February 18, 2010

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

National Geographic Channel (NGC) launches a new docu-series, Breakout, chronicling dramatic stories about historic jailbreaks in recent times and the subsequent recapture of these criminals. Breakout premieres with eight episodes on March 28 at 9p and is produced for NGC by RAW TV and Cream Productions.

Bravo airs two of its The Real Housewives franchises, emanating from both coasts on March 4. At 10p, the season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County will air followed by season three of The Real Housewives of New York City at 11p. On March 1, Bravo will additionally debut The Real Housewives Top 25: The Early Years at 10p, a special featuring the 25 top moments from the first seasons of New York, Atlanta and New Jersey as well as the first two seasons of Orange County, as selected by Andy Cohen, the network's SVP/Original Programming and Development and host of Watch What Happens.

NBC okayed the single-camera comedy pilot Friends With Benefits from 20th TV and Imagine TV and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. ABC had previously picked up the project last September with a script commitment plus penalty, though decided to pass on the pilot. NBC quickly picked up the comedy about five friends who are each looking for their life partner while in the meantime settling for "friends with benefits." Neustadter and Weber are executive producing with Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

Casting Call: A new competition series for the Logo Network is seeking floral, plant and garden artists who possess personality-plus. The show will consider male and female professionals or those with a special artistic flair for gardening and landscaping. The winner of the competition will receive the #1 Floral Designer title and a large grand prize. Applicants should send an email to castingflowers@gmail.com and include name, age, occupation, your city/town and why you would be great on the show. Also include a recent photo and your contact numbers.

ABC: The Deep End, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice
CBS: Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
FOX: Past Life
NBC: Winter Olympic Games

Happy Thirsty Thursday!