Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 7:20 PM UTC on Jan, 31 2011
During his last three months on the air talk show host Larry King routinely saw 674,000 viewers to his popular show, however just two weeks after taking over the show and with a huge advertising campaign supporting him, Piers Morgan is barely managing just over 50% of King’s original viewer numbers.
Piers Morgan Tonight has went from 2.1 million viewers during his shows January 17 premier to just 498,000 viewers as of Thursday’s show featuring uber-popular socialities and reality TV stars Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 1:45 PM UTC on Jan, 30 2011
With Jesse Eisenberg, star of The Social Network hosting SNL last night, it was the perfect time for Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, to make his primetime debut and that’s exactly what happened.
Here’s a video of Eisenberg opening the show with the help of The Zuck (He appears part way through the opening monologue):
I personally enjoyed the “I invented poking” line Zuckerberg delivered, even if he did seem to feel a bit akward standing on the live stage of Saturday Night Live, but who could blame the guy, he’s not a trained actor.
Turns out Zuckerberg and Eisenberg don’t appear to be mortal enemy’s after all. What did you think about Facebook’s CEO appearing on Saturday Night Live?
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 11:16 PM UTC on Jan, 29 2011
John Lithgow will guest star on the hit TV series How I Met Your Mother where he will play none other than Neil Patrick Harris’ dad on the CBS sitcom.
If Lithgow is half as good as he was on 3rd Rock From The Sun, it should be a treat to watch him play the character of Jerome Whitaker on the show which is set to air “later this season.”
If you’re a fan of the show, as I am, you are probably aware that Barney (Patrick’s character) has spent years searching for his dad, but has never managed to find him.
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 4:22 AM UTC on Jan, 28 2011
Producers at late night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live are rumored to be going after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a guest spot on this weekends show.
Jessie Eisenberg, the star of The Social Network will be hosting the show, which is sure to poke fun at Facebook and Zuckerberg in some way.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 1:23 AM UTC on Jan, 27 2011
The “Prince of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne and heartthrob Justin Bieber are teaming up for a Super Bowl commercial. The unlikely pair will be featured in a Best Buy ad as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers.
According to reports, Best Buy paid upwards of $1 million to bring both Ozzy and Bieber on-board, while they paid millions more to produce the commercial and for the right to air it during Super Bowl Sunday.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 8:12 PM UTC on Jan, 26 2011
CW’s hit series 90210 is getting a shakeup with the announcement that series regulars Lori Loughlin and Ryan Eggold will not be returning during season four of the show.
Just like the original Aaron Spelling ’90s version of the show, adult actors are being phased out as the shows central characters grow up and head off to college, putting them in more grown-up adult situations.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 1:40 AM UTC on Jan, 26 2011
The cast of Jersey Shore will head to the shores of Italy for the 4th season of MTV’s top rated reality TV series.
MTV on Wednesday gave the green light for the new season and the far away filming location.
As you may recall, Italians and Italian-American’s once decried the show for it’s stereotypes of Italian culture, so it will be interesting to see how the cast is received when returning to their ancestors homeland. Oh wait, half the cast, specifically Snooki and J-WOWW aren’t actually Italian.
In a press release MTV said of the new season:
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 8:27 PM UTC on Jan, 24 2011
MTV’s new TV series Skins has lost their fourth advertiser. Subway has decided that the new show is too controversial and they have parted ways.
The show has come under fire in the last week from The Parents Television Council (PTC) who claims that the shows use of underage actors and actresses in sexual scenes borders on child pornography and exploitation. The average age of show members is 15 to 19 years old, although no nudity is shown.
An H&R Block ad also ran by accident during an episode of the show which forced H&R Block to express their anger at the network.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 1:06 AM UTC on Jan, 23 2011
Regis Philbin decided it was time to leave Live With Regis And Kelly after he was told he would be receiving a paycut due to poor ratings on his former hit morning show.
Currently Regis Philbin rakes in upwards of $18 to $20 million per year, however after talking to ABC executives his now fired agent Jim Griffin told Regin that they couldn’t come to a deal that would secure the same amount of money.
Regis is believed to have told co-host Kelly Ripa about his decision just 15 minutes before going on the air to announce that he would be leaving ABC.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 11:14 PM UTC on Jan, 22 2011
Viral video sensation Antoine Dodson is once again parlaying his 15 minutes of fame into a bit more time on the small screen.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dodson, he became a huge viral sensation, attracting more than 67 million pageviews after being interviewed about the attempted rape of his sister at their housing project in Huntsville, Alabama.
The new show is set to be produced by Couples’ Retreat actress Kali Hawk and finding a distributor is currently their main priority so they can pitch the idea to TV networks.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 4:31 PM UTC on Jan, 21 2011
Annie Ilonzeh has been cast as the first angle in the new Charlie’s Angels reboot.
The reboot, to air on ABC, is being produced by Sony Pictures TV and Flower Films, the company owned by Drew Barrymore. As I’m sure you will recall, Barrymore appears in both the 2000 and 2002 Charlie’s Angels films.
The new pilot takes place in Miami and will follow the same format as the original 70′s show with a mysterious voice, Charlie, leading the Angels on adventures.
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 8:30 PM UTC on Jan, 20 2011
Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest debuted the newest season of American Idol with ratings down by 13 percent compared to 2010′s show.
According to industry numbers, 26.1 million viewers tuned in to check out the newest season of singers and no doubt the new judging panel. While those numbers are considerably lower than last season, American Idol still easily won the night.
The ratings were the lowest debut since Summer 2002.
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 9:27 PM UTC on Jan, 13 2011
Poor Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear, their biopic miniseries about the Kennedy family, titled The Kennedy’s has been turned down by most major TV networks and now they can add Showtime to that list.
The History Channel, originally slated to air the miniseries announced several days ago that they canceled plans to air the controversial retelling of the family, mostly focusing on JFK and Jackie O.
Last week History Channel execs said the series was “well shot” but was also not a “good fit” for their programming. The miniseries was then pitched and turned down by Starz and FX.
Showtime shooting down the series shouldn’t come as a surprise, in 2004 they ran a miniseries on the Reagans which was met with horrendous reviews and no doubt they wanted to avoid that same fate once again.
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 2:30 AM UTC on Jan, 13 2011
Skeet Urlich (Det. Rex Winters), Regina Hall (Evelyn Price) and Megan Boon (Lauren Stanton) are all departing from Law & Order: Los Angeles leaving Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard to hold up the show.
The overhaul is being undertaken by show creator Dick Wolf in an attempt to give the Los Angeles series a better direction.
Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber is set to return to his role as a troubled teen on the hit CBS series CSI.
Bieber will reappear on the show this February 17, picking up where he left off during his first appearance on the series, when his brother was killed by Vegas police just as the episode ended.
The new episode is titled Targets Of Obsession and is still in production, however that hasn’t stopped Bieber from Tweeting pictures from the set to his millions of Twitter fans.
The show will air at 9 PM ET.
Are you going to be tuning in for this episode. As a fan of the show I’ll probably watch, but I couldn’t stand Bieber’s first appearance.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 8:10 PM UTC on Jan, 11 2011
Angelina Pivarnick sounded pretty confident about her decision to leave Jersey Shore but with her hopes riding on a yet to be realized TNA Wrestling contract and a failed hip hop career it looks like she’s opening up about her regrets of leaving the show.
Pivarnick told RumorFix.com:
“I would be a liar if I told you I didn’t miss it, because I actually do. I miss the fact that I was part of such a big TV show.”
Angelina had walked about the show twice before ending her contract with MTV last year. She said at the time that the show had spiraled her into depression. Specifically Pivarnick says her cast mates brought on her depression through their constant torment.
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 5:12 PM UTC on Jan, 11 2011
The nail polish partnership came about after Glee creator Ryan Murphy and FOX executives agreed to the deal.
According to Murphy, Glee workers have spent months helping to develop a complete line of beauty products based around Glee. The line will eventually include various makeup products and fragrances.
According to PopCrunch, the following Glee nail colors will be available individually:
“Slushied” (Blue), “Hell to the No” (Purple), “Gleek Out” (Gliterry Green), “Diva-in-Training” (Pink), “Who Let The Dorks Out” (Green),”Miss Bossy Pants” (Raspberry), and “Mash-Up” (Grey).
Posted by Peter "Paparazzi" Fielder as TV at 2:51 AM UTC on Jan, 11 2011
Posted by Chris Franklin as TV at 12:51 PM UTC on Jan, 04 2011
The best moments on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon have come from the hosts willingness to take to the mic with guest stars and this week Fallon shared a rap with Gwyneth Paltrow.
The duo, decked out in goofy hip hop outfits performed a song from their 90′s group Shazzazz. You may recall that in 1999 while hosting Saturday Night Live, Paltrow and Fallon performed as their characters Mindy and Skye.
On the show this time around the duo sang their characters songs “Let’s Do It” followed by “Do It Again” and “We Did It.”
Here’s the video of the skit brought to us by NBC: