Michael Schneider


Exclusive: Disney Channel Hits the Surf with Teen Beach Musical

Teen Beach Musical

Hang ten! Disney Channel is moving from high school to the seashore for its next song-and-dance extravaganza, Teen Beach Musical. A modern-day take on the classic beach musicals of the 1960s, the new Disney Channel original movie will premiere sometime in 2013.

Teen Beach Musical stars Australian actress Maia Mitchell (Mortified, which aired on Disney Channel Australia) as a surfer girl who is forced by her parents to depart for boarding school and leave her boyfriend Brady (Ross Lynch, from Disney Channel's Austin & Ally) behind.

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Networks Explore More Cable-Sized Short Order Series

Damages, Missing

When Kevin Bacon signed on last month to play a serial killer in the new Fox pilot from The Vampire Diaries producer Kevin Williamson, there was a catch: Bacon would only commit to star in 15 episodes a year. Eager to make Bacon sizzle in primetime, the network agreed.

Fox execs view the Bacon drama, should it go to series, as an opportunity to start airing more cable-like short-order TV series. ABC struck a similar deal this past year with Missing star Ashley Judd in order to accommodate her schedule. Only ten episodes of Missing were shot this year, and even in success, that number will never be more than 13.

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ABC's Duets Lands Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Nettles

Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke

ABC is entering the crowded singing competition arena, but with four hefty names: Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The four superstars will serve as mentors and singing partners on Duets, which will premiere this summer.

The show will feature Clarkson, Nettles, Richie and Thicke as they scout for talent across the country. The four will ultimately choose two singers as their duet partners, and together each week, the star and... read more

First Look: The Aquabats Super Show's First Commercial Parody

The Aquabats Super Show

Pool party, baby! After years of trying, superhero rockers The Aquabats finally make it to your TV screen this Saturday with The Hub's new quirky comedy series The Aquabats Super Show!
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With So Many On the Bubble, Can Smart Comedies Survive?

Joel McHale

When it comes to comedy, the networks have some tough decisions to make in the next few months. Do they stick with low-rated but critically adored shows with rabid fan bases, like NBC's Community? Or do they attempt to emulate the success of sitcoms with broad appeal but little acclaim, like the CBS hit 2 Broke Girls?

A handful of shows — including Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory — manage to pull off the rare feat of landing big accolades and big ...
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Exclusive: Phylicia Rashad Joins NBC Pilot Do No Harm

Phylicia Rashad

Add Phylicia Rashad to the list of classic sitcom stars looking to make a comeback next season. But in this case, Rashad is making a move to drama, joining the cast of the NBC pilot Do No Harm.

In the thriller, a modern day take on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Rashad will play... read more

Watch My Show: Full Metal Jousting's Craig Piligian Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Full Metal Jousting

Craig Piligian knows a thing or two about aggressive TV shows. The producer's stable of reality series about tough guys doing rough things has included Dirty Jobs, American Chopper, Swamp Loggers and The Ultimate Fighter. Now Piligian is behind Full Metal Jousting, which gives the medieval sport a full-contact, modern-day twist. The show, which airs Sundays at 10pm on History, awards cash to the jouster (decked out in suits of steel) who survives the most collisions. Piligian took time to tell us why we should man up and watch... read more

Exclusive: TLC Orders Extreme Cheapskates to Series

Extreme Cheapskates

Dumpster divers and penny pinchers, your time has come: TLC plans to turn its special Extreme Cheapskates into a regular TV series.

TLC has ordered eight half-hour episodes of Extreme Cheapskates, which will air sometime this ...
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'90s Stars Make a Comeback

John Goodman and Roseanne Barr

This fall, the networks want to party like it's 1992. It was 20 years ago that stars like Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Kirstie Alley and John Stamos ruled the sitcom world. Now they're all back, and signed on to star in new comedy pilots this spring.

The trend started this season with Tim Allen's successful return to TV as the... read more

Will Viewers Tire of The Reality TV Singing Wars?

American Idol

The networks may be killing the singing golden goose. After a decade of smacking down every competitor in its sight, American Idol isn't the only game in town anymore — and even Fox admits that the addition of rival hits The X Factor and The Voice has hurt the mother ship.
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