19 items from 2014
Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad starring "Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe" The ad featuring “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” unable to pee at a urinal is in poor taste, says the CEO of the International Paruresis Association, which estimates that some 7% of Americans have some form of “shy bladder syndrome.” Members of the group have asked DirecTV to pull the ad, but the satellite company says the ads are staying put. Plus: DirecTV unveils “Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe." A 2nd “Phantom of the Opera” TV series is in the works -- from the director of "Amelie" Two weeks after ABC and “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry announced their “Phantom of the Opera,” Endemol announced it is remaking the classic French tale with Tony Krantz and “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Watch George R.R. Martin eat a hamburger on a 1987 episode of “Beauty and the Beast” The “Game of Thrones” honcho recalled his »
- Norman Weiss
“Soul Man” will have a 12-episode run on the Viacom cabler next year. Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of ABC’s “The View,” will return for a 10-episode guest arc opposite Cedric and Niecy Nash. “Soul Man” revolves around a former mega-church minister who downscales to a quieter life in St. Louis.
- Variety Staff
Nik Wallenda’s Chicago skyscraper tightrope walk airs live Sunday with a 10-second delay Discovery Channel has contingency plans in place, and if anything goes wrong, “nothing that is insensitive or inappropriate” will appear on their TV or online networks,” Discovery execs tell the NY Times. The newspaper notes that “the high-wire act illustrates the extreme risks some television networks are taking to attract lucrative, live audiences in the age of fragmented, on-demand viewing. Beyond sports and major pop culture events, luring mass live viewership is a challenge. Discovery is finding that extreme stunts — some so daring that there is a chance a person could die — are the exception." NBC gets Uma Thurman to romance “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley on “The Slap” Thurman replaces Mary-Louise Parker on the NBC miniseries. Parker had to bow out as she recovers from pneumonia. Billy Crystal dresses as “Breaking Bad’s” Walter »
- Norman Weiss
In a move of synergy that suggests Jack Donaghy is still hanging around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Today Show anchors dressed in their Saturday Night Live best for this year's Halloween episode. The results were eerily accurate at times, but that may have something to do with the crew probably having access to Studio 8H's wardrobe department. Lester Holt and Al Roker channeled John Belushi and Dan Akroyd for their Blues Brothers costumes: Putting the soul in Soul Man with my fellow Blues Brother Al Roker @TODAYshow #halloweentoday pic.twitter.com/HKkl68c0ns — Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) October 31, 2014 Have a pair of Mom Jeans lying around? »
- Jonathon Dornbush
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
TV Land’s Impastor has been blessed with a series order.
The single-camera comedy, which stars Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum as a debt-plagued slacker who poses as the new gay pastor in a small town, has snagged a 10-episode pickup by the cable network. The project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan) also stars Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Hart of Dixie), Aimee Garcia (Dexter) and Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect).
TV Land has also handed a 10-episode series order to Teachers, a comedy starring improv group The Katydids as six elementary »
After the longest hiatus in South Park history — it’s been roughly 10 months since the last new episode — Wednesday’s season premiere made up for lost time, launching an all-out assault on… well, pretty much everything.
Related Hulu Acquires Entire South Park Library
The half hour began innocently enough, with Cartman and his bus-stop buddies launching a startup company to secure a cushy future for themselves. And while most potential company names had already been trademarked, including the ever-elusive “Boner Forest,” one name remained conveniently up for grabs: the Washington Redskins.
So what exactly did Cartman’s new crowd-funded company do? »
What was Dr. Donald Mallard like as a duckling?
Related Spoilers on NCIS Season 12’s Recurring Villain Via Ask Ausiello
“When we saw Adam, all we could think of was a young David McCallum,” NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg says of the casting. (Indeed! See Exhibits A and B.) “We can’t wait to introduce him as young Ducky and watch what he brings to this unusual role. »
CBS certainly did take us Under the Dome on Monday’s episode of the sci-fi drama. Like, waaaaay under the dome.
As Barbie and Sam spent the hour investigating an underground tunnel (and swapping some seriously dark secrets), we also learned quite a bit about the rest of the gang in Chester’s Mill.
Let’s revisit the finer points of “In the Dark,” shall we?
Related Under the Dome Stars Talk Penetration, Tease Finale’s Literal (?) Cliffhanger
Two Wrongs Don’T Make A Right | Newly minted sheriff Barbie — who, sadly, isn’t wearing the uniform — is called to the »
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When you start looking into the career of Isaac Hayes, you find out he was good at a lot of things. He co-wrote great hits such as Soul Man and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby. He produced a lot of brilliant records for Stax. He was a hugely successful singer, and reinterpreted a lot of Burt Bacharach classics into long soulful epics. He was the voice of Chef in South Park. »
"Hey, Hillz! Nice meeting you. Lemme write you a song when you run for president!" That's basically how Katy Perry followed up her meeting with Hillary Clinton at a book signing last Friday. And Clinton seemed down with it, oddly enough. .@katyperry Well that's not a Hard Choice. You already did! Keep letting us hear you Roar.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 22, 2014 But before you say that a Hillary Clinton-Katy Perry team-up seems a little out of left field, know that the Ready for Hillary Super Pac already used "Roar" in a promotional video earlier this year. "Eye of the tiger? »
- Drew Mackie
Niecy Nash‘s bold looks and over-the-top persona made her a household name, so it’s understandable the actress was “nervous” to take on the decidedly unglamorous role of Nurse Denise “Didi” Ortley in the HBO comedy Getting On. As it turns out, she had absolutely nothing to worry about.
Related | TVLine Items: Getting On Renewed for Season 2
The harsh, fluorescent lighting of the show’s hospital set may not have been flattering — Nash playfully calls it “the worst lighting God ever created” — but it forced her to step out of her comfort zone, and into the kind of role »
The Genre Bender Masquerading As Celebrity Memoir:Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America By John Waters; Farrar, Straus & Giroux, June 3The master craftsman of camp prefaces his oddball cross-country travelogue with two twisted novellas imagining best- and worst-case scenarios.Rural Drug Rings and Fracking Via Literary Thriller:Dry Bones in the ValleyBy Tom Bouman; Norton, July 7Grit-lit meets wry suspense, along with a keen rendering of place and politics, in this former book editor’s debut mystery. The Dystopian Racial-Reassignment-Surgery Thriller You Never Knew You Wanted:Your Face in MineBy Jess Row; Riverhead, August 14The essayist and short-story writer’s first novel takes the Soul Man premise to risky extremes, political and artistic—you squirm and think along the way. The Sprawling, Ambitious Debut:The Invention of ExileBy Vanessa Manko; Penguin, August 14With starry blurbs, grand-historical sweep, and depictions of family strife, Manko’s debut about a Russian immigrant exiled as an »
Actor, comedian and producer Cedric the Entertainer has been tapped to host the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The awards show will broadcast live on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m. Et on The CW. Cedric stars on new TV Land comedy “Soul Man,” which he created and executive-produces, as well. He's alls the current host of syndicated show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Also read: Forest Whitaker, ‘Before Midnight’ Team To Receive Special Critics’ Choice Movie Awards His film credits include “Barbershop,” “Be Cool,” the “Madagascar” animated franchise, “Intolerable Cruelty” and “Johnson Family Vacation,” among others. The awards are given by. »
- Jethro Nededog
I recall posting a Cedric The Entertainer interview 2 years ago, during which he talked about his then new show on TV Land, Soul Man, the music and film business, and a potential 3rd Barbershop film, which Cedric said was of definite interest to the original film's key people (cast and crew), but MGM's trials (its 2010 bankruptcy and the aftermath) were holding things up.At the time, I said that I could do without a 3rd Barbershop movie; but it looks like the stars have aligned in their favor because MGM (no longer in the financial state it was a few years ago) is reportedly rebooting the franchise. Deadline says that Ice Cube is »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Remember when George Burns and Gracie Allen used to plug Carnation Evaporated Milk in live TV ads during their 1950s TV series The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show? Of course you don’t! But live ads using show cast members, in character and on set, did not used to be “news” — much less a scoop in the New York Times‘ business section. And, 60 years from now, when a future generation is watching on their glasses a live broadcast of some happy-zombie-family comedy starring some Hollywood It Couple, replete with product promotions by the happy zombies, they will think back to today’s Nyt report (“Commercials to Go Live With Show Cast Members”) about the airing of two whole live ads during the live season debuts of TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland and The Soul Man, and think “How quaint.” The cast of Hot In Cleveland — Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Here’s a case of Viacom siblings playing nice. When the third-season premiere of The Soul Man airs live March 26 on TV Land, sister channels Bet and Centric will simulcast it. After that, Centric will run new episodes of the Hot In Cleveland spinoff on Saturdays, 10 days after they bow on TV Land. The live season opener is a first for Soul Man, which stars Cedric the Entertainer as an R&B superstar-turned-minister who relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife. TV Land said in January that Soul Man and Hot In Cleveland will have their season premieres back-to-back. It will be the second consecutive live season bow for the sitcom starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Azure Parsons (True Detective, Salem) will co-star opposite JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC‘s summer drama series Astronaut Wives Club. The project, from Fake Empire, Groundswell Prods and ABC Studios, tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. Parsons, repped by Sweeney Entertainment and Imperium 7, will play one of them, Annie Glenn, the wife of John Glenn whom she’s known since they were toddlers in Ohio. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Kellee Stewart (Soul Man) has joined Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. It revolves around damaged men (Justin Hartley, Steve Talley) and damaged women who explore the minutiae of love and relationships. Stewart, repped by Domain and Robyn Bluestone Management, will play one of the women, Betsy, who is living off alimony. She is coming off Lifetime pilot Hr. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Veteran talent representative Holly Shelton has started her own company, Holly Shelton Management. Among those following her are Michael Bowen (Breaking Bad), Patty Duke, Alex Frnka, (The Inbetweeners), Aaron Hill (Twisted), Jazz Raycole (Soul Man), Lisa Locicero (General Hospital), Peter Mackenzie (Hart Of Dixie) and Graham Shiels (Arrow). Shelton most recently was a manager at the Marshak/Zachary Co. and did stints as an agent and manager before that. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
19 items from 2014
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