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Bruce Jenner Comes Out as Transgender: ‘I Am A Woman’
After much speculation, the former Olympian who was previously married to Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner confirmed, “I am a woman.”
“My whole life has been getting me ready for this. It’s not just the last few years, as they’ve been treating me, as a joke,” Jenner said, referring to the heavy tabloid press, which has surrounded him. “My whole life has prepared me for this moment so I want to take advantage of it and do the right thing.”
Jenner assured Sawyer that the interview is not a publicity stunt.
The Friday night sit-down is the final TV spot Jenner will appear as “Bruce.” He said from now on, he will continue his life as “myself.” Wiping away his tears, he said, “Bruce lives a lie…she is not a lie. I can’t do it anymore. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Revenge Goes Pink, The Goldbergs Find 'Somebody to Love' and More TV Tunes
Just like a breath needs the air, we’re betting you need an all new TVLine Mixtape!
What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.
Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.
RelatedBig Bang Plays ‘That Funky Music’, Mary Jane »
Bring Back The Inspired Lunacy of 'Jeffery and Cole Casserole'
A few years before shows like "Broad City" and "High Maintenance" made the leap from low-fi digital web comedies to beloved cable television shows was the extremely weird, funny, trippy, absurd sketch comedy show "Jeffery & Cole Casserole." "Jeffery and Cole Casserole" was filmed in a dumpy apartment, on a web cam, edited on iMovie, and looks exactly like that description. However, the show captured something incredibly unique and weird and special. Following best friends, Jeffery and Cole, we saw the world through their insane eyes; which included a lot of wigs and yellow legal pads. The show’s creators, Jeffery Self and Cole Escola, were two twenty one years old making popular YouTube videos in 2008 and a year later "Jeffery & Cole Casserole" premiered on the Logo Network. There’s little reason you would have heard about or seen the show, as it aired (completely unadvertised) on Fridays at midnight after. »
- J.D. Borden
Ratings: Bruce Jenner Interview Draws Nearly 17 Million Viewers to ABC
ABC’s special two-hour 20/20 broadcast, Bruce Jenner: The Interview, delivered (and hopefully enlightened the better part of) 16.9 million total viewers while scoring a 5.2 demo rating on Friday night.
That’s an increase of 300 percent and more than 400 percent versus the newsmagazine’s week-ago broadcast, delivering its best Friday numbers in more than 15 years (a March 2000 interview with John and Patsy Ramsey).
RelatedBruce Jenner’s E! Docuseries About Transition Gets Premiere Date
Opening ABC’s night, Shark Tank settled into its new time slot with 7.8 mil »
Bruce Jenner Interview Ratings: 17 Million Watch ABC Special
Audiences turned out in big numbers Friday night for ABC’s much-anticipated two-hour Bruce Jenner interview on “20/20,” which drew the newsmagazine’s highest ratings in key demos on the night in more than 15 years.
Nielsen estimates that Diane Sawyer’s sitdown with the former Olympic decathlete-turned-reality star averaged a 5.2 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 16.9 million viewers overall. That will make it the week’s top-rated program in all categories as well as the top non-sports program in the young-adults demo since the season finale of Fox’s “Empire” in mid-March.
This is the best 18-49 result on a Friday for “20/20″ since March 2000, when Barbara Walters interviewed the parents of JonBenet Ramsey. And it’s the highest for any Friday non-sports broadcast on any network since 2003.
“20/20″ opened at 9 p.m. with a 4.9 rating/17 share in 18-49 and 16.4 million viewers overall and then grew both at 9:30 (5.1/17 in 18-49, 17.0 million) and »
- Rick Kissell
Bruce Jenner Interview Ratings Gold Winner For ABC With 16.9M Watching
The former Olympic champion's sit down with Diane Sawyer about his transition to becoming a woman proved to be a huge win for ABC last night. The 2-hour 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview scored a 5.2/17 among adults 18-49 on Friday night with 16.9 million total viewers from 9 – 11 Pm. That is, of course, the best 20/20 has done all season in what is one of the biggest non-awards show and non-sports event audiences on any network. On the first Friday of the May sweep… »
TV’s Most Dapper Gentlemen: Costume Designers Reveal the Secrets of Suits
Read More: 'Penny Dreadful' Costume Designer Gabriella Pescucci on Her Dreadfully Delicious Designs There's certainly no shortage of handsome men on television these days, but there is just something about a suit and tie that will really melt a heart. Of late, more and more men are appearing on the small screen as polished and sophisticated professionals, and their wardrobes tell a story about who they are, where they come from and what we need to know about them. However, as much as audiences admire these characters, It takes much more than a pair of broad shoulders to work a suit. To do it really, really well requires a creative eye, a keen sense of style, and the immaculate art of synthesis that can only be found in the costumers on TV's most popular shows. From Lemond Bishop to President Grant to Don Draper, every suit tells a story. »
- Sundi Rose-Holt
TVLine's Performer of the Week: Tony Hale
The Performer | Tony Hale
The Show | Veep
The Episode | “East Wing” (April 19)
The Performance | In his four seasons as Selina Meyers’ body man, Veep‘s Gary has raised nearly no complaint about the unrelenting abuse from his beloved bully of a boss. The relationship should be a total bummer, but thanks to Hale’s subtle touches — a grimace here, a smile of unbridled admiration there — we’ve come to love Gary for the stumbling sycophant he is. And we thought we knew everything about him, until Hale let the bag man’s real feelings fly free on Sunday.
The break »
CBS, PBS and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners
CBS and its soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” led the pack of winners at the 42nd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.
Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).
Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.
Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s »
- Variety Staff
Julian Fellowes To Adapt Anthony Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’ For ITV
While Downton Abbey is preparing for its final season on the UK’s ITV, creator Julian Fellowes will be returning to the network with a new drama to begin shooting later this year. Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope’s Victorian era novel Doctor Thorne as a three-part drama. Hat Trick Productions is producing with Mark Redhead (Critical) and Fellowes exec producing with Chris Kelly and Ted Childs. The story centers on Dr Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of… »
Bruce Jenner Overcomes Hype in Diane Sawyer Interview
In advance, everything about “Bruce Jenner – The Interview” screamed smarm, from ABC’s steady promotional drumbeat to the sweeps-timed airdate to the inordinately large two-hour primetime window, the sort of time ABC News hasn’t devoted to Iraq or Isis. Yet Jenner’s honesty (and certainly preparation) along with additional elements the program incorporated made extremely good use of the forum, shedding considerable light on an issue about which much of the public is no doubt still ill-informed. ABC has clearly tilted toward soft news across its platforms, but this was a genuine human-interest story presented in a sensitive and serious manner.
“I’ve always been very confused with my gender identity,” Jenner said in the early going, adding that he (and that’s the pronoun Jenner currently chooses to use) had “lived a lie his whole life about who he is.” At that point, given the lack of suspense to begin with, »
- Brian Lowry
Celebrities, Family Members Voice Support for Bruce Jenner
Bruce Jenner is a beautiful, brave human being. Sending him lots of love. He's saving lives and opening minds tonight.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 25, 2015
#BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery.❤️
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 25, 2015
I was proud of Bruce Jenner in Montreal and I'm proud of him tonight. Some have to fight more than the rest of us for their happiness.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) April 25, 2015
- Variety Staff
Bruce Jenner Called Brave, Inspirational by Transgender Equality Leaders
“In one of the most profound displays of bravery and courage I’ve seen, Bruce Jenner has finally stepped out into the world for real,” said National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling. “Stories like Jenner’s help change the narrative about who transgender people are. Millions of Americans now have a bridge to understanding the truth behind the struggles of being transgender in 2015 America. To Jenner, welcome. To Jenner’s family, thank you for your touching and compassionate support. And to America, let’s all push past this trans tipping point together and change the world. We extend our deepest thanks and welcome to him.”
Keisling went on to cheer “20/20″ for broadcasting the interview, saying, “The ABC News 20/20 team should also »
- Variety Staff
Bruce Jenner: “For All Intents And Purposes I Am A Woman”
Updated throughout: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Bruce Jenner told ABC News's Diane Sawyer during tonight's much anticipated interview, saying he used to dress up in his sister's dresses and his mother's scarves to hide his short hair as a child. “I didn’t know why I was doing it,” he said. “It just made me feel good,” said the man Sawyer described as having “once embodied the muscle and glory of America at the Olympics.” “I would say I have always been… »
Bruce Jenner Interview Highlights Transgender TV Series Boom
Bruce Jenner’s disclosure in a heavily promoted ABC News interview that he is in the midst of transitioning to a female gender identity comes at a time when TV has heightened interest in transgender life stories.
ABC Family took advantage of the natural tie-in to promote its upcoming docu series “Becoming Us” during Friday’s two-hour “20/20″ special featuring Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jenner, the Olympian and former “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star.
“Becoming Us” revolves around a teenage boy grappling with his father’s transition to a woman. The series premieres June 8 and hails from Ryan Seacrest Prods.
The Discovery Life channel earlier this month launched the unscripted series “New Girls on the Block.” The series focuses on six women in Kansas City, Mo., who are beginning to live openly as transgender. Conveyor Media has produced five hourlong episodes.
Discovery Life’s larger sibling, TLC, is preparing »
- Cynthia Littleton
Bruce Jenner's E! Docuseries About Transition Gets Summer Premiere Date
Bruce Jenner is not done telling his story.
Following Friday’s 20/20 special, in which Jenner publicly identified himself as a woman for the first time, a new docuseries will chronicle his subsequent transition.
A series of eight hour-long episodes following Bruce’s journey will begin airing July 26 on E!, the network confirms. Reports of a Jenner-centric reality series first surfaced in January, but the project was put on hold in March.
Will you tune in for E!’s new series about Jenner’s transition? Drop a comment with your thoughts below. »
Pilot Season 2015: More Early Buzz
As producers are scrambling to get their cuts locked and ready, here is some more chatter heading into the important next week of network screenings when we will get a better sense where the various pilots stand. Until then, please keep in mind that any pilot buzz is speculative, based on sometimes incomplete and often subjective information. Last year, Fox kicked off new series pickups with an order to Gotham a week before the start of upfront week. Will the network… »
Hornet Does Stop-Mo "Tom & Jerry" For MacDonalds UK Spot
Here's one we won't see in the states. A stop-motion spot created for the McDonald's UK market by director Peter Sluszka and Hornet Inc. featuring Tom & Jerry. "Static Shocks" follows the cat and mouse doing what they do best… check it out: Credits Director: Peter Sluszka Hornet Inc. Executive Producer: Michael Feder Head of Production: Greg Bedard Producer: Marty Geren Director of Photography: Ivan Abel Storyboard Artist: David Zung Editor: Anita Chao Line Producer: Joel Kretschman Animators: Matt Somma, Pete List CG Animator: Andrew Boccio CG Lighting/Rendering: Richard Kim Lead Compositor: Peter Fink Designer: Andres Gutierrez Compositor: XiaoXiao Tang
- Jerry Beck
Bruce Jenner Tells Diane Sawyer, 'I Am a Woman' in 20/20 Interview Special
Speculation about Bruce Jenner: The Interview has been on overdrive since the 20/20 special was first announced earlier this month. (Will Jenner reveal he’s transitioning? Will it be handled appropriately?) Within minutes of Friday’s broadcast, we had our answers: Yes and yes.
RelatedBruce Jenner’s E! Docuseries About Transition Gets Summer Premiere Date
“I’ve been thinking about this day forever,” the Olympian-turned-reality star began at the top of the hour. “How do I tell my story? … I’m me, I’m a person. This is who I am.”
Within the first five minutes, Diane Sawyer posed »
Bruce Jenner Reality Series: E! Finally Confirms It During His Diane Sawyer Interview
As Bruce Jenner – The Interview headed toward toward a conclusion Friday night on ABC, E! Entertainment finally acknowledged a new series that would document Jenner living his life as a transgender woman. E! said the series will follow Jenner’s journey seeking his "new normal." E!’s announcement was long anticipated, but Kim Kardashian and some others associated with the family franchise had been coy in interviews about the timing or even whether E! would have the show… »
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