Timberlake Gets On "The Phone"

Published July 23, 2008

Posted May 12, 2008 -- Justin Timberlake is executive producing a newly greenlit MTV gameshow called “The Phone,” a gameshow based on a Dutch format that mixes elements of “The Amazing Race” with “The Bourne Identity.” David Schiff and Cecile Frot-Coutaz are also executive producers.

According to Variety, the series will launch in the fall. Filming locations and the length of each episode have yet to be determined. The episodes begin with two strategically hidden cell phones ringing at opposite ends of a city. Once answered, a mysterious guide gives contestants five seconds to answer whether they want to play the game for the chance at winning a cash prize.

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When the players are established, they are sent into a race against each other-- with the guide watching from a helicopter above -- to accomplish their mission.

“The Phone” will make “the viewer feel like they’re part of an espionage thriller,” said Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, which is producing.

Nash Heads to "The Inn"

Comedy Central and Style Network queen Niecy Nash is now an official member of the FOX clan with the network's series pickup of her pilot "The Inn," reports EUR. The show has been described as "Upstairs/Downstairs" set at a hip New York hotel. Nash will star opposite Jerry O'Connell in the series, which is written and executive produced by Abraham Higginbotham ("Arrested Development").

The comedic actress is best known as Deputy Raineesha Williams from the "Reno 911!" TV series on Comedy Central and the "Reno 911!: Miami" feature film. She was also the host of Style Network’s home-makeover series "Clean House

And On The CW ...

The CW gave a series order to "Stylista," from Tyra Banks and Ken Mok. The show follows fashion fans as they compete for a job at Elle magazine. Banks and Mok are exec producers with Eli Holzman, Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha. Also, hit comedy "The Game" got a greenlight for another year. The "Girlfriends" spin-off enters its third season this fall, and will likely be paired with "Everybody Hates Chris" on the CW's new Friday schdule.

 

Written by BET-Staff

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