Todd Chrisley and Chase Chrisley
Whether or not Todd Chrisley really knows best, he does know what's best for TV. The Atlanta family man's reality show, Chrisley Knows Best, struck a chord with viewers in Season 1, making it USA Network's first breakout reality hit.
Chrisley Knows Best is back for Season 2 on Tuesday, Oct. 14 (10/9c), and USA is looking at ways to capitalize on the show's success as it expands into more reality TV.
Former NBC Entertainment (and ex-The WB) president Garth Ancier was visiting the Saturday Night Live writers' room last weekend when he ran into another guest: Seth Rogen.
Ancier was the NBC exec who canceled critical fave Freaks and Geeks in 2000 after 12 episodes (18 were actually produced in total) due to low ratings. Freaks and Geeks went on to cult status ...
Explosive news from WGN America: The cable network has just renewed Manhattan, its dramatic chronicle of the atomic bomb's birth, for a second season.
"Manhattan represents the kind of high-quality original series we aim to deliver at WGN America," says Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios.
Manhattan joins Salem as WGN America's second original series to score a renewal this year. Manhattan has struggled to find a wide audience, but earned a great deal of critical acclaim, including from TV Guide Magazine's Matt Roush, who calls the show a "surprise obsession."
Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes
Most TV producers dream of finding one hit series. But for a handful of successful production company chiefs, one just isn't enough. These overachievers not only oversee several new and returning shows, they're currently developing and pitching another batch for next season. Meet some of this fall's power producers and what they're currently working on...
Well, this is Awkward: MTV has picked up a fifth season of the critically acclaimed comedy series, but also confirms it will be the show's last.
Get your motor running: Iconoclastic actor Peter Fonda has signed on to guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC's The Blacklist.
Fonda will play Geoff Perl, a CEO and philanthropist who funds millions of dollars for animal rights groups. Producers are mum on the character beyond that, but hint that he's not on Red Reddington's list. The episode will air Monday, Oct. 27 at 10/9c.
Town of the Living Dead
Even reality TV isn't safe from the zombie invasion. On Syfy's new unscripted series Town of the Living Dead, filmmakers in tiny Jasper, Alabama, enlist residents to help complete their zombie apocalypse movie Thr33 Days Dead. They've struggled for six years to finish the film, but with the spotlight now on it, the moviemakers hope to finally achieve a final cut — and persuade Syfy to air the end result. Executive producers Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh, who run True Entertainment, filled out TV Guide Magazine's "Watch My Show" survey in the hopes that they might scare up a few viewers.
Why Your Cable Bill is So High
Think your $150-plus monthly cable bill has gotten out of control? You're not alone.
Earlier this summer, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) launched a website for consumers to share their TV billing horror stories. Within 10 days, her office received 428 responses, mostly complaints about the rising cost of TV and broadband services. Several people criticized inconsistent charges, unexpected bill increases and new fees for services they didn't want.
Yvette Nicole Brown
Shirley, Community fans are going to be disappointed with this news. But alas, it's true: Yvette Nicole Brown is departing the fan favorite comedy after five seasons.
Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.
The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."