ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/3/12)
TRAVEL: Hotel Impossible (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: American Chopper (Series Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (Premiere) at 10pm
STYLE: Made In Chelsea (Finale) at 12am
NBC will place a drama in its Thursday at 10p time slot when it premieres new series Do No Harm on January 31. Newsmagazine show Rock Center with Brian Williams which has been airing in this time period this fall will move to Fridays at 10p beginning February 8 where it will run following Dateline. The drama Grimm will also return to Fridays at 9p starting March 8. NBC also will air the season finale of 30 Rock with a one-hour episode on January 31 at 8p.
On New Year’s night TLC is set to premiere its new series The Sisterhood at 9p offering a candid look into the lives of preacher wives from Atlanta. These preacher wives (aka First Ladies) work hard to ensure their families and churches run smoothly though at the same time are held to high standards. The Sisterhood is produced for TLC by True Entertainment.
Writer and actress Diane Farr has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to NBC based on her memoir Kissing Outside the Lines, reports THR. The book explores Farr’s marriage to a Korean-American with the pitch involving an Italian girl and a Korean guy who fall in love in California despite hurdles such as their parents who will do anything to stop their relationship. The single-camera comedy will be set inside a Venice Beach bar. Farr will write and serve as EP on the NBC Universal project along with Warren Hutcherson.
Also for NBC, former Sing-Off host Nick Lachey has booked his next gig as host of the network’s upcoming singing competition series, The Winner Is. The hybrid singing game show will watch as singers of all ages and configurations battle it out in front of a studio audience. The show is from Talpa Media USA and creator John de Mol who will also serve as EP; Stijn Bakkers (The Voice) and Craig Plestis (Deal or No Deal) will additionally serve as EPs.
Lifetime’s long-running drama Army Wives has tapped The Vampire Diaries’ Torrey DeVitto, pop singer Ashanti and newcomer Elle McLemore as series regulars for the seventh season. DeVitto will play Maggie Hall, a former soldier who gave up the Army to be a mom. Ashanti will play Latasha Durant, an attractive mother of three who runs her family and marriage with a firm hand while McLemore will play naive Holly Gordon, a sweet farm girl who recently married a soldier.
Character actor Pat Renella died on November 9 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 83. Mr. Renella may be best known for playing the mobster who shot and killed Steve McQueen in the 1968 film Bullitt. However, Mr. Renella also appeared in numerous television shows including a starring turn in The New Phil Silvers Show in the early 1960s, five episodes of Mannix in the 1970s and a 26-week stint as Dr. Nelson on General Hospital in 1980 among many other TV roles. Mr. Renella is survived by a niece, Judy Portone and her husband; a sister Florence; and another nephew, Steven.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $17.4 million
Skyfall – $17 million
Lincoln – $13.5 million
Rise Of The Guardians – $13.5 million
Life Of Pi – $12 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)
mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network is teaming with Seth MacFarlane, host of the next Oscar’s telecast and also a guest professor on the network’s Stand In series, on The Oscar Experience College Search presented by The Academy and mtvU. A national search is underway looking for college students interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Academy Awards show, winning college students will be flown to Los Angeles and be provided hotel accommodations. The Oscar Experience College Search will be featured on The Academy’s Facebook page and will run through January 19, 2013. Interested college students need to demonstrate they are destined for the Oscars by completing the Academy’s entry form and uploading a video answering the question: How will you contribute to the future of movies? The producers of this year’s Oscars show will pick a minimum of six winners who will be flown to L.A. to participate in the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013. More information can be found at www.mtvU.com.
USA Network is giving fans of its Psych series a chance to create and submit a new tagline for the show’s marketing campaign surrounding its seventh season premiere on February 27 at 10p. From now through December 23, “Psych-Os” can visit the Psych Tag It app via USANetwork.com or the show’s Facebook page to submit, review and rank taglines. The fan favorite tagline will be announced in January.