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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/26/12)
COMEDY CENTRAL: Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus (Premiere) at 10pm & 10:30pm
FOOD: Fat Chef (Premiere) at 10pm

Tuesday’s State of the Union address delivered by President Obama was carried live from 9p to approximately 1015p on 14 networks. The average audience total for those 14 networks was 37.65 million viewers and a combined HH rating of 24.0. The networks that carried the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC, MUN2 and on tape delay via Telemundo, TeleFutura and Univision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A joint 10-year agreement between CBS, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and dick clark productions was forged involving the annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS through 2021. There has been a broadcast partnership between CBS and the ACM since 1998.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Based on its ratings success, VH1 is adding a half-hour post-show to its series Mob Wives beginning this Sunday. Titled Mob Wives: The Sit Down, the show will air at 9p directly following the one-hour reality series Mob Wives. The post-show is hosted by VH1’s Carrie Keagan and will feature two or three of the wives each week in addition to a celebrity guest to discuss the episode immediately after it airs. The post-show will also include some exclusive behind-the-scenes information. VH1 has initially ordered 7 episodes of the post-show which is produced by TWC, Electus, Left/Right and JustJenn Productions, the companies behind Mob Wives the future series Mob Wives: Chicago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Executive producer Simon Cowell, behind The X Factor, American Idol and America’s Got Talent among others is developing another reality competition series, this time an untitled project searching for the world’s best DJ. Cowell’s company, SYCO Entertainment is working with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television to premiere the format which will be shopped internationally and in the US.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor James Farentino died on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 73. Mr. Farentino had recurring roles on such television series as Dynasty, Melrose Place, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and ER. In the latter series, he played the estranged father to George Clooney’s character. In 1978, Mr. Farentino was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role of Saint Peter in the TV miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth. Mr. Farentino also starred or appeared in numerous feature films and in 1967 won a “Most Promising Newcomer” Golden Globe Award for his performance in the comedy The Pad and How to Use It.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CASTING CALL
Iconic Casting seeks elite travelers who are interested in the opportunity to participate in a new reality television show titled Below Deck. Selected participants will book a vacation aboard a luxury super yacht at a discounted rate. These charters can cost more than $100,000 a week though selected participants will receive a significant discount. If selected you and up to five guests will be wined, dined and treated like royalty while yachting in and around the Caribbean. Each episode will shoot for approximately three days at sea, documenting all the while. Producers are looking for all types of guests: families, friends, co-workers, lovers or maybe the eccentric millionaire. For more details, please visit: www.belowdeckcasting.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jamie Oliver’s production company, Fresh One and Barbara Barna Casting are seeking professional chefs and skilled amateur cooks for a culinary competition program. The show asks interested participants if they can beat their rivals in the toughest culinary challenges as well as can you cook to survive? Selected participants must be available in May and June 2012, be over 18 (and legal to work in the US), male or female (any ethnicity). Submit your photo, resume and contact info as soon as possible to: cooksadventurecasting@gmail.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SUBMISSIONS CALL
GMC, featuring uplifting music and family entertainment programming, is teaming with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on the second annual GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition. The competition promotes faith-friendly family entertainment screenplays with a focus on the American Black cultural experience. Submissions for the GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition are being solicited now through March 15 by the ABFF via the organization’s website at: http://abff.com/festival/ and newsletter. All eligible screenplays received will be sent to GMC for review by a panel that will choose three finalists. The three finalists will have portions of their screenplays performed by actors in attendance at the festival and in front of a live audience of festival attendees and industry leaders. One Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000. Entries should be formatted for a two-hour television movie and be centered on faith-friendly, family-friendly topics that focus on the American Black cultural experience with a broad appeal relating inspiring stories such as romantic comedies, comedies, dramas and family adventures. All submissions should be a non-period piece and submitted in printed form only; no electronic entries. Submissions should be mailed to: GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition 2012, c/o Film Life, Inc., 116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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