BET unveiled its programming plans for the new season on Wednesday in New York, a slate that includes a scripted comedy about how hard it is to break into the entertainment industry when you’re a Wayans family member; a “house husbands” spoof of Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise; an “America’s Most Wanted”-ish reality series starring Judge Greg Mathis; and a late-night show starring T.J. Holmes.
A former CNN anchor
reporter, Holmes will deliver “smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans” that “mainstream media tends to disregard,” BET said Wednesday of its new late-night strip, “Don’t Sleep!” The show will include correspondents and live music.
“House Husbands” is a semi-scripted skewering of all things “Housewives,” based on Kevin Hart’s “The Real Husbands of Hollywood” sketches that the network unveiled during the 2011 BET Awards. Hart will star and exec-produce.
“Second Generation Wayans” is a fully scripted comedy series exec-produced by Marlon Wayans, and starring Craig Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and George O. Gore II (the guy who played Big Head Junior in Damon Wayans’s sitcom “My Wife & Kids”). The guys “struggle” to make it in Hollywood while suffering from being members of “America’s first family of comedy” — as opposed to the rest of you who are trying to make it in Hollywood while blissfully free of “celebrity relatives.”
The crime series “The Mathis Project,” starring Mathis himself, promises to “empower neighborhoods plagued by unsolved homicides” by uniting local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information — and to “get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: Reveal what they know.” It’s being produced by ITV Studios, which also produces Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares,” among other programs.
Before there was Ryan Seacrest, there was Dick Clark.
Today, we marvel at Seacrest’s ability to host “American Idol” while also launching “the ESPN of pop culture” network with Mark Cuban. And there’s more! Anchor E! News; produce all those Kardashian docu-soaps for E! and the just-renewed “Shahs of Sunset” for Bravo; become the newest member of the NBC “family” (and presumed heir to the “Today” show) — all while hosting his daily and weekly syndicated radio shows for Clear Channel.
But Seacrest is just taking a page from the Dick Clark playbook.
Clark died Wednesday at age 82 after suffering a heart attack.
“We can’t begin tonight’s show without acknowledging the passing of a television pioneer, and my dear friend, Dick Clark,” Seacrest said at the top of Wednesday night’s “American Idol.” “Without Dick, a show like this would not exist.”
In 1980, Variety marveled that “the self-styled ‘voracious appetite’ of Dick Clark for activity has the indie producer moving into every TV daypart.”
Among Clark’s many television accomplishments, his “Bandstand” will forever hold the record as the longest-running musical variety show in history, unless you really think “Idol” will last longer than three decades; we know “The Voice” isn’t, and we have our doubts about “The X Factor.” In the ’60s, when Clark moved “Bandstand” to Los Angeles, he created Dick Clark Productions.
He became the go-to game show host: “The $10,000 Pyramid” (later called “$100,000 Pyramid”), as well as the “TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes” franchise. He was the king of trophy shows. He created “The American Music Awards,” Dick Clark Productions has produced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards broadcast since ’83, and DCP also produced the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Clark also was an executive producer on “American Dreams” — NBC’s ’60s-set prime-time homage to his own “Bandstand” — about a Philly family whose wide-eyed young daughter dreams of becoming a “Bandstand” regular.
Netflix will unveil all 10 new episodes of “Arrested Development” at once next year.
The video service will start streaming its entire “A.D.” order on the same day, its chief, Ted Sarandos, told The Reporters Who Cover Television attending the annual National Association of Broadcasters confab in Las Vegas.
Netflix did the same with its first original series, “Lilyhammer,” so this is not exactly huge news.
Perhaps more surprising, it appears that series creator Mitch Hurwitz might have been gaming the press (again), only this time about those 10 new episodes.
Remember when Hurwitz announced at a New Yorker festival in October that he’d decided he needed to create 10 new episodes of the series, because each show would serve to move a Bluth family member’s story line to where he wanted the character to be for the “Arrested Development” flick (the flick that still appears not to have a distributor)?
Remember also how back in October, Hurwitz boasted about gaming the press about the whole “A.D.” movie, planting a bogus story that the movie was being held up because actor Michael Cera wanted too much money?
Well, on Wednesday, Hurwitz said the new episodes are kind of like the old episodes that aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006. Hurwitz added that he would not mind continuing to do the show on Netflix, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Here we go again!
California’s lieutenant governor will host a weekly show for Current TV called “The Gavin Newsom Show,” the network announced Wednesday.
Newsom will launch his show in May on the network best known for recently canning Keith Olbermann in a big, noisy way. The hour-long talk show will have a “decidedly California touch, as Newsom interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond,” said the San Francisco-based network founded by former vice president Al Gore.
A Current TV rep declined to tell The TV Column how much Newsom would be paid for the hosting gig, but said the Democrat is going to donate his salary to charity.
While mayor of San Francisco, Newsom hosted a phone-in radio show.
Over the many years that NBC has broadcast the Olympics, the network has taken a lot of heat for its practice of holding broadcast of the “glam” competitions — hello beach volleyball! — until prime time, rather than airing them live.
The Reporters Who Cover Television have always turned a deaf ear to NBC’s argument that it needed to broadcast these very popular sporting events in the evening. NBC’s logic: The number of people at liberty to watch TV is much bigger at night than at, say 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.; the network needs to snag as big an audience as possible for these glam derbies so it can charge as much for ads during these prime-time broadcasts; and charging more means NBC can recoup the crazy stupid money it shells out for the broadcast rights to the Olympics.
Today, NBC gave an inch.
The network announced that during the Summer Games in London, for the first time, it would stream every single event and sport live on NBCOlympics.com. That’s more than 3,500 programming hours, including the awarding of all 302 medals.
Here’s the catch: Some of the featured competitions (read: glam derbies) will not be archived until after they’ve aired on NBC. So if you don’t get up at 2 a.m. to watch, say, the women’s beach volleyball prelims, you’ll still have to wait until NBC airs it in prime time that night. The choice is now yours.