Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha
Norman Lear's ears must be burning. Rather than shy away from the most contentious presidential race in recent memory, a handful of TV shows are addressing the November election head-on — all while using Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms, like All in the Family, as a template for how to incorporate politics....
Ben and Kate
Dana Fox was working on New Girl last year when she came up with the idea of developing a show loosely based on her brother, Ben (he's currently an ad exec but years ago was a bit of a free spirit). The siblings' real-life relationship forms the basis of Fox's Ben and Kate, (Tuesdays, 8:30/7:30c). Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson star as the brother-sister duo who bicker but ultimately lean on each other for support. Fox filled out our showrunner survey to explain why Ben and Kate deserves some brotherly love....
Bryan Fuller isn't giving up on Mockingbird Lane. Now that NBC plans to air the pilot as a special later this month, it appeared that the network had thrown in the towel on its Munsters redux. But Fuller—who's in Canada overseeing NBC's upcoming take on Hannibal—tells TV Guide Magazine that he remains bullish on Mockingbird, and thinks Halloween is a perfect time to get viewers on board.
"Such a different show merits a different way of getting it out to the audience," he says. "There's been tremendous support to get it out there and get people to see it, and have them make up their own minds," he says.
Fuller's modern take on The Munsters—starring Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi as Herman and Lily Munster, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa—wasn't ordered to series but instead will air as a one-hour special on Oct. 26 at 8/7c. That could be the end of the long-percolating project, which had been in the works for years...
The Great Escape
TNT has decided not to move forward with a second season of The Great Escape, TV Guide Magazine has learned. The series was TNT's first foray into reality competition, and kicked off a commitment by the cable network to get into unscripted programming in a big way.
House Hunters International
Can't get enough of guilty TV pleasure House Hunters International? Have no fear: TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that HGTV just ordered a whopping 91 additional episodes of the show — making a grand total of 598 episodes produced by Leopard Films USA since 2009.
As Season 2 of Transformers Prime comes to a close, the robots in disguise are taking over The Hub for a full day. The kids' network will announce the "26-Hour Transformers Prime Network Takeover" on Thursday at New York Comic-Con.
Starting at 5:30/4:30c on Thursday, November 1 and all the way up to the season two finale on...
It's the first day of October and a sweltering 108 degrees on the Paramount lot, where NBC's fan favorite sitcom Community films. And yet, meeting for a coffee near the show's soundstage, new executive producers Moses Port and David Guarascio aren't breaking a sweat.
Community has already shot half of its 13 episodes for fall, and Port and Guarascio have...
King of the Nerds
Booger and Lewis have found their 11 nerds — but only one can be King. TBS´ new reality contest King of the Nerds, hosted by Revenge of the Nerds stars Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine, will air Thursdays at 10/9c starting January 17.
In the show, deemed TV's "ultimate nerd-off," 11 competitors will battle for $100,000 and the chance ...
Crash & Bernstein
Disney XD's unconventional new series Crash & Bernstein is a buddy comedy — if you can call a kid and his talking puppet "buddies." The show, which premieres Monday, Oct. 8 at 8:30/7:30c, centers on young Wyatt Bernstein, the only boy among four siblings, who finds a surrogate brother in his new puppet.
Janice Renee, Al Milstein and Bob Barker
Truth or Consequences, one of the most popular game shows from the early days of TV, could be making a comeback. The Gurin Company, which produces Oh Sit! for The CW, has licensed the rights to the show and is currently shopping it to networks.
"Truth or Consequences is a great collection of game, stunt, hidden camera, reunions, surprises, strange talents and unique guests," says Phil Gurin, president and CEO of The Gurin Company. "It's just a really fun show. We're taking the original show and making it bigger."
Truth or Consequences ran for 38 years on radio and TV, including on both CBS and NBC, and later in syndication. The show, which Gurin licensed from Ralph Edwards Productions (which launched it on radio in 1939), was Bob Barker's first TV job in 1956. A town in New Mexico renamed itself Truth or Consequences, N.M., in homage and is still called that to this day.
The game show puts ordinary people in...