Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:54 PM
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Actor Dominic West attends the HBO premiere of 'The Wire' on January 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Wire" fans can start saying their favorite expletives: Creator David Simon's beloved drama about the gangs, police and other factions that make Baltimore tick is getting a facelift before a marathon viewing.

HBO has confirmed that is in the process of re-mastering the series that ran from 2002 to 2008 and starred Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, Idris Elba, Michael K. Williams and others. HBO had planned a September launch for the marathon, but the episodes are still in review. However, the cat got out of the bag in August when a viewer noticed a promo ad with the wrong premiere date for the marathon. The marathon's start date is still to be determined.

Binge-watching marathons of favorite programs are increasingly becoming popular promotional tools for networks. FXX is currently seeing ratings success with its non-stop Every.Simpsons.Ever. marathon. TVGN is trying a similar, but less intense, strategy by airing episodes of the original "Beverly Hills, 90210."

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:40 PM
Tedd Florendo comes to NBC10

NBC10 meteorologist Tedd Florendo is returning to Las Vegas after joining the station in September of last year He will report back to the CBS affliate from whence he came, according to TV Spy. Waiting on statement from NBC10 and Florendo about the depature.

Florendo is one of the many departures as of late. Bob Kelly left CBS3 last week, along with Elizabeth Hur. Kacie McDonnell left Fox 29 earlier the month to be with her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:47 AM
Piers Morgan hosts on CNN. (Photo via CNN)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Piers Morgan, the CNN primetime host whose efforts to provide the network with a new type of celebrity-interview show met with ratings headwinds, has officially left the cable news channel after declining a new two-year deal that would have made him the host of a sporadic interview series.

"I was offered a new 2-year deal by CNN boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview 'specials,'" Morgan said via Twitter. "But after considerable thought, I decided not to accept it - and to try pastures new." 

Morgan began anchoring the network's 9 p.m. slot starting in January of 2011, replacing the durable "Larry King Live" with a celebrity-interview show that did not always hit the target with CNN viewers. The program, in which Morgan could be seen breaking away from conversations with perplexed guests like Gregg Allman to ask if they had inadvertently given him a scoop in their responses, proved to be fodder for satire on "Saturday Night Live." Morgan also used the program to rally against the National Rifle Association.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:19 AM
Photo via YouTube.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Downton Abbey" is heating up, according to the first trailer for the drama's upcoming season five.

It teases some new mysteries, shows Jimmy Kent getting caught in bed with a mystery woman, dinner table arguments and even an actual fire that adds in some action. Lady Mary Crawley also seems to get a new love interest in the clip. 

Additionally, the trailer gives a look at newcomer Richard E. Grant, who appeared in the most recent season of "Girls," as Simon Bricker. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:16 AM
The cast of 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.' (Photo via Lifetime)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - So it turns out "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" is really just Lifetime for "Sharknado." The network opted not to screen the movie in advance, presumably assuming the nostalgia/live-tweeting factor would only be undermined by the realization this wasn't so much a movie as a music montage interrupted by reenactments from a mediocre but improbably long-running '90s Saturday-morning show. Told primarily from the perspective of Dustin Diamond (who doubles as a producer), the project explores the age-old insecurities of young actors and challenges of sudden stardom, but in such a tedious, empty way the bell couldn't come soon enough.

Diamond's memoir about the show (which he later disavowed) was said to have provided only partial inspiration for this account, but since Diamond (as played by Sam Kindseth) narrates the movie, periodically breaks the fourth wall to address the camera and generally guides us through this not-so-magical history tour, that sounds like a distinction without a difference. 

As related by Diamond, who played nerd supreme Screech, the movie follows the birth of a show (out of the ashes of a jettisoned Disney Channel series), casting of the principals and near-cancellation before the program caught on. Even in success, however, Diamond clearly feels under-appreciated, grousing that during a promotional tour the others were shipped to glamorous cities while he was dispatched to a rec center in South Carolina, where he promptly got drunk and embarrassed the producers. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 11:09 AM
Photo via the Esquire Network.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Since its rebranding, Esquire is hardly the highest-profile network around, but it's making a pretty strong bid to be one of the more obnoxious. Pushing a jet-setting lifestyle, the channel and movie producer Joel Silver have turned to Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi, an investor in high-tech firms -- born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth -- who has parlayed that into friendships with famous people. Their casual conversations provide the foundation for "My Friends Call Me Johnny," but other than eliciting boorishness from the likes of director Brett Ratner and American Apparel's ousted CEO Dov Charney, seldom has a half-hour felt this long.

Pigozzi describes his outlook on life as follows: "Never go to the office before 12. Business can be fun. And women like to have sex." Setting the third aside, the first two would fall squarely into the "Nice work if you can get it" column.

Unfortunately, nothing about the premiere explains weshy Pigozzi is considered such a hale fellow, and the conversations, seemingly designed to catch the rich and famous in unguarded moments, simply involve prodding them to say jerkier things than they would in a more traditional interview setting. So Ratner brags about the women he dates -- essentially characterizing them as bimbos, without using the word -- while Charney (whose behavior cost him control of the company) mostly dances around Pigozzi's more impertinent questions.

POSTED: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 4:01 PM
Filed Under: Television
Jay Pharoah as Jay Z, Sasheer Zamata as Solange and Keenan Thompson as t he security guard in the SNL 'Elevatorgate' spoof. (via NBC)

Who doesn’t love a good TV marathon?

Sit back and relax this Labor Day with some of your favorite shows. Thanks to The Huffington Post, you are set with tons of good marathons to watch on Monday.

Below are 10 shows to choose from but you can check out the full list here.

POSTED: Friday, August 29, 2014, 12:46 PM
Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World," will be returning to the Philly area for a book signing on Sept. 11. (Photos via ABC/Getty)

"Girl Meets World" may have moved the very Philly universe of "Boy Meets World" to New York, but star Danielle Fishel will soon make her way back to the area — this time, for a book signing. The return of Topanga Lawrence is upon us. 

Chester County Book & Music Company in West Chester will host Fishel Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. as she signs copies of her new book, "Normally, This Would Be Cause for Concern: Tales of Calamity and Unrelenting Awkwardness." Playing a large part in that book is — what else? — Fishel's time on Boy Meets World, which still holds a special place in the hearts of many millennials today. As per the event's Facebook page:

“I would describe my book as being a very honest look at a very honest girl who makes a lot of mistakes,” Fishel said. “I talk about my experiences of growing up in the entertainment industry, specifically on 'Boy Meets World,' I share a lot of great pictures and fun stories about my time with Ben Savage, with Rider Strong and in general what it was like growing up the way I did.” 

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