ABC’s Summer Schedule 2011

03/25/2011 at 11:38 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Here’s the press release:

ABC ANNOUNCES ITS 2011 SUMMER SCHEDULE

Wipeout,” “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show,” “Rookie Blue,” “Expedition Impossible,”
“The Hot Zone,” “Take the Money and Run,” “Bachelor Pad” and “America’s Karaoke Challenge”
Join Previously Announced “The Bachelorette” and “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”

 

ABC announces the following summer premieres for new series and returning favorites (all times ET):

Thursday, June16:

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “Wipeout” (sneak-peek episode)*

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” (series premiere)*

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “Rookie Blue” (second season premiere)*

*If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, these programs will move to Thursday, June 23

Tuesday, June 21:

8:00-9:00 p.m.             “Wipeout” (regular time premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Expedition Impossible” (series premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “The Hot Zone” (series premiere)

Thursday, July 28:

9:00-10:00 p.m.           “Take the Money and Run” (series premiere)**

**If there is a Game 7 of the NBA Finals, “Take the Money and Run” will premiere Thursday, August 4

Monday, August 8

8:00-10:00 p.m.           “Bachelor Pad” (second season premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m.         “America’s Karaoke Challenge” (series premiere)

Following is a list of the upcoming summer programming in chronological order (all times ET):

THE BACHELORETTE – PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m.), AND MOVES TO ITS REGULAR TIME SLOT (8:00-10:01 p.m.) ON MONDAY, MAY 30 Ashley Hebert, 26, couldn’t admit she was in love with Brad Womack – and it might have cost her the final rose – but that’s all in the past. The energetic and vivacious Hebert, who is ready to start a new life with a soul mate she might soon meet, will get a second chance at love when she stars in the seventh edition of “The Bachelorette.” Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelorette” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton are the executive producers.

Extreme Makeover: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION – PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 30 (10:01-11:00 p.m.) In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss – unlike anything seen before on television – “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” will document the amazing makeover of eight courageous, “super obese” people. Shot over an unprecedented 365 days, the participants set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. The term “super obese” defines those who exceed their estimated ideal weight by approximately 225 percent and who  are roughly 200 pounds or more overweight. Trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell  (“The 640-Pound Virgin”) will guide each of eight participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. By assuring that they have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Chris will provide a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. In each of the eight one-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. Each stand-alone episode of the series will chronicle one participant’s journey to reclaim his or her life. From the producers of “The Biggest Loser,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Matt Assmus. The series is produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA.

Wipeout – SPECIAL ONE-HOUR SNEAK PEEK EPISODE THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), BEFORE THE SUMMER SERIES PREMIERE TUESDAY, JUNE 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m.) (various encores and originals to air Thursday’s, 8:00-9:00 p.m.) — Summer brings an all-new course, stunts and specially-themed episodes. Contestants will face brand new obstacles like the “Human Hamster Wheel,”
the “Time Crunch” and “Chutes and Splatter,” and will go through a unique version of “Driver’s Ed.” There’s also a whole new summer Wipeout Zone featuring “The Flush!,” and of course all obstacles will come with plenty of new surprises. “Wipeout” executive producers are Matt Kunitz (“Fear Factor”) and Scott Larsen. Shye Sutherland, Kevin Wehrenberg, Trice Barto and J. Rupert Thompson are co-executive producers. The series is produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the chairman of Endemol North America.

101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW – PREMIERES THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
“101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” will feature contestants competing in one of the most insane game shows in history for a chance to win $50,000. In “101 Ways,” contestants will match wits in a series of multiple choice questions, with one contestant being eliminated every round. But unlike any other game show in the world, the eliminated contestant will then be ejected from the show in spectacular fashion — i.e., being flown away strapped to the wing of a biplane, pushed off the top of a moving semi truck, dragged underwater by a one-ton anchor or yanked off a dock by a speed boat. The show will be hosted by Jeff Sutphen (“BrainSurge”). Produced by Endemol USA, Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout”, “Fear Factor”) will serve as the executive producer.

ROOKIE BLUE – PREMIERES THURSDAY, JUNE 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) –Take a candid look inside the professional and personal lives of five rookie cops as they navigate their first years on the job in this one-hour drama. During last summer’s premiere season, these rookies hit the streets for the first time with their training officers and learned how to walk the thin blue line. Now the training wheels are off – more experienced, they’re ready to kick some serious butt. But these rookies are just beginning to realize there are no shortcuts to becoming good at this job. And when you’re a rookie officer, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. “Rookie Blue” stars Missy Peregrym as Andy McNally, Gregory Smith as Dov Epstein, Charlotte Sullivan as Gail Peck, Enuka Okuma as Traci Nash, Travis Milne as Chris Diaz, Ben Bass as Sam Swarek and Eric Johnson as Detective Luke Callaghan. Tassie Cameron, Ilana Frank, David Wellington, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss are the executive producers. “Rookie Blue” is produced by Thump Inc. and Entertainment One.

 

EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE – PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) Adventurer, zoologist, big cat trainer and all-around risk taker Dave Salmoni hosts ABC’s epic summer series, “Expedition Impossible,” which features ordinary people doing the extraordinary in the biggest adventure of their lives. The show will feature 13 teams of 3, racing on an expedition across vast deserts, over snow capped mountains and through raging rivers. Each week a new stage of the expedition will be revealed to the teams. Will they crumble under the pressure of having to think clearly in the wilds of the great outdoors, or will they find a way to work together to complete their adventures? After 10 stunning legs of competition, one team will cross the finish line first to claim victory. Mark Burnett and Lisa Hennessy serve as executive producers. Both the television show and format will be distributed internationally by Mark Burnett International Distribution.

THE HOT ZONE — PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) – This new drama is set in 2006 at the only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan, and charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the U.K. and other allied countries. This highly-charged series follows the characters as they navigate through the relentless life-and-death battles on the operating table and the never-ending conflicts that arise from working in a war zone military hospital. “The Hot Zone” stars Elias Koteas (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) as Colonel Marks, Michelle Borth (“Hawaii Five-0”) as Canadian surgeon
Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Luke Mably (“The Gates”) as neurosurgeon Dr. Simon Hill, Deborah Kara Unger (“The Hurricane”) as Australian army psychiatrist Major Ada Pedersen, Terry Chen (“Sanctuary”) as trauma team leader Captain Bobby Trang and Arnold Pinnock (“The Listener”) as Commander Will Royal, Chief of Nursing. “The Hot Zone” is a production from Canada’s Sienna Films and the U.K.’s Artists Studio. Academy Award®-nominated Daniel Petrie Jr. is executive producer and showrunner. Executive producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films, Gub Neal, Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin for U.K.-based Artists Studio, as well as Simon Vaughan of Lookout Point. “The Hot Zone” was created by Jinder Oujla-Chalmers and Douglas Steinberg.

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN — PREMIERES THURSDAY, JULY 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) — From the producers of “The Amazing Race” and the “CSI” franchise comes an entirely new heart-stopping competition show. Combining all the elements of an edge-of-your-seat spy thriller with the excitement of rooting for real people in various locales outwitting high-level investigators, “Take the Money and Run” is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level. The cat and mouse format will pit investigative professionals against everyday people trying to win a $100,000 prize. “Take the Money and Run” is produced by Profiles Television LLC and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and distributed in the U.S. by Horizon Alternative Television. Executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Philip Morrow. KristieAnne Reed and Mark Dziak are co-executive producers.

 

BACHELOR PAD — PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) — Fan-favorites, arch-rivals, villains and the sexiest participants from the hugely successful “Bachelor” franchise reunite under one roof in a competitive reality series for a “second chance” at love as ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” returns for a second season. Who among Bachelors and Bachelorettes past will rekindle old flames and ignite new ones? “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad” are all produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon. Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”) hosts.

 

AMERICA’S KARAOKE CHALLENGE – PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) – This summer ABC brings viewers the amazing story of a competition that draws thousands of the most talented singers together in the ultimate sing-off – the Karaoke World Championships USA. It’s a battle of performances from America’s biggest karaoke competition that will crown a new king and queen of karaoke. Produced by Lincoln Square Productions for ABC.

Futurama Renewed with a Supersized Order

03/24/2011 at 11:12 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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With Fringe‘s great news, it’s a great day for sci-fi fans!

Comedy Central is renewing Futurama for another season.  The 6th season order is for 26 episodes.

13 episodes will air in 2012, and the other 13 will air in 2013.

The 5th season of the show is airing this summer.

FX Turns Off Lights

03/24/2011 at 10:32 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Sad news for fans of the drama.

FX cancelled the show Lights Out.

The final two episodes will air as planned.

Fringe Renewed!!

03/24/2011 at 9:36 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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I’m a man of my word – first round of high-fives are on me!!

Since I wrote my column on Fringe, the show has maintained the 1.5 A18-49rating (80% of its Thursday numbers).  FOX‘s president promised the show would be renewed if those numbers were met, and he’s absolutely a man of his word.

Not only that, but the show has been renewed for a full 22-episodes for its 4th season!!

Fans were especially concerned last week when the show dropped to a 1.3 rating.  However, I don’t think FOX was sweating it too much since NCAA’s March Madness is in full swing.

Paul Reiser to Replace Perfect Couples

03/22/2011 at 10:45 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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The Paul Reiser Show will replace Perfect Couples on NBC starting Thursday, April 14th.

I knew NBC had picked up Reiser’s show for midseason, and was confused when it hadn’t been on their midseason schedule anywhere. It isn’t surprising that Perfect Couples will be bumped from its spot – its ratings have been pretty sickly between Community & The Office – to make room for the new show.

While I was aware of the show’s existance, I didn’t know what it was about until I read its premise in the press release (which can be found below).  I have to say, it sounds a lot like The Comeback.  While Kudrow’s show only lasted one season, it worked because it had only been one year since Friends ended.  Mad About You ended in 1999 – almost exactly 12 years ago.  Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t get a second season renewal.  If anything, NBC may have placed it deep in midseason to burn off what was already ordered.

I personally loved Mad About You, and I like Paul Reiser – so I hope I’m wrong (but I don’t think I am).

Here’s the press release:

NBC ANNOUNCES SERIES PREMIERE OF NEW NBC COMEDY ‘THE PAUL REISER SHOW’ ON APRIL 14
 
 
Series Features Reiser as — Paul Reiser — Who Ponders Next Career Move After Conclusion of His Hit TV Series
 
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 22, 2011 – NBC announced that “The Paul Reiser Show,” a new comedy series starring Reiser (“Mad About You,” “Aliens”), will premiere on Thursday, April 14 (8:30-9 p.m. ET).  

NBC’s “The Paul Reiser Show” is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor/writer/producer Reiser and writer/producer Jonathan Shapiro (“Life”).

The show stars Reiser as — Paul Reiser. It’s been a few years since his hit TV series went off the air. Since then, he’s been enjoying the quiet life at home with his lovely wife, Claire (Amy Landecker, “A Serious Man”), and kids and generally minding his own business, writing and producing television but enjoying life out of the spotlight. Getting him into trouble — and into adventures — are a group of new “friends,” most of which he didn’t choose since they’re the husbands of his wife’s friends and the dads of his kids’ classmates. Thrown together by circumstance, Reiser and his cohorts, including Jonathan (Ben Shenkman, “Angels in America”), Habib (Omid Djalili,”The Infidel”), Fernando (Duane Martin, “All of Us”) and Brad (Andrew Daly, “MADtv”), form an unlikely comradeship — and a pretty lame basketball team.

“The Paul Reiser Show” is a production of Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Nuance Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Reiser and Shapiro co-wrote the pilot as well as each of the episodes that follow and both serve as executive producers. Bryan Gordon (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) directed the pilot.

As a seasoned actor, writer, and standup comedian, Reiser continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed NBC series “Mad About You,” which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best and Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book “Couplehood,” which sold over two million copies and reached the #1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list. In addition, “Babyhood,” his follow-up book which features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, also made “The New York Times” bestseller list.

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser went to college at the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in Music – Piano and Composition. (He co-wrote “The Final Frontier” – the theme song from “Mad About You” with Grammy-winning producer Don Was).

Remembered for notable performances in films such as “Diner,” “Bye, Bye Love,” “The Marrying Man,” “Aliens,” “One Night at McCool’s” and “Beverly Hills Cop I and “II”), Reiser more recently starred in two original movies for Showtime — “Strange Relations,” opposite Julie Walters and Chazz Palminteri’s “Men vs. Women,” opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.

In 2003, Reiser made his theatrical debut in Woody Allen’s “Writer’s Block.” The evening of one-act comedies marked Allen’s first time out as a director for the stage.

In Fall 2005, Reiser’s film project, “The Thing About My Folks” — also his first original screenplay — was released in theaters. Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis and Elizabeth Perkins also starred in the feature.

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