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‘America’s Got Talent’s 3 Votes Rule; New Judges Heidi Klum & Mel B Defend Their “Honesty”: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 4:54pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

When America’s Got Talent returns on June 4, we know there will four judges instead of the former three. Replacing Sharon Osbourne alongside Howard Stern and Howie Mandel are Heidi Klum and Mel B. But at today’s NBC Press Day, co-host Mandel revealed another wrinkle: It will now take three votes, not two, for a contestant to go through. “Two people like it and two people hate it, that’s a no,” Mandel said. “Two yeses go home”. And will it be tougher to get those three votes now that Heidi and Mel have replaced Osbourne? Klum is, after all, noted for her hard-edged phrase: “You are out!” on Project Runway. And Mel B.’s name has popped up in the press more than once for being booed by audiences during the live competition rounds. Read More »

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CNBC’s ‘Crowd Rules’ Sparked By Crowd Funding Phenomenon: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 3:37pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

The new CNBC competition show Crowd Rules was inspired by crowd funding and a desire to bring that Internet phenomenon to reality television, said the show’s executive producer Michael Davies and CNBC’s VP Alternative Programming Jim Ackerman at today’s NBC Press Day panel. Crowd Rules, which premieres May 14 at 9 PM with eight episodes, pits three small businesses against each other for a $50,000 prize. A studio audience of 100 will vote the winner. Appearing onstage with show panelists Pat Kiernan and Kendra Scott, producer Davies said he was inspired by recent statistics that show the importance of small and family-owned businesses in the American economy. Read More »

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Syfy’s Erik Storey Talks ‘Warehouse 13′: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 1:17pm PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

As previously announced, Syfy’s Warehouse 13 will return April 29 in a new 10 PM time slot behind Syfy’s drama Defiance. After today’s NBC Press Day panel on the show, Syfy SVP Original Programming Erik Storey told Deadline that he hopes the new time slot will “expose Warehouse 13 to potential new audiences” and hopes that the series “will benefit from cross pollination.” Read More »

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Bravo Gears Up For ‘Queen Of Versailles’ April 29th Premiere: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Billionaire wife Jackie Siegel was on hand this morning for Bravo’s panel promoting the April 29th premiere of the surprise box-office hit doc The Queen Of Versailles, the DGA Award-nominated feature from photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield that made its original mark at the 2012 Sundance Fest. (The film earned Greenfield that festival’s best director prize.) Greenfield said the film wound up at Bravo by design and that selling to Magnolia Pictures for theatrical and Bravo for TV was “our dream scenario.” It traces the story of Jackie and David Siegel, who are building their outrageously ostentatious dream home in Florida when the economy crashes in 2008. The home, modeled after France’s famed Palace of Versailles, was to be 90,000 square feet and include 10 kitchens, a bowling alley, a 6,000-square-foot master suite, two tennis courts and a roller rink. It’s designed to be the largest home in America, dwarfing even the famed Spelling estate. The film left the impression that construction might be permanently derailed. But Jackie Siegel assured this morning in Pasadena that it’s back on track. Construction resumed four months ago, and the plan is now to have the first phase completed in two years in time for her husband’s 80th birthday. Read More »

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Bravo’s ‘Newlyweds’ Cast Talks On-Screen Diversity: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT

Diane Haithman is a Deadline contributor.

Diversity was the hot topic on the panel for Bravo’s reality series Newlyweds: The First Year at today’s NBC Summer Press Day. Joining Bravo vice president of East Coast Development Lara Spotts were two of the four couples the show tracks over a year: Alaska and Kimberly V. Gedeon, who are African-American, and Blair Late and Jeff Pedersen, a gay couple. Spotts is openly gay and married to a same-sex partner. The onscreen couples were asked to offer their perspective on minority couples featured on scripted series TV, including the gay couple on Modern Family, Cam and Mitch. Late joked that, of the Modern Family characters, partner Pedersen most resembles Phil Dunphy, the male half of a straight couple on Modern Family. He added that he and his partner “are no poster children” for gay marriage. Read More »

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Producer Touts ‘Princesses’ As “Modern Coming-Of-Age Story”: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

NBC kicked off its Summer Press Day this morning in Pasadena with a panel hyping the forthcoming 10-episode Bravo reality show Princesses: Long Island. It centers on the lives of six college-educated women of privilege living with their upscale parents in Long Island. From the look of a brief clip that preceded the panel, it promises to be a typically catfighting excursion replete with profane interludes and nasty exchanges. However, it aspires to a more high-minded ideal, as exec producer and Bravo VP/production Christian Barcellos noted with a straight face that Princesses: Long Island follows in the same vein as “Jane Austen novels, Fiddler On The Roof, and John Hughes movies.” He explained after the panel, “What these girls are facing are timeless dilemmas, including pressures from their parents to get married, to find the right man, within the cultural constraints in which they live.” He added, “I think we’ve seen this occur time and again. This is a modern coming-of-age story.”

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