263-6889 or visit the official site.

Source: Playbill.com | Discuss this post in the FORUM.

June 21st, 2007

NBC is Not ‘With Stupid’ and Linwood Boomer

As readers may or may not know Linwood Boomer is the creative genius behind Malcolm in the Middle. He has had many other successes, however the US version of the British comedy ‘I’m With Stupid’ is not having the chance to be one of them.

I’m With Stupid (NBC U TV) NOT ORDERED
Exec producers:Wil Calhoun (writer), Ben Silverman, Teri Weinberg, Kenton Allen, Paul Telegdy
Director: Linwood Boomer
Cast: Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Christopher Thornton, Kevin Daniels, Lusia Strus, Brianne Davis
Logline: An unlucky guy meets a man who uses a wheelchair…and moves into his group home.

Having seen the UK version this is a shame as if done successfully (As I’m sure Linwood would) It could be a success.

Source: Variety.com | IMDB | Discuss this in the FORUM.

June 21st, 2007

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