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People just love to see celebrities boxing, dancing, ice skating…and now, singing. Fox TV has announced the professional songbirds that will be paired with celebrities on the new show Celebrity Duets. The big names include: Chaka Khan, Clint Black, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Randy Travis, and Aaron Neville. The series premieres with a two-hour show on August 29th, and will follow the model of American Idol, allowing judges and viewers to cast their votes for elimination. The
celebrities have not yet been announced, but composer David Foster will be one of the judges. Well, it seems to have a bit more potential than the celebrity skating debacle. I mean, Kenny Loggins and Richard Marx? Gold, baby.
Read More | Yahoo! News
The rumor mill is churning over this latest tidbit—Patricia Wettig, who plays President Caroline Reynolds on Prison Break, will be leaving the upcoming second season of the series. During the TCA Summer Press Tour, Wettig was on hand for ABC’s new series, Brothers & Sisters, and said that she would not be returning to Prison Break. Brothers & Sisters features Calista Flockhart, Balthazar Getty, Ron Rifkin, and Rachel Griffiths, among others. According to the Ausiello Report, Wettig said “I had to make a choice, and it was kind of hard for me to choose against my husband [Brothers & Sisters executive producer Ken Olin] and his good writing.” A Prison Break representative reported that “President Reynolds is still very much a presence [in Season 2] and her influence is felt, but as Patricia is a series regular on Brothers & Sisters, we will not be seeing her, at least in early episodes.” It will be interesting to see what becomes of her character on Prison Break.
Read More | TV Guide
Haven’t their 15 minutes expired already? Variety announced that Fox Reality is moving forward on their first docudrama series, titled The Rob and Amber Project. Apparently, viewers can’t get enough of these reality superstars—or at least that’s what Fox is hoping! Rob and Amber got their start on Survivor: All Stars and made it to the final two, where Rob popped the question on the season finale to Amber, the winner. They then moved on to The Amazing Race, where they proved to be tough competitors – then on to their own TV special about their wedding. The Rob and Amber Project will show their move to Las Vegas, where Rob hopes to become a professional poker player. Fox Reality has ordered 10 half-hours, with the premiere expected in January.
Read More | Comingsoon.net
If, like me, you were a fan of Dennis Haysbert’s portrayal of President David Palmer on 24, you were most likely outraged when he was assassinated at the start of last season. There is some good news for fans of the Palmer family, however: next season, it looks like President Palmer will ride again.
Just not the way you think. Instead, David Palmer’s brother, Wayne (D.B. Woodside) will be taking over the Oval Office after the eviction of evil President Charles Logan (Gregory Itzin). Along with Woodside, Regina King will be joining the cast full-time. She will play Palmer sister Angela, who is an advocacy attorney.
I now fear for Wayne Palmer’s life; I like his character, and almost everyone I like on that show (RIP Palmer and Tony Almeida) gets killed, while Kim Bauer continues to live on to see another day. There’s no justice in the 24-verse, I tell ya. 24 returns to Fox in January to wreak more havoc upon beloved characters.
Read More | TV Guide
Attention Idol Wannabes: Time to clear your calendars! The next round of audition dates for American Idol have just been announced:
August 8: Los Angeles
August 11: San Antonio
August 14: New York
August 21: Birmingham
September 3: Memphis
September 8: Minneapolis
September 19: Seattle
Read More | FOX
It has been announced that Peter MacNicol, widely remembered for his role as John Cage on Fox’s Ally McBeal, will be returning to his old network next season. But fans of Numb3rs need not worry—MacNicol will be wearing two hats this fall. In addition to his role on the CBS drama, MacNicol will also be a series regular on the hit 24. His character will be a ‘high-ranking government official’. As if they needed another one.
As appealing as he is, I’m already predicting that MacNicol’s appearance will cause massive confusion . I mean—it is just me, or does he already look like that Miles Papazian guy from last year?
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
Too often the stars of reality television are famous simply for being famous. Their only talent is the shamelessness of appearing on one of these shows. The Real World was originally an experiment in human nature – “what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real?” – but after seventeen seasons it has become simply a pageant for those that want to be on TV but lack the talent and dedication to do so legitimately.
There have been a few exceptions to this rule. American Idol contestants choose to compete on the show not just for a chance at winning, but for a chance at gaining exposure. That is, exposure that they can actually use. Very few cast members of reality shows like The Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, or The Bachelor actually are able to use their “exposure” to jump-start their careers. However the contestants of talent showcases such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, or Making the Band have the potential to hold on to their “fame” after the shows end.
Lately there have been more and more shows that take this concept to the next level: the contestants are aiming not just for “fame”, but for success. Programs like the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon vehicle for aspiring filmmakers, Project Greenlight, or Project Runway - which premieres its third season tomorrow at 10pm EST – both focus on people with actual skills such as fashion design.
Other shows that followed people being creative include three cooking programs, Bravo’s Top Chef, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen, and The Food Network’s The Next Food Network Star. HGTV Design Star, which premieres July 23, will feature competing home designers.
These shows all have the potential not only to be quality TV, but to serve as stepping-stones for the cast members. Their prize – whether they win or lose – will not simply be fifteen minutes of fame, but hopefully a lasting career. They aspire not to be the world’s next big celebrities, but rather the “next big thing” in their respective fields… even after the cameras stop rolling.
Read More | Time
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Comedy, Drama, Reality, ABC, Cable, CBS, FX, FOX, HBO, NBC, 24, Amazing Race, The, American Idol, Apprentice, The - Donald, Degrassi, Lost, My Name Is Earl, Prison Break, Scrubs, The Office, The Sopranos
In a recent edition of Broadcasting & Cable, the trade magazine presented a list of the Best Shows on TV for the 2005-06 season. The 2nd annual poll, based on the views of 111 critics, didn’t reveal many shocking choices overall…but does give much love to some underappreciated gems. Let’s see how your choices compare:
Gold: Lost (ABC)—Really not much of a surprise on any of these choices. It’s only shocking to remember that Lost is the only one of these three to be shut out of the Best Drama category for the upcoming Emmys.
Silver: 24 (FOX)
Bronze: The Sopranos (HBO)
Gold: The Office (NBC)
Silver: My Name is Earl (NBC)
Bronze: Scrubs (NBC)—Woo hoo! Even if NBC doesn’t respect the comedic gem enough to give it a regular time slot (and a fall start), it’s reassuring to know that the show is still being noticed.
Gold: American Idol (FOX)
Silver: The Amazing Race (CBS)—Race may not be able to compete against Idol in the ratings department, but it still wins in my heart. No popularity contests here. The prize goes to those who simply stick it out.
Bronze: Project Runway (Bravo)—Heidi Klum has it all. Good looks, two cute kids, a sexy husband—and now a highly respected show. I hate her. I may enjoy watching her show..but I still hate her.
BEST NEW SHOW:
Gold: My Name is Earl (NBC)
Silver: Prison Break (FOX)
Bronze: Big Love (HBO)—Although I’m personally obsessed with polygamy-based stories, I feared the subject might be too taboo for the average audience. Regardless of the subject matter, this show has been a hoot to watch..and it doesn’t hurt that Bill Paxton is still quite easy on the eyes. No wonder three women want to bear his children.
Gold: Unan1mous (FOX)
Silver: The War at Home (FOX)
Bronze: The Apprentice (NBC)—While I will have to admit that my interest in this show has waned over the past year or so, I don’t think it’s one of the worst shows out there. But if Donald continues to make creepy remarks about the attractive females on his show, I may have to call the FCC myself.
CABLE NETWORK MORE PEOPLE SHOULD WATCH:
Gold: BBC America
Bronze: The N—- Degrassi, Degrassi, Degrassi. I’ve said it before and I will say it again. The N is home to the best drama for teens…ever.
MOST MEMORABLE TV MOMENT:
Gold: Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
Silver: Uncle Junior shoots Tony on The Sopranos (HBO)
Bronze: Michael shoots Ana-Lucia and Libby on Lost (ABC)—I admit, I don’t watch The Sopranos so I may be a bit biased here. But Michael shot two people. That should definitely earn him a higher medal than Uncle Junior. I dare say Michael even deserves the gold, but he can’t compete with Nature.
Read More | Broadcasting & Cable
On the next season of 24, Jack Bauer will take a break from saving the world—he’s going to be too busy saving himself. In a British newspaper interview on Sunday, Kiefer Sutherland reveals, “This one’s much more about him saving his own [expletive deleted]. He’ll go from being the one who hunts people down to the one who’s being hunted, so that in itself turns the show around.”
I think this makes a lot of sense, since Jack has certainly pissed off a great many people during five seasons of really long days. Also, perhaps a slight change of format will help recharge the show creatively—how many times can you save the world without repeating the same tricks?—though the Emmys think the show is just fine, artistically. Even so, I do have to admit to giving up on it out of boredom partway through last season, though I hear that it got a lot better at the end.
Jack Bauer is also well on his way to being a franchise, what with Read More | NY Post
The trend to air cable shows on their sister networks is becoming more prevalent these days. We had reported earlier about the move by Fox to air episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia before the second season premiere of the show began on FX. More networks are following this model, including:
- Kyle XY – an ABC Family series that airs Mondays at 8 PM, also airs on ABC on Fridays
- The 4400 – shown on USA on Sundays at 9 PM, NBC also aired The 4400 on June 3
According to an article in USA Today, corporate synergy is fueling this pairing since there are a number of cable channels with big network connections. In the case of Sunny in Philadelphia, the final episode that Fox aired averaged 4.1 million viewers and won its time slot among young adults. FX president John Landgraf believes the additional exposure works, saying “They have such a larger reach than we do, it’s a great way of exposing new viewers to our shows… we’re turning over every stone we possibly can.”
Read More | USA Today
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