America's Next Top Model
Though the lineup leaked months ago, on Thursday the CW confirmed the cast of the upcoming "all-star" cycle of America's Next Top Model (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 9/8c). Eight out of the 14 aspiring whatevers are 25 years old or older, which is hilarious since even at a decade younger they'd still be kind of old to be getting into modeling. But America's Next Top Model is not the real world or even the fashion world (which is also not the real world), and creator/host Tyra Banks recently told Good Morning America that this cycle will be about more than just modeling anyway. "I have the girls singing songs, doing music videos, creating perfumes. You can't just be a model anymore ... Now it's about celebrity-celebrity, so that's what I'm doing with my all-stars," she said.
Panic attack hits America's Next Top Model
Joining her in doing celebrity-celebrity with her all-stars will be the usual motley crew of guest judges. Hilariously...
Kenny Chesney was named entertainer of the year, and Brooks & Dunn's "Believe" netted three trophies, at Monday night's Country Music Association Awards. Also of note: Keith Urban, missing from the ceremony because he recently entered rehab for alcohol abuse, received a standing ovation when he won male-vocalist honors.... Performers at the inaugural BET Hip-Hop Awards, airing Nov. 15, include Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and The Game.
Question: I know it's still summer, but have the networks announced tentative dates for their season premieres?
Answer: As of now, the only network not to announce premiere dates is CBS, which will likely launch most of its new and returning shows the weeks of Sept. 17 and 24.
Here's how the others shape up: The season kicks off early on Fox, with Prison Break and Vanished on Aug. 21; then the limited reality series Duets on Aug. 29; Justice and Bones on Aug. 30; House and Standoff on Sept. 5; the comedies 'Til Death and Happy Hour on Sept 7; Nanny 911 on Sept. 8; Cops and America's Most Wanted on Sept. 9; Fox's animated comedy lineup plus The War at Home on Sept. 10; and MADtv Sept. 16. (The O.C. won't return until after postseason baseball on Nov. 2.)
On ABC, 20/20 officially kicks off Sept. 8; Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 12 and 13; Wife Swap premieres Sept. 18; Grey's Anatomy and Six Degrees on Sept. 21; Ugly Betty and Men in Trees on Sept. 22; Extreme Makeover: Home
Brad Garrett, 'Til Death
After attending the networks' upfront presentations all week, the Biz has this analysis of the coming season. (Click here for next fall's grid and new-show descriptions.)
CWYou've got to wonder what went wrong in CW's new-series development process if the network had to bring back 7th Heaven — even though the show lost a reported $16 million for WB this past season.
But the decision to have CW's inaugural schedule made up of established shows from WB and UPN may end up being a blessing. Many of the shows have small but rabid followings, and promoting new shows on a new network will be tough. The fans of shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars will track them down on their own. Viewers in the 18-to-34-year-old demographic that CW targets don't watch networks, they watch shows. (According to recent survey, only one in four 1
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Madeleine Stowe has scored the lead in the Fox drama Southern Comfort, playing a woman who takes over her mobster husband's biz when he gets sent to prison.... Jonathan Silverman has joined the ABC comedy In Case of Emergency.... Christine Taylor has been cast in the ABC comedy 52 Fights.... Adam Baldwin is joining Taye Diggs in ABC's Day Break.... Regina King is in talks to join Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Kelli Williams in ABC's legal comedy Women in Law.... Tia Mowry has replaced Cynthia Addai-Robinson in CW's Girlfriends spin-off, The Game.... and speaking of the new network, CW has given its first pilot order to Runaway, a drama from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.
Joey has lost his gal pal: Per the Hollywood Reporter, Andrea Anders has left the shelved Friends spin-off to join Jason Ritter on CBS' The Class. Also, Jay Harrington (aka Desperate Housewives' Dr. Ron) has been cast on CBS' Capitol Hill comedy Sex, Power, Love & Politics, and Wendy Raquel Robinson has been tapped to star in UPN's (CW's?) Girlfriends spin-off, tentatively titled The Game.