Be Ready: These Things Will Soon in Your TV Box

September 1, 2010

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With the holiday weekend approaching, movie news is dwindling, but hey: there's still TV news! Here's some.

- Fox is working on bringing Jamie Foxx full circle, dragging him back to the world of mediocre Fox sketch comedy with a show tentatively-titled The Jamie Foxx Project. Filling the hole left when MADtv was quietly pulled off the air, the show will "take on pop culture, spoofing movie trailers, commercials, TV shows, music videos and celebrities," and will probably have more black people than just Kenan Thompson. But can we count on Foxx getting in drag and crossing his eyes, again?

- Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are teaming with Ford and Sprint to bring us the new series ControlTV. The show promises to be the first truly interactive reality show, allowing audiences to give real-time feedback that will determine the actions of a twenty-somethings guy, "from what he wears and eats, to where he works, to who he dates." Sorry, though, you can't pick which sub-compact car or 4G phone he'll be using: the sponsorship deal has already guaranteed us the presence of the Ford Fiesta and HTC EVO smartphone. The television shows of our miserable, satirical future* are here today!

- NBC has ordered an expensive pilot Battlestar Galactica producer Ronald D. Moore that's being described as, "an adult Harry Potter set in a world ruled not by science but by magic." Given that it's NBC, that probably means "Harry Potter in a modern workplace" or "Harry Potter & Order." Or Merlin 2.

*The same future that brought us back Minute to Win It and Howie Mandel's Pick-a-Box.

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