May 12, 2011

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

May 12, 2011
ABC:  Wipeout, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice
BRAVO:  Real Housewives of [insert city here]
CBS:  Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement, CSI
, The Mentalist
CW:  Vampire Diaries
, Nikita
FOX:  American Idol, Bones
NBC:  Community
, The Office, Parks and Rec, Parks and Rec, Outsourced 

In anticipation of its primetime Upfront event next week, yesterday FOX picked up four series pilots:
  • Alcatraz produced by Warner Bros. Television and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions has a plot centered on prisoners and guards from the famous prison who disappeared in the 1960s and re-emerge in the present day unaltered.
  • Finder is a spinoff of Bones headlined by Geoff Stults playing a military-trained guy who locates people no one else can in the Florida Keys.  20th Century Fox Television produces the back-door pilot which delivered a 3.2 rating for its broadcast on April 21.
  • The New Girl, a single-camera comedy from 20th Century Fox Television, stars Zooey Deschanel as a woman who moves in with three single male roommates. 
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter from Warner Bros. is a multi-camera comedy starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran as two moms whose daughters are like the mean girls who tormented them in high school.

FOX additionally will not be renewing a handful of series on its current schedule: the dramas Human TargetThe Chicago Code and Lie to Me.

Spike TV
 picked up six unscripted pilots:

  • The Sherriff from Ben Silverman's Electus and 5X5 Media is a sheriff makeover show where law enforcement expert Tony Schiena helps sheriff departments with revamping their combat and driving techniques.
  • Pawn Games from 495 Productions is a competitive game show in the pawn genre where contestants win back possessions they have already pawned.
  • Hungry Men at Work from Page Productions follows people who fight forest fires and work on oil rigs.
  • World's Worst Tenants from Zoo Productions follows L.A.-based evictor Todd Howard.
  • The Hustler produced by RelativityREAL centers on salesman Josh T. Ryan.
  • Auction in My House from Zodiak USA is based on the British series Secret Dealers.

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on CBS from the Las Vegas Hilton on June 19 at 8p.  Wayne Brady, host of CBS' Let's Make a Deal will host.  Two other long-time game shows hosts, Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Casting Call:  Shed Media US is casting for the fourth season of Animal Planet's series It's Me or the Dog.  If you live in the New York City area and own a pooch that is an obedience school drop-out or disrupting your life, the show would like to hear from you.  The new season is seeking dog owners with big personalities who have dogs causing tension and drama in their household.  Contact Shed Media today by sending an email to: DOG@SHEDMEDIAUS.COM.
Casting Call: ABC's new summer series Karaoke Battle U.S.A. premiering August 8 at 10p, is looking for contestants across America to participate in the Karaoke World Championships U.S.A.  For information about registering as a contestant, visit 
or call 866-610-7464.  Karaoke Battle U.S.A. is produced for ABC by Lincoln Square Productions.