Lisa Kennedy Montgomery
Former MTV VJ Kennedy, now a Los Angeles radio DJ, still has fond memories of her 1992-1997 stint at the cable channel. That's why she subtitled her new memoir, The Kennedy Chronicles (out Tuesday), The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses. "The MTV studio was where you wanted to be," she says.
But one of her most vivid memories is of simulating oral sex with a microphone while standing next to NYC's then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani during the 1994 Video Music Awards. Kennedy says she did it in order to win over a hostile audience — and it almost worked.
Grunkle Stan, Dipper and Mabel Pines will be back to explore the mysterious world of Gravity Falls for a second season. Disney Channel has renewed the hit animated series, created by young animator Alex Hirsch.
Gravity Falls — a mix of Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Lost and the animated feature Monster House, wrapped in a comedic, irreverent bow — features the voices of Hirsch, Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal and Linda Cardellini.
The Simpsons is on the verge of turning "D'oh!" into even more dough. In a move greatly anticipated by several networks, Homer Simpson and family may finally be on their way to cable.
According to multiple insiders, Twentieth Television (the syndication arm of Simpsons producer 20th Century Fox Television) is getting ready to shop the show to cable networks for the first time, and will do so some time within the next year. As word spreads of the upcoming Simpsons sale, several cable executives acknowledge that they would love to get their hands on the long-running hit. "There's a pent-up demand for it," says one source.
Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer
Adult Swim's quirky comedy Childrens Hospital, which returns Thursday night at Midnight/11c, is switching things up for Season 5: The Emmy-winning show's characters have relocated to a U.S. Army base in Japan, where they clash with military personnel and hold a wine tasting during surgery.
Immediately following at 12:15/11:15c, The channel's faux crime procedural, NTSF: SD:SUV::, is also back for another season of fighting terrorists in San Diego through the most absurd means imaginable — including a visit to the city's Little London district (which was actually filmed in the real London).
We asked Childrens Hospital's Rob Corddry and NTSF's Paul Scheer to interview each other about their new seasons. The chat turned into a freewheeling conversation, ranging from the unusual appeal of USA's Suits to why neither of them find The Blues Brothers funny. An edited transcript follows.
If Sasquatch exists, Dean Cain is on the hunt. The Lois & Clark star has signed on to host Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, a new competition series that seeks to finally uncover the mythic forest creature.
In 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, which premieres January 2014, nine teams of "lifelong Bigfoot hunters" and big game hunters travel through the Pacific Northwest and use a state-of-the-art mobile DNA lab to find Sasquatch.
Wander Over Yonder
Space is the new frontier for the Disney Channel, which will sneak preview the new intergalactic animated series Wander Over Yonder right after the premiere of Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel on Aug. 16.
Wander Over Yonder, created by Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls) centers on space traveler and do-gooder Wander ...
Netflix heads into the Emmy race with 14 nominations, better than all but a handful of networks. Credit the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences' 2008 rule change that allowed full-length broadband and digital shows to be nominated in the same categories as broadcast and TV programs...
The only thing creepier than James Spader in NBC's new drama The Blacklist might be his hologram-esque likeness. As part of the Peacock network's presence at Comic-Con, crowds will be able to interact with a "virtual Red Reddington," Spader's mysterious Blacklist character.
Kevin Ryan and Tom Weston-Jones
The second season of BBC America's Copper (Sundays, 10/9c) is set in 1865 New York. With the Civil War drawing to a close, Irish immigrant police detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) must deal with upheaval in the gritty Five Points slum as well as overall changes in the city. Copper executive producer and showrunner Thomas Kelly has chronicled New York history for years — his 2005 novel, Empire Rising, centered on the construction of the Empire State Building, and his TV credits include the New York-set Blue Bloods and The Black Donnellys. Kelly explains why Copper shines.