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Channel Surfing – September 10, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

Edward Norton is reportedly such a fan of the new ABC comedy Modern Family that he’s agreed to make a guest appearance on the show, which premieres Sept. 23. It is far and away one of the best new series of the fall season, thanks in no small part to my fellow Ohio University alum, Married … with Children dad Ed O’Neill.

– The number of total viewers for Tuesday night’s Sons of Anarchy season two premiere was up a whopping 94 percent over the average for season one, so if you’re not watching this fantastic show yet, what are you waiting for?

Susan Boyle will travel to the U.S. to perform on the live America’s Got Talent season finale on Sept. 16.

– VH1 has given the green light to another season of The T.O. Show with Terrell Owens, while CBS has okayed Big Brother‘s 12th season for summer 2010.

– British actor Max Ryan (Death Race) will play the love interest for randy Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) in the Sex and the City movie sequel.

– More TV-to-movie remake news: The A-Team movie may have its Howlin’ Mad Murdock.

– And still more: Johnny Depp as Tonto to Matthew McConaughey‘s Lone Ranger in a big-screen Lone Ranger movie?!?!

– Producers Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Bryan Singer (House) are creating a new NBC comedy – SelleVision – about the behind-the-scenes action at a home shopping network. The series is based on Augusten Burroughsnovel of the same name.

Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton will guest star on the second season of Starz’ Crash, which kicks off its second season on Sept. 18.

– And tonight in primetime:

The Vampire Diaries series premiere hits The CW at 8PM ET
– The final Head of Household competition unfolds on Big Brother 11 (8PM, CBS)
Supernatural kicks off its fifth season on The CW (9PM)
– New ep of Police Women of Broward County on TLC (9PM)
– Naomi runs for student government on Skins (9PM, BBCA)
– VH1 brings back Behind the Music with a new installment on Lil Wayne (10PM)
– New Project Runway ep on Lifetime (10PM)
Kim and NeNe record a song with Kandi on The Real Housewives of Atlanta (10PM, Bravo)
– And the Charm City crew makes a Doctor Who cake on Ace of Cakes (10PM, Food Network)

Channel Surfing – August 26, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The CW wants viewers for its new teen vampire series The Vampire Diaries … and it wants their blood, too. The network is partnering with the American Red Cross for a series of blood drives at high schools and colleges across the country, where those who donate can watch clips from the show, get show swag and, in some places, meet Vampire Diaries cast members. The show, adapted from a series of novels by L.J. Smith and produced and written by Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson, debuts on Sept. 10.

– Another interesting promo effort: The House “Snakes on a cane” campaign that fans have been guessing about all summer. Turns out that House star Hugh Laurie was behind the idea, and even sketched the original logo for the campaign.

– Explain this logic: Michael Jackson‘s death has suddenly made his wackadoo sister LaToya a sane choice to be a guest host on The View and now a Barbara Walters interview subject? Worse: The Walters/LaToya chat will air on ABC’s 20/20 on 9/ 11, a date when there are certainly more relevant topics for discussion …

– Speaking of the Jacksons people really only care about in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death, A&E will debut its reality series starring the family, Jackson Family Dynasty, later this year.

– The next TV show being adapted as a big-screen movie: Soul Train (?!).

Tony Danza has begun his orientation to become a high school English teacher in Philadelphia, which will be the basis of his new reality show for A&E.

The Real Housewives will be a syndicated series for fall 2010.

Neil Patrick Harris as an American Idol judge? Why not? Everybody loves NPH, and besides, after Quentin Tarantino, anything makes sense.

– Chuck Bass is reportedly going to be involved in a same-sex lip-lock this season on Gossip Girl. It appears to be a one-time scenario though, unlike in the Gossip books, where Chuck was bisexual.

– And another same-sex TV romance, Guiding Light‘s Olivia (Crystal Chappell) and Natalia (Jessica Leccia) will live on online – sorta – even after the daytime soap’s Sept. 18 series finale. Chappell, who’s reprising a role on Days of Our Lives after Light ends, and Leccia, will co-star in a new Web series called Venice, and will play two new characters engaged in a romance.

– If Animal from The Muppets was a judge on America’s Got Talent, I think it would look something like this.

– And tonight in primetime:

– It’s the continuing story of Wipeout and the big red balls on ABC at 8PM ET
– Get a look at the Lego factory in Travel Channel’s Extreme Mega Factories (8PM)
– What’s car bowling? Find out on the new series Crash Course (9PM, ABC)
– Wil Wheaton guest stars on Leverage (9PM, TNT) as Nate and the gang try to snag valuable art back from a band of thieves
– The top 20 is set after tonight’s America’s Got Talent (9PM, NBC)
Bear goes to Vietnam where he eats a scorpion and tussles with a snake on Man vs. Wild (9PM, Discovery)
– The Biography channel has a new Biography episode on Metallica (9PM)
Real World: Cancun tonight (10PM, MTV) = a threesome. And not with the three you might be thinking …
Adam‘s in San Francisco and plans to finish the two-gallon Kitchen Sink Sundae at the San Francisco Creamery Co. on Man vs. Food (10PM, Travel Channel)
Michael Biehn guest stars on a new Dark Blue (10PM, TNT) in which the crew goes after a crooked cop
– It’s men vs. women on Top Chef: Las Vegas (10PM, Bravo)
Criss tries to levitate an entire Las Vegas audience on Criss Angel: Mindfreak (10PM, A&E)
– On Dinner: Impossible (10PM, Food Network), Robert has to turn amusement park food into fancy fare at Six Flags
– More kiddie beauty pageant creepiness on Toddlers & Tiaras (10PM, TLC)
Michael & Michael Have Issues (10:30PM, Comedy Central) with appearing on a rival’s comedy show in their first season finale

Channel Surfing – July 14

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– FX is launching a new animated comedy that will spoof James Bond and other pop culture spies. Archer will premiere this fall, possibly with the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Kevin Bacon will direct an upcoming episode of wife Kyra Sedgwick‘s The Closer, which will also feature a guest appearance by the couple’s teen daughter, Sosie, who will play the niece of Sedgwick’s Brenda.

Wings star Steven Weber may be headed back to the tube, in the Twins Peaks-ish midseason drama Happy Town.

– 1960s TV western Big Valley, which helped launch the careers of Lee Majors and Linda Evans, is the latest series headed to the big screen.

Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock talks about how he became involved with The Simpsons to help celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary.

– Speaking of anniversaries, Sesame Street has been on the air for 40 years, and that’s a lot of Muppets. How many can you name? Can you name 101?

– Is the current line-up of reality series featuring plus-size Americans really dispelling myths, or are those shows perpetuating them?  

– Showtime has great series like Nurse Jackie and Weeds, but their latest, the upcoming Shannon Elizabeth-hosted comedy/”Neo-burlesque” series Live Nude Comedy could not sound more boring.

– A former Baretta producer is suing ABC, claiming he actually created the series that became Lost, way back in 1977.

– And tonight in primetime:

– It’s the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, live from St. Louis (8PM ET, Fox)
– Bianca tries to ingratiate herself to Chastity with a carnation sale on 10 Things I Hate About You (8PM, ABC Family)
– The first Power of Veto competition unfolds on Big Brother 11 (9PM, CBS)
– ABC has another delightful new episode of Better Off Ted (9PM)
– PC acts like a creep. Again. On NYC Prep (9PM, Bravo)
– A tired crew leads to mistakes on Deadliest Catch (9PM, Discovery)
– New Hawthorne on TNT (9PM)
– Bravo has collected the most unlikable people in all of Miami and put them together in a new reality series called Miami Social (10PM)
Mayim “Blossom” Bialik guest stars on Saving Grace (10PM, TNT)
– William helps a whole family of addicts on The Cleaner (10PM, A&E)
– Sean gets out of the hospital with a new lease on life on Rescue Me (10PM, FX)
Oxygen’s 25iest counts down the 25, uh, coolest (?) “Celeb-U-Tots” (11PM)

Channel Surfing – July 13

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Despite the fact that he accused them of cheating and of promising to pay the taxes on his $1 million winnings (the taxes that he didn’t pay, which led to a lengthy jail sentence), Survivor producers have invited first season winner Richard Hatch to participate in the special 10th anniversary Survivor season that begins filming in Samoa next month.

– TLC may forge ahead with a reality series that follows the non-Michael members of the Jackson family.

– It’s all about SpongeBob SquarePants this week, as the Sunday New York Times and Advertising Age chronicle how the show became an $8 billion pop culture phenomenon. Nickelodeon marks the show’s 10th anniversary with a 50-episode marathon that kicks off on Friday and includes 10 new episodes.

– Guest star alert: Eric McCormack will follow his role on Law & Order: SVU with a recurring gig on The New Adventures of Old Christine (where he’ll play a therapist and love interest for Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ Christine), while Matt Damon and Kobe Bryant will guest star on the season finale of Entourage.

– Another reality TV star is headed for the political arena, as The Apprentice winner Randall Pinkett may run for New Jersey Lt. Gov. alongside current N.J. governor Jon Corzine.

– Another boob tube-to-big-screen movie on the way: A live-action version of Hong Kong Phooey, the awesome 1974-76 ‘toon about police station janitor pooch Penry, who hops into a file cabinet to change into his secret identity, crimefighter Hong Kong Phooey.

Al Pacino, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon will co-star in HBO’s biopic of “suicide doc” Jack Kevorkian.

The Wendy Williams Show premieres today.

24 alum Jeffrey Nordling will play Drea De Matteo‘s hubby on the new season of Desperate Housewives.

– NBC will delay the premiere of its series adaptation of the 1989 hit movie Parenthood while series star Maura Tierney deals with an undisclosed illness. UPDATE: Tierney has released a statement, confirming that she will undergo surgery to have a breast tumor removed.

– It’s official: Ryan Seacrest just tripled his salary.

– The networks are really not having a great summer. USA Today reports that the three weeks ending July 5 were the lowest-rated in history for the major broadcast networks.

– HBO’s got Big Love, and Showtime is developing its own religion-themed series. The show, created by Dirty Sexy Money creator (and former minister) Craig Wright, will revolve around an “unconventional” minister who moves to Texas with his kids after his wife dies.

– And tonight in primetime:
The Great American Road Trip (8PM ET, NBC) hits the Gateway Arch and Branson in Missouri
– It’s down to three on The Bachelorette (8PM, ABC)
– ABC Family has a new ep of The Secret Life of the American Teenager (8PM)
– Pope joins Brenda’s team on The Closer (9PM, TNT)
– It’s all about chocolate with a trip to Ghirardelli Square on Unwrapped (9PM, Food Network)
Teddy in His Own Words (9PM, HBO) finds Sen. Ted Kennedy narrating a documentary about himself
– Anthony’s sampling the cuisine in Chile on a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (10PM, Travel Channel)
– There’s a weight-loss contest at Carlos Bakery on Cake Boss (10PM, TLC)
–  Jerry defends a guy who ran over an attorney on Raising the Bar (10PM, TNT)
Rosie O’Donnell and Gloria Estefan hang with Kathy Griffin on My Life on the D-List (10PM, Bravo)
– Nancy gets an interesting offer from her babydaddy on Weeds (10PM, Showtime)
– Jackie gets an interesting request from a former co-worker on Nurse Jackie (10:30PM, Showtime)

UPDATE: ‘MacGruber’ (and ‘MacGyver’): Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

UPDATE 7/8: From Variety.com this morning, the MacGruber will flick will begin filming in August. Other new details: Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer are in talks to join the cast; MacGruber star Will Forte will be returning to Saturday Night Live in the fall; and Jorma Taccone, an SNL writer who also starred as Chaka in this summer’s Land of the Lost movie, will direct MacGruber.

Meanwhile, THR.com has plot details for the movie, which will revolve around MacGruber, now living as a monk, being called out of retirement to help fight Cunth (Kilmer), the big baddie who’s not only threatening the United States with a nuclear warhead, but who also killed MacGruber’s bride. Phillippe would play Piper, an Army officer who (reluctantly) pairs up with MacGruber.

From 6/2: Happy happy joy joy! Straight from the MacGruber’s mouth comes word of a big-screen movie version of our favorite MacGyver-spoofin’ bomb diffuser.

MacGruber himself, a.k.a. Saturday Night Live star Will Forte, confirmed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night that he has just finished co-writing a script that will find he and SNL co-star Kristen Wiig taking MacGruber and his pal Vicki into a full-length movie. Forte didn’t give many details, but he said fans may be surprised by some aspects of the movie.

Bring it on, I say, especially if it includes an appearance by the real MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson (a fellow Ohio University alum – go Bobcats!), who, it was revealed, is MacGruber’s dad. Like father’s mullet, like son’s mullet.

Oh, and after you check out the clip of Forte on Late Night, take a visit to Hulu, where you’ll find the complete collection of MacGruber skit videos (including MacGruber’s foray into product placement with “Pepsuber”), all in one handy spot.

And PS: Yes, there is a big-screen MacGyver movie in development, too. Any thoughts about who should play the new-school Angus MacGyver? I nominate Chuck star Zachary Levi. Though he’d be a perfect Fletch, he’d be equally as good as MacGyver, doncha think?

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