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Jul 7, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Michael Chiklis, star of FX’s “The Shield,” and Jane Kaczmarek, star of Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” will announce the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations July 17 with Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman Bryce Zabel. The nominations will be announced live at 5:38 a.m. PT at ATAS’ Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. The Emmys will air live Sept. 21 on Fox.
Greenblatt Named Entertainment President
Robert Greenblatt, executive producer of HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and a principal in the Greenblatt Janollari Studio, has been named president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. The move was expected (TelevisionWeek, June 23). He succeeds Jerry Offsay, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire from the premium-pay network and will now segue into his production deal. Mr. Greenblatt will step down from Greenblatt Janollari to take the Showtime post. He will join the network on July 14 and will be based in Los Angeles.
CBS Bumps `Stones’ For `Becker’
CBS bumped its new sitcom “The Stones” to midseason, giving “Becker” its time slot on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. instead. CBS Entertainment President Nancy Tellem said in a statement that the move was made to strengthen Wednesday nights, where the network is launching a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. comedy block. “By pairing `Becker’ with `King of Queens,’ we are opening a new comedy block on Wednesday with two proven and successful series,” she said.
UPN Orders More `Model’
UPN ordered a second edition of its summer reality series “America’s Next Top Model.” Supermodel Tyra Banks will return to host the show and judge the competition along with a panel of experts. UPN ordered 10 episodes of the series, which follows the lives of 12 women as they compete to win a modeling contract. The second “Model” was ordered for midseason, but since the network has already started casting and the turnaround for reality shows is much quicker than for scripted series, it is likely to be ready by late fall.
Cablers Order Games, Girls, Cabs, Labs
Basic and pay cable networks gave the green light to a slew of shows last week. The Game Show Network will broaden its platform this fall to include video game-related programming, while MTV is going forward with a slate of new fall series, HBO will return production of “Taxicab Confessions” to New York City, Sundance Channel has ordered “TV Lab” and Animal Planet is on board with “Animal Kidding.” GSN’s new lineup will include two U.K. programs: “Game Sauce,” a twice-weekly look at the latest video game releases; and “Gamer TV,” a weekly half-hour series covering video game news and events. The programming will air in a Thursday afternoon block and will rerun on weekends. To kick off the new programming, GSN will produce a documentary about video games. The MTV slate includes: “Wade Robson Project,” a reality competition in which Mr. Robson, a renowned choreographer, will select 80 dancers who will compete for a $100,000 prize; “Rich Girls,” a reality series focusing on the lives of two privileged New York City 18-year-olds; “Nature Show,” a reality series that finds two “Jackass” cast members, Steve-O and Chris Pontius, in various exotic locales; “Untitled Bam Margera Project,” a reality series focusing on Mr. Margera, another “Jackass” cast member; “Made Presents: Camp Jim,” a series about young women who aspire to become cheerleaders; and “Boiling Point,” a hidden-camera game show in which actors try to stress an unwitting participant beyond the boiling point. “Taxicab Confessions,” which was conceived as a New York documentary in 1995, will resume production in the Big Apple this month, following seven outings in Las Vegas. Sundance Channel and Viacom Productions will produce a reality show titled “TV Lab,” which will select TV program ideas submitted by viewers for potential development. Dave Coulier hosts “Animal Kidding,” a production of Animal Planet and LMNO Productions debuting July 18.