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Seven commissions three new programs

Darren McMullen will host 'Behave Yourself!'

Channel Seven has commissioned three local light entertainment programs. Of the three, two are original formats.

.The quality of the work coming out of our development team is exceptional,. said Seven.s director of network programming Angus Ross.

Instant Hotel and Back with the Ex have been created by Seven.s own production department, while Behave Yourself!,.a comedy panel show, was co-developed by Seven and Eureka Productions, to be produced by Eureka..

Instant Hotel goes inside the world.of home-owners renting out their properties as holiday accommodation.

The competition series will see home owners vie for the title of best Instant Hotel, with personal taste open for judgement as teams travel the country and stay in newly created .hotels'..

Back with the Ex.reunites singles with an .ex. they.ve never been able to forget, while.Behave Yourself!, a.comedy panel
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New faces in House Husbands

Indiana Evans and Justine Clarke have joined the cast of the fourth season of Playmaker Media.s House Husbands, now shooting in Melbourne.

Evans (Secrets & Lies, Janet King) is playing Tash, a single mother new to Melbourne who ignites a tumultuous love triangle. Clarke is Eve, the hot-headed tuckshop lady who competes with the catering business run by Kane (Gyton Grantley).

Also new to the cast are Akos Armont (Winter, Janet King) as the charming and ambitious Dr Saxon, whose presence creates tension within the hospital, and Jane Kennedy as Belinda, the resident Director of Medical Services.

Returning regulars include Lewis (Gary Sweet), Justin (Firass Dirani), Mark (Rhys Muldoon), Gemma (Julia Morris), Abi (Natalie Saleeba), Alex (Darren McMullen) and Miss Looby (Louise Siversen). Mark.s controlling boss Rachel, played by Jane Allsop in season one, makes a fiery comeback . Also returning from season one to cause trouble is Rodney (Nicholas Coghlan
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European remakes for House Husbands

The Nine Network.s drama House Husbands is being remade in France and Italy.

The French version of the Playmaker Media series co-created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt will be produced by Paris-based Made in Pm.

The Italian remake will be produced by Rome-based Publispei. Both companies will adapt the scripts of the first season.

Neither has yet been sold to a broadcaster, although Made in Pm produces drama for the channels TF1 and France2. The format deals were negotiated by Zdf Enterprises.

Playmaker Media.s David Maher said, .'The rise of the stay at home dad is obviously happening everywhere and it's great when a warm, funny and relatable Aussie drama like House Husbands resonates internationally..

Andy Ryan, Nine.s co-head of drama, said, .We are thrilled to be exporting the House Husbands format to such competitive TV markets. Just like Australian viewers, the French and Italian networks
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TV highlights 30/05/2014

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International Football: England v Peru | Unreported World | The Minster | Marvel's Agents Of Shield | The Story Of Women And Art | Searching For Sugar Man: Storyville | Mr Sloane | Outsiders With Darren McMullen

With the World Cup a fortnight away, England embark on the first of a trio of warm-up friendlies, all of which are against teams from Latin or South America. Roy Hodgson's final 23 have already been decided, so those involved here will be seeking to push for a place in the starting 11. Might this be a chance for fledglings such as Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling to make a case for first-team inclusion? Adrian Chiles presents. Gwilym Mumford

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My Little Pony fan conventions are incredible: 7 pictures of 'Bronies'

You may have previously thought that My Little Pony was just an '80s children's cartoon, primarily aimed at young girls. You couldn't be more wrong.

We thought that the Hasbro toy and TV franchise, which was a worldwide smash 30 years ago, had lost its sparkle in recent years. We couldn't be more wrong.

A new National Geographic documentary, Outsiders with Darren McMullen, will prove that the world of My Little Pony is currently booming thanks to hugely popular fan conventions. The twist? These events are not attended by young girls. These fans are largely adult men.

1. They call themselves 'Bronies'.

The documentary host, Darren McMullen, meets the My Little Pony enthusiasts, who have christened themselves 'Bronies' (a mash-up of bros and ponies).

2. The fancy dress element is taken very seriously.

McMullen joins in one of the biggest parts of the Brony celebrations - the fancy dress contest. The guy has some serious competition,
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TV highlights 09/05/2014

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Odi Cricket: Scotland v England | BBC Young Musician Of The Year 2014 | The Minster | Weekend Escapes With Warwick Davis | Natural World: Pigmy Hippo A Very Secret Life | Perception | The Trip To Italy | Outsiders With Darren McMullen

This is just the third time England have visited Scotland for a one-day cricket international and the first time since 2010. They had been due to meet in August of 2012 only for unseasonable weather to cause the ground to be flooded. It'll take place at Mannofield Park in Aberdeen, with Scotland including a handful of Aberdonians in their lineup and eager not to suffer humiliation at the hands of an England team who, after a difficult few months, could use a morale-boosting victory. David Stubbs

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Love in the Wild

Network: NBC

Episodes: 16 (hour)

Seasons: Two

TV show dates: June 29, 2011 -- July 24, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Darren McMullen (host, season one) and Jenny McCarthy (host, season two).

TV show description:

Hosted by Darren McMullen, this dating reality series puts relationships to the ultimate test. It starts with 10 single men and 10 single women who are all looking for love. These singles have tried to find that special someone in all of the traditional ways and now, they're headed deep into the remote jungles of Costa Rica.

In each episode, couples pair up in exhilarating challenges that push their bodies and emotions to the limit. Their quests include paddling down crocodile-ridden waters, navigating through bat-infested caves, and hanging 200 feet above the rain forest floor as they descend down one of
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Love in the Wild: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

It looks like NBC has lost their affection for Love in the Wild. The series won't be coming back this summer, isn't part of the 2013-14 season schedule, and has been dropped from the network's website.

Hosted by Darren McMullen (season one) and Jenny McCarthy (season two), Love in the Wild ran for two years and 16 episodes.

In the series, 10 men and 10 women are paired into couples and compete in challenges together. The winners spend a night in a resort together and then, the next morning, new partners are chosen. In the end, one couple ends up winning a trip around the world.

What do you think? Do you like Love in the Wild? Are you hoping that it returns some day?
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'Love in the Wild' loses out to 'MasterChef' in Tuesday night battle

'Love in the Wild' loses out to 'MasterChef' in Tuesday night battle
Love in the Wild came back with underwhelming ratings on Tuesday night, preliminary Nielsen data indicates. With Jenny McCarthy replacing Darren McMullen as host, the dating show's second season started with 5m (1.6) between 9pm and 11pm, substantially down on its premiere last year. MasterChef led the 9pm hour for Fox in the metered markets with 4.8m (2.1), while ABC's coverage of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert attracted 6.8m (1.3). Hell's (more)
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Jenny McCarthy is revealed as new 'Love in the Wild' host

Jenny McCarthy is revealed as new 'Love in the Wild' host
Jenny McCarthy has taken over from Darren McMullen as host of NBC's dating reality series Love in the Wild. The model and former Singled Out presenter has been hired for her versatility and "unpredictability", according to NBC's alternative and late night programming president Paul Telegdy. "We are thrilled to feature her charisma, enthusiasm and magnetism in this adventure series," he added. McCarthy will begin shooting the adventure dating game, which is produced by Endemol, later this month in the Dominican Republic. Joking about her new appointment, McCarthy (more)
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Jenny McCarthy to host season 2 of NBC's 'Love In The Wild'

Jenny McCarthy to host season 2 of NBC's 'Love In The Wild'
Jenny McCarthy is about to get Wild: The comedian/actress/author has signed on as the new host of NBC’s Love in The Wild, EW has learned. The reality series — in which single men and women couple up to compete in nature-based challenges and can change partners along the way in hopes of finding love — will begin filming season 2 in the Dominican Republic later this month, with those episodes set to air this summer. (Season 1, which was hosted by Darren McMullen, was shot in Costa Rica.)

Love In The Wild marks a return to the dating game show genre for McCarthy,
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'Magicians' revamped by BBC One, Darren McMullen hosts

'Magicians' revamped by BBC One, Darren McMullen hosts
Darren McMullen will be the new host of revamped BBC One show Magicians when it returns in the New Year. The first series of the show, which was fronted by Lenny Henry, launched on BBC One in January, picking up over six million viewers. The new series has an extended six-episode, 75-minute run and will air live on Saturday nights. Scottish-born star McMullen will make his UK primetime debut following huge success in Australia and the Us with shows such as Love In The Wild and The Lair. He also recently hosted ITV2 gameshow Minute To Win It alongside Caroline Flack and Joe Swash. "It's all happened rather quickly," McMullen told Digital Spy. "I'm still a bit shocked and daunted about going out live to the British public to see what they think. "I met with [BBC One controller] Danny Cohen and we chatted (more)
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Win a Cadbury game box with ITV2 programme 'Minute To Win It'

Win a Cadbury game box with ITV2 programme 'Minute To Win It'
Minute To Win It is a new eight-part series, presented by Cadbury Spots v Stripes, which sees contestants compete in hilarious 60-second challenges using everyday household objects. Darren McMullen referees Joe Swash and Caroline Flack as they battle head-to-head in the brand new game show, which airs on ITV2 on Tuesdays at 8pm. To find out more and to play Minute To Win It games, visit the Spots v Stripes website: www.spotsvstripes.com. You can also play the games on your mobile phone with free apps for Android and iOS devices. Digital Spy has three Cadbury games boxes to (more)
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Love in the Wild: NBC Reality Series; Cancel or Season Two?

NBC recently concluded the first season of a new summer reality competition series, Love in the Wild. It's sort of a cross between Big Brother and The Dating Game with a bit of Survivor thrown in. Those have all been on television for many years. Will Love in the Wild last as long, get a second season, or will it just be cancelled like so many others?

Hosted by Darren McMullen, Love in the Wild takes 10 single men and 10 single women and pairs them up for a variety of tough physical challenges in the remote jungles of Costa Rica. They have to depend on one another and become closer in very unique ways. During eliminations, the contestants come together and reveal if they want to stay with their current partner or if they want to get to know someone else -- often causing some broken hearts.
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'America's Got Talent': Melissa Villasenor vs. Charles Peachock for the last spot

The final quarterfinal results show for "America's Got Talent" should prove interesting. Should Charles Peachock not advance due to the judges' choice at the end, I shall not be recapping anymore - as I will have thrown my laptop through my TV and will have neither machine with which to recap anymore. (Update: *sigh*).

The first results group is Taylor Davis, Avery and the Calico Hearts, Frank Miles and Fatally Unique. Only Fatally Unique deserves to advance out of this group, so it's a good thing that's who advances! They are so happy, it brings tears to my eyes. And Piers is so kind to them, really praising how hard they have worked to improve. I will say - I'm surprised Fatally Unique was in the Top 3 vote-getters. I thought they would be in the judges' choice for sure.

We'll be skipping over the Howie/Piers "prank" and the Jason Derulo performance,
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'Love in the Wild': A medical emergency and a forced switched

Tonight on "Love in the Wild" comes the forced switcheroo that host Darren McMullen told Zap2it last week would change the game for the rest of the episodes. Mike in particular is not a happy camper at the switch.

Post-Ceremony

Everybody is basking in their comfy partnerships that they have found. Hahaha, just you wait - dun dun dunnnnn. They can't let the couples get too comfy or else the show will lose all 24 viewers it has because it'll be boring. Also? Brandee is upset Ben hasn't kissed her yet. Ughhhh.

In the morning, Darren announces the switch. The way this works is first off, the first-place couple does not get a guaranteed switch. Secondly, now it's guys' turn to choose and Mike is ticked off. They draw for order - Skip picks Jessica, Ben picks Samantha (well, Mike should feel confident he can get her back), Steele picks
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Darren McMullen joins Joe Swash, Caroline Flack on 'Minute To Win It'

Darren McMullen joins Joe Swash, Caroline Flack on 'Minute To Win It'
Darren McMullen has joined Joe Swash and Caroline Flack on new ITV2 gameshow Minute To Win It. I'm A Celebrity duo Swash and Flack will be the team captains, while the Aussie TV presenter and NBC's Love In The Wild star McMullen will have the hosting role. Flack and Swash will be challenged to look after teams in a number of wacky challenges that have a 60-second time limit. Some of the tasks include stacking ten nuts using only chopsticks, throwing as many cards as possible in a halved watermelon and moving ping pong balls between cups of water by blowing. McMullen said: "I've hosted many shows in several different countries around (more)
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'Love in the Wild's' Darren McMullen teases next week's forced switcheroo

"Love in the Wild" is the new delightful summer fare from NBC, where couples are paired up for competitions - and for romance. Host Darren McMullen tells Zap2it that the big shake-up next week has repercussions for the rest of the season and the initial finale idea got thrown right out the window.

We saw in previews Wednesday night (July 20) for next week that the couples, who seem to have settled in with the pairings they like, are forced to switch - which was Darren's brainchild.

"I was like, 'These guys are just getting too boring!'" laughs McMullen. "This is all about love and exploring other options and some of them hadn't even explored any options. And I thought let's mix things up a bit."

And the results of the switcheroo are felt all season.

"Not just this next episode, but the fallout from people being with other
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Caroline Flack, Joe Swash for 'Minute to Win It'

Caroline Flack, Joe Swash for 'Minute to Win It'
Caroline Flack and Joe Swash have reportedly signed up to star in new ITV2 game show Minute to Win It. The pair, who have previously hosted spinoff show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! together, will be team captains on the programme. Minute to Win It sees contestants take on a series of short, funny challenges. It already airs in the Us on NBC, and the UK version will begin on ITV2 this summer. Glasgow-born presenter Darren McMullen, (more)
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'Love in the Wild': 'Could be wedding bells for more than one couple'

"Love in the Wild" is the newest reality show offering this summer. NBC's "Bachelor"-meets-"Survivor" adventure romance kicks off Wednesday night (June 29) and host Darren McMullen tells the press that there were definitely some good matches made.

"Without giving too much away, I would say a significant number of people found true love, to the point they are sneaking around seeing each other [now that the show has wrapped]," says McMullen. "I think everybody was genuinely surprised at the amount of people that actually, truly fell for each other."

He even goes so far as to tease possible weddings. "There could be wedding bells for more than one couple, I will say that," McMullen divulges.

That's good to hear, especially on the heels of yet another "Bachelor" franchise break-up.

So what makes this such a good environment to foster these relationships? McMullen says it's a bit of the "Romancing the Stone" phenomenon.

"There were poisonous snakes,
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