Half a century after the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, it's still hard to believe that the era of Camelot was brought down by one lone nut. But you'll find no conspiracy theories — not even a hint — in the ambitious National Geographic Channel film Killing Kennedy. Based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, it lays blame for the assassination of JFK (played by Rob Lowe) squarely on...
It's time for a reality-TV reality check. Even top executives and producers admit that the genre has become tired — an overload of singing battles, food challenges, screaming housewives and dating competitions. "We've been in a huge reality drought," says Greg Goldman, the new president of Studio Lambert USA, which produces Undercover Boss.
The broadcast networks continue to coast on the enduring success of veteran franchises like Survivor, but they're not minting many new hits. In cable, the success of docuseries like the Real Housewives franchise and Love & Hip Hop has led to a glut of such shows.
But a shake-up may finally be on the way. CBS recently named a new head of reality TV, Chris Castallo, while Fox is looking to fill the top job in its alternative department (which infamous reality kingpin Mike Darnell vacated at the end of July). There's also a new head of unscripted TV at AMC, while TruTV and A&E, both big reality networks, have new bosses.
The CW has ordered four pilots, including one from Chuck and Gossip Girl producer Josh Schwartz, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Schwartz is behind Hart of Dixie, a dramedy that centers on a New York City doctor who inherits a small medical practice in the South. Leila Gerstein, who wrote the pilot, is executive producing with Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein.
ABC orders a pilot from Josh Schwartz
CW is also getting into the zombie business with...