October 17, 2009

TV TimeZ

According to numerous reports circulated yesterday, TLC is halting Jon & Kate Plus 8 in mid-November and will not re-launch the series as Kate Plus 8 on November 2. Following Jon Gosselin's court order preventing his eight children from being filmed, TLC will likely use existing footage to edit together the remaining episodes.

MTV enters the competitive world of styling celebrities in the new reality series Styl'd premiering November 1 at 10p. In Styl'd, cameras follow five junior stylists, Gary, Tara, Janna, Brett and Cody as they work for senior stylists, Jen Rade, Eric Archibald and Julie Weiss at the Margaret Maldonado Agency. The series goes inside the lives of the junior stylists as they try to balance work life and their personal time while taking on challenging weekly tasks where they cross paths with such celebrities as Kim Kardashian, Soulja Boy and Ashley Tisdale.

The CW announced its development slate containing six new projects:
  • Spy School for Girls - From One Tree Hill executive producer Mark Schwahn, the series is based on the book Spy School by Larry Kolb about female spies training at the CIA. CBS TV Studios is producing; Schwahn is writing and executive producing along with Kolb.
  • Nashville - Mark Schwahn is also involved with this drama and is working with country music star Brad Paisley and writers Neal Dodson and Matt Bomer about a female singer who is a rising star and a male songwriter whose career is faltering. Plans are to have Paisley write songs for the show and make appearances. CBS TV Studios produces; Schwahn, Paisley, Dodson and Bomer will all executive produce.
  • Plymouth Rock - A space-themed soap about young people on a spaceship traveling to another planet to colonize it and save mankind. Rob Thomas will produce with Danielle Stokdyk, Jennifer Gwartz and Dan Etheridge. All four were behind the shows Cupid, Veronica Mars and the Starz series Party Down.
  • Confessions of a Backup Dancer - From Alloy Entertainment, this project is about a woman who becomes a backup dancer for a top pop star. Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) will write and executive produce for Warner Bros. Television; Alloy's Les Morgenstein will also executive produce.
  • The March Sisters - Modern-day story based on "Little Women" though more similar to Sex and the City about working-class sisters trying to make it in high-class Park Avenue. Jill Gordon is writing and executive producing; Meryl Poster also executive produces.
  • Untitled Drama - From Robert De Niro's Tribeca Entertainment and writer Julie Martin set in New York's Early Case Assessment Bureau. Martin and De Niro will executive produce along with Jane Rosenthal for CBS TV Studios. Additionally, Bob Brush and Mel Harris will write and executive produce; Michael Hirschorn and Stella Stolper will also executive produce.
Bravo's season three of The Real Housewives of New York City features the new "housewives" Sonja Morgan and Jennifer Gilbert, joining Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Jill Zarin. Former model Morgan is a regular fixture in New York City society circles while Gilbert is a busy career woman who owns and operates the company Save the Date and is a co-owner of Portamee.