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donderdag 2 augustus 2012

How the Networks Did at TCA: Palins and Monkeys and Aliens, Oh My!

TV networks try to keep their twice-annual presentations to TV critics as on-message as possible, and the critics tend to make that pretty easy.

The Television Critics Association press tours each winter and summer find the networks rolling out slick presentations and sizzle reels, as well as actors who sit anxiously on stage, hoping the assembled critics don't ask too many awkward questions. The critics are softened up with endless free food, booze, and souvenir trinkets, which of course do nothing to dull our edges.

Once in a while, a network executive has the misfortune of having something resembling news coincide with the TCAs -- like Charlie Sheen's meltdown during winter TCA last year. In those cases, executives find themselves forced to stand on stage fielding questions from a couple hundred reporters.

This time around, that was only the fate of ABC. News president Ben Sherwood was barraged with questions about his network's coverage of the Colorado shootings, and entertainment president Paul Lee (pictured) was pressed on "Modern Family" negotiations.

But for the most part, the networks did what they set out to do -- make the case for their lineups without making any embarrassing news. They also tried to lower expectations, as they always do, in what they hope will set them up to under-promise and over-deliver.

Here's what each broadcast network set out to do, and how it did.


If Fox wanted to tamp down the expectations and hype surrounding its singing shows "X Factor" and "American Idol," it couldn't have done a better job.

At the last summer TCA, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell made the mistake of saying he wanted his new show to beat his old one, "Idol," in the ratings.

TV reporters have since delighted in reminding him that it didn't. So no one set high expectations this time around.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly set the laid-back tone by announcing Mariah Carey as the latest "Idol" judge with a simple phone call, played on speakerphone. No surprise appearance, no satellite link, not even a sizzle reel.

Britney Spears was also anti-hype: During an "X Factor" panel, she was so subdued she seemed almost bored. Cowell, meanwhile, was humble this time around, saying no one on his show had any job security – including him.

It was almost as if Fox didn't think singing competitions were the most important thing in the world.

The network set low expectations in other areas as well -- with the hope, of course, that it will exceed them. Among the most modest was Reilly's prediction that CBS could overtake Fox in the 18-49 demographic, thanks to the Super Bowl.

One area where he had high hopes: Emmys. Without naming specific shows, he said he thinks some new Fox dramas (they include the midseason Kevin Bacon serial killer drama "The Following") will be in the Emmy race next year.


After barely edging out ABC to earn third-place in the ratings last season, NBC hopes to expand its audience further. It gave critics fair warning that it might annoy them in the process.

Thursday night comedies like "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation" and "Community" are critical darlings that don't do very well ratings-wise. Even the Thursday night comedy "The Office," NBC's highest-rated scripted show, doesn't earn the numbers of the top comedies on the other networks: CBS's "Big Bang Theory," ABC's "Modern Family," and Fox's "The New Girl."

So NBC is going "broader," to use the network's word, which can have negative connotations in the world of comedy: To many critics, "broad" equals "dumb." To NBC, "broader" means the baby-filled "Guys With Kids" and animal-packed "Animal Kingdom," which features an adorable monkey in a central role (pictured).

NBC seemed to be acknowledging its greater emphasis on broad comedy to get out ahead of any critical claims that it is dumbing down its smart comedy lineup for the masses. It tried to earn some critical goodwill by making that adorable monkey very accessible. (Full disclosure: It kissed me on the cheek at a party. I adore the monkey.)

But NBC tried to signal to critics that it deserves some credit for keeping its smart, low-rated comedies alive. (And it does.) NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt noted that moving "Community" to Fridays helped save the show from cancelation.


No network had more news it wanted to avoid discussing. First, there were the "Modern Family" negotiations, still unresolved as ABC began its panels. (They were resolved soon after they ended.) Then ABC News' recent gaffe in its linking of the Colorado shootings suspect to the Tea Party. And finally the "Glass House" lawsuit brought by CBS, which accuses the show of ripping off "Big Brother."

ABC distracted the assembled press with something that discombobulates many Americans: A Palin. Bristol Palin is one of the "all-star" competitors on the new season of "Dancing With the Stars." (Her parents showed up at an NBC party -- the one with the monkey -- because Todd Palin is a competitor on NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes.")

During the "Dancing" panel, Bristol snappily answered questions about her thoughts on gays ("I like gays") and being in the public eye ("Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do").

But she arrived too late in the morning to spare Sherwood from being barraged with questions about the Colorado error, and accusations of other mistakes in the network's Colorado coverage. He stressed that the network is committed to learning from its mistake and not making more.

ABC entertainment president Paul Lee wisely limited his comments on "Modern Family" to saying he was "optimistic" a deal would be reached.

His optimism turned out to be well-founded.

But Lee made a gaffe when he said that CBS's "Glass House" lawsuit was over. In fact, as CBS later noted, it is still pending.

Lee also deflected speculation about ABC's decision not to slot the new sitcom "The Neighbors" after "Modern Family," as it had originally planned to do. Now, it will premiere the show after the 9 p.m. "Modern Family," then move it to its 8:30 regular slot between "The Middle" and "Modern Family."

"The Neighbors," a broad (read that as you will) comedy about a normal family living among space aliens, had seemed an odd follow-up to the grounded "Modern Family." Its original timeslot seemed like a big vote of confidence that it would prove worthy of its scheduling.

But Lee made the case that it would be a good "bridge" between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," and that sophomore show "Suburgatory" would be a good 9:30 bridge from "Modern Family" to the new "Nashville."

("Nashville," by the way, looks promising. The country music drama stars Connie Britton, a hero to many TV critics for her performance on "Friday Night Lights." She's even more popular than NBC's monkey.)


CBS's mission lately seems to be projecting confidence. How much confidence? Entertainment chief Nina Tassler started her panel by walking out with a stuffed monkey – a ding at NBC's prominent placement for the "Animal Kingdom" monkey.

Tassler also took a thanks-but-no-thanks approach to Reilly's prediction that CBS could top Fox in the 18-49 demo. She said CBS appreciated the prediction but wanted to earn the ratings win.

Tassler also said CBS is going forward with the "Glass House" lawsuit. And with that, she had dinged all of CBS rivals.

She also made CBS's strong case for its lineup, which the network previously made in its upfront presentation to advertisers: Every single CBS show, she said, is a hit or has a safe time slot where it is cushioned by hits. The network's success, in other words, is likely to breed more success.


The network, owned by CBS Corp. and Warner Bros., has effectively explained to critics that one reason for its low ratings last season is that many of its young viewers are watching online. That argument turns a weakness into a strength: It's not that no one's watching, it's that the audience is so young that it watches a different way.

The CW's goal this season, however, is to draw those viewers back to TV. It hopes to do it in part with grittier shows that incorporate action it hopes will appeal to young men (the dark midseason show "The Cult" and fall's DC Comics-inspired "Arrow"). Network president noted that it had lost some young men with the end of "Smallville."

In addition to the shows with potential male appeal, the CW is offering another round of shows that cater to young women, including "Beauty and the Beast" (pictured) and "Emily Owens, M.D."

In their questions about the shows, critics were particularly hard on "Beauty and the Beast," noting that the beast is good-looking this time around, except for a scar. (He gets more beastly when he gets angry.) That struck some as contrary to the whole idea of the beast being a beast.

HBO Announces Larry David Movie

HBO plans a movie written by and starring Larry David that will find him playing a character other than himself.

"He is not playing the Larry David from 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,'" said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo, who added that "Arrested Development" and "Newsroom" veteran Greg Mottola will direct.

David will work on the show before he moves forward on another season of "Curb." The network believes David plans another season of the show, but he wants to complete the film first, HBO co-president Richard Plepler said.

What does the film mean for "Curb"? "It means whatever Larry wants it to mean for future seasons of 'Curb,'" Plepler said.

David has played characters other than himself before -- most recently in Woody Allen's 2009 film "Whatever Works." And David takes pains to note that the Larry David he plays on "Curb" is an exaggerated version of himself.

The network also plans a documentary on the Rolling Stones to coincide with the group's 50th anniversary, to be directed by Brett Morgen ("The Kid Stays in the Picture"). And it announced that "Girls" and "Enlightened" will both be back in January for ten-episode second seasons.

The shows will take the time slot previously held by the canceled "Luck."

The scheduling will split up "Girls" and "Veep," which both earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series this year.

The network made the announcements at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Wednesday.

Fielding questions about their entire lineup, Pleper and Lombardo also said they hope to increase the diversity of their shows. "Girls," in particular, has been criticized for the whiteness of its cast.

They also declined to offer any hints about the storyline for the upcoming fourth season of "Eastbound and Down."

Sean Hayes to Guest on 'Up All Night'

"Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes has been cast on the upcoming second season of the NBC comedy "Up All Night."

The show's Facebook page has posted that Hayes will star in a multi-episode arc and will portray the "former accompanist" of talk-show host Ava Alexander, played by Maya Rudolph.

No airdate for Hayes' debut on the series has been announced.

Hayes recently starred as Larry Fine in the Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges."

The second season of "Up All Night" premieres Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Celebrity Big Brother launch details confirmed

Celebrity Big Brother's launch date and round of first nominations have been confirmed by Channel 5.

The year's second run of Celebrity Big Brother will start on Wednesday, August 15 at 9pm on Channel 5, with a two-hour launch episode hosted by Brian Dowling.

After the stars have been revealed and entered the compound, there will be a 30-minute episode of live feed, followed by Emma Willis's spinoff show Bit on the Side.

It has also been confirmed that there will be the first round of nominations on Friday, August 17. The celebrities will pick who they want to leave the house in a special live show at 10pm.

The series will air two days after the latest run of Big Brother concludes on Monday, August 13 with a 90-minute finale.

Celebrities rumoured to be taking part include Duane Chapman aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, former EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, Sex, Lies And Rinsing Guys documentary star Danica Thrall, So Solid Crew's MC Harvey, Simon Cowell's ex Jasmine Lennard, comic Julian Clary and Corrie icon Julie Goodyear.

Channel 5 ordered a second run of Celeb Big Brother for 2012, following the ratings success of the Denise Welch, Michael Madsen and Frankie Cocozza series in January.

The Celebrity run will last 23 days.

Big Brother: White Room trio beat Main House in challenges

The White Room housemates have beaten the Big Brother Main House in this week's shopping task, meaning the housemates will have to deal with budget shopping for another week.

Conor McIntyre, Sara McLean and Luke Scrase won three of the challenges while locked in the White Room, meaning that they earned a prize of fish pie and ice cream.

The White Room team won the Space Race task, which involved filling a tube with milk, while tied up in a harness.

Sara also triumphed for the White Room team in the Hammer Slammer memory challenge, which involved avoiding blue-paint filled cups.

The Main House triumphed in a White Form task, which involved guessing the identity of housemates from details on their show application forms.

Big Brother continues daily on Channel 5.

'Coronation Street' special 'Corrie Goes to Kenya' airdate confirmed

Corrie Goes to Kenya has been given an official airdate.

The first episode of the two-part special will be broadcast on Friday, August 17 at 9pm on ITV1.

The airdate for the second part is expected to be confirmed soon.

The special documentary series will document Sue Cleaver, Ryan Thomas, Brooke Vincent and Ben Price's recent trip to Kenya to work with the charity S.A.F.E.

Their task was to help educate people about the dangers of HIV by using performing arts. The group had a week to set up workshops to create stories for themselves and the charity's Kenyan actors to perform to a live audience.

Episode one sees the actors at the biggest slum in Mombasa, which houses around 20,000 people.

Sue Cleaver said of the living conditions: "The poverty and the problems that people have here, you cannot fail to see. What's got me is the way that they deal with it."

Talking about what he aimed to achieve on the trip, Price said: "Becoming a dad was a very big moment in my life and, if I can, in some way, help those children while I'm there, then it seems a personal angle for me.

"It's not in my comfort zone, or within my experience, but I think that's a great reason to do it."

Vincent stated: "I'm an emotional person and I know I'm going to want to take all of these people home with me, that's what I'm like."

Cleaver added: "To be able to make just a tiny weeny bit of difference, I was like, 'Yes, absolutely, I'm on board'."

Speaking about the programme, S.A.F.E.'s Development Director Sarah Kennedy said: "Corrie Goes to Kenya highlights the continued stigma and misinformation that surrounds HIV/AIDS across Africa, as well as the difficulties in overcoming these challenges in a country where most people do not have access to a TV and only 85% of adults are literate.

"S.A.F.E. beats the odds to deliver life- saving information through accessible, mobile street theatre, and we're so pleased Corrie Goes to Kenya is spreading the message to the British public about the need for this education and what S.A.F.E does."

From CBS Entertainment - Series News for the 2012-2013 Season

The Eye confirms an assortment of casting news for "CSI: NY," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Vegas," "Person of Interest," "Made in Jersey," "Blue Bloods" and "The Mentalist."

This Just in...



· "CSI: NY" - Fridays, 9:00 PM

Music from GRAMMY Award winner Green Day will be featured in the fourth episode of the season in which Lindsay (Anna Belknap) is injured when a political candidate is shot. Action sequences will be narrated by songs from Green Day's forthcoming albums ¡UNO!, ¡DOS! and ¡TRE! @GreenDay

Natalie Martinez will recur as an NYPD detective who works closely with Flack (Eddie Cahill), but it will become clear that there is considerably more to her than meets the eye, both personally and professionally.

· "NCIS: LOS ANGELES" - Tuesdays, 9:00 PM

The real-life mothers of NCIS: LOS ANGELES stars Chris O'Donnell, LL COOL J, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen will appear in a fall episode alongside their children. The mothers are flying in from all over the country and world, (Daniela Ruah's mother lives in Portugal), to appear in a scene that was hand-picked by Executive Producer Shane Brennan.

· "VEGAS" - Tuesdays, 10:00 PM

Sarah Jones ("Alcatraz") joins as a series regular in the second episode of the freshman series. Jones will play Mia Rizzo, the smart daughter of one of Chicago's most powerful men, who works in a casino's "count room," running a scam designed to funnel cash back to Chicago.

· "PERSON OF INTEREST" - Thursdays, 9:00 PM

Ken Leung ("Lost") will guest star as the POI in the second season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale ("Justified") will guest star in the second episode of season two (Thursday, Oct. 4) as a woman with ties to Finch's hacker nemesis/kidnapper, Root (Amy Acker).

· "MADE IN JERSEY" - Fridays, 9:00 PM

Kristoffer Polaha ("Ringer") and Megalyn Echikunwoke ("90210") have joined the cast as series regulars. Both will appear for the first time in the episode airing Friday, Oct. 5.

Polaha plays Nolan Adams, a third year attorney at Stark & Rowan who was raised in private schools and the unsupervised Hampton "getaways" and is part of Manhattan's royal literati. @KrisPolaha.

Megalyn Echikunwoke plays Riley Prescott, a second year lawyer at Stark & Rowan and the daughter of the former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. Professionally, Riley's worldly upbringing gives her an automatic buy-in to any case with international clients. @moreMEGALYN

· "BLUE BLOODS" - Fridays, 10:00 PM

Sebastian Sozzi ("My Generation") will recur as Vinny Cruz, Jamie Reagan's (Will Estes) new partner, a fast-talking, charismatic cop from one of the toughest precincts in the city. His first episode will air Friday, Oct. 5.

Michael Madsen ("Resevoir Dogs") will guest star as John, a professional criminal just released from prison and determined to get his revenge on Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) who arrested him and ruined his life. His episode will air Friday, Oct. 5. @MadsenThePoet

· "THE MENTALIST" - Sundays, 10:00 PM

Ivan Sergei ("Charmed") will recur as Gabe Mancini, a tough, handsome FBI Agent. He will first appear in the season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Polly Walker ("Rome") will recur as Senior FBI Agent Alexa Schultz, a beautiful alpha female with a quick-witted personality.

Also, Jim O'Heir ("Parks and Recreation") will guest star in the season premiere on Sept. 30 as a hotel manager with information about a murder. @JimOHeir

HBO Unveils Documentary Lineup for Second Half of 2012

Titles include "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules For Parents On Divorce," "The Latino List: Volume 2," "Ethel" and "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia."

HBO Documentary Films continues its commitment to groundbreaking films in the second half of 2012. From an in-depth portrait of Ethel Kennedy by her daughter, to Rosie O'Donnell's DON'T DIVORCE ME! KIDS' RULES FOR PARENTS ON DIVORCE, to a moving look at dyslexia from James Redford, HBO showcases works by top directors who tackle thought-provoking topics.

Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order):

DON'T DIVORCE ME! KIDS' RULES FOR PARENTS ON DIVORCE (Sept. 20) spotlights children ranging in age from five to ten who have met the confusing, often-painful challenge of their parents' divorce. Combining candid interviews, drawings, songs and photos, this insightful film gives kids a chance to share poignant stories of how divorce has impacted their lives - and offer helpful advice to their parents. Executive produced by Rosie O'Donnell (HBO's "A Family Is a Family Is a Family"), this heartfelt, upbeat documentary shows how children comprehend and cope with the separation of their parents, suggesting ways adults can make this difficult transition easier for their kids. Directed by Emmy(R) winner Amy Schatz (HBO's "Classical Baby").

THE LATINO LIST: VOLUME 2 (Sept. 24) focuses on a remarkable group of Latino notables as they share candid personal stories in intimate interviews with NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, offering a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO's "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" and "The Black List"), the film spotlights individuals from a variety of backgrounds and professions who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society.

ETHEL (Oct. 18) celebrates the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy, highlighted by revealing and little-known anecdotes from those who know her best: her family. Directed by Emmy(R)-winning daughter Rory Kennedy (HBO's "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"), this personal portrait is the first film made about the Kennedys from within the family. The film features candid interviews with Ethel - her first extended interview in more than two decades - and her children Kathleen, Joe, Bobby, Courtney, Kerry, Chris and Max, spanning her political awakening, the life she shared with Robert Kennedy, and the years following his death, when she raised their 11 children.

THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA (Oct. 29), a 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection, tells the moving story of four young people who strive to overcome dyslexia and surpass society's low expectations. Inspired by the challenges facing his son Dylan, who was diagnosed as dyslexic after being functionally illiterate in the fourth grade, filmmaker James Redford includes appearances from such notable dyslexics as Sir Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Gavin Newsom and David Boies, all of whom confirm what children, experts and families suggest: Dyslexia is as much a gift as a challenge.

WITNESS (Nov.) follows a new generation of young combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya. The four-part series chronicles these photojournalists' immersions, their relations with the people on the ground and their closeness in battle - showing audiences why, when everyone else seeks cover, the war photographer stands. Produced in collaboration with Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Michael Mann ("Ali", HBO's "Luck") and acclaimed documentary and commercial director David Frankham.

THE LADY OF RANGOON (Dec.) profiles Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition movement for democracy in Burma, who was under house arrest for 15 of the last 21 years. The film features an interview that was filmed covertly before her release. Directed by Angus MacQueen.

TV Tonight 2nd of August 2012

The daily list in alphabetical order, of all the new episodes airing.

    Anger Management S01E07: "Charlie's Patient Gets Out of Jail"
    Art Mann Presents S08E15: "The Women's Beer Olympics"
    Auction Kings S03E20: "Antique Doctor's Buggy/Cleopatra Folio"
    Awkward S02E06: "What Comes First: Sex or Love?"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E73: "Olympic Games - 73"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E77: "Olympic Games - 77"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E81: "Olympic Games - 81"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E72: "Olympic Games - 72"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E76: "Olympic Games - 76"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E80: "Olympic Games - 80"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E84: "Olympic Sportsday"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E71: "Olympic Games - 71"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E75: "Olympic Games - 75"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E79: "Olympic Games - 79"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E83: "Olympics Tonight"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E74: "Olympic Games - 74"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E78: "Olympic Games - 78"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E82: "Olympic Games - 82"
    Beautiful Homes S01E27: "Elite Escapes and Stately Solitude"
    Behind Mansion Walls S02E09: "Daddy Dearest"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E63: "BB 13, Episode 63"
    Big Brother (US) S14E10: "Episode 10 - Live Eviction #3 & HoH Comp #4"
    Big Brother After Dark S07E22: "Season 7, Episode 22"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E59: "Series 4, Show 59"
    Binbo-gami ga! S01E05: "Season 1, Episode 5"
    Brand X With Russell Brand S01E06: "Episode 6"
    Burn Notice S06E07: "Reunion"
    Cajun Justice S01E16: "Bayou Beasts"
    Cajun Justice S01E15: "Bayou Biker Thieves"
    Chelsea Lately S06E122
    Come Dine With Me S19E42: "Series 19, Episode 34"
    Conan S02E124: "Will Ferrell, Tenacious D"
    Coronation Street S53E153: "Thur Aug 2, 2012"
    Daybreak S02E233: "August 2, 2012"
    Deal Or No Deal (UK) S07E305: "Episode 1985"
    Degrassi S12E12: "Waterfalls (2)"
    EastEnders S28E120: "August 2, 2012"
    Embarrassing Bodies S06E12: "About Face"
    Emmerdale S41E180: "August 2, 2012"
    Emmerdale S41E181: "August 2, 2012 [Episode 2]"
    Eureka Seven: AO S01E16: "Guardians Hammer (Next Phase)"
    Figure It Out S04E35: "Featuring Chris O'Neal"
    Four Weddings (2010) S04E07: "...and Snow Cones"
    Four Weddings (2010) S04E06: "...and a Wall of Flowers"
    Fred: The Show S01E22: "Spirit of the 90's"
    General Hospital (US) S50E87: "#12615"
    Great Lake Warriors S01E03: "Collision Course"
    Hollyoaks S18E154: "August 2, 2012"
    Hollywood Heights S01E34: "The Collaboration"
    Home and Away (AU) S25E139: "Episode 5574"
    House Hunters S50E29
    House Hunters International S34E25
    Impact Wrestling S08E96: "Season 8, Episode 96"
    Jeopardy! S28E229: "Show #6434"
    LA Hair S01E10: "TBA"
    Live with Kelly S29E242
    Louie S03E06: "Barney / Never"
    Masterchef Australia S05E06: "All Stars - 6"
    Monkey Life S05E04: "Series 5, Episode 4"
    Naruto: Shippuuden S11E30: "Mifune vs.Hanzo"
    Neighbours S28E149: "Episode 6459"
    Polyamory: Married and Dating S01E04: "Poly Anniversary"
    Project Runway S10E03: "Welcome Back (or not) to the Runway"
    Property Wars S01E07: "TBA"
    Property Wars S01E08: "TBA"
    Rookie Blue S03E09: "Out of Time"
    Scooby-Doo - Mystery, Inc. S02E04: "Web of the Dreamweaver"
    Sket Dance S02E18: "Episode 18"
    Snooki and JWoww vs. The World S01E07: "Meet the In-Laws"
    Suits S02E07: "Sucker Punch"
    Sullivan and Son S01E04: "Who's Your Daddy"
    The 2012 Summer Olympics S01E07: "Season 1, Episode 7"
    The Block (NZ) S01E10: "Episode 10"
    The Bold and the Beautiful S26E94: "Ep. #6378"
    The Chase (2009) S05E88: "Series 5, Episode 88"
    The Churchills S01E02: "The March to War"
    The Colbert Report S08E96: "Chris Hayes"
    The Daily Show S17E134: "Jessica Biel"
    The Hotel Inspector S09E05: "Mansion Lions"
    The Jeremy Kyle Show S07E222: "August 2, 2012"
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson S08E122
    The Midnight Beast S01E05: "Boyband"
    The Project S04E183: "Season 4, Episode 183"
    The Real L Word S03E04: "Season 3, Episode 4"
    The View S15E216: "Kyra Sedgwick, Mario Cantone"
    The Young and the Restless S40E93: "Ep. #9962"
    Tonight S14E26: "Divided Britain"
    truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... S14E09
    Urban Secrets S01E05: "Episode 5"
    Watch What Happens: Live S07E30
    Wilfred (US) S02E07: "Avoidance"
    Wipeout (US) S05E16: "Batter Up"

TV One Plans Rebranding: 'Where Black Life Unfolds'

TV One plans an Aug. 20 rebranding that will include the new tagline, "Where Black Life Unfolds."

The network, which caters to African-American viewers 25 and older, unveiled the rebranding at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where it also highlighted three shows in its upcoming slate.

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They include "The Ricky Smiley Show," featuring the radio show host and Ray J; "Save My Son," which features black families trying to help their sons; and the reality series "R&B Divas."

"Smiley," will feature an array of guest stars in its first ten episodes, including Bruce Bruce and rapper Waka Flocka Flame.

TV One, which debuted in 2004 and reaches 56 million households, seeks an older audience than the more youthful-skewing BET.

David Attenborough, Björk team up for music documentary

Sir David Attenborough is to join forces with Björk for a new documentary about music.

The one-off Channel 4 film, provisionally titled Attenborough and Björk: The Nature of Music, will examine how music has developed and the effect technology may have on its future.

The broadcaster will discuss his own passion for music and introduce footage of the lyre bird, reed warbler and blue whale to illustrate the relationship between music and the natural world.

Meanwhile, Björk will demonstrate a range of bespoke instruments she commissioned for her latest album Biophilia.

The 2011 record was part of a multimedia project by the Icelandic star, which brings together the album with a range of apps and installations.

The Nature of Music's executive producer Lucas Ochoa said: "Pulse Films are incredibly excited to be working on this remarkable film with Björk and Sir David Attenborough.

"Born from Björk's revolutionary music project, it is thrilling to be able to document this incredible journey with her.

"She is undeniably one of the most iconic figures in popular culture and truly pushes boundaries like no other artist."

Doctor Who series seven: Matt Smith battles Daleks in fiery promo pic

The BBC has unveiled the first official image from the new series of Doctor Who.

The epic picture shows a battered Doctor (Matt Smith) protecting companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) from an army of Daleks.

The explosive promo features multiple models of the Time Lord's old enemy, including variations from the 1960s and '70s, plus the Special Weapons Dalek from 1988.

Series seven of Doctor Who will launch later this month with opening episode 'Asylum of the Daleks'. The first five episodes will be followed by the 2012 Christmas special and a further eight episodes in 2013.

Gillan and co-star Arthur Darvill (Rory) will depart the sci-fi drama in the New York-set episode five, which will feature the return of the monstrous Weeping Angels.

A trailer for the new series is expected to debut online today (August 2) at 6am and will air on BBC One tonight.

American Horror Story' Gets a New Title for Season 2

When FX's hit spooky drama "American Horror Story" returns to the air for its second season, it will have more than a few new faces. It will also have a new title.

"American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy revealed Tuesday that the second season of the series will be dubbed "American Horror Story: Asylum." The season will be set in 1964.

“We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," Murphy said. "This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”

Lange is returning, along with several other cast members from Season 1 of the series, although they will all play different characters than they did in the first go-round. A number of new cast members are coming aboard, including "The Voice" coach Adam Levine, James Cromwell, and Chloe Sevigny.

The second season of "American Horror Story" will premiere in October.

Last season starred Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton as an ill-fated couple who moved to Los Angeles in order to heal their broken marriage. The second installment will be set on the East coast.

Anderson Cooper Talk Show Gets Name Change, Format Shakeup

Anderson Cooper's syndicated talk show is undergoing big changes for its upcoming second season.

Cooper's daytime gabfest, formerly known as "Anderson," has been rechristened "Anderson Live." The name change reflects a switch to a live format that will also incorporate revolving co-hosts.

And in case that isn't enough of a shakeup, the show will now tape at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, moving from its previous home of Jazz at Lincoln Center's The Allen Room, which is located in New York's Time Warner Center.

The new setting and live format will "enable Cooper to cover stories while they are breaking and update his viewers with the latest news, truly becoming water cooler TV in the daytime," according to a statement issued by the show Tuesday.

“Our biggest overall goal for ‘Anderson Live’ is to take the best elements of daytime and put it in a show that works in 2012. Being live plays to Anderson’s strengths, providing immediacy and topicality, which allows us to talk about what is going on in the world,” the show's executive producer, Terence Noonan, said.

Cooper said that the new incarnation of his show "allows us more freedom to cover topical issues as well as connect more with the viewer at home."

Also for the second season, "Anderson Live" has recruited daytime veteran George Davilas, most recently a senior supervising producer with "The Doctors," as co-executive producer.

The second season of Cooper's show will premiere Sept. 10.