February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Thursday, February 26: Guests include James Spader, Margot Robbie and musical guest Tobias Jesso Jr. with The Roots. Show 219

Friday, February 27: Guests include Josh Hutcherson, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer and Michael Schlow. Show 220

Monday, March 2: Guests include Ryan Reynolds, Terrence Howard and musical guest Kelly Clarkson. Show 221

Tuesday, March 3: Guests include Judi Dench, Ansel Elgort and musical guest Gza with Tom Morello and The Roots. Show 222

**Wednesday, March 4: Guests include Danny DeVito, Zoe Kravitz and Whitney Cummings. Show 223

**Thursday, March 5: Guests include Hugh Jackman, Tiffani Thiessen and musical guest Hozier. Show 224

These listings are subject to change.



February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Fox Audience Strategy today announced the finalists for its fourth annual Fox Writers Intensive (FWI), the company’s advanced writers’ platform designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences. FWI also aims to create a strong pipeline of well-rounded talent for potential staffing on Fox television, feature film and digital entertainment productions.


This year’s FWI finalists were selected from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations across the country, including National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Sundance Institute, The Black List, Outfest, Film Independent, NAACP, Women in Film Los Angeles, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Veterans in Film & TV. The finalists will spend 14 weeks honing their crafts and establishing deeper connections with a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, screenwriters, directors and creative executives.


This year’s FWI writers/teams, alternates and their respective representatives are:


  • Aaron Carew (Independent)
  • Jason Coffey (Kaplan Stahler Agency and Oasis Media Group)
  • David Cornue (Original Artists and Madhouse Entertainment)
  • Cindy Fang (Gersh and Echo Lake Entertainment)
  • Chuck Hayward (APA and Heroes and Villains Entertainment)
  • David McMillan (Creative Artists Agency and Grandview)
  • Diana Mendez (Animo Entertainment)
  • Jess Pineda (Kaplan Stahler Agency and Principato-Young Entertainment)
  • Sarah Carbiener & Erica Rosbe (ICM Partners and Industry Entertainment)
  • Rebecca Walker (United Talent Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment)
  • JaNeika and JaSheika James (ICM Partners)
  • Jared Romero (Think Tank Management)


“Authenticity is essential to successful storytelling. That process starts with hiring writers with diverse and authentic points of view, and that’s exactly who we want to engage through the Fox Writers Intensive,” said Nicole A. Bernard, Executive Vice President of Audience Strategy for 21st Century Fox. “This has been the goal of FWI from the beginning – it has proven true in the talented and formidable group of writers we’ve announced today, and we look forward to being a part of their continued success.”


Launched in 2011, the Fox Writers Intensive seeks both to elevate the craft of participating writers and further establish deeper connections with a wide range of Fox staff writers, showrunners, screenwriters, filmmakers and creative executives across television (both on-air and multi-platform), feature films and digital entertainment. Curated with Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization supporting artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the initiative offers trained writers a rigorous, four-month curriculum focused on 1) developing original material; 2) learning and honing writing skills for multiple mediums; and 3) exploring the business of media and entertainment.






Selected writers will have the opportunity to receive detailed feedback and guidance on their scripts through interactive “master classes” and will engage in intimate guest speaker sessions with experienced writers, showrunners, executives and directors to discuss case studies of their films and television shows, and learn about their writing processes. Upon successful completion of the program, finalists will receive priority staffing meetings for the established FWI Staff Writer position on Fox entertainment productions and Fox will endeavor to provide each writer with a first-look deal on his/her original script(s).


In addition, at the conclusion of the intensive:



    • One FWI finalist will be named the 2015 FWI Fellow. The FWI Fellow will be awarded either a purchase and development deal on his/her original script or a “first-look” deal from Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) or any of its affiliated entities.
    • In addition, the FWI Fellow will participate in one-on-one creative meetings with Fox entertainment business heads, and senior cross-divisional current and development executives;, and will receive priority staffing efforts across Fox entertainment properties.
  • All FWI finalists will receive staffing meetings for current FOX entertainment series and a first-look agreement to option their original and new scripts.


Fox Audience Strategy is a department within 21st Century Fox designed to identify programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all of its entertainment platforms.


For more information about the Fox Writers Intensive and a full list of referring organizations, please visit:
About Film Independent

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff and constituents is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover.



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Padma Lakshmi, Cristela Alonzo and Stacy London Guest Co-Host


“The View” is a live, one-hour daily talk show from ABC (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) featuring moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. It is the original forum in which real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations. “The View,” broadcast in HDTV and produced in 2-channel stereo sound, is now available to watch online daily at 4:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT on “The View” is owned and produced by ABC. Bill Wolff is executive producer. “The View” is directed by Ashley S. Gorman.


For breaking news and updated videos follow “The View” (@theview) and Whoopi Goldberg (@whoopigoldberg), Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) and Nicolle Wallace (@nicolledwallace) on Twitter.™

Scheduled guests for the week of MARCH 2-6 are as follows (subject to change):

MONDAY, MARCH 2 – Padma Lakshmi guest co-hosts; “Must Have Monday” flash sale hosted by lifestyle expert Tai Beauchamp.


TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – Cristela Alonzo (ABC’s “Cristela”) guest co-hosts; Kevin Pereira and Brooke Van Poppelen (“Hack My Life”).


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 – Cristela Alonzo (ABC’s “Cristela”) guest co-hosts; Kenneth Branagh (Disney’s “Cinderella”); Lee Daniels (“Empire”).


THURSDAY, MARCH 5 – Cristela Alonzo (ABC’s “Cristela”) guest co-hosts; Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton (ABC’s “American Crime”); Robby Benson with his son Zephyr (“Straight Outta Tompkins”).

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – Cristela Alonzo (ABC’s “Cristela”) and Stacy London (“Love, Lust or Run”) guest co-host; Craig Ferguson; Rocco DiSpirito (author, Cook Your Butt Off!); spring decorating with lifestyle expert Mikie Russo.



February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

“Zoo,” a New Drama Based on James Patterson’s #1 Bestselling Novel,
Debuts Tuesday, June 30 at 9:00 PM

Perennial Reality Hit “Big Brother” Returns with a Special Two-Night Premiere, on
Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, Both at 8:00 PM

“Under the Dome” Debuts with a Two-Hour Premiere on
Its New Night, Thursday, June 25 at 9:00-11:00 PM

Season Two of “Extant,” Starring Academy Award Winner Halle Berry,
Premieres Wednesday, July 1 at 10:00 PM


CBS today announced premiere dates for its lineup of original summer programing that includes the new drama ZOO, returning event series UNDER THE DOME and EXTANT, and the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER.

ZOO, a new drama based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, will premiere Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide.

BIG BROTHER debuts with a special two-night premiere on Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, June 25, both at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. The Thursday edition, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen, moves to its regular time period on July 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The Sunday broadcast premieres June 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions of BIG BROTHER regularly won their time periods in key young demographics and ranked among the summer’s top 10 programs in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

UNDER THE DOME returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). It moves to its regular time period on Thursday, July 2 (10:00-11:00 PM), following BIG BROTHER, forming a strong two-hour block of established summer hit shows. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, UNDER THE DOME tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. This season, Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger will guest star in an extended story arc, beginning with the premiere episode, as the town’s inhabitants figure out the Dome’s purpose and what it wants from them. UNDER THE DOME was last summer’s most-watched (11.32m) and highest-rated scripted program in adults 18-49 (2.8/09) and adults 25-54 (3.7/10).

EXTANT, a serialized mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, makes its sophomore debut Wednesday, July 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This season, astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival. In its first season, EXTANT was the most-watched new scripted program of the summer, winning its Wednesday 10:00-11:00 PM time period in viewers (8.65m) and key demographics.

About ZOO:

ZOO, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg and Michael Katleman are executive producers with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson is directing and also serves as an executive producer. ZOO is a CBS Television Studios production.


BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with more than 53 cameras and 97 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, the House Guests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining House Guest will receive the grand price of $500,000.

BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol U.S.A.


UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, stars Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alex Koch, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz and Eddie Cahill. UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Peter Leto and Tim Schlattmann are executive producers.


EXTANT stars Halle Berry, new cast member Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pierce Gagnon and Grace Gummer. EXTANT is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, Mickey Fisher, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Halle Berry and Brooklyn Weaver are executive producers.


CBS Wednesday, June 24

8:00-9:00 PM              BIG BROTHER (Season Premiere, Night 1)

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS (Repeat)

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: CYBER (Repeat)


CBS Thursday, June 25

8:00-9:00 PM              BIG BROTHER (Season Premiere, Night 2)

9:00-11:00 PM            UNDER THE DOME (Two-Hour Third Season Premiere)


CBS Sunday, Effective June 28

7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES (Repeat)

8:00-9:00 PM              BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)


CBS Tuesday, Effective June 30

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS (Repeat)

9:00-10:00 PM            ZOO (Series Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (Repeat)


CBS Wednesday, Effective July 1

8:00-9:00 PM              BIG BROTHER

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS (Repeat)

10:00-11:00 PM          EXTANT (Second Season Premiere)


CBS Thursday, Effective July 2

8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY (Repeat)

8:30-9:00 PM              THE ODD COUPLE (Repeat)

9:00-10:00 PM            BIG BROTHER (Regular Thursday Time Period Premiere)

10:00-11:00 PM          UNDER THE DOME (Regular Thursday Time Period Premiere)



February 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of this loud, loving, opinionated and multi-talented Cuban-American family, Christina Milian has always been the focus, often to the consternation of her two sisters, Danielle and Lizzy.    Now, Christina is learning how to share the spotlight, and this all-new E! docu series “Christina Milian Turned Up,” follows Christina as she reinvigorates her music career with a new label, a new sound and a new look, all while raising her young daughter Violet with help from mom Carmen and sisters Danielle and Lizzy.  This season is all about family when middle-sister Danielle tries to balance a new marriage and motherhood; baby sister Lizzy begins a new chapter as a trained culinary chef and converts to Orthodox Judaism, and Carmen attempts to find a happy medium managing Christina’s professional life while keeping a very close watch over her entire family. The one-hour season finale of “Christina Milian Turned Up” airs Sunday at 10:00pm on E!


In addition, Christina will be doing a live video chat with fans right after the ET finale  (ET airing only) of ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’ on Sunday March 1 for 30 mins (8p-8:30p PT/11p-11:30p ET). On-air snipe during the finale will push to to chat live with Christina.



February 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The One-Hour Finale of “Two and a Half Men” Delivers the Series’ Largest Audience
and Highest Ratings in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 in Nearly Two Years

“The Odd Couple” Premieres as the Biggest New Comedy of the Season and
Highest-Rated in Adults 25-54


            CBS Thursday featured a big comedy open and a big finale as TWO AND A HALF MEN ended its 12-year run with its largest audience and best demo ratings in nearly two years, while THE ODD COUPLE debuted as the biggest new comedy of the season and the highest-rated in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for Feb. 19.

From 9:00-10:00 PM, the series finale of TWO AND A HALF MEN was first in viewers (13.20m) and adults 25-54 (4.6/12), and was second in adults 18-49 (3.1/09, -0.1 behind ABC). TWO AND A HALF MEN posted its largest audience since April 4, 2013 and scored its best deliveries in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 since May 9, 2013.

At 8:30 PM, the series premiere of THE ODD COUPLE was first in viewers (13.57m), adults 25-54 (4.5/12) and adults 18-49 (3.1/10). THE ODD COUPLE had the best premiere for a new comedy this season in both viewers and adults 25-54, and was #2 in adults 18-49.

Earlier at 8:00 PM, THE BIG BANG THEORY began the night first in viewers (17.17m), adults 25-54 (6.1/17) and adults 18-49 (4.4/15).  THE BIG BANG THEORY was the night’s #1 program in viewers, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

At 10:00 PM, ELEMENTARY was second in viewers (8.05m), adults 25-54 (2.2/06) and adults 18-49 (1.5/05). Compared to last week, ELEMENTARY was up +7% in adults 18-49 (from 1.4/05) and added +140,000 viewers (from 7.91m, +2%).

For the night, CBS was first in viewers (12.21m) and adults 25-54 (4.1/11) and was tied for first with ABC in adults 18-49 (2.8/09).

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February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Monday through Friday (2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT)

(*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule, (n) Denotes new)

Monday, Feb. 23 Actor Tim Daly (CBS’s “Madam Secretary”); chef Marcel Vigneron cooks (n)

Tuesday, Feb. 24 “Top Talker” entertainment reporter Jessica Radloff (Glamour); chef Neal Fraser cooks (n)

Wednesday, Feb. 25 Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey; “Top Talker” YouTube personality Tyler Oakley; ACM Awards nominee and country music singer-songwriter Brandy Clark performs; chef Susan Feniger cooks (n)

Thursday, Feb. 26 Actress Margot Robbie; “Top Talker” radio personality Valentine; cooking with chef David Guas (n)

Friday, Feb. 27 Actors Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters (CBS’s “Battle Creek”); actor Rodrigo Santoro discusses his new film; fashion and beauty expert Tienlyn Jacobson unveils affordable “Steal That Style” award season looks (n)

RATING:  TV14-DL (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)


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February 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Video Highlights of The Oscars® will post to Facebook and directly after they air. Recently added Social Features on WATCH ABC Provide Seamless Social Fan Experience

The Oscars Backstage Hosts This Year Include “Good Morning America’s” Weekend Edition Co-Anchor Paula Faris, Fusion Host Pedro Andrade, Entertainment and Sports Reporter Chris Connelly, Yahoo Fashion Correspondent Nick Axelrod and “How To Get Away With Murder’s” Matt McGorry
The Academy. ABC Entertainment and Facebook are partnering to make this year’s The Oscars Backstage on WATCH ABC the most “Likeable” ever. Beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, the curated “Director’s Cut” feed from the award-winning The Oscars Backstage – which delivers three channels of live video feeds from over 20 cameras throughout the Dolby Theater to WATCH ABC for desktop and mobile devices – will also stream on the ABC Network’s Facebook Page and be part of the Facebook Trending Oscars experience (, which gives fans one place to connect in real time as they watch the night unfold.

“We’re excited to bring viewers backstage and provide exclusive access to all those memorable, talked-about Oscar moments – the ones that happen on stage as well as the stories that play out behind-the-scenes,” said Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“We know that a large percentage of people – 70 percent of tablet and smartphone owners – are on their devices while watching TV,” said Albert Cheng, EVP and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television Group. “The Oscars Backstage on WATCH ABC provides them with an unparalleled social experience around Hollywood’s biggest night. And thanks to our ongoing partnerships with MPVDs, including today’s launch of WATCH ABC with DirecTV, and this year’s arrangement with Facebook, we’re able to deliver it to more people than ever before.”

On the red carpet, ABC will incorporate exclusive, real-time Facebook data of the most buzzed about nominees during the pre-show. In addition, fans will be able to ask questions of their favorite nominees via the “Good Morning America” Facebook page, with the potential to see their question answered live on the red carpet.

Embeddable video clips of the most memorable moments of the awards show – including all musical performances – will be posted almost immediately after they air to, with a selection of those also being shared on the Facebook pages. Additionally, this is the first year that The Oscars and The Oscars Backstage will stream with the recently launched WATCH ABC features “Social Lens” and “FastShare,” which provide fans with an even more personalized social experience.

This year’s The Oscars Backstage hosts and correspondents include:

• “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition co-anchor Paula Faris and Fusion network host Pedro Andrade will host “The Director Cut” feeds during both the pre-show and awards telecast.

Faris is the co-anchor of “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition, and reports across ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms. She joined ABC News in January 2012 as co-anchor of ABC News’ “World News Now” and “America This Morning.”

A Brazilian journalist originally from Rio de Janeiro, Andrade is a host of the Fusion network, which is a multi-platform media company that serves a young, diverse, and inclusive millennial generation. Fusion delivers a unique mix of news, pop culture, and satire content that is both smart and irreverent across its TV and digital platforms ( Prior to Fusion, Andrade anchored NBC’s weekly luxury lifestyle program “LX.TV 1st Look” for 5 years.

• “Good Morning America” and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly is returning as the official greeter of The Oscars Red Carpet, which includes welcoming nominees, presenters and performers to the show.

• Actor Matt McGorry will be positioned in the Fan Bleachers on the Red Carpet. McGorry stars as Asher Millstone in ABC’s series “How to Get Away with Murder.” He can also be seen playing the post-military newbie corrections officer John Bennett in the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.”

• Nick Axelrod will serve as The Oscars Backstage fashion correspondent. Axelrod is the creator and regular host of Yahoo Style’s popular celebrity interview series, “I Yahoo’d Myself.” He is also the Co-Founder and former Editorial Director of the award-winning beauty website Into The Gloss, which was nominated for a 2014 Webby award. He has also served as Senior Fashion News Editor at ELLE, spent three years at Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), and has also contributed to publications including ELLE Accessories and The Hollywood Reporter.

• ABC News Correspondent Sara Haines will be contributing to the Backstage feed. In addition to reporting for “Good Morning America” during the week, Haines is the Pop News anchor on the weekend edition of “GMA.”

Presented again this year by Samsung Galaxy®, The Oscars Backstage is designed to be the ultimate complement to the broadcast. All fans on the WATCH ABC app or can select from three channels that will pull from more than 20 live cameras strategically placed on the Red Carpet and throughout the backstage areas of the Dolby Theatre, providing fans with insider views into the most memorable moments of the night. Channels for the pre-show include: Director’s Cut, Fashion and Red Carpet. During the show, the channels are Director’s Cut (including the popular Thank You cam), Audience and Backstage.

In addition to The Oscars Backstage feeds, WATCH ABC users who have verified with a participating pay TV provider in one of the eight ABC Owned markets – Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco – can also access a live feed of the Oscars preshow, full awards telecast and “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” as part of the regular WATCH ABC service. Live streaming is currently available through Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, DISH, DirecTV, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse, among others. Once aired, the full Oscars telecast will be available on demand via WATCH ABC for verified viewers for three days. WATCH ABC can be accessed from,, or via the WATCH ABC app, which can be downloaded for free at Google Play and the App Store. Verified viewers then log in using their cable or satellite subscription username and password.

All WATCH ABC fans can access the new enhanced social features. Social Lens integrates fan’s personal Facebook and Twitter into the WATCH ABC app so they can socialize with their friends while they watch The Oscars – all on one device. FastShare enables fans who are watching on demand to easily access and share clips of their favorite in-show moments as they are watching.

Video highlights from the telecast and The Oscars Backstage will also be available as embeddable clips on almost immediately as they air. Full clips of the show’s musical numbers, including performances from Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Kendrick, Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island, Adam Levine, Rita Ora, Tim McGraw, Lady Ga Ga, Common and John Legend, will be featured in a dedicated “Music Moments” section on that includes in-depth video and photo coverage of past music winners. is also showcasing nominees in their own words with a collection of official nominee questionnaires, including submissions from Julianne Moore, Robert Duvall, Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightley, and John Legend, among many others. To add to the fun, insanely addicting quizzes will challenge fans knowledge of this year’s nominees. The hugely popular “My Picks” interactive ballot is also live. Friends can view and share the ballot on Facebook, which will update in real time on Oscar night, ensuring that the most competitive Oscar handicappers are instantly aware of their ranking among friends.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m., ET/4 p.m., PT. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

On February 23, “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” will continue its awards season tradition with the fourth edition of “LIVE’s After Oscar® Show,” airing live in national syndication at 9:00 a.m., ET. The top morning talker’s annual post-Oscar show has become one of “LIVE’s” most popular episodes, and is broadcast live from the magnificent Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Mere hours after the festivities have wrapped on the same stage, thousands of fans will fill the venue for an action-packed hour celebrating all things Oscar, from the A-list personalities to the incredible fashions, star-studded red carpet and backstage excitement. In the past, award winners such as Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer, Christoph Waltz and Lupita Nyong’o have stopped by to share with the “LIVE” audience their excitement after walking away with their Oscar statuettes.

The 10th annual “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” airs Sunday, February 22 at 12:05 a.m., ET after the late local news and at 10:00 p.m., PT on ABC. Broadcasting from Disney’s El Capitan Theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.’s star-studded Walk of Fame, the studio is just steps away from Dolby Theater, home to the “Academy Awards.” Kimmel’s previous post-Oscar specials have featured viral comedy bits and guest appearances by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Kevin Spacey, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Morgan Freeman, Billy Crystal, Martin Scorsese, Chris Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gary Oldman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, and many more. Over the past six years, the show’s post-Oscar comedy bits have racked up over 55 million views on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” YouTube channel.

WATCH ABC/The Oscars Backstage Press Contact:
Fonda Berosini, (818) 460-7207, [email protected]

ABC Media Relations:
Nicole Marostica (818) 460-6783; [email protected]

Academy Communications Department:
Gail Silverman, [email protected]
Natalie Kojen, [email protected]

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.




February 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

18 Aspiring Chefs Vie For a Head Chef Position




18 Aspiring Chefs Vie For the Coveted “HELL’S KITCHEN” Title and a Head Chef Position

Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay heats up a brand-new season of HELL’S KITCHEN with the Season 14 premiere airing Tuesday, March 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Once again, 18 new chefs from across the country will be tested like never before as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they have what it takes to win a life-changing grand prize: the HELL’S KITCHEN title and a Head Chef position, a total prize value of $250,000.


Click below to watch/share the opening to HELL’S KITCHEN’s most explosive season yet:


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Throughout the season, the contestants will face grueling challenges, including fishing for crabs, serving a speed lunch for motorcyclists, preparing delicious dishes for a high school homecoming and a charity night with Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”). Also, the dinner services and challenges will feature celebrities at HELL’S KITCHEN, including actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”), the cast of “Workaholics,” actor John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”), actress Tamara Taylor (BONES), actor Jaleel White (“Family Matters”), actress Tatum O’Neal (“Paper Moon), actor Fred Willard (“Modern Family”), musician Taylor Hicks, actor Robert Englund (“A Nightmare On Elm Street”), actress Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (“White Collar”), musician Lisa Loeb and Chef Wolfgang Puck. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the HELL’S KITCHEN title.


In the most emotional season yet, the newest batch of contestants will jump right in to the competition as Chef Ramsay introduces them to their first team challenge. Ramsay splits the chefs into two teams – men (Blue) vs. women (Red) – and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, during their first dinner service, the contestants struggle to work together, with Chef Ramsay ultimately kicking one team out of the kitchen.


















Below are the 18 chefs competing on this season of HELL’S KITCHEN:


The Red Team (Women) includes:



SARAH BAUMERT                      Age: 27

Hometown: Dallas, TX                 Occupation: Chef Instructor

Signature Dish: Purple Peruvian Potato Puree with Sautéed Asparagus, Seared Filet Mignon and Portabella Mushroom Red Wine Reduction


Links: YouTube / Embeddable




MONIQUE BOOKER                     Age: 23

Hometown: Lynn, MA                Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Moe’s Pasta

Links: YouTube / Embeddable





MEGHAN GILL                              Age: 28

Hometown: Roanoke, VA             Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Pan Seared Rainbow Trout / Sautéed Morel Mushrooms, Blistered Corn, Pencil Asparagus, Sweet Onion Emulsion


Links: YouTube / Embeddable





T GREGOIRE                                Age: 31

Hometown: Atlanta, GA                Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Coffee-Crusted Flank Steak, Parsnip Puree and Wilted Spinach


Links: YouTube / Embeddable





CHRISTINE HAZEL                       Age: 30

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA       Occupation: Banquet Chef

Signature Dish: Seared Scallop with Braised Pork Belly, Polenta Cake, Poached Quail Egg and Pesto


Links: YouTube / Embeddable





MIEKA HOUSER                           Age: 25

Hometown: Olney, MD                  Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Shrimp Cake With Peach Salsa, Asparagus and Remoulade


Links: YouTube / Embeddable








ALISON RIVERA                            Age: 27

Hometown: New York, NY           Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Shaved Fennel Citrus Salad, Blood Orange Beurre Blanc


Links: YouTube / Embeddable




CHRISSA SCHMERLER               Age: 34

Hometown: Bellmore, NY             Occupation: Food Truck Chef/Owner

Signature Dish: Ginger Cookie Chicken with 5-Spice Sweet Mashed Potatoes


Links: YouTube / Embeddable




MICHELLE TRIBBLE                    Age: 22

Hometown: Dallas, TX                 Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Huevos Rancheros


Links: YouTube / Embeddable



The Blue Team (Men) includes:



RANDY BELL                               Age: 45

Hometown: Nashville, TN             Occupation: Line Cook

Signature Dish: Raspberry Bourbon Barbeque Salmon

Links: YouTube / Embeddable





MICHAEL DUSSAULT                   Age: 38

Hometown: Hartford, CT                 Occupation: Senior Center Chef

Signature Dish: Herb-Roasted Statler Breast of Chicken, Buttermilk Mashed Potato, Sautéed Asparagus, Sundried Cranberry Puree, Pan Au Jus


Links: YouTube / Embeddable





BRET HAUSER                            Age: 30

Hometown: Delray Beach, FL     Occupation: Sous Chef

Signature Dish: Bone in Veal Chop Saltimbocca


Links: YouTube / Embeddable











ADAM LIVOW                               Age: 31

Hometown: Freehold, NJ             Occupation: Amusement Park Chef

Signature Dish: New Zealand Lamb Chops with a Balsamic Fig Reduction

Links: YouTube / Embeddable




MILLY MEDLEY                            Age: 33

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA         Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish: Seafood Mac and Cheese with Citrus Panko Topping


Links: YouTubeEmbeddable





BRENDAN PELLEY                      Age: 34

Hometown: Bedford, MA               Occupation: Executive Chef

Signature Dish:  Tempura Soft-shell Crab, Yuzu Aioli, Quick Pickles, Ginger Garlic Sauce


Links: YouTube / Embeddable




NICK PETERS                            Age: 25

Hometown: Stoneham, MA          Occupation: Private Chef

Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Duck Breast, Grilled Peaches, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Gorgonzola Dolce and Black Pepper Sherry Gastrique

Links: YouTubeEmbeddable




CAMERON SPAGNOLO                Age: 33

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ           Occupation: Banquet Chef

Signature Dish: Coriander-Rubbed Rack of Lamb, Carrot Puree, Roast Eggplant, Pine Nuts, Raisins, Yogurt


Links: YouTube / Embeddable





JOSH TROVATO                           Age: 24

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY              Occupation: Chef de Cuisine

Signature Dish: Seared Scallops with Mango Pineapple Salsa and a Fennel Apple Pancetta Slaw with a Honey Mustard Bacon Vinaigrette


Links: YouTube / Embeddable











HELL’S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Studios America in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Gordon Ramsay serve as executive producers.


“Like” HELL’S KITCHEN on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter at @hellskitchenfox, and follow Ramsay at @GordonRamsay.


About ITV Studios America:

ITV Studios America, the U.S. production flagship of ITV Studios in the U.K., is one of the largest producers in the U.S. and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing non-scripted and scripted programming for U.S. networks. It has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including “Texas Rising,” “Good Witch,” HELL’S KITCHEN, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “The First 48,” “After the First 48,” “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” “Cesar 911,” “The Chase,” “Barmageddon,” “Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters,” “The Car Chasers” and “The Bill Cunningham Show.”


ITV Studios is a world leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the U.K., Germany, France, the Nordics and Australia, as well as the U.S. The distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, is a distributor of programs to all regions worldwide. For further information, visit:


About A. Smith & Co. Productions

  1. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 2,000 hours of award-winning programming. Current productions include such hits as HELL’S KITCHEN, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Wizard Wars,” “Unsung,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Celebrity Crime Files,” “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” “Too Young to Marry?,” “Save Our Business,” “UFC Countdown,” “Joe Rogan Questions Everything,” “Divorce Hotel” and many others. A. Smith & Co.’s library of programming includes hit shows such as “Paradise Hotel,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Swan,” “Trading Spaces,” “Pros vs. Joes” and “Skating with Celebrities.” A. Smith & Co. has developed and produced the No. 1 show in America 25 times and a Top 10 show more than 200 times, producing programs with budgets totaling approximately one billion dollars for more than 42 broadcast and cable networks. For more information, visit



February 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

All-New Episode Airs Tonight on FOX



All-New Episode Airs Tonight on FOX

FOX has ordered an additional eight episodes of the irreverent unscripted comedy series WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS. Hosted by Terry Crews (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE), the series is inspired by the hit YouTube channel, FailArmy, and showcases the best “epic fail” viral videos in the most entertaining ways possible. Each week a panel of comedians choose their favorite “fail” videos and try to convince Crews to pick theirs as “Fail of the Week.” But, ultimately, it is Crews who crowns the winner.


In tonight’s all-new episode, “Gravity: It Kinda Sucks,” airing 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT, comedians Annie Lederman (“Chelsea Lately”), Russell Peters (“Are We There Yet?,” BOB’S BURGERS) and Jo Koy (“Chelsea Lately”) are the featured guest panellists, and NEW GIRL’s Lamorne Morris makes a special appearance.

WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS ranks No. 1 in its time period among Men 18-34 (tie), Teens (tie) and No. 2 among Adults 18-34 (tie) and has improved upon FOX’s prior season average in the time period with entertainment programming in Adults 18-49 (+38%), Adults 18-34 (+60%), Teens (+50%) and Total Viewers (+45%).


Other guest panelists this season include Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”), Jessimae Peluso (“Girl Code”), Josh Wolf (“Chelsea Lately”), Iliza Shlesinger (“Last Comic Standing”), Tone Bell (“Bad Judge”), Jamie Lee (“The Pete Holmes Show”), Kurt Braunohler (“Bunk”), Cameron Esposito (“Maron”), Loni Love (“The Real”), Chris Franjola (“Anarchy Afterword”), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24: Live Another Day”), Arden Myrin (“Chelsea Lately”), Brian Posehn (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) and Greg Proops (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”).


Owned and operated by Jukin Media, the worldwide leader in the discovery, acquisition and distribution of user-generated and viral video content, FailArmy is the premier destination for the funniest videos on the web. FailArmy is a Top 100 YouTube channel with more than six million subscribers and one billion total video views.

WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS is produced by dick clark productions (dcp) and Jukin Media. Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions; Jonathan Skogmo, Founder and CEO of Jukin Media; Josh Entman, Cofounder and Chief Development Officer of Jukin Media; and Nicolle Yaron serve as executive producers. Mark Bracco, EVP of Programming and Development for dick clark productions;  Assaf Blecher, VP of Programming and Development for dick clark productions  and Aliyah Silverstein serve as co-executive producers. “Like” WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @funniestfailstv and join the discussion using #funniestfails. See photos and video on Instagram @funniestfailsfox.

About dick clark productions:

dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Hollywood Film Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards” and “The PEOPLE Magazine Awards.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dcp; WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as the 2015 debut of BOOM! (FOX) from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit


About Jukin Media

Jukin Media is a multi-platform media company and the worldwide leader in the discovery, acquisition and distribution of today’s hottest user-generated video content. The company’s global distribution network includes premier media and entertainment outlets such as CNN, FOX, NBC, MTV and countless other broadcasters, publishers and platforms that license its content. Jukin Media produces programs for TV, the web and emerging platforms, including the FOX unscripted comedy WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS with dick clark productions, and it runs the largest viral video entertainment network on YouTube with more than 800 million monthly views. For more information, visit


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