ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 12/19/14)
CBS: A Home for the Holidays (Premiere) at 9pm
AHC: Myth Hunters (Premiere) a 10pm
NBC: Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Finale) at 8pm
IFC: Comedy Bang! Bang! (Finale) at 11pm
IFC: Birthday Boys (Finale) at 11:30pm
PIVOT: Welcome to Fairfax (Finale) at 10pm
PIVOT: Freestyle Love Supreme (Finale) at 10:30pm
TBS: Deal With It (Premiere) at 9:30pm
ABC: I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown! at 8pm
ABC: CMA Country Christmas (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? (Premiere) at 8pm
REELZ: Holiday Movie Preview Review (Premiere) at 12pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Amy Adams, Musical Guest: One Direction at 11:30pm
BBCA: Atlantis (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: House Hunters International Renovation (Finale) at 10pm
OWN: Flex & Shanice (Finale) at 10:30pm
SPIKE: Auction Hunters (Finale) at 9:30pm
SPIKE: Thrift Hunters (Finale) at 10:30pm
ABC: The Sound of Music Sing-Along at 7pm
OWN: The Rob Bell Show: Owning Your Story (Premiere) at 8pm
E!: House of DVF (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: My Five Wives (Finale) at 10pm
OWN: Where Are They Now? (Finale) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: Homeland (Finale) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: The Affair (Finale) at 10pm
Hulu has acquired exclusive subscription video on-demand rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX series via a pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The deal includes Tyrant, The Strain, Married and You’re the Worst. The shows will become available on the Hulu Plus subscription service ahead of their second season premieres. Hulu also has exclusive SVOD rights to subsequent seasons.
Dan Abrams is stepping down as co-anchor of ABC‘s Nightline. Chief national correspondent Byron Pitts has been named as his replacement. Abrams will return to running the company he founded, Abrams Media, which includes websites like Mediaite. He will, however, retain his post as the network’s chief legal analyst.
Can’t wait to see Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer on the Tuesday, January 6 winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars? ABC Family is giving viewers a sneak peek of the episode during its broadcast of The Hunger Games on Monday, December 29 at 8p.
Ashley Tisdale, executive producer of ABC Family‘s Young & Hungry, is stepping out from behind the camera again. The actress is returning to the series as lesbian magazine editor Logan Rawlings on Season 2’s third episode. Tisdale appeared in an episode during the show’s freshman season and shared a kiss with Emily Osment’s Gabi.
BBC America has set a premiere date for Season 3 of Orphan Black. The series, starring Tatiana Maslany, returns Saturday, April 18, 2015.
The growing list of performers on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve continues. Eve Brantley Gilbert, Ella Henderson, Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz and Train have joined the mix. Fergie is hosting the celebration, which airs at 8p on ABC.
British television personality Katie Hopkins has gone on the record with her controversial views, saying that the solution to obesity is simple: eat less and work out more. In the two-part special Fat and Back [wt], airing on Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, January 25 at 10p on TLC, Hopkins sets out to nearly double her body weight before aiming to lose it in an attempt to prove her theory true.
NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon debuts Friday, December 19 at 8p. The series gives viewers a look at everything from extreme rescues and white-knuckle car chases to crashes and viral sensations; all footage is shot on cell phones, dash cams, security cameras, news crews and camcorders.
Hallmark Channel original series Good Witch makes its two-hour premiere Saturday, February 28 at 8p. Based on the net’s original movie franchise of the same title, the show stars Catherine Bell (Army Wives, JAG) and Bailee Madison (Northpole, The Fosters) as a magical mother/daughter duo and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) as their next-door neighbor.
Alfonso Ribeiro, remembered as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is headed to the Cooking Channel. He’ll explore the secrets behind classic American treats from caramel apples to honey barbecued potato chips in Unwrapped 2.0, premiering Monday, February 2 at 10p.
Real Girl’s Kitchen has been renewed for a second season on Cooking Channel. The show, based on Haylie Duff’s blog and cookbook of the same name, is already back in production. No premiere date has been set yet.
TV One has greenlit freshman reality series Hollywood Divas for second season. “The strong social media and viewer response to Hollywood Divas made renewing this insider’s look at Black Hollywood a no-brainer,” said D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of programming and production for TV One.
Annie Wersching (24) has snagged a recurring role in Season Six of The Vampire Diaries, reports TVLine. She’ll play Lily.
Syfy space drama Dark Matter has cast its lead actors: Broadway’s Les Miserables star Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop), Jodelle Ferland (Twilight), Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl). The series centers on the crew of a spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got on board.
Manu Bennett (Arrow) is joining the cast of Shannara, the MTV supernatural drama based on the best selling novels by Terry Brooks. He’ll play Allanon, a druid.
USA Network will finish the year as the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment network for an unprecedented 9th consecutive year. Fueled by powerhouse WWE Monday Night Raw, USA’s winning streak continued with 2.14MM total viewers P2+, 7% higher than the closest competitive cable entertainment network.
In under five years’ time, since flipping over from Fine Living in mid-2010, Cooking Channel has seen a ratings increase of 17% among A25-54 (29% among W25-54). Offerings like Mo Rocca’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, Debi Mazar & husband Gabriele Corcos’ Extra Virgin, Haylie Duff’s Real Girl’s Kitchen and Rev Run’s all-family docu-series, Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, as well as Food Network classic series Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef America and Good Eats have buoyed the network impressions growth +18% among A25-54 (+22% for W25-54); that is a 5% increase in total day (W25-54) from YAGO and +110% from 2009, Fine Living’s last full calendar year.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens, Ben Kingsley, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson
Annie – Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Mayas, Cameron Diaz, Zoe Margaret Colletti
Goodbye To All That (Limited Release) – Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, Ashley Hinshaw, Amy Sedaris, Michael Chernus, Celia Weston,
Mr. Turner (Limited Release) – Timoty Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Joshua McGuire, Ruth Sheen
Today’s Jackpot is $125 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.