Ben-Hur born again? The Mentalist challenged? American Inventor re-invented? These news stories and more on today's TWoP News, filmed before a live studio audience, with special guest-star Mary Steenburgen.
Fox has unveiled its summer schedule, including the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance (May 21) and the series premiere of Mental, a new medical drama starring Annabella Sciorra that starts May 22 and is not meant to sound like The Mentalist, like, at all. Total coincidence.
While I still hold some residual love for Mary Steenburgen (from Time After Time), Richard Dreyfuss (from Jaws) and Jason Biggs (from... the time before he started acting?), I don't think I'll be able to watch a family TV drama starring all three of them. Sorry, CBS.
Hey, remember that really boring show American Inventor? Well, Mark Burnett's new ABC reality series Shark Tank is apparently nothing like that one. It's not an elimination competition series, it's a series about the drama of pitch meetings, in which an entrepreneur pitches his or her idea to a panel of wealthy investors. ... Yeah, it sounds like the same show to me. Entrepreneurs begging for money may be timely, but it sure ain't interesting.
The network that brought you The Littlest Groom and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (it's Fox, for those looking to assign blame) is back with a new non-traditional dating series called More to Love. In it, six bachelorettes will compete for the heart of one "Kevin James-type" bachelor. The lesson is apparently that you don't have to be skinny and good-looking, but you still have to demean yourself on national TV. Also, I'm sure the number of bachelorettes reflects the initial episode order, but it sure makes it seem like they couldn't find 25 women who were willing to fight for a "Kevin James-type."
Clear the chariot track, because Ben-Hur is coming back, and this time, he isn't stopping for an Academy Award. That's because he'll be ineligible, since he's starring in a TV mini-series on ABC. It'll be directed by Steve Shill, which gives truth to the old saying, "When in Rome, get the guy who directed Rome." (Yes, I know the story takes place in Jerusalem, but that's not as well-known a saying.)
Although it apparently beat My Name is Earl in its time slot (but just barely), ABC has reduced the number of episodes of In the Motherhood it wants to six. They say it's because they don't have room after all (like they just realized it, or something? "How many hours in a day again? Twenty-four? Uh-oh!"), but it's likely because its ratings were lower than hoped, which is likely because it stank on ice. (Although going up against American Idol probably helped.)
Normally, I wouldn't bother reporting that a show has gone into syndication, but The Office just did, and it was sold into 93% of local broadcast stations, including all 50 of the top 50 markets. (Fox will have it in NYC, LA and Chi-Town.) That means 93% of America will be able to watch Office re-runs this fall. Of course, if you get TBS, you can watch them now, since they already have the cable rights.
And in case you were worried that you would never see Flavor of Love's Tiffany "New York" Pollard again (because I Love New York and New York Goes to Hollywood weren't enough), then you're in luck. Her new series on VH1 is called New York Goes to Work, and is apparently like Dirty Jobs, except for delicate ladies. You can watch her play at being a sewer worker, a mortuary beautician and a fast-food employee, all of which I'm sure will scar her emotionally. Hopefully, her next series will be New York State of Mind, which follows her to her therapist's office.
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