Obama Super Bowl Interview Break: Savannah Guthrie To Follow Bill O’Reilly
White House no doubt doing the happy dance after NBC News announced this morning Savannah Guthrie will conduct the Super Bowl Pre-Kickoff POTUS Interview this coming Sunday. The exclusive interview will air live from the White House. Guthrie will tape additional back-and-forth for Today show to air the next morning. NBC Sports’ coverage of the Super Bowl begins at noon ET.
Choice of Guthrie – instead of, say Chuck Todd, Brian Williams, or Matt Lauer – is interesting, and… Read
‘Cake Boss’ Renewed For 2 Seasons Under TLC/Discovery Networks Intl Pact
The Boss is back. Buddy Valastro and his Hoboken-based clan are returning to TLC for two new seasons of docu-reality series Cake Boss. Through a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the U.S., 40 episodes comprising seasons 7 and 8 will be produced beginning in February with overseas broadcast to begin this summer on TLC and DNI's lifestyle brands. A TLC U.S. premiere will be announced at a later date.
The new Cake Boss seasons will be produced… Read
Colm Feore To Play The Dollmaker On ‘Gotham’
Another villain is heading to Gotham. Colm Feore (The Borgias) has been cast to play Dr. Francis Dulmacher, also known as The Dollmaker, in the Batman prequel series. The Dollmaker was first referenced in the second episode of the freshman Fox drama by Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) as being the figure behind the mass kidnappings of Gotham’s street children. With a zealotry bordering on madness, and aided by his genius-level intellect and vast medical expertise, Dr… Read
AMC’s Sundance Channel Global Picks Up Five Pics At Sundance Film Festival
The international channels unit of AMC Networks has acquired The Strongest Man and four other films from this year's Park City gathering it was announced early Monday morning. The Kenny Riches directed comedy plus Christmas, Again, the Italian Chlorine and the Canadian pics Chorus and The Amina Profile will all debut exclusively on Sundance Channel Global this spring. No details of the financial arrangements for the acquisitions are known at this time.
"Our international… Read
SAG Awards TV: Hourlong Series Sweep Drama & Comedy Races, Netflix Rises, Viola Davis Scores Freshman Win
What does a half-hour comedy series need to do to win a comedy SAG Award these days? That was the question posed by this year’s awards, which snubbed what had been considered comedies for decades in favor of genre-bending hourlong series that straddle the worlds of drama and comedy. The three comedy series SAG Awards went to Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black (best ensemble, actress Uzo Aduba) and Showtime’s Shameless (actor William H. Macy).
These were the first SAG… Read
SAG Awards Winners: What They’re Saying
Notes from backstage at the SAG Awards:
They got respect from the Producers Guild, and tonight, the cast of Fox Searchlight’s Birdman got a big endorsement from their own peers with the SAG best feature ensemble award. How could the union not laud Birdman? It's about the blood, sweat and tears that goes on when the actors' are off camera.
How real and true was Birdman? Very, according to co-star Naomi Watts, among the cast who gathered backstage after their marquee win. Bi… Read
SAG Awards: ‘Birdman’ Flies Even Higher & ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Shines – List Of Winners
Fox Searchlight’s Birdman made it two nights in a row for a top honor, taking home the SAG Awards’ cast ensemble award that stands as the guild’s closest award to the Oscar Best Picture. The win tonight over awards-season rivals Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything puts the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed quirky comedy in the driver’s seat for the Best Picture Academy Award, after winning the PGA Awards’ top honor on… Read
SAG Awards 2015 Live Blog
With Birdman pulling an upset at the first test of industry sentiment with last night's Producers Guild Awards, it continued the momentum Sunday night at the SAG Awards, taking the top film honor the cast ensemble award. On the TV side, Orange Is The New Black and Downton Abbey took the ensemble prizes. Here’s how it all went down at the Shrine… Read
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.