Thursday March 6, 2014

I am pretty sure I'm one of maybe 10 or 11 people enjoying this season of The Real World.  It's been nothing shorty of dramatic and violent and bringing in the exes has entertained me.  I'm an easy sell I guess.  Vulture explores the greatest reality season ever (hint: it's NOT this season of The Real World).

Actress-singer Krysta Rodriguez (Smash) has landed one of the leads alongside Greta Gerwig and Drew Tarver in CBS’s How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad.

"Georgia-based personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino has been one of the most pursued pieces of TV talent since becoming an overnight celebrity with his epic two-minute Super Bowl commercial that featured him wielding his sledgehammer of justice (check out the ad below). In a very competitive situation, with more than 40 companies pursuing the viral star attorney for unscripted and scripted projects, Warner Horizon Television has signed Casino for Casino’s Law, a primetime unscripted series to star the lawyer. I hear Warners’ pursuit of Casino was spearheaded by new unscripted and alternative president Mike Darnell, who helped seal the deal as part of his efforts to ramp up the studio’s reality production. Casino’s Law will be executive produced by one of WHTV’s top producers, The Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss, who will develop the show through his Next Entertainment. There is no concept for the series yet, with discussions underway to pin down the type of show that would suit Casino best."

HGTV premieres New House, New Life tonight.  The show is described as follows: "Fed up with city living? Ready for a change? New House, New Life takes one city-weary couple and shows them how great life could be in a new home surrounded by nature's beauty. On each episode, our city dwellers travel to such stunning locales as the mountains of Colorado, the lakes of Montana, the horse farms of Tennessee, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Napa Valley, Calif., and more. They'll look at three homes and decide if they're ready to 'drop out' and live in more tranquil surroundings. Everyone dreams of a new house, but are they ready for a new life?"

More importantly, SUITS returns tonight for its 6-episode run.  9:00 PM on USA.

Ty Pennington has been tapped to host TNT cooking competition show On The Menu, starring chef Emeril Lagasse. The show premieres this fall.  As a reminder, "On the Menu offers viewers the chance to taste the dishes they see on screen. Each episode of On the Menu will center on a different American food business, from restaurant chains and stadium concession stands to amusement parks and cruise lines. Home cooks, working with professional chefs, will be challenged to create the business' next signature menu item. The winning dish goes on the menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day."

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Per Variety, TLC has ordered a reality series starring King of Queens star Leah Remini and her family.  The skein will focus on how the Brooklyn-born actress may be living in Los Angeles, but has never left her roots behind. The network has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the untitled project, which is being produced by Gurney Productions.

“'Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network,' said Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC, in a statement. 'This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand.'

"Along with focusing on Remini, the series will follow her husband Angelo and their 9-year-old daughter Sofia. Production begins Wednesday, and the show is expected to premiere this summer."  Sounds atrocious.

Juan Pablo lives at home with his mom and dad?

A Q&A with Workaholics' Adam Devine.  Good news here: "We've got a fifth season coming up, so we're going to start writing again in about five months. We generally start writing the next season three months before we have to start shooting it.

MasterChef Junior has already been picked up for 3rd season.  Season 2 has not yet aired.  Well-played.

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Per EW, "[t]hat embarrassing 'walk of shame' can now be seen by everyone. VH1 has greenlit the unscripted series Walk of Shame Shuttle, which follows a young entrepreneur and her popular service for college students who overindulged the previous night. It will premiere in summer 2014.

"The series order was part of the cable net’s announcement of its new slate of originals, which also included its next scripted endeavor Hindsight, a drama about a woman who is transported back to her life in the ’90s to try and make things right, premiering in early 2015.

"The new unscripted series announced include:

–Reality series I ♥ Nick Carter about Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s relationship with his fiancée, premiering in summer 2014.

–An Untitled K.Michelle Project, which follows the Love and Hip Hop star’s music career, slated for fall 2014.

Swab Stories follows entrepreneur Jared Rosenthal, the owner of Who’s Your Daddy, a mobile DNA-testing service based in New York City and features lost family members reconnecting after testing. It will premiere September 2014.

This Is Hot 97 gives viewers a look inside the iconic radio brand and debuts March 31 at 10:30 p.m.

White Girls of Rap (working title), from Ryan Seacrest Productions, focuses on female rappers trying to make it in a male-dominated business and premieres in late 2014 with six half-hour episodes.

“'With these greenlights, we are delivering a diverse mix of bold, big-hearted programs that will reflect and expand on our signature mash-up of music, pop culture and nostalgia,' said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production."  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Per TheWrap, "Cooking Channel invites you to be saved by the dinner bell with a new special starring Tiffani Thiessen airing Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

"The Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210 grad will throw an intimate party — with just a few guests and Cooking Channel's cameras — for the special, Dinner at Tiffani's.

"Produced by H2R Productions, the special will give viewers a look at both her culinary skills and entertaining skills with guests Lindsay Price (Beverly Hills, 90210), Willie Garson (Sex and the City) and Nathan Fillion (Castle)."

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This can't miss: "Jenni Farley -- better known as JWoww from Jersey Shore, MTV's seminal guide to the juiced-up gorilla lifestyle -- is adding horror movie producer to her resume.

"The reality star, fashion figurehead, tanning oil spokeswoman and published author of The Rules According to JWoww: Shore-Tested Secrets on Landing a Mint Guy, Staying Fresh to Death, and Kicking the Competition to the Curb now serves as executive producer of Jersey Shore Massacre.

"Written and directed by Paul Tarnopol -- the same horror visionary behind 2012'sGirls Gone Dead -- Massacre stars Sal Governale (The Howard Stern Show), Richard Christy (The Howard Stern Show), Bigfoot (The Howard Stern Show),  Ron Jeremy and pro wrestler-turned-actor Giovanni Roselli.

"The film follows a tried-and-true Jersey girl Teresa (Danielle Dallacco) and her orange pals as they sojourn down to the Atlantic coast for 'a weekend of sun and sin.'"