News Briefs: CBS Orders a Pilot Based on an iPhone Game

BUSINESS TIME

... The Pictionary-esque mobile game Draw Something is being turned into a TV show for CBS? Ryan Seacrest must be behind this! (And his production company is, along with Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row.) The concept for the game show involves both celebrities and normal folks testing their digital sketching skills in front of a live studio audience, Win, Lose, or Draw-style. [THR]

... Have you heard about the legal battle between ABC's The Glass House and CBS's Big Brother? No? How's that rock treating you? Well, it's finally over... for now: CBS's request for a temporary restraining order that would kick ABC's The Glass House off the air has been denied by a federal judge. The show will premiere on Monday, June 18, as planned. In the meantime, I'm working on a pilot pitch for a show called The Plexiglass Retreat. Stay tuned. [The Hollywood Reporter]

... Remember when we told you about NBC's plans to air an hour-long Justin Bieber concert special called Justin Bieber: All Around the World? Well, now it'll run for TWO hours, and it will air over two nights—on June 20 and 21, respectively. The special will combine Bieber's on-stage performances with behind-the-scenes footage. Hooray, more Bieber for all. [NBC via press release]

... Showtime is opening up its doors to non-subscribers starting today and continuing all weekend: NYC and LA residents with Time Warner Cable and anyone with DirecTV will have full access to the channel through Sunday. The network is hoping that Television Academy voters will take advantage of the opportunity to check out Showtime's original series and consider throwing a few Emmy nomination votes their way. (Try anything, right?) The network will stream full-season marathons of Dexter, Homeland, Shameless, House of Lies, Weeds, and Californication, among others. Time to set those DVRs! [Showtime via press release]

... Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show will continue to entertain daytime television viewers with screaming matches and paternity tests through 2016. The three syndicated shows are amongst the highest-rated daytime series, so this extension comes as no surprise... however it is is a bit jarring to realize that Mr. Springer has been on the air for over 20 years now. [NBC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... I personally prefer Newsies the movie, starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly. But rumor has it that Tony-nominee Jeremy Jordan, who plays Jack in the Broadway musical based on the film, is just as dreamy. Perhaps that's why Smash producers have invited him to join the show's cast as a singer from Brooklyn next season. So he'll get to keep that NYC accent? SWOON. [Entertainment Weekly]

... Mike Richards (of Beauty and the Geek) has been booked to host the pilot of GSN's newest "original" game show, The Pyramid. The series will feature celebrities, the Pyramid game board, and the Winner’s Circle but in "a lively new version." [GSN via press release]

... Just in time for Father's Day weekend: True Blood's Alcide has a dad! Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The Unit) has signed on to play Alcide's father, Jackson, and will make his first appearance in this season's ninth episode. [Zap2It]

... MTV's Skins star Britney Oldford will join the cast of American Horror Story for Season 2. Her new character's name is Alma, and though little has been disclosed about her, rumor has it she's a mental patient at Jessica Lange's insane asylum. [TV Line]

... Funnyman John Cho has been cast as a series regular on NBC's new sitcom Go On, which will premiere this "fall". The series stars Matthew Perry as a sports talk radio host, and Cho will play the radio station's manager. No word on whether he'll be a high-strung manager or a cool-cat buddy boss, but either way I'm sure he'll be fun to watch because he generally is. [TV Line]


WACKY TV NEWS!

... South Park's "Muscle Man Marc" doll (as seen in Season 15's "1%") is now a real doll! And it's being sold by Marc Jacobs, no less! It costs a hefty $125, but if Cartman was able to afford it, why shouldn't you? [Comedy Central via press release]


LINDSAY LOHAN NEWS:

... Lindsay Lohan was allegedly found unconscious and unresponsive in her hotel room this morning—the one she's staying in while playing Liz Taylor in a Lifetime movie called Liz & Dick. Rumors have surfaced suggesting that her work on-set has been particularly draining, so... maybe she was just sleepy? [Vulture]

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That rock is treating me very, very well, thank you. Haven't touched a TV in 4 years. Download everything I want... no ads, no crappy shows.
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I might just watch The Glass House. I'll at least check out the pilot. But it's not Big Brother. And does anyone else remember that BB clone where they stuck a bunch of people in a basement? That lasted only one season. So it's not that easy to copy BB, probably because the Internet is a big component of BB. But it will be interesting to see of the June start of The Glass House has an impact on the BB ratings.



And I actually wanted to get something done this summer.

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I know CBS is a terrible network with some of the worst garbage on TV, but seriously? I sometimes wonder how they succeed. They must use some sort of neuro linguistic programming to brainwash people because I can't think of any other reason why anyone would watch their crap willingly.
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An NBC Chuck fan making fun of CBS???



Those who live in glass houses...
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cbs every day proofs what morons they are
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I bet you the first when everyone saw that CBS is ordering a pilot based on an iPhone game the first thing that came to everyone's mind was Angry Birds.
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I am beginning to think GSN is a front for the mob. I don't know anybody who watches it, I don't know anybody who HAS it, I think they're just laundering money for the Five Families and don't actually air anything.



Seriously Marc Jacobs? They were making fun of you, dude, don't play into their ugliness.
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Wow, CBS has some cajones trying to pass off the stealing of Celebrity Win Lose or Draw as a new show based on an app. THIS WAS ALREADY A SHOW ON NBC IN THE '80s! I think there was even another Celebrity drawing show in the '90s as well. So stupid. And why do we want to watch ANYBODY playing this? It's cute for 5 seconds, then it's really boring.



On the other hand, I'm utterly stunned by CBS not getting that restraining order, Glass House is not only a blatant ripoff of Big Brother, but it's using Big Brother staff (who signed DNC contracts, from the article I read before) to do it. ABC really should be rebuffed from airing this utter theivery.



And speaking of CBS-owned news, Showtime this weekend, huh? I'm seeing a STACK of Homeland on the main Showtime HD channels, and a few episodes of a few other shows after and then movies early in the morning, but Homeland fills the DVR both days of the weekend here on LA Time Warner. Oh, wait, no, there is a Dexter marathon on the non-HD channel, and there's some of the other Showtime movie channels that aren't in HD. An odd strategy, but who knows, maybe something will come of it.
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I had played while then deleted! Robert Patrick will be cool! but i miss "THE UNIT", AHS S2! can't wait! already re watched twice!
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Draw Something is actually pretty fun -- but mostly because you're forced to try and draw using your meaty digits, and not a stylus or something, and the results can be comical. Sounds like a bad show, but it could work if they follow the same sort of 'rules'.
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I love how you credit the girl from MTV's Skins as such, since that doesn't help anybody realize who she is lol
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Robert Patrick as Alcide's dad? That's cool, though I looked into it more, and it will just be a flashback scene.
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The Draw Something Game Show is something I could get behind. It sounds like one of the better game shows that used to air on the television and be so popular years ago. I'd check it out!
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