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The verdict is in: “Judge Judy” has been found guilty of battering all other syndicated series. Yes, again. The courtroom show just finished its fourth year in a row at No. 1, closing the books on the 2016-17 season as the highest-rated (a 6.8, on average) show in both first-run and off-net syndication. Counting all syndicated programming, falling in line behind “Judge Judy” were “Family Feud,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Dr. Phil,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Inside Edition,” Modern Family” and “Two and a Half Men,” in that order. Also Read: 'Live With Kelly and Ryan' Season Premiere Scores Best Demo Rating Since Relaunch Isolating. »
- Tony Maglio
The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry.
Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search for anything that will help a show stand out from the pack. The new business models that govern streaming services have also had the effect of raising upfront payments to top talent because traditional forms of generating a profit from a hit series — through international sales and off-network syndication — are no longer an option.
Among the winners in the past year on the drama side were Robert De Niro, who is in line to receive an eye-popping $775,00 per episode for the untitled Amazon drama series from director David O. Russell. Other big gainers include “Shameless” stars Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy and »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra has tapped a trio of insiders to lead its TV production division. Business affairs veteran Jeff Frost has been promoted to president of Sony Pictures TV Studios, while drama development chiefs Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter have been upped to co-presidents focusing on creative matters.
The trio will serve as an “office of the president” spearheading all production and development, per Sony. Frost reports to Vinciquerra, who took the reins of the studio in June. Parnell and Clodfelter report to Frost.
“Jeff, Chris and Jason are the perfect team to run our U.S. television business,” Vinciquerra said. “Over the last several weeks, I have been able to see first-hand the strong leadership qualities possessed by Jeff, Chris »
- Cynthia Littleton
“Wheel of Fortune” is putting a positive spin on things, after being accused of depicting slaves in an image from its “Southern Charm” week. After being called out on social media, the popular game show has decided to replace the background image in future airings. “Wheel of Fortune” executive producer Harry Friedman also said that the show regrets having used the image in the first place. Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Shirt Pulled From Stores After Racism Complaint “We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any rebroadcast,” Friedman said in a statement provided to. »
- Tim Kenneally
As a part of “Wheel of Fortune”’s “Southern Charm” week, the show used a particular image as a backdrop that didn’t sit well with viewers. “Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their ‘Southern Charm Week’ images?” one viewer wrote on Twitter along with a clip of the episode that appeared to show […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
A boss in every sense of the word, Nash’s Desna Simms spends her days making Florida’s Manatee County — or at least the fingernails of its citizens — more beautiful, while spending her nights laundering money for a colorful character named “Uncle Daddy” (Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris). But as »
Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, and the hosts of Wheel of Fortune Pat Sajak and Vanna White have all renewed their contracts and have signed on to host their respective game shows through the 2019-20 broadcast season. Wheel of Fortune is currently in its 34th season and Jeopardy is in its 33rd. Their hosts have been staples on television for at least […]
The post ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ & ‘Jeopardy’ Renewed Through 2020 appeared first on uInterview. »
- Jacob Kaye
Alex Trebek, Vanna White, and Pat Sajak aren't going anywhere anytime soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hosts of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune have renewed their contracts through the 2019-2020 season.Both syndicated series, which are distributed by CBS, have already been renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Currently, Wheel of Fortune is in its 34th season and Jeopardy is airing its 33rd.Read More… »
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The hosts of two of the longest-running game shows on television — “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” — aren’t going anywhere, TheWrap has learned. Sony Pictures Television announced Tuesday that Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White have all had their contracts renewed for two more seasons, extending them through at least the 2019-2020 TV year. “Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy’ is a testament to their incredible talents,” Harry Friedman, executive producer of both shows, said in a press release. “All of us at ‘Wheel of. »
- Carli Velocci
The longtime hosts of “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” are sticking around.
While the renewals for the shows have not been made official, the talent contracts signal an imminent two-season renewal both both game shows, which is expected to be made official soon.
“Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy’ is a testament to their incredible talents,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of both shows, in a statement. “All of us at ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ ‘Jeopardy’ and Sony Pictures Television are thrilled that they will continue through the 2019-20 season.”
This past weekend, Friedman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards. On stage, he mentioned that the show’s hosts had signed on for »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are staying right where they are.
Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White have each renewed their contracts with Wheel and Jeopardy producers Sony Pictures Television and will continue hosting their respective game shows through the 2019-20 broadcast season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The new deals will keep the shows on for an additional two seasons — with both series having already been picked up through the 2017-18 frame.
“Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy is »
- Lesley Goldberg
Time flies when you’re having fun — and no one knows that better than Vanna White.
People caught up with the longtime Wheel of Fortune hostess at the 44th Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena on Sunday, and the star opened up about her experience working on the beloved game show for almost 35 years. (Fun fact: She’s worn over 6,500 gowns — without a single repeat!)
“I cannot believe it’s been that long,” she admitted. “It seems like we just started yesterday. And I still love my job! After all these years, I love it, I love going to work. There »
- Scott Huver and Aurelie Corinthios
The 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards is off and running! Hollywood spent their Sunday afternoon celebrating the best of the best in the world of daytime television, where your favorite talk-show hosts, actors and actresses battled it out for top honors. Amicable exes Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa represented Hgtv on the red carpet, while Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White and The Real co-hosts Adrienne Bailon and Tamera Mowry also stepped out. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America and The Talk all dominated their respective categories, as well as Steve Harvey. Check out the complete list of winners at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards »
The 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out on Sunday evening at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’ The Young and the Restless led the soap opera pack with six total wins each, including trophies picked up at the Creative Arts ceremony.
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Y&R had entered this year’s Daytime Emmys with the most nominations of any soap (25). Gh and B&B each started out with 23 nods, »
The toon series inspired by Guillermo del Toro’s book of the same name took six trophies, including writing for an animated program (Marc Guggenheim) and directing (Rodrigo Blaas, del Toro). Kelsey Grammer added another Emmy to his collection for his voice work in the series.
“Days of Our Lives” grabbed five wins, as did HBO’s “Sesame Street,” PBS’ “Odd Squad” and the digital “The Bay the Series.” Longtime “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” exec producer Harry Friedman was honored with the lifetime achievement kudo during the ceremony held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
- Variety Staff
Jeopardy! (which debuted in 1984) and Wheel of Fortune (on the air since 1983) — through a TV landscape that has vastly changed from the one in which they premiered. "The foundational formats of both shows are pretty sacrosanct," says Friedman, 70, executive producer on both Sony Pictures Television darlings. There have been tweaks and stunts along the way, but the gists — not to mention hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak — remain the same. Ahead of his Lifetime Achievement honor »
- Michael O'Connell
After producing syndicated game-show sensations “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” for more than 20 years, it isn’t a surprise that Friedman himself is a trivia question answer.
Friedman, who was promoted to executive producer of both shows in 1999 after starting as a “Wheel” producer in 1995, has been at his gig for so long that he holds a Guinness World Record for most game-show episodes produced. And the most Emmy Award nominations for a game-show producer (42) and most Emmy Award wins by a game-show producer (13).
So it’s no surprise he’ll receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Daytime Emmys creative arts ceremony. And it’s also understandable that it’s hard for Friedman to list all his favorite moments from the sets.
“One of the things that stands out on »
- Whitney Friedlander
Instagram’s hippest grandma is using her star power to do something nice for her fellow seniors. Helen Ruth Elam Van Winkle, known online as just “Baddie Winkle,” teamed up with Meals On Wheels as part of Ad Council’s ongoing Creators For Good initiative.
Winkle’s partnership with Meals on Wheels is part of the organization’s Let’s Do Lunch campaign, which encourages people to volunteer delivering meals to seniors in their respective communities. Winkle, decked out in a fantastic Meals on Wheels-themed shirt, takes that opportunity to hang out with her fellow elders, and their conversations touch a few familiar subjects, such as sending emails and watching Wheel Of Fortune.
The 88-year-old Winkle’s eclectic dress sense and young-at-heart attitude have attracted more than three million followers to her personal Instagram page. Among other accomplishments, she won Instagrammer of the Year at the 2016 Shorty Awards.
Her contribution »
- Sam Gutelle
Many of us grew up with Vanna White as a staple in our evening routine, tuning in at 7:30 to watch the all-American blonde bombshell turn the Wheel of Fortune puzzle board into her own personal runway in one fabulously glitzy gown after the next. But while her white-blonde locks, golden tan, and that iconic name drop in Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” have all helped to elevate her to iconic status, she remains somewhat of a mystery – and fans may not know about all of the hard work that goes into presenting that picture-perfect image night after night. White and show’s key costumer, »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
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