VMAs Twerk All the Way to Ratings Success

Today in show business news: MTV had a big night last night, we finally sort of know what Tomorrowland is about, and get ready for a Horrible Bosses TV show. 

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Today in show business news: MTV had a big night last night, we finally sort of know what Tomorrowland is about, and get ready for a Horrible Bosses TV show.

The ratings for MTV's Video Music Awards are in and they are a big improvement over last year's. Around 10.1 million people tuned in for the big show last night, up a whopping 66 percent from last year. (Though, Deadline is quick to point out that these numbers are still lower than those posted in previous years, spoilsports.) So what brought people back to the show after ignoring it last year? Was it all the big performances, by people like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, who both have new albums out this fall? Perhaps. But it seems much more likely that it was Miley Cyrus and her twerk heard round the world. I think people tuned in to watch Miley Cyrus twerk. The people wanted twerking. So get ready to see twerking in a lot of programs looking for a ratings bump in the future. Big Bang Theory dips a little as it ages? Sheldon starts twerking. Mark Harmon and Pauly Perrette furiously twerking while DiNozzo looks on. Ed O'Neill twerking sadly by the swimming pool with Manny. Anderson Cooper on his talk show set, twerking like a fool. An entire Survivor made up of twerking challenges, with a twerking Jeff Probst. It's what the people want right now so everyone's going to get on board. Buckle up. We're in for a rumpy ride. [Deadline]

We finally have a synopsis for Tomorrowland, the shadowy Disney movie directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson. (Yes.) Shooting has begun, and to commemorate the occasion Disney released a sketchy plot description. Are you ready for it? Here it is:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland."

So... Huh. The script was co-written by Damon Lindelof, that guy who sets up a great mystery only to not really end it (Lost, Prometheus). So this could be cool in the beginning and then bad by the end, or it could be good throughout (Brad Bird is co-writing after all) or, y'know, it could be bad from start to finish. Who knows! The one certain thing at the moment is that it is not a movie version of the section of DisneyWorld. I mean, right? I see nothing here about the two riding through some kind of "space mountain." I suppose that could be in there, but for the time being I think we're safe. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Syfy has ordered a series pilot based on Terry Gilliam's mind-bending 1995 sci-fi mystery 12 Monkeys. That's the one with crazy Brad Pitt and time travel and Madeleine Stowe and all that. Which, sure, that could make a could series, what with the two time periods and everything. I'm already shuddering thinking about what goofy method-y actor will be chosen to play the loony-tunes Pitt character, but other than that, sure, fine. Why not. [Entertainment Weekly]

Universal has changed the title of its Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy, about a guy with a wife and kid who moves next door to a frat house, from Townies, a kind of fun, mean title, to Neighbors. Huh? Neighbors? That's it? Who made this decision, George Bush? Look, unless it stars Kylie Minogue or Natalie Imbruglia, it's not Neighbors. Change it back, Universal. [The Hollywood Reporter]

There will be a series based on Horrible Bosses, or at least CBS is interested in developing one. The network just bought a pitch from that hit film's writers, Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (all grown up!), called Punching Out. Different title, same-ish premise: Guys who hate their jerky bosses. (Why wasn't the movie called Jerky Bosses? Much better title.) But the show doesn't seem to have a murder element, like the movie did. Which is probably for the best. Didn't you find that part, meaning the whole premise of the movie, to be a little jarring? "Oh so now they're going to... murder Jennifer Aniston. Great." So, yeah, best to avoid that for the show probably. [Deadline]

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