Last Minute Changes at Gen-TV
Gen-TV's last minute changes
In preparation for its upcoming UpFronts Presentation on Friday, which will take place even in the event of a strike, Gen-TV is announcing some last minute programming changes and has finally announced the new co-hosts for veteran talk show "A.M. Live". First off, Gen-TV has officially given series orders to comedies "Homecourt Advantage", "Fish Out Of Water" and "Awakened" and to dramas "Jack of All Trades"; a spin-off of "Deadly Visions" and "American Citizen", a risky mini-series with political themes.
The announcement about "American Citizen" was made by Alex Montez, Gen-TV's new Vice President who explained "Once we found our lead actresses in Shohreh Aghdashloo and Yasmine Al Massari we knew that this pilot would be a great success for our network." He explains "Shohreh Aghdashloo was always our first choice for the role of Amira and we just had to convince her to take this role." "She was very concerned about how this character would be written and didn't want a role that would be a stereotype." "We are very grateful to have her on the series." Yasmine Al Massari is currently a cast member on ABC's "Quantico", and will reportedly balance her role on that show with "American Citizen", should on-the-bubble "Quantico" get renewed. Montez explains "American Citizen is only six episodes and we believe we can work out a schedule that allows her to do both shows."
As for the announcement about "A.M. Live", Gen-TV finally confirms that they have selected supermodel/author/TV host Chrissy Teigen and former "Queer Eye" co-host Jai Rodriguez as the new hosts of the rebranded, revamped series that will now be called "Gen-TV LIVE Starring Chrissy Teigen and Jai Rodriguez." Tiegen and Rodriguez were selected to star in the shows revamped following a months long search to replace departing hosts Leah Remini and Holly Robinson Peete who seperately decided to exit the show at the conclusion of their contracts. Insiders reveal that several potential hosts were seriously considered with Lisa Vanderpump, Andy Cohen, Ryan Seacrest, Mario Lopez and Jennifer Love Hewitt all having been among the top choices. A Gen-TV Executive reveals to us that "Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lisa Vanderpump were among our early choices and were given initial offers that did not go through." "Vanderpumps deal fell out over creative control issues, while Hewitt's offer didn't transpire because of scheduling concerns; Jennifer is mother to young children and wanted to make sure she had appropriate time with her children; which we couldn't work out to her satisfaction." "A.M. Live" will be rebranded to focus on younger, more trendy topics such as fashion, celebrity gossip, parenting and romance and will veer away from politics, news and some of the other more serious topics that had occasionally been focus of the show. It will air live every morning from 11am-12pm on Gen-TV Network.
Lastly, sources are confirming to us that Gen-TV has officially passed on the comedy pilot "Say Uncle", a last minute change that is a surprise to many in the industry who believed the show was a shoe-in for a pick-up. Gen-TV's representatives would not confirm this, but did say "casting has been an issue for this pilot as we are having difficulty finding appropriate actors to fill the principal cast."
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