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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Should Sean Spicer and other Donald Trump cast-offs follow past politicos on ‘DWTS’?

22 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Donald Trump went from reality TV star to president of the United States. So it would be fitting if members of his White House cabinet and staff made the reverse transition by appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” — and they’re dropping like flies, so there’s plenty to choose from. It may seem preposterous for […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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‘Walking Dead’ Voiceover Artist Randy Schell Dies In Texas Skydiving Accident

9 July 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Voiceover artist Randy Schell, whose work includes promos and narration for numerous TV shows including Fear the Walking Dead, Dancing With the Stars and Life in Pieces, died Saturday in a parachuting accident in Houston. A statement released by Houston’s Skydive Spaceland said the accident happened when two “licensed, experienced skydivers accidentally collided following a planned group skydive.” The statement (which incorrectly says July 7 rather than July 8) does not… »

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Ratings: Gotham Returns Down, Supergirl and Jane Also Hit Lows

25 April 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Following a three-month break, Fox bubble drama Gotham resumed Season 3 on Monday night with 3 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating (per finals), down 14 percent and a tenth from its winter finale to hit and match series lows.

Gotham however was up two tenths in the demo from time slot squatter 24: Legacy‘s week-ago finale. Readers gave The Riddler’s official debut an average grade of “B+.”

RelatedGotham Recap: Prescription for Riddlin’

Leading out of that, Apb (2.7 mil/0.7) ticked up with its finale.


The CW | Supergirl returned from a month-long break to 1.8 million viewers and a 0.5 rating, down »

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TV Ratings: Viewership of Ncaa Championship Grows 21% Over 2016

4 April 2017 8:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Update: In final nationals from Nielsen, Monday night’s North Carolina-Gonzaga championship game averaged 23 million total viewers, up 30% from last year’s championship game. The game peaked with 26.1 million viewers from 11:15-11:30 p.m. Additionally, Ncaa March Madness Live recorded 98 million live video streams during the Ncaa Tournament, up 33% over last year. The National Championship game garnered 4.4 million live video streams, an all-time record for the title game.

CBS’ coverage of Monday night’s March Madness closer saw a big viewership spike in overnight ratings compared to the 2016 championship game that aired on Turner cable networks.

The North Carolina Tar Heels defeat of the Gonzaga Bulldogs averaged a 14.5 household rating in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households. That was up 21% from last year and marked the third-highest rating for the Ncaa’s men’s basketball National Championship since 2005.

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- Joe Otterson

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Once Upon a Time on the Bubble and Eyeing a 'Reset': Keep or Cut?

20 March 2017 9:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By mid-May, the broadcast networks must make some tough calls as to which series will return for the 2017-18 TV season, and which… won’t.

As that deadline draws near, TVLine is singling out a few “bubble” shows and sizing up their prospects — based in large part on creative strides (and stumbles) and future potential, but also with a requisite nod to the cold, hard numbers that attract TV’s single-minded grim reaper.

Related 2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Next up is a fairytale drama in need of a bit of magic. »

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Erin Andrews Isn’t Thinking Wedding Plans Until Post-Super Bowl: ‘My Man Is the Bridezilla!’

2 February 2017 3:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

For those who know Erin Andrew from Dancing With the Stars and are used to seeing her weekly in full glam and a princess-y dress, it may surprise you to find out that the star is actually averse to going too over-the-top girlie (something her makeup artist and hairstylist remind us of in her weekly DWTS blog!). But the star – whose other job is reporting from the sidelines for Fox NFL – is about as low-key as it gets when it comes to the princess thing, which means that wedding planning duties are falling to her hockey player fiancé Jarret Stoll. »

- Alex Apatoff

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Nigel Farage Distances Himself From Brexit Movie

3 January 2017 5:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nigel Farage, the mastermind behind Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, has shrugged off rumors that the Brexit story will be turned into a comedy movie, with Warner Bros. and Netflix spoken of as potential partners.

Asked about the movie by Piers Morgan, co-host of ITV chat-show “Good Morning Britain,” Farage rolled his eyes and said he would believe it when it happened. Farage added that every week brought fresh rumors about him, including that he would appear on reality shows like the local version of “Dancing With the Stars” or “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.” When pressed, he said that if there were a movie based on his life he would have liked Oliver Reed to play him if the actor hadn’t been dead already.

Rumors of a Brexit movie first appeared in the Telegraph, which claimed Warner Bros. was circling film »

- Leo Barraclough

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