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Last season, CBS tried to establish new shows but almost all of them were cancelled due to low ratings. No new dramas survived and only two sitcoms did. Which shows will be cancelled or renewed this time? We'll have wait and see.
CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Battle Creek, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest, Scorpion, Stalker, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss.
There's lots of data that CBS looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's »
Poor Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Any other week, the estimated $34.6 million opening of their R-rated comedy "Get Hard" would be a huge coup. Instead, they had to settle for coming in a distant second to a surprise kiddie cartoon smash about a little girl and an inept alien.
"Home," the fourth film from DreamWorks Animation in little over a year, was supposed to race neck-and-neck at best with "Get Hard." After all, the film got middling reviews for its relative lack of originality and unlikely voice cast (Jim Parsons and Rihanna?). Plus, it comes from Dwa, the anti-Pixar, an animation house known in recent years for oversaturating the market and for costly flops (most recently, "Penguins of Madagascar"). No one expected it to do better than $30 million.
So how did "Home" manage a stunning debut estimated at $54 million? Maybe its perceived weaknesses were actually strengths. Here are seven secret »
- Gary Susman
The Big Bang Theory was an instant TV hit when it burst onto screens in 2007, though at the time, Melissa Rauch was resigned to watching the lives of Sheldon, Leonard and Penny unfolding on her TV set, unaware that she was soon to become one of the most loveable characters on the show.
Rauch first appeared as the sweet Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski in a recurring role throughout Season 3, but was quickly moved up to become a series regular as her unlikely relationship with hopeless womaniser Howard Wolowitz flourished.
The 34-year-old’s character eventually married Howard and is a key member of the show, but she has also left room in her schedule to feature in other projects alongside her $60,000 per episode deal for The Big Bang Theory. She is set to feature in Disney Jr’s hit animated show, Sofia The First, as Tizzy the Fairy Godmother, while she will »
- Michael Potts
Simon Helberg is probably best known at the moment for playing nerdy engineer Howard Wolowitz in sitcom The Big Bang Theory (or if you’re into deep geeky cuts, Moist from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog). He’s had a few parts in movies, but it set for a bigger role in Stephen Frears’ new film, Florence Foster Jenkins, which will see the actor sharing the screen with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. The film will chronicle the life of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), an heiress and socialite whose driving passion was opera. Specifically, she wanted to get on stage and sing, but was held back by the fact that she could barely warble a correct note.Yet while Florence was convinced that the voice she heard in her head was mellifluous and lovely to all, her partner/manager, aristocratic actor St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) became determined to protect that delusion, »
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial earlier this year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show was originally going to be called House of Comics, »
The Weekend Read: Our Saturday essay on the great topics in entertainment and culture today. Last weekend, as Toshi was cruising the Blu-ray shelves for new movies to start asking about, he pulled "Rain Man" on a shelf and considered the cover for a moment before he turned to me, excited. "You didn't tell me Tom Cruise made a superhero movie!" I can only assume his eventual disappointment might be tempered by the fact that "Rain Man" is a pretty good movie. It had been a while since I'd seen it, though, and after they went back to their mom's house, I put it in to watch it. I remember when it came out being right in the midst of my first time watching a lot of classic filmographies, and more than anything, I enjoyed the film as a match-up between Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Looking at the film, »
- Drew McWeeny
20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation released their new animation/comedy film, "Home," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the major,top movie critics. It turns out that it got some pretty mixed treatment with an overall 55 score out of a possible 100 across 30 critic reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Jim Parsons. We've supplied blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Dana Rose Falcone from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a very nice 91 grade, saying: "The combination of Home’s layered message, fun score, and clever comedy make it a colorful choice for moviegoers of any age." Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 score, stating: "Jim Parsons brings his own irrepressible energy to DreamWorks’ 3-D animated Home, segueing from almost-alien misfit Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory” to alien misfit, period." Michael »
- Andre Braddox
Exclusive: The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg has just been set to star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, the Pathe-financed film that Stephen Frears will next direct. It’s a true story and Streep plays the title character, a wealthy woman in high-society NYC in the early 2oth century who used her relationships and her fortune to gain traction as a singer. Trouble was, she couldn’t sing; she was plagued by terrible pitch and rhythm and… »
Cameron and Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10 was the second most watched programme in its timeslot, gathering 2.41m (11.9%) at 9pm (266k/1.9% on +1). Earlier, Richard III: The King Laid to Rest averaged 960k (4.6%) at 8pm (80k/0.4%).
BBC One's MasterChef continued to top the ratings outside of soaps with 5.07m (24.1%) at 8pm, while The Truth About Calories fascinated 4.01m (18.8%) at 9pm. Question Time followed with 2.62m (26.7%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's Tonight: The Pension Revolution informed 2.63m (13.3%) at 7.30pm (140k/0.7%), while Double Decker Driving School attracted 2.75m (13%) at 8.30pm (106k/0.5%). The concluding part of The Triplets Are Coming! was watched by 1.66m »
Once again, Dreamworks is undone by trailers that managed not to convey the actual experience of the film they're selling. They have this weird habit of making their films look worse than they actually are, almost like they're trying to tank them. By now, I shouldn't be surprised when they make something that's good, but they keep cutting these trailers that promise crap. "Home," based on the book "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex, serves as an interesting example of someone doing the right version of something that someone else has bungled. In this case, "Home" is an example of someone setting out to create a character like Jar Jar Binks… and pulling it off. Because no matter what you think of "The Phantom Menace," there's a specific character type that they're doing, The Fool, the bumbler who somehow becomes a hero by virtue of being decent but stupid. »
- Drew McWeeny
This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. In summer 2013, after 27 years at Turner Broadcasting, David Levy — who joined the company as a junior account executive — was elevated to the top job with oversight of seven networks, including TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network (but not CNN). It's a time when the cable business is being forced to reinvent itself on several fronts. With the exception of The Big Bang Theory, relying on sitcom and procedural reruns no longer is economically sustainable. Meanwhile, large network groups like Turner's face the threat
- Marisa Guthrie
Picture it: Germany, 1989. (Yes, the first four words of this American Idol recap are inspired by The Golden Girls‘ incomparable Sophia Petrillo.)
Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff is performing a partial striptease in the one country that’s embraced his pop-star aspirations as warmly as they’ve accepted sauerkraut and spätzle on their dinner tables. He’s shaking what his mama gave him and belting some of the decade’s biggest hits: “Walking on Sunshine.” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” “Let’s Dance.”
Except, hold up, »
As television shows have grown in critical and commercial success over the years, interest in what goes on behind the scenes has also grown. The evolution of television and the current landscape allows for a particularly fascinating look at the creative process that brings a show to fruition and shapes it as it’s on the air. Behind the Story with the Paley Center promises to do just that, and now SundanceTV has announced that the series will make its premiere on April 7th, at 8 pm Et.
Curated from footage shot from the 2013 and 2014 incarnations of PaleyFest, an annual television convention held by the Paley Center for Media, the show will sit down with performers and crew members to discuss the process behind bringing popular shows to the air. SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett had this to say:
These dynamic conversations are full of the same energy and creative passion that »
- Deepayan Sengupta
For example, what’s up with Michele’s dated windbreaker? Unless the former Glee star is going though a retro fashion phase, could this be a hint that Scream Queens is going to be set in the ’80s or ’90s? It’s no secret »
Sundance TV will launch “Behind the Story With the Paley Center,” a six-episode series that features in-depth discussions with the stars, writers and producers of some of TV’s most interesting programs. The series will launch Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m.
The episodes utilize footage from the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2013 and PaleyFest 2014 television festivals, and give viewers the chance to hear personal stories from cast members and creative teams.
“These dynamic conversations are full of the same energy and creative passion that fuel the most exciting television today,” said SundanceTV president Sarah Barnett, in a prepared statement. “We are very happy to partner with the Paley Center for Media to bring viewers an uncensored look into the minds of the best showrunners and actors at work in TV.”
- Brian Steinberg
In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A comedy partially inspired by Mike Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.
Remember those kids in school? The ones who were glued to computer screens instead of playing football with the “cool” kids? Of course you do. They were usually picked on, beaten up, bullied to the point of being afraid to leave their bedroom. Perhaps you were one of them. Perhaps you were one of the kids who kicked their heads in during lunch. Well, those nerdy computer kids now rule the world. Silicon Valley is about those kids. And it’s brilliantly funny.
- Luke Owen
The Us comedy failed to tickle my funny bone at first, but the characters grew on me like a virulent fungus in a lab experiment. It’s fast heading into the televisual territory of Friends
It was 2.23pm on Tuesday 18 November 2014. This was the moment I first laughed while watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Until then, the hit CBS show, which returned to UK screens last Thursday, had failed completely in tickling my funny bone despite the adventures of physicists Sheldon and Leonard (Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki), astrophysicist Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and aerospace engineer Howard (Simon Helberg) attracting a steady weekly audience of 20 million viewers in the Us.
For some comicbook and sci-fi fans, The Big Bang Theory’s humour is too broad; pitched at the lowest common de-nerd-inator. But for its disciples, the show’s mass appeal is its great strength – it functions almost as one long 22-minute meme, »
- Ross McGuinness
The season finale of Fox’s monster rookie drama “Empire” came within a tick of catching AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as primetime’s biggest draw among young adults last week but it was enough to put the network on top.
Fox won outright in adults 18-49 for the first time in two months, averaging a 1.8 rating/6 share in Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” estimates for the week of March 16-22. It was followed by the closely bunched CBS (1.5/5), NBC (1.4/5) and ABC (1.4/4).
CBS and Fox tied for the lead among adults 25-54 (2.0/7) while the Eye won easily in total viewers (7.2 million to 6.2 million for runner-up ABC).
At Fox, “Empire” capped its amazing first season by continuing its streak of growing audience with each episode since its Jan. 7 premiere and standing as the week’s most-watched show for the first time. It actually claimed the top two spots because Fox broke »
- Rick Kissell
Just as one one might wonder why it is that extraterrestrial life hasn’t been discovered yet, you’d think the existence of a solid 3D-animated film about a loveable alien is something we could confirm by the year 2015. From E.T. to Lilo & Stitch, the slam-dunk appeal of adorable interlopers from space has proven itself time and time again, but cracking this particular old chestnut in the age of 3D has only bred the likes of Planet 51 and Escape From Planet Earth. (Monsters vs. Aliens fails this test on account of siding squarely with the Monsters). Safely designed to minimize any potentially alienating elements, Home, the newest effort from DreamWorks Animation, does not mark an end to the search for a higher form of animated entertainment.
- Sam Woolf
Do you watch "The Big Bang Theory"? Of course you do, because if you live in America, odds are you watch the hit CBS comedy. (Hey, ratings don't lie.) Because you watch it, you already know that the best character on the show is Sheldon Cooper, the curiously self-righteous, know-it-all scientist played by the Emmy-winning Jim Parsons. Parsons delivers each of Sheldon's lines with hilarious precision and a deadpan affect unmatched by his costars -- and the internet loves him for it.
So here, then (above), are 17 of Sheldon Cooper's most glorious "Big Bang Theory" moments. »
- Tim Hayne
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