Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer has joined AXS TV‘s weekly comedy series Gotham Comedy Live as consulting producer, and will host the show’s third-season season debut on January 9. The franchise received a 24-episode third season order. Breuer will work with the show’s producers, Chris and Steven Mazzilli, Dave Goldberg and Rob Cea, on what AXS markets as the only live, uncensored and unedited stand-up show on TV. Breuer also will assist in broadening the show’s content, and serve as the show’s spokesperson. “Not only does he have a clear grasp of what resonates with audiences today, but he represents our channel’s brand with his love and knowledge of rock music,” said Michele Dix, AXS TV’s SVP Programming and Development.
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Tom Green has signed with AXS TV to host a live one-hour weekly talk show, premiering Thursday, October 3 at 9 PM ET. Richard Belzer is booked as his first guest. The show will feature live video Internet calls from viewers. “Live television works best with an element of danger and when results are unpredictable,” said AXS TV founding partner Mark Cuban. “Throughout his career, Tom has embodied the skill-set you look for in a live performer. Adding the unedited viewer element means that anything can happen. Tom Green Live was exactly the type of show I envisioned when we decided to develop the network as a vehicle to deliver the best in live entertainment.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Before there was Miley Cyrus’ tongue, there was Gene Simmons’. AXS TV has licensed all seven seasons of Gene Simmons Family Jewels and will debut the 168-episode franchise on Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM ET with back-to-back episodes. AXS will then run a marathon of the docu-soap’s 13-episode first season on Saturday, October 5 starting at 3:30 PM ET, after which the reality series will run regularly on the network’s Thursday nights at 8 PM ET. The series that premiered on A&E in August of 2006, is known for following the life of the KISS bassist and vocalist, and for becoming a topic of conversation among reality-TV purists who objected to the series’ use of some staged events. In its first two seasons on A&E, GSFJ was that network’s second highest rated series, behind only Dog The Bounty Hunter. A&E ran seven seasons of the series.
GSFJ production house Thinkfactory Media was acquired by Britain’s ITV in June and, this month, promoted GSFJ co-creator/EP Adam Reed to EVP.
Sidney Poitier was approached about taking the role of POTUS on NBC’s hit serial The West Wing, series creator Aaron Sorkin reminds us in Monday’s premiere of The Big Interview on AXS TV. (Check out a clip of the interview below.) “I don’t think I’ve said this to anyone before, because I have not wanted Martin Sheen to think he was anything but our first choice at the beginning,” Sorkin tells Dan Rather, who conducts all the interviews for the limited entertainment-industry interview series debuting Monday. Entertainment Weekly reported this casting news ages ago, adding that the show did not want to pay Poitier’s asking price. But, anyway, Sorkin says that’s not the point. “And, here’s the point that I’m trying to make,” he explains – “I never say, ‘We have too much of this and we need a little less of that and we’ve got to get the color mixture right. I absolutely, when it comes to casting, want to put the best athletes on the field.” After delivering his version of the old “colorblind-casting” trope, Sorkin switches almost immediately in the interview to talking about his HBO series The Newsroom, which is tops on the list of Shows The Reporters Who Cover Television Love To Hate-Watch, for reasons not entirely clear. It may be that they simply dislike Sorkin, a lot. Read More »