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Will Ferrell Developing a Comedy for Fox

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, FOX,

Will FerrellWow, this is kinda like deja vu. We reported earlier that Will Ferrell was developing a show for HBO. Well, now he’s developing a show for Fox. Church of Steve is about a man from New Jersey who discovers he is a descendant of Jesus. The half-hour show is coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company. So far, the pilot for the project has been approved—no official date on when the show is expected to air. The pilot episode sets the scene with a biblical Italian scholar who discovers that Steve is a descendant of Jesus. Also, no casting announcements have yet to be made.

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Fox Gives Robert Smigel Animated Pilot a Try

Robert SmigelGive that man a series—any series! Robert Smigel, the talented man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, the Saturday Night Live TV Fun House segments, as well as writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien has had an animated pilot green-lit by the Fox Network. Animals will provide another animated half-hour to Fox’s Sunday-night cartoon offerings (King of the Hill, The Simpsons, American Dad and Family Guy). According to trade papers, Animals will “mine the animal kingdom for a parody of life in suburban America.” The series is produced by Adam Sandler’s company, Happy Madison. Smigel and Sandler have a past with Saturday Night Live, plus Smigel has popped up in small appearances in Happy Gilmore and Punch-Drunk Love.

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First Casualities of the Fall Season?

Fox logoWhile not officially canceled, two shows have received the kiss of death—being put on hiatus. It seems pretty early in the season to pull the plug already, but Fox’s Happy Hour and Justice have already been put on “hiatus” status. Fox is saying that the comedy Happy Hour will return in November, citing the upcoming baseball playoffs and World Series as their reason for shelving the show, if only briefly. Until baseball takes over, Fox will be running a rerun of ‘Til Death during Happy Hour‘s Thursday time slot.

Justice will also take a break, with a repeat of House airing in its place on October 4th. The network will, however, be airing a repeat of Justice‘s pilot on Friday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m. This time will cut the finale of Celebrity Duets short by one hour.

Neither of these new shows really stood a chance against the competition (even though neither is officially canceled yet)—up against Survivor: Cook Island and The Office.

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FOX Adds Primetime Game Show to Roster

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Games, Prime Time, ABC, FOX, NBC,

Fox Logo Not one to miss out on the game show mania, a la Deal or No Deal (NBC) and upcoming 1 vs. 100 (NBC) and Set for Life (ABC), FOX will now be offering their own primetime game show to the mix. The Rich List will debut later this season, produced by the British company that brought you The Weakest Link (ugh!) and Dog Eat Dog (double ugh!). The show will challenge teams of strangers by having them complete lists of topics, from trivia to textbook topics. To add to the excitement, the teams will wager on how many answers they expect they can provide—highest bid gets to complete the list. And of course, if they don’t make their estimated number, the other team goes on to face another team. According to Mike Darnell, head of alternative programming at FOX, “This is a truly original concept, unlike anything else currently on air, which promises to be exciting and addictive viewing.” Don’t expect any famous American talent to host the show, as British morning show host Eamonn Holmes will helm The Rich List.

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Teen Choice Awards Voting Open Until August 11

Teen ChoiceThis week teens can vote for their favorite stars in the Teen Choice Awards.

Nominees include new celebs such as Brandon Routh of Superman Returns and American Idol‘s Katharine McPhee, as well as familiar faces like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, and pop culture icons Flavor Flav (Flavor of Love) and Hulk Hogan (Hogan Knows Best).

The competition between Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavallari and Lauren “LC” Conrad continues as they are both nominted for Female “Choice Reality Star”.

Also nominated for an award is Jessica Simpson, her ex-brother-in-law Drew Lachey (for his stint on Dancing with the Stars), and many more.

The awards will air on FOX, August 20 at 8:00 EST, following a “red carpet” pre-show at 7:30. Ballots are available on-line at Teenpeople.com, MySpace.com, IGN.com and FOX.com. Voting will run until August 11 and is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 19.

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