Scream 4

A year has passed since MTV greenlit a pilot based on the Wes Craven horror franchise Scream. Finally, casting has begun. We know because descriptions of the Scream TV show’s four main characters have now been revealed. While they don’t shine any particular light on how the series will tie into the films, they do give an idea of the dynamics of the show. They’re very MTV.

However, one other piece of new information does offer a significant hint at how the Scream TV show will tie into the films. Read about it all below. Read More »

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Scream 4

Briefly: MTV’s Scream TV series is moving forward. The network announced the show at their upfront this past Spring and Friday, at the Television Critics Association event, they revealed Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin would be writing the show. Beattie and Dworkin worked together on Criminal Minds, Revenge and The Event.

There’s still no word on how, or if, the show will tie into the movies or when we might see a pilot. Either way, the show is aiming to “reinvent” the franchise. [Variety]

This Is The End

At first blush, a star-studded comedy about the apocalypse and a reality show about hot-tubbing 20somethings wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Upon closer examination, however, it turns out they’re not very different at all.

Both MTV’s The Real World and Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s This Is the End involve unruly groups stuck living together — the former because that’s what they have to do to get on TV, the latter because the rest of the world has become a fiery pit of despair. Both show housemates forging alliances and nursing grudges. Both see said relationships fueled by copious amounts of inhibition-lowering substances.

But most importantly, both the premiere of This Is the End and the finale of Real World: Portland hit this week. As a result, members of both casts have teamed for a clever bit of cross-promotion titled The Real World: This Is the End edition. Check it out after the jump.

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Scream 4

Do you like scary movies? How about TV shows based on scary movies?

MTV has given the green light to a pilot based on Scream, the horror film series launched by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson in 1996. If all goes well, the drama would debut on the network next summer. More info after the jump.

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Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:

  • Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
  • Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
  • Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
  • Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
  • Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
  • Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen SchaalGarry Trudeau, and more
  • The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web

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Fall doesn’t technically start for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day is the unofficial turn of the season. In this very late summer edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV announces Jersey Shore will end after Season 6
  • Robin Williams could return to TV with David E. Kelley
  • Jorge Garcia lands a guest spot on Once Upon a Time
  • Yes, Judy Greer will return to Arrested Development
  • And yes, Mike Schur‘s Mose will appear on The Farm
  • NBC has a sneak peak tour planned for Revolution
  • New details emerge on Psycho prequel Bates Motel
  • See stars hanging out on the set of NBC’s Hannibal
  • Alan Ball‘s Cinemax series Banshee gets a teaser
  • American Horror Story teaser finally shows the cast

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‘Jersey Shore’ Producers Casting MTV Geek Reality Show

When Clint Eastwood agreed to appear on an upcoming reality show for E!, it served as a dramatic reminder that the format isn’t just for spoiled heiresses or boozed-up guidos anymore. In fact, MTV’s now looking to feature people like you — yes, you! — on a new “experimental documentary series” about geek culture titled Fandom Rising, “from the masterminds behind The Jersey Shore.” Uh oh.

I’m not necessarily opposed to the idea of a reality show about geeks in general, but I am wary of this particular project. The Jersey Shore nod doesn’t exactly suggest a sensitive or respectful treatment of its subjects, and it’s all too easy to envision this series making geeks the butt of the same tired jokes about how awkward and lonely and pathetic geeks are. If you’re more optimistic than I am, though — or if you’re OK with the risk of being made fun of on national television — read the full press release and get application info after the jump.

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The fact that The Walking Dead is coming back next week is, without a doubt, exciting. It’s not as exciting, though, when you realize that means this Sunday is the fourth season finale of Breaking Bad.

Just when you thought AMC’s award-winning show couldn’t get any better, show runner Vince Gilligan delivers a season that has pretty much seen our two main characters, Walt and Jesse, almost on totally different shows, each going through their own personal hell as things slowly spiral out of control. Star Bryan Cranston was on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast Thursday and dropped some insane teases about Sunday’s finale plus, Hitfix got their hands on the first minute of the episode. We’ve got all of that after the break.

But if millionaire meth magicians with their lives on the line isn’t your thing, you should still click below the jump. That’s where you can see a hilarious trailer for the return of everyone’s favorite MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead from the mind of Mike Judge. Read More »

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