AMC is having a moment. The network heads into the Emmys with 34 nominations, the most of any basic cable channel, and AMC's best tally ever. Mad Men is on the cusp of making Emmy history, trying for a fifth consecutive outstanding drama trophy. Breaking Bad ended the first half of its final season with some of its best ratings ever, while AMC's top-rated The Walking Dead returns on Oct. 14. With so much going on, AMC president Charlie Collier talked to TV Guide Magazine about his network's fortunes.
It looks like Donald Glover will be engaging in some extracurricular work outside of Greendale Community College. The Community star, who plays former high school quarterback-turned-air conditioning repair annex recruit Troy Barnes, is developing a new show for NBC with 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard.
The new sitcom is being developed as a starring vehicle for Glover. NBC is said to be committed to the project, and is close to sealing a deal for a put pilot (with a large penalty fee if it doesn't move forward) for the show, which would be loosely based on Glover's life.
Science has partnered with Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am to premiere the new special i.am.mars: Reach For The Stars. The program, which will debut on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 10/9c, features will.i.am as he creates the single "Reach for the Stars," which became the first song to be broadcast back to Earth from the Mars landing of NASA's Curiosity spacecraft.
"Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with space travel, so hearing 'Reach for the Stars' broadcast back to Earth from Mars was one of the great thrills of my life," says will.i.am.
Jimmy Fallon, Charlie Grandy
For his leap into primetime as an executive producer, late night host Jimmy Fallon partnered up with his former Saturday Night Live colleague Charlie Grandy (as well as Amy Ozols) to create the new NBC sitcom Guys With Kids. It's a topic that Grandy (whose credits also include The Office and The Daily Show), the father of three little ones, knows well. The show stars Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford as thirtysomething guys adjusting to fatherhood. Fallon and Grandy explain why these Guys are dolls.
Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman
Fox's new comedy Ben and Kate, which is already earning early positive buzz from critics, will move forward without two of its executive producers. Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman, who joined the comedy in May as showrunners, have departed to focus on their own series development.
Fox can't keep a good dawg down. Randy Jackson, the last remaining original American Idol judge, will return this winter for the show's 12th season, insiders confirmed on Monday. The last minute return of Jackson comes after talks broke off with singing star Enrique Iglesias.
Negotiations are also...
Call of the Wildman
Yi yi yi, Animal Planet's "Turtleman" has just snapped up a second season renewal. The network ordered 20 more half-hour episodes of its new hit series Call of the Wildman for air in 2013.
The show, set in the Kentucky backwoods, follows Ernie Brown, Jr. (aka the "Turtleman") as he searches murky ponds for feisty snapping turtles (which have been known to bite through bone). Brown has been in this line of work for three decades. "No job is too tough or dangerous for Turtleman," Animal Planet says.
I Suck At Girls
Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is partnering with Justin Halpern — the writer who turned his Twitter feed into the short-lived CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says — to develop a new comedy at Fox.
The network has given a pilot production commitment to...
Jimmy Kimmel points to an enormous new treadmill in his office. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host recently installed the contraption, which sports a large tabletop to conduct business while exercising, and has taken to walking on it while working. "I read somewhere that sitting all day can cut 15 or 20 years off your life," he explains. "It's worse than smoking. We weren't meant to sit this much."
Austin & Ally
Disney Channel's music-themed comedy Austin & Ally will be back for a second season on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8:30/7:30c.
In the premiere episode, "Costumes & Courage," Austin is invited to perform a duet with a famous pop star at his new record label owner's Halloween party. But when the star can't sing, Ally steps in.