Cult action comedy Chuck ended its five-season NBC run on Jan. 27, 2012. In the final moments, electronics store clerk-turned-superspy Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) attempted to reignite the memory of amnesia-plagued Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) with a kiss, but viewers never saw the resolution. With similarly beloved series Veronica Mars being revived as a movie through a Kickstarter campaign, EW called up series co-creator Josh Schwartz to see if there would be any chance for Chuck fans to see a return to Buy More. READ FULL STORY
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The pinkos have finally won.
By that, of course, I’m referring to Bob Costas’s red-rimmed eyes — inflamed with an infection that’s plagued NBC’s lead Olympic commentator since the network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Games began last week. (The infection started in Costas’s left eye and has subsequently spread to his right.)
Though Costas has soldiered on despite his ailment — even gamely downing a glass of vodka with Mary Carillo night — the Peacock announced Tuesday that the sportscaster is finally stepping aside, at least for one night. Costas will be taking the day off from coverage; Today anchor Matt Lauer will fill in for him during NBC’s primetime broadcast.
Hey Jay Leno: the ’90s want their jokes back!
According to a study from the Center for Media Affairs at George Mason University, the outgoing host of The Tonight Show relied heavily on yuks about Bill Clinton while delivering his monologue over the last two decades. In fact, one out of every 10 political jokes was about the 42nd President.
The center’s study covered 43,892 jokes about public figures and public affairs that were told by Leno between 1992 and 2014. “Leno’s monologues focused on power and scandal, and Bill Clinton was the top two-fer,” said Prof. Robert Lichter of the CMPA.
All told, Leno made 4,601 Clinton jokes. Democrats, as a whole, were the target of 10,885 yuks — 15% more than the 9,465 jokes that were lobbed against the GOP.
Here were his top 10 political targets:
1. Bill Clinton (4,607)
2. George Bush (3,239)
3. Al Gore (1,026)
4. Barack Obama (1,011)
5. Hillary Clinton (939)
6. Dick Cheney (673)
7. Monica Lewinsky (454)
8. Bob Dole (452)
9. John McCain (426)
10. Mitt Romney (361)
Besides Simpson (795 jokes), Leno’s top celebrity targets were Michael Jackson (505), Martha Stewart (208) and Paris Hilton (153). Leno’s last day on The Tonight Show is this Friday.
In a special installment of tonight’s Inside TV show on EW Radio, I’ll focus on three of TV’s most enduring programs — America’s Funniest Home Videos, COPs and Maury.
After talking with AFHV founder Vin Di Bona and COPS creator John Langley, Maury Povich will come on to not only chat about tabloid TV but to answer this burning question: who is the true pioneer of Who’s Your Daddy TV?
Here’s what he said: READ FULL STORY
How I Met Your Dad is starting to take shape. In fact, producers are already on the hunt for the New Gang.
EW has confirmed that casting is officially in progress for the host of characters that will populate the show, which will revolve around a woman named Sally (Girl Ted), a “vibrant, messy and unpredictable” woman described as a “female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life.” The real twist for this main character, though? She’s got a husband! But we’re guessing ISN’T the “dad” to which the title refers, as the character description for Sally says she’s “thinking of calling it quits” with said husband (named Gavin).
Sean may have saved the world, but he couldn’t save his own show. NBC has halted production on the freshman comedy Sean Saves the World, even though it still had an order in for five more episodes.
NBC requested a total of 18 episodes — 13 of which have already aired — of the comedy that stars Sean Hayes as a divorced gay dad. Two of the remaining five have already been shot. It’s unclear whether they will ever air.
At the Television Critics Tour earlier this month in Pasadena, CA., Sean Saves the World along with the other low-rated comedy The Michael J. Fox Show were notably absent from the network’s prime-time lineup hype reel. Most recently, the two comedies only earned a mere .7 rating in 18-49 during a special showing on Jan. 23.
No word yet, however, on the fate on MJF’s comedy.
An SNL Sports Spectacular was already scheduled to preempt NBC’s Thursday lineup this week.
FX’s comedy slate expansion continues, this time with an announcement from the network that it has ordered two new comedies to series, both set to debut this summer.
The first, titled Married, stars Oscar-winning screenwriter and frequent Jim Rash collaborator Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple named Russ and Lina. Described as a half-hour comedy “about being miserably in love,” the show also features Go On alum Brett Gelman and Jenny Slate, who created the web series Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Andrew Gurland (The Virginity Hit, Mail Order Wife), who wrote and directed the pilot script, will serve as exec producer/showrunner.
The other new comedy comes from Stephen Falk and stars The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Aya Cash and Chris Geere (The Spa). Titled You’re the Worst, it is billed as a comedy love story “about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people (Cash and Geere) fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible — a relationship.”
Both series are set to debut in July.
Judge Judy Sheindlin’s holiday brainstorm turned into a new court show that’s already been sold in 75% of the country. While vacationing in Ireland and observing the country’s three-judge panels, Sheindlin came up with Hot Bench — a new daily show from CBS TV Prods. that’ll pretty much to the same thing but on TV with judge Patricia DiMango and attorneys Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman.
“When my husband Jerry and I were in Ireland recently, we visited the courts and watched a three judge bench, which I found both fascinating and compelling,” Sheindlin said in a statement. “I immediately thought what a terrific and unique idea for a television program that brings the court genre to the next level. We have assembled three individuals with extremely varied backgrounds to serve as the judges. They are smart and talented, with terrific instincts and great chemistry, and are sure to create a ‘hot bench.’”
Hot Bench will launch in the fall on station groups like Tribune Broadcasting Company, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox Media Group, among. It’ll air mostly in afternoon time periods.
Netflix exceeded expectations in their fourth quarter, a new letter to shareholders announced today.
The company added 2.3 million subscribers in the U.S. and more than 4 million overall, bringing the total to 44 million worldwide and they expect to have 48 million users by the end of 2014 Q1.
“Last April we introduced a concurrent stream $11.99 option to begin our evaluation of plan tiering,” the letter to shareholders explained. “Since late last year, we have also been testing 1 stream and 3 stream variants, as well as SD/HD variations, at various price points. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer new members a selection of three simple options to fit everyone’s taste. If we do make pricing changes for new members, existing members would get generous grandfathering of their existing plans and prices.”
When it comes to original programming, Netflix made it clear that they plan to continue down that path. “In 2014, we anticipate building on our tremendous momentum with new seasons of House of Cards (Feb. 14th), Derek, Hemlock Grove, Orange is the New Black, Lilyhammer, and a fully exclusive, final season of The Killing; as well as additional episodes of Turbo F.A.S.T., and premiere launches of our first original animated series for adults, BoJack Horseman, and an epic series based on the adventures of Marco Polo from The Weinstein Co., and additional new kids series from DreamWorks Animation.”
Elsewhere in the letter, Netflix touched on net nutrality in light of Verizon’s successful court challenge. “In principle, a domestic ISP now can legally impede the video streams that members request from Netflix, degrading the experience we jointly provide,” but Netlfix notes that widespread public support for net neutrality means individual ISPs seem unlikely to pursue action — mainly, they’re aware people like streaming video.
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