BET announced Wednesday the nominees of its 2012 Hip Hop Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with 17 nods, while Rapper 2 Chainz scored 13 nods and Drake earned 11 nods, respectively. Mike Epps will host the award show, which airs Oct. 9. Visit BET for the full list of nominees.
A&E “The Glades” has been renewed for a fourth season.
“I’m Having Their Baby” and ”Hollywood Exes” have also been renewed.
TV host, Ellen DeGeneres has sold an untitled sitcom to NBC. The series centers on an independent 32-year-old woman who, is listed as “single” while signing papers for a house, enters crisis mode and wonders if she’s made the right decision in being on her own. [THR]
Bravo is developing five new scripted series. “Heathers” is a modern-day update of the ’80s cult film; “The Apartment” -working title- is about two children who rent out their late mother’s love nest to those people involved in extramarital affairs; “The Darlings” -working title- follows an Upper East Side family who secrets are revealed due to a Ponzi scheme; “All American Girl” spans three time periods and centers on three women at the titular lifestyle magazine; and lastly, “Rita” which is based on a Danish series about an outspoken private teacher and mother. [Bravo]
“Occult” has been given a pilot order by A&E. The supernatural series follows a FBI agent after he returns to work from a breakdown he experienced while investigating his wife’s disappearance. Back on the force the agent is placed on a new occult-centric task force with a new partner. [EW]
“Entourage” fans, series creator Doug Ellin tells Deadline, he is almost finished writing the script of the movie, which picks up six months after the HBO series ended last year. “There are interesting developments about Ari as a studio head,” the showrunner reveals told Deadline.“But foremost is the friendship between the guys, who are still hanging out and going to fun parties, and it continues with the same characters.” [Deadline]
Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis has been cast as Jess’ parents, TVLine reports.
The duo will play Bob and Joan, Jess’ divorced parents, who will appear in the Thanksgiving episode, where Jess will try to get her parents back together.
As previously reported, Rob Riggle will appear in the Thanksgiving episode as Schmidt’s cousin, Schmidt. “Political Animals” actress Carla Gugino will also join the forthcoming season for a three-episode arc as Emma, Schmidt’s boss.
“New Girl” premiere Tuesday, Sept. 25 on FOX.
More casting news…
Freddie Highmore has been tapped to play Norman Bates in A&E’s “Bates Motel.” [TV Guide] Max Thieriot has also been cast to play Norman’s brother, Dylan. [TVLine]
In addition to his ‘Parks & Recreation’ gig, Jonathan Banks is set to appear in Vegas. The “Breaking Bad” alum will play Angelo, a big-time Chicago gangster, for a multi-episode arc. [TVLine]
“Bent” alum Margo Harshman has joined “The Big Bang Theory” as Sheldon’s new assistant, Alex. [TVLine]
It’s official: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are the new “Idol” judges.
Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj, and country singer Keith Urban will join singer diva, Mariah Carey and returning judge Randy Jackson at the 12th season “American Idol” judges’ panel, FOX announced today.
The announcement settles months of speculation about the show’s possible judges such as: Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Adam Lambert and Kanye West.
“I am thrilled about this year’s judges panel,” said Mike Darnell, Fox president of Alternative Entertainment in a statement. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”
The reality series returns January on FOX.
What do you think of the new judges? Hit? Or miss?