Business deals, Dig, Jessie, and more!

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TONIGHT on TV–May 20, 2014:

  • Dancing With the Stars 2 hour season finale (Part 2, ABC 9pm)
  • Supernatural season finale (The CW, 9pm)
  • The Voice 2 hr season finale (NBC, 9pm)
  • ACM Presents: An All Star Salute to the Troops Concert Special (CBS, 9/8c)

-In my last blog post I mentioned that there would be a docuseries about Michael Sam on OWN, well later Friday night, they announced that the project would be postponed, “allowing Michael the best opprotunity to achieve his dreams of making the team.” http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10944070/michael-sam-documentary-oprah-winfrey-network-postponed

-Michael Weatherly has closed a 2-year deal with CBS to return to NCIS for seasons 12 and 13. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/michael-weatherly-closes-2-year-deal-with-cbs-studios-to-return-to-ncis-produce-new-projects/

-AT&T has finalized its deal to acquire DirectTV for $48.5 billion. The deal will allow AT&T to boost broadband speeds and expand its high speed broadcast service to customer locations (even rural areas not currently wired) which is to be completed within four years. DirectTV customers can retain their standalone service packages for three years. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/att-directv-48b-deal-complete/

-Youtube has acquired videogame-streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion. http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/youtube-to-acquire-videogame-streaming-service-twitch-for-1-billion-sources-1201185204/

-Lauren Ambrose has joined USA Network’s Dig, a six-episode event series airing this fall. It centers on Peter Connelly, an FBI agent currently stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating the murder of an American archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. Ambrose will play Debbie, a dedicated follower of evangelist Ted Billingham (played by David Costabile) who spends most of her time looking after a fellow disciple, 13-year-old Josh (Zen McGrath) who suddenly disappears which makes Debbie begin to question the beliefs and choices that have led her to where she is. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/six-feet-unders-lauren-ambrose-705909

-Disney Channel has renewed Jessie for a fourth season which will premiere in January 2015. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/disney-channel-renews-jessie-for-fourth-season/

-Kristen Bell is going to host the 2014 CMT Music Awards by herself after previously hosting with Toby Keith in 2012 and Jason Aldean in 2013. The 2014 CMT Music Awards are on June 4 at 8pm EST (broadcating live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena) on CMT. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kristen-bell-to-host-the-2014-cmt-music-awards-2014205

-TNT is developing a spin-off of Major Crimes (which is a spin-off of The Closer). It will focus on franchise vet Jon Tenney’s FBI agent character, Special Agent Fritz Howard. The spin-off characters will be featured in the seventh episode of Major Crimes upcoming third season which premieres June 9. http://tvline.com/2014/05/20/major-crimes-spin-off-jon-tenney-tnt-agent-fritz-howard/

-Fox’s Enlisted will be airing its final remaining episodes (one episode per week) starting Sunday, June 1, at 7/6c. http://tvline.com/2014/05/20/enlisted-returning-final-episodes-fox-june-2014/#more-518442

-The Teen Choice Awards will air live on Sunday, August 10, at 8pm from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.

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-Dex 

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Netflix documentaries, USA pilots, Outlander, The Roosevelts, CW cancellations, and more!

TONIGHT on TV– May 8, 2014:

  • Two and a Half Men season 11 finale (9pm, CBS)
  • American Comedy Awards (2 hours, 8pm, NBC)
  • Saint George season finale (9 pm, FX)
  • Surviving Jack series finale (9:30 pm, Fox)
  • Maron season 2 premiere (10 pm, IFC)
  • Comedy Bang! Bang! season 3 premiere (10:30, IFC)

-Netflix announced 4 new documentaries in the next few months. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/netflix-makes-push-documentaries

  • Battered Bastards of Baseball –a defunct minor league baseball team. Premiering July 11
  • Mission Blue –Marine biologist Sylvia Earle and her campaign to create a network of protected marine sanctuaries. Set to air August 15.
  • E-Team –Human rights workers from the makers of the Oscar-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels”. Premiering later this year.
  • Print the Legend –3-D printing. Later this year

-USA has picked Stanistan for a pilot episode. They also have 5 comedies and 6 dramas in the development stage. The 5 comedies are: Difficult PeopleLove The One You’re WithMajordomoMoguls, and Royal. The 6 dramas are: BoomBrandColonyThe FarmControl and Mr. Robot. For all descriptions check the link! http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/usa-network-upfront-stanistan-comedies-amy-poehler/

-Starz is set to premiere Outlander on August 9 at 9 pm. https://twitter.com/JarettSays/status/464443155744423936/photo/1

-Whoopi Goldberg is developing a family documentaries series based around her daughter, Alex Martin, and her extended family. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/whoopi-goldberg-developing-family-docuseries-702302

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History by Ken Burns is set to open the PBS season with a a seven-part documentary about the Roosevelt political dynasty. Starting September 14, a two-hour episode will air each night over seven nights. Other PBS fall highlights include Porgy and BessHow We Got to Now with Steven JohnsonFinding Your Roots, Makers, and Masterpiece Mystery! http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2023555636_apxtvnewseasonpbs.html

-The CW has canceled The Tomorrow PeopleThe Carrie Diaries, and Star-Crossed as well as the Supernatural spin-off Bloodlines, which was only in its pilot stage. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/05/08/cw-cancels/

-The Disney Channel has ordered Zendaya-Starrer K.C. Undercover. The multi-camera series begins production in LA this summer for an early 2015 premiere. It focuses on K.C. Cooper, a high school math whiz who’s training to be an undercover super spy, following in the footsteps of her parents. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/disney-channel-orders-zendaya-starrer-k-c-undercover/

-NBC has ordered three new series. They are ConstantineMysteries of Laura, and A-Z. All descriptions are in the link. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/05/08/nbc-constantine-to-series/

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-Dex 

 

 

Girl Meets World, Daytime Emmy nominations, and a new HBO show

-Disney channel has finally given a premiere date to the highly anticipated Girl Meets World as well as a full trailer. The new series will premiere Friday June 27, at 9:45/8:45c, right after the premiere of Zendaya’s new Disney Channel Original movie Zapped. You can find the full trailer and a description of Zapped in the link! http://tvline.com/2014/05/02/girl-meets-world-premiere-date-new-trailer-disney-channel/

-The Daytime Emmy nominations were released today. A full nomination list is in the link. The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is set for June 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/2014-daytime-emmy-awards-nominees-700439

-Ray Romano has joined Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the HBO untitled rock ‘n’ roll drama set to film the pilot episode this summer. The drama is set in 1970s New York, and explores the drug-and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all told through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Romano will co-star as Zak Yankovich, the right-hand man to Richie (Cannavale) who plays the record executive. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ray-romano-boards-hbos-scorsese-700692

 

 

Better Call Saul, Descendants, Children’s Hospital, plus a few others!

TONIGHT ON TV–May 1, 2014:

  • iHeartRadio Music Awards (8 pm, NBC)
  • Vikings season 2 finale (9 pm, History)
  • Portlandia season 4 finale (10 pm, IFC)
  • Sirens season 1 finale (10 pm, USA)

-Fox has set an event series based on the Boston Marathon bombings. Rod Lurie is signed on to write and direct. The untitled project will be based on the best-selling book Long Mile Home by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell. I don’t like to put my judgement about TV shows on here but since I am from outside of Boston, go to college in Boston, and know people who were at the finish line last year, I don’t think they should do this but that’s just me.  http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/rod-lurie-fox-boston-marathon/

-Michael McKean is set to co-star in the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul. He will joing Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks (both from Breaking Bad. respectively Saul and his trusted PI Michael “Mike” Ehrmantraut). McKean will play a new character, Dr. Thurber, a brilliant attorney who is now restricted by an unusual affliction. The series is slated to premiere in November. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/breaking-bad-prequel-better-call-saul-michael-mckean-cast/

-Kristin Chenoweth has joined the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants as Maleficient. The movie is a live-action adventure comedy about the teenage progeny of Disney’s most iconic villains from films such as 101 Dalmations, Aladdin, and more. It is set to begin production in late May and will premiere on the Disney Channel in 2015.  http://www.eonline.com/news/537445/kristin-chenoweth-joins-descendants-as-one-of-disney-s-most-iconic-villains

-Adult Swim has renewed Children’s Hospital for a sixth season. Filming for the new season begins this summer, planned for it to air in 2015. It will also be back in the hospital instead of in Japan where it spent last season. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/childrens-hospital-renewed-sixth-season-700459

-Queen Latifah is set to play Blue Icon Bessie Smith in the upcoming untitled film biopic from HBO about her life. No word on premiere dates or anything yet. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/hbo-films-besslie-smith-biopic-starring-queen-latifah/

Thanks for checking out my blog!

-Dex 

The Daily Show, The Late Late Show, The Comeback, and more!

Tonight on TV April 29, 2014:

  • Playing House series premiere (USA, 10 pm)

-Disney Channel has renewed Austin & Ally for a  fourth season. No premiere date for the new season has been announced yet. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/austin-and-ally-renewed-disney-channel/

The Daily Show has hired SNL writer and standup comedian Michael Che as a correspondent to join the series in June. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/28/daily-show-michael-che/

-Jim Rash is joining Glee tonight (Fox, 8/7c). He will be playing the head of Fox who goes to see Rachel in Funny Girlhttp://cartermatt.com/118611/glee-season-5-spoilers-communitys-jim-rash-appear/

-Fox will be broadcasting Grease Live in 2015. It will be a live three-hour production of the popular musical Greasehttp://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/04/28/breaking-tv-news-fox-to-broadcast-grease-live-in-2015/

-Sarah Silverman is joining season 2 of Masters of Sex in a recurring role. She will play “Helen” but I have no idea the background of Helen. Production is currently underway and the new season will premiere Sunday, July 13 at 10 pm ET/PT on Showtime. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2014/04/28/sarah-silverman-joins-showtimes-masters-of-sex-for-season-2/8419101/

-Craig Ferguson is leaving The Late Late Show in December when his contract expires. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/craig-ferguson-to-leave-late-late-show-in-december-1201166165/

-HBO’s The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow is coming back to TV. It will be coming back for a six-episode run with production scheduled to begin May 19. HBO has not confirmed anything but multiple sources have said that writers are already working on the scripts. http://www.eonline.com/news/536190/the-comeback-is-coming-back-for-six-episodes-and-it-s-the-best-news-in-the-history-of-everything-get-the-exclusive-details

-Patricia Arquette will star in the CSI spin-off.  She will star as Avery Ryan, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division. Instead of a traditional pilot, the concept is integrated into an episode of the original CSI episode set to air April 30 (tomorrow). http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/28/csi-spin-off-first-look-patricia-arquette/?

-Lifetime has ordered new episodes of Bring It. The network has ordered 10 episodes that are slated to premiere this summer. It will also air an hour-long bonus episode Bring It! Miss D Breaks It Down on May 7 at 10 pm. The season finale airs tomorrow night (April 30) at 10 pm.  http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/lifetime-orders-new-episodes-of-bring-it/

-Showtime has ordered a new project, Snowfall, and will star John Singleton. The project will examine the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/showtime-drama-to-chronicle-origins-of-crack-cocaine-epidemic-in-los-angeles/

-A&E has ordered The Return straight to series for a 10-episode pickup. The show is based off of a French zombie drama. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/a-es-returned-adaptation-ordered-699658

-Starz has ordered two seasons of Seth MacFarlane’s comedy Blunt Talk. The 20-episode pickup will be divided between two seasons of 10 episodes each and will air in 2015. It is a character-driven comedy revolving around Walter Blunt, a British transplant intent on conquering the world of American cable news. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/starz-orders-two-seasons-seth-699691

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-Dex

Colbert moving to the Late Show, guest stars, and Girl Meets World teaser!

TONIGHT ON TV April 10, 2014:

  • Shark Tank (special time) airs at 8pm on ABC
  • Suits season finale at 9pm on USA
  • Under the Gunn season finale at 9pm on Lifetime

-Unless you haven’t listened, watched, or read any media today then you probably know that Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman as the new host of The Late Show. CBS has made a 5-year deal with Colbert. No word on his premiere date yet but it will be announced after Letterman figures out when his final broadcast will be in 2015. The Colbert Report will be on for the next eight months before it ends. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/10/stephen-colbert-letterman/

The Simpsons are coming to cable TV in August on FXX. As a way to start it’s run on the network they are having a 12-day marathon of the 552 episodes (aka the entire series). http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/simpsons-to-launch-on-fxx-with-12-day-marathon-app-expected-to-debut-1201154816/

-Cobie Smulders will be returning to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She will appear in the episode set to air April 29 “Nothing Personal.” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 pm on ABC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/09/cobie-smulders-shield-return/

-Chris Colfer will appear in an upcoming episode of Hot in Cleveland. His episode shoots next week. No idea when the episode will air however. Hot in Cleveland airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on TV Land. http://tvline.com/2014/04/09/chris-colfer-hot-in-cleveland-victorias-son/

-Starz has ordered its first unscripted series which will consist of 10 episodes. The Chair is a competition documentary series that will follow two directors through the process of bringing their first feature to the screen. The two up-and-coming directors are Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci. They will have the same script, the same budget, and the same location. The audience will decide which director should win $250,000. It is set to premiere in fall 2014. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/starz-orders-filmmaking-series-from-project-greenlight-producer-as-first-unscripted-series/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-The first teaser for the new series Girl Meets World has come out! Still no word on a premiere date, just sometime this summer. Check the link for the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egGVgMiGdBY

 

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-Dex

David Letterman retiring, Girl Meets World, Narcos, HBO premiere dates and more!

SERIES FINALES, April 3 2014:

  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Series finale, 8 pm, ABC)

-David Letterman is retiring! He is apparently retiring in 2015. He shared it during the taping of today’s show. So watch the announcement either in the link or tonight at 11:35 EST on CBS. http://tvline.com/2014/04/03/david-letterman-retiring-2015-leaving-late-show/

-Here is a first look at the cast of Disney’s new Girl Meets World. The show is set to premiere this summer. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20802174,00.html

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Astronaut Wives Club was supposed to have a July 24 premiere but production has now been put on hold. Hopefully there is a fall production start for a midseason 2014-2015 premiere. The show is undergoing creative changes. http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/abc-summer-series-the-astronaut-wives-club-pushed-to-midseason-to-undergo-changes/

-Fox is now going to air Rake’s last two episodes on Saturday April 5, instead of Fridays (which they were bumped to last month.) No word yet on the future of the show, but it’s not looking good.

-BBC has already renewed its upcoming series The Muskateers for a second season even though the first season doesn’t begin until June 22 9/8c.

-Netflix has given a 10-episode order to an new original series, Narcos. It’s a drama about druglord Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. It is supposed to debut in 2015.

-Michael Strahan (currently co-hosting Live with Kelly & Michael) is reported to be joining Good Morning America after Josh Elliot’s leave earlier this week and Amy Robach taking over that position. Strahan will be apparently keeping his Live with Kelly & Michael gig and only appearing occasionally on Good Morning America segments starting at 7 am at their Times Square studio. http://tvline.com/2014/04/01/michael-strahan-joining-good-morning-america/

-HBO has set some premiere dates: http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/hbo-sets-premiere-dates-for-new-drama-the-leftovers-final-season-of-true-blood/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • The Leftovers will debut on Sunday June 15 at 10 pm (10 episode season. Following the season finale of Game of Thrones)
  • True Blood will debut on Sunday June 22, at 9 pm. (10-episode seventh and final season)