Wednesday December 18, 2013

Late start today so let's get into it.

Here are the 100 most-watched shows in 2013.

If you're not watching The Mindy Project, here is your chance to catch up.

Jerry Seinfeld is in a whole slew of new ads for Acura.

This one is a bit of a head scratcher.  Game Show Network "has ordered eight one-hour episodes of new original series It Takes A ChurchHosted by singer-songwriter Natalie Grant, each episode features members of a Christian congregation playing matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their match. At the end of the competition, the unattached parishioner will decide which suitor to put his or her faith in. The congregant who brought the chosen suitor will win a donation for his/her church. It Takes A Church is scheduled to debut in mid-2014."

Another fashion designer competition show?  Diane Von Furstenberg has dipped her toe into the overcrowded waters

"Charlie Sheen's manager, Mark Burg, and publicist, Larry Solters, have resigned, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Both notified their client last week, with Solters telling THR: 'I love Charlie. He's a great guy.'

"Burg had been representing the 48-year-old Sheen for 16 years; Solters stepped in amid Sheen's very public 2011 meltdown after longtime PR man Stan Rosenfeld had ostensibly thrown up his hands."  I met Mark Burg once.  Not a nice man.

I realized this week that Harrison from Scandal (Columbus Short) also played "Hands" in the 2006 film Accepted.  I might be one of only 3 people who care . . . .

"USA Network is continuing its push into unscripted.  The half-hour Chrisley Knows Best (working title), which revolves around an Atlanta family led by self-made multimillionaire Todd Chrisley, has been given an eight-episode order, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 10 p.m. following Modern Family.

"The series follows the brash and outspoken Todd, his wife, Julie, and their five children -- Lindsie, 24; Kyle, 22; Chase, 17; Savannah, 16; and Grayson, 7 -- who live a seemingly perfect Southern life with everything money can buy. A "patriarch of perfection," Todd runs his family like his business -- with an iron fist -- and micromanages every move and expense. Behind the facade of the 30,000 sq. ft. home, real-life issues and drama are uncovered."

Per TheWrap, "Lionsgate TV will explore the birth of Twitter with its latest project.The company has acquired the rights to the Nick Bilton bestseller Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, which it will develop as a TV series."

"TruTV is getting into magic.  Undercover Magic (working title), a 12-episode unscripted series featuring comedian-magician Michael Carbonaro, will premiere on the Turner-owned cable network in summer 2014, it was announced Wednesday.

"In the series, Carbonaro performs tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Posing as an ordinary bartender or salesman, Carbonaro turns hair into a puppy and pours 12 pints of beer from a regular bottle. In the announcement, truTV unveiled a preview."

DIY is bringing back seven series in January, 2014. A Bryk at a Time, Massive Moves and Building Alaska all return for sophomore seasons. Rescue Renovation is back for a fifth season, Bath Crashers for a ninth and Renovation Realities for a 12th, as well as new eps from Garage Gold.

CMT is pursuing younger viewers and men with its largest unscripted programming slate yet, a push to have four nights of originals by 2016.

"'We're trying to create content that is bolder, louder and more repeatable,' CMT executive vp development Jayson Dinsmore tells THR.

"To that end, CMT (formerly Country Music Television) has greenlighted seven new series -- including My Big Redneck FamilyTobacco Wars and 
Death Valley -- helping fill out three nights of originals. The network has scheduled producer Sally Ann Salsano's previously announced Party Down South for Thursdays at 10 p.m. in the hope that Jersey Shore viewers will flock to a similar show in the same time slot.

"With 60 percent female viewership, CMT hopes to lure more men with former wrestler Steve Austin's "ultimate badass" competition Broken Skull Ranch, which will join the male-focused Orange County Choppers. 'We're not abandoning the ship," Dinsmore says. "We want to young the audience down over the course of our four-year plan.'"