or


[01/14/05 - 12:00 AM]
TCA 2005 Winter Press Tour: Friday's Notes
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The Television Critics Association began its winter press tour this week in which the various broadcast and cable networks talk about their upcoming plans to the nation's top critics and entertainment reporters. It's during these sessions the networks roll out most of their midseason plans as well as look back at the highs and lows of the new season.

Here's some additional notes from the panels that weren't covered in their respective press releases:

A&E

MI-5 - A fourth season is in the works of the popular U.K. drama. New episodes are set to be completed for a January 2006 premiere. Season three of the drama bowed earlier this month.

ORIGINAL MOVIES - A&E confirmed both its previously announced Hillary Clinton biopic and its mini-series inspired by the New York power blackout are still in the works. Next out of the gate following "See Arnold Run" (Sunday, January 30) however will be the John McCain biopic "Faith of My Fathers."

The cable channel is moving forward with six new original series:

BEING (New!) - Mick Jagger is the executive producer of this new biography series, full details of which weren't available.

CRISS ANGEL (New!) - Illusionist Criss Angel is the focus of this series, which features unannounced on-the-street performances and public demonstrations. The project is set up at First Television and Angel Productions.

INKED - The backdoor pilot, which originally aired last August, has been given a series order. Fox TV Studios and Foglight Entertainment are behind the project, which revolves around the owners of the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co., the first to operate out of a Vegas casino.

INTERVENTION (premieres Sunday, March 6) - The reality series, which compels people to confront their inner demons, will be the first of the group out of the gate.

KNIEVEL'S WILD RIDE (premieres Tuesday, April 5) - A new reality series about Robbie Knievel, son of daredevil legend Evel Knievel. Said project will be paired with "Dog the Bounty Hunter," which launches its second season the same night at 10:00/9:00c.

ROLLER GIRLS (New!) - The lives of women's competitive roller derby skaters are set to be the focus of this Austin, Texas-based series, which comes from Go Go Luckey Productions ("Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County").

A&E is also developing five other projects, not surprisingly all of which are reality series:

LITTLE RED MAN (New!) - Granada Television is behind this project, in which a literal little red man is unleashed on unsuspecting people during inopportune moments who have forgotten something important - from a birthday to owing money to a friend - until their memory comes back.

MARRIED IN VEGAS (New!) - The day-to-day of the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is the focus of this project, from Lighthearted Entertainment.

SINGLE AGAIN (New!) - This project, from True Entertainment and Endemol U.S.A., gives a couple that's been together for years a chance to relive the single life by moving them out, dividing up all their belongings, and forcing them to spend a month apart to see if their relationship is meant to last.

SPYING ON MYSELF (New!) - Scott Sternberg Productions is behind this series, which lets willing participants find out what people really think of them by sending them in disguise to find out.

WHIPPED (New!) - City Lights Television is shepherding this project, in which spouses are challenged to get their significant others to do their bidding for 48 straight hours and catch it on hidden cameras.

Lifetime

YOU'RE NOT THE MAN I MARRIED (New!) - The cable channel announced it has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of a new reality series in which neglected wives have their husbands compete in comedic challenges - such as approaching complete strangers at the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., to tell them why they love their wife - to prove they really are the men their wives married. David Franzke ("Punk'd") and Optomen Productions are behind the project. No premiere date however was given.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [january 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· BLACKOUT (A AND E)
· CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK (A AND E)
· DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER (A AND E)
· FAITH OF MY FATHERS (A AND E)
· HILLARY'S CHOICE (A AND E)
· INKED (A AND E)
· INTERVENTION (LMN)
· KNIEVEL'S WILD RIDE (A AND E)
· LITTLE RED MAN (A AND E)
· MARRIED IN VEGAS (A AND E)
· MI-5 (BBC AMERICA)
· NEWPORT HARBOR: THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY (MTV)
· PUNK'D (MTV)
· ROLLERGIRLS (A AND E)
· SEE ARNOLD RUN (A AND E)
· SINGLE AGAIN (A AND E)
· SPYING ON MYSELF (A AND E)
· WHIPPED (A AND E)
· YOU'RE NOT THE MAN I MARRIED (LIFETIME)











[10/24/14 - 12:08 PM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Paul Giamatti and Golden Globe(R) Winner Damian Lewis Cast as Leads in the Showtime(R) Drama Project "Billions"
Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.

[10/24/14 - 11:22 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" Social Platforms to Give Fans a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Janel Parrish's "Pretty Little Liars"-Themed Dance
The ABC Family social media team has partnered with "Dancing with the Stars" to give "PLL" fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Janel and her professional partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, as they get ready for their big performance.

[10/24/14 - 11:14 AM]
TV Land Presents: A Frightfully Funny "Roseanne" Halloween Marathon Event
TV Land will honor these notorious tricksters with a full-day marathon event that highlights "Roseanne's" Halloween episodes, leaving viewers cackling on Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM ET/PT!

[10/24/14 - 11:02 AM]
"Once Upon A Time" to Air Special Two-Hour Event "Smash the Mirror" on Sunday, November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00/7:00c on said night.

[10/24/14 - 11:00 AM]
"Marvel's Agent Carter" Rounds Out Cast with Lyndsy Fonseca
She'll play an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York, who will befriend Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world.

[10/24/14 - 10:52 AM]
NBC Expands "The Voice" Live Playoffs with Extra Hour, Night
The Peacock will pre-empt "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" on Tuesday, November 11 as well as "The Mysteries of Laura" on Wednesday, November 12 to make room for the expanded "Voice" editions.

[10/24/14 - 09:46 AM]
Four-Time Emmy Winner Jim Parsons to Star in NBC's Animated Holiday Event "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas"
The one-hour special premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the network.

[10/24/14 - 09:35 AM]
Terrifying Monsters Run Amok During Animal Planet's Inauguaral "Beastly Nights" Programming Event
Just in time for Halloween, Animal Planet unleashes five nights of cryptic creatures, near-death tales and never-before-seen footage.

[10/24/14 - 09:16 AM]
CBS Stars Get Social with a Week-Long #CBSInstagramTakeover Oct. 27 - Nov. 2!
In addition to Instagram, fans can follow along on the series' Facebook pages and CBS.com.

[10/24/14 - 09:13 AM]
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Beats NBC's "Fallon" by Its Largest Margin Yet in Homes
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Thursday, October 23.

[10/24/14 - 08:55 AM]
"The Biggest Loser" Retains 92% of Its Week-Ago Rating, Despite a Significantly Stronger NFL Game on CBS This Week
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, October 23.

[10/24/14 - 08:42 AM]
WWE(R) Superstar Christian(R) and WWE(R) Hall of Famer Edge(R) Reunite on Syfy's "Haven" in an All-New Episode Airing November 28
Jay Reso will appear in an all-new episode airing November 28, and will reprise the role for two additional episodes airing later in 2015.

[10/24/14 - 08:33 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Wraps CBS Run on Top
The Thursday football franchise heads to NFL Network only beginning next week.

[10/24/14 - 08:19 AM]
ABC More Than Doubles Its Nearest Non-Sports Competition on Thursday
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, October 23.

[10/24/14 - 07:23 AM]
Season 3 of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" Will Premiere on Wednesday, November 5
Season 3 consists of 16 thirty-minute episodes: 8 new episodes will air in 2014, and the remainder of Season 3 will air in 2015.