Tuesday April 29, 2014

Per EW, "[m]ore changes in CBS’ late-night lineup: Less than two weeks after it was announced that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on The Late Show, Craig Ferguson will now leave The Late Late Show, the CBS talker he’s hosted for 10 years.

"Ferguson told his studio audience Monday that he will step down in December. Ferguson’s contract, like Colbert’s with Comedy Central, expires in 2015.

"He had this to say in a statement: 'CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are "consciously uncoupling," but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much.'”

Bravo announced its new slate of non-fiction shows, the details of which are below:

"Crowd Control (working title)

The ultimate choose-your-own-adventure that puts one person’s fate into the hands of opinionated viewers.  Having to rely on social media interactions alone, the day-to-day living of our host will be completely dictated by the audience.  Every real life decision put before our host, from what they eat to who they date to the job they take will be decided entirely by Bravo’s highly engaged audience.

Fempire (working title)

These female CEOs know that making time for a cocktail and a date is sometimes their only salvation from the pressures and responsibility of growing a “Fempire” and commanding respect from the men who work beneath them.  Business is personal for these women as they do whatever it takes to dominate their field and smash through the glass ceiling.  Will they find happiness on the other side or have they compromised too much to get there?

The Fit Club (working title)

Today’s modern day Greek Gods are better known as New York City’s hottest trainers whose bodies are their billboards.  Their client lists include some of Manhattan’s elite, from billionaire investors to world famous celebrities.  With highly active lives both in and out of the gym, this project chronicles their friendships, romances and feuds as they fight to stay on top of the ultra-competitive world of fitness training.

Last Chance (working title)

Two exes have the ultimate opportunity to give their relationship one last chance through a series of social experiments over the course of 30 days.  The couple will reunite and be pushed to their relationship limits under taxing scenarios – including returning to the scene of one their most difficult, uncomfortable and contentious times, playful events and emotional conversations to determine their fate once and for all.  Will they re-kindle their romance or is their flame out for good?

Why Not, Minot? (working title)

Minot, North Dakota is home of a modern day Gold Rush with individuals and families from all over the country flocking to this unexpectedly wealthy area for a chance to strike it rich and ask Why Not, Minot?”

NBC released the producer's cut of the season finale of Parks & Recreation, which includes 10 minutes of unseen footage.  In the event you haven't watched it or want to re-watch it, here's the link.

Per EW, "[c]heck out what Microsoft has in store below:

COMMITTED PROJECTS

Halo TV series
Steven Spielberg is executive-producing this live-action TV series based on the Halo game franchise.

Every Street United TV series
This unscripted 8-episode series explores eight countries, ranging from Argentina to South Korea, to find talented and unknown street soccer stars, ending in a one-hour finale featuring a 4v4 street game.

Bonnaroo
In the past, you had to travel to Tennessee to experience Bonnaroo, but this summer Xbox owners will be able to see what’s going on at the music and arts festival on their very own TVs. The festival will stream live from June 13 to June 15 and will also include interactive features like switching between stages and finding friends actually at the festival.

Signal to Noise
Signal to Noise will be a six-part documentary series produced by Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire producer Simon Chinn and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn that looks at the ways technology has shaped our relationship with the world. Atari: Game Over is the first film in the series, and it chronicles the myth (that we now know is not a myth) that Atari buried the E.T. video game in New Mexico after it got a negative response from customers.

Humans
Based on Swedish series Real Humans, this drama follows a family and their interactions with an eerie gadget called a “Synth” that acts as a robotic servant — think Smart House, but creepier.

Halo digital feature
This feature will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Battlestar Galactica director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

IN DEVELOPMENT

Deadlands
Multiple genres converge into one in Deadlands, as it combines zombies, sorcerers, and mad scientists in this “Weird West”-set show based on the game of the same name.

Extraordinary Believers
Stoopid Buddy Stoodies, the creators of Adult Swim success Robot Chicken, is involved with the creation of the stop-motion show.

Fearless
This adrenaline-filled unscripted series will follow an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver (and shark attack survivor!) as he goes around the world helping other individuals who risk their lives for the betterment of the world.

Gun Machine
Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Warren Ellis, this show is being executive produced by Ellis himself and Brett Conrad of The Killing and Sons of Anarchy fame.

Untitled JASH Comedy/Variety Half Hour
JASH is a comedy collective created by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric, and Reggie Watts, and this show will focus on who famous comedians look to when they need a laugh. Silverman will host the first episode.

Winterworld
This live-action series will be based on Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino’s graphic novel series Winterworld where the world, well, finds itself in an intense globe-wide winter. Those who survive the ice age form tribes that will do whatever it takes to make it through their new ice-covered world. And we thought this winter was bad!"

Per Variety, Yahoo unveiled its first-ever full-length scripted series orders at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation, "calling on established Hollywood veterans to deliver half-hour comedies that will bow at year-end and in 2015.

"Paul Feig, the writer-producer behind NBC’s critically acclaimed but short-lived Freaks & Geeks and director of hit theatrical Bridesmaids, will executive produce Other Space, eight half-hour episodes chronicling a misfit group of space adventurers who stumble upon an alternate universe.

"Mike Tollin, executive producer of the WB hit series Smallville and One Tree Hill, is teaming with TV director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm) for eight half-hour episodes of Sin City Saints, which follows the exploits of a Las Vegas-based pro basketball expansion team."

John Oliver's new HBO show picks up right where he left off as Jon Stewart's brilliant fill-in last summer.  The writing is on par with The Daily Show and Oliver's delivery has gotten better since the summer, if anything.  Check it out if you haven't seen the premiere episode yet.

CBS announced season finale storylines for shows wrapping up in May. Some highlights: Gretchen has a big surprise for Two and a Half Men's Alan on their wedding day (Thursday, May 8 at 9p; Brad Paisley guests); Mark Harmon goes home after the death of his father, who had been played by Ralph Waite (the episode, on Tuesday, May 13 at 8p, is a tribute to the late actor); Sheldon considers a big move on The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, May 15 at 8p); the final teams dash through Las Vegas on The Amazing Race (Sunday, May 18 at 8p), and the winner is crowned on Survivor (Wednesday, May 21 at 8p).

Norman Reedus, who makes BANK signing autographs on the weekends when he's not filming, talked about the upcoming season 5 of The Walking Dead and said "[f]rom what I know, it’s gonna be just completely insane.  I sort of knew I needed like a good month to rest to jump in. The storyline they’re throwing me is a thousand miles an hour."

Ben Feldman talked to Vulture about his Sunday night double duty on Silicon Valley and Mad Men.  Speaking of which, Mad Men may have finally turned a corner in the last 15 minutes of this past episode, hopefully.

Per Deadline, "Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment has teamed with Robert FX Sillerman’s SFX, a global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic music culture, and T-Mobile U.S., to produce Ultimate DJ, a music event competition television show revolving around the booming EMC and focusing on building new DJ talent. Developed by Syco, Ultimate DJ does not have a TV network and will launch initially online. It will feature producer-challenges where DJs will be asked to submit recordings for fan voting via social media. From there, the competition will move on to live challenges and performances in SFX event venues."

Top Chef: Boston?

Maybe Chelsea Handler is not going to Netflix after all.