11 items from 2014
Inside of a year, Frances Berwick has gone from running one high-gloss cable network for NBCUniversal to overseeing a family of four.
With her promotion last week to prexy of NBCU Cable’s Lifestyle Networks Group, Berwick has taken on the formidable challenge of growing niche cable channels at a time when even the biggest entertainment cablers are struggling with audience erosion. The 18-year Bravo
vet was given the reins of Oxygen a year ago by NBCU Cable chief Bonnie Hammer; now she’s added oversight of E! Entertainment and Esquire Network.
The restructuring that put, under one roof, four channels trading on lifestyle, celebrity and pop culture-centric programming seems like the kind of move that should have been made — but for executive turf wars — back in 2011, when Comcast Corp. acquired NBCUniversal.
Berwick is a stylish Brit described by friends as whip smart, with a dry wit and a knack »
- Cynthia Littleton
For the third summer in a row, ABC is airing a high-quality, well-produced, genre-bending reality competition series. Two years ago it experimented with the highly interactive "Big Brother" knock-off called "The Glass House," and followed that with last summer's reality version of a murder mystery dinner theatre, "Whodunnit," which was produced by CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. ABC didn't give either a second chance: the former was officially cancelled and the latter didn't return for a second season. This summer introduced "The Quest," which is the most fully realized hybrid of a scripted series and reality competition yet. It sent contestants into a scripted world populated by actors and governed by an original mythology that tightly integrates reality competitions and eliminations, but also allows contestants to be entirely unscripted and keeps the game pure. The series comes from six world-class producers (Emmy-winning "Amazing Race" producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram Van Munster, »
- Andy Dehnart
What felt so sweet when “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” brought gay style to straight men becomes borderline offensive in “Girlfriend Intervention,” a Lifetime series that enlists a quartet of African-American fashionistas to make over a “basic” white woman. Loud, brash and filled with stereotypes, it’s hard to know what’s most irritating — the sweeping declarations about black women as if they were monolithic, or the forced remodeling of women who are perfectly comfortable with their looks and style, after subjecting them to a “Catwalk of Shame.” If indeed there’s cause for shame here, the producers should start with a mirror.
“Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out,” explain the four magical style mentors, who invade the woman’s home (a friend or relative is in on the plot), proceeding to spend a week dispensing fashion wisdom.
In the premiere, »
- Brian Lowry
The human body might just make for the best canvas!Tonight "Skin Wars" premieres on Gsn, pitting the best body painters in the country against each other as they transform regular people into works of art."X-Men" star Rebecca Romijn -- who knows a thing or two about being covered in paint -- hosts the new series, while the one and only RuPaul and body painting "icons" Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina serve as judges.The winner of the eight-episode competition will go home with a year supply of paint, be featured at a Big industry trade show and nab $100,000 in cash. Not too shabby!While future episodes will feature guest judges like original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" star Carson Kressley, we've got your sneak peek at tonight's premiere above.Check out the clip to see what these contestants are able to pull off in just 5 hours, »
- tooFab Staff
Tonight at 8:00pm ABC will premiere The Quest, a groundbreaking new reality television series from the executive producers behind such television and motion picture hits as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Amazing Race and Queer Eye.
The Quest combines intense competition challenges, narrative storytelling and cutting edge effects and prosthetics to conjure an immersive fantasy environment in which 12 real people are plucked from their everyday lives and transported to a fantasy world where they compete to save a besieged kingdom. Only one will earn the right to be crowned the One True Hero.
I had a chance to speak to one of the contestant's of the series, Ashley Guerrero, who is skilled in trick riding, archery and boxing. Here is what she had to say about the fantasy competition series.
How did you actually get involved? What was the procedure that you had to go through just to make the cut? »
- Kellvin Chavez
Sometimes fairytales do come true — at least they will this Thursday, when The Quest, ABC’s latest reality competition series, premieres at 8/7c.
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Set in the imaginary world of Everealm, the show features 12 contestants — known as “Paladins” — who must compete against each other and complete challenges in order to save the kingdom of Saenctum from the evil forces that besiege it.
Those who fail the episode’s challenges are “banished,” while the eventual winner receives the title of “One True Hero.”
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage. Reality Check is a Deadline feature series covering the players, programs and trends in reality television. Instead of Emmy love, PBS stalwart Antiques Roadshow has met with 11 long years of Emmy “like”. During the last 12 of its 18 years on the air, Antiques Roadshow has been nominated 11 times in the Outstanding Reality Program Category (including “reality” TV’s former Emmy categories, Non-Fiction Program/Series). The exception was 2004: the year the Outstanding Reality Program category was introduced, Roadshow was a no-show on the nominees list. (Another sedate PBS series, Colonial House, made the list then, and the win went to Queer Eye). In 2014, could Roadshow finally find an Emmy in its attic? Marsha Bemko, series executive producer since 1999, hopes so. “We’re the granddaddy of a genre,” she tells Deadline. “I sort of feel like Cinderella”. But Bemko adds it’s better to »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The TV academy has responded to the overwhelming number of reality television series by splitting that decade-old category into two: Structured and Unstructured. nominated "Duck Dynasty" and "Pawn Stars" represent the Unstructured shows. The Reality Program prize was introduced in 2004. Of the 10 races to date, there has been an uneven split between structured and unstructured programs with the former winning seven times while the latter claimed only three Emmys. Related: Emmys split Voice-over Performance prize in two: Narrator and Character Structured shows won the first three races: "Queer Eye for the Straight »
London Lgbt film festival reveals full programme; Sundance/Berlin winner 52 Tuesdays booked as closing film; VoD plans.Scroll down for programme highlights
The long-running London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Llgff) is to be renamed BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival in a bid to “reflect the increasing diversity of the programme”.
The British Film Institute (BFI) will also launch a BFI Flare collection on its VoD platform, BFI Player, as well as a monthly screening programme at its BFI Southbank base in London.
The announcements were made last night (Feb 19) at the launch of the 28th edition of the festival, where the full programme was also unveiled. This year’s festival runs March 20-30.
Speaking to ScreenDaily about the name change, BFI deputy head of festivals Tricia Tuttle said: “The festival had outgrown the name. Following an audience consultation last year, 70% came back saying it was time for a change.
“Options considered »
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The second annual aTVfest is bringing Hollywood to Atlanta. The lineup for the festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will feature panels and Q&A discussions with Cee Lo Green, Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) and the casts of Orange is the New Black and Looking, among others. Producers, directors and executives from ABC Entertainment, AMC Networks, Cartoon Network and more will also be in attendance. The festival, which runs Feb. 6-8 at the Scad-Atlanta campus, will focus on the digital media experience. Panels on the topic include “Beyond Passive Entertainment: The
- Natalie Jarvey
This season, it turns out Community will add the disaster movie to its list of homages, according to TVLine.
The promos for Enlisted don’t really have me excited, it’s looking broadly goofy. However in an interview with Hitfix, series co-creator Kevin Biegel says he’s aiming for a variety of moods, “…the show that’s being sold right now, that people have seen, isn’t the show we intend (to make); the pilot isn’t the show we want to do eventually. The world of Scrubs is where I cut my teeth. That show mixed stuff that was kind of silly with some intensely emotional moments. That’s what this show is going to do.”
How many characters can you recognize in a poster featuring every Futurama character?
This year, the Puppy Bowl will feature an appearance by Keyboard Cat, according to EW — or, at least, a »
- Lyle Masaki
11 items from 2014
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