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With director James Bobin's Muppets Most Wanted now available on Blu-ray and DVD, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Kermit the Frog. In the sequel, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. The film stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and features a ton of celebrity cameos. For more on the film, check out all our previous coverage which features interviews and more. During this new interview with Kermit, he talked about the biggest challenge making Muppets Most Wanted, the real reason he isn't in Star Wars: Episode 7, how he'd like to make 50 Shades of Green, if it's any easier being green after seeing Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Hulk in the Marvel movies, future Muppet TV specials or movies, if he might do another episode of Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This week, the world mourned the loss of comedic genius Robin Williams, who committed suicide on Monday at age 63. To honor his legacy, which spanned decades and included several comedy specials in addition to movies and scripted TV shows, we've pulled some of the best segments from his standup routines, many of which were broadcast on HBO.(Warning: The language in many of the videos is Nsfw.)
Elsewhere, The Tonight Show parodied House of Cards with "House of Cue Cards," and LeVar Burton introduced "Tweeting Rainbow" on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Also, the creator of "Prancercise" returned with an all-new fitness video. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- TV Guide News
While a sequel to the “Veronica Mars” movie is up in the air, there will be more “Veronica Mars” in store for fans. Web series “Play It Again, Dick,” from creator Rob Thomas and following Ryan Hansen's character Dick Casablancas, was announced in January, and now the casting that's firmed up should be welcome news to fans. Also read: LeVar Burton's ‘Reading Rainbow’ Beats ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Backer Record Kristen Bell, who told TheWrap in July that she would be involved with the series, will reprise her role as both Veronica Mars and a skewed version of herself. »
- Linda Ge
How lovable is LeVar Burton? After raising $5.4 million on Kickstarter to make Reading Rainbow more accessible to children and shedding tears over its success, LeVar Burton went on Jimmy Kimmel for a sketch titled "Tweeting Rainbow." He takes a quartet of kids through the wide Twitterverse, reading aloud tweets from Mario Lopez and Snoop Dogg, explaining a retweet, and saying he's going to get into a Twitter feud with @kanyewest. It's adorable, and surprisingly helpful. »
- E. Alex Jung
Step aside, Reading Rainbow, a new kiddie show is about to takeover. In response to the program's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised $5 million to bring the Reading Rainbow app to children everywhere, the masterminds over at Jimmy Kimmel Live teamed up with host LeVar Burton to create a parody of the PBS program, which aired from 1983 to 2006. As Jimmy Kimmel notes in the hilarious clip, "now that LeVar has an app, he's setting his sights on another form of popular web-based communication." Namely, "Tweeting Rainbow." After an amusing introductory song—complete with popular hashtags such as #Blessed #Yolo and #Thuglife in addition to a special »
LeVar Burton offered up a modernized take on his classic “Reading Rainbow” for today's busy kids on the go. Kids don't have time for books anymore. Why read all that when everything you could ever want can be told in 140 characters or less? In partnership with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” LeVar Burton presented the first-ever episode of “Tweeting Rainbow.” The parody clip was slickly produced, and featured Burton as charming and delightful as his “Reading Rainbow” fans remember. The only difference is he was reading tweets from his phone to a group of kids, rather than a book. One tweet, from. »
- Jason Hughes
The Geekie Awards announced that Oscar and Emmy-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Stan Lee Lifetime Achievement Award from the award's first recipient, Stan Lee. Additionally, LeVar Burton will be awarded the Geek-of-the-Year Award for his efforts in raising more than $5 million to help children learn by bringing back ”Reading Rainbow.” Also read: LeVar Burton Uses Urban Dictionary to Prove the World Needs ‘Reading Rainbow’ During Surprise ‘@Midnight’ Visit (Exclusive Video) The Geekie Awards, which debuted last year and have an array of corporate sponsors, aim to recognize the best of geek culture. They will be live-streamed via Twitch. »
- Tim Molloy
It doesn’t look like Yahoo Screen will be binge-releasing its newly acquired comedy Community this fall – at the Comic-Con panel for the beloved show, which was picked up by Yahoo Screen for a sixth season in an eleventh-hour rescue following its cancellation on NBC, showrunner Dan Harmon revealed that the actual writing is going to kick off this fall, so episodes likely won’t begin airing until “probably some time after Christmas.” Unfortunately, that means no Halloween or Christmas specials – but that may be remedied in subsequent seasons.
At the panel, which included Harmon, writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, in addition to writer/actor Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos, details of what to expect in season six were scarce. Harmon did offer the following insight into how he’s approaching Community‘s new home on Yahoo Screen:
“We will continue to make the show weekly, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In classic Community fashion, i.e., right at the last minute, the cancelled NBC sitcom was rescued by Yahoo! Screen for Season 6, fulfilling the promise of "six seasons and a movie." One of the names most notably absent in last month's announcement was Donald Glover, whose character, Troy Barnes, set sail on a trip around the world last season, as a provision of Pierce Hawthorne's (Chevy Chase) will.
While Troy never resurfaced in Season 5, many fans noticed an Easter Egg during another episode, where a TV in the background revealed that the boat Troy and LeVar Burton (as himself) were sailing on, was captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Troy's out there somewhere - he may be in peril. »
The cast and producers of “Community” made their triumphant return to San Diego Comic-Con Thursday to celebrate the show’s unlikely resurrection on Yahoo Screen, and the transition online clearly hasn’t dampened the team’s enthusiasm for the tenacious series. TV Guide Magazine hosted the panel, which filled Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center with enthusiastic Greendale Human Beings.
“It’s season six of ‘Community’ — you’ll be watching it the way you always watched it, only now, it’s legal!” creator Dan Harmon quipped of the show’s loyal fanbase, which always seemed to find ways to watch the perennial bubble show even when it was bounced on and off NBC’s lineup.
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Harmon admitted that he was initially of two minds about whether to continue the series, and that three hours before the cast’s options expired, he got a call »
- Laura Prudom
Last year, viewership for Perception dropped 28% when compared to the first season's ratings. Will the numbers continue to fall, hold steady, or grow? Will this TNT TV show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned!
Perception follows Doctor Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack), a talented and schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist, as he assists his former student, FBI Special Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook), solve complex cases. Other castmembers include Kelly Rowan, Arjay Smith, LeVar Burton, and Scott Wolf.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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LeVar Burton’s much publicized Kickstarter campaign to resurrect, as a web series, his old PBS children’s learning TV program, "Reading Rainbow," has hit a milestone. The original goal of the campaign was to raise $1 million in 35 days (by July 2), which it did in just one day. But, as of last week, the campaign has raised some $6,408,916 million from 105,857 backers, and that includes a $1 million donation from "Family Guy" and "Ted" creator Seth McFarlane. The makes the Rainbow campaign No. 4 on the all-time list of highest grossing Kickstarter campaigns, surpassing what was the previous 4th place record holder, the »
Did you donate to LeVar Burton’s “Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter initiative? Seeing how quickly the campaign raised its initial goal of $1 million in less than 24 hours, you proably did. The campaign reached everyone, including Seth McFarlane, who announced he would match each dollar pledged over $4 million, up to $1 million. The campaign is now over and more than surpassed its initial goal with $5,408,916 with 105,857 backers. The additional money from McFarlane takes the final total up to $6,408,145. TechnoBuffalo also wrote that the campaign became one of Kickstarter’s top five projects of all time. There were also some great prizes for those who donated the big bucks, [ Read More ]
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LeVar Burton proved he could go twice as high. The actor's fundraising campaign to reboot “Reading Rainbow,” his beloved children's show, broke the record for most individual contributors with over 91,600 backers on Monday. The previous record was 91,585 backers, who helped fund the campaign to turn defunct TV show “Veronica Mars” into a film. Also read: LeVar Burton Breaks Down In Tears After Raising $1 Million For ‘Reading Rainbow’ Reboot (Video) As of this writing, Burton's project has collected over $4,788,000 dollars with the deadline for final donations set for Wednesday. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane recently pledged to match every dollar after $4 million. »
- James Crugnale
LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign to reboot beloved children's TV program "Reading Rainbow" had already made headlines for the short time it took to reach its fundraising goal. Now, the project has hit another milestone: It's the most-backed Kickstarter project ever.
Burton revealed the news on Twitter Monday with a jubilant post thanking supporters for their donations. "Reading Rainbow" racked up a record-breaking 91,587 backers, beating out the previous champ, the "Veronica Mars" movie Kickstarter, for the highest number of backers to support one project on the site. It's already shattered that number, and currently sits at just under 99,000 backers.
Hey Y'all... @readingrainbow just became the most backed @kickstarter ever!!!! #Thank #You http://t.co/k9ere80B9g
- LeVar Burton (@levarburton) June 30, 2014
It seems that nothing can stop the "Reading Rainbow" resurgence, as the project has gained some impressive followers since it launched in May. It hit its $1 million »
- Katie Roberts
Though LeVar Burton’s Kickstarter campaign for “Reading Rainbow” is far beyond its original $1 million goal, the literacy program has a new reason to shine. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has stepped in, promising to match another $1 million in donations to push the initiative past the $5 million mark.
Burton’s Kickstarter to bring back and revamp the beloved children’s reading program went live in May, and met its initial goal within 11 hours. Despite finding success in fostering a love of reading in its young viewers, the original “Reading Rainbow” show was canceled in 2009. After launching a tablet app in 2012 the host realized the potential of new technologies to bring reading to kids and schools, and with his Kickstarter, hopes to broaden the program’s reach.
“In today’s world, today’s kids want today’s technology,” says Burton in the campaign’s video. With funds from the Kickstarter, Burton »
- Shelli Weinstein
Last month, LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of reviving his beloved children's TV series Reading Rainbow in a free online format. The iconically nerdy host has already roped in $4 million, but he's hoping the project's funding can go even higher. Comedy mainstay Seth MacFarlane told Burton that he would match the next $1 million raised for the project.
Lavar Burton Plays Evil Overlord of 'Reading Rainbow' on Funny or Die
Seth MacFarlane is putting some serious dough behind Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton announced the Family Guy creator and voice actor has agreed to match all the pledges over the next few days dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. "Yes, that Seth MacFarlane," Burton said in a video message, as if anticipating the reaction you are having at this very moment. "That's right: for each dollar pledged over $4,000,000, Seth will Match It, dollar for dollar, up to 1 Million Dollars!" the Star Trek: The Next Generation star said in an post on the Kickstarter site. Currently, the Kickstarter for Reading Rainbow has more than $4 million dollars. Its original goal was $1 million and now Burton is trying »
Family Guy creator promises to match up to $1m in pledges made on Kickstarter so web version of TV show can be made available for free
MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1m in pledges made on the Kickstarter website so that an online version of Reading Rainbow can be made available without charge to an expanded number of underfunded classrooms, Burton said in a statement Thursday.
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- Associated Press
Yesterday, LeVar Burton announced in a video on the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter website that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has promised to match up to $1 million in donations made to the campaign during its final five days. MacFarlane’s donation will allow more underfunded classrooms to have access to the new Reading Rainbow web series free of charge.
The Associated Press reports that MacFarlane made the promise after hearing that the campaign needed to raise at least $5 million. The campaign has already raised over $4 million and has five days to reach its $5 million fundraising goal. According to the Kickstarter campaign site, »
- Chancellor Agard
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