PIERCE BROSNAN WANTS A FEMALE BOND: Pierce Brosnan is all in on the notion of a female James Bond, a role he played with great success in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and others. “Yes!’ Brosnan told The Hollywood Reporter when asked about the potential hiring of a woman for the role. “I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years. Get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating. It would be exciting.”
HGTV TO UNVEIL BRADY BUNCH HOUSE: A year after snapping up the L.A. home (for $3.5M!) that served as the shell for The Brady Bunch show, the network is revealing its renovation. The 1970s Paramount lot set has been recreated, and a four part series, A Very Brady Renovation, launched Monday. “We could be sitting on a gold mine,” says Discovery's Kathleen Finch. “We can't decide until the show is done and America has seen the house again. We go above and beyond to be good neighbors,” she says, “because that's our reputation.”
JUDGE JERRY LAUNCHES: Jerry Springer‘s eponymous talk show ran for almost 4,000 episodes, but he’s traded his lie detector tests for a gavel. On Monday, Judge Jerry launched across the country on NBC. Springer has a J.D. degree from Northwestern and worked for two firms before transitioning to politics and TV. He tells Deadline of his decision to don judge’s robes on TV: “I was getting ready to stop because we’d been doing it for 27 years… it was time to wind it down. Then NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution‘s EVP & General Sales Manager Sean O’Boyle came in to the office about a month before we stopped taping and said ‘I’ve got this idea; you’re a lawyer, why don’t we do Judge Jerry’. Just like that. It does roll off the tongue. I can see from a television point of view, why that makes sense, it’s a daytime audience, it’s conflict, it’s my background so I could see it.”
ACTORS SIGN UP TO SUPPORT BAFTA’S ELEVATE: Several industry pros with experience in front of and behind the camera have signed on to work with BAFTA on its Elevate program, which aims to mentor professionals from underrepresented groups. Thus far, Years and Years’ Ruth Madely, Broadchurch‘s Georgina Campbell and Paddington 2 casting director Lauren Evans will help lead Elevate.