tca digest


'Perez' to VH1

It looks like VH1 is getting into business with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton. The network is believed to be ordering six hourlong episodes of a series tentatively titled "What Perez Says," though it's understood that the details about the show are still being worked out. Hilton (aka Mario Lavandeira) let the news slip Friday during an appearance on ABC's "The View."

Skinny on Jones

Star Jones appeared at the Television Critics Assn.'s press tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday to promote her self-titled new Court TV talk show. Peppered by questions about her weight loss, Jones said that she would explain how she slimmed down at a later time and venue that she would not reveal; she later relented, saying the long-awaited disclosure would come in an upcoming column in Glamour magazine. "Star" premieres Aug. 20 on Court TV.

Green thoughts

At Sundance Channel's session Saturday, the network said that it has ordered second seasons of the series "Big Ideas for a Small Planet" for an April premiere as well as the interstitial series "Eco-Biz" and "Ecoists." The network also acquired U.S. rights to the second season of the BBC series "It's Not Easy Being Green." Also, the third season of the talk show "Iconoclasts" kicks off at 10 p.m. Oct. 25.

BBC news

Garth Ancier made his first TCA appearance since being named president of BBC Worldwide America in February, spotlighting Friday BBC America's decision to launch a U.S. newscast. "The BBC has this huge asset; it's the largest news organization in the world, but it wasn't being particularly well used in BBC America," he said, adding that the newscast will launch "very soon."
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