May 17, 2011

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May 17, 2011
WHAT SHOULD I WATCH TONIGHT?
Comedy Central: Tosh.0 at 10pCBS: NCIS at 8p; NCIS: Los Angeles at 9p; The Good Wife at 10p
CW: One Tree Hill at 8p; Hellcats at 9p

ABC:  Dancing with the Stars: Freestyle Special, Dancing with the Stars, Body of Proof
CW: One Tree Hill, Hellcats
FOX: Glee, Raising Hope, Traffic Light
NBC: The Biggest Loser: Couples, The Voice



Film producer and adventurer Shane "Shane O" Reynolds stars in Nat Geo WILD's new series Shane Untamed, premiering with stacked episodes on June 11 at 9p.  Shane O is known for his fearless ventures to film some of the planet's wildest places, elusive animals and exotic experiences.  Shane Untamed is produced by Color Earth and National Geographic Television for Nat Geo WILD.

Four more original series are joining the lineup on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network next month:  Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal debuts June 6 at 9p followed by The Dr. Laura Berman Show at 10p; Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind opens June 17 at 10p; and Carson Nationstarring Carson Kressley premieres June 25 at 10p. These four new series join the previously announced Finding Sarah premiering June 12 at 9p and Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals on June 19 at 10p.

Sunday's season three launch of Jerseylicious on The Style Network became the network's highest rated and most-watched season premiere ever, attracting 665,000 total viewers. 



UPFRONT 2011: FOX
At yesterday's FOX upfront event at The New Beacon Theatre in New York, top executives Peter Rice, Chairman/Entertainment, Fox Networks Group and Kevin Reilly, President/Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company were on hand to reveal the network's upcoming primetime schedule.  In all, FOX is adding three new dramas, four new comedies and one new unscripted series to its lineup.
FOX Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule

Monday: Terra Nova, House
Tuesday: Glee, New Girl (wt), Raising Hope
Wednesday: The X Factor Performance ShowI Hate My Teenage Daughter (wt)
Thursday: The X Factor Results Show, Bones
Friday: Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe
Saturday: Cops, Cops, Encores/America's Most Wanted (specials)
Sunday: The OT (NFL post-game), The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Allen Gregory, Family Guy, American Dad
New series:
  • The X Factor - The new unscripted competition series reunites Simon Cowell with the network, along with the other judges Antonio "L.A." Reid, Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul.  The series, with hosts Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones, gives viewers the chance to help find the next global superstar or hit music group.  Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America are producing.
  • Terra Nova - From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Rene Echevarria and Brannon Braga, this is an epic adventure series about an ordinary family living in the year 2149 that travels back in time to prehistoric Earth to try to establish a colony as a second chance to rebuild civilization. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment.
  • FOX's new comedies include:
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter (wt) - Multi-camera comedy about two best friends who are single moms of teenage daughters, Annie (Jaime Pressly) and Nikki (Katie Finneran). The moms discover their daughters are turning out to be just like the mean girls who tormented them years ago. From Warner Bros. Television and Bonanza Productions Inc.
  • New Girl (wt) - Single-camera comedy featuring a young ensemble cast where a girl in her late 20s moves in with three single guy roommates. Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Damon Wayans Jr. all star in this comedy from 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment.
  • Allen Gregory - Animated comedy about a pretentious 7-year old that sees himself as an intelligent and sophisticated young man who is worldly, artistic and romantic, not a kid in elementary school.  Jonah Hill offers his voice talent as Allen Gregory.  Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment.
FOX Midseason 2012 Primetime Schedule
Monday: House, Alcatraz
Tuesday: Glee, New Girl (wt), Raising Hope
Wednesday: American Idol Performance Show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter (wt)
Thursday: American Idol Results Show, The Finder/Bones (spring)
Friday: Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe
Saturday, Cops, Cops, Encores/America's Most Wanted
Sunday: Animation Domination (encores), The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers
The midseason series:
  • The Finder - Spinoff of Bones, Geoff Stults stars as Iraq war veteran Walter Sherman who after sustaining a war injury that results in brain damage becomes a Finder.  The one-hour procedural drama then centers on Walter's extraordinary ability to help others recover what they have lost.  20th Century Fox Television produces.
  • Alcatraz - From executive producer J.J. Abrams, this thriller focuses on America's most notorious prison and the former home to the country's high-profile criminals. The plot centers on San Francisco Police Dept. Det. Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) who is assigned to a homicide case and uncovers a fingerprint of a suspect who is a former Alcatraz inmate now long dead. Sam Neill also stars in this drama from Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television and Bonanza Productions Inc.
  • Napoleon Dynamite - Animated comedy based on the hit film where the adventures continue about awkward teen, Napoleon Dynamite, his eccentric family and friends as they live in a small town in Idaho. Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez among others lend their voice talents to the series.  From 20th Century Fox Television.
FOX has one drama project in development for midseason:
  • Touch - Kiefer Sutherland stars in this drama where science and spirituality connect suggesting the concept that strangers can be destined to change the lives of others.  The centerpiece of the plot is Martin Bohn (Sutherland), a widower and single father, who is caring for his mute and severely autistic 10-year old son, Jake, whom he cannot touch. Martin discovers Jake is a genius with an extraordinary talent involving numbers, and so they begin to communicate and connect - both speaking very different languages.  Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Tailwind Productions and Chernin Entertainment.
Also during FOX's presentation, the network revealed a modern-day revamp of the classic animated comedy The Flintstones is in the works from executive producer Seth MacFarlane for 2013.  The new show will include the original music and the characters will all look the same -- just the stories will be new. The Flintstones will be produced jointly by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. is owner of the original collection of animated titles from Hanna-Barbera. 

Returning primetime series for 2011-2012 on FOXAmerican Dad (season 7); American Idol (season 11 premieres in midseason January 22 at 10p directly following the NFC Championship Game); Bob's Burgers (season 2); Bones (season 7); The Cleveland Show (season 3); Cops(season 24); Family Guy (season 9); Fringe (season 4); Glee (season 3); Hell's Kitchen (season 9); House (season 8); Kitchen Nightmares (season 4); MasterChef (season 2); Mobbed (specials); Raising Hope (season 2); The Simpsons (season 23); and So You Think You Can Dance (season 8). FOX said its long-running America's Most Wanted will continue only as quarterly specials in the future.

Other announcements from FOX: FOX will air its 25th Anniversary Special on April 1 along with other annual specials the American Country Awards, New Year's Eve Live and Teen Choice 2011.