MTV Brings Music Back With ‘Unplugged’ Reboot, Mark Burnett Reality Series, More
Written by: Nellie Andreeva
MTV, which is in a search of a ratings turnaround and clear identity after a rough couple of years, is pumping up the volume of original programming. At today’s upfront, MTV is announcing greenlights for 14 new series and specials, along with a slew of projects in development.
NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS
An outrageous comedy series in which the most irreverent established and up-and-coming comedians of today have their best stand-up routines acted out. We’ll see hilarious reenactments of the best bits, bringing new life to your favorite moments from stand up history. Produced by A Smith & Co. Productions (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior”).
See the full press release here: http://deadline.com/2016/04/mtv-music-unplugged-reboot-mark-burnett-reality-competition-scooter-braun-live-1201741365/
Written by Gail Mitchell
Unfolding the true stories behind hip-hop’s iconic labels. That’s the intriguing premise of BET’s latest docu-series, Inside the Label. The eight-week series will premiere with an in-depth look at Uptown Records on May 17 (9 p.m. ET/PT).
Founder Andre Harrell will be among the industry insiders providing first-hand accounts of Uptown’s evolution, impact and legacy. Among others sharing their perspective:Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Guy’s Teddy Riley and Damion Hall. Subsequent one-hour episodes will focus on the labels Grand Hustle, Loud Records, Slip-N-Slide, Terror Squad, Ruff Ryders, Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) and Murder Inc.
Rounding out the first-person narratives in the hour-long episodes will be never-before-seen footage. Announced at last year’s upfront presentations, Inside the Label (formerly The Label) is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions and DTP co-founders Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Bridges’ manager Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon.
“The dreams and visions; the successes and failures … we want young aspiring entrepreneurs to have a blueprint as to what really goes on in this business and understand how much work it takes,” says DTP’s Dixon of the inspiration behind the series. “We [as African-Americans] also want to document our own history, especially in this industry. This is like our natural resource. No one can tell these stories like us.”
Among the power players featured in each episode of Inside the Label are:
Uptown Records: Andre Harrell, Diddy, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Babyface, Teddy Riley, Damion Hall, Brett Ratner, Laurieann Gibson, Robin Thicke, Sanaa Lathan, Doug E. Fresh, Al B. Sure, Eddie F, Kim Porter, Father MC, Jeff Redd and Monifah.
Grand Hustle: T.I., Jason Geter, Young Dro, Kevin Liles, Lil Duval, Killer Mike, DJ Toomp and B.O.B.
Loud Records: Steve Rifkind, RZA, Xzibit and E-Swift.
Slip-N-Slide Records: Ted Lucas, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Trina and DJ Khaled.
Terror Squad: Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Noreaga, Cool & Dre and Jesse Terrero.
Ruff Ryders: Joaquin Dean, Darren Dean, Chivon Dean, Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox, Irv Gotti, Drag On, DJ Clue, Kool Herc, Lyor Cohen and Jimmy Iovine.
Disturbing Tha Peace: Ludacris, Chaka Zulu, Jeff Dixon, Chingy, Bobby Valentino, Shareefa, Lil Scrappy, Bangladesh, Lil Fate, I-20 and Poon Daddy.
Murder Inc.: Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Charlie Baltimore, Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen.
Read More at: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7334159/bet-inside-the-label
By Realscreen Staff
The first round of judging has concluded for the upcoming 2016 Realscreen Awards, and realscreen is happy to announce the nominees advancing to the second, final round of judging.
The awards, which recognize the best in unscripted and non-fiction programming from around the world, will be presented during a ceremony held at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, California, on June 9, in conjunction with the upcoming Realscreen West conference, which takes place June 8-10.
In addition to the categories listed below, three individuals will also be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame: NBC’s Paul Telegdy as Television Trailblazer, ITV America’s Brent Montgomery as Producer Extraordinaire, and I Am Cait‘s Caitlyn Jenner as Personality of the Year.
Competition – Reality Game
American Ninja Warrior Produced by: A. Smith & Co. Productions Broadcaster/Network: NBC & Esquire Network Executive Producer (Production Company): Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Anthony Storm, Brian Richardson, Kristen Stabile Original Broadcast Country: USA
Big Brother Produced by: Fly on the Wall Entertainment, Endemol Shine USA Broadcaster/Network: CBS Executive Producer (Production Company): Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan, Don Wollman, Chris Roach Executive Producer (Broadcaster): Chris Castallo, Mitch Graham Original Broadcast Country: USA
Face Off Produced by: Mission Control Media Broadcaster/Network: Syfy Executive Producer (Production Company): Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian, Derek Atherton, Mary Celenza Original Broadcast Country: USA
The Amazing Race Produced by: WorldRace Productions, Inc. Broadcaster/Network: CBS Executive Producer (Production Company): Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo Original Broadcast Country: USA
For the full list of nominees go here: http://realscreen.com/2016/04/05/realscreen-awards-2016-unveils-shortlist/#ixzz44z2m2I8V
By Patrick Hipes
The Season 3 premiere of NBC’s summer medical drama The Night Shift is set for Wednesday, June 1 at 10 PM, the network said today amid NBCUniversal’s Summer Press Day event in Westlake Village. The network also revealed it will preview its competition series Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge at 10 PM Monday, June 13 after its hit American Ninja Warrior. It will preview again after ANW on June 20 before shifting to its regular 9 PM time slot on Thursday, June 23.
Night Shift focuses on an extraordinary team of doctors and nurses at San Antonio Memorial’s emergency room. The risks they take to save lives straddle the line between heroic and impulsive, but are always worthwhile. The second season of the Sony TV-produced series aired during spring 2015 and averaged a 1.8/6 in adults 18-49 and 7.0 million viewers. Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., JR Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf star.
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge is inspired by Spartan Race — creators of the world’s most demanding obstacle course races. Teams of five will compete on one the toughest courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000. A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed produce with Anthony Storm.
Read More: http://deadline.com/2016/04/the-night-shift-season-3-premiere-date-nbc-spartan-1201729964/
by Bill Keveney
The hosts and reporters of NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge know a thing or two about physical competition.
Dhani Jones, a former NFL linebacker, and Kyle Martino, who played for Major League Soccer (MLS) teams and the U.S. national team, will host the series, NBC announced Thursday. Evan Dollard, known to fans of American Gladiators and American Ninja Warrior, and MJ Acosta, a TV sports anchor and boxing announcer, will serve as course reporters.
Spartan is inspired by Spartan Race (www.spartan.com), a leading creator of obstacle races, and is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, the company behind NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Spartan Race, which oversees events in more than 25 countries, features competitions for all fitness levels, including competitive and elite heats.
In each episode, six teams of five players – a Spartan elite along with two men and two women – will take on difficult obstacle courses that feature "mud, frigid water and razor-sharp barbed wire." The overall competition will include 36 teams, which can be made up of friends, family members or co-workers, with the triumphant quintet receiving $250,000.
Jones, who played for the New York Giants. Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals, is an author and the host of Playbook 360 on Spike and Be A Champion on CNN.com. In his post-football career, he became a partner in two advertising agencies and launched a philanthropic effort, BowTie Cause.
Martino, who played for the LA Galaxy and Columbus Crew, is a studio analyst for NBC Sports' coverage of the English Premiere League and co-host of 36 Hours on Travel Channel.
Dollard, a host of TV and web competitions, won a Gladiators championship and has been a favorite on American Ninja Warrior and the Esquire Network spinoff, Team Ninja Warrior.
Acosta, a sports anchor for KNSD, the NBC station in San Diego, has announced dozens of boxing and MMA matches in English and Spanish.
Spartan is expected to premiere in the summer, but no specific date has been announced.
by Daniele Alcinii
American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co. Productions has partnered with Nashville-based Global Force Wrestling (GFW) to produce a revamped wrestling format.
Under the deal, the two companies will create a new wrestling format within the sport while providing viewers with dramatic storylines and exclusive access to their favorite athletes.
The as-yet-untitled series will unite international wrestlers from across GFW’s roster with the event production style of A. Smith & Co. programs, such as Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and NBC’s forthcoming Spartan.
Founded in 2014 by former WWF and WCW wrestler Jeff Jarrett, the professional wrestling company is attempting to expand the wrestling industry by reinventing fan interactivity, storytelling and entertainment to engage audiences across multiple platforms.
Jarrett previously served as co-founder and president of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
“Global Force Wrestling is a complete reinvention of the sport that will really resonate with viewers – we’re taking what fans are traditionally used to seeing and flipping it on its head,” said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions, in a statement.
“All sports go through transitions, and wrestling is primed for its next evolution. We’re going to be adding a number of new features and elements that are going to completely change the entertainment level of the sport,” he continued.
President Obama woos Michelle with Valentine's Day poem on Ellen show
First lady and commander-in-chief will be apart but with Ellen DeGeneres’ help the couple show love and humor
President Obama recites Valentine’s Day poem to Michelle
Barack Obama will spend Valentine’s Day apart from his wife, Michelle. On Friday’s broadcast of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, therefore, the president recited a love poem he said he had planned to deliver to the first lady in person.
“Somebody call the Situation Room because things are about to get hot,” said the president, as he stood in front of a red curtain and amid bouquets of red roses and white lilies as Barry White-style music played in the background.
“Michelle, this Valentine’s Day I’m going to treat you right. I’m going to make you some zucchini bread. Then I’ll spread out some veggies on a plate just the way you like them,” he said.
“Then I’ll give you a massage while you watch Ellen’s Design Challenge on HGTV. Because I love you so much, I Obamacare about you more than you even know.”
Turning serious, Obama said: “Michelle, I’ve made a lot of great decisions as president. The best decision I ever made was choosing you. Thanks for putting up with me. I love you.”
Obama taped the appearance on Thursday.
Obama discusses what he fights about with Michelle during the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday
Michelle Obama surprised her husband earlier in the broadcast by popping up on tape to recite her own poem. Sunday is their final Valentine’s Day as president and first lady.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, you are the president and I am your boo,” she said, joking about writing the ode while doing 100 pushups to help get her “creative juices” flowing.
In his appearance on the show, Obama also revealed that he has considered going out in disguise and talked about how hard it will be to send daughter Malia off to college in the fall.
“She’s one of my best friends. It’s going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time, but she’s ready to go,” Obama said of his 17-year-old daughter, a senior at the exclusive Sidwell Friends school in Washington.
“She’s just a really smart, capable person and she’s ready to make her own way.”
He said he declined an invitation to speak at her upcoming graduation.
“I said ‘absolutely not’, because I’m going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing,” Obama said.
Obama, who for a long time has lamented the loss of anonymity that comes with the presidency, said he has thought about leaving the White House in disguise. But his good sense prevailed and he realized it wouldn’t be a good idea. The secret service agents who protect him readily agreed.
“This friend of mine who’s a producer on Broadway, she sent me this fake mustache and I thought this is probably a bad idea,” Obama said. “I’d have to pin my ears back.”
Obama is in the middle of a weeklong visit to California. He spent Thursday raising money for Democrats and was likely to spend the weekend playing golf before welcoming south-east Asian leaders to a summit beginning on Monday at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California.
By: TV News Desk Staff
Esquire Network's new series TEAM NINJA WARRIOR premiering Tuesday, January 19 at 8pm debuted as the most watched series premiere in the network's history. The spin-off series shattered premiere records among Adults 18-49 (157K), Total Viewers (360K), and Men 18-49 (71K) in L3s. In its first week, 1.3M viewers tuned into the premiere episode across all airings. "Team Ninja Warrior" takes the hit physics-defying obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior," produced by Esquire Network and NBC, to an entirely new level. Featuring some of the greatest ninja competitors from past seasons of "American Ninja Warrior," each one-hour episode features competitors racing head to head in a newly designed, but equally punishing, course that's meant for two. New episodes of "Team Ninja Warrior" air Tuesdays at 8pm on Esquire Network.
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by Al Mellis
FRIDAYS HEAT UP WHEN SEASON 15 OF “HELL’S KITCHEN” PREMIERES JANUARY 15, ON FOX 18 Aspiring Chefs Battle for a Head Chef Position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas TV Personality Kris Jenner, Hip-Hop Superstar Lil Jon, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Electronic Dance Musician Steve Aoki and Comedian Bill Engvall Among This Season’s Celebrity Diners Host, executive producer and award-winning chef and Critics’ Choice Awards nominee Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL’S KITCHEN when Season 15 premieres Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 18 new chefs from across the country will be tested and challenged as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they have what it takes to win the HELL’S KITCHEN title and a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas.
Throughout the season, the contestants will face challenging tasks, including a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for HELL’S KITCHEN sous chef Andi and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge. Celebrity diners at HELL’S KITCHEN this season include: TV personality Kris Jenner (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” franchise), rapper Lil Jon, musician/producer Steve Aoki, rapper/actor The Game, musician Flo Rida, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedian Bill Engvall, Cesar Millan (“Cesar 911”), dancers from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and “Dancing with the Stars,” comedian Terry Fator, burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese, actor Omar Miller (“Ballers”), actor Sean Carrigan (“The Young and the Restless”) and Olympian swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry. In the Season 15 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN, Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes the newest bunch of contestants into the kitchen. The steaks are high when the contestants travel to Las Vegas and see the kitchen where this season’s winner will work as a Head Chef: BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas. And, for the first time in HELL’S KITCHEN history, they will compete in that kitchen for the signature dish team challenge. The winning team will earn a ride on the High Roller – the world’s tallest Ferris wheel – and VIP service at Drai’s Nightclub while the losing team prepares a Vegas buffet service, which includes peeling 50 lbs. of shrimp and 1,000 lbs. of potatoes. Later during their first dinner service, one of the teams will fail early on in the service, prompting Chef Ramsay to kick them out of the kitchen. Below are the 18 chefs competing on this season of HELL’S KITCHEN: The Red Team (Women) includes: KRISTIN BARONE Age: 27 Hometown: Chicago, IL Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Grilled Pork Loin with Apricot Mango Puree and Fried Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Aioli SHERKENNA BUGGS Age: 30 Hometown: Grand Junction, TN Occupation: Personal Chef Signature Dish: Crab-Stuffed Blackened Salmon, Mushroom Couscous MEESE DAVIS Age: 25 Hometown: Upper Darby, PA Occupation: College Chef Signature Dish: Pork Loin Chop with Roasted Sweet Potato and Grilled Asparagus JACKIE FUCHS Age: 32 Hometown: Jersey City, NJ Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Roasted Corn and Lemon Salsa with Bok Choy and Brown Butter DANNIE HARRISON Age: 30 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Scallops And Vermicelli With Thai Curry Sauce ARIEL MALONE Age: 26 Hometown: Hackensack, NJ Occupation: Country Club Chef Signature Dish: Shashkouka ASHLEY NICKELL Age: 27 Hometown: Orlando, FL Occupation: Chef de Cuisine Signature Dish: Ostrich Filet with Blueberry Sauce MANDA PALOMINO Age: 30 Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Fried Scallops with Rustic Corn Salad VANESSA SOLTERO Age: 33 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: Airport Chef Signature Dish: Eggplant Involtini Rolls with Sausage Ricotta Stuffing and Marinara Sauce The Blue Team (Men) includes: JARED BOBKIN Age: 28 Hometown: Oak Park, MI Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Halibut FRANK CALA Age: 25 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Occupation: Marine Chef Signature Dish: Penne alla Vodka with Grilled Chicken CHAD GELSO Age: 25 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Confit Cabbage, Celeriac Fondant, Poached pear EDDIE JASKOWIAK Age: 27 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Hunters Edge, Bambi Tenderloin HASSAN MUSSELMANI Age: 24 Hometown: Detroit, MI Occupation: Catering Executive Chef Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Roasted Sweet Corn Coulis, Poblano Coulis, Parmesan Risotto and Crispy Capicola MARK PARAS Age: 27 Hometown: Anaheim, CA Occupation: Line Cook Signature Dish: Black Mussels with Chorizo in a Fennel and Tomato Broth ALAN PARKER Age: 42 Hometown: Lancaster, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Maple-Glazed Arctic Char JOE RICCI Age: 31 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Sous Chef Signature Dish: Veal Braciole with Creamy Polenta and Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Balsamic Red Wine Reduction KEVIN RIDLON Age: 29 Hometown: Warwick, RI Occupation: Culinary Manager Signature Dish: Chicken Caesar Piadina HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers. “Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at facebook.com/hellskitchen. Follow the series on Twitter at @hellskitchenfox, and follow Ramsay at @GordonRamsay. About ITV Entertainment: ITV Entertainment is one of the largest entertainment producers in the U.S. market and a leading force in acquiring, developing and producing non-scripted programming. Its extensive slate of series for a wide range of networks and syndicators includes: HELL’S KITCHEN (FOX), “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” (NBC), “The First 48, After The First 48” (A&E), “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” (E!), “Cesar 911” (Nat Geo WILD), “The Chase” (GSN), “Secret Space Escapes” (Science), and “The Bill Cunningham Show” (syndicated). ITV Entertainment is the flagship production arm of ITV America - the largest independent non-scripted producer in the U.S. - which is a part of ITV Studios. ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers also include the U.K., Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia. Through its distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the company is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. About A. Smith & Co. Productions: A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming - with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include HELL’S KITCHEN, “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan Race,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Team Ninja Warrior,” “Container Homes,” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include "Kitchen Nightmares," "Wizard Wars," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "UFC Countdown," "Joe Rogan Questions Everything," "Paradise Hotel," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "The Swan," "Trading Spaces," "Pros vs. Joes," "Skating with Celebrities," and many others.
by Kate Stanhope
NBC is ready for battle.
The network will air the third annual international competition American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The three-hour special will see teams of five from the U.S., Europe and Japan compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course of American Ninja Warrior.
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila will host, and Kristine Leahy will co-host.
Team USA will include series champion and $1 million winner Isaac Caldiero, as well as his season-seven runner-up Geoff Britten. Series alums Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel, Ian Dory and Joe Moravsky will also help Team USA try to reclaim the top prize after losing to Team Europe last year.
Team Europe will include three returning competitors — France’s Sean McColl, Italy’s Stefano Ghisolfi and England’s Tim Shieff, a top performer in the U.K. version of Ninja Warrior. They will be joined by Tim Champion of England and Alexander Mars, the winner of the Swedish version of the show.
Coming off a poor showing last year, Team Japan will consist of returning veterans Ryo Matachi and Yusuke Morimoto and new members Kenji Takahashi, Masashi Hioki and Tomohiro Kawaguchi. All five are veterans of Sasuke, the Japanese version of Ninja Warrior.
American Ninja Warrior is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell’s Kitchen), along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm. The series is co-produced by Esquire Network and NBC.
American Ninja Warrior has proven a reliable summer performer for NBC, which has already renewed the competition series. In addition, Esquire Network ordered the spinoff Team Ninja Warrior to series in May.