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TV/Radio Pioneer Joe Franklin Has Died at 88TV/Radio Pioneer Joe Franklin Has Died at 88
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2015

New York's treasured radio and TV host Joe Franklin died on Saturday, Jan. 24, from prostate cancer. He was 88. (more...)

NBC's CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Beats All 12 Telecasts from Prior CyclesNBC's CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Beats All 12 Telecasts from Prior Cycles
by TV News Desk - Jan 21, 2015

NBC has averaged a 1.1 rating, 3 share in adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers overall for the primetime ratings week of Jan. 12-18 in adults 18-49, according to L+SD viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. (more...)

Showtime to Present World Premiere of Two Close Up Documentaries at 2015 Sundance Film FestivalShowtime to Present World Premiere of Two Close Up Documentaries at 2015 Sundance Film Festival
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Continuing to deliver powerful and riveting documentary programming, SHOWTIME will debut the world premieres of two highly-anticipated films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. (more...)

Legend Group Studios Launches New Digital Comedy Network 'The United States Of Comedy'Legend Group Studios Launches New Digital Comedy Network 'The United States Of Comedy'
by TV News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Legend Group Studios is proud to announce the launch of the YouTube Channel "United States of Comedy." This one-of-a-kind new media network, comprised of several diverse micro-channels, will showcase all the different "states" of comedy (more...)

Roberta Flack to Play Smothers Theatre, 2/6Roberta Flack to Play Smothers Theatre, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

The unparalleled Grammy Award-winning artist Roberta Flack brings her sterling voice to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre on Friday, February 6 at 8 p.m. (more...)

NBC's ONE DIRECTION Special Generates Female-Teen GainsNBC's ONE DIRECTION Special Generates Female-Teen Gains
by TV News Desk - Dec 31, 2014

NBC has won the primetime ratings week of Dec. 22-28 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic, with “Sunday Night Football” ranking #1 among primetime programs on those nets in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure. (more...)

The Metropolitan Room to Attempt 60-Hour Variety Show for Guinness World Record, 1/01-4The Metropolitan Room to Attempt 60-Hour Variety Show for Guinness World Record, 1/01-4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2014

For 60 continuous hours, from 7pm on Thursday January 1 to 7am on Sunday January 4, New York's Metropolitan Room is staging what it is billing as "The Longest Variety Show Ever." Featuring approximately 160 performers and 15 emcees, the entertainment will span music, burlesque, comedy, drag, theatre/opera, magic and puppetry. (more...)

Billy Crystal Imagines Robin Williams Stand Up Routine in Heaven in New TributeBilly Crystal Imagines Robin Williams Stand Up Routine in Heaven in New Tribute
by Movies News Desk - Dec 14, 2014

Following the passing of his long-time friend and fellow comedic legend, Billy Crystal has penned a script, imagining the late Robin Williams in heaven. You can read it in full below, via Entertainment Weekly: (more...)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Scores Highest Rebroadcast Rating Since April
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

An encore telecast of 'Saturday Night Live,' with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince (2.9 rating, 7 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 1.3/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters), ranked as the night's #1 telecast on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime programs on those networks. (more...)

NBC Airs Top SNL Encore Since April with Host Chris RockNBC Airs Top SNL Encore Since April with Host Chris Rock
by TV News Desk - Nov 30, 2014

An encore telecast of 'Saturday Night Live,' with host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince (2.9 rating, 7 share in household results in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen Media Research; 1.3/5 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters), ranked as the night's #1 telecast on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 in the Local People Meters, ahead of all primetime programs on those networks. (more...)

Lee Daniels to Direct DEMON HOUSE for RelativityLee Daniels to Direct DEMON HOUSE for Relativity
by Movies News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

According to Deadline, Oscar nominee Lee Daniels has signed on to direct Relativity's upcoming possession thriller DEMON HOUSE. (more...)

Sandra Bernhard to Bring #blessed to Joe's Pub, 12/26-31Sandra Bernhard to Bring #blessed to Joe's Pub, 12/26-31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The inimitable Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe's Pub at The Public with her new show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed for her annual year-end residency, which starts December 26 and leads up to her New Year's Eve spectacle. Performances run nightly from Friday-Tuesday, December 26-30 at 7:30PM and 9:30PM and Wednesday, December 31 at 9:00PM and 11:00PM. Garland Jeffreys kicks off New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub with his own show at 7:00PM on December 31. (more...)

New Book by Gray & Co. Collects Stories from Golden Age of Cleveland TVNew Book by Gray & Co. Collects Stories from Golden Age of Cleveland TV
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

Stories about some of the biggest names in Cleveland television history are retold in the new book 'Cleveland TV Tales' by Mike and Janice Olszewski. The book profiles dozens of colorful men and women who helped invent local television programming from the 1950s through the 1970s. Two of the best known personalities featured in 'Cleveland TV Tales' are Ernie Anderson, who as 'Ghoulardi,' the late-night movie host, got top ratings by trying to shock his audience, and Ron Penfound, who thought his job as genial cartoon-show host 'Captain Penny' would last only a few weeksand then stayed on the air for 16 years. Less-well-known innovators are included, too, such as confrontational talk show host Alan Douglas, who frequently baited his guestssometimes to the brink of violence. 'These were some pretty colorful people,' Mike Olszewski said. 'Maybe eccentric would be a better word. Okay, downright odd in some cases. But they were very creative.' They had to be. "When television broadcasting began in Cleveland, there was no formula,' Mike Olszewski said. 'There wasn't a model for regional hosts to follow. They had to use their creativity. And back then almost all TV was live, so they had to be on their toes; whatever could go wrong usually did." Anecdotes in the book include: • Linn Sheldon, as children's host 'Barnaby,' an elf, handling a young fan who casually used a racial epithetseveral timeson live TV • Early game show host Paul Hodges, whose 'Dress and Guess,' had contestants trying to figure out what famous person he was portraying before he got all his clothes on • Late night host 'Big' Wilson purchasing a wild wallaby to live on his yacht and serve as KYW TV's mascot (because he couldn't get a kangaroo) • Tough-as-nails news commentator Dorothy Fuldheim irritating various celebrities, including NFL star Joe Namath (she didn't recognize him), political activist Jerry Rubin (she threw him off her set, on-air), and comedian Richard Pryor (they argued about poverty on 'The Tonight Show'). Dan O'Shannon, the writer/producer of 'Cheers' and 'Modern Family' and a Cleveland native, wrote the book's foreword. In it, he refers to Cleveland's early TV professionals as, 'pioneers, a community of inspired, dedicated, artistic, lucky and just plain insane human beings.' 'Cleveland TV Tales: Stories from the Golden Age of Local Television' (Gray & Co.; $15.95; softcover; 187 pages; 60 photos) is available at Northeast Ohio bookstores and online from Amazon.com. More information at www.grayco.com. About the Authors: Mike and Janice Olszewski are a husband-and-wife team. Mike is a veteran Cleveland radio and television personality and the curator and archivist for the Ohio Broadcast Archive and Museum. He teaches media and communications at Kent State University, the University of Akron and Notre Dame College and is the author of two books about radio: 'Radio Days' and 'WIXY 1260.' Janice has more than three decades' experience in the travel and tourism industry. Her photography has been published in "Filmfax," "Outre," and other national magazines. (more...)

Jay Leno Receives Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American HumorJay Leno Receives Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
by TV News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Late night host and comedian Jay Leno received the Kennedy Center's 17th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor last night, Sunday, October 19th. (more...)

The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards Comes to Harlem, 10/26The 10th Annual African American Literary Awards Comes to Harlem, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

Harlem, New York (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch SNL Cast Roast Joan Rivers and Other Deceased IconsSTAGE TUBE: Watch SNL Cast Roast Joan Rivers and Other Deceased Icons
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2014

With the recent passing of comedienne Joan Rivers, the Saturday Night Live cast performed a skit envisioning what Heaven might be like with Joan Rivers and other deceased celebrities, like Richard Pryor, Steve Jobs, Ava Gardner, Freddie Mercury, Benjamin Franklin, and Lucille Ball. (more...)

NBC Wins Premiere Week in Every Key DemoNBC Wins Premiere Week in Every Key Demo
by TV News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

NBC has finished #1 in the key adult 18-49 demographic for premiere week of the 2014-15 primetime television season, with the network's second biggest premiere-week rating in six years and most-watched premiere week in eight years. (more...)

NBC Celebrates the Last 40 Years with SNL VINTAGE, Beginning TonightNBC Celebrates the Last 40 Years with SNL VINTAGE, Beginning Tonight
by TV News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

'Today Night Live' celebrates its 40th season with 'SNL Vintage,' a weekly look back at iconic episodes throughout its storied history. (more...)

NBC to Celebrate the Last 40 Years with SNL VINTAGE, Beg. 9/27NBC to Celebrate the Last 40 Years with SNL VINTAGE, Beg. 9/27
by TV News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

"Saturday Night Live" celebrates its 40th season with "SNL Vintage," a weekly look back at iconic episodes throughout its storied history. (more...)

Stephen King's SLEEPWALKERS & More Set for Sony Movie Channel's 'Killer Thursdays'Stephen King's SLEEPWALKERS & More Set for Sony Movie Channel's 'Killer Thursdays'
by TV News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Creatures of the night take over October, as Sony Movie Channel unleashes a "Killer Thursdays" block loaded with tricks and treats every week at 10 p.m. ET. (more...)

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