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“I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL,” A NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FEATURING TWO EPISODES OF THE CLASSIC SERIES, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 22

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“I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL,” A NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FEATURING TWO EPISODES OF THE CLASSIC SERIES, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 22

“The Christmas Episode” and the Newly Colorized “The Fashion Show”

to Be Seamlessly Combined

I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized episodes of the classic series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “The Fashion Show.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “The Fashion Show,” Lucy convinces Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that! Lucy hopes that if she gets a mild sunburn, Ricky will feel sorry for her and forgive her for spending so much, though, as always, she goes a bit too far!

“The Fashion Show” was originally broadcast Feb. 28, 1955, and became an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. The episode features a few of her real-life personal friends: Mrs. Gordon MacRae, Mrs. William Holden, Mrs. Van Heflin, Mrs. Forrest Tucker and Don Loper himself.

“I Love Lucy” Christmas specials have aired on the Network the past four years, each combining the holiday-themed episode with a different comedy classic. Beginning in 2015, “The Christmas Episode” has been shown colorized in its entirety, with fully-colorized flashback scenes that had previously been presented in black-and-white.

“I Love Lucy” was broadcast on the Network from Oct. 15, 1951 through June 23, 1957. It was voted “The Best TV Show of All Time” in a 2012 viewer poll conducted by People magazine and ABC News. “I Love Lucy” stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos’ friends and landlords, Ethel and Fred Mertz.

 

“THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR!,” A NEW ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FEATURING TWO NEWLY COLORIZED EPISODES, TO BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, DEC. 22

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The Featured Episodes, “My Blonde-Haired Brunette” and “October Eve,”

Were Chosen by Creator Carl Reiner to Showcase the

Comedic Talents of Mary Tyler Moore

THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW – NOW IN LIVING COLOR!, a new one-hour special with two newly colorized back-to-back classic episodes of the beloved 1960s series, will be broadcast Friday, Dec. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner personally selected the two episodes to showcase the tremendous comedic talents of the late Mary Tyler Moore.

“I picked two of the funniest episodes we did, and I remember them fondly because they both showcased our wonderful Mary. I treasure her memory,” said Reiner.

The special features the season one episode “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” written by Reiner, and the season three episode “October Eve,” written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “My Blonde-Haired Brunette,” Laura dyes her hair blonde when she fears the romance between Rob and her is fading. The episode was first presented on Oct. 10, 1961, during the series’ first season.

In “October Eve,” a painting of Laura returns to haunt her when, despite her having posed fully clothed, the artist (played by Reiner) takes the liberty of “undraping” her. The episode was first presented on April 8, 1964, during season three.

“In ‘October Eve,’ I got a chance to perform on the show as someone other than Alan Brady, and I loved the character of Carpetna the artist as soon as I read it,” said Reiner. “When I saw it in color, it was better than I ever dreamed it could be.”

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” originally aired on CBS from Oct. 3, 1961, through June 1, 1966, finishing in the Nielsen Top 10 in three of its five seasons, peaking at #3 during the 1963-1964 season. The show received 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including three Emmys for Dick Van Dyke, five for Carl Reiner and two for Mary Tyler Moore.

Carl Reiner is an executive producer, with George Shapiro and Paul Brownstein. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is distributed by Paul Brownstein Productions.

 

Press Q&A with animator and director Hiroshi Nagahama (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

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In Japan, Hiroshi Nagahama is well-known for directing animated films such as “Mushishi”, “Detroit Metal City”, “The Flowers of Evil” and most recently for 2017, Nagahama directed “The Reflection”, which he co-created alongside with Stan Lee.

A hardcore comic book fan, Nagahama was a special guest at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington and J!-ENT’s Michelle Tymon participated in the press Q&A with animator/director Hiroshi Nagahama.


Press: I want to start off by asking about Flowers of Evil. You chose to do that in rotoscope, and I’m wondering how you managed to convince the producers and sponsors to let you do that.
Nagahama-san: Well… I was first approached with the idea of doing Flowers of Evil, by a producer named Nakanishi from King Records. He told me that they were looking to do an animated version. So rather than me trying to find someone to let me do it, it was actually a project that was offered to me. And at first, I actually declined. I read all of the manga, and it was extremely interesting, but I initially didn’t think this was something that the fans would enjoy in an animated format, so I declined at first. After that, he said that he would try a few other people, and that was that. But I think it was about a week later, and he said he really wanted to meet with me again. So we met again, and he told me that he had thought about it, but really wanted me to do it. He was kind enough to say that if they were going to make a animated version of this, that I was the only person he could think of to work on it. He then asked me what would it take for me to agree to work on this project. What would I need to make this happen. And so I told him that there was a way. He asked me what it was, and so I told him that it was rotoscope. I would film actual people in real life and incorporate that into the animation. If I was allowed to do that, this might be a weird way of saying it, but I thought I could translate everything the original work was trying to get across in animated form. And that’s how we moved forward with the project. So from the beginning, it was decided we were going to do rotoscope. Then I thought about everything I need to do to make this happen. Because we planned it from the beginning, we were very lucky and we never had an instance where we were in the middle of production and realized we were overbudget or anything like that.

J!-ENT: You had come to Seattle and Sakura-con previously, but has there been anything different on this occasion?
Nagahama-san: Well, I think this is one of the best things about Sakura-con… but it never changes. It’s almost astonishing. Nothing has really changed. The staff, the atmosphere of the convention, all of the fans that attend… From my first Sakura-con in 2002, the only things that have changed are the actual scale of the event and the number of attendees. Otherwise, I believe that the staff is able to achieve the kind of event that they are trying to achieve, and I believe the event is as polished as they are trying to make it.

Japan-A-Radio: From the last time you were at Sakura-con and this time, what has changed for you personally in the anime industry?
Nagahama-san: Let’s see… the biggest change is the fact that my project with Stan Lee is finally starting to take shape. When I was here last, this project was still in the planning stages and was something similar to say mist floating in the air. But now it’s finally starting to take a distinct shape and showing itself.

Press: Speaking of Stan Lee, I hear that you are a huge fan of American comics. What do you find so appealing about American comics and superheroes?
Nagahama-san: First, I was drawn to the art. I’ve mentioned this at Sakura-con a number of times before, but when I was a child, I wasn’t a very big fan of the SD art style that was used in Japanese animation. But all the kids around me seemed to love CoroCoro Comic, which serialized series like Doraemon. It was a kids’ comic magazine that all of the kids were reading. And then as you get older, you usually started reading Shonen Jump or Shonen Sunday. This path seemed like it was laid out for us by adults, and everyone just automatically read them. But something about that bothered me. Like the art in Doraemon… or say Ishinomori Shotaro-san’s drawings… I really liked the stories and thought that they were interesting, but I couldn’t help but wonder why the art had to look the way it did. I always couldn’t help but wonder about that. But of course there were more dramatic and serious anime and manga that had a more realistic art style, but it still wasn’t quite what I was looking for. And that’s when I discovered the Spider-man comics. They were translated into Japanese by a gentleman named Kosei Ono, who had also released translations of other American comics at the time as well. When I read that, I instantly thought that the art looked cool. They properly drew details like the nostrils and lips. They drew eyelashes, and even the tear ducts in the eyes. And even then, the female characters still looked cute and pretty and the men looked handsome and cool. As a child who loved drawing, this became my guiding principle. The art was the first thing to leave an impression on me, but eventually, so did the writing. I was a child who read manga in a rather strange way, but it seemed that my way of reading seemed to fit how American comics were drawn and written. With Japanese manga, you read in a structured, chronological format. So it’d go, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And because of that, it’s expected that you buy volume one and start from there, or you wouldn’t be able to understand the story at all. But a lot of American comics continue for hundreds of issues, so most readers inevitably have to start with a random issue. They can’t always read from the part where Peter Parker gets bitten by the radioactive spider. There are some people who read from the part where Gwen Stacy is kidnapped, or some people whose first issue is when Doctor Octopus shows up. But when I was buying Japanese manga, I would always buy the ones with the cool-looking covers… ever since I was a child. And then if the story was actually interesting, I would start collecting from there and go back to volume one. And then I would actually understand the interactions and relationships between the characters and it was very interesting. I would wonder why two characters didn’t get along very well and then I’d find out they fought in volume one. That was all very interesting to me, and I thought that’s exactly how people read American comics. There’s a slightly difficult term in Japanese, “yotei chowa,” which means pre-established harmony. So things that have already been determined progress as they’re intended. You can predict what’s going to happen in the future. And for someone like me, who didn’t like doing everything that people expected, American comics were filled with unpredictability. So I just kept immersing myself into American comics. And the more I read, the more I found things that appealed to me, so I can endlessly talk about everything that interested me about American comics. And I’ll end this answer with the following statement, but there’s one other thing that I think is fascinating… I think it’s amazing and wonderful that a grandfather and grandchild can talk about and bond over the same character. It’s very rare for something like that to be able to happen in Japan. For example, there’s Sazae-san, and also Doraemon, and Chibi Maruko-chan. But all of these long-running Japanese manga series never have any dramatic changes happen. Sazae-san doesn’t get a divorce, Doraemon doesn’t stop functioning suddenly. There are dramatic things that happen in the series, but they’re usually resolved in an episode or two like Doraemon turning red. But nothing happens in the story that changes the course of the series forever. However, that happens in American comics and so the grandfather and grandchild can have conversations about it. The Angel from X-Men that the grandfather would probably know is the one with white angel wings. But the grandchild would probably go, “Wait, no. He has metallic wings and is called Archangel.” And then the grandfather can be shocked and ask his grandchild when Angel’s wings became metallic. I think it’s wonderful that a grandfather and grandchild can have conversations like this. It’s my hope that I’m able to make stories that are that compelling myself.

J!-ENT: This is going to be another question about American comics, but I was wondering if you’ve seen the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, Netflix series and what your thoughts on them that are.
Nagahama-san: Of course! I’ve seen all of them!
J!-ENT: Also, The Defenders is coming out soon so I was wondering about what you thought about that. And if there were any changes you could make to any of the series, what would it be?
Nagahama-san: My thoughts on these series… is that they are wonderful. I never thought I’d be able to experience something so wonderful while I was still alive. When Sam Raimi directed the Spider-man movie, I thought I could die happily. I was able to watch such a wonderful Spider-man movie while I was still alive. I was able to watch the real Spider-man on the big screen. But now, it’s just been one record-breaking experience after another for me. Like this series? Wait, Doctor Strange, too? I was like, there’s no way that people would watch a Guardians of the Galaxy movie with those ridiculous characters! It’s just been one pleasant surprise after another. And out of all of the heroes, Daredevil has always been one of my all-time favorite characters. Daredevil is very bloody. He has a lot of limits. He can’t fly, he can’t see, and has various other limitations. On top of that, he’s a lawyer. As someone has who has to deal with the law, his heart is also bound. He can’t do whatever he wants to all of the villains in court. I think it’s absolutely amazing that they were able to make an entertaining TV series about someone who is so limited and so human. It makes me very happy. In addition, the Guardians of the Galaxy that I knew was from a very long time ago where it was Yondu, the blue guy with the red mohawk, and some other weird characters that were not in the movie flying around the ends of Space, and it was extremely bizarre. The Guardians of the Galaxy now is completely different. In the comics, Yondu came from a different world. He happens upon this team of scoundrels and tells them that they can use the team name “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which was the name his old team had used. So it was a completely different team. And I was still reading that slightly lamer version of the comic a long time ago. So when I heard that it was going to be made into a movie, I was very amused and couldn’t fathom how they were going to do it. And when I saw the movie and Yondu, I realized he was on the old team, and was very excited about the whole thing. As for the Netflix series, I like all of them so far. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist are all great. But if I had the choice, there’d just be one thing I’d like to change… I’d like for them to show Daredevil’s nose. In the Netflix version, his mask sort of makes him look like Batman. His nose is guarded, and I think it’s great that his face is being protected… But no matter how I look at it, he sort of looks like a version of Batman where a lot of things are just smaller. His horns are smaller, and the point on his nose is smaller. If his face was showing a little more, it’d be absolutely perfect. And that’s why I absolutely love the design they used for Daredevil in the Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck, where it was all leather. I thought that the design for his costume used in that movie respected the original design of his costume from the comics to the utmost level.

Japan-A-Radio: With the upcoming release of The Reflection, are there any details that you can reveal currently? What can the fans look forward to?
Studio Deen rep: I can touch upon the broadcast details. I’m from Studio Deen, which is producing that anime. The Reflection will start broadcast in July of 2017 on NHK in Japan on Saturday at 11 PM. I believe that Crunchyroll has already announced it at this event, but they will also be simulcasting this title this title in the US and North America. I’m not sure of the exact time it’ll be available in the US, but I believe it’ll probably be around two hours after it has aired in Japan.
Nagahama-san: The Reflection… What can the fans look forward to and expect? Let’s see… I’m not sure what I can say. It’s an original story that I created with Stan Lee. Even if some of the characters may look familiar or if the premise may be something you might’ve heard of before, I still believe that it will feel like something completely different. This is slightly difficult to explain but… This time, we’re only using part of the whole story. The world of The Reflection is very vast. Just like Stan created the Marvel Universe, Stan and I sort of created our own Stan Lee universe, where we created various heroes and villains within this universe. It’s also set up where we can have various stories from this universe. So I want fans to watch the series and know this isn’t the last time they’re going to be seeing something from this universe. After this story, another story with this villain might start next. They barely touched upon that one hero, but I wonder why they were like that? Why were they dressed like that? Those might all get answered in the future. Just as I mentioned earlier, this is very close to how American comics are read. With The Reflection, I want people to think it was like they happened to grab issue 112 of The Reflection when they’re watching it. And starting from that volume, there’s going to be once incident that starts and comes to a conclusion within twelve issues. So I’m hoping that I’ll be able to show the audience the continuing story, or a different part of the story later on. There’s one other thing that I think that the fans can look forward to, so I hope you’ll let me share that. There will be characters in this series that are pretty symbolic to this universe. The idol group 9nine, who sing the ending theme, will show up as superheroes in the show. I think it’ll be fun to see when they might actually show up in the series and what kind of costumes they’ll be wearing. They will actually be wearing costumes and fighting in the series. I was very careful about when and where to use them in the series. The concept behind their characters is the Japanese ideal for superheroes. They look like what Japanese people would think of when they think of what heroes look like. That’s what 9nine will look like in the show. As for the rest of the characters, they all look like they came out of American comics because I enjoy American comics so much. They were all designed with that in mind and while discussing how they should look with Stan. With 9nine, I didn’t really talk to Stan about them. Since they’re Japanese characters, he told me that I could do whatever I’d like with them, and let me bring up the concept behind them. So I think that they can give a special perspective within The Reflection. As for the art style of The Reflection, it’s made to look more like American comics.

Press: You have done a lot of work with the director Akitaro Daichi. What did you learn from him and does he mean to you?
Nagahama-san: Mr. Daichi was someone I had met after being in this business for a while. So instead of him teaching me various things, I’d say that he validified things for me. He would tell me that my way of doing things was fine. If I ever had any doubts about what I was doing, he was the person to tell me that I was fine with how I was doing things. He would give me courage. Also, rather than using words, he would physically show me. He’s always been very supportive of me and is very important to me because of how he’s helped me to develop. Just to add on one last thing, Mr. Daichi said something to me that I will never forget. He told me that there’s really nothing holding me back. If I feel like I should do something, then I should do it because I can do anything. He told me that I was the only person putting restrictions on myself, so if I free myself of them, I can do whatever I want… That there’s nothing that I’m not allowed to do. I think those words still affect me greatly.

Interpreter: There’s actually one question I’d like to ask really quickly if I may. So in American comics, they quite often retcon things that happen. What do you think about that? In Japanese comics, once something happens, it doesn’t really ever get retconned. In a way, this is a freedom that only exists in American comics.
Nagahama-san: That actually might be one of the reason that I don’t really like DC superheroes as much. That happened a lot to DC superheroes ever since I can remember. Superman couldn’t fly at first, and Krypton kept changing over and over. Because of all of the changes, I didn’t know what was true or not anymore in those comics. But in the Marvel Universe that Stan created, there wasn’t as much wavering. The settings for Spider-man haven’t changed much at all from the beginning. And recently, they finally did start changing some things and some characters did come back from the dead. But for decades, they actually stayed dead and there wasn’t much wavering overall. My favorite era of Marvel comics is the Silver Age, where when something happened, it didn’t get retconned. For example, the Green Goblin was dead for a long time before he was finally brought back. I actually liked that era when something happened, it didn’t get retconned. So when asked if I can relate to doing retcons, to be honest, I can’t. But these things really never happened with the characters that I really liked. I definitely have no plans on doing something like that in The Reflection. If I was going to do something like that though, I’d like to do something like Age of Apocalypse where the whole world gets flipped around. Age of Apocalypse was an absolutely amazing crossover. So unless it’s something that drastic, I don’t think I’ll ever do it.

Final thoughts: Final thoughts?
Nagahama-san: From me? I can’t help but feel like I might’ve talked a bit too much about the American comics that I love so much, but I’m very thankful that all of you were here to listen and that I’m in this situation where I can talk about all of this. I feel blessed that I was able to come back to Sakura-con again, and that I was able to walk through the streets of Seattle again. This is definitely a unique experience, and I feel very special to be a part of it. So when I get back to Japan, I know I have to go back to work on The Reflection. And when I think about that, there’s a part of me that can’t help but feel like I want to stay in Seattle a little longer.


 

 

J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith interviews Babyraids JAPAN (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

November 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It was back in 2012, when Babyraids JAPAN made their debut through their agency LesPros Entertainment.

Babyraids JAPAN consists of Rikako Ooya, Erika Denya, Manatsu Hayashi, Nao Takami and Rio Watanabe.

The group made their debut with the single “Babyraids”, followed by “Baby Revolution” that year but would eventually break into the top 10 in 2013 with their singles “Koyomi no Ue de wa December”.

And while their single debuted at #6 on the Oricon Charts, having been around for two years, the group made a goal, perform at Budokan and if it doesn’t happen, they’ll end the group.

Fortunately for fans, Babyraids Japan would make their dreams come true before Christmas of 2014 by performing at Nippon Budokan.

The group would release a string of hits that would debut on the Oricon top 10 such as “Koi wa Panic”, “Bucchake Rock’n Hachake Roll/Baby Step”, “Tora-Tora Tiger” and “2 Years”.

In 2016, the group’s “Hashire, Hashire” would have their best debut at #3 on the Oricon Charts and since then, have released a total of 14 singles and two albums. Plus one mini-album and five video releases.

J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith had the opportunity to interview two of the five Babyraids JAPAN members, Nao and Rikako, a few days before their live performance in San Francisco.

Click here to read our J!-ENT Interview with Babyraids JAPAN


 

 

SECOND SEASON OF “MAN WITH A PLAN” TO PREMIERE MONDAY, NOV. 13 ON CBS

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CBS announced today the comedy series MAN WITH A PLAN starring Matt LeBlanc will premiere its second season Monday, Nov. 13 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Freshman comedy 9JKL moves to 9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT on Nov. 6. ME, MYSELF & I will return to the schedule at a later date.

CBS Monday, Nov. 6

8:00-8:30 PM KEVIN CAN WAIT
8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (rebroadcast)
9:00-9:30 PM SUPERIOR DONUTS
9:30-10:00 PM 9JKL (NTP)
10:00-11:00 PM SCORPION

CBS Monday, Effective Nov. 13

8:00-8:30 PM KEVIN CAN WAIT
8:30-9:00 PM MAN WITH A PLAN (2nd Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM SUPERIOR DONUTS
9:30-10:00 PM 9JKL
10:00-11:00 PM SCORPION

About MAN WITH A PLAN

MAN WITH A PLAN stars Matt LeBlanc, Liza Snyder, Kevin Nealon, Stacy Keach, Grace Kaufman, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley and Matt Cook. Jeff and Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg and Troy Zien are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

 

FOX RENEWS “THE ORVILLE” FOR A SECOND SEASON

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Next All-New Episode of Seth MacFarlane’s Space Adventure Series Airs Tonight

FOX has renewed THE ORVILLE, the space adventure series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

 

“Once again Seth has struck a powerful chord with viewers,” said Thorn. “He has delivered a series full of optimism, drama and his trademark humor. We want to thank him and the rest of the talented cast, as well as the producers and crew, for an incredible first season. We can’t wait to see where The Orville travels in the second.”

 

In tonight’s all-new episode of THE ORVILLE, “Into the Fold,” airing 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, on FOX, Ed (MacFarlane) and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), her two sons (guest stars Kai Wener and BJ Tanner) and Isaac (Mark Jackson) after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from The Orville.

 

With more than 14 million viewers across platforms, THE ORVILLE’s series premiere marks FOX’s most watched and highest-rated series launch since the 2015 debut of EMPIRE. THE ORVILLE ranks among the Top Three new dramas of the Fall season, averaging a 2.5/9 Live + 7 Day rating, a +67% lift from Live + Same Day, and more than 10 million multi-platform viewers, +108% vs. Live + Same Day.

 

THE ORVILLE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga (“Terra Nova”), David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY), Jason Clark (“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” “Ted”) and Liz Heldens (“Mercy,” “Deception”) serve as executive producers on the series. Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”) directed the series premiere episode. “Like” THE ORVILLE on Facebook at facebook.com/TheOrville/. Follow the series on Twitter @TheOrville and join the discussion using #TheOrville. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @TheOrville.

 

“THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS,” FEATURING A PERFORMANCE BY GRAMMY® AWARD NOMINATED RECORDING ARTIST KELSEA BALLERINI, TO BE ANCHORED BY “ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S” KEVIN FRAZIER AND KELTIE KNIGHT, LIVE FROM NEW YORK CITY, THURSDAY, NOV. 23

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Additional Performances Include the Broadway Casts of the

Hit Musicals “Come From Away” and “Waitress”

THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS, featuring a performance by GRAMMY® Award nominated recording artist Kelsea Ballerini, will be anchored by ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT host Kevin Frazier and correspondent Keltie Knight, live from New York City Thursday, Nov. 23 on the CBS Television Network. The parade will be broadcast 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, live ET/8:00-11:00 AM, live CT/7:00-10:00 AM, live MT/9:00 AM-12:00 PM, delayed PT.

A CBS Thanksgiving tradition in its 57th year, the special will feature portions of the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City. Additional performances during the parade will include the casts of the Broadway hit musicals “Come From Away” and “Waitress,” featuring GRAMMY® Award winner Jason Mraz.

GRAMMY® Award nominee Kelsea Ballerini released her first single, “Legends,” off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Unapologetically, slated for release on Nov. 3 (Black River Entertainment). Ballerini skyrocketed to stardom after releasing three consecutive platinum-certified #1 hits from her critically acclaimed debut album, The First Time – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan” and “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in country music history, including female duos and groups, to achieve this accolade. The talented singer-songwriter also reached gold status with Top 5 hit “Yeah Boy,” after having written or co-written all 12 songs on her debut. After her 2016 headline The First Time Tour – which visited dozens of cities across the U.S. and included sold-out shows in her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., Minneapolis, Minn., New York City, Los Angeles and more – Ballerini joined Thomas Rhett for his Home Team Tour, followed by Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour. Awarded Billboard magazine’s Rising Star title at the prestigious 2015 Women in Music event, she has continued to gain recognition by scoring her first ever ACM Award win for New Female Vocalist of the Year, the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, multiple Radio Disney Music Awards and the American Country Countdown Award (ACCA) for Breakthrough Female of the Year.

Frazier and Knight will anchor from a site along the parade route in New York City. The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country. This will mark the seventh consecutive year Frazier has hosted. Knight is hosting for the third time.

Frazier co-hosts ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT with Nancy O’Dell. The two-time Emmy Award-winning entertainment news program is in its 37th season. Prior to joining ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT as co-host, Frazier co-anchored its sister show, “The Insider.” He has appeared as an entertainment expert on news and entertainment programs, including CBS THIS MORNING, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” “Nancy Grace” and “The Joy Behar Show.” Frazier began his broadcasting career as a local sports reporter. Prior to first joining ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in 2004, he served as host of “SportsCenter,” “NBA Shoot Around” and “NBA Fastbreak.” Also, he served as a sideline reporter for the “NFL on Fox” telecasts.

Knight is a former classical ballerina and Radio City Rockette. A two-time Emmy Award nominee, Knight is currently a correspondent for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT. Additionally, she co-hosts The LadyGang podcast, which has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and has seen over 15 million downloads in 2017. She was a guest advisor on “Project Runway,” and has appeared on THE TALK, “Huffington Post Live,” “Weekend Express” and “Dr. Drew.” Also, she has been a guest moderator for various panels for Vanity Fair and a judge for the 2016 Miss USA pageant. Knight is a budding fashionista with best-dressed mentions in Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Just Jared, Us Weekly, The Daily Mail, People’s Stylewatch and The New York Times.

Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss (“The Tony Awards”) are executive producers for THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS. Weiss will also direct.

 

THIRD INSTALLMENT OF SYFY’S HORROR ANTHOLOGY SERIES ‘CHANNEL ZERO’ REVEALS NEXT TITLE

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

‘Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block’ Set to Air Early 2018

‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Finale Airs Tonight at 10/9c on SYFY

[Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block Teaser]

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA– October 25, 2017 – SYFY and Universal Cable Productions (UCP) today announced the third installment of CHANNEL ZERO will be titled BUTCHER’S BLOCK and will air in early 2018. Creator, Nick Antosca will return as executive producer, showrunner and writer for the third installment alongside executive producer Max Landis with UCP as the studio. Arkasha Stevenson will direct. The second installment of the series, CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE, will finale on SYFY tonight, Wednesday, October 25th at 10/9c.

Inspired by Kerry Hammond’s “Search and Rescue Woods” Creepypasta tale, CHANNEL ZERO: BUTCHER’S BLOCK tells the story of a young woman named Alice (Olivia Luccardi, “It Follows”) who moves to a new city and learns about a series of disappearances that may be connected to a baffling rumor about mysterious staircases in the city’s worst neighborhoods. With help from her sister, they discover that something is preying on the city’s residents.

Cast includes:

Olivia Luccardi (“It Follows”) stars as Alice Woods, an idealistic young woman who devotes her life to helping the less fortunate, including her schizophrenic sister. But behind a facade of composure, Alice’s struggles with family, money and her own personal health are threatening to push her over the edge.

Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”) as Zoe Woods, Alice’s older sister – a sharp, tough young woman whose struggles with mental illness have worn her down over the years. She hates that her younger sister has to take care of her and she’d give anything to go back to the way things used to be.

Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner”) as Joseph Peach, a 1950s meatpacking magnate who grew increasingly reclusive and then disappeared after his beloved daughters were murdered.

Brandon Scott (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as Officer Luke Vanczyk, a young but already jaded cop, living in the shadow of his father, the Chief of Police. Luke’s world-weary exterior hides a fierce commitment to justice, and a deep love for his troubled community.

Krisha Fairchild (“Krisha”) as Louise Lispector, a retired journalist who has lived in Garrett, Michigan her whole life. Now she spends her days doing taxidermy and working on her personal project: A book about a pattern of disappearances in the city’s worst neighborhood. But when she rents out part of her house to Alice and Zoe Woods, she finds herself in danger from the people behind the disappearances.

To view all episodes of the series’ second installment, CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE, visit SYFY.com or rent on Amazon and Google Play.

 

About SYFY

SYFY is a global, multiplatform media brand that gives science fiction fans of all kinds a universe to call home. Celebrating the genre in all its forms, SYFY super-serves passionate fans with original science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and superhero programming, live event coverage and imaginative digital and social content. The brand is powered by SYFY WIRE (www.syfy.com), the premier portal for breaking genre news, insight and commentary. SYFY is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Universal Cable Productions

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted content for all media platforms. Its robust slate of programming includes: the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama “Mr. Robot,” “Colony,” “Damnation,” “Falling Water,” “Shooter,” “The Sinner,” “Suits” and “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G” for USA Network; “12 Monkeys,” “Channel Zero,” “Happy!,” “Killjoys” and “The Magicians” for SYFY; “The Purge” for USA and SYFY; “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce” and “Imposters” for Bravo; “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” for E!; “The Umbrella Academy” for Netflix; “Impulse” for YouTube Red; and “Difficult People” for Hulu; and “HarmonQuest” for VRV. UCP’s content library also features critic and fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning “Monk” as well as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Psych.” Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.

 

MULTIPLATINUM POP SUPERSTAR SELENA GOMEZ TO PERFORM AT THE ‘2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS®’

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

GOMEZ TO PERFORM WORLD TV PREMIERE OF BRAND-NEW SINGLE ‘WOLVES’

WORLD’S LARGEST FAN-VOTED AWARDS SHOW TO
CELEBRATE 45 YEARS OF GIVING FANS THE VERY BEST IN MUSIC

The Live Broadcast Will Air
Sunday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC

dick clark productions and ABC announced today that multiplatinum singer and actress, Selena Gomez, will perform her brand-new single at the “2017 American Music Awards.” The influential and inspiring pop superstar, who continues to redefine her role as an artist, is a fan favorite at the American Music Awards, having taken home the award for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock in 2016, as well as providing show-stopping performances of her powerful track “Same Old Love” in 2015 and her passionate song “The Heart Wants What It Wants” in 2014. A truly gifted singer, Gomez makes her return to the AMA stage with the world television premiere of her brand-new single “Wolves.” The “2017 American Music Awards,” the world’s largest fan-voted awards show where music enthusiasts watch their favorite artists and pop culture icons come together to honor idols, newcomers and record-breakers in the contemporary music scene, will celebrate 45 years of music live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

Selena Gomez made her mark in entertainment by conquering film, music and television at an early age. On the big screen, she began making the transition from young actress to adulthood with such films as the much-talked-about Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim while Gomez’s performance was singled out as a “breakout.” She appeared in the Academy Award®-nominated film “The Big Short” opposite Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, as well as “Fundamentals of Caring” alongside Paul Rudd. The latter film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Gomez was named by Vulture.com as one of “The 20 Best Performances of Sundance 2016.” Other credits include “Rudderless,” “Neighbors 2” and the James Franco-directed “Indubious Battle.” She is currently filming the untitled Woody Allen feature opposite Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Jude Law.

As a recording artist, Selena has sold over 50 million tracks worldwide. She recently released two new singles “Bad Liar” and “Fetish,” which garnered enthusiastic reviews. Entertainment Weekly wrote Gomez is making “the most unexpected pop music of the year,” while Rolling Stoneproclaimed the first single as “smart and streamlined.” In 2015, Gomez released her critically acclaimed album, “Revival.” The first three singles off the album “Good For You,” “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself” went to No. 1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart. Gomez joins an elite group and becomes only the sixth female artist to have at least three songs from one album reach the No. 1 position since the chart launched in 1992. Gomez has added executive producer to her impressive list of credits serving as an executive producer of the hit Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.”

Giving back has always been an important element in her life. She was named the youngest Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF at 18 years old and has worked tirelessly to support the organization ever since. Gomez has traveled to Ghana, Chile and Nepal as an advocate for some of the world’s most vulnerable children with UNICEF. Selena was honored for her continued support at Variety’s first-ever Unite4: Humanity event with the Young Humanitarian Award alongside Bill Clinton. She has hosted “We Day” in Vancouver, Chicago and Los Angeles for We The Children, an organization that empowers young people to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change by being active local and global citizens.

It was previously announced that music legend, Diana Ross, will take the stage at the “2017 American Music Awards” for a rare performance, where she will also be honored with the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement” in recognition of her remarkable career and her outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.

Nominations for the “2017 American Music Awards” were announced earlier this month. Bruno Mars leads with eight nominations, including Artist of the Year, Video of the Year and Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock. The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tied with five nominations each; while Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi received four nominations each. Additionally, Keith Urban earned three nominations, and Rihanna and Halsey earned two nominations each.

The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting is open in all categories except New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, which will both open on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
The Artist of the Year nominees are Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran. Voting for Artist of the Year will close on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8:59:59 p.m. PST. Voting for all other editorial categories closes on Monday, Nov. 13, at 8:59:59 a.m. PST.

For New Artist of the Year presented by T-Mobile and Collaboration of the Year presented by Xfinity, fans can vote for each award 100 times per day, per voting platform in one or both of the ways below. Fans can vote for all other awards once per day, per voting platform.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The eligibility period for the “2017 American Music Awards” was Sept. 9, 2016, to Sept. 14, 2017.

Sponsors for the “2017 American Music Awards” include Comcast’s Xfinity and T-Mobile. Media partners include Cumulus Media/ Westwood One and Music Choice.

The “2017 American Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are executive producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are producers.

For the latest American Music Awards news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the AMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #AMAs.

 

 

“THE ORVILLE” PREMIERE MARKS FOX’S MOST-WATCHED AND HIGHEST-RATED SERIES LAUNCH SINCE 2015

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

New Space Adventure Series from Seth MacFarlane Draws 14.5 Million Viewers

in Live + 35 Day Performance, +71% from Live + Same Day, and

3.9/13 L35 Rating among Adults 18-49, Gaining +44% vs. L+SD

 

THE ORVILLE Becomes Fifth FOX Series from Seth MacFarlane

to Debut to More than 10 Million Viewers

The Sunday, Sept. 10, premiere of THE ORVILLE, FOX’s new space adventure series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, delivered a Live + 35 Day multi-platform audience of 14.5 million viewers, marking a +71% lift from Live + Same Day, and a 3.9/13 L35 rating among Adults 18-49, gaining +44% vs. L+SD (2.7/9), according to Nielsen. The program’s debut marks the network’s most-watched and highest-rated debut since the 2015 launch of EMPIRE*.

 

THE ORVILLE’s 35-day non-linear audience of 2.6 million viewers also is the network’s largest average audience for a FOX fall drama debut since EMPIRE’s premiere. Moreover, THE ORVILLE is broadcast’s highest-rated scripted series premiere in nearly a year (since 9/21/16, Designated Survivor, 4.8/17 L35*).

 

THE ORVILLE is FOX’s fifth show from Seth MacFarlane to surpass 10 million total viewers in its premiere, along with “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (11.1 million 35-day total P2+, 3/9/14), “The Cleveland Show” (10.2 million L7 P2+, 9/27/09), “American Dad” (15.2 million P2+, 2/6/05) and FAMILY GUY (22.0 million P2+, 1/31/99).

 

In the next all-new episode of THE ORVILLE, “Majority Rule,” airing Thursday, Oct. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET) on FOX, two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st century Earth, so Ed (MacFarlane) sends a team led by Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) to find them. However, the mission quickly goes awry when they realize the society’s government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment.

 

THE ORVILLE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga (“Terra Nova”), David A. Goodman (FAMILY GUY), Jason Clark (“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” “Ted”) and Liz Heldens (“Mercy,” “Deception”) serve as executive producers on the series. Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”) directed the series premiere episode. “Like” THE ORVILLE on Facebook at facebook.com/TheOrville/. Follow the series on Twitter @TheOrville and join the discussion using #TheOrville. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @TheOrville.

 

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