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NBC to revive Fear Factor


After the recent successes of reality hits such as The Voice, NBC is reviving one of the shows from the reality bubble of the early 2000s – Fear Factor. Casting is currently underway and the show will still be produced by former production company Endemol USA. No word if Joe Rogan will still host.

NBC to air The Voice after the Super Bowl


No surprise here – NBC will air their newest hit, The Voice, after the Super Bowl.

Press Release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 31, 2011 – NBC will broadcast a special hour-long episode of “The Voice” following the network’s exclusive coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5 (10-11 p.m. ET; time approximate).  The announcements were made today by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

“There is no better showcase on television than to follow the Super Bowl, and we believe ‘The Voice’ is deserving of such high-profile exposure,” said Greenblatt.  “The attention grabbing blind audition phase of ‘The Voice’ has mass appeal and will fittingly team up with the biggest sporting event of the year.” “The Voice,” featuring musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton is the 2010-11 season’s #1 new series in adults 18-49 and ranks behind only “American Idol” among all entertainment series on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW. To date, “The Voice” is averaging a 5.4 rating, 14 share in adults 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers overall. “The Voice” is a vocal competition series modeled after Holland’s top-rated vocal talent discovery show, “The Voice of Holland.”  The series is hosted by Carson Daly and features the musician coaches working through the various phases of the competition with only the most talented vocalists.  The show’s second season will air midseason Mondays, 8-10 p.m. ET. “The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television.  The series is created by John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers.

AMC releases Breaking Bad Trailer


A completely meaningless look at the number of social network followers on 2011-12 shows


Even though we’re months away from the new season, the five major networks have already begun to make social networking pages for their new shows. Usually the CW is overrepresented compared to viewership due to their younger audience, but their numbers still provide an interesting barometer for success. Again, these numbers mean nothing; it’s just for fun.

(Note: This is all of 5/24/11)

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2011-12’s 10 Most Exciting Television Shows


After a week full of pats on the back, lofty promises, and highest testing pilots ever!, the broadcast upfront week is finally over. Broadcast suffered a devastating blow this past year, with only 10 of 33 freshman shows slated to return. That should come as no surprise – not only were many of the new series conceptually vapid, most were executed less than ideally.

But it’s a new season. Already there are some changes: Women rule the airways (10 comedies and 14 dramas star women, compared to the 7 comedies and 9 dramas that star men). J.J. Abrams and Shonda Rhimes still rule your airways. Whitney Cummings is our new overlord, apparently. And cop, lawyer, and medical dramas aren’t necessarily in. Let’s take a look at this season’s 10 most exciting television shows:

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New X-Factor promo! With Paula! On prescription medication! (I made the last one up… I think)


Fox has released a new promo for The X-Factor, showing none other than Paula Abdul clinging onto Simon for dear life as he buoys her career from the abyss that is comeback tours.

Post-Upfront Lull… but wasn’t Parks & Recreation great?


Now that upfront week is officially over, most of the attention in the television world turns to summer cable programs. We will continue to review pilot scripts as well as report on some of the summer cable shows (sorry, Rookie Blue). Personally, the development slate for cable this past year has been largely underwhelming, with only a few standouts to speak of. Even those “standouts” have sometimes fallen flat (The Killing). And though TNT’s Falling Skies has been receiving a lot of pre-release buzz, the jury’s still out on the series as sustainable weekly adventure.

In other news, how great was Parks & Recreation last night?

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