June 21, 2013 |
When a reality TV show is titled "Shark Tank," it's only reasonable for the judges to have some teeth. Mark Cuban, for one, is happy to oblige. At a recent Envelope Emmy Round Table, Cuban and his three fellow panelists - Carson Daly of "The Voice," Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance" and Jeff Probst of "Survivor" - talked about calling out too-clever contestants. "Sometimes a company will come [on 'Shark Tank'] and they're relatively successful, and they're trying to play us," Cuban said.
June 20, 2013 |
Reality TV bestows upon the viewing public a glut of entertainments: dancers portraying flitting hummingbirds trying to seduce a blooming flower; entrepreneurs who've found an extra use for pillow cases by making them into dresses; adventurers threatening to urinate on rice (and beans); even four of music's top performers swirling in big red chairs. And the ratings come pouring in. The Envelope gathered four faces of reality TV (some of whom double as executive producers) - Carson Daly of NBC's "The Voice," Cat Deeley of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," Jeff Probst of CBS' "Survivor" and Mark Cuban of ABC's "Shark Tank" - to talk about longevity in the genre, the push and pull of dealing with contestants and the waning power of "American Idol.
June 18, 2013 |
In the world of reality television, what do Emmy nominations mean for a show? It depends on who you ask. According to "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, awards buzz is no big deal. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, he said of being nominated, "I don't know that it really does matter [to audiences]. I don't actually know that it matters to the audience in scripted either. " WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Reality It's possible that Probst was just being modest, of course - fellow panelist Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance?"
June 17, 2013 |
It's easy enough to pick out the star of a sitcom or drama: Just look for the person whose character the title refers to or whose name comes up first in the credits. Reality TV, however, can be trickier. Is it the host? One of the judges? A contestant? At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable about reality TV, longtime "Survivor" host Jeff Probst offered his own theory. "The star of 'Survivor' is the format," Probst said. "It works. It works all over the world. " He added that the same could be said of his fellow panelists' shows: Carson Daly's "The Voice," Mark Cuban's "Shark Tank" and Cat Deeley's "So You Think You Can Dance?"
April 29, 2013 |
Endemol, the Netherlands-based television production giant behind CBS' “Big Brother” and NBC's “Fear Factor,” has acquired a majority stake in the Israeli production company Kuperman. Co-owner Elad Kuperman has been named CEO of the new venture. “We couldn't ask for a stronger partner than Endemol,” said Kuperman in a release this morning. “Joining forces will provide us with the expertise, global network and resources to create and exploit world class content whilst also allowing us access to one of the industry's largest and most valuable portfolios of entertainment IP. Our plan is to pursue significant expansion together.” PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Former Kuperman majority stakeholder Ynon Kreiz, meanwhile, who sold his 50% stake in the company to Endemol, will exit Endemol Israel as part of the deal.
April 28, 2013 |
AXS TV, the cable channel whose backers include entrepenuer Mark Cuban, has struck a content-sharing deal with the Huffington Post. Starting May 13, AXS will carry programming from HuffPost Live, which is the Huffington Post's online channel, for six hours during the day. HuffPost Live typically features a mix of entertainment and political coverage. During the hours that AXS will simulcast HuffPost Live (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET), the content is focused more on pop culture. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments For AXS TV, the partnership with Huffington Post moves it closer to its goal of being a 24/7 live channel.