Lady Gaga Opens the MTV Video Music Awards, Kim Cattrall Passes the Torch and Dave Salmoni Explores “Killer Islands”



NBC is developing a TV version of Reality Bites, the 1994 Gen-X romantic comedy that starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofolo and Steve Zahn. What was once a movie about being young and starting out in the current day, will now be a period drama about the days before Netscape and when The Real World was the basic template for reality TV. Maybe this one can turn Zahn’s character into more than a coming out storyline.

Steve Zahn, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofolo and Ethan Hawke in "Reality Bites"I have to admit, I like the idea of spending time with these characters again.

Last week’s Breaking Bad introduced the euphemism “trip to Belize,” a reference to the excuse Walt made for Mike‘s disappearance. It might not work as product placement, but the Belize Tourism Bureau invited the cast to recover from the stress of filming. To show they at least know what Breaking Bad fans like (if not showing that they’re actually fans) they added, “We have the Blue Hole for Walt, purple fish for Marie, geology for Hank, great music and friendly people for Jesse, delicious breakfast cuisine for Walt Jr., several nice locations to swim for Skylar, colorful clothing for Saul, and the list goes on.”

One Breaking Bad plot point I forgot until recently was the Save Walter White website, which gave Saul a way to launder some of those ill-gotten gains. The real world version of that site was passing along donations to the National Cancer Coalition, but after it was listed as one of the worst charities in America, AMC has removed the link to the charity.

Animal Planet has ordered six episodes of a series that will see Dave Salmoni exploring remote islands, according to The Hollywood ReporterKiller Islands will focus on those islands’ dangerous creatures and how they survive in harsh conditions.

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Comedy Central is turning to Dave Attell for its first uncensored stand-up series which will air in late night. My fiance was a big fan of Attell’s Insomniac, so I’m expecting he’ll be happy about this series.

Just a reminder, Kim Cattrall is a class act:

The Discovery Channel is looking at adapting John JakesNorth and South into a mini-series. The previous attempt to turn Jakes’ novels into TV remains some of the most-watched mini-series ever.

I keep waiting to see Robert Buckley in the right role, so maybe his guest-appearance on Hart of Dixie will capture what 666 Park Avenue couldn’t.

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The Today Show‘s bad ratings news continued as Good Morning America reached its 52nd week at number one.

Friday’s Listings

Dean & Tori’s Backyard Bash (Cooking Channel) 8:00 PM ET
It’s been a while since Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have been in front of TV cameras. (Right now, I think Tori’s mom is on TV more often.) But they’re back in a special on how to make a summer gathering come together.

America’s Next Top Model (CW) 9:00 PM ET
Tyra is back to hazing the hopefuls as she sends them to walk on spinning runways. Did Tyra see the New Girl where Jess tried modeling and couldn’t handle stepping onto the car turntable?

Andy Richter on "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) 10:00 PM ET
Andy Richter visits the craziest talk show to ever exist this week… or maybe its one of his lookalike brothers. I saw this documentary narrated by Ron Howard that revealed one of those brothers takes over sometimes on Conan.

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
It’s the penultimate episode of the season, which means things have to keep getting worse as Liber8 gets their hands on the super suit left behind by Kiera‘s late partner from the future.

Erik Knudsen and Magda Apanowicz in "Continuum"“You told me you were good at Candy Crush Saga .”

John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central) 11:00 PM ET
This week, John has Phil Hanley, Brooke Van Poppelen and Gary Gulman performing.

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