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2015’s onslaught of television is fully under way, giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. First we look at a full week in comedy, including the debut of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the disappointingly brief return of Venture Bros., and the finale of Galavant. Then it’s time to talk genre and drama, including previews of Pivot’s new murder mystery series Fortitude and The Americans s3 and looks at the Backstrom pilot and Justified premiere. And did we mention we caught up with The 100? In a week? ‘Cause we did. Finally, in lieu of the DVD Shelf, Kate speaks with Emmy, Writers Guild, and Annie Award winner, and current writer for The Simpsons, Michael Price about his career as a television writer on series like What About Joan?, The PJs, and that ‘90s classic, Homeboys in Outer Space.
Our Week in Comedy (4:37- »
- Kate Kulzick
Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jan 19, 2015 – Sunday Jan 25, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Voice 10,833 2 2 Glee 5,253 3 4 America’s Got Talent 4,502 4 10 Supernatural 4,258 5 3 America’s Funniest Home Videos 3,203 6 5 Empire 2,787 7 - The Vampire Diaries 2,171 8 8 The Simpsons 1,412 9 - Arrow 1,344 10 6 Allegiance 1,167 -
Cable/Streaming Monday Jan 19, 2015 – Sunday Jan 25, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 2 Top Gear 6,004 2 1 Key and Peele 4,953 3 7 The Walking Dead 3,884 4 3 Pretty Little Liars 3,206 5 - Game of Thrones 2,353 6 10 Dance Moms 1,643 7 8 WWE Raw 1,624 8 - Impact Wrestling 1,428 9 - Impractical Jokers 1,412 10 - Untold Stories of the ER 1,395 -
Late Night Monday Jan 19, 2015 – Sunday Jan 25, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 35,134 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live 17,575 3 3 Conan 12,788 4 - Saturday Night Live 10,038 5 4 The Graham Norton Show 2,903 -
- Jason Klein
Saturday’s fourth edition of the modern bacchanal known as Beefsteak brought together comedy heavy-hitters with meat — lots of meat — at Vibiana in Downtown L.A. The festive dinner was a benefit for the Los Angeles Food Bank.
Television writers and execs, for some reason, are notoriously enthusiastic and savvy eaters. So “The Simpsons” executive producer Matt Selman (Twitter handle @mattselmaneats) launched Beefsteak four years ago with ABC Studios comedy exec Cort Cass and “Tim and Eric” writer Eric Wareheim to provide an opportunity to eat, have fun and give back all at once.
The trio worked with Amy Knoll Fraser and chef Neal Fraser, who recently opened Red Bird restaurant adjacent to Vibiana, to revive the 100-year old tradition of Beefsteak, a manly meal that involves quantities of prime meat washed down with cocktails and fine wines. While the early Beefsteaks were an excuse for political fundraising and speechmaking, »
- Pat Saperstein
Howard took to the stage halfway through the awards ceremony last night to present the speech, which was accompanied by a video montage featuring relevant clips from The Office, The Simpsons and The Golden Girls.
"Since the dawn of motion pictures, filmmakers have used this art form not only as entertainment but as a mirror to reflect vital issues facing society," Howard is quoted by The Hollywood Reporter as saying.
"In movies and on television, groundbreaking performances from Chaplin to Poitier, from Hepburn to Streep, have informed and inspired. They have awakened audiences to, and spoken out about, basic human concerns.
"Tonight, as we celebrate the outstanding acting from the past year, we also reflect on some landmark portrayals which depict important subjects that affect us all. »
X-Factor may be a part of Fox’s future, minus any singing and plus lotsa mutants.
Fox entertainment chairman Gary Newman confirms for TV Insider (aka TV Guide Magazine‘s new website) that the network is developing an X-Men TV series — no easy feat, given that while 20th Century Fox has film rights to the specially abled characters, any live-action TV project requires the blessing of Marvel, which is based out of ABC parent Disney.
“We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them,” Newman told the site, noting that any possible X-Men show “will not be on a fast track creatively. »
Skybound and Wizard World continue to release new editions of The Walking Dead #1 at upcoming conventions. If you’re attending the Wizard World Madison show early next month, you can pick up the issue with new artwork from Rob Liefeld:
“Madison, Wis., January 22, 2015 — Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that noted creator Rob Liefeld will draw the third in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Madison Comic Con, February 6-8. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Alliant Energy Center only while supplies last. »
- Jonathan James
A shift to Sunday helped NBC’s annual “Miss Universe Pageant” produced big ratings gains this year, as the event stood as the night’s top broadcast in key demos with some of its best numbers in years. Also of note on the final Sunday of the month were modest exits for ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection.”
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC won Sunday among the broadcasters thanks to the live, three-hour “Miss Universe Pageant” from Miami (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), which was the night’s No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49 as well as both persons 12-34 (1.5/6) and adults 25-54 (2.3/6). It grew with each half-hour, peaking with a 2.4 demo rating and 8.8 million total viewers from 10:30 to 11.
The telecast, which saw Miss Colombia come away the winner, hit a six-year high in adults 18-49 and a nine-year high in total viewers. Last year’s event got »
- Rick Kissell
ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” enjoy healthy increases
Feel free to put on the crown and take a victory strut, NBC.
While Miss Colombia Paulina Vega won the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami on Sunday, NBC scored its own honors with its airing of the pageant, which put the network in first place among the key 18-49 demographic for the night, according to preliminary numbers.
Meanwhile, ABC’s “Galavant” and “Resurrection” saw healthy increases.
See photos: 23 Eye-Popping and Outrageous Stills from the Miss Universe 2015 Costume Contest
NBC was first place in the demo with a 1.8 rating/5 share and second in total viewers with 7.4 million. »
- Tim Kenneally
"...when inventor Elon Musk lands in 'Springfield', he and 'Homer' become fast friends...
"...and revolutionize the town's nuclear plant.
"But when Musk goes overboard and 'Mr. Burns' wants him removed, Homer must figure out a way to break up with him..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak peek :The Simpsons: The Musk Who Fell To Earth"...
- Michael Stevens
NBC’s broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant (do we still call it that?) on Sunday night drew 7.6 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating, more than doubling the previous coronation ceremony (3.9 mil/0.9, on a Saturday) and marking eight- and five-year highs.
ABC | Galavant‘s double-episode finale averaged 4.3 mil/1.1, up 26 and 22 percent week-to-week. Resurrection‘s finale (3.7 mil/1.0) popped 12 and 25 percent, while Revenge (3.7 mil/0.9) slipped 10 percent and audience/was flat in the demo.
CBS | Leading out of a special Undercover Boss (8.8 mil/1.5), a double-pump of CSI averaged 8.2 mil/1.3, on par with its most recent outing.
Fox | With football nowhere in sight, »
While my co-host Melinda Doolittle and I agree that the soulful Jelly Joseph was a standout in New Orleans, our paths diverge rather sharply after that. She compares one of my faves to a popular Muppets character, while I’m still wondering how one of her top picks made it past Round 1.
Before it’s all done, one of us winds up in the Naughty Corner, a few lines of “Bootylicious” get sung, »
It was the final big American film and TV awards ceremony before the Oscars, and the one most likely to indicate who will be going home with Academy awards in a month’s time. Find out if Hollywood’s most celebrated actors perfect their speeches ... or losers’ faces
Screen Actors Guild awards 2015: the winners in pictures
A quick-fire night then with a couple of surprises thrown in, mostly in TV.
Costner is back and… well… that’s it.
- Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare in New York
Elon Musk is the closest thing we have to a real Tony Stark. Having founded companies like PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla, he's on the cutting edge. With ambitious plans to reach Mars, build Hyperloop technology, and launch low orbit satellites to give internet to the world, Musk is doing more in a year that some people do in a lifetime.
Musk will guest star on The Simpsons as himself and form a partnership with Mr. Burns to modernize Springfield. Obviously, this does not end well. The episode is titled "The Musk Who Fell To Earth" and will air tonight on Fox. If you can't wait, you can watch two clips that give you a fun preview.
- Free Reyes
Veteran television and radio personality Joe Franklin, who often is credited with pioneering the modern TV talk-show format with The Joe Franklin Show, died on Saturdayfollowing a battle with prostate cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 88.
Affectionately nicknamed “The Wizard of Was” and “The King of Nostalgia” for his encyclopedic knowledge of old-time show business, Franklin’s guests on his New York-based TV talker over the decades ran the gamut from Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent Price and Andy Warhol to Tiny Tim, Madonna, Woody Allen and Julia Roberts.
Franklin is credited with giving emerging talents (including Liza Minnelli »
Created by David Sacks
Produced by Carsey-Werner Productions
Aired on Upn for 1 season (6 episodes, 1 unaired) from March 10 – April 22, 2004
Patrick Warburton as Rip Smashenburn
Lucy Liu as Raquel Smashenburn
Rachel Dratch as Alice Smashenburn
Elizabeth Daily as Billy Smashenburn
This is a show that, similar to Disney’s Wreck It Ralph, asks the question, “What do video game characters do outside of the video game?” Unlike the film however, this series focuses on an average family of video game characters known as the Smashenburns. The family is made up of father Rip, a Grand Prix race car driver from an unspecified racing game, mother Raquel, a Lara Croft type from an artifact scavenging adventure game, daughter Alice, who is an activist that sometimes goes boy-crazy, son Billy, who is trend-obsessed with becoming a rapper, and lastly Turbo, their talking purple »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Friday’s Glee was a veritable ‘shipping delight for those invested in “Klaine” and “Samchel” — depending, of course, on which sides of those ‘ships you sail.
For example, if you find the concept of Sam and Rachel to be utterly revolting, there’s a good chance you’re still cleaning up the mess from your hour-long projectile vomit sesh. But if you’re all for Rachel testing the waters with Mr. Evans, this week’s Glee — from the duo’s performance of “A Thousand Miles” to that gasp-worthy lip lock — probably went down real smooth.
Of course, the fact that »
Elon Musk has rubbed elbows with the most elite, powerful men in the world… but nothing can prepare the 43-year-old entrepreneur for the supreme displeasure of meeting C. Montgomery Burns.
The real-life celebrity super-genius — who’s had a hand in everything from PayPal to Nasa — makes a trip to Springfield in Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c), and TVLine has an exclusive first look at his unfortunate close encounter with Homer’s sinister employer.
(Unless it’s totally normal to squeeze the moisture out of someone’s mouth less than five minutes after meeting them. If that’s the case, »
Star of ‘The Simpsons’ (in two episodes of his favourite show, albeit with a paper bag over his head), Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Jr of the Upper West Side, New York, once informed CNN that “‘recluse’ is a code word generated by journalists”. The Simpsons, by the way, had his animated avatar stand beside a neon sign: “Thomas Pynchon’s House: Come On In”. For the novelist himself, the “recluse” tag merely means, “doesn’t like to talk to reporters”. »
Open thread: as Pharrell Williams is announced as the latest Springfield guest star, we take a look at the show’s long lineage of celebrity cameos. Let us know your favourites
Forget the Grammys and the Brits: you haven’t made it in music until you’ve been shrunk and condensed into a custard-coloured cartoon. The Simpsons has announced that it will welcome Pharrell Williams and his huge hat to join the show’s long lineage of musical cameos for an episode entitled Walking Big & Tall, that will surely poke fun at the celestial tone of his recent global campaign.
Airing on 8 February, the episode centres on a true story about a Milwaukee TV station in the 1980s that hired a composer to write a city anthem, which was later shipped out to other cities. In this episode, Springfield discovers its anthem is used elsewhere and “Pharrell offers to write »
- Harriet Gibsone
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* All 10 episodes of Golden Globe Award winner Transparent will be available to watch for free on Amazon Prime Instant Video this Saturday.
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