The long-rumored Drumline sequel is a go at VH1. The network has given the green light to Drumline: A New Beat (tentative title), its next original movie to follow the very successful TLC biopic. Nick Cannon, who played the lead in the 2002 Drumline feature in a star-making turn, will be back, reprising his role as well as executive producing alongside the Fox 2000 film’s producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin. Regina Hicks and Karin Gist are writing the script, with filming slated to begin in the spring for a fall 2014 premiere. VH1 is producing with Fox TV Studios, whose parent company owns the rights to the movie. “Drumline has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1,” said the network’s EVP Susan Levison.
Drumline: A New Beat is not a traditional sequel as it focuses on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The story follows Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree); her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, … Read More »
The news that Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel were returning as judges on NBC‘s summer competition series America’s Got Talentcame complete with carefully crafted quotes from the network’s reality-TV chief and the show’s exec producer. The announcement was greeted with — yawns, Stern having made sure he was the headline by announcing his return to the show 24 hours ahead of the NBC announcement. Breaking the news on his SiriusXM radio program, Stern was sure to let listeners know he’s the BFD on AGT, saying, in response to radio sidekick Robin Quivers’ question as to whether Klum, B, and Mandel would be back: “Let’s put it this way: When they asked me if [returning] was conditional, I said … let them all come back.” Here’s the full release:
NEW YORK, NY — Nov. 20, 2013 — Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel are set to return as judges to NBC’s top-rated summer competition series “America’s Got Talent.” Nick Cannon will also return as host.
The announcements were made by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late-Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
“Howard, Heidi, Mel and Howie have proven that they are a dynamic quartet of judges who aren’t afraid to share their opinions, while at the same time creating fireworks of their own,” Telegdy said. “Along with Nick serving as an incomparable host, our talent on ‘Talent’ is among the finest on all of television.”
“The judges on ‘America’s Got Talent’ this past season were fun, astute and really knew how to spot talent,” said Trish Kinane, Executive Producer and President of Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. “We are delighted to have this vibrant group of diverse, discerning personalities returning to take the show to new heights next season.”
UPDATE(new Jennifer Lopez details below): American Idol’sMariah Carey is one unhappy diva because of the drama between her and fellow judge Nicki Minaj, according to Carey’s husband Nick Cannon. “She didn’t sign up for that,” he said today to LA’s KTLA-TV morning show host Sam Rubin (video below). On air, Cannon accused “someone behind the scenes perpetuating” the conflict. Once the camera was off, Cannon blamed Fox Alternative Entertainment chief Mike Darnell for bringing Minaj onto the show. “No one thought it was a good idea then and no one thinks it is a good idea now,” Cannon said. (See related Falling ‘Idol’ Fuels New Mariah-Minaj Feud.)
Meanwhile Deadline has learned new details about Idol and Jennifer Lopez. The singer will use Season 12′s May 16th finale to debut her new single Live It Up from her 8th album. It is being released through producer RedOne’s 2101 label that is distributed by Capitol Music which signed her to a big new record deal. Also Fox is desperate to bring back Jennifer Lopez to the show next year after its feeble attempt to replace Mariah with J-Lo on Idol didn’t go anywhere. An insider tells Deadline’s Nikki Finke about Lopez: ”Fox is chasing her. They want her back. She has not made her mind up about it. She is on the fence. They wanted her to replace Mariah. There was no way she was going to do that. They started talking to her hard about next year. She really liked doing it but big question if she should do it again.”
Cannon was doing publicity for his own show, America’s Got Talent, which he hosts again starting June 4th. Today he also raised doubts that Carey would be coming back to the once-dominant show next year if asked. “If they get it stable she might relook at it, but she doesn’t want to be a part of anything unstable,” he told KTLA’s Sam Rubin. This season has set record lows.
Here’s Cannon’s KTLA appearance:
Cannon today also said Carey predicted problems between Minaj and her before the two were even brought on board as new judges this season. Read More »
His wife may be starring on Fox’s American Idol, but Nick Cannon is staying firmly in the NBC camp. The America’s Got Talent host has signed a first-look deal with the network for his NCredible Entertainment banner. Under the pact, NCredible principals Cannon and longtime manager and business partner Michael Goldman will develop unscripted and scripted programming for the network. Cannon also will return as host on America’s Got Talent next summer. “We are gratified to know that this new agreement will expand our successful working relationship with Nick beyond America’s Got Talent and allow him to further draw on his notable creative instincts,” said NBC’s head of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. Read More »
Nick Cannon is coming back to MTV with more Wild’N Out for the first time in five years. MTV2 announced today that the improv comedy competition show will return to the air in 2013. The America’s Got Talent host created, produced and hosted Wild’N Out on MTV from 2005-2007. Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and SNL’s Taran Killiam were on the teams that went head-to-head in sketches on the original run of the show. Candida Boyette Clemons and Paul Ricci will serve as MTV2’s executive producers for the new Nick Cannon Present’s Wild ‘N Out. Cannon and Michael Goldman will executive produce for NCredible Entertainment. Cannon is repped by ICM Partners.
MTV’s sibling MTV2 network has greenlighted a reboot of veteran game show Hollywood Squares. Titled Hip Hop Squares, the new show will premiere May 22 and star Nick Cannon; Jackass‘ Bam Margera; Kat Graham; DJ Khaled; rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK; and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ LaMarr Woodley, among others. Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg will host, Nicole Lyn as DJ. “The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’,” said Paul Ricci, Head of Programming for MTV2. Hip Hop Squares is under license from CBS Television Distribution, which owns rights to the original.
Nickelodeon has put in to production Rags, a TV movie starring its star Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP). Max Schneider will star opposite Palmer in the music-infused modern-day fairy tale, which has began production in Vancouver. This marks a major break for newcomer Schneider, who also has been tapped by Nickelodeon to star opposite Cymphonique Miller in the upcoming live-action comedy series How to Rock. Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop) will direct Rags, with original music produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who has worked with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and served as a music producer and mentor on season 10 of American Idol. Read More »
Former MTV president of programmingTony DiSanto and head of series development Liz Gateley, who left the cable channel on Dec. 31 to launch DiGa, an independent production company in partnership with Ben Silverman’s Electus, today officially announced the launch of the company and unveiled its first development slate. The announcement was made during Silverman’s keynote speech at NATPE. DiGa, a multi-media company, which will be based in New York City with a production/edit center in Los Angeles, is working on a comedy format from Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment starring female personality Amanda Diva; a fashion series with an interactive element from Jill Martin, television personality and author of Fashion for Dummies and the upcoming I Have Nothing to Wear; and three series with Jackhole Industries, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison’s production company. DiGa, which also has several scripted and reality concepts in active development, has multiple series development commitments with MTV where DiSanto and Gateley continue as executive producers on the upcoming series adaptation of Teen Wolf. (The two were also involved in the development of the network’s racy new drama Skins.) Additionally, DiGa announced the appointment of two execs: producer Mike Powers has been named creative executive, and Scott Silberman will serve as executive in charge of production.
No surprise here: NBC has renewed summer series America’s Got Talent for a 6th season. Celebrity judges Piers Morgan, who recently signed a multi-year deal with NBC, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel will return along with host Nick Cannon. This is the 5th consecutive year that AGT, from FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Television, has ranked as the top summer series in total viewers. Season-to-date, the show has averaged a 3.4 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.8M viewers overall on Tuesdays and a 3.3/10 and 11.8M viewers on Wednesdays. The two-night fifth season finale will air September 14. Cowell, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff, Ken Warwick and Georgie Hurford-Jones are executive producers.