Remember "Joe Millionaire," the cruel twist on dating show conventions that allowed a fleet of love-hungry women to chase a handsome guy on national TV under the misconception he had a ton of money when the reality was he was mostly broke? Ah, those were the days. FOX is back at it again with "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (premiering Tues. May 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET). The show has found a lookalike for the Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (aka Prince Harry) in regular guy Matthew Hicks. Now, 12 suckers, I mean American women, get a chance to date him!
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Whoopi Goldberg’s family is getting a reality show
Goldberg will produce a “docuseries” focusing on her daughter Alex Martin and her three kids and their extended family.
“American Idol” is still Fox’s No. 1 show, so it was a no-brainer to renew it for a 14th season
While it was an easy decision to renew the long-running reality show, its downward ratings trajectory suggests that Fox will have a more difficult decision in future years.
“Gotham” boss explains his approach to the Batman prequel
"I did a lot of research,” says Bruno Heller, "and what it told me is this world is a little like Greek or Roman mythology. There are so many iterations of the story and so many great versions (that) there is no one road to go down. And if you stick to one of those roads, then you lose other parts you could go down. I read everything I could and then — I didn’t throw it away, but I started fresh.”
A&E’s reality TV slate includes “Dogs of War,” log cabin dating show “Love Prison” and “The Unproduceables”
A&E is planning unscripted shows on veterans and their dogs, online couples living in log cabins and a Florida retirement home.
Sarah Silverman’s brother-in-law is running for president of Israel
Solar energy entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz, 50, announced his candidacy today. He is the husband of Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi who is Sarah's older sister.
RIP Fox’s “Enlisted”
The military sitcom never stood a chance with its Friday timeslot.
Spike Lee will direct Katt Williams’ next HBO special
Williams, whose last HBO special aired in 2006, will tape his upcoming HBO special on May 17.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” gets a season finale poster
Toronto art studio Phantom City Creative created this poster and posters for “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3."
“The View” star Sherri Shepherd’s marriage is reportedly ending
According to Page Six, Shepherd has separated from her 2nd husband.
Nickelodeon renews “Breadwinners”
The animated series will be back for a 20-episode 2nd season.
After going with "Summer 2014" right up to last week, Starz has finally announced an official premiere date for the fantasy tinged historical drama "Outlander."
The network also released snazzy new key art for "Outlander," which is being adapted by Ronald D. Moore from the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon.
“Outlander” gets an Aug. 9 premiere date and a poster
The much-anticipated Starz historical drama from “Battlestar’s” Ron Moore asks: “What if your future was the past?”
Showtime's new horror series "Penny Dreadful" is several recent creative devices rolled into one entertaining, if largely nonsensical, package. Like "True Detective" and "Fargo," it's a prestige cable series where all the episodes come from the same writer — in this case, John Logan ("Skyfall") — and in its early going is highlighted by some gorgeous and unconventional for television directing from J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage"), though the first season will ultimately have four different directors. (Each of them directs two at a time.) And like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (the great comic book, not the dumb movie), it takes characters and plot elements from multiple classics of English literature and places them into the same fantastical story.
Is TV experiencing a “Kerry Washington Revolution”?
Series starring African-American women is, so far, the big trend this season, as the NY Post points out, with Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Alfre Woodard and Rashida Jones leading new shows.
Ken Burns’ 14-hour “The Roosevelts” will air over 7 straight nights starting Sept. 14
PBS’ programming chief says: "I think it's the best thing Ken's done since 'The Civil War.’ He thinks it might be the best thing he's ever done."
Check out pics from Fox's “Mulaney”
Former “SNL” writer John Mulaney stars in the Fox comedy also featuring “SNL’s” Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short and Elliott Gould.
USA’s slate includes Carlton Cuse’s “Colony,” Jessica Biel’s” Moguls” and Michael Urie’s “Majordomo”
Other new shows include air traffic control drama “Control,” Jodie Foster’s “Brand” and the North Dakota-set “Boom.”
Brothers whose HGTV show "Flip It Forward" was yanked deny being anti-gay
"Anyone who suggests that we hate homosexuals or people of other faiths is either misinformed or lying,” the Benham brothers tell TMZ in response to an allegation that they’re anti-gay activists.
Lifetime orders “The Red Tent” miniseries starring Minnie Driver and “Homeland’s” Morena Baccerin
“The White Queen’s” Rebecca Ferguson, “Game of Thrones” Iain Glen and Debra Winger also star in a telling of the story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob from the Old Testament.
Amy Poehler returns Seth Meyers’ credit card in exchange for a $5,000 donation to charity in her name
The “Late Night” host’s nearly two-week lost credit card saga is now over.
Adult Swim orders “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter”
The comedy pilot is from “Parks and Rec” and Conan star Jon Glaser.
Pharrell battles Jimmy Kimmel in a “Twofie Shootout”
Watch them compete to take the most selfies on Hollywood Blvd.
Happy 50th birthday, Melissa Gilbert!
“Half-Point” from “Little House on the Prairie” enters her 50s today.
Lindsay Price & Curtis Stone are expecting their 2nd child
The couple already have a two-year-old son.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" all saw tiny gains on Wednesday night and, given the drops for most of the rest of the competition, that was enough to score comfortable wins both overall and among young viewers.
Among the shows in decline on Wednesday were FOX's "American Idol," NBC's full slate of dramas (particularly "Chicago PD") and ABC's "The Middle" and "Suburgatory." The CW's "Arrow" was down a hair in the demo, but flat in total viewers, while "The 100" was flat in the demo, but down in total viewers. And most of those numbers set or tied series lows.
On to the frequently ugly numbers...
“Homeland’s” Damian Lewis returning to American TV as PBS’ King Henry VIII
He’ll star in the six-part “Masterpiece” presentation of “Wolf Hall.”
Pre-credit sequence. Jefra! They voted Jefra out last week. I keep forgetting these things. "That was intense. Pattern continues," Spencer says, returning to camp. Kass is displeased by the way things played out. "Anyone who crosses Tony gets their cement shoes and gets thrown in the pond," Kass says of Jefra's sin, which was contemplating backstabbing The Don. Kass reckons that the lesson of her own flip was that you shouldn't leave anybody out and she's tired of being confused at Tribal Council. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," Kass grumbles. She calls Tony a hothead and he protests that he keeps his promises until people conspire against him. Kass tells Tony that she's sick of his condescending attitude and warns him about a Jury. Spencer loves watching Tony and Kass fighting, as Kass refuses Tony's half-hearted apology.
Three down, and as many more to go as you guys are willing to play along with, and so far, "Ask Drew" seems to be fun.
I'm looking forward to the week where I am asked a question that simply short circuits me on-camera and you guys get to see my impression of a chicken trying to speak Mandarin Chinese. I know it's going to happen. It's inevitable. But so far, so good. I've got such a fun video team to work with these days that this becomes a game when we shoot it. They've been great about curating the questions so far, coming up with a real mix of stuff.
I was a little surprised to see a question this week about one of my screenwriting projects, but that's certainly fair game. I could write a book about things not to do if you actually want to get your films made, and if my experiences can help anyone as they navigate a business that rarely makes rational sense, then I'm happy to share.
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as the FBI has its own comic books...