April 29, 2011

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

Weekend of April 29, 2011
Tonight:National Geographic Channel: Python Hunters at 9p
TLC: Say Yes to the Dress: Big Bliss at 9p
Investigation Discovery: FBI: Criminal Pursuit at 10p
Current TV: Bar Karma at 10p

ABC:   Shark Tank,  20/20
CBS:  The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods
CW:   Smallville, Supernatural
FOX:  Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe
NBC:  Friday Night Lights, Dateline NBC
Saturday:Food Network: Mexican Made Easy at 930a; Paul's Best Dishes at 11a
Sunday:Food Network: Guy's Big Bite at 1030a
Cooking Channel: Chuck's Day Off at 11a
USA Network: Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 9p; In Plain Sight at 10p
NBC: America's Next Great Restaurant at 8p
CBS: Undercover Boss at 9p

NBC News' Today co-host Meredith Vieira may exit the morning show in June, close to three months before her contract expires, reportsTHR.  Ann Curry, Today's newsreader will be promoted to co-host alongside Matt Lauer and correspondent Natalie Morales will assume the role as newsreader.  THR reports Vieira has been considering a departure from Today for some time and made the decision this week based on apparent personal reasons to spend more time with her family.  Vieira took over as co-host of Today in 2006 when Katie Couric departed.

Two days prior to The Oprah Winfrey Show's finale on May 25, the show's producers, Harpo Productions is planning a Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular filled with celebrities from the realms of film, music and television.  The two-part show has been in the works for weeks and Oprah herself doesn't know who will show up.  The special editions of The Oprah Winfrey Show will air May 23 and 24 and will tape at Chicago's United Center on May 17. 

Chuck Lorre, co-creator of CBS' Two and a Half Men, is developing a new version of the sitcom for the network, giving it a fresh creative direction sans former star Charlie Sheen.  Lorre apparently presented a plan for the revamped show to close associates and co-star Jon Cryer, upgrading Cryer's role and introducing a new cast mate, as yet uncast.  CBS and the show's production company Warner Bros. Television is aware of Lorre's plans. To date, neither CBS nor Warner Bros. have said if Two and a Half Men will be back for a ninth season. 

Casting Call:  A major cable network casts for candidates living in the Tri-State area to appear on a makeover show.  The producers are looking for people with over-the-top, adventurous personalities who will be open to having a skilled stylist be in charge of their hair and clothing.  The candidate should be known for wearing drab, outdated clothes; perhaps have a major event in their life that caused their body to change; presently has messy hair; and wants to look as great as their favorite celebrity. The right candidates should be available for a shoot on May 8 and 9.  Please send an email to: info@onescribemedia.com and include full name, age and location; occupation; at least three photos of your everyday wardrobe; an explanation of which celebrity you would like to resemble and why; and include an explanation about why you are the best candidate for a makeover (describe any life events, lack of style, frustration with shopping, lost weight, etc.).