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This week, Entertainment Tonight takes a look at Showville's poster, while the headline of the Chicago Reader's Small Town Security review describes the show as "really good." Plus, TheWrap highlights one of Showville's contestants. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Tonight presents an exclusive first look at Showville's new poster, calling the show "a celebration of performing."
• The Chicago Reader thinks Small Town Security is "claustrophobic, visually repellent and really good."
• "AMC is bringing Hollywood to small town America," TheWrap says of Showville, offering a sneak peek at a promo that features an aspiring dancer, Midge.
This week, People bestows three stars upon Small Town Security, while The Huffington Post interviews Joan Koplan. Plus, Dennis Croft has a conversation with Out.com. Read on for more:
• People awards Small Town Security three stars, applauding the reality show for having "a believable frumpiness and a welcome knack for the unexpected." (No Link.)
• The Huffington Post, speaking with Joan Koplan, applauds the show's creators, producers and stars for giving "birth to one of the most inventive reality TV romps of the decade."
• Dennis Croft chats with Out.com, which says that Small Town Security is "often and aptly often described as the Twin Peaks of reality shows."
• The Daily News highlights Small Town Security's Season 2 debut, noting that the management and employees of JJK Security are "dealing with the fallout from season one -- lost business and nasty messages." (No Link.)
AMC announced today a pilot order for the scripted drama Line of Sight. The project is from writer, creator and executive producer Blake Masters (Brotherhood, Rubicon, 2 Guns) and is a co-production of Fox Television Studios (FTVS) and AMC Studios. Line of Sight is the story of Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on a quest to discover the accident's cause. Production is scheduled for later this year. The pilot marks the network's first exploration of science fiction in an original series.
"Blake Masters has created a world and set of characters that defies the traditional boundaries of drama and scifi. It's got great elements of both genres while also having that unique blend of a conspiracy thriller. It is genuinely unexpected and unconventional," said Joel Stillerman, AMC's EVP of original programming, production and digital content. "It is also great to be working with our incredible partners at FTVS again."
Line of Sight is the genre-bending odyssey of one man, who, after surviving a plane crash dives head first down the rabbit hole on an emotionally disorienting search to find out what has happened to him. He becomes a man whose entire sense of self, his own life and the world as he knows it, completely unravels in a whirlwind of obsession and paranoia.
Stillerman, Susie Fitzgerald, SVP of scripted programming and Jason Fisher, SVP of production, oversee the pilot's development and production.
AMC announced today the lineup of eight towns across the country where talent will be scouted for its newest unscripted series, Showville (formerly titled Road Show). Created and executive produced by Laurie Girion (Cheerleader Nation, Welcome to Sweetie Pies) and distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television, the series organizes competitions in each town, featuring local talent who get the chance of a lifetime to be in the spotlight. Actor Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante were named as the series' performance coaches, working with the show's finalists each week to prep them for their performance in front of a live, local audience. Showville consists of eight one-hour episodes and premieres this spring.
Showville will host open call auditions in the following towns, offering locals of all ages - from singers and dancers to comedy acts and jugglers -- an opportunity to win $10,000 in prize money:
• Holland, Michigan
• Kingston, Rhode Island
• Walla Walla, Washington
• San Marcos, Texas
• Hugo, Oklahoma
• Mount Airy, North Carolina
• Athens, Ohio
• Fairfield, Iowa
As the series' performance coaches, Mapa and Bustamante will be given 48 hours to mentor each town's four finalists in preparation for the "big show." The audience gets to know the finalists and their back-stories as they are coached over two days with the goal of bringing out the best of their abilities. The final competition will take place at a well-known town venue where an audience comprised of locals, including families, friends and neighbors, will join together and ultimately be responsible for selecting the victor.
As part of its ongoing commitment to providing a place for original stories and characters that defy expectations, AMC made a number of announcements on the day of its Upfront. The network that currently boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead as well as one of television's most award-winning series with Mad Men, unveiled its second live after show, Talking Bad, numerous new projects in development, a first-look pact with Scott Free Productions as well as an overall deal with writer Rolin Jones, Spring and Summer programming premiere dates and several series renewals.
"Six years ago at AMC, we set a goal to create premium television on basic cable and we began to develop and nurture shows that would set us apart," said Charlie Collier, President and General Manager, AMC. "As we lay out the year ahead for advertisers at our 2013 Upfront, it is an honor to have such a breadth of development and programming to share and to be in business with such a high caliber of talent in front of and behind the camera."
Good news TV Western fans: AMC has roped Rawhide into its Saturday morning AMC Cowboys lineup. Starting on Apr. 20 at 10/9c, you can watch back-to-back episodes of the the series each week right after The Rifleman. New to Rawhide? Here's your chance to acquaint yourself with one of TV's longest running Westerns.
Set in the 1860s and starring Clint Eastwood in a breakout role, Rawhide follows the challenges faced during a cattle drive from San Antonio to Missouri. Eric Fleming stars as the trail boss and Eastwood as his hotheaded sidekick.
The Young Artists Association has announced its nominations for the 34th Annual Young Artists Awards and AMC has scored five nods for performances in Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Studio City, California on Sun., May 5. In the meantime, here is a list of AMC's nominees...
• Best Performance in a TV Series, Recurring Young Actress: Kiernan Shipka, Mad Men (read interview)
• Best Performance in a TV Series, Recurring Young Actor: Marten Holden Weiner, Mad Men (read interview)
• Best Performance in a TV Series, Recurring Young Actor 17-21: RJ Mitte, Breaking Bad (read interview)
• Best Performance in a TV Series, Supporting Young Actress: Madison Lintz, The Walking Dead (read interview)
• Best Performance in a TV Series, Leading Young Actor: Chandler Riggs, The Walking Dead (read interview)
For a full list of awards, visit the Young Artist Awards website.
This week, Kevin Smith gives EPIX News a tour of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, and The Huffington Post checks out Freakshow frontman Todd Ray's two-headed animal collection. Plus, the Houston Chronicle highlights Immortalized's season finale. Read on for more:
• Kevin Smith gives EPIX News a tour of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, the shop at the center of Comic Book Men.
• The Huffington Post showcases Freakshow frontman Todd Ray's collection of two-headed animals, including two-headed turtle Teeny and Tiny.
• The Houston Chronicle highlights the Immortalized and Freakshow season finales in its "Watch This" column.
• The Star-Ledger chats with Ming Chen and Bryan Johnson at Asbury Park Comic Con about Comic Book Men, the future of comics, and how Chen first got Kevin Smith's attention.
This week, The New York Times mentions Comic Book Men's involvement at Asbury Park Comic Con, while The Huffington Post talks to last week's Freakshow guest. Read on for more:
• The New York Times spotlights this weekend's Asbury Park Comic Con, which will feature Comic Book Men's Michael Zapcic and Ming Chen as costume-contest judges.
• The HuffPo profiles Billy Owen, a cancer survivor lost his right eye and was featured on last week's Freakshow.
• Bleeding Cool and Cosmic Book News highlight Dynamite's decision to publish the Comic Book Men's "horror mashup comic" The Cryptozoic Man.
• ComicBook.com offers a sneak peek and exclusive photos of this week's episode.
• Portsmouth, Va.'s WAVY interviews Portsmouth native, Freakshow's George Bell, who says, "I love being around people."
This week, members of the Freakshow cast perform on The Steve Harvey Show, and two of the Comic Book Men are featured on a Men's Health podcast. Plus, The Huffington Post learns about Todd Ray's newest five-legged animal friend. Read on for more:
• Freakshow's Todd, Danielle, Asia, Brianna and Morgue appear on the The Steve Harvey Show, where they perform sword-swallowing, among other stunts.
• Men's Health chats with Comic Book Men's Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, who have "an encyclopedic knowledge of every comic book known to man."
• Freakshow's Todd Ray chats with The Huffington Post about the newest addition to his collection of creatures: a five-legged frog.
• The Chicago Tribune names Kevin Smith as one of 12 "Tweet-worthy" directors, praising his "unique brand of commentary on all things Hollywood -- and hockey."