Saturday, May 16, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 16 May 2015.

The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and ArchiePanjabi absolute HATE each other.
The Good Wife lied to viewers and filmed scenes separately in which they appear opposite each other in the season finale and then spliced it together so that the actresses don't have to appear together. Body doubles were also used.
The final scene on The Good Wife between the two actresses was a complete fake and neither were there together, reports Entertainment Weekly as well due to a long running feud.

More behind-the-scenes drama in South Africa's derailed and fracturous digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration.
One of the latest scandals involve different manufacturers who all want in on the lucractive contracts as the government bail-out millions (the process was hijacked by manufacturers, among others, leaving viewers in the cold) squabbling over getting quoted different prices to make the set-top boxes (STB's).

Al Jazeera America's hated CEO Ehab Al Shihabi who refused to leave is gone now and back in Doha.
CNN Money reports that since Al Anstey, peviously the managing director of Al Jazeera English (DStv 406 / StarSat 257) was roped in to take over last week, and that staff feel that wilEhab Al Shihabi gone "people are relieved and hopeful".

Disney's CEO has the vision of wanting to create entire TV channels dedicated to Star Wars and Marvel Comics.
Bob Iger says Disney wants to take these creations directly to the consumer, like it is doing with Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD (DStv 304) for instance.

Survivor as a reality show has managed to outwit and outlast the now cancelled American Idol ...
... because of Jeff Probst.

David Lynch is finally onboard the reboot of Twin Peaks.
Salary and budget problems have finally been overcome. David Lynch will direct all 9 episodes.

It's 15 years ago that Beverly Hills, 90210 ended after 10 seasons.
What would the original characters' names be today if they were in West Beverly High?

Why is it so difficult to end a really great TV show?
The New York Times Magazine says the past 2 decades of great TV has proven that the better the TV, the harder it has become to say goodbye to it.
"The underlying problem is that a TV series' life span is an exceedingly unnatural thing, determined more by ratings, contractual obligations and other corporate-side concerns than by the ideal length of the show's narrative and a writer's original vision."

K.C. Undercover renewed for a 2nd season.
The Disney Channel (DStv 303) comedy with Zendaya will be back for another season.

Discovery also orders a special documentary after the Nepal earthquakes.
Following National Geographic Channel (DStv 181) making the Earthquake on Everest TV documentary special by Sky Vision Productions, Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned Aftershock: Disaster in Nepal made by ITN Productions.

CBS Reality (DStv 132) is going to gets its very first original show.
CBS Reality, which is run by AMC Networks International, is going to get Donal MacIntyre: Unsolved, the channel's very first original series. The 12 episode, hour long series will follow the investigative journalist and presenter Donal MacIntyre analysing notorious unsolved crime stories. He will use interviews and case files to explore why the cases in question were never solved.

And finally ...
Non-TV: The New York Times' brutal and brutally honest review of Mariah Carey's Las Vegas residency.
The great critique of the fading elusive chanteuse and "her laserlike shrieks" at her new Las Vegas gig might give the poor thing an emotional breakdown.