Today in show business news: CBS re-ups with Julie Chen and the gang, Today gets a makeover, and James Franco and Jason Statham are together at last.
Good lord. Even though the show is full of racist nightmares and has been on for a million years, CBS has decided to renew reality show Big Brother for a sixteenth season. Well, actually, they probably renewed it partly because everyone's a racist nightmare. Everyone loves a racist nightmare! The ratings are up this season, even though Time Warner Cable was blocking CBS for nearly a month, so it seemed like a good idea to do another one. Plus, the show probably costs, what, twelve dollars an episode to produce? Just lock a bunch of idiots in an abandoned mansion in Sherman Oaks and feed them some pizza rolls and call it a damn day. Sit back and rake in the ad dollars. It's a no-brainer, racist nightmares and all. [Deadline]
Fox has curiously decided to push its surprisingly charming new sitcom Enlisted — about wacky folks on an Army base — from fall to midseason. Well, I guess it's not that curious. The network wants to package the show with winter sports to give it a better promotional boost. Makes sense, but it must suck for everyone involved to have to wait longer to see if anyone likes the show. Meanwhile Dads gets to fart out at the regular time, horrifying a nation and delighting a few, well, racist nightmares. Seth MacFarlane has all the luck. [The Hollywood Reporter]
You know that one annoying friend who, when you're watching some TV show and making fun of it, has to ruin the moment by saying, "God we're so funny. They should film us watching the show"? Well if you don't, consider yourself lucky. If you do, guess what: They won. That annoying person won. Bravo is in the process of adapting a British show which is just that. A TV show about people watching TV. It's called The People's Couch and Deadline describes it like this: "The series will focus on the Fall television season by showcasing avid TV watchers in their homes, as they laugh, cry, talk, gasp, and scream at their TVs watching the network’s new and returning shows." Ugh. No. Nope! The British version seems charming enough, but that's because British people are, by and large, in small doses, charming. But Americans? All trying to be funny and sassy and stupid and all that? No thanks. There are certain things in this world we don't need to see. And, my apologies to Beavis and Butthead, but people watching TV is one of them. That's that. [Deadline]
Look the Today show has a new set! It's hipper and cooler and, I dunno, maybe vaguely Asian-inspired? Oh and you might also notice that Carson Daly is there. Yeah he's joining the show in some capacity, because nothing can get rid of Carson Daly. He is eternal. And he's basicaly the only thing making NBC money right now, so why not. Anyway, here's the set.
And here is a trailer for Homefront, a thriller starring a totally sense-making ensemble including Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. Oh and it was written by Sylvester Stallone. So. Enjoy!
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