18 items from 2015
Despite winding people up wherever they roam, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond actually made the biggest show in the world, with Top Gear apparently boasting 350 million viewers in 214 countries.
Top Gear may have a very British sense of humour, but this hasn't stopped several nations launching their own versions.
Top Gear is truly taking over the world, as it has now landed its own Chinese version on Shanghai Dragon Television, after an initial attempt back in 2011.
There is of course a Chinese Stig and the usual features, with BBC Worldwide stating that it "mirrors the UK show's irreverent humour, presenter camaraderie, epic races, outrageous stunts and challenges, unique celebrity guest participation, and its often eccentric methods of testing cars".
Yonderland’s talking stick thing on his love of Storage Wars and how he’d like to see a return of Strictly Mum Dancing
I don’t know (or care) if there’s an equivalent in your world, but we have a show called Old Stuff Roadshow, where creatures show off the paintings they stole in the war. You get quite a lot of really old furniture on it, mostly made from my dead relatives, which gives me a chance to laugh at their misfortune and reflect on how much better I’ve done than them at living. I quite enjoy that… in so far as I enjoy anything.
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- Gwilym Mumford
Prolific reality producer Thom Beers (Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars) has a producing mantra he borrowed from Ted Turner during Beers' 11 years with Turner Broadcasting. "You look at a television show like a cow," Beers tells Deadline. "Our job is to make money on every piece of that cow, including the moo." Turner's philosophy could apply to today's reality television. The genre seems to spawn spinoff franchises (read: spinoff profit) as fast as scripted series TV. And… »
10:55 Pm Pst -- Dan just tweeted: We're sorry Storage Wars fans! Violence is never the answer, it's not Ok. We were attacked & did what anyone would do. #StopBullyingWe just obtained video of the massive brawl that erupted on the "Storage Wars" set ... and it's as crazy as we first heard. Short story ... Dan Dotson, the auctioneer, missed a bid. Producers needed to make things right, so they told Dave Hester -- a regular on »
- TMZ Staff
Did “Storage Wars” just get a little too hot for TV? As star Dave Hester’s catchphrase would tell it, “Yuuup!” As the story goes, when A&E auctioneer Dan Dotson (pictured: right) missed a storage locker bid from Hester during Friday’s Palm Springs taping, producers told the series regular bidder to tell Dan about the oversight. Apparently Dotson ignored Hester (pictured: left), and Dave’s persistence didn’t end well. Per TMZ, after Dotson threatened Hester, Dave decked him. In the melee that ensued, Dotson’s wife Laura reportedly jumped on Hester’s back and got tossed to the ground. »
- Tony Maglio
A couple of "Storage Wars" stars just got into a massive fight -- with fists, and even a Wife getting thrown around ... TMZ has learned. The brawl broke out Friday afternoon while the cast was shooting in Palm Springs. Dan Dotson was holding an auction when according to witnesses ... he missed a bid placed by Mary. We're told producers asked Dave Hester to tell Dan about the mistake, but Dan initially ignored him. When Dave »
- TMZ Staff
We have big news for fans of Bates Motel. The Psycho-inspired series has been a huge success for A&E and they are confident enough in the creative team that they've placed a twenty-episode order:
Press Release: "New York, NY – June 15, 2015 – A&E Network has ordered twenty episodes of the acclaimed drama series, “Bates Motel” from Universal Television it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Sharenow. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman's transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
New episodes of “Bates Motel” will begin production later this year and will air over two seasons, starting in 2016.
“Bates Motel” has garnered a truly loyal fan base over the past three seasons. »
- Jonathan James
A&E continues to become a small screen horror hub. Not long after the network announced they are moving forward on a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In, A&E has now revealed that they will air The Omen sequel series, Damien. The follow-up show to the 1976 horror film was originally going to air on Lifetime, but the series has moved to its sister network and has also seen an increase from six to ten episodes on its first season order:
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) -- "New York, NY— April 29, 2015 — A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series, “Damien.” The hour-long drama from Fox 21 Television Studios and executive producer Glen Mazzara is a follow-up to the classic horror film, The Omen. Currently in production in Toronto, “Damien” will premiere a 10-episode season on A&E, »
- Derek Anderson
The A&E hit show "Storage Wars" could lose one of its biggest stars ... because of guys who are younger, cheaper and hungrier. Sources connected to "Storage Wars" veteran Darrell Sheets tell us the network is going to cut his pay in half, from around $30k an episode to $15k. And there's more bad news for Sheets ... we're told he's slated to appear in only 4 of the show's 26 episodes. Sheets thinks the handwriting is on »
- TMZ Staff
Now that Talia has made her intentions (to jump Emily’s bones) known, it’s time to look to the future of Pretty Little Liars‘ newest potential couple.
“I think Emily really admires Talia,” her portrayer Miranda Rae Mayo tells TVLine. “Emily sees how professional and driven and put together she is. There’s definitely something sweet and sincere between them. We also haven’t really seen Emily with someone who isn’t her peer in high school before, so that’s different.”
Speaking of not being Emily’s peer, Mayo assures us the age gap between her and Talia »
Hanna and Caleb have solidified their status as one of Pretty Little Liars‘ most pivotal romantic couples. Their status as forensic experts, however, remains very much in question.
Desperate to erase any false evidence connecting her to Mona’s murder, Hanna on Tuesday plotted to steal the barrel — and whatever, or whoever, was inside it — from the storage facility, but she didn’t count on Officer Toby and Lieutenant Tanner busting her and Caleb mid-deed.
Though I’m not exactly sure how, the couple managed to slink back to Hanna’s house, where she tried to put a little distance between them. »
An eccentric Southern tale that feels like a Harry Crews-scripted edition of Storage Wars, Finders Keepers tells the story of two men battling — in courts of law and public opinion — over the ownership of a severed foot. The foot belonged once to John Wood, amputated following a small plane crash that also killed Wood’s father. When Wood failed to make payments to his storage unit, it became the property of local North Carolina huckster Shannon Whisnant, who parlays his contested ownership of the foot into a roadside tourist attraction. Directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel, collaborating for […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Well, Hugh Laurie is who we'd thank first if we had just completed our diagnostician residencies, so...why not thank him first when you're elected premier of Greece as well?! After the results were in from yesterday's election, incoming Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, leader of the anti-bailout Syriza party, took to Twitter and, before anything else, thanked the British actor. Of course to be fair, Laurie had congratulated Syriza first, writing in that learned way of his, "Bravo Syriza! Must feel like they've just won a giant edition of Storage Wars, but let's hope those boxes are full of good stuff. Καλή τύχη!" Using Greek »
On Friday I screened the first great film of the 2015 Sundance film festival. Finders Keepers is a hilarious, bizarre and sometimes devastating documentary about the true life story of two men. Shannon Whisnant purchases a storage unit at auction and is surprised to find a severed human leg inside a used bbq grill. The other […]
- Peter Sciretta
There’s much to savour in this deep fried documentary about a man who finds a foot in his second-hand barbacue – and how reality TV handled it
There’s an interesting interplay between Finders Keepers, a delightfully insane documentary about a man who finds a foot in a barbecue grill he buys at an auction, and the world of reality television. At first it seems like this grandiose and hysterical tale is something right out of Storage Wars or the other myriad shows that cast the characters of rural America as villains and buffoons, until it uses reality television against us.
Shannon Whisnant, a fast-talking “entrepreneur” buys a storage unit in North Carolina and finds the mummified remains of John Wood’s lower left limb stashed in a barbecue smoker. Wood lost the foot in a plane crash that also took the life of his father. Once the local news »
- Brian Moylan
18 items from 2015
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