TVLine Items: Celebrity Deathmatch Returns, Orphan Black Binge and More

Celebrity Deathmatch MTV2

Yet another ’90s TV reboot is stepping into the ring.

MTV2 has given a pilot order to a revival of Celebrity Deathmatch, the claymation series that originally ran on MTV from 1998 to 2002, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The new version of Deathmatch, which pits pop culture staples against each other in fantasy wrestling matches, also will incorporate a social media element to the fights.

Creator Eric Fogel will executive-produce the revival, alongside Paul Ricci (Guy Code) and Chris McCarthy (Wild ‘n Out).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Looking for an invite to the Clone Club? Ahead of Orphan Black‘s Season 3 premiere this Saturday, IFC will air a 21-hour catch-up marathon beginning at midnight on Friday, April 17.

* Bachelor frontman Chris Harrison will take over for Terry Crews as host of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, beginning with the show’s 14th season this fall. (Never fear: He’ll still remain host of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.)

* Sony’s online distributor Crackle has given a 10-episode order to The Art of More, its first original hour-long drama, our sister site Deadline reports. Starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth and Christian Cooke (Witches of East End), the series explores the cutthroat world of premium auction houses.

* Disney Junior has renewed animated series Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins for fourth seasons.

* Texas Rising — History’s 10-hour event series detailing the Texas Revolution — will premiere across five nights, airing in two-hour installments on May 25, May 26, June 1, June 8 and June 15.

* The MTV Movie Awards on Sunday drew 1.6 million total viewers, down 43 percent from last year’s Conan O’Brien-hosted telecast.

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10 Comments
  1. nate says:

    FINALLY! !! I’ve been talking about this for years

  2. SonOfCoul says:

    Oh Man, I can’t wait to see Bieber or some Kardashians get killed, Mortal Kombat style. Awesome decision to bring back CDM.

  3. David4 says:

    It still needs to be clay, not CGI trying to pretend it’s clay.

  4. Joey says:

    I still remember every Thursday night! Daria then Celebrity Deathmatch!

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Think Chris Harrison would be a great fit as the new host of Millionaire and the right man for the job. Hope he’ll be as good than Terry Crews and Cedric The Entertainer.

  6. Joey says:

    If Terry Crews is leaving Millionaire, then good for him. That show is an embarrassment to game shows. They need to fire the producers that seem to think people want to watch people thinking out loud for 3 minutes before choosing each answer. It’s terrible. A 30-minute game show like that should be able to get through at least one contestant each episode, not drag them out over multiple episodes because the producers want them to explain why they’re eliminating each incorrect option.

    Also, the show really seemed to suck the life out of Terry Crews. He’s usually this huge bundle of energy, but he seems lifeless on that show.

    • David4 says:

      It’s also not a great sign when you have three hosts in three years.

    • Mr. Tran K says:

      Terry Crews was a poor choice as the host of Millionaire because his departure could mean that he will continue his work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and future movie projects. BTW, why did Cedric The Entertainer left and whose idea was it?