CHARLIE MURPHY’S VERY FUNNY FRIENDS CELEBRATE HIS LIFE
CHARLIE MURPHY’S VERY FUNNY FRIENDS CELEBRATE HIS LIFE
GISELE BUNDCHEN TWEETS ANTI-TRUMP PROTEST AS TOM BRADY BAILS ON WHITE HOUSE
PRINCE’S ESTATE BLOCKS PRODUCER FROM RELEASING NEW MUSIC
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS RETURNING TO L.A. IN 2017
CELEBRITY NEWS: APRIL 20, 2017
Carys Zeta Douglas (Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones’ daughter) – 14 years old
Miranda Kerr (Model) – 34 years old
Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey) – 41 years old
Killer Mike (Rapper) – 42 years old
Carmen Electra (Baywatch) – 45 years old
Stephen Marley (Reggae Singer) – 45 years old
Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) – 47 years old
Andy Serkis (“Lord Of The Rings” movies) – 53 years old
Crispin Glover (“Back To The Future”) – 53 years old
Don Mattingly (former NY Yankee) – 56 years old
Tatiana Thumbtzen (Dancer, Lead girl in Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” video) – 57 years old
Clint Howard (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”) – 58 years old
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) – 68 years old
Veronica Cartwright (“The Witches of Eastwick”/“Alien”) – 68 years old
Ryan O’Neal (Bones) – 76 years old
George Takei (Star Trek) – 80 years old
ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/20/17)
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
LIFETIME: Married at First Sight (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Mysteries of the Abandoned (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Real Detective (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Hustle & Soul (Finale) at 10pm
Bill O’Reilly is out after over 20 years at Fox News Channel. 21st Century Fox decided to part ways with the O’Reilly Factor host amid the fallout from a New York Times article that described $13 million in sexual harassment settlements involving the network star. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not be returning,” said 21st Century Fox on Thursday. O’Reilly left for a pre-planned vacation on April 11, by which time over 50 advertisers had exited his show. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to unfounded claims,” said O’Reilly. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”
Taking over O’Reilly’s plum 8p time slot will be Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson boosted numbers in the 9p hour when The Kelly File’s Megyn Kelly left the news net for a job at NBC News. Panel show The Five will slip into the 9p slot. Carlson makes the move on Monday, April 24, the day O’Reilly was scheduled to return from vacation.
Beta Research released its latest Brand Study, listing viewers’ top-ranked basic cable and digital cable networks. The nets described by viewers as one of their favorites included History (51%), Investigation Discovery (50%), American Heroes Channel and HGTV (both 49%), Cooking Channel and Food Network (48% each), Discovery Channel (47%) and Discovery Life and Nat Geo (46% each). On the ad front, viewers described themselves as more likely to buy products advertised on basic cable nets Nickelodeon (34%), Food Network (33%), Fox News Channel (32%), HGTV, ESPN2, OWN, Nick At Nite and Cartoon Network (all 31%), while Sprout (40%), Cooking Channel (38%), and Velocity, Viceland (newly measured in 2017) and Nick Jr. (all 36%) made the grade among digital basic networks.
ID won its first Peabody Award. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, about the persecution of women of color in Texas, was among the winners in the Documentary category for programs released in 2016. “ID is proud to have supported the inspiring work of filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi and The Innocence Project of Texas, and we’re most appreciative of not only this honor but, even more, of the attention and recognition this film deserves, let alone its achievement of justice for the San Antonio Four,” Henry Schleiff, group president, ID, AHC and Destination America, tells Cynopsis. ID will air an encore of the film on Saturday, May 13 rom 10a-12p.
It appears Billy Bush, booted from Today last year, wants back on the small screen. Bush, who was fired after a 2005 video surfaced of him playing along as his Access Hollywood guest, Donald Trump, made lewd comments about women, posted a video on Tuesday of himself getting haircut, singing (to the tune of Grease’s “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”), “Look at me, I’m Billy B., trying to get back on TV. My hair’s long and flat and it makes me look fat, and I can’t be. I’m Billy B.” Which makes us wonder…
To mark the first anniversary of Prince’s death, Fuse and FM will honor the musician with programming, and purple logos. On Friday, April 21, FM will air half-hour special The Prince Effect, and blocks of music videos commemorating the “Purple One” will run from 8:30a-12:30p on Fuse and 8-9p on FM.
New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards will honor the best in TV and film at the 2017 gala on Tuesday, April 25, at NAB in Las Vegas. Tony Petitti, COO of Major League Baseball will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jane Lynch (Glee) will host National Geographic’s Earth Live, a two-hour event offering rare looks at the animal kingdom in real time, shot by wildlife cinematographers across the globe. “It’s going to be a groundbreaking, beautiful and action-packed wildlife symposium that will help viewers from all across the world better understand the animals that live around them,” said Lynch. Show premieres Sunday, July 9 at 8p.
History reveals the surprising beginnings of American superhero characters in 2-part doc Superheroes Decoded, premiering Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 at 9p. Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and more offer commentary.
LMN is premiering original movie The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit followed by Deadly Secrets By the Lake starting at 8p on Friday, June 2. The flicks are part of a multi-platform partnership between A+E Networks and Harlequin that also includes e-books and immersive digital and social experiences.
Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will air from Hollywood for the first time the week starting Sunday, May 21. “We’ve been fantasizing about taking the show to LA for eight years,” said Cohen. “I feel like we’re hitting the big time.”
The Daily Show writer/contributor Michelle Wolf landed an HBO stand-up up special, slated to tape in New York this summer. “It’s HBO, it’s a dream,” said Wolf. “I’m mostly just trying not to get hit by a bus before I tape.”
Adventure cameraman Mungo explores myths and legends (dragon-like reptiles, shape-shifting creatures and the like) in new Animal Planet series Expedition Mungo, launching Sunday, May 28 at 10p.
The title character in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is heading to college, according to the trailer for season 3. (Kimmy, played by The Office’s Ellie Kemper, missed out on college while living in a doomsday cult’s underground bunker.) New season starts streaming May 19.
Tonight’s debut of Mysteries of the Abandoned on Science Channel explores California’s Goat Canyon Trestle railway, aka the “Impossible Railroad”; an anti-ballistic missile radar in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the perilous Grades Goulets Road in the French Alps. Series premieres at 10p.
Sean Astin has been replaced by Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) in TNT’s upcoming drama The Alienist. TNT attributed the switch to “scheduling difficulties”; Astin had been juggling shooting The Alienist in Budapest with season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things in Atlanta.
HGTV ’s Island Life was the second highest rated cable show of Sunday night among upscale A25-54 and W25-54, with the current season trending up 14% versus the prior season. Caribbean Life is also up 14 percent versus the prior season among P25-54 and is on track to be the highest rated season to date.
The premiere of Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet posted a 1.0 rating P25-54 and a 1.2 rating W25-54, ranking No. 4 and No. 3 respectively among all cable networks and generating year-over-year double-digit lifts, up 52% among P25-54 and 44% among W25-54.
The premiere of Univision’s reality series La Reina de la Cancion (The Queen of Song) averaged 1.7 million total viewers 2+, 847,000 A18-49, 438,000 A18-34 and 553,000 P12-34 on Monday, making it the No. 1 Spanish-language network during the 8p hour.
As cable news continues to draw viewers, MSNBC is grabbing a bigger piece of the pie. Collectively, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are 31% higher in viewing for the year so far, with FNC logging a 51.1% share (a slight dip from 51.8% year-ago), CNN grabbing 24.8 % (from 28.3%) and MSNBC accounting for 24.1%, up from 19.9%.
Greed is good – at least for emerging net Escape, which reached 1.8 million viewers 2+ with its 12-hour marathon of American Greed on Saturday. Operated by Katz Broadcasting, Escape is in 99 million homes and 85% of the country.
Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce is opening on Thursday April 20, 2017.
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – The Musical with Christian Borle is opening on Sunday April 23, 2017.
Anastasia is opening on Monday April 24, 2017.
Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins is opening on Tuesday April 25, 2017.
Bandstand is opening on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
PRINCE HARRY REVEALS WHY HE FINALLY OPENED UP ABOUT HIS GRIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH AFTER PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATHApril 19, 2017
PRINCE HARRY REVEALS WHY HE FINALLY OPENED UP ABOUT HIS GRIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH AFTER PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH
SERENA WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES SHE IS PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD
PRINCE’S ESTATE SAYS NEW EP IS A VIOLATION AND WILL SUE THE PRODUCER WHO RELEASED 5 NEW TRACKS
JULIA ROBERTS MAKES HISTORY AS PEOPLE MAGAZINES’ “MOST BEAUTIFUL” WOMAN FOR A FIFTH TIME