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Miss Honduras Stripped of Crown Amid Miss Universe Pageant Scandal

29 July 2016 6:28 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Another day, another beauty pageant scandal.  Miss Universe Honduras Sirey Morán was stripped of her crown and title, and she will not be able to participate in this year's Miss Universe pageant. The announcement came later this week as the organization claims that she had not complied with her contract, according to LatinTimes. After that, things got a little crazy.  Morán didn't stay quite and quickly fired back at Carlos Rivera, the director of Carimaxx, which is the organization that has the rights to the pageant in Honduras.   Morán sent a statement to El Heraldo about an incident with Rivera that occurred on June 30 at his New York »

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Live Musicals on TV Spark Social Media Frenzy

15 June 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fan favorites like “The Sound of Music,” “Grease” and “The Wiz” hit both stage and screen decades ago. Millions have committed every scene between Maria and the von Trapp family to memory and know every word exchanged between Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson by heart. Recently, these musicals have sparked even heavier nostalgia in the form of must-see live TV events that audiences are flocking to in droves.

And the conversation about said shows extends beyond the small screen.

On any given live musical night, viewers congregate on social media, creating a phenomenon usually associated only with sports, political events and awards shows.

“Live musicals created an atmosphere where either you were participating and engaging with it while it’s happening or it’s over and it’s gone,” says Jason Klein, co-founder of ListenFirst Media, a company that analyzes online activity and provides a digital audience rating for all TV programs. “That’s what makes them a unique viewing experience that plays really well to social media: either you’re in or you’re out.”

This particular audience is all in. Case in point: The night “The Wiz Live!” aired on Dec. 3, NBC saw a digital audience rating increase of 40% across platforms that include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and even web searches. Out of 2.2 million engagements across digital and social platforms, 67% were taking place on Twitter — 1.6 million tweets in total.

While not on par with top awards shows like the Oscars and Grammys, which receive between 7 million and 8 million tweets, specials like “Grease Live!” and “The Wiz Live!” perform similarly with events like the Miss Universe Pageant, Golden Globes and Billboard Music Awards, far exceeding regular TV program episodes and even finales. For perspective, the day “The Blacklist” premiered, NBC saw a digital engagement increase of 35%, but only 9% of those interactions were on Twitter.

“Live television musicals are the ultimate live event,” says Cait Hood, head of broadcast partnerships at Twitter. “We grew up loving these storylines, having these favorite, iconic moments and memories around the shows that we can all relate to. I think that nostalgia compels people to really reference the throwbacks and engage with that live audience. And I think that’s why the live musicals have become so popular, specifically on Twitter.”

The importance of social media is not lost on the networks putting on these productions. As part of its digital marketing campaign, NBC has identified four target areas: tapping into nostalgia, building anticipation, influencer activation, and live engagement.

“It’s paramount,” says Rob Hayes, head of digital strategy at NBC. “As a broadcaster it’s much more gratifying marketing through these social media platforms than some of the traditional ways, because we’re really engaging with the fans. We get to create content for them.”

What may come across as spontaneous sharing of information leading up to the main event — actors posting photos from rehearsals on Twitter and Instagram, or candid behind the scenes moments on Snapchat and Facebook — is a well-crafted campaign that takes place across all social media platforms.

For “Grease Live!,” “we chose a very social cast, purposely, so we could leverage each one of their fan bases to create more awareness as well as more excitement and enthusiasm,” says Angela Courtin, chief marketing officer of Fox. “We had a lot of young cast who had a social media following, especially with the millennials audience, and these fans came to see what this was all about.”

The idea is that on the day of the performance the broadcast becomes a communal experience of massive proportions.

“When you’re doing live musicals, it’s walking a tightrope,” says Courtin. “So there’s the, ‘Oh my God, are they going to be able to pull it off?’ ”But in addition to the suspense of whether there will be technical glitches or someone will freeze on live TV, there is a constant flurry of content pushed out during the show for viewers to consume.

“You cannot underestimate the power of the network consistently live Tweeting and pushing meaningful content in real time,” Hood says.

If you’re lucky, a celebrity will come out to play. Chrissy Teigen and Anna Kendrick both expressed their enthusiasm during the broadcast of “Grease Live!” with Kendrick’s tweets reaching more than 33 million views.

“We didn’t pay them. We didn’t reach out to them, We certainly thanked them afterwards” Courtin says. “They just wanted to share their fandom with the rest of the world.”

And then, of course, there are the things you cannot change. As with any live broadcast there is an opportunity for endless snark — a sideshow that has become as fascinating as the broadcast itself.

“Twitter is a forum for self-expression, so people who are funny in real life, have an easy time showing that on Twitter,” Hood says. “You can’t stop that. You may as well embrace it.”

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- Carita Rizzo

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Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber Reacts to Win and Wants to Celebrate With Krispy Kreme Donuts

6 June 2016 2:44 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Miss USA's 2016 winner Deshauana Barber has had her dream come true. Barber, who represented Miss District of Columbia at last night's Miss Universe pageant, spoke with E! News after the show to discuss her emotional victory. She says, "I still am waiting for someone to pinch me, I feel like I'm dreaming, I cannot believe this is happening. I broke down during the crowning when they put it on my head and touched it and said, "Ah!  it's really there. So, I'm shocked." The pageant queen, who won over the hearts of the judges to beat out Miss Hawaii and Miss Georgia, seemed genuinely shocked when her name was eventually announced. When asked what was going through her »

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Eurovision 2016: A Guide for Confused Americans

12 May 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This weekend, a strange European phenomenon will arrive on American television for the first time in its 60 year history. On Saturday, Logo TV will be airing the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, a cross between “The X Factor” and the Miss Universe pageant that offers Yanks a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music. Surprisingly, Justin Timberlake is slated to make a special guest performance after all the contenders have taken the stage in their bid to bring glory to their home country. For »

- Jeremy Fuster

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TV News Roundup: History’s ‘Alone’ Renewed, FX Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Sex&Drugs’ and ‘Tyrant’

20 April 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

History’s survival series “Alone” has been renewed for a third season, which will be filmed in South America. Also, FX announced summer premiere dates for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and “Tyrant.”

Renewal:

Ahead of the April 21 premiere of season 2, History has renewed “Alone” for a third season.

The reality series follows 10 contestants who are placed in the wilderness alone. Equipped only with a limited supply of gear, their survival expertise and a camera to document their journey, each contestant fights to outlast the others in the hopes of winning a $500,000 cash prize. Season 3 will be filmed in Patagonia, South America.

Premiere Dates:

FX is filling out its summer schedule, handing out timeslots for returning series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and “Tyrant.”

“Sex&Drugs,” the comedy series starring Denis Leary as the lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band, will return to Thursday nights when it kicks »

- Alyssa Sage and Rick Kissell

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Former Miss Puerto Rico Faced a 'Dark Depression' After Her Title Was Stripped: 'I Couldn't Eat or Sleep'

26 March 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former Miss Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride said this week that she "got some help" following "a dark depression" after she was stripped of her title. "I can tell you I got some help because a dark depression came over me and I couldn't eat or sleep," Caride told Univision. "This situation has hit me very hard," Caride said, in an English translation of the Spanish interview. "[I feel] betrayed by the organization because there was never a moment that I disrespected them. There wasn't a reason for them to do what they did to me," she said. On Facebook, Caride's mother recently »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Former Miss Puerto Rico Faced a 'Dark Depression' After Her Title Was Stripped: 'I Couldn't Eat or Sleep'

26 March 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former Miss Puerto Rico Kristhielee Caride said this week that she "got some help" following "a dark depression" after she was stripped of her title. "I can tell you I got some help because a dark depression came over me and I couldn't eat or sleep," Caride told Univision. "This situation has hit me very hard," Caride said, in an English translation of the Spanish interview. "[I feel] betrayed by the organization because there was never a moment that I disrespected them. There wasn't a reason for them to do what they did to me," she said. On Facebook, Caride's mother recently »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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Miss Colombia to Play Vin Diesel’s Love Interest in ‘xXx’ Sequel

1 March 2016 6:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ariadna Gutiérrez, the first runner-up in the Miss Universe contest last year, has been cast as Vin Diesel’s love interest in “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.”

Gutierrez, who was Miss Colombia 2014, gained massive international recognition at the Miss Universe pageant when host Steve Harvey announced her as the winner by mistake — when it was actually Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who won. The movie, which has been shooting in Toronto and the Dominican Republic, will mark her feature film debut.

Paramount announced last week that it had set a Jan. 20, 2017, release date.

The film, produced by Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Diesel’s One Race Film, is directed by

D.J. Caruso (“I Am Number Four”) from a script by Chad St. John, with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier.

Diesel starred in the original 2002 “XXX,” directed by Rob Cohen, as underground sports star Xander Cage, who was blackmailed by the U. »

- Dave McNary

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Miss Universe -- Face It ... She's So Hot (Photo)

14 February 2016 12:35 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

For those of you who got annoyed by Miss Colombia telling everyone she was robbed at the Miss Universe pageant, check out the winner, because she's blazing hot. Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines was out and about Saturday at NYC's Fashion Week. No robbery, no crime committed. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Super Bowl Ads: Steve Harvey Pokes Fun At For Miss Universe Mix Up In T-Mobile Ad

7 February 2016 5:32 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

After  mixing up the winners’ names during Miss Universe Pageant this year, Steve Harvey teamed with T-Mobile to have a laugh about his mistake. Harvey interrupts the announcer who is praising Verizon for their service and  apologizes. “I have to apologize, again,” jokes Harvey. The comedian goes on to show the cue card that says T-Mobile […]

The post Super Bowl Ads: Steve Harvey Pokes Fun At For Miss Universe Mix Up In T-Mobile Ad appeared first on uInterview. »

- Crystal Smith

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