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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
MTV set the date for the season two premiere of Jersey Shore for July 29 at 10p. The eight cast members of the reality show The Situation, Pauly D, Snooki, J-Woww, Sammi, Ronnie, Vinny and Angelina all return picking up where they left off from the first season, though the party action has moved to Miami Beach.
Starz declared yesterday it is dropping its two scripted comedy series, Party Down and Gravity. In its second season per Nielsen, Party Down averaged 133,000 viewers for its initial episodes while Gravity averaged 97,000 viewers for its opening episodes of its freshman season.
Animal Planet delves into the often unrecognized compulsive condition known as animal hoarding in a new six-part docu-series called, Confessions: Animal Hoarding, debuting July 21 at 9p. The series examines real people who have the compulsive need to possess and control a large number of animals and how this disorder affects the pets themselves. GRB Entertainment produces the series for Animal Planet.
A&E Network debuts a new seven-episode series Growing Up Twisted starring Dee Snider, the front man of the heavy metal group Twisted Sister on July 27 at 10p and also at 1030p. Growing Up Twisted goes inside Snider’s family life in suburban Long Island where he lives with his wife Suzette and their four children. Evolution Media produces the series for A&E.
Former Fine Living show Three Sheets has been saved in large part by fans on Facebook and other social media outlets and will now permanently join Travel Channel’s line-up, cites THR. Fans additionally sent Travel Channel shipments of brew after the travel show, hosted by Zane Lamprey who journeys around the world tasting different beers, needed a home after Fine Living became the Cooking Channel in late May. Travel Channel aired a trial run of Three Sheets from April to May and will now air two episodes of the show following Bert the Conqueror and Man V. Food on Wednesdays at 11p.
Canadian Football League (CFL) and the NFL made a new broadcast agreement for this year where the NFL Network will air fourteen regular season CFL games beginning tonight at 7p when the Montreal Alouettes go up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The fourteen CFL games on NFL Network will be broadcast in hi-def with games on consecutive Saturday nights in July following tonight’s premiere which coincides with Canada Day. Following the NFL’s preseason games in August, NFL Network will resume the CFL games on Friday nights in September, October and November. The CFL games will be produced by Canadian sports broadcaster, TSN.
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Twentieth Television announced seven Fox O&Os will air a six-week preview run of The Huckabee Show, an hour-long weekday talk show hosted by Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican presidential candidate. Beginning July 26, the seven local markets and stations testing the show include WNYW/New York (12p); KDFW/Dallas-Fort Worth (1p); WFXT/Boston (10a); WAGA/Atlanta (1p); WJBK/Detroit (12p); WTVT/Tampa (11a); and KMSP/Minneapolis-St. Paul (10a). The daily talk show, taped in New York in front of a live studio audience, will focus on current topics in addition to featuring political and cultural personages. Huckabee will also continue to host his weekend show, Huckabee on FOX News Channel.
IFC picked up Judd Apatow’s high school-themed comedy series Freaks and Geeks and the college spin-off series Undeclared from Paramount Pictures Corporation. The complete series of Freaks and Geeks was picked up with 18 total episodes premiering on IFC tomorrow at 11p with encores airing on Mondays at 11p and Sundays at 10p. Undeclared with 17 total episodes will premiere on IFC this fall including one previously unaired episode making its US television debut. Both series were produced by Apatow Productions in association with DreamWorks Television. Freaks and Geeks originally aired for one season on NBC in 1999-2000 and Undeclared originally aired on FOX for one season from 2001-2002.
The Style Network is adding two series to its schedule as the network acquired the MTV series Run’s House which launched last night at 11p. Style Network has access to episodes from all seasons of Run’s House to date as well as the spin-off series Daddy’s Girls. Following the premiere, Run’s House will air on Style Network on Sundays at 9p. The network will additionally air a Run’s House marathon this Saturday beginning at 5p.
New Sound Media said it purchased Soundtrack Channel. The New Soundtrack Channel will continue to showcase music from current Hollywood hits though its offerings will expand to include a broader spectrum of music and entertainment from Hollywood and around the globe.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Time magazine’s senior political analyst and editor-at-large, Mark Halperin signed a deal with MSNBC to become a Senior Political Analyst on the cable news network. Halperin has frequently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show and will continue to contribute to Morning Joe regularly as well as other MSNBC programs.
Heidi Klum, current host of Lifetime’s Project Runway is producing a new reality series titled Seriously Funny Kids in partnership with LMNO Productions, the banner behind Bill Cosby’s Kids Say the Darndest Things, per Variety. Klum will travel to kid-friendly locations and tape their reactions to a variety of situations. Klum and LMNO are in the process of pitching the series to networks.
Casting Call: CMT is casting immediately for ordinary people to appear on the network’s upcoming show Your Chance to Dance. Regular people will be trained by top choreographers to perform a tribute to a popular music video and each episode will feature five groups performing routines in front of a live audience. The audience will vote for their favorite group with the winner receiving $10,000. For more information about the show and how to become a contestant, send an email right away to FunNewShow@gmail.com.
Casting Call: Non-fiction entertainment production company, Mike Mathis Productions is casting in the Los Angeles area for a new show on a major cable network about stepfamilies under the title, The Stepfamily Project. The show is looking for teens between the ages of 14 and 19 who are about to become part of a blended family living together. The show wants to document your story. Is your mom or dad about to get or just recently got married? Are you used to having things your way and won’t be able to deal? Are you and your step siblings the same age and you compete over everything? Moving to a new school? Sharing a room with step siblings? The show would be told from your perspective and armed with a flip-cam you will document the fun, the annoying and dramatic events that are going on in your new life dealing with stepfamily members. To be considered, send photos of yourself and an email describing your story, your personality, your issues and your family situation to Stepfamilycasting@mikemathisprods.com . Only those living in or around the L.A. area will be considered.
Casting Call: WE tv and Essence magazine are partnering for a second year in a row to present exclusive offerings around WE tv’s on-air bridal programming at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this Friday through Sunday. Also this weekend, at the WE tv hospitality lounge, the network will host on-site casting calls sponsored by Cox Communications for its original series Bridezillas and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. The Bridezillas casting call happens this Friday and Saturday from 1-4p while the My Fair Wedding casting call, with David Tutera in attendance to meet prospective show candidates, will be this Sunday from 1-4p. Any pre-registered Cox customers will receive VIP access to the auditions.
~ RATINGS ~
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/14-6/18/10 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/14-6/18/10 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX raised the temperature Wednesday night, taking the A18-49 demo with a 2.7/9, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, ABC’s Wipeout secured the top spot with a 2.6/9 though FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen was a mere tenth of a rating point following at 2.5/9. A similar scenario played out at 9p as NBC’s America’s Got Talent won with a 2.9/9 and FOX’s second helping of Hell’s Fire was also a skosh behind at 2.8/9. Then at 10p, NBC’s repeat of Last Comic Standing made it to the front of the line with a 1.7/5 and UNIV’s Aqui y Ahora chased after second place with a 1.4/4.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.3/9 NCIS [r] 6.4/12, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 5.5/9, The Good Wife [r] 4.0/7
NBC: 3.9/7 Losing It with Jillian 2.7/5, America’s Got Talent 6.0/10, Last Comic Standing [r] 3.0/5
FOX: 3.6/6 Hell’s Kitchen 3.5/6, Hell’s Kitchen 3.7/6
ABC: 3.0/5 Wipeout 4.3/8, Downfall 2.2/4, Primetime: Mind Games 2.3/4
UNIV: 2.3/4 Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe 2.2/4, Soy Tu Duena 2.7/5, Aqui y Ahora 2.0/4
ION: 0.9/2 Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2
TELE: 0.6/1 El Clon 0.5/1, Perro Amor 0.5/1, Donde Esta Elisa? 0.8/1
CW: 0.5/1 One Tree Hill [r] 0.6/1, Life Unexpected [r] 0.4/1
A18-49: FOX 2.7/9, NBC 2.0/6, UNIV 1.8/6, ABC 1.7/5, CBS 1.3/4, TELE 0.5/2, ION 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Entertainment Studios, Inc. tapped Jenny Hope as Supervising Producer for its newest syndicated court show America’s Court with Judge Ross premiering this fall. Jenny is a three-time Emmy Award-nominated producer for Judge Judy and Family Court with Judge Penny.
Scott Gedney joins the NHL as Sales Manager working with national business for the NHL Network. Scott joins from ESPN where for the last two years he was an Account Service Executive in Multi-Media Sales.
Pamela Post was upped to VP/Original Programming for Logo after having been a part of the network’s programming development team for the last five years most recently as Senior Director/Original Programming. Based in Los Angeles, Pamela continues to develop original content for the network and reports to Dave Mace, SVP/Original Programming.
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This day in History: 1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on “The Steve Allen Show.” He was told not to dance and Allen had him sing “Hound Dog” to a real basset hound wearing tails
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010
ABC: Wipeout, Rookie Blue, Boston Med
AZTECA: Laura de Todos, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS: The Mentalist [r], CSI [r], The Mentalist [r]
CW: Vampire Diaries [r], Moonlight [r]
FOX: Glee [r] So You Think You Can Dance
ION: Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS
NBC: Community [r], 100 Questions, The Office [r], 30 Rock [r], The Office [r], Parks and Rec [r]
PBS: This Old House Hour, Antiques Roadshow, Soundstage
TELE: El Clon, Perro Amor, Donde Esta Elisa?
UNIV: Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe, Soy Tu Duena, Rosa de Guadalupe
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