Daily Archives : Feb 14, 2013

Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ Is Like a Twisting, Turning, Head-Spinning Roller Coaster Ride, and Just as Exhilarating. This Long Presidents’ Day Weekend Is a Good Time to Binge-Watch Season One

I’ve always thought the best dramas usually have the nastiest of villains. Think “one-armed man” in the original TV series — or the movie version — of “The Fugitive.” Or the sicko killer named Scorpio in “Dirty Harry,” played with…

‘Survivor’ Has Its Lowest-Rated Premiere Ever

Wednesday night’s season premiere of “Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites” had to be a big disappointment for CBS. The franchise reality show had the lowest-rated premiere in its long history, based on Nielsen overnights. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the 90-minute “Survivor”…

Chubby Checker Sues Hewlett-Packard Over Its ‘Chubby Checker’ App … and This Story Is Every Bit as Risque as You Might Think

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chubby Checker is suing tech firm Hewlett-Packard over a smartphone app called “The Chubby Checker,” which reportedly estimates a man’s penis size based on his shoe size, according to LegalExaminer.com. The man whose name, up until…

Discovery Is Bullish on OWN

Discovery CEO David Zaslav talked about the prospects for OWN — a joint venture of Discovery and Oprah Winfrey — in a call this morning with analysts, saying ratings for the cable channel are “ahead of where we thought we’d…

Most Amazing Non-TV Story of the Day: FDA Approves Treatment That Gives the Blind Limited Vision

"The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first treatment to give limited vision to people who are blind, involving a technology called the ‘artificial retina,’ " reports The New York Times. The article, written by Pam Belluck, continues, "With it,…

Jenny McCarthy Wades Into Rex Reed’s War of Words Against Her Cousin Melissa

Actress Jenny McCarthy, host of “The Jenny McCarthy Show” on VH1, has weighed in on film reviewer Rex Reed’s criticism of her cousin Melissa, and it boils down to this: "He can go to hell,” E! Online reports. As previously…

Game Show Icons to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that it will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to two game show veterans — iconic host Monty Hall and legendary producer Bob Stewart. The presentations will be made at the…

Freshman Talk Show Canceled as Daytime Toll Mounts

Another entry in the crowded field of freshman daytime talk shows has been canceled, as the casualty count climbs. Failing to survive to a second season is "The Jeff Probst Show," the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports. The cancellation…

‘How I Met Your Mother’ Star Says a Mentally Unstable Man Has Threatened to Kill Her

One of the stars of the hit CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" has taken out a restraining order against a man she claims is mentally unstable and has threatened to kill her, TMZ.com reports. Alyson Hannigan filed a…

AMC May Use Hit Series to Flesh Out IFC’s Negotiating Position

IFC, the lower-rated sister network to AMC, may end up airing episodes of the zombie hit "The Walking Dead," which could bolster IFC’s ratings and give the channel leverage when negotiating with pay-TV providers, reports the New York Post. AMC…