Edgier Films Do Well in Best Original Screenplay Category at the Oscars ... FEINBERG FORECAST: The Oscar Landscape Post-Hamptons, Pre-AFI ... Could ‘Birdman’ Join These 10 Best Picture Nominees About Show Business? ... Watch the Trailer for Mauritania’s First-Ever Oscar Submission ‘Timbuktu’ (Exclusive) ... ‘Birdman’ Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings ... Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Family Identifies Body, Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo Express Grief ... Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to Be Honored for Service to Greater LA (Exclusive) ... Laura Poitras on Snowden Doc ‘Citizenfour,’ Possibility the Fugitive Will Return to U.S. ...
Countdown to Oscars

Posts Tagged ‘Ugly Betty’

Tuesday February 5th, 2013

Do TV Time Slots Still Matter?

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

***

As they say, timing is everything.

The key placement of TV shows has been a practice — no, art — since the dawn of time, but it’s recently become increasingly unimportant.

Last Tuesday, ABC’s Happy Endings rose in the ratings after airing two episodes back-to-back, surpassing some tough competition at 9 and 9:30 p.m.

In its first airing, Happy Endings equaled NBC’s freshman, Matthew Perry-led series Go On for the first time ever in the key demo, each drawing a 1.2 adults rating.

At 9:30 p.m., Happy Ending‘s second episode of the evening overtook NBC’s other freshman comedy, The New Normal. The ABC comedy garnered a 1.3 rating while The New Normal only brought in a 1.1 rating. This gave Happy Endings its second-highest key demo rating this season.

As seen with Happy Endings, the time slot a show occupies may still be crucial to its performance.

However, times are changing, and with such recent advents as Netflix and Hulu, the TV industry is going to need to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of technology.

Read the rest of this entry »

Friday February 1st, 2013

TV Rewind: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ End Set, ‘Girls’ Renewed And Extended, ‘Girl Meets World’ Star Introduced

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

* * *

TOP STORIES

• CBS’s How I Met Your Mother was renewed for a ninth and final season. Maybe we will finally meet the mother?

• The rumors have been put to rest: HBO’s Girls is coming back for a third season and will feature 12 episodes instead of 10.

• Meet the girl at the center of Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World pilot: Following a lengthy search, 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard will play Riley Matthews, the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel), in the spinoff of ABC’s Boy Meets WorldSabrina Carpenter has been tapped as Maya Fox, Riley’s best friend.

Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday December 27th, 2012

Midseason TV Shows: The Best And Worst

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

***

After an interesting — though lackluster overall — fall season of new broadcast TV, networks are set to unleash their midseason series.

What’s worth watching in that new crop of comedies and dramas? The sad truth: not much.

Luckily, I’m here to talk you through the best and the worst series that are poised to appear on your tube in the coming months — your DVR can only hold so much. Here’s your guide to what you should check out and those shows you should ignore:

Read the rest of this entry »

Friday December 14th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Parks’ Snubbed By Globes, Loud Commercials Leaving, ‘Arrested Development’ Gets Order Boost

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

***

TOP STORIES

• The Golden Globe nominations are out, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation is snubbed yet again. What does it take to make this happen? A cameo from President Barack Obama?! In happier news, check out the first promo for the awards ceremony featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

• Do you get annoyed when TV commercials are louder than the show you’re watching? Have no fear! The “Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act” has gone into effect, meaning that the volume of commercials should be equal to that of the program you’re checking out.

• Although Netflix originally ordered 10 new episodes of Arrested Development, the network has upped the order to 12 to 15 episodes because creator Mitchell Hurwitz filmed more footage than needed. Those overacheivers…

Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday November 25th, 2012

Michael C. Hall’s ‘Dexter’ Downgrade Echoes Good Actors Punished For Bad Writing

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

***

Showtime’s Dexter keeps chugging along with its seventh season tonight, and though it’s improved this year, the drama no longer sparks as much conversation as it used to.

This year’s Emmys is the first since 2008 that the show wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, reflecting viewers’ waning interest in the serial killer series. Lead Michael C. Hall received his fifth nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, but he has yet to take home a statuette (He did receive the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama).

What surprises me most about this year’s nominations is how little pundits considered Hall to be a serious contender for the award — and I agreed with them, even if it had nothing to do with his actual performance. Instead, I took into account more the material he acted as opposed to his technique.

Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday September 20th, 2012

A TV Fan’s Guide To Broadway Stars Arriving In Fall Lineup

By Sam Negin
Theater Editor & Columnist

***

This year’s fall TV lineup boasts an exciting number of Broadway stars popping up in the mix, particularly in new shows. I’d like to introduce some of these theater vets to avid TV fans — not only to support Broadway actors but also to see if they can, through their TV work, lure TV viewers out of the house and into a Broadway show (or several!).

Tony winners Laura Benanti (Broadway’s Gypsy, Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown) and Julie White (TV’s Grace Under Fire and Broadway’s The Little Dog Laughed) are coming to TV on a series called Go On, starring Matthew Perry (TV’s Friends). In the show, Perry’s character joins a support group run by Benanti and becomes friends with another member of the group, a lesbian widow played by Ms. White. The show airs Tuesday nights at 9* on NBC.

Read the rest of this entry »

Wednesday September 12th, 2012

The Top 10 Actors Who Should Return To TV

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

***

Movies used to be gold standard for actors, with George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio leaving the small screen for the big to achieve great professional and financial success.

However, times are changing, and many actors who left TV to work in movies are coming back, including Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Due to the addition of cable and subscription-based original programming, better roles are being created that will give actors a chance for the recognition, awards and job security that movies no longer  provide. Just look at Claire Danes, who returned to TV to star in Showtime’s Homeland, for which she’s nominated for an Emmy.

There are several actors who should return to TV, but not all of them will. Take a look at the top 10 TV stars who’ve left TV but should return:

Read the rest of this entry »

Thursday September 6th, 2012

TV Pilots Of Fall 2012: Which Will Make The Grade?

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

***

It’s September, and you know what that means: It’s time to meet new shows in addition to reuniting with your returning favorites.

Each year, networks decide what shows to keep, move around and cancel, leaving open spots for a gaggle of new series. This month, many of the pilots for these shows will make their small screen debut. It may be overwhelming to be faced with 20 new shows this fall, so I’ll explain which programs did and didn’t make the cut for my DVR queue.

Read the rest of this entry »