While Carole Baskin is practicing her tango on Dancing With The Stars, Joe Exotic will be hanging out at Amazon. Well, Nicholas Cage as Joe Exotic that is. Variety reports that the scripted series about Tiger King star Joe Exotic starring Nicholas Cage is being developed by Amazon Studios. The project was originally in the works with CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television in May, and now Amazon has jumped aboard. The television series is is based on the Texas Monthly article “Joe Exotic: A Dark Journey Into the World of a Man Gone Wild,” by Leif Reigstad, and follows a young Joe Exotic, née Joe Shreibvogel, as he risks his own health, both physical and mental, to keep his beloved park open. Per Variety, the Nicholas Cage led series “will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.” How exotic. … [Read more...] about Nicholas Cage’s Joe Exotic TV Series Has Found A Home At Amazon Studios
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Saved by the Bell (4 seasons, 1989-1992)Hayley Mills (Miss Bliss), Max Battimo (Mikey Gonzalez), Heather Hopper (Nikki Coleman), T.K. Carter (Mylo Williams), Joan Ryan (Miss Tina Paladrino)Last seen: Before Saved by the Bell even began.What “happened”: If you ever catch a rerun of Saved by the Bell one Saturday morning, you might stumble on a show that seems wildly different from the one you know. Zack isn’t really the main character; there’s more focus on Miss Bliss, his put-upon teacher — except that Miss Bliss never appears in Saved by the Bell. While SBTB takes place in Bayside High School, California, the Miss Bliss season — which was actually created as a completely different show — takes place in John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis, Indiana.What happened: Welcome to Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the 1988, 13-episode Disney Channel show that preceded the series you know and love. When NBC picked up the rights to Miss Bliss, the show … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
Since then, reality has become the dominant genre on network and cable. Networks love it because it’s cheap, and audiences love it because it’s addictive: At its most rewarding, reality TV can be a fascinating look at social dynamics, an enlightening education into a specific skill, or a fully invested spectator sport spent rooting for one talented singer/dancer/cook/model to triumph over all and become a star! And at its ickiest, it is a ringside seat to truly awful people behaving in incomprehensibly un-house-trained ways – and that can be just as rewarding. … [Read more...] about The Reality Rumble: What’s the Greatest Reality-TV Season Ever?
And Ink is but the latest in a long line of shows that have followed in the footsteps of America’s Next Top Model, which popularized the smaller-scale cohabitation-talent-contest format in 2003. Then in 2004, Project Runway raised the bar of what contestants on a reality show might be expected to be able to do, and that became the new gold standard. There have been shows were people had to, oh, cut dogs’ hair in particular artistic ways. (That was Animal Planet’s Groomer Has It.) Or design and build gorgeous, inventive monster make-up. (That’s Syfy’s fantastic Face Off, which begins its new season August 13.) Or survive harrowing physical demands while improving your professional wrestling technique. (MTV’s Tough Enough, you were too precious for this world.*) Everyone’s high school has a girl who sings well enough that she could certainly hold her own on American Idol. Not everyone’s high school has a marksman good enough to shoot a mini … [Read more...] about Skill-Based Contests Are the Best Kind of Reality TV
"For the past 11 years I've had the great privilege of presenting Children in Need alongside brilliant presenters and an amazing team," she wrote. "Pudsey and what he represents will always hold a special place in my heart but it’s time to pass the presenting baton over as the show reaches its amazing 40-year milestone. … [Read more...] about Strictly host Tess Daly confirms shock TV exit after 11 years