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If you’ve always dreamed of yelling “Wheel… of… Fortune!” on national TV, prepare to be disappointed. It turns out that the shouts you hear when viewing the show at home are prerecorded — the voices of people you’ll never know, excited about a game you’re not actually watching.
I learned this fact in mid-March, when Wheel celebrated its 30th anniversary with four weeks’ worth of shows taped over the course of four days at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. (The tapings I attended are airing in syndication all this week; for fear of spoilers, the nice »
- Hillary Busis
Steve Harvey wakes up every morning at 4. He showers, eats a piece of fruit, grabs some coffee and immediately goes to studio to record his radio show from 5-9 a.m.
By 9:30 he’s in a post-production meeting and then segues to another board meeting for his daytime talk show, “Steve Harvey,” which swept February ratings in the coveted 25-54 age group for women.
Harvey tapes that show until 12:45 p.m., takes a 20- to 30-minute break, goes back to taping, attends a few more meetings, goes to the gym, and then retires to bed.
This cycle repeats five days a week from late August until the beginning of May. During his talkshow hiatus, Harvey handles gameshow hosts duties for “Family Feud,” which recently pulled ahead of “Wheel of Fortune” in the 25-54 women’s age demographic for the first time in years.
“I won’t lie to you, »
- Michael Palumbo
New York — CBS' soap "The Young and the Restless" earned a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations on Wednesday, including three of the four competitors for best actor, while ABC rival "General Hospital" had 19 nominations.
The 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network Hln. Nominations were announced Wednesday.
PBS' venerable children's show "Sesame Street" earned 17 nominations, including one for Kevin Clash, who played the Elmo character and resigned last November amid allegations that he sexually abused underage boys. Clash's lawyer has said that related lawsuits filed against Clash are without merit. Clash, who was nominated for outstanding performer in a children's series, played Elmo for 28 years and already has 23 Daytime Emmy awards.
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A list has been compiled of the 50 most influential TV shows since 1963.
Swiss ratings company The Wit compiled the list to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Mip TV trade show.
However, because the BBC refused to make clips of its shows available - its shows were excluded from the rundown.
Virginia Mouseler of The Wit told the Daily Mail: "We included shows that had a huge impact around the world by being distributed to many different countries.
"Secondly, we picked shows that may be less well known internationally, but that had a big impact in their own country."
She added: "We really wanted to put Doctor Who top of the list. But as the BBC wouldn't give us the rights to show a clip on the website, we had to replace it with Astro Boy, which was created in the same year.
"It was a great shame. UK »
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an episode of Saturday Night Live is done. Was it perfect? No, but compared to a lot of what we’ve seen this season, it was downright awards-worthy. Here’s hoping we see a lot more of the lovely Ms. Melissa McCarthy on SNL. The actress, who next graces our movie screens in June’s The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock (a dream team if there ever was one), infused the show with a much-needed energy, giving it her all, even when that all meant face-planting on the sticky stage floor.
The night kicked »
- Tara Fowler
The last new episode of Saturday Night Live opened with Justin Timberlake getting inducted into the five-time host club. After Melissa McCarthy‘s stellar sophomore outing as the show’s emcee this week, let’s hope it doesn’t take her too too long to achieve that milestone herself.
Right from the opening seconds of her monologue — as she staggered onto the stage in a pair of sadistically high, sparkly red heels — McCarthy displayed the game-for-anything brand of comedy that made her such a hit when she first took the reins back in October 2011. That committment to the cause managed »
- Michael Slezak
Mr Chips is back! The cheeky snake-charming, animated golden robot is back on primetime TV for the first time in over a decade this weekend, as ITV revives the classic gameshow Catchphrase.
Roy 'say what you see' Walker is out and Britain's Got More Talent's Stephen Mulhern steps into his hosting shoes, but other than that it's business as usual with the cheesy, fun-for-all-the-family quiz.
Bringing back cheesy TV gameshows is currently on trend for TV execs. Later this year, Keith Lemon will be reviving Through The Keyhole (!) and Sky brought back Blockbusters at the end of last year. But what other classic TV shows from the '80s and '90s do you think deserve a second chance? Here are five of our suggestions:
Dashing around a fake supermarket to collect a couple of hundred quid and an inflatable banana with Dale Winton watching on was »
Chicago – Despite boasting the talented efforts of the always-great and tragically underrated Toni Collette, P.J. Hogan’s “Mental,” opening this weekend in Chicago, is a tonal mess. It’s a bewilderingly strange movie, the kind of thing that one might write off as being lost in translation from its Australian origin before realizing it wasn’t that funny there either.
Shirley Moochmoore has gone crazy. She runs through her backyard, singing songs from “The Sound of Music,” as her five daughters panic at the awareness that poor mom has seen the far side of the deep end. It gets worse when Shirley becomes convinced that her always-absent husband (Anthony Lapaglia) has won on “Wheel of Fortune” and so starts ordering merchandise online that the family can’t afford. Shirley is sent “on holiday” and her husband has no idea what to do with the five girls. Oh, did I »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Disney-abc made the announcement this morning. Stand-up comedian and actor Cedric The Entertainer has been named the new host of the syndicated Who Wants To Be A Millionaire beginning with its 12th season this fall. He succeeds Meredith Vieira, who is departing at the end of this season. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-abc Domestic TV. Related: Cedric The Entertainer To Succeed Meredith Vieira As ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ Host CAA-repped Cedric is the second member of The Original Kings Of Comedy stand-up troupe to be recruited to host a syndicated game show, joining Steve Harvey, who has been on Family Feud since 2010. The Millionaire announcement comes just as the Harvey-hosted Family Feud hit a ratings milestone, posting a series high in women 25-54 (2.9) for the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
I got the memo about Alex Trebek potentially leaving Jeopardy! in 2016, and that sent my mind into a frenzy (accompanied by the ping-pang-pow sound effect of a Daily Double). Alex Trebek's name is synonymous with Jeopardy! for a reason: He is an astoundingly great host who knows so much trivia and loves the learning process. You might think his knack for accents and correcting contestants is pretentious or annoying, but that discipline is so essential to the dignity and respect of the show's difficult material. Hell, this man hosts the National Geography Bee every year. He is a TV legend and it pains me to think of him departing the series.
But the task becomes a little bit easier when I think of some of the qualified people who could replace him. A few names have been thrown about loudly -- particularly Matt Lauer's and Anderson Cooper's »
Jeopardy's clue: "2009's best female country vocal went to her for 'White Horse,' where (Shocker!) she goes off on an ex-boyfriend." Our answer [buzz]: "What is a really sick burn on Taylor Swift, Alex?" Yesterday's broadcast of the game show featured T.Swift as an answer, and the hint seemed to slam her habit of, hmm, how shall we put this? Taking inspiration from past relationships. Meanwhile, Wheel of Fortune was all, "It's all Harry Styles' fault!" Fun fact: The ex-boyfriend in the "White Horse" music video is played by Stephen Colletti. Good for you, Laguna Beach! And Alex? You bet your »
It's time for our weekly roundup of brand new and notable apps for iPhone and iPad. Except this time, it's Best Apps This Fortnight, since this post took a week off for Mobile World Congress.
Read on, then, for a hand-picked selection of the 30 most interesting new (as in brand new, not updates) iOS apps from late February and early March. There's a separate 30 best Android apps this week roundup too.
Real Racing 3 (Free)
Its freemium timers may have proved controversial, but Real Racing 3 is still an excellent driving game, not least because the more you play and the more cars you own, the timer element stops being an issue. Anyway, the game sees you racing more than 45 cars over 900 events, upgrading as you go. »
- Stuart Dredge
When you interrupt Rob Zombie while he's watching "Wheel of Fortune," he might decide to respond to your questions as his alter ego... Tell us about yourself: "I am an American comedian and film and television star. Known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. My rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned me many admirers and imitators. I made 13 feature films with my siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom I was the third-born. I also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show 'You Bet Your Life.' My distinctive appearance, carried over from my days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows." What else do you want audiences to know about your film? "It is »
Thq (or what's left of it) has announced their intention to sell of the remainder of their intellectual property in an April auction. The sale would include the rights to Vigil's "Darksiders," tactical shooter "Full Spectrum Warrior," and "Destroy All Humans" across six lots that include original and licensed IP.
Thq is requiring interested parties to submit their bids by April 1, with final bids to be submitted by the 15th. Thq will, of course, vet the bidders (making sure they have the money and resources to back the transaction and in some cases handle any outstanding financial obligations for those licenses) before consulting with their own creditors to get the go-ahead for the sale.
Hit the jump to see the full list of IP going on sale in April (list via Joystiq).
It's worth remembering in the initial $100 million fire sale for Thq's assets that studios and IP were sold »
- Charles Webb
While the bankruptcy auction for Thq‘s assets resulted in the bulk of their more popular intellectual properties finding new homes, there were still plenty of brands that were left in limbo as bidders ignored them outright. It was understandable why some of these IPs were left untouched (did anyone really think that there was going to be a huge bidding war over uDraw?), but several others like Red Faction, and Darksiders were a bit harder to comprehend. At the time Thq noted that there would be a separate process to sell off those remaining assets, and today they have finally announced the details for the second auction.
Thq’s final auction for their remaining property rights starts on April 1, 2013, with interested bidders required to submit their final bids on April 15th. Once the bidding has ended Thq will meet with their various creditors to determine the the highest and best bid for each lot, »
- Justin Alderman
Game show fails are a dime-a-dozen now, but this one is pretty funny, especially if you are a music lover. On last night's edition of Wheel of Fortune, a contestant excitedly declared that she wanted to solve the "song/artist" puzzle and then proceeded to absolutely botch the title of what was arguably the late Johnny Cash's most popular song, 1956's "I Walk the Line." »
- Andrew Kirell
Review by Sam Moffitt
I have watched a lot of gangster movies in my life, although that particular genre was never my favorite. Monster and horror movies always were and probably always will be that, but I have watched a good many gangster films, and enjoyed them
When I was a kid Kplr-tv, Channel 11 in St. Louis ran all the Warner Brother’s old gangster and film noirs on the weekends. In fact they had so many Bogart pictures for a while they ran Bogart Theatre on Sunday afternoons.
I saw a double bill of Public Enemy and Little Caesar at the Tivoli theater in the early 70′s, a double bill of White Heat and High Sierra at the Naro theatre in Norfolk, Virginia during my time in the Navy in the late 70s. I enjoyed a lot of the new wave of gangster pictures in the 80s and 90s. »
- Movie Geeks
17 items from 2013
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