TV news and notes:
– Ashley Tisdale is the latest star to confirm for “Shark After Dark,”
Discovery’s Shark Week talk show. She joins a list that includes Matt
Walsh, Damon Wayans Jr., Chelsea Handler, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and
Jake Johnson. Producers of the show trolled Twitter to find the biggest
Shark Week fans. “Sharknado” star Tara Reid will also return as a
special guest and Josh Wolf will host for the second year. Shark Week
launches Aug. 10.
– Speaking of Shark Week, Discovery will kick it off with a two-day party in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. The weekend activities will feature bands performing live in a shark mouth-shaped stage and beach activities including a 60-foot mechanical shark, “Sharkzilla,” who will be chomping items every hour.The fun starts at 10:30 a.m. PT each day. Watch the event
live throughout the weekend and get more information at FinFest.com.
– Oxygen’s nail art reality series “Nail’d It” will premiere on Tuesday,
Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the network. The show will pit 18 talented
nail artists against each other in a competition hosted by Adrienne
Bailon. The winner will take home $100,000.
– “The X Factor” is coming back — sort of. The original British version of the show will make its U.S. broadcast debut on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV. The 11th season of the show marks Simon Cowell’s return to the judges’ table after three years on the now-canceled American version.
– “Mike & Molly” star Billy Gardell is set to host the new game show “Monopoly Millionaires’ Club,” a series based on the board game that will also serve as a companion series to the new multi-state Monopoly lottery game. The show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience comprised of lottery game winners in Las Vegas beginning in 2015.
– FOX’s new drama “Backstrom” has picked up two actors from recently canceled shows for an upcoming episode: Angelique Cabral of “Enlisted” and Eddie McClintock of “Warehouse 13.” Cabral will play a fire bureau investigator who enlists Backstrom to help stop a serial arsonist. McClintock will debut in the same episode as a firefighter who also happens to be the childhood bully Backstrom grew up with. [FOX, E! Online]
– “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein is making her break on the big screen. Columbia Pictures announced that Brownstein will adapt the Sam Mendes-produced “Lost in Austen” for the big screen and finish what ended up being one of Nora Ephron’s unfinished works. The original “Lost in Austen” TV series premiered on ITV in 2008.
– FYI is launching a new original series, “Red Hot Design,” on Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. ET. The design show follows interior designer Shasta Smith and her team as they repurpose vintage scrap metal into “phenomenal architectural elements.” The seven-episode first season will air Mondays on FYI.
– Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are returning to host the annual CMA Awards for the seventh consecutive year. The 48th annual CMAs, “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” air live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Watch the announcement here, where Underwood beats Paisley at CMA trivia hosted by Little Big Town.
– USA’s big fall offering, “Dig,” has found a new home after being forced to relocate from Jerusalem because of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The show is shooting interior scenes in Albuquerque and will head to Croatia in September for two weeks of exterior filming. [Variety]
– Ana Gasteyer (“Suburgatory”) and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Groundhog Day”) have booked guest-starring roles on “The Goldbergs” this fall. Gasteyer will play a high school drama teacher who butts heads with Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), while Tobolowsky will play the school’s principal. [TV Guide]
– Netflix has picked up British drama “Happy Valley” to air in the United States and Canada. The six episodes will arrive on the streaming service Wednesday, Aug. 20. Focusing on a female police officer (Sarah Lacanshire) at the time her daughter’s murderer is released from prison, “Happy Valley” averaged more than 7 million viewers per episode and set British ratings records with its premiere.