The Newswire

Big Brother Renewed for 2014

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  • “Big Brother: After Dark” To Also Return to TVGN for Second Season
  • Special 90-Minute Finale of this Summer’s Installment to be Broadcast Sept. 18 Following the Season Premiere of “Survivor”

CBS announced today that BIG BROTHER, the summer reality hit, has been renewed for its 16th edition, to be broadcast next summer.

BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK, the live, late night companion show will also return next summer to the basic cable network TVGN after being renewed for an additional season.

BIG BROTHER, which recently celebrated its 500th episode, premiered on CBS in 2000 and has since established itself as a summer staple with one of television’s most socially engaged fan bases. This summer, BIG BROTHER is averaging 7.29 million viewers, 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 3.1 in adults 25-54. Compared to last year, BIG BROTHER is up +11% in viewers, +8% in adults 18-49 and +7% in adults 25-54.

The special 90-minute finale of the current installment of BIG BROTHER, when the final three Houseguests will compete for the $500,000 prize, will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 18 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT) immediately following the season premiere of SURVIVOR.

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A&E Will Give Four Couples ‘The Marriage Test’ on September 21

Dr-PhilOn September 21, A&E will presents “The Marriage Test,” a 90-minute special from executive producers Jay McGraw and Dr. Phil McGraw that explores the troubled relationships of four couples who agree to live together under one roof for seven days of in-depth counseling to try to save their marriages.

It’s being billed as a special, but the program is actually a backdoor pilot for a new series. If viewers respond, that is.

In the special, four couples who have found themselves at the end of their rope come to “The Marriage Test” house hoping to resolve their deeply rooted problems and begin to heal their relationships. Led by husband-and-wife marriage coaches Will Craig and Laurie Gerber, the couples take part in a series of exercises that include individual and group therapy sessions all aimed at salvaging their troubled unions. Will and Laurie watch the residents 24/7 in order to uncover each person’s issues and ultimately attempt to save these marriages by forcing the couples to save each other.

At the end of the week, each twosome will have to decide whether recommit and stay together and or break up and go their separate ways.

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Travel Loving Celebs Take Charge in ‘The Getaway’ on Esquire

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Anyone can be a tourist, but experiencing a city like a local takes a great guide. From executive producers Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Zero Production comes THE GETAWAY, a new original series that explores the world’s greatest cities through the eyes of a revolving cast of travel-loving celebs. The 10-part series makes its world premiere on Esquire Network Wednesday, September 25 at 9p e/p.

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Fuse Orders Up Another Helping of ‘Ex-Wives of Rock’

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Fuse, the national music television network of The Madison Square Garden Company, today announced that Ex-Wives of Rock will return to the network for a second season with 14 new half-hour episodes. The show follows four women who all have at least one thing in common – they married rock stars and lived to tell about it.

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SPOILER: The BB15 Jury Member Returning to the Game is…

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This is a spoiler post for Big Brother 15. If you don’t want to know which member of the Jury is coming back into the house, then do NOT click the jump to read more.

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Whew: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Won’t Run for Congress

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(via The Washington Post)

Willie Robertson, the American flag-branded, ZZ Top-bearded star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” does not have any plans to run for Congress from Louisiana.

Robertson sat down with the hosts of Fox News’ “The Five” to promote season four of his reality show featuring his family and their duck call business, and he was asked to weigh in on reports that he might run to replace Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander, who is set to resign in September to join the cabinet of Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“I heard I was doing that,” he said regarding the Twitter buzz his own political leanings have sparked, but “that’s news to me.”

“I’m kinda busy right now,” he elaborated. “I gotta lot of stuff going on.”

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Evicted Houseguest Will Return to Big Brother House

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Huge news on last night’s episode of Big Brother! Not the eviction of Jessie, we saw that one coming from a mile away.

No, it turns out that an evicted HG will be returned to play the game! It will be one of the guests from the jury, so that could mean Candice, Jessie, Judd or the player who is evicted next week. From the sounds of it, there will be a competition among those 4 players for a return ticket to the BB house.

This will essentially undo the double-eviction night from last week, so perhaps we’ll have another double to look forward to in the coming weeks. But mainly, I’m just hoping that it means Judd (J-U-DOUBLE-D) will get another bite at the apple. He was one of the few HGs left that I didn’t find completely disgusting.

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Dear God No: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Urged to Run for Congress

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(via The Washington Examiner)

A new political dynasty might soon be joining the Kennedys, Clintons and Bushes: Duck Dynasty, that is.

Some key Republican operatives are eager to woo one of the hit show’s stars–Willie Robertson–to run for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander.

Alexander, expressing frustration with divided government, is going to work in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. He will leave at the end of September and a special election will be held to fill the open seat.

He represents the 5th District, including Monroe, La., home to the group headed by Robertson, the game call and hunting companies Duck Commander and Buck Commander. Alexander and his staff are also friendly with the Robertson family, especially Willie.

Robertson is more famous for the TV hit Duck Dynasty on A&E about the family business, in which where he is known for being the CEO prankster. He is a self-described “redneck millionaire.”

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Showtime Follows Final Days of the Terminally Ill in New Series

This fall, premium cable network Showtime will take an unflinching, in-depth look at some remarkable individuals facing their own imminent mortality in their new documentary series Time of Death, which comes from executive producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of the Magical Elves production team (Top Chef).

Cameras will follow brave, terminally ill individuals as they live out their final days, supported by family, friends, healthcare teams and hospice workers, who gently help guide the process.

“This SHOWTIME documentary series is an examination of people in the last days and weeks of their life and how they and their families make the transition from life to death,” said David Nevins, President of Entertainment for SHOWTIME Networks Inc. “This is not an easy show, but it is a subject I’ve always wanted to be able to explore in detail. And I know it will make for a powerful and compelling viewing experience.”

The program will attempt to weave together these complex, unforgettable stories into an affecting portrait: a single mother of three with Stage IV breast cancer; a grandmother with inoperable pancreatic cancer who is also a psychotherapist who specializes in the field of death and dying; a veteran with a rare cancer facing the end with his parents beside him; and a young woman with Stage IV melanoma, among other profiles. Each unique, emotionally resonant tale will serve as a tangible reminder of the finite nature of time and mortality.

“Producing TIME OF DEATH has been one of the most intense and thought- provoking experiences of our careers,” said Lipsitz. “Nobody ever talked about death in our halls before – but now there is a much more open dialogue and its healthy and meaningful and we hope we can pass that experience on to the viewer.” Cutforth adds, “This is a series about death but it’s also about life and living and humor and love. It’s a brave series to do and we are thankful SHOWTIME has given us the opportunity to tell these stories.”

Time of Death is currently in post-production for a fall debut.

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Dean Cain to Hunt Bigfoot for New Spike TV Series

Dean Cain’s career.  Spike TV’s credibility.  Bigfoot.

Three things that don’t exist.

(via press release)

Dean Cain (“Hit the Floor”) is set to lead the most ambitious and extensive hunt for the ever-elusive Sasquatch in Spike TV’s “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” Cain will host the unique competition series that features nine teams comprised of lifelong Bigfoot hunters and big game hunters as they use groundbreaking scientific technology to comb the Pacific Northwest for undisputable proof of Bigfoot’s existence in hopes of taking home one of the largest cash prizes in television history. The $10 million in cash is underwritten by Lloyd’s of London. Currently in production, the new one-hour reality series is set to premiere January, 2014 on Spike TV.

An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Cain will serve as the expedition leader helping the teams of “squatchers” as they use their skills to compete for a $10 million dollar prize. Each episode will follow the different teams as they search some of the most famous Bigfoot “hotzones” in America. Utilizing a state-of-the-art mobile DNA lab, teams will ply their extensive research and presumed knowledge of the legendary creature to collect scientific samples, often battling nature’s inhospitable conditions.

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