March 18, 2010

Digi-TimeZ and TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ, OH MY!

TVGuide.com launched a new listings section to alert users to what movies are available on their local cable providers On Demand menus. The interface, which also flags which titles are being released in the "same as DVD" window, offers up a synopsis, cast info and links to TV Guide's Online Video Guide for each title. CTAM is sponsoring the offering.

Geolocation service Gowalla, which has launched apps for the iPhone, Palm and Android platforms, won for best mobile content at SXSW. Meanwhile TheyMakeApps was recognized for making B-to-B apps for the for-profit space.

ExerciseTV has launched a free iPhone app that streams newly-refreshed fitness videos daily from the network's lineup of premium workouts. Each daily video features a 10-40 minute workout ranging from aerobics to yoga, helping to track your routine with a 7-day workout calendar. (Right on top of that, Rose!)

FOX approved a third season of Kitchen Nightmares featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay as he travels the US visiting restaurants in dire need of his help


NBC and Donald Trump are reviving The Apprentice which hasn't been on the air since 2007. NBC would air the new version of The Apprentice this fall and continue with a third season of Celebrity Apprentice next winter. The new Apprentice would stick with many elements of the original one-hour format, where entrepreneurs from various fields would live together and form groups to compete in challenges with Trump appearing at the end of each episode to "fire" the weakest player. The final winner will be given a job within the Trump Organization. Though different from the earlier seasons, Apprentice players who are eliminated will receive some career coaching from Trump himself. Casting has begun for the new Apprentice with production beginning this summer.

The Style Network is debuting its new docu-soap series Jerseylicious this Sunday at 10p. Eight one-hour episodes follow stylists working at the Gatsby Salon, a popular New Jersey salon that is re-opening in a new space. Following the premiere episode a special encore will air at 11p.

Casting Call: Spike TV is seeking undiscovered comedic talent for its new late-night talk show developed and executive produced by Thom Beers, of Original Productions (The Deadliest Catch, Ax Men). The network is looking for two guys in their late 20s to mid-30s who are likable and have that regular-guy appeal along with being funny. Selected candidates will be flown to L.A. for a screen test with network executives. Open casting calls will happen March 22 and 23 in Chicago and Atlanta. For more information, contact the casting company, Metal Flowers Media via their website at www.metalflowersmedia.com or calling 323-785-2500 or sending an email to sniffsniff@metalflowersmedia.com.

WHAT SHOULD I WATCH TONIGHT?
ABC: FlashForward, Private Practice
CBS: NCAA Basketball Tournament
NBC: Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, Marriage Ref