June 7, 2011

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ

June 7, 2011

WHAT SHOULD I WATCH TONIGHT?

FOX: MasterChef Part 2 at 8p

USA Network: White Collar at 9p; Covert Affairs at 10p

TLC: 19 Kids and Counting at 9p

Sundance Channel: Love/Lust at 10p

Cooking Channel: Hook, Line & Dinner at 1030p

ABC:  Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night; NBA Countdown, NBA Finals Game 4: Heat @ Mavericks

NBC:  America's Got Talent; The Voice

Shortly after signing off as anchor on CBS Evening News, Katie Couric made a multi-year, multi-platform deal with Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) to host and produce a one-hour nationally syndicated talk show.  Couric will also join the ABC News team.  Disney/ABC Domestic Television will distribute the new, as yet untitled talk show slated to debut in September 2012.  Jeff Zucker will serve as executive producer of the series based in New York and produced with Disney/ABC.  To date, the eight ABC O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno have cleared the Couric talk show for the 3p time period, which you know now is home to serial General Hospital.  ABC said it will give back the final hour of its Daytime block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012. The Chew this September and The Revolution in January 2012 are scheduled to air 1-3p.  As part of the ABC News team, Couric will contribute to all programs and platforms and starting this summer will anchor specials, conduct interviews and be involved with special events coverage.
After a lot of back and forth in the US and London press, producers of FOX's upcoming competition series The X Factor said British pop starCheryl Cole officially will not continue on the show.  Additionally, Nicole Scherzinger, who had previously been tapped as a co-host of the series, will move into a judging role.  Steve Jones will now be the show's solo host.  Scherzinger will serve as judge along with Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid.  FremantleMedia North America and Syco TV produce The X Factor

Jeff Lewis and his staff return for a fifth season of Bravo's docu-series Flipping Out, premiering July 6 at 9p.  Throughout the series' run, viewers have seen Lewis deal with the faltering real estate economy, fight with clients and fire staffers who are also considered friends.  In this new season, Lewis' business is seeing an upturn though he is still struggling with how to deal with all the stress.  Flipping Out is produced by Authentic Entertainment.
A second season of Extreme Couponing was granted by TLC with two more episodes to go in the series' first season.  TLC ordered 12 episodes for the second season with an expected September premiere date planned.  Production has also started on the new season.  The freshman season finale of Extreme Couponing airs June 16 at 930p preceded by a marathon of the show's episodes, starting at 3p.  Sharp Entertainment produces the series for TLC.

Casting Call:  A major international production company is seeking teenagers aged 16-19 who are getting married in the next several months for a pilot project.  The couples can live anywhere in the US.  To apply or recommend a referral, send an email to:jodifriedman@hotmail.com as soon as possible along with names, contact information and description of the couple and their upcoming wedding. 
Casting Call: Happy Madison Productions, producers of the films Grown Ups and Click and executive producer of The Apprentice are looking for families nationwide who have a nanny they cannot live without to appear in a new pilot project.  The project is seeking parents with at least two kids and a nanny they rely on.  Nannies may also nominate their family.  Please send an email to:
Babysitkids@gmail.com and include "Cynopsis" for priority consideration.  Also include your name, contact numbers and a photo of the family.