20 items from 2014
Even Christian Grey isn't perfect. Jamie Dornan recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to discuss his highly anticipated film, Fifty Shades of Grey, and he ended up divulging his bizarre quirk. Apparently, Dornan never learned how to walk properly, and when he first began filming the TV series The Fall, the director called out his tiptoe style, asking if he was doing it to get into character. Clearly, Dornan had to find a new walk, but the one he demonstrates here is not an improvement. Watch from the beginning for a bonus clip of Aaron Paul's The Price Is Right past, or just skip to 2:48, when Dornan's part begins. »
- Maggie Pehanick
New Dancing With The Stars season 18 celebrity cast & pro partners revealed today. Earlier today, on Good Morning America, ABC revealed the all new, celebrity cast for its upcoming "Dancing With The Stars" season 18. One interesting fact is that pro dancer, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will be returning after quitting the show back in 2012 to pursue other opportunities. I guess that didn't work out too well for him,lol!! Anyways, without any further ado, your new Dancing with the Stars season 18 cast is: The former "Full House" actress ,Candace Cameron Bure, will be paired with pro dancer Mark Ballas. "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star, NeNe Leakes, will be paired with Tony Dovolani. Former "The Wonder Years" star, Danica McKellar, will be partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. World record breaking swimer, Diana Nyad, will be partnered with Henry Byalikov. Superstar comedian and current "The Price Is Right" host, Drew Carey, will be partnered with Cheryl Burke. »
They haven't danced yet -- except during the cast reveal -- but it's never too early to start ranking the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 18 celebrities. All of them have something that could lead to victory. But only one will win.
Interestingly, the professional partners aren't going to be as much of a factor as usual -- the pros will all switch their celebs partway through the season. Thus, all rankings are based solely on the stars.
Heartwarming hero types
Diana Nyad -- She swam from Cuba to Florida. Nyad is ridiculously charming and cheerful. If her dancing skills match, beating her would just be sad.
Amy Purdy -- Let's just say this: If a double amputee can keep up on the dance floor, there is literally no way she can't win.
Possibly canceling-each-other-out ringers
var brightcovevideoid = '3291597619001'; From former child stars to young musicians, the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars is filled with an eclectic mix of competitors. But the most interesting may be the casting of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Davis, 27, and White, 26, ruled the rink at last month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winning the gold medal in ice dancing. Now they'll battle in the ballroom - but against each other for the mirror ball trophy. White will dance with Sharna Burgess, while Davis will shimmy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin's brother, who is back after taking last season off. »
- Dahvi Shira
Dancing With the Stars has announced its star-studded cast for its 18th season, which will include former child stars, Olympic gold medalists, reality TV personalities and a few singers.
Candace Cameron Bure, who played DJ Danner on Full House and Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar have joined the lineup. Cameron Bure will dance with Mark Ballas, while McKellar has been matched with Val Chmerkovskiy.
The Price is Right host Drew Carey will tear up the dance floor with Cheryl Burke. NeNe Leakes, who parlayed her Real Housewives of Atlanta gig into a few TV roles, has been partnered with Tony Dovolani.
Singers Cody Simpson and James Maslow of Big Time Rush will be compeiting for the Mirror Ball trophy this year. Simpson will be dancing with Witney Carson, while Maslow will dance with Peta Murgatroyd. Singer and actor Billy Dee Williams will compete alongside Emma Slater. »
ABC announced the new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday morning on "Gma" -- but we got a sneak peek at the list!And with some classic TV and film stars, a couple familiar faces from reality TV, two pop stars and at least one pair of Olympians, it's definitely an interesting bunch.There's also a new twist: everybody will switch partners with America voting on the new pairings!Here are the competitors and their pro partners:- Danica McKellar, Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" & Valentin Chmerkovskiy- Candace Cameron-Bure, DJ Tanner from "Full House," & Mark Ballas- Billy Dee Williams, Lando Calrissian from "Star Wars," & Emma Slater - Sean Avery, Former NHL player and Vogue intern, & Karina Smirnoff- James Maslow, Big Time Rush hunk, & Peta Murgatroyd- Cody Simpson, Pop singer, & Witney Cason- Diana Nyad, Long-distance swimmer, & Henry Byalikov- Charlie White, Olympic gold medalist for ice dancing, »
- tooFab Staff
Dancing With the Stars unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on Good Morning America, one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the March 17 premiere, after a two-season absence. Among the celebrity additions is the usual mix of sports stars (Olympic figure skaters Charlie White and Meryl Davis, NHL alum Sean Avery), TV veterans (The Wonder Years' Danica McKellar, Full House's Candace Cameron Bure and The Price is Right host Drew Carey) and tween-friendly
- Michael O'Connell
Veteran unscripted executive and producer Eugene Young has joined Ryan Seacrest Prods. as president. He succeeds longtime CEO Adam Sher, who stepped down in November. Young starts in March, reporting to Rsp chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters and to COO/CFO Jeff Refold on business and financial matters. Recently appointed Evp Unscripted Programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young. Evp Scripted Programming Nina Wass will work closely with Young, and continue to report to Seacrest. “Eugene’s an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business — not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” said Seacrest. Young called the appointment “the biggest opportunity of my career.” For the past eight months, Young served as co-managing director of Hell’s Kitchen producer A. Smith & Co. Before that, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Madrid – FremantleMedia is setting up shop directly in Spain, tapping seasoned TV executive Nathalie Garcia to head up a new Madrid-based office as CEO.
Garcia will report directly to FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot Coutaz. She is charged with the strategic vision and overall management of the business, as well as developing and producing programming for broadcasters in the market.
Garcia previously served as CEO for Spain and Portugal of Plural Entertainmemt. part of Spain’s Prisa Group, and as CEO of Notro TV.
With TV advertising plunging about 50% from a 2007 pre-crisis peak, Spain’s TV market has seen huge restructuring in recent years with production budgets cut back to the bone. In such a context, Garcia who was behind reality TV show “Hermano mayor” and novela adaptation “Belmonte” - is a key asset to a company seeking to explore production opportunities not only for its own benefit but also that »
- John Hopewell
It was a slam dunk across the board for CBS Daytime as the network’s entire lineup hit ratings milestones for the week ending February 2, according to Nielsen. CBS Daytime averaged 4.79 million viewers, its largest weekly viewership since the week ending December 30, 2005. Among women 25-54, CBS Daytime averaged 1.6/09, its largest average since the week ending February 21, 2010. The Talk averaged 3.19 million viewers, its largest weekly audience ever and matched its best women 25-54 (1.2/07). Both Let’s Make A Deal 1 (3.71 million) and The Price Is Right (4.22 million) delivered their largest weekly audience to-date. The Bold And The Beautiful snared its largest audience (4.17 million) since the week ending April 13, 2007, and The Young And The Restless, boosted by the departure of cast members Michael Muhney and Billy Miller, had its best weekly audience (5.73 million) since the week ending February 29, 2008 and its best women 25-54 (2.3/12) since February 4, 2011. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
About four years after dropping two long-running soap operas from its schedule, CBS Daytime seems to be clicking on all cylinders.
Its entire lineup — including more recent additions “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” — hit ratings milestones during the last week of January, lifting the network delivered to its largest audience for any frame in more than eight years, according to Nielsen data released Thursday.
Sudsers “The Young and the Restless” (5.73 million) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (4.17 million) drew their largest audiences since February 2008 and April 2007, respectively — a time when the CBS Daytime lineup included soaps “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” Top-rated “Y&R” also posted its highest score in three years among the core daytime demo of women 25-54 (2.3 rating/12 share).
“Guiding Light” exited the airwaves in September 2009 and “World” followed a year later, paving the way for chatfest “The Talk” and gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal, »
- Rick Kissell
After helping raise the profile of shows like “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” David Luner has been promoted to president, brand partnerships and franchise management at FremantleMedia North America.
The longtime exec oversees all of Fmna’s ancillary businesses, including digital brand partnerships, sponsorship and integrated marketing, licensing, live events, and various elements of business development.
Luner had previously served as executive VP, brand partnerships and franchise management during the integration of FremantleMedia Enteprises, the company’s former ancillary rights group, into the larger Fmna corporate structure.
In that position, Luner was instrumental in expanding the “American Idol” brand into the Walt Disney World Resort with a daily show and attraction called “The American Idol Experience.” He also brokered deals to expand “Let’s Make A Deal” and “Family Feud” into casinos as slot machines.
His sponsorship group secured Secret, »
- Marc Graser
"Parenthood's" Golden Globe-nominated actress Monica Potter was one of Arsenio's guests, and during the interview, he reveals that they have a connection other than the fact that they're both from Cleveland -- he was hosting "Star Search" when Potter was a contestant in the spokesmodel category.
First of all, we had kind of forgotten about the amazing video montages the spokesmodels did, fog and wind machines turned up to 11.
Secondly, Potter looks ... exactly the same. It's like they took her as she is now and just made her more early-'90s.
Thirdly, Potter lost?! She lost to someone. Hard to believe, right? She says of her time on the competition show, "It was a big fat mess. I looked Ok at the time, but it was so awkward. »
News and notes from all over TV:
- Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity: "Duck Dynasty" ratings were seriously down for the show's fifth season premiere on Wednesday (Jan. 15). It still snagged a pretty huge 8.5 million viewers at 10 p.m., but it was down a whopping 3.3 million down from last season's premiere, and fell in adults 18-49 as well. The show also came in below its Season 4 average.
- Kendrick Sampson has joined Fox's 10-hour event series "Gracepoint." The remake of the U.K.'s "Broadchurch" has cast "The Vampire Diaries" alum as Dean Iverson, who works shifts oystering and busing tables at his uncle's restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to community college. [Deadline]
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CBS Renews Its Entire Daytime Lineup For The 2014-2015 Season
The Top-Rated Lineup In Daytime For 27 Years Is Delivering Audience Growth Across the Schedule
CBS, the top-rated network in daytime with audience growth across the daypart, has renewed its entire daytime schedule for the 2014-2015 season.
CBS announced today CBS they have renewed their entire daytime schedule for the 2014-2015 season.
“The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you goes out to our loyal fans for watching and for making us #1 in daytime.”
“The Young and the Restless,” the #1 daytime drama for 25 consecutive years, received a multi-year pickup through the 2017 season.
- Variety Staff
CBS renewed the entire daytime lineup, which includes soap operas, game shows and talkers, for the 2014-15 season. Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Talk will all return, keeping the network's daytime offerings intact. Story: CBS' 'Survivor,' 'Amazing Race' Premiere Dates Revealed "The return of all five of our CBS Daytime shows is a credit to the collaborative spirit of the casts, crews and staff who work tirelessly to make their creative vision come to life," said Angelica McDaniel, senior vp CBS Daytime.
- Philiana Ng
CBS announced today that it has renewed all of its daytime shows like The Talk and The Young and the Restless for the 2014-15 season.
Y&R remains the most-watched daytime drama, and Price is Right is daytime TV’s most-watched show, period. The Talk, CBS says, just delivered its best-ever fourth quarter in viewers and women 25-54. »
- Lynette Rice
News and notes from all over TV:
- "Marvel's Agents of Shield" has officially gained an exciting new cast member: Stan Lee filmed an appearance on the ABC drama. It's reported that he will have a "big role" in his episode, which is expected to air on Feb. 4. Lee has made cameos in all the Marvel-produced movies, but this will be his first on the TV show, which he also executive produces. [Hollywood Reporter]
- CBS' "Blue Bloods" has cast actor-comedian Doug E. Doug ("Cosby," "Cool Runnings") and "Raiders of the Lost Ark's" Karen Allen in guest roles. Both will appear in the Jan. 17 episode. He plays a murder witness questioned anew by prosecutor Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) as she reopens a homicide case. His character won't be hard to find: He's in jail, being held for his apparent involvement in another matter. Allen plays the victim's mother.
- The Bcs championship game drew strong, »
Ahead of Juan Pablo meeting his hopefuls on Monday’s true premiere of The Bachelor, ABC gave us Countdown to Juan Pablo, a special taking us inside both casting and Juan Pablo’s family. Here are the takeaways:
• Grown women still own hula hoops and think they’re sexy, as evidenced by the audition tapes.
• Chris Harrison arm wrestles with contestants during their interview with an intimidating number of Bachelor personnel clutching massive binders. (Well, at least he did with one. He appeared to lose.)
• Some women take their test confessional interviews literally: ”I actually was a virgin until about two weeks ago, »
- Mandi Bierly
20 items from 2014
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