The 'Los Angeles Times' reports that the burger giant is launching its own in-store TV channel over the next few months, with content provided by reality TV impresario Mark Burnett ('Survivor'), BBC America and KABC-TV Eyewitness News.
The concept has already been trialled in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego, and the company aims to have it up and running soon in over 800 branches of McDonald's in Southern and Central California. With an audience estimated at a Big Mac-tastic 18-20 million viewers each month, the new channel could land one of the largest daytime audiences in the area.
'Glee' star Jane Lynch has been lauded for her hosting skills, and she kept things moving at a brisk pace on a night chock full of surprises. The Associated Press praised the high production values and said the ceremony "could have been the most satisfying in memory."
AOL TV's own Maureen Ryan called it "rather delightful," noting that "what's usually a three-hour slogfest passed by relatively quickly and mostly painlessly this time around."
'New York' magazine said that "if it wasn't as good as last year's Jimmy Fallon-hosted spectacular, it did continue a trend upheld by the recent Tonys and Grammys, of being much, much better than this past Oscars." High praise indeed!
While it's normal for stress and exhaustion to cause friction as the series progresses, the team called Latin Persuasion were bickering almost from the moment the competition began. Even when they fell into last place, they kept at it.
During a challenge where they had to find water in the Moroccan desert using the traditional methods of the local people, Raven Garcia finally laid into Mai Reyes for doing a lot of standing around so far in the game and not much else.
ABC posted 15 minutes of the premiere online today, and the show seems kind of like 'The Amazing Race' meets an Iron Man challenge during a desert season of 'Survivor.' Which is to say it looks interesting, though not entirely original.
There are plenty of reality TV tropes to be found -- there's the redneck team, the spicy latina team, the ex-NFL players who talk exclusively in football metaphors, the guy overcoming adversity, the excruciatingly long pauses before critical moments -- but all in all, it looks like a fun show for the summer. That said, if it were ever up against 'TAR,' Phil Keoghan would win every time.
According to the New York Times, reality guru Mark Burnett will produce a a five-part, 10-hour series for the History Channel that will air in 2013.
The scripted series is set to tell some of the classic Biblical tales (think Noah's Ark) through a mix of CGI and live-action storytelling.
First, there's 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' which is steaming towards its live finale (Sunday, May 22, 9PM ET on NBC), with John Rich and Marlee Matlin facing off for the right to be "hired" by Donald Trump. The show has been renewed for a fifth celebrity season; Trump also recently decided not to run for President, but not without leaving months of new material for late night talk shows in his wake.
Then there's 'The Voice,' which is gaining momentum after a strong start, with the combination of talented singers and red hot judges (Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton) keeping people tuning in.
But when we spoke, we started with his most venerable show, 'Survivor,' which just ended its 22nd season on Sunday. We talked about the decision to bring back 'Redemption Island' for season 23, then moved on to a question that seemed like it would be innocent. His reaction was anything but ...
Oprah Winfrey's ceded poll position to Lady Gaga, despite earning roughly three times as much.
Gaga's moved up from No. 4 on the list, which measures celebrity power through a combination of entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.
Although 'Forbes' estimated Gaga's earnings in the last year as $90 million -- as opposed to Oprah's mighty $290 million -- it also noted the huge importance of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.
'Forbes' editor Dorothy Pomerantz explained that, "Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power. She can use Twitter and Facebook to work the 'little monsters' into a frenzy that leads to record sales and media attention. She's the best example of how celebrities will need to manage their careers in the coming years."
According to TV Guide, Burnett told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware there was a problem until he read last week's Daily Beast article that alleged Hantz was leaking 'Survivor' spoilers to fan message boards. "I found out the same time you found out. I read it online," Burnett said on a conference call today. "I had no idea about it."
Hantz could face a $5 million penalty if he really is behind the leaks. "I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone about it," Burnett said, including 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst.
In other TV news ...
• TLC is launching a new tattoo reality series called 'N.Y. Ink.' It'll follow 'Miami Ink' star Ami James as he opens a new shop in Soho. The eight-episode first season will premiere in June. [THR]
• AMC has announced the premiere date for its new series, 'The Killing.' The show, about the police investigation of a teenage girl's murder, will air its two-hour first episode on April 3, then move to its regular Sunday at 10PM time slot the following week. [Deadline]
• Another cable show has announced a premiere date: 'Treme' comes back to HBO on April 24. The drama, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, welcomes new cast member Jon Seda for season 2. [TV Guide]
According to Variety, the Oprah Winfrey Network has shut down a daytime talk show that was being developed by reality guru Mark Burnett.
OWN executive Christina Norman made the decision, saying the network is focusing more on its primetime slate of programing. The talk show was going to have multiple hosts, similar to 'The View' and 'The Talk.'
This isn't the end to Burnett and OWN's partnership. Burnett is executive producer on 'Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star.'
In other TV news ...
• Gloria Allred has gotten her own courtroom TV show. The lawyer to the stars will serve as judge in 'We the People With Gloria Allred,' set to debut in syndication and cable this fall. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Sonya Salomaa will guest star on 'Supernatural.' The 'Watchmen' actress will play a tough angel named Rachel. [TV Guide]
• Two 'Project Runway' spin-offs are in the works. Besides the previously reported 'Project Runway: Accessories,' 'Project Runway: Masters' is being developed. The new project will pit professional designers against each other. [Entertainment Weekly]
I caught up with Lady O and her stars on the TCA red carpet -- including BFF Gayle King, Lisa Ling, Cat Cora, Dr. Laura Berman, Suze Orman, 'Your OWN Show' hosts Carson Kressley and Nancy O'Dell, and the show's producer Mark Burnett -- to hear all about their big launch and what's up next.
What do you think of OWN so far? And are you excited about what new shows are teased in this video? Sound off in the comments.
The Peacock network is prepping 'The Voice of America,' a new singing talent competition to launch this spring. The show, based on the wildly popular Dutch series 'The Voice of Holland,' comes from reality guru Mark Burnett and international mogul John de Mol. According to the Live Feed, casting is underway.
"It's a bold move, it shows our confidence," Paul Telegedy, NBC's alternative chief, told the Live Feed about the show's production schedule. "But we've been busy fermenting a move into this genre for quite a few months. We've been at a state of DefCon 2."
Here's how the show works: A panel of four coaches, comprised of performing artists who have yet to be announced, sit in rotating chairs during the audition. Their backs are to the contestants -- they can't see them, only hear them. If one of the four coaches likes the singer, they press a button and the singer becomes one of their students and moves onto the next round. If two coaches like the same contestant, the contestant gets to pick which judge will become their coach. This way of judging puts emphasis only on the voice, not the "look" of the contestant.
Rinna was among one of the more than 500 women who came out to audition for the Bravo reality series. Other famous names who didn't make the cut include Marla Maples, Shawn King and Alana Stewart.
Don't feel too sorry for Rinna, she's got her TV Land reality series and is part of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice.' However, it would be fun to see her tangle with some of those 'Beverly Hills' ladies.
In other TV news ...
• Disney XD is working on an animated 'Tron' series. The network has ordered 'Tron: Uprising' for summer 2012. The voice cast includes big names such as Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens,Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nate Corddry and Lance Henriksen. Bruce Boxleitner is also on board as Tron. [Variety]
• NBC is planning a sitcom around comedian Russell Peters. The show will loosely follow Peters' family life. [Variety]
• HBO's 'Tilda' has added three new executive producers. The Diane Keaton comedy has added Alan Poul and writers Alexa Junge and John Hoffman as executive producers. [Deadline Hollywood]
"My [reality] show with Mark Burnett did get picked up for VH1," she told TV Squad backstage at 'DWTS.'
According to Deadline Hollywood, Patridge and Burnett developed the reality series for MTV last year. After the pilot, 'The Audrina Show,' failed to get picked up, the pair tinkered with the format and brought their series to VH1.
According Entertainment Weekly, O'Dell and Kressley will work with 10 finalists out of the 15,000 entrants and put them through a boot camp designed to tackle the struggles of talk show hosting. Contestants will have to book guests, research stories and complete screen tests. The series is produced by Mark Burnett and will premiere in January. Each episode will feature a celebrity guest judge.
"I am so thrilled, grateful and excited to be a part of Your OWN Show," Kressley said in a statement. "Not only do I get to inspire and be inspired by an amazing group of very talented contestants, I will also have the privilege of working with seasoned pros like Nancy O'Dell, Mark Burnett, and of course, my hero, Oprah Winfrey. How lucky am I?!"
Burnett has also signed on to produce a morning talk show on OWN that will feature a panel similar to 'The View.' According to the New York Post, the series will also premiere in January.
In other TV news ...
• Olivia Wilde will miss several episodes of 'House' this season. Her character, Thirteen, appeared in the Sept. 20 premiere, but will be missing until "well into this season," according to series creator David Shore. Wilde will miss episodes because of her movie shooting schedule for 'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'The Change Up.' [Ausiello Files]
D.L. Hughley is to host a new game show for NBC titled 'Who's Bluffing Who?'.
According to the Hollywood Reporter NBC has ordered a pilot of the show in which 7 contestants will try to win half a million dollars. Each episode they will use their bluffing skills -- including possibly stealing each other's money -- to advance in the game as they are gradually whittled down to one winner.
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