CATASTROPHE’S SHARON HORGAN INKS DEAL WITH AMAZON: Deal, sealed. Amazon Studios has signed an overall deal with Catastrophe co-creator and star Sharon Horgan. In addition, Amazon has signed a first-look deal with her and Clelia Mountford’s Merman. The partnership gives first-look rights to Merman concepts with Horgan attached and remake rights to Merman-produced TV series. Catastrophe earned her and fellow writer Rob Delaney an Emmy nomination. She is also the creator and exec producer of HBO’s Divorce. “Sharon Horgan is one of the sharpest and most engaging actresses, writers and directors working in television today. We are thrilled she is expanding her collaboration with us at Amazon to create new groundbreaking content,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “Her strong creative voice and storytelling sensibility have resonated with audiences globally and will make for outstanding shows for our Prime members.”
RARE CAROL BURNETT SHOW EPISODES TO STREAM VIA CBS DEAL: As its 50th anniversary approaches, The Carol Burnett Show has signed a deal with CBS Television Distribution on digital multicast rights for its 11-season run. Many of the 276 hours of the variety show have not been aired since their original airing date. “I’m thrilled to be back home at CBS, and I’m so happy that future generations will be able to see and enjoy the fun we had in those 11 wonderful years,” Burnett said. A 2017 anniversary special that aired on CBS nabbed a hefty 17.2 million viewers, boding well for future streams.
TIFFANY HADDISH AMONG THOSE NOMINATED FOR SHORTY AWARDS: The 10th annual Shorty Awards have unveiled their nominees. Among those being honored are Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish, The Chi co-creator Lena Waithe and black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media by recognizing influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.
ANN CURRY TO BE INTERVIEWED ON CBS THIS MORNING: Ann Curry is returning to morning TV for her first television interview following her exit from NBC in 2015. The former Today co-anchor is making a guest appearance today (Wednesday) on CBS This Morning. This is expected to discuss the #MeToo movement and touch on the firing of her former colleague Matt Lauer following allegations of his sexual misconduct. Curry will also be there to plug her new documentary series on PBS, We’ll Meet Again.
BEN SILVERMAN & HOWARD T OWENS’ PROPAGATE GETS RAINE BACKING: Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owen’s indie TV outfit Propagate has landed financial investment from The Raine Group, a global merchant bank. The undisclosed cash will be used to launch new ventures and targeted acquisitions. A+E Networks also backs Propagate, which has 17 series in production and 40 projects in development across 21 networks and streaming services. It made Apple’s first series, Planet of the Apps, and Amazon Prime’s Lore.