Thursday December 12, 2013

A&E Networks is rebranding its crime-centric Bio Channel as FYI, the company said Wednesday.  The revamped network will provide "contemporary lifestyle programming meant to inspire personal creativity," according to A&E Networks, and will span topics such as food, travel and home design rather than focus on a specific area.

FYI will arrive next summer, A&E Networks said, under Jana Bennett, who has been president of Bio and sibling channel LMN since June.

I thought it was a pretty weak move by Tina [SPOILER ALERT] to take her daughter out on Redemption Island.  She never even really seemed to hesitate until it was too late.  I would have imagined, considering that she's already won Survivor once, that she would have stopped competing once it was down to the two of them, with only one able to advance.  Regardless, the last 2 Tribals have been amongst the best we've seen in years and it's great to see that a show can still deliver 25+ seasons in.  I hope Ex-Plosion does the same.

Here's what Jeff Probst had to say about last night's episode: "I wasn’t sure how Tina was going to handle it. I think it would have been a much tougher decision if Katie had shown her mom that she really wanted to stay in the game. In that case, I do think Tina would have stepped down. I think it would have been difficult but I think she would give Katie the opportunity to get back in the game. My take on Katie is that she did Survivor for her mom and for the shared experience, but not because she loves the competition. In that sense I think it was easier for Tina because she knew that her daughter really was okay being knocked out of the game."

This season wraps up Sunday and Probst had the following to say about what's still to come: "Sunday will be big fun because there are still so many people left in the game. One person from Redemption Island will re-enter the game and have a shot to win it all. I’m very excited about this finale. I’m amped about the live show. We have a tremendous group of players to talk to and a fun update from Cochran! We’re also taking Twitter questions from the audience and we’re teasing our next season. It’s a full show!  And yes —- the non jury members will be back on the stage this year! Can’t say it will always be that way but for this season they are back!"

Golden Globe nominations came out this morning.  Click here for the full listing.  Amongst the surprises:

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Masters of Sex were nominated.

-Homeland and Mad Men were not.

-Downton Abbey was nominated as was Michael J. Fox.

-Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin were not.

I caught up on Shahs of Sunset this week, sadly enough and here's an interview with Asa where she talks about Diamond Water, amongst other things.  Here's what she had to say about her pet project, Diamond Water: "'If I’m going to create something, I want to create something to better the world.' Asa hopes to one day see Diamond Water in every Whole Foods, spa, yoga studio, and more, while already having distribution interests from 10 different countries. 'I want to put out positive things and just the things we need as humans, and what’s more important than water?'"  Exactly.

Deadline reports that "Spike TV has put in development Basket Case, a drama with a comedic bent based on the best-selling novel by author and journalist Carl Hiaasen, with Rob Reiner on board to direct and executive produce. . . . It centers on a great investigative reporter who has trouble dealing with authority, change, women, success, and most of all, corruption. After he savages his paper’s powerful new owner, he is demoted to the obituary desk, which gives him a unique window into suspicious deaths and weird goings on in crime-ridden Miami. Using an unusual team of friends, relatives, an ex-wife, newspaper misfits, and his beautiful new boss, he strives to regain his investigative credibility and a saner life."

Here's an argument that Discovery's potential acquisition of Scripps doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  It may all be moot as Deadline reports that "[t]alk about a Discovery-Scripps Networks deal appears to be premature.  Discovery execs are engaged in what-if conversations about the idea of bidding for the owner of HGTV and Food Network. But the company hasn’t prepared an offer, and doesn’t have bankers working on one, as it focuses on opportunities to expand its clout overseas."

With reminders that shows like this are still to premiere, it might make a little more sense to you.  "DIY is to follow the remodeling of the home of Run DMC’s Joseph Simmons, aka Rev Run, in a 10-episode series called Rev Run’s Renovation.

"Premiering on January 4 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, the series follows Rev Run, his wife Justine, and their kids Diggy, Russy and Miley – and a team of builders – as they renovate the family’s 9,000 square foot home in New Jersey.

"The episodes will include the design and construction of bedrooms and custom bathrooms for the kids, Justine’s plans for the kitchen, and Run’s hopes for an indoor pool and spa."

Vulture reports that "FX has given a series order to Tyrant, the network announced today. The show comes from Homelandproducers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who created the Israeli series Hatufim, on whichHomeland is based) and producer Craig Wright, and follows an American family that gets caught up in a Middle Eastern revolution. Barry is the youngest son of a Middle Eastern dictator who has fled his past and made a life in the U.S. for the last twenty-odd years. But when his nephew back home gets married, Barry reluctantly attends (and brings his wife and children) — and, of course, things go awry." 

Non-TV, but here are 16 questions left unanswered by the film Elf.