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Sting has come to Broadway, as both composer of the new musical The Last Ship and, more recently, in an effort to improve the show's struggling box office numbers, one of its stars onstage. The show itself, while having some book and story flaws, ultimately emerges as an engrossing, touching musical, with an impressive and melodic score that serves the story and the characters. It is an often stirring tribute to the human spirit.
The musical, inspired by Sting's own experiences growing up, takes place in the streets and shipyard of Wallsend, in the northeast end of England. The town and its residents are having problems, as the shipyard has been closed down. For reasons that don't entirely make sense, the residents are inspired to build one last ship. The Last Ship deals with familiar themes: father/son relationships, an economically depressed town, the lure of the sea, and the »
- James Miller
After more than 30 years of marriage, Sting and his wife Trudie Styler still got it! The singer and the British actress stopped by Thursday's "Watch What Happens Live," where they played a game of "Plead the Fifth" with host Andy Cohen -- and they definitely spilled some intimate details about their relationship. Check out the video above to hear about their very active sex life! We love that these two still seem more in love than ever, and it definitely sounds like the current Broadway performer uses his singing skills in the bedroom. When asked if the couple duo more sex now that the 63-year-old musician is performing in "The Last Ship," Trudy got extremely candid! So do they have more intimate moments together? "Far more," the blonde beauty confessed. "He's like a different character. He's called 'Jackie [White]' now. It's hot." "Do you have Jackie role play in the bedroom? »
- tooFab Staff
Usually it's just the men who get all the attention when People's "Sexiest Alive" announcement rolls around each year, but now the magazine is adding ladies to the mix: People named model Kate Upton the "Sexiest Woman Alive" at Thursday's inaugural People Magazine Awards. Upton's best known for her work modeling for Sports Illustrated - she covered the magazine's 2012 swimsuit issue -- but she's also spent some time on the big screen, most recently in this year's The Other Woman. Eric Dane of Grey's Anatomy and The Last Ship fame introduced Upton, who boarded the stage to give her own »
- Ariana Bacle
Sting's musical The Last Ship hit Broadway this fall, so it's no surprise the rocker-turned-composer sat down for an interview with one of the hottest theater critics around - a kindergartner from Arlington, Virginia named Iain Armitage. Armitage began reviewing plays at the age of six, after his mother took him to see Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan perform in Waiting for Godot. Some 6-year-olds might consider sitting through a two-hour play a punishment, but Iain was mesmerized. He loved the show so much his mother encouraged him to post his thoughts to YouTube - and his videos have been going viral ever since. »
- Michael Miller
TNT has had both great successes and big disappointments when it comes to their original scripted shows. Which of the current crop will be cancelled or renewed for another season? Stay tuned!
There's lots of data that TNT execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.
Note: If you're not seeing the updated charts, please try reloading the page. You can also view them here and here. »
“Well, we opened in October,” says Sting, 63, about The Last Ship, the musical he co-wrote and, through January 24, will star in. “And like most of the new musicals on Broadway, we were struggling with ticket sales. And very quickly the producers came to me and said, ‘There’s one thing to do.’ And I said, ‘What’s that?’ ‘You have to go into the play.’ I said no way — I don’t want to. I wrote this for my dear friend Jimmy Nail. ‘Nope, you’ve gotta do it.’ I said they had to ask Jimmy, and Jimmy was wonderfully magnanimous and said, ‘Yep, it’s the right thing to do.’ ‘Well, okay.’ ” *This article appears in the December 15, 2014 issue of New York Magazine. »
- Rebecca Milzoff
With many of primetime’s top series either in repeat (“Big Bang Theory”) or wrapped for the fall (“Walking Dead,” “Scandal”), football dominated the weekly program rankings even more than usual last week.
Three NFL games and a college football conference championship game led the way in the adults 18-49 demo, beating out firstrun series offerings including “The Simpsons,” “Modern Family,” “The Voice” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
NBC closed the week strong with “Sunday Night Football” (7.1/20 in 18-49, 21.15 million viewers overall), which was the No. 1 primetime program in 18-49 as well as total viewers — the fourth straight week the franchise has topped 20 million viewers.
It was followed by Espn’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets (4.1/13 in 18-49, 11.75 million viewers overall), NFL Network’s contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears (3.2/10 in 18-49, 9.11 million viewers overall) and Saturday’s college football nailbiter on »
- Rick Kissell
TNT says that 7.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the two-hour series premiere of The Librarians last night (which includes the first airing and the encore). According to the cable channel this was the most-watched cable debut of this year.
Here's the press release:
7.3 Million Viewers Check Out TNT's The Librarians
Fantasy-Adventure Series Scores Cable's #1 New Series Launch for the Year-to-Date, With 5.4 Million Viewers for Two-Hour Premiere
TNT's new series The Librarians scored a huge launch Sunday night, drawing a combined audience of 7.3 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery for its two-hour premiere and encore. The fantasy-adventure series opened with 5.4 million viewers for its 8-10 p.m. premiere telecast, edging out TNT's The Last Ship to become cable's #1 new series launch for the year-to-date in Live + Same Day delivery. »
TNT’s “The Librarians,” based on the network’s successful “Librarian” movie franchise, opened to good numbers as a series Sunday night, becoming cable’s top-rated premiere of the year.
The 8-10 p.m. launch of “The Librarians” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and about 5.4 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen, a higher demo rating than some dramas airing Sunday on ABC and CBS.
TNT’s “The Last Ship” and FX’s “The Strain” had previously been the calendar year’s top basic cable premiere in 18-49 (both 1.2), but “Librarians” edged it out. It also has become the most-watched new cable series launch overall for the year, slightly more than “Last Ship” when it opened in June (5.33 million).
Add in an encore telecast, and Sunday’s premiere of “The Librarians” drew 7.3 million viewers, including about 2.3 million adults 18-49.
“The Librarians” centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan »
- Rick Kissell
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 Agent X, Angie Tribeca, Being Human, Benched, Bitten, Burn Notice, Buzzy's, Community, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dallas, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, The Gaffigan Show, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, Impastor, In Plain Sight, Jennifer Falls, Killjoys, King & Maxwell, Kirstie, Legends, Lost Girl, Manhattan, Major Crimes, Men at Work, Murder in the First, Necessary Roughness, Perception, Playing House, Proof, Psych, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Rush, Salem, Satisfaction, Sirens, Suits, Sullivan & Son, The Divide, The Exes, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Public Morals, The Soul Man, South of Hell, Teachers, Transporter: »
It looks like TNT is committed to airing what they consider more "edgy" content. They've renewed their low-rated Legends series for a second season of 10 episodes.
In the same day ratings, the first season of Legends averaged 1.53 million viewers with a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Those numbers are significantly lower than those of Perception and Dallas -- two shows that were recently cancelled.
Here's the press release:
TNT Orders Second Season of Hit Drama Series Legends
TNT has ordered a second season of its exciting drama series Legends, starring Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings). The show is a key part of TNT's ongoing expansion into high-quality genre fare, which also includes the summer blockbuster series The Last Ship and the upcoming series The Librarians. Legends »
Laverne Cox, Kevin Hart, and Shonda Rhimes react to the Ferguson decision, Halle Berry goes extra lengths to ensure Gabriel Aubry won’t change their daughter’s appearance, Bette Midler slams a young pop star, and more of today’s First Dibs.
After a grand jury ruled that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Brown, celebrities soon took to social media to react. [Variety]
By @janetmock "Our love is real. Our loss is real. Our lives are real. Our connections to one another are real. #blacklivesmatter As our forebear James Baldwin said: "To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time" Please be safe in love + rage tonight and beyond. #mikebrown #ferguson #wematter" via @PhotoRepost_app
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Halle Berry reportedly »
- Taylor Ferber
Hoping to boost a floundering box office, Sting is going to step into a role in the $15 million Broadway show for which he's supplied the score, The Last Ship. "I've been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it's not like I've flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day," the musician, 63, told The New York Times on Sunday, adding that he'd display his rear end "in Macy's if it will help our show." "I know all the lines and lyrics after all these years," he added with a laugh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
Hoping to boost a floundering box office, Sting is going to step into the leading role of the $15 million Broadway show for which he's supplied the score, The Last Ship. "I've been working on this show for five years and been at every rehearsal, every performance, so it's not like I've flown in from Planet Rock Star to save the day," the musician, 63, told The New York Times on Sunday, adding that he'd display his rear end "in Macy's if it will help our show." "I know all the lines and lyrics after all these years," he added with a laugh. »
- Stephen M. Silverman, @stephenmsilverm
Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story that had first been rumored in a Nov. 10 column item in the New York Daily News was confirmed Sunday night on The New York Times website. That earlier report also indicated that Sting would waive his royalties from the musical in a bid to keep weekly running costs down and help producers
- David Rooney
What with The Last Ship, Disgraced, and seminude Bradley Cooper all on the boards this fall, Broadway is more testosterony than usual, full of scruff and blowtorches, beefcake and wife-beating. But nothing beats Jez Butterworth’s new play The River for manliness: It’s got Hugh Jackman, Wolverine himself, romancing some ladies and gutting a trout. Whether manliness is next to goodliness is a different question, one the play itself — riveting, troubling, thought-provoking, unsatisfying — struggles to embody and never really answers. Not that it needs to; the damn thing is already stuffed to the gills for most of its run, with even the $95 “riverbank” benches and the $30 standing room spots at capacity the night I attended. By and large, that’s a good thing, because Jackman, who alternates between camp and murk in his Broadway appearances, is nothing if not ambitious. In choosing to star in The River, a »
- Jesse Green
Been wondering what's happened to the real Simmons? Us too, and tonight, Marvel's Agents of Shield answers all our questions.
'Making Friends and Influencing People' delves deep into the workings of the sinister Hydra, while frosty nemesis Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette) also returns - cold as ice, and willing to sacrifice innocent lives.
The Last Ship: Sky1, 8pm
Sky1 airs the final two episodes of the post-apocalyptic drama's first season as a double-bill tonight - but fear not, a second run is on the way!
In the first episode, human testing of the vaccine begins - with unforeseen consequences - while in the season finale, the crew of the Nathan James finally returns to the Us.
Reilly, the former head of programming for Fox and NBC, will have oversight of all operations for TNT and TBS, reporting to Turner Broadcasting prexy David Levy. He will be based in Los Angeles.
In his chief creative officer role, Reilly will chair the newly formed Turner Entertainment Programming Council, an effort to better strategize and develop cross-platform programming acquisitions and opportunities among TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and Tru TV.
“Kevin is one of the most respected, innovative and influential executives in the television industry, and he’s joining Turner Broadcasting at the ideal time for him and for the networks,” Levy said. “Kevin brings a tremendous track record of success not only in terms of programming hits but also in the new media arena, »
- Cynthia Littleton
This week marked the Broadway bows of actors Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal and one Gordon Sumner, but we all know him better as musician Sting (though, to be clear, this the composing debut of original music by Sting on Broadway; he actually appeared in a production of 3 Penny Opera on the boards 25 years ago). McGregor and Gyllenhaal are no strangers to the stage either, the former got raves for his smooth crooner in Guys and Dolls in the West End years back (why, oh why, didn't we get that one too?), and Gyllenhaal has been quietly doing the classics »
- Jason Clark
MTV on Tuesday announced that it has ordered the reboot to series, slating it for an Oct. 2015 premiere. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.
Scream stars Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow), John Karna (The Neighbors), Connor Weil (Kickin’ It), Carlson Young (True Blood), Tracy Middendorf (The Last Ship), Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End »
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