News Briefs: CBS Has Renewed Big Brother, In Case Anyone Cares

EASY BUSINESS DECISIONS NEWS

... CBS has renewed Big Brother for a fifteenth season because hey, the house is already there and it's like totally impossible to sell in this market so why not use it to film a TV show that costs nothing to make but brings in money during the difficult summer months? [CBS via press release]

... Comedy Central figured it was probably a good idea to renew its number-one show, so Tosh.0 has received an order for 30 more episodes. In a similarly challenging business decision, the CEO of Comedy Central decided not to let a crate of poisonous snakes loose in the network's offices. [Comedy Central via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Tony Friggin' Soprano is coming back to HBO! The network has ordered the pilot Criminal Justice, starring James Gandolfini and based on the 2008 BBC series of the same title. The original followed a person charged with murder, changing the characters and case from season to season. The proposed first season of the HBO series would center on the first season of the BBC version, in which a man wakes up next to a party girl who's been stabbed to death. I hate it when that happens, pretty much takes up the rest of the day! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Netflix has picked up Derek, a new comedy project from Ricky Gervais. The series stars Gervais as a guy who works in a nursing home. Yes, Karl Pilkington will also appear, to make the senile old folks feel a little better about their mental faculties. Look for it next year. [NY Times]

... Bravo's Top Chef has a premiere date. The tenth season, taking place in Seattle, will debut November 7. But the bigger news is this: Toppest chef Wolfgang Puck is joining the series as a judge. [E! Online]

... If there is a pilot out there, NBC will pick it up. The network's latest acquisition is At Ease, a mockumentary-style comedy set at a military base in a desert country. At first this sounded stupid and then all of a sudden it sounded good. Happy Endings writers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener are behind the wheel, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has purchased a Chelsea Handler-produced comedy called My Inappropriate Life, from Handler's buddy Heather McDonald, a frequent performer on Chelsea Lately. McDonald would star in the single-camera comedy, based on her life with her stay-at-home husband (i.e. a man who is doing it right!), two boys, and stepdaughter. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Starz's Magic City is beefing up its cast for Season 2. James Caan (Las Vegas) and Esai Morales (Caprica) are joining the cast, playing a Chicago mob boss and a Cuban freedom fighter, respectively. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Winning a gold medal is okay, but making a guest appearance on The Vampire Diaries? That's the moment of a lifetime! Gabby Douglas, a huge TVD fan first and Olympic gold-medalist second, will pop up on the show sometime next season. [Zap2It]

... Homeland is bringing in Amadeus Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham for a recurring role. He'll play a CIA spy named Dar Adul. [EW]

... ABC's midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour is adding Amy Irving and Ken Leung (Lost) to the mix of its weird Nazi zombie action. Seriously, this show is so ridiculous it has a chance to be awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... After dismissing the ladies of The View as a gaggle of "sharp-tongued" hens and vowing he'd NEVER go on the show again, Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney (haha, Republicans) has agreed to visit the show's couch for a second time. Look for him to appear in October and then look for him to be crying a few hours later. [Deadline Hollywood]


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oh please. big brother is legit! we all love it! admit it!
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Big Brother is still awesome, I don't care what anyone says. Glad it will be back to help keep my summer TV schedule bearable.
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For some reason, a few of my friends are still into Big Brother. I have given up trying to care for or against it now that it's a network staple and so much more garbage has come out since.



A Jerry Bruckheimer comedy? Will it be exploding... with laughter?
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Big Brother is a guilty pleasure. I cannot lie.



Yay for Gabby Douglas! Based on TVD history she either be a witch or end up dead by the end of the episode. Maybe.



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She'll be a witch. Who is dead by the end of the episode.



That's my guess anyway.
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Sounds about right.
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This past season of Big Brother was one of the best. Not only is it summer filler for Survivor, but it's someplace CBS can stick all it's old standard definition cameras.

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Isn't Criminal Justice just copying what Murder One did 15 years ago?
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My exact thoughts.
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Derek sounds awesome.



Top Chef can always be on and throw me a Top Chef Just Desserts.



Yay Gabby Douglas!



Yay HBO.
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Ricky Gervais already did a one hour special of Derek and it wasn't really funny, so I wouldn't expect too much
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But Karl Pilkington!
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Maybe Tim would like Big Brother if there were karaoke involved. this guy.
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Sure, if it was Erinn Hayes singing the karaoke in a bikini - otherwise it's a pass from me too.
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Yea, it just shows how not smart Mitt is if he's going on a show where the only person on his side is Elizabeth Hasselbeck!
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I think it shows bravery. Obama talks to no press if it isn't fawning at his feet.
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Mitt's not conservative enough for Elisabeth, so he really doesn't have ANYONE to talk to.
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If you ever wondered what keeps Big Brother on the air, blame Europe -- it gets a much larger audience over there. If you want it cancelled you'll just have to hope for the collapse of the Euro.
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What?! Do you think we watch American Big Brother? All the large European countries have their own Big Brother and therefore American renewal has nothing to do with Europe.



Don't get me wrong its terrible and should be done with by now, in fact most people in U.K. are over it but as its so cheap to make then it keeps on going.
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No I blame Julie Chen for privately asking her husband to keep the show on the air.
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Ha. I have wondered actually, but I pretty much hate CBS so... it doesn't really matter.
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Yes, please let Whoopi and Joy Behar verbally rape Mitt Romney!!!! So excited.
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Oh, please. Whoopi and Joy have the combined intelligence of a fruit fly. Romney will wipe the floor with them. Remember when these hens cackled off the stage when Bill O'Reilly appeared? NObama 2012
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Why would you give Chelsea Handler another shot at a sitcom. With Heather Mcdonald, who is about as unfunny as they come. And for Fox no less. Have they learned nothing from NBC? After watching the pilot for the Mindy Project, the answer is clearly no.
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Someone who agree with me about the Mindy Project.
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It was pretty bad
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Why do networks keep buying shows that have been written by "comedians" about their lives? Has there ever been a good one?
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Seinfeld comes to mind.
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I have yet to get to it but does Louie count? Again I don't know exactly the story of it.



You could argue a case for Curb Your Enthusiasm, or are we talking more realistic to life.
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Big Brother ran its course a long time ago. Now it just needs to go off and die somewhere.
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