Cartoon Network Gets Ghostly, Bill Engvall Hosts CMT Awards, And More

by | May 26, 2009 at 11:12 AM | The Ticker

‘Ghost Hunters’ For Kids; Cartoon Network is stepping out of cartoonland and developing several new live action series. The new fall lineup includes a ‘Ghost Hunters‘ reincarnation called ‘The Othersiders,’ following a group of kids as they investigate reportedly haunted locations, and ‘Survive This,’ which is billed as a ‘Survivor’ for kids. The ghostly series premieres June 16.

Engvall Goes Country: Comedian Bill Engvall will host the 2009 CMT Music Awards, featuring performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Def Leppard. The show airs June 16 on CMT, but viewers have until June 14 to vote for their fave stars on CMT.com.

A Date To Forget: Hollywood Reporter doesn’t think you should watch the new CW marriage-reality series, ‘Hitched or Ditched,’ calling it “a date to avoid,” a “brutal experience,” and one that “feels like every other unthinking reality show out there.” The writer suggests the stories are interchangeable with other dating shows, and their competitors are equally unlikeable. “Why are these people together? Do they even want to get married in the first place?” he asks. “The series isn’t interested in answering those questions, only in filling an hour of airtime with stuff you’ve seen before. A test pattern would have been cheaper.” Ouch! Tell us what you really think. The show airs tonight but check out previews on Fancast.

Big Bang Lawsuit: Two and a Half Men‘ and ‘Big Bang Theory‘ creator Chuck Lorre is in the midst of a lawsuit centering on his 1997-2002 series ‘Dharma & Greg.’ Some of the show’s creators are claiming they were improperly paid for their services, and are looking to take away a big chunk of ‘Dharma’ profits from the network – $15 million to be exact. Lorre, show star Jenna Elfman, director and executive producers are named in the suit.