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The entrepreneur who launched both the Tennis Channel and the Ski Channel is now heading to the beach. TV action sports mogul Steve Bellamy has announced plans to launch The Surf Channel, which will launch next month in 20 million U.S. TV households.
"Surf, its lifestyle and environment, create an unparalleled canvas for a television network," Bellamy says. "The Surf Channel will be...
Animal Planet's Eels of Fortune
The network that brought you Hillbilly Handfishin' and River Monsters is now turning its attention to another slimy, slippery underwater creature. Animal Planet has ordered the new series Eel of Fortune, which follows a group of New England fishermen as they search for the elver eel.
What's so special about the elusive creature? The fish is considered a delicacy in many countries, and the price for the elver eel has skyrocketed in recent years. Where the fish (which look like cellophane noodles) was once valued at $50 a pound, fishermen can now make a whopping $2,400 per pound.
Writer Dan Berendsen has become quite the tween and young adult whisperer in recent years, penning series and movies for the young generation — including Hannah Montana: The Movie, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and ABC Family's recent drama The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Now Berendsen is back at ABC Family, but this time returning to his sitcom roots with Baby Daddy. The show, which airs Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c, stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau as a twentysomething guy whose ex-girlfriend dumps their baby at his doorstep and then splits. Tahj Mowry, Melissa Peterman, Derek Theler and Chelsea Kane also star. Berendsen took a pregnant pause to tell us why we should make room for Daddy.
Cedric the Entertainer
In the past few years Phoef Sutton served as a consulting producer on the critically acclaimed FX series Terriers — and the not-so-critically-acclaimed CBS sitcom Rob. Now the Cheers alum is executive producing The Soul Man, a Hot in Cleveland spin-off (Wednesdays, 10/9c on TV Land) starring Cedric the Entertainer as an R&B star who takes over as the preacher of his father's church and Niecy Nash as his wife, Lolli. Sutton took our showrunner survey to explain why he's praying for success.
TV Guide Magazine: My DVR is jam-packed. Why should I add The Soul Man to my queue?
Phoef Sutton: Because really, how many repeats of Law & Order does one person need to DVR? Why not give something new a try? Maybe something funny and spiritual...
CBS has given 3 the deep six. The dating show will be replaced next week with repeat dramas in the Sunday 9 p.m. time slot until The Good Wife returns on Sept. 30.
It was a quick demise for 3, which just debuted in its regular Sunday time slot two days ago (after a preview on Thursday, July 26). But the show posted one of (if not the) lowest premiere ratings ever for a...
Community creator Dan Harmon could be making his way back to primetime, via a new comedy project at Fox.
The network, which has been aggressively expanding its live-action comedy slate (including a Tuesday night sitcom block this fall) is close to making a deal with Harmon to write a pilot for the network. Details on the show are sketchy, other than it would likely be a multi-camera comedy (as opposed to single-camera, which is how Community is shot).
Zendaya, Bella Throne
Disney Channel's Shake It Up travels to Japan for the special event Shake It Up: Made in Japan, which premieres on Friday, August 17 at 8/7c. In the episode (part of a three-part finale), Rocky and CeCe (Zendaya and Bella Thorne) fly to Japan to be part of a dance video production.
The friends, however, realize they have very different goals when it comes to exploring Japan verse plotting their dance careers.
Discovery Channel can't get enough of Alaska, and now it's traveling to the 49th state's remote interior for the new series Yukon Men. The show, which debuts August 24 at 10/9c, follows some of the rugged inhabitants of Tanana, Alaska, a town of about 200 citizens.
Life is harsh in Tanana, which is located at the junction of two rivers and isn't easily accessible by roads. "People struggle to find food and heat and battle life-threatening predators just to survive," according to the show's description. "Boys grow into men quickly here because they must help the family survive. Father-son bonding and tensions take on a new meaning in this environment. The stakes are high in Tanana."
The decision to place American Horror Story in the movie and miniseries categories paid off for the show — probably better than anyone expected. The anthology series received a whopping 17 nominations, tied with Mad Men for the most this year.
American Horror Story could have gone into the drama field — but the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences ruled earlier this year that it was eligible to be classified as a miniseries. (PBS' Prime Suspect is a previous example of a show that competed in the miniseries category.)
"The rules of the academy are pretty clear," says TV academy chairman Bruce Rosenblum. "If a show qualifies in more than one category that producer is entitled to choose which category they want to submit. The American Horror Story example is unique. The way the show is designed, it's a very close-ended series this year. Our academy was convinced that this belonged in the miniseries category and voted accordingly." That decision hasn't sat well with some movie and miniseries producers ("I feel the academy made a very poor decision," Hatfields & McCoys executive producer Leslie Greif told TV Guide Magazine last month.)
But the debate over how to classify TV shows that defy categorization — witness the debate over whether Desperate Housewives is a comedy — is an ongoing one at the TV Academy. "It's an evolving industry," says Rosenblum, who notes that the organization is still figuring out how to deal with the growth of programs produced for digital platforms.
Here are several more trivia nuggets and curiosities that have emerged out of this year's Emmy nominations:
Amy Poehler, John McCain
From Pawnee to the Potomac: NBC's Parks and Recreation is traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to shoot an episode inside the Beltway. The show will feature cameos from U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).