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The Most Popular Game Show on Television…

January 31st, 2010 No comments


…and the winner is….

OK so we’re talking about not only in the United States but across the world.  Television Business International (one of those companies with a cool name that we have never heard of) did a survey based upon the number of times a show has been on the air and a bunch of other criteria that we never really wanted to read because we figure you only want the Top Ten list, right?

The countries where the research was done were the United States, the UK, Australia, Belgium,  Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.

Ok here’s the list:

1. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?           ITV (UK) 

2. Deal or No Deal                                            Nederland 2


3. Wipeout                                                          ABC (US)       


 4.  Wheel of Fortune                                     NBC (US)                                     


5.  Family Feud                                                  ABC (US)        

6.  Don’t Forget The Lyrics                            Fox (US)     

7.  Hole in the Wall                                           Fox (US)   

8.  Are You Sm. Than A 5th Grader?         Fox (US)   

9.  Jeopardy                                                        NBC (US)

10. I Love My Country                                     RTL4 (Netherlands)   


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History Channel, Yes, History Channel Doing Show with ‘Larry the Cable Guy’

January 26th, 2010 No comments

Larry The Cable Guy

What is television coming to?  When History Channel picks up a show with Larry the Cable Guy?  Well it’s actually not as bad as it sounds but this network needs new viewers as World War II compilations certainly don’t bring in advertising friendly viewers.

Here’s what History Channel is doing.

The working title is called ‘Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy’ where he will travel across the country getting him involved in different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies.

See.  Not so bad.  Sounds like he could pull this off. 

In this age of really bad television programming it should be no surprise that History Channel is trying this approach to reach out to new viewers.  With ‘Madhouse’ and ‘Pawn Stars’ already on the network this new series should fit right in bringing in lots of viewers.

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‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff Gets Forrest Whitaker as Lead

January 25th, 2010 No comments

Forest Whitaker

Hodge leads the current team of criminal profilers from the BAU, the Behavior Analysis Unit on the current ‘Criminal Minds’ drama on CBS.  Cooper is the name of the new team leader of the spinoff series and where they will be located is still to be determined but Forrest Whitaker is that new team leader.

The Oscar winning actor from “The Last King of Scotland’ will also get a producer credit for the new show.  You will remember him in his incredible role on ‘The Shield’ on FX and a recurring role on NBC’s ‘E.R.’ several years ago.

Forrest Whitaker is an amazing talent and the producers of the new show targeted him for this role immediately after getting the go ahead to produce from CBS.

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Steve Harvey Now New Host of ‘Family Feud’

January 21st, 2010 No comments

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Steve Harvey (center) -

He’s got his own radio show, does a relationship segment on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and now has the plum assignment of host of ‘Family Feud’, the long running television game show.  ‘Family Feud’ has been on and off television since 1976 and Steve Harvey replaces John O’Hurley who has been hosting the show since 2006. 

Steve Harvey started as a comedian in Dallas in the early 90’s.  He was part of the original ‘Kings of Comedy Tour’ which also featured the late Bernie Mac.  Harvey now does a syndicated radio show along with a recurring segment on ‘Good Morning America.’  

He still does a lot of stand-up comedy but a lot of comedians have found solid gigs as daytime game show or talk show hosts.  Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and now Steve Harvey all had comedic backgrounds before taking their current hosting duties.

O’Hurley is focusing on his role in the stage show ‘Chicago’ and other business ventures.     

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Jennifer Morrison Returning to ‘House’

January 18th, 2010 No comments

Jennifer Morrison



Well that separation wasn’t long.  In a surprise move we reported in September that Jennifer Morrison was leaving house because of creative differences with the producers of the hit show ‘House’ on Fox.

Well word now comes that Jennifer Morrison who plays the character of Dr. Allison Cameron is coming back to the show.  Morrison will be back on the show before the series wraps in May.   

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USA Network Now Home to ‘CSI’, Gets Exclusive Rights for Season 11 On

January 15th, 2010 No comments


What a move.  Forget this Jay Leno-Conan Obrien flap that we don’t want to write about yet is fun to watch.  But the network where NBC seems to be focused on in their group is the one that just picked up one of TV’s hottest shows.  NBC Universal’s USA Network just got their hands on ‘CSI’ starting in December.

Here’s what they have…they can run seasons 1 through 10 but this is non-exclusive which means you will still see Gill Grissom (William Petersen) and his unit on Spike and wherever else they run the show.  But for seasons 11 and on and on, only USA Network will get to run those episodes, you know the ones with Laurence Fishburne’s character Ray Langston who replaced Gil.

Anyway here’s the statement from an NBC Universal exec, not connected with Jay or Conan, on the hit show coming to USA.

“We’re proud to add one of the most successful television series of the last 20 years to our programming slate. CSI fits perfectly into our already powerful collection of procedurals, including ‘NCIS,’ ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘House,’ ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent and eventually ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’ CSI, one of only two shows to spawn two successful spin-offs, is an iconic series that reflects USA’s commitment to quality storytelling and unique characters,” said Jane Blaney, USA’s executive vice president, program acquisitions and scheduling.

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‘The Sarah Silverman Project’ Heads Back to Comedy Central

January 14th, 2010 No comments

Sarah Silverman

She’s back!  After being off the air for good while, the quirky, and very funny Sarah Silverman returns to Comedy Central on Thursday February 4th at 10:30PM.  This is her third season and The Sarah Silverman Project’ will also get extra time on sister cable network Logo and that repeat will air at 10:30PM beginning Tuesday February 9th. 

You gotta really be in to this show to catch on as Sarah returns along with her sister Laura Silverman along with the rest of her gay neighbors Brian Posehn and Steve Agee and Officer Jay.

There will be 10 new episodes shown on each network and if you missed season two you can pick up the DVD February 9th.



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Showtime Gets Jeremy Irons Historical Drama ‘The Borgias’

January 11th, 2010 No comments

Jeremy Irons

And the 13 episodes will go in to production this spring and hit the pay cable network in early 2011.  Showtime’s ‘The Tudors’ is working on its final season in the spring of 2010 and this new show will be its replacement. 

Set in Italy in 1492, ‘The Borgias’ is a crime drama that follows the antics of a crime family headed by Jeremy Irons character ‘Rodrigo Borgia’ which really reminds you of course of ‘The Sopranos’ on HBO.   

Showtime Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt at The Television Critics Association Tour says “we wanted to continue to offer our audience a period drama as wicked, witty and utterly compelling — and that’s what ‘The Borgias’ will be.”

This is Jeremy Irons first regular TV series.  He has won an Academy Award, a Tony Award, two Emmys two Golden and a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

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Martin Lawrence Back in Comedy with ‘Love That Girl’ on TV One

January 10th, 2010 No comments

Martin Lawrence

Well it will be behind the scenes but Martin Lawrence is headed back to television with a new comedy he will executive produce on TV One, the African American cable television network.  He’s hooking up with writer/director Bentley Kyle Evans who worked on ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’ and ‘Martin’, the comedy which Martin Lawrence starred in and wrote for five years.

Tatyana Ali who was in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ and ‘TV One Access’ will star in the new comedy ‘Love That Girl’ and an initial four episodes were shot in five days on what is called a shoestring budget in the TV business.  If the show gets decent rating TV One says it will put in an order for 13 to 26 more episodes.

R & B singer Raphael Saadiq is also part of the production as one of the executive producers. 

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Disney Channel Says It’s the Final Season for Miley Cyrus and ‘Hannah Montana’

January 8th, 2010 No comments
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Well this was coming.  Talked about for a while as Miley Cyrus started growing up, dressing sexy and not for Disney Channel prime time.  The network will let the show fade in to black after this upcoming season, its fourth.  Production starts on the final season in mid January and runs through the summer when the final episode will be shot.

Season 3’s final episode was titled ‘Is Miley Saying Goodbye’ so that probably was a pretty good indication of the future of one of Disney Channel’s anchor programs.  ‘Hannah Montana’ averages over 5 million viewers each week.

Actor Ray Liotta will be in the new season’s opening episode.  And teen star Angus Young from the hit show ‘Two and a Half Men’ will also guest star in a future episode.

Gee finally something good to say about ‘Two and a Half Men’ without mentioning Charlie Sheen.

Read more on Hannah Montana’s final season from The New York Post.

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