Bear Grylls in Australia
British survival expert Bear Grylls is currently shooting a new episode of Man Vs Wild on Murray Island off the coast of Australia. The episode is one of two to be filmed down under with no word yet as to where the other location will be. Grylls will be swimming in crocodile-infested waters and scaling rock-faces during his time on Murray Island.
Lie To Me renewed
Lie To Me’s American network has renewed the drama series for another season. The series, which stars Tim Roth as genius psychologist Dr. Cal Lightman, will continue for a third season despite losing its showrunner Shawn Ryan earlier in the week.
John Grisham novel heading to TV
John Grisham’s novel The Firm is being developed into a TV series. The series has been pitched to US networks NBC, FOX, FX, A&E and TNT and is expected to get picked up. It will be only the third Grisham novel to make it to TV while seven have been turned into movies.
Coro in HD
Long-running English soap Coronation Street is finally entering the High Definition era with its British broadcaster ITV confirming the series will be shot in HD. The news comes ahead of the soap’s 50th birthday this coming December.
Sarah Silverman canned
Comedy Central has canned comedian Sarah Silverman’s s show The Sarah Silverman Program. The show barely managed to gain a third season last year and although a spirited Twitter campaign backed another season this year, the network has decided to end its run for good. Silverman will now concentrate on promoting her autobiography The Bedwetter.
Sam Neill’s series pulled
Kiwi Sam Neill’s new American TV show has been pulled by ABC following only two episodes. Neill stars in the show entitled Happy Town which centres on a small Minnesota town where several kidnappings have taken place. Word is the network will run the show during the American summer when there are less viewers.
Trinny and Susannah’s new web series
Style gurus Trinny and Susannah are launching their own online reality show. The show is said to be along the line of Curb Your Enthusiasm and will be both entertaining and revealing, according to the pair. The show, which is partially funded by shopping mall empire Westfield, will screen on the website iVillage and will comprise of 16-minute episodes.
8 nominations for Ellen
TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres has received 8 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards announced earlier today. Her show is up for the major Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment award but not Best Talk Show Host as the host decided not to submit herself for that, joking her “steroid use gives [her] an unfair advantage.”
The only thing larger than the worldwide audience for American sitcom Two and a Half Men is the size of Charlie Sheen’s pay cheque for the show. TMZ is reporting that the actor stands to earn between $60-100m for the next two years should he continue work on the sitcom. Comparatively, co-star Jon Cryer will earn a meagre $20m.