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How's this for a kick of nostalgia? In a move that's sure to leave '80s and '90s kids reeling, New Kids on the Block just announced that they're embarking on another summer tour - with TLC and Nelly! "There is no stopping us! We always have something up our sleeves," said Donnie Wahlberg, who revealed the tour news with the rest of the NKotB crew - Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood - Tuesday on Good Morning America. "Our fans keep asking us to come back out on the road, and we want to keep giving them what they want, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The former TV Guide Network — now Pop — which is officially rebranding on Jan. 14, unveiled four new projects in development Friday at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.
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Those projects include the Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos‘ docuseries “Losing It,” another show featuring Z100’s Elvis Duran, a reality series pairing celebrities and inventors, and a stage show with celebrities recounting their most embarrassing life moments.
The revamped channel also announced that “90210’s” Shenae Grimes-Beech will co-anchor and serve as an entertainment correspondent for “Popsugar Now.” Grimes-Beech »
- Tony Maglio
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