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The stars of Better Late Than Never, NBC's new celebrity reality series, have had a lot of successes in their careers. But, how will this new summer series be a success in the ratings? Will it be back for a second season or cancelled instead? Stay tuned.On Better Late Than Never, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman embark on the journey of a lifetime, traveling across Asia on their own, with no schedule and no itinerary. The only help comes from Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian. He has an agenda of his own and he isn't above leading the men off track.Read More… »
After two-weeks of the Rio Olympics, it turns out American isn't yet ready to come home yet from summer vacation – at least not if the trip is with William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Henry Winkler and the destination is Asia. The 10 Pm debut of NBC's 4-week Better Late Than Never (1.6/6) was a solid start for the reality travel show based on a South Korean series. So solid in fact, that Bltn has emerged in the final days of the season as the top non-game… »
NBC owned primetime on Tuesday as unscripted comedy “Better Late Than Never” got off to a solid start behind “America’s Got Talent.”
“Better Late Than Never” a travelogue reality series featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Forman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye , delivered a 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour. The two-hour installment of “America’s Got Talent” (2.4/9, 11.1 million viewers) NBC gave the gang a good sendoff.
“Better Late Than Never” trounced ABC’s 20th anniversary retrospective on “The View” (0.4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers). The clip show didn’t get much lead-in support from ABC’s 9 p.m. “After Paradise” after-show (0.7/3, 2.8 million) for 8 p.m.’s “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.4, 4.8 million). CBS’ 9 p.m. drama “Zoo” (0.8, 4.9 million), which was bookended by reruns of “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” perked up some from the previous week’s airing against Olympics coverage. CW served up a fresh episode of “Mad TV” (0.2, 660,000).
- Cynthia Littleton
The NBC reality show “Better Late Than Never” debuted Tuesday to the summer’s top demo rating and overall eyeball count for a brand-new series. Starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye, the bucket list alternative comedy earned a 1.6/6 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 7.4 million total viewers. Of course, lead-in “America’s Got Talent” is mostly to thank for that strong tune in. NBC was first in ratings with a 2.1 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Agt” at 8 p. »
- Tony Maglio
Network: NBC Episodes: Ongoing (hour)Seasons: OngoingTV show dates: August 23, 2016 -- presentSeries status: Has not been cancelledPerformers include: Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, and Jeff Dye.TV show description: This reality series is based on a popular Korean television program format. It’s a fish-out-of-water show that follows four cultural icons -- Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman -- on a great adventure. Deciding it's better late than never, these four legendary seniors embark on the journey of a lifetime, traveling across Asia on their own, with no schedule and no itinerary. The only help comes from Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian. He has an agenda of his own and he isn't above leading the men off track. Read More… »
Hillary Clinton is no Donald Trump — at least, in terms of TV ratings. The former first lady and potential future President of the United States guested on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, but the initial Nielsen panel wasn’t impressed. As a matter of fact, NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers” actually managed to tie the hour-earlier ABC talk show in the 25 markets with local people meters. Both shows managed a 0.4 rating Monday night in the key 18-49 demographic, per the very early metric. Seth Meyers’ guests were Henry Winkler, Grace Gummer and musical guest Jon Bellion. National numbers will become available. »
- Tony Maglio
It’s hard to imagine that between the Star Trek conventions, countless movie press tours and a nearly 20-year affiliation with travel website Priceline, William Shatner had never been to Japan or Southeast Asia. But somehow the 85-year old acting legend never had. “The tickets were too expensive,” he joked at a July press screening for his new NBC series Better Late Than Never. With the Peacock footing the bill, the former Captain Kirk finally got to experience this part of the world with his new best TV friends - Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye. The show is essentially The Bucket List turned into an unscripted television series. During the four episode season, the five travel to South Korea, Japan and Thailand among other countries in the region. It’s here they’ll do everything from visiting historical treasures to eating the best (and strangest »
- David Eckstein
As is so often the case with reality shows, the promos for NBC’s new “Better Late Than Never” are much more hateful than the show itself. The reality event series eventually reveals itself to be a slightly crotchety and mostly warmhearted buddy comedy about bucket lists. But the production is all too eager to frame its four elderly traveling stars — Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman — as buffoonish Americans who inflict themselves on Asia with comical machismo.
The first few minutes of the pilot are absolutely intolerable — Winkler, in a usefully expository but perfunctory bit of narrative, makes a show of calling each of his “old friends” to pitch to them, in about 10 seconds, the idea of going on a trip somewhere far away with a camera crew in tow. He spins a globe (because all elder statesmen have a globe, ideally bought from Brookstone, which opens to reveal a stash of scotch »
- Sonia Saraiya
What would happen if you sent your uninhabited grandfather and three of his friends on a seemingly haphazard excursion across Asia? If Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw are any indication, there would be plenty of hilarity. “Better Late Than Never” is a surprisingly delightful (albeit ridiculous) late-summer entry for NBC, which usually does well this time of year thanks to reality staples “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior.” Unlike those offerings, this new series is billed as an “alternative comedy” – in other words, an older-skewing celebreality show – thanks to flashy split-screen editing, rapid »
- Amber Dowling
Maybe things just got a little lost in translation? In an exclusive sneak peek at NBC's upcoming reality travel series Better Late Than Never, the show's stars - William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and comedian Jeff Dye - arrive at a ... well ... unique hotel in Tokyo. The Capsule Hotel features somewhat morgue-like drawers intended to for sleep - but it's tough for most of the men to do so behind a see-through door. "It looks like a kennel," groans Shatner, 85, before Foreman, 67, falls while climbing the ladder to his room. Dye, however, is feeling the space: "It's Tokyo, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
In the Dmz between the end of the Summer Olympics and the start of Sunday Night Football and the fall season, NBC has dropped in the sometimes surreal Better Late Than Never, which starts its four-episode romp through Asia run on August 23. Leaving all but the loosest of narrative and structure on this side of the Pacific, the William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw-starring reality travel show is, as I say in my video review above, not to be… »
Last month, we reported news out of Comic-Con that the retooled MacGyver TV show reboot on CBS wants to bring on the original Angus MacGyver -- Richard Dean Anderson -- in some fashion. The new series stars Lucas Till in the title role. The cast also includes George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Justin Hires, and Tristan Mays.Reporting from the TCA summer presser for CBS, The Wrap writes showrunner Peter Lenkov said the new production has been talking to Anderson's reps, adding, "We hope he says yes." Lenkov executive produces with Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, and Michael Clear. Last month though, in response to the Comic-Con based stories, Anderson sounded decidedly unwilling to have anything to do with the new MacGyver.Read More… »
Filming has begun in Dewsbury, Yorkshire this week on a feature length Christmas special of Cbbc’s popular series Hank Zipzer.The 90-minute film 'Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe' joins Hank (played by Nick James) in the run up to Christmas as he prepares for a new baby brother. But Hank’s life never runs smoothly and soon Miss Adolf (played by Felicity Montagu) is turning Mr Rock’s Rudolph the Rock’n’Roll Reindeer into a one-woman Christmas Carol – two school inspectors are getting injured in a bizarre sleighing accident and Mr Joy (played by Javone Prince) is trying to cancel Christmas altogether. In his attempt to drag triumph from the glittering jaws of doom, Hank will ice skate into disaster, nearly crash a Christmas tree into a crowd, get himself and his best friends arrested, get his favourite teacher sacked and lose the love of his life. »
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Disney's 1991 classic The Rocketeer is coming back to the big screen with a big twist. Walt Disney Pictures has put what is described as a "sequel-reboot" to the original movie in development, which will be called The Rocketeers and will be set six years after the events of the original, taking place at the outset of the Cold War. The title character will not be Cliff Secord from the original, with a new character taking over.
The original movie, based on the 1980s indie comic by Dave Stevens, followed Cliff Secord, played by Billy Campbell, a stunt pilot who discovers a rocket pack suit, as he goes on adventures that puts him in the crosshairs of monsters, Nazis and even industrialist Howard Hughes. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Cliff Secord has disappeared while fighting the Nazis, which paves the way for a young African-American female pilot, who takes up the mantle of Rocketeer. »
If you're like me, when you heard the name Joe Johnston was attached to Captain America: The First Avenger, you likely had a warm feeling of familiarity fill your gut. That film, after all, was being pegged as an adventure film during WWII -- a territory Johnston had visited before when he directed 1991's The Rocketeer. The Rocketeer carried all the classic "Tomorrowland"-esque visions of the future technology and spirit of high adventure that made it an irresistible film for me as a kid.
For those too young to remember (or those who skipped the film), it followed the character Cliff Secord who discovered a rocket pack, and becomes mixed up in a big scheme involving Nazis, the mob, Howard Hughes, and the FBI.
- Joseph Medina
With nationwide temperatures stuck in the high nineties like some kind of cherry on top of the sundae of this hellish year, the drive to leave the living room has hit an all-time low. Wherever has air-conditioning is where it's at — and so it falls to TV to keep us entertained.
Reigning reality-competition champ The Voice will return on NBC, and the Peacock will also host coverage of the holy grail of sports-tv programming (crossover division) known as the Summer Olympics. Some under-loved critical darlings are returning for another season, »
Mays — who recently had an arc on “Supergirl” at CBS — will play Riley Davis, a highly unpredictable computer hacker with a chip on her shoulder. Her brain teems with knowledge about computer coding and although she’s “kinda-sorta” pleased to be recruited for MacGyver’s team rather than be locked up in prison, she can’t be bothered to show much gratitude. Her character will first appear in the series premiere on Friday, Sept. 23.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Henry Winkler has had a long and storied career, but it began with Garry Marshall calming his nerves when he auditioned against a who's who of Hollywood names for what would become his breakout role, Fonzie on Happy Days. To hear Winkler tell it, Marshall was more than just a prolific TV and film producer and director — he was a surrogate father who not only instilled in him a team-player philosophy but also taught him how to play softball. Winkler, an actor, producer and children's book author who stars next in HBO's Barry and NBC's Better Late Than
- Lesley Goldberg
Per the Emmy rules that were instituted last year, “Only performers appearing in less than 50% of the eligible episodes are able to submit in the Guest Performer categories.” MacNicol, who played Jonah’s (Tim Simons) uncle Jeff Kane, appeared in five episodes of the ten-episode HBO comedy.
The Television Academy issued a statement that said: “Upon review of the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category, the Television Academy has determined that Peter MacNicol unfortunately exceeds the number of episodes permissible for inclusion in that category.
HBO’s guest actor entry for Peter MacNicol was accurate at the time of the submission deadline, but he was subsequently included in an additional ‘Veep’ episode. Unfortunately, that additional appearance places him in 50% of the season’s episodes »
- Debra Birnbaum
Marshall passed away Tuesday in Burbank, California following complications from a stroke and later pneumonia.
Known for his knack of firing young up-and-comers to stardom, Marshall was instrumental in putting both Richard Gere and Julia Roberts on the map via Pretty Woman – the latter nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Actress – while The Princess Diaries ensured Anne Hathaway broke onto the scene as an exciting new talent. Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve and the recent Mother’s Day are examples of the director’s final movies.
His work extended beyond the silver screen, too, penning scripts and overseeing production on both Mork and Mindy and Happy Days. Of course, the latter birthed a fan favorite in Henry Winkler’s the Fonz, and for a brief time during its peak, »
- Michael Briers
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