Friday May 24, 2013

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National Geographic Channel has orderedDivine Interventiona six-episode unscripted series from T Group Prods. (Storage Hunters, Mystery Diners). Described as “Kitchen Nightmares for churches”, it features a trio of “Church Hoppers” who use a tough love approach in helping struggling faith-based organizations around the country. T Group’s Jenny Daly is executive producing with Eric Lange and Mike Duffy. The series is eyed for a summer launch.  Add Rob Lobl's name to this list and congratulations to all of them. In fact, look for a couple more of these "rescue shows" to be announced in the coming months.

Some bad news coming from Deadline:

After 13 seasons, A&E‘s Intervention is coming to an end. The final five episodes of the Emmy-winning series will air beginning Thursday, June 13 at 9 PM, the network announced today.

Intervention brings attention to the social, economic and environmental cost of drug addiction, alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior. Each episode follows addicts through their daily life and the devastation their dependency has brought to their family and friends. Upon reaching the brink, their loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by one of four specialists. In the end, they are pushed to get the help they need with the hope of turning their lives around before it’s too late. 
Intervention is produced by GRB Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are executive producers. Sam Mettler is executive consultant. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Holcman.

According to Vulture, "[t]here's buzz around Hollywood that [Jennifer] Hudson and Fox may have already started talks about her joining the show; one source tells us the deal is essentially "done." As always, Fox won't comment. And buzz even from people familiar with the situation does not always lead to deals, as we noted yesterday. But the idea of Idol alumni as judges may not be a dream after all.

Amanda Bynes' incredibly odd spiral continues as she was arrested last night after she allegedly tossed a bong out the window of a midtown apartment in front of police officers,The New York Post reports.  According to the Post, “staff at the Biltmore on 47th Street near Times Square” saw Bynes “smoking some substance from a bong in the lobby and called police.  When cops went to the door of her 36th floor room, she allegedly chucked the bong from the window as they watched, sources said.”

From Reuters: 

ABC Family is getting into the game show business. The cable network has greenlit Spell-Mageddon for a summer premiere.

The show basically takes the traditional spelling bee and introduces "hilarious distractions" as the contenders try to spell difficult words (while simultaneously bringing back horrible childhood memories of the spelling competition).

Executive produced by Thinkfactory Media's Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys, Preachers' Daughters) with executive producers Jeff Krask and Michael Canter, the game show will join ABC Family's Wednesday comedy block with series Melissa and Joey and Baby Daddy beginning Wednesday, July 24.

Spell Mageddon joins ABC Family's summer stable of new series, which includes Dancing Fools, The Fosters, Twisted, and The Vineyard.

Bravo is giving The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney her own spin-off, The Wrap reports.

The new series will follow Barney and fiancé Eddie Judge as they get ready for their upcoming summer wedding, which will mark Barney's third trip down the aisle.

Filming has reportedly already begun on the untitled project. The network taped the couple's recent joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Barney and Judge got engaged in February 2012 after three years of dating. She was previously married to Simon Barney, who appeared on two seasons of Real Housewives.

Barney is the fourth Real Housewives cast member to star in a wedding-centered spin-off.  Terrific.

American Idol finalist Matt Rogers will host USA network's new competition reality series Summer Camp. The show sends die-hard campers back to the most cherished place of their youth for the thrill of a lifetime. Produced by Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan and Fly on the Wall Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, the series debuts Thursday, July 11 at 8p.  Awful show concept and an even worse selection for a host.