Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TV News

 NBC comedy pilot "Go On" starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup and is slated for early production and the fall line-up.

Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com/), the nation's first-ever over-the-air broadcast television network for African-Americans, will launch its first-ever original series Family Time - a half hour situation comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans. #comedynews @comicbible

TruTV‘s slate of 4 production development titles announced today it includes a Howie Mandel-produced game show set on an airplane and a funny-video pilot from the producers of "America’s Funniest Home Videos" and "Tosh.0" starring Shaquille O’Neal and Gary Owen. 

E!’s New Look, Logo, Brand Campaign and “Pop of Culture” Tagline Will Debut on the Network and Digital Platforms on July 9. The network also announced its first-ever scripted series in active development (set for 2013) and gave a green light to the long waiting Whitney Cummings new talk show,  "Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings”.
  “This show gives me a chance to get back to my stand-up roots,” said Cummings. “And I’m really excited to be able to say (almost) whatever I’d like on TV again. So thanks, E!”

Also on E!® - from International Emmy® winning producer Nigel Lythgoe comes a new series talent/reality television series, “Opening Act”. Lythgoe and his A-List Artist Development Team – including Grammy® winning superstar Mary J. Blige and chart-topping producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia – comb the Internet to find the web’s most talented amateurs, then give them the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open for a top music superstar.

E!'s hit, "Chelsea Lately!" scored a lucrative deal and renewed for several years. "After Lately!" was also renewed.

Cartoon Network turns 20 and announced several returning series and new series.
Announcements included the return of Adventure Time (no surprise there) and new series including a new sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon; Annoying Orange, produced by The Collective –Annoying Orange went viral on the Web and is being made into a new television series. The network also announced about twelve series throughout the 2012-2013 seasons. Cartoon Network also announced its ongoing commitment to its shorts program with ten original 7-minute shorts to be produced this year with a wholly dedicated production unit at Cartoon Network Studios.
 “For 20 years, Cartoon Network has cultivated truly original voices from a diverse array of artists and producers, making us the great alternative to everything else out there,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “Cartoon Network Studios has grown to become the most supportive and creative environment for a new generation of creators.”
Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series: The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. You’ll never know what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson.The series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.
Annoying Orange: Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective. The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

HBO has given early second season pickups to new comedy series Veep and Girls after two and three airings, respectively. Both have received 10-episode second-season orders. The Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer Veep drew 1.4 million viewers in its debut to Girls‘ 872,000. Girls, created by and starring Lena Dunham, takes a comic look at the humiliations and triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Veep, created by Armando Iannucci, stars Louis-Dreyfus as newly-minted Vice President.

The first footage of Howard Stern in his new Primetime role as "America's Got Talent" judge has emerged."I've gotta stick to my guns," Stern asserts in the clip, "You gotta get the very best talent. I don't want to go buzzer-crazy, but I'm going to be a strict judge, and I've gotta stick to that."
 "I haven't seen anything like that ever, and I hope I never do again," he tells one would-be entertainer. To a musical group playing instruments fashioned out of suitcases, he cracks, "Wouldn't the suitcases be better used for you packing up and getting off the stage?"

CMT has picked up two new series, including the network’s first-ever animated project. Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy will voice characters on the animated series "Bounty Hunters", scheduled to premiere on CMT in 2013.

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