Monday, April 29, 2013

Brand New Channel, Brand New Series, Brand New Start …… 2013 FX, FXX, and FXM Upfronts



Beginning September 2nd 2013, FX networks will grow from a two channel network to a three channel network when it adds FXX to their lineup. FXX will be a new network that caters to Young Adults and will be instantly available in 74 million homes. FX will target all adults 18-49, FXX will be geared toward FXX 18-34, and FXM will be for adults 25-54. In the beginning FXX have a foundation of Original Comedies and acquired series, FX will continue its tradition of being the home for award winning original comedy and drama series, and FXM will be geared toward the movie lover in all of us. Determined to viewers more original content; FX, FXX and FXM will increase its current offering to feature at least 25 original series within the next three years.



 FX NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

THE BRIDGE (PREMIERING JULY 2013)
The Bridge follows two police detectives -- one Mexican, one American -- as they and their joint effort to stop a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas-Mexico border. Their investigation is complicated by the rampant corruption and general apathy among the Mexican authorities and the violence of the powerful borderland drug cartels.

FARGO (PREMIERING SPRING 2014)
In 2012 it was announced that FX is developing a new TV series with the Coens as executive producers

FX RETURNING ORIGINAL SERIES

SONS OF ANARCHY (SEASON 6 – SEPTEMBER 2013)
The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club with many charters in the United States and overseas. The show focuses on the original and founding chapter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. The Redwood chapter is headquartered in (the fictional town) Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop. Led by President Clay Morrow, and later Jax Teller, the club protects and controls Charming through close community relationships, bribery, and violent intimidation.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (PREMIERES – OCTOBER 2013)
The show is set in New Orleans and Academy Award(R) winner Kathy Bates is joining the cast opposite Jessica Lange.

WILFRED (RETURNS SUMMER 2013)
The show follows a young man named Ryan (Elijah Wood) and his neighbor's dog Wilfred (Jason Gann). In the opening episode, Ryan concocts a drug cocktail in order to commit suicide. After this failed attempt, Ryan's neighbor, Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann), knocks on his door to ask him to look after her dog for the day.

THE AMERICANS (SEASON 2 – JANUARY 2014)
The period piece set in 1981 about KGB spies posing as Americans in the US will conclude its first season on May 1.

JUSTIFIED (SEASON 5- JANUARY 2014)
 Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th century–style, Old West lawman living in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals as well as his U.S. Marshals Service bosses. As a result of his controversial but "justified" quick-draw shooting of a mob hit-man in Miami, Givens is re-assigned from Miami to Kentucky.

LOUIE (RETURNS FOR SEASON 4 MAY 2014)
The series is loosely based on Louis C.K.'s life, showing him as a comic onstage, and depicting his life offstage as a newly divorced father of two girls. Each episode features either two stories that may or may not connect thematically, or a longer full-episode story (often consisting of numerous connected shorter pieces), all of which revolve around Louie.

ARCHER (SEASON 5 2014)
Set at ISIS, the International Secret Intelligence Service (cf. SIS, ASIS, CSIS, NZSIS, U.N.C.L.E.) in New York City, suave and incredibly self-centered master spy Sterling Archer deals with global espionage; his domineering, emotionally-cold mother/boss, Malory Archer; his ex-girlfriend (and fellow ISIS agent), Lana Kane; and his other ISIS co-workers (including fellow agent Ray Gillette, accountant Cyril Figgis, Human Resources Director Pam Poovey, secretary Cheryl Tunt, and Applied Research head Doctor Krieger); as well as a less-than-masculine code name: "Duchess" (after his mother's deceased Afghan Hound).


FX SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

TYRANT
The pilot will be directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Ang Lee, the filmmaker behind Sense & Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Life of Pi. It is Lee's first project after winning this year's best director Oscar for Life of Pi. Pilot production begins this summer, and a full writing staff is currently working on scripts for the first season.

THE STRAIN
The Strain creates a world of vampires unlike any ever depicted in television or film. These bloodsuckers are not the romanticized version of vampires that have become such a clich?but a terrifyingly original new vision. Pilot production begins in August and a full writing staff is at work developing scripts for the first season.

ACQUIRED SERIES INCLUDE….. ANGER MANAGEMENT, TWO AND A HALF MEN AND IN 2014 MIKE & MOLLY.



ORIGINAL SERIES AIRING ON FXX

ITS ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (9TH SEASON RETURNS FALL 2013, RENEWED SEASON 10)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on August 4, 2005. New episodes continue to air on FX, with reruns playing on Comedy Central, general broadcast syndication, and WGN America—the first cable-to-cable syndication deal for a sitcom. The show was created, developed, and produced by Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, and Charlie Day, all of whom star in the show. The series follows the exploits of "The Gang", a group of self-centered friends who run Paddy's Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

THE LEAGUE (SEASON 5 PREMIERS 2013 - RENEWED SEASON 6)
The series revolves around six friends who participate in a fantasy football league. The show follows the friends, who will do anything to win, while also dealing with a variety of situations that occur in their everyday lives.

LEGIT (RENEWED SEASON 2)
The series follows Jeffries and his roommates, the adventurous and well-endowed quadriplegic "Billy" and his romantically clueless older brother "Dan" as they struggle to find a "legitimate" way in life.

TOTALLY BIASED WITH KAMAU BELL (RETURNS SEPTEMBER 2013)
The series is expanding into a five- night per week, half-hour strip, with 130 new original episodes slated to
premiere on FXX this fall beginning with the Channel's launch.

ACQUIRED SERIES INCLUDE……
Parks & Recreation,
How I Met Your Mother,
Rescue Me,
Arrested Development,
Sports Night
Freaks & Geeks.

FXM Will Feature Prestige Movies and Grow to Feature Miniseries and Movies

FXM is a brand that literally lives for movies. Movies are the essence of its DNA and excellence in dramatic narrative the essence of its mission. This network will bring the best filmmakers of our generation together to share their unique creative vision in multiple forms and formats. It will deliver the best lineup of blockbuster Hollywood films and will program some of the best original miniseries and limited series on television.

BREEZY’S RECAP……..

I am not big on television or cable comedies just because I am more of a drama girl at heart, I love my soaps and everything from Once Upon A Time to the Americans that being said I am excited to see where FXX goes, and what type of new dramas FXX will be premiering on that channel. FX has become the home of some of the most talked about dramas on television and I am personally looking forward to watching the Bridge, it seems like it will be just up my aisle. The FX networks are putting their money where their mouths are, in what I am prediciting will be a huge success with the launch of FXX, specifically targeting three different demos on three different networks could produce loyal viewership. So what about you, what will ou be watching? are you excited about FXX? which new show have you marked on your calendar? Le me know what you are thinking in the comment!




Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Series, New Channel, Targeting a New Generation, PIVOT TV hosts the first PIVOT 2013 Upfronts


Beginning August 1st 2013, Participant Media home to hit movies like; Lincoln, The Help, and An Inconvenient Truth will begin to focus its attention on Television with the launch of their new cable television station Pivot. Their focus is to reach the Millennials; those who grew up watching the shows featured on Nickelodeon’s The 90’s Are All That, and remember when MTV played music and consisted of mostly music videos. Pivot TV will be the first channel, which satellite, telco and cable companies can offer to ALL of their customers, at their Upfronts cable television provider, DIRECT TV, confirmed that Pivot will be made available to it subscribers. Pivot’s programming slate is anchored by more than 300 hours of original programming in its first year. Debuting a minimum of 6 new series, award winning films and documentaries, 3 acquired hits, and more the 10 series in development, Participant Media has created an impressive start for the birth of Pivot TV. 


ORIGINAL SERIES……….



HITRECORD ON TV!
A new take on the variety show, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who directs countless artists from his global online community– hitRECord – to create short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation, and of course, more! Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an internet connection to join him and contribute.

TAKEPART LIVE
A one hour, no-holds-barred live show, begins with a live-streamed pre-show midday where viewers help build the show they will see on air that evening. Equal parts serious discussion and comedic take on the daily headlines, “TakePart Live” will bring celebrities, activists, newsmakers and viewers together to discuss and decode the events that make up the fabric of daily life and how to act on the stories that move us. The nightly show will also be fully second-screen enabled, featuring live interaction with the cast, polling, social media sharing and more. Additionally, there will be a live-streamed pre-show on the network website and Takepart.com.


RAISING MCCAIN
A genre-busting docu-talk series following Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Senator John McCain, on the road talking to unexpected experts, regular people and members of her generation, exploring the most important and unusual questions of the day framed by Meghan’s experiences in her personal life.


JERSEY STRONG
From the team behind the Peabody Award winning series, “Brick City,” this Newark-based docu-soap chronicles the lives of two families from parallel universes — the street and the executive suite. Former Blood (Jayda) and Crip (Creep) gang members are raising two kids while pursuing their careers and following their dreams. Jayda is working to build mentorship programs for young women in Newark, while Creep balances a day job in sanitation with his dream of launching a comedy career. Brooke is a trial attorney balancing the stress of high stakes litigation with the real life drama of raising two college-aged kids with her partner in life and business - Maggie. “Jersey Strong” will explore Newark’s warm center and tough exterior through the eyes of two unconventional families striving to achieve the American Dream.


WILL
A one-hour scripted series by Cineflix Studios Inc. about young William Shakespeare. Will is a young man from the wrong side of the social, political and economic tracks who, against all the odds, sets out to do that most modern of things: create his own destiny. Set in young Will’s crazy, intense, violent and sexy Elizabethan London, “WILL” is a period piece - but not as we know it. A hip sound track, contemporary shooting style and edgy production design will create a world that is fast, fresh, dangerous, and totally unique.


UNIVISION NEWS AND LATIN WORLD ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Through an innovative and groundbreaking joint venture, Univision News, the news division of the leading media company serving Hispanic America, Latin World Entertainment, the premiere Hispanic talent management and entertainment marketing firm in the United States and pivot will join together to a produce and market a series of ten compelling documentaries drawn from the headlines and produced in both Spanish and English.


WORLD TELEVISION FILM PREMIERES
Surrounding its original scripted and unscripted series will be world television premieres of Participant Media documentaries, including “Last Call at the Oasis,” “State 194” and “A Place At The Table” as well as festival favorites including “We Are Legion,” “Terms and Conditions” and “99%—The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” a compelling portrait of the Occupy Wall Street movement which sheds a light on why and how this movement took off with such explosive force, and what it means.





ACQUIRED PROGRAMMING….....


All seasons of the following programs, have found a home on Pivot:


“Friday Night Lights”
Set in Dillon, Texas, where football--even on the high school level--is everything, Friday Night Lights is a compelling drama with a football subplot. Poignantly and effectively touching on racism, rape, steroids, jealousy, infidelity, and life-changing injuries, the series presents the inhabitants of Dillon as real people who are flawed, but remarkable in their ordinariness.


“Little Mosque" ("Little Mosque on the Prairie” in Canada)
Takes a satirical look at a Muslim COMMUNITY living in Canada who has rented the town’s Anglican church to start a local mosque. The series focuses on the Muslim community in the fictional prairie town of Mercy, Saskatchewan (population 14,000). The primary institutions of the community are the local mosque, presided over by imam Amaar Rashid and located in the rented parish hall of the town's Angelican church, and Fatima's CafĂ©, a downtown diner run by Fatima Dinssa.


“Farscape”
Farscape features a diverse ensemble of characters who are initially escaping from corrupt authorities in the form of a militaristic organization called the Peacekeepers. The protagonists live inside a giant space-dwelling creature named Moya, which serves as their ship. In the first episode, they are joined by the main character, John Crichton a modern-day American astronaut who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth during an experimental test flight.


IN DEVELOPMENT at Pivot are ten properties including projects with Gotham Chopra, Timothy Scott Bogart, Mary Harron, Deborah Copaken Kogan, and Cineflix Studios.





BREEZY’S RECAP……
The Idea for a network geared toward the "millenials" seems like a good one, everything seems to geared toward teens, kids or adults and the people that are just beginning a life on their own, and everything about the world and how they chose to interact with it new, always seem to be left out. I personally love Friday Night Lights so I am so excited that this channel has bought their syndication rights. Will is the series that I am most looking forward to on this network. How about you, are you looking forward to the new Pivot channel? Do you see anything worth watching? Let me know what you are thinking about below in the comments!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SYFY Ventures Into Unchartered Territories at the Syfy 2013 Upfronts


Syfy has found its niche and has a development slate to prove it. With Defiance set to become the first show ever to also be a multiplayer online game, and new reality and scripted shows set to air and in development, Syfy is kicking ass and taking names. On April 24th SyFy “imagine greater” kicked off their 2013 upfront presentation by announcing the largest original programming slate in the history of the channel. SyFy Ventures announced a partnership with Hasbro at the Upfront presentation to develop an online social game based on the iconic G.I. Joe Franchise, that should on Facebook, and at Syfygames.com in June. With more than 28 scripted and reality development projects, 1 new scripted series, 6 returning reality shows, 4 new acquired shows and the continued showing of Canada’s Lost Girl, SyFy is positioning itself to tap into all aspects of science fiction, and providing a little something for everyone. While it is unlikely that Syfy will green light all 28 series in development, if only half make it that far, it will be an interesting year at the Syfy Network.



NEW SCRIPTED SERIES


Defiance  (Premiered April 15th 2013)
Defiance is in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of The Game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.


SCRIPTED DRAMAS IN DEVELOPMENT

Rewind – 
Rewind revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter events and change the future -- and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.

The Adjustment Bureau –
In this drama, based on the hit movie starring Matt Damon, guardian angel-type agents work to keep the world according to The Plan. They create everything from plane crashes to coffee spills in order to steer people to realize their true destiny. But there is one thing the operatives and their Chairman can’t control -- free will.

High Moon –
Based on the novel, The Lotus Caves, by John Christopher, this imaginative, out-of-this-World Series explores a world where the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon's resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover its powerful secrets.

Untitled Booster Gold Project – 
Based on the best-selling DC Entertainment Comic, this is the story of a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back to the present in hopes of becoming the greatest superhero of all time. But instead of chasing criminals, his main priority is chasing fame and money. Booster Gold discovers that being a hero takes more than just a megawatt smile.

Grave Sight 
From the best-selling author of True Blood, this Charlaine Harris book series follows Harper Connelly – a young woman with a unique gift. After being struck by lightning as a teenager, Harper can sense the location and last memories of dead people. She teams up with her protective stepbrother, Tolliver Lang, to help find a Missing teenage girl -- only to uncover a network of lies and murders throughout a small town in the Ozarks

Seeing Things –
Based on the comic Grey Legion from Platinum Studios, after a cop meets his violent demise, he returns as a ghost to close his last case. But the only person who can help him is a socially awkward man who is realizing for the first time that his hallucinations may not be all in his head.

Defender 
In the aftermath of an intergalactic war between humans and transhumans, the starship Defender, populated by a combustible mix of former enemies, is sent on a seemingly simple goodwill mission, which turns into a fight for their lives and for the safety of the Universe at large.

The Family –
 For generations, an alien family has hid amongst humans in plain sight using their advanced intellect to carve out a life for themselves as their family grew. But when the family patriarch that kept peace amongst the factions dies, a war begins to brew with some members believing the time has come to reveal themselves, and their superior power, to the inferior human race.  

Eyes Of The Dragon –
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel. A kingdom is in turmoil as the old king dies and his successor must battle for the throne. Pitted against an evil wizard and a would-be rival, Prince Peter makes a daring escape and rallies the forces of good to fight for what is rightfully his.

Darkfall –
When, without warning, modern forms of power and technology become a thing of the past, Los Angeles, and the world at large, becomes a place where magic rules and life as we know it is turned upside down.

One Mile Straight Down–
 When a powerful earthquake hits California and opens up a chasm bigger than the Grand Canyon, it reveals an enormous hidden ocean lying deep beneath the earth’s crust. Billionaire adventurer James Exeter works with the government to take an advanced nuclear submarine down to explore it and discovers more than he ever could have imagined.  



REALITY SERIES IN DEVELOPMENT

The Genie – 
The Genie follows Steve Sims and his extreme concierge company, Blue Fish, as they make outlandish experiences and imaginative adventures come to life for their clients. Whether it’s rebuilding the chocolate river from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory or experiencing life as a Hobbit, making the impossible possible is The Job of “The Genie.”

Stranded –
In each episode of this frightening paranormal social experiment, a family or group of friends moves into an infamously haunted location, self-documenting their experience in total isolation.

Awesome Foundation 
Each week inventors, artists and regular people from all over the country pitch their amazing and imaginative ideas to the Awesome Foundation, a group dedicated to turning awesome ideas into awesome reality. The members grant their own money to the lucky three people with the best ideas, leading to a race to complete the projects in the given time and budget.

Exit –(Premieres June 4th 2013)
Based on the hit Japanese format, Exit is a nail-biting game show where two teams of contestants battle to escape three diabolical rooms. To do so, they must beat the clock while solving rapid-fire brain games and navigating booby-traps and bottomless pits.

Buyer Beware –
What does someone do when they need to sell their house -- but it’s haunted? They call in a real estate professional who specializes in matching haunted properties with eager buyers. In each episode, viewers will see what it takes to sell a home -- still occupied by the spirits -- and what kind of buyers have the guts to take it off the market.

Untitled Mark Burnett Project (wt) –
A competition show where fans of science fiction/fantasy books and movies compete to create the most flavorful and inspired dishes from the foods featured in the imaginary worlds that they love.

Deadfinder 
When the morgue drawer closes on a Jane or John Doe, rarely is it reopened. Deadfinder follows a group of mediums as they search through the vaults of cold cases using their paranormal skills to bring the mysteries of the murdered back to life.

Ghost Town, USA 
Settled in 1677, Mount Holly, New Jersey, is a town teeming with reports of paranormal activity. And for the residents of this town, that’s just the way they like it. Ghost Town, USA follows the colorful characters and real drama that plays out among the town’s living residents, from renovating a haunted house to organizing the annual Witches Ball.

The Wrights – 
Joe and Chris Wright are relatives of the famous Wright Brothers, but instead of building airplanes, this father-and-son-duo build paranormal contraptions to communicate with the dead. Each week the show follows the Wrights as they use their inventing ability to gain answers from the “other side.”

Chris Cox Project –
Young and charming, Chris Cox is the mind reader who can’t read minds. Cox has the mind-manipulating abilities of Derren Brown, the mischief of Ferris Bueller and the comic eccentricity of Mr. Bean all wrapped in a style uniquely his own. In everyday situations and locations – at a coffee shop, the post office, or just walking down the street – Chris amazes and confounds real people.

Divas of Dress Up – 
This program follows the six hottest cos-play stars as they push the boundaries of creativity and costuming in this docu-series that takes viewers inside the amazingly creative world of cos-play competition. Each week, the top women competitors transform themselves into fictional characters with visually arresting costumes, pushing the boundary between fantasy and reality.

Fan Girl/Fan Boy Project 
A docu-series that celebrates the incredibly unique, often misunderstood and infinitely fascinating fan girl and fan boy cultures.

Limitless – 
Limitless is a cutting-edge series that recounts firsthand, true-life tales of ordinary men and women who discovered hidden powers – that they never knew existed – when faced with extreme life and death circumstances. Every story will explore the often unexplainable potential of the human body and psyche, leaving viewers to wonder what hidden abilities humans might possess.

Superhumans 
Superhumans uncovers the secrets of unbelievable stunts, record-breaking abilities and exceptional feats of human power and skill by putting real people through physical on-location challenges and a series of tests in a high-tech lab to answer the question: “How did they do that?”

Toy Traveler –
Shane Turgeon, the Indiana Jones of toy collectors, travels to remote corners of the world to find the rarest and most valuable toys and collectibles. Whether it’s in an old toy warehouse in a remote Guatemalan town or a small swap meet in the Ukraine, Shane will go to all lengths to find the most unique and collectible toys.

Master Control – 
Master Control is a weekly competition that pits user-generated videos against each other in a battle for viewer popularity. Each week, self-submitted videos must entertain the host, celebrity panel and the entire viewing audience, who are all simultaneously rating the video and anointing a winner.

Stranger than Fiction –
Stranger than Fiction is the only viral video clip show where comedians compete for laughs while commenting on and arguing over the strangest clips from the web. Good jokes earn points, while lame jokes lose them. At the end of the show, one comedian is crowned the irreverent victor.

 

RETURNING SERIES

School Spirits  (Renewed Season 2 - Premieres Summer 2013) 
School Spirits will tell true ghost stories of hauntings that have happened at schools across the country. The stories will be told in first person narratives through the testimonials of real students, teachers, parents and staff that have encountered the paranormal activity, blended with bone-chilling cinematic reenactments to further bring the haunting experiences to life.

Paranormal Highway – (Renewed Season 2 – Premieres June 5th 2013)
Paranormal Highway puts the pedal to the metal as Jack Osbourne and Dana Workman investigate the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected by state-of-the-art equipment, Jack and Dana will travel alone, self-documenting their harrowing road trip while coming face-to-face with paranormal legends.

Collection Intervention – (Renewed Season 2)
Collection Intervention follows Elyse Luray, a sharp and to-the-point collectibles expert as she helps couples who are divided over what to do with an overwhelming collection of memorabilia. Whether it’s a husband’s collection of mint-condition G.I. JOE action figures worth thousands of dollars or a girlfriend’s treasure trove of Star Wars movie posters, Elyse helps couples decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. For each couple, their new cash windfall will make their dream come true, whether it’s an engagement ring, a down payment for a home, or the honeymoon they never had.

Hot Set – (Renewed Season 2)
From the producers of Syfy’s hit series Face Off, Hot Set is an extreme design challenge pitting two Hollywood production designers each week in a head-to-head battle to design, build, decorate and ultimately create an original and signature movie set that transports the viewer into an immersive world

Viral Video Showdown (Renewed Season 2)
The greatest viral video creators on the planet go head-to-head each week in an epic battle for bragging rights and a cash prize. Two teams will have to dig deep into their bag of viral tricks to create a video that best captures that week’s theme and impresses the expert panel of viral video judges.

Ghost Mine  - (Renewed Season 2)
In the remote woods of Oregon lays one of the richest gold mines in the United States. For the last 100 years, it has remained abandoned -- until now. Soon to be re-opened by a scraggly group of miners, these hardy souls will battle the elements to find their fortune. But with a rich history of paranormal activity surrounding the mine, they may just find something else.

BREEZY'S RECAP.....

I will be honest and say, ever since Syfy cancelled one of my favorite summer series Alphas, me and syfy have not been the best of friends. In fact I have boycotted the network, not in protest exactly there was just nothing else on there that I cared enough to either DVR or watch live. I am not a huge enthusiast of the syfy genre, in general but I would definitely like to check out the Adjustment Bureau, Rewind, and maybe even Defiance. Is there anything that interests you? What about you, what will you be watching? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, April 22, 2013

There Are Still Games To Be Played at The 2013 GSN Upfronts


 GNS home of The Gaming Network is not playing any games when it comes to expanding original programming on their network. Home to popular favorites like Family Feud and the new hit series American Bible Challenge, GSN in 2013 is enlarging how many game shows will call the network home. Currently there are 2 new series set to premiere and 7, yes 7 new game shows in development for the network all of which look promising. With host like Steve Harvey, Sherri Sheppard, and Kirk Franklin, GSN is combining celebrity and programming in a way that will certainly entice new viewers to watch. The game Show Network is here to stay!'


SYNDICATION

In 2012 GSN sold its first original series, BAGGAGE into syndication through NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.  The series, cleared in 95% of the country, is hosted by Jerry Springer and features three contestants vying for a date who have to divulge their “baggage.”   

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES 
Minute To Win It (June 25th Premiere date)
This all new, GSN original version of the classic show will be hosted by Speed Skating Champion Apolo Anton Ohno.  Each one-hour episode of Minute To Win It features competitors facing 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time will eliminate the contestant. At various points throughout The Game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win the grand prize of $250,000. 

THE CHASE (Premieres in 2013)
You can run, but you cannot hide, the Beast is always coming after you. In THE CHASE, a team of four contestants attempts to amass as much money as possible by answering quick-fire questions in a 60-second round.  The money earned will go towards a team bank.  Why the urgency?  Because the Beast is always lurking, ready to pounce. The Beast – quite simply -- is a quiz genius.  The Job of this intimidating presence is to catch each contestant by answering more questions than his opponents to ensure they are not able to bank their money.  It’s a role he executes with ruthless efficiency.  In the final round, the team collectively plays against The Beast in an epic David vs. Goliath battle for the entire amount that they have banked. 

ORIGINAL SERIES IN “DEVELOPMENT”

DANCE RIVALS
The hotbed of dancing in the United States can be found in an unlikely location. The population of Orem, Utah is only 84,000— yet one in 40 is a dancer. Several of Orem’s dancers have gone on to win regional, national and world championships.  But succeeding in Orem isn’t easy. The city is home to two of the most elite dance studios in America, each owned by a fiercely competitive and hard-driving dance instructor. The studios are just a stone’s throw from one another…and the owners used to be partners! Needless to say, the rivalry between the dance studios and their owners is as fierce as the competition among the dancers.  Each week, the studios participate in dance competitions and each week they fight for 1st and 2nd positions—always with the ultimate goal of triumphing over the other. 

IT TAKES A CHURCH
IT TAKES A CHURCH is a new one hour series where a church will Go On a mission to find love for one lucky, single parishioner…without them knowing!  Each week, we’ll visit another church from across the country and surprise a single girl (or guy) with the news that she is about to be saved from the dating world. The congregation, Pastor, friends, and family will all contribute, but in the end our single will decide which suitor she is putting her faith in.  The parishioner who brought The Chosen suitor will win money for both themself and their charity. 

MIND OF A MAN
What are men really thinking? In each episode of MIND OF A MAN, two female contestants will try to figure out what men really think about dating, marriage, working and all manner of manly pursuits. The questions on the show have all been previously asked and answered by a survey of 100 men. Over three rounds, the contestants will try to determine the correct answers with the help of a celebrity panel. A mix of famous and funny male and female celebrities will offer their opinions about what men are really thinking. And for successfully getting inside the mind of a man, one of the contestants could win up to $15,000. 

THE IMPOSTER
Two contestants who have an existing relationship (i.e. friends, siblings, husband and wife) move into another family’s home for 48 hours. They must observe the family’s every move and judge their dynamics. The twist is that one of the family members is a fake.  They have been embedded with the real family in order to fool the contestants. The family and the imposter will create diversions and cast doubts over everyone’s authenticity in order to keep houseguests from uncovering the TRUTH. If the houseguests correctly identify the imposter, they win $25,000. But if the family has deceived the houseguests into choosing incorrectly, the family wins the cash. THE IMPOSTER is a battle of observation and deduction vs. cunning and guile. 

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE
We’ve all gone through many stages in our lives, some more awkward than others. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE, hosted by Brooke Burns, is a new dating show that allows singles to watch a set of potential soul mates grow up before their very eyes. Each 30-minute episode will feature a new dater and three potential suitors. We will see and meet our dater, but the three potential suitors will be behind a scrim—neither the dater nor the viewers will have any idea what they look like. We will meet the suitors through photos and video footage from different decades in their lives, and the dater will be able to ask them questions based only on that era. Two suitors will be eliminated; one will be chosen. Can you find love just by digging through someone’s past? 

YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING
Caroline Rhea created YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE Missing, a fun family game show that tests unsuspecting families on what they truly value.  YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE Missing features family members challenged to see who can remember 10 meaningful items regularly on display in their home.  One family member will be chosen to race the clock and correctly identify which items are Missing – every correct answer is worth cash, and the better the player does, the more additional prizes the player earns for their family.  Once the clock expires, the family is reunited for a funny reveal of how the search went.  The player can then buy back items that were not recognized as missing.  And, while it’s their decision, they will be influenced by the sentimental value and pleas of their family members. 

CURRENT SERIES AIRING ON GSN

THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE
Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy hosts THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, a lively studio-based game in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible.  Utilizing current pop-culture as well as historical references, questions are drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world's best-selling book.  The contestants share their compelling back-stories and each team plays for a charitable organization. Multiple Grammy Award® winner Kirk Franklin joins Season Two as musical co-host. 

FAMILY TRADE
At G-Stone Motors, a state-of-the-art car dealership in Middlebury, Vermont, the saying is, “We’ll take anything in trade.”  And they mean it.  Don’t have enough for a down payment? Founder Gardner Stone will trade you a beautiful new car or truck for anything you’ve got that he thinks he can sell—pigs, a hot air balloon, coffins, maple syrup, dolls, a shoe collection.  But Stone’s son Todd and daughter Darcy, who work with him in the business, have very different ideas about what makes a good trade, and they have the unenviable task of re-selling whatever their father has taken in trade.  Each 30-minute episode features the outrageous, hilarious, hotly contested barter stories at G-Stone Motors—with a simmering stew of family drama cooking alongside. 

THE NEWLYWED GAME
THE NEWLYWED GAME, hosted by Sherri Shepherd, is GSN’s modern installment of the classic series showcasing three newly married couples of wide-ranging backgrounds who Face Off in a series of question rounds. During each round, a spouse attempts to guess his or her mate’s answer to questions about their relationship, ranging from the first time they met to the details of their love life. At the end of The Game, the couple scoring the most points wins exciting prizes. 

FAMILY FEUD
Since its premiere in 1976, FAMILY FEUD, currently hosted by Steve Harvey, has remained one of television’s most popular and enduring game shows, and continues to evolve in new and exciting ways. College tournaments, celebrity look-alikes and special theme weeks, along with TV’s most revealing, surprising and fun survey results keep audiences tuning in each weekday. 


Breezy's Recap....
GSN seems to have found the right content to attract new viewers and keep their old viewers happy. I love to watch Family Fued with Steve Harvey in fact I even have the iPhone game version. Its just a fun game to watch, or play. The shows GSN has in development seems to speak to finding a new generation and if they make it to series they may have found a new viewer in me. I am interested in Dance Rivals, and the Imposter, So fingers crossed, they both will make it on the new schedule in the fall. So what about you, Do any of the new shows interest you? What will you be watching? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Centric Continues To Ride The Coattails of BET at 2013 Centric Upfronts




BETs' pint sized little brother, Centric, had its 2013 Upfront Presentation in Conjunction with BET this past week. It took the time to announce 2 new series joining the Centric line up, as well as the return of 6 shows, that have helped Centric remain a leading cable channel for Black Entertainment Television. Centric reminds me of family friendly, family oriented programming while BET is more traditional cable programming. As of its 2013 Upfront Presentation that trend has not changed. While the choice of new series joining the network may not thrill many people, the actress on these shows may do the trick. Read below for what 2013 will bring to Centric. 


What's New......

THE FIRST FAMILY (PREMIERES APRIL 19TH @8:00PM)
In a humorous twist of art imitating real life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Centric premiere a star-studded scripted comedy about a presidential African American family residing in the White House. Christoper B. Duncan is President William Johnson and Kellita Smith stars as his wife, First Lady Katherine Johnson. Together, they run the free world and raise four children.

MR. BOX OFFICE (PREMIERES APRIL 19TH @8:30PM)
One of Hollywood's most bankable stars got himself in trouble with the law, and is ordered to give back by fulfilling an unlikely sentence: community service as a high school English teacher in South Central Los Angles. Bill Bellamy leads an all-star cast in this scripted comedy that looks at the human side of stardom.


What's Coming Back.....

AS WRITTEN
Through candid interviews featuring intimate stories about what drove the creative process for current album releases, As Written unlocks the door to the creative process and exposes the inspiration behind the work of some of your favorite R&B and soul artists.

BEING
The new season of Being takes viewers into the lives of some of the music industry's most legendary artists, including Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder. Their struggle and triumphs have helped to shape the careers of so many; without them, the music scene would be vastly different. The docu-series shares first hand accounts from the artist and those who recall what it was life for these entertainers as they ascended to stardom and how they've managed to stay on top.

CENTRIC CERTIFIED
Centric Certified is Centric's emerging campaign designed to expose Centric's audience to the next generation of R&B/ Soul stars. Centric Certified will highlight the best in new music with promos that bring the viewers into the world of the artist. Centric Certified artists also receive prominent placement on Centrictv.com with photo galleries, live-streamed music and unique video content.

CENTRIC COMEDY ALL-STARS
Featuring some of today's hottest comedians, Centric Comedy All Stars will be one of the hottest tickets in Vegas during Centric Soul Weekend. This two hour special promises to deliver some side splitting, family friendly humor and keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

CULTURE LIST
Busy adults need an easy way to get the scoop on what's cool and happening right now. Culture List delivers the latest for our discerning, well-heeled audience. Our returning music- based lifestyle series covers the worlds of film, fashion, beauty, fitness, and entertainment with lifestyle segments each week. From books and movies to celebrity news and music, its all here on Culture List - complete with viewer calls to action for social and digital extensions.


Returning Mega Specials on Centric.....

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS
The hippest trip in america keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2014 with its signature awards show. Featuring never before seen Musial collaboration and powerful tributes from world class performers, the Soul Train Awards brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B. And since airing on both our networks is always better, The Soul Train Awards is simulcast on Centric and BET

CENTRIC SOUL WEEKEND
"Centric Soul Weekend" will be an amazing on the ground experience shared by viewers, artists, and clients alike, as Las Vegas comes alive with a celebration and showcase of the best of African American culture.




Breezy's Recap....

I know that this is going to sound crazy since I do not watch Centric, Hell I barely watch BET, I am really interested in checking out both of their new series; The Family First and Mr. Box Office. There is nothing that I regularly watch, or want to watch on Centric TV, if there is anything that someone like PLEASE let me know. I hope all those that love Centric TV are excited about what is upcoming on the Network. Do you like Centric? Do any of these shows interest you? Would you like a review of one of these shows before you invest your time in it? What will you be watching? Let me know in the comments.

BET Brings Their A Game To .... BET Upfronts 2013


*Updated 7/15/13*
From music and movies to scripted television, BET is determined to remain the leading network, for black entertainment. BET has been a leader for the African American community, bringing programming that individuals of all ages can enjoy. 2013 will be no different, BET will continue broadcasting award shows, host choir competitions and the network is set to premiere 4 new shows. The network has also committed to bringing back 8 of their hit television shows, for another season. So sit back relax, and tune into BET for another year of laugh out loud comedies, heartfelt dramas, and award shows recognizing powerful people making a difference in the Black community.


Breaking News 7/15/13
BET has acquired the off network syndication rights to Scandal. Season 1 and 2 will air on BET starting in August leading up the Season 3 Premiere on ABC in September. In a rare syndication deal original episodes from the upcoming third season of the Shonda Rhimes series will air no sooner than eight days after original first-run episodes are broadcast on ABC. Tell us how you feel about it in the comments. Are you excited? or worried that a deal like this could hurt scandals ratings? what has been you favorite episodes so far?

BRAND NEW SERIES........

BEING MARY JANE (Premiere TBA)
Starring the gorgeous and talented Gabrielle Union. The series is a follow up to the release of the Being Mary Jane movie of the week slated to launch on BET this summer. This is a story to which millions of modern women will both relate and respond. Mary Jane Paul is a one-woman-show: a successful TV news anchor, and an entirely self sufficient powerhouse who remains devoted to a family that doesn't share her motivation. Intense drama and unforgettable moments unfold as Mary Jane juggles her life, her relationships, her work, and commitments to her family. 

BURNS BBQ
Being a small business doesn't mean thinking small. This new unscripted reality series takes viewers into the daily operation of a long standing family barbecue business changing hands from one generation to the next. But do the young self-involved entrepreneurs have what it takes to carry the torch and the family legacy?

COMIC VIEW
Some of our biggest names in comedy got their big break on the Comic View stage. The beloved original comedy series is back, re-imagined for a new season on BET. Showcasing the best and brightest in stand-up, Comic View takes funny to a new level in 2014

T.D. JAKES PRESENTS; MIND, BODY, AND SOUL
BET brings better talk with spiritual leader, educator and humanitarian Bishop T.D. Jakes as host of a brand new talk show. Covering a wide range of topics including heath and wellness, finance, and relationships, Bishop Jakes unearths deeper conversations and insight on the topics that matter, count on Bishop T.D. Jakes to take talk to another level every Sunday. 


LOOK WHO'S RETURNING FOR ANOTHER SEASON!

106& PARK
106 & Park is the #1 video countdown show anywhere on television. Now in its 13th year, our flagship program has been remixed and is bigger and bolder than ever. With four charismatic new hosts, a state of the art new sound set surrounded by digital walls, and a brand new look, the new 106 & park is the ultimate destination for the A-list of music, film, television, style, and sports. 106 & Park rules the social media space, engaging millions of audience members beyond TV via the award winning 106 & Park mobile app. Every weeknight, the show celebrated and reflects real youth culture as the home of the "livest audience," delivering what's hot and what's next in pop culture.

APOLLO LIVE
America's original amateur competition show got the ultimate makeover in 2012: a new host - the hilarious Tony Rock, the addition of three respected music experts, and a world premiere on BET. The classic variety show at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theater delivers the original interactive talent showcase, evaluated by Michael Bivins, Doug E. Fresh and Gladys Knight. Apollo Live also boasts a bevy of special guest appearances and performances and of course, stars the electric and wildly opinionated Apollo live audience

BOBBY JONES GOSPEL
Grammy Winner Dr. Bobby Jones Jr., the "Ambassador of Gospel" and host of the longest continuously running original series on cable television, delivers his ministry and praise on the network's flagship program and the longest running gospel program on cable. This weekly standout features joyous performance and riveting interviews from gospel music's most talented entertainers, choirs, evangelists and others.

LET'S STAY TOGETHER
In 2011 the premiere of Let's Stay Together debuted at #2 right behind The Game, making it a certified smash hit. This fun, flirtatious, comedy about two couples and one sexy single is back for a fourth season of laughs and love lessons. Audiences adore and relate to this cast. Averaging nearly 3 million viewers in its first season, the series debut ranks among the top three Tuesday sitcom premieres over the past 10 years. Making relationships work is easier said than done, but season 4 is sure to be filled with juicy new plot twists that will continue to keep Let's Stay Together on viewers' must see watch list. 

REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD
The fakest reality show ever is a real-life runaway smash. Taking the #1 spot on the Entertainment Weekly must see list and acclaimed by both the Los Angeles and the New York Times, Real Husbands of Hollywood is the #1 sitcom on cable television among all the adults 18-49. Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all star cast (Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, JB Smoove and Duane Martin), Season 2 will provide more appointment television full of new rivalries, special guests and laugh out loud cliffhangers.

SUNDAY BEST
The NAACP Image Award winning gospel competition show is poised for another smash hit season. Proving to a be franchise player, this top rated cable music competition series always uplifts and inspires in its mission to identify the next great gospel star. Hosted by Kirk Franklin with celebrity judges Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, aspiring gospel singers compete for America's vote - and a major recording contract. Sunday Best puts emerging talent on the path to greatness.

THE GAME
The Game on BET is record breaking, history making phenomenon with 7.7 million views on premiere night in 2011, making BET the home of the #1 sitcom debut in the history of cable TV. In 2013, players come and go but The Game goes on, with Lauren London and Jay Ellis joining the cast. Brady returns in her expanded role as Chardonnay, aka Mrs. Jason Pitts along with series favorites Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Season 7 promises to deliver more sexy dramedy as the cast negotiates the ups and downs of love and football.

THE SHEARDS
It takes faith and family to find your voice. The first season of this unscripted reality series brought viewers into a world characterized by equal parts praise and pressure for Kierra and J. Drew, the children of gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop Drew Sheard. This season, as they pursue dreams of success beyond what their parents envisioned for them, the siblings lean on their spiritual foundation and one another more than ever.


2013 AWARD SHOWS.......

BET AWARDS
The BET Awards franchise is the #1 program in cable television history among the black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (broadcast and cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one incredible night. Now in its 14 year and better than ever, the BET Awards delivers electrifying performance, moving tributes and the most unforgettable moments on TV.

BET HIP HOP AWARDS
The BET HIP HOP Awards returns for its eighth smash year to highlight who did it better in hip hop music, with bold performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with the hip-hop icons of tomorrow.This show serves millions of people who love hip hop culture, which continues to define a generation and defy convention. 

BLACK GIRLS ROCK
Black Girls Rock is the tribute show that became a movement. the NAACP Image Awards nominated special is both timely and timeless, saluting leaders in entertainment, business  philanthropy and beyond. Past Award winners include Ruby Dee, Susan L. Taylor, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monaw and Taraji P. Henson. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present day role models and soulful musical performances, Black Girls Rock!

CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL
The biggest night that celebrates gospel music, America's truly original and internationally loved art form, only happens at BET. Hosted by Steve Harvey, one of the most popular personalities in media, the 14th annual Celebration of Gospel is a star studded gathering of some of the best voices in Gospel, and R&B. Impossible to duplicate, this is the only awards show that literally moves your spirit.

THE BET HONORS
The Washington Post says, "the annual BET honors have just about perfected the ideal mix of glamour, inspiration, humor and sex appeal." We could not have said it better! The BET Honors shows the world "what extraordinary looks like" by saluting luminaries whose lives and revolutionary work contribute to and elevate our culture. Airing during Black History Month, the BET Honors is a shimmering night of dynamic performances and tributes that cross genres and generations. 


BREEZY'S RECAP.......

With lots of competition nipping at its heels, BET is introducing a diverse set of programming to appeal to all kinds of viewers. Personally I am most excited about the BET brand new series BEING MARY JANE starring Gabrielle Union. I mean seriously who does not love Gabrielle Union? With any luck it will be a good drama that has viewers begging for more time with Gabrielle Union on their TV screen. I am sad to say that most of the time I am a bedside baptist so having BET do a Super Soul Sunday allows me to get my church on without leaving my bed.  So Thank You BET! The rest of the new shows do not really interest me at all but I will most likely check them each out at least once. Bow Wow being a host on 106 & Park, is crazy to me since I grew up listening to his music, and watching 106 & park when I got home from school, but it is definitely a good fit and I am glad BET had the good sense to pair there two up. I know I may be the only one but I am soooooo done with The GAME, it was a great sitcom when it was on the cw, but ever since it premiered on BET, it can not hold my interest at all. With stars like; Lauren London, Brandy, and guest appearances by Angela Simmons, the show is definitely not hurting for talent, I just wish I was into the show more. What about you? What will you be watching? Let me know in the comments!