Wednesday, December 28, 2011

No Lie, Sneak Peek SHOWTIME'S House Of Lies Before January 8, 2012 Official Premiere Date

[SHOWTIME'S House Of Lies Contains Adult Content. Rated TV14DLSV Mild Violence Adult Language Adult Content Viewer Discretion Advised]

PREMIERE EPISODE OF THE NEW SHOWTIME COMEDY SERIES HOUSE OF LIES AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW

HOUSE OF LIES Premieres On SHOWTIME on Sunday, January 8 At 10 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK – December 27, 2011 – Viewers nationwide can now sample the series premiere of the new SHOWTIME original comedy series HOUSE OF LIES, starring Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. The premiere episode can be accessed on the SHOWTIME website, on YouTube SHOWTIME_YouTube, and via select television providers' free On Demand channels and websites. The series premiere is also available on SHOWTIME apps on iPhone®, iPod Touch® and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the SHOWTIME Social app for iPad®, Nook® and Kindle Fire tablets, and for download as a free video podcast on iTunes (itunes.com/houseoflies). HOUSE OF LIES premieres Sunday, January 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, as part of the SHOWTIME Free Preview Weekend, when the network will be available for free to non-subscribers in 60 million households.

HOUSE OF LIES is the new dark comedy about all the screwed up ways big business is practiced these days. The series, based on the hit tell-all book from best-selling author Martin Kihn (House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time), peels back the bull to reveal a world few know exists and fewer still have experienced. Meet Marty Kaan (Cheadle), the big-money earner at Galweather & Stearn, along with his hot, young team - The Pod - of big-balling power players – Jeannie (Kristen Bell), Clyde (Ben Schwartz) and Doug (Josh Lawson). Marty and The Pod's work life is all first-class, top-shelf, black Am Ex, the best suites at the nicest hotels. Marty is the ultimate power player and under his direction, this ruthless, pull-no-punches team is here to stick it to the man by beating the corporate suckers at their own game. Dawn Olivieri, Donis Leonard, Jr. and Glynn Turman also star. HOUSE OF LIES is created and executive produced by Matthew Carnahan. Jessika Borsiczky, Stephen Hopkins and Don Cheadle also serve as executive producers.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dallas Redux On TNT Summer 2012

No you're not dreaming, and thankfully a good villain can't be kept down. Iconic antagonist J.R Ewing from the hit 70's night-time soap Dallas is back come summer 2012 on TNT.

Release Date: 10/26/2011

TNT began production last week on the first season of the eagerly anticipated new series DALLAS. Stars Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson took a minute on set to give you a sneak peek into what life is like back on Southfork Ranch.

Larry Hagman returns as J.R. Ewing, whose plots and schemes over the years have threatened to destroy his entire family. Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives) stars as J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing’s son, John Ross, who is determined to undermine his grandmother’s legacy by drilling for oil on Ewing land.

Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with pilot writer Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. TNT’s Dallas is based upon the series created by David Jacobs.

TNT Releases Video of Larry Hagman & Josh Henderson on First Day of Shooting New Series DALLAS

This video is from the first day of shooting TNT's eagerly anticipated new series Dallas, which began production last week. The video features Larry Hagman, who returns to his iconic role as J.R. Ewing, and Josh Henderson, who plays J.R.'s son, John Ross. The battle for power, love and the control of Southfork will erupt again when TNT premieres the new Dallas next summer.

Day 1 on the set of TNT's Dallas:






Falling Skies Season 2 Part Of TNT's 2012 Summer Schedule

Patience has never been a virtue i've possessed. But i guess i'm going to have to be a bit longer for the arrival of the second season of TNT's Falling Skies. The 2nd season will be part of TNT's Summer 2012 schedule. Meanwhile several of the cast members are on twitter and are very good about tweeting with fans. Alas Noah Wyle and Will Patton do not have a twitter accounts, but one lives in hope that they will be persuaded to before too long.


Release Date: 10/24/2011

Production Under Way on Second Season of TNT's Top-Rated Series FALLING SKIES

TNT has launched production on the second season of Falling Skies, the epic series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle. The show finished its first season as basic cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date. The second season of Falling Skies will air as part of TNT’s summer 2012 lineup. Several cast members are providing Twitter updates using the hashtag #tntbackontheset.

Falling Skies takes place in the aftermath of an all-out invasion by an alien military force. Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, who must put his extensive knowledge TNT_MoonBloodgood_Photo_By_KenWoronerof military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilians. Falling Skies also stars Moon Bloodgood as Dr. Ann Glass, a pediatrician who has become the survivors’ primary physician; TNT_WillPatton_Photo_By_KenWoronerWill Patton as Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander of the 2nd Massachusetts, the team of civilian-soldiers whose job it is to protect the survivors; and Drew Roy, Tom’s oldest son who is just about to turn 18.

In the second season of Falling Skies, viewers will learn what happens to Tom TNT_NoahWyle_Photo_By_JamesWhite after his decision to go with the aliens at the end of the first season. Tom hopes that by agreeing to a dialogue with the invaders, he will not only free his son Ben from the invaders’ influence, but also get a better picture of the aliens’ overall plan.

Falling Skies scored more than 6.9 million viewers in its first season and ranks as basic cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date. The series also finished summer as basic cable’s #1 drama among key adult demos. In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Audition For XFACTOR USA Season 2 Have You Got The XFACTOR?

Melanie Amaro
Will you be the next XFACTOR USA Winner? There's still time to audition for the chance to make your dream come true. Have you the talent? The Drive? The Dream? Submit your on-line audition by Saturday December 31 2011. Submit Your XFACTOR On-line Audition here: XFACTOR USA For More Information Please Read Press Release Below.

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ONLINE AUDITIONS FOR “THE X FACTOR” NOW OPEN

AT WWW.THEXFACTORUSA.COM

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF THE JUDGES AND COMPETE ON SEASON TWO OF “THE X FACTOR”

Singers and Vocal Groups May Submit Audition Videos Now Through Saturday, Dec. 31

Cities and Dates for Open Call and MyStudio Booth Auditions To Be Announced

Online auditions for the second season of THE X FACTOR are now open! Now through Dec. 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM PT, solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over have the opportunity to submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos to www.TheXFactorUSA.com

In addition to online auditions, aspiring performers will soon be able to participate in open call auditions held in various cities (to be announced) across the country. Also, MyStudio Booths will once again be available for hopefuls to record and submit their auditions, just as THE X FACTOR finalist Drew Ryniewicz did for Season One. Auditioners should continue to check www.TheXFactorUSA.com for full terms, conditions and eligibility, as well as for more information about audition cities and dates.

-FOX-

FOX Will Ring In 2012 Country Style With Rodney Carrington In Vegas Baby!

AmericanCountryNewYearsEveFOX executive producer Bob Bain reckons the network has celebrated 10 of the last 12 new years' in Las Vegas. This year's entertainment will be a bit different because it will have a country twang. So brush-up on your boot-scoot boogie, and grab a cowbell to clang for a noise maker when you ring in the new year with Lauren Alaina, Toby Keith, and other country favs on FOX' American Country New Year's Eve ,Rodney CarringtonLive From Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, Hosted by Country Comic/Actor Rodney Carrington Saturday December 31, 2011 8:00pm est [Please check your local listings]






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Contact: Kristen Hynes 212-556-2492 Kristen.Hynes@fox.com

RODNEY CARRINGTON RINGS IN 2012 AS HOST AND “PAWN STARS” RICK HARRISON AND AUSTIN “Chumlee” RUSSELL CO-HOST “AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE,
”SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, ON FOX

COUNTRY STAR JOE NICHOLS TO PERFORM

Performances by Eli Young Band and Toby Keith To Be Featured During the Special

Howie Mandel to Present Sneak Peek of FOX Series MOBBED

Multi-talented comedian and actor Rodney Carrington will stay up late to host the biggest celebration of the year and ring in 2012 on AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE airing Saturday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Carrington, and co-hosts Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars,” will help count down to 2012 during the ultimate year-end party featuring some of country’s biggest and brightest musical stars.

Grammy-nominated country star Joe Nichols will join previously announced AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE performers Lauren Alaina and Rodney Atkins to rock the Vegas strip. The year-end festivities also will feature performances by Eli Young Band and Toby Keith. Howie Mandel will make a special appearance to share his New Year’s resolution and offer a sneak peak of his upcoming MOBBED series of specials, airing Wednesdays, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Rodney Carrington is a comedian, actor, singer and writer who has recorded eight comedy albums that have sold more than three million copies. His album “Morning Wood” has been certified gold and his “Greatest Hits” recently was certified platinum. Carrington starred for two seasons on his own TV sitcom “Rodney,” and co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film “Beer for My Horses.” According to Pollstar, Carrington was one of the Top Five highest-grossing touring comedians in the past five years, and he consistently has been in the Top 10 over the past 10 years. He regularly performs to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Canada.

Rick Harrison, who is currently starring on “Pawn Stars,” is the owner-operator of Las Vegas’ World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a family business. Trained in the pawn business from the age of 13, Harrison was born a hustler. He dropped out of high school to sell fake handbags, and later, with enough money to partner with his father, he opened the Gold & Silver, where his son also works. Harrison is the author of “License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver.”

Austin “Chumlee” Russell stars on “Pawn Stars,” working at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop for the Harrison family. Having been around the shop since he was a kid, Chumlee’s heart of gold makes him a pro at customer service, and he always wants to give his patrons the best deal.

Grammy-nominated country star Joe Nichols has received many accolades and accomplishments throughout his career, including four No. 1 and eight Top 10 singles. Legends like George Jones and Merle Haggard have given Nichols their public seal of approval, adding luster to accomplishments that reflect the respect he has earned across the board, including new artist awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music; four Grammy nominations; a CMA Album of the Year nomination; and multiple RIAA platinum and gold albums and singles. His stream of hits include chart-toppers like “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Gimmie That Girl,” and Top 10 smashes like “The Impossible,” “If Nobody Believed In You,” “What’s A Guy Gotta Do,” “Size Matters” and “I’ll Wait For You.” His sixth, and most recent album is “It’s All Good.”

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years. As host and executive producer of the FOX series MOBBED, Mandel has put a hidden-camera spin on the “flash mob” concept by helping a special guest plan an extraordinary surprise for a friend, family member, loved one or co-worker. Mandel recently received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality/Competition Host for “Deal or No Deal” and a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host for the syndicated version of the show. Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television; has hosted his own syndicated talk show, “The Howie Mandel Show”; and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. He frequently appears on “The Tonight Show” to perform his signature hidden-camera bits, and he was always one of the first people Regis Philbin called to fill in for him on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the U.S. and Canada.

AMERICAN COUNTRY NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE is executive-produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Michael Dempsey.

-FOX-

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Beyoncé, Bieber, Robin Thicke, Santana LIVE FROM NEW YORK ON DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2012

PRESS RELEASE - ENTERTAINMENT

Dick Clark Ryan Seacrest JUSTIN BIEBER AND CARLOS SANTANA TO PERFORM SPECIAL COLLABORATION LIVE FROM NEW YORK ON “DICK CLARK’S NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2012”

Special Performances by Beyoncé and Robin Thicke

Added to All-Star Lineup.
Justin Bieber and legendary guitarist and bandleader Carlos Santana will take center stage live from New York, on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012.” The artists will partner to perform a special collaboration on the show airing SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31. The New Year’s Rockin’ Eve festivities will open with the 40th Anniversary Party, beginning at 8:00 p.m., ET on the ABC Television Network.

The bi-coastal celebration will also feature a special performance by Beyoncé from the London leg of her worldwide tour. Robin Thicke will join from the Los Angeles party with the already announced acts, including, The Band Perry, blink-182, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz and will.i.am.

“Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012” is a presentation of dick clark productions, inc with Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Orly Adelson serving as executive producers. Larry Klein produces.
Patrick Preblick (212.456.7819), Patrick.K.Preblick@abc.com
dick clark productions:
Lynda Dorf (310) 255-4600, ldorf@dickclark.com
Brian Rubin (310) 255-4600,
brubin@dickclark.com

ABC's Castle ~ Season 4 Episode 11 ’Till Death Do Us Part [Airs Monday January 9, 2012 10:00pm est]

i've been a fan of Nathan Fillion's since i first saw him years ago as Joey Buchanan on [the soon to be late *sigh*] daytime drama One Life To Live. That fandom was reinforced after seeing him as Capt.Mal on Serenity/Firefly and of course Desperate Housewives. A few months ago a tweeter was telling me she & her mom are HUGE fans of Castle---and was surprised i hadn't seen Castle. [Sorry i don't recall her name---if U R her & recognize this tweet's deets tweet me back @sookietex 'kay? THX :D]

Mea Culpa Mea Maxima Culpa, but i had a good reason for not having seen Castle. It airs at the same time as when i was watching the Yankees and as much as i admire Mr.Fillion i bleed pinstripes so i was unaware of Castle. Well i knew of it, but i didn't know what night it aired until recently, much less that it is about to have a 4th season. Thank goodness for modern technology because now i can watch my beloved Yankees AND Castle :D

Castle

PRESS RELEASE:
December 23, 2011ABC Entertainment Press Release




WHEN A BACHELOR PLUMMETS TO HIS DEATH AFTER A ONE-NIGHT STAND,
THE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO A SHOCKING DISCOVERY THAT MIGHT
DERAIL RYAN’S WEDDING, ON ABC’S “CASTLE”

“’Till Death Do Us Part” – When a lothario is killed, Castle and Beckett suspect that the victim’s mysterious double life holds the key to his murder. Their investigation leads to a shocking twist that threatens to disrupt Ryan’s wedding with Jenny (Seamus Dever’s real-life wife, Juliana Dever, guest stars), on “Castle,” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Clips of this episode will be available at www.abcmedianet.com

“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

Guest Cast: Juliana Dever as Jenny Duffy-O’Malley, Sam Hennings as Seth Harris, Jaime Ray Newman as Holly Franklin, Daniel Romer as Cute Young Guy, Haley Strode as Hot Young Woman.

“’Till Death Do Us Part” was written by David Grae and directed by Jeff Bleckner.

“Castle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,D,L,V parental guideline.

For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com/Castle

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Steve Niles' Remains: A ChillerTV First Original Movie

ChillerTV has something to sate zombiephiles while AMC's The Walking Dead is on hiatus: Steve Niles' Remains. It premiered Friday December 16th 2011. A shrewd scheduling tactic on ChillerTV's part since that other network's undead juggernaut is on vaycay 'til March 2012.

The tagline for the ChillerTV network, "Scary Good", is the real deal Lucille, because as good as AMC's The Walking Dead is, Steve Niles' Remains makes TWD, look like a kiddie show.

A catastrophic energy shockwave accident has transformed all but a handful of the world's population into zombies. These undead not only feed on the living, they feed on each other. And if the mood strikes they will even feed on themselves while being eaten by another zombie!


Remains is funny, and there are hotties of both sexes. Throw in beautiful Nevada desert location and you have a textbook example of classic sci-fi/horror.

Bonus! There's a webisode prequel: Road To Reno that is "scary good"[see video below].

Double Bonus! Steve Niles is on twitter @SteveNiles and is responsive to fans questions and comments.

If you missed Remains December 16th airing, no need to fret, ChillerTV has scheduled 8 repeat airings TVGuide.com the first repeat airing on Wednesday December 21st at 8:00pm est. Please check your local listings.





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Press Release:
October 11, 2011
CHILLER ANNOUNCES AIRDATES FOR FIRST ORIGINAL MOVIE STEVE NILES' REMAINS
Remains Premieres Friday, December 16 @ 10 PM

New York, NY – October 10, 2011 – Announced today by Thomas P. Vitale, EVP, Programming and Original Movies, Syfy and Chiller, the highly-anticipated Steve Niles’ Remains, Chiller’s first original movie, will premiere Friday, December 16 @ 10 PM.

ABOUT STEVE NILES’ REMAINS
Based on the IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Kieron Dwyer, Remains is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies.

The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute.  The movie stars Grant Bowler (True Blood, Ugly Betty), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary) and Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes). Remains is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys; Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien will serve as producers for Synthetic Cinema International.

Chiller is currently available in over 40 million homes. To learn more, visit: ChillerTV.com

Contact: Maureen Granados (212) 664-4143 maureen.granados@nbcuni.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

LIEV SCHREIBER "FIXES" HIS SIGHTS ON RAY DONOVAN

New SHOWTIME Pilot to Begin Production in 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 5th, 2011)–Multi-talented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the SHOWTIME pilot RAY DONOVAN, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. RAY DONOVAN is a SHOWTIME production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood’s best professional “fixer.” He’s the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city’s elite. He can make anyone’s problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber’s repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan’s comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and will next star in Mira Nair’s thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist opposite Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. Schreiber will also be seen in Goon with Jay Baruchel and Seann William Scott.

Schreiber's many feature credits include Salt with Angelina Jolie; X-Men Origins: Wolverine; Defiance with Daniel Craig; Repo Men; The Painted Veil; The Manchurian Candidate opposite Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington; The Sum of All Fears; Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock; Kate Liev Schreiber at 2010 SDCC Photo By Gage_Skidmore& Leopold; Every Day; Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet; Spring Forward; The Hurricane; A Walk on the Moon with Diane Lane; The Daytrippers; Nora Ephron's Mixed Nuts; and Wes Craven's Scream trilogy.

His portrayal of Orson Welles in Benjamin Ross' “RKO 281” brought Schreiber Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. His other telefilm credits include George C. Wolfe's “Lackawanna Blues” and John Erman's “The Sunshine Boys”, opposite Woody Allen and Peter Falk. As one of the documentary medium's foremost narrators, he has lent his voice to such works as “Mantle”, “:03 from Gold”, “A City on Fire: The Story of the ‘68 Detroit Tigers”, “Nova”, and “Nature”.

Last year, Schreiber received his third Tony nomination for his role in Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge" alongside Scarlett Johansson. His performance as Ricky Roma in the 2005 Broadway revival of David Mamet's “Glengarry Glen Ross”, directed by Joe Mantello, earned him his first Tony Award. He was again a Tony nominee for his portrayal of Barry Champlain in the 2007 Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's “Talk Radio”, directed by Robert Falls, Other stage work includes the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of “Macbeth”, in the lead role opposite Jennifer Ehle, directed by Moisés Kaufman; “Iago”; “Hamlet”; “Henry the V”; and “Cymbeline”.

In 2005, Schreiber made his feature directorial debut with Everything is Illuminated, which he also adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling novel of the same name. The film, starring Elijah Wood and Eugene Hutz, was named one of the year's 10 Best by the National Board of Review.

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SYFY'S MOST WATCHED PRIME YEAR EVER SYFY.COM’S BEST EVER IN UNIQUES

DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH IN YOUNGER DEMOS UP 14% IN ADULTS 18-34 AND 21% IN MEN 18-34 SYFY.COM’S BEST EVER IN UNIQUES AND PAGE VIEWS

2011 WILL BE SYFY'S MOST WATCHED PRIME YEAR EVER RECORD TOTAL VIEWERS AND MEN 2+ VIEWERSHIP

NEW YORK – Fueled by its critically acclaimed popular programming, Syfy is on pace to make 2011 its most watched prime year ever, averaging 1.33 million total viewers – up 10% compared to 2010.

In addition to climbing 5% in Adults 18-49 (569,000) and +1% in Adults 25-54 (633,000), Syfy will also set a new viewership record among Men total viewers (756,000).

Continuing its growth among younger viewers, Syfy surged +14% in Adults18-34 (219,000), +21% in Men 18-34 (126,000) and +7% in Women 18-34 (93,000).

The cable entertainment brands of NBCUniversal – including USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Style, mun2 and Sprout – deliver the #1 audience of affluent and educated viewers in all of television.

Syfy’s powerhouse programming in 2011 ranged from the scripted series Warehouse 13, Alphas, Eureka, Being Human and Haven to reality series such as Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Destination Truth, Hollywood Treasure, Haunted Collector and Paranormal Witness, along with the original miniseries Neverland.

Syfy LogoOnline, Syfy.com will post its best year ever in uniques (+7%) and page views (+19%), as will DVICE (+35% in uniques, +87% in page views) and Blastr (+1% in uniques, +16% in page views), all comparisons based on January-November monthly averages.

Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy: “Across the board, this has been an historic year for the Syfy brand. From programming triumphs, cutting edge digital initiatives, ground breaking marketing campaigns and innovative business ventures, Syfy has expanded its leadership role in imaginative entertainment. And with our record investment in original programming, 2012 promises to be another powerful one for Syfy.”

To continue the momentum, Syfy will kick off 2012 with an array of returning and new series including Being Human (January 16), Face Off (January 11), Ghost Hunters (January 11), Merlin (January 6) and the premiere of Lost Girl (January 16).

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

Contact: Gary Morgenstein 212-664-6407 gary.morgenstein@nbcuni.com WEB: nbcumv.com

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

FX' Justified Season 3 To Premiere Tuesday January 17, 2012

Fans anxious for the third season of FX' Justified will only have to be patient for a few more weeks. Justified returns Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 10:00pm

The 2nd season's finale "Bloody Harlan" lived up to it's title. There were explosions, and gunfire. Hobbled Dickey Bennett is the sole survivor of the real estate scheming, drug dealing Bennett clan. Corrupt sheriff and eldest son Doyle Bennett took a bullet right between the eyes courtesy of the Feds. Matriarch Mags took a non-lethal shot to the leg from tragic teen Loretta McCready. But remorseful and grieving Mags ultimately opted to put an end to her troubles by her own hand, by pouring a taste of her 'apple pie' moonshine in a poisoned glass. The same method she used to kill Loretta's dad.

Series hero U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens emerged [for the most part] unscathed. The Kentucky born and bred, deliciously long legged, sure eyed sharp-shooter, smart-ass, baddass lawman will be back to pursue new villains. With his childhood friend and sometimes nemesis Boyd Crowder having his back when it doesn't conflict with his other side of legal doings.

Season 3 brings Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Carla Gugino to the cast. Fans will remember McDonough from the large screen from Captain America: The First Avenger and tv's Desperate Housewives. Williamson from Forest Gump and 24. Gugino from Californication and Sucker Punch.

In Justified Gugino will play Karen Goodall, assistant director of the U.S. Marshals. The history between herself and Raylan is not pleasant. Williamson plays Limehouse, a Harlan citizen and not a model one. Limehouse is a man who has and will do what he's gotta do to get ahead in the world by whatever means necessary. McDonough plays Quarles a gangsta from Detroit figuring Harlan to be ripe for the picking now that Mags is gone.


But what Quarles hasn't figured on is Limehouse, who isn't about to give up what he's already acquired much less surrender what could be to come. Seeing as he was already establishing himself as Harlan's new crime boss in the weeks before Mags' death, Crowder is also not planning to move over for the marauder from the motor city.

Production of the third season's 13 episodes began in October 2011. According to the episode listings at imdb 3 of the 13 episodes have been completed.





Friday, December 02, 2011

Happy Birthday, Britney! Love, MTV

Buzzworthy Exclusives: MTV posted a great greeting for Britney Spears in celebration of her 30th birthday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hell On Wheels AMC Season 1 Episode 4 Jamais je ne t'oublierai [I Will Never Forget You ]





AMC's Hell On Wheels debuted in the U.S. on November 6th 2011. Full disclosure: i am, always have been, always will be a fan of Westerns so this show is not a hard sell for my attention. Based on my interaction w/tweeps on twitter #HellOnWheels has a very strong fan base. But if i didn't have the benefit of their tweets and only went by mainstream press reviews i'd never know it. And so i can hold my tongue no longer. ENOUGH! Enough with the hating of this show. Hell On Wheels is not as some critics have lazily pronounced and even lazier critics endorsing that pronouncement a watered down version of Deadwood.

AMC's Hell On Wheels is the story of post-civil war migration to the west, the construction of the transcontinental railroad and the archetypical characters that populate that landscape.

There are 2 things about Hell On Wheels that i am not happy about. One of my fav actors
gets bumped off in the pilot ep. But i guess i have to accept that decision as it was necessary to the plot. The other thing is so far no black women. Not one. Not even as a prostitute---which seems to be the predominant role of the show's female characters.

my favorite character is the 'Swede'. Thor Gundersen is Norwegian but the railroad workers mistook his accent as Swedish and nicknamed him the 'Swede'. Prior to the end of the civil war he was a bookkeeper but he now works as the head of security for the burgeoning railroad. The 'Swede', played by Christopher Heyerdahl is sadistic, conniving, and funny.

Another thing i'm enjoying about the show is it's authentic look and sound. The costumes, the hygiene or in some instances a lack thereof and the music. And to point out the patently obvious---plenty o' man candy. Now lest you think i'm only objectifying the male cast let me also acknowledge that Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon and Common as Elam Ferguson bring considerably more than just handsome faces & bods to their performances. Great chemistry between the two in all their scenes. In fact the entire cast is entertaining and so are the scripts and direction.

There has been a slight drop in the show's ratings numbers but i don't think the network should go into panic mode over it. O.K. the numbers don't make you think train à grande vitesse but Hell On Wheels shouldn't be relegated to 'little engine that could' status either.

Hell On Wheels airs on AMC Sunday nights at 10:00pm Please check your local listings.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Regis Philbin Retires

Regis Philbin Retires

King of morning talk Regis Philbin Retires. Regis Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa greet fans and press at conclusion of final broadcast of Regis & Kelly at ABC/Walt Disney Studios on Upper West Side NYC Friday 11~18~11



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Grimm On NBC Season 1 Pilot Episode





Thanks to @Grimm i got a sneak peek at NBC's Grimm before it aired for broadcast. OMG! from the first few seconds i was hooked. i don't want to give away too much about the action because the suspense, a bit of winking humor and [mild] horror of Grimm are what make it work. Suffice it to say that NBC's Grimm places the plots villains and victims of the classic Grimm's Faerie Tales neatly into the modern world.

Grimm is like a stew comprised of bits of many of my past and present tv favs: a bit of Charmed---Grimm's protagonist has a familial destiny to protect innocents and there's an heirloom book and other trinkets to assist in the task. A touch of TrueBlood, Angel, and Supernatural, because of the creatures that morph into beings that are something other than human and not all of them are bad guys even if they might have been thought to have been at first glance. A dash of Legend of The Seeker---the lush beauty of the pacific northwest rivaling that of the Seeker's New Zealand locales. And a pinch of The X Files coupled with every great cop show that had partners with good chemistry.

Grimm is set in Portland, Oregon and the two main characters are homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin. In the pilot episode's opening minutes they are working on a murder/missing person case. i feel safe in saying it doesn't take a detective to figure that the Grimm story for this particular case is derived from Little Red Riding Hood but i'm not going to say more than that because as i said earlier it would spoil the scene's effect.

Burkhardt's aunt Marie [yea! Kate Burton] unexpectedly pays him a visit. Marie is terminally ill and has come to reveal the family history to Nick. He is a descendent of the Grimms---yes those Grimms. Just as she's about to go into more specifics a nemisis attacks. From that point on Burkhardt's destiny begins to unfold.

All of Grimm's pilot ep was entertaining but for me the best part was the casting of Tim Bagley. Usually plays sweet & loveable [fans most likely remember him as Larry from Will & Grace]---on Grimm he does a 180---an impressive departure. Also a fun surprise was that Sean Hayes [best known for his portrayal of Will & Grace's Jack McFarland] is one of Grimm's executive producers. Good job Mr.Hayes, good job.

my favorite character of NBC's Grimm is Eddie Monroe, a Blutbad aka 'Big Bad Wolf' who assists Nick in tracking the faerie tale bad guys. Through a "strict regimen of diet drugs and Pilates" Eddie is able to curtail his wild canine tendencies. But sometimes he has to step back and let Nick take the lead when he is hormonally predisposed to doing what comes naturally for a wolf.

Grimm airs on NBC Friday nights at 9:00pm eastern. Please check your local listings.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Once Upon A Time Season 1 Pilot Episode On ABC





"Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing" ~

my favorite line from ABC's Once Upon A Time. Many on twitter agreed. As of this posting that quote has been retweeted 34 times and counting. During the hour the Once pilot episode aired it's tweet stream was being "throttled". S/O to @ThreeIfBySpace who have invited me to share my review of Once Upon A Time.

The ratings faeries were kind to Once, 12.8 million viewers tuned in to get acquainted with the residents of the fictional New England town of Storybrooke. Scripted by the same writers who gave us Lost, the citizens of Once's Storybrooke inhabit a parallel universe. They straddle an existence between our time and place and that of faerie tale characters---Snow White, Prince Charming, Rumpelstiltskin, Geppetto, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, The Evil Queen and others.

In an enchantingly trippy premise, the present day characters are not aware that they are living in two worlds. The Evil Queen has cast a spell that prevents anyone from remembering this fact when they travel to the other world. As a deterrent to breaking free from the spell to have sanctuary in the modern world, whenever anyone tries to "terrible" things happen to those who remain.

All of the characters are entertaining but i especially enjoyed Robert Carlyle's Rumpelstiltskin/Mr.Gold and Lana Parrilla as The Evil Queen. Carlyle's Mr. Gold owns the entire town of Storybrooke and as both Gold and Rumpelstiltskin is flesh-crawling creepy. The actor says of his Mr.Gold incarnation "Mr.Gold is not to be trusted...by anyone".

The Evil Queen is beautiful, stylish, and well...evil. In the Storybrooke world The Evil Queen is Regina, the mayor of Storybrooke, and adoptive mother of 10 yr old Henry. Regina is not a neglectful or abusive mother but she's not real big on warm & fuzzy interaction with Henry.

Henry, after being gifted by his teacher Mary Margaret with a book of faerie tales, figures his birth mother, Emma, is the offspring of Snow White and Prince Charming. Emma escaped the town's curse because her faerie tale parents hid her in a magical armoire to protect her. Henry, believing Emma to be the only one who can break the curse, takes the risk of venturing out of Storybrooke to find her, who naturally upon hearing his tale takes him to be a runaway with an extremely active imagination.

The sets, costumes and photography of Once Upon A Time are luxurious and the script, direction and performances consistently hit the right notes whether in faerie tale or Storybrooke setting. As implausible as it may have initially been thought, it is not at all difficult for the viewer to suspend disbelief of the existence of these parallel worlds.

The full episode of the Once Upon A Time pilot is available at ABC.com

Once Upon A Time airs Sundays at 8:00pm Eastern on ABC. Please check your local listings.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Episode What Lies Ahead






Now i know what all the excitement has been about. i missed the first season, and it's marathon, but after seeing AMC's The Walking Dead season 2 premiere episode, "What Lies Ahead", i am no longer a Walking Dead virgin.

The Walking Dead is suspenseful, scary, gorey, and FUN! i've loved zombie themes since seeing George Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead", Ubaldo Ragona's "The Last Man On Earth", which starred Vincent Price and more recently that film's remake re-titled "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith, and Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland".

This is precisely why i like The Walking Dead: because it skillfully blends all the aspects of my fav zombie themed movies and does it in an episodic television format. Frankly i was a bit skeptical this could be successfully done for the small screen.

Since i'm late to the Walking Dead party some of the characters have already been killed off. But some have survived. There are also some who have been doomed to an undead fate. my fav alive character is Daryl Dixon played by Norman Reedus.

In the season 2 premiere, my man Daryl gutted a zombie suspected of killing a missing little girl. It was necessary to open up the monster's chest and abdominal cavity to check his innards to confirm the missing kid wasn't inside him. And opened up he was---as easily as one would open a can of peas. And bravo to the special effects make-up. Sure we all know what to expect when we see a slow moving zombie coming toward us. The hollowed eye sockets. The rictus mouths. The exposed skulls. But i tell you i have never seen anything quite as putrid looking as decayed zombie-fied sweet meats. Gloriously gorey.

my other favorite scene was when a zombie has Andrea cornered in a trailer and he's just about to break down the bathroom door and Dale drops a screwdriver down to her from the trailer's sunroof. Just as i'm thinking 'if i was in that predicament i'd take that screwdriver and stab that zombie right in the eye'---no sooner had i thought it, than Andrea did exactly that. Sooo satisfying.

For a limited time the full episode of The Walking Dead season 2 premiere What Lies Ahead will be available online at amctv.com.

The Walking Dead on AMC airs Sundays at 9:00pm eastern Please check your local listings.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Breaking Bad Episode 13 Face Off Season 4 Finale





"WOW!" "Holy F*@k!" "Bravo" "Gangsta" These expressions and other words of praise and amazement were tweeted by viewers of Breaking Bad's season 4 finale episode Face Off. And with good reason. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan [who also wrote and directed the season 4 finale] gave the fans plenty to cheer about. Suspense betrayal horror and a touch of dark humor were on full display. To my surprise Walt turned out to be the baddest of the bad-asses. Cold, calculating and remorseless. Even if his actions meant betraying and manipulating Jesse [more than he usually does]. Even if he ended up being the one who poisoned a child and framed Gus for the deed. And in his triumph torching any trace of Gus and Gus' meth lab.

Vince Gilligan succeeded in satisfying the fans and simultaneously leaving them craving more. Something tells me that lily of the valley plant by Walt's pool is not going to remain inconspicuous for long. AMC has not released a schedule for Breaking Bad's season 5 premiere date. Production for Breaking Bad's 5th and final season is scheduled to begin in early 2012.

AMC will re-air the episode 13 season 4 finale Face Off Wednesday night/Thursday morning October 13th at Midnight. Please check your local listings.

Meanwhile check out the link to the most talked about scene of Breaking Bad's season 4 finale episode 13, Face Off at amctv.com. WARNING This clip contains scenes of graphic violence AMC Breaking Bad Video Clip Season 4 Finale

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Dexter Season 6 Premiere Those Kinds Of Things On Showtime



Showtime's Dark Passenger has returned and with killer guest stars. Mos Def as Brother Sam. Dexter had intended to have him on the slab but as he's stalking his prey finds out that prayer has saved him. Edward James Olmos as Professor Gellar a theologian whose works are less than divine. Colin Hanks is Gellar's protege Travis Marshall who has a few demons of his own that need exorcising. Aimee Garcia as Jamie Batista, detective Angel Batista's sister and new nanny for Dexter's son Harrison. Jamie's a real cutie and is as sunny as Dexter is dark and brings a maternal and positive influence that's been lacking in his child's life. Billy Brown as Mike Anderson. A transfer from 'the city of the big shoulders' and lieutenant Debra Morgan's top pick for Miami-Dade's newest addition to law enforcement. A bit of a chauvinist and a hard ass but easy on the eyes and ears.

In the season 6 opener Dexter attends his high school's 20th reunion. That could be murder.

Dexter season 6 begins Sunday October 2nd at 9:00pm eastern on Showtime. Please check your local listings.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Terra Nova Season 1 Premiere Episode Genesis on FOX

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Uncle Stevie has given sci-fi fans a new gift, Terra Nova on Fox. Spielberg's latest has the requisite components sci-fi fans have on their check-lists. Time travel. Scary monsters---in this case dinosaurs [and not all of them are veggies]. Hot guys. Hot gals. Cute kids. The distinction between hero and villain is sometimes blurred. Impending global catastrophe manifests it's self in the eventual destruction of life as we know it, until a bunch of brainiac scientists stumble upon a unique remedy. Said remedy involves huge risk---time travel, and it's direction is one way only. But it's the lesser of two evils and since the fate of human-kind lies in the balance you gotta go for it.

The year is 2149. Over-populated and over-developed the world is dying, much of it's plant and animal life already dead. "When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discover a fracture in time that makes it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion is born to re-settle humanity in the past – a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time."

The production values of Terra Nova are really good. Even the doomed world sets are impressive. i especially liked the urban scenes and the scenes as the citizens are making their way to the portal---kind of evocative of Blade Runner and Total Recall. In fact i was wishing the scenes in the doomed world had been longer before the viewer is jettisoned back in time to primeval days. That said the scenes in the primeval world are breathtaking---especially the waterfall and grotto in the forest.

And the casting is perfect. The actors playing the kids of Jim, former Chicago cop and doctor Elizabeth Shannon, trauma surgeon, physically resemble each other and the actors playing their parents. There are glimpses of similar personality traits between parent and offspring. Something that proves a bit annoying to their 17 yr old son and the dad when it's pointed out to them that they are very much alike.

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i like all the characters but so far my favorite is Commander Nathaniel Taylor played by Stephen Lang. The scene where he's welcoming new arrivals to Terra Nova had an eery Jonestown vibe [is this really paradise or something sinister]. i thought i might have been alone in that thought until some friends tweeted me they had thought the same. Is Taylor villain, hero, or a bit of both. Time will tell and i'm excited about getting to know him and all the citizens of Terra Nova better.

Terra Nova airs Mondays at 8pm eastern and re-airs Saturdays at 8pm eastern on FOX.
Please check your local listings.