ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 8/29/14)
UNIVISION: De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero (Finale) at 7pm
OVATION: Raiders of the Lost Art (Premiere) at 7pm
AXS TV: The X Factor UK (Premiere) at 8pm
BET: Sunday Best (Finale) at 9pm
BRAVO: Game of Crowns (Finale) at 10pm
TNT: Falling Skies (Finale) at 10pm
A bad joke about Beyonce and Jay Z’s 2-year-old daughter has landed a BET producer in hot water. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the exec was suspended after a remark about Blue Ivy’s hair aired during the network’s music video countdown show, 106 & Park. Guest host Karrueche Tran made a comment about the child’s “thoughts” during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, saying, “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair,” adding, “Sorry, Blue! I love you!” BET’s president of music programming and specials, Stephen Hill, publicly apologized on Twitter and also reached out to Beyonce and Jay Z privately.
Famed comedienne Joan Rivers was rushed to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery on Thursday. According to reports, the 81-year-old host of Fashion Police was undergoing surgery on her vocal chords at a clinic on the Upper East Side. E! later announced that River’s condition had been upgraded from critical to stable.
A YouTuber will be competing for the mirror ball trophy. ABC has announced that Bethany Mota, famous for her videos on fashion, beauty, and hair, has been cast on season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Mota has more than 8 million subscribers between her two channels, Bethany Mota and BethanysLife.
Netflix has acquired the rights to NBC drama The Blacklist from Sony Pictures TV. The deal, which Variety reports is worth about $2 million per episode, would make it the most expensive off-network series picked up by the internet streaming provider.
A&E has decided not to bring back top scripted drama series Longmire for a fourth season, despite recent fan appeals for a renewal. The show suffered a steep decline in ratings in its third season, yet still averaged about 3.5 million viewers per episode.
As a part of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s efforts to expand original programming into the digital space, the network has moved forward with the Who Am I web series on their re-launched website Oprah.com and youtube.com/own. The web series, which launched with two episodes yesterday, will have a new 2-3 minute episode rolling out every Thursday.
Chloe Grace Moretz, Josh Gad, James Marsden, Megan Hilty and Robin Roberts are among the notables taking part in STOMP Out Bullying‘s annual celebrity video series in support of Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention at stompoutbullying.org. This year’s global effort takes place on Monday, October 6,when kids, teens and parents are asked to wear a blue shirt in solidarity.
McDreamy is delving into the executive producing world. Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey and his Shifting Gears Entertainment banner has inked a deal with ABC Studios to create and develop new scripted programming. Shifting Gears has also optioned Michael Cannell’s racing book The Limit as a potential drama series at Sundance TV.
Johnny Knoxville has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios. The network is developing a semi-autobiographical comedy based on the Jackass star’s life.
CBS-owned television stations in six markets are paying tribute to Robin Williams by airing episodes of Mork and Mindy from the CBS Television Distribution library. The marathon airs Labor Day weekend on WLNY-TV in New York (Monday, September 1 from 9a to 8p), KCAL-TV in Los Angeles (Sunday, August 31 from 1 to 8p), KBCW-TV in San Francisco (Sunday, August 31 from 12 to 8p), WSBK-TV in Boston (Monday, September 1 from 9a to 2p) and KMAX-TV in Sacramento (Sunday, August. 31 from 11a to 7p). WPCW-TV in Pittsburgh will air a seven-hour marathon on Sunday, September 21 from 1 to 8p.
Things are about to get horrifying. FX‘s American Horror Story: Freak Show is set to debut on Wednesday, October 8.
Aquarium experts Wayde King and Brett Raymer will soon be back with new episodes of Tanked and some high-profile clients. Sport legends Shaquille O’Neal and Pete Rose, TV host Mario Lopez, actor Wilmer Valderrama and Long Island Medium’s Theresa Caputo will be featured in upcoming new episodes of the Animal Planet series, which begins airing Friday, September 19 at 10p.
Investigation Discovery’s Surviving Evil returns for its second season on Wednesday, September 3 at 9p. The series features all-new stories of extraordinary women who found their lives in the hands of cold-blooded criminals, but fought back and survived.
It’s time to play more Family Feud. Coming off its fourth straight year of growth, following the arrival of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010, producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury have announced that the hit nationally syndicated game show will return for a new season on Monday, September 15. (Check local listings for times.)
David Hyde Pierce is joining The Good Wife in a recurring role during the CBS series’ sixth season. He’ll play a highly respected cable news legal commentator so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office to affect change.
Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of ABC‘s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, will make a cameo appearance on a season-three episode of FOX’s The Mindy Project. Rhimes, reportedly a big fan of the show, will play herself.
Scandal‘s Matt Letscher has been tapped to guest star on the Season 7 premiere of ABC’s Castle, airing Monday, September 29 at 10p. He’ll portray Henry Jenkins, a security consultant who provides Beckett with key information on a case.
Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) has boarded the 10-episode second season ofLookingin a multi-episode arc HBO’s gay-themed dramedywill play Eddie, a new love interest who works in the San Francisco nonprofit community.
CBS‘ Big Brother was the top-rated program of the night on Wednesday, August 27, at 6.8 million, 2.3. The network was also number one among adults 18-49 (1.5) in primetime.
The November Man – Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton, Caterina Scorsone, Eliza Taylor, Lazar Ristovski
As Above/So Below – Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Francois, Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar, Cosme Castro, Hamidreza Javdan
Ghostbusters (30th Anniversary Re-Release) – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson
Life of Crime (Limited Release) – Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, Tim Robbins, Clea Lewis
The Congress (Limited Release) – Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David
Last Weekend (Limited Release) – Patricia Clarkson, Chris Mulkey, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Devon Graye, Alexia Rasmussen, Jayma Mays, Julio Oscar Mechoso
NYC STREET FAIRS
Saturday August 30, 2014
World Trade Center Fair – on Liberty St. from Broadway to Trinity Pl.
Meatpacking District Fair – on 13th St. from Washington to 9th Ave.
Fourth Ave. Festival – on 4th Ave. from 9th to 14th St.
Sunday August 31, 2014
The 30th Annual Brazilian Day Festival – on 6th Ave. from 42nd to 56th St. & on 46th St. from Madison to 7th Ave.
Ronkonkoma “Long Island” Festival – on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road to Wittredge St.
Monday September 1, 2014
6th Ave. Festival – on 6th Ave. from Houston to Waverly Place
Swing Street Block Party – on 52nd St. from 5th to 6th Ave.
2014 WEST INDIAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE IN BROOKLYN
Today’s Jackpot is $20 million
You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Saturday’s Jackpot is $90 million.
Powerball is played in 43 states.