February 2, 2012

TV TimeZ


MTV: Jersey Shore, I Just Want My Pants Back at 11p
ABC: Wipeout, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice
CBS: Big Bang Theory, Rob, Person of Interest, The Mentalist
CW: Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle
FOX: American Idol, The Finder
NBC: 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Up All Night, The Firm

The day before Valentine's, Discovery Channel debuts new competition series World's Toughest Trucker on February 13 at 10p directly after the season premiere of American Chopper at 9p.  

Showtime granted new season pick-ups of Shameless, House of Lies and Californication.  Production on season three of Shameless, season two of House of Lies and season six of Californication will begin in Los Angeles later this year.  

A second season of Flip Men was approved by Spike TV.  The network picked up to 12 episodes of the original non-scripted series featuring Utah-based Doug Clark and Mike Baird as they buy and flip foreclosed property.   The production schedule and debut date for season two will be announced soon.  

ABC picked up a four-pack of new one-hour pilots: Gotham centers on a female copy that discovers a magical world within New York City.  Michael Green is the EP through 20th Century Fox Television.  

The second pilot is Zero Hour from ABC Studios about an editor of a skeptics magazine who is drawn into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.  Paul Scheuring is the writer and EP along with Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott.  

Pilot number three is from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry titled Devious Maids and based on a Mexican format.  Devious Maids is a soap about four maids with ambition and dreams of their own as they work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Cherry is the writer and EP through ABC Studios; Sabrina Wind is also an EP.  

The fourth project is Penoza based on a Dutch format about the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband's part in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family.  Melissa Rosenberg is the writer/EP via ABC Studios.  Endemol Studios, Alon Aranya and Howard Klein are also on board to executive produce. 

Production on a pilot episode called The Dramz was completed by New York-based TAG Studios.  The Dramz is a one-hour scripted series about the reality behind reality.  The series follows a production company shooting a reality show and the convergence of the two worlds.  The show has cast real-life people to play the roles of the reality cast to offer more authenticity to the production