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Three months after the finale of its inaugural season, Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” climbed its way back to the top of the Cable/Streaming Leaderboard following a holiday special that aired on November 19.
While most of the show’s epic performances have continued racking up views on YouTube, some may say that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Janet Jackson cover was one for the books. After just 72 hours online, the clip has racked up more than 5 million views, making one of the show’s most-viewed clips since the first few weeks of season one (April), but still a long shot from the number one clip featuring Dwayne Johnson vs. Jimmy Fallon, which has an impressive 23.4 million views.
- Jason Klein
Last month, the Kennedy Center awarded the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Eddie Murphy, in a star-studded show that featured tributes by Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Sam Moore, Kevin Nealon, Joe Piscopo, and other special guests. This year's event initially took place on Sunday, October 18, 2015, and was taped, but not broadcast live. PBS eventually aired the 90-minute tribute last night, November 23, at 9/8c. For those who missed it, the network has thankfully made the full broadcast available to watch online, this morning, which I've embedded below. Past recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize are Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, and Jay Leno. Watch the 90-minute...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Last month, the Kennedy Center awarded the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Eddie Murphy, in a star-studded show that featured tributes by Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Arsenio Hall, Trevor Noah, Jay Pharoah, Whitney Cummings, Kathy Griffin, Sam Moore, Kevin Nealon, Joe Piscopo, and other special guests. This year's event initially took place on Sunday, October 18, 2015, and was taped, but not broadcast live. PBS will air the 90-minute tribute tonight, November 23, at 9/8c (check your local listings). Past recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize are Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Carol Burnett, and Jay Leno. Here's a sample of what to expect:
- Tambay A. Obenson
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer‘s “Broad City” is set to return to Comedy Central at 10 p.m. on Feb. 17. Season three will cover everything from a trip to the Dmv, a rat in the apartment and going clubbing to taking on new job responsibilities, visiting Abbi’s dad and new hook-ups.
Comedy Central also announced that “@midnight” regular Nikki Glaser’s new sex and relationship series “Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser” will premiere at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse’s “Idiotsitter,” which is based on their cc.com digital series, will premiere at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.
Oxygen’s reality series “Preachers of Atlanta” will premiere at 10 p.m. Feb. 3. The »
- Whitney Friedlander and Elizabeth Wagmeister
Michael Bublé is getting some help for some very famous friends for his annual NBC holiday special. Some would even call them super—super models that is. Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner are set to join Bublé for Michael Bublé's Christmas in Hollywood on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Celine Dion, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Tori Kelly will join Bublé for special performances. Look for cameos from Jenner, Hadid, Blake Shelton, Jay Leno, Eva Longoria and William Shatner in comedy segments set in classic Hollywood locations. "I'm especially excited about this year's show and the wonderful guests who are joining me for the festivities. This is a real celebration and a »
Jimmy Fallon is not worried about his biggest competition, Stephen Colbert. Just don't compare the two to Jay Leno and David Letterman. Fallon, 41, recently spoke to Esquire about his job as host of the long-running late-night talk show and his biggest competition. He graces the cover of the outlet's December 2015 / January 2016 issue, which hits newsstands on Nov. 24. and poses for Christmas-themed photos. Fallon got the job after Leno left in 2014. Colbert, 51, who rose to fame hosting Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, took over as host of CBS' The Late Show in September. Letterman, 68, who had a longstanding rivalry with Leno, 65, retired more than three months »
NBC’s upcoming series “Shades of Blue” attracted more than a million engagements this week after the trailer, which features Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta as members of the NYPD, racked up more than a million and a half YouTube views.
The trailer, which has been live for just over a week, already outperforms “The Player’s” initial trailer, the NBC freshman series that “Shades of Blue” is slotted to replace in January. All of this buzz surrounding the upcoming procedural pushed this series to top off the Trending leaderboard and to seventh place on this week’s Broadcast leaderboard.
Now just one week from its release, “Jessica Jones” made a splash among Cable/Streaming programs, after Netflix released the program’s second trailer. While YouTube drove activity, contributing nearly 2 million engagements, the upcoming series also tracked a 78% increase in organic search traffic, alongside a 65% increase in Facebook engagement.
- Jason Klein
This story first appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. In November 2010, the first issue of the relaunched Hollywood Reporter magazine included results of an extensive survey of late-night TV viewers. Respondents were asked their honest opinions of the genre's biggest names — NBC's Jay Leno, CBS' David Letterman and Comedy Central's power duo of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, among them. The results revealed aging audiences and high hopes for TBS' new star, Conan O'Brien. Five years later, the late-night landscape is completely different.
- Matthew Belloni
“The Muppets” is welcoming guest stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Variety has learned. Both stars will appear as themselves on the Dec. 1 episode titled “Going, Going, Gonzo.”
On the upcoming episode, after a show-stopping duet with Miss Piggy on “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” Gordon-Levitt joins Scooter, Pepe and the gang for poker night. Meanwhile, Gonzo gears up to perform his dream stunt and Dave Grohl challenges Animal to a drum-off.
The cameo will mark Grohl’s return to the furry friends, as he appeared in the 2011 feature film “The Muppets,” as Animal’s replacement in the cover band, The Moopets.In its freshman season, “The Muppets” has welcomed guest stars Elizabeth Banks, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
You can’t keep a good host down: Jay Leno just landed a new gig, emceeing the 22nd Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. The Dec. 11 Telenor Arena event will honor the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011,” per a Monday media release. The award is given annually to an individual or organization whose work exemplifies a spirit of hope and leadership that will help promote peace in the world. “There’s nothing more exciting than being awakened in the middle. »
- Tony Maglio
Many of the late-night hosts were off last night, but those who were on duty weighed on with their thoughts on the terrorists attacks in Paris.
“Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show, and then we found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” said a visibly shaken Colbert.
“I know that not much is known right now, but we do know that there have been many deaths, the crisis is still ongoing. President Hollande has declared a state of emergency, and President Obama has promised the United States will do whatever it takes to bring the terrorists to justice.”
“We add our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Paris, and now »
- Debra Birnbaum and Ted Johnson
Ian Karmel is a standup comic, doesn’t want to be anything but a standup comic, and, if everything goes to plan, will one day soon be famous as a standup comic.
But if you’re a TV or digital media fan, you might be less likely to know who Karmel is than what he brainstormed: the “Crosswalk: The Musical” series on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” that went viral online, helping put that freshman show on the map.
For decades, latenight TV has been the driver of comedians like Karmel to their dream destiny, most famously with Johnny Carson behind the wheel. While cable and digital have put more vehicles on the road after dark, the recent turnover in hosts hasn’t necessarily opened up the fast lane for comics to stardom.
- Jon Weisman
CNBC struck an unapologetic stance against criticism of the way its three moderators handled Wednesday night’s debate among Republican Presidential candidates, suggesting its journalists simply did their job, asking questions without fear or favor.
“People who want to be President of the United States should be able to answer tough questions,” the network said in a statement.
Candidates including Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Chris Christie pushed back against a trio of CNBC moderators, “Squawk Box” anchor Becky Quick, mid-morning anchor Carl Quintanilla and contributor John Harwood. All tire enjoy reputations as savvy chroniclers of Wall Street and national news, and all three are former staffers of The Wall Street Journal, employed there prior to its being taken over by Rupert Murdoch.
Among the questions that were ridiculed was one asked about regulation of fantasy football. Other queries were derided as personal attacks.
The debate was viewed »
- Brian Steinberg
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
It's always fun when Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon reunite. Here they are Tuesday night on "The Tonight Show," playing Pup Quiz with adooooooorable widdle Golden Retriever puppies. Jimmy got a feisty puppy but Drew got a bunch of them ... for a while anyway. A puppy also came back when Stephen Moyer was interviewed and he/she snuggled in his arms. (Awwwwww.) In her own chat, Drew talked about crashing an Rv into a gas station during a cross-country road trip with Jimmy's wife, who is also Drew's best friend and work partner. It's a great story, but it could've used at least one puppy.
- Gina Carbone
Ricky Gervais is officially returning to the Beverly Hilton as host of the 2016 Golden Globes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's victorious three-year run as Globes emcees was a thrill, but it appears we'll be returning to an era of prickly jokes, devious giggles, and blatant celebrity slams. Though Fey and Poehler were masters at blending class with hilarious insults (like that one about "Gravity" being a movie where George Clooney flees the planet to get away from a woman his own age), Gervais' snickering rancor is often effective. Let's take a look back at his three Golden Globes monologues and see how they've held up. 2010 It's an audience-pleasing round of Steve Carell jokes, small penis jokes, a lengthy mockery of actors' "importance," a hilarious snipe at Kiefer Sutherland, and a timely joke about being replaced by Jay Leno. It's all successful enough, but it's bizarre to think we once considered this edgy or polarizing. »
- Louis Virtel
Jeb Bush will probably need some kryptonite if he wants face time with his celebrity crush. During an appearance at the Libre Forum in North Las Vegas on Wednesday, Bush was asked who his favorite superhero is. He initially responded Batman, but then followed up with, “I saw ‘Supergirl’ on TV. I saw it when I was working out this morning. There’s an ad promoting ‘Supergirl,’ she looked kind of — she looked pretty hot.” According to a tweet from The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, Bush then followed up that comment by saying, “That’ll make news.” Also Read: Jay Leno »
- Joe Otterson
Hot on the heels of the first ten episode volume of The Monday Night War (which I gave five stars to here) comes the concluding ten episodes, appropriately titled Know Your Role for not only devoting an hour to an in depth look at the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, The Rock, but for the final, and fatal, message that WWE gave to WCW, that role being to cease to exist.
As with the first volume, what we get here are ten well put together hour long episodes that each focus on a particular aspect of the Monday Night War. As you might expect, the big names who weren’t covered in volume one are given their hour in the spotlight here, namely Chris Jericho, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and The Kliq (who have also recently been the subject of their own WWE release, which I gave four stars »
He may no longer host NBC’s “Tonight Show,” but that’s not stopping Jay Leno from riffing on the hot topics of the day. During an appearance on Jamie Foxx‘s SiriusXM series “Town Hall,” the former late night personality offered his thoughts on the 2016 presidential candidates, taking shots at some of the frontrunners. “Well, Jeb Bush and Trump, it’s kind of like the race between the tortoise and the bad hair,” Leno joked about the Republican candidates. Also Read: 'Jay Leno's Garage' Stalls Out in Week 2 Ratings An amused Foxx egged him on, asking about »
- Reid Nakamura
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Oct 12, 2015 – Sunday Oct 18, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 34,032 2 3 America’s Funniest Home Videos 6,080 3 2 Dancing With The Stars 4,768 4 4 America’s Got Talent 4,236 5 5 Empire 3,202 6 6 Scream Queens 1,978 7 – Chicago Fire 1,506 8 8 The Flash 1,114 9 10 Truth Be Told 1,083 10 – Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris 1,046 –
Cable/Streaming Monday Oct 12, 2015 – Sunday Oct 18, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 2 Key & Peele 8,188 2 1 The Walking Dead 4,959 3 5 Top Gear 3,904 4 6 Dance Moms 3,572 5 3 Pretty Little Liars 3,522 6 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2,299 7 – Beyond Scared Straight 2,253 8 – Billy on the Street 2,227 9 8 Doctor Who 2,126 10 7 Jay Leno’s Garage 1,950 –
Late Night Monday Oct 12, 2015 – Sunday Oct 18, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 47,054 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 16,225 3 5 Saturday Night Live 12,044 4 3 Conan 9,908 5 4 Late »
- Jason Klein
Jimmy Kimmel is coming back home. Starting Monday night, the ABC late-night host will stage Jimmy Kimmel Live! from the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the week. I sat with Kimmel on the second floor lounge on Sunday morning as the production crew readied the 2,090-seat Beaux Arts venue for his first show the following day. Kimmel looked every bit the relaxed Brooklyn dad, wearing a brown flannel button-down with jeans, and yes, sporting that sexy beard. We talked about the “late-night landscape,” Jay Leno’s recent comments that Kimmel has a “mean streak,” and of course, his facial hair.Why’d you decide to do your show in Brooklyn instead of, say, Queens?Well, I’m from Brooklyn. Brooklyn is set up well for a television show. The theater here, this beautiful opera house, makes you feel classy about telling penis jokes. It’s the right ambience. »
- E. Alex Jung
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