The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Bethenny Frankel takes a stumble, NBC teases 'Smash,' and then they sell some paper.
Uh oh! The years-long winning streak of reality TV it girl Bethenny Frankel, the lone Real Housewife who has actually gone and made something of her life, has maybe come to an end. It seems her plans for a syndicated daytime talk show have "died in development," a chilling and final-sounding phrase. Frankel, who has made millions off of stingingly-sweet tequila Splenda water, had been shopping a show around to various places, but with a glut of new talk shows debuting (as soap operas die off), including ones from Jeff Probst, Steve Harvey, and the indomitable Kiki Couric, there just wasn't room for ol' Bethy Franks. Apparently she might still try to sell the show to a cable network, but that would be something of a disappointment. Sure she's on cable now, but talk shows, those need to be bigger. Those need to air in waiting rooms the nation over, muted at nursing homes, playing unwatched while unemployed people doze on the couch. Maybe she can try again next year, when the landscape isn't so crowded, or maybe her spirit has been broken. First Parker Lewis and now Bethenny Frankel. We guess everyone can, eventually, lose. [THR]
Speaking of new talk shows! A premiere date has been set for The Revolution, a chatter featuring Tim Gunn, demon who feeds on forced gratitude Ty Pennington, and some other weirdos. Premiering on January 16th, the show is formatted so "each week the show will ... focus on one particular woman and her 'personal journey' over the course of five months." Oooh! Oohh! Do Bethenny! Have her on! She needs the help. Also, Ty Pennington? What exactly is Ty Pennington offering advice-wise, revolutionary or not? "You know, m'am, I think you need to yell into more megaphones and probably also get weeping homeless people to profusely thank Sears and ABC over and over again. That always makes me feel super awesome!" Ugh. Ty Pennington is the worst, sorry. [The Wrap]