16 items from 2013
On the season three finale of ‘Ink Master,’ it all came down to Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton, Tatu Baby and Jime Litwalk — and I was extremely pleased with who won!
The finale of Ink Master had me on the edge of my seat on Oct. 8 — and for the first time, I thought the judges may not choose anyone since they were so hard on all three of the finalists!
‘Ink Master’ Finale: Jime, Tatu & Joey Go Head To Head
Throughout the season, I was a huge fan of Jime Litwalk. His artistic ability was incredible, and his line work and precision was flawless.
However, along with the rest of the contestants and eventually the judges, I realized that if it wasn’t a new school tattoo — or something that could have a new-school feel about it, his thriving would turn into surviving.
But after 20 years of experience, he should be able to do every style. »
- Emily Longeretta
Oxygen adding to its tattoo collection, ordering “Tattoos After Dark” to series .
Hailing from 495 Productions — the reality shingle responsible for “Jersey Shore” and Spike TV’s ink show “Tattoo Nightmares” — “Tattoo After Dark” documents the night shift antics of two popular La tattoo shops, House of Ink and Ink Candy.
Series order arrives as tattoo competition series “Best Ink” continues to thrive on Oxygen and preps for a season three debut in December. While the reality subgenre may seem to skew male, tattoo shows like “Best Ink” perform solidly on femme-skewing cablers like Oxygen, while “Ink Master” on Spike draws a fairly gender-balanced audience, adding female viewers to a cable net driven by dudes.
“There is a fascination with the tattoo culture among our young female audience »
- Alex Stedman
Spike TV has made its first step into foodie content. The male-skewing cable network has greenlit its first food series, “Frankenfood,” for 10 half-hour episodes. On each episode of “Frankenfood,” executive chef Josh Capon travels nationwide as the show pits amateurs and their unique food combinations against one another. The winner gets $10,000 and their dish gets featured on the menu of a popular local restaurant. Capon and Tony Luke jr. will judge. Also read: Spike TV Renews ‘Ink Master’ and ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ Capon is the executive chef and partner at Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco in New York City. »
- Jethro Nededog
She joins the CBS sudser as Kelly, a woman who will have “a profound influence” on numerous Genoa City faves, including Billy, Victoria and Chloe, EW.com reports.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
On a busy morning for cable programming news, IFC is going ahead with new series “Garfunkel & Oates” for 2014, among other projects, and Spike TV announced renewals for two unscripted series.
IFC has greenlit original series “Garfunkel & Oates” for their 2014 line-up, featuring comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. The series is based on their lives as performers and will be exec produced by Lindhome, Micucci and Jonathan Stern (Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital”).
The cabler also ordered a pilot of “American Storage,” based on a short film of the same name, which follows the friendship of a storage facility employee and a man who lives in one of the empty units. Additionally, IFC entered a first-look deal with the television division of podcast network Earwolf and is developing a comedy project with Rolin Jones.
At Spike, the network inked deals with “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares,” two originals series that »
- Alex Stedman
“Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares” are making a mark on Spike TV audiences. The popular reality series were renewed for another year. The male-skewing cable channel has ordered a 13-episode fourth season of 13 one-hour episodes of “Ink Master.” “Tattoo Nightmares” gets 26 new episodes for its third year. Both will return next year. “’Ink Master’ and ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ have been great performers for Spike TV and have helped propel the network to its highest rated quarter with adults in four years,” said Spike TV’s executive vice president of original series, Sharon Levy, in a statement. Also read: ‘Bar Rescue’ Star Jon Taffer. »
- Jethro Nededog
Spike TV has picked up new seasons of Ink Master, which has received a 13-episode order, and Tattoo Nightmares, which has been given a 26-episode order, both for a 2014 debut. Ink Master is hosted by Dave Navarro and produced by Original Media. Season 3 (through September 24) is on track to rank as the series’ most watched season with 2.1 million viewers and has improved the time slot with persons 18-34 by 267% and 18-49 by 177%. Tattoo Nightmares is produced by 495 Prods. Season 2 (through September 24) is averaging 1.2 million viewers and has improved the time slot with persons 18-49 by 169%. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
When you’re sick with a summer cold, sometimes the energy to change the channel completely escapes you. During those times, you just end up watching things that you ordinarily wouldn’t. My feelings towards reality TV have already been documented, at least in terms of competition shows, in another column. I was stuck at home, trying to keep my eyelids propped open around a blistering headache and wishing that the cold medicine would kick in and do some good. I was in misery and the most that I could bring myself to accomplish was avoiding another rerun of Dr. Phil or Matlock.
There were some reruns of “Law & Order” running on a channel, which makes me suspect that there is some unwritten law of syndication that dictates that at any given time there must be an episode of a “Law & Order” spin-off and an episode of one of the “C. »
Maxim Magazine may be headed to television.
The men’s magazine has been sold to a media group led by Calvin Darden, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The Darden Media Group aims to launch a Maxim-branded TV channel along with an indie music label with the well-known publication name.
Darden said he already has a distribution agreement locked down with a pay-tv operator, with two more on deck, and that he hopes to distribute the Maxim TV network to 35 million households by the end of 2013.
News arrives the same week that Esquire Network, the cabler deriving from Hearst men’s magazine Esquire, recalibrated its launch strategy, opting to take over NBCUniversal’s Style Network instead of G4.
Maxim has felt the pressure of dwindling magazine sales like the rest of its competitors in the publication industry, recently cutting back its yearly output from 12 to 10 issues.
- AJ Marechal
A few weeks ago I caught an episode of SpikeTV's Ink Master, a reality contest show that does for tattooing what Top Chef does for cooking. One challenge and one judging panel later, I was totally hooked. Just what I need: Another show to be obsessed with. But I can't help it. I'm a sucker for feats-of-skill reality contest shows.Ink Master ticks each box for the reality-contest checklist: It's based on an unusual skill in a largely insular industry; the contestants are all passably decent (at least to a layman's eye); and the judging — by tattoo legend Oliver Peck, Miami Ink alum Chris Nuñez, and, uh, Dave Navarro — is expert, harsh, and hugely informative. It's the kind of show that at once demystifies a process (oh, that's how you make a color tattoo really seem three-dimensional!) and deifies its practitioners (oh, and she is really good at it!). Each »
- Margaret Lyons
Spike TV -- the network that brought the world "Bar Rescue" and "Ink Master," among other reality fare -- is throwing itself into scripted projects, in an effort to expand its audience. Spike announced a new slate of scripted fare on Monday, including a project about recently apprehended gangster Whitey Bulger and a series about corruption in the 1970s music industry from Kiss tongue-wagger Gene Simmons. Sharon Levy, the network's executive vice president, original series, said that the new projects are part of Spike's plan to fine a "more balanced" audience. (The »
- Tim Kenneally
A funny thing has been happenning lately at Spike TV: Femme viewers have been showing up.
The guy-centric cabler known for pro fighting and frat-boy fare is looking to build on its growing appeal to women by broadening the focus of its unscripted development, which includes new projects with Graham Elliot of “Master Chef” and comedian Adam Carolla.
Spike’s most recent reality successes — “Ink Master”; “Bar Rescue” and “Tattoo Nightmares” — have helped to skew the net more toward a more even mix of men and women. “Tattoo Nightmares” actually drew slightly more femmes in the 18-34 demo than men (51% to 49%).
Women comprised about 47% of the viewership for the most recent season of “Ink Master” in both the 18-34 and 18-49 demographics. Those numbers are surprising, given that there’s no shortage of other cablers chasing female viewers.
“We’re looking to create a more gender-balanced audience while still »
- AJ Marechal
It isn’t just the 18- to 34-year-old crowd of dudes that’s tuning into Spike TV these days.
Fresh off the success of “Ink Master,” “Bar Rescue” and “Tattoo Nightmares,” the male-centric cabler is rolling out an unscripted development slate that aims to broaden its audience beyond young, edgy men by bringing in femme eyes to the net as well.
“We’re looking to create a more gender-balanced audience while still keeping our 18-34 guys who have been with us since the beginning,” Sharon Levy, exec veep of original series at Spike told Variety, noting that the aforementioned trio of reality hits drew a broader 18-49 audience, and that the “shows now in development are a testament to this initiative.”
Going broader is an imperative for Spike, however, as other cable networks compete for young male viewers. Discovery Channel and AMC routinely draw notable male auds with shows like »
- AJ Marechal
After tasting Golden Globe, PGA and SAG Award success, Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo has now sealed its status as the front-runner for Best Picture at this month's Oscars, with the Director's Guild of America honouring Affleck with the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films at the 65th annual DGA Awards, which took place last night at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Typically, the winner of the DGA Award goes on to collect the Oscar for Best Director, but with Affleck losing out on an Academy Award nomination to Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), the two awards will differ for only the seventh time in history, and the first since 2002 when Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist after Rob Marshall had »
Some people can win for losing.
Ben Affleck claimed the Directors Guild of America Award for Argo on Saturday in Hollywood’s latest thumb-in-the-eye to the small group of filmmakers in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who failed to nominate him for an Oscar.
“I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as hours as I can, and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it’s going to work,” Affleck told the crowd, never mentioning the snub. “Basically, I got to a »
- Anthony Breznican
Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:
- Mandi Bierly
16 items from 2013
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners