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Fox 2014-15 Season Ratings (updated 7/31/15)

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A few years ago, Fox had some of the top-rated TV shows on the air. Now, the network is struggling. Which series will be cancelled and which will be renewed? Stay tuned.

How do the execs decide what to cancel or keep? They look at a lot of different factors but the ratings play a very large role. The higher the ratings, the better chances a show has of surviving.

Fox shows this season (so far): American Idol, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Backstrom, Bob's Burgers, Bones, Boom!, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bullseye, Empire, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, Golan the Insatiable, Gotham, Gracepoint, Hell's Kitchen, Home Free, Knock Knock Live, The Last Man on Earth, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, New Girl, Red Band Society, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, So You Think You Can Dance, Utopia, Wayward Pines, and Weird Loners. »

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Fox Cancels Ryan Seacrest's 'Knock Knock Live' After 2 Episodes

9 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fox spent a lot of time and money touting its new reality series, "Knock Knock Live." Unfortunately for the network, no one was very keen on answering -- or watching.

According to Variety, Fox has pulled the show from its schedule after airing only two episodes, following dismal ratings for the Ryan Seacrest-hosted series. "Knock Knock" featured Seacrest and other celebrities -- including Justin Bieber -- knocking on strangers' doors and offering them prizes, but viewers just didn't take the bait.

Variety reports that the show's premiere episode on July 21 nabbed a paltry 1.7 million viewers, "marking the smallest demo rating for any Big Four series premiere this summer." That's gotta hurt. And apparently, despite desperate cross-promotion efforts on other Fox series including "So You Think You Can Dance," this week's installment didn't fare much better, leading Fox to pull the plug, effectively cancelling the show.

The network plans to »

- Katie Roberts

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10 Reasons This Year’s WWE Tough Enough Sucks

12 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


WWE Tough Enough is currently in its fifth season, airing each Tuesday night on the USA Network. The show is a mix of pre-taped footage from the previous week, and a live elimination ceremony similar to American Idol. Contestants live at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fl, and go through weekly challenges outside of the center while learning the basics of wrestling in the center. Their trainers are Billy Gunn, Lita and Booker T. They are then judged by the live panel of judges, consisting of Daniel Bryan and Paige. Hulk Hogan was originally the third judge, but after the racism scandal, he was replaced by The Miz, although it’s unclear whether it’s a permanent replacement or not. The judges each pick one contestant to be eligible to be eliminated (each judge has a save per season), and the viewers vote on who they want to stay. »

- Justin Seagull

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One Unlikely Bidder for Relativity: Ryan Kavanaugh?

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A rapid sale of Relativity Media or its pieces is expected to draw interest from a number of potential strategic buyers, though the proceeds are unlikely to come anywhere close to satisfying a long list of lenders and other creditors, experts said. Among the most surprising potential bidders for the company that Ryan Kavanaugh founded and then ran off the rails: Kavanaugh himself.

Even as Thursday’s bankruptcy filing seemed to loosen the entrepreneur’s grip on the entertainment company, sources said the Relativity CEO has been talking with potential partners about making a bid to hold on to some or all of Relativity. Kavanaugh has declined to comment on the company’s financial crisis,  though he spoke in a prepared statement Thursday as if he expected to remain in control of 11-year-old Relativity.

“We remain firmly committed to our film and television businesses,” Kavanaugh said. “The actions we are »

- James Rainey

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Fox Pulls Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Knock Knock Live’ After Two Episodes

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Knock Knock Live” has been yanked after just two episodes, Variety has learned.

Fox notified its affiliates Thursday that the network decided to pull the Ryan Seacrest-hosted reality show from its schedule, following less-than-stellar ratings for the summer series.

The July 21 premiere episode averaged a 0.5 rating in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall, marking the smallest demo rating for any Big Four series premiere this summer. Fox is doing a bit better on Wednesday with another newcomer, “Home Free,” which is averaging a 0.9 in the demo and 3 million total viewers through its two weeks.

The Tuesday 9 p.m. timeslot will be filled by a one-hour encore of “The Last Man on Earth” next week, and encores of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man on Earth” going forward.

Knock Knock” surprises regular people by bringing celebrities to their front door to give them a prize. The July 28 episode featured Justin Bieber, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jennifer Lopez and Her Mini-Me Twins Pucker Up for the Camera—See the Pic!

20 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Jennifer Lopez for soccer mom of the year! J.Lo still manages to look stunning (check out that bright red lipstick) even when she's running errands around town with her twins, Max and Emme, and another youngster. In the back seat of the vehicle, all of the kids are mimicking the star's pouty look—and who wouldn't want to be just like the insanely talented and gorgeous singer? The "On the Floor" singer shared the cute photo via Instagram and Twitter, and captioned the photo, "#Besitos", which means "little kisses" in Spanish. The American Idol judge beams in the social media pic—and she's got plenty to smile about these days. The 46-year-old »

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Todrick Hall ‘Won’t Come Off YouTube’ Despite His New MTV Show

29 July 2015 2:39 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Todrick Hall has no plans to leave YouTube anytime soon. The digital star told reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour he won’t “come off” YouTube just because he has his upcoming show Todrick for MTV in the works.

According to Deadline, Hall, who appeared on season nine of American Idol back in 2010, told reporters the reason he didn’t make it on that show was because he was too afraid to be himself. Hall assumed the best singer would win, but the show’s executives told him, “It’s not a talent competition, it’s a television show and people have to fall in love with you as a person.”

Hall left the reality series realizing he could “put a lot of the fight in me to come back and re-represent myself… to let audiences see the real me” by making YouTube videos. And viewers certainly »

- Bree Brouwer

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Todrick Hall Reveals Best Thing About Working for MTV: ‘They Feed Us’

29 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

YouTube star and former “American Idol” contestant Todrick Hall had some tasty words about the benefits of his MTV show “Todrick.” “They feed us,” Hall joked Wednesday during his panel at TCA Summer TV Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “MTV brought us up and said ‘Hey, it’s lunchtime.’ We had no idea what to do! They gave us a lunch break and everyone was freaking out, like ‘We can’t sit down. We can’t take lunch.'” Hall said that his ability to create viral videos relies on his and his team’s ability to get »

- Joe Otterson

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Todrick Hall Using MTV To Promote His YouTube Brand – TCA

29 July 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“To be really clear: I’m not coming off YouTube,” former American Idol semi-finalist/current YouTube star Todrick Hall told journalists of his new MTV series, Todrick, today at Summer TV Press Tour 2015. In October, MTV ordered eight episodes of the reality series documenting Hall and his team as they race to make weekly music videos. One journalist had wondered why Hall would exit YouTube to go to MTV, given the number of people getting rich making YouTube videos, and… »

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Kelly Clarkson Continues to Slay While Covering Tove Lo's "Habits" Live in Concert—Watch Now!

28 July 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Dear Kelly Clarkson, we just can't get enough of your covers! As the Piece by Piece Tour continues across the country, the American Idol winner decided to surprise her fans yet again with an impressive cover. "Tonight, this song is for Josh. He didn't put his last name," she told the Michigan audience. "Josh wanted me to sing like three Tove Lo songs but here's the thing about Tove Lo. It's not really family so I have to pick the most family one out of them so here you go." Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you a performance of "Habits." Clarkson's rendition could be described as a bit more soulful. But don't be fooled, the crowd completely loved »

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Preview: Jennifer Hudson to Perform at Art Van’s Grand Opening on July 30, 2015 in Downers Grove, Ill.

28 July 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Jennifer Hudson has won an Academy Award and a Grammy. Not bad for the 33-year-old singer and actress who was discovered as a runner-up on “American Idol.” She will perform in Downers Grove, Ill. this Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Art Van Furniture’s grand-opening event “The Art of Wow!”

Jennifer Hudson Will Perform at the Downers Grove (Illinois) Art Van Store Grand Opening on July 30, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Hudson was born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago in 1981, and started her career in the city with Righteous Records. She was released from the label to participate on “American Idol” in 2004, and placed seventh in the third season of the popular singing competition. One year later, Hudson was cast as Effie White in the film version of “Dreamgirls,” and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that role in February of 2007. Her appropriately titled »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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10 Times Kelly Clarkson's Cover Was Better Than the Original Song

27 July 2015 3:54 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you've ever seen Kelly Clarkson in concert, you'll know that she usually takes time during her set to sing a cover - sometimes it's one of her favorite classics, and sometimes it's a current hit that she's obsessing over. Over the past couple of years, we've seen videos popping up of the former American Idol star singing gorgeous renditions of everything from Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" to Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" - she even covered Rihanna's saucy "B*tch Better Have My Money"! We've rounded up all the times Kelly sang another pop star's song . . . and totally killed it. Scroll through to listen to them all now. »

- Brittney-Stephens

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Kelly Clarkson Covers "Blank Space," Makes Taylor Swift Proud: Watch!

27 July 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Kelly Clarkson has a serious handle on the sincerest form of flattery. The "Invincible" singer, 33, made her affection for Taylor Swift known this past weekend with a cover of one of the star's biggest songs.  Clarkson was playing to a packed crowd at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 25, when she switched up her usual setlist and broke into a little Swift. Joined by a live band, the American Idol alum busted out a rendition of her fellow pop star's 2014 hit single "Blank [...] »

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Katharine McPhee -- No More Rent Checks ... I'm a Homeowner!!!

27 July 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Katharine McPhee has found the perfect home to celebrate her newly-found singledom. The actress/singer -- who's in the process of divorcing Nick Cokas -- just dropped $1.4 mil on a house in Toluca Lake ... that's where Bob Hope lived. It's perfect for a famous single chick ... 2,039 square feet, 3 bedrooms, big kitchen and very private pool and spa.  Katherine and Nick rented, so this is a big deal. The only other place she owned was a »

- TMZ Staff

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Kelly Clarkson Covers Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" and Wins Over the Hearts of Swifties Once Again—Watch!

26 July 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

You know your songs are "Safe and Sound" when Kelly Clarkson takes over! Need proof? It certainly was the case Saturday night when the Grammy winner decided to cover one of Taylor Swift's biggest hits of the year. While performing to a sold-out crowd at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, the proud mom followed tradition by honoring one fan's song request. Lo and behold, the concertgoer asked for a rendition of "Blank Space" and Clarkson delivered.   Slowing things down with a more soulful version, Clarkson got the crowd singing along to the hit single. And for those asking, the lyrics still sound like "Gotta love those Starbucks lovers" even if an American Idol winner is »

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Television that Home Video Forgot: Crossballs: The Debate Show (2004)

25 July 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Crossballs: The Debate Show

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Created by Matt Besser, Charlie Siskel

Produced by Charlie Siskel Productions

Aired on Comedy Central for 1 season (23 episodes, 1 unaired) from July 5, 2004 – August 27, 2004


Chris Tallman as Host/Moderator

Matt Besser as Various characters

Mary Birdsong as Various characters

Andrew Daly as Various characters

Jerry Minor as Various characters

Show Premise

“Out of the Crossfire, beyond Hardball, this is Crossballs!”

A parody of political debate shows, Crossballs has comedians pose as experts in their field to discuss the issue of the day and pits them against real life experts who are not aware of the farce debate they are participating in. The comedians argue both sides of an issue, be it ridiculous or not, and mine comedy from taking the issue to absurd lengths and goading reactions from the real experts.

Each episode is moderated by Chris Tallman (as a Chris Matthews type), who introduces »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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Simon Cowell, Kenny Ortega Team for Sony’s Music-Driven Drama ‘Delinquents’ (Exclusive)

24 July 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Simon Cowell and Kenny Ortega are teaming for “Delinquents,” a music-driven drama that has just been set up at Sony Pictures, TheWrap has learned. Alex Sabeti is writing the script, which follows a group of teenage boys who meet in detention, form a band and enter a battle of the bands competition. Ortega will direct and produce, while Cowell will produce for his Syco banner. The duo will lead an extensive search for fresh musical talent. Cowell certainly has experience with the genre thanks to “Americal Idol,” “The X Factor” and the “Got Talent” franchise. He also helped create One Direction and. »

- Jeff Sneider

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David Spade gives folks their 15 minutes of Fameless on truTV

24 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Some people will do anything for their 15 minutes of televised glory and David Spade plans to prove it. Spade is the star and co-executive producer of Fameless, truTV’s latest addition to its growing sketch/prank comedy stable (see also: Impractical Jokers, Friends of the People and The Carbonaro Effect, all of which are back with new episodes this month, too). On the eight-episode summer laugher, wannabe reality stars believe they’ve been cast in a new unscripted series — perhaps an American Idol style talent competition, perhaps a Survivor-esque endurance test. In the meantime, their costars — a team of seasoned improv actors … Continue reading →

The post David Spade gives folks their 15 minutes of Fameless on truTV appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Lori Acken

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Happy Birthday, Jennifer Lopez! See the Star's Most Show-Stopping Looks in 2015

24 July 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Happy 46th birthday, Jennifer Lopez! J.Lo looks like she hasn't aged in about, oh, a decade or two, but she is another year older, which means we want to relive her chicest red carpet moments in the last 12 months (not a hard job, considering almost every time she steps out, she wows). We were floored, for example, by her barely-there Atelier Versace gown at the 2015 Met Gala, which would have been one of our favorite Lopez looks ever if she had not attended the 2015 Tony Awards in a dreamy, midnight-blue Valentino Couture confection. And we can't forget the American Idol gown that, well, virtually stopped the show: Lopez performed in an ethereal white Mariel Haenn that glowed as she sang. The star »

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Country Star Kellie Pickler Discusses Her New Reality Series ‘Knock Knock Live’

24 July 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Country singer Kellie Pickler is no stranger to reality TV. The 29-year-old appeared on the fifth season of American Idol, where she was able to secure a sixth place finish. Her strong performances on the Idol stage led to a record deal with Sony Records back in 2006. She would then go on to release her first album entitled, “Small Town Girl.” Her fourth album was released in 2013, which featured the song “The Woman I Am” that she wrote with her husband Kyle Jacobs. This is the same year that Pickler would appear on her second reality show. The songstress was a contestant on the 16th cycle of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars. She, along with dancing partner Derek Hough, took home the coveted mirror ball trophy. Earlier this week, Pickler returned to the small screen with the new reality series Knock Knock Live, which teams her up once again with Ryan Seacrest. »

- Tim Gerstenberger

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