Welcome to the first day of July. Let’s get down to it.
* Starting off with this bit of news from BuzzerBlog. Joe Rogan, the original host of Fear Factor, is being tapped to host the revival. Huzzah! Executive producer Matt Kunitz claims the new series could be ready as early as September, and will go on for 8 episodes.
I assume they’re doing only 8 episodes to test the waters. It seems to me, though, that if you were only going to produce 8 episodes, you should move it to midseason when whatever flop that’s been put on the fall schedule has been given a chance to fail. If you put it on in September, that only gives you a limited amount of time to come up with a new show to put in its place. Not smart.
* This story comes to us from Digital Spy. Carson Daly, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, claims that we’ll see more blind auditions in the 2nd season of The Voice. I’m all for it, because I believe this is the only thing that makes this show unique (aside from the celebrity judges who also sing every week). Daly says, “I think there will be at least four weeks of our blind auditions so that people can really sink their teeth into that discovery process.”
Only way I could see this going wrong is if each blind audition episode is 2 hours. Of course, this is slowly but surely becoming a standard. This is why I’m glad it’s on NBC and not on Fox.
By the way, Javier won. He speaks here.
* This comes from The Hollywood Reporter. Australian Idol judge Jay Dee Springbett was found dead in his apartment yesterday at the age of 36. He was known as the resident “nice guy” in the show’s final season in 2009. I’d like to compare him to Randy Jackson, because he was always the nice guy. Currently, the cause of death is unknown, but the death is not suspicious.
I’m curious as to how Fremantle is going to handle this with the American version. Perhaps this will mean added security, added counseling, or something of that nature.
* This is an odd article from the AV Club. They’re reviewing the last episode of Celebrity Hot Potato from June 29, 1984. That’s 2 days ago, folks.
Here’s an episode (courtesy of supersaver87), you’ll see what I mean.
See what I mean?
There’s a lot of conversation about game show hosts and the like, and you’d be surprised to read some of the things there. I won’t spoil it for you.
* Now this is interesting. I did not know this. The New York Post reports that those interviews Alex Trebek has with contestants in the middle of the Jeopardy round are actually rehearsed. It involves questionnaires and sharing anecdotes with the contestant coordinator. You should read it.
* Again from the same paper, America’s Next Great Restaurant….. is a flop. Soul Daddy closed its 3 locations. Its New York location, at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan (never heard of that place) and its LA location near the Kodak Theater, both closed on June 14 (this is according to TMZ). The Minnesota location closed this week.
All I can say is that the idea was ambitious. Certainly ambitious. It takes a lot of hard work to operate a restaurant, much less a chain. With all the hype it’s recieved, it should have succeeded. But, it didn’t.
Enjoy your weekend, I will see you on the 4th of July!