News Briefs: The CW Orders a Hunger Games-ish Reality Show (Without the Murder, Unfortunately)


... Coming soon from The CW—the network that brought you shows about competitive musical chairs and celebrities annoying the people who hate them—are two new reality programs slated for summer 2013. The first one is called The Hunt and will throw 12 teams of two into the wilderness without food, water, or a sense of decency as they try to survive and "capture" other teams. Winners will get a "huge cash prize." This won't be fun unless teams are allowed to kill each other or are really bad at surviving in the wilderness, so please take that into account, The CW. The second show, Perfect Score, is a dating show where friends compete against each other to accurately choose their best match from a group of 12 singles who took personality compatibility tests. [The CW via press release]


... A wealth of Bluth humor has caused Netflix to up its episode order for the upcoming new season of Arrested Development. The comedy, which will be released by the on-demand service this spring, was originally penciled in for 10 episodes, but now may fall somewhere between 12 and 15 episodes because creator Mitch Hurwitz came up with a bunch of new ideas during filming. We still don't know if the show will have the same magic as it did before, but more of it can't hurt. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has revealed its nominees for its annual awards show that celebrates professional pretending. This year, ensemble cast nominations went to Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and Mad Men in the drama category, and Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Nurse Jackie, Glee (what?), The Office, and 30 Rock. Highlights in the individual acting categories include Claire Danes, Jessica Lange, Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, Bryan Cranston, and Jeff Daniels. [Screen Actors Guild Awards]


... HBO is following up its lauded Game Change, a reenactment of the 2008 presidential election, with its natural sequel: a reenactment of the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The book Double Down: Game Change 2012 is currently being written, and will be adapted for HBO. The big question: WHO WILL PLAY ROMNEY!? [THR]

... Hey guess what? A & E's Storage Wars is totally not real! At least that's according to former participant David Hester, who says he was fired after complaining about the show being rigged. Now there is a report that a paper trail of receipts and emails will prove that Hester's claims are legit. What, you mean people don't just leave priceless paintings in lockers and forget about them? [TMZ / Radar Online]

... Bravo is determined to go legit and has ordered another scripted series. Moguls will follow the life of a media mogul and his/her family. It's being described as similar to the tone of The West Wing by some liar. [THR]


... TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo holiday specials have been scheduled! The hillbilly Shirley Temple will celebrate Halloween on January 6, eat Thanksgiving pigeon on January 13, have a clip show on February 10, and unwrap deep-fried Christmas gifts on February 17. [TLC via press release]

... Science Channel's An Idiot Abroad returns for Season 3 on January 19. How is Karl Pilkington not dead yet? [Science Channel via press release]

... Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders will debut January 17 on Adult Swim. [Adult Swim via press release]

... A & E's Barter Kings returns for Season 2 on January 9. [A&E; via press release]


... Studly Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes (even his name is hot!) is joining The CW's Arrow as Roy Harper (the comic character, not the awesome folky singer). Harper's alter egos in the comic world include Green Arrow sidekick Speedy, Teen Titans' Arsenal, and Justice League of America's Red Arrow. Look for Haynes to start appearing in the second half of this season. [TV Guide]

... Margo Martindale, who absolutely killed it as Mags Bennett in the second season of Justified, will be returning to FX for another great role. Martindale is joining the cast of The Americans, the upcoming spy drama that premieres next month. She'll play, for a minimum of eight episodes, an embedded undercover KGB agent who sends orders to the main characters of the series, two spies posing as a husband and wife. [FX via press release]

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