Will this scene be repeated in the finale? Tampa's Monica Culpepper appears to be in a tight alliance of 3-2 heading into Sunday's finale
You can’t quite call it the Final 4 yet, but you might as well as Survivor: Blood vs. Water heads to Sunday’s finale with Tampa’s own Monica Culpepper looking like she’s in a great position to face off in the end to win $1 million.
There are four players left in the game and another three over at Redemption Island, only one of whom will make it back into the game. Meanwhile, Monica, Tyson and Gervase continue their tight alliance despite last-minute attempts to tattle on all the mean things Tyson has been saying about Monica behind her back. Hayden and Ciera made a mighty attempt to get her to flip. She admitted it hurt her feelings to hear what had been said about her, which makes us wonder how in the heck she’s taking all the Twitter hate heaped on her husband, ex-Buccaneer Brad Culpepper who joined her in the show’s first try at pairing veteran Survivor players with loved ones.
The two-hour finale is Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS, followed by a live reunion show hosted by Jeff Probst. …Full Story
Olivia Wilde,left, Aziz Ansari and Zoe Saldana will announce the Golden Globe nominees Thursday morning.
The awards season gets its official kickoff Thursday morning with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominees. The announcement will air live on the Today Show at 8:38 a.m. and stream live on GoldenGlobes.com.Full Story
Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Aziz Ansari, above, will be up awfully early for West Coasters but they will be on hand to read the names of nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards.
Wilde (Rush), Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Ansari (TV's Parks and Recreation) will be joined by Sosie Bacon, the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick who was recently named Miss Golden Globe 2014.
The Golden Globes, often seen as a bellwether for the Oscars, will be handed out on Jan. 12. Of course the very best part is the ceremony will hosted by returning co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
So long? Not so fast. After getting monster ratings, NBC will rebroadcast Sound of Music Live
Sorry Jimmy Stewart, Carrie Underwood just took your spot in Saturday's lineup. NBC has announced that it will rebroadcast The Sound of Music Live on Saturday at 8 p.m., bumping a planned showing of It’s A Wonderful Life .
NBC’s live musical broadcast on Dec. 5 drew a whopping 18 million viewers, despite criticism of Underwood’s lack of acting ability. The three-hour telecast used the Broadway stage version, with several songs not used in the 1965 Julie Andrews movie. Even those who didn't love it had a blast tweeting about it, as we noted here.
Will the second time bring the same dough-re-me, or at least more DGiorno pizza tweets?Full Story
OMG! It's One Direction!! Harry's singing right at me!! Right at meeeeee!!!
Those irresistible British scamps in One Direction, who will play Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 3, 2014 (which is a looooonnng time for this boy band to stay famous, but I digress), get a glitzy, glossy, girl-screamy special on E! Wednesday: "One Direction: Off the Charts" (wow, that title is really pushing the envelope, huh?). Not quite sure why this special -- "packed with exclusive interviews and footage," so teases the PR sheet -- airs at 10:30 p.m., considering the quintet's primary fanbase is brushing their teeth and putting on PJs by 9ish. But hey, maybe Mom and Dad will let the kids stay up and watch Harry, Niall, Zayne, Louis and Liam "spill plenty of secrets about life on the road" and "who spends the most time on their hair." Gotta be Harry, right?! Eeeeee!! Full Story
Rachel would be jealous: Glee's Lea Michele debuts first-ever single, 'Cannonball'
It's hard to believe Glee's Lea Michele hasn't released any original music yet; heck, the dude who played Puck has dropped two albums already! But here you go: The Girl Who Would Be Rachel gives you heavily synthy midtempo empowerment ballad Cannonball, the first single from upcoming album Louder, which is set for an early 2014 release on Columbia Records. We know Michele can belt from her TV and Broadway work, but alas, the track is milquetoast at best: overproduced, underwritten and lazily reliant on biting every other Kelly Clarkson trick. But hey, that's just me. Listen for yourself, boys and Gleeks. Full Story
On the campaign trail for vice president in 2008, Sarah Palin showed her prowess with a gun.
"Mama Grizzly" has been awakened. Sarah Palin is going to give TV another shot as the host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle, the Sportsman Channel announced Monday. If you don't know if you have this channel on your cable system, go here and put in your Zip Code.
Called Amazing America with Sara Palin (just try saying that five times fast) and it will debut in April. The channel is geared toward hunting, fishing and shooting, and Palin's show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.
Since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008, the former Alaska governor has worked as a commentator on Fox News Channel and was host of a short-lived reality series about her home state, Sarah Palin's Alaska, that ran on the TLC network in 2010.
Sportsman also airs a series with gun enthusiast rock musician Ted Nugent called Wanted: Ted or Alive in which the Motor City Mad Man drops a group of five unsuspecting urbanites into his sprawling ranch in the Michigan wilderness to compete in survival and hunting contests for cash prizes.Full Story
I get dibs on being Daenerys Targaryen!!
Giving geeks and related shut-ins yet another reason to never leave the efficiency again, HBO and Telltale Games announced Monday that they'll be releasing a Game of Thrones video game adaptation in 2014. Not much is known about this potentially awesome new time-suck devoted to the televised saga of Westeros -- the fantasy land created by author George R.R. Martin -- but how empowering will it be slaying tons of dudes with Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister character or, better yet, Maisie Williams' wee buttkicker Arya Stark. No word yet on which actors will lend their voices to their digitized alter egos, but check out the teaser trailer to get all tingly and medieval inside. And may I suggest: Red Wedding Easter egg! Red Wedding Easter egg! By the way, Season 4 of Game of Thrones is still without a return date, but the buzz is that you should definitely start paying for HBO again in late winter/early spring. Full Story
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Seth Meyers, ready for his 'Late Night' close-up
Entertainment Weekly scored a sneak peek of the promo poster for Late Night With Seth Meyers, the SNL News vet's takeover of Jimmy Fallon's NBC gig. The show starts Feb. 24 at 12:35 a.m. (Fallon, of course, boots Jay Leno to the curb and helms The Tonight Show a week earlier, on Feb. 17). From the look of the ad, Meyers is going with his strengths: a mischievous Everyman appeal, not so much a spazzy, goofy skit guy like the charming Fallon, but someone more cerebral, more desk-bound, Letterman without the mean streak. That said, I see him ultimately like the King, Johnny Carson, who busted out plenty of skits, but almost always with a winking flair, as if he knew how stupid his Carnac turban looked. Carson was the funniest bystander in the room, a showman whose onscreen humility gave him the air of the accidental superstar. Meyers would be wise to take that classic approach: a keen, likable interviewer who offers a cool, easy-going way to end a long day.Full Story
Lots of Christmas movies and specials on tap in this week's top TV picks, but with these scorching temperatures, we need all the holiday spirit we can get, right? Click here for the details on It's a Wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman and a new special from everyone's favorite Idol, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. Plus, Bob Barker turns 90 on The Price is Right, The Sing Off returns, and more.Full Story
The top five. From left, Cole Vosbury, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessane Chin and James Wolpert.
Season 5 of The Voice is absolutely killing it. As the show heads into its final weeks, we’d be happy with almost all of the five remaining contestants claiming the big prize — something we haven’t thought about The Voice in, well, ever. Our favorite? We still can’t decide between Tessanne and Jacquie (and, up until last week, Matthew Schuler, who was unfairly booted). Even bearded wonder Cole has grown on us! Given the show’s track record with young female winners, we’re thinking this is Jacquie’s competition to lose. (It’d also be great to see her coach Christina Aguilera win and break Blake Shelton’s three-year streak.) But who actually has the best voice? Here’s how we think the vocal competition stacks up, from best to worst.
1. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): The Jamaican powerhouse has been among the best singers since day one, and she’s proven to be incredibly consistent. Her voice always sounds terrific, even when her coach Adam Levine (who, despite having three contestants left, might not be a very good coach?) saddles her with dud songs like Many Rivers To Cross. In terms of sheer vocal ability, she already sounds like a professional singer. Tessanne should win. …Full Story
When I was halfway through watching the glorious train wreck that was The Sound of Music Live I realized that the Twitter commentary was so much more fun than the actual show, and that's OK. In fact that's more than OK, that's what made it so fun to watch. It was No. 2 on fellow Feedster Michelle's list Friday of why we couldn't stop watching it.Full Story
The tweets were so snappy that TampaBay.com rounded up the night's best here. Great quips like @arammer3 "The war would've ended so much sooner if we knew that the Nazis were so easily distracted by Austrian goodbye songs" kept us glued to the TV and our Twitter feed. We even joined in on our own @TimesTVFeed (#TheSoundOfMusicLive "it will be exciting to have a ship under me again" isn't the best thing to say a day after your honeymoon)
That got me thinking this can be a new revenue stream for TV producers, intentionally producing awful shows for us to tweet snark about. Y'know, like when Sharknado hit the schlocky mother lode.When you consider Nielsens ratings show that a whopping 18.5 million viewers watched The Sound of Music Live -- that's more people than watched Dancing With the Stars or the top NFL football game on Sunday. And I'm convinced that's because even for the people who hated it, having snarky tweets along for the ride made it must-see television.
I've already noticed a change in my viewing habits. I'm a long-time fan of TiVo. In fact my household had the very first generation of TiVo when it came out 15 years ago and I was like an evangelist to all my mom friends preaching about how TiVo improved my life. I no longer watched commercials. I watched what I wanted when I wanted, even if it was during a 2 a.m. feeding for the baby.
But this marriage of Twitter and TV actually gets me to watch live TV again. For shows like Scandal, I need to watch an episode before I dare look at my phone and see spoilers like "OMG can't believe Mama Pope chewed through her own wrists!" I started by watching it a half hour later so I could still speed through commercials, but then I realized the Twitter commentary only added to the show for me. So now I watch it live or as close to live as I can stand.
When Downton Abbey returns to PBS in January you can bet I'll be watching it while glued to comedian Patton Oswald's Downton tweets (@pattonoswalt: I want to see The Dowager Countess & O'Brien in a Withering Stare Cage Match. #DowntonPBS)
What are your favorite shows to follow along on Twitter simultaneously? And do you think we'll be seeing more terrible shows put up as Twitter bait?
In a move that should surprise only the few people out there who thought The Sound of Music Live would be good, it looks like Family Guy is bringing back Brian Griffin. ZOMG WHAT A SURPRISE WHO KNEW I SURE DIDN'T.
The network isn't saying anything, but Entertainment Weekly reports Brian (with voice by series creator Seth MacFarlane) will return in the Dec. 15 episode, although they don't know how. He was hit by a car in the Nov. 24 episode, and was ostensibly replaced by Tony Sirico as Vinny the dog.Full Story
The first sign that Thursday’s Scandal would go teetering off its precarious perch into the abyss of absurdity is the title of the episode: YOLO. As in, YOLO Quinn, so make sure Huck doesn't kill you! (Or lick your face again, eeesh). Or YOLO vice pres, better kill your secretly gay philandering husband before your secrets come out!
Yeah, this episode was off the rails.
First of all, there are just too many plot points on this show now. You’ve got to let some of these go, Shonda Rhimes. We like Scott Foley too, but Jake serves no purpose on this show anymore. Get him out of there, or write off Harrison and have Jake take his place. Someone’s got to go! …Full Story
Against our better judgment, we watched the three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music on NBC Thursday night. Like most things on NBC these days, it was kind of a train wreck. Unlike most things on NBC, we couldn’t stop watching. Here are five reasons why.
UPDATE: Apparently you couldn't stop watching either; early Nielsens ratings show that a whopping 18.5 million viewers watched The Sound of Music Live, averaging a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. It was easily the most-watched program of the night.
1. Twitter. Is it a surprise that the tweets were 1,000 times more enjoyable than the actual show? The Best Live Tweeting award definitely goes to @DiGiornoPizza. Yes, that's the Twitter account for "It's not delivery, it's DiGiorno" frozen DiGiorno's Pizza. Bizarre. Our favorite? This gem, tweeted right after Climb Ev'ry Mountain: “CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN, FORD EVERY STREAM, FOLLOW EVERY RAINBOW, UNTIL YOU FIND A SUPREME (PIZZA FROM DIGIORNOOOOOO) #TheSoundOfMusicLive”. Click here for more of our favorite tweets. …Full Story
Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'
AMC announced today that the network will host a Breaking Bad marathon at the end of this month, airing all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama. Bring on the bingeing! Starting at 11 a.m. each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30. (And yes, if you must know, there’s also a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead starting Dec. 31, but as a Dead hater, I can’t talk about those two shows in the same breath and feel good about myself.)
If you’re still trying to catch up on the series that ended in September (have you gotten to the train episode yet, Sean Daly?!), it’s worth noting that this marathon is the only place right now to see every Breaking Bad episode for “free” (if you have cable, that is). You can rent discs of the entire show from Netflix, but the second half of the fifth season is not yet available via Netflix streaming, like the rest of the series is. Your only other (legal) option is to buy this awesome complete series box set, released last Tuesday. (Heads up, Santa!) …Full Story