20 items from 2015
A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” may no longer be a ratings juggernaut, but it proved with Wednesday’s eighth-season finale that it still has plenty of fans.
Wednesday’s hourlong episode, in which Willie and Korie Robertson’s eldest son, 19-year-old John Luke, tied the knot with fiancee Mary Kate McEacharn in a ceremony at the Robertson farmhouse, averaged a 1.04 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.26 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” ratings. This made it cable’s No. 1 program on Wednesday in both categories, while it ranked No. 2 among all television originals in men 18-34 (behind only CBS’ “Big Brother”).
“Duck Dynasty” was up week to week by 20% in the demo and by more than 1 million total viewers (from 2.22 million). These are the show’s best numbers in 19 episodes — since its season six finale in August of last year (1.4 in 18-49, 3.81 million viewers overall).
“Duck” continues to generate strong DVR playback, »
- Rick Kissell
NBC found the ratings end zone last week thanks in part to the return of the NFL, but Fox News Channel’s coverage of the Republican Presidential Debate was easily the frame’s highest-rated program overall — and became cable’s most-watched non-sports telecast on record.
Moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, the first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle drew a whopping 24 million viewers in primetime on Thursday. This was more double the most-watched debate on the network in the lead-up to the 2012 election (11.8 million) and is Fnc’s most-watched telecast in its 19-year history.
The Gop primetime debate was also the week’s No. 1 program in adults 18-49 (5.3/17) and adults 25-54 (6.6/20), according to Nielsen’s live plus same-day estimates.
For the week of Aug. 3-9, Fox News led all cable networks in the adults 25-54 demo (1.19 million) and ranked third among all television networks for the »
- Rick Kissell
ABC presented a panel on its anticipated new series The Muppets yesterday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, letting the show’s EPs Bill Prady and Bob Kushell and stars Kermit the Frog and a tardy Miss Piggy entertain reporters for a lively half hour. Kushell noted that, while many Muppets favorites will appear in the ABC primetime comedy, the show is a sort of running mockumentary about the behind-the-scenes action at Miss Piggy’s (fictional) talk show and not a reboot of the beloved variety fest The Muppet Show of the ’70s and early ’80s. “Anybody who hasn’t seen … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
If the “Shark Tank” gang is a little too highfalutin’ for you, perhaps “West Texas Investors Club” may be a bit more your speed. The CNBC series, set to premiere on Aug. 4, is much like the ABC primetime staple — just don’t expect stars Mike “Rooster” McConaughey and Butch Gilliam to wear suits, use perfect grammar or refrain from pounding beers on camera. That’s right, Matthew McConaughey has an older brother called Rooster (pictured above, middle), and he’s a self-made millionaire oil tycoon-turned-reality-tv star. He’s also a blue-collar man of the people who kind of looks like and kind of sounds like. »
- Tony Maglio
Director Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") continues to develop a live-action "Jonny Quest" feature film for Warners, based on the 1964 ABC primetime Hanna-Barbera animated series, noted as the first action adventure cartoon depicting people ('bad guys') getting killed:
"Its an 'Indiana Jones'/'James Bond' action-adventure strip with a kid in it," said Rodriguez about the source material.
"So, that’s what it’s going to be with the movie. I made Spy Kids movies, but those are more kids being spies and their family. This is more of a legitimate action-adventure film that has a kid in it."
Set in the Florida Keys, characters include 'Jonny Quest', a young boy who lost his mother at an early age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. He takes on responsibility willingly, attending to his studies, »
- Michael Stevens
Roman Reigns runs a gauntlet to keep his position in the Money In The Bank ladder match, Seth Rollins blows up in front of The Authority, and the rivalry between Kevin Owens and John Cena becomes personal – it’s Monday Night Raw!
The Authority send a message to Dean Ambrose
Continuing the trend for most episodes of Raw, The Authority kicked off the show with a promo. This one wasn’t as excessively long as they sometimes end up being and got to the point rather quickly, which was deciding a suitable punishment for Dean Ambrose after Sunday’s Elimination Chamber. This prompted Roman Reigns to enter the fray as a mouthpiece for Ambrose who apparently was not in San Antonio tonight. Furthermore, he delivered a message that Ambrose wants a rematch for the WWE Championship with the stipulation of a ladder match at Money in the Bank. This greatly »
- Robert Kojder
According to reports, director Robert Rodriguez ("Spy Kids") will co-write and direct a live-action "Jonny Quest" feature film for Warners, based on the 1964 ABC primetime Hanna-Barbera animated series, noted as the first action adventure cartoon depicting people ('bad guys') regularly getting killed:
Living in the Florida Keys, the characters include 'Jonny Quest',a young boy who lost his mother at an early age. Though unenthusiastic in his schooling, he is intelligent, brave, adventurous, and generally athletic with a proficiency in judo, scuba diving, and the handling of firearms. He takes on responsibility willingly, attending to his studies, and treating adults with respect.
'Dr. Benton C. Quest' is Jonny's father and a scientific genius who works for the U.S. Government. He is considered to be one of the three top scientists in the world with interests and technical know-how spanning many fields. Raising Jonny as a single father, »
- Michael Stevens
Jonny Quest is back on. Robert Rodriguez has come aboard the adventure project, an adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, which has been dormant for the past several years. Moving the Warner Bros. adventure along is Terry Rossio, whose credits range from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies to The Mask of Zorro. Rodriguez and Rossio are rewriting the script initially penned by Dan Mazeau, with Rodriguez on board to direct. Dan Lin and Adrian Askarieh are producing. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Quest was a 1964 ABC primetime cartoon that chronicles the neato adventures of Quest, a boy who
- Borys Kit
Spoiler Alert: This Q&A discusses plot details from the “Revenge” series finale, “Two Graves.”
Madeleine Stowe has played the evil queen of the Hamptons on the ABC primetime soap “Revenge” for four seasons leading up to Sunday night’s series finale. As the episode title suggests, Victoria’s story ended fatally in a confrontation with Emily that was four seasons in the making. Stowe spoke with Variety about her thoughts about the show’s conclusion.
The finale ends with two deaths. Are they the two graves you expected to be filled?
I always saw the graves as being more metaphoric. That’s just where my mind travels, which I think that’s what Confucius was talking about, so I took it in that spirit. I loved Victoria. I loved this character beyond belief because I got her and understood her. And I kept wanting her to be happy and »
- Seth Kelley
ABC had a strong start to the May sweep last week, winning Thursday, Friday and Sunday in the key young-adults demo and rolling up its best average for any non-Oscars frame since November.
The network had the week’s two most talked-about programs in Thursday’s surprise death of Patrick Dempsey’s character Derek on “Grey’s Anatomy” and the next night’s Diane Sawyer “20/20″ interview with Bruce Jenner.
“Bruce Jenner: The Interview” (5.2 rating/18 share in adults 18-49, 17.10 million viewers overall) drew the best ratings for a Friday edition of “20/20″ since March 2000, when Barbara Walters interviewed the parents of JonBenet Ramsey. And no non-sports broadcast on any network has drawn a larger Friday audience since NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu” in May 2002.
It was the week’s No. 1 program as well as ABC’s top primetime program of the season outside of the Oscars.
Overall, ABC led in adults »
- Rick Kissell
In the summer of 1989, while Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" was sounding a thunderclap in cinemas, a troupe of largely black actors and comedians came together on a Fox sound stage in Century City to produce a sketch comedy show aimed at servicing a minority point of view that had been underrepresented by the medium. With producer Keenen Ivory Wayans at the helm, fresh off the success of his 1988 Blaxploitation parody film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," eight individuals — a then-unknown Jim Carrey along with Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh and Wayans' siblings Damon and Kim — filmed the first episodes of "In Living Color." The show debuted on April 15, 1990, and 25 years later, Damon Wayans can't help but remember first and foremost that he had hair back then. "I remember the pain of getting fired from 'Saturday Night Live' and feeling that I needed redemption, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Hey, "Revenge" peeps. Yes, it's true guys. We regrettably have to inform you that your favorite show will not be apart of the ABC primetime line up, tonight. It turns out that since it's Easter Sunday, ABC thinks a running of the classic "The Ten Commandments" movie would be a better viewing option. So, that's what's happening. You guys can expect to see the new episode 19 titled, "Exposure," next week, Sunday night, April 12th at 9pm central time, so be sure to jot that date down on your TV calendars. ABC did release the promo/spoiler clip (below) for episode 19, last week, in case you haven't seen it yet. The official plot description for episode 19, reads like this: Emily's Shocking Declaration Threatens Everything She Has Accomplished. Plot description number 2: Emily is going to face a promising future as Amanda Clarke until Victoria uncovers devastating new secrets from her past. »
- Andre Braddox
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.
Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.
As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...
Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)
Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »
When it comes to appearing on Empire, there seems to be one common thread: Lee Daniels. The director, who helped creator Fox’s hit new series with writer/actor Danny Strong, comes from a critically acclaimed film background. Both Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams) earned Oscar recognition thanks to Daniels work behind the camera.
Daniels has worked with an impressive pool of actors, which includes everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. While we’d never expect to see Mirren on the show -- though it would be delightful if she made a voice cameo like she did on Glee -- we do love the idea of Combs getting back into acting, Nicole Kidman returning to her camp days, or even Zac Efron revisiting the musical world that first made him a star.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Eve »
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.” Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Josh Abraham
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Affleck, a two-time Academy Award winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.”
Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Michelle McCue
“No one gets it all right.”
Video J.K. Simmons Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch the Best and Worst Sketches
“There were lots of people who you’d see how brilliant they were, but you knew on some level that it wasn’t going to work,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter.
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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? »
Carrie Fisher is presenting the award of a lifetime to her very own mother.
Reynolds, 82, is being honored for a career that began in the 1950s. She has starred in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows and two TV series. A few of her memorable film roles include Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she was Oscar nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role) and How the West Was Won.
News: All of the 2015 SAG Awards Nominees
Reynolds' career achievements are impressive. She has been nominated for five Golden Globes and a Primetime Emmy for playing Debra Messing's mother in Will and Grace. She also sung with Frank Sinatra and danced with Fred Astaire.
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20 items from 2015
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