9 items from 2013
You don’t need to be a prophet to see this burgeoning trend in television.
With “American Bible Challenge” breaking Gsn’s ratings records, “The Bible” miniseries pulling over 10 million viewers a week on History, and Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” offering a cheekier take on religion, faith-friendly fare is having a big impact on general entertainment networks.
“Bible Challenge” exec producer Tom Forman has even quipped that he can’t believe it’s taken mainstream TV “this long” to realize that there is an untapped market with the Christian community, noting that almost three-quarters of the U.S. identifies itself as Christian.
Now, USA is trying its hand in the space with reality series “The Moment.”
Program, which bows on USA tonight at 10 p.m., offers Americans a second chance at their dreams, be it becoming a Nascar driver or a sports photog, with the help of a skilled mentor. »
- AJ Marechal
USA Network’s The Moment premieres tonight, a Reality TV series that gives people another shot at living out their life passions – just like host Kurt Warner, the famous, undrafted free agent who went on to win two NFL Mvp awards and a Superbowl Mvp award with the St. Louis Rams.
Truth be told, I’m not a fan of reality television, especially not the billion flavors of singing tournaments or Kardashian-esque indulgence.
Reality TV is a mixed bag of redundant competitions, celebrity tomfoolery and true stories that are purportedly inspirational. The reality of these programs are often lost if we can’t blind ourselves to the truth, that most of these shows have a scripted segment. And, let’s not forget about the predictable, cliffhanger-commercial cuts.
However, even I have a soft spot in my heart for Reality TV programs that actually try to do something important. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition »
- Bags Hooper
Endemol North America has promoted four executives: Caroline Baumgard to Evp Development, Rob Smith to Evp Programming; Rob Day to Evp Production, and Ron Milkes to Evp Operations, Strategy and Corporate Development. The four will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to David Goldberg, Chairman and CEO, Endemol North America. Baumgard will continue to spearhead all non-scripted development; Smith will continue to oversee all of Endemol USA’s on-air series. Baumgard and Smith, who joined Endemol USA in 2002, have helped build Endemol USA’s slate of reality series with shows like Deal Or No Deal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Wipeout. Day, who has worked with Endemol since 2003, will continue to oversee unscripted and consult on scripted programming. Endemol has been making strides in scripted programming with its first scripted series, AMC’s Hell On Wheels, followed by ABC series Red Widow and AMC’s Low Winter Sun, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The announcement of the Audience Choice Nominations isn't the only newsworthy Streamys item released today. Tubefilter and dick clark productions are happy to announce the list of presenters at this year's ceremony. It's a roster that includes YouTube stars, TV actors, and many other notable names. The presenters will include YouTubers such as iJustine, Shane Dawson, MysteryGuitarMan, ShayCarl, the cast SourceFed, and Shira Lazar. Joining them will be TV stars such as George Takei of Star Trek, Larry King, Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Vanessa Marano of Switched at Birth, Pauley Perette of NCIS, Eden Sher of The Middle, and Kirsten Vangsness of Criminal Minds. Musicians Charo and Lance Bass will also be present, as will Twilight-actor-turned-web-series-star Jackson Rathbone. As a reminder, these notables are hardly the only big names who will be present at the Streamys. Chris Hardwick of Nerdist will guide us through the exciting late afternoon/evening as the host, »
- Sam Gutelle
Ty Pennington, who has spent eight seasons as host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, has signed with UTA. The agency will represent Pennington as a host and producer in scripted and unscripted television and also will handle digital media and endorsements. In addition to ABC's long-running reality hit, Pennington also hosts Ty's Great British Adventure on UKTVHome and TVLand and American Journey on Hln. He also will continue to host regular Extreme Makeover specials. UTA's Chris Newman, who recently joined the agency from Wme, signed Pennington and will be his lead agent. Pennington had been without an
- Matthew Belloni
When volunteers dressed as Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers helped build a house on an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition special a month after Disney‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm was announced, the Mouse House dismissed the corporate synergy as a coincidence as the ABC special had been filmed a year prior. But that cannot be said about tonight’s episode of ABC’s fairytale drama Once Upon A Time, which featured the Star Wars music theme. Incorporating Star Wars into the show is tricky as it takes place almost exlusively in fairytale world — past and present. But the first chance the producers had to introduce Star Wars since the Lucasfilm acquisition — when a guy from Pennsylvania drives into fairytale Storybrooke — they took it: When the stranger’s cell phone rang, its ringtone was the Star Wars theme. The homage shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Once Upon A Time »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Ready for Ewtv?
Entertainment Weekly has taken readers behind the scenes of Hollywood for 23 years and now the print and online publishing brand is launching a new television series. Sundance Channel is teaming with EW to present The Writers’ Room, a six-episode series that will show viewers the inner workings of TV programs that define pop culture.
“Television is today’s most exciting medium, and writers are its heart and soul,” said Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle. “We’re looking forward to giving the Sundance Channel viewers and the EW audience an all-access pass to see how these brilliant minds »
- James Hibberd
Ty Pennington is to host new series American Journey for Hln, it has been announced. The network has stated that the upcoming programme will profile people across the Us who have intriguing and unusual lifestyles. First season episodes will feature Pennington visiting a commune and will explore Delta blues culture with the help of Robert Plant and Morgan Freeman. Pennington said of American Journey: "I've covered a lot of ground across America as host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and seen first-hand the resilience of the American spirit regardless of the heavy (more) »
- By Justin Harp
It's time for Ty Pennington to get moving. The host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be changing locations and networks for his upcoming project, "American Journey." This series, airing on Hln, will take Pennington around the United States to feature the variety of lifestyles found in the country.
Hln announced Pennington's new hosting gig on Wednesday (Jan. 2).
Described as a show about "creative thinkers and entrepreneurs," the show will focus on a wide variety of people living diverse lives. Episodes in the first season will include the people who live on a commune, fish for lobster and perform blues music in the Mississippi Delta region. "American Journey" will also feature interviews, including ones with actor Morgan Freeman and musician Robert Plant.
"Honestly, I'm really flattered to be part of Hln," Pennington said in a statement released by the network. "I mean, what's great about that is you're providing information. »
9 items from 2013
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