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Exclusive: Disney Announces Season 2 Premiere of Preschool Hit Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins

As hit animated pre-school series Doc McStuffins returns for a second season on Sept. 6, Disney Channel and Disney Junior are sending out "The Doc Mobile," a 27-foot Airstream trailer, to promote the show around the country. The Airstream will encourage good health and nutrition, allowing kids to ...
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Netflix Picks Up Marco Polo From Starz

Netflix

Netflix has acquired the rights to Marco Polo, the upcoming 13th century-set series about the legendary adventurer. The drama, from the Weinstein Company and Electus, had previously been set up at Starz.

Starz first announced Marco Polo at the January 2012 Television Critics Association press tour, but the project... read more

Exit Interview: Reality Guru Mike Darnell Recounts His Most Notorious Shows

Mike Darnell

As the president of alternative programming at Fox, Mike Darnell developed a well-earned reputation as a showman with a wicked mind. "I usually like to take a pitch and twist it into something more evil or more dangerous," says Darnell, who was once called "Fox's Point Man For Perversity" by the New York Times.

Darnell, the man behind some of the most notorious reality series and specials on television over the past two decades, left Fox at the end of July. He's now moving on to Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative TV.

It's the end of an era for Fox, which meets reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday without Darnell for the first time in decades. Network execs are still mulling Darnell's replacement. (Among names that have been rumored for the job: National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle and president Howard T. Owens; Sharon Levy, Spike TV's executive vice president of original series; and Nigel Lythgoe Productions president Kary McHoul; among others).

American Idol was easily the biggest hit on Darnell's watch, but we all know the ins and outs of that show. Now that he's exiting Fox, we asked Darnell to recount the rest of his greatest reality hits — and misses.

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Ex-MTV VJ Kennedy Remembers the Time She Got Explicit Next To Rudy Giuliani

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.

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Exclusive: Disney Channel Renews Gravity Falls for Season 2

Gravity Falls

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. read more

Exclusive: The Simpsons Draws Up Plans for Cable

The Simpsons

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. read more

Q&A: Rob Corddry and Paul Scheer on Their Moms, The State of Comedy, and Suits

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.

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Exclusive: Dean Cain to Host Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty

Dean Cain

 

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. read more

Exclusive: Disney Channel Sets Premiere Date for New Cartoon Wander Over Yonder

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 ...
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Phineas and Ferb Channels the Force, Announces Star Wars Episode

Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars

Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh have been pitching a Star Wars crossover from the moment Disney acquired Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise last year. Now they're getting their chance.

Hot off the heels of... read more

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