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Well done to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for refusing to sell out (Bake Off presenters ‘refuse to go with the dough’, 14 September). “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy,” as they said, and produced a series that has all the ingredients of Britain at its best: humour, kindness and quality. Now it is to be sold to Channel 4, where viewers will have to endure a dumbed-down version and inane adverts – if we continue to watch it. What next? Strictly Come Dancing, the Proms, David Attenborough, Antiques Roadshow? We must protect the BBC and its licence fee. I hope that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood follow Sue and Mel’s lead and also refuse to “go with the dough”.
• The government will surely not be surprised to find that professionals at the peak of their careers are paid more than £150,000 (BBC forced to reveal salaries of star names, »
Captain Fantastic, 2016.
Directed by Matt Ross.
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Awash with superheroes, horror revamps, and formulaic rom-coms, the refreshing addition of an original movie to the box office line-up already earns itself some points, even if it’s not that great. Praise be to those that tick the originality and quality boxes, as Captain Fantastic does. This heartfelt indie flick is the kind of gem you recommend to friends, discuss over dinner, and buy yourself a copy of when it comes to the home entertainment release. Full »
- Amie Cranswick
A version of this story on LL Cool J first appeared in the print edition of of TheWrap Magazine’s Down to the Wire Emmy Issue. The Outstanding Structured Reality Program category is one of the Emmys’ strangest, with the wildly varied quintet of “Antiques Roadshow,” “Mythbusters,” “Shark Tank,” “Undercover Boss” and “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” facing off in each of the category’s ﬁrst two years of existence. Those ﬁve shows are back again this year, but they have a fresh new competitor that crashed the category in its second season: “Lip Sync Battle,” where celebrities mime to their favorite songs under the. »
- Rasha Ali
Sources tell Variety that Evans’ co-host Matt LeBlanc will return for the show’s 24th season, which is set to begin production in September. Contributors Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Rory Reid and Sabine Schmitz, who joined LeBlanc and Evans for season 23, are expected to return alongside LeBlanc for season 24. No replacement for Evans is expected to be named — leaving LeBlanc and the contributors to carry the show’s on-camera responsibilities.
LeBlanc is also set to star this fall in the freshman CBS comedy series “Man With a Plan,” his first starring role on U.S. broadcast TV in a decade. Under LeBlanc’s deal with the studio, “Man With the Plan” is in first position, with the studio obliged to make a good-faith effort »
- Daniel Holloway
Steve Harvey and his band of merry tykes may shake up this category. NBC’s hit series “Little Big Shots,” executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, lit up Sunday nights, and brought the whole family back to the den together, for at least an hour.
The category has only been around for two years. The Academy split the reality designation into “structured” and “unstructured” in time for the 2014 Emmys, but like reality competition, it’s been hard for newcomers to attract the voters’ attention.
Solid series such as “Cold Justice,” and previous nominee “Who Do You Think You Are” may slide into the top five. “Think” has been able to book a lot of interesting celebs in the last two seasons, including Bryan Cranston and Lisa Kudrow.
Last year “Property Brothers” nabbed a nom, and the Canadian real estate and renovation power duo, Jonathan and Drew Scott, are quietly expanding their empire on Hgtv as the cabler’s big breakout stars.
Last year’s champ, “Shark Tank,” is still a winner at ABC. Ditto “Undercover Boss,” a fixture at CBS [and the recent subject of a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” skit involving “Star Wars”].
Voters willing to to look beyond the establishment should consider series such as CNBC’s “The Profit.”
Perhaps with this, its last season, Emmy voters will finally send it off a winner.
Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Bar Rescue (Spike)
Cold Justice (TNT)
Diners, Drive-ins & Dives (Food Network)
Little Big Shots (NBC)
Property Brothers (Hgtv)
Undercover Boss (CBS)
Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC)
On The Bubble
Long Lost Family (TLC)
Love It or List It (Hgtv)
Love, Lust or Run (TLC)
Lucha Underground (El Rey)
The Profit (CNBC)
Tiny House Nation (Fyi)
- Carole Horst
The Us spinoff’s mistaken valuation shows up what’s wrong with the BBC flagship. Where once the Beeb encouraged art for its own sake, here profit is king
I have to confess to sheer delight at the mistake made by a hapless Antiques Roadshow “expert”. Examining a comically primitivist pot brought in for valuation on the popular and venerable television show, appraiser Stephen L Fletcher got quite excited. He identified it as a daring early modernist work from the 19th century. He even discerned “a little bit of, like, Pablo Picasso going on here”.
Related: Antiques Roadshow expert mistakenly values school art project at $50,000
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- Jonathan Jones
Appraiser said ‘grotesque face jug’ was century-old and reminiscent of Picasso before it was found to be work of a 1970s high school student
An expert antiques appraiser who likened a high schooler’s art project to the work of Pablo Picasso and valued it at up to Us$50,000 (£35,000) has chalked up the mistake to a learning experience.
In a recent episode of the American version of Antiques Roadshow filmed in Spokane, Washington, Alvin Barr from South Carolina presented for appraisal a glazed redware jug, more than 30cm tall and decorated with six faces.
Related: Fa Cup trophy valued at more than £1m on Antiques Roadshow
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- Elle Hunt
The cup, the third incarnation after 1872 original and used for 81 years until 1992, becomes highest-valued object on show
The longest-serving Fa Cup trophy in the competition’s history has been valued at more than £1m on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, making it the highest-valued object ever to appear on the show.
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- Press Association
Series billed as a ‘courageous experiment’ will see see strangers undressing each other and climbing into bed, where they have to answer questions
Hands up if you can guess what happens in pay-tv channel TLC’s new show Undressed … yup, you guessed it. Billed as a “courageous dating experiment”, it sees two strangers undress each other and “climb into bed on a first date in an exciting new series that accelerates intimacy and explores the accepted rules of attraction”, according to Katie Hopkins’s channel TLC. The couple have 30 minutes alone together wearing nothing but their underwear, during which they will be given “probing” questions via a screen and tasks “designed to rapidly foster relationships”. Blimey – it makes First Dates look like the Antiques Roadshow. After the 30 minutes the couples decide whether to continue the date or leave the room. According to Discovery Networks International acting head of factual Mark Procter »
You’ll never run out of interesting things to appraise on Antiques Roadshow. And this week’s episode is no exception. Every single item on the docket is interesting. All of them are extremely well researched. Every single appraiser has done their homework and as something interesting to say. Ken Farmer, who does the musical instruments, and then plays them, happens to be my favorite. As for what’s happening this week? An original magazine manuscript by Truman Capote gets appraised. It’s possible that this manuscript is the last thing the late author ever wrote. If that’s the case then we can be
- Nat Berman
The BBC’s War and Peace lost 1 million viewers on its second outing, attracting 5.3 million viewers on Sunday night.
BBC1’s drama, one of the most expensive the corporation has funded at about £2m an episode, saw a significant fall in viewing compared with the 6.3 million who tuned in to the launch episode.
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- Mark Sweney
11 items from 2016
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