FIRST LOOK/ ON TV

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURS. 10/31/13)
NAT GEO: Meltdown (Premiere) at 10pm
SUNDANCE: The Returned (Premiere) at 9pm
COOKING: Chuck’s Eat The Street (Finale) at 10pm

NBC is launching The People Magazine Awards with Dick Clark Productions, celebrating pop culture newsmakers and personalities. “People magazine is the most influential celebrity and entertainment news vehicle in America,” said DCP CEO Allen Shapiro, “making them the perfect partner for us to create a year-end awards show recognizing the year’s best and most talked-about people.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscar ads went for close to $1.9 million for a 30-second spot, reports Variety – and they’re sold out. The previous high was $1.82 million in 2008. Live events with big ratings have become increasingly precious to advertisers, not just because of the audience they deliver (this year’s awards drew an average 40.3 million viewers), but because ads can’t be skipped in real time, and robust social media activity provides more marketing opportunities. Ellen Degeneres, who hosted in 2007, will return for next year’s ABC telecast on Sunday, March 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) will moonlight as a product engineer/celebrity pitchman for Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo Group‘s Yoga line of tablets. The partnership “brings together my love of technology and design that makes your life better” said the star of biopic Jobs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s no escaping Ron Burgundy. The San Diego anchorman, played by Will Ferrell in 2004’s The Anchorman and currently spokesman for Chrysler’s Dodge Durango, will be a guest star on TBS talker Conan on Thursday, November 21 to pitch “his” new upcoming book, “Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings” – and, undoubtedly, the new film, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, bowing December 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1 rock doc The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop explores the music genre as a cultural movement, offering a visual history of its influence on music, film, television, fashion and politics. The four-part series debuts in February, 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sarah Silverman, who posted her failed NBC pilot, Susan 313, on YouTube last week, has a stand-up comedy special coming up on HBO. Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles debuts Saturday, November 23 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oprah: Where Are They Now? answers the question about Michael Bolton, Jon Gosselin, Soleil Moon Frye and Lynda Carter in new OWN interviews Sunday, November 3 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central announced the renewals of three series. Coming back for season three is Brickleberry, about a motley crew of park rangers. In the midst of its second season, the animated comedy is averaging 1.6 million viewers in its Tuesday, 10:30p time slot. Sketch comedy Key & Peele, averaging 1.9 million viewers on Wednesdays at 10:30p, earned a fourth go-round, and Drunk History, having sucked in 1.2 million viewers by sharing inebriated versions of historical events in its freshman season, will be back for season two.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC promises vengeance, lies and “one of the most outrageous and violent brawls in reality television history” when Gypsy Sisters returns for a second season. A two-hour premiere of the Firecracker Films production airs Thursday, December 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ASPiRE network has renewed The Root 100 for a sophomore season, reports The Wrap. The series, offering in-depth looks at influential African-Americans, returns Wednesday, November 27 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Host Steve Harvey finds himself between TLC‘s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Cake Boss clans when the families duke it out for charity on Family Feud. The game show ep airs Monday, November 11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Juan Pablo Di Pace (Camp) will join the third season of TNT‘s Dallas, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The soapy drama reboot, produced by Warner Horizon, returns in early 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Morris Chestnut (Nurse Jackie) will be a series regular on TNT drama Legends, premiering in 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paulo Costanzo (Royal Pains) will guest star on CBS‘s Criminal Minds, says the Hollywood Reporter. Minds airs Wednesdays at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thanks to the World Series, Fox posted its first weekly win of the season in A18-49, with a 3.3 rating/10 share for the week of October 21. NBC came in second, with 2.4/7. Fox also came out on top in total viewers, drawing 11.35 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

While NBC‘s The Voice (3.6/10) and The Biggest Loser (1.8/5) and CBS‘s Person of Interest (1.9/5) took dips in the A18-49 demo Tuesday night, ABC‘s teetering Trophy Wife saw a nice 17 percent ratings bounce, to 1.4/4. As for that low Voice – the singing competition’s two-hour knockout round still knocked out the competition in the demo, including Fox‘s The X Factor, which scored its lowest rating (1.5/4) this season in a week scrambled by the World Series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 

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