Deal Report: Sept. 14/21, 2012
MTV will shutter its smash hit Jersey Shore at the end of season 6, which premieres Oct. 4. ”As successful as the show is, we don’t want to milk every ratings point out of a franchise,” says executive VP of programming Chris Linn. ”We made what we think is the right, tough choice to end the show on top.”
ABC has ordered a pilot from executive producer Joss Whedon based on Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. The project is set in the same universe as Whedon’s Avengers film and follows the law enforcement group headed by Nick Fury. ”What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers,” Whedon says. ”It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movie.”
Minnie Driver will rock with costar Meat Loaf in the campy slasher musical Stage Fright, which started shooting Sept. 6. The premise — about a doomed Broadway star (Driver) and a producer-turned-camp director (Meat Loaf) who protects the star’s children from ghosts — is ”honestly…ridiculous,” Driver raves.
Children’s movie The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure had an abysmal opening weekend (averaging $206 per theater), but producer Kenn Viselman says he’s moving forward with plans for two sequels (The Oogieloves in the Big Family Adventure and The Oogieloves in the Big Holiday Adventure) — though it’s unclear whether they’ll be released in theaters or go straight to DVD.