TV Roundup, Aug. 22: ‘Sex and the City’ Gets a Follow-Up, Trump Takes ‘Apprentice’ to China, and More

Sex and the City follow-up planned

Sex and the City‘s creator Darren Starr has snatched up author Candace Bushnell’s latest novel–in a bid to repeat the TV show’s success. The 43-year-old producer has bought the rights to Lipstick Jungle from the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, whose novel inspired the seminal HBO series, and has begun adapting the work for the small screen. Production will start next year on the story which revolves round three powerful New York women–a fashion editor, a fashion designer and a producer.

Trump transports The Apprentice to China

Property tycoon Donald Trump has announced plans to unveil a version of his hit
capitalism-inspired US reality show The Apprentice in Communist China. Trump will be the executive producer of the Chinese television show, which will be hosted by Beijing property mogul Pan Shiyi. China’s version will closely follow the American original, in which contestants compete for a job with Trump.

Lilly: ‘Monaghan is my favorite person’

Lost beauty Evangeline Lilly found fulfillment on the set of the hit TV show, because she fell in love with co-star Dominic Monaghan. The Canadian actress, 26, still struggles to believe she found true love at the same time as getting her first big acting break–and she is delighted to call the English The Lord of the Rings star “my favorite person in the whole world”. She adds, “With him I feel at peace and I feel fulfilled. I couldn’t be happier.”

Stallone’s Contender secured for second round

Sylvester Stallone‘s reality show The Contender will make a television comeback, after bosses at cable network ESPN confirmed it will unveil a second season of the series. Despite a cult following, the reality TV show failed to set the ratings alight and was cancelled by bosses at NBC earlier this year. Months later, executives at ESPN announced plans to buy rights to the show’s second season and now they’ve secured Oct. 15 as the date it will be unveiled to fans. The season opener will feature a live championship rematch between Contender victor Sergio ‘The Latin Snake’ Mora and Peter ‘The Pride of Providence’ Manfredo Jr., whom Mora defeated in May’s finale.

Producer on Belushi’s comedy caught in controversy

Bosses of Jim Belushi‘s comedy According to Jim have issued an apology, following a rant by the show’s executive producer about minority hiring. Warren Bell, reacting to remarks he claims were made by executives from Touchstone and ABC casting, sent a memo to the National Reviews Web site to
respond to what he alleges was a request for more minority actors on the sitcom. He wrote, “Of course, the conservative in me wants to say we should just find the best damn performers available, and judge them on the content of their character acting, not their color. Ultimately, I will face a situation at some point this year where I say, ‘Well, X was the funniest white actor, but we should probably go with Y.” Bosses at Disney’s Touchstone Television and ABC now say Bell has since apologized and they’ve issued a statement to Entertainment Weekly, which reads, “(Bell’s viewpoint) reflects no one’s opinion in connection with According to Jim other than his own.”

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