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zaterdag 4 augustus 2012

Natasha Lyonne Tapped for 'Weeds' Finale

Natasha Lyonne's career is going up in smoke -- in a good way.

The "American Pie" actress has booked a gig on the two-part series finale of the Showtime pot dramedy "Weeds," a spokeswoman for the actress told TheWrap.

Lyonne's character will be named Tiffani, but beyond that, details about her appearance are totally being bogarted.

In addition to the recently released "American Reunion," Lyonne stars alongside Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in the upcoming comedy "Imogene," and will star in the currently filming movies "Clutter" and "The Rambler."

At the Television Critics Association conference earlier this week, "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker said that the series finale of "Weeds" -- which is currently airing its eighth and final season -- is so beautiful that it made her weep.

"I just cried when I read it," she said of the final script. "I think it's beautiful."

The "Weeds" series finale will air Sept. 16.

'Jersey Shore' Star Pauly D Makes Forbes' Highest-Paid DJ List With $11M

Here's a number that will make your head spin like a record: "Jersey Shore" star DJ Pauly D raked in $11 million last year. And he made much of it playing music.

No, not performing an instrument or anything as complex as that. Actually playing other people's records. Like you do at home. For free.

Pauly -- full name: Paul DelVecchio -- figures prominently on Forbes' inaugural list of top 10 highest-paid DJs, placing number 7 among such other prominent tune-spinners as Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Afrojack.

DelVecchio's haul wasn't solely from his DJing -- in compiling the list, Forbes took into account live shows and music sales, along with endorsements, merchandise sales and other income sources which, in DelVecchio's case, would include his "Jersey Shore" paycheck. (He'll reportedly make $2.1 million for the upcoming season of "Jersey Shore.)

Even so, according to Forbes, at least half of the $11 million came from his DJ duties, and he now commands up to $40,000 per club performance and other personal appearances.

Clearly, the DJ community has not received the memo about the moribund job market.

Read Forbes' full list of highest-paid DJs below.

1) Tiesto, $22 million
2) Skrillex, $15 million
3) Swedish House Mafia, $14 million
4) David Guetta, $13.5 million
5) Steve Aoki, $12 million
6) Deadmau5, $11.5 million
7) DJ Pauly D, $11 million
8) Kaskade, $10 million
9) Afrojack, $9 million
10) Avicii, $7 million

'Lemon La Vida Loca' makes strong start for ITV2

Keith Lemon's new spoof fly-on-the-wall show Lemon La Vida Loca opened with over a million viewers last night (Thursday, August 2).

Focusing on the life of Leigh Francis's character, the behind-the-scenes mockumentary pulled in 920k (4.6%) on ITV2 at 10pm and 120k (1.1%) on +1.

Lemon La Vida Loca was the second most-watched multichannel programme, behind a classic episode of Lewis which had 935k (4.5%) on ITV3.

As expected, BBC One dominated peak time with its Olympics coverage, with its 7 to 10pm programme - compiling various swimming events - averaging 7.59m (33%).

Over on BBC Two, Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight launched with an impressive 2.43m (10%) in the 8pm hour, benefiting from its lead-in from EastEnders.

Amish: A Secret Life followed with a decent 2.01m (8.7%), just losing out to ITV1's law documentary The Briefs, which mustered 2.12m (9.2%) and 198k (1.1%) on timeshift.

The Hotel Inspector anchored Channel 5's schedule with 1.3m (5.6%) in its 9pm slot, then 1.19m (6.3%) watched Big Brother.

Meanwhile, Embarrassing Bodies was Channel 4's best-rated broadcast with just 1.01m (4.4%) and 198k (1.1%), prior to which David Starkey's Churchill could only manage 531k (2.2%) at 8pm.

BBC One thrashed ITV1 in primetime with 31.3% versus 14.4% (+1: 0.6%). BBC Two claimed third place with 10.6%, way ahead of Channel 5's 4% (+1: 0.2%). Channel 4 finished last with a very low 2.9% (+1: 0.5%).

HBO/Cinemax 2012-2013 Programming Overview

The networks release their biannual programming recaps for the rest of the year and beyond.


TRUE BLOOD: Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy(R)-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO's Emmy(R)-winning series "Six Feet Under." The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). The fifth season concludes Aug. 26.

THE NEWSROOM: This new series centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his new executive producer (Emily Mortimer), his newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Waterston). Together they set out on a patriotic and quixotic mission to do the news well in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal relationships. Aaron Sorkin created the series and executive produces along with Scott Rudin and Alan Poul. The first season concludes Aug. 26.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Set in the 1920s during Prohibition, this Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe-winning series chronicles the life and times of "Nucky" Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City. Steve Buscemi stars as Thompson; other cast members include Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and Bobby Cannavale. The series was created by Terence Winter, who also serves as executive producer with Martin Scorsese, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and Tim Van Patten. The 12-episode third season begins Sept. 16.

TREME: From David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and "Generation Kill," and Eric Overmyer, writer-producer of "Homicide: Life on the Street," this HBO series explores a unique American culture rebuilding after historic devastation, chronicling the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Cast members include Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters, Rob Brown, Steve Zahn, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, Michiel Huisman, Lucia Micarelli, Jon Seda, David Morse, India Ennenga and Chris Coy. The ten-episode third season begins Sept. 23.

GAME OF THRONES: Based on the popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy(R)-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Among the returning members of the ensemble cast for the second season are Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington. Executive produced and created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the ten-episode third season begins March 31, 2013.


GIRLS: Created by and starring Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture"), this Emmy(R)-nominated series is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham executive produces along with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner. The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky. The ten-episode second season begins in Jan. 2013.

ENLIGHTENED: This Golden Globe-winning show focuses on a self-destructive woman (Laura Dern) who has a spiritual awakening after a meltdown. Determined to live a more enlightened existence, the former executive's new lifestyle wreaks havoc both at home and at work. Luke Wilson and Diane Ladd also star; the cast also includes series writer-director Mike White. White and Dern are executive producers. The ten-episode second season begins in Jan. 2013.

VEEP: Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar(R) nominee for co-writing "In the Loop"), this Emmy(R)-nominated series stars Emmy(R) winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The show also stars Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy C. Simons and Sufe Bradshaw. Iannucci executive produces along with Frank Rich and Christopher Godsick. The ten-episode second season begins in 2013.

EASTBOUND & DOWN: Starring Danny McBride and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill and Danny McBride, this comedy series tells the story of a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball, leaving him broke, delusional and desperate to regain his former glory. The fourth season begins in 2013.


REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER: Now in its tenth season, Maher's live weekly show is devoted to news and comedy, allowing him to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues. The Emmy(R)-nominated show returns from hiatus Aug. 17, with new editions debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).


THE GIRL: Starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, this film tells the story of Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with his leading lady, Tippi Hedren, during the making of the "The Birds" and "Marnie." A complex tale of power, obsession and the price exacted for stardom, the drama is directed by Julian Jarrold from a script by Gwyneth Hughes. Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton co-star. Amanda Jenks produces; Leanne Klein executive produces. Based on the book "Spellbound by Beauty," by Donald Spoto. Debuts Oct. 20.

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Starring Academy Award(R) winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this drama takes a behind-the-scenes look at the tempestuous relationship between legendary entertainer Liberace and Scott Thorson, his younger live-in lover. Directed by Academy Award(R) winner Steven Soderbergh from a script by Oscar(R) nominee Richard LaGravenese, the film is executive produced by Emmy(R) winner Jerry Weintraub, and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Susan Ekins, and Michael Polaire. Debuts in 2013.

PHIL SPECTOR: Written and directed by David Mamet, the film explores the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder. Mamet also serves as executive producer with Barry Levinson. The cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Debuts in 2013.

MARY AND MARTHA: Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn star in this HBO Films drama, which follows the epic journey of two mothers who bond over the mutual loss of their sons to malaria. Directed by Phillip Noyce from a screenplay written by Richard Curtis. Debuts in 2013.


DON'T DIVORCE ME! KIDS' RULES FOR PARENTS ON DIVORCE: This family documentary 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, this heartfelt, upbeat documentary shows how children comprehend and cope with the separation of their cptfc parents, suggesting ways adults can make this difficult transition easier for their kids. Directed by Emmy(R) winner Amy Schatz. Debuts Sept. 20.

THE LATINO LIST: VOLUME 2: A remarkable group of Latino notables 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, the film spotlights individuals from a variety of backgrounds and professions who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Debuts Sept. 24.

ETHEL: This documentary 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, 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. Debuts Oct. 18.

THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA: This 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 cptfc 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. Debuts Oct. 29.

WITNESS: This four-part series follows a new generation of young combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya. It 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. Debuts in Nov.

THE LADY OF RANGOON: This timely film 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. Debuts in Dec.


HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE MIAMI DOLPHINS: HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Miami Dolphins team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when the first sports-based reality series - and one of the fastest-turnaround reality series - kicks off its five-episode seventh season. Debuts Aug. 7.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL: Winner of 23 Sports Emmys(R), and the only sports show ever to receive a Columbia University-duPont broadcast journalism award, the monthly magazine program explores issues, controversies and personalities in the sports world with provocative reports in new monthly editions. Host Bryant Gumbel is joined by correspondents Mary Carillo, Frank Deford, Jon Frankel, Bernard Goldberg, Armen Keteyian and Andrea Kremer. The next edition debuts Aug. 21.

24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON: This documentary special introduces fans to two of the world's top ten prizefighters: undefeated Oakland native Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) and New Haven, Conn. product Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs), who will meet in a 12-round title showdown, to be presented on Saturday, Sept. 8 on HBO. Debuts Aug. 25.

THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY: Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy(R) winner, this series is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing. The next edition debuts Sept. 22.


STRIKE BACK: Returning for its second season, this Emmy(R)-nominated hit action series follows a stealth counterterrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines. Season one stars Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton return; Rhashan Stone and Michelle Lukes also return. Guest stars include Rhona Mitra and Charles Dance. A CINEMAX Presentation in association with British Sky Broadcasting Limited; a Left Bank Pictures Production; executive producers, Andy Harries for Left Bank and Huw Kennair-Jones for Sky; series producer, Michael Casey. The ten-episode second season begins Aug. 17.

HUNTED: From "The X-Files" writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes this eight-episode drama set in the world of international espionage. Melissa George stars as an operative for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team; when she returns to work, she doesn't know who to trust. Other cast members include Adam Raymer, Stephen Dillane, Morven Christie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Morven Christie, Lex Shrapnel, Uriel Emil, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Campbell Moore and Oscar Kennedy. Frank Spotnitz, Alison Jackson, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett, Christopher Aird executive produce. The series is shooting in Europe and debuts in Oct.

BANSHEE: This action series follows an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal activities, even as he's being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Frankie Faison, Rus Blackwell, Ryann Shane and Ben Cross star. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler executive produce. The ten-episode season debuts in Jan. 2013.



PUSS IN BOOTS - Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. (Directed by Chris Miller; screenplay by Tom Wheeler; story by Brian Lynch Will Davies and Tom Wheeler.) Debuts Aug. 4.

J. EDGAR - Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts. Debuts Aug. 11.

THE CHANGE-UP - Ryan Reynolds, Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde. Debuts Aug. 18.

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS - Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris. Debuts Aug. 25.


HOP - James Marsden, Russell Brand and Kaley Cuoco. Debuts Sept. 1.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE - Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright and Zoe Caldwell. Debuts Sept. 8.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis. (Directed by Rupert Wyatt; written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver.) Debuts Sept. 15.

A THOUSAND WORDS - Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis, Clark Duke and Allison Janney. Debuts Sept. 22.

THE SITTER - Jonah Hill, Max Records, Ari Graynor, JB Smoove and Sam Rockwell. (Directed by David Gordon Green; written by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka.) Debuts Sept. 29.


THE GIRL - HBO Films presentation. See above for details. Debuts Oct. 20.

COWBOYS & ALIENS - Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde.

THE DESCENDANTS - George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges. Judy Greer. (Directed by Alexander Payne; screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; based upon the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.)

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS CHIPWRECKED - Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate and Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate. (Directed by Mike Mitchell; written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger; based on characters created by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman.) (Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and Characters TM & (C) 2011 Bagdasarian Productions, LLC. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)



ANSWERS TO NOTHING - Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, Barbara Hershey and Zach Gilford. Debuts Aug. 4.

COWBOYS & ALIENS - Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Debuts Aug. 18.

TOWER HEIST - Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni, Michael Pena and Gabourey Sidibe. (Directed by Brett Ratner; screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson; story by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Ted Griffin.) Debuts Aug. 25.


THE HANGOVER PART II - Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor with Justin Bartha and Paul Giamatti. Debuts Sept. 8.

JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN - Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, Ben Miller and John Malkovich. Debuts Sept. 15.

FINAL DESTINATION 5 - Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arien Escarpeta with David Koechner and Tony Todd. Debuts Sept. 22.

BEYOND - Jon Voight, Teri Polo and Dermot Mulroney. Debuts Sept. 29.


IN TIME - Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Alex Pettyfer. (Directed and written by Andrew Niccol.)

TRANSIT - Jim Caviezel and James Frain.

CONTRABAND - Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.

CONTAGION - Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.

Syfy Greenlights "High Moon" Pilot Based on Best-Selling John Christopher Novel

The pilot is written by Jim Danger Gray from a story by Bryan Fuller and Gray.

Syfy is greenlighting Reunion Pictures' new series pilot High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher's best-selling novel The Lotus Caves, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President, Original Content, Syfy, and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Reunion Pictures is producing the 90-minute pilot which is expected to begin production in Vancouver this fall.

The Halmi Company, headed by legendary producer Robert Halmi Sr., will distribute the project worldwide outside of Canada. His previous projects for Syfy include such high profile television event productions as Tin Man, Alice and Neverland.

Executive Producers for Reunion Pictures are Matthew O'Connor, Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe. Robert Halmi Sr., Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) will also serve as executive producers. The pilot is written by Gray from a story by Fuller and Gray.

High Moon creates a future where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets.

Said Stern: "Bryan and Jim have brought John Christopher's book to life in an incredibly vivid and imaginative way. This is a fresh and compelling vision of an exotic new world driven by character, intrigue and greed."

TV Tonight 4th of August 2012

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

    Area no Kishi S01E29: "Episode 29"
    Bad Dog! (US) S02E06: "Picky Pets and Pet Peeves"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E100: "Olympic Games - 100"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E104: "Olympic Games - 104"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E108: "Olympics Tonight"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E99: "Olympic Games - 99"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E103: "Olympic Games - 103"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E107: "Olympic Games - 107"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E102: "Olympic Games - 102"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E106: "Olympic Games - 106"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E101: "Olympic Games - 101"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E105: "Olympic Games - 105"
    BBC Olympic Games 2012 S01E109: "Olympic Sportsday"
    Big Brother (UK) S14E65: "BB 13, Episode 65"
    Big Brother After Dark S07E24: "Season 7, Episode 24"
    Big Brother's Bit on the Side S04E61: "Series 4, Show 61"
    Bleach (US) S13E36
    Celebrity Ghost Stories S04E07
    Conspiracy 365 S01E08: "August"
    Copper S01E00: "Behind the Badge"
    Dark Matters: Twisted But True S02E04
    Dina's Party S02E01
    Doctor Who (2005) S07E00: "The Science of Doctor Who"
    Durch die Nacht mit... S01E98: "Clueso & David Cross"
    Fairy Tail S03E47: "The Dissonance of Battle"
    Ginga e Kickoff!! S01E18: "TBA"
    Hagure Yuusha no Estetica S01E05: "Holiday Time"
    Home by Novogratz S02E01
    Mad Mad World S01E06: "Episode 6"
    My Cat From Hell S03E06: "Cat Escape!"
    NYC 22 S01E12: "Samaritans"
    NYC 22 S01E11: "Ransom"
    Omar S01E16: "Season 1, Episode 16"
    Pokémon S15E25: "Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!"
    RocKwiz S10E05: "Season 10, Episode 5"
    Sword Art Online S01E05: "Season 1, Episode 5"
    The 2012 Summer Olympics S01E09: "Season 1, Episode 9"
    The Dog Whisperer S09E06: "Anger Management"
    The Million Pound Drop Live S10E16: "Series 10, Episode 16"
    The Nerdist S01E06: "Tribute to Science"
    UFC on FOX S01E04: "UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera"
    Wicked Attraction S05E09: "Rebels with a Deadly Cause"

Sir Chris Hoy fifth Olympic gold watched by 8.2 million

Sir Chris Hoy's fifth Olympic gold medal drew a peak audience of 8.2 million to BBC One and BBC Olympics 7 yesterday evening (August 2).

Hoy, Phillip Hines and Jason Kenny raced round the Veledrome track in a time of 42.6s, a new world record, scoring Team GB's first indoor cycling gold medal at the Games.

Earlier, Peter Wilson's tense double trap shooting final victory attracted an audience of 3.7 million (a 36% share) as he fired his way to glory with a score of 188.

Meanwhile, Team GB's Gemma Gibbons picked up an impressive audience of 4.7 million (40%) share when she picked up a silver medal in the -78kg judo final.

Peter Wilson punches the air as he celebrates his gold medal in the men's double trap shooting (August 2).

The BBC's evening coverage peaked with 9.3 million (including 279k on BBC Olympics 2) when Michael Phelps secured a gold medal for Team USA in the 200m individual medley.

This evening's highlights include Team GB's Jessica Ennis taking part in the 200m heats for her heptathlon and the men's shot put final.

Cesar Millan's Life Story Coming to Nat Geo Wild

Nat Geo Wild announced plans Friday for a one-hour biopic about dog trainer Cesar Millan and the new series "Spoiled Rotten Pets," hosted by Beth Stern. National Geographic Channels, meanwhile, announced that the network is renewing "Wicked Tuna" for a second season.

"Cesar Millan: Pack Leader" will tell Millan's life story, from his early days in Mexico to his illegal entry into the United States to his job as a dog trainer to the stars. Nat Geo Wild is airing the final season of his show "The Dog Whisperer" after 150 episodes. His next series, "Leader of the Pack," will premiere next year.

In a clip from the upcoming season of "The Dog Whisperer" played at the Television Critics Association, Millan was shown engaging in a nearly six-minute standoff with a dog that has just bit him. (Not the one pictured above.)

Nat Geo Wild ordered six half-hour episodes of "Spoiled Rotten Pets," which will profile such oddities as "Bark Mitzvahs" and ferrets dressed in custom-tailored sweaters.

Stern is the host of HGTV's "Mom Caves," a model, the author of "Oh My Dog," and a spokeswoman for the no-kill shelter the North Shore Animal League America.

FIlming is underway on "Wicked Tuna" in Gloucester, Mass. It is expected to premiere in early 2013.

Jamie Foxx: 'I've Been Booed at the Apollo'

Jamie Foxx, executive producer of the new series "Apollo Live," has a little history with the venue.

"I've been booed at the Apollo," the Oscar-winning actor and "Django Unchained" star said Friday. The new series featuring amateurs performing at the Harlem theater will air on Centric beginning Dec. 1.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel Friday, Foxx recalled appearing at the Apollo as a young comedian. He said Sinbad, the host, introduced him as a "West Coast" comedian, which predisposed the crowd against him.

The new series will give a fresh crop of comedians, singers and dancers the chance to be booed -- or applauded -- at the famed theater. It features talent advisers Gladys Knight, Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins. Comedian Tony Rock will host.

"When you go out on the stage and you feel the history of everybody who's been on the stage, from James Brown to the Jacksons to Gladys Knight... there's something to keeping that alive," Foxx said.

MyAnna Buring, Matthew Goode to star in ITV's 'The Poison Tree'

MyAnna Buring and Matthew Goode are to star in a new drama for ITV1.

The Poison Tree will follow Karen Clarke (Buring), a haunted woman who goes to extraordinary lengths to protect her family.

After encountering the glamorous Biba (Ophelia Lovibond) and her handsome brother Rex (Watchmen actor Goode), Karen is drawn into their "tragic family history" and their "long summer of love" soon becomes a "nightmare".

The two-part drama - based on the novel by Erin Kelly - has been written by Emilia di Girolamo (Law & Order: UK).

"We are delighted to be working with STV and Emilia di Girolamo on this intriguing and emotional thriller," said ITV's Steve November. "Erin Kelly's novel is rich and absorbing and is perfectly suited to ITV."

Margaret Enefer - Head of Drama for STV Productions - added: "We are thrilled to be bringing this dark and bewitching psychological thriller to life on screen for ITV1. We're certain it will grip viewers from start to finish."

The Poison Tree will enter production this summer and will air on ITV1 later this year.

Ex-Big Brother star Anthony Ogogo in shock Olympics victory

Ex-Big Brother star Anthony Ogogo continued his Olympic gold medal quest in the boxing yesterday, beating top-seeded Ukrainian Ievgen Khytrov.

Ogogo, who appeared in Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in 2008, was the surprise victor, beating the favourite in a tense bout that was watched by royals Prince Phillip and Prince Edward.

Great Britain's Boxer Anthony Ogogo during the London 2012 kitting out session at Loughborough University, Loughborough.

"It was my self-belief that got me over the line," said Ogogo afterwards.

"Neither my family nor my teammates believed I could win this. If I didn't believe in myself my legs would have crumbled."

Ogogo dedicated his victory to his mum, who suffered a brain haemorrhage six weeks ago.

After the fight, he wrote on Twitter: "Speaking to my Mum, hearing her tell me she loves me has been the best part of the day bar none... Inspiration. X"

Celebrity Hijack was a spinoff of the popular reality show, which aired on E4 and featured especially talented youngsters ranging from 18-21 years old. Ogogo finished fourth in the final. The series was won by aspiring politician John Loughton.

One Direction 'Up All night' tour to air on Nickelodeon

One Direction's 'Up All night' concert is to air on Nickelodeon.

The boyband's show, which recently wrapped its US run, will be screened on Saturday, August 25 at 5.30pm.

The 'Up All Night Tour' was our first headline tour and it was such a special moment in our career," Harry Styles said. "We're very excited to be able to share this moment with Nickelodeon viewers."

Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson are interviewed for the programme before going on stage, revealing their various likes and dislikes.

Horan admits that he hates The Only Way Is Essex, while Tomlinson confesses to loving Grease.

It was recently revealed that One Direction have sold 12 million records worldwide in just under a year.

The setlist for the 'Up All Night Tour' is as follows:

1. 'Na Na Na'
2. 'Stand Up'
3. 'I Wish'
4. 'I Gotta Feeling / Stereo Hearts'
5. 'Valerie' / 'Torn'
6. 'Moments'
7. 'Gotta Be You'
8. 'More than This'
9. 'Up All Night'
10. 'Tell Me a Lie'
11. 'Everything About You'
12. 'One Thing'
13. 'Save You Tonight'
14. 'What Makes You Beautiful'
15. 'I Want'

VH1 Brings Back 'Best Week Ever,' Greenlights 2 Series

VH1 plans a Friday-night humor lineup starting in January that will be led by the return of "Best Week Ever," the network announced Friday. It will air alongside new shows including the nostalgia series "Miss You Much," hosted by actress-comedian Catherine Reitman.

VH1 has also greenlit the new series "Grand River Singers Project," about a show choir of young adults reaching for glory in Wisconsin, and "Black Ink," about a Harlem tattoo shop that draws rappers, athletes and celebrities. 

VH1 has also acquired Ice-T’s feature-length documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" for its Emmy-winning "Rock Doc" franchise.

"Miss You Much" host Reitman will also host VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" countdown in November. "Miss You Much" features Reitman sometimes awkwardly meeting the '90s stars she idolized or had crushes on when she was growing up. A preview will air Dec. 2.

Here are descriptions of the new projects, as provided by VH1:


“MISS YOU MUCH” Sneak Peek Premieres Sunday, December 2 at 10PM ET/PT

Have you ever wondered what’s up with some of your favorite TV, movie or pop stars from the last 20 years?  VH1 will give you the exclusive details in its new series “Miss You Much,” hosted by actress-comedienne Catherine Reitman.  Not all young celebrities end up with a mug shot and an arrest record.  Some have moved on to careers outside of entertainment, while many are still active in showbiz.  Each week the show will profile three of your favorite celebrities as we take a peek inside at what they are doing now with their lives.  Catherine spends a day with each celebrity and asks the questions all adoring fans would love to ask – even getting a little too ‘personal’ at times.  Some of the celebs who will share what they have been up to include: Jamie Walters (90210), Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), Lark Voorhies (Saved By the Bell), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Romeo (rapper) and Jeremy Jackson (Baywatch). 

A sneak peek of the full “Miss You Much” premiere will debut on Sunday, December 2 at 10pm ET/PT.  “Miss You Much” will debut as a weekly half-hour Friday night series in early 2013.

VH1’s “Miss You Much” is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Jeff Olde for VH1.

“GRAND RIVER SINGERS PROJECT” (Working Title) Premieres Summer of 2013

The series revolves around a young adult show choir in Wisconsin called the Grand River Singers where cliques, jealousy and love all blend together in this quirky musical family.

What some may say they lack in talent and execution, no one can deny they make up for in pure determination and heart. And this group has a LOT of heart.  They have but one goal: to take the Grand River Singers out of La Crosse, Wisconsin and onto a much larger stage like the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival or the Sheboygan Bratwurst Festival.  Will they be able to set aside their egos and reach their goal or will they sabotage their own dreams and remain as unknowns in La Crosse?

“Grand River Singers Project” is executive produced by Tim Hamilton, Colleen Steward and Shannon Keenan Demers for Tremendous! Entertainment, Inc.

Executive producing for VH1 are Jill Holmes, Tom Huffman and Jeff Olde.

“BLACK INK” (Working Title) Premieres Early 2013

Located in the middle of Harlem on 113th and Lennox Avenue, Black Ink is one of the few black-owned and operated tattoo parlors in New York City.  It’s a magnet for hip hop stars both old school and new (Cam’ron, Jadakiss, Jim Jones, Asap Rocky, Corey Gunz) as well as pro athletes (Amare Stoudamire, C.C. Sabathia, Stephon Marbury, Brandon Spikes), video vixens and a who’s who of urban elite (Tyson Beckford,  Keri Hilson).  The employees are a tight but totally dysfunctional “family.”  For many of them, this shop is the key to turning around their lives and for some of them it’s their first legitimate job off the streets.  But can they survive all of the drama that is part of everyday life at the shop?

“Black Ink” is executive produced by Dan Cesareo and Doug DePriest for Big Fish Entertainment.  Executive producers for VH1 are Shelly Tatro, Kari Mcfarland, Rick Hankey and Jeff Olde.


“VH1’S 100 GREATEST KID STARS” Premieres Thursday, November 29 – Sunday, December 2 at 9PM ET/PT

“100 Greatest Kid Stars” is a 5-part special hosted by Catherine Reitman (VH1’s Miss You Much), providing a nostalgic look back over the last 2 decades at some of entertainment’s biggest ‘little’ stars from Macaulay Culkin to Elijah Wood to Dakota Fanning.  Each one-hour edition features performances along with new and original interviews with some of today’s biggest adult stars back in their ‘kiddie’ days like Anna Paquin, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Hanson, Lil’ Romeo, Mara Wilson, Taran Noah Smith, Sam Levine and many more.  You’ll also see early musical performances of today’s biggest recording stars like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus when they were little and even more adorable.

“VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars” is executive produced by Karla Hidalgo, Shelly Tatro Bernie Kaminski, and Jeff Olde for VH1.


“BEST WEEK EVER” Premieres Fridays – January 2013

VH1’s sardonic hit series “Best Week Ever” is returning after a 3-year hiatus with a fresh new look.  The weekly series will examine all that was good, bad and “so-bad-it-was-awesome” in the world of pop culture news and gossip. All the juicy bits of celebrities’ lives to the crazy “I-can’t-believe-they-did-that” moments on the internet will all be discussed by your favorite funny talking heads.  The series will also have an expanded social media aspect to the show.

“Best Week Ever,” is executive produced by Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Jeff Olde.


“SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP” Premieres Thursday, September 13th at 9PM ET/PT

Directed by rapper Ice-T, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” goes deep into the heart of rap and hip hop music, featuring masters of the game including:

AfrikaBambaataa, BigDaddyKane, B-Real, ChuckD, DJPremier, DMC, DougE. Fresh, Dr. Dre, Eminem, GrandmasterCaz, IceCube, Ice-T, KanyeWest, KRSOne, MarleyMarl, MCLyte, MelleMel, Nas, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rakim, Redman, Run, Salt, SnoopDogg and others.  More than a performance documentary, “The Art of Rap” gets up close and personal with these legends of the game to share insightful, deep and often hilarious revelations as well as classic raps, new rhymes and acappellas.   The documentary will air as part of VH1’s Emmy Award-winning “Rock Doc” franchise.

“Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” is executive produced by Paul Toogood, Jorge Hinojosa, Simon D. Pearce, David Kaplan, Alison Toogood and Jelena Nikolic.

2012 DO SOMETHING AWARDS Premieres Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 PM ET/PT

The Do Something Awards honors the nation’s best young world-changers. One extraordinary do-er (age 25 and under) will receive a life-changing $100,000 for his or her project.  This year’s five nominees address crucial issues from improving the lives of Sudanese refugees, educating the youth of Honduras, and raising awareness of the global water crisis to promoting growth and healing of children through art and providing resources for foster kids to prepare for success when they turn 18.  The 2012 Do Something Awards also credits celebrities who “do good.”  This year’s nominees include Kristen Bell, Ben Affleck, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Emma Stone, and many others.  The show will tape Sunday, August 19 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and air Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 9:00pm EST on VH1. The star-studded event is hosted by the hilarious trio of gentlemen co-stars on the Golden Globe-nominated series “New Girl,” Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris.

The “Do Something Awards” are executive produced by Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions and Lee Rolontz for VH1. Nancy Lublin and Naomi Hirabayashi oversee the awards show for

'Jersey Shore' Gets Season 6 Premiere Date

MTV announced Friday that "Jersey Shore" will return for its sixth season Oct. 4, and that its spinoff, "Snooki & JWOWW" will be back for a second season.

The new scripted comedic drama “Underemployed,” meanwhile, will premiere Oct. 16, and the new docu-series “Catfish: The TV Show” debuts Nov. 12. It will air at 10 p.m. and be followed at 11 by the new season of "World of Jenks."

"Money From Seasons" was also renewed for a second season.

MTV made the announcements at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The network also announced that Kris Polaha ("Life Unexpected," "Ringer") will guest on two episodes of "Awkward" beginning next Thursday.

Charisma Carpenter, Survivor of Violent Attack, Hosting Show About Fighting Back

Charisma Carpenter is frighteningly qualified to host a new series about people who fought back against attackers: She escaped a serial rapist 20 years ago and gave police a key piece of evidence against him.

The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" veteran has signed on to host the Investigation Discovery series "I Survived Evil," which is a working title. The series will begin filming its 10-episode first season this month.

Carpenter was a 22-year-old former San Diego Chargers cheerleader when she and two male friends were attacked by an armed police officer, Henry Hubbard Jr., while swimming at San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991. They resisted Hubbard, and Carpenter's two friends were shot and seriously wounded.

People magazine wrote about the attack in 1992. It described how Hubbard, wearing a nylon stocking over his head, ordered Carpenter to tie up one of her friends. Then he ordered her to bind the other man's hands with a belt.

When she refused, he pressed a pistol to her temple. Eventually, he "handed her his heavy-duty flashlight and knelt to do the job himself," People wrote. One of Carpenter's friends lunged at the gunman, and the other joined in. Hubbard shot both men, but he also accidentally shot himself in the left hand, then fled.

Hubbard was arrested when he and his wife went to an emergency room hours later, seeking treatment for his injury. He claimed he had been jumped, but investigators were suspicious because he had sand on his clothes. He also had bite marks that matched the teeth of one of the men who fought back.

A key piece of evidence was his police-issue flashlight -- with his name on it -- which Carpenter had brought from the beach.

Hubbard was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks and a series of rapes and robberies.

"The fact that Charisma has personally lived through the tragic nightmare of being attacked – and thankfully, is willing to share her ordeal with our viewers – makes her the perfect host for 'I Survived Evil,'" said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. "In addition to being a face that her loyal 'Buffy' fans will recognize, Charisma adds an important layer of depth and perspective to this series that only a survivor truly could.”

"I Survived Evil" is produced by Cineflix (I Survived) Inc. for Investigation Discovery. Nick Godwin and Simon Lloyd are executive producers for Cineflix. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Schleiff is president and general manager. Carpenter is represented by APA Talent and Literary Agency.

Soul II Soul join Channel 4's DJ 'House Party' takeover

Soul II Soul have been added to the lineup of Channel 4's House Party, a six-hour late night special that will feature DJs taking over the channel.

Channel 4 has promised that the transmission will provide a "clubbing experience like no other". "This is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club," said the broadcaster.

There will be no ad breaks, no studio audience and no commentary during the broadcast, which turns the television into the ultimate DJ booth.

Channel 4 arts commissioner Tabitha Jackson said: "There are four things about this all-nighter that excite me. Firstly, almost every element is uncharted territory: from the visual artists having to transform our screens by responding live to the DJs; to the scale of the real-time on-screen and online interactivity; to the DJs having to reach directly into our living rooms rather than playing to a venue. If we can pull it off, we will have created a pretty unique experience.

"Secondly, great DJing is about much more than just hitting play and standing there with your hands in the air. We are about to get up close and personal with some of the world's best exponents of the real art of turntablism.

"There's never been a better time for us to throw the ultimate house party, bringing an awesome lineup of talent directly into your living room for free. All you have to worry about is making sure you have enough friends and big speakers."

Big Brother's Conor McIntyre chooses to leave house with £50,000

Conor McIntyre has chosen to leave the Big Brother house with £50,000, after being given the option as part of the 'White Room' task.

The money will be taken out of the eventual winner's £100,000 prize fund.

Conor and Luke Scrase spent 79 hours this week in the White Room, having been told that they had to remain in there to have a chance of winning a pass to the Big Brother final.

Tonight (August 3), the pair were shown a counter with "£0" written on it, and told that the figure would increase for the duration of a minute.

They were then told that, if either of them were to press their buzzer during the minute, that person would win the amount shown on the counter, but would have to leave.

They were also informed that the money would be taken from the eventual winner's £100,000 prize fund.

If neither pressed their button, they would both go through to the final.

As the amount increased, Luke S counted 'Mississippis' in an attempt to time the minute.

When the figure of £50,000 was reached and Big Brother indicated that there were five seconds left, both pressed their buttons.

Luke S, seemingly thinking that he had taken the money, grinned at Conor. When Big Brother announced that Conor had in fact beaten him to the buzzer, both contestants held their hands to their faces in shock.

The pair then hugged and Luke S began to cry.

As the Derry contestant walked out with his winnings, Luke S said: "That would have been half yours [if I had hit the buzzer first]," to which Conor simply replied: "Don't worry about anything."

"I'm worried," Luke S said in return.

Ratings: 'Big Brother,' 'Wipeout' Slip vs. Steady Olympics

The 2012 Olympics continued to outpace the 2008 Beijing games and gave NBC an overwhelming victory Thursday night, while CBS's "Big Brother" and ABC's "Wipeout" suffered from the competition of the London games, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC took first place in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demographic and total viewers with its Olympics coverage, averaging an 11.2 rating/32 share in the demo and 35.7 million total viewers.

Thursday night's games showed an 8 percent boost in the demo compared to the equivalent night of the 2008 Olympics. That's about on par with how the London games have fared against the Beijing games -- so far, the 2012 Olympics are up 7 percent in the demo and 14 percent in total viewers versus the 2008 games.

CBS drew second place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.4/4 and 4.8 million. The network aired repeats throughout the night except for "Big Brother" at 8 p.m., which slipped 14 percent in the demo to tie a season low of 1.9/5 and drew 5.5 million total viewers -- the second-highest total viewership of the night.

Univision grabbed third place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.3/4 and 3.5 million.

ABC came in fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 1.0/3 and 3.1 million. Like CBS, the network opted mostly for repeats, the exception being "Wipeout" at 9 p.m., which dropped 41 percent to a series low of 1.3/4 and attracted 3.8 million total viewers.

Fox, which aired reruns, came in fifth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million.

Nick Greenlights 14 Live-Action, Animated and TV Movie Projects

Nickelodeon announced that it has greenlit 14 live-action, animation and TV movie projects Friday, including spinoffs from "iCarly" and "Victorious" and the new Nick at Nite series "Wendell and Vinnie."

The announcements came within an hour of Viacom chief Philippe Dauman's earnings-call promise to analysts that Nick would emerge from its ratings dive. He said the network was rebuilding one timeslot at a time. The new projects will give the company plenty to fill them.

The new shows will begin rolling out this fall and into 2013. They include "Sam & Cat" and "Gibby," featuring "iCarly" and "Victorious" characters, as well as the pilot "Instant Mom" for Nick at Nite. The Nick TV movies "Swindle" and "Nicky Deuce" will begin production later this year.

The CG-animated series "Monsters vs. Aliens" and 2D-series "Sanjay & Craig" have also been greenlit and will be based at Nickelodeon’s Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.

Nick preschool, meanwhile, has added the animated series "Monty and Norville" and the pilot "Blaze and the Monster Machines."

Here are details of Nickelodeon’s new projects, as provided by the network:


Current Productions:

Wendell and Vinnie (Nick at Nite series) – iCarly’s Jerry Trainor stars as Vinnie, a lovable, goofball uncle who becomes the guardian to his buttoned-up 12-year-old nephew Wendell (Buddy Handleson, Shake It Up).  Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens, The Penguins of Madagascar) also stars as Vinnie’s high-strung older sister Wilma.  The comedy series, greenlit for 20 episodes, was written by Jay Kogen (Frasier, George Lopez) and will be executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova).

You Gotta See This (Nickelodeon series) – Nickelodeon combines the best of the web, behind-the-scenes footage, celebrity interviews, pranks and bloopers in its new series You Gotta See This, premiering this fall.  Hosted by Chris O’Neal and Noah Crawford (stars of How to Rock), the half-hour series rolls all the must-see clips of the week into one hilarious package.  Nickelodeon is currently in production on this 20-episode series in Los Angeles.

Swindle (Nickelodeon movie/working title) – With daring heists, crazy disguises, pie fights and sumo wrestlers, the network greenlights Swindle, an original TV movie featuring an impressive ensemble cast of Nickelodeon stars. When an evil collector cons Griffin out of a million dollar baseball card that could have saved his best friend’s home, he unites a ragtag group of his classmates who need to work as a team to take down the swindler.  Swindle is based on a popular children’s book by Gordon Korman.  Production will commence this fall in Vancouver, Canada.

Nicky Deuce (Nickelodeon movie/working title) – Based on a popular children’s book by The Sopranos’Steve Schirripa and Charles Fleming, Nicky Deuce stars iCarly’s Noah Munck as Nicholas Borelli II, a nerdy, over-protected teen who transforms into the title character.  Nicholas gets caught in the adventure of a lifetime when he spends the summer with an uncle he never knew he had.  Production on this original TV movie will commence this summer in Montreal, Canada.


Sam & Cat (Nickelodeon pilot/working title) – In the comedic spin-off Sam & Cat, from iCarly andVictorious creator Dan Schneider, feisty Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and daffy Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) become best buddies and unlikely roommates.

They love their freedom and independence, but quickly realize that fun and adventure do not come cheap.  Rather than get traditional after-school jobs, Sam and Cat become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own babysitting business.

Gibby (Nickelodeon pilot/working title) – Noah Munck reprises his role as Gibby in the spin-off from iCarlycreator Dan Schneider.  In the comedy pilot, Gibby takes a job at The Bixby, a recreational center where kids of all ages hang out, socialize, play sports and take unique classes.  Gibby becomes a mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers, helping them break out of their shells and embrace life in true “Gibbehhh” style.

The Haunted Hathaways (Nickelodeon pilot/working title) -- Life in The Big Easy gets a little more complicated and way more spirited when the Hathaway siblings move into a house occupied by a family of ghosts. The pilot is written by Robert Peacock, who served as writer/producer on several series over the last decade including Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Coupling.

The Thundermans (Nickelodeon pilot/working title) – Written by Jed Spingarn, The Thundermans follows 13-year-old Phoebe Thunderman, who just wants to be normal, but that’s impossible when she comes from a family of superheroes.  While most superheroes are lucky to have one power, Phoebe happens to have 12. So much for normal!  A longtime producer for Nickelodeon, Spingarn most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit series Big Time Rush and prior to that, produced on Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron:  Boy Genius and Johnny Bravo.

Instant Mom (Nick at Nite pilot/working title) – Instant Mom centers on a 25-year-old party girl who trades in Cosmos for carpools when she marries an older man with kids.  The project is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova) with Warren Bell (Ellen, According to Jim, What I Like About You) and Jessica Butler (According to Jim, In Plain Sight) serving as writers/executive producers.


Nickelodeon, the top producer of television animation in the U.S., is in production on three new series and two new pilots.

Current Productions:

Sanjay & Craig (Nickelodeon series) – A classic tale of boy meets snake, this 20-episode, 2D-animated series follows two best buds who dedicate their lives to becoming the coolest, most rebellious dudes in the neighborhood.  Sanjay & Craig is created by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell and Andreas Trolf, and executive produced by Nick alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks).

Monsters vs. Aliens (Nickelodeon series) – An extension of the blockbuster movie, the all-new CG-animated television series features the lovable monsters and a whole new group of nefarious aliens living and working together at Area 50-something.  Greenlit for 26 episodes, the series will be executive produced by Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle and Brett Haaland (The Penguins of Madagascar).

Monty and Norville (Nickelodeon preschool series/working title) – Monty and Norville follows the adventures of a five-year-old troll named Monty and his dragon friend Norville.

With the help of viewers at home, Monty can use his magic stick to make incredible things happen as long as he uses the right words.  The new animated 26-episode series, created by Adam Peltzman (head writer, Blue’s Clues, The Backyardigans), will introduce a literacy curriculum to Nickelodeon’s preschool audience.


Bad Seeds (Nickelodeon pilot) – From SpongeBob SquarePants alumnus and Chowder creator  Carl Greenblatt, Bad Seeds is about a good bird running with the bad crowd… and having a great time!

Blaze and the Monster Machines (Nickelodeon preschool pilot/working title) – Blaze and the Monster Machines is a CG-animated, interactive program about an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incredible monster truck Blaze.   AJ, Blaze and their friend Maddie fight their arch nemesis Crusher along with a fleet of other trucks.  The series features a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and is created by Jeff Borkin (head writer, Team Umizoomi, Little Einsteins) and Ellen Martin (producer, Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans).