Shaq doing weight loss reality show
NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is doing a new weight loss reality show for ABC that is scheduled to air this summer. The as-yet untitled show will feature Shaq taking part in a campaign to help elementary and high school kids lose weight. The six-episode show is currently shooting in Broward County, FL. (Variety)
Isaiah Washington among NAACP Image Award winners
Grey’s Anatomy star Isaiah Washington won Best Actor in a Drama Series at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday night despite being the subject of controversy because of his use of a gay slur at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year. ”I’m humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP,” he said. Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress; Forest Whitaker won Best Actor; The Pursuit of Happyness won Best Picture; Ugly Betty got Best Comedy Series; Grey’s Anatomy took home Best Drama Series; Prince won Best Male Artist; and Mary J. Blige grabbed Best Female Artist. (Variety)
ABC pulls Knights of Prosperity
ABC will not air the remaining episodes of new comedy series The Knights of Prosperity, which has struggled in the ratings since launching in January. This Wednesday’s episode will be replaced by a repeat of According to Jim, and the next two weeks’ episodes will be replaced by repeats of George Lopez. ABC has not yet announced that the show has been canceled, however. Despite positive reviews, Knights has only averaged approximately 5 million viewers through eight episodes. (Zap 2 It)
Kutcher brings UK game show Stateside
Ashton Kutcher’s production company, Katalyst, is teaming with Fox21 and UK producers Hat Trick to bring the British game show Game Show in My Head to CBS, which has already ordered a pilot. Producers have revealed little about the show, which reportedly will feature contestants taking on outrageous tasks while competing for $1 million. There is also a hidden camera element. Shooting on the pilot starts this month. (Variety)
300 director Snyder sets up Sucker Punch
Zack Snyder, director of 300, has set up the first feature under his own Cruel and Unusual Films: a fantasy action movie titled Sucker Punch. Snyder is eyeing the movie as a possible directing vehicle. He will produce with wife and partner Deborah Snyder, and co-write the script, adapted from his own original short story, with Steve Shibuya. The story, set in the 1950s, is about a girl confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather who intends to have her lobotomized. While there, she imagines an alternative reality and begins planning her escape. Snyder is currently in pre-production on Watchmen, an adaptation of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons comic book miniseries, which is scheduled for a summer start. (Hollywood Reporter)
Borat sidekick joins Get Smart
Ken Davitian, best known as Borat’s producer Azamat Bagatov, has joined the all-star cast of Get Smart. Davitian will play the evil assistant to Terrence Stamp, who will portray the head of KAOS. Steve Carell is playing Maxwell Smart, Anne Hathaway is Agent 99, and Alan Arkin is portraying the Chief of CONTROL. Davitian can also be seen in an upcoming episode of ER and recently nabbed a role on an upcoming episode of Ghost Whisperer. (Hollywood Reporter)
24’s Chloe heads to big screen
Mary Lynn Rajskub, known as computer programmer Chloe O’Brian on 24, has been cast alongside Amy Adams and Emily Blunt in Sunshine Cleaning, an indie feature directed by Christine Jeffs. Adams and Blunt play sisters who team to run a service cleaning up after crime scenes and traumas. The movie is currently shooting. (Hollywood Reporter)
Idol’s Covais cast in youth comedy
Season 5 American Idol contestant Kevin Covais will star alongside Drake Bell (Drake and Josh), Andrew Caldwell (Hannah Montana), and Haley Bennett (Music and Lyrics) in College, directed by Deb Hagen. The story is about three high school seniors who visit a nearby college campus as prospective freshmen and wind up having the wildest weekend in their lives. (Variety)
Disney picks up Waverly Place
Disney has picked up Waverly Place, a supernatural comedy from Todd J. Greenwald, the writer of Hannah Montana. The show is about a multi-cultural household with three kids who are secretly training to be wizards. Fred Savage will direct the first two episodes. The show is scheduled to launch this fall. (Variety)
BBC to create content for YouTube
The BBC has signed a deal to create news and entertainment clips to viral video website YouTube. Much of the content will be supported by advertisements. YouTube is trying to close similar deals with U.S. media companies. (Variety)
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