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The Tyra Banks Show has been renewed for a second season.... A new syndicated daytime talker, Dr. Keith Ablow, has been sold for a fall launch.... Fox has ordered a new late-night comedy, Talk Show with Spike Feresten, to follow MADtv starting this fall.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime has walked away from a "take it or leave it" offer from Dish Network, which dropped the cabler on Jan. 1. Dish plans to replace Lifetime's channels by month's end.... Court TV is in talks with at least one network to develop a scripted series based on its TheSmokingGun.com website, Variety reports.
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What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, an HBO documentary premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET — and based on the new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart — explores those much-asked questions by way of A-list talking heads and fantastic clips from films both great and… so-so. Bart (more…)
What's the Secret to Blockbuster Success?What is the formula for blockbuster-movie success? And how does it differ from the recipe for disaster? The new book Boffo! How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, by Variety editor-in-chief and former studio exec Peter Bart, explores those much-asked questions, as does an accompanying HBO documentary, Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters, premiering June 29 and featuring almost as many A-list talking heads as fantastic clips from films both great and… so-so. Bart (more…)
Huzzah to HBO for giving ...Question: Huzzah to HBO for giving David Milch and fans everywhere a chance to get some closure on Deadwood. Even if it's not as good as a full fourth season, two movies are better than nothing. Answer: I couldn't agree more. This has been a true testament to the power of the fans. I'm convinced that Deadwood would have ended with its third season were it not for the huge outcry from viewers. Extra props go to the diehards who took out that full-page ad in Variety urging HBO to reconsider its de (more…)
AT THE MOVIESMel Gibson's Apocalypto has had its release date moved from late summer to Dec. 8, the heart of the holiday and Oscar seasons, says Variety…. William H. Macy has joined the cast of Wild Hogs, starring John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence as middle-aged biker wannabes.
CHRIS WOOS EVERYBODYIn a bid to bolster the freshman series' chances for some Emmy love, UPN's Everybody Hates Chris will shower all 12,000 TV Academy voters with a DVD set of the entire first season, Variety reports. Should that effort fail, Chris Rock himself will show up at your &@#$ing door and whoop your @#$@ing !%@.
THE NEXT BIG TWISTThe next round of CBS' Big Brother, likely to premiere in early July, will be an "all-star" edition in which fans can vote from a pool of 20 past players to fill the household's 12 to 14 openings. "This will be the most interactive Big Brother yet," exec producer Allison Grodner tells Variety. "Viewers will be involved more than in the past." Fine, but anyone who votes for Holly and her annoying voice will hear from me.