I rarely post straight-out press releases, but found it hard to resist sharing this gem from E!:
Los Angeles, April 26, 2011 – Over the past six decades, TV couples like Desi/Lucy, Mork/Mindy and Ozzy/Sharon have demonstrated that sometimes the most unconventional pairings make for the most compelling viewing, and in their first-ever series about their marriage and family life, Ice-T and Coco follow that tradition. In this eight-episode, half-hour series, E! takes viewers behind the hype and conjecture and into the daily lives of rapper/actor/author/motivational speaker Ice and his fitness/swimsuit model/Internet-sensation buxom and bootylicious wife Coco. The two have been married ten years and remain inseparable, having spent only one day apart in all that time. From the start, Coco dedicated herself to becoming the woman behind her man, and is the heart and soul of the family brand. But, now that she has a series of projects of her own on the horizon, Coco has set her sights on establishing a solo career while maintaining balance in her relationship. With a loving and adventurous take on life, this over the top celebrity couple will blow expectations to smithereens when “Ice Loves Coco” premieres June 12th at 10:30pm ET/PT only on E!
Adult Swim has picked up animated series Black Dynamite for a spring 2012 debut. Based on the 2009 feature, Black Dynamite further chronicles the exploits of the central character, ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dynamite, and his crew as they avenge the death of Black Dynamite’s brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man and his crew. Spearheaded by Carl Jones (The Boondocks), the series features the voices of Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Kym Whitley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the feature. Black Dynamite, animated by Titmouse, is produced by Ars Nova Entertainment. Jones, Jon Steingart and Jillian Apfelbaum executive produce. Brian Ash is co-executive producer. Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns are producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Ever since MIPTV organizers on Monday announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger will hold a press conference on the first day of this year’s market, April 4, to unveil his next project, “an international TV series,” speculation started about the nature of the mystery series and who the former California Governor will be doing it with. Details about the project are being heavily guarded, but I hear Schwarzenegger has teamed for what is believed to be an animated series with former DIC chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, who now heads children’s entertainment company A Squared. Heyward launched A2 in 2009, after selling his kids animation stalwart DIC to Cookie Jar Entertainment for $90 million.
A2′s mission statement is that it is dedicated to producing original “content with a purpose,” i.e., shows that enrich kids as they entertain them. A2 is producing three such animated Web series for AOL Kids built around accomplished professionals/celebrities: the Secret Millionaires Club, with Warren Buffett teaching children financial literacy, which was just picked up by The Hub as series of TV specials; Gisele & the Green Team, with supermodel Gisele Bündchen as an environmental superhero; and Martha & Friends, featuring a 10-year-old Martha Stewart running an event-planning business. Schwarzenneger could easily fit into that group with an aspirational animated show featuring his likeness.
However, there is another, even more intriguing possibility: a collaboration with Stan Lee Comics, A2′s … Read More »
UPDATE: TV Land just officially announced the series pickups of Fran Drescher’s Happily Divorced; Mark Reisman’s project, now called The Exes; and the second-season renewal of Retired at 35. As expected, the orders for Happily Divorced and The Exes are for 10 episodes each. Happily Divorced will premiere June 15, paired with Hot In Cleveland, while The Exes will launch next winter alongside the second season of Retired at 35.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: It looks like that for a second consecutive time, TV Land will pick up two new comedy series. As the network is finalizing the series order to the Fran Drescher sitcom Happily Divorced, I hear the cable network is also closing in on a series pickup for the untitled Mark Reisman project (aka Ex Men). Both shows are expected to receive 10-episode orders. The Reisman comedy revolves around three divorced guys (David Alan Basche, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight) who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their sexy female divorce attorney (Kristen Johnston).
Fifteen months ago, TV Land ordered its first two scripted pilots, sitcoms Hot In Cleveland and Retired at 35, both of which went to series. Hot In Cleveland has already been renewed for a third season, with a second-season pickup for Retired at 35 also likely. Last fall, TV Land greenlighted three pilots, Happily Divorced, the Mark Reisman project as well a sitcom from comedy writer Terri Minsky. Word is the last one may not be going … Read More »