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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 7, 2016
8:28 pm
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The Five Best Super Bowl Commercials From Sunday’s Game, According to USA Today’s Annual Ad Meter Poll (USA Today)

Here are the five best Super Bowl Commercials, according to USA Today’s annual Ad Meter poll.

Says USA Today in a separate article, “For 28 consecutive years, USA TODAY’s Ad Meter has stood as one of the nation’s most closely watched gauges of advertising success. This year, nearly 20,000 preregistered panelists from across the country weighed in.”

To see the ranking of all the the other Super Bowl ads — including the ads themselves (beyond the top 5, which you can see below) please click here.

The most popular commercial, as ranked by the Ad Meter, is this one from Hyundai, titled “First Date.” [It scored 6.91 on USA Today’s Ad Meter]:

In second place is this commercial from Heinz, called “Weiner Stampede” [6.64 on the Ad Meter]:

The third most popular Super Bowl commercial was Doritos’ “Ultrasound” [6.61 on the Ad Meter]:

Next, in slot number four, is another Doritos commercial, called “Doritos Dogs” [6.49 on the Ad Meter]:

Rounding up the top five, in fifth place, is another spot from Hyundai, this one titled “Ryanville” [6.27 on the Ad Meter]:

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
2:57 pm
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One Network Has a Big Week Among Younger Viewers (TVWeek)

One of the big 4 broadcast nets turned in a dominant performance in the key demo of viewers 18-49 for the week of Jan. 25-31. Fox had all of the top four programs of the week in the demo, with “Grease: Live” leading the way.

Based on Nielsen Live+3 data for the week, Fox’s “Grease: Live” delivered a 5.2 average rating in 18-49, followed by “The X-Files” with a 4.4 average, “Lucifer” with a 3.4 and Wednesday’s “American Idol” with a 3.0. CBS’s “Criminal Minds” and ABC’s “The Bachelor” tied for fifth place with 2.9 averages.

“Grease Live” was also the top show of the week in total viewers, delivering 14.301 million in L+3. CBS, however, had three of the top 5 shows, including second-place “Scorpion” with 13.582 million and third-place “NCIS: Los Angeles” with 13.058 million.

Fox’s “The X-Files” was fourth in total viewers with 12.704 million, ahead of CBS’s “NCIS” encore with 12.265 million.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
2:41 pm
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Is This the Most Iconic Super Bowl Halftime Performance of Them All? (TVWeek, E! News, YouTube)

With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, anticipation has been building not only for the game and the commercials, but also for the halftime show. This year’s performance is scheduled to feature Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

But some cultural observers say this year’s lineup is unlikely to reach the heights achieved by the 2001 Super Bowl halftime show, which many culture watchers consider one of the high points of the modern era. That year Britney Spears shared the stage with ‘N Sync, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith.

E! News breaks down the events of that memorable halftime on Jan. 21, 2001, in a rundown you can read by clicking here.

Or just judge for yourself …

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
2:29 pm
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Popular Netflix Series Gets Three More Seasons (TVWeek)

A critically acclaimed and wildly popular original series running on Netflix will be back for three more seasons. The streaming service announced that it has renewed “Orange Is the New Black” for seasons five, six and seven.

The show’s creator and executive producer Jenji Kohan will also be back as showrunner for all three seasons.

Netflix and producer Lionsgate announced the news today. The show’s fourth season is scheduled to premiere Friday, June 17.

In the announcement, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, said: “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them.”

Kohan added: “Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting.”

The series stars a diverse and award-winning ensemble of women including Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Samira Wiley, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore and Elizabeth Rodriguez, along with Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. The show is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
1:47 pm
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What’s the Most-Watched Original Scripted Series on Cable? The Answer May Surprise You (TVWeek)

A cable channel that only a few years ago was struggling to find viewers now has the most-watched original scripted series on cable.

Based on Nielsen Live+3 data for the week of Jan. 26, OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” drew the largest total audience of any prime-time scripted cable original series, including both basic cable and pay cable. The Tyler Perry soap opera averaged 3.659 million total viewers.

Second for the week was USA’s “Suits” with 3.294 million, followed by Showtime’s “Shameless” with 2.586 million, USA’s “Colony” with 2.548 million and Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” with 2.446 million.

In the key 18-49 demo for the week, “Pretty Little Liars” came in at No. 1 with 1.545 million viewers, ahead of MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles” with 1.407 million, “Shameless” with 1.371 million, “The Haves and the Have Nots” with 1.328 million and “Suits” with 1.291 million.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
11:44 am
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Former MTV Host Dead in Apparent Suicide (MTV)

A former host on MTV who was also a professional athlete has been found dead in an apparent suicide. MTV reports that Dave Mirra was found Thursday in his truck in Greenville, N.C.

Mirra, who was a pro BMX athlete and also competed in motorsports as a rallycross racer, was 41.

A statement Thursday from the Greenville Police Department said: “At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been visiting friends in the area a short time before the incident.”

Mirra hosted MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” for two seasons, in 2004 and 2005.

MTV adds: “Mirra was one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history — until 2013, he held the world record for most X Games medals. He medaled in every X Game from 1995 to 2008, finishing his career with 24 total medals, 14 of which were gold.”

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
10:57 am
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ABC Under Pressure Over This Saturday’s GOP Debate — Decision to Exclude One Candidate Creates a Stir (CNN, B&C, Twitter)

Since ABC announced the lineup for Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, the network’s decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from the event has stirred up a lot of chatter. ABC revealed Thursday that Fiorina, who has been polling below Chris Christie and John Kasich, failed to make the cut.

Christie and Kasich are both in, along with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. But Fiorina, despite pulling 1.9% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses to top both Christie and Kasich, is out.

CNN reports that the announcement prompted a number of prominent Republicans to speak out, with many of them taking to Twitter. Newt Gingrich tweeted: “.@ABC should put @CarlyFiorina in the new hampshire debate. she came in ahead of kasich and christie. She has earned a spot.”

A tweet from Mitt Romney said: “Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don’t exclude only woman.”

One of Fiorina’s rival candidates, Ben Carson, joined the chorus, tweeting: “With 9 Republicans left, I call on the RNC to get rid of arbitrary requirements for debates. Americans deserve to hear from every candidate.”

Ted Cruz has also called for Fiorina’s inclusion, and Fiorina herself has been stumping to get on the stage for Saturday’s event. B&C reports that Fiorina made a pitch on MSNBC.

“She told the news net it seemed odd with eight candidates left that she was the only one being excluded per ABC eligibility rules,” B&C reports. “She said she had sent a letter to the RNC and hoped they would step in and convince ABC to add her to the lineup.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
10:33 am
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Studio Working on Acquisition of Pay-Cable Network (Variety)

A Hollywood TV and film studio has initiated acquisition talks in an effort to bring the pay-cable channel Starz under its umbrella. Variety reports that Lionsgate made a “formal overture” to Starz, with investor John Malone bringing the two companies together.

“Starz said in a regulatory filing Thursday that Lionsgate has advised that it ‘intends to explore whether there is a potential mutually beneficial combination of the two companies,'” the story reports.

Variety adds: ”The filing acknowledges what the industry has been expecting since Malone connected the two companies in February 2015 by swapping a 4.5% stake in Starz from his personal holdings in the pay TV group for a 3.4% stake in Lionsgate and a seat on the company’s board. That move was widely seen as Malone engineering a future marriage of the companies.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
9:29 am
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Here’s the Super Bowl Broadcast of the Future — Check Out the Video (PCWorld, Microsoft)

The Super Bowl telecast of the future will bring the big game and its fans closer together, with the action jumping off the TV screen to play out in 3D on coffee tables while viewers wearing special headgear play an ever greater role in controlling what they see. At least, that’s how Microsoft envisions the broadcast, with technology playing a big part in the action.

Players wearing helmet cams will provide an “up-close-and-personal” view of the action from the field, PCWorld reports, adding: “On the field, coaches and players will see the same video the fans see — and adjust their game plans accordingly.”

Microsoft executives joined with NFL players and execs this week to preview the technology that will make it all possible. “Imagine virtual avatars of players bursting from your wall, as well as a holographic view of the game playing out on your table or floor,” PCWorld reports. “It sounds wild, but that’s the NFL HoloLens experience that Microsoft imagines.”

Check out the video posted by Microsoft:

TVBIZWIRE
Feb 5, 2016
9:17 am
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Founder of One of the Most Successful U.S. Bands Dies (Reuters, TVWeek, YouTube)

The founder of a band that became one of the most successful American groups of the 20th century and an iconic soul, funk and R&B band has died. Reuters reports that Maurice White, the founder and driving force behind Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday night at his home in L.A. from natural causes.

White, 74, had been struggling with Parkinson’s disease since 1994. A former session drummer from Chicago, he founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and was its main songwriter along with its bandleader, producer and arranger. He also was the group’s co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey, and was a mainstay of the band through decades of lineup changes.

The band had a string of hits during the 1970s and 1980s, including the 1975 smash “Shining Star,” “Serpentine Fire” in 1977, “Boogie Wonderland” with the Emotions in 1979 and “Let’s Groove” in 1981. Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

Give a listen to “Shining Star” …

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