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OWN Postpones Michael Sam Docu-Series

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows
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Just days after OWN announced a docu-series about Michael Sam, the network has decided to postpone the project. It would’ve chronicled Sam’s attempt to make the St. Louis Rams final roster. Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice who also filmed the Lindsay Lohan reality series was on board to produce the show alongside Craig Piligian.

The official word from the network as to why it’s temporarily shelved is to allow Sam to focus on football. That certainly makes sense. Many speculated a media circus would follow the first openly-gay player in the league and this would’ve definitely added fuel to that fire.

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, The Untitled Michael Sam Project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team. OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.” – OWN President Erik Logan

As wonderful as the official statement release is, I’m thinking OWN was forced by the league to stop production. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says OWN had no agreement to use footage from the league adding, “We learned of this in the days after the draft.” I’m also thinking the Rams’ administration wasn’t enthusiastic as well about the show. Especially if Michael doesn’t make the cut.

read Sam’s people’s response after the jump

American Idol 13: Final 2 Premiere Debut Singles

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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While I’ve enjoyed Harry Connick Jr on the judging panel (ecstatic he’s coming back), Season 13 of American Idol has been a little lackluster. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. With that being said, I do believe the rightful two made the finals and are the most deserving. Both Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene have impressed during the past weeks. Especially the latter who made the Top 13 via wildcard and landed in the Bottom 3 early on. Props to her for turning it around and winning viewers over.

Unlike in previous seasons, the show has released each contestant’s debut single aka coronation song prior to the finale. While not nearly as catchy as “Home” or “A Moment Like This,” both tracks are pretty good.

As Long As You Love Me” by Caleb Johnson is the better of the two, IMHO. However Jena Irene’s “We Are One” has a Katy Perry meets Kelly Clarkson vibe to it. May the better singer take it all next week. I’m personally rooting for Jena Irene. And you? Give both tracks a listen below.

listen to both tracks after the jump

ABC Taps Kesha & More To Judge Rising Star

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. ABC is certainly taking that proverb to heart. The alphabet network makes another attempt to get into the singing competition game this Summer after dipping their toes with Duets starring Kelly Clarkson a couple years ago.

Rising Star has a unique live format unlike any of its competitors. It’s proven quite popular in foreign territories. A hopeful singer will perform behind a huge video wall. If viewers at home are impressed they will cast their votes in real time via smartphone. Should the singer generate enough votes, the video wall will rise.

find out the judges and host after the jump

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When did Oprah Winfrey become the official designate to officiate grand farewells? Earlier this year, she headlined a random star-studded line-up to bid adieu to Jay Leno. Today she popped up on The View to say goodbye to her idol Barbara Walters for the legendary journalist’s last day on the ABC daytime chatfest. If you thought yesterday’s show featuring every View co-host was epic, wait til you see this.

Winfrey wasn’t the only one inspired by Walters’ trailblazing career. Practically every notable female reporter on television today echoes that sentiment. Among the women who showed up to pay tribute to Barbara were Diane Sawyer, Connie Chung, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Jane Pauley and countless others. Listing them all off would take too much time. As Walters stated herself, these women are her legacy. Well said. Check out the touching moment below.

watch the clip after the jump

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Tyra Banks has been a long-time supporter of transgenders. She’s featured a couple on America’s Next Top Model. For her latest project, she’s teaming up with RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Carmen Carrera for a new ground-breaking series for VH1.

TransAmerica will follow a group of Chicago women navigating friendship, careers and dating, all united by the fact that they are transgender. Carrera will relocate from New Jersey for the series to serve as a role model for the cast.

“Being a woman means everything to me,” Carrera said. “Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”

The eight-episode docu-series is slated to air either late 2014 or early 2015. Banks will executive produce alongside Gay Rosenthal (Behind the Music, Push Girls, Little People, Big World). Check out more details about the show and cast below.

more details about the show and cast after the jump

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Neil Patrick Harris has proven himself a very capable awards show host. But can the former How I Met Your Mother actor pull off a nightly late night talk show? According to the 40-year-old that was almost a possibility.

Harris revealed to Howard Stern that CBS president Les Moonves approached him about taking over a late-night slot. Harris explains he rejected both offers because he didn’t want to get “bored.”

“I don’t have any interest in doing ‘monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest musical act, goodnight,’” he tells Stern, adding “It’s still nightly. You’re still coming up with the same content and now you’re just getting bitter that no one’s watching it.”

Stephen Colbert you’re welcome. The Comedy Central host took over David Letterman’s gig after Letterman announced his retirement. Neil Patrick did however pitch another idea to Moonves. Find out what it is below.

find out what he pitched to CBS instead after the jump

Shakira Leaves The Voice

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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If Shakira is your favorite judge on The Voice, you better enjoy it while it lasts. The Colombian singer revealed she’s leaving the singing competition after this season. She states it was always a “temporary thing for her to do.”

That’s a shame. I really like the “Empire” singer on the show. She’s so cute whenever she finds out her contestant is safe. Sadly though, she’ll leave the show without a win. I don’t think Kristen Merlin can take it home for her this season.

Hopefully, Usher stays put and he’s paired with Christina Aguilera when she returns after Gwen Stefani and Pharrell sit in the red swivel chairs for Season 7. Check out Shakira’s interview below.

check out the interview after the jump

FOX 2014-15 Upfronts: Schedule & Show Trailers

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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FOX presented their Fall 2014 schedule yesterday. I’ve been waiting for them to upload trailers for their new offerings. At last, the network finally got they lazy butts to work ;)

Without a doubt, Gotham is the most highly-anticipated among the bunch. Originally, FOX ordered 13 episodes but has since increased the order to 16. The Batman prequel is one of five new dramas, four new comedies, two event series and one new unscripted series FOX has in store for us.

Among the new programs that look most promising are Hieroglyph, Gracepoint, Empire and naturally Gotham. With American Idol pretty much dead and Glee ending next year, the network needs a breakout hit desperately.

Speaking of Glee, it was revealed that talks with Ryan Murphy are ongoing to see how many episodes are exactly needed to give the musical show a proper send-off. Reports say that it could be as low as 13. Gleeks brace yourself for a mini farewell.

Check out FOX’s new schedule below, along with trailers for most of their new shows.

check out the schedule and show trailers after the jump

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