AMC announced today the greenlight of a new unscripted original series Road Show, working title (w/t), created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and Storyvision Entertainment and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television. Road Show (wt) organizes competitions in small towns across the country, featuring local talent who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight.
AMC also announced today the renewal for a second season of Small Town Security, the unscripted series that centers on a small, family-run security and private investigation company. Season one premiered in July to critical acclaim, with USA Today hailing it as a reality show that “manages to defy the stereotype” and the Associated Press saying it “bristles with authenticity even as it feels deliriously (and sometimes hilariously) hyper-real with its larger-than-life characters.” The series is produced by Left/Right Films.
Small Town Security and Road Show (wt) are both scheduled to premiere in the second quarter of 2013.
You know him best as Forrest Gump and the voice of Toy Story‘s Woody, but how well do you really know superstar Tom Hanks? Sure, you might’ve heard he’s related to Abraham Lincoln but that’s just one fun fact about this Hollywood icon. Here, are six other details about Hanks that may have flown under your trivia radar (just in time for AMC’s Crazy About Tom Hanks, a marathon of his movies on AMC on Fri., Sep. 28).
1. He Owes His Career to Happy Days
Hanks got his big break starring in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies, but his guest-star turn as the Fonz’s foe on Happy Days led to a breakout role on the big screen. After working with him on Happy Days, former co-star Ron Howard asked Hanks to read for a supporting role in
2. He Has an Asteroid Named After Him
Hanks has had a lifelong fascination with space exploration: As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut; he played a real-life one in Apollo 13; he co-produced the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, as well as the IMAX feature Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon in 3D. Heck, he’s even on the the National Space Society Board of Directors. So to honor Hanks’ commitment, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid “12818 tomhanks” in 1996.
AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns for its second season on Sun., Oct. 14 at 11:30/10:30c. The sixteen-episode season is executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Red State), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Storm Chasers, Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series, which critics called “genial, good-natured, eccentric and dry-witted” (Newsday) and “a celebration of the deeply particular personalities involved when geeky merchandise changes hands,” (The New York Times), follows Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts who live, work and breath comic books.
The season premiere of Comic Book Men coincides with AMC’s annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films, AMC Fearfest, which will be hosted this year by Smith. Celebrating its 16th year, AMC Fearfest will feature 19 consecutive days of themed programming and more than 70 films, running from Sat., Oct. 13 through Wed., Oct. 31.
Everyone’s heard of Shark Week. But how about Shark Attack Day? On Wed., Sep. 26 AMC is devoting all its CSI: Miami programming to episodes featuring sharks. Given that Florida leads the country in unprovoked shark attacks, it doesn’t seem far fetched that this crime series would spotlight the state’s most feared creature.
This female shark victim worked as bait for a private investigator looking to catch adulterers. Though she only guest starred in this episode, Barbara Eve Harris went on to get a recurring role on the original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011-2012).
Ginger’s driving a 1975 Mercedes-Benz SL. This model was nicknamed Der Panzerwagen, because it was as heavy as a tank.
Sharon Stone won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for this performance.
Sharon Stone was in two big movies in 1995: Casino and The Quick and the Dead.
Joe Pesci also played a burglar in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent have been friends for years. They started out as a comedy duo.
The same year as Casino, Kevin Pollak (Green) played a criminal in The Usual Suspects (1995).
Frank Vincent was Billy Batts in Director Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas.
The Breaking Bad win of the evening at tonight’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards went to Aaron Paul for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. It was his third nomination for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman and his second Emmy win. “Oh my God” Paul said, accepting the award. He directly addressed fellow cast member and nominee Giancarlo Esposito, calling it an honor to share the category with him and concluded his speech with thanking Vince Gilligan and the writing staff for not killing him off.
Paul bested stiff competition this year also winning out Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter of Downton Abbey, Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones, and Jared Harris of AMC’s Mad Men.
For the fifth year in a row, AMC has garnered the most Emmy nominations of any basic cable network — with Mad Men and Breaking Bad both earning nods in multiple, major categories. In the Outstanding Dramatic Series race, a repeat win for Mad Men would be historic to say the least while Breaking Bad looks to take home the big award its first time in the running. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, whose won all three times he’s been nominated for Leading Actor, now is up for his fourth statuette but he’s facing off with Jon Hamm, himself nominated for the fifth time. For Best Actress in a drama, Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss is a major contender while the Supporting Actor nominees include Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito plus Mad Men‘s Jared Harris. Even the Best Supporting Actress has rival nominees from AMC’s shows: Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) or Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). Find out when the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences holds its Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony this Sun., Sep. 23. In the meantime, click here for a complete list of AMC’s Emmy nominations.
Linda Kozlowski was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Crocodile Dundee.
Paul Hogan won a Golden Globe for this role; his screenplay was nominated for an Oscar.
Paul Hogan spent some time as a professional boxer in Australia when he was younger.
Crocodile Dundee was shot by Oscar-winner Russell Boyd (Master and Commander, Tender Mercies). He says most of the crew felt like they were working on “a winner” from the beginning.
Paul Hogan never traveled outside Australia except for New Guinea until he was in his 30s.
Paul Hogan really did walk around saying “g’day” to New Yorkers during his first trip to Manhattan.
There were steel, rubber and aluminum versions of the Bowie knife on set. Hogan kept one of the steel knives after the movie and promised never to sell it.
Mark Blum (Richard) also plays smug roles in Desperately Seeking Susan (1984) and Blind Date (1987).
This Saturday’s weekend lineup for AMC Cowboys includes The Sons of Katie Elder, Hondo and Rio Bravo, but if you’re a fan of Westerns, your interest in the genre extends way beyond three great John Wayne pics. You’re undoubtedly watching Into the West and Hell on Wheels on Sunday night, too. Don’t stop there either. Check out these online features, designed especially for your inner cowboy.
ULTIMATE FAN GAMES
Take a trivia quiz to see how much you know about movies ranging from Stagecoach to Hombre.
Westerns, Part 2
Aced the first quiz? Take the second one which includes questions on The Great Train Robbery and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns.
MOVIE RANKING LISTS
The Searchers currently occupies the No. 1 spot? Prefer The Magnificent Seven or Rio Bravo? Vote now.
Greatest Western Shootouts
Unforgiven barely leads over The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly, Open Range and Tombstone. Your vote could change that.
Westerns aren’t just about shootouts. Some, like The Outlaw and 100 Rifles, are about passion, too. But what’s the steamiest Western?
Apollo 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Kathleen Quinlan earned an Oscar nomination for Apollo 13.
Ed Harris earned an Oscar nod for his performance as Gene Kranz.
Apollo 13 is one of many Ron Howard movies scored by composer James Horner. Horner got two Oscar nods that year: Apollo 13 and Braveheart.
Lovell didn’t really find out he was on Apollo 13 on Halloween. It was actually August.
Bill Paxton (Fred Haise) got his big break acting in outer space in Aliens (1986).
Ed Harris also worked with director Ron Howard on A Beautiful Mind (2001).
Though he was only in his 20s, John Aaron was a trusted member of Mission Control. He also helped Apollo 12 get out of trouble when they were struck by lightning during takeoff.