As the original Star Trek series celebrates its 45th anniversary today, Science Channel has given an airdate to its upcoming documentary Trek Nation.
The film, produced by Rod Roddenberry Jr., the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will run Wednesday, Nov. 30 on Science.
USA, TNT, AMC, FX
Rizzoli & Isles, meet Mark Burnett. Cable networks like TNT, USA, FX and AMC became scripted powerhouses while mostly ignoring reality TV — until now. All four networks have big plans to enter the reality arena in the coming year in a bid to keep up with the times.
Last week, TNT — known up until now as the home to dramas like Rizzoli — picked up the reality competition pilot Fortune Hunters, from ace reality producer Burnett. And over at AMC, the Mad Men network added two more reality projects to its plate: JJK Security, shot inside a real-life rural Georgia ...
George and Cindy Anthony, Dr. Phil
This September marks the first time in 25 years without The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the battle to assume the Oprah throne, Dr. Phil has fired the opening salvo. The talk show beat out the network and cable news operations to land a heavily touted interview with George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted on charges of killing her toddler, Caylee.
Phil McGraw recently spent more than nine hours with the Anthonys, and...
Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer
It's Week 3 of work on the Two and a Half Men set, and Ashton Kutcher is still getting to know his costars. Conversation drifts toward mobile phones, and Kutcher reveals there's a feature on the iPhone 5 that Apple internally calls "The Kutcher."
Forest Whitaker, most recently seen in front of the camera on CBS' short-lived spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, is back behind the scenes for his next TV project.
TNT is developing the drama project H.I.K.E. with Whitaker's Spirit Dance Entertainment production company. But Whitaker is not only an executive producer on it, he's also co-writing the drama
CBS has already revealed that Ashton Kutcher's Two and a Half Men character is heartbroken, and now we know who's to blame. Judy Greer has signed on to join the cast of Men in a recurring role as Kutcher's soon-to-be ex-wife.
Greer will play Bridget, who's in the process of divorcing Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt (Kutcher). She'll be seen in several episodes of the show.
Christian Slater and Bret Harrison
Fox has rescued the Christian Slater comedy Breaking In from the brink of cancellation. The network is wrapping up negotiations and is expected to announce shortly that it will reverse course and order another 13 episodes of the half-hour series.
The show, from Sony Pictures TV, wasn't renewed for fall. But rather than completely shut the door on the comedy, Fox and Sony extended the options on the series' stars in order to give it a second look.
Producers met with Fox ...
With the Emmy Awards just weeks away, TV Academy voters are due to turn in their final ballots on August 26. Then it's on to the accountants, who will tabulate the results in time for the live Emmy telecast, hosted by Jane Lynch (September 18 on Fox). Here are a few ...
They're blowing things up at Cinemax — literally. The channel, a testosterone-dripping younger brother to HBO, is adding the explosive new action series Strike Back in a bid to expand its oft-maligned original programming.
"Cinemax needed to evolve and feel like a premium to subscribers," says HBO miniseries president Kary Antholis, who also oversees shows for Cinemax. "We're trying to grow the brand to a place where it's serving another purpose for people."
But fans of "Skin-emax" will be relieved to hear that Strike Back features all kinds of action — both in the bedroom and on the battlefield. "We looked at...
American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is in talks with The CW to set up a new singing competition at the young-skewing network.
The show, which Nigel Lythgoe Prods. would produce, would focus on finding the next big family singing group. (One insider likened it to a search for the next generation Partridge Family.)