Thursday April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman and will fill the coveted role of host of The Late Show in 2015, upon Letterman's retirement.  Colbert signed a 5-year deal and below is the statement from CBS.  I put my money on Kimmel, but think this is a great choice.

"The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. 

"Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his  April 3 broadcast . Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015. 

"Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted  LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date."

More importantly, the TWENTY-FIFTH season of MTV's The Challenge bows tonight and I, for one, am very much looking forward to another season.  This time around, the contestants are all playing individually, with no teams, no partners, nothing.  "As host TJ Lavin says at the beginning, for years you guys have whined about people about holding you back," show creator Jon Murray told HuffPost TV. "You complain about people making it to the finals on the backs of others. You know, it’s time to put an end to that. Let’s do free agents."

"At times, the Challenge contestants may work together in teams or pairs, but when Murray explained the rules, it's clear no one will feel safe. 'Say there’s one winning pair in a paired challenge," he said. "Then they get to decide a guy and a girl to go into the elimination. Everybody else who didn’t win is in what we call "The Draw." One by one they have to flip a card over. If it’s got the kill card on it, they’re in the elimination.'"

Here's a link to some of the more insane challenges in the show's history.

And here's a link to the full cast so you know who all of the clown in the above photo are.

Per NFL.com, "[f]ormer Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's dive into marital bliss with girlfriend and model Katherine Webb will be made into a reality television show. The wedding, set for July 11, will come just before McCarron's rookie season with whichever NFL club selects him next month in the NFL draft.

"'They've already started filming during the proposal,' said Katherine's sister, Laurie Webb,  according to theplainsman.com. 'From what I understood, it came from someone else. I don't think they were trying to get into a reality show, I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it.'

"According to Laurie Webb, the show will focus on the wedding planning, leading up to the wedding ceremony itself being televised. While a group of producers is currently working on the show, no network has been chosen to air the program yet. But while the report suggests McCarron and Webb will be participating in the show together, McCarron suggested otherwise on Twitter Wednesday."

A preview of season 2 of CBS' Under The Dome:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Lifetime is looking for a few good families to torture.  The female-skewing cable network has picked up reality competition series Relative Insanity, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"From the producers of Big Brother, the 10-episode series will focus on two families who are each locked in a room with their "loved ones" in a bid to compete for a $25,000 cash prize.  Each hourlong episode will feature dueling families locked in neighboring rooms for two days during which they'll attempt to outlast and out-fox the competition and earn the most money through physical challenges, wild games and controversial family decisions.

"Unaware of how much the other group has earned, the families will be tempted to spend their winnings on luxuries and household staples to make their stay more bearable. Those who can't -- or who need to escape their relatives -- can hit the escape button for an early exit, putting their entire family's chance of winning on the line.

"Lifetime will premiere the series -- parts Fear Factor, Survivor and Big Brother -- on Friday, April 25 at 10 p.m."

Kass from Survivor is a prime example of why the vast majority of this country despises lawyers.  Same goes for Tony from Survivor with respect to cops.

Deadline takes another stab at opining which shows are on the verge of being canceled or renewed.  "Suburgatory and Super Fun Night are heavily on the bubble. . . . Revolution and Parenthood have found themselves deeply in bubble territory. While never a broad show, Parenthood has received a warm reception for five seasons and is shepherded by Jason Katims, who is well respected by NBC executives. Like 30 Rock was sent off with a 13-episode final season, Parenthood would likely get one final hurrah, possibly with a partial order. . . . About A Boy looks very good to return, with its companion Growing Up Fisher also having a shot. . . . CBS will be choosing from three comedies: fall entryThe Crazy Ones and midseason seriesFriends With Better Lives, which was previewed after the How I Met Your Mother finale, and Bad Teacher, which will replace Crazy Ones. I hear CBS is open to bringing back at least one of the three."

Who's on the upcoming season of Celebrity Wife Swap?  Who cares?

"The Office's Oscar Nunez and Reno 911! alum Kerri Kenney will both guest-star on the New Girl season finale, which finds the group heading out on a cruise, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

"Nunez will play a ship employee who makes Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.), who is deathly afraid of boats, totally lose it. Kenney will play the by-the-books captain of the ship who tries to help mend the relationship between Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel)."

Catching up and getting prepared for the April 19 premiere of season 2 of Orphan Black.

Here is a link to 4 new posters previewing season 2 of Orphan.

Suits wraps up its spring season tonight.  I feel like we get a bit short-changed with the short seasonal runs of the show, but Michael Gross (Family Ties) will play the founder of a faltering DVD distribution company, when the USA drama returns for season four this summer.

Check out some of these new shows on Magic Johnson's Aspire Network: Closure, about a trans-racial adoptee, and The Wayman Tisdale Story, celebrating the life of the late former NBA star and jazz musician. Shows in development include quarterly specials Magic in the Making, hosted by Johnson; Change Makers, a look at how celebs impact their community and reality series The Graduates.

Per EW, "Chris Moore, the executive producer of Oscar-winner Good Will Hunting and HBO’s Project Greenlight, is back with a new filmmaking competition series with a twist. The Chair, which Starz has ordered as its first original unscripted series for 10 episodes to air in fall 2014, follows two directors as they take their first feature film to the big screen. The catch: Each director is provided with the exact same screenplay to transform into his or her own distinct movie.

"Both finished films will air on Starz and in theaters, with the winner of the $250,000 prize being determined by viewers’ digital voting and ticket sales. 'It’s a popularity contest. It’s just like every movie we make as producers — at the end of the day we are judged. It’s a fascinating moment in time right now to really figure out what the audience cares about,' Moore told EW, pointing to initiatives like Kickstarter and the power of social media."  If I subscribed to Starz, I'd likely watch.

Vulture offers up 1 episode from each season of Mad Men that is worth watching.

What's in store for The Mindy Project?

New shows announced by Reelz:

Mansion Matchmakers - Premieres July 2014
When Hollywood's hot celebrities, production companies and fashion photographers need exclusive access to a luxurious mansion for work or play, there's one man they call:  Paul Kim. Paul started his Image Locations business with three maxed out credit cards and a single cell phone. It wasn't long before Image Locations grew into one of the leading property rental companies in America. Whether it's a massive and modern location for a couture fashion shoot, a sprawling yard for a million dollar wedding reception, or a three month party-pad for a wealthy heiress, Image Locations handles it all. Navigating the turbulent world of the rich and famous is tricky and alive with drama, so Paul has assembled a team of passionate and loyal experts to deal with the outlandish requests, eccentric characters and million dollar deals they come face to face with every day. In this high stakes game, disasters loom and tempers will flare, but it's all in a day's work for the Mansion Matchmakers

Branson Cab - Premieres January 2015

In Branson, Missouri, life is about loving your family, having good times and making boatloads of money. Branson cab king Scott Thompson excels at all three. In Branson Cab, viewers go inside Scott's family-run cab monopoly for a never-before-seen look at the entertainment hotspot where the egos and demands equal those of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. But Branson is a place where flash isn't coveted and people don't put up with divas and Scott's team of Ozark-bearded hillbillies and blue-eyed beauties know how to respond. Among them are Scott's young daughter Jade, his wife and dispatch manager Karen, smoky shop foreman Tom, pirate-hat-wearing cab mechanic Rusty, Ad Sales and Marketing experts Tessa and Dawnell and their wacky group of drivers Jeff, Steve and Bobby. But mixing family, friends and Branson's booming tourism industry makes for a wild ride and keeps Scott and his team working around the clock to keep the competition at bay and passengers happy. 

The Disciples - Premieres Spring 2015
Breathing new life into the epic story of the 12 men Jesus Christ selected to carry the gospel message to the world, The Disciples miniseries follows the Apostles from the time they become the leaders and teachers of the New Testament, through their adventures of faith and heroism that take them around the world. Allowing viewers to share their burdens and challenges and be inspired by their devotion, the miniseries reveals the life-long mission of these ordinary men on an extraordinary journey.