Madonna’s Super Bowl performance to include Cirque du Soleil

December 5th, 2011

Madonna’s just-announced half time performance at the upcoming Super Bowl to promote her first single from her upcoming album will feature performers from Cirque du Soleil doing their thang.

Source: http://www.thewrap.com/tv/column-post/madonna-confirmed-super-bowl-xlvi-halftime-performer-33300

 

Bryan Singer set to helm The Munsters on NBC

November 30th, 2011

Attempting to legitimize a concept that was universally panned a couple weeks back when it was announced, it sounds like NBC and Bryan Fuller (creator of Pushing Daisies) have brought Bryan Singer on board to direct and exec produce a TV reboot to The Munsters.

Damn it. As much as I want to write this one off as a dumb idea and already commit myself to hating it when it pops up next pilot season, Singer has earned my respect his role in the X-Men series and had a similar type of relationship with the pilot/creation of House as he will with The Munsters. AND, while I didn’t watch Pushing Daisies, it looked pretty damn cool and everyone who did watch it dug it.

But then there’s that whole fact that they are turning The Munsters into an hour-long drama that supposedly plays to the Twilight crowd… which reminds me of MTV’s bastardization of Teen Wolf… which I won’t watch out of principle because there’s no van surfing.

What do you think about this Munsters business? Be a doll and write a comment.

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/bryan-singer-to-direct-and-produce-nbcs-the-munsters-reboot/

 

 

DISNEY Q4 IS PRETTY DAMN MAGICAL

November 11th, 2011

This morning, The Walt Disney Company reported Q4 earnings will exceed analyst expectations with a quarterly income of $1.1 billion. That’s +30% over last year!

That makes me happy… the reason that makes me happy is because the theme park division is responsible for a good chunk of that… and I love me some Disneyland. The Happiest Places on Earth are up 9% in revenue over last year… AND, that’s with over half of frickin’ California Adventure being closed for new stuff being built. Not too shabby.

The other division putting in a major helping hand to boost the earnings numbers is the TV division. Despite missing some major tentpoles in news and sports this year, Disney’s cable and ABC ad revenue and operating revenue were up a ton. And Disney is (at least pretending that) they aren’t afraid of the NBA lockout affecting ESPN revenue… they’re assuming NBA ad dollars and audience will just shift to other ESPN properties.

While Disney is kind of the Devil… they are a devil that makes Toy Story and gives me churros… so yah, they are my friend.

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/disney-beats-fiscal-4q-estimates-with-strong-results-at-espn-and-theme-parks/

UPDATE: and now Eddie too… CRAZY! Brett Ratner resigns as Oscar producer

November 8th, 2011

UPDATE (11/9):

Looks like Eddie Murphy doesn’t want to do the Oscars with his boy Brett at the helm. He just resigned the spot.

Now… who will take the gig? There’s a campaign on Twitter to get the Muppets to host ( @MuppetOscars )… any other ideas? I’m thinking we need some more little people representation at the big show… I’m throwing Warwick Davis and Peter Dinklage’s names in the hat.

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/hammond-murphy-exit-throws-oscars-into-further-chaos/

ORIGINAL STORY (11/8):

After using the word “fag” during promo for Tower Heist and getting a little graphic with details on his sex life on Howard Stern and G4′s Attack of the Show, a big ol’ fat question mark was put on whether or not Brett Ratner would remain the producer of the upcoming Oscar ceremony.

Well, that question has been answered. Brett just resigned his position. People are assuming for the moment that Eddie Murphy will remain as the host of the ceremony, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/brett-ratner-out-as-oscar-producer/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Idol Craziness – Ellen Out, J-Lo in, Kara maybe out?

July 30th, 2010

http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/breaking-ellen-out-of-idol/

Ellen Degeneres has been let out of her American Idol contract a season early and freakin’ Jennifer Lopez will be taking her spot at the judge’s table. Apparently, Ellen just didn’t really like the whole Idol thing from the start… Simon pissed her off by always being late and she never really had any fun with the job. So, Ellen’s people went to FOX two months ago to ask the powers that be to let Ellen go. FOX said that they needed to search for a replacement before they could let her out of her contract… and now that Jenny from the Block is on board, Ellen can escape.

On top of this madness, it now sounds like Kara DioGuardi may be fired from the show. This news seems to fit in with producer Nigel Lythgoe’s belief that a 3 judge panel makes a whole lot more sense for the show than 4 judges. If Kara does end up going away, that only leaves two judges… J-Lo and Randy Jackson. The search is on to find someone to replace Simon Cowell. Apparently, Elton John is a favorite, but he’s asking for too much money. There’s also rumor that an offer is out to Steven Tyler.

Anyone disagree that American Idol is on its way out. Shit like this is a PERFECT sign of the once mighty show’s demise. I mean come on… Jennifer Lopez? Could there be a more fitting mascot for failure than the star of The Backup Plan and recording artist of the hit song Louboutins?

Check out the Nikki Finke article linked above for more details behidn the madness.

FOX giving Lone Star premiere to Vanity Fair readers

July 29th, 2010

The October issue of Vanity Fair will include a DVD insert containing the entire first episode of FOX’s new drama, Lone Star (it’s the one with the guy living a double life directed by the guy who directed 500 Days of Summer… not the one with the annoying cowgirl cop like I thought… that one is called Chase and it’s on NBC). The issue hits the shelves 9/7, nearly 2 weeks before the 9/20 premiere on FOX.

In addition to the Lone Star episode, the disc will also include a trailer for the upcoming FOX sequel, wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

iPad owners who purchase a digital copy of the October Vanity Fair will receive the episode digitally for the first two weeks the issue is out. After that time, a Lone Star extended preview will replace the full episode.

Bring back Sarah Connor?

July 23rd, 2010

Who knew anyone actually gave a crap that Sarah Connor Chronicles was cancelled?

Mommy talk show to replace As the World Turns

July 21st, 2010

http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/daily-talk-show-to-replace-as-the-world-turns-on-cbs-this-fall/

CBS has picked up a mommy focused talk show to fill the hole left by the departing As the World Turns. The soap will leave the air in September and the new View type talk show featuring Sarah Gilbert, Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peet, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Rimini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur may join the CBS lineup as soon as October.

Emmy Nominations make me happy

July 8th, 2010

Being a movie snob who generally looks down his nose at the world of TV as a home for people who couldn’t make it in movies, I usually couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the Emmy’s… BUT, there has been some damn fine TV a brewin’ over the last couple years… and my movie snob tone has softened.

The nominations for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning and I am quite happy at who has been included and who has been excluded from the lists.

I won’t include the full list of nominations as they are 67 pages long, but here are my personal highlights:

GLEE – 12 nominations including

  • Lea Michelle for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Matthew Morrison for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Jane Lynch for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Mike O’Malley for Outstanding Guest Actor on a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Comedy Series

BREAKING BAD – 7 nominations including

  • Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (VERY VERY WELL DESERVED… he was AMAZING this season)
  • Bryan Cranston for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Drama Series

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE – 1 nomination

  • Andre Braugher for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

THE PACIFIC – 24 nominations but none for acting?! LAME-O


TRUE BLOOD – 5 nominations including

  • Outstanding Drama Series

UNITED STATES OF TARA – 2 nominations

  • Outstanding Cast for a Comedy Series
  • Toni Collette for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Tara’s sister and kids should have gotten some Supporting love though


and the show that deservedly got snubbed…

ENTOURAGE

only 1 nomination and it is for Sound Mixing?! You mean Jeremy Piven isn’t raking in the gold for his groundbreaking paintball scene from the finale episode?! I have a serious love/hate relationship with this show. Last season was an absolute crap fest… yet I watched every episode. I’m glad the folks at the Emmys aren’t as hopelessly pulled into this schlockfest as I am.

ABC announces summer lineup

April 7th, 2010

After the jump is the low-down on the ABC summer schedule (in chronological order). As to expected, ABC’s fall dramas will not air this summer, but the likely to perform well in repeats Wednesday comedies will keep their spot. (P.S. I left off the ABC News specials… because those bore me)

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