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Not one to miss out on the game show mania, a la Deal or No Deal (NBC) and upcoming 1 vs. 100 (NBC) and Set for Life (ABC), FOX will now be offering their own primetime game show to the mix. The Rich List will debut later this season, produced by the British company that brought you The Weakest Link (ugh!) and Dog Eat Dog (double ugh!). The show will challenge teams of strangers by having them complete lists of topics, from trivia to textbook topics. To add to the excitement, the teams will wager on how many answers they expect they can provide—highest bid gets to complete the list. And of course, if they don’t make their estimated number, the other team goes on to face another team. According to Mike Darnell, head of alternative programming at FOX, “This is a truly original concept, unlike anything else currently on air, which promises to be exciting and addictive viewing.” Don’t expect any famous American talent to host the show, as British morning show host Eamonn Holmes will helm The Rich List.
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General Motors has decided to no longer sponsor Survivor, despite their six year run with the series. The timing of this decision seems to coincide with the series’ new twist to pit races against each other, however, GM says that it had nothing to do with their decision to pull sponsorship. GM spokeswoman Ryndee Carney told the Associated Press, “I think it’s just a coincidence. I know it’s not cause and effect.” Instead, GM insisted that Survivor simply did not fit in with their current marketing strategy—“to focus more on product placement and big-ticket live events, like sporting competitions and award shows.”
While most would agree that the news does seem to be a direct effect of this season’s segregated tribe format, CBS did confirm that GM announced the end of their sponsorship several months before the new season’s twist was announced. CBS spokesman Chris Ender said, “GM had no knowledge of [this season’s] ethnic format.”
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Fox Broadcasting has greenlit a pilot called The Sarah Connor Chronicles, based, of course, on the popular Terminator movies. David Nutter will direct the pilot, and Warner Bros. TV and Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar’s C2 Pictures (producers of the most recent movie) will produce it. Nutter has directed the pilots of shows tha have gone on to be hits, such as Smallville, Without a Trace, and Supernatural. He also directed the pilot of Dark Angel, the James Cameron project, which may be one reason he was chosen for this.
The new show will focus on Sarah and John Connor during the time they spent on the run after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Casting will begin immediately (I’m assuming Linda Hamilton is not a possibility), and filming will start in early 2007.
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The man behind the Trump clothing line, Trump fragrance, Visa check card commercials and Days Of Our Lives cameos has just fired his right-hand woman for ‘excessive self-promotion’. If that’s not irony, I don’t know what is. Carolyn Kepcher, who along with George sat beside Donald for five seasons of The Apprentice, has been let go from the Trump organization. Kepcher had been Chief Operating Officer for two of Trump’s golf courses. Its been said that her frequent speaking engagements and her recent book (“Carolyn 101”) contributed to her suffering work performance. But taping episodes of The Apprentice and following dimwits around didn’t?
For those who are still actually watching the show—there are fewer and fewer of you left these days—you will not be missing Kepcher during the 6th season. That’s because she wasn’t in the show to begin with. The new season, premiering in January, will feature the Trump clan once again. I wonder if Donald just likes looking at his own daughter more.
Well - if nothing else, getting rid of Carolyn gives the new apprentice two more golf positions to choose from…
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In casting news, it’s been announced that Michael Gross will be joining the cast of How I Met Your Mother, playing Ted’s (Josh Radnor) father. Gross is perhaps best known for his role as the father of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties in the 80s. Gross is set to appear on the show’s third episode, airing in early October. Christine Rose of Charmed and Picket Fences will be playing Ted’s mother. The episode will introduce his parents at a brunch that Ted brings his girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) and his other friends to. Neil Patrick Harris commented that the episode will showcase flashbacks to show that while everyone appears happy at the brunch, that isn’t necessarily the case. You may have also caught Gross in the cult classic Tremors, Law & Order and ER.
Additional talent to look out for on How I Met Your Mother include funk musician George Clinton on the season premiere, as we see the outcome of Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily’s (Alyson Hannigan) season ending relationship shocker. The season premiere of How I Met Your Mother airs on Monday, September 18th.
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It’s so great to hear that Leslie Nielsen will be returning to television in a regular role—that hasn’t happened since Police Squad! in 1982. Nielsen has had his fair share of TV guest appearances, and is likely best remembered for the Airplane and Naked Gun films, as well as his role in the Scary Movie films. Nielsen will be joining the NBC comedy pilot Lipshitz Saves the World, playing mentor to Lipshitz, the teenager who discovers he is the “one” to save the planet. Series writer Dan Fogelman wrote the part with Nielsen in mind, saying “I’m a lifelong fan and wrote the part specifically for him, never having met him, and with no knowledge of whether or not he’d take to it.” Fogelman has some writing chops, having co-written the Pixar film Cars and created a sitcom for the WB.
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Now that we’ve gotten past the premieres of Prison Break and Vanished, we can ease into another week of programming highlights:
Celebrity Duets (8pm on Fox): The latest Simon Cowell production debuts with Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk), Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Chris Jericho (WWE) among the eight celebrity contestants belting it out for the title.
Bones (8pm on FOX): Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz return for the show’s sophomore season.
Justice (9pm on FOX): Victor Garber (Alias) helms yet another legal offering. I cross my fingers for him.
MTV Video Music Awards (8pm on MTV): The awards show finally returns to New York after several years away in Miami. Hurricane Ernesto is disappointed that it doesn’t have a glam-filled occasion to ruin.
OK, so Eric McCormack has declared that he’s done with sitcoms. And how long should we expect that to last? He’s come off the wildly successful Will & Grace, but I don’t think he should be calling it quits on sitcoms all-together. If he really feels that way, perhaps it’s better to keep it to himself rather than prematurely announcing it to the world. True, McCormack has seen much success on the stage, and it’s likely he’ll go that route for awhile, but I wouldn’t discount the fact that he could return to a small screen comedy yet again. McCormack broke the news at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, saying he would likely return to the small screen, but “probably not in a sitcom, because I don’t think I can follow Will & Grace as an experience for me.” He went on to say that “the experience day-to-day was about as perfect as you can get.” Perhaps this is just an attempt to thwart any Seinfeld curses—steering clear of the sitcom genre for a brief time. We’ll see, Mr. McCormack.
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Andre Bauer, who was unable to fulfill his commitment to the drama ER, has been replaced by Forest Whitaker. Whitaker will play a man who comes into the ER with a cough, but quickly faces a paralyzing stroke—his story arc will take place over five episodes. Whitaker continues to be busy with the FX series The Shield, returning for at least the first two episodes of the next season. Whitaker is most famous for his many film roles, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Platoon, The Crying Game and The Panic Room. He’ll make a great addition to ER, now entering it’s 25th season (seriously, how long has this show been on?!).
Busy Philipps will also join the cast of ER with a recurring role as an intern. You may remember Philipps from the short-lived, but well-regarded Freaks and Geeks. She was also seen last season on the UPN sitcom Love, Inc.
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Let’s just hope his acting is better than his rapping… Kevin Federline will be appearing on an upcoming episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, according to People magazine. The announcement comes shortly after his debut rapping at the Teen Choice Awards, which was panned by many critics and people with good taste. This of course isn’t his first time on the small screen, as he and wife Britney Spears experimented with the reality TV genre with their show Chaotic on UPN last year (Did anyone watch that?). The CSI appearance will be his first official acting gig, playing a “menacing, arrogant teen who harasses investigators Nick Stokes (George Eads) and Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) on a job.” Be on the lookout for the episode in October and pray there is no rapping involved.
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