April 10, 2013 |
A week after the death of "Buckwild"reality-TV star Shain Gandee, MTV has decided to cancel the series. Production on the show's second season was suspended after news broke last week that the 21-year-old had been found dead in his truck, along with his uncle and a friend, after going "mudding" (off-roading), near Sissonville, W.Va. The network ultimately decided not to move forward with the series, and episodes that had already been shot will not be aired. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The network issued the following statement: "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of "BUCKWILD" in West Virginia.
December 7, 2011 |
First it was artificially tanned, party-crazed Italian Americans. Now it's mud-racing, squirrel-hunting Appalachians. MTV is again at odds with state film officials who refuse to subsidize the network's latest reality TV show with tax credits. West Virginia film officials have cited MTV's unflattering depiction of state culture in "Buck Wild. " The show, scheduled to start filming next spring in Charleston and Sissonville, follows a group of recent high school graduates living in rural West Virginia as they participate in homegrown activities such as mud-racing.
July 19, 2011
SERIES Aftermath With William Shatner: Daniel Ellsberg discusses his leaking of the Vietnam War-related documents known as the Pentagon Papers in this episode (7, 8 and 11 p.m. Biography). It's Worth What? Regular people ponder the prices of various and sundry items in this new game show hosted by Cedric the Entertainer (8 p.m. NBC). Ludo Bites America: Chef Ludo Lefebvre samples spicy favorites in Santa Fe, N.M., in the premiere episode of this food-themed travelogue (9 p.m. Sundance)
November 6, 2012
Re "Where the shore used to be," Nov. 4 The decade from 2001 to 2010 holds the record for the most Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes: eight. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and severely damaged other cities on the Gulf Coast. Now we have Sandy, which has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in New York and New Jersey. Will this decade break the previous record? How many more hurricanes and tornadoes must occur before the governments of the world admit that "we have met the enemy, and he is us," as Pogo famously proclaimed?
July 31, 2011
SUNDAY Cue the cello: It's a "Great White Invasion" and then "Jaws Comes Home" as Discovery Channel launches its annual "Shark Week. " And watch for "SNL's" Andy Samberg when he visits a "Shark City" off the coast of the Bahamas. (9 and 10 p.m.; 9 p.m. Thu.) We already miss the sadly canceled series "The Chicago Code. " But maybe we can make do with "Against the Wall," a new police drama that also takes place in the Windy City. Rachael Carpani, Treat Williams and Kathy Baker star.
January 9, 2014 |
Thanks to a brewing scandal centering on the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, it might seem like Fort Lee, N.J., with its massively snarled traffic, has something in common with Los Angeles. But blood-boiling gridlock is hardly the only similarity between the two places: The site of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal was, in fact, once a cradle of the American film industry. The city that sits across the Hudson River from Northern Manhattan was a precursor of sorts to Hollywood when it came to film activity.
January 28, 2012 |
BEN BOLCH'S RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES 1. CHICAGO (17-4) Bulls circle birthdays, anniversaries and rematch with Indiana on calendar. (1) 2. OKLAHOMA CITY (16-3) Seattle called; it wants its franchise back. (2) 3. MIAMI (14-5) Dwyane Wade thanks James Jones for filling in, asks who he is. (3) WISH YOU WERE HERE 4. DENVER (14-5) If signing results in that kind of output, put Danilo Gallinari on 10-day deals.
March 31, 2012 |
Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. Chairman Sumner Redstone was etched in entertainment history Friday when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The aging mogul's family members and some of Hollywood's most powerful executives were on hand to witness the tribute on Hollywood Boulevard, just outside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscar ceremony was held. Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman compared Redstone to Adolph Zukor, the visionary New York nickelodeon owner who became one of the first people to make big money in movies.