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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 Girl Meets World, Under the Dome, 24: Live Another Day and Pretty Little Liars!
1 | Girl Meets World‘s Sabrina Carpenter is totally Hayden Panettiere’s younger, equally sassy doppelganger (with a dash of Britt Robertson), yes? And did Cory’s vision of Mr. Feeny seem a little too angelic? Here’s hoping he’s still with us!
Photos Boy Meets World‘s 14 Best Episodes: Graduation, the Wedding and More
2 | Wait, so after we »
Katie Couric married financier John Molner in an intimate ceremony on Saturday, June 21 in The Hamptons.
Katie Couric Marries John Molner
So excited to make my debut as Mrs. John Molner! pic.twitter.com/UjvmtT2ki0
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 22, 2014
Molner, 51, and Couric, 57, have been dating since 2011, took their relationship public in 2012 and announced their engagement in September 2013. That said, Molner has remained out of the spotlight while Couric began, and ended, her own talk show, Katie, and traded her contract with ABC News for a new position with Yahoo.
While Couric has been hesitant to reveal too much of her relationship to the public, she has said that Molner was well-liked by her parents and she admitted that she loves the fact that he’s from Chicago. Like Couric, Molner has two children from a previous relationship, Allie and Henry, who participated in the wedding ceremony alongside their new stepsiblings Ellie, »
Secret split? With the release of her eighth studio album A.K.A., Jennifer Lopez has been basking in the spotlight. Earlier this month, Us Weekly confirmed that the "First Love" singer had split from her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Casper Smart, but in a new interview on The Wendy Williams show, she revealed the actual breakup went down a while ago. The blunt host asked Lopez outright if she was single, meaning "not intimate with anybody at this time." "Yes, I've been single for a couple of months," Lopez [...] »
"I'm a big soul searcher and I read a lot of, like, self-help books, you know what I mean," the pop superstar divulged in an interview airing Thursday on The Wendy Williams Show.
"I am always kinda searching for answers. I'll randomly just open a Bible looking for answers and guidance."
Jennifer Lopez doesn't claim to have all the answers. In fact, she's searching for guidance just like any regular person who didn't just perform at the World Cup or has a body envied by millions. "I'm a big soul searcher and I read a lot of, like, self-help books, you know what I mean," the pop superstar divulged in an interview airing Thursday on The Wendy Williams Show. "I am always kinda searching for answers. I'll randomly just open a Bible looking for answers and guidance." Might she be seeking relationship advice? Or the kind of life lessons that come in handy after a breakup? For starters, J.Lo indicated that she and Casper Smart have been broken »
Remember the homeless veteran Justin Walker befriended on Brothers & Sisters? He went on to get his head squished on Game of Thrones. Now that he’s charmed us as the Red Viper, Jezebel collects Pedro Pascal past roles on Buffy, »
- Lyle Masaki
Debmar-Mercury has set a wide-ranging syndication development pact with Gannett Broadcasting that calls for the partners to mount regional tests of various programs using the broad reach of Gannett’s 40-plus TV stations.
The tests are expected to begin next year and will also emphasize efforts to weave interactive features into the programs, as well as building in mobile access for viewers from the start.
Tailoring programming for mobile platforms is a big focus for large station groups like Gannett at present as the mobile digital market is generally viewed as a under-leveraged opportunity for local broadcast stations. Gannett, which last year doubled the size of its station holdings with by acquiring Belo Television, would love to be able to impress Wall Street — not to mention viewers — with innovative program offerings across multiple platforms.
“We will work together to design shows to take advantage of how television has changed and »
- Cynthia Littleton
“We believe the ratings strength we’ve seen over the past season and during the May sweeps, despite having weaker lead-ins, is due in part to remaining in year-round production since last summer,” Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein said in a statement. “By keeping the lights on throughout June and July, in a quiet period traditionally reserved for firstrun shows to take their summer hiatuses, we intend to once again follow a strategy that has worked very well for us this past year. By remaining in production, we can offer Wendy’s younger fans that are home from school and college the opportunity to get their take on the day’s hottest topics and guests from a talented, multifaceted host whose rising popularity is a reflection of her universal appeal. »
- Andrea Seikaly
For the second straight year, The Wendy Williams Show is extending its season through the summer after the syndicated talk show drew its best metered market May sweeps performance. The Debmar-Mercury show will add original episodes in June and July, as it did in 2013. The Wendy Williams Show has seen steady growth every year, drawing a 1.4 metered market household rating and a 5 share in May sweeps, an increase from the 1.0 rating and 3 share posted in May 2010. Season to date, the daytime talk show has seen a 19 percent gain in households
- Philiana Ng
Debmar-Mercury is extending production on its syndicated daytime talker, “The Wendy Williams Show,” through June and July. This is the second consecutive year that the production company will extend its production schedule on the show. According to Friday's announcement, the decision was made following the show's recent metered market May Sweeps ratings, which reached series highs to a 50 percent increase since May 2010 when it concluded its first season. It has since climbed from a 3.2 rating to its current rating of 5.0, a 9 percent increase year-over-year — despite a 3 percent decrease in the show's lead-in programming. Also »
- Jethro Nededog
Debmar-Mercury said today it will keep The Wendy Williams Show in production through July for a second straight year. The syndicated talker, which has been renewed through 2017, is coming off its best metered market share, up 50% since its first May book in 2010. With a 1.4 metered market household rating and 5 share in the most recent sweeps, Wendy was up 9% year-over-year. The show also has seen double-and triple-digit gains versus May 2013 in 32 metered markets, including Kttv Los Angeles (up 19% to 3.9), Wfld Chicago (up 24% to 3.8). Season-to-date, the talker posted a 19% gain in both households (1.18 to 1.4) and women 25-54 (0.89 to a fifth-place 1.06) through May 18. “We believe the ratings strength we’ve seen over the past season and during the May sweeps, despite having weaker lead-ins, is due in part to remaining in year-round production since last summer,” Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein commented. “By keeping the lights on throughout June and July, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy couldn't dance around the question this time. While it's lots of fun to speculate about whether or not the cozy partnership between Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis and ballroom pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy developed into something more over the course of the season—and even more fun to watch those two play coy—the subject got real when they sat down for an interview on The Wendy Williams Show. Asked point blank if the two were sleeping together (well, actually Wendy first asked if they were "smushing," and both claimed ignorance of what that term meant), Meryl responded at first with a wide-eyed "wow!" So that got their »
Some people would call the assemblage of former “The View” personalities who showed up on Friday's episode to wish Barbara Walters adieu a historic gathering. Joy Behar has another term for it. Also read: Barbara Walters’ ‘View’ Farewell Draws 5 Million-Plus Viewers Behar, who served as co-host on the daytime talk show for 16 years, appeared on Tuesday's edition of “The Wendy Williams Show” to reflect on the send-off — or, as she put it, “bitch fest.” “Everybody came back and it was a, you know, a bitch fest,” Behar told Williams. “Look at us. I said it looked like the Last Supper. »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS announced its fall schedule which is both a big shake-up and a return to CBS’ conservative scheduling. The network is moving away from serialized shows like Hostages but every night’s line-up will be changed. Probably the biggest move is dropping the two-hour comedy block on Mondays. The last time CBS aired a drama on Monday it was Scarecrow & Mrs. King in 1986.
CBS joined the networks promising year-round programming, noting that one of the season’s biggest new dramas was the summer show Under the Dome. There’s a good number of new and returning shows not on CBS’ announced schedule, they’ll be used to limit the number of repeats throughout the year.
Vulture breaks down why CBS passed on How I Met Your Dad. Explanations include that CBS didn’t like two actors (though reports »
- Lyle Masaki
ABC’s new fall schedule sees the network make Thursday nights an all-Shonda Rhimes line up (the last time a producer was responsible for an entire night of ABC’s programming was when it featured three Aaron Spelling shows on Saturday night).
Shonda Rhimes isn’t just responsible for ABC’s Thursday night line-up, Vulture sees her creative mark all over the network schedule, from the diversity on and off-screen, the big dramatic flourishes of Revenge or the upcoming Secret & Lies. Perhaps they could also pick up more of Rhimes’ tendency to include queer characters as part of the universe?
More Cyrus and James craziness!
Hitfix‘s Daniel Fienberg writes an open letter to ABC, asking them to quit with the ironic sitcom titles. Cougar Town, Trophy Wife* and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 may have been great shows but people repeatedly said they »
- Lyle Masaki
Debmar-Mercury has named Karen Bonck new Svp Branded Partnerships. Based in New York City, she will report to Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, and will create and execute branded content and advertiser partnerships for the company’s first-run series, including The Wendy Williams Show (produced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury) and fall 2014 entry Celebrity Name Game (co-produced and co-financed by Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America, and distributed domestically by Debmar-Mercury). “Branded partnerships and integrated marketing have become important aspects of our business and we are thrilled to have a first-rate executive like Karen lead this integral area for us,” Marcus and Bernstein said in today’s announcement. Prior to joining Debmar-Mercury, Bonck served in branded entertainment posts at NBCUniversal and Disney-abc Television Group. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Debmar-Mercury has appointed entertainment exec Karen Bonck as senior VP of branded partnerships.
In her Gotham-based position, Bonckwill be responsible for the creation and execution of branded content and advertiser partnerships for the company’s first-run series, including talker “The Wendy Williams Show” and the upcoming “Celebrity Name Game.” She will report to Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus.
Bonck previously held branded entertainment posts at NBC Universal and Disney/ABC Television Group.
“Branded partnerships and integrated marketing have become important aspects of our business and we are thrilled to have a first-rate executive like Karen lead this integral area for us,” Marcus and Bernstein said in a statement. “She brings strong relationships, an insightful understanding of the syndication business and an innovative approach to branded entertainment that is needed for advertisers to succeed in today’s media environment.”
- Andrea Seikaly
Bet Networks and Telepictures have joined forces to debut a daily talk show, “The Keke Palmer Project.”
Actress and singer Keke Palmer will host the hourlong show where she will discuss everything from social issues to sex and fashion. Palmer, 20, will be the youngest talk show host in TV history.
- Francesca Bacardi
Production is set to begin today in New Orleans on the Lionsgate action comedy film American Ultra. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle and the upcoming Frankenstein), the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman and Walton Goggins. A PalmStar/Likely Story/Circle of Confusion production, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman (Begin Again and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Kevin Scott Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert (The Walking Dead) and Britton Rizzio, with Ray Angelic as executive producer. Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Eda Kowan, Svp of Acquisitions, will oversee the project on behalf of Lionsgate. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. »
Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned!Just days after giving birth to a son with Carl Crawford, "Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada is already firing up her Twitter -- and going Off on Wendy Williams.First, a little backstory.On Monday's episode of "The Wendy Williams Show," the host had some less-than-congratulatory words for the new mom."Evelyn gave birth to a cash register, I mean a baby boy," the queen of shade said during Hot Topics. "I didn't mean to make that cash register joke, but you see why it's easy to be said. Evelyn girl, congratulations."She continued to talk about Evelyn's Los Angeles Dodgers player fiance, saying " he's not a bad looking man, but he certainly wasn't getting the likes of Evelyn Lozado [sic] if he wasn't playing baseball ... take care of your cash register!"See the talk around the 5:45 mark:Well Evelyn wasn't too happy. »
- tooFab Staff
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