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Some of NBC's shows have done well while others have really struggled. Which will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned!
There's lots of data that NBC looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but the ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows are doing »
Before The Beatles came to our shores in the mid-1960s, I don’t think there was a bigger rock band in America than The Four Seasons. The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. The story of the band’s formation, success, and their eventual break-up has already been dramatized in Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a jukebox musical which debuted on Broadway in 2005. And now that musical has been brought from the stage to the screen. The new movie Jersey Boys is a lot of fun and quite entertaining, but unfortunately the film suffers from narrative and structural issues that prevent it from reaching its full potential.
- Timothy Monforton
"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes," it's claimed Andy Warhol once said. Some stars shine much brighter than others, though, and in the case of Hollywood we often see actors hit big early before disappearing without trace.
Brandon Routh, who delivered a sensitive and assured turn as the Man of Steel in 2006's Superman Returns, is one such example. Routh never quite got the breaks he deserved after landing that life-changing role, so it's nice to see him back in the superhero game with an upcoming role as Atom in Arrow.
Digital Spy takes a look back at a handful of stars who couldn't escape their one big role.
Plucked from relative obscurity to lead Bryan Singer's lavish Superman sequel, Routh impressively channelled Christopher Reeve on his big screen debut but found leading man roles difficult to come by in the aftermath.
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Nurse Jackie Season 5 Blu-Ray Review
The fifth season of Nurse Jackie is a somewhat unique spin in the world of TV series, because the premise of the show is turned upside-down. While Edie Falco has spent four seasons winning critical acclaim as titular, drug-addicted nurse who has to find a way to make all the facets of her life work, the writers correctly determined that it was time that the gimmick made some new movies. Thus, the fifth season has Jackie sober, and quickly approaching the one-year anniversary of her sobriety.
With her marriage falling apart, her job resting on a very precarious perch, and her ability to effectively don a parental role, Jackie has an entirely new set of problems to manage, and coping isn’t necessarily something she’s great at… depending on how you mean that.
Of course, when your personal life is in a shambles, your »
- Marc Eastman
Carol Kane has signed on for a recurring role in Fox's highly-anticipated Batman prequel series Gotham, portraying Gertrud Kapelput, the mother of Robin Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. the future Penguin.
In the DC Comics, Gertrud became overprotective of her son Oswald, following the death of his father who contracted pneumonia after being caught in a downpour. She forced Oswald to always carry an umbrella, rain or shine, which we have seen him brandishing in the first trailers released for Gotham. Gertrud's influence on Oswald was also seen in Gregg Hurwitz's comic Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, although it is unclear if the show plans on adapting that particular story.
Carol Kane will have a recurring role on Gotham, first appearing in the show's second episode, although it isn't known how many episodes she will appear in. Gertrud is described as, "a proud and faded beauty with delusions of grandeur. »
"I know she's 24 but she's a sort of middle-aged woman trapped in a 24-year-old's body," he told the magazine. "She hangs out with her cat and sews things."
As for how old Sheeran is at heart, the 23-year-old British musician joked, "My soul age differs from day to day. It can be eight or 80."
He added, "It just depends on what I'm doing. If I'm working it’s usually pretty spot-on for work, but if I'm with my friends and the »
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest. We are, as always, playing by the Emmy rules, which means we can't argue for someone who didn't submit themselves (say, Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"), can't move someone from lead to supporting or vice versa, and can't declare that "True Detective" is a miniseries and therefore clear more room in the drama categories. I'm also obviously limited by what I watched and what I haven't. I think I saw maybe three episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" this season, for instance, and while I like the show a lot, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Taylor Swift's new cat Olivia Benson is beyond cute. It's also pretty endearing that Tay named the tiny kitten is named after Mariska Hargitay's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit character (because she loves the show!). Miss Olivia (or Detective Benson, if she prefers a more formal approach) joins the singer's other cat, Meredith—and yes, that pretty kitty is named for Ellen Pompeo's Grey's Anatomy character, Meredith Grey! Of course, Taylor isn't the only celeb to name her pet(s) after a famous character—others have also named their animals after real people! George Clooney, for example, named his adorable cocker spaniel-mix Albert Einstein. The actor adopted him from a »
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, June 18, 2014. A large, but slightly unexplained, bump for "So You Think You Can Dance" helped Fox dominate Wednesday primetime in young viewers and finish a close second to CBS' procedural repeats overall. Also getting an unexplained week-to-week boost was ABC's "Motive," the only other original on a repeat-filled night. If you're curious, "Motive" was up 15 percent overall and 25 percent in the key demo, while "So You Think You Can Dance" rose 31 percent in the key demo and 20 percent overall. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 1.7 rating for Wednesday night, far ahead of the 1.0 rating posted by ABC, CBS and NBC in the key demographic. The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating for the night. Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 5.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/7 share for Wednesday primetime, edging out Fox's 5.27 million viewers and 3.3/6. [Fox eked out a slim overall advantage for the two shared primetime hours.] ABC was third with 4.21 million viewers »
- Daniel Fienberg
Me-wow, Mariska Hargitay. It appears that Taylor Swift has welcomed a new cat, and named her fab feline addition after Hargitay's most famous character: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's detective Olivia Benson. On Wednesday, Swift shared an Instagram of a fluffy white kitten sitting sweetly in her lap with the simple caption, "Meet Olivia Benson." No confirmation on whether or not the cutie is actually her kitty, though the rest of the Twitterverse seems to think so. Hargitay's Twitter feed, however, is so far mum on the matter, and we're pretty certain that Swift's other cat, beloved Scottish Fold »
- Amy Jamieson
As we anticipate a potential Part III, catch up on the major stars' exploits since - and compare how they looked then and now:
Steve Martin - already an established Hollywood name before Father of the Bride - plays hapless patriarch George Banks, who suffers a series of ridiculous misfortunes (and a mild breakdown - the too-plentiful pack of hotdogs springs to mind) after his daughter announces that she's getting married. »
"You know, I think it's really interesting that these two characters kind of came into my life around the same time," said Pablo Schreiber during our recent webcam chat (watch below) about his villainous turns in "Orange is the New Black" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." "I think that these two roles came at a very specific time in my life when I think it was essential for me … to expose and hopefully expunge a little bit of my darker side." -Break- Taryn Manning likens 'Oitnb's' Pennsatucky to rock star run amok (Exclusive Video) He expressed that darker side in two very different ways: in a comic role as a corrupt prison guard known as "Pornstache" in "Orange," and in a dramatic role as depraved serial rapist William Lewis on "Svu," both of which are being entered for Emmy consideration for guest acting. He readily admits it was easier fo. »
On Friday, we'll talk with Pablo Schreiber about his pair of nefarious TV roles: George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black," and recurring villain William Lewis on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Join us for our live chat on June 6, at 10:00am Pt/1:00pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Taryn Manning likens 'Oitnb's' Pennsatucky to rock star run amok (Exclusive Video) Pornstache, so called because of his signature facial hair, is a corrections officer at Litchfield Prison, but he's at least as corrupt as the women he's guarding. During season one he smuggled drugs and covered up a deadly overdose. And William Lewis on "Law & Order: Svu" is arguably even more sinister. Introduced at the end of season 14, Lewis left a trail of victims – including a kidnapped and terrorized Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) – before his ...' »
NBC has announced the Fall debut dates for their new and returning shows. They include A to Z, About a Boy, Bad Judge, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, Constantine, Dateline, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Marry Me, The Mysteries of Laura, Parenthood, State of Affairs, and The Voice.
Here's the complete press release:
NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates For New 2014-15 Season
Universal City, Calif. — June 2, 2014 — NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which include No. 1 broadcast program “Sunday Night Football,” the return of No. 1 reality series “The Voice,” No. 1 new series “The Blacklist,” and the debuts of highly anticipated comedy “Marry Me” and drama “The Mysteries of Laura.”
“Sunday Night Football” launches its campaign on Thursday, Sept. 4 when the Green Bay Packers »
NBC formally announced its fall 2014 premiere dates on Monday (June 2) morning and they're mostly in the officially Nielsen-dictated premiere week, with a few key stragglers including "Marry Me" and "Constantine." Yes, that's pretty boring, but that's what comes from being TV's top-rated network. CBS has been hopelessly devoted to the official premiere week for decades. There are a couple shows premiering early: Sunday Night Football kicks off on Thursday, September 4 and more linguistically appropriately on Sunday, September 7. And the 16th installment of "The Biggest Loser" starts on Thursday, September 11. Then the deluge begins the week of September 22. Monday, September 22 will be the premiere date for "The Voice" and the second season of "The Blacklist." The following night, "The Voice" will get another two-hour episode leading into the third season premiere of "Chicago Fire." "The Mysteries of Laura," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago Pd" will premiere on Wednesday, September »
- Daniel Fienberg
The spots feature a diverse array of Viacom celebrities, including MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, Spike’s “Ink Master” host Dave Navarro, VH1 “Big Morning Buzz Live” host Nick Lachey, MTV “Catfish” stars Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, and Bet “106 & Park” hosts Bow Wow & Keshia Chanté. Additional celebrities in the PSAs include Sophia Bush, Jemima Kirke, Natasha Lyonne, Danny Pino and more. The spots will begin airing across Viacom’s networks this summer.
- Laura Prudom
[As is my recent tradition, over the next six days, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned. It also assumes that you/I only have a dual tuner DVR (plus occasional access to a Slingbox on Et. Check out last year's DVR Gridlock installments and the DVR Gridlock segments for 2012.] Wednesday Nights 8:00 p.m. ABC: "The Middle," "The Goldbergs" CBS: "Survivor" The CW: "Arrow" Fox: "Hell's Kitchen" NBC: "The Mysteries of Laura" 9:00 p.m. ABC: "Modern Family," "Black-ish" CBS: "Criminal Minds" The CW: "The 100" Fox: "Red Band Society" NBC: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 10 p.m. ABC: "Nashville" CBS: "Stalker" NBC: "Chicago Pd" What's Changed: "X Factor" is gone! "X Factor" is gone! "X Factor" is gone! Sensing that my resolve was weak when it comes to formally quitting "X Factor," Fox decided to quit the low-rated singing show for me, replacing it with "Hell's Kitchen" and "Red Band Society." From there, the changes are limited. NBC has replaced "Revolution" with "The Mysteries of Laura." CBS has replaced "CSI" with "Stalker." And ABC has "The Goldbergs" and "Black-ish" as the latest shows to hit the revolving doors that are 8:30 and 9:30. And The CW is sticking to »
- Daniel Fienberg
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: Survivor, The Middle, Modern Family, Mixology, Motive, The 100, Revolution, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Pd, and American Idol. Reruns: The 100.
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Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 21, 2014. A rough season for "American Idol" ended on a high note for Fox as the finale for the singing competition drew the show's biggest audience in months and, for the first time in many weeks, beat "Survivor," as the network closed the 2013-14 season with Wednesday wins in all measures. Sure, it was the lowest-rating "American Idol" finale ever, but it still must have relieved Fox to see that "Idol" was capable of ticking back over 10 million viewers and above a 2.5 in the key demo. It was also, percentage-wise, a much larger finale bump than any of the spring's other competition shows. [Note, of course, that "Idol" ran six-ish minutes into the 10 p.m. hour, so these won't be the averages for the full "Idol" block, but since the results were read pretty promptly at 10, there's unlikely to be a big change. Of course, "Idol" and "Survivor" were neck-and-neck in the key demo, so it's entirely possible that "Survivor" might inch back ahead in Finals. Or not!] There were other notables on Wednesday with "Modern Family" also getting a big bump for its wedding-centric finale, though the "Mixology"finale and "Motive" premiere were less impressive. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" finale got a small finale, though the "Chicago Pd" closer was pretty flat. »
- Daniel Fienberg
If England wanted a demanding warm-up before the summer Tests, welcoming newly crowned T20 world champions Sri Lanka to the Oval is about as challenging as it gets. The Sri Lankans may miss Kumar Sangakkara's sterling shepherdship but with new captain Lasith Malinga at the reins, and England lacking captain Stuart Broad, expect a fiery 40 overs. For those seeking a heartier helping of batsmanship, Thursday sees the first one-day international between the sides. Mark Jones
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- Mark Jones, Rachel Aroesti, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, David Stubbs, John Robinson, Ali Catterall and Hannah J Davies
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