CHRIS BROWN COMMUNITY SERVICE IS NOW FOUR DAYS A WEEK
CHRIS BROWN COMMUNITY SERVICE IS NOW FOUR DAYS A WEEK
DIANE SAWYER’S MOTHER HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 94
CELEBRITY NEWS: OCTOBER 23, 2014
Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games) – 16 years old
Ireland Baldwin (Alec Baldwin & Kim Basingers’s Daughter) – 19 years old
Miguel Pimentel (R&B Singer) – 29 years old
Meghan McCain (John McCain’s Daughter) – 30 years old
Ryan Reynolds – 38 years old
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) – 38 years old
Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Neurosurgeon/CNN Correspondent – 45 years old
Weird Al Yankovic – 55 years old
Sam Raimi (Director) – 55 years old
Nancy Grace (CNN Commentator) – 55 years old
Martin Luther King III – 57 years old
Dwight Yoakam (Country Singer) – 58 years old
Ang Lee (Director) – 60 years old
Pele (Soccer Player) – 74 years old
ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 10/23/14)
DIY: The Shatner Project (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway: Threads (Premiere) at 10:30pm
OWN: Surgeon Oz (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Tamar & Vince (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway (Finale) at 9pm
Bully for PBS! Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History averaged 9.2 million viewers across its run on seven consecutive nights, with 33.3 million viewers watching at least six minutes of the series, according to Nielsen Live+7 numbers. The average viewer tuned in for more than four hours. The week of September 15, which included 12 of the show’s 14 hours, was PBS’s most-watched week in 20 years, since Burns’ Baseball in 1994.
Fox isn’t ready to discharge Red Band Society. With the hospital drama delivering soft but steady ratings (1.0 among A18-49 last week) and impressive DVR gains, the net ordered four more scripts.
Actor Frank Sivero filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming The Simpsons mafiosa Louie is based on Frankie Carbone, the character Silvero played in 1990’s Goodfellas. The animated comedy’s writers lived in the same apartment complex as Sivero in 1989 and knew he was developing the Frankie character, based on his own personality, says the suit, and producer James L. Brooks “was highly aware” of who Sivero was. Sivero is asking for over $250 million for the alleged character theft.
Netflix gave the go-ahead for six eps of an animated series based on the comedy of Bill Burr. Voiced by Burr, Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Justin Long (Accepted), F Is for Family will be produced by Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television and Gaumont International Television for a 2015 debut.
After making a splash at Sochi, figure skating champions/fashion plates Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi have been named NBC’s lead figure skating announcing team, joining play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon. The trio replaces Tom Hammond, Sandra Bezic and Scott Hamilton; Hamilton will remain at the net as a special contributor.
Tyler Perry’s no stranger to the small screen (ask TBS and Oprah), but the writer/producer/director is expanding into new territory with a family animated film, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love, arriving on DVD and On Demand January 20, with digital HD available January 13 from Lionsgate.
ABC is diving deeper into Shark Tank. The net ordered a spinoff of the business reality show, Beyond the Tank, showing what happened to contestants who won investor deals. Shark Tank’s Sony Pictures Television and United Artists Media Group will produce. Friday’s Tank had a best-in-broadcast 1.9/7 rating among A18-49.
Lifetime ordered limited series Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, a fictionalized account of events after the acquittal of the accused murderer. Christina Ricci will reprise the role she played in Lifetime movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, ad-supported cable’s second most-watched movie telecast among Women YTD (after Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic).
MTV ordered two new unscripted series: half-hour competition Broke A$$ Game Show, from B17 Entertainment, and Todrick, a docu-series following YouTube star Todrick Hall, which Hall is exec producing with Scooter Braun and Danny Rose.
Bunim/Murray Productions announced it is opening an office in New York, headed by Rob Bagshaw (Top Chef Masters) as SVP of development and production.
ABC gave a put pilot commitment to anthology comedy Bachelor Party, with each season focusing on a different wedding party. Loosely based on the 1984 movie starring Tom Hanks, project comes from 20th Century Fox Television and 20th-based Small Dog Picture Co. and The Walcott Co.
ABC bought comedy The Finger, written by Ben Karlin (Modern Family). Project from ABC Studios and 3 Arts stars UK actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) as a jewel thief who wants to quit and open a sandwich shop.
UP original movie Lyfe’s Journey premieres Sunday, October 26 at 7p. Keith Robinson (Get On Up) stars as a successful businessman who goes on a downward spiral in a tough economy.
Bob Seger collaborates with Jason Aldean on CMT Crossroads Friday, November 28 at 10p. The “Night Moves” singer and the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year duet each other’s hits.
A November episode of Law & Order: SVU tackles the issue of sports and domestic violence, with Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead) as a former star athlete accused of abusing his girlfriend. SVU star Mariska Hargitay’s NO MORE campaign has “sparked a long-needed national dialogue” on the intractable problem, said exec producer Warren Leight.
Food Network turkey prep includes Thanksgiving at Bobby’s on Saturday, November 22 at 12p. Included on chef Bobby Flay’s menu: roasted turkey with mustard maple glaze, holiday sangria and cornbread stuffing.
Matt Damon narrates an episode of PBS’s Journey to Planet Earth that explores the unexpected consequences of climate change on Monday, December 15 at 10p (check local listings).
Syfy is bringing Face Off back for another season – with a twist. Season eight of the makeup competition, slated to launch Tuesday, January 13, will incorporate coaches and teams, The Voice-style. Winner of season seven will be revealed Tuesday, October 28 at 9p.
It’s off to Alaska for Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, returning for a two-hour premiere to track down a 12-foot sasquatch in the Last Frontier. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait guests on Sunday, November 9 at 9p.
Steve Coogan (Philomena) will star in Showtime pilot Happyish, replacing the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the role. The comedy, to be filmed in New York in December, focuses on a 44-year-old finding happiness hard to come by.
Annie Little (Dexter) will guest on season five of Shameless, returning January 11 to Showtime.
Michelle Trachtenberg appears in a January ep of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. The Gossip Girl alum’s role: Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. Supernatural drama airs Mondays at 9p.
Morena Baccarin will recur on Fox’s Gotham as a doctor at the Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. The Homeland actress is slated to become a series regular in season two of the Batman prequel, airing Mondays at 8p.
Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) is onboard USA drama pilot Colony. Righetti joins Lost’s Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) in the Carlton Cuse drama.
American Dad! premiered on TBS at 9p Monday to 1.1 million viewers in Live+ SD, and 851,000 A18-49. An Adult Swim encore at 10p scored 1.4 million viewers and 798,000 in the demo. The comedy, relocated from Fox, was basic cable’s most-watched entertainment show for the night.
What World Series? ABC newbies Selfie (1.1/4) and Forever (1.2/4) were up one tenth among A18-49 versus last week, and CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans was up two tenths, to 2.4/7, against baseball’s Game 1 on Fox. Freshmen that dipped included CW’s The Flash, down three tenths to 1.4/4, NBC’s Marry Me, down five tenths to 1.8/5, and ABC’s Manhattan Love Story, down two tenths to .7/2.
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