There’s good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good stuff. Michael C. Hall who plays the whacked out, very cool, calm and gets us to like serial killers on Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ is cancer free. This from his wife and ‘sister’ on the Showtime show, Jennifer Carpenter. He’s “fully recovered” says Carpenter via The Associated Press.
‘Southland’ on TNT after the NBC debacle of moving Jay Leno to 10PM has been renewed by the cable network. This show was on the bubble and TNT is only giving it a 10 episode order that puts it back on the air in January.
“Legend of the Seeker’ which you see on weekend in what is called first run syndication has been canceled according to Entertainment Weekly after two seasons. This show took a hit when local TV stations owned by Tribune dropped their deal to air the show. Lose a bunch of local stations and you’re on life support.
And the state of Pennsylvania said “yes” to Kate Gosselin and her new show on TLC. ‘Kate Plus 8″ minus her scumbag ex-husband Jon, is a go yet no word yet on whether ‘Twist of Kate’ on the same cable network has been greenlit by the state.
This show is really hot in Russia. And ABC wants a part of it with this new addition to their upcoming lineup but this one you’ll have to have a brain to play. This is not ‘Conveyor Belt of Love’ or some other show that your cat or dog could play and win.
The show is called ‘The Six’ where six players must work together to solve problems of the logical nature that only Mr. Spock can solve on his own. And you make money as a team and not individually like ‘Wheel of Fortune’ or ‘Jeopardy’ which by the way come from Merv Griffin Entertainment, the same company producing ‘The Six.’
The Russian version of ‘The Six’ has been on television there since 1975 and since ABC has only ordered just six episodes so expect to see this as a replacement show for something ABC cancels in mid season this fall or winter.
If it’s rumor then it’s probably true with the upheaval going around on daytime television. ABC must have really liked Tori Spelling’s hosting time on ‘The View’ and on ‘The Today Show’ cause the head guys over at that network are rumored to be giving her a show and kissing off long running soap ‘One Life to Live’ to the cancelled list.
Sure would be a lot cheaper. A whole heck of lot less talent fees compared to just paying Tori and, well to be honest, a smart move. With soap operas headed toward distinction and Oprah headed to OWN, daytime TV should become the place for daily talk shows targeted toward women interested in Ellen, Rachael and Oprah type programming.
But wait. There’s more. ABC tells TV Guide no way and it isn’t happening. Jori Petersen in public relations for ABC told TV Guide ”there are no plans for cancellation.”
We still kinda miss Jaime Kennedy and getting X’d which lasted for a couple of seasons but hidden camera shows like this and ‘Punk’d’ are actually pretty damn funny. Well Drew Carey, current host of CBS daytime show ‘The Price is Right’ is putting together a new hidden camera reality show.
And here’s the title…’WTF’ is what they call it…OK chill. It actually stands for ‘Wow That’s Funny’ and not the other line you all thought. This is a bit different. Drew and his comedic homies hang out and screw around with people in public places. These along with the really popular ‘flash mob’ tactics that are pretty popular these days and are part of this new series.
With massive audience numbers watching this show, it can only get better and it sure has and very quickly. Henry Winkler already is on the docket to join the USA hit show ‘Royal Pains’ and now there’s an Oscar grabbing performer and a cast member of a future see you later show joining the team this summer.
Marcia Gay Harden who picked up Oscars for ‘Mystic River’ and ‘Pollock’ gets to play a board member at Hamptons-Heritage Hospital where Hank’s kinda girlfriend works. She’ll play surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Blair.
Anastasia Griffith leave NBC’s ‘Trauma’ as that show is on life support and expected not to be renewed by the network. She will also play a doctor at Hampton-Heritage who attempts to compete with Hank for his upscale clients in the Hamptons.
Marc Fuerstein plays Hank who with his bro runs ‘HankMed’ the fictitious classy medical service for the la de da crowd vacationing in the Hamptons in the summer.
By the way this is clearly one of the best shows on TV and can not wait for it to return.
The British are coming again this time to History. And please call it History and no longer History Channel as the network trudges through a full makeover which now no longer targets 70 year old guys sitting in front of their TV sets dressed in their bathrobes watching World War II stories.
The really popular show ‘Top Gear’ which is seen on the British Broadcasting Channel is on its way to the increasingly competitive cable network with Adam Ferrara as one of the hosts. Ferrara can be seen on FX’s ‘Rescue Me’ and will be part of the cast that includes stunt driver Tanner Faust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood.
The show is to hit the network this fall. Expectations from BBC officials, and History is hoping that this is for real, is that the show will be bigger here in the states than it is over there as Americans seem to be more in to their cars than in the U.K.
What the heck is Centric? Yeah we kinda asked the same question as well but now that the network has been put in over 28 million homes the ratings giant Nielson says it will now get their attention when they review how many people watch the new cable channel. That will start in July. For the record Nielson does not offer ratings services to networks unless they exceed 20 million homes. Anyway here’s the scoop on Centric and some of their programming.
Centric is a spinoff of the cable network BET or Black Entertainment Television. If you ever watched BET on Jazz or as it was called recently BET Jazz, you can now call it Centric. Right now the network is running a lot of shows like ‘The A-Team’ and ‘Soul Train’ along with other contemporary shows including ‘Baldwin Hills’ and ’Harlem Heights.’
Now rapper Common, known by his mama as Lonnie Rashied Lynn, Jr., leaves the rap world behind to host ’Vindicated’ which follows the lives of people exonerated for crimes they did not do along with ’The Steve Harvey Project’ which looks at news, entertainment and dating advice, kinda like his radio show.
Well Scripps which owns both Food Network and the all new Cooking Channel are looking to own the genre of people who love being in the kitchen and love food.
The sixth edition of ‘The Next Food Network Star’ will hit on June 6th with a two hour episode. Bobby Flay will host along with Giada DiLaurentis working with 12 contestants vying for the win. Food Network is also bringing on four new shows this summer. ‘Cupcake Wars’ premieres on June 18th, ’24 Hour Restaurant Battle’ and ‘Kid in a Candy Store’ come in July along with ‘Food Trucks’ in August.
Cooking Channel takes over where Fine Living was on your cable or satellite service. What was Fine Living? That was the problem. Anyway Cooking Channel has Mo Rocca’s ‘Foodography’ coming, ‘Cook Like an Iron Chef’ with Chef Michael Symon and ’Classic Cooking Block’ which will feature shows from back in the day chefs Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet.
OK so he needs the work. He’s working on a show with A&E but that’s only 10 episodes and that won’t cover costs he owes the rehab joint so David Hasselhoff is going back to daytime soap ‘The Young and the Restless’ this summer. It’s a long way from ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Knight Rider’ which are blasts from the past for Hoff. And since he left ‘America’s Got Talent’ the only thing he has going on right now is ‘The Hoff” on A&E which has the longevity of a Viagra-less 80 year old man.
Brandy and David Hasselhoff
Guess who else is headed back to ‘Y&R?’ Julianna McCarthy brings back her role as Liz Foster during Hoff’s return along Wings Hauser who played Greg Foster, Snapper’s brother in the soap.
OK so it’s only in development but if you wake up next to the CEO of the CBS Television Network and he happens to be your baby daddy this is probably going to happen. Julie Chen who does her thing on ‘Big Brother’ and is one of the co-co-hosts on the ‘Early Show’ on the same network looks to be the lead name being mentioned for a new daytime ‘The View’ like show ‘As The World Turns’ wraps up its 54 year soap run on CBS.
Julie is out on maternity leave. She and Leslie Moonves, that CEO guy at CBS, just had a little Bam Bam in September. But she’s coming back to the show and will be based in New York until ‘Big Brother’ starts production this summer. There are other names being bounced around for this show including Lisa Rinna, Sara Gilbert and Bethenny Frankel from the ‘Real Housewives of New York’ series.