Apparently there are limits to even TMZ’s ability to make just anyone famous. The Artiaga family of Beaumont, CA, learned that this week when the CW pulled the plug on the Artiagas’ series, Famous In 12 — after just five episodes.
In the CW reality series/social experiment, the family moved to L.A. where, guided by the TMZ machine, they traipsed around town waging a “fame campaign” on social media. Family members were tracked constantly via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in an effort to wedge their way into the pop culture pantheon in 12 easy episodes. Read More »
Comedy Central today announced the first group of roasters for its Roast of Charlie Sheen. It includes TMZ boss Harvey Levin, Jackass star Steve-O, former boxer Mike Tyson as well as comedians Anthony Jeselnik and Jeffrey Ross. Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the roast will be taped Sept. 10 for a Sept. 19 premiere.
Warner Bros. TV TV Group SVP digital Brett Bouttier is probably getting a crash course on Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen because he has just been named general manager of TMZ. He will work alongside TMZ executive producers Harvey Levin and Jim Paratore, overseeing TMZ ad sales as well as all day-to-day operations of the gossip brand’s television, online and mobile businesses. In addition, he will continue to manage Digital TV Ad Sales for WBTVG. Bouttier replaces Pam Russo who held the post for the past 2 years.
Harvey Levin will keep slurping from those oversize drink bottles for 3 more years. Warner Bros.’ TMZ TV strip has been renewed through the 2013-14 season in more than 75% of the country, including the Fox owned-and-operated stations. The syndicated series, produced by Telepictures Prods. and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution, launched in 2007 as an offshoot of the successful celebrity Web site of the same name.