Exciting News!

02/28/2011 at 6:26 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Noah James | Leave a comment
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Good things are starting to come my way.

As of last week, I’ve been invited to become a member of WrestleZone‘s writing team.  I’ll still have my current job – but once a week I will have a column in the editorial section of this popular website.

I’ll be joining the ranks of amazing columnists on the site – including Mark Madden (former WCW employee and color commentator) & Sean Morley(otherwise known as Val Venis when he wrestled for WWE).

Check WrestleZone‘s Editorial section weekly for my column – and stay to read the other members’ great posts!

Showtime wants more Episodes to be Shameless

02/28/2011 at 5:29 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Showtime has renewed two of their series currently in their first season – Episodes & Shameless.

Shameless has a 2nd season order for 12 episodes, but a set number for Episodes has not been announced.

Shameless

Press release:

NEW HIT SHOWTIME® SERIES SHAMELESS AND EPISODES

GET SECOND SEASON PICK-UPS

Network Orders 12 Episodes of SHAMELESS and TBD Episodes of EPISODES To Premiere In 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 28, 2011) – Hot off their highly successful freshman seasons, SHOWTIME has ordered second seasons of SHAMELESS and EPISODES, it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, the outrageous hour-long family drama SHAMELESS received a 12-episode order for its second season, while half-hour comedy series EPISODES, starring TV icon Matt LeBlanc as a fictional version of himself, received a second season order with the number of episodes to be determined. Both series premiered on January 9 to widespread critical and audience acclaim, with SHAMELESS becoming SHOWTIME’s best performing freshman drama ever.  Production on both series will begin later this year.

“The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both SHAMELESS and EPISODES since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits,” said Nevins. “John Wells is carving out a tone that is truly unique in the television landscape—equal parts drama and comedy.  And EPISODES marks the universally embraced and hilarious return to television of an inspired comedy triumvirate: Matt LeBlanc, and creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane.  We are thrilled with the response to both series and eager to start planning for their second seasons.”

From John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Paul Abbott (State of Play, Touching Evil) , SHAMELESS is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River). Macy plays a working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids headed by the eldest sibling (Rossum) who keep the home afloat while their dad is out drinking and carousing. The series averages nearly four million weekly viewers across multiple platforms and is on pace to be the network’s second-highest rated drama series behind DEXTER (5.2 million).  SHAMELESS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Wells and Abbott are executive producers; Andrew Stearn (The West Wing, Southland) also serves as executive producer.

“We’re delighted that our wonderful partners at SHOWTIME are giving us the opportunity to make additional episodes of SHAMELESS,” said executive producer John Wells. “We’re having an unbelievably good time making the show and look forward to bringing more of the humor, pathos, and wild sexuality of the dysfunctional Gallagher family to a shocked American audience.”

EPISODES is a co-production between Showtime Networks in the U.S. and the BBC in the UK, written and executive produced by two of America’s most successful comedy writers David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You, The Class). Jimmy Mulville executive produces through his successful Hat Trick production company (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Worst Week). This comedy series centers around a husband  and wife producing  team who are forced to navigate the many pitfalls of the Hollywood television business when their successful British show is brought to America, and the U.S. network insists on making the show more audience friendly by replacing their venerable thespian lead with…Matt LeBlanc.   Season one of  EPISODES averaged  nearly two million weekly viewers across multiple platforms (including On Demand and replays).

“To have the opportunity to make another series of this show with David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and then to make that show for both SHOWTIME and the BBC, whose combined portfolios of comedy are second to none, is both a thrill and a great privilege,” said executive producer Jimmy Mulville.  “At the end of the first series the writers have placed our three protagonists in the middle of comedy hell.  Like the rest of the audience I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to them!”

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

Betty White Will Continue to Live in TV Land

02/28/2011 at 5:21 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Hot in Cleveland TV Land‘s highest rated show ever, starring Betty White – has been renewed for a 3rd season. 

The season will be 22 episodes.

I know this is SNL, but I love this pic!

Here’s the official press release:

TV LAND PICKS UP CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED HIT SITCOM Hot In Cleveland” FOR THIRD SEASON, ORDERING 22 BRAND NEW EPISODES

Season Three To Begin Production Summer 2011

Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2011– TV Land announced today that its smash hit sitcom, “Hot In Cleveland,” will return for a third season with 22 episodes to begin shooting this summer.  The sitcom, which garnered unprecedented ratings not only for the network but across cable, continues to be a huge success scoring a strong 1.6 among TV Land’s target Adults 25-54 audience, a 2.0 among Women 25-54 and an average of 3.2 million total viewers.  The sitcom remains the highest-rated and most-watched series in the history of the network and was recently nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards® including: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Betty White, which Ms. White won.

“The chemistry that this cast has with each other is undeniable so we are excited to bring ‘Hot In Cleveland’ back for another season,” said Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land.  “Our viewers will be thrilled with all that is in store for next season – amazing storylines, smart and hilarious writing and even more beloved guest stars!”

Hot In Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti, eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs and former soap star Victoria Chase – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing.  When the friends discover that life is better for them and that they are Hot In Cleveland, they decide to stay.  Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinionated caretaker.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot In Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer.  Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer.

Earlier this year, the show was distributed by Endemol in Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey and the UK among others.

TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

About TV Land

TV Land is the programming destination featuring the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Consisting of original programming, classic and contemporary television series acquisitions, hit movies and a full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S. homes.

Non-Super News for No Ordinary Family

02/27/2011 at 7:25 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Looks like my prediction for ABC‘s freshman series will be coming true.

ABC has reduced their season order of No Ordinary Family by 2 episodes. 

This will bring the total number of episodes to 20 for its first (and likely last) season.

American Dad Renewed…But Not for Next Season

02/24/2011 at 4:20 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Well, it hasn’t been renewed for next season because it already was.

American Dad has been renewed by FOX for a 7th season, who will air the 22-episode order during the 2012-2013 season.

Due to the long process of animating the show, FOX had already renewed American Dad for the 2011-2012 season last year.

Here’s the press release:

GOOD MORNING, U.S.A.! IT’S GONNA BE A WONDERFUL DAY!

 

American Dad” RENEWED FOR SEVENTH TERM

 

Emmy-nominated Animation Domination staple American Dad has been renewed for a seventh season, bringing the series through the 2012-2013 season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“This is fantastic news,” said Roger the Alien. “But you do realize I’m not real, right?”

American Dad follows the lives of ultra-conservative, staunch GOP supporter and CIA agent STAN SMITH (Seth MacFarlane) and his eccentric family that includes FRANCINE (Wendy Schaal), his ditzy-but-lovable wife; HAYLEY (Rachael MacFarlane), his 18-year-old left-wing hippie daughter; STEVE (Scott Grimes), his geeky, 14-year-old son; ROGER (Seth MacFarlane), the selfish and sarcastic cross-dressing space alien; and KLAUS (Dee Bradley Baker), an attention-starved goldfish. The fan-favorite series airs Sundays (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Expect lots of hijinks from the Smiths this spring! Roger attempts to make Steve a “cool kid” by letting him drive other kids around in a tractor, but the plan quickly backfires. Meanwhile, Francine gets a job at Stan’s office, but she cramps his style; and Roger starts dressing like a teenage girl and quickly seduces Steve’s best friend, SNOT (guest voice Curtis Armstrong). Upcoming guest voices for this season include Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Anjelica Huston, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Burt Reynolds and Grammy Award winner Cee-Lo Green.

American Dad is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman serve as co-creators and executive producers, while Kenny Schwartz, Rick Wiener and Nahnatchka Khan serve as executive producers. Become a fan of American Dad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americandad and follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/americandadfox.

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