Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and producer. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Michael is a bestselling author and a ravenous fan of all things entertainment.
Articles by Michael Essany
Comedian Tim Allen gets back to funny business on the small screen with new project for ABC, tentatively titled ‘The Last Day of Man’.
‘Dawson’s Creek’ actor James Van Der Beek attempts a TV comeback by playing himself in the upcoming sitcom ‘Don’t Trust the B**ch in Apt. 23′.
Super Bowl XLV’s ratings topped last year’s big game – generating the largest TV audience in US history with 111 million viewers.
For the first time since returning to the Tonight Show, Jay Leno is working his ratings mojo once again – and reclaiming the young audience Conan O’Brien once attracted.
‘Blue Valentine’ director Derek Cianfrance is set to produce a new HBO comedy based on the well known bodybuilding exploits of Sam Fussell.
Principal casting for Showtime’s terrorism drama ‘Homeland’ wraps with veteran actors Mandy Patinkin, Claire Danes, and Diego Klattenhoff among those confirmed to star.
Simon Baker has signed a new $30 million deal with Warner Bros. to extend his starring role in the CBS series, ‘The Mentalist’
The FCC Chairman has issued a draft order approving the Comcast merger with NBC Universal. A done deal is expected by late January.
Jason Lee will tap into his real-life skateboarding roots to play the lead role in a new pilot he and Jack Black have sold to Adult Swim.
Starz has greenlit a gritty new 60s-era drama set in Miami. Exec. Producer Mitch Glazer promises sex, drugs, and Cuban cigars.
Judd Apatow says that a ‘Freaks and Geeks’ reunion is ‘coming together,’ likely for the 2011 William S. Paley Television Festival in Beverly Hills
Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons set to make his American episodic television debut in January on NBC’s ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
90s nostalgia alert! IFC announces acquisitions of ‘The Ben Stiller Show,’ ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ ‘Mr. Show with Bob and David,’ and ‘Action’ for 2011 programming schedule.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy is willing to graduate fan favorite characters and bring in new classmates – but can the series survive without Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Chris Colfer?
Steve Carell goes office-hopping. ‘The Office’ star has sold a new comedy to NBC based on his early days as an inept mail carrier.
Kevin Williamson is sinking his teeth into a new supernatural project, dubbed a ‘companion series’ to his ‘Vampire Diaries.’
AMC gives life to an early DVD/ Blu-ray release of ‘The Walking Dead’ season 1.