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Marisa Tomei meets the relatives in 'Who Do You Think You Are' -- EXCLUSIVE

Actress Marisa Tomei will join Martin Sheen and Blair Underwood as participants in NBC’s reality show Who Do You Think You Are, EW has learned exclusively. The third season is expected to premiere early next year.

The show will follow the three actors — like others before them — as they research their family tree and discover unknown relatives. The show is from Executive Producers Lisa Kudrow (Friends) and Dan Bucatinsky (Lipstick Jungle) and is an adaptation of a hit British television documentary series.

The celebrities featured in the second season were Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd.

More celebrities for season three will be announced at a later date.

ABC announces cast for 'Expedition Impossible' (Yep, it's another amazing race coming to you in June!)


Now that Mark Burnett is stealing some thunder away from American Idol with The Voice, is he now hoping to suck a little steam out of The Amazing Race? READ FULL STORY

Fox orders second season of 'Masterchef'

Fox announced today that it has ordered a second season of Gordon Ramsay’s newest series, Masterchef. The reality show is the No. 1 new program of the summer among adults 18-49. “Gordon Ramsay is an incredible talent and the biggest culinary star on television today, so we’re very happy to have Gordon and Masterchef back for another season on Fox,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s president of alternative programming, in a statement. “Masterchef has resonated with viewers this summer, and we look forward to seeing where Gordon takes the show in Season Two.”

“It’s amazing and refreshing to see how much passion and raw talent there is from amateur home cooks across America,” added Ramsay. “It’s extraordinary the amount of energy and excitement the show brought in Season One, and I’m thrilled to be back at Fox for a second season.”

The first season finale of the show will air Sept. 15, when the remaining four home cooks go head-to-head and battle it out to become the Masterchef. The winner will earn the title of America’s Best Home Cook and win $250,000 and a cookbook-publishing deal.

Ratings: Quiet holiday week topped by football and 'Desperate Housewives'

The slow holiday week, which was punctuated by the New Year holiday and ended Jan. 3, saw its top program—NBC’s always strong Sunday Night Football—pull in just 16.3 million viewers. You can undoubtedly tell that TV watchers have been distracted by traveling, holiday gatherings, and other merriment—and thus not tuning into as much television—as Sunday Night Football usually draws somewhere closer to 20 million viewers during a regular week. Or it could just be that the football season is blessedly winding down and the fatigue has set in. But still, it could just be that the football audience has been fragmented: The second spot on the week’s list also went to the pigskin game, specifically the Friday night match-up between Florida and Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which drew 15.5 million viewers.

It isn’t until the No. 3 spot that scripted fare finally shows up, with ABC’s Desperate Housewives nabbing the top non-football slot for the week with 15.3 million viewers. Housewives, which hadn’t had a new episode since early December, was stronger than it had been in more than a year. In fact, the rest of ABC’s Sunday night fare—which includes America’s Funniest Home Videos (10.2 million viewers) at 7 p.m., Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (11.0 million viewers) at 8 p.m., and Brothers & Sisters (10.8 million viewers) at 10 p.m.—all made the Top 20 this week, likely because of the dearth of other original programming.

The lack of original programming also oddly propelled a couple other shows into the Top 20, where they usually don’t land. That’d be Fox’s The Simpsons (8.6 million viewers) at No. 16 and Family Guy (8.2 million viewers) at No. 17, as well as a special The Blind Side-themed edition of ABC’s 20/20 (8.0 million) at No. 19. Besides repeats, the only other notable entries in the Top 20 include the broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors (9.6 million viewers) at No. 14 and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (8.2 million viewers), which showed up at No. 17 and was the highest-rated New Year’s Eve programming on the broadcast networks.

The full Top 20—complete with viewership totals—is after the jump.


Ratings: Holiday specials and surging reality fill out week's chart

NBC’s powerhouse franchise Sunday Night Football again ruled the broadcast networks for the week ending Dec. 13. The sports program drew 20.9 million viewers, besting new episodes of CBS’ CSI and The Mentalist, which tied for the No. 2 spot, pulling in 16.4 million viewers. Rounding out the Top 5 for the week—shocker!—were also shows on the strong-performing CBS: No. 4 went to Sunday-night staple 60 Minutes with 16.2 million viewers and a repeat of television’s biggest scripted show NCIS landed at No. 5 with 15.1 million viewers. Not shabby at all for an episode that has already aired!

The rest of the Top 20—while littered with the usual suspects like No. 7 Criminal Minds (14.4 million viewers), No. 11 CSI: NY (13.0 million viewers), and No. 19 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (10.3 million viewers)—had a few surprises, due mostly to surging reality shows, which are nearly the end of their fall runs, and holiday-related specials. NBC’s The Biggest Loser attracted an astounding (for Biggest Loser) 13.5 million viewers to land at No. 9, while CBS’ Survivor: Samoa came in right behind at No. 10 with 13.3 million viewers. And ABC had a foursome of specials that made the Top 20: Disney Prep & Landing and Oprah’s primetime special Christmas at the White House, which tied at No. 13 with 12.0 million viewers; a repeat of the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, which, after all these years, still managed 11.2 million viewers, which was good enough for a No. 16 spot on the chart; and Barbara Walters’ annual 10 Most Fascinating People hour, which incensed 10.5 million viewers at No. 18.

The full list of shows in the Top 20—along with viewership totals—is after the jump.


Ratings: Football wins week; 'Desperate' is top scripted show

In a seven-day period that saw several shows in repeats or off-the-air because of holiday specials, NBC’s always-dominant Sunday Night Football easily won the week ending Dec. 6, pulling in 20.9 million viewers. The second-place finisher (and week’s top scripted show, for the first time this season!) was a surging Desperate Housewives, which drew a healthy 14.9 million viewers, but was still a rather distant 6 million viewers behind Sunday Night Football. However, Desperate‘s No. 2 spot was still totally a positive: The heavily hyped hour (thank that plane crash!) was up a healthy 2.1 million over the previous week’s episode. Third place for the week went to a repeat, specifically CBS’ NCIS, the top scripted show of the season overall, which drew 14.3 million viewers.

Because of the slow week, several shows saw their star rise, in terms of where they landed on the chart. Survivor landed at No. 5 with 12.8 million viewers; The Amazing Race wrapped its season with a season-high finale at No. 7 with 12.3 million viewers; and the rarely-in-the-Top-20 Brothers & Sisters made a splash at No. 10 with 10.8 million viewers. The rest of the Top 20—with viewership totals—is after the jump.


Ratings: ABC's 'Dancing' crowns champion, is champion for the week

During the week ending Nov. 29, when ABC’s reality juggernaut Dancing with the Stars crowned its big winner (that’d be Donny Osmond), the series also finally landed itself on top for the first time this season. The Monday performance episode was the top audience-draw of the week on the broadcast networks, pulling in 20.4 million pairs of eyes—right above that of usual top show, CBS’ NCIS, which attracted 20.3 million viewers. Dancing‘s results episode on Tuesday—the bloated, two-hour event that actually awarded Osmond the mirrored trophy—came in at No. 3 with 19.3 million viewers.

Rounding out the Top 5 were NBC’s always-strong Sunday Night Football at No. 4 with 19.2 million viewers and CBS’ freshman spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles at No. 5 with 17.2 million viewers.

Among the rest of the shows in the Top 20, there were only two truly interesting entries. First is ABC’s new docu-reality series Find My Family, which had a strong premiere with 12.8 million viewers to tie its network sibling Desperate Housewives for the No. 11 spot. A little bit lower in the Top 20, you can tell we’re headed toward the holidays, as CBS’ new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, A Dog Named Christmas, made its debut at No. 15 with 12.4 million viewers. Definitely not a bad showing for a TV movie on a network these days. The rest of the Top 20 is loaded with comedies (The Big Bang Theory) and procedurals (Criminal Minds) on CBS, Fox’s House, and ABC’s Castle, among other usual suspects.

The rest of the Top 20—complete with viewership totals—can be found after the jump.


Commercial ad rates on the broadcast networks - nowhere near the riches of 2004

Ad Age’s annual charticle on commercial ad rates may reveal that ABC’s FlashForward is commanding the richest, per-30-second ad rate out of all new shows this season … but it ain’t no According to Jim. Say what? Just take a look at the ad rates from only five years ago when Jim — yes, that benign, so-so rated comedy that stayed on the air for an astonishing seven seasons — was generating some $204,212 per 30-second spot for ABC. Obviously, the market was a lot better in those days — you know, when everyone was working for bloated companies while furiously making bids on overpriced houses and charging way too much on our high-interest credit cards. But, the rates commanded by the Big Four networks were staggering, nevertheless. Consider these stats, also from Ad Age: CSI was generating roughly $374,231 per 30-second spot (today, it’s down to $198K), Grey’s Anatomy on Monday was at $323K (today, its around $240K) and Joey (remember Matt LeBlanc’s Waterloo?) was earning more than $390,00 during its ill-fated run on Thursdays. Even The Apprentice was taking in north of $400,0o0 per spot on Thursdays — a rich rate the networks are unlikely to see today. “Will we get back to those days?” asks Chris Booth, the president and chief operating officer of Starcom, a media-buying firm. “Probably not.”

Though network execs caution that Ad Age’s annual charts are rough estimates based on the upfront buying season each spring, they concede the numbers aren’t far from the truth. “The audience has gone down. It’s as simple as the advertisers paying for an audience,” says one Big Four network executive.”If the numbers fall, then the price you pay falls, too.” And the networks are definitely down this season: Fox is posting the biggest decline in viewers so far this season versus five years ago (23%) while NBC is down 22%,  ABC (2%) and CBS (4%). To help make up for the ad deficit, the networks have obviously found other ways to generate cash, either through product placement and/or additional commercial ad time (and yes, that means shorter shows). For more information about what the current lineup is generating in ad rates, click here.

Ratings: 'NCIS' tops broadcast nets for fifth straight week

There’s no longer any question about what is the fall’s biggest show. Without a doubt, the title goes to CBS’ NCIS, which rolled in as the top series on the broadcast networks for the week ending Oct. 25, making it five straight weeks at No. 1. The powerhouse series drew 21.3 million viewers. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars came in at No. 2 with 16.8 million viewers, and spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles was right behind at No. 3 with 16.5 million viewers.

The rest of the Top 20 was rather typical, filled mostly with new episodes of series like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy at No. 5 (15.1 million veiwers) and CBS’ top comedy Two and a Half Men at No. 10 (14.1 million viewers). One repeat does show up in CBS’ The Mentalist at No. 18 (11.8 million viewers). The only thing out of the ordinary in the Top 20? MLB playoff games 5 and 6, which pop up at No. 17 (11.9 million viewers) and No. 4 (15.5million viewers), respectively.

The week’s full Top 20, complete with viewership totals, is after the jump.


'FlashForward' lures in the advertisers, while Jay Leno suffers

Around this time every year, Advertising Age posts a juicy charticle of commercial ad rates that may be the bane of the broadcast networks, but is an excellent bellwether of what new (and old) shows are resonating with Madison Avenue. This year’s report certainly doesn’t disappoint: of all the new shows out this fall, ABC’s FlashForward looks to be commanding the richest, per-30-second rate ($175,724, to be exact) while Fox’s animated The Cleveland Show ($158,701) is the most expensive new comedy for advertisers. But cry not for the block of promising new laughers on ABC Wednesdays: the network’s Modern Family has managed to snag more than $130,388 per 30-second spot, the report says, while Cougar Town is scratching up a respectable $103,314 (CBS’ Two and A Half Men is the most expensive sitcom in prime time at $226,635). Most surprising development this season? How much the still-growing No. 1 drama NCIS generates in ad time ($133,304) versus the No. 5 ranked Grey’s Anatomy ($240,462). We know, we know – the demographics are very different on each drama but there’s no arguing that Michael Weatherly is just as easy on the eyes as Patrick Dempsey.

Perhaps the most startling revelation to come out of this year’s ad roundup is what NBC is charging for ads during The Jay Leno Show. As one of the cheapest new shows of the season, the hour-long chatfest generates anywhere from $48,803 per on a Friday to $62,012 on Wednesday nights – certainly not the kind of fees that NBC was commanding when it ran scripted dramas in the time slot last season. Even the poorly-performing Heroes ($108,675) drums up better business for NBC, as does The Biggest Loser ($128,295) and, of course, Sunday Night Football ($339,700).

Music Chart: The Fray win the week

We’re finally starting to see some motion in the Billboard 200 album sales chart after a fairly static month of January. The Fray take the top spot in this week’s chart, selling 179,000 copies of their self-titled album in its first week. That’s not a huge number by any means, but it’s the band’s best sales week to date nonetheless, and it was enough to knock last week’s champ, Bruce Springsteen’s Working on a Dream, down to No. 2 with 102,000 units moved.

Coming in at No. 3 was country star Dierks Bentley’s Feel That Fire, which debuted with 71,000 in sales. The once-invincible Taylor Swift, whose album Fearless recently spent eight weeks at the top of this chart, slid to No. 4 with 64,000, while Beyonce’s I Am…Sasha Fierce rounded out the top five with 51,000.

Other noteworthy chart debuts included Kidz Bop 15 at No. 7 with 38,000 and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ Lonely Road at No. 14 with 26,000.

AC/DC energizes album chart with 2008's second-best bow

Remember when bands wanted to get their albums in as many stores as possible? Seems like a quaint, old-fashioned notion now, doesn’t it? AC/DC (pictured) just scored the second-best sales debut of 2008 by only making their Black Ice album available at one retail outlet, Wal-Mart, which discounted and promoted it all the way to an astonishing 784,000-copy debut. Their last studio album debuted with a mere 130K back in 2000, so absence and blue-light specials truly do make the heart grow fonder. This year, AC/DC’s number trails only the million-plus units that Lil Wayne sold his first week. A single-chain figure like theirs bodes well for Guns N’ Roses, who’ll release their even more long-awaited comeback, Chinese Democracy, exclusively at Best Buy stores next month.

The High School Musical 3 soundtrack had to settle for a second-place finish, but 297,000 copies was still an upper-class(man) debut. It pales, however, alongside the 615,000 the HSM2 album opened with last year, suggesting true mania for the franchise may be waning, in spite of the big box-office figures. Gospel duo Mary Mary had the next highest entry at No. 7 with 37,000 units, followed by alt-country hell-raiser Hank Williams III at No. 18 with 20K and traditional country barn-raiser Lee Ann Womack at No. 23 with 17K. Among holdovers on the Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan chart, the top 10 was rounded out by T.I., Kenny Chesney, Metallica, Kid Rock, Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson, and Lil Wayne. But the biggest rebounder was just outside the upper ranks: British songbird Adele jumped 35 spots to No. 11, selling 25,000, an increase of 131 percent, thanks to a well-received SNL gig.

On the digital songs chart, Beyonce debuted on top, as expected, with
“If I Were a Boy,” though her unit figure wasn’t as spectacular as
anticipated. The much talked about tune looks to be merely a major hit
and not quite a bona fide, world-beating, “Irreplaceable”-level
blockbuster, after being downloaded 190,000 times — not that far ahead of
the 181,000 tally for Britney’s “Womanizer,” which is now in its third
week on the chart. T.I.’s “Live Your Life” was neck and neck with
Spears’s song, settling for third with 180,000 sold. Other than Beyonce’s
chart-topping ballad, no other track debuted among the top 50 digital
songs this week.


Kenny Chesney sails to the top of the album chart

Kenny Chesney can afford some more trips to the Caribbean. His largely sailing-themed new album, Lucky Old Sun, easily debuted on top of this week’s Nielsen SoundScan chart with sales of 176,000. However, that’s less than half of the 387,000 copies that his previous disc, Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, sold in its first week, 13 months ago. Four of Chesney’s last five studio albums had debuted with at least 300K, so it remains to be seen whether this more modest bow is a blip for Chesney or a sign that he’s subject  to the diminished expectations facing just about every other superstar. Taking a cue from Sugarland’s recent Love on the Inside project, Chesney released a deluxe version of his album a week before issuing the standard edition for a few dollars less; sales of both will be merged for next week’s tally.

The biggest surprise on this week’s chart is how well Ray LaMontagne performed: His third album, Gossip in the Grain, debuted at No. 3 with a powerful bow of 60,000 copies, far more than adult-oriented singer/songwriters can usually muster in a week. (His previous best week produced sales of just 28,000.) LaMontagne’s label pointed out that he had the No. 1 digital download album for the week, with more than half of his units — 32,000 — coming in non-physical form. Attracting a similar demographic, Lucinda Williams also did nicely, coming in at No. 9 with sales of 35,000 for A Little Honey, her hardest rocking and most high-spirited album to date. Keane came in at No. 7 with 43,000 sold of Perfect Symmetry. Chesney wasn’t the sole country newcomer on the chart: Riding on his coattails a bit, perhaps, Billy Currington’s Little Bit of Everything debuted at No. 13 with 25,000 units.

Over on SoundScan’s digital songs chart, Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” and T.I.’s “Live Your Life” continued to hold down the two top spots, neck and neck with 201,000 and 198,000 downloads, respectively. Coming in a strong third was a new Taylor Swift single, “Fearless,” the title track from her forthcoming November  release; it bowed with 162,000. Other new entries included T-Pain’s “Freeze” at No. 15 (60,000 downloads), 50 Cent’s “Get Up” at No. 23 (44,000), Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing” at No. 52 (23,000), and Fall Out Boy’s “What a Catch,  Donnie” at No. 53 (23,000).


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