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 »
The youth-targeted network’s summer fling with TMZ has a launch date. The CW said today that Famous In 12, which it’s billing as an “unscripted series/social experiment,” will premiere June 3. The series follows an unknown family’s move to L.A. and subsequent 12-week quest for fame. Guided by the TMZ machine, the family will traipse around town while waging a “fame campaign” on social media and being tracked constantly via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in an effort to wedge its way into the pop culture pantheon. Executive produced by David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Harvey Levin are exec producing the show from Renegade 83 and Harvey Levin Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures.
Without realizing it until days later, TMZ managed to obtain an extremely rare commodity over the weekend — video of the notoriously publicity-averse director Terrence Malick. TMZ cameras cornered Benicio Del Toro to ask the actor what he thought about, for example, whether Cuba should be a state. What they didn’t know was that the man walking with Del Toro was Malick, who in the video was clearly avoiding the camera.
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.
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