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In April 2004, ABC was wrapping its third consecutive season in last place among adults 18-49. Then-rising star Disney cable executive Anne Sweeney was brought in, greatly expanding her portfolio to include the struggling broadcast network and its sister studio along with her oversight of Disney’s cable properties. She’s had successes — most notably the gutsy 2010 move to install Ben Sherwood, then considered a polarizing figure, as head of ABC News, as he went on to revitalize Good Morning America and take the morning ratings lead away from incumbent Today. (Sherwood’s morning success has him already tipped for a Jeff Zucker-type career trajectory to a big network job at ABC.) Related: Disney/ABC TV Group President Anne Sweeney To Exit In January 2015 To Become TV Director But there has been little change in primetime. There was an initial momentum brought in by three shows developed by the dismissed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
On Friday, Tom Bergeron tweeted that he would be leaving ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos after its next season. Somehow, in 140 characters, Bergeron buried the lead, and the news went mostly unnoticed: March Madness: I begin hosting my 18th season of @DancingABC on 3/17 and wrap up shooting my penultimate season as host of @AFVofficial 3/27 — Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 7, 2014 This morning, however, Vulture broke the news, including an emailed statement from Bergeron, who also hosts the network’s Dancing with the Stars, that went like this: “I’m embracing change this month. DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of Afv, next year, the show’s 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last. As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing.” Sources say the announcement by Bergeron — who is not the show’s first host, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Tom Bergeron is ready to say goodbye to one of his ABC shows. Bergeron, who is also the host of Dancing With the Stars, announced that he will be stepping down as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos at the end of next season, its 25th cycle and his 15th with the series after taking over the position once held by Bob Saget in 2001. But don't worry, there was no drama behind Bergeron's decision to exit Afhv, as the Emmy Award winner exclusively told E! News, "Next season will be the 25th year of the show and my 15th year as host of the show, so there was a certain symmetry to that that I liked. So it seemed like a perfect time to put a bow on it and pass the piñata stick to the new host, »
The alphabet network hasn't had much luck launching successful new shows. What's more, a lot of their existing shows are down year-to-year. Thankfully, the execs can't cancel everything.
Returning shows (so far): 20/20, America's Funniest Home Videos, Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Grey's Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, and Shark Tank.
There's lots of data that ABC execs looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their current primetime shows. »
TV news and notes:
- Tom Bergeron will step aside as host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" after next season, his 15th with the show. "I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of 'Afv,' next year, the show's 25th annviersary(!!), will be my last," he says in a statement. Bergeron hosts "Dancing With the Stars" and says he's also pitched a live "Afv" spinoff to the network. [Vulture]
- HBO has released a teaser for Season 3 of its comedy "Veep," premiering April 6, and it appears that Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has just about had it with her job as vice president. Take a look (some Nsfw language):
- Watch out, "Sharknado." Syfy has lined up its next TV movie and even cast a respected actress in the lead role. Linda Hamilton ("The Terminator") will star in "Bermuda Tentacles" as an admiral aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, searching »
There's simply no stopping Brooke Burke-Charvet! The former Dancing with the Stars host is not only taking on a fun new TV gig, but she's also working hard to maintain her hot body, as evidenced on the cover of Health magazine. The mother of four was all smiles sporting a sexy black crop top and bright yellow leggings, allowing her enviable figure to nab all of the attention. As if that wasn't impressive enough, her glowing skin and gorgeous long locks added to her charismatic allure, as well. Inside the issue, the brunette beauty shows off her girly side in a strapless pink party dress paired with gray suede pumps, and then flaunts her sexy back (and triceps and shoulders!) in a »
Tom Bergeron is stepping down as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, leaving the coveted spot open (hey, it’s about as steady as a showbiz job gets). When thinking of who should replace him, our minds immediately went to Bob Saget, who hosted the show from 1989 to 1997, but then we thought: What if every Full House star — not just Danny Tanner — was eligible for the position? After all, this has already been the year of Full House reunions with Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier’s multiple TV appearances together and the upcoming Candace Cameron Bure/Scott Weinger guest spots on The Neighbors. »
- Ariana Bacle
When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, the show was nothing more than a harmless look at the lives of wealthy women living in a gated community in Southern California with their families. The show was a response to the popular ABC series Desperate Housewives and America’s growing love of reality TV at the time. People became so invested in the scripted TV characters that it was easy to get invested in their real-life counterparts because they were so similar (you know, aside from all the murder on Wisteria Lane).
But as the years went on, the »
- Jake Perlman
Tom Bergeron has set the date for the last time he’ll introduce a montage of grandmothers tripping down the stairs while losing their wigs.
ABC has confirmed that the genial host of America’s Funniest Home Videos will leave the series at the end of next season, its 25th. Bergeron made reference to his departure in a tweet on Friday, and explained his decision to Vulture in this manner: “I’m embracing change… As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing.’”
Bergeron — who continues to host Dancing with the Stars — will walk away »
- Dan Snierson
Here’s some news which may come as a ball-in-groin to fans of America’s Funniest Home Videos: Longtime host Tom Bergeron has decided to call it quits after next season. The snarky yet lovable TV personality, who also hosts ABC's Dancing With the Stars, tells Vulture that he’s simply chosen to move on from the gig he’s held down since 2001. "I'm embracing change this month,” he explain via an emailed statement. Noting that his other ABC show, Dancing With the Stars, is also making “plenty of” format and co-host changes, “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of Afv, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last,” Bergeron added. He didn’t volunteer any more details about why he’s decided to exit, but a person familiar with the situation insisted the pending departure is amicable. It seems unlikely there’s any animosity »
- Josef Adalian
Someone is already in shape for her big return to prime time. Danica McKellar was spotted heading to rehearsal for Dancing With the Stars today in L.A., and she was showing off a cha-cha-ready figure in nothing but a tank top, teeny shorts and leg warmers with Ugg boots. The 39-year-old former star of The Wonder Years and author of several math textbooks has been paired up with Valentin Chmerkovskiy and she'll be competing against a lineup that includes fellow former teen star Candace Cameron Bure and current teen star Cody Simpson. Of course, Danica's partnership with Val will last only as long as the viewers let it, as the ABC show is introducing for the first time a partner »
Break out your sunglasses, because you're about to be blinded by sequins. Dancing With the Stars' new cast is hard at work in the dance studio prepping for their big ballroom debut on Monday, March 17, but that doesn't mean they didn't take some time away from rehearsals for a fun photo shoot with their professional partners. ABC has unveiled the official Season 18 casting portraits, which gives us our first look at the new castmembers, including Australian teen heartthrob Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush boybander James Maslow and Real Housewives fan favorite NeNe Leakes, in action... While Leakes, Drew Carey and Billy Dee Williams had a little fun in their glitter-bombed photos, former NHL star »
As Bachelor fans wait to see whether Juan Pablo Galavis chooses Nikki or Clare on Monday's Final Rose episode, at least one contestant has already moved on after being dumped by the Venezuelan hottie. Single mom Renee Oteri, 32, who Galavis said goodbye to after their hometown date, is engaged to Bracy Maynard, a guy she's known since she was 12. But she's not the only former contestant to find love off-camera. While newly engaged former Bachelorette Emily Maynard is hoping that the fourth time is the charm, these former contestants have also found their happily ever after. Jason Mesnick & Molly MalaneyThe »
- K.C. Blumm
ABC's busiest host is scaling back. Tom Bergeron announced that he'll end his run as host of America's Funniest Home Videos at the end of next season -- the clip show's 25th. Eclipsing original host Bob Saget a few years back, Bergeron is the longest running emcee for the franchise. He started the job back in 2001, four years before he ultimately took the much higher-profile job as Dancing With the Stars co-host. "I'm embracing change this month," said Bergeron in a statement. "DWTS will sure have plenty of it. And I've decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons
- Michael O'Connell
Former Dancing with the Stars champ Kellie Pickler returned to the dance floor Saturday for a charity event in Nashville. The country star performed at the Ballet Ball 2014, which raises money for programs that bring dance classes to local children. "Kellie did an amazing job performing at Ballet Ball, which benefits Nashville Ballet. It was fun to see dancers bring her songs to life, and she even showed off a few of her own dance moves!" a source tells People. "She told the dancers they looked like angels and she has a sincere appreciation for what they can do." Pickler, »
Stacy married Jared Pobre in a surprise sunset beach wedding in Mexico on Saturday, a rep for Stacy confirmed to Access Hollywood.
It was such a surprise that couple's friends and family vacationing with them in Mexico didn't even know they were about to attend a wedding. As it turns out, Stacy and Jared - a tech entrepreneur - had kept plans under wraps for months.
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As it turns out, Stacy Keibler is the marrying kind. The former Dancing With the Stars hoofer married her tech entrepreneur boyfriend Jared Pobre in a surprise sunset ceremony on a beach in Mexico Saturday, according to People. "My happiness is indescribable!" the 34-year-old bride told the mag. "Marriage is the ultimate bond of love and friendship. It means putting all your faith and trust into a person that you can't help but believe is your soul mate. Someone who has all of your best interests at heart; someone handpicked for you, to help you grow and be the best person that you can be. Jared is all of this for me." The duo's nuptials were a surprise for their families who were »
The upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars will open with the sounds and moves of none other than Jason Derulo. E! News has exclusively confirmed that the R&B singer will kick off season 18 of the competitive reality show, which premieres on Monday, March 24 on ABC with a special two-hour episode. Derulo will take the floor performing his hit song featuring 2 Chainz "Talk Dirty," making this the first time a musical act has accompanied a season's opening number. Each couple will then perform a cha-cha, foxtrot or contemporary routine as they begin a new season vying for America's votes. That's not the only new change happening this time around. In fact, season 18 of DWTS is full of »
Felicity Huffman may return to ABC. The “Desperate Housewives” actress has been cast on drama pilot “American Crime,” a representative for Huffman told TheWrap. From “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, “American Crime” follows the personal lives of the players involved in a racially-charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down. Also read: Brooke Burke-Charvet Fired From ABC's ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Huffman will play Barb Skokie, the ex-wife of Russ (“Leverage” star Timothy Hutton) and mother of the young man who was killed. Best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on ABC's “Desperate Housewives” for eight seasons, »
- Jethro Nededog
You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.
ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their »
- Stephanie Robbins
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