September 12, 2011

TV TimeZ and Casting CallZ


MTV: The Substitute at 430p
ESPN: Monday Night Football at 7p
Food Network: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 9p; The Best Thing I Ever Ate at 10p
HGTV: Showhouse Showdown at 10p
ABC: Bachelor Pad at 9p
HGTV: HGTV Design Star at 9p
TLC: Kate Plus 8 (series finale) at 10p

A new original half-hour real-life series highlights meddling in-laws when A&E Network premieres Monster In-Laws on October 24 at 10p.  Each episode features a married couple revealing their in-law problems to experienced relationship experts.

Portia de Rossi (Better Off Ted, Ally McBeal) is banking on making a return to TV in a comedy picked up by NBC.  The network approved the comedy about dueling sisters (with de Rossi playing one of the sisters) in a put pilot deal which would be executive produced by de Rossi's wifeEllen DeGeneres via her company A Very Good Production based at Warner Bros. Television.  Don Todd is on board as writer for the multi-camera comedy.

Reba McEntire is also looking to make a comeback on television in a multi-camera comedy called Malibu Country bought by ABC.  McEntire, who previously starred in The CW comedy Reba will executive produce and star in the new project about a woman whose rock star husband cheats on her and leaves her in debt.  After a divorce, the main character moves herself and her three children from Nashville to Malibu where she attempts to re-launch her own singing career.  Kevin Abbott, producer on The CW's Reba is on board to write Malibu Country.

The classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast is getting a dusting off as ABC is developing a new version produced by ABC Studios.  Jonathan E. Steinberg (Human Target, Jericho) will write and executive produce the one-hour fantasy/drama based on the romantic story.  Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile of Mojo Films will also serve as executive producer.

Long-time TV show host Regis Philbin has no plans to retire after serving 28 years as head of his talk show, Live! With Regis and Kelly, reportsTHR.  Instead, Philbin said on Friday footage has been shot in the last week for a reality series pilot in Los Angeles titled This Week With Regis!.  The series follows Philbin in his real-life activities.
ABC's sitcom Cougar Town cast Sarah Chalke in a multi-episode run for season three playing Angie, a college photography professor and new love interest for Bobby (Brian Van Holt).


Casting Call: Food Network is seeking the worst cooks in America to compete during a new season of Worst Cooks in America starring Bobby Flay and Anne Burell.  This Saturday, the show is hosting open auditions in New York City where you can bring an example of your worst dish and the person who is nominating you.  Additional open auditions will take place in Los Angeles and Miami.  Even if you are attending the open casting call in NYC, please email your information to: including your name, age, hometown, occupation, contact phone number and a recent photo along with why you or the person you are nominating is the worst cook in the country.  For more details and to download the application please visit

Casting Call:  A new show for a major cable network is seeking celebrity couples who are having relationship problems and are willing to do whatever it takes to save their relationship.  Each couple will embark on a journey confronting the biggest questions in their relationship while working with a renowned relationship expert who offers a sensitive, caring approach.  The program will include challenges, exercises and offer the participants a life-changing experience.  The show, with production beginning this fall, is looking for well-known celebrities from TV, film, music, sports and more.  Interested participants can send an email to: