After 21 years of camera-fueled drama, MTV has decided to add another twist to The Real World formula. According to Entertainment Weekly, the 29th season of the popular reality show will star seven strangers living in a house together with... their exes.
Aptly called The Real World: Ex-Plosion, the show will start with seven (probably attractive) people from around the country living in an insanely gorgeous home — this season the show will take place in San Francisco — forcing them to bond with each other (or, you know, completely want to rip each other's hair out). But to the cast members' surprise, when they return from a day trip, they'll find their lovely exes living with them in their home. TWIST.
Now, while you might be bringing your palm to your forehead and wondering what society has come to, let's just pause and think about this for a second. If we had to deal with a 29th season of the show anyways, why not change things up a little bit? People initially got into the show because it was real life drama that they could watch and live through vicariously. But as the years have gone by, the drama has become somewhat predictable. So why not bring exes in? Almost everyone can relate to drama with exes (unfortunately). And what better way for the once-couples to get complete closure (or have post-break-up sex) than on a TV show watched by millions of people? Perfect.
“When we cast people we usually always try to cast single people,” said Jonathan Murray, the co-creator of the reality show. “And they’d say they were single during the casting process. Then the moment they arrived at the house suddenly their ex was back in their life. I don’t know if it’s a safety blanket or that we’re never really done with our exes. When you talk about the age of our cast, their ex is often their first love — they play a huge role in their life.” Nicely played, Murray. Nicely played.
But hey, as long as there's still a hot tub to heat up excessive, juicy gossip in, the show won't be that different.
Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda has joined the cast of Aaron Sorkin's as-yet-untitled HBO newsroom drama, TVLine reports. The bit of casting news might not be so significant were it not for the role the former feminist icon is slated to play. According to TVLine's Michael Ausiello, Fonda's character in the hour-long series, which centers on the cable-news business and the colorful personalities that inhabit it, bears an uncanny resemblance to her media-mogul ex-husband, CNN founder Ted Turner. Sources say she has already begun work growing a mustache.
We can only imagine who'll be playing Rupert Murdoch.
Fonda, whose last major role was opposite Lindsay Lohan in Garry Marshall's 2007 masterpiece Georgia Rule, joins an all-star cast that includes Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn, and Sam Waterston.
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The internet has been buzzing ever since Michael Ausiello broke the news that a popular male TV character would soon be questioning his sexuality in coming episodes, and it looks like those clues weren't obscure enough because the interwebs figured it all out rather easily. Now, we've got Glee creator Ryan Murphy confirming that this season's newbie, Blaine (who we know as Kurt's crush) will soon be trying to figure out whether or not he's bisexual. In the current issue of Out magazine, Murphy is quoted saying, "Blaine will openly question whether bisexuality is real." Murphy is prepared for viewers to jump to conclusions or even to react with distaste, but he urges fans to watch the entire episode before they judge its message.
Glee is known for its ability to test many people's notions of sexuality as it's usually known in pop culture -- especially throughout the first half of the season when we witnessed Kurt's struggles culminate in a tumultuous end that saw him leaving William McKinley high to escape persecution. I like that the show is not afraid to explore something that some teens experience, even if the majority of audiences have never known or understood that sort of struggle. I just hope that they're including it within the right context of the show and not just so they can wave around a flag saying they tackle the tough issues and aren't they so great. You've got to do a great job before we hand you a gold star. Just ask Rachel Berry; they're kind of her thing.
Source: TV Line
With its original programming, AMC has been very lucky. Its very first series, Mad Men, has garnered dozens of awards and became a pop-culture phenomenon despite middling ratings. The same can be said for Breaking Bad, its thought provoking sophomore effort about a high school teacher who takes a career as a drug dealer after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Unfortunately its third series, the quiet conspiratorial thriller Rubicon, hasn't fared so well, as Michael Ausiello reports that the channel has canceled the show after the end of its freshman run.
Starring James Badge Dale, the program focused on Will Travers, an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a case where nothing is as it appears to be. The show started off quiet and tedious, but as the story expanded and the cases that Travers investigated became more and more dangerous, it turned in to an intriguing series unlike anything that is on television, making today's announcement all the more disappointing - though not exactly surprising.
Rubicon wasn't really attracting a huge audience, but the fans it did have were coming back each week to delve deeper into the rabbit hole. Like its other shows, AMC was probably hoping that the end-of-season numbers would've shown significant improvement over the ratings of the first few episodes, but it just didn't happen. The executives over at the channel also probably figure that, with the ongoing success of its other titles - and the amazing performance of its latest creation The Walking Dead - they don't need to waste anymore time or money on a show that hasn't been bringing in major advertising dollars, but fans will surely miss this wonderfully layered dramatic thriller. I know I am already...
Source: Michael Ausiello
Ah, yes. Wherever there's a Jennifer Aniston looking for work, there's a best friend Courteney Cox looking to give it to her. Michael Ausiello reported this morning that Aniston will guest star on best friend Cox's TV show, Cougar Town. Producer Bill Lawrence revealed she'll play Cox's shrink Bonnie, who will be "kind of a get-too-involved-in-her-life-type of therapist." He explained, "those guys are so close in real life they kind of do that for each other anyway. Bonnie has the life Jules wishes she has." So that means she'll be playing a character, possibly with a great man and great kids...which oddly enough, Courteney has in real life and Jennifer does not!
This is only the second time they've collaborated on anything, and it's also the second project Cox has let her friend mooch off of. In 2007, Aniston did a short stint on Cox's Dirt. But ever since Cox started cougaring and towning it up, she's been looking for the chance to get her friend on the show. About waiting for the right time to let Aniston in, Lawrence said, “It took us a while to find the show. And once we did and once it was clicking, I think that not only did Courteney feel comfortable talking to Jen about doing it, but comfortable in how funny she thinks the show is and that Jen would like it and fit into this world really well.”
Lawrence also said they're keeping their options open, so whether Aniston decides to continue things as Bonnie on Cougar Town is up to her. Surely both he and Courteney want her to get in on something more stable (both at work and at home), and maybe some fingers are crossed that playing an otherwise secure character might inspire Aniston to stop wasting her time trying to advocate insemination to Bill O'Reilly. That's what friends are for, actually: to convince you that O'Reilly isn't the right tree to waste your energy barking up against.
There's almost nothing that Olivia Munn can't do. As TV personality, model, actress, author and animal rights activist, the girl is so busy she'd make the President look lazy. Still, she's finding time to work on major productions across the entertainment spectrum - from appearing in two films this year (Date Night, Iron Man 2) to starring in NBC's new midseason comedy Perfect Couples. You can now add the peacock's hit spy series Chuck to her ever-expanding resume, as Entertainment Weekly reports that the stunner will guest star on the McG/Josh Schwartz-produced action-comedy this fall.
Michael Ausiello broke the news that Munn would play an impossibly cool, smart, and pretty CIA agent who intimidates and schools Chuck and Morgan in the season 4 premiere (which hits the airwaves on Sept. 20) today. Also of note: that will be the same episode that Expendables star Dolph Lundgren will appear on the program, which should make for a particularly exciting and hopefully explosive premiere.
In my humble opinion, the more Munn, the more fun! She's got everything that a young actress should have: good looks, great personality and the will to do almost anything that she's tasked with doing. Her inclusion in Chuck is just another notch on the program's belt; the show has wrangled a wealth of entertaining special guest stars in it's three year run, from Brandon Routh to Scott Bakula to Jordana Brewster and Bruce Boxleiner.
Chuck stars Zachary Levi as a twenty-something computer geek who gets infused with critical government secrets and winds up a major commodity and liability to national security. Yvonne Strahovski and Adam Baldwin co-star.
HBO continues to show who's boss in terms of phenomenal television programming, as Michael Ausiello reports the network has renewed 'True Blood' for a fourth season. It will premiere in the summer of 2011.
Just two episodes in to the third season, it's a relief to see how studio executives and members of the cast are looking to keep this good thing going as long as possible...especially since we've grown to depend on Sookie, Bill, and the writers have taken our cravings for sex and vampires and made them publicly acceptable. It's also hard to imagine what could possibly happen in the fourth season since we've just barely tapped into the third one, but it's a relief to hear we can continue to sit back, relax, and continue enjoyig the southern drawl without worrying it's going anywhere.
Of the renewal, producer Alan Ball said, "I am beyond thrilled to continue working with this amazing cast and crew. This is the most fun I have ever had." Luckily for him, the feeling's pretty mutual.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
It's been awhile since I've seen a good Comedy Central Roast. The Viacom-owned cable network has created some truly memorable and hysterical content around bashing some of America's most famous (and often infamous) entertainers. This August's entry into the series should be particularly hilarious as Baywatch star David Hasselhoff will get roasted.
Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello tweeted the news out this afternoon and we at Hollywood.com have been pondering the comedic possibilities since the announcement hit the web. Maybe we can see a beach reunion with Pamela Anderson and Yasmin Bleeth. Or maybe we'll get a Nick Fury face-off between the Hoff and Sam Jackson. Or maybe we'll get treated to another home video where a drunken has-been will rant wildy while chomping on a cheeseburger. Either way we're in for a hell of a night on August 15th, so set your DVR queues now!
The Ausiello Files blog is reporting that Julia Stiles is being courted to take on a major role on Showtime's Dexter.
TAF has no details on the top-secret part but says that showrunner Chip Johannessen recently noted, "We're not going to have a single Big Bad this season. We don't want to try and top John Lithgow, so we're going to change up the forces that Dexter's going to be dealing with."
This would be Stiles’ first foray into TV.
Ricky Gervais is planning to reprise his Office character on the U.S. version of the hit sitcom, according to reports.
Gervais retired bad boss David Brent after just two seasons of the hugely popular British program, before taking the show to the U.S., where it has become a massive hit with Steve Carell playing paper-company executive Michael Scott.
Gervais has always rejected reports that he'll resurrect Brent for the U.S. version, but he hinted at a change of mind during a press tour to promote his new HBO stand-up comedy special this week.
And Entertainment Weekly columnist Michael Ausiello claims the star is plotting an appearance in the forthcoming sixth season.
Ausiello writes, "I heard an unconfirmed rumor earlier today that Ricky Gervais was seriously considering reprising his role as original Office manager David Brent on the U.S. version later this season. I think there’s a very strong chance that Michael Scott is going to come face-to-face with his British doppelganger, the only question now is when."
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