Daily Archives : Aug 12, 2009

TV Academy, in Major Reversal, Will NOT Time-Shift Any Awards During the Primetime Emmy Broadcast

Facing a barrage of protest, most notably from the Wrtiers, Directors and Screen Actors guilds, the Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences has backed down from its prior announcement that it would time-shift the presentation of eight awards during the…

Ben Stiller Goes Wild for…TV

Ben Stiller, whose father Jerry was a regular on "Seinfeld," is coming to TV, though just for a single episode. After seeing his Zoolander co-star Will Ferrell on Discovery’s “Man vs. Wild,” Ben Stiller decided he wanted give the survival show…

NBC Uses Facebook to Promote ‘Community’; Creating Fans Who Really Aren’t Yet

NBC is using unconventional tactics to create a buzz surrounding its new comedy series “Community,” reports B&C. The network is streaming the pilot episode of the comedy on commercial free Facebook until August 14. To be able to view the…

Yaya Dacosta, a ‘Top Model’ Runner-up, Gets Gig on Major Scripted Sitcom

Yaya Dacosta, “America’s Next Top Model” season 3 runner-up, will assume the role of Wilhelmina’s daughter Nico on “Ugly Betty,” Entertainment Weekly reports. Nico, originally played by Jowharah Jones, will return to the spotlight in the October 9 season premier…

Seinfeld Heads to MIPCOM to Pitch His New Comedy-Reality Format

Jerry Seinfeld is going to MIPCOM in Cannes October 6, with production partner, Ellen Rakieten to market their new comedy-reality format “The Marriage Ref,”  The Hollywood Reporter reports. Accompanying the duo will be executives from Endemol, the format’s worldwide distributor. Rakieten…

Got a Spare Billion Laying Around? Contact Dish Net–The Satellite Player Just Filed For a $1 Billion Debt Offering

On the heels of better than expected sub growth in quarter 2, Dish Network has filed for a one billion dollar debt offering, Multichannel News reports. The proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, Multichannel says. The offer will…

Lewis Black to Guest on ‘The Big Bang Theory”

Comedian Lewis Black is slated to guest on “The Big Bang Theory’s” second episode of the season, reports Entertainment Weekly. The “Daily Show” contributor will play Professor Crawley, a entomologist at Caltech whose life is a mess in the episode,…

Ernie Hudson Joins the Cast of ‘Heroes’

Ernie Hudson is set to join the cast of “Heroes” next season, TV Squad reports. The “Ghostbusters” star, who also appeared in HBO’s “Oz” and “Desperate Housewives,” will a Baltimore cop named Captain Lubbock who is tracking down another character…

Katie Price, Better Known to Some as the Model Jordan, Launches Production Company; First up is New Reality Show

Katie Price, A.K.A. the glamour model Jordan, who has had the past several years of her life documented by numerous tabloid magazines and reality TV shows, has launched a independent production company, Pricey Media, with Mark Wagman, a former ITV…

NBC to Air Major USA Gymnastics Events Leading Up to The Olympics And Beyond

NBC and Universal Sports, have struck an agreement with USA Gymnastics to broadcast its largest events through 2012, The Associated Press reports. The deal, along with NBC’s contracts with skating, skiing, swimming, and track gives the network coverage of five…