DAVY JONES (THE MONKEES) HAS DIED
DAVY JONES (THE MONKEES) HAS DIED
NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI RUMORED TO BE PREGNANT
TARGET PULLS GREETING CARD WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON’S NAME
CELEBRITY NEWS: FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Jeffrey Atkins (aka Ja Rule) – 36 years old
Antonio Sabato Jr. – 40 years old
Tony Robbins – 52 years old
Dennis Farina (Law & Order) – 68 years old
Alex Rocco (“The Wedding Planner”) – 76 years old
Dinah Shore – 96 years old
ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 2/29/12)
DISCOVERY: Sons of Guns (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Undercover Princesses (Premiere) at 10pm
USA: Psych (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Top Chef (Finale) at 10pm
The 14th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars unveiled a celebrity cast of twelve including former Melrose Place star, Jack Wagner; Melissa Gilbert, best known for her role in the TV series Little House on the Prairie; Sherri Shepherd, current co-host on ABC’s The View; Jaleel White, best remembered playing Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters; tennis star Martina Navratilova; TV host Maria Menounos; Motown Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight; opera singer Katherine Jenkins; Disney star Roshon Fegan; NFL Super Bowl champ Donald Driver; singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw; and telenovela actor William Levy. Dancing with the Stars premieres its 14th season March 19 at 8p on ABC.
FOX has re-tooled its spring schedule by now premiering the new Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch on March 22 at 9p following the American Idol results show at 8p. An encore of the Touch preview episode will air March 15 at 9p. Starting April 2, Bones will move to a new night and time at 8p followed by House at 9p with all-new episodes. A retrospective special of House looking back at the series’ eight seasons is scheduled for May 21 at 8p and the series finale will follow at 9p. FOX’s 25th Anniversary Special, celebrating the shows and stars of the network’s 25-year history, will air April 22 at 8p over two hours. Additionally, The Finder will air its spring finale on March 8 at 9p and will be back later in the season with all-new episodes. A two-hour season finale of Alcatraz will air March 26 at 8p.
National music TV network Fuse, part of The Madison Square Garden Company, has ordered 12 additional episodes of the game show/comedy series Funny or Die’s Billy On The Street. Starring comedian Billy Eichner, the series hits the streets of New York as Eichner tests people on their knowledge of music and pop culture trivia.
On March 25, TLC brings back its series Long Island Medium for a second season featuring Long Island mom-turned-medium Theresa Caputo. TLC ordered 14 30m episodes for the second season. Long Island Medium is produced by Magilla Entertainment for TLC.
Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s True Blood is stepping down in his role as the series’ daily showrunner. According to a statement released by HBO yesterday, Ball intended to take a more supervisory role on True Blood if HBO extended the series to a sixth season. Ball is still busy as his crime drama Banshee received a series order of 10 episodes from Cinemax. In addition, Ball has the one-hour medical drama Wichita in development at HBO.
In other HBO news, Michael Mann, the EP/director of the network’s series Luck will continue working with the network for a limited docu-series titled Witness chronicling war photographers. The four-episode series will follow combat photographers documenting conflict in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya. Mann will partner with documentary director David Frankham.
For the first time the role of Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick Dr. Watson will be portrayed by a woman. Lucy Liu landed the role on CBS’ pilot Elementary playing opposite Jonny Lee Miller as the famous detective Holmes in a modern-day take set in New York City. Liu is currently appearing on TNT’s Southland. CBS TV Studios is producing Elementary.
Former Charlie’s Angels co-star Rachael Taylor landed a co-starring role on ABC’s drama pilot 666 Park Avenue. Taylor will play Jane married to Henry (Dave Annabele), the couple who is hired to manage an historic apartment building in New York City filled with supernatural occurrences. Lost’s Terry O’Quinn will play the owner of the building. Warner Bros. Television is producing.
Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was tapped for the lead role in FOX’s Greg Berlanti legal drama pilot Guilty. The drama is about William “Billy” Remz (Gooding), an ethnically questionable defense attorney who has been stripped of his license to practice law after being falsely convicted of fraud. Remz uses his untraditional ways to solve cases he’s been banned from handling. If this pilot is ordered to series, this project marks Gooding’s first foray into regular series television. Gooding joins previously-announced Eva Amurri Martino who will play Lily, another attorney who works closely with Billy.
SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 2/26/12)
1) Adele – 21 – 296,549 (After 53 weeks – 7,649,158)
2) Fun. – Some Nights – 69,540
3) Tyga – Careless World – 61,231
5) Chiddy Bang – Breakfast – 30,615
8 ) Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror – 27,473
12) Chieftains – Voice Of Ages – 18,462
40) Act Of Valor Soundtrack – 10,343
Today’s Jackpot is $40 million.
Powerball is played in 41 states.
BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER WELCOME A SON
“DANCING WITH THE STARS” CAST (SEASON 14) REVEALED
JENNIFER HUDSON ON WITNESS LIST FOR UPCOMING MURDER TRIAL
CELEBRITY NEWS: FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Olivia Palermo (The City) – 26 years old
Karolina Kurkova – 28 years old
Ali Larter (Heroes) – 36 years old
Tasha Smith (“Why Did I Get Married?”) – 41 years old
Tangi Miller (Felicity) – 42 years old
Robert Sean Leonard (“Dead Poets Society”) – 43 years old
John Turturro (“Transformers” movies) – 55 years old
Gilbert Gottfriend – 57 years old
Bernadette Peters – 64 years old
Mercedes Ruehl – 64 years old
Tommy Tune – 73 years old
Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) – 82 years old
Charles Durning (“The Sting”) – 89 years old
ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/28/12)
RLTV: Cash Call With Jean Chatzky (Premiere) at 8pm
SPEED: My Ride Rules (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Parenthood (Finale) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Monster Bug Wars (Finale) at 10pm
USA: White Collar (Finale) at 10pm
Sunday’s live broadcast of the 84th Annual Academy Awards on ABC from 830-1124p drew in 39.3 million total viewers and delivered an 11.7 rating with A18-49 viewers. The 2012 Oscars mark ABC’s most-watched telecast in two years. Comparing the previous year’s telecast Sunday’s awards show attracted 1.4 million more viewers (39.3 million vs. 37.9 million). In addition, the seventh post-Oscar telecast of Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards on ABC, increased by +14% in total viewers (5.061 million vs. 4.453) and also saw a +8% increase among A18-49 (1.873 million vs. 1.738 million. Sunday’s JKL’s post-Oscar telecast was the most-watched ever.
On Saturdays in March, Documentary Channel will air a series of documentaries celebrating a woman’s perspective in Her Take. The collection of documentaries by female filmmakers include Pink Skies on March 3; The Price of Sex on March 10; The Heretics on March 17; Atomic Mom on March 24; and Love, Lust and Lies on March 31. These documentaries air at 8p each Saturday.
This morning between 7-10a, Telemundo will announce the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm. The list of finalists will be broadcast in the network’s morning show Levantate. The 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards will take place in Miami on April 26 and will be produced by and broadcast live by Telemundo.
FX acquired the commercial television premiere rights to this past weekend’s #1 box office film Act of Valor produced by Relativity.
Late yesterday, NBC revealed James Spader will not be returning to The Office if a ninth season is ordered. Spader joined the comedy series after playing a two-scene role in the seventh season finale which turned into a full season role portraying the fictional company’s new chief executive, Robert California.
In The CW’s pilot The Carrie Diaries, the role of Carrie Bradshaw was handed to Anna Sophia Robb. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Candace Bushnell and the plot follows Carrie during her high school years in the 1980s in Manhattan. In addition, Ellen Wong and Katie Findlay have been cast to play Carrie’s friends in the pilot, according to Variety. Wong will play Jill “The Mouse” Thompson, Carrie’s smart and loyal best friend and Findlay will play Carrie’s oldest friend, Maggie Landers. The project is from Warner Bros. Television.
MTV has ordered a third edition of Teen Mom, the reality series that is a spinoff of the network’s 16 and Pregnant series. A fourth season of 16 and Pregnant debuts March 27 with back-to-back episodes and Teen Mom 3 is expected to feature four teens from the new edition. Teen Mom 2 recently ended its second run and will air reunion special tonight at 10p.
Former Breaking Bad villain, Giancarlo Esposito will star in J.J. Abrams’ drama pilot Revolution for NBC. Esposito will play Captain Neville, a tough military man who also possesses a genteel Southern manner and who may have an alternate personality. Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions are producing.
Eva Amurri Martino, seen recently in Showtime’s Californication, landed a role in FOX’s drama pilot Guilty, cites THR. Amurri Martino will play Lily, an attorney who works closely with the as-yet-uncast attorney lead role in the project. The drama is from Warner Bros. Television, Bonanza Productions, Berlanti Productions and Wonderland Sound and Vision.
Today’s Jackpot is $94 million
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