16 items from 2014
We can probably all agree that seeing Michelle Obama on Jimmy Fallon's "Ew!" sketch with Will Ferrell was one of the best things ever. Right? Right. Along with bringing the funny, Flotus just seemed like such a natural when it came to ew-ing things, and that's because she had her fair share of saying "ew" to some specific dinner options when she was younger. Like what, you ask? "Brussel sprouts. Uh, liver," Obama began to tell Rachael Ray (airing March 5). "Liver was a dark day in our household. It was dark…We were angry." Liver: Ew! Unless you actually enjoy eating liver—like Ray, who said she "grooved on liver"— then it would »
Hln has announced its first set of new shows as part of its new identity as the channel for the “social media generation”. It includes I Can Haz NewsToons highlighting online political satire, Keywords which sounds like an online scavenger hunt game show and #What’s Your Fomo about people’s “Fear of Missing Out”. I double checked the story to make sure it didn’t come from The Onion. It isn’t. I think. I’d better check again.
Talking to a panel, Looking writer Jc Lee commented on the criticism the show has received from gay viewers, “It’s a minority trap… When you have a piece that showcases a community, there’s this identity factor where if you’re showing a certain kind of queerness, you’re not honoring what queerness is. There’s a sense their queerness feels threatened by a show that is normalizing it. »
- Lyle Masaki
Looking for a special way to celebrate birthdays with your pet? Let them eat cake - courtesy of Rachael Ray! The celeb chef created a scrumptious bacon and beef birthday cake for dog Isaboo's 9th birthday last week, and here's your chance to do the same for your favorite pups. In addition to being taste-tested by Ray's team, the cake easily earned Isaboo's bark of approval. "Paws down, best cake ever!" she Tweeted, sharing a picture of the pit bull digging in. Made with ground pork, roasted beets and cream cheese frosting, you might even be tempted to try a piece yourself! »
The casting for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham continues as Donal Logue has been picked to play Harvey Bullock, a detective on the Gotham police, one with a confusing history thank to all those continuity reboots at DC Comics.
The cast of Sharknado 2 has added a handful of actors including Vivica A. Fox, Judah Freidlander, Mark McGrath, Judd Hirsch (playing a cabbie, see what they did?), Kelly Osbourne and, uh, Andy Dick. In a few of those cases, I suspect the casting is the result of a “Which celebrity would you like to see eaten by a shark? (Yes, we already know about Tara Reid.)” survey.
Yes, there is a change. »
- Lyle Masaki
Four roles were cast for Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham. Robin Lord Taylor will play Oswald Cobblepot, a lowlife who eventually becomes The Penguin. Zabryna Guevara was picked for Jim Gordon‘s boss Captain Essen (who may be inspired by Sarah Essen), Erin Richards will be Jim’s fiancee Barbara Kean while Sean Pertwee is set as Alfred Pennyworth, an ex-marine protecting the young Bruce Wayne.
Meanwhile, epic casting news for the CW’s Flash pilot, which added John Wesley Shipp in an unspecified role. Some of you will recall that Shipp played Barry Allen the last time anyone attempted a Flash TV series. Is it too early to start wishing for a role for Amanda Pays (Shipp’s Flash co-star)?
Deadline reports that HBO has ordered a season of The Brink, a dark comedy focused »
- Lyle Masaki
If you haven’t heard about “Dumb Starbucks” it was a California “art gallery” that completely duplicated the look of a Starbucks, except it added “Dumb” to the Starbucks logo. It turns out the shop was a stunt by Comedy Central show Nathan for You, which parodies business improvement reality shows. I laughed when I saw it on the news, I can’t wait to see the episode.
Tom Cavanagh has joined the cast of the CW’s Flash pilot. He’ll play a physicist at S.T.A.R. labs named Harrison Wells. As far as I can find, there isn’t a DC Comics character with that name to hint as his future.
How is AMC celebrating African-American history month? By developing a Civil Rights drama. Bombingham is set in Birmingham, Alabama »
- Lyle Masaki
Many know Ross Mathews as the larger than life pop culture superfan! Whether rubbing shoulders with Jay Leno or chatting with A-listers on the red carpet, the Hello Ross host is always at the center of Hollywood. But did you also know that Ross once starred on the juicy NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives? It's true! Between 2008 and 2011, Ross appeared as Chris, a customer at the Salem Health Club, who quickly befriends Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney), Morgan Hollingsworth (Kristen Renton) and other memorable cast members. But that's not all! From his love for QVC shopping (hello Rachael Ray cookware!) to an epic dinner date with Kobe Bryant, Ross is just full of »
The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits he was shocked when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale and show off her exceedingly thin frame. "I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," Harper says in an interview airing next Thursday on the Rachael Ray Show. Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she weighed 150 lbs., and later lost 45 more. "What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave to go home … they're in charge of themselves, »
- Tim Nudd
When Rachel Frederickson weighed in at a meager 105 pounds during the Feb. 4 Biggest Loser Season 15 finale, she became the first contestant in the show’s history to end her season underweight. Bob Harper had previously kept mum about his visibly shocked reaction, but he candidly discussed Rachel’s health during a taping of The Rachael Ray Show on Feb. 6.
When Bob taped his Rachael Ray segment — which will air on Feb. 13 — he told the host that himself and his fellow trainers cannot take responsibility for what happens to the contestants’ bodies after they leave the Biggest Loser ranch.
‘Biggest Loser’ Revealed
“What people don’t understand is, »
- Shaunna Murphy
Bob Harper was visibly shocked when Biggest Loser contestant Rachel Frederickson revealed her 155-pound weight loss on the show's Tuesday, Feb. 4, finale. Now, in an interview for The Rachael Ray Show, he's opening up about his reaction and the controversy around Frederickson's thin frame. In an appearance taped Feb. 6 for the episode airing Feb. 13, Harper was asked by host Rachael Ray what he thought of fan remarks that the season 15 winner is now too skinny. "What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave [...] »
The Biggest Loser's Bob Harper is finally weighing in on season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson's shocking 155-pound weight loss. Though he and his fellow trainer Jillian Michaels were initially hesitant to comment on Frederickson's new 105-pound frame as Dolvett Quince was her trainer on the NBC reality series, he opened up about the headline-making transformation during an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show. In an interview taped on Feb. 6 for an episode set to air on Feb. 13, Harper was asked by Rachael Ray if he thought Frederickson had lost too much weight. "What people don't understand it, when the contestants leave to go home…they're in charge of themselves," he »
"Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper is appearing on "Rachael Ray" next week, where he addresses the recent controversy surrounding Season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson's shocking weight loss that happened between when the show wrapped filming and when the finalists returned for the live finale on Tuesday (Feb. 4).
"What people don't understand is, when contestants leave to go home ... they're in charge of themselves," says Harper. "So, I had not seen her until that night, and so when she walked out, I was just like of like, 'whoa.' And I've been on the show since the beginning, forever. ... I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 pounds."
To hear more, tune in to "Rachael Ray" Thursday, Feb. 13. Check your local listings for time and channel. »
This has been a terrific season of Face Off so far, with a lot of amazing hits and very few misses. I was afraid that last season’s Veterans vs Rookies would be hard to match, but Season 6 has taken over without missing a beat. Tonight’s spotlight challenge looks particularly cool:
TV Spot: Face Off – 604 Preview
Syfy debuts the new reality competition series, “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt following an all-new episode of Syfy’s acclaimed “Face Off.” The eight-episode series provides a fascinating window into the imaginative and wildly creative environment of world-class creature design, fabrication and mechanization.
Syfy introduces ten hopeful creature designers who have »
- Erin Willard
“With the renaissance happening in scripted television, we have to elevate our game in reality,” said TruTV topper Chris Linn.
His fellow panelists — and network brass — agreed at RealScreen’s “Meet the Boss” session, a panel tailor-made for the recent game of musical chairs played by reality execs in the cable space. Joining Linn on the panel was TLC head Nancy Daniels and Hgtv/Diy topper Allison Page — all three have been appointed to their new posts within the last year.
“I had been at TLC from 2008-2011, and then went over to Discovery Channel for a couple of years,” Daniels explained. “In my heart, I missed the female programming. When this opportunity [to head back to TLC] came up, I was so excited to go back to a network I love, where I am the demo…I think in the few years I was gone the team [at TLC] had rightfully so tried to branch out. »
- AJ Marechal
An investigation by Mother Jones accuses the Animal Planet reality show Call of the Wildman of being staged and of committing animal cruelty in faking the show. The series follows a wildlife rescuer who uses his bare hands to capture wildlife that has gotten too close to areas inhabited by humans. However, Mother Jones says that the animals have been placed for Call of the Wildman scenarios, sometimes putting the safety of the animals at risk.
With CBS’ soaps and Days of Our Lives fates secured Deadline says that the remaining soap, General Hospital, will also continue next season, noting that the genre is experiencing a resurgence, with all shows gaining viewers.
ABC has ordered a seventh season of Wipeout.
TV Guide reports that frequent Ricky Gervais-collaborator Stephen Merchant will appear on Modern Family‘s Vegas vacation episode. He’ll play a hotel butler struggling to manage the Pritchett clan’s many requests. »
- Lyle Masaki
I had high hopes for The Assets, I liked the idea of focusing the damage control necessary when a mole is leaking the identities of informants. Unfortunately, audiences weren’t so interested and it’s been pulled from the schedule.
Last night, TVLine got some red carpet scoop. James Earl Jones and Carrie Fisher will be appearing as themselves, encountering Sheldon. Er, can Sheldon’s heart handle meeting those two legends? I’m suddenly worried they’re killing him off.
E! has apologized for a graphic that appeared during »
- Lyle Masaki
16 items from 2014
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