LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - TLC has pulled the plug on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," one of its most prominent series, following allegations that the mother at the center of the show has been dating a convicted child molester.
TLC's move comes two months before the show's fifth season was to premiere in January. The Discovery Communications cabler will take a financial hit in scrapping an undetermined number of episodes.
"TLC has cancelled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being," TLC said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC has padded the episode orders for comedies "The Goldbergs," "Black-ish" and six other shows as the Alphabet surveys its needs following a solid start to the 2014-15 season.
"The Goldbergs" (pictured), the Sony Pictures TV family comedy in its sophomore season, has added two episodes for a total of 24. ABC Studios' "Black-ish" is also upped by two segs for a total of 24, as are comedies "Modern Family" and "The Middle" from 20th Century Fox TV and Warner Bros. TV, respectively.
ABC Studios' Grey's Anatomy" also climbs by two episodes to 24. ABC Studios' "Resurrection" got one additional episode for a total of 14 so far, while the studio's stalwart "Castle" and "Once Upon a Time" also grew by one episode apiece for a total of 23.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CNN has announced a new original series to join its lineup in 2015.
"High Profits" will introduce viewers to Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire, two business-minded, relentless individuals with a plan to franchise marijuana. The eight-part series will grant exclusive access to the couple, owners of the Breckenridge Cannabis Club, and will highlight how the business has grown in the months since Colorado became the first state to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana.
Each episode will follow Rogers and McGuire as they manage a chain of retail marijuana stores, one of the largest grow facilities in the state, and work to build their franchise empire while navigating employee issues, customer demands, product testing, complicated taxes, safety concerns and legal and political hurdles.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - TLC is "reassessing" the future of reality hit "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" following a TMZ report alleging that the mother of the girl at the center of the show is romantically linked to a convicted child molester.
In a statement, TLC said: "TLC is not currently in production on 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series."
June Shannon, mother of former child beauty pageant contender Alana Thompson who is at the center of the show, is alleged to be dating a man convicted of child molestation involving a relative of Shannon's who was eight years old at the time of the incident. The man was recently released from prison and is a registered sex offender in Georgia, according to TMZ.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - For starters, "Constantine," the TV show derived from DC's "Hellblazer" comics, is better than "Constantine," the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves, which amounts to damnation with faint praise. Matt Ryan is certainly appealing as the doomed-to-hell exorcist/demonologist, and the concept is perfectly positioned as a companion to NBC's "Grimm," premiering right before Halloween, no less. That said, the series -- adapted by Daniel Cerone with an assist from genre specialist David S. Goyer -- nearly chokes on its mythological mumbo-jumbo, and frankly, yelling at demons in foreign tongues seemed a whole lot scarier back when "The Exorcist" first turned heads.
Like all good demon fighters, Ryan's Constantine is plagued by a dark past, haunted by the 9-year-old girl he couldn't save, sentencing his own soul to hell. When introduced, in fact, he's checked himself into an asylum, only to wearily -- and wisecrackingly -- rejoin the battle against demons visiting Earth, who manifest themselves by inhabiting unsuspecting folk.
Constantine has a few nondescript helpers in this endeavor, the most interesting being an angel ("Lost's" Harold Perrineau, saddled with "Rosemary's Baby" eyes) who speaks to him mostly in cryptic riddles. There's also the little matter of the woman he's trying to save in the premiere, who has inherited a legacy from the father she never met, a man who Constantine knew.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Doubling down on two TV trends -- mining nostalgic movies for TV source materials and the new fall shows' infatuation with romantic comedies -- ABC has given a put pilot with a heavy penalty to a half-hour comedy anthology series based on the raunchy Tom Hanks comedy "Bachelor Party."
The project, which hails from Small Dog Picture Co. and the Walcott Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television, plans to examine relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. They will experience the trial-by-fire that is the modern day, co-ed bachelor/bachelorette extravaganza.
"Bachelor Party" is co-created by JJ Philbin and Josh Malmuth, with Philbin executive producing and Malmuth co-executive producing. Additional executive producers are Jason Winer, Max Winkler, Jake Johnson and Renate Radford, with Mary Lee serving as producer. Winer and Winkler will alternate directing duties in series. Schedule permitting, Winer will direct the pilot.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Binge-watching is a relatively new TV-viewing behavior that has the viewer making an active choice to watch a series hour after hour after hour. Now PBS appears to have cracked the nut on getting people to do it with a TV network more firmly in control of the process.
PBS' recent broadcast of "The Roosevelts," an epic 14-hour series, reached more than 33.3 million viewers who tuned in to local PBS stations to watch the Ken Burns-helmed series, according to Nielsen live-plus-seven data released Wednesday by the network. The numbers are surprising because PBS ran the series in primetime over seven consecutive nights, from Sunday, September 14 to Saturday, September 20 , demanding a significant time commitment from viewers.
PBS typically sees its highest program ratings for drama series, said Beth Hoppe, the network's chief programming executive and general manager of its general-audience programming, but getting these sorts of numbers for a non-fiction series with TV viewing as fragmented as it has become "is unheard of" - and executives believe the availability of the series on new-tech platforms like the web, Roku and elsewhere helped.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - FX has announced that it is not moving forward with a third season of "The Bridge," the crime drama starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichi.
The series, developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid, explored the explores the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border centering on two cops from each country (Kruger and Bichir) working to catch a serial killer.
"We thank our partners at FX for their tireless efforts in developing and launching 'The Bridge' with us. From its fresh, unique voice to its deep and diverse ensemble cast, this is a series that we are all very proud of," said Shine America, which co-produced the series, in a statement.