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As I wrap up another season full of moving, sassy, romantic, and knee-slappingly funny music moments at TV Jukebox, I’ve been excited to single out some amazing tunes by new-to-me acts: Brooklyn’s sultry-spooky duo Ms Mr, soulful piano balladeer Sara Jackson-Holman, L.A. poppers Milo Greene, and singer-songwriter Adam Agin, to name a few. That said, I realized after taking stock of the nearly 300 songs I name-checked this past season that there were a few surprising omissions.
Perhaps these songs were too big or (more likely) expensive for their own good. Then again, that didn’t stop »
- Lanford Beard
In one month, Fox is losing their reality TV trailblazer. President of Alternative Programming Mike Darnell, who has been with the company for 18 years overseeing such series as "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," is packing his bags. Fox made the announcement on Friday afternoon, joking that Darnell was "voting himself out" of the network.
Darnell released the following statement: "I'm extremely grateful that Fox has offered me a new long term contract (and anyone who knows me won't believe I'm saying this), but I've decided it's time for a change," said Darnell. "With my current deal ending in June, and having been here for 18 years (kind of a record in Hollywood), I had to make a decision: either stay (and basically admit to myself I was going to retire at Fox...not a terrible choice) or leave and try something new. I've been in 'Reality' since »
After 18 years, Fox’s legendary reality chief is stepping down.
Mike Darnell, a colorful provocateur who pioneered the genre, will leave the network at the end of June.
For nearly two decades, Darnell’s shows have generated ratings, headlines and occasional outrage. In the late 1990s, he helped kick-start contemporary reality TV through a series of attention-grabbing specials, such as World’s Scariest Police Chases, When Stunts Go Bad, Close Calls: Cheating Death and, of course, When Animals Attack! (and don’t forget the exclamation point). As the reality genre began to take shape in the wake of CBS’ Survivor, »
- James Hibberd
It looks like American Idol‘s summer makeover is only the first step in a larger shakeup of Fox‘s reality-programming lineup. Longtime reality chief Mike Darnell is stepping down after 18 years on the job, the network announced today.
“I’m extremely grateful that Fox has offered me a new long term contract (and anyone who knows me won’t believe I’m saying this), but I’ve decided it’s time for a change,” said Darnell, in a release. “With my current deal ending in June, and having been here for 18 years (kind of a record in Hollywood), I »
- Michael Slezak
An era has ended at Fox with Friday’s news that Mike Darnell is stepping down after 18 years as a top programming exec at the network.
Darnell confirmed he would step down from his post as prexy of alternative entertainment at Fox when his contract is up next month. Darnell and Fox positioned the departure as his decision, but his departure comes on the heels of “American Idol” falling to record lows and a mixed track record for the network in unscripted programming of late. On Thursday, Fox’s most recent competition reality skein, “Does Someone Have to Go?,” bowed to a weak 1.3 rating/4 share in the adults 18-49 demographic in the 9 p.m. slot behind “Hell’s Kitchen.”
See Also: Mike Darnell’s Greatest Hits
Nonetheless, Darnell has been a pillar of the network for nearly 20 yeas, and his departure promoted a comment from the big boss, News Corp. »
- Andrew Wallenstein and Cynthia Littleton
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Orphan Black, Bates Motel, Nashville and Criminal Minds!
1 | Was Division’s “death” on Nikita as satisfying for you as it was for us?
2 | Was it a tad idiotic of Orphan Black‘s Cosima to leave Delphine — whom she suspects might be her monitor — alone in her apartment? And who else wants to borrow Alison’s music collection?
- Team TVLine
A repeat of The Big Bang Theory came out on top this first out-of-season Thursday, dominating all comers in total audience (with 8.84 million viewers) and edging out Hell’s Kitchen for the nightly demo win (with a 2.2).
Among Thursday’s premieres, a double-pump of Anne Heche’s long-shelved Save Me averaged 3.1 mil and a 0.7, marking NBC’s lowest rated series launch since last summer’s Saving Hope. Leading out of sitcom repeats, bubble drama Hannibal (2.74 mil/1.0) rose 11 percent in audience yet ticked down a tenth from last week.
Related | TVLine Premiere Poll: Did NBC’s Save Me Make You a Convert? »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Hosted by Cat Deeley, the reality competition is judged by Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and various special guests. The 10th season of So You Think You Can Dance typically airs Tuesday nights on the Fox network.
These are the latest ratings for the TV show that looks for the next dance sensation. The ratings are the best way to tell if So You Think You Can Dance will be cancelled or renewed for season 11.
These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:
Episode 10-03: Tuesday, 05/21/13
2.0 in the demo (-13% change) with 4.66 million (-34% change).
Season averages: 2.07 in the demo with 5.60 million.
Episode 10-02: Wednesday, 05/15/13
2.3 in the demo (+21% change) with 7.01 million (+37% change). »
So You Think You Can Dance is both one of the greatest reality series ever and, in its own way, a difficult show to remember. The talent level on Sytycd is so high that it’s easy to forget that phenomenal bits of entertainment occur every week, multiple times in a single episode. You can forget that you wept at a Sonya Tayeh-inspired number because of a sexy samba that immediately followed it or a bizarre Bollywood number that preceded it. You’re actually inundated with great TV, and you’re too fallible to recall it all. That’s a crazy level of quality.
And that’s also why I compiled this tiny list, a quintet of performances that is still on my mind no matter how much other talent and choreography tear through my screen.
1. Alex Wong and tWitch get into your mind.
This instant classic from season 7 paired Alex Wong, »
- Louis Virtel
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 ratings -- New episodes: Dancing With The Stars, The Voice, Grimm, and So You Think You Can Dance. Specials: The Bachelor's Funniest Moments and NBC News Special: Devastation in Oklahoma. Episode reruns: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Vampire Diaries, and America's Next Top Model.
8pm - The Bachelor's Funniest Moments: (special) 1.2 in the demo with 4.75 million.
9pm - Dancing with the Stars: 2.6 in the demo with 14.95 million.
8pm - NCIS: Los Angeles: (rerun) 1.3 in the demo with 7.70 million.
9pm - NCIS: (rerun) 1.3 in the demo with 7.75 million.
10pm - NCIS: (rerun) 1.4 in the demo with 7.15 million.
8pm - The Vampire Diaries: (rerun) 0.3 in the demo with 0.77 million.
9pm - America's »
Fox already introduced us to talented stutterer with "American Idol's" Lazaro Arbos.On Tuesday's "So You Think You Can Dance," audiences met another, 20-year-old dancer Shane Garcia from Tamarac, Florida.And while Shane struggled to express himself with words, he told his story via dance. Watch the inspirational video below and his incredible Bone Breaking below: Would you like toofab to cover more "So You Think You Can Dance"? Tell us in the comments below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards features what is becoming the awards' signature mix of no-brainer and under-the-radar nominees.
"Big Bang" and "American Horror Story: Asylum" lead the nominees with six apiece. "Parks and Recreation" and Sundance's miniseries "Top of the Lake" have five each. There were a couple of surprise omissions too: "Mad Men" was shut out of the best drama nominees, and of the cast only Elisabeth Moss scored an acting nomination. Ditto for "Modern Family" on the comedy side; Sarah Hyland was the only cast member nominated.
Here's the full list of nominees:
Best Comedy Series »
This week’s So You Think You Can Dance — which focused on auditions from Los Angeles and Austin, TX — spanned from the adorable (boogying toddlers!) to the grotesque (the sudden emergence of “bone-breaking” as popular style).
Since I was on Voice-recapping duty last night — and had to make Sytycd my second priority — let me cut straight to the chase and count down the night’s five best auditions. When I’m done, hit the poll and vote for your own faves — then expand on your thoughts in the comments! (p.s. I know, I know…I left out the lovely »
- Michael Slezak
It was a tale of two finales last night, as Dancing with the Stars fell by 21 percent compared to last year's conclusion; while the Grimm Season 2 ender outperformed the final episode of Grimm Season 1.
Read on for a wrap-up...
So You Think You Can Dance: 4.5 million viewers
NCIS Los Angeles rerun: 7.7 million
The Bachelor's Funniest Moments: 4.7 million
The Vampire Diaries rerun: 770,000
The Voice: 10 million
Dancing with the Stars: 14.9 million
NCIS rerun: 7.7 million
America's Next Top Model rerun: 580,000
Grimm: 5.2 million
NCIS rerun: 7.1 million »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The season finale of "Dancing With the Stars" scored its best ratings of the spring cycle on Tuesday, but the show couldn't quite match the finale of the "All-Stars" season in the fall.
The "DWTS" finale may have stolen a little bit of thunder from "The Voice," however, as NBC's show had its lowest 18-49 rating for a Tuesday show this season. The "Grimm" season finale was on par with its recent performances, and "So You Think You Can Dance" was off a little in viewers from last week's premiere but held steady in the 18-49 demographic.
ABC averaged 11.55 million viewers and a 7.5 rating/12 share in households Tuesday night. NBC (7.8 million, 4.9/8) beat CBS (7.5 million, 5.0/8) by a little bit to take second place. Fox came in fourth with 4.6 million viewers and a 2.8/4, and The CW (674,000, 0.4/1) was well back with a night of reruns.
NBC grabbed »
Sytycd‘s Los Angeles and Austin auditions were full of enlightening, revelatory performers (and their children, in some cases). We learned so much that we could forgive the strange, not-completely-justified inclusion of guest judge Minnie Driver, who wouldn’t be my first choice in Best Supporting Actress nominees to judge these dancers. (Bring me Lauren Bacall, dammit!) I did chuckle when Minnie claimed her hotel was haunted. Because Minnie really believed it. And that’s a funny, zany thing to think, my dear.
Here are the five greatest performers from the two-hour extravaganza. The first one here wasn’t an official auditioner, but I think you’ll agree it deserves a plane ticket to Vegas or some other isolated desert land.
5. Mary’s Hair, the most dynamic dancer of the evening
Look at the gorgeous routines Mary’s hair is performing here. The bangs are nailing a contemporary routine while »
- Louis Virtel
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced the nominees for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards today and The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story: Asylum snagged the most nominations (6 apiece) while Parks and Recreation, Top of the Lake, The Americans, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Louie, New Girl and Political Animals also made strong showings.
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"This year's nominations reflect the expanding definition of television, with nominated programs and performances representing new platforms as well as broadcast and cable," said Btja President Joey Berlin. "As evidenced by nominations for the 3rd annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, television continues to be a rich and diverse source of high quality entertainment."
Check out all the nominees below!
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor In A Comedy Series
NBC, with a lineup as varied as you’ll see in primetime, captured Tuesday in key demos as “The Voice” beat ABC’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars,” which logged its lowest-rated finale to date. CBS, usually at or near the top on Tuesdays, aired all repeats.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC opened the night a winner with its NBC News special “Devastation in Oklahoma” (2.0 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), and followed that up with “The Voice” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall), which was the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49 and 25-54 (4.0/10) but declined for the fourth straight week for a Tuesday season low. And closing out Tuesday, “Grimm” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was on par with last week and up a tick from its first-season finale on a Friday last year.
ABC, which finished a close second to NBC on »
- Rick Kissell
But Kellie Pickler was so popular!
In the end, though, the allure of the pixie-haired hoofer wasn’t enough: Tuesday’s two-hour finale of Dancing with the Stars only earned a 2.6 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, down 21% from last year’s spring results (3.3/9 on May 22, 2012) to become the lowest-rated finale in the franchise’s history, according to Nielsen. Since the show averaged 14.9 million viewers, ABC came in first for the night in eyeballs but second in the demo behind NBC, which was buoyed by The Voice.
Speaking of which: NBC’s singing competition, which earned a 3.1/9, was down 11 percent versus »
- Lynette Rice
NBC’s Grimm boxed up its sophomore season with an audience of 5.22 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, steady week-to-week in the demo and up a tenth from its freshman finale (which aired on a Friday).
Leading into that, The Voice (10 mil/3.1) was down 5 and 11 percent week-to-week.
Over on ABC, Dancing With the Stars drew 15 mil and a 2.6, up sharply week-to-week but plunging 16 and 21 percent from the competition’s year-ago coronation ceremony to hit an all-time finale low. (Ergo ipso facto, no more results shows. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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