The X Factor returned to New Jersey on Wednesday for the first of two days of judges round auditions. EW joined an audience of roughly 5,000 for the day’s second taping at Newark’s Prudential Center, which featured 22 contestants. Fox told journalists to refrain from IDing performers and revealing their song choices, backstories, and comments to the judges, as well as quoting the judges’ critiques, so we’ll have to speak generally. But we were able to cull together the following list of 10 things you can expect from The X Factor this fall. READ FULL STORY »
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Former Life Unexpected executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen have been chosen as the new showrunners for fellow CW series 90210. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that season 2 and 3 showrunner Rebecca Sinclair will not continue on the series. 90210 was recently picked up for another season, set to premiere this fall.
If you hated NBC’s Outlaw but loved the star, this should come as good news: Jimmy Smits will headline the Peacock’s drama pilot from Stephen Gaghan. He’ll play Los Angeles Mayor Alfonso Morales in the project that’s set in the world of crime, law enforcement, and politics in modern-day Los Angeles. The pilot was previously known as Special Investigations L.A.
NBC renews reality lineup; 'The Sing-Off,' 'The Biggest Loser' and 'Who Do You Think You Are' coming back next season
NBC announced today that it has renewed The Sing-Off, The Biggest Loser, and Who Do You Think You Are for the 2011-12 season. This season’s cycle of The Sing-Off averaged a 3.2 rating/8 share and 9.2 viewers, jumping versus the prior season by 28% in the adult demo and 27% in viewers. The Dec. 20 finale, in which Pop Gospel sensations Committed were crowned champions, tied as the No. 1 primetime telecast of that week in adults 18-49.
Loser has averaged a 3.1/8 in 18-49 and 9 million viewers so far this season, and remains NBC’s No. 1 entertainment series among women 18-49 and women 25-54. And season two of Who Do You Think You Are is averaging a 1.4/4 and 7 million viewers on Fridays. Upcoming episodes will feature Kim Cattrall, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lionel Richie, Ashley Judd and Steve Buscemi.
“Alternative series such as these three bona fide hits are important not only to their loyal audiences but also as strong components of the NBC schedule,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a statement. “They are each unique, attention-getting shows with terrific producing and talent auspices, and we’re proud to be associated with them.”
Wonder Woman that’s eating up all the headlines, nor does it have a much-anticipated reboot in the works that has fans hoping for the best (and even anticipating the worst). But the No. 1 network (in viewers) doesn’t need to make a lot of noise with its fall 2011 development, especially when it continues to succeed with tried-and-true formats featuring law dogs and crime-fighting duos. READ FULL STORY »CBS may not have a project like
From Wonder Woman…to Chelsea Handler! NBC made a flurry of pilot orders today, including one inspired by Handler’s bestselling book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea. The E! talk show host will executive produce the multi-camera comedy – along with Tom Werner, Mike Clements, and Tom Brunelle – that will focus on the lives of a group of 20-somethings who live and work together with a very outspoken young woman. Other exec producers include Julie Larson and Dottie Dartland Zicklin. Handler will not appear.
NBC also ordered these other comedy pilots today: READ FULL STORY »
Dr. Drew Pinsky is expanding his sphere of influence. EW has confirmed that Pinsky, who has a eponymous show debuting on HLN in the spring and hosts Celebrity Rehab on VH1, will headline a new daily half-hour talk show dubbed Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers on the CW this fall.
Pinsky will tackle everything from addiction to relationship woes and also bring in experts. The network will air an original episode at 3 p.m. and follow it with a repeat. The news was first reported by Broadcasting & Cable.
The show comes courtesy of Telepictures, which previously produced The Tyra Banks Show for the CW’s daytime hour at 3. Repeats of the yakker continue to air in the slot.
ABC is set to pick up a new comedy pilot with a title that could make waves like $#*! My Dad Says if it makes it to primetime intact.
20th Century Fox TV has sold a project titled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, which earns points for being funny and memorable, if not exactly G-rated. Tough to see ABC not brainstorming something softer (then again, the network does have Cougar Town). READ FULL STORY »
Now that she’s appeared on Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Suze Orman has earned her own show on Oprah Winfrey’s network. OWN announced today that she’ll host Money Class, a show that’ll help folks transform their financial lives. “Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance and her straight-forward advice will help people who are in need of a financial wake-up call,” said Lisa Erspamer, OWN’s chief creative officer.
Orman’s new show is expected to bow in the fall. She will continue to appear on the All Stars specials on Jan. 9, 16, and 23 and will serve as a guest judge on the third episode of Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star on Jan. 21.
Exclusive: How will we survive without 'The Walking Dead'? Exec producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd offer some suggestions
So the first season of The Walking Dead is over and it seems likely the show won’t return until October which, according to EW’s calendar experts, is still around ten months away. But don’t panic! EW has compiled a list of undead-oriented entertainment activities to help pass the time with a little help from Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman and Gale Anne Hurd and one of our zombie cover stars, Charles Casey. READ FULL STORY »
Yesterday, I posted a — spoiler-free — Q&A with Walking Dead comic writer and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman in which he ruminated on Sunday’s season finale, “TS-19.” When I talked with Kirkman, the conversation at times referenced events that have already happened in his comic but which still lie in the future — or may do so — for the characters in the show. Given the potentially spoiler-filled nature of those portions I excised them from the original Q&A. As previously promised, you’ll find them below.
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- Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Trek' shower?!