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Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

February 24, 2014

By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon has convinced Bruce Springsteen to cover “Whip My Hair,” Tom Cruise to smash a raw egg on his own forehead and President Barack Obama to “slow jam” the news. With a record like that, taking over “The Tonigh...

Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Could Undermine CBS Deal

February 20, 2014

By Joe Flint Los Angeles Times (MCT) The new distribution contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable Inc. last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast Corp.’s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. According to people familiar with the deal, it does not i...

Spanish-language television studios breaking the language barrier

Spanish-language television studios breaking the language barrier

February 20, 2014

By Douglas Hanks The Miami Herald (MCT) What would make Nickelodeon film a teen series in Miami? A Spanish-language script. Every character on Nickelodeon’s popular new show, “Every Witch Way,” speaks English, even when rookie witch Emma Alonso casts a spell to help her through the...

Cee Lo Green Says He Will No Longer Be A Judge On ‘The Voice’

Cee Lo Green Says He Will No Longer Be A Judge On ‘The Voice’

February 19, 2014

By Todd Martens Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Cee Lo Green says he won’t be returning to the spinning judge’s seat on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.” The artist broke the news on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show, revealing his change in plans just days before “The Voi...

Critics Weigh In On Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut

Critics Weigh In On Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut

February 19, 2014

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) After much fanfare, Jimmy Fallon made his debut as host of “The Tonight Show” Monday night and, though the reviews were certainly better than those that followed his nervous “Late Night” premiere in 2009, there is still room for improvement. Ma...

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut Draws 11.3-Million Viewers

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debut Draws 11.3-Million Viewers

February 19, 2014

By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon officially took over the “Tonight Show” Monday night — and brought in a big audience. About 11.3-million people tuned in to Fallon’s heavily publicized “Tonight Show” kickoff on NBC, according to early numbers from Ni...

TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

TNT cancels Frank Darabont’s ‘Mob City’

February 11, 2014

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Frank Darabont’s post-“Walking Dead” work life is off to a zombie-crawl, with TNT deciding to cancel his period noir drama “Mob City.” The series was billed a three-week television event, with two back-to-back episodes tryi...

Amazon Releases Pilots For Next TV Season

Amazon Releases Pilots For Next TV Season

February 6, 2014

By Jay Greene The Seattle Times (MCT) Amazon Studios begins Season 2 of its bid to become a force in television programming Thursday, offering viewers an opportunity to help guide the company as it chooses from a new batch of 10 pilots. The pilots include a drama from writer and director C...

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

January 28, 2014

By Patrick Kevin Day Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April ...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Jan. 26-Feb.1

January 23, 2014

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON’T MISS: THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — Yes, Jay Z leads the pack with nine nominations, but this is the one awards show where we care more about the performances than the trophies. And what a list of stars we have this year, including Katy Perry, T...

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

‘American Idol’ 13th season premiere slides in the ratings

January 16, 2014

By Ryan Faughnder Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Fox’s long-running “American Idol” continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night. The 13th season opener of “Idol” drew an average 15 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.6 among k...

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Dec. 8-14

Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Dec. 8-14

December 5, 2013

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) DON’T MISS: THE “SONS OF ANARCHY” SEASON FINALE. What began with a shocking school shooting and steadily evolved into the most controversial — and deadliest — season yet (Rest in peace, Clay). Now, all the questionable moves made by SAMCRO p...

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