Fox Does The Time Warp Again…

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Fox Does The Time Warp Again…

2016 FOX SUMMER TCA: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: (L-R, Top Row) Cast members Ivy Levan, Staz Nair, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Vereen, Christina Milian, Reeve Carney, (L-R, Bottom Row) Tim Curry, Ryan McCartan, Victoria Justice and Executive Producers Lou Adler, Kenny Ortega and Gail Berman during THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW panel at the 2016 FOX SUMMER TCA, Monday, Aug. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX
2016 FOX SUMMER TCA: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: (L-R, Top Row) Cast members Ivy Levan, Staz Nair, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Vereen, Christina Milian, Reeve Carney, (L-R, Bottom Row) Tim Curry, Ryan McCartan, Victoria Justice and Executive Producers Lou Adler, Kenny Ortega and Gail Berman  – FOX SUMMER TCA, Monday, Aug. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX

The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox 

“As you can imagine, when we announced that we were doing this, there was a tremendous backlash from fans… That all loosened up and all became more interesting to them when Tim signed on. His validation and also as an actor just gave them something to look forward to.” Lou Adler

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/21/16 – On Wednesday night, FOX continued its campaign to spin newer, shinier gold by delivering yesteryear’s song and dance to a younger audience. The network’s latest laboratory experiment is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. And like most science experiments, it relies heavily on formula.

The show opens with a longish number that (rather clumsily) tries to weave in a movie house audience that will be watching the show along with the TV audience. During the 1970’s, The Rocky Horror Picture Show established its brand as an arthouse phenomena, where obsessives across the nation showed up to midnight showings in costume and interacted with the film. Diehard fans of “Rocky” will probably view this attempt at linkage with jaded eyes; while first time “Rocky” viewers will likely scratch their noggins and go…huh?

Laverne Cox (OITNB) adds an industrial strength twist (Cox is a transsexual woman playing the lead role). Her reverence and affinity for the material and Tim Curry’s film portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter is obvious from the get go. She’s got the moves and Tim Curry’s clipped, verbal cadence down to a tee. Elsewhere things begin to wobble. Adam Lambert is woefully miscast as the party crashing biker (Eddie), and many of the musical numbers have a stagy ‘High School Musical’ energy that reveals the cast’s disconnection from the source material. Additionally, Fox’s decision to blunt the original’s sexual pop by swapping out Rocky’s bulging briefs for a pair of PC boxer shorts is lame stream pandering of the worst kind. Missing from Fox’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is the camp appeal; based (in large part) on the film’s original low budget desperation as well as its secret-society appeal. It was the perfect underground classic for an LGBT community still marginalized during the 70’s.   Continue reading “Fox Does The Time Warp Again…”

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Friday, October 21, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
CBS anthology series “Climax!” presented the first screen adaptation of an Ian Fleming James Bond novel in 1954. The novel was “Casino Royale,” Fleming’s first published work, and James Bond was played by Barry Nelson. In the live “Climax!” adaptation, Bond is an American agent working for “Combined Intelligence,” and is frequently referred to as “Jimmy.”…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Honeymooners” starJoyce Randolph is 92; Judge Judy Sheindlin is 74; Actress Carrie Fisher is 60;Kim Kardashian is 36; “Dancing With the Stars” competitor Amber Rose is 33.

Did You Know?
Joyce Randolph was not the first actress to play Thelma “Trixie” Norton.  Elaine Stritch originated the role in a “Honeymooners” sketch opposite Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Pert Kelton on “Cavalcade of Stars,” hosted by Gleason, on the DuMont network.  The character of Trixie was originally a burlesque dancer, but the role became more wholesome once Randolph stepped in.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Thursday 10/20/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.7/11, ABC: 3.9/ 6, NBC: 3.6/ 6, Fox: 3.4/ 5, CW: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
CW:+44, Fox: +26, NBC: + 6, CBS: -22, ABC: -37

-Winners: Thursday Night Football (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Chicago Med” (NBC)
-Fading: “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)
-Disappointing: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again” (Fox)
-Losers: “Superstore” (NBC), “The Good Place” (NBC), “Notorious” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
The final Thursday Night Football match-up on CBS, the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers, led this fifth Thursday of the new TV season with ease at an estimated 7.3 rating/12 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  But this was still 21 percent below the 9.2/15 for the year-ago match-up.  As a reminder, overnight results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Next Thursday on CBS will feature the return of “The Big Bang Theory” to the 8 p.m. half-hour, followed by the series-premiere of sitcom “The Great Indoors,” the season premieres of “Mom” and relocated “Life in Pieces,” and the series premiere of drama “Pure Genius.”

On Fox, two-hour musical event, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” disappointed at a 3.4/ 5 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m.  While this was 48 percent above the overnights for week-ago Thursday night occupants “Rosewood” and “Pitch” (avg. 2.3/ 4 on Oct. 13) and 26 percent above the year-ago combination of “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow” (avg. 2.7/ 4 on 10/22/15), it was also 54 percent below the household rating for the live production of “Grease!” on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7.4/11).  “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do Time the Warp Again,” additionally, declined in each half-hour as follows: 3.9/ 6 – 3.5/ 6 – 3.2/ 5 – 2.9/ 5.  From the first half-hour to the last half-hour it was down by 26 percent.

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Final Clinton-Trump Debate Draws Largest Third Debate Audience Ever
An estimated 71.6 million people watched the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on TV on Wednesday based on 12 channels that aired the debate, which was 12.8 million below the record 84.4 million for the first debate on Monday, Sept. 26 but still the most-watched historically for any third debate.  The 71.6 million figure does not include those who watched online, and this was the first of the three debates not to face any competition from the NFL.  The second debate on Sunday, Oct. 9 delivered 66.5 million.

The Big Four broadcast networks’ coverage of the debate pulled a total 38.09 million viewers. ABC was first at 10.96 million viewers, followed by NBC (10.39 million), CBS (10.12 million) and Fox (6.62 million).  Fox News was first among the cable news networks, with 11.35 million, followed by CNN (8.71 million) and MSNBC (5.52 million).  PBS, meanwhile, attracted 2.7 million viewers, while Univision (2.38 million) and Telemundo (1.48 million) added another 3.8 million.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Carol Burnett to Star in ABC Sitcom
Comedy legend Carol Burnett will headline a proposed multi-camera ABC sitcom, still untitled, about a family who gets a chance to buy the house of their dreams — a house they would never be able to afford under normal circumstances, but is able to under extremely abnormal circumstances. They must live with the current owner, an older actress (Burnett) — until she dies.  The project, which has a pilot commitment, comes from executive producers Amy Poehler and Michael Saltzman.

Saltzman, whose sitcom credits “Murphy Brown,” “The Naked Truth” and “Wings,” is writing the script, and will executive produce alongside Poehler, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Michael Pelmont.  Poehler will executive produce through her Paper Kite banner. Universal TV.

CBS Orders New Summer Drama “Salvation”
CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of “Salvation,” a new one-hour event series from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios slated for next summer. The serialized drama will be broadcast during summer 2017. Described as a suspense thriller, “Salvation” centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

“Salvation” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout. Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, who wrote the script (based on the story by Matt Wheeler), Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Peter Lenkov will serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

The new drama will join the third season of “Zoo”, based on the bestseller by James Patterson, and the next edition of “Big Brother.”  Earlier this week, CBS announced the cancellations of summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic.”

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Freeform Cancels Procedural “Guilt”
Freeform has opted against a second season of procedural drama “Guilt.”  Debuting on June 13 with only 486,000 viewers and reminiscent of the Amanda Knox murder mystery, “Guilt” revolved around an American girl named Grace (Daisy Head) who, when abroad in London, becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate.

The series hailed from “The Game Plan’s” Kathryn Price and Nichole Millard, and was a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment and BV Family Productions. The now final episode of “Guilt,” 10 in total, aired on August 22.


GSN Acquires Off-Net Rights to “Wheel of Fortune”
GSN has secured the telecast rights to season 31 of the iconic game show “Wheel of Fortune,” which debuts on Monday, October 2.  It will air weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. ET.  The game show is currently in its 34th season in syndication.

In addition, GSN Games has launched “Wheel of Fortune Slots: The Ultimate Collection,” a new mobile app bringing together a variety of “Wheel of Fortune”-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show. The app is now available to download for free on the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

“Patty Duke Show” Star Eddie Applegate Dies at 81
Eddie Applegate, who played young Patty Lane’s love interest Richard Harrison on 1963-66 sitcom “The Patty Duke Show,” died on Monday.  He was 81 and was living in a nursing home after a stroke in 2013.  Applegate is now the third cast member of the beloved comedy to pass away within the last year following Patty Duke on March 29 at age 69 and William Schallert (Martin) on May 8 at 91.

Born on Oct. 4, 1935 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, Applegate guest starred in numerous series prior to “The Patty Duke Show,” including “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” “The Lucy Show” and “Mr. Novak.”  In CBS’ 1999 reunion telefilm, “The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin’ in Brooklyn Heights,” Applegate reprised his role as Harrison; now Patty Lane’s ex-husband.

Applegate’s other screen credits include two episodes of “Gunsmoke,” and the films “Easy A” and “A Ticklish Affair.”  His survivors include three children, a sister, and six grandchildren.

Sundance TV Announces Classic TV Weekday Programming Block
SundanceTV will feature sitcoms “MASH,” “All in the Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Andy Griffith Show” a daily seven hour (6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET) programming block featuring one show on each day.  To kick off the new programming block, SundanceTV will air a 48-hour marathon of “MASH,” beginning Sunday, November 6 at 6 a.m. ET.  “MASH” will air regularly on Monday, followed by “All in the Family” on Tuesday, “The Bob Newhart Show” on Wednesday, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” on Thursday and “The Andy Griffith Show” on Friday.

Additionally, SundanceTV is developing original packaging and interstitials to air throughout the daily block and on

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Former CW reality staple “America’s Next Top Model,” which was revived by VH1, will debut on the cable network on Monday, Dec. 12.  “Top Model” is returning to New York City with an all female cast of aspiring supermodels, but Tyra Banks is being replaced as host and judge by singer and actress Rita Ora.  Joining Ora as a judge will be Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Office Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist Law Roach.

A&E will open the new season of docuseries “Wahlburgers,” featuring matriarch Alma and sons Mark, Donnie and Paul, with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10-11 p.m. ET.  The logline: This season the Wahlburgers gets a visit from the WWE’s Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Paul gets a tour of London from 80’s pop singer Rick Astley ,and country music star John Rich opens his hot spot Redneck Riviera right above Wahlburgers in Las Vegas.

2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here

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“The Vampire Diaries” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” open new seasons on The CW.  The five broadcast networks in all originals.  Netflix debuts Japanese drama “Midnight Diner.”   For the complete listing for Friday, Oct. 20, click here
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Eight Was Really Enough

Which one of the following TV mothers gave birth to eight children?

a) Carolyn Ingalls
b) Kate Lawrence
c) Jane Mulligan
d) Jo Skagska
e) Olivia Walton
e) None of them did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following statements about television is false?

a) “Friends” aired on NBC for 10-seasons.
b) NBC’s “Medium” debuted before CBS’“Ghost Whisperer.”
c) “Three’s Company” on ABC spun-off two different series.
d) Marc Cuban was not a regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank” until season three.
e) “That’70s Show” on Fox concluded after 200 episodes.
f) They are all true.

Is…f) they were all correct.  More specifically…

-“Friends” (NBC): 1994-2004
-“Medium” (NBC): debuted on Jan. 3, 2005; “Ghost Whisperer” (CBS): Sept. 23, 2005
-“Three’s Company” (ABC): “The Ropers”: 1979-80; “Three’s a Crowd”: 1984-85
-Marc Cuban was initially a guest “shark,” replacing original “shark” Kevin Harrington.
-The 200-episodes of “That’70s Show” aired from 199802006.

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Coco Rocha Hosts DKMS X Jimmy Choo Shopping Event

Oct 20, 2016 01:30 pm
International supermodel and DKMS Ambassador, Coco Rocha, and DKMS Global Ambassador and Co-Founder, Katharina Harf, welcomed supporters to the Jimmy Choo store on Madison Avenue this week for an exclusive shopping event to benefitDKMS.

Coco Rocha and Katharina Harf
Coco Rocha and Katharina Harf

DKMS is an international nonprofit dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. DKMSfounder, Peter Harf, spoke about the importance of getting swabbed and potentially saving a life by becoming a bone marrow donor.

“Coco and Jimmy Choo have both been incredible partners as we continue our work to support patients battling blood cancer and to motivate people to register as bone marrow donors. Our mission is as simple as it is life-changing. Everyone can get swabbed and therefore, everyone can become a lifesaving hero,” said Katharina Harf.

The evening also celebrated cancer survivor Anthony Daniels, who was diagnosed with blood cancer at just 19 years old during his sophomore year at Fordham University. Despite four relapses and 30 rounds of chemotherapy, Daniels never gave up trying to find a bone marrow match. While searching for a match, he teamed up withDKMS to help raise awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor. As a result, Daniels’ efforts and story helped register more than 4000 potential bone marrow donors and more than 50 cancer patients found their lifesaving donor matches.

The event, held at Jimmy Choo’s Madison Avenue location offered guests and supporters the opportunity to discover the Jimmy Choo Autumn Winter 2016 Collection.


Richard Gere To Host Impact & Insight Benefit For The Garrison Institute

Oct 20, 2016 12:30 pm

Richard Gere: Profile

Richard Gere is hosting the Impact & Insight Benefit for the Garrison Institute featuring special performances by composer Laurie Anderson, cellist Rubin Kodheli and composer and instrumentalist Jesse Paris Smith.

WHERE: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY

WHEN: November 1, 2016 at 6:30pm

WHY: A dinner to benefit the Garrison Institute, honoring New York Times best-selling author Dr. Dan Siegel and the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar Gelek Rimpoche.


The Garrison Institute demonstrates and disseminates the importance of contemplative practices and spiritually grounded values in building a more compassionate and resilient future.


Jeffrey Katzenberg And Charlize Theron To Be Honored At amfAR Inspiration Gala LA

Oct 20, 2016 11:15 am

Jeffrey Katzenberg: Profile

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, amfAR, The Foundation forAIDS Research, will honor Jeffrey Katzenberg and Charlize Theron for their outstanding contributions to the fight againstAIDS.

The black tie benefit will be held at Milk Studios in Los Angeles and will be chaired by Aileen Getty and amfAR ChairmanKenneth Cole. Barry Diller and Chelsea Handler will serve as award presenters to Katzenberg and Theron, respectively.

Katzenberg, Chairman of DreamWorks New Media, is a longtime supporter of variousAIDS-related causes and is a Trustee of AIDS Project Los Angeles, which serves more than 11,000 individuals with first-rate HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs and fights for smart, effective HIV-related public policy.

Theron, Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace, founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. CTAOP supports community-based organizations that implement innovative HIV prevention programs targeting adolescents, providing young people in sub-Saharan Africa with important tools and skills that enable them to live healthy and productive lives.

The two honorees join previous amfAR Award of Inspiration recipients including Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier,Ricky Martin, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Tom Ford, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Cher, and Fergie, among others.

Co-chairs of the event include Will Arnett, Antonio Banderas, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Steve Buscemi, Nicolas Cage, John Demsey, America Ferrera, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jim Gianopulos, Charles Gibb, Jon Hamm, Nayla Hayek, Kevin Huvane, Stephen Huvane, Cheyenne Jackson, Milla Jovovich,Anna Kendrick, Heidi Klum, Donna Langley, Andrew Lipman, Willie Maldonado, Ron Meyer, Dame Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, Gary Newman, Denis O’Hare, Sean Patterson, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Tricia Quick, Peter Rice, Vincent Roberti, Zoe Saldana, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeff Shell, Martin Short, Stacey Snider, Jeffrey Tambor, Dana Walden, Stephen Warren, and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Harry Winston and M•A•C Viva Glam are the Presenting Sponsors. Cadillac andMoët Hennessy are the event’s Signature Sponsors. MILK is the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s life-savingAIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date.

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Chelsea Handler Joins Stella McCartney Breast Cancer Campaign

Oct 20, 2016 10:00 am
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, comedian Chelsea Handler strips down to reveal the new Stella Lace bra designed by Stella McCartney.

Chelsea Handler Models Stella McCartney Bra
Chelsea Handler Models Stella McCartney Bra

Serving as a reminder to get checked regularly, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the bra will be donated to the Linda McCartney Centre in the UK and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the US.

“Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women all over the world and does not discriminate,” said Stella. “While most people are aware of this terrible disease, many also do not take the steps to regularly get checked to detect it at its early stages. This set I designed is meant to serve as a reminder to women to consider their health and visit their doctor regularly. It not only looks and fits great, but is also an important healthy reminder.”


Kathy Griffin To Host Bette Midler’s Annual Hulaween Bash

Oct 20, 2016 08:45 am

Bette Midler: Profile

Bette Midler’s Annual Star-Studded Hulaween Bash will be held Oct. 28th at the Waldorf Astoria.

Hosted by Kathy Griffin, and featuring a costume contest judged by Marc Jacobs, a performance by Darlene Love, Bobby Kennedy will be honored for his work within the community, and much, much more.

The evening benefits Bette’s non-profit New York Restoration Project (NYRP), which has been working for more than 20 years to restore open spaces and create healthier environments in NYC by planting trees, renovating gardens, reclaiming park land and fortifying infrastructure in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods that often lack adequate municipal support.

Find out more about the event here.


Martina McBride Feeds Hundreds On Tour Stop

Oct 20, 2016 07:30 am
On the first stop of her Love Unleashed Tour in Poplar Bluff, MO, country music icon and 14 time Grammy nominee, Martina McBride, and her charity initiative, Team Music Is Love, did something very personal to unleash love on the town – they fed over 300 people in need.

Martina McBride donated a truckload of food and had it delivered to Poplar Bluff
Martina McBride donated a truckload of food and had it delivered to Poplar Bluff

Martina donated a truckload of food and had it delivered to Poplar Bluff a few hours before her performance, on Oct 14, at Black River Coliseum.

“The Martina McBride Mobile Food Pantry” was the first of its kind in partnership with the Bread Shed and Southeast Missouri Food Bank. This happened in an area of the state that has been hit hard with economic loss. The food bank estimates that 1 in 4 people in Missouri may not be able to put food on the table.

Volunteers with the Bread Shed and Martina’s team unloaded and distributed food to people in need. Team Music Is Love volunteers were also at Martina’s show that night to accept food donations to help the Southeast Missouri Food Bank.

Martina’s Instagram post about it is here.

Martina and her team will be doing good works in several of the towns on her Love Unleashed Tour which continued this weekend with a food drive, on Oct 15, to benefit the Dearborn Community Food Pantry around her show in Lawrenceburg, IN.

Through her Team Music Is Love organization, Martina partners with good causes and volunteers to help the towns she’s performing in. The organization has helped food banks, homeless shelters, and hospitals.

The organization also helped build a new playground for kids in Atlanta and started a music education program providing musical instruments to girls at an orphanage in Guatemala.

Fans can sign up to be part of Martina’s team and get a special charity benefit t-shirt
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Spotlight: Moby’s Charity Work

Oct 20, 2016 07:00 am


Moby is particularly aligned with organizations and campaigns which aim to protect animals, but he has a personal connection to the domestic abuse cause: he tweeted in September 2014, “when i was 9 i stopped my mom’s boyfriend from stabbing my mom to death. if you mock domestic abuse i have no time for you.”

Read more about Moby’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Little Kids Rock’s Celebrity Supporters

Oct 20, 2016 06:00 am
Bringing free instruments and rockin’ lessons to kids in underprivileged public schools across the county.

Celebrity supporters

Little Kids Rock has 51 known supporters, including Kelly Clarkson, Slash, and Bonnie Raitt

Areas of work

EJAF Welcomes Diana Krall to its 15th Annual Fall Gala!


Grammy-winning performer Diana Krall

Sir Elton John will welcome Grammy-winning performer Diana Krall as his special musical guest for the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 15th annual fall gala, An Enduring Vision, onWednesday, November 2, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

“I’m so thrilled Diana will be joining us for our fall gala this year,” said Elton John. “Diana is an extraordinary performer and a dear friend, and I’m thrilled beyond belief to welcome an artist of her caliber to our annual New York event.”

Emmy award-winning producer and popular talk show host Andy Cohen will emcee the evening. EJAF will honor internationally-renowned philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch with the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award and present its second Founder’s Award to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at EJAF, 212.219.0670 or

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Hilarity For Charity Raises $1.6 Million At Seth Rogen’s Halloween

Oct 19, 2016 01:30 pm

Seth Rogen: Profile

The 5th annual Los Angeles Hilarity for Charity (HFC) Variety Show hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen raised over $1.6 million to help families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide, raise awareness of Alzheimer’s among the millennial generation and fund cutting-edge research.

Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg headlined the Halloween-themed variety show, which was held on Saturday, October 15th at the Hollywood Palladium and featured a jam-packed night of comedy and musical entertainment.

The night began with an outdoor VIP reception where guests gathered for cocktails and delectable bites including beverages from Crown Royal and LaCroix. Once attendees made their way to their seats, Seth and Nick Petricca (Walk the Moon) started the night off with a memorable rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for the variety’s show opening act.

Following their performance, comedians Morgan Murphy and Jen Kirkman gave fast-paced, high-energy performances and magician Justin Willman left audience members entranced.

Lauren Miller Rogen then took the stage to remind guests of the mission of HFC, which was established in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lauren shared testimonials from HFC community members who have received free in-home care for loved ones through HFC’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care.

Then, James Corden took the stage for a lively auction featuring prizes including buyouts of Son of a Gun and Animal restaurants, a glamping weekend, a Paris getaway and more.

One of the highlights of the night came in the form of a video message from Los Angeles Dodgers Infielder/Outfielder Howie Kendrick, who announced a generous $100,000 donation via the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to help further HFC’s mission and fund Alzheimer’s research.

“Alzheimer’s is a cause very close to our family, and we’re proud to support the great work of Hilarity for Charity and the Alzheimer’s Association to accelerate research, as well as engage a younger generation in the fight against this horrible disease,” said Howie Kendrick. “We look forward to continuing to support this work and raise awareness,” added his wife, Jody Kendrick.

Other evening highlights included a surprise performance of “Shut-up and Dance” by Nick Petricca, a duet from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley, a rendition of “Time Warp” by Courtney Love and the evening’s final comedic set delivered by the hilarious Marc Maron.

The already epic night concluded with an unforgettable performance by Snoop Dogg who entertained with some of his iconic hits, including “The Next Episode,” “Gin & Juice,” “Drop it Like it’s Hot,” and “Young Wild & Free.”

“Each year we set out to put on an entertaining show and take people’s money so we can help those who need it,” said Rogen. “This year, with the help of some very generous and talented friends, we’ve done just that!”

“I’m always amazed at how well the show comes together each year,” said Miller Rogen. “We are so thankful for the many people that lend their time and effort to support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

Notable guests who supported the cause for the evening included, Elizabeth Olsen,Scott Eastwood, Maria Shriver, Katie Stevens, Tony Hawk, Katie Lowes, Ben Feldman, Adam Shapiro, Frances Bean Cobain, Kunal Nayyar, and Johnny Galecki among others.

Rogen and Miller Rogen established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families affected by Alzheimer’s care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting edge research. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show continues to create the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates through an evening filled with music and comedy.

The evening was made possible by the generous support of several individual and corporate supporters including: Netflix, Fast Rabbit, Crown Royal, Home Instead Senior Care, Rivet Revolution, BMW Beverly Hills, Good Universe, LaCroix and United Talent Agency.


Jordin Sparks To Perform At Recognizing Heroes Red Carpet Awards Dinner and Charity Benefit

Oct 19, 2016 12:30 pm
On November 12th, 2016, Unlikely Heroes will host the 4th annual Recognizing Heroes Red Carpet Awards Dinner and Charity Benefit, presented by Sumits Yoga Colleyville and sponsored by iHeart Media and KISS FM at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, with red carpet arrivals beginning at 5pm.

November 12, 2016 Red Carpet Benefit featuring Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Jordin Sparks, Savannah Chrisley and Anjelah Johnson
November 12, 2016 Red Carpet Benefit featuring Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, Jordin Sparks, Savannah Chrisley and Anjelah Johnson

Featuring a live musical performance by multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, this Red Carpet Charity Benefit will be hosted by award winning actress Nikki Reed(Twilight Saga), critically-acclaimed comedian Anjelah Johnson (MADtv) and Savannah Chrisley (Chrisley Knows Best). Including special guests Ian Somerhalder(Vampire Diaries), Kenyon and Katie Coleman (NFL, former Dallas Cowboys), Rebecca Bender (Survivor Advocate) and keynote speaker: Shaun Alexander (NFL, former Seattle Seahawks). This special Red Carpet Charity Benefit will draw more than 400 celebrities, influencers, philanthropists, media, affluent business leaders and prominent members from the Dallas/Ft. Worth community to end slavery and celebrate freedom.

This year, Hero Award winners include: Shaun and Val Alexander (NFL, former Seattle Seahawks), Robert Smith and Hope Dworaczyk-Smith (CEO, Vista Equity Partners), Ana Reyes (Williams and Connolly LLP), Dee Martin (Bracewell Law), Salo Zelermyer (Bracewell Law) and Rebekah Charleston (Survivor Advocate).

Unlikely Heroes rescues and restores children from a life of slavery worldwide. Unlikely Heroes has 5 restoration homes for rescued kids located in the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and in the USA in Dallas, Texas. In the past, Unlikely Heroes events have attracted Hollywood support, influential leaders and international media attention. Celebrity supporters, hosts and past gala performers include: Selena Gomez, Kellan Lutz, Babyface, Andra Day, Jesse McCartney, Chris Gorham, JoJo, Ledisi, and many others.

Human trafficking is “the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, or fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation.” But it also has another name: modern day slavery. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history. The most conservative figures available suggest that more than one million children are involved in the sex trade each year, but experts say the true number could be five times that or more. Additionally, profits from slavery exceed $32 billion annually. This is not just a problem of the developing world: it is a global crisis, and includes the United States. In fact, conservative numbers estimate that there are more than 100,000 children sold for sex in the U.S. each year.

For more information on what you can do to help, as well as details about the Unlikely Heroes Recognizing Heroes Red Carpet Benefit, please


Stars To Attend ASPCA Los Angeles Fundraiser

Oct 19, 2016 11:15 am

Jennifer Coolidge: Profile

The ASPCA Los Angeles Fundraiser will be an evening to remember, where guests will enjoy specialty cocktails featuring Casamigos Tequila and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a silent auction to support the ASPCA’s Los Angeles Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, music, and more.

The event will take place at a private residence in Bel Air on October 20.

Beth Behrs will be presented with the 2016 ASPCA Compassion Award for the extraordinary commitment of time and effort she has dedicated to directly impact the lives of vulnerable and victimized animals, to be presented by Jennifer Coolidge. Sarah Hyland will receive the ASPCA Voice for Animals Award to recognize her efforts toward increasing awareness and inspiring action on behalf of animals in crisis, to be presented by Nina Dobrev. Proceeds from the event will support the launch of the organization’s new Los Angeles Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic.


Elton John And Tennis Stars Raise $600,000 At World TeamTennis Smash Hits

Oct 19, 2016 10:00 am
On Monday, October 10, 2016, Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King hosted the 24th annual all-star charity tennis match – World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elton John and Billie Jean King
Elton John and Billie Jean King
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The event was a great success, raising more than $600,000 to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

Prior to the match, Elton, Billie Jean, and all of the featured players attended a VIPdonor reception and live auction that raised more than $150,000 of the evening’s totals. The players were active bidders in the auction, with Maria Sharapova winning a ticket package for the Broadway hit “Hamilton” and John McEnroe buying an autographed Elton John piano bench.

Billie Jean King and Maria Sharapova
Billie Jean King and Maria Sharapova
Credit/Copyright: CameraWorkUSA

The tennis action took place on a multi-colored tennis court just steps away from where Elton John plays his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace. A capacity crowd watched Maria Sharapova’s highly-anticipated return to tennis as she opened the night pairing up with Andy Roddick for a set of celebrity doubles against Elton John and Martina Navratilova.

Sharapova and Roddick won 3-1 in an entertaining quick set.
Then, tennis stars Mardy Fish, Liezel Huber, Taylor Johnson, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova divided into two teams – Team Elton and Team Billie Jean – and treated the sold-out crowd to a modified World TeamTennis match, including one set each of men’s doubles, women’s doubles, men’s singles, women’s singles, and mixed doubles. Team Elton won the match 19-14, giving Team Elton a 13-11 edge in the all-time series.

“This highly successful event brings the 24-year cumulative total of dollars raised by Smash Hits to more than $15 million for EJAF’s grant-making initiatives supportingHIV/AIDS-related advocacy, prevention, stigma reduction, and direct treatment, care, and service programs across the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John.


Jack Nicklaus Celebrates Success Of Together For The Children Campaign

Oct 19, 2016 08:45 am
Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Health System, celebrated the success of its Together For The Children Campaign on Thursday, October 13 with more than 300 guests in attendance at a special preview unveiling of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP), a new six-story tower within the campus of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Patty McDonald, Lucy Morillo, Jack Nicklaus, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Barbara, Alex Soto, Nicklaus patient Ralphie Mario Murgado, Dr. Narendra Kini and Michael Fux
Patty McDonald, Lucy Morillo, Jack Nicklaus, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Barbara, Alex Soto, Nicklaus patient Ralphie Mario Murgado, Dr. Narendra Kini and Michael Fux

The construction of the new 212,000 square-foot state-of-the-art family centered facility, was one of the priorities of Together For The Children, which surpassed its original fundraising goal of $150 million, two years ahead of schedule. The structure is the first freestanding pediatric facility of its kind in South Florida, dedicated to the care of children with complex and specialized needs.

“We are incredibly excited and humbled by the overwhelming generosity of the community, corporations and other private donors who joined our Together For The Children Campaign and made this accomplishment a reality two years ahead of schedule”, said Lucy Morillo, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “This campaign has been a truly remarkable endeavor and speaks volumes on how we are committed to providing children everywhere the best care possible.”

First Family of Golf, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Chairs of the Together For The Children Campaign were on hand for the ribbon cutting alongside Dr. M. Narendra Kini,CEO for Miami Children’s Health System, Mario Murgado, Board Chair for Miami Children’s Health System, Alex Soto, Board Chair for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Marile Lopez, Board Chair for Miami Children’s Health Foundation.

The event also served as backdrop for the announcement of a $1.5 million pledge from West Coast University in support of nursing education at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This generous gift demonstrates the joint commitment to nursing education, which will ensure the continued delivery of nursing care to children through family-centered bedside manner. During the program, Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor presented a certificate of appreciation to mark this historic occasion. Also in attendance were State Representatives Frank Artiles, Jose Felix Diaz, Alex Ferro, and Erik Fresen, Commissioners Steve Bovo and Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Secretary of the Agency for Health Administration Justin Senior, School Board member Dr. Martha Perez, and MCH Foundation Celebrity Ambassador Erick Cuesta.

The new facility is making possible the relocation of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s three internationally recognized intensive care units (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to a new state-of-the-art setting, enhancing the care environment and offering additional family-centered amenities.

For more information about the Together For The Children Campaign please or contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.268.1845


Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Documentary Before The Flood To Air Globally On NatGeo

Oct 19, 2016 07:30 am
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

Video: Before the Flood – Trailer | National Geographic

The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

Before the Flood premieres in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages.

To learn more about the film and what you can do to take action, visit the official film site here.


Spotlight: Chelsea Clinton’s Charity Work

Oct 19, 2016 07:00 am

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton is the daughter of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

Read more about Chelsea Clinton’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: United Way’s Celebrity Supporters

Oct 19, 2016 06:00 am
Gathering money, goods and volunteer services from all types of donors and distributing this tangible support to the strongest local projects and charitable organizations.

Working closely with companies, foundations and government to help craft their philanthropic strategies for the health of both donors and the communities being served.

About United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area:

UWGNOA is advancing the common good. Across southeast Louisiana, people are struggling and concerned about their future. United Way believes that everyone in the region should have an opportunity for a good life, and is committed to providing more residents the building blocks necessary for success. By partnering with donors, employers, nonprofits, faith groups and government, United Way brings a coordinated approach to solving community problems in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.

Celebrity supporters

United Way has 24 known supporters, including George Clooney, Eva Longoria, andCarrie Underwood

Areas of work

Read more about United Way’s work and celebrity supporters.

Celebrity Homes:

apolloApollo Creed’s Movie Mansion Is Going To Auction

Rocky Balboa’s boxing rival Apollo Creed’s fabulous Philadelphia movie mansion is going to auction, and featured this week at

Sylvester Stallone is one of Hollywood’s best stories – a real life homeless, wannabe actor who was so broke that he was sleeping in a New York City bus terminal in the early 1970s, but rose to multiple Academy Awards for 1976’s “Rocky” that he wrote and starred. A series of “Rocky” sequels and “Rambo” hits, themed in rags to riches much like his own life, have been huge box office draws. Continue reading “Celebrity Homes:”

Rihanna and Kotlar

Rihanna wore Harry Kotlar 4 carat diamond earrings paired with a Hillary Clinton supporter t-shirt in Manhattan on October 19, 2016 in New York City. 
Harry Kotlar: 

4 ct. diamond studs 

Spanning six decades of beauty, art and perfection, Harry Kotlar is recognized as the premier source for the highest quality diamonds. Founded in 1948, Harry Kotlar began his career as a diamond dealer and supplier. With a natural charisma for business and a great appreciation for cut stones, Kotlar’s business began to flourish, quickly securing his legacy in the world of luxury. Now under the esteemed leadership of his grandson, David Weiner, Harry Kotlar continues to produce collections that evoke old-world artistry with modern sophistication. In 2003, David continued to advance the Harry Kotlar collection by launching two of the designer’s now hallmark designs, the Artisan Pave collection and the Kotlar Cushion cut diamond. For more information, please visit

How we became SOLITARY:

Katherine and Sarina at the London Premiere
Katherine and Sarina at the London Premiere

(New Amazon, Itunes, IndieFilms Digital Release) 

By William Hagle

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/19/16 – IN THE FILM Nora’s broken life lands her back home with her aging father. There with sister Shannon they uncover the painful reality that drove Nora to drink, despair and confusion.

The Hollywood Times (THT) Q and A follows on how to take film festival winner Solitary to World-Wide Digital Distribution.

Featured Cast and Crew

Roger Taylor: Executive Producer, Score

Sarina Taylor: Executive Producer/Producer/Supporting Role Continue reading “How we became SOLITARY:”

Sunday October 23, Art Show Features the Paintings of Charlie Patton!

pattonArtist Charlie Patton began painting when he was a mere child. Inspired by his first teacher (a 92-year-old painter) who dazzled the boy with her talent and ease to create a work of art right before his eyes. He has been painting ever since.

Now as a professional artist he has shown in many galleries and said he is especially excited to exhibit his work at Upper West Restaurant. Known for its fantastic cuisine, the Santa Monica restaurant hosts art shows every three to four months. On Sunday, October 23rd, Upper West presents “Visceral” Intuitive Abstraction featuring over thirteen works by Patton.

The Upper West team has selected an eclectic grouping of paintings from several different painting series. “These range from pure abstract, abstract figurative, collage, to classical paintings like Donia,” said Patton. “I like the approach to this because it all most looks like different people painted these paintings.”

He describes his inspiration… “Donia is a good friend of mine who had a certain profile that was very beautiful so I wanted to paint that. The cup that she is holding is an 18th century bone cup with a metal heart and initials engraved on it. I think it was a wedding cup.”

Patton said he never knows what will emerge when approaching a canvas. He is open to anything. He went on to explain that he will often start a painting with a specific style in mind, then find that the piece is evolving into an entirely different work of art such as Cape Horn, one of the paintings that will be part of “Visceral.” He continued, “Cape Horn started out as a pure abstract painting that evolved into an African influenced color pallet and figure.” Continue reading “Sunday October 23, Art Show Features the Paintings of Charlie Patton!”

Fallen Saints scares up the dead in Burbank, CA

fs-28By Erica Meadows and Rob Steiner

Burbank, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/20/16 – Fallen Saints is a theatrical haunt performed at The Actors Group Theatre on Magnolia Blvd located on the trendy vintage row of Burbank, CA. Waiting outside you are greeted by ‘The Mortician’ who convincingly welcomes you to his mortuary while giving you a chill down your spine at the same time. 

Upon entering the lobby you are greeted by several equally spooky characters who materialize in the dimly lit room and back patio keeping you on edge wondering who is going to pop out at you next. The main mortuary room is hosted by Evelyn ‘Evie’ Skrain who conjures spirits and allows them to cross over, until things go terribly wrong…

The charm of Fallen Saints is that you are part of the show at all times. Artifacts are given to audience members who must present them at the opportune time to facilitate the seances. All the actors are 100% committed to their characters and deliver wonderfully eerie performances per the script as well as being talented improv performers, having to tailor everything to the new audiences in front of them.  

Producer/Director Sebastian Munoz gave us a little insight that all the characters are based on real people in the lives of a notorious serial killer, making you want to read up and head back to watch the show all over again to piece together the story. The good news is that on any given show night, there are 5 performances running approx 45 min each, which leaves you just enough time to take whatever necessary to calm your nerves and head back in for another dose of haunt. There’s even free candy while you wait.  Continue reading “Fallen Saints scares up the dead in Burbank, CA”

Programming Insider

Thursday, October 20, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
The CBS Eye logo was introduced during the network’s station breaks in 1951….Walter Cronkite began hosting CBS documentary series “The 20thCentury” in 1957…TV’s two most “lovable bigots,” Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker and Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson, appeared together for the first time in an episode of CBS’ “All in the Family” in 1973…Celebrity Birthdays: Rock singer Tom Petty is 66; Former “Boy Meets World” star William Russ is also 66; Rapper Snoop Dogg is 45; Former “The Office” star John Krasinski is 37.

Did You Know?
When “All in the Family” spin-off “The Jeffersons” debuted in 1975, Sherman Hemsley at the time was 36 years old.  Isabel Sanford as beloved wife Louise (“Weezie”) was 57 and Mike Evans as son Lionel was 26, which would have made George 10 years old when Lionel was born.  No wonder why Mother Jefferson (Zara Cully) did not like “Weezie!”  She robbed the cradle!

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Wednesday 10/19/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.7/ 9, ABC: 5.6/ 8, NBC: 5.5/ 8, Fox: 45.5/ 7, CW: 1.1/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening and the winners and losers listing are excluded due to the third live Presidential debate airing last night.

Only two-tenths of a household rating point separated the Big 3 nets, with another dominant performance for “Survivor” in the 8 p.m. hour (5.3 rating/8 share) lifting CBS to first overall for the evening.

Second in the 8 p.m. hour was Fox’s recently full season-renewed “Lethal Weapon” at a 4.5/ 7, which proves the action drama can stand on its own minus the pre-tune-in for lead-out “Empire.”  Comparably, “Lethal Weapon” increased from year-ago time period occupant “Rosewood” (3.9/ 6 on 10/21/15) by 15 percent.

Next were repeat animated holiday specials “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (4.4/ 7) and “Toy Story of Terror” (3.6/ 5) on ABC, followed by NBC’s relocated “Blindspot” at a fourth-place 3.6/ 5 in the household overnights.  Although “Blindspot” slipped by 22 percent from the 4.6/ 7 for year-ago time period occupant “The Mysteries of Laura,” but the audience composition is younger.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here


Live + Same Day Data
-Monday 10/17/16: Click here
-Tuesday 10/18/16: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Eva Longoria Developing Comedy “940 Saturdays” Based on Parenting Book
Recent “Telenovela” star Eva Longoria is returning to the sitcom world, but behind the camera.  The former “Desperate Housewives” actress is developing a potential new comedy for ABC based on the 2014 book by Harley Rorbart, “940 Saturdays.”  The story is based on the “940 Saturdays from the day your child is born to the day they turn 18-years-old. The show would follow three families who band together to enjoy — and survive — those 940 weekends.”

The TV adaptation will be written by writers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, who are reuniting with Longoria, after co-creating “Telenovela.”

Longoria and her producing partner Ben Spector will serve as executive producers via their UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which is behind the project with Universal Television where the production company is under a deal.  Longoria and Spector are already in business with ABC as executive producers on the proposed “Magnum, P.I. reboot, which is in development at the network.

Ridley Scott to Develop New Legal Drama for CBS
Ridley Scott (“The Man in the High Castle”) is developing a new legal drama for CBS titled “Mrs. V. Mr.,” according to Variety.  The proposed series will follow a prominent, larger-than-life L.A. defense attorney and the chief prosecutor for the DA’s office who are constantly at odds in the courtroom, but are a happily married couple who have to leave their rivalries at the door when it comes to raising their three willful kids.

David Mahoney, an exec producer on CBS’s “MacGyver” and “Code Black,” will write the pilot script and serve as an executive producer with Scott and David Zucker, who are producing via their Scott Free Productions. CBS Television Studios is also producing.

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Nickelodeon Greenlights Third Season of Animated “The Loud House”
Nickelodeon has renewed animated “The Loud House” for a third season prior to the second season even beginning, with an order for 26 new half-hour episodes.  Debuting on May 2, “The Loud House” follows Lincoln Loud as he navigates his way through the chaos of being the only boy with 10 sisters. Created and executive produced by Chris Savino, season three is set to debut in 2017.

“The Loud House” has emerged as the number-one kids’ animated show on TV, posting double-digit gains over last year.  The series is averaging 985,000 kids 2-11 (up 38 percent over last year); and 585,000 kids 6-11 (up 48 percent).  The total audience, to-date, is 1.88 million, which is an increase of 29 percent over the year-ago time period average.


Creating One Unique Measurement for All TV Viewing Remains Elusive
From Promax BDA:
Maintaining value in the legacy broadcast model for advertisers and broadcasters while recognizing the opportunities in emerging digital channels — and capitalizing on them — was the focus of “Measurement in Focus: How Close is the TV Business to Settling on a Universal Cross-Platform Currency?” during the Advanced Advertising track at NYC Television & Video Week on Wednesday.

Featured were Randy Cooke, vice president of Programmatic TV, SpotX; Colleen Fahey Rush, executive vice president and chief research officer, Viacom; Joan FitzGerald, vice president, product management and business development, TiVo; and Andrew Feigenson, managing director at Nielsen with Broadcasting & Cable Editor in Chief Dade Hayes moderating. Compatibility across platforms and comprehensive coverage in audience measurement was the theme.

At the discussion’s center was Nielsen’s Total Audience measurement system, which is now being rolled out live, according to Feigenson.  For more, click here

Why Branded Content Needs to Be Part of Your Overall Marketing Strategy
From Promax BDA: Content marketing is the new branding strategy, according to Thomas Punch, global executive creative director, Vice Media, one of six featured speakers at a session at Advanced Advertising at NYC Television & Video Week on Wednesday.

The panel, which focused on heightening marketing efforts via branded content, included Punch, Geoffrey Campbell, senior director of branded content at MediaCom; Mark Lewis, vice president, client and brand partnerships, Discovery Communications; Ofer Oved, chief strategy officer, HIRO Media; Babs Rangaiah, partner, global marketing solutions, IBM | ix; and Harry Brisson, director, Nielsen Media Lab.  For more, click here

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Join NBC Sports for Sprint Cup Commentary
NBC Sports announced on “NASCAR America” that Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 88 Chevrolet, will join the NBC Sports broadcast booth for portions of two upcoming Sprint Cup broadcasts. Earnhardt, who has not raced since July as he recovers from a concussion, will lend his expertise as an analyst during NBCSN’s coverage this Sunday from Talladega Superspeedway, as well as the following Sunday from Martinsville Speedway.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, Earnhardt will reunite with his former crew chief Steve Letarte, and work alongside race announcer Rick Allen and fellow analyst Jeff Burton. Sunday marks Earnhardt’s first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup broadcasting assignment.

Casting News
Christopher Lloyd (“Taxi,” “Back to the Future”) will guest star in season three of Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” as Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon other’s tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult the “Army of the 12 Monkeys.”  Shaw is the father of villain Pallid Man…Alyssa Milano (“Mistresses”) will join the cast of season two of “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” on Netflix.  There are no details on her role yet.

The Media Insights & Engagement Conference
Captivating Viewers in the Age of Content Everywhere
Jan.31 – Feb. 2, 2017 | Boca Raton, FL

The Media Insights & Engagement Conference is the annual gathering place that research and insights leaders in the industry rely on to decipher the future of media. Connect with your create new standards for measurement, master content development, uncover next gen research, create engagement strategies, develop new partnerships and more.

For more information, click here


2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here

1. Who do you think won the third – and final – Presidential debate? Click here
2. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
3. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
4. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
Fox presents original movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”.  The Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers on “Thursday Night Football” on CBS.  Lifetime debuts “Project Runway: Fashion Startup”  For the complete listing for Thursday, Oct. 19, click here
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True or False

Which one of the following statements about television is false?

a) “Friends” aired on NBC for 10-seasons.
b) NBC’s “Medium” debuted before CBS’“Ghost Whisperer.”
c) “Three’s Company” on ABC spun-off two different series.
d) Marc Cuban was not a regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank” until season three.
e) “That’70s Show” on Fox concluded after 200 episodes.
f) They are all true.

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following live action series never had an animated spin-off series or movie?

a) “ALF”
b) “The Dukes of Hazzard”
c) “Emergency!”
d) “Laverne & Shirley”
e) “The Munsters”
f) they all did

Is…f) they all did.  Take a look:


“The Dukes”

“Emergency + 4”

“Laverne & Shirley in the Army”

“Laverne & Shirley with The Fonz”

“The Mini-Munsters”

Trivia All-Stars
Larry Collins, Jim Forkan, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Derek Rogers, Joe Rubi

Martin Sheen at Anne of Green Gable’s Book Reading Event

sheenYesterday afternoon at the Barnes & Noble in NYC’s Union Square, Martin Sheen and Kate Macdonald Butler, L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, participated in a PBS book reading event for Anne of Green Gables. A broadcast special based on Montgomery’s classic novel will air on PBS on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 24 at 8/7c. Sheen and Butler read passages from the classic novel to a group of 3rd grade students and other visitors, even after Sheen joked about how nervous he was to read in front of a large group of students. They also took questions from the audience, where Martin revealed that his favorite character he’s ever played was President Bartlet on the series “The West Wing.”


Photo Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images





The Dramatic Thriller Will be Produced by Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios 

CBS has given a straight-to-series order for 13 episodes of SALVATION, a new one-hour event series from Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios. The serialized drama will be broadcast during summer 2017.

A suspense thriller, SALVATION centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Continue reading “CBS ORDERS “SALVATION,” A NEW EVENT SERIES”

Programming Insider

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
In 1953, Arthur Godfrey fired singer Julius La Rosa during the live radio broadcast of “Arthur Godfrey Time.” Considered one of the great mistakes in the history of broadcasting, the once beloved Godfrey’s career spiraled downward from that moment on…The last issue of “Look” magazine was published in 1971…“Chorus Line” opened at Shubert Theater New York City in 1975…Celebrity Birthdays: Actor John Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun”) is 71; Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is 52; “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker is 47; Actress Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) is 34.

Did You Know?
“I Love Lucy,” which aired on CBS in the Monday 9 p.m. half-hour for its entire six season (1951-57) run, followed “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.”  The Godfrey talent competition ran for one final season in 1957-58 into sitcom “The Danny Thomas Show.”

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Tuesday 10/18/16

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.7/13, NBC: 6.0/10, ABC: 2.7/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2, Fox: 1.2/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +15, ABC: + 4, CBS: – 3, CW: -18, Fox: -43

-Winners: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “Bull” (CBS), “This Is Us” (NBC)
Honorable Mention: “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)
-Losers (excluding repeats): “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “No Tomorrow” (CW), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped the Tuesday overnights, besting No. 2 NBC in households by 28 percent.  But NBC’s combination of “The Voice” (#2: 6.7 rating/11 share), “This Is Us” (#2: 6.4/10) and “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.9/ 9) should be enough to warrant a clean sweep in adults 18-49.  For my thoughts on “This Is Us” at Campaign US, clickhere:

Tops in the household overnights for the evening, of course, was “NCIS” on CBS at a 9.1/15 from 8-9 p.m.  That led into recent hit entry “Bull” at a compatible 7.7/12 at 9 p.m., followed by relocated “NCIS: New Orleans” at a 6.2/10 at 10 p.m.  CBS finished first in the household overnights in each of the six half-hours.

For more (including the breakdown by half-hour), click here


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Weekly Ratings Scorecard – Week of Oct. 10, 2016

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 9.11 million – 6), NBC: 7.18 (-14), ABC: 5.83 (- 5), Fox: 5.11 (+22), CW: 1.60 (+ 5)

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.9 rating/7 share (-21), Fox: 1.7/ 6 (+31), CBS: 1.7/ 6 (-19), ABC: 1.4/ 5 (- 7), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 25-54:
CBS and NBC: 2.4/ 7 (-17 each), Fox: 2.0/ 6 (+25), ABC: 1.8/ 5 (-10), CW: 0.6/ 2 (no change)

-Adults 18-34:

Fox: 1.3/ 6 (+30), NBC: 1.3/ 6 (-24), CBS: 1.1/ 5 (-21), ABC: 1.0/ 4 (- 9), CW: 0.4/ 2 (-33)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


CBS Orders Live Game Show “Candy Crush”
CBS has picked up “Candy Crush,” a new one-hour, live action game show series based on the mobile game franchise. CBS, Lionsgate Television and interactive entertainment company King will join together on the new format created and executive produced by Matt Kunitz that will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by Lionsgate.

In the game “Candy Crush Saga,” players match colorful candies in combinations of three or more to win points, defeat obstacles and progress through more than 2,000 levels.  In the series, teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer “Candy Crush” and be crowned the champions. A host will be announced at a later date.

“Candy Crush” will be produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson will serve as executive producers.

Comedy Central Picks Up “The High Court” with Doug Benson
Comedy Central has greenlit a 15-minute comical strip called “The High Court,” featuring comedian Doug Benson (“Getting Doug with High,” “@midnight”) presiding over the highest court in the land as he adjudicates real small claims court cases. Loosely based on Benson’s show “Getting Doug with High,” the series follows Benson as “Judge Doug” as he rules on real small claims court cases “before retiring to his chamber with a guest bailiff to get very stoned and deliberate on the matter.” Unlike Comedy Central’s other series, Benson’s show will take on the Adult Swim-style format.

Benson will exec produce with Bruce Smith, JASH’s Daniel Kellison and Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard Owens and Kevin Healey. Gary Mann and Daniel Wolfberg are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. The 15-minute strip series will be co-produced by JASH and Propagate for an early 2017 launch.

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FX Renews “American Crime Story” for Season Three
Prior to the second season airing, FX has ordered a third season of “American Crime Story.”  Season three of the Ryan Murphy anthology will be based on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book “Vulgar Favors,” which explores the murder of designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.  The book also attempts to paint a psychological portrait of Cunanan, who killed four other people and ultimately took his own life.

Season two of “American Crime Story,” which will air in 2017, will tackle the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is based on Douglas Brinkley’s book, “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

The inaugural season of “American Crime Story,” subtitled “The People v. OJ Simpson,” won 10 Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and acting trophies for Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown.


Gwen Stefani to Return to NBC’s “The Voice”
Gwen Stefani will rejoin NBC’s “The Voice” in the upcoming spring edition as one of the four coaches, replacing Miley Cyrus and joining Alicia Keys, who was added to the singing competition this season, and Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, who will be appearing in their 12th consecutive editions.  Miley Cyrus, the other newbie this fall, will return for the 13th edition of “The Voice.”

Stefani previously appeared in the seventh and ninth editions.  Set to continue as host is Carson Daly, who will be back as emcee for season 12, which will begin airing in February 2017.


Love it or hate it, “This Is Us” is exactly what TV needs right now
From Campaign US: When it comes to drama, NBC has a tendency to stick with what works. Case in point: A fourth entry in the network’s Chicago-themed franchise, “Chicago Law,” arrives in midseason. So when the network announced at the upfront that it would debut a new fall drama from “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer and producer Dan Fogelman called “This Is Us,” many observers justifiably questioned whether an audience weaned on Dick Wolf storytelling would take to something so deeply relationship-oriented.

After all, it’s been ages since a family relationship drama has really resonated with viewers. Yes, ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” was a moderate hit from 2006 to 2011, and “Parenthood” managed a five-year run on NBC from 2006 to 2011. There was also “Friday Night Lights” on NBC, which only managed to stay afloat beyond season two by co-producing seasons three through five with DirectTV. But none of the three were a true ratings success.  For more at Campaign US, click here


Showtime will air election special Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shi*t? on Tuesday, November 8 at 11 p.m. ET.  Airing live from The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City with a studio audience, the one-hour program will also feature remote segments and several surprise guests, and will reveal who won the presidency.

Upcoming Animal Planet series “Project Grizzly,” which focused on bear trainer Jeff Watson teaching two 700-pound grizzlies how to survive in the deep wild, will debut on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 p.m. ET.  Settled in a remote location in Indiana, he teaches the bears how to fend for themselves by hunting and fishing, learning to hibernate and ultimately break their dependence on Jeff.

2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here


Rex Humbard has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Production & Operations for UP.  Rex joined the company in 2005 and was previously Senior Vice President, Production, Operations & IT. Prior to joining UP, Humbard was Managing Partner and Executive Producer at Advanced Media, LLC.

1. Who is your all-time favorite coach on NBC’s “The Voice”?  Click here
2. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
3. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the third – and final – Presidential debate.  Hulu premieres Hugh Laurie crime solver “Change.” For the complete listing for Wednesday, Oct. 19, click here
The daily trivia question is below “You Might Like.”
Animated Spin-Offs

Which one of the following live action series never had an animated spin-off series or movie?

a) “ALF”
b) “The Dukes of Hazzard”
c) “Emergency!”
d) “Laverne & Shirley”
e) “The Munsters”
f) they all did

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Whose talk show did Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) appear on sitting next to former Beatle John Lennon in 1994 Best Picture Oscar winner “Forrest Gump”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Dick Cavett
c) Phil Donahue
d) Mike Douglas
e) Merv Griffin

Is…b) Dick Cavett.  For a look, click here

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Albright, Mark Amato, Gerry Bixenspan, Jocelyn Brandeis, John Brooker, Sharon Case, Paul Certo, Larry Collins, Tom Condotsa, Audrey Davis, Reid Davis, Joel Dearing, Tony DeMauro, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Tom Gdisis, Suzy Goldman, Heidi Hoffmeister, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Debra Kainer, Rosemarie Kelly, Synda Kollman, Jody McIntyre, Tom Moore, Bill Nuss, Jodi Perris, Alex Petrilli, Roger Price, Gordon Purcell, Connie Rigg, Derek Rogers, Jay Rossi, Colleen Roth, Art Salisch, Arlyn Sinsay, Larry Smith, Barb Throm

Look to the Stars

Staples And Katy Perry Bring Learning To Life For Thousands Of Students Nationwide

Oct 17, 2016 01:30 pm
Staples and global superstar Katy Perry teamed up and helped hundreds of teachers bring learning to life through the 2016 Staples for Students program, which fulfilled $1 million in classroom projects through the non-profit organization

Katy Perry attends the Staples for Students Winners VIP Celebration
Katy Perry attends the Staples for Students Winners VIP Celebration
Credit/Copyright: Casey Rodgers/AP Images for Staples

In April, Staples announced a $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 800,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 20 million students across the country. As a result, Staples fulfilled 1,072 classroom projects across the country, providing 787 teachers in 402 schools with their classroom needs, and impacting 98,609 students.

Additionally, Staples customers nationwide donated more than $330,000 at Staples stores and in the lead-up to back-to-school season.

“We’re grateful to our customers and thank them for donating to the Staples for Students campaign, which helps teachers and classrooms across the country through,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “It was a pleasure to once again team up with Katy Perry to raise awareness around this important cause and to help teachers bring learning to life for students.”

The program was driven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year.

“Teaming up with Staples in 2014 taught me firsthand how important it is to support our nation’s teachers, and how often they are forced to dig into their own pockets to provide even the most basic school supplies for their students,” said Katy Perry. “It was an honor to be able to work with Staples and again this year, and I am delighted that our efforts have helped pave the way for students to realize their dreams.”

“We’re so grateful for Staples’ continued partnership in helping teachers and students to succeed, as well as for the support of its loyal customers and Katy Perry,” said Charles Best, founder of “This year marks the third time that we’ve worked with Staples to help teachers make more happen, and we’ve again heard directly from teachers that Staples and have made a lasting impact on their classrooms.”

$50,000 Scholarship Winner

Katy Perry presented the grand prize winner of the Staples for Students Sweepstakes, Patricia O’Keefe and her son Matthew, Deep River, Conn., with a $50,000 scholarship at a Winners VIP Celebration in Los Angeles on October 13th. Matthew is a senior in high school and is currently applying to colleges for enrollment in fall 2017. Four lucky first prize winners and one guest each also joined the celebration and met Katy Perry.


Living Histories Live: An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was

Oct 17, 2016 12:30 pm

Iggy Pop: Profile

On Oct. 23 the GRAMMY Foundation will host Living Histories Live: An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was, an event highlighting the musical contributions of Pop and Was, creative collaborators who share deep and common roots in Detroit.

Hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman, the special evening will feature an engaging discussion and close with a joint performance by Pop and Was. In addition, fellow Michigan native Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age, the Dead Weather) will be the guest artist.

This up-close-and-personal live experience is presented by Iron Mountain Inc., supporting partner of the GRAMMY Foundation Living Histories program. While in town, Pop will be interviewed for the Living Histories archive, which chronicles contributions of key influencers and illustrates the impact of music on culture.

The event, which will be held at The Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. in Detroit, is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for $35 per person.


Victoria And Brooklyn Beckham Visit Kenya With UNAIDS

Oct 17, 2016 11:15 am
UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador Victoria Beckham and her son, Brooklyn Beckham, have completed a three-day mission to Kenya with Born Free Africa andUNAIDS to raise awareness about HIV.

Victoria Beckham with the girls team at the launch of the national football campaign Maisha Kick Out HIV Stigma
Victoria Beckham with the girls team at the launch of the national football campaign Maisha Kick Out HIV Stigma
Credit/Copyright: UNAIDS

Their visit focused on preventing new HIV infections among newborn children and keeping their mothers healthy and the urgency of promoting HIV testing, prevention and treatment for young people, especially adolescent girls and young women.

During the mission, Victoria and Brooklyn Beckham travelled across the country visiting exciting projects that aim to reduce the effects of HIV in Kenya. They met with community and health workers to understand the challenges they face in their work and learned about their many successes. Victoria and Brooklyn spent time with children and talked to young people and adults living with or affected by HIV, hearing first-hand their personal stories and experiences of HIV.

Today, alongside his mother, Brooklyn took part in a national football campaign “Maisha kick out HIV stigma”, which aims to motivate young people to get HIV tested. HIVtesting, prevention and treatment services are critical to ending the AIDS epidemic, but often people, in particular young people, do not access services owing to lack of information and the stigma and discrimination linked to HIV. Brooklyn joined the football match and showed off his footballing talents on the pitch.

UNAIDS estimates that 1.5 million people are living with HIV in Kenya, with about 71 000 new HIV infections among adults in 2015. One third of all new HIV infections occurred among young women and adolescent girls aged 15–24 years, who are at particularly high risk. There were 6600 new HIV infections among children in 2015. The Government of Kenya is committed to ending AIDS and in addition to funding its own national HIV work has recently pledged US$ 5 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and US$ 500 000 to UNAIDS to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

There have been many successes in the AIDS response, but Ms Beckham used the opportunity to highlight that the AIDS epidemic is far from over. “We have come such a long way together to overcome AIDS — we know the facts, we have the tools, but we need commitment, action and funding to see this through! Ending AIDS can happen, but will only happen if we join together and end all forms of stigma and discrimination.”

“Having the support of our International Goodwill Ambassador is extremely important for Kenya in moving towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat,” saidUNAIDS Country Director, Jantine Jacobi.

The mission was organized by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, Born Free Africa andUNAIDS.


Stars Gather For UNICEF UK’s 2016 Halloween Ball

Oct 17, 2016 10:00 am

Robbie Williams: Profile

Long-standing UNICEF UK Ambassadors Jemima Khan,Robbie Williams and James Nesbitt led the fantastical turn out for Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball on Thursday, 13th October, raising more than half a million pounds to help Unicef protect Syria’s children in danger.

High-profile personalities from the worlds of TV, entertainment and fashion including Gillian Anderson, Erin O’Connor, Amber Le Bon, Cel Spellman and Princess Beatrice arrived at London’s One Embankment for the magical Malice in Wonderland themed party. Guests were treated to dazzling performances by 2016MOBO Award nominee Laura Mvula and music legend and Unicef UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams.

Long-standing Unicef UK Ambassador Jemima Khan said, “Tonight’s Halloween Ball was about coming together to support Unicef’s vitally important work to keep Syrian children safe and warm. The conflict in Syria is the largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2. The shocking images we’ve seen of children suffering inside Syria and those making terrifying journeys across Europe in search of safety are utterly heart-breaking. With freezing temperatures coming and no way of keeping warm these children will struggle to survive. Unicef is on the ground right now providing life-saving humanitarian aid, including warm blankets, but their work remains desperately underfunded.”

The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide blankets, life-saving food, clean water, health care and psychosocial support to children whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.

Unicef UK Executive Director, Mike Penrose said, “Over eight million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria. So many have lost their school, their home, their friends, even their family. After five years of war, the situation for Syrian children has never been more critical. Unicef is one of the few humanitarian organisations working to protect children in Syria and across the region, as well as for refugee children in Europe, but we cannot do it alone. The funds raised at events like Halloween Ball are vital in ensuring we continue to reach the millions of children in desperate need.”

You can help keep Syria’s children safe and warm this winter. Please to donate.


Robin Williams’ Bicycle Collection To Be Auctioned For Charity

Oct 17, 2016 08:45 am

Robin Williams: Profile

Robin Williams’ family has launched an auction last week featuring a vast collection of bicycles owned and ridden by the late actor to benefit two nonprofits dedicated to serving individuals living with physical disabilities: the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The auction is being hosted on, the premier online collecting destination, from Oct. 13-25.

An avid cyclist, Williams was beloved by the cycling community and collected a number of high-end and custom bicycles. A selection of 87 bicycles from his personal collection are being sold in support of CAF and the Reeve Foundation, including a Dario Pegoretti Responsorium and Love #3, Serotta Ottrott, Trek Madone 7 Diamonds and a Zipp racing bike. The auction can be viewed at

As well-known for his philanthropy as he was for his acting, Williams was devoted to a number of charitable causes and served as an ambassador to CAF and the Reeve Foundation to raise awareness for the millions of Americans living with disabilities. As a result of his fierce dedication, both organizations have advanced their shared mission of helping individuals living with physical challenges achieve improved health and quality of life, while promoting greater inclusion and independence.

Williams’ children, Zak, Zelda and Cody, are continuing their father’s philanthropic legacy through their ongoing commitment to CAF and the Reeve Foundation. The auction on Paddle8 will raise critical funds for both organizations and further support the communities they serve.

From Robin’s children

“Though bright, skin-tight spandex still remains one of the more embarrassing outfits to regularly witness your Dad wearing growing up, the sport of biking and the people Dad helped through his love of it will always hold a special place in the hearts of our family. Causes like the Reeve Foundation, championed by his longtime friends Chris and Dana Reeve, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, in whose triathlons he often biked, were both deeply important to him and we’re honored to be able to continue to support them both in Dad’s name.

“We hope these bikes will bring their new owners as much joy as riding them, and helping these causes, always brought him. And though not required, may we suggest wearing the loudest, most vibrant and brightly-patterned, skintight biking gear possible when riding them?

“Keep the tradition alive.”

Robin’s Relationship with the Challenged Athletes Foundation

Robin Williams was instrumental in the growth of CAF’s mission to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.

Williams and his family were fixtures at CAF events, including the San Diego Triathlon Challenge (SDTC). Robin was an 11-time participant in the SDTC, where able-bodied individuals and challenged athletes compete side-by-side to display the power of the human spirit. At the triathlon, Robin participated as the cyclist on Team Braveheart. His teammates included Scott Tinley, two-time Ironman World Champion and Hall of Fame inductee, and Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a double amputee and two-time Paralympic gold medalist swimmer. In addition, Robin was an enthusiastic participant in the CAF 3-day NorCal Back to Back Cycling Challenge and came out annually to share words of encouragement with riders at CAF’s Million Dollar Challenge, a week-long 620-mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego.

In March 2015, the organization hosted A Celebration of Will, a CAF gala to honor the legacy of Robin Williams that raised over $2 million dollars for the Challenged Athletes Foundation Endowment in Memory of Robin Williams.

“When Robin participated at events for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, he would always say, ’It’s like coming back to family,’” said Jeffrey Essakow, Chairman of the Board, Challenged Athletes Foundation. “Robin was family and served as a beacon of hope for athletes with physical challenges. He showed the world that the power of humor and kindness can make a tangible difference. We are honored to join the Reeve Foundation and recognize Robin through this auction.”

Robin’s Relationship with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Robin Williams was equally as influential in advancing the Reeve Foundation mission to cure spinal cord injury and improve the quality of life for all individuals living with paralysis. With the Williams family’s steadfast support, the Reeve Foundation has invested over $122 million to speed the development of treatments for spinal cord injury and realize Christopher Reeve’s dream of a world of empty wheelchairs. Williams also championed Dana Reeve’s vision to enhance quality of life through the Reeve Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center, a constellation of services to serve families impacted by paralysis.

Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams met in 1973 as roommates at the Julliard School and became lifelong friends. After Reeve sustained a spinal cord injury, Robin joined the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors and continued to support the organization following Reeve’s passing in 2004.

The Reeve Foundation honored Williams in 1998 with the inaugural “Human Spirit Award” and recognized him again in 2007 for his tremendous impact. His family continues to remain active and involved by participating in events, including the Foundation’s gala, A Magical Evening.

“Like Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams was an unmovable force. To have them in the same room, let alone fighting for the same cause, was extraordinary,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “Robin provided unending support without fanfare or question, and became a powerful voice for the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis. Thanks to his efforts and the generous contributions of his family, cures for spinal cord injury are now within reach. Being part of this auction with Challenged Athletes Foundation is a beautiful way to honor his legacy of giving.”


Veteran PSA Tells Voters: Don’t Just Thank, Vote!

Oct 17, 2016 07:30 am
As a tangible way to honor those who fought to defend their freedoms, Americans are being encouraged to perform their civic responsibility just days before Veterans Day in a new national PSA from Got Your 6 and issue-driven media company ATTN:.

Video: “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” PSA

The PSA launched a nonpartisan campaign “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” featuring actors and veterans Rob Riggle, David Eigenberg, and J.W. Cortes, actors Tom Arnold andJoe Manganiello, and supporters of the veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6.

Through the online fundraising platform Omaze, Don’t Just Thank, Vote! t-shirts are being sold for $25 each to raise funds and awareness to support the campaign.

“We know that veterans are more engaged in the democratic process, but even if all 21.8 million veterans were to cast a ballot in November, we still wouldn’t reverse the downward trend in voter participation,” said Iraq War veteran and Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch. “Got Your 6 believes that voting is the most basic civic responsibility, and that disengagement is a sign of faltering community health. As veterans, we feel it is our responsibility to lead from the front by challenging Americans to not just thank us for our service, but to honor every veteran by voting.”

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 70 percent of registered veterans voted in the 2012 presidential election, compared with 60.9 percent of registered non-veterans. Arecent report by Got Your 6 demonstrates that that gap is even more profound in local elections, with 15 percent higher voting rates for veterans over their non-veteran counterparts.

Not only are veterans statistically more likely to vote this Election Day, they are also uniquely positioned to encourage non-veterans to do the same.

The “Don’t Just Thank, Vote!” PSA acknowledges that voter turnout in the United States is among the worst of all developed nations. To increase the voting rate on Nov. 8, the veteran-driven campaign challenges all citizens to show their support of the men and women who wore the uniform through actions, not just words.

Viewers are directed to Got Your 6’s voter registration and reminder In partnership with TurboVote, the site allows users to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and apply for absentee ballots.


Spotlight: Meryl Streep’s Charity Work

Oct 17, 2016 07:00 am

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an American actress known and admired world-wide. Although she began her acting career on stage in 1971, it was her roles in ‘Deer Hunter’ and ‘Kramer vs Kramer’ in the late ‘70s that gave her international accolade.
She has recieved 16 Academy Award nominations, winning 2, and 25 Golden Globe nominations, where she won 7. She has also received 2 Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, five Grammy Award nominations, a BAFTA award, an Australian Film Institute Award and a Tony Award nomination, amongst others. She was awarded the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

She is an international role model for women and girls everywhere and helps numerous charities regularly. Most notably, she is the National Spokesperson for the National Woman’s History Museum to whom she has donated significant amounts of money and hosted numerous events.

Read more about Meryl Streep’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Celebrity Supporters

Oct 17, 2016 06:00 am
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

How you can help

To make a donation, click here.

Celebrity supporters

Michael J. Fox Foundation has 26 known supporters, including Scarlett Johansson,John Mayer, and Muhammad Ali

Areas of work

Read more about Michael J. Fox Foundation’s work and celebrity supporters.


 Mike Kingsbaker, Ana Serradilla, Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona and William Baldwin at the press junket in Acapulco.
Mike Kingsbaker, Ana Serradilla, Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona and William Baldwin at the press junket in Acapulco.

This past Thursday, October 13th, the “Welcome to Acapulco” film hosted its official press junket in Acapulco, Mexico. The event was attended by the popular cast & crew including Michael Madsen, Mike Kingsbaker, Paul Sorvino, William Baldwin, Ana Serradilla and Ana Layevska along with Guerrero tourism officials.

The film’s cast and crew, state and municipal officials and media were present at the event held in Hotel Mirador Acapulco

Acapulco, Guerrero – October 17th, 2016 – The official press junket for the new film “Welcome to Acapulco” was held in Acapulco this past Thursday, October 13th. The film’s series of popular American and international artists including Michael Madsen, Mike Kingsbaker, Paul Sorvino, William Baldwin, Ana Serradilla and Ana Layevska were all in attendance. Producers Loris Curci and and Magi Halvadjin, director Guillermo Ivan and Guerrero and Acapulco municipality tourism officials were also present during the junket.

The Secretary of Tourism of the State of Guerrero, Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, welcomed the stellar cast and the entire production of this film. “Welcome to Acapulco” will feature several top landmarks in Acapulco including La Quebrada, Sinfonia del Mar, La Isla de la Roqueta and beautiful beaches among other sites. Continue reading “THE “WELCOME TO ACAPULCO” FILM HOSTED ITS OFFICIAL PRESS JUNKET IN ACAPULCO ON OCTOBER 13”

Obama and Le Vian

Michelle Obama wore Le Vian earrings and ring to the final state dinner as First Lady with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini in Washington, DC on October 18, 2016. 

Le Vian: 

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Programming Insider

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
ON THIS DAY                                                                          
Orson Welles made his television debut in the live “Omnibus” production of “King Lear” on CBS in 1953. Hosted by Alistair Cooke, “Omnibus” showcased dramatic plays, literary readings, documentary-style films, operas, ballet and symphony performances…The Jackson Five made their first national television appearance on ABC variety hour “The Hollywood Palace” in 1969…ABC sitcom “Roseanne” began its nine season run in 1988…Celebrity Birthdays:  Rock singer Chuck Berry is 90; “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells is 78; Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is 56; Erin Moran from “Happy Days” fame is also 56; Actor Zac Efron is 29; Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) is 25.

Did You Know?
“Roseanne” initially debuted out of “Who’s the Boss?” in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. half-hour and finished season one ranked second overall in all of primetime (behind NBC’s “The Cosby Show”).  By season two, it tied “The Cosby Show” for first and remained ranked in the Top 4 through season six.

RATINGS BOX                                                                            

Monday 10/17/16

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.1/10, ABC: 6.0/10, CBS: 5.1/ 8, Fox: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +100 Fox: +19, NBC: -8, ABC: -18, CBS: -20

-Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Supergirl” (CW), “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
-Modest: “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “The Odd Couple” (CBS)
-Losers: “Gotham” (Fox), “Jane the Virgin” (CW), “Conviction” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC)

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC topped the Monday overnights, inching past No. 2 ABC by two percent in households.  But the home of “The Voice,” of course, will hold a far larger advantage in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics).  In the 8-10 p.m. overnight battle of “The Voice” (7.3 rating/11 share) versus “Dancing With the Stars” (7.4/11), ABC held a one-tenth of a rating point advantage.  But year-to-year, “Dancing With the Stars” slipped by 14 percent (versus a 8.6/13 on 10/19/15), while “The Voice” was on par the 7.5/11 one year earlier.

Both ABC and NBC continue to lag in the new drama department at 10 p.m., with NBC’s “Timeless” (#2: 3.8/ 6) and ABC’s “Conviction” (#3: 3.2/ 6) trailing year-ago time period occupants “Blindspot” (4.8/ 8 on 10/19/15) and “Castle” (4.7/ 8) by 21 percent and 32 percent, respectively.  Compared to the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, “Timeless” slipped from “The Voice” (7.4/11) by 49 percent, while “Conviction” dropped from “Dancing With the Stars” (7.5/12) by 37 percent.

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TBS Orders Tracy Morgan Sitcom
TBS has placed a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an untitled single camera sitcom headlined by Tracy Morgan created and executive produced by Jordan Peele (“Key & Peele”) and John Carcieri (“Vice Principals”).  Originally set up at FX with a pilot order, Morgan will be featured as a convict released from jail for good behavior after 15-years who is surprised to see just how much the world has changed in his absence. Returning to his newly-gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, Tracy discovers that his former girlfriend has married an affable, successful white man, who is helping raise his twin sons he never knew existed. Wanting nothing more than to connect with his kids, but having neither the money to support them nor himself, Tracy falls back on the skills he learned in prison to make ends meet while treading on unfamiliar territory.

This Morgan sitcom became available in recent months after FX passed on it and both Comedy Central expressed interest.

The CW Picks Up Terry Crews Holiday Specials
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews will be featured in “Terry Crews Saves Christmas,” a week-long series of specials on The CW from Electus.  In each episode, Crews, joined by a team featuring food, beverage and design experts, will visit a hopeless holiday enthusiast and will put them through a crash-course in how to do Christmas right.  Produced by Tim Warren (“Bar Rescue”), Christopher Grant, Drew Buckley, Justin Dudek, and Max Levenson of Electus, “Terry Crews Saves Christmas” will premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 20 and will run hour-long episodes on Tuesday through Thursday that week leading into a two-hour finale on Friday, Dec. 23.

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CBS Renews “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait” and “MacGyver” for Full Seasons
CBS has extended the episode orders of freshman dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver” and freshman sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” starring Kevin James, with nine additional episodes past the initial 13.  That brings the total episodes for the trio in season one to 22.  Effective on Monday, Oct. 24, “Kevin Can Wait” moves to Monday at 8 p.m. into the debut of new Matt LeBlanc sitcom “Man With a Plan” (and will have to stand on its own without the lead-in support from “The Big Bang Theory,” which moves back into the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour on Oct. 27).

Eight of the 20 new network series this fall, to-date, have been picked-up for the remainder of the new season including ABC’s “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless,” NBC’s “This Is Us” and “Lethal Weapon” on Fox.

CBS Cancels “BrainDead” and “American Gothic”
On the heels of the three new fall series pickups comes word from CBS that summer dramas “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” will not be continuing.  Both aired for only one season and only “Zoo” will remain in production of the three original scripted dramas on CBS this past summer.

“BrainDead” debuted in June to over 4.5 million viewers but lost steam throughout its13-episode run with the final episode on Sept. 11 bringing in just 2.15 million viewers. And “American Gothic” also struggled to find an audience with its highest-rated episode bringing in just under 3.6 million viewers.

“BrainDead” Robert and Michelle King are now busy with the upcoming untitled “The Good Wife” spin-off on CBS All Access.

AMC Renews “The Walking Dead” for Season Eight
AMC, not surprisingly, has issued an eighth season pickup to mega-hit with an order for 16 new episodes in 2017.  Also returning will be Chris Hardwick-hosted after-show “The Talking Dead.”

“Eeny, meeny, miny, more,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement, referencing the infamous taunting by the villainous Negan during the season six cliffhanger. “What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring “The Walking Dead” to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.”

AMC previously renewed “The Walking Dead” spin-off “Fear the Walking Dead” for a third season, which will also at an undisclosed time in 2017.


ABC to Stack All Episodes of its Freshman Series on Digital Platforms
ABC will make all episodes of newbies “American Housewife,” “Speechless,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor” and “Notorious,” plus returning “Dancing with the Stars,” “Quantico,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Secrets and Lies”  available and the ABC app for desktop, mobile and connected TV devices.  Also featured digitally will be “American Crime,” “The Bachelor,” “The Big Fan,” Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Time After Time,” and the mini-series event “When We Rise” in midseason.   Episodes from most series will also be available on Hulu and via select MVPD On-Demand platforms, including Xfinity and DIRECTV. and the ABC app enable all users nationwide to access the five most recent episodes of their favorite shows for free on-demand, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Modern Family” and “Scandal.”  Additionally, viewers who authenticate with a participating pay TV provider have several advantages, including the ability to watch a 24-hour live network stream in select markets; access to the most recent episodes of ABC series and news programs the day after they air; and now access to every episode of this season’s new series.

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Scripted drama “The Fosters” will return on Freeform with a new batch of season four episodes on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 pm. ET.  “The Fosters” leads into the fifth – and final – season of “Switched at Birth” at 9 p.m. ET.  The final season of “Switched at Birth” will include the topical issue of campus race relations — culminating with an episode told from the perspective of several African-American characters — and the milestone 100th episode of the series.

2016 MLB Postseason TV Schedule on Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network
The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason has arrived.  Through Nov. 2, a champion will be determined among the 10 teams involved. The league’s broadcast partners this playoff season include Fox, FS1, TBS, ESPN and MLB Network.  For the dates of the games, click here

Television Series Arriving on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in October 2016
New original and off-network series titles for the month of October will appear on the streaming video services Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.  For the listing, click here

1. What will you be watching on the broadcast networks on this fifth Tuesday of the new television season?  Click here
2. Happy 65th Birthday to “I Love Lucy.”  What is your favorite episode? Click here
3. What is your current favorite daytime game show? Click here
The broadcast networks offer a night of all regularly scheduled originals.  MTV airs an original episode of “Scream” themed to Halloween.  Docuseries “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” concludes for the season on TLC.  For the complete listing for Tuesday, Oct. 18, click here  
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Whose talk show did Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) appear on sitting next to former Beatle John Lennon in 1994 Best Picture Oscar winner “Forrest Gump”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Dick Cavett
c) Phil Donahue
d) Mike Douglas
e) Merv Griffin

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Who was the only captain from a “Star Trek” series to have appeared in a movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture?

a) Scott Bakula
b) Avery Brooks
c) Kate Mulgrew
d) William Shatner
e) Patrick Stewart
e) None of them did

Is…a) Scott Bakula, who appeared as Jim Olmeyer in 1999 Oscar winner “American Beauty.”

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HSUS Presents To The Rescue! New York: Saving Animal Lives Gala

Oct 14, 2016 01:30 pm

Ali Wentworth: Profile

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has announced that fashion industry leader HUGO BOSS and acclaimed philanthropist Georgina Bloomberg will be honored at the 2016 To the Rescue! New York gala to benefit and celebrate the organization’s animal rescue efforts.

Responsible for saving and rehabilitating thousands of animals each year, The HSUS and its global arm Humane Society International travel across the country and the globe to help animals in need from puppy mills, dogfighting, neglect and natural disasters. The annual gala takes place on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The host will be Ali Wentworth.

HUGO BOSS will be honored with the Corporate Consciousness Award in recognition of the company’s commitment to humane alternatives and sustainable business strategies. Bloomberg will receive the Compassion in Action Award for her tireless work to protect all animals.

HUGO BOSS is a fashion industry leader in the luxury market when it comes to making animal welfare and innovation key principles of corporate responsibility. On top of rejecting real animal fur, exotic leather and angora, the company has taken a stand against some of the most egregious animal husbandry practices in fashion. These include a ban on down feathers from live-plucked or forced-fed birds and preferential treatment to wool suppliers that stop mulesing their sheep hoping to be 90 percent mulesing-free by 2020. HUGO BOSS also rejects any animal testing. To meet customer demand, the forward-thinking company uses humane alternatives such as “friendly fur” and “friendly leather” made without animals. Replacing cruelty with sustainable innovations is the future of the fashion industry, and HUGO BOSS hopes to inspire the present generation and especially the next generation with a new kind of luxury.

Bloomberg is an equestrian, a philanthropist, an author and an animal advocate. If actions speak louder than words, hers clearly say that compassion matters. In addition to a competitive jumping career, Georgina serves on the board of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Bloomberg Sisters Foundation and the Bloomberg Family Foundation and on the board of trustees for the U.S. Equestrian Team. When she was 23 years old, she founded The Rider’s Closet, which collects new and gently used riding clothing and boots and provides them to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individuals in need. When The HSUS launched an Equine Protection Council in 2011, Georgina volunteered as the council’s first chair. Horses are not her only concern. Georgina advocates for shelter pets and is on the board of both theASPCA and Animal Aid USA. She co-founded The HSUS’s Friends of Finn committee to help fight puppy mills. And as a five-time co-chair of To the Rescue! New York, her passion and commitment to the cause have helped increase awareness of animal welfare issues and save animals’ lives.

Guests will enjoy a three-course vegan meal prepared by Candle 79 and Cipriani, a live auction and entertainment.

This year’s gala is co-chaired by Amanda Hearst and Steve Read.

The 2016 Leadership Committee includes Ian Bass, Howard and Wendy Berk, Gale Epstein, Jennifer Faga, Janie Greenspun Gale, Linda Goddard, Cathy Kangas, Stacey and Don Kivowitz, Jennifer Laue, Mary and Peter Max, Patrick McDonnell and Karen O’Connell, Judy Ney, Paige Rense Noland, Christine and Edwin Ordway, Lida Orzeck, Marian Probst, Debra Shore and Suzy Welch.

The Friends of Finn Committee includes Georgina Bloomberg, Tripp Callan, Anthony Cummings, Amanda Hearst, Michael Katz, Steve Read, Breanna Schultz, Courtney Stroum Meagher, Katie Sturino. Advisory Committee: Morgan Bogle, Lorenzo Borghese, Stephanie Riggio Bulger, Liz Dee, Dylan Lauren, Sarah Read and Kelly Vitko,

This year’s gala is sponsored by Moroccanoil. The event is produced in partnership with Celebrity Event Planner Liron David of Eventique

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Bill Oddie Supports National Badger Day

Oct 14, 2016 12:30 pm

Bill Oddie: Profile

Ahead of National Badger Day on October 6th, TV naturalist and campaigner Bill Oddie joined forces with Humane Society International to spend a night out with the Wounded Badger Patrol in the Dorset badger cull zone.

In August this year, the government began the roll out of its widely discredited badger cull to seven new areas across three new counties in England, bringing the total number of cull zones to ten, across six counties [Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Somerset], despite continued calls from leading experts to abandon the cull as unscientific and inhumane.

A YouGov poll commissioned by animal charity Humane Society International/UK revealed the high level of concern the public has for badger welfare, with 67 per cent of respondents saying they would be concerned at the suffering caused to badgers if the cull went ahead in their counties. This concern is reflected in the number of ordinary local residents who join Wounded Badger Patrols night after night to check badger setts and look for injured animals.

In a video message recorded on the night of 3rd October by HSI/UK’s director Claire Bass, before she and Bill Oddie set off with the Dorset Wounded Badger Patrol, the veteran wildlife presenter spoke passionately about his opposition to the badger cull.

Bill Oddie said: “The first thing is that the fact that we’re still going through this rigmarole of will the badger cull improve the situation as regards bovine TB, a subject which was first mooted in scientific papers something like 10 or 20 or even 30 years ago and has actually been active for the last 2 or 3 years, and this government are intending to go on for another half dozen years, is astonishing. I mean there’s something wrong if they still haven’t worked out if it works or it doesn’t work. Except of course that they’re taking no notice of all the scientific evidence which says this doesn’t work. And therefore you look at the second phase and you say what’s it doing to the badgers as well. And it’s a cruel process, there’s no two ways about it. Obviously there are some shot that are not killed instantly, it’s the same in the shooting industry, the same thing there, birds shot but they don’t instantly die…But it’s almost like ‘We are the government, you are the NGOs, you do not tell them what to do, we’re in charge’, and it reminds me of some bloody-minded teacher or 6th form bully or something, who says we’ve decided what we’re gonna do and we’re going to do it. And there’s no other reason than that.”

Bill Oddie also expressed his deep admiration for local people who take part in nightly Wounded Badger Patrols in various cull zones, saying:

“And thank god we get people like these lovely people at the back there who – I love the fact that they’re sometimes referred to as sabs, ooh saboteurs, you know in balaclavas. But they’re not, they’re just normal people of all ages, all types, all backgrounds, who feel so strongly that they’re going to come out here just about every night and go out into the country where they know there are various badger setts and they also know there are people waiting with guns. And they’re very careful, they’re not violent, they’re not confrontational but they are going to try and stop any gratuitous slaughter of badgers. And well frankly, my hat goes off to them.”

In Wales, the government has rejected badger culling in favour of stricter controls over cattle testing, cattle movement, and on-farm biosecurity protocols. The number of cattle slaughtered because of bovine TB has significantly reduced in Wales over recent years.

Humane Society International/UK assists a number of Wounded Badger Patrol groups in various cull zones, and HSI/UK Director Claire Bass found the experience very thought-provoking.

Bass said: “It was a starlit, peaceful night and I’m relieved to say that the only badgers we spotted that night were very much alive, viewed through our infrared camera as they snuffled about in the undergrowth. At one point we heard gunshots in the distance and had a sobering sense of just how vulnerable badgers and other wildlife are – their only line of defence is the compassionate people who make up the Wounded Badger Patrols. Simply peacefully patrolling near the badgers can be enough to displace a shooter and save lives, and of course they are on constant look out for wounded animals. Knowing that this much-loved and supposedly protected wild mammal is under siege so close by is very motivating – I’d encourage anyone who can spare some time at night to visit to find your nearest patrol in the six counties where culling is currently taking place.”

Ian Mortimer, who leads the Dorset patrollers, commented: “There is no justice in killing badgers when all the science says killing badgers will make no meaningful difference to the incidence of bTB in cattle. So, we fight to protect badgers from ignorance, persecution and cruelty. And if we don’t fight for the badgers, who will? The badger culls are ignorant and cruel so it is important that we fight for justice. Having Bill Oddie visit us here in Dorset, to show such support for the cause, was a major boost for the troops. We know we are not alone in this fight but it is always motivating when somebody as high profile as Bill is prepared to put his head above the parapet, and give his time, to show his opposition to the cull. If we are to stop more unnecessary killing of badgers we need yet more people to join us and to walk the countryside by day and/or night and, for those who might find this difficult, there are other roles to be filled.”

Please support Wounded Badger Patrols: Details of the Dorset group, Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW) can be found at:


Mya Dazzles In Fresh-Veggie Dress For PETA

Oct 14, 2016 11:15 am
Wearing an edible bespoke dress made entirely of fresh vegetables, Grammy Award–winning singer Mya stars in a brand-new campaign for PETA that proclaims, “Life in Color. Go Vegan for Life.”

Mya Dazzles in Fresh-Veggie Dress
Mya Dazzles in Fresh-Veggie Dress

The ad was shot during the singer’s Planet 9 world tour.

In an exclusive video interview with PETA, Mýa shares how her life has changed since she switched from vegetarian to vegan eating three years ago: “I’m no longer anemic. I’m intaking so many more healthy foods — obviously vegetables, nuts, greens, seeds that are iron-rich,” she says. “Dairy causes mucus buildup, which is awful for singers. I don’t get sick! And my skin is clear. I lost 30 pounds. I don’t have to go to the gym as much.”

And although Mýa describes herself as a “brand-new vegan,” she already knows that the change is here to stay: “[T]he more information about the truths and the harsh realities of treatment of animals … including seafood, including the dairy industry … it’s impossible to turn back,” she says. “Give vegan a try — it’ll grow on you.”

Other health benefits of going vegan include a decreased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity compared to meat-eaters. And of course, every person who goes vegan spares approximately 100 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.

Mýa joins a growing list of celebrities — including RZA, Russell Simmons, Dawn Richard, Alicia Silverstone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Kimberly Elise — who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.


Jane Lynch Writes Foreword For New Book, Dog Obsessed

Oct 14, 2016 10:00 am
The Honest Kitchen announces the launch of its new book, Dog Obsessed, a lifestyle guide for people who love their dogs as much as (and sometimes more than!) family.

Dog Obsessed, written by Lucy Postins
Dog Obsessed, written by Lucy Postins

Written by CEO and co-founder Lucy Postins, and featuring a foreword by Jane Lynch, the book is packed with humorous, helpful advice that goes beyond the average dog-care book, including dos and don’ts in the dog park, how to ensure your pup’s holidays are safe and truly special, advice on how to manage your dog’s unique personality quirks, and a section on make-at-home dog games. Dog Obsessed is the only resource passionate dog owners will ever need and available now at The Honest Kitchen’s website as well as from booksellers nationwide and retailers of The Honest Kitchen’s line of all natural human grade foods for pets.

Shunning the often dictatorial, prescriptive tone of many traditional pet care books, Dog Obsessed is a more lighthearted celebration of the western world’s deep-seated love of dogs and balances practical advice with amusing anecdotes (many contributed by The Honest Kitchen’s passionate fans), instructions for make-at-home dog toys, and steps for uncovering food allergies. This complete guide combines humorous advice with sound, veterinarian-approved programs for weight loss, exercise, and physical and emotional health, offering 45 easy-to-prepare recipes such as duck and ham dumplings, turkey and raspberry summer meatballs, pumpkin powwow with chicken and snap peas, plus celebratory party fare, complete with wine pairings.

The Honest Kitchen will celebrate the book launch leading up to the holiday season with a series of in-store events and book signings. The brand is also hosting a social media campaign surrounding the book launch that will highlight dog horoscopes, look-alike photo contests, and online-exclusive bonus content. Please for more information.


Jamie Oliver Takes His Food Revolution To Canada

Oct 14, 2016 08:45 am
Written by Elizabeth Willoughby

Calling on Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep the promise he made last autumn to “tackle childhood obesity”, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver created this short video in the lead up to his visit to Canada, where he says 20 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 are overweight or obese.

Video: Jamie’s message to Justin Trudeau

After Trudeau’s October 2015 election, Oliver was pleased to see the following March a National Campaign to Combat Obesity by Canada’s Senate Committee on Social Affairs. The Committee’s report put forth 21 recommendations, including “a complete revision of Canada’s food guide to better reflect scientific evidence, a ban on advertising food and drink to children, a possible tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, a review of nutrition food labeling to make it easier to understand, and a plan for making healthy food more affordable.”

The Senate’s recommendations are not incongruous from the six main goals stated on Oliver’s website: Sugary Drinks Tax, Sugar Reformulation, Fair Marketing, Clearer Labels, School Food and Education.

Buoyed by such like-minded messaging, Oliver went to Canada last week to promote his Food Revolution campaign among politicians, supermarkets and influencers to try to ensure that the positive words are followed by real action.

“It’s crazy that we live in a world where millions of children get too much of the wrong food, while millions more get too little good food,” says Oliver. “There are 41 million children under the age of five that are overweight or obese, while 159 million under-fives are stunted. Let’s put an end to obesity and undernourishment the world over.”


Three Leadership Tips For A Better World

Oct 14, 2016 07:30 am
Written by Edward Martin

Bill Austin founded one of the largest hearing aid companies in the world. He worked incredibly hard to do that, but works even harder to give it all away.

Bill Austin, Forrest Whittaker and a senior UN offical at the UN gathering in the SDG media zone
Bill Austin, Forrest Whittaker and a senior UN offical at the UN gathering in the SDG media zone
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Over the years, Bill has worked with the likes of Elton John, Steve Martin, Muhammad Ali, Billy Crystal and Miley Cyrus, as well as hundreds of other celebs across the entire spectrum to bring the gift of hearing to the world.

At a recent United Nations Generally Assembly meeting, Look To The Stars’s Ed Martin had the opportunity to talk with Bill about what drives him and why world leaders and celebrities like Forest Whitaker are drawn to give back alongside him. Below, Ed offers tips on how to lead the way in making a difference.

I’ve known Bill for a number of years, and he does things differently.

Here are just 3 areas that stand out to me:

He works with everyone. Republican, Democrat, Palestinian, Israeli, rich, poor… doesn’t matter to him in his desire to want to show them love. He opens their ears, but also pours kindness into their soul. He knows what many have forgotten. Each person and their life is sacred and invaluable.

2) He understands that helping people to hear again brings many other things – a bigger sense of connectedness, an ability to better learn, the chance to be a bigger part of the broader society and it can offer a new purpose. In many parts of the world, people who cannot hear are shunned and pushed to the margins. Hearing again brings them back home.

3) It’s not inch deep with Bill Austin. He’s there 18 hours a day fitting children in conflict zones to extreme weather to all kinds of conditions… anyone that goes with Bill Austin on a hearing mission is not there for “watching”. President or celebrity, you are there to work with people. It’s because Bill wants others to feel what he feels.

When you help someone to hear for the first time, and see their beautiful face and eyes light up, you feel the warmth of that light the rest of your life.

And with the tremendous folks from UN partnerships and, we began to see how bringing hearing to the world could transcend hearing and touch all 17 United nations Sustainable development goals.

Imagine a child’s ears open, eyes widen and the spark of insight that the world around them is completely different than the moment earlier. There is hope, opportunity and compassion across boundaries. There is a way forward.

In the meantime, thank you Bill and Tani Austin. And thank you to the incredible celebrity influencers who have used their platforms and heart to move this work forward.


Spotlight: Ban Ki-moon’s Charity Work

Oct 14, 2016 07:00 am

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth and current Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Charities & foundations supported

Ban Ki-moon has supported the following charities:

Read more about Ban Ki-moon’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: GLSEN’s Celebrity Supporters

Oct 14, 2016 06:00 am
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

Celebrity supporters

GLSEN has 47 known supporters, including Ellen DeGeneres, Barack Obama, andLady Gaga

Areas of work

Read more about GLSEN’s work and celebrity supporters.