Conan O’Brien decided to use some inspiration from Mad Max: Fury Road during his road trip to San Diego’s Comic-Con, where he’ll be recording a week’s worth of shows. No one does cosplay like CoCo. Discuss
This summer, megapastor T.D. Jakes is launching a trial run of a new talk show. The show, a “headline-driven” topical series, will touch on a broad range of subjects, not only religion spirituality. “This show provides a great platform to expand conversations, to be encouraging, positive, uplifting and help people work through tight places in their lives,” Jakes said in a statement. Distributor Debmar-Mercury will release a four-week trial run from Aug. 17 to Sept. 11 on four stations in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Dallas. Gail Steinberg (who worked on The Ricki Lake Show) and Jack Mori (who worked on The Oprah Winfrey Show), will run the show. Discuss
Simpsons fans rejoice. Harry Shearer, the voice of Springfield residents including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Otto and others is returning for at least two more season of the show.
Back in May, Shearer announced that he was leaving the animated sitcom after nearly 25 years. Thanks to some recent negotiations, Shearer—and all of his beloved characters—will return after all. According to EW, the full cast is back on board after producers agreed to a deal worth at least $300,000 an episode. Discuss
A.D.: The Bible Continues may have been cancelled by NBC, but the series could live on. Recently, executives at NBC opted not to bring the event series back for a second season after its initially strong ratings slowed down. But, according to Variety, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett—the husband and wife team who produce the show—still may have plans for the A.D. franchise. The duo have reportedly envisioned an online network that would be built around faith-based programming, like The Bible miniseries and A.D. If that’s the case, more episodes could be coming. As of now, the channel is gearing up for a late-2016 or early-2017 launch. Discuss
Can Shark Week really restore its good name after jumping the shark? Even though they’ve lied to you repeatedly by airing real-looking documentaries about long-extinct sharks, made you believe you’d witness a man being eaten by python, and attempted to get real scientists to be intentionally bit by a shark, Discovery Channel wants you to watch Shark Week this year. This year, they promise, they are not going to blatantly deceive you. This year, Shark Week will be all about actual sharks. They promise.
2015's Shark Week, which is being overseen for the first time by new Discovery president Rich Ross, is reportedly going to be a return to show elements like “facts,” “science” and “sharks that actually exist.” Ross told reporters, "[We're done with] that kind of 'what if' scenario that previous shows sort of played around with from a storytelling perspective, [so] we're just looking forward now, and focusing on science and research." In an interview with Mashable, the network’s VP of “documentaries” and specials, Howard Swartz, said, “I think for those who've maybe wandered away, I say come back and put your toe back in the water." Get it? If you tune in this week, just pretend that whole Megalodon thing never happened. Discuss