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Digital Audience Ratings: ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Heats Up

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

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 17,047 2 2 The Voice 11,659 3 4 Empire 3,806 4 3 America’s Funniest Home Videos 3,558 5 5 Glee 2,602 6 6 The Simpsons 1,273 7 7 Kitchen Nightmares 1,264 8 8 American Idol 1,256 9 10 Dancing With The Stars 1,018 10 9 What Would You Do? 783 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Key and Peele 8,582 2 2 Pretty Little Liars 5,823 3 3 Dance Moms 4,899 4 4 Top Gear 4,352 5 – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp 3,568 6 6 Teen Wolf 3,568 7 – Lip Sync Battle 2,951 8 – Inside Amy Schumer 2,398 9 – Game of Thrones 2,281 10 5 Orange Is the New Black 1,989 –

Late Night Monday Jun 29, 2015 – Sunday Jul 5, 2015 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 30,872 2 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 29,702 3 3 Conan 15,541 4 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver »

- Jason Klein

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Reality TV Emmy nominations: The problem with Betty White

30 June 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The problem with Betty White earning a reality TV Emmy nomination follows a pattern, overall, with the nods every year: the same predictable, safe, often inexplicable choices. I love Betty White. But she has been nominated for an Emmy the past three years in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program category for her work on "Off Their Rockers." Reading off a teleprompter for a few minutes as part of the hidden camera show apparently constitutes "outstanding" work as a "host," which is an insult to both words. But welcome to reality TV, the genre the industry loves to loathe. In 2007, the Emmys got it right, giving "Survivor’s” Jeff Probst the award for outstanding host. But then they kept giving it to him -- for four years straight. This is a problem beyond reality television, of course (I'm looking at you, "Modern Family"), but again, it's »

- Andy Dehnart

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Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Helps Launch Culinary Careers

15 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 2009 season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” famous for the competing Voltaggio brothers Michael and Bryan, was the first show to break the string of Emmy Award wins for “The Amazing Race” (CBS) in the reality competition category. Since those 2010 awards, “The Amazing Race” has had only one other loss, to NBC’s “The Voice.”

“That season in Vegas has been talked about among fans as the one with the most talented cast,” says executive producer Dan Cutforth, who considers the Emmy win a highlight of his career. “Having the Voltaggio brothers battle right down to the end had a Shakespearean or biblical quality. There was an interesting dynamic to that season, even though it was fairly predictable as to who would be there at the finish. I think the clinching factor was the relatable drama of the sibling rivalry.”

Top Chef” has been a perennial among nominees, making the »

- Phil Gallo

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Padma Lakshmi and Carson Daly on the Secret of Unscripted Success

15 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi and “The Voice’s” Carson Daly are both in the business of making people who have little to no experience on television feel comfortable on camera. And both are responsible for serving in what Daly describes as the role of “conductor.” The hosts of two of TV’s most prominent, Emmy-winning unscripted series were eager to compare notes when Variety brought them together for a wide-ranging conversation. They proved to be kindred spirits from the start when both were quick to change into more comfortable clothes immediately after our photo shoot.

What is the hardest part of pulling off a production with so many contestants that runs several months?

Padma Lakshmi: It’s knowing these chefs have taken so much time out of their schedule to be on our show. They don’t know if they’ll have a job when they get back. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Khloe Kardashian Flaunts Major Skin at Upfronts, Goes Topless In Kylie Jenner Selfie!

15 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Holy cleavage! Khloe Kardashian turned up the heat at the NBCUniversal Upfronts on Thursday in New York City, putting her killer curves on display in a super sexy blue dress. Though she wore a long-sleeved maxi, the reality star's plunging neckline provided plenty of cleavage, and a giant slit up the middle flashed lots of leg.  By her side were mom Kris Jenner and younger sister Kylie, who were way more covered up for the daytime event. Kris looked chic and sophisticated in a white suit with nude heels, while her 17-year-old daughter sported a long white dress with a high slit and a heavy belt at the waist. We have to commend Kylie for keeping her usually-dark makeup to a minimum -- she looked amazing with neutral eye shadow and a toned-down nude lip. Fans got to see even more of Khloe thanks to a very revealing Instagram pic »

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Education Impact Report: 110 Students to Watch

28 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.

Nayna Agrawal

Age: 29

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.

Viraj Ajmeri

Age: 25

School: Ringling College of Art and Design

Major: Motion design

High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.

Will Arbery

Age: 25

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »

- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge

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‘Top Chef’ Taking California Road Trip for Season 13

14 April 2015 5:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Top Chef” is getting ready to serve up the Golden State this fall.

Season 13 of Bravo’s culinary competition will travel across the California coast on a six-city expedition visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the greater Palm Springs area.

Padma Lakshmi will return as host, along with head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais.

The new crop of “chef-testants” will feature California-based chefs. As always, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges will ready up their appetite throughout the season.

“The entire food landscape has transformed in the 10 years since ‘Top Chef’ first launched. What better way to explore where it all started then to head out to California, one of the top culinary destinations in the world, for an unprecedented six-city expedition,” said Shari Levine, exec vice president of current production for Bravo Media, alluding to the first and second seasons, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Anthony Bourdain’s New Graphic Novel Has a Deliciously Violent Cover

24 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The restaurant world can be cutthroat — and in the dystopian culinary world of Get Jiro!, if you insult a chef, your throat might literally get cut. In 2012, writers Anthony Bourdain (yes, that Anthony Bourdain) and Joel Rose, along with artist Langdon Foss, released a tongue-in-cheek graphic novel following the adventures of a stoic warrior-sushi-chef named Jiro. Entitled Get Jiro! and published by Vertigo, the comic was a lysergic mixture of Top Chef and The Warriors, filled with kitchen wisdom and ultraviolent warfare between rival Los Angeles cooking gangs. Improbably, it was a huge hit. And now Jiro and his deliciously over-the-top world are coming back. We're pleased to exclusively announce that Vertigo has tapped Bourdain and Rose to write a prequel, Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi. Illustrated by longtime superhero comics artist Alé Garza, the graphic novel will take place in Tokyo, years before the L.A.-set events of »

- Abraham Riesman

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A Top Chef's Biggest Challenge Yet: Breaking Bread, Making Peace in War Zones

12 March 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's one thing to cook dinner with limited time, special ingredients and a major prize package on the line – and Chef Michael Voltaggio, who beat out his own big brother, Bryan, to win season six of Bravo's Top Chef, knows exactly how to deliver that kind of meal under pressure.

It's a whole other world to take those culinary skills to more than a dozen conflict zones around the world and throw a dinner party for people who otherwise would be facing off over deep, sometimes century-old schisms.

That's why for Travel Channel's new docu-series, Breaking Borders, Voltaggio is paired with award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller. Together they head directly to the heart of major global hot zones, from Egypt to Cuba to Northern Ireland, seeing first-hand – and for Voltaggio, for the first time – how locals eat, argue and try to make peace. It's an unlikely but effective approach, bolstered by Voltaggio's »

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Latest Crop of Celebrity Chefs Up the Travel Danger Quotient

11 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ever since Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” showed that sometimes-dangerous destinations combined with exotic foods could be an Emmy-winning combination, nets have been eager to let chefs guide viewers on adventurous journeys. The latest is Travel Channel’s “Breaking Borders,” which premieres March 15.

Breaking Borders (Travel Channel)

Chef: Michael Voltaggio (Ink, Los Angeles)

Premise: The “Top Chef” winner teams with co-host Mariana van Zeller to host a dinner for residents of global hot spots like Palestine, Cambodia and Egypt, who debate their differences over delicious meals.

Strange edibles: tarantula

Scary moment: Getting arrested in Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Avec Eric (Cooking Channel)

Chef: Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin, New York)

Premise: The “Top Chef” judge jumps from PBS to Cooking Channel with a more action-packed edition of his earlier show, travelling to Australia, South Korea and more.

Strange edibles: crocodile tail

Scary moment:  Picking daikon near North Korean border

Huang’s World (Vice. »

- Pat Saperstein

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Aziz Ansari Wants to Know What Everyone Thinks of His New Netflix Standup Special

7 March 2015 8:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It was a Friday night in New York City, and Aziz Ansari was feeling good. His second Netflix standup special, Aziz Ansari: Live At Madison Square Garden, had just dropped earlier that day, and the reviews were in. "You know, I’ve been reading about it today, and it seems like people have been really into it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the standup special’s New York premiere, held at the Crosby Hotel, which drew celebrity guests Brooke Shields, Victor Cruz and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi along with fellow Netflix stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Danielle Brooks

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Chef Michael Voltaggio Premieres ‘Breaking Borders’ With Israel-Palestine Episode

4 March 2015 1:07 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Voltaggio, chef at L.A.’s Ink restaurant and a “Top Chef” winner, took a break from cooking Monday night to premiere his new Travel Channel show “Breaking Borders” at a screening at UTA. International correspondent Mariana van Zeller co-hosts the new travel and food adventure show that premieres March 15 on Travel Channel.

Fellow L.A. chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Matt Molina and recent “Top Chef” winner (and Voltaggio protege) Mei Lin, were there to celebrate the launch along with actors Ben Feldman, Jonathan Sadowski, Emily Osment, Larisa Oleynik and Eric Wareheim.

Travel Channel acquired the “Breaking Borders” format at Mip. Although it is based on the Norwegian show “Dining With the Enemy,” “we broadened it a little,” said exec producer Brian Leonard, who thinks this show works because of its focus on real people in conflict zones, not politicians.

The first episode focuses on the tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Obsessed with TV and Film: Best of the Week

21 February 2015 10:06 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


The Battle for ‘Lawrence of Arabia’: How T.E. Lawrence’s family and friends opposed bringing his story to the screen

T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw… read the full article.

Holding Out For a Heroine: On Being a Woman and Loving Star Wars

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my »

- Ricky

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Website Creator Received 'Death Threats' After Beyonce's Unretouched Photos Leaked

19 February 2015 6:39 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Internet exploded Wednesday when fan site The Beyonce World leaked 224 apparently unretouched photos from Beyonce's commercial and print shoots for L'Oreal's 2013 Feria and Infallible campaign. Et spoke with one of the site's creators about the backlash surrounding the post.

News: Beyonce's Unretouched L'Oreal Photos Caused a Stir

The creator, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells Et that he's received death threats since releasing the unretouched photos. He tells Et that a co-creator for the site -- a girl under the age of 18 -- "was overjoyed and wanted to share the fact that Beyonce seemed more like her. She was just excited that Bey had bad skin days too."

The website creator added that "most media sources should check their photos. Some places are running images that are altered to make Beyonce look worse. Some media sources are running images that were not actually on our site." "Obviously giving people death threats for posting these photographs is way »

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Tom Colicchio Won’t Serve MSNBC Viewers Anthony Bourdain’s Recipe for CNN

18 February 2015 2:29 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

MSNBC programming has long feasted on political news, but soon its anchors will chew on segments related to food.

After tackling such issues as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge-gate” scandal and the Charlie Hebdo murders in France, MSNBC is likely to turn its attention to food labeling and the effects of pollution on food and hunger, said Tom Colicchio, the celebrity chef who has joined the network as its first food correspondent.

“There are so many issues that sound like news stories but turn out to be food stories,” the culinary maven, who may be best known for his turn on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” said in an interview Wednesday.

Colicchio takes on the new role as Anthony Bourdain has gained renown for his turn as a host on CNN’s travelogue series “Parts Unknown.” Viewers should not expect MSNBC’s chef to wax poetic over a rare »

- Brian Steinberg

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MSNBC’s Competitive Bite: ‘Top Chef’ Host Named Food Correspondent

18 February 2015 8:06 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MSNBC hired celebrity chef Tom Colicchio as its first-ever food correspondent, the network announced Wednesday. The “Top Chef” host will report original stories about the role food plays in people’s lives for MSNBC TV while also hosting “Stirring the Pot” on the digital channel “Shift.” Also Read: Inside MSNBC’s Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin He’ll continue to host his culinary reality show on Bravo while also contributing across MSNBC platforms. The food correspondent role adds to MSNBC’s growing strategy to evolve beyond just politics and cover a broader range of topics. Also Read: »

- Jordan Chariton

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Tom Colicchio Joins MSNBC as Food Correspondent

18 February 2015 4:49 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio has joined MSNBC in the role of food correspondent, a sign of his growing celebrity and the public’s insatiable appetite for culinary-oriented programming.

Colicchio will be featured in segments to run on various MSNBC shows, and he will host his own weekly series, “Stirring the Pot,” for MSNBC’s digital incubator, Shift.

Colicchio has been a semi-regular guest on various MSNBC shows over the years as he is already in the member of the NBCUniversal family through his long association with Bravo’s “Top Chef” and as host of the new series “Best New Restaurant.”

Colicchio said he will put an emphasis on political and social issues that involve food and agricultural concerns in his MSNBC reporting. In addition to his work on Bravo series, Colicchio was exec producer and a featured personality in Participant Media’s 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” about hunger issues in the U. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Top Chef Winner Revealed: Did Mei Lin or Gregory Gourdet Win?

12 February 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

He made his way through countess Quickfire Challenges and earned a spot in Top Chef: Boston's finale in Mexico, but in the end, it was time for Portland-based chef Gregory Gourdet to pack his knives and go. Airing its 12th season ender Wednesday, Feb. 11, Top Chef: Boston crowned Mei Lin its winner, making her only the third woman to take the cooking show's $125,000 prize. "My parents are definitely going to be really proud of me. [Top Chef season 6 winner and Lin's boss] Michael Voltaggio [...] »

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Recap: 'Top Chef: Boston' crowns a winner in Mexico

11 February 2015 7:22 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the final part of its three-part finale, "Top Chef Boston" came down to the two most winning chefs: Gregory and Mei. Prior to the finale, Mei won or was in the top eight out of 12 challenges. Gregory won or was among the best seven out of 12 times. The shift from Boston to Mexico seemed to trip Mei up, and she nearly went home twice. But when it counted, Mei delivered, and became only the third female winner in 12 seasons of the Bravo show. Mei works for previous "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio, and called him to tell him she won, and when she called him "chef," he corrected her and said, "you're the chef now; you're Top Chef." This season was relatively drama-free but not boring, because there was such consistently strong cooking during the creative challenges. At the very end, Tom Colicchio said he was thrilled with the finalists' "raw talent. »

- Andy Dehnart

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DGA Awards: ‘Birdman’ Wins Best Feature Film for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

7 February 2015 8:26 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has won the Directors Guild of America top feature film award.

“I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” a deeply moved Inarritu said in his acceptance speech Saturday night at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. “I am openly humbled.”

Alfonso Cuaron, who won last year’s DGA and Oscar for “Gravity,” made the presentation of the DGA’s top award to the audacious and surreal comedy-drama.

Inarritu, a native of Mexico, noted that filmmaking is unpredictable: “You can’t pick a sexual position that will turn out a certain kind of child.”

Inarritu credited the cast, led by Michael Keaton, along with producing partners John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole.

“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.

He won over Richard Linklater for “Boyhood,” Clint Eastwood for “American Sniper,” Morten Tydlum for “The Imitation Game” and »

- Dave McNary

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