ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 9/19/14)
E!: Fashion Police: Remembering Joan Rivers (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE: Hack My Brain (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Love it or List It, Too (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Renovation Realities (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Sold On The Spot (Premiere) at 1pm and 1:30pm
CMT: Dog and Beth: On The Hunt (Finale) at 9pm
FYI: Epic Meal (Finale) at 10pm
PBS: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Finale) at 8pm
CBS: 60 Minutes (Premiere) at 7:30pm
CBS: Madam Secretary (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CBS: The Good Wife (Premiere) at 9:30pm
BRAVO: Don’t Be Tardy (Finale) at 9:30pm
FOOD: Rachael Vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: American Dad (Finale) at 9:30pm
TVGN is rebranding as POP, with fan-fueled programming aimed at “someone who wants to stay connected to that emotion of youth,” Brad Schwartz, the net’s president, entertainment and media. “We noticed in the culture that fandom is blowing up. Scandal fans are ‘gladiators’; Lady Gaga fans are ‘little monsters.’ The opportunity to see the world through a fan’s eyes is a unique lane.” Target audience? “We think of them as a ‘modern grown up,’” says Schwartz. “Someone who has kids later in life, likes to work out, has a lot of disposable income.” TVGN, owned by CBS Corp. and Lionsgate, launches as POP in 1Q15 with 400 hours of original programming that expands on previously announced series including Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block.
Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond is returning to the late night sketch show as its new announcer, replacing original announcer Don Pardo. Hammond, a regular on SNL from 1995 until 2009 – longer than any other cast member – starts his new role with the 40th season premiere on September 27. Pardo died in August at age 96.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that triples annual funding for the state’s Film and TV Tax Credit Program; features with budgets over $75 million and network pilots will be eligible for tax credits. “Thousands of jobs” will result from the new law, intended to keep production in California, said Brown.
Teamsters security guard Amrik Singh Gill, 59, was killed in Vancouver on Monday on the set of TNT’s Falling Skies when a truck rolled down a hill and pinned him against a tree. Production was shut down Tuesday and Wednesday; the accident is under investigation.
Which new shows will viewers be setting their DVRs for in the next few weeks? CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans and Fox’s Gotham are the most-anticipated fall dramas, according to TiVo’s Fall TV Survey. NBC’s Bad Judge and CBS’s The McCarthys topped the comedy ranking.
Bad Judge led Yahoo’s list of most-searched-for new shows, followed by Fox’s Gracepoint, NBC’s A to Z, ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and CBS’s Stalker.
Which character will get killed off on The Simpsons’ season 26 premiere? Exec producer Al Jean wouldn’t say in a conference call Thursday, but he did insist that unlike resurrected Brian the dog on Family Guy, “When we kill them, they stay dead.” Fox comedy returns Sunday, September 28 at 8p.
MTV and Logo TV will premiere documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Friday, October 17 at 7p, hosted and produced by the Orange Is the New Black star and transgender advocate. Special examines the struggles of seven transgender young people ages 12-24. Immediately following, Cox will answer questions from viewers on “Trans Forum” on Logo and MTV.com.
PBS is running a tribute broadcast of 2010’s Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30p. It’s the PBS premiere of the documentary, for which the net now has exclusive broadcast rights. After it airs, the film will be available on the American Masters web site for a limited time.
A special episode of Oxygen Media’s Snapped, “Selena: Death of a Superstar,” delves into the 1995 murder of Latin singer Selena Quntanilla-Perez Sunday, October 5 at 9p. Snapped: Killer Couples follows at 10p.
Another show about a performer whose life was cut tragically short, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, premieres Saturday, November 15 at 8p. Lifetime original movie stars Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as the actress/singer whose plane crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway. Shipp replaced Zendaya Coleman in the title role.
CMT Crossroads: John Legend and Lee Ann Womack merges R&B with country music on Friday, September 26 at 10p, in what CMT calls “one of the most special episodes in franchise history.”
TLC’s 90 Day Fiance launches season two Sunday, October 19 at 9p. Round one of the reality romance show from Sharp Entertainment was the highest-rated of the season for the net in the W25-54 and A18-49 demos.
FX ordered a second season of Tyrant, slated for summer 2015. On a weekly basis, season one of the drama – now available on FXNOW to for authenticated subscribers – averaged 5.1 million total viewers and 2.3 million A18-49, including linear, time-shifted and non-linear viewing.
Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) will voice the sulky feline in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Live-action holiday movie premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8p.
Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Jonathan Cake (Desperate Housewives) have been added to the cast of USA pilot Stanistan, from Universal Cable Productions.
With a healthy lead-in from the season finale of America’s Got Talent, NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura debuted with a 2.0/7 rating among A18-49. The procedural starring Debra Messing moves to its regular spot at 8p next week.
In a face-off with Talent, the series premiere of Fox drama Red Band Society scored 1.3/4 among A18-49, holding onto its audience during the hour. Fox projects a Live+7 jump to 2.1 in the demo for the young-skewing series.
Season two of Cedar Cove is lifting Hallmark Channel to the top spot in cable in its Saturday-at-9p time period among HH, W25-54, and total viewers in Live +3 ratings and delivery. With three days of time shifted viewing, the first 9 eps are averaging a 2.3 HH rating, 432,000 among W25-54, and 2.4 million total viewers, an eight percent increase among W25-54 in L+3 compared to the first season.
The Maze Runner – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper
A Walk Among The Tombstones – Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook, Maurice Compte, Adam David Thompson, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roche
This Is Where I Leave You – Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathyrn Hayn, Connie Britton, Abigail Spencer, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepherd, Debra Monk
Tusk (Limited Release) – Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Guy Lapointe
Hector And The Search For Happiness (Limited Release) – Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Chad Wilett, Veronica Ferres
The Zero Theorem (Limited Release) – Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Naomi Everson, Madison Lygo
NYC STREET FAIRS
Friday September 19, 2014
Grand Central Fall Fest – on 43rd St. from Lexington to 3rd Ave.
Saturday September 20, 2014
Bleecker Street Festival – on Bleecker Street from 7th to 8th Ave.
Broadway Autumn Fair – on Broadway from Waverly Pl. to 14th St.
Jerome Ave. Festival (Bronx) – on Jerome Ave. from Moshulu to Gun Hill Road
Sunday September 21, 2014
Fulton Street Follies – on Fulton St. from Water to William St.
Broadway Astoria Festival (Queens) – on Broadway from Steinway to Crescent Street
Today’s Jackpot is $72 million
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