14 items from 2013
Nerdy YouTube wedding videos are becoming the next short film. When Mmorpg AdventureQuest Worlds designer Adam Bohn (aka Artix) got married to his sweetheart Michelle (aka Trini), he choreographed a geeky celebration to end all geek celebrations. Donning Knight’s armor over his tux — inspired by in-game weddings from AdventureQuest, natch — the geeky groom battled swordsmen (with real swords), ninjas (including American Ninja Warrior stars Drew Drechsel and Reko Rivera), and other thugs in order to prove his worth to his ladylove (who looks miserable, by the way). Iron Man and Batman show up for good measure, and WWE icon Jimmy Heart (in a suit with hearts all over it) closed the spectacle. We don’t get to see what came later, which included...
- Alison Nastasi
Is The Blacklist a ratings hit or just lucky for having a reality show powerhouse as a lead in? Looks like we'll find out in January.
Tonight marks The Blacklist's fall finale but the James Spader series will be back in January. For the first time however, it will air without the benefit of having episodes of The Voice as a lead-in.
A marathon of three Blacklist reruns will air on January 6th. Then, three new installments will run on January 13th, 20th and 27th -- behind a two-hour American Ninja Warrior special and pairs of original episodes of Hollywood Game Night.
February 3rd will be filled with Hollywood Game Night and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit special and then Olympics coverage takes over after that.
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Last season, NBC coddled Monday rookie drama “Revolution,” airing it only in weeks when it could follow “The Voice” and its big lead-in. But in keeping it off the air during winter, “Revolution” lost ratings momentum and never really recovered.
This season, though, the Peacock hopes to keep its new Monday 10 p.m. drama front-and-center in viewers’ minds by airing three episodes of “The Blacklist” in January. It will follow “American Ninja Warrior” on Jan. 13 and then “Hollywood Game Night” on Jan. 20 and 27.
This will also give NBC a chance to judge the ratings strength of “The Blacklist” when it doesn’t have a potent lead-in.
“Blacklist” has its fall finale tonight.
Sure, “The Voice »
- Rick Kissell
NBC’s “The Blacklist” has been a hit in part because of its big lead-in from “The Voice” — and soon NBC will soon find out if it can still sing without the reality competition. The network said Monday that after Monday’s midseason finale, the show will return Monday, Jan. 13 with a lead-in from a two-hour “American Ninja Warrior” special. For the following two weeks beginning Jan. 20, it will air after two-hour editions of “Hollywood Game Night.” Also read: The CW Beats NBC’s’ Thursday Comedy Block in Key Demo for First Time Ever Last season, with a boost from »
- Tim Molloy
After taking a lot of flak over the four-month break it imposed on freshman Revolution last season, which seemed to hurt the serialized drama, NBC vowed not to repeat the mistake with its new hotshot in the Monday 10 Pm slot, The Blacklist — especially given that series’ more procedural nature. There had been talk of an extra batch of Blacklist originals airing between the fall and spring runs behind The Voice. NBC has now scheduled those for January. Following a Blacklist marathon of back-to-back repeats from 8-11 Pm on January 6, three originals of the James Spader-starring drama will air on January 13, 20 and 27 behind a two-hour American Ninja Warrior special and fresh episodes of Hollywood Game Night. NBC will broadcast a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit special on February 3 before heading into two weeks of Olympics coverage. The network has not announced its Monday post-Olympics plans yet but, given the amount of promotion »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The James Spader freshman hit will return Monday, Jan. 13. For a few weeks. Then, when the Winter Olympics launch on Friday, Feb. 7, the show will take another break — along with all of NBC’s regularly scheduled prime-time programming, for that matter — until Feb. 23. Here’s NBC’s newly released schedule for Monday nights:
Monday, Jan. 13
8-10 p.m. American Ninja Warrior (U.S. vs. Japan special)
10-11 p.m. The Blacklist (original)
Monday, Jan. 20
8-10 p. »
- James Hibberd
The American Ninja Warrior competition is incredibly tough -- about as tough as it is to get decent ratings during the summer months. Teaming with G4, NBC is airing another season of American Ninja Warrior. Will it be worth their while? Will they bring it back next year? We shall see.
With Akbar Gbaja Biamila, Jenn Brown, and Matt Iseman as hosts, the program airs on Monday nights. Below are the TV show's ratings for the Summer 2013 season. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so keep checking back to see how things are going.
Final season averages: 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.96 million total viewers.
Episode 05-12: Monday, 09/17/13
1.5 in the demo (-12% change) with 4.04 million (-24% change).
Season averages: 1.55 in the demo with 4.96 million. »
The new TV season doesn't start officially for another week, but you might not know it by looking at Monday's (Sept. 16) lineup.
Not everything on the broadcast networks is first-run that night, but between series premieres and season finales, enough is to make it almost seem as if the 2013-14 season was under way in full. At the very least, it's a solid indicator that fall is at the doorstep.
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"Dancing With the Stars" (Season 16 premiere, ABC): Much attention is being paid to health-challenged TV icon Valerie Harper's participation in the contest -- with partner Tristan MacManus -- as it moves to a once-weekly telecast combining performances and results. The former "Rhoda" has ballroom rivals including Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, NFL veteran Keyshawn Johnson, Amber Riley ("Glee"), Leah Remini, Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical") and Bill Nye "The Science Guy."
"Bones" (Season 9 premiere, Fox): »
Another week, another hour spent in awe of people’s upper bodies while I furiously bicep-curl chips. I’ve finally decided on my summer TV boyfriend — Paul Kasemir, the “Extreme American Ninja Warrior Pro” (whoa!) who crushed the competition with his trademark “quiet consistency” in Monday’s Denver finals episode on NBC. Paul’s headed to Las Vegas’ Mt. Midoriyama (translation: “Mount Green Mountain”) for the fourth year in a row. He has a double personality, which means he has a desk job (writing source code in a lab) and is probably a secret superhero. He’s totally the Andrew Garfield »
- Annie Barrett
Tune in alert for NBC and G4's summertime edge of the seat competition, as the heart-racing competition series .American Ninja Warrior. is back. The action-packed one-hour series follows competitors as they tackle the world.s most difficult obstacle courses in qualifying and finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete a course in each city move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. Anw host Matt Iseman gives NBC the lowdown on the courses, the contestants, and which celebrity he would most like to see compete on the courses! American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays from 8-9pm Et on NBC and Sundays from 9-10pm »
- April Neale
"It's just bigger and badder," he tells Zap2it. "It's crazy what they've been coming up with."
Once again, G4 (soon to rebrand as Esquire Network) and its corporate sibling NBC are sharing the run of the show, with "American Ninja Warrior" launching Sunday, June 30, on Esquire and Monday, July 1, on NBC. Original episodes air on each network.
Iseman returns for his fifth season as host of the show. Joining him for color commentary is a new face, former NFL player and NFL Network sports analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamila, replacing former co-host and Olympic freestyle skier Jonny Moseley.
"Believe me," says Iseman, "I had to practice for about a week and a half just to pronounce his name. »
So You Think You Can Dance is boogying back to Fox in a big way this summer.
Season 10 of the network’s competition series is set to launch with a two-night event showcasing the audition rounds on both Tuesday, May 14 (8/7c) and Wednesday, May 15 (9 pm).
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Emmy nominee Cat Deeley will return to host, with Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy taking their traditional spots at the judges’ table. Guest judges this season, meanwhile, will include Minnie Driver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Wayne Brady, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Adam Shankman.
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- Megan Masters
G4 may have transformed itself into Esquire Network, but some things are staying the same — like the cable network’s obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior airing in a shared window with sibling NBC. The show will air weekly on Esquire and then NBC on consecutive days, with original episodes on each network. Former NFL player and sports analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamila (NFL Network) will join the show as host alongside Matt Iseman, who is returning to the show for its fifth season on Esquire and its second full season on NBC. Jenn Brown (Espn) will serve as a co-host, providing commentary and competitor interviews. Following a 2011 experiment, when NBC aired Anw‘s two-hour third-season finale to decent ratings, the two networks began sharing the series last summer. American Ninja Warrior began production on its new season on Friday in Los Angeles, features a four-stage course modeled after the Mt. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The toughest obstacle course on television is returning this summer, but with some changes: NBC’s American Ninja Warrior is getting two new hosts and some format tweaks.
Former NFL player and NFL Network sports analyst Akbar Gbaja Biamila is joining the show as a host, alongside returning host Matt Iseman. In addition, Espn sports broadcaster Jenn Brown will join the show as a co-host.
The show will also have a newly revised format for each city’s qualifying courses, with a “win and get in” format that allows all competitors who successfully compete a city’s course earning a »
- James Hibberd
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