For sheer Hollywood-worthy entertainment value, leave it to the French, or at least French videogame publisher Ubisoft among all the pre-E3 presentations so far. The company’s presentation to journalists and analysts at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles mixed stunning trailers and intense game play with distinctive music and the very entertaining emcee work of comedian/actress Aisha Tyler (in her third straight year in the gig). Hollywood types may find little new to mine for spinoff potential, but in truth, Ubisoft already has licensed several of its most film-worthy franchises to Hollywood and the cupboard may be a bit light for the moment. The biggest news today was the return of Rainbow Six, a long-beloved and long-missing franchise based on the books of the late techno-thriller writer Tom Clancy and focused on tactical small-group interactions. The company showed early-early-stage multiplayer gameplay of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, a gripping hostage-extraction title involving five-on-five play. It would be the first new Rainbox Six title in six years, a couple of lifetimes in the game universe. Afterward, Tyler exclaimed, “Have you ever been so excited you’re laughing and crying at the same time?”
Aisha Tyler (Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Talk) has been tapped to host the 2013 Young Hollywood Awards. She’ll join presenters Nat Faxon, Kathy Griffin, Derek Hough, Alyssa Milano, Dominic Monaghan, Jim Rash, Ian Somerhalder and Aimee Teegarden for the award show that honors the best emerging young talent in film, music and television. The 2013 Young Hollywood Awards will be televised for the first time on The CW Network on Thursday from 8-10 PM. Tyler’s announcement was made today by Jay Penske, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation (PMC) and owner and Executive Producer of the award show (and Deadline Hollywood). This year’s show will be executive produced by Michael Levitt. Click over for a list of honorees announced so far and the awards they will receive.
Improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which had a successful eight-season run on ABC, is coming back to American television, this time on the CW. The network has picked up a new take on the British format to air this summer. Comedian Aisha Tyler, co-host of The Talk, which airs on the CW sibling CBS, will host. She succeeds Drew Carey, who emceed the ABC version that ran during CW president Mark Pedowitz’s tenure at the network. Returning are Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who starred on the ABC series. The trio, along with a special guest each episode , will go through a series of spontaneous improv games. (Maybe they’ll bring back Richard Simmons, who killed it on a 2003 episode during the show’s ABC run — see the video below.) After each round of improvisation, Tyler will dole out “points” to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode. (The CW has ordered 10). Whose Line, from Angst Prods and Hat Trick Prods, was co-created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson and is executive produced by Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Stiles and Brady.
Here’s the Simmons video with Stiles, Brady and Mochrie:
EXCLUSIVE: CBS‘ annual Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials special, now in its 13th year, will air on January 30, four days before Super Bowl XLVII, which also airs on CBS. It will be broadcast from the home of this year’s big game, Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. CBS Sports’ NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, who made his debut as co-host on last year’s special, is back, joined by Aisha Tyler, co-host of CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk. She succeeds The Biggest Loser‘s Jillian Michaels who emceed last year. After experimenting with ranking the greatest Super Bowl commercial brands last year, the special returns to its original format of grading individual commercials.
Viewers once again will get to vote for their favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time. Beginning today, the top 12 vote-getters from the past decade of Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials, including Adriana Lima’s Victoria’s Secret spot and E*Trade’s Trading Baby, will go head-to-head on CBS’ site, where fans will be able to vote via Facebook and Twitter to determine the top three Super Bowl commercials of all time. Those commercials will advance to the live vote during the broadcast, with the winning ad revealed at the end of the show. Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2013 is being produced by IMG Media, Juma Entertainment and Robert Dalrymple Prods. Robert Horowitz and Steve Mayer are the executive producers. Mark …