You can now stream all four seasons of “The O.C.” online, plus fan-favorite Robbie Kay — better known as Peter Pan — is returning to “Once Upon A Time.” Also in today’s TV news roundup, Jimmy Kimmel will become a hologram, hosting his late-night show from two cities at the same time . . .
“The O.C.” is now available for online streaming on CW Seed. All four seasons of the beloved teen soap, which originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2007, have been made available on the CW’s streaming site and app. “O.C.” followed the lives of teenagers in the wealthy town of Orange County with the main foursome played by Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody and Ben McKenzie. The series has not previously been available to stream anywhere including Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.
Robbie Kay will return to “Once Upon A Time,” reprising his role as Peter Pan, Variety has confirmed. Currently starring on NBC’s “Heroes” reboot “Heroes Reborn,” Kay first appeared on ABC’s fantasy drama in Season 3. EW reports Kay will be back for the 100th episode, which is set for the midseason spring premiere in early March.
Also joining “OUAT” is new cast member Greg Germann who will have a mysterious recurring role in the second half of Season 5. First reported by TVLine, the “Ally McBeal” alum will play a character that is being described as “The Distinguished Gentleman,” a mysterious figure with god-like powers who is always wearing a perfectly tailored suit and can bring about fear in people just by being friendly.
Jimmy Kimmel will host his late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” from Hollywood and Nashville at the same time, thanks to hologram technology. On the night of the CMA Awards on ABC, Kimmel will host from two cities simultaneously — in person in California and via hologram in Tennessee where the host’s opening monologue will be beamed to The Country Music Hall of Fame Theater. The Band Perry will be the night’s musical performer, live from Nashville, and projected by hologram in L.A. to appear as if the country artists are performing live on Kimmel’s outdoor stage. The special hologram technology is powered in part by Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo and Microsoft.
We TV has greenlit a new dating series, “Driven to Love,” hosted by Ray J. Described as being “taken on the ride of their life,” each episode will feature one single dater starting a relationship in the backseat of a car, alongside Ray J who will serve as the personal driver and wingman to provide dating advice, as the hopefuls cruise around meeting potential mates with whom they’ll go on supervised dates both inside and outside the vehicle. At the end of the day, the contestant chooses one match to join them for a romantic weekend getaway.
“Online dating sites and dating apps have become the norm in finding romance,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president. “‘Driven to Love’ is a real life interpretation of this popular dating trend with a fun, engaging twist. And Ray J only adds to the excitement of this show. He’s a talented young star who has just a bit of experience in the dating world which makes him the perfect host for this series.”
Slated to debut in 2016, “Driven to Love” hails from Lion Television, Zig Zag Productions, Matar Productions and Knockout Entertainment with exec producers Tony Tackaberry, Allison Corn, Danny Fenton, Matt Graf, Ami Amir, Lilach Dekel, Lauren Gellert, David Stefanou, Kate Farrell and DWE Talent’s David Weintraub. Ray J will also serve as an exec producer.
The Hollywood Radio and Television Society has elected Eric Schrier, president of original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions as president of HRTS. WME’s Marc Korman, partner and agent, has been elected vice president; Christina Davis, EVP of drama series development at CBS Entertainment has been elected secretary; and David Acosta, SVP and team leader, entertainment division at City National Bank, has been elected treasurer.
“HRTS is fortunate to have Eric, Marc, Christina, and David offer their talent, time and expertise to ensure the ongoing success of HRTS and its mission,” said HRTS executive director Dave Ferrara. “I look forward to working with each of them to create opportunities and platforms for insightful conversations and important dialogues that address major industry topics for the betterment of the entertainment business.”