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Vulture is holding the ultimate Reality Rumble to determine the greatest season of the greatest reality-tv shows, from The Real World on. Each day, a different writer will be charged with determining the winner of a round of the bracket, until Vulture's Margaret Lyons judges the finals on March 25. As round one continues, Anne Helen Petersen pits So You Think You Can Dance's third season (featuring Danny and Sabra) against the Patient Zero of celebreality, the first season of The Osbournes.The reality-tv epoch has been marked by a handful of truly original concepts followed by countless variations on the form. Usually these copies, with their minor tweaks on their predecessors’ formulas, feel stale and uninspired. But on those rare occasions they discover something new in the format, and emerge as something fresh and exciting. Today’s combatants both could have been forgettable cash-ins — So You Think You Can Dance »
- Anne Helen Petersen
He sees dead people! Hulu is scaring up laughs with its new original series Deadbeat, starring Reaper vet Tyler Labine as Kevin Pacalioglu, a New York medium who can successfully communicate with ghosts to help them solve their unfinished business but struggles to gain control of his own life.
Deadbeat also stars So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley as rival medium Camomile White and Brandon T. Jackson as Kevin's best friend, Roofie. Brett Konner and Cody Heller (Wilfred) serve as writers and executive producers. All 10 episodes will be available for streaming beginning on April 9.
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- Rob Moynihan
Switched at Birth recap: “Dance Me to the End of Love” This episode of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth was definitely an episode that left us with lots of good feelings compared to how crazy the rest of the season has been so far. Everyone really had the dance fever in this sort of So You Think You Can Dance-type episode as all the characters danced their way through the problems that they have been going through so far! Let’s start with Bay (Vanessa Marano), and the problems she’s been having with her artwork. Since breaking the tendon in her … Continue reading →
The post Switched at Birth recap: “Dance Me to the End of Love” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Aleina McGettrick
Aaron Perlman, a weatherman in Bakersfield, Calif., went into a momentary panic when a spider fell on his head during a live broadcast.
Mid-weather report, Perlman jerks his head, and brushes off something invisible to the viewer. The spider apparently dropped down onto his head, scaring Perlman who is afraid of spiders.
Perlman laughed, but was clearly a bit unsettled by the eight-legged creature. He jumped around the stage to get to the other side of the screen, telling the newscaster off camera, “I hate spiders, man! Especially when you’re bald you feel them crawling on your head.”
Perlman laughed about the close encounter and continued on with the weather as best he could, stopping briefly to apologize.
“I apologize, sorry. I’m creeped out now, I’m going to step back over here, I’m not standing on that wall,” Perlman said as he moved from stage left to stage right, »
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has been a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" several times. But they never let him try out for the competition. That has changed -- the "Modern Family" star showed off his moves in a tryout for "So You Think You Can Dance Australia."
Let's just say that there may be a reason Ferguson has never tried out before.
Strangely, it's actually an impressive dance in its own way. Ferguson is obviously a very gifted performer, so even the more awkward of his moves have some charm. And that soft-shoe bit in the middle almost looks like he knows what he's doing.
What would you call this kind of dancing? That's hard to say, but Ferguson himself goes with "all-genre."
He probably isn't going to win though, even if he does get a standing ovation. »
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has taken his love for So You Think You Can Dance Down Under. The Modern Family star, who is a frequent guest judge on the show's American version, appeared on the competition series' Australian incarnation this week. But the 38-year-old actor wasn't there to give his thoughts on those hoofing it up, but rather to bust a few moves of his own. "I've auditioned for the show in the United States a lot. And they don't get me there," Ferguson said while standing on the stage and pretending to slightly sob. He then acknowledged one of the judges in particular, Paula Abdul. "I know that Paula's here and she's my homegirl," he »
Here’s one thing you’re unlikely to hear on “American Idol” any time soon: “We’ll be right back after a word from our sponsors.”
The Fox network has expanded its use of a format that unspools TV ads alongside the program they would normally interrupt. That means there is no break for commercials; instead, they are part of the show.
During the Feb. 18-19 broadcasts of “American Idol,” Fox used what it calls a “double box” — one for the ads, another for a look at goings-on from the stage and set of the show — in hopes of keeping viewers from channel-surfing or fast-forwarding with their DVR. Fox has expanded its use of the idea, which it first tested on “Idol” last season with what were then the program’s three main sponsors: Coca-Cola, At&T and Ford (At&T is still an advertiser, but has ended its larger »
- Terry Flores
Four years after her emotional exit from Dancing with the Stars, Erin Andrews will be strapping on her high heels again and returning to the ballroom, this time as a co-host, replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet. In an exclusive interview, the sports reporter, 35, tells People she knows it's going to be an adjustment - both for her and for those who are fans of Burke-Charvet. "I don't blame the audience at all. How could you?" she says. "I know that I have huge shoes to fill. I'm a fan of Brooke. She was very wonderful toward me in my season. She was so caring and so fantastic. »
- Michael Fleeman
London — U.S. venture capital group Apollo Global Management has won the battle for control of entertainment giant Endemol, according to a report in a Dutch business newspaper.
The Financieele Dagblad, quoting unnamed sources, reported that Apollo has reached a deal with Endemol’s creditors, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Goldman Sachs, to allow Apollo to take a majority stake.
It is understood that Endemol’s management would be supportive of such an outcome on the basis that it would achieve a sustainable capital structure.
Apollo owns Core Media, whose formats include “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and speculation has mounted that it would merge Endemol, whose TV shows include “Big Brother” and “Deal or No Deal,” and Core.
Investment company Dasym Investment Strategies, of which Endemol co-founder John De Mol is a minority shareholder, had also been trying to seize control of Endemol. It »
- Leo Barraclough
TV news and notes:
- "Warehouse 13" will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.
- "Conan" will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday's (Feb. 18) show when Conan O'Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.
- Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, "In the Spotlight." Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of "American Idol." [Deadline]
- "Dallas" fans know the Ewings don't fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas -- and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. »
Below, you'll find a list of Fox's recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings (if any), click the links in the middle column.
The shows include 24, Almost Human, American Dad!, Bob's Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Cleveland Show, Dads, Enlisted, Family Guy, The Following, Gang Related, Glee, The Goodwin Games, Gotham, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, The Mindy Project, Murder Police, New Girl, Raising Hope, Rake, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, So You Think You Can Dance, Surviving Jack, Touch, Us & Them, Utopia, Wayward Pines »
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Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
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American Idol‘s 13th season premieres tonight with a new(-ish) cast of judges including the irascible Dolphin Tale star Harry Connick Jr., budding U-Turn actress Jennifer Lopez, and grown-up Peppermint Patty Keith Urban. Maybe they’ll do a good job! I don’t know! But I’ll be there watching because American Idol is still, despite sinking (but relatively phenomenal) ratings, the greatest singing cotillion on TV. Here are five reasons why.
5. The Hollywood rounds give you the best highs and most hilarious lows.
Twelve seasons in, the Hollywood rounds of American Idol remain the most underrated part of the show and maybe the entire reality-competition genre. The bustling energy of the second tryout, where attention-starved contestants who’ve passed the city auditions jump to Hollywood and attempt group numbers in a Fanny Brice-on-roller-skates way, is often the best indicator of how truly talented and likable the auditioning contestants are. »
- Louis Virtel
'High Strung' - Dance Film Casting
Legendary choreographer Dave Scott (Step Up 3D, Stomp The Yard, So You Think You Can Dance?) will be choreographing the routines for this ballet meets hip hop tale of a struggling British musician in New York and the talented American ballerina he meets who changes his world.
The director is Michael Damian.
Auditions: London: 12th & 13th February 2014
Rehearsals: Must be available to rehearse from w/c 17th February 2014, dates Tbc
Shoots: 17th March 2014 - 15th April 2014
Location: Bucharest, Romania and New York
We Are Looking For The Following:
Johnnie Blackwell (Male) 19 - 22. Very good looking, brooding and street-wise, Johnnie can’t get a job without a work visa, so he takes up busking in the subways for cash. But when he meets classical dancer Ruby during a hip hop battle gone wrong, they immediately clash but he can’t deny the chemistry between them. »
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Would Mary and Nigel give Kung Fu a ticket on the hot tamale train? Quite likely!
Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s new biographical play Kung Fu, starring So You Think You Can Dance season nine standout Cole Horibe as martial arts legend Bruce Lee. For the buzzy role, Horibe is one of EW’s stars to watch in 2014; Spring Awakening and Glee alum Phoebe Strole will play Lee’s wife Linda.
The play follows Lee’s journey from troubled youth to Hollywood and Hong Kong icon. Director-choreographer team Leigh Silverman (Well, »
- Marc Snetiker
Hulu’s originals lineup for the new year, announced this morning, is an amalgam both old favorites and a few new shows, with offerings like a Real Housewives parody starring Casey Wilson (watch EW’s exclusive debut of Hulu’s Hotwives of Orlando trailer), the second season of Seth Meyers’ The Awesomes, and the second season of Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy.
“What I love about is the diversity of the high-quality content that is there,” Charlotte Koh, head of development, tells EW. “I think that we’re doing the continued mission of bringing a great variety of carefully selected, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Every year the Film Industry is showered with bundle of newcomers from star kids to TV stars to outsiders. Some survive through their immense talent, hard work and capabilities while some fizzle out even before they can be noticed. 2013 has been a great year in introducing some of the best new crop of talents in the industry. To say that the year was full of surprises would not be wrong. Let’s have a look at the Best Debuts of 2013, who surprised us and left us craving for more.
Amyra made her debut with Issaq, a desi adaptation of the age old Shakespearean saga-Romeo and Juliet. Though the movie failed to re-create the magic of the classic love story onscreen, debutant Amyra Dastur was appreciated for her sweet and simple portrayal of Bachi. A few more movies and performances to decide how good she actually is but for now, »
- Mehak Khurana
Dan Harmon, you tricky trickster you.
Community fans watching Thursday’s Season 5 premiere were no doubt surprised to see a familiar face turn up at Greendale — former co-star Chevy Chase, whose Pierce character was hastily written off the show in Season 4 amid controversy.
Related | Poll: Did Community Ace Its Season 5 Premiere?
How’d Harmon pull off the surprise cameo? “I wasn’t there when Chevy departed, but I know he had a specific agreement with Sony in which the terms of his departure were contractual and there was an agreement on both sides,” the Ep explained to IGN. “So I »
- Michael Ausiello
"So You Think You Can Dance" audition time! For all aspiring Hot Tamales who can dance, Season 11 auditions are here - beginning in Atlanta, January 13... plus: Philadelphia to Host Auditions on Monday, Jan. 20; New Orleans to Host Auditions on Friday, Jan. 31; Chicago Added as Audition Stop on Thursday, Feb. 27; And Los Angeles Auditions on Sunday, March 23 Auditions are about to begin for the 11th season as the show heads out on its audition trail to Atlanta, New Orleans, Los Angeles and newly added Philadelphia and Chicago. Hopefuls will have the opportunity to show the judges they have what it takes to be America’s Favorite Dancer as auditions start on Monday, Jan. 13 at »
- April Neale
19 items from 2014
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