After 1-Day Strike, IATSE Wins Contract With NBC’s ‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’
After a one-day strike in Atlanta, the producers of NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have come to terms with IATSE for a contract covering some 200 of the show's crew members.
The non-union reality show had been shooting its second season in Atlanta earlier this month when several IATSE members working on the production contacted their union reps, who quickly organized a walkout. "A picket line went up before dawn, and a crew of more than 200 people did not report… Read
‘The Bachelor’s Chris Soules Arrested For Leaving Scene Of Fatal Crash
Chris Soules, who starred on ABC’s The Bachelor in 2015, has been jailed for leaving the scene of a fatal accident in Iowa’s Buchanan County after authorities say the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor and sent it into a ditch Monday night. The other driver was died at a local hospital, and court documents say alcoholic beverages or containers were at the scene of crash, local station KWWL-TV reports.
The Iowa State Patrol said Soules fled on foot after the… Read
Political Pundits Discover They’re Actors In Donald Trump’s ‘Presidential Apprentice’ As 100 Days Nears
TV news political pundits finally are starting to figure out they are characters in The Presidential Apprentice and that Donald Trump was once, and is still, a reality TV star.
Discussing the 100-Day milestone that Trump’s administration will hit next Saturday, political sages mulled his wild race to get health care and tax reform accomplished before the day arrives, all the while scoffing at the 100-day deadline.
On Friday, Trump tweeted that the media will “kill” him no… Read
FYI Sets Sur La Table Culinary Series ‘Scraps’ Produced By Katie Couric
FYI and Sur La Table are teaming up to produce Scraps, a new culinary series where Sur La Table Chef Joel Gamoran will travel across the U.S. creating meals in unexpected places, using the most out-of-the-box ingredients: food waste and scraps.
Set to premiere Sunday, May 21, the series is produced by Katie Couric via her Katie Couric Media and RAIN for FYI. The show's collaborative digital format was developed by production partner RAIN, a NY-based digital consultancy… Read
‘Survivor’ Outer Jeff Varner Voted Off His North Carolina Real Estate Job
Jeff Varner, the Survivor contestant who got booted by his tribemates after outing competitor Zeke Smith as a transgender man, has been kicked out again: Varner says he was fired from his real estate job this week.
In an interview with his local newspaper, Greensboro N.C.’s News & Record, Varner says he lost his job as an agent at the North Carolina realty firm Allen Tate Thursday. Varner says he was informed by the company that he was “in the middle of a news story that… Read
‘Survivor’: CBS Supports Producers’ Handling Of Transgender Outing Episode – Update
UPDATED, 2 PM: CBS released a statement Thursday expressing support for the way producers handled Wednesday night’s episode, in which a contestant told his tribemates that a fellow contestant is a transgender man, outing his castmate against his will. You can read the statement below in full:
“After the tribal council scene in last night's Survivor was filmed, we consulted with Zeke Smith and with GLAAD in advance of the broadcast, including the issue of how Zeke would… Read
MTV Reviving ‘Fear Factor’ With Ludacris As Host And EP
Fear Factor is coming back. MTV is reviving the franchise with a new installment and Ludacris attached as host. The Viacom network has ordered 12 hourlong episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America for premiere on Tuesday, May 30 at 10 PM. Ludacris also will executive produce the series as part of his overall deal with MTV.
The new installment will feature new stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies and viral videos from today's cultural… Read
Kylie Jenner Spinoff Series Gets Green Light At E!
E! has ordered eight half-hour episodes of Life of Kylie, the latest spinoff series from the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, for premiere later this summer.
The show will follow Jenner as she navigates her life as entrepreneur, fashion designer, author, social media star and CEO/Founder of Kylie Cosmetics. The show also will document her personal life, including spending time with her close friend Jordyn Woods.
Jenner was named one of the most influential teens… Read
Pop Artist Ashley Longshore To Topline Unscripted Project From Evolution Media & Regan Arts
Evolution Media (Real Housewives franchise, Botched) is partnering with Judith Regan’s Regan Arts on an unscripted project featuring pop artist Ashley Longshore. The companies are shopping the potential series to cable networks and other platforms.
Longshore is known for her Warhol-esque pop-art, “where bedazzled flowers sit next to diamonds and Valium boxes, Jesus holds a black Amex and Wonder Woman dresses in Chanel.”
The project follows Longshore’s recent bestseller You… Read
Donald Trump Blasted ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Because Schwarzenegger Did Not Vote For Him, Star Says
UPDATED with video: President Donald Trump, a decades-long friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, savaged him as host of Celebrity Apprentice because he was ticked Arnold wouldn’t vote for him. This according to Schwarzenegger, talking to CNN’s The Messy Truth host Van Jones.
“And I told others not to vote for him,” Schwarzenegger added.
Trump missed few opportunities to whack Schwarzenegger's performance on the show, even though Trump had a financial interest in the show’s… Read
Omarosa Shows Off Wedding Gown She Was Given To Appear In ‘Say Yes To The Dress’
Saturday’s episode of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress features Omarosa Manigault, former villainess of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice franchise and now Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison at the Trump White House. Brides featured on Say Yes to the Dress come for the experience and memories, and, of course, to get the gown of their dreams at Kleinfeld, for which they pay. In “rare cases” there are “exceptions,” an informed source… Read
Pie Face Game Show In Works From 44 Blue & UK’s CPL Productions
Unscripted production company 44 Blue has acquired the U.S. television rights to the popular game Pie Face to develop as an hourlong game show, with UK-based CPL Productions.
Created by Rocket Games, Pie Face is one of the fastest-selling games of all time.
“With well over 10 million sold worldwide, Pie Face took the Internet by storm and quickly became a household name," said Stephanie Drachkovitch, president and co-founder of 44 Blue Productions. "This project will take… Read