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Feb 9, 2016
9:54 am
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Drama’s Cancellation Spawns Talk of Spinoff (THR, Cinema Blend)

A recently canceled drama series is being talked about as a possible source of a spinoff series. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the creators of CBS’s “The Good Wife” talked about the possibility Monday.

The network broke the news during Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast that the heavily awarded show will wrap after an upcoming final nine-episode run, which launches Feb. 14. Co-creators Robert King and Michelle King discussed the chances of a spinoff during a conference call Monday.

The show is known for its large ensemble cast. “When asked about a potential spinoff, the Kings pointed to popular recurring characters played by Carrie Preston and Martha Plimpton, who both won Emmys for their work on the show,” THR notes.

Cinema Blend quotes Robert King saying: “What would be fun is to find a way to spin off a [cast member] that wasn’t at the center, who we wish we had more time with. The show always centered around the Alicia character. What’s appealing would be pursuing a different ensemble.”

THR notes that Michelle King added: “At this point, nothing’s off the table. But there’s nothing formal, and sure, maybe. We’re not saying no to anything at this point.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 9, 2016
7:52 am
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Comedy Series Canceled (THR)

CBS pulled the plug on a comedy series and is shuffling its prime-time lineup to fill the slot. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network has canceled “Angel From Hell.”

The rookie sitcom, which stars Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson, was pulled after airing five episodes. CBS will fill the Thursday 9:30 p.m. slot with “2 Broke Girls” starting Feb. 18, with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat to plug into the slot this week.

“Angel From Hell” delivered a 1.6 average rating in the key 18-49 demo for its opener, along with 8.13 million total viewers, but its numbers slipped in subsequent weeks. The show hit a low with its most recent episode, pulling 6.34 million viewers for the Feb. 4 broadcast.

It is unknown whether remaining episodes of “Angel From Hell” that have been produced will make it to air.

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TVBIZWIRE
Feb 9, 2016
6:57 am
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Actress Testifies Against Stalker Who Allegedly Sent Her Porn, Sex Toys (Fox News, Reuters)

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow faced an alleged stalker in court Monday, testifying against the man who is accused of stalking Paltrow for the past 17 years. The alleged stalker, 67-year-old Dante Soiu, previously spent more than three years in a mental institution following Paltrow’s testimony in a case stemming from his activities back in 1999 and 2000.

“On Monday Paltrow faced Soiu once again, this time in a case filed over 66 letters and packages he has sent the actress in recent years with notes about his desire to marry her, discussing her death and religious writings,” Fox News reports. The latest package from Soiu, in a series that reportedly included pornography, sex toys, religious books, clothes and jewelry, arrived in January 2015.

Reuters, citing a City News Service story reports: “Paltrow, who testified for about three hours, told the court she feared for the safety of her family and said at least one of the letters had arrived directly to her Los Angeles home. Soiu’s attorney, Lynda Westlund, told the court he was harmless and said Paltrow misinterpreted his letters, many of which were biblical in nature and meant as religious messages to the actress, CNS said.”

Fox News adds: “With furrowed brow and at times fighting back tears, Paltrow described the impact of the letters, which first began arriving shortly after she won her best actress Academy Award in 1999 and resumed after a hiatus in 2009.”

Paltrow is quoted saying: “I felt very upset by it. It defied logic, and I found it very, very upsetting. … This was something I had been through a very long and traumatic experience with already.”

Soui was reportedly found not guilty by reason of insanity back in 2000, resulting in his stint in a mental institution. He was re-arrested last year in connection with his recent correspondence with Paltrow.

Among his messages to Paltrow, he reportedly forwarded letters he sent to President Obama and actress Angelina Jolie.

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Feb 9, 2016
6:44 am
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Drama Series Renewed (TVbytheNumbers)

A cable drama series has been picked up for another season. TVbytheNumbers reports that the Syfy program “The Magicians” will return for a 13-episode second season in 2017.

“The channel has picked up a second season of the show, which has gotten off to a decent start in the ratings and has picked up a lot of strong reviews as well,” the story reports. “The show is based on a series of novels by Lev Grossman about the students at a college for magic in upstate New York.”

The series, which stars Jason Ralph and Stella Maeve, has shown promise in delayed viewing. The program has been averaging just under 1 million total viewers on Monday night over its first three episodes in same-day viewing, rising to 1.7 million in Live+3. In the 18-49 demo, it pulls a 0.3 rating in same-day, rising to 0.7 in Live+3.

In a statement, Dave Howe, president of Syfy and Chiller, said: “Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, ‘The Magicians’ has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy.”

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Feb 9, 2016
6:07 am
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Video: Contestant’s Struggle With Game Question Tests Steve Harvey’s Patience on ‘Family Feud’ (YouTube)

A video clip posted by “Family Feud” features what’s being called the worst answer of all time on the game show. The eight-minute clip can be painful to watch at times, as a player’s attempts to answer the question appear to frustrate host Steve Harvey.

Here’s the clip …

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Feb 9, 2016
5:51 am
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Florida Man Arrested, Accused of Assault With Deadly Weapon at a Wendy’s Drive-Through — Wait Till You Hear What the Weapon Was (Washington Post)

A Florida man has been arrested in connection with a bizarre incident that took place at a Wendy’s drive-through window. The Washington Post reports that Joshua James of Jupiter, Fla., is accused of throwing a live 3 1/2-foot alligator through the window.

“He faces three charges related to the incident: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; unlawful sale, possession or transporting of an alligator; and petty theft,” the story reports. “James, 24, was taken into custody and booked into the Palm Beach County Detention Center on Monday, as first reported by NBC affiliate WPTV.”

The story cites an incident report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“The driver, wearing a backwards baseball hat, arrived at the drive-through window to receive a large drink just before 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 11, according to the report’s summary of surveillance footage,” The Post reports. The gator was eventually released into a nearby canal.

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Feb 8, 2016
2:44 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]:

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Feb 8, 2016
2:41 pm
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This Is Easily the Most Talked-About Commercial of Super Bowl 50 (Huffington Post, TVWeek, YouTube)

The one commercial airing during Super Bowl 50 that appears to have captured the cultural zeitgeist, according to many observers, is Mountain Dew’s “Puppymonkeybaby.”

The Huffington Post calls the spot “one of the most disturbing commercials of Super Bowl 50.” The ad introduces a hybrid creature combining, as the title implies, a puppy, a monkey and a baby.

In addition to the 30-second spot, the soft drink company spotlighted the creature in a series of tweets released throughout the Super Bowl. (Click on the link above to see some examples.)

Here’s the commercial …

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Feb 8, 2016
2:37 pm
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Halftime Controversy: Prominent Politician Slams the Super Bowl Show (NY Daily News)

Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show generated its share of controversy, with one incident in particular drawing fire. Rudy Giuliani, appearing today on Fox News, bashed the “Black Power” salute by Beyonce, the New York Daily News reports.

Giuliani is quoted saying: “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.”

The former New York City mayor adds: “What we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers. And focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay. We’ll work on that. But the vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe.”

Beyonce’s performance featured a troupe of dancers in Black Panther-style berets. “Fist in air, the bandolier-wrapped Beyonce gave the Black Power symbol in front of a corps of dancers all donning black berets, [a] symbol of the militant political movement that formed 50 years ago this October,” the article notes. “It’s the same gesture, fist high and proud, that Olympic athletes raised in the 1968 games, setting off a firestorm of controversy.”

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Feb 8, 2016
2:29 pm
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CBS Pulls Plug on Drama Series (TVWeek)

CBS picked a high-profile venue to announce the end of an acclaimed drama series. The network broke the news via a promo airing during the Super Bowl that “The Good Wife” is ending its run after seven seasons.

The show and its star Julianna Margulies have been fixtures at the Emmy Awards since 2010, chalking up 39 nominations and bringing home five trophies, including two Lead Actress wins for Margulies. Actresses Archie Panjabi, Martha Plimpton and Carrie Preston have all won Emmys for guest and supporting roles on the series.

CBS’s Super Bowl promo for the show put to rest rumors that have been swirling around the fate of “The Good Wife” for some time, fueled by the announcement earlier in season seven that creators Robert and Michelle King would be leaving the show.

The promo announced that the remaining nine episodes will wrap the show’s final season. The last nine episodes begin airing next Sunday, Feb. 14, with the series finale due to air May 8.

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