Friday August 22, 2014

This headline surprise anyone?  "Gary Busey’s erratic behavior is worrying Celebrity Big Brother producers."

If you answered no to the first question, how about this one? "Nicole Richie fighting with VH1 over show ratings flop."

Per Deadline, "[a]fter introducing two family comedies last season, The Millers and Mom, and renewing both, CBS is looking to expand its footprint in the genre with Friday Night Dinner. Based on the Channel 4 series created by Robert Popper, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and 3 Arts Entertainment, has received a put pilot commitment from the network. It focuses on the regular dinner experience of a family each Friday night. Popper will be writing the U.S. version as part of a two-script deal he had signed with WBTV. I hear the intention is to keep the single-camera nature of the series, infused with comedy and heart in the vein of ABC’s Modern Family, though the project is still in early stages and doing it in a multi-camera format is a possibility."

Here is your first trailer for the Foo Fighters HBO series.  It's gonna be really good.

A 10-minute Parks and Recreation gag reel for your viewing pleasure:

Per the New York Post, "VH1 looked more like the Playboy Channel when they accidentally aired an uncensored crotch shot during an episode of the reality show Dating Naked, a star of the show claims in a new lawsuit.

"Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says she was repeatedly promised by the producers that her private parts would be 'blurred out' during the show’s third episode in May.

"So she stripped down to her birthday suit with wet beach sand covering parts of her body and performed a WWE-style wrestling move on her date while the producers egged her on, according to the $10 million suit filed in Manhattan by her high- powered lawyer, Matthew Blit.

“'I felt lied to, manipulated and used. I was horrified,' Nizewitz told The Post, explaining that she was brought to tears.

"When the episode aired on July 31, Nizewitz became the butt of jokes on YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr, the papers state.

"She added that the show cost her a 'budding relationship' with a man she had been seeing for a month. 'He never called me again after the show aired. I would have hoped we could have had a long-term relationship. He was employed, Jewish, in his 30s and that’s pretty much ideal,' Nizewitz said."  

She probably should have considered that BEFORE agreeing to go on a television show called DATING NAKED.  Just sayin.

On the heels of that news, Deadline reports that "British reality format Sex Box is getting on American television. After piloting the provocative concept earlier this year, WE tv has picked up the project to series with nine episodes set to air next year. In Sex Box, from Relativity TV, real couples whose relationships are on the rocks address their issues with a panel of experts before entering a soundproof, camera-free box to have sex and, upon exit, immediately discuss the experience with the experts. 'Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to bring it to WE tv,' said Marc Juris, WE tv’s President. 'Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv.'”

"CBS is getting into the Jason Katims business.  The network has handed out a put-pilot commitment to an untitled medical drama exec produced by the Parenthood and About a Boy showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Written by Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), the drama centers on a controversial, outrageous, young tech titan who opens his own hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine.Michelle Lee, head of development at Katims’ Universal Television-based True Jack banner, will executive produce alongside Katims and Watson."

Per Variety, "[t]he producers of Fox’s ambitious new reality series Utopia gave reporters a close up, inside look at the show’s grand compound in the Santa Clarita area on Thursday. The 15 participants in what the network has billed as a “social experiment” are set to move in for their year-long stay on Aug. 29.

"To an impressive scale the compound has been outfitted with 129 cameras and over 10 miles of wiring…though no electricity, water or plumbing beyond that. The landscape boasts it’s own lake and barn, as well as lush landscaping offering the cast to literally build their own society.

"Though the cost of creating such a space was not specified, exec producer Conrad Green assured that it is 'not insignificant.'

"Journos also got a peek at the site’s control room and production space. Jon Kroll, another of the show’s producers, shared that all post production work is set to be completed on-site, with staffers currently rehearsing the dance of filming, logging and preparing the show for its bi-weekly airings.

Utopia will open with a three-night premiere on Sept. 7, Sept. 9 and Sept. 12. It will then air regularly on Tuesdays, with six special Friday airings lined up as well. The program is a gamble for Fox, especially as it is taking up so many hours on the schedule in the days leading up to the formal launch of the 2014-15 season. The hope is that the show will be on the schedule for a full year."