Cable Aired 750 Unscripted Shows in Primetime Last Year

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Cable aired 750 unscripted shows in primetime last year

That includes 350 brand-new shows premiering in 2015, according to a tally by National Geographic. The 750 unscripted cable shows is 83% higher than the 409 scripted shows on broadcast and cable that FX counted at the end of last year.


Lost boss is shocked that the series finale is missing 18 minutes on Netflix

Damon Lindelof isn’t happy that the version that appears on Netflix is 18 minutes shorter than the 108-minute version that aired in 2010. "I am totally befuddled by all this,” he says. "Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation."


American Idol returns to its worst-ever season premiere

Just 10.9 million viewers watched last night, yet Idol was the No. 1 show of Wednesday night. PLUS: Kelly Clarkson was “totally crying like a pregnant girl” during last night’s premiere.


Pat Harrington Jr., One Day at a Time’s Schneider, dies at 86

Harrington was a supporting actor on One Day at a Time, but he proved so popular as the building super Dwayne Schneider that Norman Lear said he “turned out to be the comic strength of our show.”


Rizzoli & Isles is ending with Season 7

TNT boss Kevin Reilly said "it felt like it was time...let's finish out with 13 great ones and call it a day."


Family Guy
snags a One Direction cameo

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson will hang with Stewie in a campfire scene.


Hillary Clinton books a second visit with Jimmy Fallon

She’ll appear on The Tonight Show on Jan. 14, the night of the Republican debate.


Firefly reunion: Summer Glau is coming to Castle

She’ll reunite with Nathan Fillion, playing a private detective.


Glee’s Matthew Morrison joins The Good Wife

He’ll recur as a U.S. attorney who’s had experience putting four Illinois governors in jail.


TBS gives a 10-episode order for People of Earth, a Conan-produced alien abduction comedy starring Wyatt Cenac

The Office boss Greg Daniels is also producing the comedy about a support group for alien abductees, which will also star Oscar Nunez and Ana Gasteyer.


M. Night Shyamalan is rebooting Tales from the Crypt for TNT

Shyamalan is creating a two-hour horror/suspense programming block for TNT that will include Tales from the Crypt.


Game of Thrones actors will play Harley and Davidson on Discovery’s Harley-Davidson miniseries

Michiel Huisman will play Walter Davidson and Robert Aramayo has been cast as William (Bill) Harley on Harley and the Davidsons, a miniseries on the founders of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.


TruTV renews Billy on the Street, orders more Adam Ruins Everything

Billy Eichner’s comedy will return for a fifth season, while Adam Ruins Everything is getting 14 additional episodes.


Angie Tribeca’s 25-hour marathon will include cameos from TBS stars Conan O’Brien and Samantha Bee

Deon Cole, a Conan writer who plays a detective on the Rashida Jones comedy, will host the binge marathon. PLUS: Exec producer Steve Carell won't appear on Angie Tribeca.


Conan in Qatar, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, gets a premiere date

Conan O’Brien’s trip accompanying the first lady to entertain the troops will air on Jan. 25.


TNT passes on DC Comics superhero drama Titans

"We just decided it wasn’t quite where we wanted to go,” TNT boss Kevin Reilly said of the drama about superheroes-to-be from Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman.

Showtime will show Spike Lee’s documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall

The Feb. 5 TV premiere will come a few weeks after its debut at Sundance.


Netflix releases the first photos from Fuller House

See the entire family, all grown up.


CMT ending Party Down South

Season 5 will be the last for the Jersey Shore-inspired reality show.


Check out Mr. Robot’s gag reel

It includes doors that won’t open and farting.


Taco Bell will use the Super Bowl to announce “the biggest food creation yet”

A 30-second ad will unveil a new product that Taco Bell is calling historical.