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Christina Millian in ‘Bring It On:Fight To the Finish’ Premieres on ABC Family

December 22nd, 2009 No comments

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And the network plans to air the two previous movies as well as the fifth installment of the popular film series.  The calling it a ‘Bringathon’ on ABC Family as ‘Finish’ will air along ‘Bring It On:Fight To The Finish ‘ at 2:00-4:00PM ET/PT, ‘Bring It On: In It to Win It’ at 4:00-6:00PM ET/PT and “Bring It On: All or Nothing” at 6:00-8:00PM ET/PT.

So in this new movie Christina Millian (Lina Cruz) and her crew of cheerleaders have hopes of winning the Spirit Championships with a new set of moves but finds out that her family is moving to Malibu and she has a new team of dancers at Malibu Vista High.

Christina Millian

OK you get the picture.  Same story.  Great entertainment.


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‘Survivor’ Host Jeff Probst Bringing ‘Bucket List’ Reality Show to CBS

December 22nd, 2009 No comments

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The original working title for this show was ‘Live Like You’re Dying’ but could you imagine trying to promote this in a positive fun way?  Would have not been a tune in factor for the show especially since the movie ‘The Bucket List’ with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman was about a couple of terminally ill guys who meet in a hospital room and decide to do all the things they want to do before the kick the bucket.

Well ‘Survivor’ host Jeff Probst is offering his version called “Live for The Moment’ which is a much happier title.  The pilot will air as a special on Thursday January 28th at 8PM. Quoting from his blog Jeff Probst say “I hope you’ll check it out and encourage your friends to watch. I’m really proud of it and I hope it connects with an audience. The only way a show like this gets a chance for a second episode is if people watch the first one!”


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After 13 Years, Nancy O’Dell Leaves ‘Access Hollywood’

December 19th, 2009 No comments

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This came down pretty quickly.  With two years left on her contract, Nancy O’Dell has quit ‘Access Hollywood’ in one of those “beginning the next chapter of her career” explanations.  If you know anyone in broadcasting, they put out those releases with such verbiage.  Here’s one,”due to philosophical differences”, lines like that to keep it cordial and oh so happy in the media.

Yeah, right.

O’Dell was a reporter and news anchor prior to joining ‘Access Hollywood’ and apparently did not like the direction of the show with its sensational approach lately.  And with stories like Tiger Woods, Michael Jackson, Jon and Kate Gosselin, you get the picture, she felt, according to insiders that this was no longer what she wanted to build for the rest of her career.

You see there are some quality people still in the broadcast media business.   

We’ve got those idiots over at MTV running programs insulting Italians with cast members punching women in the face and marketing morons at MGM in support of that type of content. 

You go Nancy!!

She will find work and I’m sure quickly if she doesn’t have a non-compete in her contract.  But we wish her luck.


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Alfre Woodard Busy After ‘Three Rivers’, Joins TNT’s ‘Delta Blues’ and HBO’s ‘True Blood’

December 16th, 2009 No comments

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Well the demise of ‘Three Rivers’ certainly isn’t stopping this lady.  CBS pulled the plug on the show not long ago and Alfre Woodard was part of that cast.  Now that ‘Rivers’ was put on a gurney and taken to the TV Cancellation Coroner, she’s hooking up with Jason Lee from ‘My Name is Earl’ in the George Clooney produced ‘Delta Blues’ headed to TNT.  Do a search for ‘Delta Blues’ on this site for more on that show.

In addition she’ll guest star on the HBO hit series ‘True Blood’ the vampire drama on the pay network.  She’ll play the mother and aunt of a couple of the characters on that program.      


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Idina Menzel to Fox’s ‘Glee’, Music Volume 1 Goes Gold

December 12th, 2009 No comments

Idina Menzel

This show is just blowing up.  Fox couldn’t be any happier with how ‘Glee’ is performing not only with the 8 million weekly viewers but with the huge success of every merchandising program surrounding the show.  Anyway more names joining the show as Idina Menzel comes to the cast appearing in the last nine episodes of ‘Glee’ before it takes a break. 

Menzel is a big fan of ‘Glee’ and its star Lea Michele who is currently on the show and also has Broadway credits.  Menzel won a Tony Award for her work in ‘Wicked’ and is the second Broadway star to be cast in the television show. 

In the meantime ‘Glee, The Music Volume 2′ is in the top five best selling albums for the week.  And ‘Volume 1′ is certified ‘gold’ which means over a half million sales and shipment of the album has been generated.  

When they talk about the future of television and they say ‘Jay Leno’, well they gotta be kidding.  ‘Glee’ is the future of television when Fox has the ability to combine on-air, music, t-shirts, hats and other merchandising opportunities to make money.

Brilliant! 


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Authors Stephen King’s ‘The Colorado Kid’, James Patterson’s ‘Private’ Being Produced for Television

December 7th, 2009 No comments

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Syfy and CBS are bringing two of the world’s most brilliant author’s works to their networks.   Syfy has set up a deal with Stephen King to bring a production called ‘Haven’ to the cable network.  ‘Haven’ is based on the King novella ‘The Colorado Kid’ and 13 episodes are set to be produced early 2010.  This plot sounds pretty cool as it takes place in the town of Haven, Maine where persons with paranormal powers have lived there for generations because the area stifles their powers.

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James Patterson

 

CBS grabs on to James Patterson’s upcoming novel ‘Private’ which focuses on an ex-Marine and CIA agent that now runs his father’s private detective and security company.  The book is set to be released in June of 2010 and Jason Cahill who has credits for ‘Fringe’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘E.R.’ will write the television version of the book.  Remember the show ‘Women’s Murder Club’ which ran on ABC?  That was based on a Patterson novel.  


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‘Charlie’s Angels’ Coming Back to ABC, ‘Fantasy Island’ Returning as Well

December 6th, 2009 No comments

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Two major icons of the 1970′s could be returning to network television as discussions are taking place to bring ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Fantasy Island’ back to TV.  ‘Angels’ which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1981 looks pretty much like a go as Leonard Goldberg one of the original producers of the franchise is on board for the new project as well as Drew Barrymore who starred in the film version of the show.

‘Fantasy Island’ will return but this time instead of a drama there’s a bit of a twist as reality show producer Mark Burnett will helm the new show.  No network has grabbed this show yet and there’s a bit of hesitation with re-makes of old shows as the challenge to build audiences remain.  Think ‘Melrose Place’ and you’ll see it makes sense.


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MTV’s ‘The Hills’ and ‘The City’ Get Ready for More Episodes

December 6th, 2009 No comments

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So they are coming back.  Two reality shows on MTV are set for new episodes as ‘The Hills’  will return for its 6th season and its spinoff series ‘The City’ is ‘greenlit’ for a second season.  Though audience numbers have dropped considerably the show still gets over a couple of million viewers to watch. 

Lauren Conrad who everybody loves to hate is no longer on the show which of course is the real reason for the decline.  ‘The City’ stars former ‘Hill’s cast member Whitney Port.  More drama coming with the renewal of these two shows.


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Nicole Richie in Deal for New Comedy on ABC

December 2nd, 2009 No comments

 

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie is making her way back to network television.  The former ‘Simple Life’ co-star of the reality program which ran on Fox is now producing a single camera half hour comedy on ABC.  No title yet but the storyline follows Richie’s character, a professional woman dealing with family relationships, her life and other topics that are perfect for ABC TV’s core demographic of Women 18 to 49 years of age.  Just so that you know that age group is the key target consumer for advertisers.

It’s Richie’s idea so she gets producing credits.


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