Surviving the Filthy Rich by Joseph Viles/The CW
In one of those last-minute instances that occur in a network scheduling session, someone at the CW decided to change the title from one of its new series from How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls to Surviving the Filthy Rich.
Diane Sawyer by Ida Mae Astute/ABC
A never-aired, two-year-old ABC News special examining Nevada's legal brothels will finally see the light of day, thanks to the Eliot Spitzer scandal and the attention it has drawn to prostitution rings. According to the New York Daily News, the Diane Sawyer-led undercover investigative piece was pegged to the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch, but also interviewed high-priced Manhattan call girls (à la "Kristen"). Amid charges of base pandering, the project lived in limbo. But now, in light of the headlines surrounding the former New York governor, the special has been given a go, and will air this Friday on 20/20.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip box art courtesy Warner Home Video
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip arrives on DVD Oct. 16 in a six-disc, 22-episode set.... Tonight's the night that ABC's 20/20 sticks its nose in Dateline: To Catch a Predator's business. The sucker punches start at 10 pm/ET.... Marlo Thomas will guest on Ugly Betty this fall as a jewelry company owner with a "thing" for younger men namely, Daniel.... ABC Family's Lincoln Heights set a series high with its Tuesday Season 2 premiere, drawing 1.6 million total viewers. That's a 14 percent increase over the show's January launch.... EchoStar's Dish Network has agreed to host the Big Ten Network, and just in time for this weekend's college football games, says TV Week.
Chris Hansen by Virginia Sherwood/NBC
Hot off an Esquire article as well as a lawsuit positing that NBC's Chris Hansen-hosted Dateline: To Catch a Predator series went above and beyond the call of journalism in the name of exposing Louis Conradt, a former Murphy, Texas, DA who took his own life as a camera-toting policeman breached his home, ABC's own newsmagazine is getting in on the action. In a rare instance of a program acknowledging the existence of a rival, 20/20 is working on a story about To Catch a Predator's four-day sting operation, to determine whether Conradt was the victim of questionable or compromised law-enforcement tactics.
i-Caught by Donna Svennevik/ABC
Back in 1990 when video cameras hit critical mass among consumers, ABC launched America's Funniest Home Videos, making every embarrassing moment that occurred in front of a camcorder fodder for entertainment. It's still on the air. Now ABC News is exploiting the newest generation of video technology with a limited summer series called i-Caught, which premieres Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 10 pm. Each week, host Bill Weir will be getting the story behind the most talked-about user-generated clips on the Internet that go into heavy rotation on cable news after they've sufficiently distracted the nation's labor force. ABC has even set up a YouTube-esque site at http://ugv.abcnews.go.com where you can sample some clips and even upload your own. The Biz got Weir to log off long enough to talk about his new show.TVGuide.com: So has the ABC News legal department cleared the use of i-Caught with Apple? Bill Weir: I raised that exact point. But no. Everything is cool. I guess they can't trademark a l...
Question: My husband works weekends, so we are home on Friday nights, when TV is the worst. It's so boring. Why can't the networks cater to people at home, and not just the partiers or the teens? If you've got a child at home and no babysitter, you're stuck with sorry, boring TV until they give us movies, cool sci-fi or Marvel shows. Thanks for your ear.
Answer: As someone who rarely is trapped at home with Friday TV, I sympathize with you. My suggestion (assuming you have some kind of recording device): Use the night to play back the stuff from the rest of the week that you didn't have time to get to. That's what I'd do, and that's what I tend to do on those rare occasions I'm home on a Friday. Friday is little by little turning into the next Saturday. CBS and NBC are still more or less seriously in the game that night, especially at 10 pm/ET, when Numbers squares off against the original Law & Order as well as ABC institution 20/20. And of course, Sci Fi Channel has seen the night as
In the first interview she has given since her husband's sudden death, Terri Irwin tells ABC's 20/20 that Steve's final moments, caught on film by the cameraman covering his ill-fated Sept. 4 expedition, will never be seen on television. "It won't be, no. No. What purpose would that serve?" she says, adding that she herself has not seen the footage. Traveling in southern Australia with their kids, ages 8 and 2, when she got word of the tragic incident, Terri says, "It was an accident so stupid, like running with a pencil. It was a risk he was taking. And I couldn't fall to pieces because the children were there."
Marlee Matlin on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Let me first get this off my chest; I'm no Ty Pennington. There is no one out there with more energy, more enthusiasm and a greater ability to multitask than Ty, not to mention anyone better with a hammer and nails. So imagine my reaction when he asked me to undertake hosting an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (airing this Sunday at 8 pm/ET). "You can do it," he assured me. I thought to myself, tear down a house and build a new one in less than a week? And supervise a small army of designers and volunteers? I guess so. Not much different than being a mom of four!
My first day was all about the bus. There's definitely a trick to standing on a moving bus while talking to the designers about the family we were about to meet. Speaking of designers, you couldn't ask for a more profes
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