TV Roundup: MTV Brings Back ‘The Hills,’ ‘Daria’
The network announced on Wednesday that reruns of Daria, Laguna Beach, and The Hills will air from 9am-12pm all summer long (via The Wrap). The programming block, entitled “Retro Mania” will also feature guest stars giving commentary on each series. Upcoming MTV hosts Nikki Glaser and Sarah Schafer will give their take on Daria, Stephen Colletti will dish on Laguna Beach, and Audrina Patridge, Lo Bosworth, and Stephanie Pratt will offer their two cents on The Hills.
The first two seasons of Laguna Beach, starring frenemies Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari, will air from June 25-29. All episodes of The Hills will air from July 2-27, and the best episodes of Daria will air from July 30 to August 3. So set your DVRs and get ready for some summer nostalgia!
â€¢ Once Upon a Time is bringing back Belle on a permanent basis. The fairy tale series has upgraded former Lost star Emilie de Ravin, who appeared in three episodes last season, to series regular. So does that mean Belle and ex-flame Rumpelstiltskin might eventually get a happily ever after? We’ll just have to wait and see.
â€¢ It seems that CBS hasn’t completely forgotten about Unforgettable. The network is in talks to rescue the Poppy Montgomery drama from cancellation with a 13-episode Season 2 run, which would likely air in summer 2013. Unforgettable‘s Season 1 finale drew 11 million viewers, which would make it a terribly successful show on NBC, but on CBS it was only a middling hit.
â€¢ One show definitely not coming back from the bowels of cancellation is Pan Am. Sony tried to find the 1960s flight attendant drama a new home after it was canceled by ABC, but the deal never took flight. Looks like it’s officially time to retire those little blue hats and white gloves.
â€¢ Bristol Palin‘s new Lifetime series, Life’s a Tripp, is being sued by two brothers, Kyle and Christopher Massey, who developed a never-aired reality series with her. The series was supposed to involve Palin working with a charity and living with her friends, but the project never went past the development stage. Now the Massey brothers are suing to prevent Life’s a Tripp from airing, citing “copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition, seeking a permanent injunction and monetary damages.” (via Deadline)
â€¢ And speaking of Palins on reality TV shows (shudder), Mr. Sarah Palin will be appearing on the new NBC show Stars Earn Stripes, in which celebrities participate in a “fierce, entertaining, and emotionally charged new competition honoring America’s armed forces.” The contestants will compete for military-based charities and each week someone will be eliminated.
Todd Palin will be joined by retired professional boxer Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain, former NFL player and Expendables actor Terry Crews, singer Nick Lachey, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince, and WWE star Eve Torres. The show is set to debut Monday, August 13 at 10pm and will be hosted by General Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO and former presidential candidate, and Samantha Harris of Dancing with the Stars.
â€¢ Here comes the TV spoof you never knew you wanted: Game of Thrones as a rom-com! Complete with a “Call Me Maybe” soundtrack. Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. (Thanks to Vulture for the tip.)
DVR Watch: Justin Bieber goes all around the world in the first part of a two-part special (NBC, 8pm), So You Think You Can Dance heads to the Vegas round of auditions (Fox, 8pm), Baby Daddy premieres (ABCFAM, 8:30pm), Dallas has J.R. deciding to move back to South Fork, where some stunning family news is revealed (TNT, 9pm), Hank and Evan compete for business as Divya secretly tried to reunite them on Royal Pains (USA, 9pm), Duets has the contestants performing songs from movies (ABC, 9:30pm), and Necessary Roughness has T.K. playing hooky in his old neighborhood and Dani evaluating a draft pick (USA, 10pm).