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FX Want Second Season Of Totally Biased

FX Want Second Season Of Totally Biased

FX have ordered up a second season of weekly late night talk show ‘Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.’ The move comes as FX seek to strengthen their position in terms f late night programming. Originally signed on for 6 half hour episodes, the show has now bee given a seven week run and will...
NBC's Revolution Posts Strong Numbers

NBC’s Revolution Posts Strong Numbers

NBC’s drama ‘Revolution’ is cashing in on the prime slot following smash ‘The Voice’ it seems, with preliminary estimates showing an average 4.1 rating/11 in adult viewers aged 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers overall. NBC chose to premier the show a week before the official start of the television season. This is the strongest start...
Usher & Shakira Set To Coach On The Voice

Usher & Shakira Set To Coach On The Voice

Reality singing show ‘The Voice’ is set to run back to back seasons for the first time when season four is aired immediately following the close of season 4. However, NBC Entertainment had confirmed that this means there will be a need to substitute some of the judges for season 4. Cee Lo Green has...
ABC Greenlight Trio of Pilots

ABC Greenlight Trio of Pilots

ABC Family have given the go ahead for three brand new pilots for next year, continuing to strengthen their portfolio of original programming. The first pilot is for hour long skein ‘Terminales’ adapted from a Televisa series. The drama which follows a young lady who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and will be written...
Boardwalk Empire Season Premiere Draws 2.9 Million

Boardwalk Empire Season Premiere Draws 2.9 Million

The third season of HBO drama ‘Boardwalk Empire’ premiered in the 9pm slot to 2.9 million viewers, equaling the figures for the previous season finale last September. HBO have cofirmed that in total, 4.6 million viewers tuned in across the various plays this past Sunday, a slight increase on the previous season premiere as viewers...
Lifetime Confirms Male Lead For 'Witches'

Lifetime Confirms Male Lead For ‘Witches’

Patrick Heusinger has bagged the male lead in Lifetime’s new drama pilot ‘Witches of East End’ which is being adapted from a novel of the same name by Melissa la Cruz. The drama will center around Joanna Beauchamp and her grown up daughters Freya and Ingrid, all of whom are unaware that they are the...
Reality Television: Preproduction

Reality Television: Preproduction

Prevention has always been considered better than cure, and in the reality television world, preproduction is prevention. Preproduction is the stage of planning where everything is mapped out and set up , rough sketches of ideas are drawn, and everyone is given a basic idea of what’s about to happen before shooting starts. However, sometimes...
Reality Television: Seven Reality Show Types

Reality Television: Seven Reality Show Types

The world today is defined by lists. From the top ten celebrities, to the highest paid stars in Hollywood, everything can be turned into a list. So why leave reality television out of the fun? While there’s no official list of reality television subgenres, any producer would define reality television with a certain genre, to...
Reality Television: An Incomplete History

Reality Television: An Incomplete History

Since the dawn of time (or at least the dawn of my consciousness) I’ve had a fixation on television. This fascination culminated in the realization that I wanted to be a television writer. As I grew, I saw television evolve with me, from the introduction of the live studio audience in I Love Lucy to...
Netflix Not Concerned About Rivals

Netflix Not Concerned About Rivals

Netflix COO Ted Sarandos told investors this week that the company is unconcerned about competition from Amazon and other rival companies. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference, Sarandos said, “We never thought we’d operate without competition. We’re surprised it’s taken this long!” Amazon have recently agreed terms with...
ABC Purchases Skin Deep

ABC Purchases Skin Deep

ABC have confirmed the purchase of television drama ‘Skin Deep’. The project comes from co-writer of Up In The Air, Sheldon Turner. Turner and his partner Jennifer Klein head up Vendetta Productions which has a first look deal with ABC. Turner has described his new drama project as a sexy soap opera which centers around...
Toby Stephens Confirmed To Play Flint in Treasure Island Prequel

Toby Stephens Confirmed To Play Flint in Treasure Island Prequel

Michael Bay’s Platinum dunes production company is working a top speed to get swashbuckling pirate adventure ‘Black Sails’ underway on US television network Starz. With a planned 8 episode first season, Bay has announced that they have now settled on Toby Stephens to play the lead role of Captain Flint. Black Sails is set around...
Sonar Set To Adapt Terry Brooks' Shannara Series

Sonar Set To Adapt Terry Brooks’ Shannara Series

Following the successful adaptation of A Game of Thrones by HBO, it comes as little surprise that there is renewed interest in bringing other fantasy novels to the small screen. One such project is Terry Brooks’ ‘Shannara’ series of books which has reportedly been picked up by Sonar Entertainment for production in partnership with Farah...
Travel Channel Greenlights Triple Pack of Unscripted TV

Travel Channel Greenlights Triple Pack of Unscripted TV

The Travel Channel is putting more money into the unscripted or reality side of their programming schedule by giving the green light to three new series of half hour long shows starting with half a dozen episodes of each show. The first of this new trio of shows is ‘Edge of America’ which will follow...
MTV Confirms Jersey Shore Final Season Air Date

MTV Confirms Jersey Shore Final Season Air Date

In terms of reality TV, few shows have hit the success of MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’. The channel have confirmed the the latest and final season of the reality show will air beginning October 4. The ratings for the reality franchise have been dropping, but it is still faring well in the market in comparison to...
Disney Launches Best Rated Talkshow of Decade

Disney Launches Best Rated Talkshow of Decade

Disney’s ‘Katie’ opened to some impressive ratings yeasterday which easily matched some of the top rated daytime talkshows of the past 10 years. Estimated numbers for the 56 metered markets moonitored by Neilsen shoe that the syndicated series hosted by Katie Couric secured a 2.8 household rating/8 share putting it firmly at the head of...
Reality TV - Problems with the Shoot & Safety

Reality TV – Problems with the Shoot & Safety

Problems with the Shoot Most people who sign on for reality shows don’t expect to have so much direction over their movements, and they especially don’t expect to be the bad guy or to get into conflict with their cast mates. Because of this, many of reality TV actors become disenchanted with the process. The...
Sons Of Anarchy Creator To Pen Black Comedy For FX

Sons Of Anarchy Creator To Pen Black Comedy For FX

Creator of ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Kurt Sutter is usually linked to projects that revolve around violence and drama rather than comedy, but in the new series he is currently developing for FX it is definitely the latter he is aiming for! New project ‘Diva. Clown. Killer’ is described as a dark comedy series focusing on...