News Briefs: Sanitize Your TV for Three More Years of the Kardashians


From L to R: Oh Hell, I don't know.

THINGS THAT ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH NEWS

... Your tests came back, and I have bad news. There's just no easy way to say this. Your television has been infected with three more years of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I'm sorry. You might want to consider euthanizing it. [E! Online]


PEOPLE OF VARYING DEGREES OF LIKABILITY GETTING RENEWED NEWS

... HBO has asked political talky-talky show Real Time With Bill Maher to stick around for two more seasons, guaranteeing Seasons 11 and 12. HBO has also extended Maher's personal contract for three years, a reward for pulling in the show's highest ratings in three years. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Related to the last: As if trying to balance out the universe, Fox News has extended Bill O'Reilly's contract. Details on the length of the contract and the amount of money it involves have not been disclosed, but I hear a goat's head was involved. [Washington Post]

... Ryan Seacrest left his burrow this week to sign a contract to remain the host of American Idol for two more seasons. He then saw his shadow and went back underground. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME, TIME FOR BUSINESS

... Fox is looking to adapt the web comic Axe Cop as part of its potential late-night, short-form animation block known as Animation Domination HD. The comic is the product of two brothers, which would be no big deal except that one of the brothers was five years old when he came up with the idea for it (the other brother is in his 30s and works as a comic book artist). Axe Cop centers on a cop who uses an axe for a weapon and there are flutes and dinosaurs and unicorn babies and I think that someone put LSD in that kid's Kool-Aid. But that's okay because the comic is awesome. [Vulture]

... Syfy has purchased the rights to the book series Harper Connelly Mysteries from Charlaine Harris, the author behind the books True Blood is based on. The project is about a girl who can connect to the dead. And just so you don't think Syfy is trying to be totally awesome now, the network also greenlighted five (FIVE!) more reality shows. [EW / Deadline Hollywood]

... Vince Vaughn and Tony Danza are teaming up on a project because why not? The comedy is in development at ABC and follows a trio of older dudes who move into a bachelor pad together to be closer to their children. This has old man humor written all over it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sons of Anarchy creator and Twitter C-word-bomber Kurt Sutter is working with Discovery Channel on a new show about gangs and crime families. He'll exec-produce and host Outlaw Empires, which will take a look at bad boys from their perspective instead of from the pigs'. [EW]


RATINGS NEWS

... The numbers for HBO's new comedy Veep are finally in, and the premiere episode drew 1.7 million viewers for the evening. Take that, Girls! Game of Thrones remained steady at 3.7 million viewers and Girls' second episode was pretty even with regard to its first, drawing 1.1 million viewers. [EW]


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I used to like this show a lot. But now I feel that all the older kids have lost so much respect towards the ones that really love them, brought them to their fortune and always stuck up for them. I hate the way Kourtney acts to her mother. She is so cold and non emotional and even when she tries to act it out it's fake. She is the same way with her bf...absolute no regards towards his feelings, no love. I mean if can't stand to be in the same bed with him, if you can't hug him without rolling your eyes, if you can't stop making that annoying voice that pretty much lets him know that you don't give shit....then STOP the relationship and show everyone you have the decency to end something without being so selfish.



she (they all) should be thankful for such a loving mom. I am 32 yrs old and even with my horrible past with my mom I let her know she is the best for trying.

I get that Kris can be annoying to them or they just don't understand, but seriously this has gotten way out of hand and it's teaching all the younger kids that are watching this that appreciation and love for you parent is unimportant.



they have everything materialistically they need, they have each other for support and love to carry on but yet have gotten so bored with life, them self's and so full of greed that they have thrown those things out the window and now they have to act it out which any normal person can tell is FAKE. its sad



I wish them the best but i seriously hope they take look at their own show to see they act towards each other. even if it's acting bring in some love. you are a family!
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As long as I don't subscribe to anything other than basic cable, my TV won't be infected with the Kardashians. Please make them go away already. Why are they famous and how in the world did they become such a visible part of our social conscious?????
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No Syfy, why purchase those books? Harper Connelly marries for step-brother in the end. That isn't something people want to watch!!!!
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Hooray For AXE COP!!!!
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I have never and will never watch one minute of the Kardashians I'll show my geekness and think of the cardashians from star trek now they were a nasty lot. (I am sure fans of that show will correct my spelling). As much as I hate the Kardashian image etc they have made a fortune and will continue to do so as long as people watch, which they obviously do or it wouldn't be extended for another 3 (SERIOUSLY!) years.
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Seriously, 8 years of these non-entities?!? How much mileage can one family get out of their large-rumped sister having her sex tape released? Go away! Stop being on TV, stop being "reality stars" - the very term is a contradiction. Shoo! And in other news of offenses Ryan Seacrest has pulled on the universe, we're getting 2 more years of this guy in promos for American Idol (I assume someone watches the actual show, but I cannot prove it anymore), gee thanks.



Ugh, I don't want to be the guy who says it, but Axe Cop isn't very good, it comes off as hipster product because the elder brother doesn't interpret and extrapolate, he takes everything literally. I have tried to read it several times, but it doesn't hold for me at all. A show based on it sounds like an expensive waste of a single season's budget.
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E! is evil!
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Yeah Syfy no more reality shows! Gracias!
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3 years? Seriuosly?!
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There's FIVE Kardashian daughters?? Hmm... the youngest ones must actually be normal human beings since I've never heard a single thing about them.



Axe Cop sounds pretty crazy. More animation on FOX is (almost) always a good thing.
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yeah the two youngest are technically "jenners" but i think they;re both under 20... they;re not quite as vapid as the youngest didn;t want mama kardashian to throw her such an extravagent sweet 16 party
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I'm pretty sure when Agent Smith from The Matrix was talking about humanity being a disease, he was referring to the Kardashians.
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Harper Connelly! Harper Connelly! yay! I love love that series so hopefully Syfy doesn't butcher it. True Blood's Sookie Stackhouse series is up to 12 books, though, and Harper Connelly only has 4. I wonder how they'll work that one out. yay!
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Maher is just as bad as Bill O'Reilly. They're both insane.
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Agreed. I think Maher and Joffrey share the same evil sneer.
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But Maher is insane in a good way.
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No he isn't. I think he's worse.
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I sense this could turn into a political debate very easily.



I like Bill Maher. I think he is edgy and funny. You obviously don't feel the same way.



Agree to disagree?
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Agree to majorly disagree. Maher is a complete moron and doesn't know what he's talking about (to avoid the political thing remember I think O'Reilly is ALSO a moron)
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My TV isn't infected, I don't watch that garbage.
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Five reality shows, Syfy?! Please tell me that they deal more with sci-fi than your new gameshow, Total Blackout. Who the heck thought THAT gameshow was sci-fi enough to be on the network?



I'm starting to think that all networks need to stop using genre related names, like Sci-Fi/Syfy or MTV, since most of them end up straying from their genres. (Or changing their names to something misspelled, like Syfy and Cloo.)
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