January 8, 2010

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

NBC executives have reportedly met with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, discussing what to do with NBC's late-night time slots and The Jay Leno Show at 10p. NBC executives would not confirm any final decisions nor deny a report touted by the website TMZ and others outlets suggesting the network is considering cancelling Leno's primetime show and returning him to his old job as host of The Tonight Show, potentially leaving Conan out in the cold. Alternatively, rumors suggest Jay could get the 1130p slot, and Conan could get the midnight slot. NBC has released a statement saying they are committed to The Jay Leno Show and to Conan O'Brien. The network has admitted they underestimated the negative impact sustained by affiliates' 11p local newscasts nationwide as a result of Leno's low primetime show ratings.

CBS reunites 24 former cast mates for the 20th edition of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, premiering with a two-hour opening episode on February 11 at 8p. One castaway will win the title of Sole Survivor

David Hasselhoff is leaving NBC's America's Got Talent after four years of appearing as one of the celebrity judges, saying he is interested in a show of his own. NBC has not replaced Hasselhoff as of yet and the talent competition show returns for a fifth season next summer.

Spike TV debuts the basic cable premiere of Entourage on January 12 with back-to-back episodes beginning 9p. Spike will air two episodes weekly through October.

For its 24th season, MTV returns to New Orleans for the next installment of The Real World. MTV signed on for 12 episodes with production starting early this year. The new season is slated to premiere in third quarter 2010.

Casting Call: A major cable network is now casting for a new show called The Good Life. If you or someone you know lives like a princess, surrounded by luxury cars, designer clothes and expensive jewelry, the producers would like to hear from you. Females at least 21 years old who live extravagant, over-the-top lifestyles are encouraged to apply. Casting is currently happening in Los Angeles/Orange County, West Palm Beach, Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC, Dallas and Aspen. For information on the casting, please contact casting@macworldwideinc.com (note new email address) or call 818-325-6904. To apply to be on the show, visit casting@macworldwideinc.com.

ABC: Supernanny, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Numb3rs
FOX: Dollhouse
NBC: Dateline NBC, Jay Leno Show
TLC: What Not To Wear at 9p
Planet Green: Operation Green at 10p
Comedy Central: John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show at 11p

Sunday's Premieres:
NBC: Chuck at 9p
HBO: Big Love at 9p
HISTORY: Ax Men at 9p; Madhouse at 10p
National Geographic Channel: Border Wars at 9p

Sunday's Specials:
FOX: The Simpson's (450th episode) at 8p; The Simpson's 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice! at 830p
TLC: Brace for Impact at 9p