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TV Land‘s gimmick of creating new sit-coms that are throwbacks to the style and general effort of those classic shows from the ’80s and ’90s is one that is proving more and more a hit-or-miss venture. What at first seemed a no-fail stroke of genius, has now put out its share of failures, and though it has led to some truly great shows, we’re learning that you can’t always spin success out of the concept.
For every Hot in Cleveland, there’s a Retired at 35. For every The Exes, we get a Happily Divorced. Not that those shows were terrible. They weren’t. They just didn’t work out, and were perhaps not as solid in their construction as the real hits. Now we have Kirstie, which I admit seemed like a good idea on paper, and that one is mostly difficult to watch. This leads us to Jennifer Falls, »
- Marc Eastman
It’s that time of year again, and as the networks try to get everyone as riled as possible for the upcoming fall shows, critics everywhere weigh in on the best shows from the previous year. The Broadcast Television Journalist Association (yes, that’s me) have announced the nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
I was honored to again serve on one of the nominating committees, and if you think it’s easy to make decisions about such things, you have to really try to imagine a bunch of critics going back and forth about what is, and is not, great television.
It’s going to be an interesting show, and there are some very solid categories.
I’ll give you a little rundown, and you let me know what you think about the nominations and who should win, and especially if you think people or shows were left »
- Marc Eastman
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) today announced nominations for the 4th annual Critics' Choice Television Awards, which will be broadcast live on The CW from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014 (8:00pm Et/8:00pm Pt) and hosted by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer. Cedric is currently the star, co-creator and executive producer of the hit comedy series "The Soul Man" on TV Land as well as one of the stars of "The Original Kings of Comedy." »
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
Below, you'll find the status of the recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn America, and Yahoo. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include Angie Tribeca, Being Human, Benched, Bitten, Burn Notice, Buzzy's, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dallas, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, In Plain Sight, Jennifer Falls, Killjoys, King & Maxwell, Kirstie, Legends, Lost Girl, Major Crimes, Men at Work, Merlin, Mob City, Murder in the First, Necessary Roughness, Perception, Playing House, Primeval: New World, Proof, Psych, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Rush, Salem, Satisfaction, Sinbad, Sirens, Suits, Sullivan & Son, The Divide, The Exes, The Last Ship, The Librarians, The Soul Man, Transporter The Series, Warehouse 13, Wedding Band, White »
The CW has tapped Cedric the Entertainer to host the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The awards are set to air live on The CW on at 8 Pm Et June 19 from the Beverly Hilton . Cedric The Entertainer hosts the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which is beginning its 12th season in syndication. He also is the star, co-creator and executive producer of the TV Land comedy The Soul Man, which last night began its third season with a live episode. He next will be seen on the big screen co-starring opposite Marlon Wayans in A Haunted House 2 and recently wrapped a new feature with Chris Rock that’s slated for release in the summer. »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
Tonight, Wednesday, March 26th, TV Land will broadcast the Live season premiere of its half-hour comedy series The Soul Man, which stars Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash, and follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric) after he relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). While learning to adjust to their new humble life, they have plenty of obstacles in their way. One of these is Boyce's brother Stamps (played by Wesley Jonathan), who seems to have taken up permanent residence in their house - and that's only made worse when Stamps sparks a new relationship with Lolli's sister, Kim (Kellee Stewart). Martin Lawrence will appear in the Live episode as Rudy, Boyce's (Cedric "The Entertainer") scatterbrained drummer pal who helps to bring Boyce's band back together. At the end of the night, B.o.B hits the stage live to close out the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tonight, Wednesday, March 26th, TV Land will broadcast the Live season premiere of its half-hour comedy series The Soul Man, which stars Cedric "The Entertainer" and Niecy Nash, and follows R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce "The Voice" Ballentine (Cedric) after he relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife Lolli (Nash). While learning to adjust to their new humble life, they have plenty of obstacles in their way. One of these is Boyce's brother Stamps (played by Wesley Jonathan), who seems to have taken up permanent residence in their house - and that's only made worse when Stamps sparks a new relationship with Lolli's sister, Kim »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Remember when George Burns and Gracie Allen used to plug Carnation Evaporated Milk in live TV ads during their 1950s TV series The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show? Of course you don’t! But live ads using show cast members, in character and on set, did not used to be “news” — much less a scoop in the New York Times‘ business section. And, 60 years from now, when a future generation is watching on their glasses a live broadcast of some happy-zombie-family comedy starring some Hollywood It Couple, replete with product promotions by the happy zombies, they will think back to today’s Nyt report (“Commercials to Go Live With Show Cast Members”) about the airing of two whole live ads during the live season debuts of TV Land‘s Hot In Cleveland and The Soul Man, and think “How quaint.” The cast of Hot In Cleveland — Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
TV Land's first big success in original sitcoms is aiming to stay hot by starting a season live.
"Hot in Cleveland" begins its fifth round the same way it came back in the middle of its fourth, with stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White performing the episode as viewers see it (in the Eastern half of the country) Wednesday, March 26. Immediately after, Season 3 of the "Cleveland" spinoff "The Soul Man" will debut the same way, with Cedric the Entertainer and his cast also going live.
Linking the halves of the event, White and Cedric will appear in both series, to be shown on tape on the West Coast but with no modifications. "Hot in Cleveland" normally is done in front of a studio audience, as was the comedy that made Bertinelli famous, "One Day at a Time" ... but she confirms the live-telecast aspect doesn't mean less nerves. »
TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and The Soul Man return with special live season premiere episodes on Wednesday, March 26, including crossover guest stars Betty White and Cedric the Entertainer. TV Land’s red-hot sitcom Hot in Cleveland is back for Season 5 on Wednesday, kicking off with a live episode at 10pm Et. The new season finds friends Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick), and their feisty landlady Elka (Betty White), trying to digest some shocking news from Melanie’s doctor. The episode also features an appearance by The Soul Man‘s Rev. Boyce Ballentine (played by Cedric the Entertainer). … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
BBC America has ordered its first original comedy. Almost Royal follows two distant relations of the British royal family (Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart) who have no useful skills as they take a tour of the United States with a camera crew they hired.
TVLine talked with Chris Carmack about his Nashville character and where his mind is as he heads towards a marriage of convenience, “I honestly believe that he is deluding himself immensely. The career aspect of it is probably one of the biggest reasons he’s deluding himself… But I don’t think we could even remotely like Will if there wasn’t some degree of self-delusion, because what he’s clearly gonna do to this young girl, it’s gonna break her heart – or he’s gonna »
- Lyle Masaki
Here’s a case of Viacom siblings playing nice. When the third-season premiere of The Soul Man airs live March 26 on TV Land, sister channels Bet and Centric will simulcast it. After that, Centric will run new episodes of the Hot In Cleveland spinoff on Saturdays, 10 days after they bow on TV Land. The live season opener is a first for Soul Man, which stars Cedric the Entertainer as an R&B superstar-turned-minister who relocates from Las Vegas to St. Louis with his wife. TV Land said in January that Soul Man and Hot In Cleveland will have their season premieres back-to-back. It will be the second consecutive live season bow for the sitcom starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Viacom networks TV Land, Bet and Centric have announced that they will simulcast the Live season three premiere of TV Land's original sitcom The Soul Man on Wednesday, March 26th at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Centric will also showcase the series beginning in April by running marathons of the first two seasons. Additionally, starting April 5th, Centric will air the new third season every Saturday at a special time of 10pm, 10 days after the episode debuts on TV Land. All subsequent episodes will air Saturdays at 9pm. The Live season premiere of The Soul Man will air on all three networks immediately following the Live season premiere of Hot in Cleveland, airing on TV »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Viacom networks TV Land, Bet and Centric have announced that they will simulcast the Live season three premiere of TV Land's original sitcom The Soul Man on Wednesday, March 26th at 10:30pm Et/Pt. Centric will also showcase the series beginning in April by running marathons of the first two seasons. Additionally, starting April 5th, Centric will air the new third season every Saturday at a special time of 10pm, 10 days after the episode debuts on TV Land. All subsequent episodes will air Saturdays at 9pm. The Live season premiere of The Soul Man will air on all three networks immediately following the Live season premiere of Hot in Cleveland, airing on TV Land at 10pm Et/Pt. Fans can live tweet along with all three networks using the hashtag #SOULMANLive. "We are so proud of 'The Soul Man' and its appeal to all audiences," said Larry W. Jones, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
TV Land has found some “Soul” mates for the season premiere of its Cedric the Entertainer sitcom. The Season 3 premiere of TV Land's “The Soul Man” be simulcast live on March 26 at 10:30 p.m. on Bet and Centric as well as on TV Land. Also read: ‘My Name Is Earl’ Reunion in Play on TV Land's ‘Jennifer Falls’ March 26 will also see the live season premiere of TV Land's “Hot in Cleveland” at 10 p.m. In addition to the simulcast, Centric will air the third season of the series, beginning April 5 at 10 p.m. and continuing »
- Tim Kenneally
Viacom is making the most of TV Land's live season-three premiere of The Soul Man. Fellow Viacom-owned cable networks Bet and Centric will also simulcast the March 26 live episode at 10:30 p.m. Centric will begin to showcase the series, starring Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash (Getting On) starting April 5 with marathons of seasons one and two, with repeat broadcasts of season-three episodes airing Saturday at 10 p.m. Original season-three episodes will begin airing 10 days after they debut on TV Land, with all subsequent episodes airing Saturdays at 9 p.m. Story:
- Lesley Goldberg
Brandy's coming to The Soul Man. I can exclusively reveal that the singer-actress has been cast in the TV Land show's live episode airing on Wednesday, March 26. The episode centers on Boyce (Cedric "The Entertainer") headlining his first annual church fundraiser for the summer youth program. He tries to reunite his old band for the event. Brandy will play Rita, one of his former backup dancers, who is desperately trying to hide a big secret. Also causing some trouble are Lolli (Neicy Nash) and Boyce's feelings about Stamps (Wesley Jonathan) and Kim's (Keellee Stewart) possible plans to move in together. The live episode also marks the comedy's season three »
Hot in Cleveland is going live once again and with Betty White involved…anything can happen. The video above is evidence. The 92-year-old superstar is doing not one, but two live episodes on Wednesday, March 26 on TV Land. White will step in front of the cameras with her Hot In Cleveland costars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves, then head on over to The Soul Man with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash. But don't worry, White's been doing this for years. From Life with Elizabeth to The Golden Girls, she's one of the most, if not the most, seasoned TV pros out there. News: Betty White and More Top Forbes' 2014 List of Most Trustworthy Celebrities "We shoot in front »
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
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