Friday September 12, 2014

Former college football standout Tim Tebow joins Good Morning America as a contributor starting Monday. Tebow, already an analyst for Disney-owned ESPN and known for his religious faith, will follow inspiring stories of triumph across the country for the morning show.  Why??

According to TheWrap, "ABC has found tremendous success with Shark Tank, and that means the network wants more of it. That could come in the form of a companion series that serves as a kind of sequel for the entrepreneurs and products that appear on the parent show.

"Mark Burnett is attached as producer of Beyond the Tank, according to The New York Times, which is expected to be announced soon by the network. The newspaper suggests that the show could become part of ABC's schedule as early as this season.

"The appeal of this companion show's format is that it answers the question of what happens next for the participants on Shark Tank” Once they've secured investors for their products, it's time to take the next step. For viewers interested in what that step is, their main recourse was to head to Google and start trying to track down the entrepreneur or their product.

"While details were scarce on the pending project, as no deals have been finalized, the investors from Shark Tank would be expected to take some kind of role in Beyond the Tank, as they remain involved in the business ventures they've invested in."

EW spoke with Chelsea Handler about her new Netflix show and she had this to say: "I think I’m going to deliver three shows a week. We’re just figuring out if we want to do them Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and they come available at a certain time, or if  all three episodes become available on Monday and they’re three different subject matters. We’re meeting people and hiring people and figuring out exactly what that is. I don’t mind doing a weekly wrap-up, but I don’t want to do [the talk show format] three times a week. I want to dive with sharks, you know? I want to take HGH and see what it does to my body, and then I wanna go to Gaza and ask, 'WHAT’S THE F—ING PROBLEM WITH YOU GUYS?! WHY IS THIS SUCH A FUCKING DISASTER?” I want to do heavy things, light things. I’m deathly afraid of snakes—I’d like to do snake immersion cognitive behavioral therapy and have to go with somebody, like a professional snake handler, and deal with it. I want to do all ends of the spectrum. We have to focus on how we want to dial that in. We have tons of ideas and I have my team that I’ve been with for a while, and we’re going to add on to that. I’m looking forward to it.

Everyone wants to know: When your Netflix series starts up, will your sidekick Chuy come with you?
No! Chuy to Netflix? I don’t know why anyone would even think that. Chuy’s not coming to Netflix. This is a different show, a different chapter. Everyone on [Chelsea Lately] was very, very fortunate that they were on TV at all, never mind for seven years. [Laughs] Myself included."

Chef competition series Midnight Feast, with professional cooks either winning ten times the cost of the ingredients they use, or paying the tab, debuts on fyi Thursday, October 16 at 10p. Restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn hosts the series.  

"The 6 x 60-minute series will feature a trio of chefs granted after-hours access to Chelsea Market and able to use any ingredient found within the food hall. Following the cook-off, a trio of judges decide which cuisine reigns supreme, and the winner receives a cash prize totaling 10 times the value of the ingredients that were used to make the dish.

"The losers? They have to pay their own tab. The more expensive and exotic the ingredients, the more they will have to shell out of their own pockets."

Midnight Feast will also feature judges Kat O’Dell (Eater.com editorial producer) and chef and restaurateur John DeLucie.

"Singer-actress Mandy Moore has booked a major recurring guest role on Red Band Society, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Red Band Society, from ABC Studios, focuses on the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The depth of the unexpected friendships allows them to survive the challenges of growing up under such challenging circumstances. Octavia Spencer stars as a snarky yet caring nurse alongside 'hot doc' Dave Annable.

"Moore (Saved, A Walk to Remember, Grey's Anatomy) will play Erin Grace, the chief of staff at Ocean Park Hospital, who also is Dr. McAndrew's (Annable) ex-fiancee."  I watched the pilot and this show is worth looking into once it premieres.

Per Deadline, "[a]s striking postproduction crew members took to the streets of L.A. today, it seems that one immediate result is that Shahs Of Sunset won’t be coming back as planned. 'Bravo has decided to push the premiere date for Shahs of Sunset to a later date,” a spokesperson for the cable network said this evening. “The new airdate has yet to be determined.' The Ryan Seacrest Productions show was set to see its fourth season debut October 13 on Bravo."

AMC ordered a 10-ep second season of Game of Arms. The unscripted series focused on the subculture of arm-wrestling averaged 747,000 total viewers and 450,000 among A18-49 its first go-round.  I was one of those viewers, ashamedly.

Lifetime is back documenting Tori Spelling’s drama-filled life for Tru Tori. Season one of the reality show over-delivered the net’s 2014 primetime average by 74 percent among W25-54, 47 percent among A18-49 and 15 percent with total viewers. Filming has started for the first of eight new eps from Studio Lambert and All3Media premiering Tuesday, October 21 at 9p.

Buzzfeed has a story on Bill Hader's journey from comedic to serious actor.

A Reddit AMA app?