Friday October 10, 2014

CBS has renewed Under The Dome (and Extant).

"Ben Stiller will soon take up residence at Comedy Central with a guest-starring role on WorkaholicsTVLine has learned exclusively.

"The comedy vet will appear in Episode 3 of the sitcom’s fifth season, titled 'Front Yard Wrestling,' playing a landlord named Del."  Bravo.

Add AMC to the list of junk show networks.  After I reported that A&E is shutting down production on a number of series because everything on its air is failing and it is looking to return to its roots of crime and suspense, Variety is reporting that "AMC has scrapped plans for the second season of Game of Arms and the three new unscripted series it ordered in May as the cabler beats a retreat out of the reality genre to redouble its focus on scripted development.

Comic Book Men and Talking Dead are the only current unscripted shows that will continue as AMC pulls out of the genre to plow its resources into developing more scripted programming.

"The move amounts to a big about-face after AMC just last month renewed its arm-wrestling show Game of Arms and in May ordered three reality series: All-Star Celebrity Bowling, an untitled wrestling project produced by Billy Corgan and Visionaries, about a scenic design firm in Hollywood.

4th and Loud, a docu series about the Los Angeles arena football league team owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, is about to wrap up its initial run and will not be back."  At least something positive comes out of this, and at least The Walking Dead returns on Sunday night.

Here's a great honest Survivor exit interview with John Rocker.

NBA player Chris Kaman has a "reality show" that he's putting out online.  I'm not sure who's advising him or who thought this would make for entertaining content, but he's going for it.  The premise seems to be Chris' journey (along with is friends) to catch a blue marlin.  Compelling, right?  Here's the crappy trailer so you can see for yourself:

In the same vein as the Kaman atrocity above, "Drea De Matteo, a single mom to daughter Alabama ('Bama') and son Waylon ('Blackjack'), with ex-love Shooter Jennings, has extra patience and understanding with her young co-stars, especially now that she and her family are spending time together onscreen in her upcoming reality series,The #Muthaship.

"Launching later in October, the online Endemol series was shot entirely on a smartphone and will provide a lighthearted peek into de Matteo's life with Bama and Blackjack, her boyfriend, Mikey, her former nanny, Munkey, and various friends and relatives, as she rejiggers her life after a recent string of heartbreaks that included the breakup of her relationship with Jennings and the death of her beloved father, Albert.

"'[After turning 40], I just decided to start saying yes to everything,' says de Matteo, 42. 'I've been asked to do reality shows for years, all the time after The Sopranos. Right now, it's about watching somebody put her life back together, but it's also light. I wanted that to be the through line. It will come through in some moments. They're only six-minute episodes. They're quick. But it's fun, and crazy, and me doing things I've never done before, like saying yes to a reality show.'"  See this trash for yourself:

Per Deadline, "Scandal co-star Scott Foley and Greg GrunbergFelicity alums and longtime friends, have teamed for a relationship TV comedy project. It is backed by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, which also is behind Scandal as well as Grey’s Anatomy and ABC’s new hit drama How To Get Away With Murder. Foley and Grunberg will write the story together, with Foley set to write the teleplay. The two executive produce with Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The untitled comedy revolves around engaged couple Max and Paige who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple — but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don’t always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage."

EW is reporting that "[w]ith Uncle BuckIn the Heat of the Night, and Real Genius series all in the works, it looks like the television forecast has called for a high probability of more movie reboots in the future. Next up: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

"DHX Media and Sony Pictures Animation have begun developing a new TV adaptation based on the bestselling book by Judi and Ron Barrett and the 2009 film and 2013 sequel. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series will chronicle the high school years of eccentric young scientist Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader in the films. DHX Media, the company behind Yo Gabba Gabba!, Teletubbies and Disney XD, will produce 26 22-minute episodes of the computer-animated series."

Tony Cavalero (The Single Life) will star as School of Rock’s Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black in the 2003 film, in Nickelodeon’s 2015 series. “Jack Black was one of my biggest comedy influences,” said Cavalero. “I am ready to shred!”.  Just passing that along because I'm a fan of the film.

Katy Perry will be performing at halftime of this season's Super Bowl, FYI.

Per TheWrap, "Alibaba's push into Hollywood is picking up steam. The enormous Chinese e-commerce company, which recently posted a world-record initial public offering in the United States, has invested $50 million in Peel, maker of a smart remote app for televisions.

"The funding was actually given this spring, Re/code reported on Thursday, but Alibaba waited until after its mammoth September 2014 IPO to make the investment known. This isn't the first round of Peel financing to come from Alibaba. In 2013, the group funded Peel to the tune of $5 million.

"The Peel Smart Remote app, which debuted in 2012, turns Android and iOS smartphones and tablets into remote controls that work on TVs, PCs and other smart devices. Peel boasts more than 95 million users in 200 countries.

"Peel earns its revenue by charging TV networks to promote their shows on the app, which displays listings and times. Arunachalam told Re/code that Peel will generate roughly $8 million in revenue this year and foresees $20 million in revenue next year."