BRAD PITT DONATES MONEY TO HELP THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN SEVERAL STATES
Archive for October, 2012
BRAD PITT DONATES MONEY TO HELP THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN SEVERAL STATES
GENE HACKMAN SLAPPED HOMELESS MAN IN SELF DEFENSE WHO BECAME AGGRESSIVE
MTV’S JERSEY SHORE CAST SENDS SUPPORT TO HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
CELEBRITY NEWS: OCTOBER 31, 2012
Willow Smith – 12 years old
Eddie Kaye Thomas (“American Pie”) – 32 years old
Piper Perabo (“Coyote Ugly”) – 36 years old
Vanilla Ice – 45 years old
Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys) – 46 years old
Mike O’Malley (Glee) – 46 years old
Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) – 49 years old
Rob Schneider (formerly of Saturday Night Live) – 49 years old
Peter Jackson (Director, “Lord Of The Rings”) – 51 years old
Larry Mullen Jr. (U2) – 51 years old
Brian Stokes Mitchell (Trapper John M.D.) – 55 years old
Deidre Hall (Days Of Our Lives) – 65 years old
David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H.) – 70 years old
Dan Rather (60 Minutes) – 81 years old
ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 10/31/12)
SYFY: Face Off (Live Finale) at 10pm
First season comedy The Neighbors and second season drama Scandal received back-nine orders from ABC, giving both series full orders for the 2012-13 season. The Neighbors improved its ratings for its most recent airing at a 2.0 A18-49 rating and 7 million viewers. Scandal had similar results posting a 2.0 demo rating and 6.1 million total viewers. These two pickups are ABC’s first full season orders for the fall season.
The Walt Disney Company is acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is wholly owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas. Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock as of last Friday, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying around half in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to normal post-closing balance sheet adjustments. The deal gives Disney ownership of Lucasfilm and its Star Wars franchise and its current businesses encompassing live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects and audio post production. Disney will also own the various entertainment technologies under Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. At this time, the current Lucasfilm employees will remain in their present locations. Kathleen Kennedy, Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Kennedy will also be the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s worldwide lines of businesses to build, integrate and maximize the value of this global franchise. Furthermore, Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015 with more feature films planned in the future. The Boards of Directors of both Disney and Lucasfilm have approved this transaction which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-US merger control regulations and other normal closing conditions. The agreement has also been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.
NBC detailed its midseason schedule including the premiere date for Community set for February 7 at 8p. Originally, the network was to debut Community’s new season on October 19. Community will take over the time slot currently occupied by the final season of 30 Rock which will have concluded its 13-episode season. Also in midseason, Parks and Recreation will move up an hour to 830p as of January 17 with comedy Up All Night going on an extended hiatus from December to April/May (as announced yesterday). New NBC series premiere dates include: Deception on January 7 at 10p; 1600 Penn January 10 at 930p; and Ready for Love bowing on March 31 with a two-hour premiere at 8p. Returning series consist of the fourth season of The Voice on March 25-26; Revolution wraps its fall run in November and is back March 25 at 10p; The Biggest Loser featuring the return of Jillian Michaels, is back starting January 6-7 airing on Mondays from 8-10p until the return of The Voice; Betty White’s Off Their Rockers returns January 8 with back-to-back episodes at 8p and 830p; Smash debuts its second season on February 5 with a two-hour episode at 9p and will settle into its regular day and time starting February 12 at 10p; and The Celebrity Apprentice is back beginning March 3 from 9-11p for four weeks before airing one-hour episodes on March 31 at 10p.
NBC is not moving forward with a spinoff show from The Office. Rainn Wilson was due to star in The Farm which will air as a back-door pilot of The Office this season. The project centers on Dwight (Wilson) as a beet farmer running a bed and breakfast inn. Back-door pilots air as a test-run to help the network determine if the project is worthy to move forward. NBC in this instance has made the decision even before the episode aired. NBC has not officially announced this news though reports say the episode will air in The Office as planned.
Glee’s Grant Gustin is moving to The CW as the actor has been cast in a multiple-episode run on 90210’s fifth season. Gustin will play Campbell on 90210, a charming, handsome college student from a wealthy and privileged background. Gustin will return to FOX’s Glee to reprise his role as Sebastian Smythe in an upcoming episode.
FOX’s midseason thriller The Following booked Mike Colter (Ringer) in the recurring role of FBI bureaucrat Nick Donovan, reports TVLine. The series from Kevin Williamson is about a deranged serial killer by the name of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) who creates his own cult of murderers using technology and the retired FBI profilers Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) who is hunting him down. Colter’s character is brought in to head the Carroll case and supervise Agent Hardy.
SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 10/28/12)
1) Taylor Swift – RED – 1,208,290
2) Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid M.A.A.D City – 241,139
3) Jason Aldean – Night Train – 115,976
5) Tony Bennett – Viva Duets – 35, 917
6) Gary Clark Jr. – Blak & Blu – 34,604
7) Stone Sour – House Of Gold & Bones Part One – 31,182
9) Lady Antebellum – On This Winter’s Night – 24,584
14) Swedish House Mafia – Until Now – 18,311
17) The Sword – Apocryphon – 16,835
18) Twiztid – Abominationz – 16,700
Today’s Jackpot is $110 million.
Powerball is played in 41 states.
GEORGE WENDT (CHEERS) HOSPITALIZED WITH CHEST PAINS
DISNEY ACQUIRES LUCASFILM; STAR WARS EPISODE 7 SLATED FOR 2015
CELEBRITY NEWS: OCTOBER 30, 2012
Eva Marcille (America’s Next Top Model) – 28 years old
Ivanka Trump – 31 years old
Matthew Morrison (Glee) – 34 years old
Nia Long (Third Watch) – 42 years old
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) – 47 years old
Michael Beach (Third Watch) – 49 years old
Kevin Pollack (“The Usual Suspects”) – 55 years old
Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law) – 61 years old
Henry Winkler (Happy Days) – 67 years old
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Starship) – 73 years old
ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 10/30/12)
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY: Motives & Murders: Cracking The Case (Premiere) at 10pm
LOGO: The Baby Wait (Premiere) at 10pm
SYFY: Total Blackout (Premiere) at 10pm
SYFY: Viral Video Showdown (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TLC: 19 Kids And Counting (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: Extreme Cheapskates (Premiere) at 10pm & 10:30pm
DIY: I Hate My Bath (Finale) at 10pm
NBC is retooling its second season comedy Up All Night airing on Thursday nights. The network gave the sitcom three extra episodes and will switch it from a single-camera to a multicamera format and additionally film the show in front of a live studio audience. Starring Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, the comedy will take a three-month hiatus following the production of episode 11 which concludes next week to transform its stages into a multicamera format. Production will resume next February for five multicamera episodes bringing its total episode count for this season to 16. The remaining single-camera episodes will air in December and the series will return with new eps in April or May.
Syndicated daytime talk show Anderson Live from Warner Bros. will end its run after this current season. Hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, the show will continue in production through March and stay on the air through its present second season. In fall 2013, Warner Bros. will launch Bethenny, starring Bethenny Frankel to stations nationwide.
Western series Hell on Wheels received a third season renewal by AMC. The next season will have 10 episodes though no premiere date has been set. Hell on Wheels, from Endemol, Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures and starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common, averaged 2.4 million viewers during its second season.
In the New Year, E! rolls out a new series that follows the British vocal group, The Saturdays when Chasing The Saturdays debuts on January 20 at 10p. Each of the 10 half-hour episodes follows the five young women who make up the singing group as they branch out to the US after signing with the music label Mercury Records and have a new US album. The Saturdays, comprised of Mollie King, Rochelle Humes, Frankie Sandford, Vanessa White and Una Healy juggle their stardom, fashion-forward glamorous lives while dealing with husbands and lovers back home in the UK. Chasing The Saturdays is produced by Comcast Entertainment Studios.
Syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! were both renewed by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group through the 2015-16 season. The shows were renewed for two additional years beyond stations’ current contracts by the ABC-owned stations that currently air the shows: WABC/New York; KABC/Los Angeles; WLS/Chicago; WPVI/Philadelphia; KGO/San Francisco; WTVD/Raleigh-Durham; KFSN/Fresno. The ABC Owned Television Stations Group reaches 21% of US households. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are produced by Sony Pictures Television, A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company and are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International.
Today’s Jackpot is $27 million.
Participating States: New York, New Jersey, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
IAN ZIERING AND HIS WIFE ERIN ARE EXPECTING THEIR SECOND CHILD