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The broadcast abides by a network trend to amp up live event telecasts including live musical events and NBC’s recent push to revive the variety show format. The Live Nation Music Awards are a joint venture of Dick Clark Prods., Live Nation and Img.
“With all the honors given to recorded music, it’s great to finally see awards created for live performances,” said David Eilenberg, senior VP of unscripted series, specials and late night for TBS and TNT. “We’re proud to be joining forces with Live Nation, Img, and dick clark productions to break new ground and honor the most exciting live musical performances of the year.”
Categories will include “Live Performance of the Year,” “Best On-Stage Collaboration,” “Road Warrior of the Year »
- Seth Kelley
What would you do if life stood still? Now I’m not talking about the world continually frozen, like a projector stuck on one frame of film (maybe a better modern analogy would be a DVD unable to move past an image, perhaps with that annoying “buffer circle” spinning). I mean what if you, yourself, never changed and remained your current age forever. No wrinkles, no grey hairs, and no internal breakdowns (the plumbing works fine, muscles and joints in great shape). That’s been one of the major benefits of vampirism (like the eternal ten-year old Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire), a theme of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty), and science fiction (The Man Who Cheated Death, the Cocoon flicks). Now comes a film that plays with that notion in a more modern, realistic fashion. Call it a modern romantic fable, or the ultimate May-December love story. Or »
- Jim Batts
Betty White is receiving one of the highest honors in television.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that the Golden Girls star will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, April 26.
Watch: Betty White Has the Most Amazing Flash-Mob Birthday!
NATAS President Bob Mauro called the 93-year-old actress an "American institution."
He said, "Betty's career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award."
News: Betty White Is 93 Years Young!
White's career spans more than 70 years. She has won seven Emmy Awards, authored eight books and is a lifelong champion of animal welfare.
And she's »
America’s geriatric sweetheart Betty White will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Monday.
White has collected seven Emmy awards throughout her career, which has spanned more than seven decades. This special Emmy will round out her already-impressive haul of career achievement awards, which include a Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jane Goodall Institute, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting from the American Women in Radio and Television, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
“Betty White is an American institution,” said NATAS president Bob Mauro. “Betty’s career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, »
- Marianne Zumberge
Seven years after its premiere gigs at the 2008 SXSW and Nashville film festivals (when it was originally reviewed by Variety), “The Wrecking Crew” finally has a fair chance to chart on theatrical and VOD turntables. Slightly expanded with a handful of new interviews, not unlike an extra-added-tracks CD edition of a classic LP, this nostalgia-drenched rockumentary remains a hugely entertaining treasure trove of witness-at-creation anecdotes and enduringly potent ’60s pop hits.
Stuffed with samplings of golden oldies, the movie is a well-nigh irresistible treat for auds old enough to recall the era when acts like the Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, the Association, Nancy Sinatra and the Monkees loomed large on Am radio-station playlists. But even younger folks more attuned to streaming their favorite music may be fascinated by director Denny Tedesco’s examination and celebration of the title subjects, a loose-knit group of largely unknown (except by industry insiders) session musicians, »
- Joe Leydon
Here's one consolation for the years it apparently took Denny Tedesco to get his labor-of-love documentary The Wrecking Crew wrapped up and in front of our eyeballs: He's been conducting interviews for so long that we're treated to footage of a hale and hearty Dick Clark and of a Glen Campbell whose memory seems to be clicking along just fine. Clark offers generic happy talk, but Campbell's on hand to marvel at his greatest pre-fame achievement — his work as a guitar-man in the nebulous band of L.A. session musicians who came to be known as the Wrecking Crew. Configurations of the crew played on a spectacular run of Sixties hits for Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and more. Highlights abound, as when bassist Carol Kaye demonstrates how she turne »
He will oversee development, current production and specials for ABC’s alternative series. He also has oversight of the alternative series staff and reports directly to Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group.
Mills has overseen production on “Shark Tank,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Taste” and the new series from Ellen DeGeneres, “Repeat After Me,” and Mark Burnett’s “500 Questions.” Mills’ previous role included oversight of network special events, including “The American Music Awards,” “The Cma Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” “The Billboard Awards” and the upcoming 87th Oscars.
Prior to joining the ABC alternative department in 2003, Mills began his career as an assistant in the Alternative Department at CAA. Mills holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill College and a Master of »
- Brian Steinberg
Fox has ordered an additional eight episodes of “World’s Funniest Fails,” hosted by Terry Crews, which is a show based on Jukin Media’s YouTube channel FailArmy.
Crews, who stars in Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” will showcase viral videos in the weekly show, featuring a panel of comedians choosing their favorite “fail” videos.
The broadcaster first inked a deal for “World’s Funniest Fails” in December. In a new episode of the show on Fox airing Friday at 8 p.m. Et/Pt , comedians Annie Lederman (“Chelsea Lately”), Russell Peters (“Are We There Yet?,” “Bob’s Burgers”) and Jo Koy (“Chelsea Lately”) are the featured guest panelists. Lamorne Morris of Fox’s “New Girl” will make a special appearance.
The show comes from Jukin Media, whose FailArmy channel on YouTube has 6-plus million subscribers and more than 1 billion total video views.
On Fox, “The World’s Funniest Fails” has been »
- Todd Spangler
Broadway star Idina Menzel sang the national anthem prior to kickoff at Super Bowl Xlix, her first large-scale performance since a much-critiqued appearance on Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
So, Internet: How’d she do?
“The Star Spangled Banner” — like “Let It Go,” the Frozen ballad Menzel helped make a hit — has some tricky vocal passages. As such, the spectrum of past sports-related renditions of the song ranges from angelic (like Whitney Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl opener) to god-awful (Roseanne Barr at that 1990s San Diego Padres game comes to mind): Where do you think Menzel falls? »
Nominees were unveiled online via the fourth annual Acm digital press conference Friday morning: Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Kristian Bush, Brandy Clark, Tara Lipinski, Dustin Lynch, Joel McHale, Nancy O’Dell, Melissa Peterman, Jamie Lynn Spears and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders all announced finalists via photo postings to the Academy’s Facebook, »
- Tony Maglio
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions (dcp) will present the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The ceremony will air on NBC Live coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m (Pt) and 8-11 p.m. (Et) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements. “We look forward to follow this year’s successful Golden Globe Awards by celebrating what looks like another exceptional year in both film and television” said Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA. The 2015 “Golden Globe Awards” on NBC averaged a 5.8 rating, 16 share in adults 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research on Sunday night, Jan. 11, making it the »
- Josh Abraham
The awards ceremony presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will air on Jan. 10, 2016
The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and Dick Clark Productions (Dcp) announced Tuesday.
The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and will be telecast live at 8 p.m. Et and 5 p.m. Pt coast-to-coast.
“We look forward to follow this year’s successful Golden Globe Awards by »
- Linda Ge
Television production executive Robert “Bob” Claude Bardo, the longtime executive in charge of production for Dick Clark Productions, died December 20 in Studio City, Calif. He was 71.
He was involved in Dcp’s expansion of the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and the Golden Globe Awards.
Bardo joined the staff of Dcp in 2002 as executive in charge of production, overseeing the budget, planning, staffing and logistics for virtually all of the live and videotaped programming produced by the company from 2001 through 2013. From 1994-2001 he worked on a freelance basis as a coordinating producer, production executive or associate producer on many of the company’s productions. During that period, when he was not working for Dcp, »
- Variety Staff
British star Cat Deeley is returning as host for the reality show’s Season 12, which will feature a new twist: pitting stage dancers against street dancers.
The latest announcement comes after Mary Murphy was released from her “Sytycd” Fox contract on Jan. 12 following 11 seasons on the show.
Also Read: Wet, Wild and Naked: Fox’s ‘Utopia’ Pioneers Let »
- Tony Maglio
Murphy, a ballroom expert best known for declaring the show’s standout performers were boarding the “hot tamale train,” said via her spokesperson that her “option was not renewed” and that she’s “saddened, of course, to be released from my contract.”
“I’m very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show,” she added. “I’m sure there »
Audiences continue to choose ABC as their New Year’s Eve viewing choice, with the Alphabet’s latenight coverage of the most recent ball-dropping topping the combined ratings of its competition by an even bigger margin than in the previous year.
According to Nielsen estimates released Monday, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” averaged 22.7 million viewers from 11:30 p.m. to 12:38 a.m., down a smidge from 2013 (22.8 million), which had seen the program’s largest audience in 13 years. In the adults 18-49 demo, its 9.2 million viewers was up 2% from 2013 (9.0 million).
“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” dominated the combined audiences of NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly – Late Night” and Fox’s “Pitbull’s New Year’s Eve Live” by 75% in total viewers (22.7 million vs. 13.0 million), up from 64% one year earlier. And in adults 18-49, this year’s margin of 59% (9.2 million vs. »
- Rick Kissell
It’s almost here: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual awards show, the Golden Globes, arrives Sunday to toast the best of the year’s film and television live from the Beverly Hilton.
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- Matt Donnelly
Thirty years ago this week, Video Hits One began offering the too-old-for-mtv crowd a sensible alternative. That channel would eventually grow into the entity we know today as VH1, and with that name, it would nail that pop culture nostalgia sweet spot with series like Behind the Music, VH1 Storytellers and more. But above all the VH1 hits, it was Pop-Up Video that captured the hearts and minds of a certain kind of media-addled, know-it-all geek. The series first exploded in 1994, and our culture of nostalgia and trivia obsession has only grown stronger in the Internet age. With a hat »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
The “Today” show hosts are likely going to need a nap by Monday afternoon.
Early morning personalities Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Carson Daily are hosting NBC’s “Golden Globe Arrivals Special” on Sunday. The red carpet interview show will run just prior to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, which celebrates achievements both in film and on television.
Also Read: 37 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: Golden Globes 2015 (Photos)
- Tony Maglio
During the still absurdly titled telecast for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, Broadway star Idina Menzel performed Frozen's "Let It Go." This would have been just another rendition of her signature hit had she not missed the final high note, drawing jeers from around the internet. Well, sorry, everyone, but she's not sorry. In response to the criticism, she posted a photo of a quote she gave to Southwest. "Performing isn't only about the acrobatics and the high notes: It's staying in the moment, connecting with the audience in an authentic way, and making yourself real to them through the music, " she said. "I am more than the notes I hit." You could even say she — all together now — let it go.The elusive note can be heard (or not) here: Between this and finalizing her divorce to Taye Diggs, 2014 is a year »
- E. Alex Jung
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