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Upfront TV: Watchdogs Bite Stern | “World’s Worst Tenants” | Redneck “Survivor” | More “Client List”

Published on May 08, 2012
  • NBC is drawing fire from watchdog groups for “America’s Got Talent,” on which Howard Stern has joined as a judge. Citing Stern’s reputation for “sleaze and misogyny,” the TV watchdog group Parents Television Council (PTC) yesterday told 91 advertisers they would be held “publicly accountable for underwriting any of [Stern’s] vile antics.” As a Reuter’s story describes, PTC warned the advertisers that “The risk of associating your hard-earned corporate brand image with such 'shock' is not worth the cost involved - a cost not just in terms of wasted media dollars, but also in terms of countless millions of dollars in customer goodwill.” Stern will first appear as a judge on May 14. What few clips have been released thus far show a fairly calm, rather tame Stern.
  • Elsewhere in angry news, Spike TV is promising to “beat down the door of the most despicable, outrageous, dangerous and insane tenants” in the new original series, “World’s Worst Tenants.”  Premiering Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00 P.M., ET/PT, the half-hour series follows Todd Howard, along with his team of eviction specialists, business partner Rick Moore and wife Randye, as they forcibly remove problematic tenants from any of the residential, commercial and retail units in which they manage. Howard and his team will take viewers behind closed doors into the most heated, high-stakes disputes between landlords and their tenants. Each mission documents the process and procedure that allows this no-holds-barred team to operate within legal guidelines to resolve each case on behalf of their clients.  In season one, viewers will see Howard, Rick, and Randye step into several tumultuous situations, including an organized illegal fight club, a marijuana grow farm, and an unlicensed cosmetic surgery clinic, amongst many others.
  • Country Music Television (CMT) has inked a development deal with actor and former WWE superstar Steve Austin, tapping him as host of a new 10-episode series “Redneck Island.” The show will take 12 “red, white and blue-collared Americans out of the South – and far away from cold beer,” dropping them in a tropical paradise where they will compete for $100,000. The show will premiere in June, coupled with a second season of CMT’s hit “My Big Redneck Vacation.” “Redneck Island” will put 12 men and women (competing as teams) through a number of hilarious mental and physical challenges designed to celebrate the group’s strengths and limitations. At the end of each episode, teammates will send one competitor packing. Think of it as “Survivor” for the chicken-fried steak enthusiast.

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt will be “back under the sheets” for a new season of "The Client List,” reports Variety. Lifetime has renewed the freshman drama for a 15-episode second season. The show stars Hewitt as a single Texas mom who has a secret life working at a day spa that is a cover for a prostitution ring. The show debuted launched on April 8 to 2.8 million viewers, making it Lifetime’s most-watched debut since "Drop Dead Diva" in 2009.

  • NBC Sports Group will deliver more than 70 hours of combined live golf news and tournament coverage of The PLAYERS Championship, beginning Thursday. This will be the most coverage in the history of the tournament, featuring live tournament action, news reports, inside analysis, player interviews, special guest appearances and compelling features throughout the week. Golf Channel and NBC will combine to present 22 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday, with limited commercial interruption from TPC Sawgrass. Throughout the week, Golf Channel will air 54 hours of comprehensive news and instruction programming from The PLAYERS Championship, headlined by its franchise news show, Live From THE PLAYERS, which will include complete coverage of the World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, pre-tournament news conferences and wrap-around news coverage before and after tournament play.