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The 10th season of The Amazing Race promises to showcase more diverse teams than on previous editions. This season includes 12 teams (rather than 11), and includes a Muslim team, an Indian-American couple, an amputee, and a father and his lesbian daughter. According to host Phil Keoghan (incidentally, the BEST reality show host!), “The range in this cast is remarkable… we’ve never had such a broad spectrum of people.” This year, the Emmy-winner moves to Sundays starting in the fall, with the teams beginning in Seattle and making their first stop in China. The race lasts 30 days, with contestants covering 40,000 miles—traveling to locales such as Mongolia, Kuwait, Vietnam and Madagascar. Zap2it.com features the complete list of teams.
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Hollywood.com reports that the stars of the British version of The Office are planning to appear in cameo roles on the American version. The executive producer of the American version, Ben Silverman, said that employees from the Brit Office could “find themselves sharing an office with Scranton, Pennsylvania company Dunder Mifflin.” Silverman told the New York Post “There’s a lot of love between (the casts and crews) of the two versions of the show. Expect some cameos from the U.K. paper company.” No word yet on who will be appearing or even when, but apparently Ricky Gervais is not scheduled to appear anytime soon – according to Silverman, “We’re going to save the big man for now.” I’m sure any of the phenomenal British ensemble will be a welcome addition to the employees at Dunder Mifflin.
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Thanks to an ad for HBO’s hit show Entourage that ran in the June 16 issue of Daily Variety, some people are starting to think that James Cameron really did direct a big screen version of Aquaman.
Last season on the show, Cameron cameoed as the director of Aquaman, a big budget vehicle for the show’s fictional budding movie star, Vince Chase. In an episode this season, the fictional movie fictionally Read More | Variety
On Wednesday, HBO announced that the upcoming second season of its original series Rome will be the last. The show, which is currently filming in Italy, will come back on Jan. 7, 2007.
The show had okay ratings, but is very expensive to produce, with the first season costing something like $100 million dollars. I’m sure that price tag figured into HBO’s decision, even though it’s a co-production with the BBC, which helps foot the bill. The second season will pick up after the death of Julius Caesar, which occurred in last season’s finale.
While Rome does have its flaws, I have always enjoyed it, and am sad it will only be getting one more season. That being said, however, I am pleased that they are announcing the cancellation before shooting wraps in October, so that the show’s creators will have the chance to wrap things up properly. This is more consideration than the network gave to David Milch and Deadwood, after all. Also, though I understand this move in terms of the network’s bottom line, it leads me to continue to question HBO’s seemingly wavering commitment to producing artistic, groundbreaking television.
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If you’re not yet watching FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you need to start, especially if you were a fan of shows like Seinfeld or Arrested Development. Like those shows, It’s Always Sunny excels at creating an amoral, dysfunctional group dynamic. The gang, consisting of Charlie, Mac, siblings Dennis and Dee, and their father, Frank (played by Danny DeVito), is a collection of losers who continually get into hilarious scrapes.
For example, last night, Dennis and Dee quit working at the gang’s bar after their father buys into it. Instead of trying to find new jobs, they decide to try to scheme their way onto welfare: “Hello. I’m a recovering crackhead . This is my retarded sister that I take care of. I’d like some welfare, please.” Of course, neither of them see anything wrong with this plan, and Dee even wears a pink bike helmet in order to look “retarded.” They even go on to actually buy crack from a dealer as if they were ordering a Happy Meal at the McDonald’s drive thru: “One, please.” This is just a taste of the wonderfully politically incorrect humor of this show, and the fact that it airs on FX allows it a lot of leeway in terms of what the characters can do and say. However, even though the characters are all pretty horrible people, they also seem just like those people you knew from college who never quite grew up afterwards.
I tried watching a couple of episodes of the first season of this show last year, but I think I wasn’t paying proper attention because it didn’t really catch me. But when FX started pushing this season heavily, and hilarious spots for it kept coming on during Rescue Me, I decided to give it another go and downloaded the first season (seven episodes) from iTunes. It’s well worth catching up on the show that way. This season is just as funny, and Danny DeVito makes a solid, if not entirely necessary, addition to the cast.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs at 10 PM on Thursdays on the FX network, and I’m sure this week’s episodes will repeat at some point. Watch it now!
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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
There have been some rumors swirling that Lost creator Damon Lindelof plans to end the series with a movie. Cinematical reports that Lindelof is “simply throwing the idea out there as something he’s really interested in doing.” So, nothing confirmed yet, but he has discussed that he would like to do five seasons, then release a movie to wrap up the whole series. Lindelof explained that it would prevent the ABC network from extending the show for years longer than it should run.
Fans should welcome the idea, but I’m sure others will think it’s just another way for the Lost folks to make even more money. We’ll have to wait and see if this rumor ever sees the light of day. For now, I’ll just keep wasting my life on the Internet trying to make sense of all the Lost theories.
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Well, the premiere of Big Brother All-Stars aired tonight, and for me, it did not fail to disappoint. As previously reported, the 14 houseguests were revealed when CBS accidentally aired the live audio feed, so there were no surprises there (Alison, Danielle, Diane, Erika, “Chicken” George, Howie, James, Janelle, Jase, Nakomis, Kaysar, Marcellas, Mike “Boogie,” and Will). While I don’t love all of the contestants, there are enough of my favorites to make it interesting. Since these are the “all-stars,” they’ve done this before and viewed other seasons, so it seemed that people started to get right down to business. Since the show is so heavy with houseguests from season 6, there appeared to be an instant alliance there. The other houseguests were definitely feeling the heat of the season 6’ers, so there was some scheming underway to break the largest alliance up. The sweet outcome was that the two instigators trying to make waves are the first two nominated for eviction. I’m not sure if I can keep up with the rigorous three nights a week that Big Brother is on, but it is a beacon compared to the otherwise dull summer offerings.
NBC just gave the go-ahead for a comedy pilot from “Cars” writer Dan Fogelman, called Lipshitz Saves the World. The project will be directed by Chris Koch, who directed other NBC faves My Name Is Earl and Scrubs.
Lipshitz focuses on 17-year-old Adam Lipshitz, who discovers that he might be destined to save the world. Fogelman compares the show as “if Keanu Reeves wasn’t good-looking and ‘The Matrix’ was not a movie but a pilot for NBC.”
Lipshitz is the first pilot NBC has ordered since announcing the fall schedule in May. According to NBC Senior Vice President Comedy Jeff Ingold, “We had been eager to work with Dan, so we jumped fast after reading this spec. It has a big comedic idea driving it, just like his feature work.”
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Well, “leak” may sound a bit strange, but actually…Reality Blurred reported that the Big Brother live audio feed was accidentally open for an hour on Tuesday, thus revealing to listeners the 14 houseguests prior to the big reveal on Thursday’s show. Apparently, the houseguests are in the house before the season starts so they can begin editing the first few episodes, but the live feed is a big slip. This season’s twist was also revealed, so looks like all of the juicy info has not been effectively kept under lock and key. No matter—from the houseguests listed, it should be an interesting mix. Fourteen were chosen, which is a small twist in itself, as it was announced that only 12 would be selected. So, who are the chosen ones? Visit the Forum section for more details, or post your comments and we’ll discuss.
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