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ABC Orders Pilot Based On Classic Tom Hanks Film

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Developing television shows based on films from yesteryear is all the rage in Hollywood these days. Especially ones starring Tom Hanks. FOX recently nabbed a comedy event series based on Big from Enlisted exec producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce. Now it’s ABC’s turn to dig through Hanks’ movie vault.

Have any guesses? Sleepless In Seattle? Cast Away? Forrest Gump? Find out which film below.

find out after the jump

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You can’t keep a good bitch down ;) Although she proclaimed last year’s Most Fascinating People special was the last, Barbara Walters returns to ABC this Winter with a 2014 edition.

While I enjoy the special, I thought last year’s supposed final list was fitting. Walters began the annual telecast years ago with Hillary Rodham Clinton as her ‘Most Fascinating Person.’ Fittingly, Barbara chose the former First Lady as her last. I’m sensing that the legendary 85-year-old journalist’s retirement will echo Cher’s numerous farewell tours ;)

ABC has already released some names who’ve made the 2014 list. Find out who made the cut below.

check out who’s made the cut already after the jump

ABC Picks Up Tyra Banks’ New Talk Show The F.A.B.

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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After a five year break from the competitive world of daytime, Tyra Banks is throwing her hat back in the proverbial ring. ABC announced it’s picking up the 40-year-old’s new show titled The F.A.B. For all those who watch ANTM, you know how much Tyra loves her acronyms. This one stands for The Fun and the Beautiful (insert eye roll).

“At 40, Tyra has never been more relevant than she is today,” said Lisa Hackner, executive vp, daytime & syndicated programming, ABC Entertainment Group in a statement, “and her massive and growing digital footprint exemplifies her connection with women of all ages.”

The F.A.B. will premiere in September 2015 anchored on ABC stations in major cities reaching about 23 percent of U.S. television homes. Unlike The Tyra Banks Show for which she won an Emmy, this time around she won’t be going solo. The chatfest involves a group of panelists.

As if the space wasn’t already crowded with The View, The Talk, The Real and Canada’s The Social. Find out below who’ll be sitting alongside the former Victoria’s Secret model.

check out the cast after the jump

Robbie Rogers’ Shorts Are Coming To ABC

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows
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Back in July came word that a sitcom inspired by Robbie Rogers’ life as MLS’ first openly-gay athlete was being developed by writer Claudia Lonow and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The latter duo have produced such gay-friendly entertainment including Hairspray and Smash. Clearly, Rogers’ boyfriend, Arrow producer Greg Berlanti, and his connections had something to do with the deal. The project has officially landed on ABC.

read about the show after the jump

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Good news for all you fans of TGIT- ABC’s Thank God It’s Thursday line-up. Shonda Rimes’ latest watercooler show How To Get Away With Murder has received a full season pick-up. Normally that would be 22 episodes, but since it’s billed as a limited series, it’s only going from 13 to 15 episodes. The Viola Davis drama is the highest-rated new series this Fall, averaging a 3.6 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo and delivering more than 14 million viewers in its opening night.

The alphabet network also gave out good news to new comedy black-ish. The rookie sitcom gets an additional nine episodes, upping it to 22. The Anthony Anderson series debuted strongly thanks to its lead-in Modern Family. It debuted to 10.8 million and a 3.3 rating.

Are you happy about both these shows getting more episodes. Personally, I’m enjoying both but really obsessed with HTGAWM. Viola is sensational and I’m loving gay law student Connor (Jack Falahee). How sexy is he?

find out which CBS shows after the jump

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Arguably the most-hyped show coming into this new season has to be Gotham. FOX’s Batman prequel didn’t disappoint in terms of ratings. It notched 8 million viewers and a 3.2 rating among the coveted 18-49 demo. Definitely solid given it was against two back-to-back episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Only time will tell if the show can maintain or build upon its series premiere numbers.

Also debuting well was Scorpion over at CBS. It generated 14 million viewers and a 3.3 rating. No doubt aided greatly by it’s cushy lead-in- The Big Bang Theory double header. I don’t typically watch shows on the eye network, but this one has me intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out when I get back from my Hawaiian vacay.

Unfortunately for ABC, the winning streak for freshman shows ended with Forever. The show did alright with 8.3 million viewers but only managed to snag 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. That number represents a 32 percent decrease from Castle which occupied the post-Dancing With The Stars slot last season. Don’t expect a long life for this immortality drama.

see how the returning shows fared after the jump

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The premiere of any Dancing With The Stars season is my favorite. Watching which stars come out as the early frontrunners and surprise me with their dancing talent brings out my inner nerd. It’s not uncommon to see me break into a smile or clap after witnessing an endearing performance. The Season 19 kick-off was no different.

Though the cast has been criticized for not being exciting or bringing in the star wattage, I quite enjoyed the show. Not surprisingly, Alfonso Ribeiro topped the leaderboard, scoring 9s across the board. After all, he did dance with Michael Jackson as a kid and gave us ‘The Carlton’ on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It was great his Silver Spoons co-star, Ricky Schroeder, showed his support in the audience.

The one who surprised me the most was Randy Couture. Who knew the wrestler could be so graceful? He’s my dark horse pick. Even though they have no shot in hell to win the mirrorball, both Tommy Chong and Betsey Johnson made me smile. They’re both so adorable and gave better-than-expected performances given their age. Well done. Hopefully, Johnson survives this week despite having the lowest score of the night.

Along with the aforementioned, I’m also rooting for Jonathan Bennett, Lea Thompson and Janel Parrish to do well.

Personally, I hope LoLo Jones gets the axe. She had resting bitch face the entire night after messing up her dance. In all seriousness, she was a flat out BITCH which is a shame because I like her pro, new-to-the-show Keo Motsepe. Check out her misstep below, along with all the other performances.

watch all the performances after the jump

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Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars is officially underway. The cast for the upcoming season was announced by Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews (glad she’s back) Thursday morning on Good Morning America. While some of the celebrities were expected (thanks to spoilers), there were still a couple of pleasant surprises.

By far, the star I’m most excited about is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Alfonso Ribiero. Can anyone say ‘The Carlton?’ The actor revealed he’d also incorporate a couple of classic Michael Jackson moves in his routines. Ribeiro starred alongside the King of Pop as a kid during a Pepsi commercial. Not only will Alfonso provide plenty of entertainment, but he’s also a viable contender. Team Carlton for the win.

The veteran reality competition show ups its fashion game this season by enlisting fashion vlogger Bethany Mota and iconic designer Betsey Johnson. The latter confirmed her signature cartwheels would be in the mix.

Noticeably missing are recent Bachelorette Andi Dorfman and American Ninja Warrior standout Kacy Catanzaro. The two were rumored to be joining the cast. Check out the entire cast below which includes a former Calvin Klein underwear model, Mean Girls alum, Olympian and wrestler to name a few. Their professional partners were also revealed.

check the pairings and watch the clip after the jump

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