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Today's TWoP News: October 14, 2010

by Zach Oat October 14, 2010 4:01 pm
Today's TWoP News: October 14, 2010

New reality shows capitalize on what's in the news and what's on TV right now. In other news, new scripted shows capitalize on what worked 30 years ago. Great idea.

Spike is adding a new candid reality show to their slate of manly programming, and it's about miners. Not the Chilean miners -- Discovery is getting them -- but a West Virginian mining firm with 40 employees. It's from the producers of Deadliest Catch, Ax Men and Ice Road Truckers, who are on the verge of running out of dangerous jobs to make TV shows about.

Is the bigger news that Hugh Laurie is going to be on The Simpsons, or that Hugh Laurie hasn't already been on The Simpsons? Because I was pretty sure everybody in Hollywood had been on the show by this point.

Since the next step for Spartacus is to lead a slave revolt, it makes sense that former Prison Breaker Wentworth Miller might take over the role from the ailing Andy Whitfield. Of course, it's hard to hide prison-map tattoos when you're walking around naked all the time.

Mark "Puck" Salling won't be in the Rocky Horror tribute episode of Glee, just as he wasn't in this week's ep, but it supposedly doesn't mean anything, except that there are far too many cast members on the show as it is.

Not long after the announcement of a reality series combining The Amazing Race and CSI, we find out that NBC is developing a reality show that combines The Bachelor and Survivor. Because all marriages are based on three little words: "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast."

In what's being described as a "reverse Three's Company," Fox has picked up a show about a woman who moves into an apartment with three guys. Unless she pretends to be gay, or pretends not to be gay, or all the guys are gay, I'm not sure how that's the reverse of Three's Company, and not simply the plot of several existing and cancelled shows.

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