8 items from 2013
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host on his telly predilections
The Following. I'm really hooked. I absolutely love it. It's my post-pub fix. I don't normally like gratuitously violent things. But the news I've been watching recently is horrific anyway. A bit like 24, every week there's some sort of twist where you go, "Oh, no, no, that can't be the end of the episode!" I'm hooked on things like that.
The Sopranos. I've watched it all about 10 times. When all else fails I can still get out Blackadder, and I still laugh. I lost about three years of my life to The Wire. Wherever I was I had to rearrange my life so that I could watch an episode.
Bring back …
Hill Street Blues. One of the first great American cop series. There were so many quirky characters and real people everywhere. I don't really know why it stopped. »
- Gwilym Mumford
NBC shuffled Smash offstage for this?
Though it benefited from both heavy promotion and having The Voice as a lead-in, the Peacock’s new dating show Ready for Love seems fairly dead on arrival. Its two-hour series premiere was the lowest-rated program in both the 9 and 10 p.m. time slots last night, earning just 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. (To be fair, the show did beat Smash’s last-Tuesday episode, which garnered 3.0 million viewers and a .9 demo rating.)
This makes Ready for Love the latest example of a truth that broadcast networks — especially NBC — may be reluctant »
- Hillary Busis
When did primetime fluffy Saturday night TV suddenly turn into an evening of music industry A&R mechanics?
At some point over the last decade's long slog of Pop Idols, Britain's Got Talents, Fame Academies and nine series of X Factor, the emphasis switched from light entertainment to record sales.
Watching recent series of X Factor, it's occasionally felt like we were watching a meeting between record execs rather than a glossy family TV spectacle. The fearsome annihilation of cruise ship warbler Christopher Maloney by the producers and judges felt like a tipping point in the show's history as the singer's crime of being 'not very cool' seemed to excuse no-holds barred treatment of the blubbering Liverpudlian.
When the voting results were revealed, it turned out that Maloney had been topping the votes since week one. Despite a hammering from the judges and all the cool credentials of tattooed grumble-guts James Arthur, »
Chris Tarrant will challenge three famous faces to raise cash for charity with the help of a special friend.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? with Crammy and raise money for the PSP Association," said Coe.
"It is terrifying but at the same time I know it will be great fun."
Olympian Smith commented: "I'm definitely excited to go on Millionaire but it's always a scary feeling when you're playing with what could be someone else's money. For that reason I »
Simmons is a regular 'Egghead' on the BBC Two gameshow, but has also reached the final of Brain of Britain.
The broadcaster has received five complaints from viewers about Simmons's appearance in the radio programme's semi-final, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
A BBC statement said: "There is no rule banning Eggheads from appearing on Brain of Britain - the only rule is that former champions are not allowed to return.
"Brain of Britain is a very unpredictable quiz and it is quite possible a well-known quizzer like Barry could be beaten."
Simmons has previously won £64,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and has also reached the semi-final of Mastermind and the 2009 Brain of Britain final.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, inevitably this means that the cheesy themes are back in business for Dancing on Ice.
Of course it's 'Love Week', so we can probably expect plenty of heart cartoons projected onto the ice, pink costumes and more mention of Samia and Sylvain's 'romance' than you can shake a sparkly stick at.
So dig out the chocolate and sparkling wine (ITV cutbacks etc) and join Digital Spy for all of the luurvely action…
20:55Thanks for joining Digital Spy this evening, and don't forget to put a bid on Pasquale's jockstrap on eBay tomorrow morning. Night, all!
20:55Well, not exactly a shock result - but a bit of a sad one at the same time as at least Joe brought a few lols to the ice. Although I can't say I'm going to miss talk of his prostate or bowel movements.
Ant & Dec have revealed that their biggest ever argument occurred while playing the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? board game. The TV presenting duo admitted that they rarely fall out over anything, but that it still gets "awkward" when they talk about the heated game based on the ITV quiz hosted by Chris Tarrant. When asked what their biggest argument was, Declan Donnelly told Tatler: "It was over the Millionaire board game. "I called Ant an arsehole," revealed Donnelly. "It wasn't what Tarrant would do, but I was so cross. Then I walked out." Ant McPartlin added: "It's actually a bit awkward bringing it up again." The pair also explained that they still always stand on the same side of each other so that viewers know (more) »
- By Tom Eames
It's time for Fringe fans to say goodbye.
We're starting to get details of American Horror Story's third season. Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will return for the third story. Ryan Murphy added that he had promised Jessica Lange she'd get to wear some designer gowns to get her to return after playing Sister Jude, so her character this time will be a "glamour cat leading lady."
Meanwhile, the big industry news is that Fox might split American Horror Story's network into two channels. Broadcasting & Cable reports that FX would keep the dramatic content while the new network would focus on comedy (similar to the division between TNT and TBS) and inherit shows like Archer and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The new channel would take over the Fox Soccer channel.
After quitting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Meredith Viera might be entering the daytime talk show scene. »
8 items from 2013
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