Thursday June 27, 2019

I don’t know how these kids on Are You The One? are going to figure things out and win the money this season. They all want to have sex with everyone. It has to be quite confusing for them!

CBS has renewed Blood & Treasure for a 2nd season.

The series finale of CBS’ Life In Pieces airs tonight.

Season 2 of Miz & Mrs. will return to USA Network on August 6.

That truck driver on Big Brother MUST go. If I have to listen to him do one more confessional interview I’m going to pull my hair out.

Those set to debate on night 2 this evening:

Michael Bennet, Colorado senator
Joseph R. Biden Jr., former vice president of the United States
Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana mayor
Kirsten Gillibrand, New York senator
Kamala Harris, California senator
John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado
Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator
Eric Swalwell, representative from California
Marianne Williamson, self-help author
Andrew Yang, former tech executive

Night 1 drew a 7.0 HH rating in metered markets on NBC. That could translate to 10 million viewers or so in the final ratings.

“Superfly today announced the fall opening of The Seinfeld Experience, a new attraction in New York City that provides a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look at the legendary television show. The Seinfeld Experience will allow fans to immerse themselves in the world of Seinfeld through an exploration of classic show moments and beloved characters. The ticketed experience will feature interactive exhibits designed to bring Seinfeld to life that include iconic costumes, memorabilia, set re-creations, and props from the show as well as never before seen content. In addition, the space will feature a retail store that offers limited edition and exclusive merchandise specific to the show and The Seinfeld Experience.”

Divorced couple Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead are returning to HGTV with a new season of Flip or Flop. The new season will return on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, the Discovery-owned cable channel says El Moussa’s own digital house-flipping series, Tarek’s Flip Side, will also debut on Aug. 1 on the HGTV app, HGTV.com, on demand across all platforms, HGTV Facebook and HGTV’s YouTube channel.”

“Spencer Pratt has said many controversial things, but this might be the most ‘vile’ thus far—at least according to one person. In a recent Q&A with Cosmopolitan magazine, The Hills star shared that he isn't convinced Corey Bohan is actually the father of Audrina Patridge's daughter, Kirra Max, especially after seeing the two interact on the show. He joked, "I wanna know who's baby that is. How do we know it's not Justin's Baby? Let's get a DNA testing kit for the reunion." Now, it's very likely the comment was made in jest, but it's definitely ruffled Bohan's feathers. In a new Instagram post to his private account, Corey slams Pratt for making ‘vile and disgusting’ statements about his family in order to keep his ‘name in the headlines.’ ‘You can say whatever filth you want about YOUR family, cast-mates or even myself but I draw the line when it comes to MY daughter,’ he emotionally captions a photo of his middle finger. ‘Kirra is an innocent three year old child.’ Bohan continues, ‘I would hope that since you're now a father yourself you'd have more tact and understanding, but I can't say that I'm surprised. The things you say publicly will be accessible to my daughter forever and I will continue to do everything in my power to not expose her to such nonsense. Keep her out of your attempts to stay relevant ya f--k.’"

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This is just plain CRAZY (courtesy of Deadline): “With its 2017 acquisition of Scripps Networks, Discovery became the dominant player in the unscripted cable market with 19 networks, with all but OWN focused entirely on reality fare.

“Using its newly found clout, I hear Discovery has put forward a new model for financing its series, and it has the unscripted producing community up in arms.

“Profit margins for cable reality producers have been consistently shrinking over the past decade as basic cable networks grapple with declining ratings. With networks also controlling ownership in majority of the cases, reality companies rely entirely on license fees — often in the neighborhood of $300,000-$400,000 per episode — to cover production costs and keep about 10% in profit. They get those license fees paid by the network as they go into production on the episodes.

“Discovery is changing that. According to sources, in its new contract template implemented across the board by all of its networks, production companies are required to finance the series themselves and take out a loan if they don’t have the funds to do so (I hear they are being sent to Citibank, which has a partnership with Discovery). The networks are paying their budget upon delivery of the completed order, compared with pay as you go, which is the common practice. That allows Discovery to protect its cash flow and delay payments for as long as a year and more after ordering a series.

“This raises a number of problems. Production companies, especially smaller indies that don’t have strong financial backing,  need to take out a loan of millions of dollars and pay interest, which I hear could cut already razor-thin profit margin almost in half. Producers I have spoken with note that they have asked Discovery to add the interest as a line in the budget but were rebuffed, with the network group countering that if they cover the interest, they would reduce the show’s production budget. Other sources familiar with the situation dispute that, saying that the interest is being added to series’ budgets.

“There are also the issues of production overages and reshoots, which networks and production companies always wrangle over and networks usually cover (at least partially). Producers fear that, if Discovery executives require reshoots in the completed order, they will have to shoulder the cost if they want to get the original license fee agreement honored by Discovery so they can pay off their bank loan. (The networks also are believed to have a right of refusal to pick up the already produced seasons and pay for them.)

“The new budget paradigm is said to be the brainchild of Discovery CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels. He comes from Europe, where this model is widely used, but producers there retain ownership of their shows, which is not the case in Discovery’s modification.

“In the U.S., the only area producers point to that employs a similar mechanism is in independent films, which are financed by the producers and are then acquired by a distribution company. But the producers again have ownership.

“The new Discovery business model involving self-financing by producers does not allow them to have IP control, with their shows still owned by Discovery.

“This appears to be a belt-tightening strategy by Discovery and a way to keep cash on the books following big-ticket deals for sports rights and Scripps. It is raising eyebrows, especially as the company’s  chief executive officer David Zaslav sits atop the list of highest-paid public company CEOs with $129.4 million pay package for last year.

“‘We have engaged in constructive discussions with our producing partners to better manage our cash flow as we invest more in content than ever before,’ Discovery said in a statement to Deadline. ‘We have gotten a positive response so far from both big and small production companies.’”

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Per TVLine, “Jessica Pearson is striking out on her own with her eponymous Suits spinoff this July, and she’ll be doing so with an ensemble of new coworkers at the Chicago mayor’s office. But what about her friends back in New York City? Could some of Jessica’s former colleagues migrate over to the offshoot when the long-running USA drama wraps up its run this year?

“‘My gut reaction is, I don’t really see any of the Suits characters being regulars on the spinoff,’ executive producer Aaron Korsh tells TVLine. ‘It’s a different tone, it’s a different world, and I don’t see it. It doesn’t mean that couldn’t change.’

“‘There are worlds in which I could see it, but I would sooner think that they would, in success, show up for an episode or an arc,’ Korsh continues. ‘But you never know. If they showed up for an episode or an arc, and it turned out to be outstanding, and they fit in well, then it’s possible. Anything is possible.’

“As someone who has already visited the Windy City in the backdoor pilot, Harvey is an obvious and well-suited candidate for a guest spot. And Gabriel Macht agrees that ‘it would be great’ to drop by star Gina Torres’ new digs, but he’s not sure how it would work. ‘I don’t know if Harvey really fits in that world,’ Macht confesses. ‘Maybe there’d be some opportunity to do something… My hope is for the Suits fans to go and start watching Pearson. That would be excellent. If those fans really, really want to see Harvey come in there and try and fix a few things, that would be fantastic. But this is her show, and she’s got a great cast.’

“Plus, there are logistics that would need to be ironed out to bring the lawyer to the spinoff. ‘It’s all going to depend on timing and where I am and what I’m doing, what’s going to work out as far as what’s right for my personal life and all of that,’ Macht explains. ‘But I’m super psyched to see what they’ve done.’

Pearson debuts Wednesday, July 17 at 10/9c on USA, following the final-season premiere of Suits.”

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Per Deadline, “VH1 has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Love & Listings, a Southern California-set celebrity-focused real estate docuseries, starring Jacob Knight, Suge Knight’s son. It’s set to premiere Wednesday, July 31 at 9 PM ET/PT.

“The series, from Entertainment One, Creature Films, Purveyors of Pop and Relevé Entertainment, delves into the glamorous and scandalous lives of Southern California’s young, ambitious real estate agents and their elite celebrity clientele, including Jermaine Dupri, Jordin Sparks, Amber Rose, Ray J, Brandy Norwood and Laz Alonso. The celebs look to this group of talented real estate moguls when it’s time to buy and sell their Hollywood dream homes. In between closing million-dollar deals, the lines between business and pleasure blur and the real drama begins.

“The series takes an exclusive look into the life of Suge Knight’s son, Jacob, a real estate trainee determined to forge his own path and recover his family legacy following his father’s alleged legal woes. Knight struggles both personally and professionally under the weight of his family name as he strives to rise in the ranks of LA’s real estate game. Watch the trailer above.

Love & Listings is executive produced for VH1 by Entertainment One (eOne), Creature Films and Purveyors of Pop, and produced by Relevé Entertainment. Tara Long serves as executive producer for eOne with Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films and Nate Green and Matt Anderson for Pop, alongside Holly Carter for Relevé. Christopher Costine and Sean Matthews also serve as executive producers.

“VH1’s cast descriptions follow below:

Zac Diles is a former professional football player and has since suited up for a new type of game: real estate. After eight years playing ball, Zac has built a network of clients out of his former teammates (and adversaries). Zac’s love for the ladies (including other agents) often gets him in trouble. Despite being in a relationship with Kat Tat from VH1’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago, Zac finds himself caught between his current girlfriend Kat and fellow cast member and ex-girlfriend Samantha, who is determined to get him back.

A part-time waitress struggling to fulfill her dream of becoming a celebrity real estate agent, Ajani Scott moved her hustle over to the world of real estate to make some money while she builds her professional network. Seeing her potential, veteran agent Erik Miles has taken Ajani on as an apprentice at his own agency. The stakes are high as Ajani learns to put her money where her mouth is, which jeopardizes Erik’s A-list clientele.

Taylor Schwartz is a rookie agent. Despite her young age, she is a force to be reckoned with. She has the charm, smarts and beauty to reel in new clients, but her fiery temper often lands her in hot water, leaving her career in jeopardy. Working under Tai’s wing, Taylor begins to wonder if the “grass is greener” when fellow real estate competitor Andrew Clinkscale offers her a position.

Andrew Clinkscale is a top agent at one of Beverly Hills’ most prestigious real estate agencies. However, Andrew wasn’t always on top. He grew up through the foster care system and was homeless twice in his life. He’s seen the bottom and is determined to never go back. Andrew’s professional and personal life soon collide as romantic rumors with another real estate agent begin to arise. Will the swirling affair rumors around the engaged “golden boy of real estate” bring him down?

Samantha Barretto recently moved to LA and has quickly moved up the real estate food chain by joining one of the most prestigious agencies in Beverly Hills. While running in the same industry circles as her ex-boyfriend Zac, Samantha’s feelings for him begin to heat back up and start to affect her professional life.

Sarah Scheper is a proven real estate power player who originally conquered the market in Orange County. After overcoming personal struggles, Sarah has embraced her sobriety and turned over a new leaf in LA. While Sarah quickly becomes the queen of Beverly Hills real estate, her reputation is threatened when she begins an on-again, off-again relationship with Jacob which leads to friction between him and the other agents.

Erik Miles is a charming lawyer-turned real estate agent, a one-stop shop with his own imprint at a West Hollywood agency. The son of a successful athlete, Erik is willing to take risks to close deals which often pays off… but sometimes blows up in his face.

Tai Savet is eager to break bread (and the bank) with his unique LA-based brokerage firm as the go-to agent for the biggest names in show-biz. From Tai’s perspective, the future is bright and primed for expansion, especially with a roster of hip millennials on his team, including Taylor and Jacob.

Alexandre Anu is a real estate titan at of one of LA’s premiere brokerage firms and continues to grow his elite clientele. All of his listings are high-end luxury properties with an extensive client roster of A-list celebrities and top business executives.”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “Things are getting spooky at A&E. One of cable's premiere unscripted destinations is betting hard on paranormal programming, reviving the long-running Ghost Hunters and ordering four more projects in the space.

“‘Paranormal worked really well for us in the past,’ A&E Network executive vp and head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant tells THR. ‘It feels like it’s a time in the country where there’s a trend for people to be spiritual without being overly religious. I think paranormal programming can feed that, while being entertainment-forward.’

Ghost Hunters, one of the crown jewels at Craig Piligian’s prolific Pilgrim Media Group, produced 230 episodes for Syfy over the course of its 11-season run. As a part of the new deal, A&E will also get access to the series’ formidable library — one that averaged a robust 3 million viewers per episode during its heyday.

“As for the new version, series original Grant Wilson is returning on-camera and as an executive producer with a handpicked group of professional ghost hunters to investigate supposed hauntings. By engaging forensic experts, historical records and new technology, the new Ghost Hunters team will assist everyday people struggling with unexplained events. ‘I don't chase ghosts,’ Wilson says in the first trailer. ‘I chase the truth.’

“‘We’ve ensured it’s going to please the die-hard fans,’ Bryant adds of the update. ‘The show is about helping people. The original Ghost Hunters could have been on A&E back in the day. A lot of A&E programming is about searching for the truth and emotional closure. And you could say that for a lot of these shows.’

“The new Ghost Hunters, which has gotten an initial order of 20 episodes, kicks off Aug. 21.

“Other series include reimagined versions of previous A+E Networks properties Psychic Kids and Celebrity Ghost Stories. The former, which will air alongside the new Ghost Hunters this August, finds the now-grown children from the original run spending time with other youngsters who claim to have paranormal abilities. It is produced by A+E Originals. Celebrity Ghost Stories, which is exactly what it sounds like, joins the schedule later in 2019 after a five-year break from TV — previously airing on A+E Network Biography (now FYI). The six-episode order is being produced by Jarrett Creative.

“Brand-new projects include Trey the Texas Medium (working title) and special The World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt (also a working title). Texas Medium follows Trey Ganem, a man who both creates custom caskets as a master carpenter and claims to bring messages from the dead to loved ones looking for closure. An initial 12-episode order, it’s being produced by Anthony E. Zuiker in conjunction with Main Event Media.

The World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt is a two-hour special, eyed to premiere sometime in the fall. It’s the product of two weeks of filming inside Pennsylvania’s allegedly haunted Pennhurst Asylum. Five paranormal investigators were given access to the grounds, where they locked themselves up for two weeks to determine the reasons for a recent spike in seemingly paranormal activity.

“A&E has been on a bit of a buying spree of late. After expanding the order for Live PD spinoff Live Rescue, the network doubled down on its live efforts just a week ago with the addition of a stunt series The Impossible Live and an upcoming live special.”