Joe Franklin, Talk Show Pioneer, Dies At 88
Joe Franklin, a pioneering host of talk shows on both radio and TV whose spotlight helped jumpstart careers for many notable performers, died Saturday, at the age of 88, of cancer. He had been fighting the disease for several years, a friend said.
Franklin is credited with creating what’s become the standard talk-show trope – an urbane and curious host behind a desk, interviewing a range of the famous, the interesting and those somewhere in between.
He started in TV in… Read
‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise With Host Blake Shelton
Never underestimate the power of country stars’ followings. Carrie Underwood may not have impressed critics with her performance in NBC’s The Sound Of Music but she made it a ratings blockbuster. Reaction also appears to be mixed to last light’s episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Blake Shelton (the material he was stuck with didn’t do him any favors). But, just like Underwood, Shelton was a ratings hit.
With him as host and musical guest, SNL drew a 4.7 household… Read
‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Lets ‘SNL’ Cast Play The Imitation Game
“Metrosexual lumberjack” Blake Shelton led The Voice team (where he’s an actual judge) against Team American Idol on Saturday Night Live’s mock version of Celebrity Family Feud, complete with Kenan Thompson’s possibly Hennessy-inspired cluelessness as host “Steve Harvey.” Practically everybody on the cast go into… Read
Blake Shelton’s Hee-Haw Hoedown Goes Urban Cowboy: ‘SNL’
Blake Shelton, the self-described “Justin Bieber of country music (I’m just a trouble-making cutie),” was both host and musical guest, leaving Shelton open to some ‘SNL’ Hee-Haw-style snarkery in the opening monologue. Nashville ain’t New York, it would appear.
Tom Brady’s Balls Rapped In ‘SNL’ DeflateGate Opening Segment
Deflategate continues to puff up the Super Bowl run-up, providing Saturday Night Live with some juicy material for its own “investigation” of under-inflated footballs.
The late-night show’s opening sketch featured their versions of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, star model, er, quarterback Tom Brady and the true brains in the outfit, assistant equipment co-manager Dougie Spoons, who, apparently, can handle the truth.
Greg “The Human Microphone” Gumbel, as… Read
2015 PGA Awards Live Blog
The 26th annual PGA Awards are now history, with Birdman and The Lego Movie nabbing the top film prizes and Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black coming out on top on the TV side. Here’s how it all went… Read
‘Constantine’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Tick Up In Ratings On Quiet Friday
There was little movement last night as ABC and CBS opted for mostly repeats on the Friday before the start of the February sweep.
NBC’s Constantine (0.9 in adults 18-49, 3.48 million viewers) showed signs of recovery from the scheduling move to 8 PM, which pushed the series’ ratings down by -20%. In its second airing in the new 8 PM slot, Constantine was up +13% (.1), drawing its largest audience since Nov. 21. NBC likely looked at Gotham‘s successful run at 8 PM as… Read
Bill Maher Blasts ‘American Sniper’ – Video
Bill Maher joined the war over American Sniper, saying it portrayed Chris Kyle as a “psychopath patriot and we love him.” He said the movie painted an unsubtle black-and-white/good-versus-evil/"we're good, they're bad" picture.
American Sniper has made more than $200 million at the domestic box office. "Hurt Locker made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous, and thoughtful," Maher noted, "And this one was just, 'American hero! He's a psychopath patriot – and we… Read
Ted Sarandos At Sundance: Netflix “Isn’t Anti-Theaters, Just Pro-Movies”, Talks Oscars & ‘The Interview’ – Video
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has been a flamethrower against the exhibitors for a while now, and he was at it again at NATPE this week. “There’s nothing about any of my positions or any of our thinking that is anti-theaters at all, it’s just pro-movies,” The streaming service’s Chief Content Officer tells me in this video interview from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. He also talks about The Interview coming to Netflix this weekend, Oscars, the “ideal” distribution… Read
Mark Burnett & Roma Downey’s Angel Drama ‘Unveiled’, Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’ Get NBC Pilot Orders
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are rapidly expanding their spirituality-based scripted TV brand. NBC has given a pilot order to their drama Unveiled. Also getting a pilot order at the network is medical drama Heart Matters. Both hail from the network’s sister studio, Universal TV. NBC’s drama pilot tally now stands at eight, which was what the network brass eyed going into the pickup season, so the network appears done or nearly done with its orders on the hourlong… Read
‘Runner’, ‘Quantico’, ‘Mix’, ‘LA Crime’ & ‘Of Kings & Prophets’ Get ABC Pilot Orders
ABC joined the pilot pickup action tonight with five hourlong orders: gun-trade drama Runner, biblical drama Of Kings And Prophets, family dramedy Mix, true-crime drama LA Crime and terrorist drama Quantico. Three come from the network’s sibling ABC Studios and one each from 20th TV and Warner Bros TV.
Runner, from 20th Century Television, is to guns what Traffic was to drugs and delves into the traditionally masculine world of arms dealing through the lens of a woman… Read
‘Blindspot’ Conspiracy Drama From Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero Gets NBC Pilot Order
NBC is getting close to the finish line in its drama pilot orders with a second pickup today to Blindspot, from Greg Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros TV, which had a script commitment with hefty penalty.
Written by L.A. Complex creator Martin Gero, Blindspot kicks off with a beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, who is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately… Read