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Oscars ripple effect

16473234_10154858077966291_7717459406473942745_nThe beauty of the Oscars and the Academy Awards is the culmination of all the bits and pieces to arrive at this point today. Yes there is the glamour, limos, press, red carpet, the award show, the speeches, the fans, security, the after parties. Yet there is more than meets the eye. There is all those people who helped make all these movies and it begins with the story. The tales shared. The stories written.

The journey of storytelling throughout one’s life. From before we are born the stories of the child on its way. The arrival, the stages of a new person. Each of us have stories yet only so many are really told. First those stories need to be written and our society still has so many people who fell in between the cracks in their education who cannot read or write so how do they communicate let alone survive. I know of a close friend who had a young mover who couldn’t write the labels on boxes being moved nor read the words on it. He is 33.

Then there is the time to write. In our explosive age of multiple devices to write on the messages are often just under 50 words. Time is flying. Yet the power of movies. We can watch movies on all these devices so we do love storytellers yet do we support the art of writing in our self and in our families and friends?

I was recently questioned by a sibling do I get paid for writing?  I get paid for certain projects and publications yet not always. I don’t write for the money though I would like it yet I write as I must. I feel the calling. I feel the importance of the power of words used correctly. I dislike when some adults have limited foul mouths spewing degrorative remarks. There is a dictionary of incredible descriptive words to embellish life.

A writer is part of the creative arts like a musician, singer, actor or speaker. To be in the game one must play and practice like an athlete does.

So when we watch the Oscars and go to the movies or watch them on our devices, we are watching the completed project from a thought in a mind to the printed page. Support writers and journalism. Support the arts. Without the voices of people speaking and sharing we leave too much space for those who bark and shout to silence the masses.  The Oscars give us hope that one’s person idea with a lot of help becomes a reality for others to identify with. It is our visual history. It is empowering.













The Walking Dead Attraction

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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns this Sunday! To help prepare you for the mid-season premiere, here’s a video of TWD star Christian Serratos coming face-to-face with walkers in “The Walking Dead” Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. Does she survive?  Find out


About “The Walking Dead” at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood has unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new“The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most-watched show in cable television history.

This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.

The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it is among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most-watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entrance.

First collaboration of Hulu and MGM TELEVISION – The Handmaid’s Tale

15844904_370354743325130_8690465535107450169_oDuring the Super Bowl 2017, a new trailer for the upcoming show THE HANDMAID’S TALE aired at the beginning of the second quarter. MGM Television produced the series, and it is the first collaboration between Hulu and MGM Television. Find the new teaser here:

Premieres on Hulu on April 26th, 2017
The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.
As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller and executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.


Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd, and O-T Fagbenle.

KCETLink Media Group to Premiere One-Hour Documentary Special “Tending The Wild” – February 7th

Tending the Wild poster photo by THT
Tending the Wild poster photo by THT

By: Judy Shields

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/31/17 -“We are thrilled to partner with KCETLink on this initiative to amplify voices and perspectives from within California’s Native communities,” said W. Richard West, Jr., the Autry’s President and CEO.

“It is wonderful to be here tonight at the Autry Museum of the America West along with the Los Angeles Magazine to present this exciting original documentary TENDING THE WILD.  We thank both of the teams for your tremendous partnership in helping to host this evenings event.  Michael Riley, President and CEO of KCETLink Media Group told the audience that gathered last week at the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry Museum of the America West.

Michael Riley said that the one-hour documentary would run throughout the month of February, so we will all have time to see it.  This is a great film to share with your children, to get them interested in the Native culture and their struggle to live in these changing times.  Continue reading “KCETLink Media Group to Premiere One-Hour Documentary Special “Tending The Wild” – February 7th”

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Monday, January 30, 2017
Classic ABC western “The Lone Ranger,” which aired from Sept. 15, 1949 to Sept. 12, 1957, began on radio on this day in 1933…Dramatic anthology “Robert Montgomery Presents” debuted on NBC in 1950 and aired for seven seasons…In 1977, “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” opened on ABC and alternated in the Sunday 7 p.m. ET hour.  By the second season Nancy Drew was incorporated into the Hardy Boys’ mysteries, which resulted in the departure of Pamela Sue Martin and the arrival of Janet Louise Johnson. The show’s title was shortened to “The Hardy Boys Mysteries” for its third and final season…Celebrity birthdays: Oscar winner Gene Hackman (“The French Connection”) is 87; Singer Phil Collinsis 66; Actor Christian Bale (“American Hustle”) is 43; Actor Wilmer Valderrama(“That’70s Show”) is 37.

Did You Know?
Gene Hackman was in contention to play Mike Brady on classic ABC sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” “There were a number of men I wanted to interview, including Gene Hackman,” recalled creator Sherwood Schwartz in book Brady, Brady, Brady.”“Paramount wouldn’t even okay Gene Hackman for an interview because he had a very low TVQ.” (TVQ is a survey that executives use to determine the audience’s familiarity with performances). The year after “The Brady Bunch” debuted, Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor in “The French Connection.”

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Sunday 1/29/17

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.3/10, Fox: 3.5/ 6, ABC: 2.5/ 4, NBC: 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Note: Fox aired the live production on “Grease!” on 1/31/16
ABC: +67, CBS: + 5, NBC: -38, Fox: -53

-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean household overnight sweep for CBS care of its combination of granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#1: for the night: 8.2 rating/14 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (7.3/12), which successfully moved into the Sunday 8 p.m. hour this season, “Madam Secretary” (6.0/10) and “Elementary” (3.9/ 5).  After five marginally rated season (and enough episodes for off-network), my prediction is “Elementary” will be ending this spring.

In the distant No. 2 spot was annual special “Miss Universe,” hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham, at a 3.5/6 share in the household overnights from 7-10 p.m. on Fox. The peak half-hour was, as expected, 9:30 p.m., at a 4.5/ 7.  And, thankfully, Steve Harvey got the winner’s name correct this time!

For more, plus the breakdown by half-hour for Sunday, Jan. 29, click here

Live Plus Same Day Data
-Tuesday 1/24/17: Click here

-Wednesday 1/25/17: Click here
-Thursday 1/26/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Megyn Kelly Expected to Inherit the Weekday 9 A.M. Hour on NBC
Nothing is officially confirmed at NBC, but reports are suggesting that Megyn Kelly, who has exited Fox news for NBC, will take over the Monday to Friday 9-10 a.m. EThour in a daily one-hour talk show next fall.  That means she will replace either Tamron Hall and Al Roker or Hoda Kotb or Kathie Lee Gifford in the third hour of the “Today” show. There are no details at present on Kelly’s upcoming show.

“Hamilton” Cast to Sing at “Super Bowl LI”
Original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit ”Hamilton: An American Musical,” will sing ”America the Beautiful” during pregame festivities at Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5. The performance by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, who starred as the Schuyler Sisters, will be televised live by Fox prior to kickoff Feb. 5 when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots.

Screen Actors Guild Awards: And the Winners Were…
TBS and TNT featured the live telecast of the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. Actress Lily Tomlin, whose career spans nearly six decades, received  the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her “9 to 5” co-star Dolly Parton.  Here is the complete listing of winners:

TELEVISION-Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
-Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series:
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
-Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series:
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series:
Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series:
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way” (HBO)
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series:
John Lithgow, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series:
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series:
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)


Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role:
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role:
Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture:
“Hidden Figures”
-Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:
“Hacksaw Ridge”


The CW Orders Pilots for Dramas “Searchers” and “Dynasty”
The CW has announced its first two pilot drama orders for 2017: “Searchers” from Greg Berlanti, and a reboot of 1980s drama “Dynasty,” told primarily through the perspectives of Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into the family. The original “Dynasty” on ABC, of course, was more focused on Linda Evans as Krystle versus Joan Collins as Blake’s ex-wife Alexis.

“Searchers” follows a group of unlikely heroes and takes place 10 years after the death of their parents, when a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team when they learn that their mother’s terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world.


Dynamic Television has named Tasja Abel as Vice President of Acquisitions, Sales & Co-Productions. Abel comes to Dynamic from ZDF Enterprises, where she served in key positions such as VP Drama, overseeing the team on all acquisitions and development as well as handling international sales. She will report to Klaus Zimmermann, Managing Partner of Dynamic Television, and will be based in Berlin.

A+E Networks has appointed Youngsun Soh as General Manager, A+E Networks Korea. In her new role, Soh will be responsible for developing and delivering on the vision, strategy and business initiatives for A+E Networks in Korea, including building the A+E brands and audience, growing advertising sales and developing content investment plans that support those initiatives. In addition, she will establish A+E Networks’ presence in the digital space through robust investment in technology and original content.  Soh comes to A+E Networks from Twitter Korea, where she served as Market Director, responsible for all business development efforts and user growth in the Korean market.

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Hulu drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, will be available for streaming on Wednesday, April 26.  The logline” “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken.


Fox dramas “Gotham” and “Lucifer” go on hiatus. “The Odd Couple” concludes for the season (or series) on CBS.  Nickelodeon debuts drama “Ride,” which takes place at Covington Academy, a super posh, super elite equestrian boarding school filled with students who are wealthy, privileged, and exceptionally talented riders.   For the schedule listings for Monday, Jan. 30, click here


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Rose Has a Fantasy

Which one of the following five celebrities did Rose (Betty White) fantasize was her father on sitcom “The Golden Girls”?

a) Johnny Carson
b) Bing Crosby
c) Bob Hope
d) Jimmy Stewart
e) Rudolph Valentino

The answer to Friday’s question…

Which one of the following dramas featured an episode with Mike Connors as a guest star that was a sequel to a season seven episode of “Mannix” titled “Little Girl Lost”?

a) “Diagnosis Murder”
b) “Law & Order”
c) “Matlock”
d) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
e) “Picket Fences”

is: a) “Diagnosis Murder.”  Airing on Feb. 13, 1997, this unique episode of “Diagnosis Murder” teamed Mike Connors as Joe Mannix with his old friend Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) to solve a murder case that the detective was unable to crack on his own series 24 years earlier.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Larry Collins, Tom Condosta, John Ferlazzo, Jim Forkan, Maureen Goldman, Caryn Gray, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Ken Jobe, Synda Kollman, Tom Moore, Anthony Salerno (2x), David Shearer, Mike Tankel, Dan Whitford

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Schlemiel! Schlimazel! “Laverne & Shirley” debuted on ABC in 1976 and rose to the top of the charts from 1977-79 ahead of parent series “Happy Days.” It aired for seven and-one-half seasons, producing 178 episodes (and an animated series called “Laverne & Shirley in the Army” in 1981)…Stephen King’s three-part, six-hour miniseries “Rose Red” opened on ABC in 2002…Celebrity birthdays:  Actress Mimi Rogers (“Desperate Hours”) is 61; Former “The Good Wife” star Alan Cumming is 52; Former “The King of Queens” star Patton Oswalt is 48.

Did You Know?
Cindy Williams abruptly exited “Laverne & Shirley” two episodes into the final season after she became pregnant with her first child and was not happy with the working conditions. The final episode of the sitcom, meanwhile, was a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series for Eddie Mekka as Carmine, which showed him moving to New York City to star in the Broadway show “Hair.”

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Thursday 1/26/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC: 5.3 rating/9 share, CBS: 4.5/ 8, Fox: 2.1/ 3, NBC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.1/ 2

-Perfect Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +165, – 4, CW: -27, NBC: -56, Fox: -65

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was the network to beat in the household overnights on this final Thursday in January care of the return of its TGIT-themed line-up: “Grey’s Anatomy” (#1 for the evening: 6.6 rating/11 share at 8 p.m.), “Scandal” (season premiere: #1: 5.5/ 9 at9 p.m.) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (#1: 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m.).  While not as strong as previous seasons, “Scandal” is still a vast improvement from recent failed time period occupant “Notorious” and a welcome return on ABC.

In series-premiere news, drama “Riverdale,” based on the iconic “Archie” comic book characters, was left at the starting gate on The CW with a mere 1.0/ 2 in the household overnights at 9 p.m.  Comparably, that could not even top modest year-ago time period occupant “The 100” (1.1/ 2 on 1/28/16), and it dropped by 17 percent from the time period debut of lead-in “Supernatural” (1.2/ 2 at 8 p.m.).  Particularly alarming for “Riverdale” was a loss of 18 percent in the second half-hour (1.1/ 2 to 0.9/ 1).

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-Tuesday 1/24/17: Click here

-Wednesday 1/25/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Mike Connors, TV’s “Mannix,” Dies at 91
Mike Connors, who is remembered for his portrayal as Joe Mannix on CBS detective drama “Mannix,” has died.  The actor passed away surrounded by family Thursdayafternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from complications of leukemia that had been diagnosed a week earlier, said his son-in-law, Mike Condon. He was 91.

Born Krekor Ohanian on August 15, 1925, his film career started in a title called “Sudden Fear” with Joan Crawford in 1952. Billed as Touch Connors, early film roles included “The 49th Man,” “Sky Commando” and “Island in the Sky” with John Wayne.  In 1956, still known as Touch Connors, he appeared in Cecil B. Demille’s “The Ten Commandments.” On television, early guest appearances included “The Millionaire,” “The Loretta Young Show,” “Gunsmoke,” “The People’s Choice” and “Hey, Jeannie!”

Connors’ first regularly scheduled series role was CBS police drama “Tightrope,” which aired in the 1959-60 season.  “Mannix,” which began in 1967, ran for eight seasons, resulting in a Golden Globe Award for Connors in 1970 and an appearance as the character on Lucille Ball sitcom “Here’s Lucy” in 1971.  In the 1981-82 season, Connors headlined “Today’s F.B.I.” on ABC.

His movie and TV career stretched from the 1950s to 2007, when he had a guest spot on “Two and a Half Men.”  He also guest-starred on series including “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote” and Walker Texas Ranger.”

Decades Remembers Mary Tyler Moore
Classic TV themed network Decades will pay tribute to the legendary Mary Tyler Moore in an 84-episode marathon of her classic 1970-77 CBS sitcom, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”  It begins on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ET and airs throughMonday, Feb. 5 at 7 a.m. ET.  Moore passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80.

Decades will also feature Mary Tyler Moore on “The Dick Cavett Show,” where she appeared in 1986.  It will be telecast on Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 a.m. ET (into another episode of the Cavett talker, featuring Valerie Harper). Immediately following is her 1986 starring role in theatrical “Just Between friends,” co-starring Ted Danson and Christine Lahti. Next is her early appearance on TV series “77 Sunset Strip” at 12 p.m. ET that day.

Celebrated for her work as a ground-breaking actress who paved the way for women on television, Moore’s career spanned from the 1950s beginning with television guest parts, to leading Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning TV roles in the 1960s and 1970s, and then to film roles (including one Academy Award nomination for “Ordinary People”) and on to Broadway and a Tony Award winning performance in “Whose Life is it Anyway?”


INSP Orders Season Two of “State Plate”
Family themed INSP has renewed “State Plate” for a second season, with production set to begin this spring.  Hosted by “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, “State Plate” celebrates and explores the food traditions of 13 different states across the country.  “Produced by RIVR Media, the series originally premiered on INSP in October 2016.


TBS to Air “CONAN Without Borders: Made in Mexico” Special
Conan O’Brien will travel to Mexico City for a new primetime special on TBS called “CONAN Without Borders: Made in Mexico.”  The logline: With all of the negative news about the current state of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, O’Brien has decided to strike a positive note by heading to Mexico City, where he’ll outsource his show by shooting his latest “CONAN Without Borders” special with the help of an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests and studio audience.  It airs Wednesday, March 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

NBC Orders Comedy Pilot From Mindy Kaling
NBC has picked-up an untitled single-camera sitcom pilot from “The Mindy Project” star and creator Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy focusing on Vince, “a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot,” per the official synopsis. But the dude-bros’ are thrown for a massive loop when Vince’s teenage son arrives on his doorstep, courtesy of Vince’s high school fling Priya.

Kaling will recur as Priya if the comedy is ordered to series, and will produce alongside Grandy, Howard Klein and Universal Television/3 Arts Entertainment.

ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot “The Trustee”
ABC has greenlit an hour-long comedy pilot from writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, and executive producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.  Described as a fun, female buddy cop comedy, the pilot follows a stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct’s trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Though the duo has completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.

Scherick and Ronn co-wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producers with Banks and Handelman, who are producing through their Brownstone Productions banner. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.


“City in the Sky,” which gives viewers an inside look to the intricate web of processes that unfold behind the scenes and the incredible feat of engineering that is flying, will debut on PBS on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: How do you capture a ‘global network’ that reaches into the farthest corners of the planet, employs hundreds of thousands of people, and never stands still? “City in the Sky” is a three-part series that offers an extensive look at the American and global aviation industry in fascinating, never-before-seen detail, from the vast highways in the sky to the professionals on the ground working efficiently within the most complex ecosystem.
Nickelodeon will launch new animated series “Bunsen is a Beast” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET.  Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (“The Fairly OddParents”), the 20-episode series follows the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast to attend a human grade school, and his best friend Mikey.

Docuseries “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” will debut on WE tv on Friday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. ET.  The logline: The one-hour/seven episode, docu-dramedy will follow Mama June Shannon (formerly from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”) as she embarks on a quest of self-discovery that will redefine who she is as a woman, mother, lover and celebrity. Throughout the transformative journey Mama June will find much needed support—and a little tough love– from daughters, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Shannon and Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, as well as other close family and friends.

Univision drama “El Chapo,” based on the life story of one of the world’s most notorious criminals, will premiere on Univision Network in April 2017. The series marks the first co-production between Univision Story House and Netflix.  The announcement comes just days following the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S. where the renowned Mexican drug kingpin faces a sweeping 17-count indictment in connection with his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican crime syndicate.

The third annual “Red Nose Day,” when people across the country come together, wear their Red Noses and raise money and awareness to help children living in poverty, will air on NBC on Thursday, May 25.  Created by writer-director Richard Curtis, “Red Nose Day” has raised more than $1 billion globally since 1988 and more than $60 million in its first two years since launching in the U.S. in 2015 (including more than $36 million in 2016).


ABC’s “20/20” remembers Mary Tyler Moore. Amazon debuts period drama “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”  Viceland premieres drama “Rise.”   For the schedule listings for Friday, Jan. 27, click here


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Remembering Mike Connors

Which one of the following dramas in 1993 featured an episode with Mike Connors as a guest star that was a sequel to a season seven episode of “Mannix” titled “Little Girl Lost”?

a) “Diagnosis Murder”
b) “Law & Order”
c) “Matlock”
d) “N.Y.P.D. Blue”
e) “Picket Fences”

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Which one of the following five statements about “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is not true?

a) Jack Cassidy was originally offered the role of Ted Baxter.
b) Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens was originally just a one-episode guest spot.
c) Gavin MacLeod first auditioned for the role of Lou Grant.
d) Georgia Engel was the only series regular not to win an Emmy award on the show.
e) Anne Meara auditioned for the role of Rhoda Morgenstern.
e) They are all true.

is: d) Georgia Engel was the only series regular not to win an Emmy award on the show.  Gavin MacLeod also went home trophy-less, but he did find immediate success as Captain Merrill Stubbing on ABC’s “The Love Boat” after “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ended.

Trivia All-Stars
Steve Bitterman (2x), Gerry Bixenspan, Tom Condosta, Caryn Gray, Jeff Greenberg, Bob Ingersoll, Synda Kollman, Alex Petrilli, Gordon Purcell, Wayne Schulman, Ken Stowe, Joe Swaney, Mike Tankel

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Detective drama “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer,” starring Stacy Keach, opened on CBS in 1984. Darren McGavin originally played the role of Mike Hammer in a syndicated version of the series from 1957 to 1959…Sci-fi drama “Babylon 5” debuted on TNT in 1994…Critically acclaimed ABC drama “My So-Called Life,”starring Claire Danes, concluded after just one season in 1995…Condoleezza Ricewas appointed to the post of secretary of state in 2005…Celebrity birthdays: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 62; Ellen DeGeneres is 59; Singer Anita Baker is also 59; Hockey player Wayne Gretzky is 56;

Did You Know?
Prior to the show’s début, Stacy Keach starred as Mike Hammer in made-for-TV movies “Murder Me, Murder You” and “More Than Murder.”

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Wednesday 1/25/17

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.6/ 6 each, Fox: 3.4/ 6, NBC: 3.0/ 5, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +24, NBC: – 6, CBS: -29, Fox: -31, CW: -44

-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC and CBS shared overnight household leadership on this final Wednesday in January, with “President Trump: The White House Interview” at 10 p.m., anchored by David Muir, the top-rated  draw at a 5.3 rating/10 share. Earlier in the evening on ABC were encore telecasts of 8-10 p.m. sitcoms “The Goldbergs” (#3: 3.0/ 5), “Speechless” (#4: 2.5/ 4), “Modern Family” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and “black-ish” (#3t: 2.7/ 4).

In time period premiere news was episode two of CBS reality/competition “Hunted” at a respectable 3.6/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour, which trailed time period leader “Lethal Weapon” on Fox (4.1/ 7) by 12 percent. A second episode of “Hunted” scored an almost identical 3.5/ 6 at 9 p.m., which tied a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC for first in the hour. Needless to say, “Lethal Weapon” is a shoo-in for a second season renewal.

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-Tuesday 1/24/17: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Netflix to Revive “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”
Reality makeover series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which aired on Bravo from 2003 to 2007 and won an Emmy in 2004, is being revived by Netflix. The digital streamer has ordered eight episodes of the reboot, to begin production in the spring. Returning areQueer Eye” co-creators David Collins and Michael Williams of Scout Productions, who will executive produce with the company’s Rob Eric. No casting information has been announced.

Per Netflix, “in a time when America stands divided and the future seems uncertain, a team of five brave men will try to bring us closer together with laughter, heart, and just the right amount of moisturizer. The Emmy Award-winning “Queer Eye” is back and ready to Make America Fabulous Again.”

The original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” starred Ted Allen (now a favorite host on the Food Network), Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez and Carson Kressley, who is competing this season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice.”  On the series, the team — each of whom was an expert in a field like fashion, style or culture — would help a straight man revamp his life.


ABC Renews “The Middle” for Season Nine
Perennially underrated ABC sitcom “The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher and Atticus Shaffer, has been greenlit by the network for a ninth season. “‘The Middle’ has been one of the network’s most consistent performers and helped us to launch a whole new night of comedy when it moved to Tuesdays this season,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “The Indiana Hecks have found America’s sweet spot with their authentic, acerbic and always loving take on parenting, work, kids, marriage and life.”

Moving into the Tuesday 8 p.m. anchor spot this season, “The Middle” is the top-rated show on the evening and provides respectable lead-in support to freshman comedy “American Housewife.”

Freeform Orders More Episodes of “Young & Hungry”
Freeform ordered additional episodes of original comedy series “Young & Hungry,” which follows a wealthy entrepreneur named Josh (Jonathan Sadowski) and the food blogger named Gabi (Emily Osment) he hires to be his new personal chef. The first half of upcoming season five premieres on Freeform on Monday, March 13, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The back half of season five will air at a later date.


TV Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80
Mary Tyler Moore, who “made it after all” in two classic sitcoms, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died in a Connecticut hospital yesterday.  Her family said her death was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,”said her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Born Dec. 29, 1936 in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Moore decided at age 17 that she wanted to be a dancer. Her television career began with her first job as “Happy Hotpoint,” a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s family sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”  After auditioning for the role of the older daughter on Danny Thomas’ long-running TV show, and being turned down, Mary landed her first regularly scheduled role as a mysterious and glamorous telephone receptionist on drama “Richard Diamond,” Private Eye.  But only Mary’s voice was heard and her legs appeared on camera.

Early guest TV appearances (where you actually saw Mary) were dramas “Johnny Staccato,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Bourbon Street Beat,” “Surfside Six” and “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” and sitcoms “Bachelor Father” and “The Tab Hunter How.”

In 1961, Carl Reiner cast Moore in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which resulted in the first two of her six Emmy awards. Four years after “The Dick Van Dyke Show” ended in 1970 came her self-titled sitcom in 1970, which, not to confuse viewers who remembered her as Van Dyke’s wife, featured Mary as a single 30-year old career woman.  In its seven seasons on CBS, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” won 29 Emmys, a total that has only been surpassed by “Saturday Night Live,” “Frasier” and, most recently, “Game of Thrones.”

After the show, Moore continued her acting career and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of a mother grieving the loss of her son in 1980’s “Ordinary People.” Several attempts at another long-term television series, including variety series “Mary,” sitcoms “Mary” and “Annie McGuire,” and drama “New York News” all ended after one season.

Moore’s additional film roles included “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with Julie Andrews, “Change of Habit” with Elvis Presley, “Just Don’t Stand There” with Robert Wagner, and “Flirting With Disaster” in 1996.

Moore and her husband at the time Grant Tinker founded MTM Enterprises in 1969, which produced a string of TV series including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “The White Shadow,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” spin-offs “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Lou Grant.”

Over the course of her illustrious career, Moore also won a Tony award, three Golden Globes and a SAG lifetime achievement award, and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was the recipient of a Peabody.  She most recently appeared in an episode of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” alongside her “Mary Tyler Moore co-stars Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel and Betty White.

“Mary Tyler Moore was a once-in-a-generation talent,” CBS chairman Leslie Moonves said in a statement. “She will be long remembered as a gifted actress, television pioneer and a role model to so many. CBS has lost one of the very best to ever grace our airwaves and our industry has lost a true legend and friend.”

Rest in Peace, Mary.  And thank you for all the wonderful memories.

PBS Honors Mary Tyler Moore with Rebroadcast of Celebratory Documentary
To honor Mary Tyler Moore, PBS stations will rebroadcast special “Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration.” The documentary, which first aired in 2015, commemorates the influential TV icon and her 50-plus-year career. Featured are interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Valerie Harper and many others who recall Moore’s career highlights and underscore the importance of her television characters in shaping today’s society. The film was produced by Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, of Pioneers of Television, who are available for interviews.

getTV Remembers Mary Tyler Moore
Nostalgia-themed getTV will celebrate the life and legacy of Mary Tyler Moore with broadcasts of her appearance on the  1969 special “Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman” and her early guest spot in a 1960 episode of crime drama “Johnny Staccato,” airing Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 p.m. ET. Mary reunited with her former TV husband in a night of laughs and music featuring a salute to the American woman.

A + E Networks Content Picked Up Across Canada
A+E Networks has inked multiple program sales agreements across a variety of genres to top broadcasters in Canada. From the scripted catalogue, Corus’ Historia will premiere “Roots” in French-speaking Canada while in English Canada, History premiered “Six”  on January 18 and snapped up “Knightfall,” as well as the unscripted series, “Donnie Loves Jennie,” slated for Slice, and “Psychic Kids” for OWN and Crime + Investigation.

“Roots” has been acquired by the Crave streaming service in English-speaking Canada. In addition, “And Then There Were None” and “UnREAL” have been picked up by SRC in French-speaking Canada.  Unscripted sales include “Paranormal State,” “Possessed,” “Homegrown Makeover” and “Doomsday: 10 Ways the World Will End” to Blue Ant.

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The fourth — and final — season of Starz drama “Black Sails” premieres this Sunday, January 29th at 9 PM ET.  Ten final episodes will air.  The logline: The fourth season opens with hundreds of British soldiers dead in a forest… the Royal Navy sails back to England in retreat… the West Indies are now a war zone, and the shores of New Providence Island have never been bloodier.  With the help of Eleanor Guthrie, Woodes Rogers transforms Nassau into a fortress without walls, as Captain Flint amasses a fleet of unprecedented strength, hoping to strike the final blow against civilization and reshape the world forever.  Meanwhile, from within the island… an insurgency builds, fueled by the legend of its exiled leader, whose name keeps grown men awake at night… the one they call “Long John Silver.”

Upcoming Science Channel series “Hacking the Wild,” featuring “Digital Survivalist” Andy Quitmeyer going deep into some of the most remote parts of the world armed with nothing but everyday technology and science to survive the wilderness, will premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. ET.. Each of the six, hour-long episodes follow Quitmeyer as he hacks his way back to civilization using a hybrid of time-tested outdoor survival skills and a backpack’s worth of wires, laptops and tracking devices.

“13 Reasons Why,” a new series from Netflix adapted from the best-selling books by Jay Asher, will be available for streaming on Friday, March 31. It follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) —his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.


“Riverdale,” based on the iconic comic book characters, debuts on The CW out of relocated “Supernatural.”.  ABC’s TGIT line-up – “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”and “How to Get Away with Murder” – returns in all originals. Freshman medical drama “Pure Genius” concludes on CBS.  For the schedule listings for Thursday, Jan. 26, click here


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Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

Which one of the following five statements about “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is not true?

a) Jack Cassidy was originally offered the role of Ted Baxter.
b) Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens was originally just a one-episode guest spot.
c) Gavin MacLeod first auditioned for the role of Lou Grant.
d) Georgia Engel was the only series regular not to win an Emmy award on the show.
e) The sitcom finished three of its seven seasons ranked in the Top 10.
f) They are all true.

The answer to yesterday’s question…

If the girls from season one of “The Facts of Life” got together with  the Ingalls girls on season two of “Little House on the Prairie,” how many girls in total would there be?

a) 8
b) 9
c) 10
d) 11
e) 12

is: c) 10.  Seven initial girls on “The Facts of Life” (Blair, Nancy, Sue Ann, Cindy, Molly, Natalie and “Tootie”) plus Mary, Laura and Carrie Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie” equals 10.

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R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore

TV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut. She was 80. mary-tyler-moore




THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 9:00-10:00 PM ON CBS 

Special to Include Interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Newsmakers and Admirers 

CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King will anchor MARY TYLER MOORE: LOVE IS ALL AROUND, a new one-hour, CBS News special honoring the life and legacy of legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore, to be broadcast Thursday, Jan. 26 (9:00 -10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The special will feature original reporting and mine CBS’ vast archives to present the story of the pioneering actress’ life and career. In addition, the special will include interviews with Oprah Winfrey, newsmakers, admirers and others expressing their thoughts about Moore’s profound impact on acting and how women were portrayed in the media, as well as her work outside of entertainment.

Moore, whose iconic CBS comedy series “Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-77) forever changed television and how women were presented in the work place, died Tuesday. She was 80.

Moore had a long history with CBS, having starred in such series as “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-66); “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour” (1979); “Mary” (1985-86); and “New York News” (1995).

Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of the special.


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CBS and The Recording Academy® announce 10-time GRAMMY Award winner and current nominee Adele will perform on THE 59th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®. She will perform a song from her GRAMMY-nominated album, 25, marking the fourth time she takes the GRAMMY stage. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and hosted by award-winning performer and host James Corden, THE 59th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT) on the CBS Television Network.  Continue reading “TEN-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER AND CURRENT NOMINEE ADELE TO PERFORM ON “THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®” FEB. 12”


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Respected Disney executive Robert Langer has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer, Disney|ABC Television. It was announced today by Ben Sherwood, co-chair, Disney Media Networks & president, Disney|ABC Television, to whom he will report. Langer replaces Peter Seymour, who, after 20 successful years with the company, announced his plans to depart the group last November.

In this role, Langer will have financial leadership, strategy and business development oversight for the Disney|ABC portfolio, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC Owned Station Group, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, Radio Disney and Freeform.  He will also help oversee Disney|ABC’s equity interests in A+E and Hulu. Continue reading “ROBERT LANGER APPOINTED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP”

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Friday, January 20, 2017
In 1961, game show “You’re in the Picture,” hosted by Jackie Gleason, debuted. It was so bad, CBS pulled it after one episode and Gleason went on camera one week later to apologize to the audience…Teen targeted drama “Dawson’s Creek”premiered on The WB in 1998 and remained on the air through May 2003…AMC’s“Breaking Bad” began its five season run in 2008.  It concluded on Aug. 11, 2013 after 62 episodes…Celebrity Birthdays: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 87; “Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch is 71; Late night talk show host Bill Maher is 61; Actor Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”) is 30.

Did You Know?
AMC was initially reluctant to cast Cranston as Walter White because of being known for comedy “Malcolm in the Middle.” But after John Cusack and Matthew Broderick turned down the role, “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan was able to cast Cranston.

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Thursday 1/19/16 Overnights

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 5.4/ 9, NBC: 3.4/ 6, ABC: 2.9/ 5, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1

-Perfect Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +32, CBS: + 6, NBC: -19, Fox: -66, CW: -67

Ratings Breakdown:
Led by “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS stood well above the competition in the Thursdayovernights with a 59 percent household advantage over second place NBC.  “The Big Bang Theory” scored a 10.2 rating/17 share in households in the 8 p.m. half-hour, leading into time period dependent “The Great Indoors” at a 5.0/ 8 at 8:30 p.m.  While “The Great Indoors” did dominate the time period, it also slipped by 51 percent from “The Big Bang Theory.”

Next on CBS was “Mom” at first-place 5.5/ 9 in the 9 p.m. half-hour into an also dominant 4.5/ 7 for sophomore “Life in Pieces” at 9:30 p.m.  Canceled Eye net medical drama “Pure Genius” closed the night with a second-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m., which trailed a special edition of ABC’s”20/20” (America’s First Family: The Trumps Go to Washington: 3.7/ 7) by just one-tenth of a rating point.  Third in the hour was once watercooler-worthy “The Blacklist” on NBC at a 3.4/ 6.

In season (or series) finale news, NBC sitcom “The Good Place” finished with a fourth-place 2.6/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.  An 8 p.m. installment of the Kristen Bell/Ted Danson sitcom scored a 2.8/ 5 (#2t) at 8 p.m., which does not bode well for a potential second season renewal.

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NBC Confirms the Return of “Will & Grace”
After months of rumors, and that recent YouTube presidential election reunion, NBC has confirmed that sitcom “Will & Grace” is being revived.  The network has placed an order for 10 new episodes to air at some point next season.  Originally running from 1998-2006, 185 episodes of “Will & Grace” were telecast, with each of the principal stars – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally – all winning Emmy awards and all returning to this reboot.

Also returning are the show’s creators and original executive produces, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

A&E Network Revives “Cold Case Files”
A&E Network is bringing back true crime series, “Cold Case Files,” with the first of 10 new episodes narrated by Danny Glover on Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET.   Each episode of the new “Cold Case Files” will feature a single case that has been left unsolved for years, brought to life through dramatizations and first-person storytelling from the detectives and loved ones who lived through the harrowing experiences. The series will highlight different approaches to solving cold cases that are more wide-ranging than ever before, enlisting crowd-solving and social media, alongside new advancements in technology to lead to further breakthroughs in each documented case.

The logline: There are 120,000 cold cases in America, and only one percent will ever be solved. The return of “Cold Case Files” will explore compelling new cases that have gone cold for years and chronicle the journeys of the detectives who reopened them.  The detectives relive the events of the crimes, reveal new twists and startling revelations for full viewer immersion into these tragic cases, relying on breakthroughs in forensic technology and the influence of social media to help crack these cases – bringing long-awaited closure to the victim’s families and friends. From Blumhouse Television (“The Jinx”) and independent production studio, AMPLE, “Cold Case Files” is narrated by award-winning actor and humanitarian Danny Glover and will air over 10 one-hour episodes on A&E.

“Cold Case Files” originally premiered on A&E in 1998 and ran for nearly 10 years. It became the network’s highest rated series, while also being nominated for two Emmys for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Amazon Renews “Sneaky Pete” for Season Two
Crime drama “Sneaky Pete,” which premiered on Jan. 13, has been renewed for a second season. The series, which follows Marius Josipovic (Giovanni Ribisi), a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past life, was the second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day on Amazon, behind “The Man in the High Castle.” “Sneaky Pete” was co-created and is executive produced by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston, and executive produced by Graham Yost (“The Americans”).

The series also features Marin Ireland (“Side Effects”), Peter Gerety (“Prime Suspect”), Libe Barer (“Parenthood”), Shane McRae (“Still Alice”), Michael Drayer (“Mr. Robot”), and Margo Martindale (“The Americans”). “Sneaky Pete” is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and is now available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Food Network Orders 13 Extra Episodes of “Ginormous Food”
Midway through the first season, Food Network announced today it has picked up 13 additional episodes of new primetime series, “Ginormous Food,” starring comedian and food fanatic Josh Denny, as he travels the country tasting the greatest and biggest dishes, while learning about the amazing stories and people behind them.  The series airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET.


TV Land is Not Just for Baby Boomers Anymore
From PromaxBDA: Once upon a time, cable network TV Land was synonymous with the classic television brand. You can still tune in to the network each day for “Gunsmoke” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” or more recent sitcom encores such as “Roseanne,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “How I Met Your Mother,”  among others, if it is nostalgia you seek.But diginets such as Me-TV, Antenna TV and Cozi TV have inherited the classic TV label. And the TV Land of today, anchored with three-year old sitcom Younger, is now more focused on navigating baby boomers into Gen-Xers and, in a perfect world, into the world of the coveted millennials.

Celebrating 20 years on the air last April, the transition of TV Land from pure nostalgia to original programming began in 2008 with a revival of WB reality series High School Reunion and modeling competition She’s Got the Look. For more, click here

“NCIS: Los Angeles” Star Miguel Ferrer Dies at 61
Miguel Ferrer, who played Owen Granger on CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” since 2012, and co-starred with Jill Hennessy on NBC’s “Crossing Jordan,” died yesterday following a battle with throat cancer. He was 61.  Ferrer was the son of Academy Award and Tony winner José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney, and the cousin of George Clooney.

“Today, “NCIS: Los Angeles” lost a beloved family member,” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement. “Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.  Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family.  He will be greatly missed.”

Born on Feb. 7, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, Ferrer launched his career in the early 1980s with guest roles on series like “Magnum, P.I.,” “CHiPS,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Trapper John, M.D.”  His movie roles included “Heartbreaker,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Robocop,” and he appeared in the original “Twin Peaks” on ABC in 1990, which he re-created his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfeld in the upcoming revival on Showtime.
Ferrer also had regularly scheduled roles in TV dramas “Shannon’s Deal,” “Broken Badges” and the revival of “Bionic Woman,” and sitcoms “On the air” and “LateLine.”  He is survived by his wife Lori, and sons Lukas and Rafi.

Endemol Shine North American Signs Development Deal with Angie Martinez
Endemol Shine North America has signed a development deal with multimedia personality and bestselling author Angie Martinez.  As part of the agreement, Endemol Shine North America, which produces “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” (FOX), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) and upcoming “Hunted” (CBS), will develop unscripted and scripted content with Martinez for both traditional and digital platforms.

Martinez’s weekday radio show, “The Angie Martinez Show,” airs on New York’s Power 105.1 and on Miami’s The Beat 103.5, and is also available through and the iHeartMedia app.  In May 2016, Martinez released her first memoir, My Voice (Celebra-Penguin Random House), where she detailed her career progression.

Casting News
Barry Watson (“7th Heaven”) has been cast as Ricky Cooper in upcoming hour-long family dramedy “Date My Dad” on UP TV.  “Date My Dad” tells the story of a single dad raising three daughters. The logline: Ricky Cooper had the perfect life. A former professional baseball player, he was married to Isabella, the love of his life. Ricky’s world comes crashing down when Isabella passes away leaving him to raise three daughters alone. “Date My Dad” picks up three years later while Ricky is raising the girls with the help of his live-in mother-in-law, Rosa (Raquel Welch).

Former “Glee” star Jane Lynch has been cast in upcoming Discovery drama “Manifesto.”   Produced by John Goldwyn, serving as consultant to Discovery, Lionsgate, Trigger Street Productions and Discovery Channel, the series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”, “Hacksaw Ridge”) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany, “Gangster No. 1,” “Captain America: Civil War”), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.

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Stephen Colbert Re-Emerges on Inauguration-Eve Edition of ‘The Late Show’
On the final night of the Obama presidency, famed “conservative pundit” Stephen Colbert appeared on “The Late Show” to offer his observations on President Obama.  For a look, click here

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The CW and lifestyle brand Tough Mudder Inc. will debut a new multi-platform six-part series, “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within” on Thursday, Feb. 2 on digital network CW Seed.  The episodes will focus on “everyday heroes” – the Granito brothers, Denise Florio, and Mirna Valerio – who must overcome their daily struggles and hardships to accomplish something they never thought possible: completing the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder obstacle course.  The one-hour broadcast finale airing on The CW will chronicle the group’s journey as they come together to accomplish completing a Tough Mudder.

“The Big Interview,” hosted by Dan Rather, will return for season five on AXS TV on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET.  Season five features 18 all-new episodes and kicks off with a candid conversation with Kid Rock, the musician, actor, and activist.  The season also includes Sheryl Crow; singer Kix Brooks, formerly of Brooks & Dunn; ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons; and Country queen Crystal Gayle, the first female Country artist to have an album go platinum.

New BET scripted drama “Rebel,” which focuses on the complicated relationship the Black community faces with police officers, debuts on Tuesday, March 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  The logline: Featuring an all-star cast, including Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, LaTanya Richardson, and Brandon Quinn (Mack, Rebel’s Former Partner), the series examines the conflicted relationship officers of color have with their jobs at a time when police forces are rife with brutality and misconduct.


CBS and ABC’s “20/20” features news of Donald J. Trump upcoming inauguration.  Netflix offers first season of western “Frontier.” Late night talker “Real Time with Bill Maher” returns on HBO.  For the schedule listings for Friday, Jan. 20, click here


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Which one of the following five TV show titles was only used for one series?

a) “The Closer”
b) “Friends”
c) “Lost”
d) “Sara”
e) “Sons & Daughters”
f) They were all used for two different shows

The answer to Wednesday’s question…

In honor of everyone’s favorite, Betty White, who turned 95 yesterday, which one of the following series did she not win an Emmy award for?

a) “The Golden Girls”
b) “The John Larroquette Show”
c) “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
d) “The Practice”
e) “Saturday Night Live”

is: d) “The Practice,” which Betty received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

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Viacom is Throwing Shade

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13:  Bryan Safi  (L) and Erin Gibson of Throwing Shade attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 13: Bryan Safi (L) and Erin Gibson of Throwing Shade attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)

Throwing Shade Throws Flames

By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/18/17 – “We definitely try to focus on things affecting women and LGBT people, and we definitely try to bully the bullies and go after the people who are going after us.” Bryan Safi
There’s a new late-night socio-political snark fest invading the Tuesday Night 10:30 Slot. It is TV Land’s Throwing Shade. Already a hit in podcastland, the show now gets a shot at a broadcast audience,  Throwing Shade  has a manic, millennial newness that might just be the tonic for college educated viewers freaked out by our craven new world.

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HDNET MOVIES Unveils a Month-Long 40-Film Oscar(R) Celebration Hosted by Richard Roeper

HDNET MOVIES is proud to announce its month-long Academy Award celebration ‘“And The Oscar® Goes To” presented by acclaimed film critic Richard Roeper featuring 40 Oscar®-winning films with at least one every evening starting Sunday, Jan. 29 and culminating in a weekend-long marathon Friday, Feb. 24 to Oscar® Sunday, Feb. 26.


The 29-Day TV Event Concludes in a Weekend-Long Marathon Feb. 24-26 and Highlights Winners of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress & More

Los Angeles – January 17, 2017 HDNET MOVIES celebrates Hollywood’s biggest night with “And The Oscar® Goes To” Presented By Richard Roeper—a 40-film spectacular hosted by acclaimed film critic Richard Roeper, and highlighting some of the Academy Awards’ most iconic winners, from groundbreaking classics to modern favorites. The lineup features at least one different Oscar®-winning film every evening at 8pE, starting on Sunday, Jan. 29, and culminating in an Oscar® Weekend Marathon from Friday, Feb. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Additionally, HDNET MOVIES will be available free to all DISH subscribers from Feb. 1 to March 1, and all DirecTV and AT&T U-verse HD subscribers from Feb. 23 to March 1, to coincide with the event.

The special event kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 29, with a week of films that won multiple Oscars®, including SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Jan. 29); MYSTIC RIVER (Jan. 29); THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (Jan. 31); and THE DESCENDANTS (Feb. 3). Starting Tuesday, February 7, HDNET MOVIES puts the spotlight on Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress-winning films, with a roster that includes Sally Field in NORMA RAE (Feb. 7); Cate Blanchett in BLUE JASMINE (Feb. 9); Barbra Streisand in FUNNY GIRL (Feb. 10); and Nicole Kidman in THE HOURS (Feb. 13).

The salute to Oscar®-winners continues on Wednesday, February 15, with Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor-winning films including Sidney Poitier in LILIES OF THE FIELD (Feb. 15); Daniel Day-Lewis in THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Feb. 17); Michael Caine in THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Feb. 18); and Humphrey Bogart in THE AFRICAN QUEEN (Feb. 21). The premieres wrap up with a tribute to Best Picture winners, including FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Feb. 22); MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Feb. 23); and UNFORGIVEN (Feb. 24); leading into an Oscar® Weekend Marathon, starting Friday, February 24 at 10:15pE, through Sunday, February 26—the date of the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

“I am thrilled to present this incredible lineup of so many iconic, Oscar-winning films,” said Roeper. “We will be celebrating some of the most memorable performances, some of the most beloved Best Picture winners–not to mention legendary scripts, unforgettable cinematography and other game-changing technical achievements. I’ll be sharing personal memories and behind the scenes anecdotes about these films, as well as my critical analysis of why they made such a splash at the Oscars, and why they hold up so well today.”

“For almost nine decades, the Oscars® have been the standard-bearers of excellence in cinema,” said Rachael Weaver, HDNET MOVIES General Manager. “Guided by the encyclopedic knowledge of acclaimed critic Richard Roeper, this comprehensive 40-film event gives viewers an opportunity to experience some of the most legendary features to win the Academy’s most prestigious honors—making it the perfect companion to this year’s upcoming Oscar® broadcast, as a new crop of films and stars prepare to make their mark on history.”

To help promote the movie event Richard Roeper will be conducting a Facebook Live Q&A on the HDNET MOVIES Facebook page onJanuary 27th. Additionally HDNET MOVIES will be launching an Oscars personality quiz to help viewers decide which movie they should watch during the event. By taking the quiz fans will enter themselves in a contest for dinner and a movie amongst other cool prizes. Go to for more info on the event.

For a complete schedule of films and times, visit

HDNET MOVIES’ “And The Oscar® Goes To, Presented By Richard Roeper” Lineup is as follows (all times eastern):

Jan. 29 – MYSTIC RIVER (2003) – 8pE

Jan. 29 – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008) – 10:25pE

Jan. 30 – LEGENDS OF THE FALL (1994) – 8pE

Jan. 30 – A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (1992) – 10:20pE


Jan. 31 – THELMA & LOUISE (1991) – 10:50pE

Jan. 31 – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992) – 1:05aE

Feb. 1 – THE DEFIANT ONES (1958) – 8pE

Feb. 1 – LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006) – 9:40pE

Feb. 1 – MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988) – 12:05aE

Feb. 2 – FLASHDANCE (1983) – 8pE

Feb. 2 –SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) – 9:40pE

Feb. 3 – THE DESCENDANTS (2011) – 8pE

Feb. 3 – SIDEWAYS (2004) – 10pE

Feb. 4 – PULP FICTION (1994) – 8pE

Feb. 4 – CRASH (2004) – 10:40pE

Feb. 5 – THE SEA INSIDE (2004) – 8pE

Feb. 5 – CINEMA PARADISO (1988) – 10:10pE

Feb. 6 – GIANT (1956) – 8pE

Feb. 6 – AMERICAN DREAM (1990) – 11:25pE

Feb. 7 – NORMA RAE (1979) – 8pE

Feb. 7 – PLACES IN THE HEART (1984) – 10pE


Feb. 9 – BLUE JASMINE (2013) – 8pE

Feb. 10 – FUNNY GIRL (1968) – 8pE

Feb. 11 – SHAMPOO (1975) – 8pE

Feb. 12 – CHICAGO (2002) – 8pE

Feb. 13 – THE HOURS (2002) – 8pE

Feb. 14 – POLLOCK (2000) – 8pE

Feb. 15 – STALAG 17 (1953) – 8pE

Feb. 15 – LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) – 10:05pE

Feb. 16 – MY LEFT FOOT (1989) – 8pE

Feb. 17 – THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) – 8pE

Feb. 18 – THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (1999) – 8pE

Feb. 19 – THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971) – 8pE

Feb. 20 – THE KING AND I (1956) – 8pE

Feb. 21 – THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) – 8pE

Feb. 22 – FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) – 8pE

Feb. 23 – MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004) – 8pE

Feb. 24 – UNFORGIVEN (1992) – 8pE

Oscar® Weekend Marathon—Fri, February 24 to Sun., February 26

February 24

THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) – 10:15pE

February 25




POLLOCK (200) – 7:45aE

NORMA RAE (1979) – 9:55aE

PLACES IN THE HEART (1984) – 11:55aE

SHAMPOO (1975) – 1:50pE

FLASHDANCE (1983) – 3:45pE

UNFORGIVEN (1992) – 5:25pE

THE DESCENDANTS (2011) – 7:40pE

SIDEWAYS (2004) – 9:40pE

PULP FICTION (1994) – 11:50pE

February 26

THE HOURS (2002) – 2:30aE

LILIES OF THE FIELD (1963) – 4:30aE


MY LEFT FOOT (1989) – 8:25aE

BLUE JASMINE (2013) 10:15aE

THE KING AND I (1956) – 12pE


GIANT (1956) – 4:35pE


FUNNY GIRL (1968) – 10:05pE

MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004) – 12:35aE



HDNET MOVIES showcases the best in box office hits, award-winning films and memorable movie marathons, uncut and commercial free. Launched in 2003 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, the linear TV network and VOD service programs a diverse slate of top Hollywood films in beautiful high definition. HDNET MOVIES is widely distributed by major cable, telco and satellite TV providers in the U.S. For further information, visit

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton to Present Lily Tomlin with the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

23rd Annual SAG Awards

Jan. 17, 2017

The trio will reunite Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 on TNT and TBS’s live SAG Awards® telecast

Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to actor, comedian, writer, producer and all-round entertainment maverick Lily Tomlin during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. Tomlin’s accepting SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade from her two long-time friends, a trio beloved as the co-conspirators in the 1980 feminist revenge comedy hit 9 to 5, will be a highlight of the annual SAG Awards® ceremony, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (PT).

A Friendship Forged in Film

9 to 5 is now number 74 on American Film Institute’s list of “100 Funniest American Movies of All Time.” When the film was shot, Fonda and Tomlin were friends who had already received numerous honors for their acting achievements. It was Parton’s first feature film role, but she was a veteran of live and television performances as herself, an award-winning musician and writer. She also wrote, performed and received dozens of awards for the movie’s title song.

The three legendary artists, each of whom has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, have remained close friends since that catalyst film. Fonda and Tomlin joined forces again as stars and executive producers of the current Netflix series Grace and Frankie. The success of the show led to both being honored this year with Actor® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for Tomlin. Grace and Frankie returns for its third season in May 2017

Jane Fonda

A two-time Best Actress Academy Award® winner (for Klute and Coming Home) and five-time nominee (for The Morning After, On Golden Pond, The China Syndrome, Julia and They Shoot Horses Don’t They), Fonda was the 2014 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. Fonda was first honored with a SAG Award nomination in 2014 as a member of the motion picture cast of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, in which she portrayed Nancy Reagan.

For three seasons, Fonda appeared as media mogul Leona Lansing in an Emmy-nominated performance in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, on HBO. More recently, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her stunning performance in Youth, written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Fonda is also known for revolutionizing the fitness industry with videos, books and audio recordings; her 1982 Jane Fonda’s Workout remains the top-grossing home video of all time.

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s multitude of accolades include a Kennedy Center Honor, eight Country Music Association Awards (including Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year), seven Grammy Awards, two Oscar nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, and being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of her awards honor the title song she wrote and recorded for the 9 to 5 soundtrack. Parton followed that hit film with starring roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982); Rhinestone (1984); Steel Magnolias (1989); and Straight Talk (1992). Most recently she starred in and executive produced Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016) for NBC. Parton also released Pure & Simple, her seventh album to debut at No. 1, and The Complete Trio Collection, capping the popular series she shares with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

Parton has the distinction of writing the only song to have topped the charts three times: “I Will Always Love You.” She has taken more than 20 songs to No. 1, has written two successful books plus a cookbook, and has also launched and runs the non-profit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides children in participating communities in 44 states with a book each month from birth until age five.

For more information, visit as well as @dollyparton on Instagram and her non-profit dollysimaginationlibrary on Facebook.

Lily Tomlin, 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award Recipient

Lily Tomlin – whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing – has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The SAG Life Achievement Award is the latest in Tomlin’s extraordinary collection of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a 2014 Kennedy Center Award, the 2003 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Peabody Awards, multiple Emmys® (including this year’s Lead Comedy Actress nomination), numerous American Comedy Awards, two Tony® Awards, a Grammy®, a Writers Guild of America Award, this year’s SAG Awards nomination, and both the Crystal Award and the Lucy Award from Women in Film. That Tomlin embodies the SAG Life Achievement Award’s “finest ideals of the acting profession” is amply celebrated by these and her numerous other professional and philanthropic comm endation s.

Tomlin has been a cherished star in the entertainment firmament since she joined the groundbreaking television series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in 1969, when it was rated the No. 1 show and watched by over 25 percent of all American television viewers. She and the colony of characters she created have continued to evolve, grow, deepen and adapt to this day, as Tomlin expresses her talents in nearly all forms of media.

Tomlin can currently be seen starring opposite fellow executive producer Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie, in which two mismatched women become friends as they reinvent themselves after their husbands decide to marry each other.

Further information on Tomlin and the SAG Life Achievement Award can be found in the SAG Awards press kit: Also visit

About the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation.

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA, which this year number 121,546. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit

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acaThe 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, will broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This will mark the first time the show will be broadcast from T-Mobile Arena. The 52nd ACM Awards, honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music, will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations and surprising moments, with more announcements to follow in the coming months.

For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit, like the ACM on Facebook, or follow the ACM on Twitter at @ACMawards for more immediate updates. Continue reading “THE “52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™” TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, SUNDAY, APRIL 2 ON CBS”


chargeLaunching Spring 2017 

Baltimore, MD & Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2017) Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (“Sinclair”), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”), today announced the launch of “CHARGE!” ,a new 24/7 action-based network that will feature more than 2,300 hours of TV series content and more than  2,000 movie titles.  This new network will build on and leverage the infrastructure of Sinclair and MGM’s first network partnership, the science fiction multi-channel network COMET.  The announcement was made by Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair and John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution, MGM.  Continue reading “SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PARTNER AGAIN TO CREATE “CHARGE!”, A MULTI-SCREEN ACTION BASED NETWORK”


jay-leno-cnnAfter three consecutive years of viewership growth among young adults, CNBC has renewed “Jay Leno’s Garage” and “The Filthy Rich Guide” for third seasons, and the network announced a pilot order for “Back in the Game,” which is executive produced by Michael Strahan and hosted by MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez, as well as three new projects in development: “The Fame Economy” (working title) with Hank Azaria, “Ms. Fortune” (working title) and “I Got a Guy” (working title).

‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ and ‘The Filthy Rich Guide’ Return for Third Seasons

Network Orders Pilot for ‘Back in the Game’ (wt) with Host Alex Rodriguez from Executive Producer Michael Strahan

Three New Projects in Development Including Pilot with Hank Azaria Continue reading “CNBC EXPANDS PRIMETIME SLATE AND ADDS TO DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE”


Venturelli/WireImage Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel

Executive Producers Also Include Michelle Purple of Iron Ocean, Derek Simonds and Charlie Gogolak

PASADENA, CA – January 17, 2017 — USA Network has announced a pickup from Universal Cable Productions (UCP) of the anthology series THE SINNER, executive produced by and starring Jessica Biel (“The Book of Love”). The crime thriller also stars Bill Pullman. Biel’s producing partner Michelle Purple will also serve as executive producer, through their company Iron Ocean. The pilot was written by executive producer Derek Simonds (“When We Rise”) and is based on Petra Hammesfahr’s book of the same name. Charlie Gogolak also serves as executive producer. Antonio Campos (“Christine”) directed the pilot and also served as an executive producer.


PBS – Executive Session with Paula Kerger

pbs-logoBy Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/16/17 – The PBS mission has been the same since it’s inception. To provide a service and bring hard news and quality entertainment over-the-air to communities poorly served by for-profit-only broadcast goliaths like CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX. So, it would make sense that questions about politics and funding would dominate this exec session. In fact Paula Kerger had a friendly bet that the first question from the TCA would be about the incoming Trump administration and it’s effect on PBS funding. Turned out it was the second question. Regardless, the seismic shift in the political landscape cast a long shadow over this PBS Executive session in a way I’ve never seen before.

Continue reading “PBS – Executive Session with Paula Kerger”

PBS–Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise–

mlkBy Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/16/17 – With eerie timing, PBS premiered its four-part series PBS Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise on the night of Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. Current events cast a shadow that couldn’t be more ironic or scarifying.
As Episode I (“Out of The Shadows”) airs, the nation’s first black president is suffering the indignity of turning over his office and legacy to a racist strongman who impugned his predecessor’s legitimacy as a leader and a man. He has been endorsed by the KKK and intends to install a virulent white supremacist as his most trusted and influential advisor.
Black Panthers
Black Panthers

With that context in place, “Out of The Shadows” documents the successes and struggles of the civil rights movement that began in the sixties.  Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. kick starts the series with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is a cornerstone of Black America’s gradual ascension to the upper echelons of political power, a statute now hobbled by a 2013 Supreme Court decision that diluted its power to ensure citizens of color equal access to the voting booth.

Archival footage is interspersed with interview segments featuring grizzled veterans of the movement such as Cornell West, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Bell Hooks. However, the background players of the movement have stories to tell that are just as edifying.
Phyllis Edison brings us back to the near forgotten struggle to integrate the Boston school district in 1974. That struggle made the word “busing” a hot button topic throughout the country.
mlk3The threats of violence and the harassment of students at South Boston High School confirmed that racism and the spirit of Jim Crow were not the sole domain of the Deep South. Additionally, the dog whistle politics and policies of the Reagan years are examined, with disturbing parallels drawn to the discourse of today.
Whereas the first hour focused directly upon “The Movement” and its successes pursuant to Martin Luther King’s “dream,” the second and third installments–“Moving on UP” and “Keep Your Head Up”–examine the mainstreaming of black culture on TV and media. Sitcoms like The Jefferson’s and The Cosby Show gave us a peek into a new black middle class, while light entertainment like Soul Train greased the rails for an avalanche of black urban music in the decades to follow.

A new black iconography jolted the sensibilities of white America. Mega-celebrities like James Brown, Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Prince, et al. presaged the great crossover effect seen in today’s rainbow celebrity culture while at the same time alerting the world to the economic buying power of the black community. Moreover, unlike the majority of black celebrities during the 50’s, these new stars were confrontational and provocative.

Gates stresses the point that this mainstreaming is not indicative of a war won. Individual success stories like Barack Obama can be dangerously conflated to argue that MLK’s dream has been achieved, when the reality is that the new black iconography is a pleasing façade obscuring the fact that we are still a country divided, scarred, and unequal–the same as we have always been.
blackamerica04-mlk-1280-jpg__616x346_q85_subsampling-2Gates cites the new multicultural elite as a red flag to a new white underclass decimated by globalism and technology. This underclass believes the pendulum has swung too far too fast and needs to be forcibly reset to a time when white working men drove the engine of the industrial world.
The final episode will be devoted to modern subjects such as Barack Obama, Hurricane Katrina, and the Black Lives Matter movement. No doubt this will be compelling viewing. However, current events as they unfold will contribute a poignancy that may render it heartbreaking to watch.