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A Very Brady Renovation Is a Genius Show. HGTV might have just premiered the smartest show it has ever made. A Very Brady Renovation takes the entire surviving cast of The Brady Bunch and some of HGTV's biggest stars and puts them together to recreate the Brady Bunch interiors in the house used for the Brady Bunch exteriors. Only a television miracle could make that all come together, but HGTV pulled it off. It turns out that it not only sounds perfect, it is perfect. It is a perfect show, and we demand more miracles just like this. Recreate! More! TV! Houses! Monday night's first episode explained the origins of this show, which had a whole lot to do with the house going on sale last November. The network bought the house without even talking to the cast, and somehow managed to get them all to sign on afterwards. Now they're each taking on their own room in the house, which require an entire second story to be added because the outside of the house didn't actually even sort of match the inside. They also had to add in an entire window onto the front, because fun fact, the bay window shown in the show was actually fake. As one of the Property Brothers pointed out, all of America knows what this house is supposed to look like, so there's no messing up on this one. All of this was just a joy to watch, and we were even riveted as they enlisted Maureen McCormick to decide if it was more important for the staircase to have the right angle or the right number of treads. E! News talked to the cast at the show's premiere, and they explained that they signed on because they knew HGTV could do it right, and based on the evidence so far, they were clearly correct. A Very Brady Renovation airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on HGTV. (Eonline)
Jade Cline's not just coming off the bench to sub in for Jenelle Evans on "Teen Mom 2" -- she wants fans to be crystal clear ... she's bringing her own real, raw story lines. We got the newest addition to the 'Teen Mom' fam Monday in NYC, along with her almost 2-year-old daughter, and asked what she wants people to know about her. Of course, she is replacing Jenelle on the second half of Season 9 -- but that's a technicality for Jade. She says her story has plenty of twists that a lot of people will find relatable. Humbly, Jade says she is "a great mom," but like all moms ... she makes mistakes. She just learns from hers. That might sound like a dig at Jenelle ... but fact is, Jade didn't fire any shots at her or her husband, David Eason. As we reported, MTV severed all ties with Jenelle in May after David killed the family dog. What followed was an animal cruelty investigation, Jenelle and David losing custody of their kids, a court battle and the couple eventually regaining custody. Season 9 of "Teen Mom 2" returns Tuesday night. Jade wouldn't crack when we asked about her relationship status. In other words, she's already a pro at teasing her show. (TMZ)
Sharing her truth. Whitney Port told her husband, Tim Rosenman, that she may not "want more children" after suffering a miscarriage in July. "I feel like I've come to terms with this pregnancy not working out," the Hills: New Beginnings star, 34, said on the Monday, September 9, episode of the MTV show. "Then I go to the bathroom and there's still blood, so every time I see that, I'm reminded of it. Even when I'm trying to do my own thing and keep busy and be happy and distracted, I'm still reminded of it and I still just have so much stress about the second child. I know that you really want more children and I don't know that I do, and I feel like I would be disappointing you if we didn't. I feel like forever I'd always have this insecurity that I [didn't give you what you wanted]." After the producer told the Hills alum that they could "continue having this conversation," she said in a confessional: "Timmy has been such an amazing support. Anything I'm feeling, he validates, which is so important because he knows that there is just no wrong when it comes to this. He has been my teammate, my partner. I don't know how I would have gotten through this without him." The "With Whit" podcast host, who welcomed 2-year-old son, Sonny, in 2017, announced in July that she had lost her second pregnancy. "The amount of various emotions I felt in the past couple weeks have been extreme... from shock to sadness to relief, which then led to guilt for feeling that relief," the reality star wrote on Instagram at the time. "My identity has been shaken in regards to who as a mom and human being." Port opened up to Kaitlynn Carter about her miscarriage in Monday's episode, explaining that she feels anxious about having a second child "all the time." She added, "It's almost like I want something to just hit me, like, 'OK, you're ready.' I just want that moment, but I don't think that's ever going to happen." The City alum went on to say in a confessional that her pregnancy loss is "one of the most difficult things" she has experienced. "The grief is all-consuming, it's all you can think about," she said. "It's like, a death is happening inside your body and you're also supposed to show up for your child that you have. You can't really be sad in front of him." The True Whit author married Rosenman in 2015. The Hills: New Beginnings airs on MTV Mondays at 9 p.m. ET. (US Weekly)
Spilling the tea. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast could have looked very different, according to Camille Grammer. The former star alleged that the Bravo hit was supposed to feature Kim and Kyle Richards alongside their half-sister, Kathy Hilton. Grammer, 51, addressed the show's supposed original lineup after The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Judge blasted an accusation the actress made about Kyle having control over her return to the show. In a now-deleted Instagram comment, Judge called Grammer's claims "such bullshit" and stated that "it doesn't work like that." "We have [the] same production company and that's not that story I heard," Judge, 52, wrote. "When you're not friends with any of the cast they have no other choice but to let you go. No cast member has the power to fire someone." Grammer, meanwhile, clapped back by explaining how the show came to fruition. "You know better. It was Kyle's show from the very beginning," she wrote in response. "She had a development deal with Evolution [Media] for a show with Kim [Richards] and Kathy [Hilton]. Kathy backed out and there was some controversy over development. So they decided to make it The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." (Hilton, 60, is the mother of Paris, Nicky, Barron and Conrad Hilton.) Grammer then said Kyle, 50, recruited franchise alum Lisa Vanderpump and "asked me to take a meeting with" Evolution Media. However, she claimed that Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen "was not interested at first," alleging further that Kyle was compensated $134,000 "when the rest of the cast got paid around $36,000." Before detailing the story behind the show's development, Grammer confirmed her exit from RHOBH on August 29. At the time, she claimed via Twitter that she "wasn't asked back," stating that it is "Kyle's show." Kyle later shutdown the claims Grammer made on social media. "That's not true," Kyle told TMZ on September 4. "I never had an issue with Camille, so I don't even know where that came from." The former child star also denied speculation that RHOBH was her show, adding: "I guess if that's what she thinks, but I never said that ... No, I would not think that." Grammer, for her part, tweeted a response to a news outlet's coverage of TMZ's interview. "Don't believe her spin," she wrote on September 5. "Producers told me otherwise." When Kyle spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Grammer's allegations on Sunday, September 8, she continued to dismiss the idea that she was behind her former costar's departure. "I mean, I don't know what goes through Camille's mind," she explained to ET. "I really don't know what to say, but I'm not the reason that Camille is not here right now." (US Weekly)
'The Muppets' Disney+ Comedy Series Scrapped. Creators Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis and Josh Gad have quit the planned scripted series over creative differences amid an executive change at the Muppets Studios. Disney+ is changing gears with its planned new scripted take on The Muppets. Creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis (Once Upon a Time) and Josh Gad (Frozen) have walked away from the scripted comedy, called Muppets Live Another Day, which they had been quietly at work on for months, and Disney+ has opted to abandon work on the series. (Hollywood Reporter)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Abu Dhabi: British YouTuber Conor Maynard Joins Lineup. Egypt's Mohamed Hamaki, Saudi Arabia's Dyler and Moroccan boyband Fnaire will also perform at the first-ever Nick flagship event in the Middle East, which will later air in other markets, including the U.S. and U.K. British music YouTube star Conor Maynard, Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki, Saudi Arabia's Dyler and Moroccan band Fnaire have joined the lineup of the first-ever Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Abu Dhabi, the Viacom network said Tuesday. Nickelodeon and the Department of Culture and Tourism -- Abu Dhabi recently unveiled that they would bring the awards to the Middle East under a five-year deal. Jason Derulo will host and perform at the Sept. 20 event at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, with travel YouTuber Haifa Beseisso serving as co-host. Singer and songwriter Maynard made a name for himself with his debut album Contrast, which included such hits as "Can't Say No" and "Vegas Girl." "With five top 10 singles and a number 1 album to his credit plus millions of followers at social media, Maynard is one of British music's biggest success stories," Nickelodeon said. "He even took his talents to Broadway to star as Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots." "I am so excited to be performing at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Abu Dhabi, it's always such a fun show! Here's hoping I'm not going to get slimed!" said Maynard. Hamaki started his career in 1997 and in 2010 won the best Arabian act award at the MTV EMAs. Saudi singer and social media star Dyler launched his YouTube career when he was only 12 and now donates 50 percent of his income to a cancer charity. Moroccan trio Fnaire collaborated with Canada's Nora Fatehi on the Arabic version of the Indian song "Dilbar" and will perform with her at the Kids' Choice Awards in Abu Dhabi. Previously announced performers include Derulo, Aminux, Maritta, Al-Waleed Hallani and Fatehi. "They are all great additions to the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Abu Dhabi, which is set to be an unmissable show with performances by regional and internationally successful stars," said Tracey Grant, vp content and channels for VIMN Middle East. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Abu Dhabi will be recorded on Sept. 20th and air on Nickelodeon on Middle Eastern pay TV giant OSN in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain on Sept. 24. The show will later air globally on Nickelodeon channels in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Italy, Germany, France, India, China, the Philippines and Pakistan. (Hollywood Reporter)
Former BBC Executive Myleeta Aga to Join Netflix as Content Lead for Southeast Asia, Australia. The veteran executive spearheaded Indian remakes of BBC shows such as 'The Office' and 'Criminal Justice'. Former BBC executive Myleeta Aga will be joining Netflix as content lead for Southeast Asia and Australia, The Hollywood Reporter has learnt. Aga spent over a decade at the BBC and was most recently senior vp and general manager for Southeast Asia and India. Her various credits include Indian remakes of hit BBC shows including The Office and Criminal Justice, which are both streaming on Disney-owned Star India network's digital platform Hotstar. Aga started her career with Indian media company UTV, which was later acquired by Disney. Prior to joining the BBC, Aga's stints included her role as executive producer at the Travel Channel where she worked on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Aga had recently exited the BBC when the company stated that it had brought its Asia, Australia and New Zealand regions under a newly created Asia-Pacific (APAC) regional unit headed by Jon Penn, formerly managing director, Australia and New Zealand, of BBC Studios. While Netflix has not issued a statement about Aga's appointment, she is expected to join the video giant towards the end of the year and will be based in Singapore. (People)