TV Tidbits: Ryan Reynolds, Ricky Martin and John Legend Strike TV Deals

Ryan ReynoldsRyan Reynolds is returning to television… sort of. The movie star and all-around A-lister (who memorably portrayed one of the titular fellas in ABC’s Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place) will hit the boob tube in a producing capacity after Fox requested scripts for two comedy pilots from Reynolds’ company DarkFire. The first pilot, an animated program titled Lowe Rollers, centers on a family that owns a struggling (or, sinking?) Titanic-themed hotel in Las Vegas. The second, an as-yet-untitled live-action show, follows a disgraced hotelier who is forced to manage a cheap airport hotel and its eccentric staff. [TVLine]

Ricky Martinwho’s currently swinging his hips to an Andrew Lloyd Webber beat in Broadway’s Evita, is apparently sticking to the acting thing. The former pop superstar has inked a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal that will eventually lead to the development of a TV show — with Martin as star. The singer last appeared on television in February in a minor guest spot on Glee. [THR]

John Legend‘s film company Get Lifted has signed with Universal Cable Productions to develop multiple series for cable and broadcast networks. Although Legend appears on ABC’s musical competition Duets, the deal marks the musician’s first major entry into television production. Legendary! [Deadline]

Where’s the Trust, ABC? Two weeks after veteran comic Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct in an adult movie theater in Los Angeles, the alphabet network has pulled Trust Us With Your Life, an improv show hosted by Willard that premiered less than a month ago, from its schedule. However, the show was the network’s lowest-rated broadcast of the summer, so the relation between Willard’s arrest and the program’s cancellation isn’t necessarily post hoc ergo propter hoc. [THR]

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