IT'S OFFICIAL: WE'RE DOOMED

... WE tv has ordered a pilot for an American version of the U.K.'s controversial reality show Sex Box. But wait, it's WORSE than it sounds. In the U.K. version, couples who are having relationship problems enter a soundproof box on a sound stage and hump. When they're, ahem, "done," they exit the box and talk about what just happened in front of a panel of sex experts and a live studio audience. You can watch the first episode of the U.K. version on YouTube if you don't believe me. The first 16 seconds have to be one of the most amazing host intros I've ever seen. [Deadline Hollywood]



BUSINESS TIME

... NBC released a whole bunch of season finale dates today, so now you don't have to flip through the calendar and do complicated math to figure them out on your own. I'm only going to type this once, so please pay attention! Okay, here we go:

Thursday, April 17

8pm Community 
10pm Parenthood

Thursday, April 24

8pm Parks and Recreation

Monday, May 12

10pm The Blacklist

Tuesday, May 13

10pm Chicago Fire

Wednesday, May 14

8pm Revolution

Friday, May 16

9pm Grimm

Tuesday, May 20

9pm The Voice

Wednesday, May 21

9pm Law & Order: SVU
10pm Chicago P.D.

Friday, May 23

10pm Hannibal

... Remember how NBC was trying to make a show based on the movie The Money Pit that sounded like a pretty terrible idea? Well, it seems the network finally realized that it was, indeed, a terrible idea. The show has been taken out of development after struggling to cast the leads. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Just a reminder that PaleyFest, an L.A.-based festival for television, starts tomorrow and you can livestream all the panels, including the Lost 10th anniversary event on March 16 at 8pm Pacific. [Paleyfest via press release]

... NBC's Believe debuted last night (Kaitlin reviewed it here) and it did pretty okay! Following the network's ratings booster The Voice, the Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams project hauled in 10.7 million viewers and a solid 2.7 rating in the adult demo. Of course, we'll have to wait until its time-period premiere this Sunday to see if it can hold on to that audience (it won't). [EW]

... Tom Bergeron, who hosts ABC's Dancing With the Stars, is cutting down his work hours by stepping down as host of America's Funniest Videos after 15 years. Whyyyyyyy!?!?!? [Vulture



LOTS OF CASTING NEWS

... Olivia Wilde will co-star in HBO's upcoming and untitled drama pilot from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger that looks at the world of rock 'n' roll in the '70s, man. It stars Bobby Cannavale as a record executive who's trying to bring his rock label back while disco and punk are on the rise. Wilde will play the ex-wife of Cannavale's character. [Variety]

... House of Cards' Ben Daniels will star in Starz's upcoming drama Flesh and Bone. Despite its ominous title, the series is actually set in the world of ballet and hails from Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett. I mean, maybe these ballet dancers are werewolves or maybe they moonlight as ER surgeons or something, but Flesh and Bone sounds like something I used to find on Cinemax after my grandparents went to sleep. Anyway, Daniels will play the director of a prestigious ballet company. [Starz via press release]

... Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is the lead in ABC's pilot Exposed, a drama about a journalist who goes to extreme lengths to get the story. A hot commodity this pilot season, Winstead allegedly turned down several projects before settling on this one. [Deadline Hollywood]

... True Blood's Anna Camp has grabbed a lead role in Awkward. creator Lauren Iungerich's ABC-bound comedy pilot Damaged Goods. The show follows a lawyer (Camp) who gets promoted over her boyfriend, something the BF is not happy about. Expect gender warfare! [TV Line]

... Your new Bachelorette has passed the test of the Elder Council and has been approved as the next Chosen One. It is known that Andi Dorfman, a lawyer from Atlanta who was one of three finalists on the The Bachelor's 18th season (which just wrapped last night) shall bless a few dozen Earthling men with her beauty as the fates attempt to form a love connection to mate and create the ultimate human spawn. [Last night's Bachelor finale/ABC via press release

... Saturday Night Live alum from the old days Nora Dunn has joined The CW's pilot iZombie, about a med student who, after becoming a zombie, works in a coroner's office so she can eat brains. And every time she slurps from a dead person's head, she also ingests the corpse's memories. Dunn will play the mother of the lead character. [Deadline Hollywood]



RANDOM NEWS

... Kristian Niarn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, made a no-big-deal reveal that he is gay in an interview with Game of Thrones fan site WinterIsComing.net. HODOR! [WinterIsComing.net


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AIRED ON 5/3/2015

Season 25 : Episode 21

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Like I said before....US TV needs to stop with UK remakes.
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I am just wondering if any of the people who said the sex box is terrible actually watch the you tube episode posted above?
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Really? Couldn't they have thought of a better title? One that's less likely to induce eye-rolling.
Also, aren't tv shows sexualized enough as it is? Gag.
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I was pretty excited to watch Sex Box until I saw Dan Savage. He's seriously one of the worst people ever. EW.
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America's Funniest Videos is still on the air? We don't need it. We have YouTube now.

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Many clips of America's Funniest Videos appear on YouTube but the posters rarely credit the source.
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SICK and disgusting! Pathetic way to try and create a buzz. I would rather say the opposite of what the host in the video said: "There has never been a greater need to keep the sex life PRIVATE" FFS!!!!! Stupid people!
I'm so sick of Europeans complaining about how America is stuck up or stupid things like that because they are obviously not and all the slutty shows on Starz and HBO proves it. Their porn industry proves it. We should just be glad there are a few channels left in USA who censor shit, because if they didn't it would be an even more sex and porn infested world and there would not be any shows that didn't have nudity. Not everyone wants sex in everything... and I'll certainly stay far away from this reality show and hope others are reasonable enough to as well so it can get cancelled quickly. Sadly, too many curious people out there will probably make it last too long, like Big Brother and the likes.
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Starz and HBO are cable channels, and thus not plagued by the rules that govern regular television, where no nudity can be seen and nobody is even allowed to curse. That is laughable..
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I'm sick of people like you who think the 50+ European countries are the same thing, with the same values THEY AREN'T. FFS!
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When did I say I think all the European countries have the same values? I didn't, but just take a look at the comments from many Europeans around the net and there's always someone complaining about American prudishness, and that simply isn't true.

I think it is a good thing some channels censor certain things because at least then you can still get "harmless" shows too. As for cursing I don't mind it, but once they start to use the F-word three times in one sentence (Deadwood f.ex.) - then that's just poor writing IMO. It can get too much.
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When did you say you thought all the European countries have the same values? We all watch vile reality shows, swearing our heads off and all with the same opinion that Americans are prudes, and apparently the 6 comments you've read represent 700 million people.
Plenty of American are prudes, but plenty most certainly are not., and I know this for a fact. Oh and Deadwood was exceptionally written.
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Trust me, the British loathed the sex show too - I'm surprised that the US bought this nightmare. I'm no prude, but this show was terrible.
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It almost sounds weird to hear Nora Dunn's time on SNL referred to as "the old days." As far as institutional shows in non-prime time spots go (e.g., Meet the Press, Today), NBC seems to be king.

Nunn's best bit was probably The Pat Stevens Show. Have any of the cast of that era been brought back to host like some of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players were or even cast members from the last 10 to 15 years have been?
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Would Sex box even work in the U.S, with their stuck up view on sexuality, compared to Europe?
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The news that Olivia Wilde will be back on TV regularly tempers the news that Claire Holt won't be on TV regularly - I'd rather get to watch the both though!
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Someone please tell me that the show called Sex Box isn't real, please?
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On behalf of Channel 4 and my fellow British people, I wholeheartedly apologise for this 'show.'
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No need to apologize, it's not your fault. But if there was ever a sign
of the decline of Western civilization, it must be this show.
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I thought Big Brother was what started the "decline of western civilisation", surely people shagging in a box is just an escilation of that decline?
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I, to, have never felt more shame!

But having said that America did unleash Honey Boo Boo, 16 and pregnant and My Super Sweet 16 upon the world, so maybe, you know, "reaping what they sow" and all that.
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OMG Trev, you've ruined my day by remembering me these shows exist...... I believe My Super Sweet 16 must be one of the worst things television has ever brought us. Watched a few when my daughter was 15 and had to drink a lot after each episode.
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Look at the silver lining... it brought you closer to alcohol!
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Next year a reality show named Toilet Box.
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I thought NBC was "Toilet Box"?
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How is Sex in a Box not just a remake of Big Brother?
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Did anyone else instantly remember that scene from Family Guy with the rednecks fighting over the VCR? "It's my Sex Box, and her name is SONY!"
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I agree, Dicks in a Box, uh, I mean Sex Box is a bad idea for a reality show. A sex therapy show isn't that bad, but a show where people get their freak on in a box and then tell us all about is... awkward. Very awkward.
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It's not that that big a stretch of imagination that, in a move where life imitates art, one day, a child conceived on a reality show could ultimately be considered network property...Seems crazy now, I know...but just give it time & we can all talk about it again later : /
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Now, that would be creepy!
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I'm really psyched about about that Scorsese/Jagger HBO thing. I bet it's gonna rock!...No. Wait...More than that...I bet it's gonna Album Rock! =D
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Nora Dunn has joined The CW's pilot iZombie, about a med student who, after becoming a zombie, works in a coroner's office so she can eat brains. And every time she slurps from a dead person's head, she also ingests the corpse's memories.

Tru Calling is back, and it's got an attitude!

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No, its spelled A-P-P-E-T-I-T-E.
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If I was a network as tiny as "We TV," I'd get desperate too.
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But will Olivia repeatedly suggest that she take her top off like she did on last week's Portlandia?

/me now waits for a ratings spike on repeats of that episode

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Ok, now I'll have to be one of those adding to the spike .
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Glad you mentioned that, I was thinking the same thing.
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Nice, Olivia Wilde on HBO... dream come true!
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Might be a little to soon to declare that Beleive will not keep up its ratings. They released a "special" preview and the first episode has been on the internet for weeks. So a lot of people had already seen the pilot.
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Hodor!
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I am so happy this was just a satire on reality shows, but sometimes fun to watch.
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"Kristian Niarn, who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, made a no-big-deal reveal that he is gay in an interview with Game of Thrones fan site WinterIsComing.net. HODOR!"

I bet he just said "Hodor", and it was misinterpreted.
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Hodor
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Hodor?
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A show "set in the world of ballet"...written by the person who wrote the only TV episode with a perfect 10.0 rating at IMDB. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm going to be watching a show set in the world of ballet.

(OK, I'm only guessing that Ozymandias is the only 10.0 episode. I don't know how to find out if there's another one).
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Haha, the "Sex Box"... what will you wacky Europeans think of next?
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Sex House was sooo much better, until it got all dark! lol
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"Sex box?". The end is indeed near. Luckily I prepared for this. I have an underground bunker stocked with diet coke, twinkies, and a dvd box set of Buffy. All that's left is to inflate my Daryl Dixon blow up doll and i'm good to go.
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Wouldn't that make your bunker... a sex box?
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Thank you Gislef, I have seldom laughed so much reading a comment.
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O.O
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The Sex Box - WHY!!!!!!
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