TV

MacGyver movie coming, says series creator


Gizmodo reports that at Maker Faire 2008, MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff announced he is planning to take his popular television series to the big screen. Apparently Zlotoff currently owns the show’s movie rights. No specific details on the MacGyver movie were released.

5May2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Ugly Lindsey?


TV Guide indicates that Lindsey Lohan is in advanced negotiations to guest-star in the May 22 season finale for Ugly Betty, currently in production. In addition, it appears that Lohan could have a sizable arc in the series’ next season, starring in as many as eight episodes.

2May2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Lex Luther exists Smallville


After seven seasons of portraying Superman villain Lex Luther, Michael Rosenbaum is leaving the CW network’s Smallville, says Kryptonsite. While the actor will no longer be a series regular, an official statement suggested that Rosenbaum may still have an occasional appearance in Smallville. Replacing Luther as the antagonist of the show will be the legendary Doomsday and a female antagonist whose “mutual attraction with Clark [Kent] may prove to be as deadly as kryptonite for him.”

2May2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Nip/Tuck now available to download


From Warner Bros. Digital Distribution comes the announcement of the digital release for Nip/Tuck - Seasons 1, 2 and 5, with the latter season being its most recent. The seasons are available now on iTunes and Amazon, and coming soon to Xbox Live and Movie Link. “Get it digitally before you can get it anywhere else.”

1May2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Gremlins return for BT ad


The title critters from Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch star in a new ad for BT. In the commercial, the mischievous beasts do late night destruction to an office in which Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones is trying to work. Guardian.co.uk shares the video.

1May2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Lost: Fourth Season coming to stores in December


Walt Disney Home Entertainment has unveiled its DVD and Blu-ray plans for Lost: The Complete Fourth Season - The Expanded Experience, as reported by DVDActive. The sets will contain the following bonus features: bloopers, audio commentaries, deleted scenes, “Lost on Location,” “Freighter Folk,” “Transforming Hawaii,” “Gun Tracking” and “The Music of Lost.” Season four of Lost may be found in stores on December 9.

27Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Jimmy Fallon, the next host of Late Night


Fox News reports that former Saturday Night Live cast member Jimmy Fallon will replace Conan O’Brien as the host of Late Night in May 2009. Fallon has yet to choose a producer and a band for his series. As for O’Brien, he will take Jay Leno’s spot as the host of The Tonight Show.

25Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Star Trek second season coming to DVD


Paramount Home Entertainment has unveiled the artwork for the 2nd season of the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series, reports DVDActive. Containing eight discs and 26 episodes, the package will be released on August 5. Bonus features for the Star Trek set will include: 9 featurettes, bonus Tribble episodes (Star Trek: The Animated Series “More Tribbles, More Troubles”, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine “Trials and Tribble-ations”), Billy Blackburn’s never before seen on-set home videos, and original preview trailers for every episode.

22Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Rowling has 20/20 vision


RDF and ABC News are collaborating on a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling, indicates The Hollywood Reporter. IWC Media, part of the RDF Media Group, filmed Rowling for over a year. Collected footage for the television special includes “several interviews, the book tour for the final installment, a tour of locations that provided inspiration for her characters and even a hint to what the future holds for Harry and his friends.” The Rowling 20/20 special will air on ABC this November, in time for the theatrical debut of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

21Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Sarah Connor renewed for second season


“Multiple sources” have confirmed to TV Guide that the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker and Summer Glau, has been renewed for a second season. Fox has declined to comment on the report.

20Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Lifetime serves fall plans


Variety breaks down the revelations made during Lifetime’s upfront briefing session with reporters Monday at Gotham’s Le Bernadine restaurant. Lifetime chief Andrea Wong and entertainment president Susanne Daniels unveiled some of the network’s slate for the next season. Projects set for Lifetime include the reality series Project Runway and Project Pygmalion, the drama shows Mistresses and Drop Dead Diva, and the comedy series Rita Rocks and Libertyville.

14Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Sinatra miniseries set to arrive in May


DVDActive has the announcement from Warner Home Video that Sinatra will arrive on DVD this May 13th. Starring Phillip Casnoff, Olympia Dukakis, and Gina Gershon, the critically acclaimed 1992 television miniseries was helmed by James Steven Sadwith. At this time, it appears no extra material will be included with the 2-disc Collector’s Edition set.

14Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Blockbuster bids for Circuit City


Blockbuster is attempting to purchase electronics chain Circuit City, informs Variety. The cash offer of $6 - $8 a share was made February 17, only now becoming public because Blockbuster wants Circuit City shareholders to weigh-in on the matter. The response from Circuit City is that it will “carefully consider and evaluate” the offer, while adding that “fundamental questions” remain. Among those questions is the matter of how Blockbuster will fund the $1 billion acquisition.

14Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Hannah Montana movie title? Camp Rock 2?


Jim Hill Media notices some of the recent domain names Disney has purchased, fueling speculation about the studio’s plans for its Disney Channel properties. For instance, a list of possible subtitles for the Hannah Montana movie has been discovered: Family Reunion, Welcome Home, Off the Charts, Ultimate Choice, Where It All Began, Cross-Country Adventure and Old Friends, New Beginnings.

Meanwhile, it appears that even though Camp Rock is still months away from its television premiere, a sequel is already being planned. As for the Jonas Brothers, Joe, Nick and Kevin are preparing for a 3-D concert film in the spirit of Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.

14Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Lost, Grey’s Anatomy get extra hour this season


TV Guide has the scoop that a 14th hour for this season’s Lost has been ordered, bringing the show’s season finale to three hours. The first hour will air on May 15. However, since ABC is convinced that the final two hours should air together, the network has scheduled them for May 29. On May 22, Grey’s Anatomy will fill the Lost void with an extra hour.

14Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Higgins and Day wed Kath & Kim


Moviehole reports that the lead husbands of Kath & Kim have been cast. For the U.S. remake of the Australian hit television series, John Michael Higgins will play the part originally portrayed by Glenn Robbins. Mikey Day will Peter Rowsthorne’s role.

13Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

CW dishes cocktails and controversy


Variety prints that the CW network is ditching its traditional upfront presentation for a cocktail party. The party and presentation is scheduled for May 13, set to take place at a tent just outside of Lincoln Center.

Concurrently, the network is hoping for some controversy over a new print and broadcast campaign for the series Gossip Girl. The marketing strategy is centered around the text messaging/email abbreviation “OMFG” and racy images of the show’s cast “gettin’ busy.”

11Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

High School Musical 4 already in development


The Hollywood Reporter discloses that a fourth installment in the High School Musical franchise is in development, although the third chapter will not be released until October. The announcement for the new sequel was made by Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross, following a presentation at a midtown Manhattan recording studio. High School Musical 4 will likely be a TV movie. “Are we going to have all the cast back? Probably not,” Ross said. “Will we have some of them? I hope so.”

9Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

‘Live from New York, it’s Thursdsay Night!’


Cinema Blend reports that NBC has ordered Saturday Night Live - in the form of a Thursday night offering. SNL Thursday Night Live is scheduled to air Thursdays this fall after The Office. The first of three live half-hour installments will arrive October 16.

8Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

Aronofsky climbing Towers


The Hollywood Reporter writes that director Darren Aronofsky is developing the psychological thriller Riverview Towers with network AMC. The series “revolves around a family that moves into an apartment building with paranormal activity.” Towers is being written by John J. McLaughlin, who also penned Aronofsky’s upcoming film Black Swan, “a psychological thriller set in the world of ballet.”

8Apr2008 | Josh E Armstrong | Continued

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