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October Road duo signs deal with ABC

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2007 11:01AM

october roadJosh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, the creators of the ABC drama October Road, which was recently renewed for a second season, have singed an overall development deal with ABC, according to Variety.

The article doesn't go into much detail about the deal, except that ABC had essentially negotiated with Appelbaum and Nemec about developing new shows before October Road's renewal was set in stone.

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Rapping with the Stars could be coming to MTV

by Adam Finley, posted May 11th 2007 12:02PM

mtvPeople enjoy rap, and people enjoy reality television. So: why not combine them?

That seems to be the thought process behind Rapping with the Stars, a new reality series that could be popping up on MTV that, according to Variety, "features teams squaring off in [a] range of rap-oriented musical challenges."

Those "teams" consist of, naturally, a rapper and a celebrity. I wonder, though, how many rap-oriented challenges can there be? Other than freestyle, performing someone else's rap, or doing your own rap, what's left? Is there some kind of rap endurance race in which rappers must perform Run-DMC tunes while sprinting and pole vaulting cross country? Because there should be, I'd totally watch that.

If this show does become as popular as Dancing with the Stars, perhaps we'll start seeing more and more with the Stars-style shows, none of which I will watch.

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Tila Tequila may have new show on VH1

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 31st 2007 3:41PM

tila tequilaAccording to Monsters and Critics, singer, video vixen and popular MySpace personality Tila Tequila (real name Tila Nguyen) may soon have her own series on VH1. Nguyen says she plans to "push the envelope," with her new series, which, based on her YouTube videos, I assume means she'll be half-dressed through most of the show to distract people from her singing. There are no real details on the series just yet, and no official word when or if it will debut.

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Truckers, dinosaurs and the universe on the History Channel in '07 and '08

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 4:40PM

jason chambersThe History Channel has five new weekly series currently in development and set to premiere in 2007 and 2008.

The first series, Ice Road Truckers, is a documentary series focusing on long haul truck drivers in northern North America who drive their rigs across frozen lakes and risk falling through the ice, therefore having to keep one hand on the door at all times in case they need to bail out. The series will focus both on the truckers and on the miners who rely on them. If you're into shows like Deadliest Catch on the Discovery, this show may also be right up your alley.

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USA developing new shows

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 3:23PM

USAUSA is developing some new series. Here's what's on the menu:

The Negotiator, a show about a hostage negotiator who becomes a relationship counselor, is being developed by film producer Donald De Line (The Stepford Wives, The Italian Job).

Meanwhile, Battlestar Galactica co-executive producer Toni Graphia is developing American Girl, about a Wal-Mart employee whose personality changes after she witnesses a robbery. I was hoping for a show either based on the line of dolls, or possibly the Tom Petty song of the same name, but I guess this works, too.

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Geico's cavemen score their own sitcom

by Julia Ward, posted Mar 2nd 2007 2:04PM
geico cavemenAs far as Geico pitchmen go, I'm partial to the gecko, but I know people love them some cavemen ads. They love them so much that ABC is developing a single-camera sitcom based on the characters to be penned by Joe Lawson, the advertising copywriter who created the spots. The show will feature three of our early human ancestors battling prejudice as they try to live ordinary lives in Atlanta. (That means their respective cribs are only going to get nicer.)

As a former anthropology teacher, I'm curious to hear the origin story of these particular cavemen. Despite the lowered brow, they're clearly bipedal and have mastered the use of simple tools. Could they be Neanderthal descents? Or, maybe I'm barking up the wrong fossilized evidence tree. Do you think they'd be offended if I asked whether or not they know Cha-Ka?

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National Geographic goes back inside the womb

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 30th 2006 12:02PM

fetusA few weeks ago, National Geographic aired a two-hour special titled In the Womb: Animals that showed the development of dogs, elephants and dolphins while in utero through ultra sound imagery, CGI and visual effects. The special focused on, among other things, how these animals develop skills for survival while still inside their mothers.

On January 14 at 8pm, National Geographic will return to the womb with In the Womb: Multiples. The special will use 4d imagery to and CGI effects to show how twins and other muliple birth siblings develop bonds while in utero, and how those bonds continue after they're born.

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Ab Fab creator back with two new series

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 6th 2006 9:08AM
Jennifer SaundersBBC America has teamed up with Ab Fab creator Jennifer Saunders to produce two new series for the network - one of which reunites Saunders with Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley and longtime partner Dawn French. And, get this, both series are being produced by Jon Plowman, who oversaw the UK's Office and Extras. Does comedy news get much better than this?

The first show - Clatterford - is being compared to the Golden Girls with Lumley and Saunders playing women's club members in a small English town. Lumley is an eccentric stirring up trouble, and Saunders is the town busybody. Dawn French and Sue Johnston are also on board.

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ABC commits to high concept series

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 4th 2006 4:34PM
Matt Reeves and J.J. AbramsFelicity co-creator Matt Reeves has a high concept series in development for ABC. (That's poor Matt on the right, sitting behind Felicity's more famous half J.J. Abrams.) Called Ordinary Joe, Reeves' new series follows the story of a man, who at 21 had to decide whether to go after the girl he always wanted, choose the girl who always wanted him or remain single. The show picks up 12 years later and flashbacks to the three different versions of his life that would have been depending on what choice he made. Each episode intertwines the series of events that follows the three different life choices - connecting them via theme.

It's a little Sliding Doors, a little Run Lola Run. All of my favorite themes are there -- fate, regret, choices, connection, what's unchanging about a person and what's not. Ever since 24's success, networks have been looking for high concept shows like this. Hugh Jackman has a Rashomon-like project in the works. There are a slew of part-scripted, part-documentary Borat-y projects in the works, too. What will float, and what will sink? We'll have to wait and see. Let's just hope the lead in Ordinary Joe gets a haircut in each version of his life so we can tell the difference.

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K-Fed shopping reality show

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 2nd 2006 11:05AM
K-FedK-Fed's looking to make a second outing in the world of reality television with the help of House of Carters' executive producer Kenneth Crear. Crear reported to Us Magazine, "We are in talks about this. Kevin came to me because he liked the way I shot the House of Carters series and the way I made Nick Carter look real and trustworthy. I gave people a different perspective of him and made people really respect him." Kevin feels that the fast track to post-Brit respectability will come from reality television. You can't make this stuff up.

K-Fed is in negotiations to shoot eight episodes over a three month period. Kevin has said he won't be hating on Britney in the show, which is, of course, focused on him. That's ok. Britney's doing a fine job shaming herself in the post-Federline years all by her pantyless lonesome.

K-Fed discovers personal hygiene
K-Fed blinded by science
K-Fed ponders stripping

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MacDowell and Boyle join Showtime pilot

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 14th 2006 12:01PM
Andie MacDowellThe single-camera Showtime pilot Insatiable, which revolves around a small town in which everyone has an addiction, has added an impressive roster of actresses to its cast. Currently in negotiation to appear are Andie MacDowell, Laura Flynn Boyle and Andrea Martin.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ensemble comedy emulates the tone of Twin Peaks. Alright, I have no idea what that means. So, let's move on.

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Denys Cowan talks about BET animation

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 14th 2006 6:09PM

denys cowanDenys Cowan is a comic book artist who worked on comics for such DC characters as Spider-Man, Batman, The Question, and Steel, but lately he's been holding down a job as Vice President of Animation at BET. Newsarama's Daniel Robert Epstein recently spoke to Cowan about what exactly BET has in store as far as animated offerings, and what might be expected down the road. Cowan, as some of you may know, was also a producer for Boondocks during the show's first season, and was largely responsible for getting it on the air. Apparently, however, things did not end smoothly and Cowan refuses to speak about his time on the show. At least, he refuses to go into it with any great detail. Cowan hopes BET is able to use animation the way MTV used it in the 90s, and considering his background in comic books, I could definitely see that happening.

[via ToonZone]

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Former Spumco peeps working on new cartoon for kids

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 1st 2006 1:54PM

the constellationsWhile it remains to be seen if the show will ever see the light of day, animators Jessica Borutski and Chris Dainty, who met while working at Spumco, are developing a cartoon series called The Constellations, and you can track their progress on their awesome new blog. The cartoon appears to be about a group of little mythical girls who take human form whenever they come to Earth. I won't pretend to know if there's a market for such a show, but I do know that Bortuski's animated short,  I Like Pandas, is one of my favorite recent animated shorts. You can definitely see the Spumco influence in the design of the characters, and based on the drawings alone the show looks like it could be something kids could really get into.

[via Cartoon Brew]

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New Sesame Street DVDs under fire

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 21st 2006 1:02PM
elmoThe television set has been at the center of a debate over child rearing since it was first introduced into our homes. One question that comes up often is how young is too young when it comes to plopping your kid in front of the tube. The American Academy of Pediatrics has said for years that any child under the age of two shouldn't be allowed to watch TV, but Sesame Street is challenging that notion with a new DVD series aimed at the "under two" set called Sesame Beginnings, and some child advocates are not thrilled about it, claiming that exposure to media at such an early age can harm a child's development. In defense of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop, the company has never ventured into anything haphazardly, and a lot of thought and research went into these DVDs. Still, my feelings are that even if the DVDs are "safe" a child's time would be better spent anywhere except in front of the television. They don't need to be stimulated by bright colors and Muppets; the world is already fascinating enough to them.

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Family Guy video games coming

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2006 8:29AM
family guyI lost interest in video games several years ago, so any information from that particular realm pretty much stays off my radar. However, I did find out recently that 2K Games would be developing games based on Family Guy. Apparently, these games have been in development for awhile, so it seems this was just another friendly reminder that yes, the games are being made. The first one will be released this fall and will be of the "action/adventure" variety.

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