Thursday August 23, 2018

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia returns for a 13th season on September 5. “The gang has its hands full as Charlie hopes to have a child, Mac explores his sexuality, Dee takes feminism to new heights, and Frank tries to experience the greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history.”

Here's a look at the Season 13 tailer.

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation returns for another season tonight.

VH1 has renewed RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars for a 4th season.

And on that note, "[i]n Netflix’s upcoming docuseries Dancing Queen, Alyssa Edwards, Rupaul’s Drag Race star and stage name of choreographer Justin Johnson, returns to teach the next generation at Johnson’s Beyond Belief Dancing Company in Mesquite, Texas. Based on the trailer, Dancing Queen seems like an extremely good combination of Drag Race and Dance Moms, with some of Queer Eye’s weightier elements mixed in....The full eight-episode first season of Dancing Queen launches on Netflix on October 5."

Paramount Network has renewed Lip Sync Battle for a 5th season.

E! has ordered a 2nd season of Very Cavallari.

Netflix has renewed Easy for a 3rd and final season.

The hits just keep on coming!! "John Cena is turning Punk’d on its head. The WWE superstar turned comedic actor is stepping out of the ring and teaming up with celebrity hypnotist Chris Jones — best known for appearing on America’s Got Talent — for Double Take, a new prank series in which celebrities prank their biggest fans…with a twist. And EW has an exclusive first look at the series! Premiering Sept. 5 on Facebook Watch, the show will follow Jones as he brings along a different celebrity each episode to meet one of their super fans. While this may seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, there is one, rather large, catch: Jones will leave the fans hypnotized and unable to recognize their famous idol during the meeting. At the beginning of each episode, Jones will hypnotize an unsuspecting fan before they meet their favorite celebrity. For all the skeptics out there, this is something you have to see to believe. Each episode of the Cena-produced series will run 12 to 15 minutes long, during which time the fan and celebrity (without sporting a single disguise) will interact in a range of everyday circumstances, from cake decorating to restaurant chats, without ever realizing who they are spending the day with. In addition to Cena, the six-episode series will also feature U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Jackass star Steve-O, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes, comedian Gabriel Iglesias, and actress Pamela Anderson."

You can watch all 8 episodes of Rob Riggle's new Crackle show Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy right now if you're so inclined. In this single-camera comedy, Riggle — playing a heightened version of himself — invests all of his money in a waterskiing academy. The show also stars Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Dermot Mulroney (New Girl), Christopher McDonald (Harry’s Law), Noël Wells (Master of None) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) co-star.

Things are looking bleak for Ben Affleck these days.

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Per Deadline, "The Big Bang Theory is going out on top. Despite recent remarks by CBS that it was in talks for more seasons of the highly-rated series, the network, producing studio Warner Bros. TV and executive producer Chuck Lorre just announced that the comedy will end its run in May 2019 with its upcoming 12th season. The Big Bang Theory still will rank as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history per WBTV, spanning 12 seasons and a record-breaking 279 episodes, .

“'We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close,' WBTV, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.

"The announcement about The Big Bang Theory coming to an end comes just two weeks after CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at TCA that 'we don’t believe it’s the final season; we are in preliminary discussions to renew he show with the studio that produces it, Warner Bros.'

"Eleven seasons in, The Big Bang Theory remains one of the biggest shows on television. Season 11 averaged 18.9 million viewers, even with Season 10. It was the second most watched series of last season, edging Sunday Night Football and only behind the now-canceled Roseanne. Among adults 18-49, Big Bang slipped a bit (4.4 in Live+7 vs. 4.9 last season) but still ranked as the second highest-rated entertainment program behind only NBC’s This Is Us. 

"According to sources, the decision to end the series was largely a creative one made by the producers. It was perceived that Season 12 would be the show’s last when CBS in 2017 renewed Big Bang for seasons 11 and 12 after WBTV had closed new two-year deals with the cast. But then few expected that Big Bang would remain as strong in the ratings as it’s been, maintaining its viewership and top standing in the rankings when most broadcasting series have been sliding.

"To go beyond 12 seasons, Warner Bros. TV would’ve had to negotiate new contracts with the actors. The show’s original quintet are the highest-paid actors on TV with paychecks of around $1 million an episode.

"There are no deals in place for next season between CBS and WBTV, between the studio and the cast as well as between the studio and the series’ creative staff. While this was not a business call as CBS and WBTV would’ve likely reached an agreement for more seasons, I hear that, with so many unknowns and not clear whether everyone wanted to come back, the producers had no desire to continue with the show creatively without the entire family on the show intact.

"That and the lure of leaving on top, as the highest-rated comedy on television, having achieved the milestone of longest-running multi-camera sitcom, sealed the decision to end the series.

"The final season of The Big Bang Theory will debut Monday, September 24 on CBS before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, September 27.

“'The Big Bang Theory has been the defining comedy of its generation,' Kahl said today. 'All of us at the Network take exceptional pride in this series that uniquely combines creative genius, commercial ratings success, cultural influence and characters who became so popular, they are easily known by just one name. We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre Productions and a brilliant cast and crew that has made such a "big bang" and lasting legacy on the television landscape.'

"The Big Bang Theory, which debuted in 2007 and airs in syndication around the world, has received 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins to date (though has never won for Outstanding Comedy Series), and 7 Golden Globe nominations.

"Since its off-network launch, Big Bang has been a syndication powerhouse and continues to deliver big ratings for TBS and the stations that carry it, with its success possibly marking an end of an era and may never be matched again.

"The Big Bang Theory is executive produced by Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steven Molaro and Steve Holland. The series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. The Big Bang Theory is produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"In 2015, the first-ever UCLA scholarship created by and named for a television series,The Big Bang Theory Scholarship supports undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

"And some fun facts: In addition to centering many of its episodes in the worlds of science and technology, The Big Bang Theory enjoys a healthy appreciation and support from the scientific community at large, including having a bee species (Euglossa bazinga), a jellyfish species (Bazinga Rieki) and a monkey at the Columbus Zoo (Dr. Sheldon Cooper) named in the show’s honor."

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"Hugh Laurie is returning to HBO.

"The Emmy-nominated Veep alum has been tapped to star in Avenue 5, the space comedy from Armando Iannucci.

"The project, which currently has a pilot commitment and order for backup scripts, is set in the future, mostly in space. Laurie will take on the role of Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American captain of the Avenue 5. Iannucci created the series and will executive produce.

"The casting expands Laurie's relationship with Veep creator Iannucci after the actor had a recurring guest role in the fourth season of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy and completed production in the writer-producer's feature film The Personal History of David Copperfield. Laurie recently wrapped production in Hulu's take on Catch-22, where he plays Major de Coverley in the six-part miniseries due in 2019.

"For Laurie, the Avenue 5 role is his first series-regular part following Hulu's two-season drama Chance. The actor earned six Emmy nominations for his lead role on the Fox medical drama House, and other credits include his Emmy-nominated role on the AMC miniseries The Night Manager and appearances in the features Tomorrowland, Monsters vs. Aliens and Sense and Sensibility

"Avenue 5 was picked up to pilot last September. It marked Iannucci's return to HBO since he exited his role as showrunner on Veep at the end of season four to spend more time at home in London. The pilot will shoot in London this year."

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"Netflix is doubling down on unscripted series with a raft of new titles including a new cooking from the producers of MasterChef and a pair of magic projects.

"The SVOD service has ordered The Final Table, Death by Magic and Derren Brown: Sacrifice alongside confirmation of projects including football doc Sunderland Till I Die and Jackass-meets-Wipeout-style gameshow Flinch.

"The new shows were unveiled by Brandon Riegg, VP of Unscripted Originals and Acquisitions for Netflix, at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

"The Final Table is a global culinary competition series that features the world’s most renowned chefs fighting for a spot at the top table. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine. Celebrity chefs that will appear in the show include Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Bon AppétitEditor at Large Andrew Knowlton.

"The show was created and exec produced by MasterChef producers Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton and is produced by theoldschool and is set to launch later this year.

"Death By Magic is fronted by British magician Drummond Money-Coutts (DMC). The magician is on a mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. He travels the world to track down where the fatal performances took place and to work out exactly what went wrong. The show is produced by Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co and is exec produced by Arthur Smith, Toby Gorman, Martin Turner, Simon Dinsell and Money-Coutts. It launches later this year.

"Also in magic, Derren Brown returns with a new special that uses covert psychological techniques to create a scenario in which his subject has to decide whether or not to make the ultimate sacrifice: laying down his life for a complete stranger he wouldn’t normally identify with. Derren Brown: Sacrifice, which launches later this year, is produced by Vaudeville Productions, showrunner is Ben Jessop and exec produced by Andrew O’Connor.

"The SVOD service also confirmed Sunderland Till I Die, a documentary series about the British football club produced by James Corden’s Fulwell 73. The series, which is exec produced by Leo Pearlman and Ben Turner, is released on December 14.

"Finally, Netflix has also confirmed Flinch, the action gameshow produced by Northern Irish indie Stellify Media, as first revealed by Deadline last November. The show is set on a remote farm in Ireland where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games. If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games. The series is hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith and Seann Walsh. It launches later this year."

They all sound awful.

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Per Variety, "Simon Cowell has renewed his multi-year deal with NBC to remain a judge and and executive producer on America’s Got Talent.

"Cowell joined America’s Got Talent as a judge in 2016. He is also set to serve as executive producer and judge on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, which will premiere this winter and air on Mondays between seasons of The Voice.

“'Simon Cowell is an extraordinary showman whose success stories over the years on multiple continents speak for themselves,' said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment. 'We are thrilled that he will continue as a judge on America’s Got Talent and that his stewardship of the franchise will go forward for many years to come.'

“'Few people have impacted the world of entertainment as significantly as Simon Cowell,' said Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America president of entertainment programming. 'He knows what it takes to find and nurture talent, and he knows how to entertain an audience, creating enduring and much-loved formats. We look forward to continuing our creative partnership.'

“'I want to thank NBC for their continued passion and belief for America’s Got Talent over the past few years,' Cowell said. 'Without NBC, we wouldn’t be making Got Talent and I’m very proud to work with them. Together, with a fantastic production team, we have been able to attract the best talent in the world. I’m very excited for the next few years.'”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "ABC is headed back to Hawaii.

"The network is teaming with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions to develop hourlong drama 'Ohana. The potential series is based on Kiana Davenport's 1994 novel Shark Dialogues and follows four hapa women who reunite when their grandmother, a mystic known as a kahuna, dies mysteriously and leaves them the family plantation.

"Former Time staff writer and foreign correspondent Lisa Takeuchi Cullen will pen the adaptation. 'So many Hawaii-set stories have been told from the white point of view,' Cullen tells The Hollywood Reporter. 'This is a story we're passionate about telling from the point of view of native Hawaiians — Pacific Islanders, people of Asian descent and people of hapa heritage.'

"Each of the four protagonists is of a different mixed ethnicity — half-white, half-Japanese, half-Filipino and half-black — and their unexpected shared inheritance will force them to overcome years of jealousies, misunderstandings, resentments and secrets.

"''Ohana is Hawaiian for "family," and that is a big part of who we are and what we want JuVee to support: embracing cultures and points of view from all over the world and showing that we all can relate and connect to each other,' Tennon and Davis, who are married, said in a joint statement.

"The deal comes as Crazy Rich Asians' $35 million five-day opening has provided the comp needed to prove the marketability of Asian-American stories. Cullen says she referenced the Warner Bros. film in her pitch, and it was sold the day the movie opened.

"'The landscape has shifted dramatically in the last 12 months, and maybe in the last week,' she says, adding that she was recently pitched a different idea from a producer who told her, 'I would be very open to [the protagonist] being cast with an Asian-American actor, because I think Crazy Rich Asians is going to be the biggest movie this year, and there's going to be a huge demand.'

"'At JuVee, we're passionate about compelling stories with diverse perspectives, told by diverse voices like Kiana and Lisa, so this project is a perfect fit,' says Andrew Wang, head of TV for JuVee, which has an overall deal with ABC Studios."