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The 2015 Bet Awards drew 6.5 million viewers on Sunday for a simulcast on Bet and Centric. Black-ish stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson hosted the event at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. For a third year in a row the awards show capped the Bet Experience, which attracted 152,500 fans over the four-day event at the venue, a 36% increase from 2014. The show itself saw viewership dip from 2014, when Chris Rock rocked as host and an average of 7.9 million… »
The 2015 Bet Awards attracted 6.3 million total viewers on the main cable channel Sunday, down 20 percent from last year’s June 29 offering. Last night’s event grabbed an additional 200,000 viewers on sister channel Centric’s simulcast. The near-four-hour telecast, hosted by “Black-ish” co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, ranked as cable’s top awards show among adults 18-49 and in total viewers this year. In 2014, the Chris Rock-hosted awards show reached 7.9 million total viewers — up about 100,000 from the prior year. Last year’s total was good enough to mark the second-highest Bet Awards ever, trailing only 2009’s show, which played out. »
- Tony Maglio
Here is the list of winners from the 15th annual “Bet Awards," which was hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, and aired live from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live, last night, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Of note, specific to this blog's core focus, Best Actress went to Taraji P. Henson (for “No Good Deed," "Think Like a Man Too," and "From the Rough”); Best Actor went to her "Empire" co-star Terrence Howard (for “St. Vincent," "Lullaby" and "Sabotage”). And Best Movie went to "Selma." The “Bet Awards” 2015 will premiere around the world on »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Sunday night, Bet held its annual celebration of everything you love and hate about black celebrity culture — the 15th year of monotonous Debra Lee state-of-the-black-union addresses, awkwardly placed gospel medleys, never-ending tributes, and the occasional award. This year, Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson played hosts, while Rihanna and Diddy played the night's best entertainment — whenever Bet could take the camera off Chris Brown. (By my watch, he accounted for about 95 percent of the broadcast.) In case you were watching True Detective, or your nearest gay bar was showing The L Word reruns instead, we've got all the night's highs and lows — from Janet Jackson to Nicki Minaj, and much more — in way under four hours. Thank us later. Highs Jussie Smollett: During a medley of Empire's hits (yes, "Drip Drop" happened!) and on the weekend of Gay Pride, Jussie Smollett interrupted his own »
- Dee Lockett
Bet Awards hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson performed an ode to their Fox hit “Empire” during a Sunday skit, which was crashed by the real Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) himself. “You touched my relaxer,” Ross, in character as Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie, yelled at Anderson, playing Lucious. “And I know you touched it, because you had straight hair at the beginning of the ‘Empire’ episode, and then in the middle you didn’t have straight hair, and then you had straight hair again at the end of the episode.” Shoes were then threatened to be thrown over the product theft. »
- Tony Maglio
The 2015 Bet Awards provided an incredible display of starpower during its nearly four-hour telecast: Nicki Minaj, Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson, Diddy and the reunited Bad Boy crew, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, The Weeknd, Janelle Monae, Rihanna, and more dazzled the crowd. Hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were positively buoyant throughout the show, even when they threw shade at certain performers. Cough, Tyga and Chris Brown, cough. Here's the best and worst of the gargantuan telecast. You couldn't come away from it without humming three or four of your favorite Smokey Robinson jams. »
- Louis Virtel
Sunday’s 2015 Bet Awards broadcast from downtown Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater with hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Hotly anticipated performers Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj lit up the stage, topped with a reunion of Bad Boy Records’ biggest acts. Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson received top achievement honors as well. See the winners in a nominee pool that included Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Chris Brown and John Legend. Best New Artist Dej Loaf Fetty Wap Rae Sremmurd Sam Smith** Winner Tinashe Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Azealia Banks Nicki Minaj** Winner Tink Iggy Azalea Trina Dej Loaf Also Read: Diddy, »
- Matt Donnelly
The Bet Awards will air live, Sunday June 28 at 8 pm on the cable network hosted by the stars of the hit ABC comedy “Blackish,” Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown lead the Bet Awards nominations, with six nods each, and both are set to perform. The cast of “Empire” is also scheduled to make a special musical performance. Meanwhile, Janet Jackson is set to receive the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual honor with a tribute featuring Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe. Follow all the action as it happens on social media in our live. »
- Lia Haberman
The 2015 Bet Awards are here, which means, naturally, that we're watching out for eye-popping moments on the red carpet. Stars are taking to the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to celebrate the biggest and brightest in black music, television and film—and yep, they look good. Note that it's the ceremony's 15-year anniversary, so you can bet there will be fun surprises on deck for the audience in Los Angeles and at home (especially if hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross have anything to say about it!). And you won't only be dazzled by the red carpet—this year's performers include Nicki Minaj (who leads the nominees list alongside Chris Brown—also performing tonight— »
*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Visual Entertainment Inc. Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Writers: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Earl E. Smith. Cast: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson and Travis Tope. A new slasher is set to release this summer. The horror film is titled The Town that Dreaded Sundown. Astute horror film fans will realize that this is the second film to be based on the "Moonlight Murders." In 1946, a serial killer stalked the local lovers of Texarkana. He killed eight and assaulted several more. He was never caught. In the latest version of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("American Horror Story") tries to bring some fictional closure to events, which took place over sixty-nine years ago. Though, the real life murders are more horrifying than the ones shown here. This latest film is an homage to the 1976 original film; but, it lacks any real terror. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
With the 15th Annual Bet Awards right around the corner, Anthony Anderson is fine tuning his singing, dancing and hosting skills. Anderson will help steer the ship Sunday in Los Angeles, taking up hosting duties with “Black-ish” costar Tracee Ellis Ross. Asked his reaction when Bet came calling, Anderson told TheWrap, “It’s about time.” A native of Compton, California, the 44-year-old Anderson has been building up his Hollywood credentials for two decades. After appearing in a string of TV shows and films including “Barbershop,” “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Hustle & Flow,” ABC’s breakout comedy “Black-ish” boosted Anderson’s star status, »
- Anita Bennett
A version of this story first appeared in the TheWrap Magazine’s Emmy Comedy-Drama Issue. #selfieinterview produced in partnership with Verge. Now that Rachel Dolezal has put issues of racial identity in the media spotlight, could that furor help an ABC sitcom get more attention from Emmy voters? Probably not, but the network’s show “Black-ish” does manage to address its share of racial hot-button issues in between its laugh lines. The show stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a couple raising four children; he’s a successful ad executive, she’s a mixed-race anesthesiologist from a hippie family, »
- Steve Pond
Seven years ago, NBC aired Celebrity Family Feud as a half-hour series and it was cancelled after one season. Now, ABC has revived it in an hour format. Will the ratings be twice as good or bad? Will it be renewed for a third season or will it be cancelled again? Stay tuned.
On Celebrity Family Feud,, celebrities and their family and friends compete to win up to $25,000 for charity by trying to guess the most popular answers to opinion questions. Steve Harvey hosts. This season, the celebrity players include Dr. Phil McGraw, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin McHale, Fred Willard, Toni Braxton, Anthony Anderson, and Vicki Lawrence.
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ABC effectively used promotion during its highly rated NBA Finals to launch two series with pre-branded recognition — “Celebrity Family Feud” and “Battlebots” — to winning numbers on Sunday, a night that also saw Fox fare well with its final-round coverage of golf’s U.S. Open.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.8 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) was followed on ABC by the premiere of the Steve Harvey-hosted “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.4/10 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which garnered the night’s top demo score and outperformed the last 13 episodes of “Once Upon a Time” to air on the network in the Sunday-at-8 timeslot during the regular season. It also more than doubled the season premiere of “Wipeout” in the hour a year ago (1.0 in 18-49).
Though technically not a series premiere, “Feud” — a spinoff of the popular daytime »
- Rick Kissell
Give the world a show! Empire stars Jussie Smollett, Yazz, and Serayah will perform at the 15th annual Bet Awards on Sunday, June 28, Us Weekly exclusively reveals. The Fox stars got their big breaks on the hit musical drama this spring as Jamal Lyon, Hakeem Lyon, and Tiana Brown respectively. The awards, which will be hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, will also feature performances from hit musical acts like Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Smokey Robinson, and more. The 15th Annual Bet Awards will [...] »
The first official clip for The Gallows has been revealed courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures UK. Also in this round-up: The Town That Dreaded Sundown Blu-ray and DVD details and news on the release of Supernatural Mystery Minis.
The Gallows: A Blumhouse film from Warner Bros. Pictures, The Gallows hits theaters in the U.S. on July 10th. Written and directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Pfeifer Brown.
"Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone."
Trailer from MTV:
- Tamika Jones
When "Black-ish" debuted last fall on ABC, it was focused primarily on Anthony Anderson as Dre Johnson, an ad exec who worries that his children don't understand their racial heritage, but as the first season progressed, we got to know the rest of the Johnson clan better, including his wife Rainbow, played by Tracee Ellis Ross. Says the actress, "we got a chance for them to write to who I am as a person and my sensibility as an actor and the fact that I am a little crazy." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Anthony Anderson on personal experiences that inspire 'Black-ish' [Exclusive Video] Rainbow is a successful doctor who is sometimes the voice of reason, but the actress is grateful that "this is not the old-school television husband-and-wife duo where the husband is crazy and the wife is the sane voice of reason who's constantly rolling her eyes. »
Kenya Barris was inspired by his own life experiences when he created the ABC sitcom "Black-ish," and Anthony Anderson, a producer and star on the show, could also relate. "Kenya is from Inglewood, California. I'm from Compton, California. Both are inner-city hoods here in Los Angeles. We're both first-generation successful, all of our children being in private school, being the only African-Americans in our neighborhood … So we shared these stories with one another, and six weeks later, Kenya came back to me and said, 'Anthony, I think I have a show for us to do.'" (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Producers Kenya Barris, Jonathan Groff on 'Black-ish' 'renaissance' [Exclusive Video] The experience of growing up affluent and black has had an impact on Anderson's children similar to the impact it has had on his on-screen kids. He explains, "For a while, not only was my son the only Afric. »
“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Furious 7″ lead the 2015 Teen Choice Awards nominees with five noms each. “Insurgent,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” “Avengers” and “Empire” are also making a big splash with four nominations at this year’s awards show.
The first wave of nominees were released this week, thanks to more than 500,000 fans heading to Twitter to unlock the nominations. Continued voting for more categories is now open on TeenChoice.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with fans able to vote once each day per category on the website, or by posting to social media with a category-specific hashtag (see below) with their nominees’ names until June 26.
Additional nominees, plus the host, performers and presenters, will be announced later.
The Teen Choice Awards, which celebrates pop culture icons in TV, film, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the Web, airs live at 8 p.m. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There was a lot of talk about diversity on television last season and much enthusiasm about what hit shows featuring characters of various races, sexual orientations and gender identities mean for the future of the business.
But somewhat lost among the cheerleading was a more basic truth: The shows were damn good.
Several newcomers to this year’s comedy Emmy race in particular have ushered in a refreshing spectrum of new faces and perspectives not typically heard from on the smallscreen.
“We could have done ‘My boss is coming over and the roast is burned!’ comedy, which is still a very valid form,” notes “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, whose ABC comedy stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as a financially successful African-American couple raising their children in an affluent neighborhood. “But we chose to do things about spanking and about gay siblings. I think America was ready for that »
- Geoff Berkshire
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