Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" — the reality show with a character who makes the guys on "Ghost Adventures" look rational and sane — returns on Nov. 10 for their fourth season (check out the fourth season trailer above), with the first episode featuring the team's return to Fouke, Arkansas in search of the famous Fouke Monster. Check local listings for times and channels, because there's 'Squatchin' afoot!.
Somehow we missed this. Last week, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had on Paul Lewis, Jake Dell and JT Jumonville, the night manager and employees, respectively, at West Little Rock's Colonial Wine and Spirits. Why? Because — as seen in the video above — Jumonville and Dell scared the holy bejesus out of their boss, and filmed it. Because the internet loves seeing people nearly wet their cargo shorts in fear, the video of Lewis' rubber-faced reaction to the scare as since gone viral.
In the interview with Kimmel, Dell said he's been playing pranks on Lewis for several years, including throwing rubber snakes and live insects on him, and just generally jumping around corners and scaring the crap of him. Must be all that red wine that's keeping the guy from having a heart attack.
"Us & Them" — Fox's American version of the British hit "Gavin and Stacey" — is essentially dead after Fox decided to kill the mid-season replacement sitcom before production of the first season could be completed. While the death of a sitcom nobody has ever seen normally wouldn't cause us must consternation, this one happens to star our favorite Arkansas actress made good, Ashlie Atkinson.
TVLine.com reports that the network was unhappy with the scripting of the rom-com sitcom. Fox will reportedly air the six episodes that are in the can, but won't complete the other seven yet to be shot.
Atkinson has had a string of supporting roles in her career, including guest spots on "Boardwalk Empire," "Rescue Me," and in the indie suspense film "Compliance." She's soon to be seen in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" and the Bryan Cranston thriller "Cold Comes the Night." You can read our Q&A with Atkinson here.
On announcing the cancellation of "Us and Them" on her Facebook page, Atkinson thanked her family and friends for their support, saying: "I know I speak for the rest of the cast and crew and writers when I say we are proud of what we made, and we are glad that the 6 episodes we shot will, we are told, be seen by audiences. I have to say that, no bullshit, this was the funniest, loveliest, most professional group of folks I have ever had the pleasure of working with on television. I miss it already, but I know what I learned is going to serve me well throughout my life and career."
Don't worry, Ashlie. "Us & Them" may be gone, but we'll always have Chunky Pam.
Little Rock radiologist and former Jeopardy! champ Shane Whitlock is one of five possible candidates looking to recapture former glory by appearing on the show's upcoming "Battle of the Decades" tournament, with a shot at $1 million clams. To do it, though, he needs your online vote.
Back in 1996, Whitlock won the Jeopardy! College Championship, taking home $32,800 in his first appearance. He's since competed in two other Jeopardy tournaments. BONUS: As seen in the video profile of Whitlock above, Whitlock met his wife after she came asking for advice before trying out for the show and they've since had a kid. Sadly, they didn't name him either "Alex" or "Double Jeopardy."
Voting for those slots in the Battle of the Decade tournament starts today. If Whitlock gets in, he'll be up against possible-cyborg Ken Jennings — who is clearly the Johnny Lawrence of the gameshow world — but you never know. Whitlock's clearly a smart guy, and might have some kind of form-of-a-question crane-kick stuff up his sleeve.
You can vote for Whitlock to be on the show by visiting this link, or by tweeting #jeopardyvote and "Shane Whitlock."
Tim Guraedy, known only as "Mountain Man" on TLC's big hixplotation hit "Duck Dynasty," will be the official starter of the 2014 Hot Springs' World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2014, organizers announced today. See the video primer above if you don't know who the hell Mountain Man is. Comedian Jim Belushi will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 11th annual parade, which runs along 98-foot-long Bridge Street near Bathhouse Row.
Now in its fourth season, Duck Dynasty has been a runaway hit for TLC, spawning legions of fans and millions of dollars in merchandising. The 2013 season premier of "Duck Dynasty" on Aug. 14 drew 1.8 million viewers — the largest ever for a reality show on cable. While it's probably more "scripted reality" than plain ol' reality, the show ostensibly follows the adventures of the Robertson clan of Monroe, La., a family of bearded, rough and tumble outdoorsmen who made a fortune from pater familias Phil Robertson's innovative duck call, which forms the basis for their family business, Duck Commander in Monroe, La.
Mountain Man, a bearded, slow-talking air conditioner repairman and neighbor to the Robertsons, is one of the only recurring characters on the show who isn't a Duck Commander employee or member of the Robertson family. He also hosts a weekly radio show on a Monroe radio station.
ARKANSAS TO IDOL: Could the new Kris Allen be discovered this weekend?
For all seeking to channel their inner Kelly Clarkson (or Kris Allen), this Saturday brings a chance to audition for the 13th (!) season of "American Idol." Little Rock is the first stop on the five-city "American Idol Audition Bus Tour." The bus will park at the Clinton Presidential Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info on auditions at the American Idol website.
Netflix sent out an e-mail today saying they've made the third season of the TLC reality show "My Strange Addiction" available for instant viewing. In addition to being possibly the guiltiest of guilty-pleasure TV, the third season has a local connection: an Arkansas man named Nathaniel who loves his car.
Seen above is the moment in which the Nathaniel admits to his father that he likes to put the "auto" in "autoerotic." If you go frame-by-frame, you can actually see the moment when his dad fights the urge to shove his fingers in his ears, roll into a fetal position, and shout "I AM NOT LISTENING!" over and over until his kid goes away.
“It’s hard to describe how remarkably true to the film it is,” [FX Networks CEO John Landgraf] said, noting that when he sent Hawley’s script to the film’s writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers replied “we don’t know how to give notes, can we rewrite it?” But then just sent back “half dozen pages with a few dialogue suggestions.”
“I think people are going to be entranced with that show,” Landgraf said. “[Hawley's] managed to [create] a new version of Fargo that’s its own thing.”
Thornton stars as Lorne Malvo, "a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction."
It's his first TV role. Quick, what's the last good thing Billy Bob's appeared in?
Two of the University of Arkansas creative writing masters of fine arts program's most successful recent alumni in the literary world are poised to make a big splash the TV world. Nic Pizzaloto ('04) put out a short story collection, "Here and the Yellow Sea," and smart noir novel, "Galveston," both of which were well-received, before getting into TV. He wrote a few episodes of "The Killing" that aired in 2011 and is currently at work on "True Detective," an HBO miniseries he's writing and executive producing. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star as detectives on a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. It's due early next year.
Meanwhile, Tony Tost ('05) put out "Invisible Bride," a Walt Whitman Award-winning book of poetry, and a book on Johnny Cash's "American Recordings," before he got into TV. He's currently on the writing staff of A&E's "Longmire," and he's got a show in development with Showtime about truckers and criminals (or maybe criminal truckers?) called "Heartland Trucking."
The June 19 episode of "Ghost Hunters" will include a house in Little Rock.
"Whoa! What was that?"
"What was what?"
"That! Do you hear it? It sounds like... An episode of SyFy's hit series "Ghost Hunters."
"You mean, here in Little Rock?"
"Exactly, I'm getting a reading that tells me the upcoming new episode on Wednesday, June 19 will include a ghost-hunting expedition to a home once owned by prominent early 20th century banker Edward Cornish."
"Yes, it airs at 8 p.m. and it's called "Ghost Friends Forever."
"Spooky. What else can you tell me?"
"Well, here goes...
On this episode of Ghost Hunters, TAPS is called to Little Rock, Arkansas where a family has inherited a bungalow next door to their home that they believe to be cursed. The bungalow has a tragic history of death, robberies and murder dating back to the 1800s. Paranormal activity has been terrifying their bungalow tenants for years and now activity seems to have spread over to the family’s main house. Have the bungalow spirits traveled next door to the family’s home? Are the family’s deceased close friends, who willed the bungalow to them, to blame for this activity? TAPS is being brought in to get answers for this family in desperate need of answers.
"So where can I watch a very brief preview for this episode?"
Arkansas actor Wes Bentley has been cast in the starring role in the HBO pilot "Open" that Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story") is executive producing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Open" is "a multi-character exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships."
Bentley, who recently starred in "The Hunger Games" and will appear in an upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic, will play "the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality."
Ashlie Atkinson will be in the upcoming Fox series "Us & Them."
Little Rock native Ashlie Atkinson has a role on the upcoming Fox comedy "Us & Them" (it's a de-Anglicized version of the Brit series "Gavin & Stacey").
It's a rom-com-type program in which two super attractive people finally get up the gumption to meet in person after making goo-goo eyes at each other over the internet. Naturally, they each recruit their respective weirdo siblings (Atkinson and Dustin Ybarra) to come along as wingmen.
The two main characters are played by this guy and this woman who were in some other stuff, but who cares about them, because Atkinson and Ybarra look to be way more interesting and funny. Also: small roles for Kerri Kenney and Michael Ian Black!
Check out the trailer after the jump. And oh yeah, "cobra basket."
H/t to Vulture, which reports that "Us & Them" will air mid-season sometime.
Score! Cinemax has ordered a pilot for a new dramatic series scripted and executive produced by Little Rock's Graham Gordy.
The hourlong show, "Quarry," focuses on a a Marine sniper returning from Vietnam in 1973, according to Variety.
"Upon his return, he finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption."
Michael D. Fuller, Gordy's longtime writing partner, is also onboard as executive producer and writer.
Fuller and Gordy are part of the writing team for Ray McKinnon'snew series "Rectify," set to debut on the Sundance Channel April 22. They'd previously come close to getting a pilot order from AMC for a college football drama (maybe they'll revisit it if the Cinemax project is a success; so much potential!). Of course, Gordy, who wrote a column for the Times before he got busy with "Rectify," has been in the business for a while. He co-wrote "The Love Guru" with Mike Myers, wrote "War Eagle, Arkansas" and has a bit role in Jeff Nichols' "Mud." Fuller's done work on "The Soup."
John Hillcoat, director of the "The Road" and "Lawless," is among other executive producers. He'll direct the pilot.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.
Police are on the hunt for thieves running an elaborate scheme of stealing checks and cashing out on a fraudulent pay day.
It has a water utility company asking its customers to watch their bank accounts after the checks were stolen from its mailbox.