William Shatner is getting his own show on DIY? And so is Darryl Hall? Per Variety, "The Shatner Project, slated to debut on Scripps Networks’ DIY cable network in October for five 30-minute episodes (Shatner says six may be possible), will put the actor and his wife, Elizabeth, at the center of what Shatner says is just good television: 'This is like a dramatic show with a revelation at the end,' he said, adding: 'There’s conflict and there’s tension, and characters evolve.'
"Now, said Kathleen Finch, president of Scripps’ HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, the network is willing to consider outsiders who have already developed a cult of personality. 'We are really interested in following people as they renovate their home,” she said. “If they are people that America is generally curious about, we are even more interested.'
"And there’s more. DIY has a home-renovation series featuring Hall & Oates lead singer Daryl Hall, Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall, set to debut in May. HGTV will launch The Jennie Garth Project, a renovation series starring the actress known for her role in the original Beverly Hills 90210, in June."
Seems like we're uncovering winner after winner today as TheWrap is reporting that Esquire network "has ordered 10 episodes of the reality series, Lucky Bastards, from True Entertainment — the prolific producers behind Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta and its spinoffs I Dream of NeNe, Don't Be Tardy and The Kandi Factory, among many other shows.
"Set to premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10 p.m., Bastards follows the professional and personal exploits of six New York City men who've been friends for decades. The cast includes entrepreneurs, wealthy heirs and even a Royal – the star of ABC's ninth season of The Bachelor, Lorenzo Borghese.
"Read Esquire's descriptions for the castmembers below:
Lorenzo Borghese – Lorenzo is a real-life prince who runs several businesses.
Rocco Cafferelli – The son of a women's fashion tycoon, Rocco has confidence and a big personality, but has never had a career. Hoping to start a premium denim line, he chats up beautiful girls as “market research.”
Adam Campbell – Just back from living in L.A., Adam says he's looking to settle down – but not until he samples every possible female option New York has to offer.
Craig Clemens – Craig's a financially successful cosmetics executive who's also a first-degree black belt and occasional break dancer. He and Adam have been buds forever, affectionately (perhaps nauseatingly?) calling each other “Oldie,” as in “old friend.”
Charles Ferri – After leaving a career in banking to start a vodka brand, Charles will do anything to make it a success. As the only guy in the group with a serious girlfriend, he sometimes finds himself living vicariously through his friends – and every now and then, stepping in as their conscience.
Scott Mitchell – An independent wealth manager, Scott always has several deals going on at a time – and even more women surrounding him. So many, in fact, that his friends have taken to calling these women his 'Scottourage.'”
Here's one more for good measure, because, why not. "Comedian Bill Engvall is ready to bring his blue-collar brand of comedy to the unscripted space.
"Engvall is teaming with 44 Blue (A&E's Wahlburgers) to star in a docuseries focusing on his family, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
"The potential series, which is in development and does not yet have a network attached, will focus on Engvall and his wife, Gail, as they approach their empty nest, provided their kidsTravis and Emily don't boomerang back home." Shame on The Hollywood Reporter for making a story about a show that's nothing more than a dumb idea on paper. Get back to us if this thing ever gets piloted, at a minimum.
Sorry, one more, I can't help myself. Per RealScreen, "Discovery Communications-owned U.S. net Destination America has set an April 5 premiere date for backwoods security series Prepper Hillbillies, which follows the Moss Group security team as it protects the communities of South Georgia.
The MorningStar Entertainment-produced series follows craftsmen Barry, Eric and Fred as they design inventive security systems for everything from trespassing to a potential apocalypse, with rigs such as exploding trees and booby-trapped driveways.
“'Family is the number one priority for most Americans and the Prepper Hillbillies viewers will learn low-cost solutions for safety and protection,' said Marc Etkind, GM of Destination America, in a statement. 'The Moss Shop team shows us their wit and ingenuity preparing every American for any given scenario.'
"The series premieres April 5 at 11 p.m. EST/GST on Destination America with two back-to-back episodes." Can't wait!!
Per TMZ, "[t]he tattoo gurus on Ink Master are a couple pervs who sexually harass their female staff -- at least according to one former PA on the show ... who says she put up with a laundry list of extremely inappropriate behavior ... and was ultimately fired.
"Nicoletta Robinson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Spike TV and Ink Master stars Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck -- claiming she worked for the show last year as an errand runner ... and Nunez and Peck treated her like some two-dollar whore.
"Robinson includes a bunch of quotes in her lawsuit -- claiming Peck said things like, 'Now Nickie can go home and suck some d***s.' She claims Peck also tickled her against her will, squeezed her and pinched her ... and pulled her seatbelt tight against her breasts while she was driving.
"She claims Nunez also said tons of perverted crap -- like 'Are you menstruating? Do you need a hug?' She says Nunez once asked if she was pregnant just because she was sick, and once explicitly described how his dog eats his wife's dirty underwear.
"Robinson claims she tried to file a complaint, but the production company didn't really know how to handle the situation -- and she was later terminated in November. She wants unspecified damages. Spike had no comment."
In casting news, "The Daily Show's Jason Jones is headed for NBC. The actor/comedian/Daily Show correspondent has been tapped to star in NBC's comedy pilot Love Is Relative, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
"From Borat's Dan Mazer, the comedy centers on a wife (GCB's Leslie Bibb) and her husband and how they start to see their marriage in a whole new way when her newly divorced brother (Barry Rothbart) moves in with them.
"Jones will star as Nate, a good dad and husband who views with envy the perks of a bachelor's life when his brother-in-law moves in. Should Love Is Relative go to series, Jones would exit his role with the Daily Show, where he has been a correspondent since 2005."
At the opposite end of the spectrum, check out what Angus T. Jones (Two And A Half Men) currently looks like.
Southern Charm has become almost unwatchable.
Per Deadline, "Fruitvale Station’s Melonie Diaz has been cast as the lead in Laughs Unlimited (working title), a drama series project about a war vet’s struggles with post traumatic stress disorder, which has been on the works at HBO for the past year and a half. It has not been picked up to pilot yet, with HBO doing preliminary casting and working on the budget as it does on most scripts it is high on before making a formal pilot order."
Per Variety, "Fox Sports 1 is adding what it hopes will be a flagship nightly telecast that aims to help viewers navigate the array of games and events unfolding across the dial.
"America’s Pregame, to bow April 7, will be an hourlong program dedicated to analyzing the field and answering questions fans might have — from who’s playing to why it’s worth watching — even for games playing on non-Fox channels.
“'America’s Pregame puts fans first more so than any show of its kind,' said Scott Ackerson, Fox Sports 1’s exec VP of news, in a statement. 'We’ll discuss in detail the night’s most compelling games, whether it’s a traditional rivalry or a battle for first place, using our roster of broadcasters and reporters throughout the country for live interviews, regardless of which network is carrying it.'" Congratulations to Paul Cordell and company.