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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

December 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“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 (8:00-9:01 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.

 

WWE® STUDIOS AND SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS TO PARTNER ON THE MARINE 6: CLOSE QUARTERS

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Starring WWE Superstars The Miz® and Becky Lynch™, and
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®


Burbank, Calif. (November 22, 2017) – WWE Studios and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) today announced that the two studios will partner again to release the upcoming action film The Marine 6: Close Quarters, directed by James Nunn (The Marine 5: Battleground, Eliminators). The film will feature WWE Superstars The Miz and Becky Lynch, and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and is set to begin production on Monday, November 27 in London.
When Jake Carter (The Miz) and fellow Marine Luke Trapper (Shawn Michaels) stumble upon a kidnapped girl being held prisoner by a dangerous gang of international criminals, they find themselves in the crosshairs as they try to save the girl and bring her kidnappers to justice.

The Marine series continues to deliver action-packed entertainment to our fans, and we are excited to partner again with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and director James Nunn to bring The Marine 6: Close Quarters to a global audience” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “The motion picture debut of the talented Becky Lynch and the addition of Shawn Michaels to the series, alongside The Miz, is sure to bring the excitement and action to the next level.”

The film is written by Craig Walendziak.

ABOUT WWE STUDIOS
WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premier global entertainment companies. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.

Upcoming films from WWE Studios include Fighting With My Family, written and directed by Stephen Merchant and featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock®’ Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Lena Headey and Nick Frost, and The Buddy Games, co-written and directed by Josh Duhamel who also stars alongside Dax Shepard, Kevin Dillon, Olivia Munn, Nick Swardson, Dan Bakkedahl, James Roday and WWE Superstar Sheamus®.

Films from WWE Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Birth of The Dragon acquired at the Toronto Film Festival, the Sundance film Sleight starring Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and Seychelle Gabriel, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, Armed Response starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins®, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®; and animated films, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon, The Flintstones Stone Age Smackdown and The Jetsons & WWE:  Robo-WrestleMania.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics.  For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com.

 

FOX ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR “LA TO VEGAS” AND “THE RESIDENT”

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW COMEDY “LA TO VEGAS,”

STARRING DYLAN McDERMOTT,

PREMIERES TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, ON FOX

 

NEW MEDICAL DRAMA “THE RESIDENT” PREMIERES

FOLLOWING NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, SUNDAY, JANUARY 21;

AND MAKES TIME PERIOD PREMIERE MONDAY, JANUARY 22

FOX is announcing premiere dates for new series LA TO VEGAS (Jan. 2) and THE RESIDENT (Jan. 21, following NFC Championship Game, and Jan. 22, in its time period premiere).

 

New comedy LA TO VEGAS will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. From executive producers Will Ferrell (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Elf”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), Lon Zimmet (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Chris Henchy (“Entourage,” “The Other Guys”), Owen Burke (“Drunk History”) and executive producer/director Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”), LA TO VEGAS is a workplace comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take a no-frills roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner. The series stars Kim Matula (“UnREAL”), Ed Weeks (“The Mindy Project”), Nathan Lee Graham (“The Comeback,” “Hitch”) and Olivia Macklin (“The Young Pope”) with Peter Stormare (“The Big Lebowski”) and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (“The Practice,” “American Horror Story”). Levitan directed the premiere episode. Josh Bycel, Jonathan Fener and Jeff Morton also serve as executive producers. Following LA TO VEGAS, THE MICK will return in its new time period (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

New medical drama THE RESIDENT debuts Sunday, Jan. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and makes its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). THE RESIDENT is a powerful new medical drama focusing on the final years of a young doctor’s training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Starring Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”), Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Moran Atias (“24: Legacy”), Merrin Dungey (“Big Little Lies”) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (“Billions”) with Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI: NY,” “Providence”) and Bruce Greenwood (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Mad Men”), the series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (“Rosewood”), Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal”), Rob Corn (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Antoine Fuqua (“Southpaw,” “Training Day”), David Boorstein (“Level 26: Dark Revelations”), Oly Obst (THE MICK, GHOSTED) and Phillip Noyce (“Patriot Games,” “The Bone Collector”), who also directed the pilot.

 

As previously announced, the all-new, 10-episode second installment of THE X-FILES event series will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of new provocative drama 9-1-1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). New music competition series THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM will premiere Thursday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

 

EMPIRE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and STAR (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) have their fall finales Dec. 13. GOTHAM (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) airs its fall finale on Dec. 7, followed by the season finale of THE ORVILLE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). BROOKLYN NINE-NINE airs its winter finale on Dec. 12, with two all-new back-to-back episodes (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). THE EXORCIST (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) has its season finale on Dec. 15. THE GIFTED (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) airs its season finale Jan. 15.

 

Additional premiere dates and schedule details to be announced.

 

 

FOX WINTER 2018 RECAP

(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)

 

Monday, Jan. 1:

8:00-9:00 PM                                      LUCIFER

9:00-10:00 PM                                    THE GIFTED

 

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 2:

8:00-9:00 PM                                      LETHAL WEAPON

9:00-9:30 PM                                      LA TO VEGAS (Series Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                                    THE MICK (Time Period Premiere)

 

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 3:

8:00-9:00 PM                                      THE X-FILES (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM                                    9-1-1 (Series Premiere)

 

Thursdays, beginning Jan. 4:

8:00-10:00 PM                                    THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM (Series Premiere)

 

Fridays, beginning Jan. 5:

8:00-9:00 PM                                      HELL’S KITCHEN

9:00-10:00 PM                                    FOX encores

 

Sunday, Jan. 7:

7:30-8:00 PM                                      BOB’S BURGERS

8:00-8:30 PM                                      THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM                                      GHOSTED

9:00-9:30 PM                                      FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM                                    THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

 

Monday, Jan. 15:

8:00-10:00 PM                                    THE GIFTED (Two-Hour Season Finale)

 

Sunday, Jan. 21:

6:00 PM ET-CC                                  NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

10:00-11:00 PM ET                            THE RESIDENT (Special Premiere)

 

Mondays, beginning Jan. 22:

8:00-9:00 PM                                      LUCIFER

9:00-10:00 PM                                    THE RESIDENT (Time Period Premiere)

 

 

“THE LATE SHOW” DELIVERS MORE THAN THREE MILLION VIEWERS FOR THE FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Up +13% in Viewers from a Year Ago While Matching Season Best Adults 18-49

and Adults 25-54 Ratings

THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT placed first in late night, posting year-to-year growth in viewers while matching season highs in adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Nov. 17.

THE LATE SHOW averaged 3.09m viewers, up +13% (from 2.73m) over the same week last year. This is the fifth time this season the show has averaged more than three million viewers. Among key demographics, THE LATE SHOW delivered 0.7 in adults 25-54 and 0.5 in adults 18-49, matching season bests. Season-to-date, most current, THE LATE SHOW is up +21% in viewers (3.54m from 2.91m) compared to last season.

 

JORDAN FISHER AND LINDSAY ARNOLD ARE ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ SEASON 25 CHAMPIONS!

November 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

#TeamFishUponAStar Wins The Coveted Mirrorball Trophy
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas (#TeamStark) Placed Second
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson (#TeamFranneyPack) Placed Third
The Finale Also Included Special Musical Performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Nick Lachey, Jordan Fisher and Debbie Gibson, and Lindsey Stirling & Becky G
In the two-hour season finale of “Dancing with the Stars” on TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), it was a Christmas spectacular as the three finalists advanced to the final stage of the competition. There was live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the ballroom, and each couple performed two dances. The first was a repeat performance of their favorite dance from earlier in the season, while the second routine was part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which each couple fused two contrasting dance styles with less than 24 hours to prepare.
The night kicked off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. Multiplatinum artist Nick Lachey performed a new, never-before-heard ballad, “Someone to Dance With,” a special track he recorded that was inspired by his journey on “Dancing with the Stars” this season. The song is currently available on streaming services everywhere. Additionally, the night also included numerous special performances: Kelsea Ballerini sang “Legends,” from her latest album; Lindsey Stirling featuring Becky G performed “Christmas C’Mon,” from Lindsey’s new holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter”; and Jordan Fisher sang a joyful medley with Debbie Gibson, “Sleigh Ride”/”What Christmas Means to Me.”
There was also a special performance from the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night tour, hitting the road this winter, as well as a number inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios new “Frozen” short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”
The judges’ points and viewer votes from November 20 were combined along with the night’s judges’ points and online-only viewer votes from the repeat dances and “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold were named Season 25 champions and presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
Hosted by two-time Emmy®-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge Len Goodman and dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

 

CELEBRATION OF ’25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’ CONTINUES WITH THE SEASON FIVE PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT,’ MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, WITH TWO BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES

November 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In celebration of “25 Days of Christmas,” “The Great Christmas Light Fight” premieres MONDAY, DEC. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the immensely popular series is back for its fifth season on Monday nights in December with returning celebrity judges Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak.

The first two episodes of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” feature families from all around America who have decorated their homes to the extreme for Christmas in the hopes that they will win the ultimate prize – $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.
 “Episode 502” (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) – Season five kicks off as four families showcase their incredible Christmas displays, including the Waters family’s high-tech, entirely wireless light show in DeSoto, Texas; the Tomasello family’s life-sized, interactive gingerbread house complete with their driveway ice-skating rink in Ronkonkoma, New York; the Heindel family’s magical home featuring fun figurines to giant lollipops in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Amarante family’s acre and a half property covered in lights, including 78 wrapped trees and a special memory garden for their father in Dayville, Connecticut. Tune in to see which family judge Taniya Nayak awards $50,000 and the coveted Christmas Light trophy to on the season five premiere of ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”
“Episode 503” (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) – The festivities continue in the second episode of the night, featuring the Gaddy family and their drive-through, seven-acre display with a Ferris wheel made from old trampolines, DIY carousel and Cars characters made from old farm equipment in Fayetteville, Georgia; the Bachelor family and their completely blue-lighted display covering both their front and backyards in Cedar Hill, Texas; the Stewart family and their larger-than-life display featuring a 40-foot wall of lights, suspended inflatables and a super-sized toy train ride in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and the Richins family with their concert of lights, including a five-piece band and 30,000 programmed channels in Gilbert, Arizona. Watch as judge Carter Oosterhouse decides who will walk away with $50,000 and the coveted Christmas Light trophy on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

About FremantleMedia North America
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.

 

 

CBS GIVES FULL SEASON ORDER TO “S.W.A.T.” AND PICKS UP THREE ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF “9JKL” FOR THE 2017-2018 BROADCAST SEASON

November 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS has given a full season order to new drama series S.W.A.T. and has picked up three additional episodes of new comedy 9JKL for the 2017-2018 broadcast season.

S.W.A.T. is averaging 10.36 million viewers, 1.9 in adults 18-49 and 2.8 in adults 25-54. Its Thursday, Nov. 2 premiere at 10:00 PM was the best performance in the time period with entertainment programming since Jan. 6, 2016, averaging 10.52 million viewers with live plus 7-day ratings. It also had the time period’s best rating among adults 18-49 since March 3, 2016, averaging 1.9.

The Monday freshman comedy 9JKL is averaging 7.40 million viewers.

S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati and David Lim. Aaron Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow and Pavun Shetty are executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. S.W.A.T. airs Thursdays (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein, David Walton, Elliott Gould, Linda Lavin, Liza Lapira, Matt Murray and Albert Tsai. Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor and Pamela Fryman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. 9JKL airs Mondays (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

*Source: Nielsen most current ratings (9/27/17-11/9/17)

 

STEVE HARVEY TO RING IN 2018 ON “FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY: LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE” SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX

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Emmy® Award-winning personality and talk show host Steve Harvey will host the all-new special FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY: LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE airing Sunday, Dec. 31 (8:00-10:00 PM and 11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live CT/MT/PT tape-delayed), on FOX.

 

 

In his first-ever New Year Eve’s special with FOX, Harvey will bring his signature humor and hosting talents to this highly anticipated celebration taking place in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, featuring views of the Times Square Ball as it drops to ring in 2018. Harvey will be joined by surprise celebrity guests and some of the year’s top music artists to wrap up 2017 and kick off the New Year with a show unlike any other. Performers and co-hosts to be announced.

 

FOX’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH STEVE HARVEY: LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE is executive-produced by IMG. “Like” Steve Harvey at facebook.com/SteveHarvey and follow him on Twitter @IAmSteveHarvey.

 

PANELISTS NAMED ON “THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM,” PREMIERING THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, ON FOX

November 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING MUSICIAN SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS,

RECORD-PRODUCING HITMAKER DJ KHALED,

GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER MEGHAN TRAINOR

AND RECORD LABEL EXECUTIVE CHARLIE WALK

TO JOIN NEW MUSIC COMPETITION SERIES

“THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM,”

PREMIERING THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, ON FOX

 

Grammy® Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean “Diddy” Combs, record-producing hitmaker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk have joined the panel of experts on FOX’s new singing competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. The six-episode event premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

 

“This show is going to disrupt the world of competition television and will revolutionize the format,” said Combs. “It took the right show and network to bring me back in the game. We plan on being the best talent show out there, taking it to that next level and making history again. This series is about pure competition, fighting for your survival. Do you want to win? Do you want to be great? We’re giving fans a genuine look at what it takes to make it to the top and stay there – surrounding these up-and-coming artists with the best, turning them into the next generation of stars.”

 

“I’m proud to announce that I will be participating in one of the most important, if not the most important events on television and pop culture,” said DJ Khaled. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that will showcase the best of the new generation of musical geniuses. When you come from where I come from, you know just how hard it is to turn your dreams into a reality. It’s a long road to the journey of success. I’ve spent my career discovering amazing talent and working with the biggest icons from every corner of the globe and now I’m bringing my one-of-a-kind approach to FOX. I immediately jumped at the opportunity when I realized FOX shared the same vision as me, and that’s to be the best!!! If you think you have what it takes to become the next icon, trust me, DJ Khaled is the one that will let you know. So be prepared for a new era of television. All I know is how to win…more!!! FOX x DJ Khaled…be ready!!!”

 

“When FOX asked me to be a part of this new series, without hesitation, my answer was…YES!,” said Trainor. “I know firsthand what it’s like to be thrown into the music industry head first, as an artist and a songwriter. I also know what it takes to hang on for the ride. I’m so humbled to help discover new talent with this amazing panel of experts.”

 

“What lies at the heart of the music business is ‘talent,’” said Walk. “Discovering and developing talent remains the most important, consistent driver of my home, Republic Records, and now FOX’s THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. I’m thrilled to be joining this incredible panel of my longtime friends, Sean, Khaled and Meghan, to help make the difference on a platform that’s truly committed to identifying and breaking the next generation of superstars. We will guide them, advise them, and be with them every step of the way on their journey, starting on the most transparent stage in television.”

 

“Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan and Charlie are giants in the music space,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “They understand what an artist needs to break through – from killer music and style to innovative marketing and social media. This is a show like no other and we can’t wait to get started.”

 

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM begins where the other shows end: With the best. These four top-notch artists, spanning all music genres, will fight each week to defend their coveted seats on the show, as determined newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner’s team. This elite group of starmakers will guide the winner’s career to help make him or her a breakout star. To audition for THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, please visit thefourmusic.com.

 

As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio “On The Verge” artist. iHeartRadio’s On The Verge program provides artists with unparalleled national reach through on-air radio exposure, as well as digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s powerful range of music and entertainment platforms. FOX also has teamed up with iHeartMedia to support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition.

 

Sean “Diddy” Combs, AKA Puff Daddy, started his career as the director of A&R at Uptown Records, where he was integral in launching the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci. He later started his own label, Bad Boy Records, which has fostered talent that includes Mariah Carey, Method Man, Boyz II Men, Lil’ Kim and more. Combs’ solo music career began in 1997 with his first single, “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, quickly followed by a No. 1 debut album that has gone Platinum seven times. Over the course of his career, he has earned three Grammy Awards and ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year honor. Combs also has become an established actor and executive producer in both film and television. He starred in the 2008 telefilm “A Raisin in the Sun,” for which he won an NAACP Award for Best Actor; he was an executive producer and featured personality on the 2002 unscripted music series “Making the Band 2”; and he executive-produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “Undefeated” and the Academy Award-nominated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Combs continues to apply the same drive and entrepreneurial spirit to his philanthropic work and political activism, most recently leading the response to the water crisis in Flint, MI, by pledging one million bottles of his AQUAhydrate water, along with long-term assistance to the area. He has supported organizations including the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the Boys & Girls Club and others that create opportunities for young people. He also has served on the board of the Hip Hop Action Network and rallied millions of young people to register to vote during the 2008 election, through his Vote or Die project.

 

DJ Khaled is a major force in the music industry. He is a music producer, a 2017 Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and New York Times best-selling author. Known as the “Anthem King” and commonly referred to as the “Quincy Jones of Hip Hop & R&B,” Khaled has made dozens of chart-topping hit records, featuring JAY Z, Kanye West, Drake, Chris Brown, Ludacris, T.I., French Montana, Future, Big Sean, Rick Ross, John Legend, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among others. In the past 12 months, he has captivated millions of fans globally by the use of social media and has been coined the “King of Snapchat.” In 2006, he launched innovative label deals and started We The Best Music Group. His 2010 hit song, “All I Do is Win,” went 3x Platinum, sold more than

three million singles and crossed over all music genres to become a mainstream hit, solidifying him as a force to be reckoned with. That same year he also released “I’m On One,” feat. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne. Khaled went on to release the hit single “No New Friends,” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, which reached gold status and has sold more than 500,000 singles worldwide. He has sold more than 15 million singles in his career. Khaled also is committed to pro-social initiatives and is the first social media ambassador of Bono’s Project Red, as well as the national spokesperson for Get Schooled.

 

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor is one of pop’s most reliable hit-makers, known for her powerhouse voice, indelible melodies and relatable lyrics that encourage self-acceptance and empowerment. Since her 9x-Platinum breakthrough single, “All About That Bass,” in 2014, the 23-year-old Massachusetts native has charted seven multi-Platinum singles, released two critically acclaimed studio albums – 2015’s “Title” and 2016’s “Thank You” – sold out three headline tours, written multi-Platinum hits for top pop and country artists, including Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony and Rascal Flatts, and received countless industry awards and nominations worldwide. Trainor is currently in the studio finishing up her highly anticipated third studio album.

 

Charlie Walk, President of The Republic Group, continues to redefine the role of a record executive in a rapidly changing business. In addition to overseeing and integrating the company’s marketing, promotion and media departments, Walk also actively seeks, signs and develops new talent. He’s driven over 50 Billboard No. 1 hits. His vision and hands-on guidance have been crucial to the rise of new, generation-defining superstars The Weeknd, Lorde and Ariana Grande. He also spearheads promotion partnerships for Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift), Cash Money Records (Drake, Nicki Minaj) and Island Records (Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas). He personally signed Hailee Steinfeld and co-created Joe Jonas’ new band, DNCE, to multi-Platinum status. Walk also encouraged powerhouse songwriter Julia Michaels to make the leap to becoming an artist and – after signing her to Republic – has helped her to become the biggest breakout star of 2017, with over six million singles sold to date. Before joining Republic Records as Executive Vice President in 2013, Walk spent more than 15 years at Columbia Records, fostering the careers of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, John Mayer, New Kids on the Block, The Fugees and John Legend, to name a few. At the end of 2005, he transitioned to President of Epic Records, where he steered the release of Shakira’s triple-Platinum-selling “Hips Don’t Lie,” which remains the ninth-most-downloaded song in music history. During his time at the label, Walk also helped break Sean Kingston, The Fray and Sara Bareilles. A longtime philanthropist and cultural leader, Walk serves on the board of Phoenix House, a nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization; City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center; and the Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California’s Iovine and Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

 

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza, Moshiko Cohen and Elwin Viztelly de Groot are executive producers. Additionally, Sean “Diddy” Combs will serve as a producer on the series. “Like” THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM on Facebook at facebook.com/TheFourOnFox. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFourOnFox and join the conversation using #TheFour. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @TheFourOnFox.

 

 

ABOUT ITV ENTERTAINMENT

ITV Entertainment, part of the ITV America group, is one of the largest international producers for the U.S. market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing entertainment programming for U.S. networks. ITV Entertainment has a wide slate of series with major networks and syndicators, including HELL’S KITCHEN (FOX); “The First 48” (A&E); “The Job Interview” (CNBC); “Four Weddings” (TLC); “Big Star Little Star” (USA); “Help My Yelp” (Food); and the new “Queer Eye” (Netflix), as well as upcoming series and specials for Nickelodeon and A&E, among others.

 

ABOUT ARMOZA FORMATS

Established in 2005, Armoza Formats has become a key player in the international content market, rapidly growing to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global content. Taking the best of Israeli and international creative talent, Armoza Formats spearheads the emergence of compelling content in today’s dynamic market. Our mission is to meet the challenges of the fast-changing media industry with creative broadcast solutions. With over 90 formats in our catalogue and productions across the globe, Armoza Formats has a proven track record of success across all genres – from spectacular primetime entertainment show “I Can Do That!,” now licensed in over 20 countries, to hit game show “Still Standing,” with 5,000 episodes globally, and docu-reality format “Connected,” on air in over 10 territories. Our partners are comprised of broadcasters and production companies across the globe, including FOX, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 UK, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, RAI Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and ZEE TV India.

 

ABOUT IHEARTMEDIA

With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 122 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over 1.4 billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 100 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service. iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

 

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS PATTI LABELLE AND BRANDY NORWOOD TO JOIN “STAR”

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

An All-New Episode of STAR Airs Wednesday, November 15, on FOX

Grammy Award-winning artists Patti LaBelle and Brandy Norwood will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on STAR, beginning this spring on FOX. LaBelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine; and Norwood will play Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

 

In the next all-new episode of STAR, “Faking It,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Ayanna (Michael Michele) must quickly do damage control to restore Midtown’s image, amidst all of the heat the label is catching from the tragic police incident. Desperate for a spot in the showcase, the girls (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) work on convincing hot recording artist – Joyce Sheree (guest star Teyana Taylor) – to do a featured verse on one of their songs. Carlotta continues to fight for custody of Simone; a misleading photo of Noah (Luke James) and Alex goes viral; and Cotton (Amiyah Scott) juggles two relationships. Meanwhile, Brody’s (Stephen Dorff) motivation for his return to Atlanta is revealed.

 

With a career that spans more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle has earned 13 Grammy Award nominations and two wins, and sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, she was awarded the “Legend Award” by the World Music Awards. In addition to her success as a music artist, LaBelle is a bestselling author, actress, humanitarian and entrepreneur, with a successful product line, Patti’s Good Life. Her most recent projects include the cookbook Desserts LaBelle (April 2017), jazz album Bel Hommage (May 2017) and forthcoming holiday album Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays (November 24, 2017). 

 

Brandy Norwood is a multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress. She was one of the most successful multi-media stars of the past two decades, with a constant presence on pop and R&B charts, the hit sitcom “Moesha” and the TV movie phenomenon “Cinderella.” Her additional film and TV credits include horror film “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and TV series “The Game” and “America’s Got Talent.” Norwood made her Broadway debut as “Roxie Hart” in the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” and recently appeared on FOX’s “My Kitchen Rules.”

 

STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams also serves as executive producer. Karin Gist is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series. “Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.

 

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