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The channel known for its trendy programming has jumped on the latest craze: skateboarding. Okay, skateboarding has been a craze for 30 years, but it has enjoyed renewed popularity thanks to movies like Lords of Dogtown. And it seems like nearly half of MTV’s Made stars want to be skateboarders.
With the popularity of the sport on their side, MTV will likely have another hit. The show is yet untitled, and will star skateboarding sensation Rob Dyrdek and Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Dyrdek’s friend and bodyguard. Dyrdek promises, …the world doesn’t know what it’s in for.”
Actually, Dyrdek, considering the glut of MTV reality shows we’ve been subjected to over the years, I imagine the world has a pretty good idea.
Read More | Seattle P-I
Richard Hatch, notorious winner of popular reality show Survivor’s first season, has found himself in a bit of jam: jammed in behind bars, in fact, possibly with a hulking cellmate named Tiny.
Hatch is facing up to 13 years in prison for not paying his taxes, primarily taxes on the $1,000,000 he won on Survivor; pretty stupid, considering the entire television-viewing world knew he had it. IRS agents watch TV, don’t they? In a move worthy of the best big-headed celebrities, Hatch demanded protective custody until his hearing on April 25. Do you think his cellmates will find him as obnoxious as we did?
Read More | TV Fodder
Fans still mourn the loss of the beloved supernatural drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With its appealing stars and standout writing, it’s no wonder the show developed such a rabid fan base. Buffy fans can rejoice: one of the show’s primary writers is returning to television.
Writer Marti Noxon has been serving as a producer—most recently as a producer of Prison Break—since she left Buffy and its spin-off, Angel. Now, she’s returning to her roots with the new show Brothers and Sisters. Noxon will be producing the show, as well as pitching in on the scripts. The show will star Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths, and is described as a family soap opera full of drama. If anyone knows how to write and produce good drama, it’s Noxon.
Unfortunately for fans, Noxon has confirmed that her vampire writing days are over. But on the bright side, it will be a treat to see what she cooks up next. Will you be tuning in?
Read More | Zap2it
Whether it’s because of dwindling ratings or simply boredom, the producers of the long-running reality show Big Brother are ditching the ‘normal’ folks and casting celebrities for the next season. Well, semi-celebrities, anyhow. Much like VH1’s washed-up former star series The Surreal Life, and MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, Big Brother will lock a bunch of former contestants together and watch the drama unfold.
The show has been re-titled: Big Brother: All-Stars, and producers promise that viewers will be able to interact with the contestants more than ever before. Is this a good move? Will this improve your interest in the show, or should Big Brother bow out gracefully?
Read More | E! Online
Popular network Comedy Central, well known for its groundbreaking fodder with shows like South Park, is looking for the next great sense of humor. With Comedy Central Test Pilots, viewers can submit a video ‘pilot’ anywhere from one to five minutes in length, and possibly receive a development deal. Wow, now that’s a good use of your time.
The show can be in any format including animation and hidden camera. Comedy Central only has one request: it can’t ‘suck.’
Go ahead and give it a try. You never know: the TV Envy staff could be writing about your show sometime soon. And we promise to be nice. Maybe.
Read More | Comedy Central
I remembered hearing a long time ago that Baywatch star David Hasselhoff would always try to channel his idol Freddie Mercury in his songs. But when I actually heard Hasselhoff do his ‘channeling’, I cringed with embarrassment. I must admit—that same wince came rushing back when I read that the contestants of American Idol would be taking their turn with the songs of Queen. It’s not like we’re watching Rock Star: INXS here. Would the show produce the cringe-inducing moments that I had feared? Read on!
Now that boring Gina was wittled from the pack, it was time this week for the remaining girls to start sweating bullets. With no one else to pick on, should Jade finally start worrying about her real competition? Since Brooke was just recently in the bottom two, would she need to quickly find her good angles? Did Mollie Sue need to make sure she didn’t take over Gina’s persona-less place? Would Nnenna’s increasingly obsessive, and annoying boyfriend, cause her to be distracted from her ultimate goal?
After having narrowly escaped elimination at the recent Tribal Council, Austin was feeling great for having survived another day. He was fully aware though that the incredibly stupid remarks he made could still cost him the game. NOTE TO ASPIRING CONTESANTS: Telling everyone that you purposely botched a challenge because you didn’t want to appear too strong is not something advised in the Survivor handbook. Needless to say, the former members of Casaya thought Austin was a slimeball that could not be trusted. They vowed early to on to vote him off at the next challenge. Trying to keep the La Mina contingent alive, Terry and Sally realized that they needed to woo two people over to their side very quickly. They believed that working on some of the ladies might be their best bet.
To virtually no one’s surprise, and to the obvious delight of many, including Today co-host Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira is joining Today, filling the chair at the hosts’ desk being vacated by Katie Couric.
The 52-year-old Vieira currently co-hosts ABC’s daytime talker The View, and she hosts the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
During an emotional segment of yesterday’s The View, Vieira announced her departure from the show. As for Millionaire, she will either negotiate her way out of a contract that runs for two more seasons, or she will negotiate a better shooting schedule that allows her to simultaneously co-host Today and continue hosting the game show. Right now, Millionaire tapes 200 new episodes per season over a grueling four months. That schedule will be incompatible with her Today responsibilities.
Although Couric departs Today after the May 31 show, Vieira won’t be sharing Studio 1-A with Lauer until September. Campbell Brown of Weekend Today is expected to be Lauer’s interim partner.
100 episodes into its five-year run, Smallville continues to deliver big numbers for the WB. Above and beyond muscular Nielsens, the series about the super adolescent has been a winner in other arenas, too. Smallville‘s Seasons 1-4 DVDs have grossed in excess of $100 million for Warner Home Video. In 2004, ABC Family picked up the super series for syndication, paying $400,000. per episode for the privilege.
As WB and UPN morph into the CW, Smallville is definitely among the neophyte network’s most valuable assets.
Read More | The WB
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