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life in plastic: LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040) Review

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040)” is a fantastic, inexpensive set for under $12, especially if you can get it for under $8, that’s a steal!


LEGO SET: LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush

ITEM #: 70040

PIECES: 90

PRICE: $11.99

AGES: 5-12


From the LEGO website:

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Repel the Dragon soldier Forest Ambush!

Help the brave knights to repel the Forest Ambush! Take the chest of gold and treasure safely back to the castle on the armored cart. When the path through the forest is suddenly blocked by a fallen tree, fend off the Dragon soldier ambush! Draw your weapons, fend off the flick-missile attack and return the gold safely to the castle! Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: 2 King’s Knights and 2 Dragon soldiers.

• Includes 4 minifigures with weapons and accessories: 2 King’s Knights and 2 Dragon soldiers
• Features armored cart and a forest base
• Armored cart features turning wheels, flags and treasure chest with gold and treasure
• Forest base features flick missile and falling tree function
• Weapons include spear, crossbow, axe, sword and a spiked mace
• Accessories include 2 shields and a dog
• Chop down the tree and stage an ambush
• Fire the flick missile
• Protect the treasure
• Armored cart measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 2″ (6cm) long, and 1″ (4cm) wide
• Forest base measures over 3″ (8cm) high, 2″ (7cm) wide, and 1″ (5cm) deep


THE REVIEW:

While many AFOL’s have grown up with LEGO KINGDOM and past incarnations of the popular LEGO medieval toys, I found myself wanting to give “LEGO CASTLE” a try!

While I have said I wanted to strictly focus on LEGO CITY, somehow my priorities have went astray during Black Friday and found myself purchasing the “LEGO CASTLE – FOREST AMBUSH” set.

But before we begin, let’s take a look at the LEGO minifigures included with this set.

Included are two King’s Knights (Silver and blue) and two Dragon soldiers (black and red) including a dog.

I love the various helmets as they are quite detailed all over.  There is also plenty of weapons that come with the minifigures, as the Knights have a spear and sword, while the Dragon soldiers have a mace and axe.

Each figure has printing on both sides and is very detailed, while the Dragon soldiers also have two types of facial express (front and back).  It would have been nice to see the Knight’s also have double printing on the heads but I’m quite content with their confident look.

As for the dog, it’s your usual tame brown LEGO dog.

The Knights have a wagon which dons their blue and gold flag, the King’s shield, while a chest is full of gold, goblets and other cool things that the Dragon soldiers definitely want in their possession.  While one is to guard, the other must pull, while the dog walks alongside with them.

It would have been nice to have one more Kings Knight as one can pull and you have two defenders.  Otherwise, one Knight pulling and only one armed, really…that’s one easy target.  Unless, their dog is trained at going after Dragon soldiers.

Meanwhile, the Dragon soldiers have all this weaponry including flick missles aimed at the King’s Knights.  As they hide behind a makeshift plant, with a swing with the axe, the cart is blocked and the Dragon soldiers have a clear shot to overtake the Kings Knights in battle.

So, they think?

As quick as the tree is cut down by a Dragon soldier, lil’ Kujo (which I somehow named the dog that way), goes after the soldier, giving one Knight the opportunity to fight and take the Dragon soldier down, while the dog sees its pray…but who will emerge victorious?

The Kings Knights + dog or the Dragon soldiers?


Suffice to say, despite the small size of this set, for the $8.00 I paid for it, with four minifigures, a dog and extra accessories plus extra parks, you are getting your money’s worth!  I really like the design of the minifigures, so much it entices me to purchase more of the LEGO CASTLE sets.

I like the outfits, the weaponry but also the imaginative accessories such as the chest/cart and the Dragon soldiers forest hideout.  I like how the tree falls down but also the hidden weaponry around the trees, while you get a lot of things to put inside the chest and extra parts that make this set worthwhile.

Overall, “LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040)” is a fantastic, inexpensive set for under $12, especially if you can get it for under $8, that’s a steal!

RATING: ***** (5 stars out of 5)

 

J!-ENT LEGO TOY REVIEWS

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The following is a list of all the LEGO reviews that were featured on J!-ENT thus far.

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J!-ENT LEGO REVIEWS (Listing are alphabetical order):

Note: Reviews are from 1993-Present (NOTE: Due to the amount of reviews we have done over the years, not all are included in this listing yet. We are periodically updating this section with our past reviews. Also, please note that some of these reviews are very old and are in a different format to our current review style.)

- LEGO – DC Universe Super Heroes – Superman: Metropolis Showdown (76002)

- LEGO – Decorating the Tree (40058)

- LEGO – LEGOLAND (40115)

- LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES – Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown (76008)

- LEGO – Minifigure Beach Accessory Pack (850449)

- LEGO – Target Four Minifigures set (5004076)

- LEGO CASTLE – Forest Ambush (70040)

- LEGO CITY – Arctic Helicrane (60034)

- LEGO CITY – Arctic Snowmobile (60032)

- LEGO CITY – Fire Motorcycle (60000)

- LEGO CITY – Grand Prix Truck (60025)

- LEGO CITY – Race Car (60053)

- LEGO CITY – Snowplow Truck (60083)

- LEGO CITY – Tanker Truck (60016)

- LEGO CITY – Train Station (60050)

- LEGO CREATOR – Family House (31012)

- LEGO CREATOR – Limited Edition 2014 (40107)

- LEGO GALAXY SQUAD – Space Swarmer (70700)

- LEGO Legends of Chima – Frax’ Phoenix Flyer (30264)

- LEGO Legends of Chima – Gorzan’s Walker (30262)

- LEGO – Legends of Chima: Sykor’s Ice Cruiser (30266)

- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Rocket Racoon (Toys R Us Exclusive)

- LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu – Kai’s Fire Mech (70500)

- LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu – Ninja Glider (30080)

- LEGO STAR WARS – Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack (9488)

- LEGO STAR WARS: MICROFIGHTERS – TIE Interceptor (75031)

- LEGO STAR WARS – Senate Commando Troopers (75088)

- LEGO SYSTEM – RAFT (2537)

- LEGO TECHNIC Mini Off-Roader (42001) 

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Raro Video (a J!-ENT Listing of All Raro Video Blu-ray and DVD Reviews)

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Raro Video U.S is a publishing project devoted to producing high-quality DVD, BLU-RAY and VOD releases for American audiences. Stefano and Gianluca Curti started RaroVideo Italy in 1999. Hailed by cinephiles for expertly restoring rare films by influential filmmakers from a wide range of genres, the company has earned an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its high-definition transfers. Its releases are also known for their original uncut versions and exclusive supplemental content as well as the critical analysis and superb booklets that accompany each film.

The following is a list of all the Raro Video Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.

Note: Reviews are from 2012-Present

- Adua e le compagne (Adua and her Friends)

- Gruppo Di Famiglia In Un Interno (Conversation Piece)

- Hanging for Django

- I vinti (The Vanquished)

- L’Amore in Citta (Love in the City)

- L’Automobile (The Automobile)

La Visita (The Visitor)

Liberi armati pericolosi (Young, Violent, Dangerous)

Uomini Contro (Many Wars Ago)

 

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL ANIME EPISODES ON NEON ALLEY

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Thrilling Conclusion Of The Dark Kingdom Story Arc And The Launch Of The Black Moon Arc In Brand New Episodes Available For FREE On Neon Alley!

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VIZ Media delivers exciting news to anime fans and followers of the SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL anime series as it begins 2015 with the final episode (subtitled) of the Dark Kingdom story arc. Beginning on January 3rd on the Neon Alley streaming platform, the Sailor Guardians head into their epic showdown with Queen Beryl in Act. 13: REINCARNATION.

The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL thrills continue with the premiere of the new Black Moon story arc on January 17th with Act. 14: CONCLUSION AND COMMENCEMENT – PETITE ÉTRANGERE. Catch new Black Moon episodes into next month with the simulcast premiere of Act. 15: INFILTRATION – SAILOR MARS on February 7th. The Black Moon arc follows the Sailor Guardians as they are reawakened with stronger powers as an enemy force comes from the past to destroy Usagi and her friends’ future. New Sailor Guardians also appear to help Sailor Moon face her toughest foe yet.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL reboots the beloved shojo fantasy action property and VIZ Media debuts new subtitled episodes simultaneously in North America at the same time as their online streaming premiere in Japan.

Brand new episodes launch in the U.S. and Japan the first and third Saturday of each month. SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL is available in the U.S. on NeonAlley.com, VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content. Episodes also are available to stream on Hulu. For more information, please visit http://www.viz.com/anime/streaming/sailor-moon-crystal and Hulu.com/sailor-moon-crystal.

Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga (graphic novel) series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL (rated ‘TV-PG’), retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

The original smash hit SAILOR MOON anime series was inspired by the bestselling manga series created by Naoko Takeuchi (published in North America by Kodansha). In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kindhearted teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation!

Additional information on Neon Alley is available at: www.NeonAlley.com.

For more information on SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL, or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

 

ABC ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW REALITY SERIES “REPEAT AFTER ME”

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ABC ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW REALITY SERIES “REPEAT AFTER ME,”

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“Repeat After Me” Will Debut Tuesday, February 17, at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT

on the ABC Television Network

ABC announced the premiere date today for the new half-hour reality series “Repeat After Me,” hosted by “The Goldbergs” star Wendi McLendon-Covey and inspired by a highly successful signature segment from the Emmy®-winning daytime talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “Repeat After Me” will premiere TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.

 

In “Repeat After Me,” McLendon-Covey will instruct her celebrity friends, via a remote ear piece, to interact with everyday people in high-energy, comedic hidden-camera situations.  At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be crowned in front of a live studio audience.  The pilot episode stars Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr.

 

“Repeat After Me” is from A Very Good Production in association with Warner Horizon Television. The executive producers of “Repeat After Me” are Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jason Goldberg, James Breen and Jeff Kleeman. (DeGeneres, Connelly, Glavin and Lassner are executive producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and Leman is co-executive producer.)

 

First look clip available for download – https://www.RelayIt.net/?c=FN4nz2djHf5xFqMKr459tcdJrMsjhJ9SCm7G

 

About A Very Good Production

A Very Good Production (AVGP) is the Emmy®-winning television and film production company of producer/writer/actor/host Ellen DeGeneres. Based at Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) with an exclusive multiyear deal, AVGP produces the nationally syndicated daytime talk program The Ellen DeGeneres Show and develops television projects for all divisions of WBTVG, including scripted and unscripted primetime series for network and cable, as well as additional syndicated fare. AVGP’s current slate of projects includes the new scripted comedy One Big Happy, for NBC; Repeat After Me, a new unscripted series for ABC; Ellen’s Design Challenge, a new unscripted design competition program for HGTV; and Hello Goodbye, an upcoming unscripted series for the Travel Channel highlighting heart-warming — and sometimes heart-wrenching — stories of love, sorrow, family and friendship from travelers of all cultures and walks of life. AVGP’s film projects include Sing You Home, based on the Jodi Picoult novel, and an untitled feature starring DeGeneres and Rebel Wilson. Jeff Kleeman serves as President of A Very Good Production.

 

About Warner Horizon Television

Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. A division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, WHTV was founded in 2006. WHTV’s current scripted programs are Rizzoli & Isles for TNT; Ground Floor and the forthcoming Buzzy’s for TBS; Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family; and Longmire for Netflix. Its unscripted series are The Voice for NBC and The Bachelor franchise — which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise — as well as the upcoming 500 Questions for ABC.

 

ABC ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF “DANCING WITH THE STARS” AND THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF “AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS”

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ABC today announced the premiere dates for the 10 year anniversary edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), and a special 25th anniversary episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET).

“DANCING WITH THE STARS” (Monday, March 16, 8:00-10:01 p.m., ET)

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its 20th season with an all-new celebrity cast– to be announced at a later date — who will brave the dance floor for the first time. Each week, these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

 

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning  Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews, “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.

 

“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers.

 

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

(Sunday, February 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m., ET)

In honor of “America’s Funniest Home Videos’” 25th anniversary, ABC will celebrate the milestone with a special event, “AFV’s 25th Anniversary Celebrity Celebration.” Celebrity guests from ABC’s hit comedies, including Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross from “black-ish” and Cristela Alonzo from “Cristela,” will join AFV host Tom Bergeron to watch the best clips from the past 25 years. Viewers will not want to miss this special event as Anthony, Tracee and Cristela help pare down the funniest videos in AFV history. The live studio audience will then vote on their favorite clips to determine the winning video. The submitter of the winning video will receive a Caribbean Disney Cruise Line vacation for four. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Tom Bergeron, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in the history of ABC. Vin Di Bona is Executive Producer, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway also serving as executive producers.

 

 

CBS DAYTIME CELEBRATES 7,000 EPISODES OF “THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL” ON FRIDAY, JAN. 23

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LOS ANGELES – CBS, the top-rated network in Daytime, will celebrate the 7000th episode of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL on Friday, Jan. 23 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT). This special milestone episode will break format and feature a retrospective documentary that showcases the most iconic moments and the history of the show’s creation, commentary from the cast, fashion throughout the decades, unforgettable guest stars, original screen test footage and more.

“7,000 episodes of television is an incredible achievement, and one we are tremendously proud of,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment.  “This milestone is a testament to the impact of Bill and Lee Bell on the genre, the passion and creativity of Brad Bell, his staff and crew and the unwavering support of our loyal fans.”

“THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – 7,000 continuous episodes of television and going strong!  What a milestone.  Much gratitude to our incredibly loyal fans around the world and to Angelica McDaniel and CBS for allowing us our freedom of expression for over 27 years,” said Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley P. Bell.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will celebrate the 7,000th with a live Twitter chat  including cast members @KatherineKellyL, @abpearce, @BBheathertom, @seankanan, @Jacob_W_Young, @karlamosley, @RenaSofer, @THEEdarinbrooks, @AshleighBrewer1 and others on Friday, Jan. 23 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET) during the East Coast broadcast of the special episode.

In addition, CBS Television City will dedicate Studio 31 to THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL executive producer and head writer Bradley P. Bell today, Wednesday, Jan. 14. The eight-time Daytime Emmy Award® winner of the most watched daily dramatic serial in the world has been with the show since it was co-created by his parents, William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell in 1987.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL premiered on March 23, 1987 and is now in its 27th season on the CBS Television Network. The show will celebrate its 28th anniversary on March 23, 2015. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a three time Emmy Award-winning daytime drama set in Los Angeles that tells the compelling story of high fashion glamour, honor, romance, passion, and most importantly, family.

 

CHEAT TWEET: .@CBSDaytime celebrates #Bold7000 episodes of #BoldandBeautiful on January 23 http://bit.ly/14WCkUh

 

About CBS Daytime

CBS Daytime has been #1 in the daypart for 28 consecutive years, featuring a balance of dramas, game shows and talk. The Network’s daytime lineup includes network television’s #1-rated daytime program and longest-running game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the #1 daytime drama THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime talk show THE TALK as well as THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

 

About THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

In 2014, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received its ninth consecutive Golden Nymph Award at the International TV Audience Awards in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.  In 2011, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received its third consecutive Emmy® award for “Outstanding Daytime Drama Series”.  In 2010, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was named the Most Popular Daytime Soap Currently on TV by Guinness World Records®. The Bold and the Beautiful, which will celebrate its 28th anniversary on March 23, 2015, is produced by Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., and is broadcast weekdays (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bradley P. Bell is the Executive Producer and Head Writer. The Bold and the Beautiful is the first and only daytime drama to simulcast in Spanish utilizing SAP (Secondary Audio Program) technology.

 

WONG KAR WAI TO PRODUCE ALIBABA PICTURES GROUP’S DEBUT FILM BAI DU REN

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Urban romantic comedy will star Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and

written and directed by best-selling author Zhang Jiajia

Hong Kong, SAR –January 14, 2015— Acclaimed international filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will produce Alibaba Pictures Group’s debut feature film BAI DU REN. The urban romantic comedy will star frequent Wong collaborator Tony Leung Chiu Wai (The Grandmaster, In the Mood For Love) and be written and directed by best-selling author Zhang Jiajia as an adaptation of his own short story. The film, which marks the directorial debut of Zhang, is part of a long term investment deal between Wong’s Jet Tone Films and Alibaba to expand its film division.

Bai Du Ren was originally a short story featured in Zhang’s anthology collection I Belonged to You, which was China’s best-selling book in 2014.

“The partnership with Alibaba Pictures will be an exciting new experience for Jet Tone and me,” stated Wong. “Bai Du Ren will be a unique combination of literature, film and technology that will introduce global audiences to one of China’s best young talents.”

Wong Kar Wai is an award-winning writer/director whose unique narrative and visual styles have inspired a generation of filmmakers. His most recent film, the martial arts epic The Grandmaster was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design at the 86th Academy Awards. Wong’s other works include the critically-acclaimed dramas In the Mood for Love, Happy Together and 2046. Wong is currently serving as Exhibition Artistic Director for China: Through the Looking Glass, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2015 Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum, which will highlight Chinese imagery in art, film, and fashion

Tony Leung Chiu Wai is one of the most celebrated Chinese actors of his generation. In addition to winning the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love, he has also a seven-time Hong Kong Film Award winner and a three-time Golden Horse Film Award winner. He has worked with many leading international filmmakers including Wong Kar Wai (with whom Leung has collaborated with on seven films), Ang Lee and John Woo.

Born in Nantong, Jiangsu Provence, Zhang Jiajia is currently China’s best-selling author whose works include “I Belonged To You” and “Mercy: Let Me Always Be With You”. He also wrote the screenplay for the martial arts comedy The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, which earned him a nomination for Best Screenwriter at the 2011 Golden Horse Awards.

Alibaba Pictures Group is the film production division of Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company that provides technology and services to consumers and businesses. Alibaba Pictures will leverage the Alibaba Group’s cloud computing and big data technologies to tap customer demand and create a comprehensive ecosystem for its film and television production and marketing businesses.

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About Jet Tone Films

Founded in 1990 by acclaimed international filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, Jet Tone Films is a one of the leading production companies in Asia. With offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan, the company has produced some of the most critically acclaimed Chinese-language films to emerge in world cinema, including In the Mood for Love (2000) and Touch of The Light (2012). In addition to films, Jet Tone has also produced award-winning commercials for numerous global brands.

 

‘THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON’ LISTINGS: JANUARY 12 – 19, 2015

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Monday, January 12: Guests include Charlie Day, Jeff Musial and musical guest Darius Rucker. Show 192

Tuesday, January 13: Guests include Chris Hemsworth, Sienna Miller and musical guest Joey Bada$$ with The Roots. Show 193

Wednesday, January 14: Guests include Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad and musical guest Panda Bear. Show 194

Thursday, January 15: Guests include Kevin Hart, Jay Baruchel and musical guest Meghan Trainor with The Roots. Show 195

Friday, January 16: Guests include Brian Williams, Victoria Justice and Joshua Topolsky. Show 196

**Monday, January 19: Guests include Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Mackie and Iliza Shlesinger. Show 197

These listings are subject to change.

**denotes changes or additions

 

CBS RENEWS HIT FRESHMAN DRAMAS “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS,” “MADAM SECRETARY” AND “SCORPION” FOR THE 2015-2016 BROADCAST SEASON

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The Dramas, All Produced by CBS Television Studios, Represent the #1, #2 and #3
Most-Watched New Programs This Season and Rank Among Network Television’s Top 10 Series

“NCIS: New Orleans” Is the Season’s #1 New Series and Broadcast Television’s #2 Drama

“Madam Secretary” Is the #2 New Series of the Season

“Scorpion” Is the #3 New Series of the Season

CBS announced today that the hit freshman dramas NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, MADAM SECRETARY and SCORPION have been renewed for the 2015-2016 broadcast season. The series represent the #1, #2 and #3 most-watched new programs on broadcast television this season: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is the season’s #1 new series and broadcast television’s #2 drama (behind #1 NCIS), MADAM SECRETARY is the #2 new series of the season, and SCORPION is #3. All three rank among network television’s top 10 series, and are produced by CBS Television Studios.

“These freshman dramas have each made a big impact on key nights of the week,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “Creatively distinctive, the series are backed by strong showrunners with amazingly talented casts, and have resonated with a big, broad audience.”

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is the season’s most-watched new series and broadcast television’s #2 drama (“NCIS” is #1), averaging 18.1 million viewers. The series stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich and CCH Pounder. Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Jeffrey Lieber and James Hayman are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

MADAM SECRETARY is the #2 new series of the season, averaging 14.9 million viewers and ranking as Sunday’s most-watched scripted broadcast. It has improved the year-ago time period by +49% in viewers. Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Željko Ivanek, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Geoffrey Arend, Kathrine Herzer, Evan Roe and Wallis Currie-Wood star. Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and David Semel are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with Revelations Entertainment.

SCORPION is the #3-ranked new series of the season, averaging 14.5 million viewers.  It has been key to CBS’s Monday improvement, boosting the year-ago time period by +61% in viewers, +21% in adults 18-49 and +31% in adults 25-54. In addition, it is one of the top-streamed shows on cbs.com.  Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong and Ari Stidham star. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Justin Lin, Heather Kadin, Scooter Braun and Walter O’Brien are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

Season-to-date, CBS remains America’s most-watched network, averaging 11.53 million viewers.

 

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