Sep 4, 2015
9:57 am

Nielsen’s New Ranking of DMAs Is Out, and There’s Movement Among the Top Markets — Who’s Up and Who’s Down? (TVNewsCheck, Nielsen)

The new ranking of television’s designated market areas is out, and the top 10 has seen two markets swap places while a number of other changes also occurred in the top 20.

TVNewsCheck reports that the new ranking from Nielsen finds Washington and Boston trading places, with Washington now ranked No. 7 while Boston slips to No. 8.

Tampa-St. Petersburg surged two positions, rising to No. 11 and knocking Phoenix down to No. 12 while Detroit fell to No. 13.

Orlando and Cleveland traded places, with Cleveland rising to No. 18 and Orlando slipping to No. 19.

Other changes occurred in the lower rankings of the list of 210 TV markets. You can see the whole list by clicking here.


Sep 4, 2015
9:44 am

Jimmy Kimmel Reaches Out to Settle Feud — But Will the Death Threats Continue? (Here’s the Video) (EW, Hulu, ABC)

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel held out an olive branch after being the target of a “firestorm of insults and death threats” for the past week, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Kimmel invoked the wrath of gamers when he commented on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he thought watching other people play video games — a pastime that has gained popularity on YouTube and other online video sites — was a waste of time.

On last night’s show, the host took steps to put the feud to rest. Noting that his comment set off possibly “the most vicious feud of the digital era,” he reached out to some popular online gamers in an effort to understand their appeal.

Kimmel videotaped his encounter with gamers Jonna Mae (aka MissesMae) and Mark Fischbach (Markiplier), who brought him up to speed on the trend — potentially ending the feud, while also generating an amusing segment for Kimmel’s show.

Here’s the clip:

Sep 4, 2015
9:31 am

It’s the Weekend to Take a Break From Your Usual Labor. So Relax and Take In One of the Almost 400 (!) TV Series and Movie Marathons on TV, Starting Today and Running Through Monday (TV Tango, TV.com )

It’s the beginning of the annual Labor Day weekend, and according to TV Tango there are 393 marathons this weekend.

Says TV Tango, “No Labor Day Weekend is complete without a ‘Dirty Jobs’ marathon — this year you can watch on Friday (Animal Planet) and Saturday (Science Channel). Or you can celebrate women all weekend long, as Pivot presents ‘Weekend of Women,’ an event hosted by YouTube sensation Franchesca Ramsey that includes films and shows from female filmmakers and that feature strong female characters. With the new TV season just around the corner, you can catch up on Season 1 of ‘Empire’ with a full-season marathon on Monday on FX.  If you’d rather watch something online, we suggest ‘Younger’ on TVLand.com, which is making the entire first season available over Labor Day Weekend.”

Besides TV Tango, there is a great list of marathons this weekend on the website of TV.com.

Some of the most enticing marathons include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” airing now on BBC America (if you are looking at this during the day on Friday, Sept. 4), and five “Rocky” movies, also airing today, on Bravo.

Tonight Discovery Life has its “Sex Sent Me to the Slammer” marathon, and Nat Geo today has its “Science of Stupid” marathon.

And that’s just the beginning. To see the list of marathons on TV Tango, please click here. To check out the marathons listed on TV.com, please click here.

And these lists don’t even include any binge viewing you might want to stream on services such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu! Enjoy your viewing!!

star trek-the next generation“Star Trek: The Next Generation”: Marathon today on BBC America


Sep 4, 2015
9:19 am

Teacher Arrested in Drone Crash at U.S. Open (WSJ, AP)

A crash landing by a drone at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships led to the arrest of a New York City public school teacher Thursday night.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Daniel Varley, 26 years old, was charged with reckless endangerment after he crash-landed the device in the upper stands at Louis Armstrong Stadium of the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing just before 9 p.m., police said.

“He was also charged with reckless operation of a drone and operating a drone in a New York City park outside of a prescribed area for doing so.”

The incident disrupted a night match between Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu. Play was stopped while Police and fire officials checked the device. Authorities later tracked down Varley at the park where he had launched the drone.

Pennetta said she initially thought the incident was about a bomb, and told the AP it was “a little bit scary, I have to say.”

No one was injured, the report notes.

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Sep 4, 2015
8:44 am

Oscar Winner Anne Hathaway, 32, Says She’s Already a Victim of Hollywood Ageism (Glamour UK)

32-year-old actress Anne Hathaway, who has an Oscar, an Emmy and a Golden Globe in her resume, said in an interview with Glamour UK that she is already losing roles to younger actresses.

Hathaway has generally been thought of as one of those “younger actresses.” She claimed her first Oscar nomination almost seven years ago, for the 2008 feature “Rachel Getting Married,” before winning an Emmy in 2010 for her voiceover work on “The Simpsons.”

She has since won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe, for the 2012 movie “Les Miserables.”

Hathaway indicated in the Glamour interview that she gets the whole ageism thing. “I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it,” she said. “When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them.”

However, the actress lamented that the passage of time — even just a few years — has changed the playing field.

“Now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?,’” she says in the interview. “I was that 24-year-old once — I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you, and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.”

The interview appears as part of the cover story for the October issue of Glamour UK, which comes out Sept. 7.

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Sep 4, 2015
7:57 am

TVWeek’s Labor Day Weekend Schedule (TVWeek)

TVWeek will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, for the Labor Day holiday. We will not publish our TVBizWire, E-Daily or Viral Video newsletters that day.

We will resume our normal publication schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

As always, if news breaks we will email a TVWeek EXTRA alert.

From our family to yours, we wish you a great holiday weekend and a happy Labor Day.

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Sep 4, 2015
7:51 am

Model and Actress Emily Ratajkowski Wishes She Could Put That Stunning Music Video Behind Her — So Here’s the Video, One Last Time (Billboard, InStyle)

After her largely naked breakout role in a music video, Emily Ratajkowski now calls the video “the bane of my existence.”

Billboard reports that the model and actress, who made a big impression with her appearance in Robin Thicke’s video for “Blurred Lines” in 2013, said in an interview with U.K. InStyle that she’s tired of talking about it and is ready to move on.

“I wasn’t into the idea at all at first. I think I came off as a bit annoyed in the video. Now, it’s the bane of my existence,” the 24-year-old Ratajkowski says in the interview. “When anyone comes up to me about ‘Blurred Lines,’ I’m like, are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago?”

The video, which has probably been viewed at least half a billion times in various forms online, spawned a cottage industry on Internet video sites, with countless parody versions appearing alongside official releases featuring varying degrees of nudity. (Our version below is NOT the most risque, by far.)

Ratajkowski’s career got a big boost from the video, and she is now focused on more substantive acting roles — including in the 2014 feature “Gone Girl” and this year’s “Entourage.”

Here’s another look at “Blurred Lines”:

Sep 3, 2015
10:01 pm

Suspended ESPN Baseball Analyst Who Was Also a Top Major League Pitcher Now Taken Off Air For the Rest of the Season. Read Why (ESPN; USA Today's For the Win Column; Awful Announcing)

ESPN, earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 2015) posted the following on its website:

Curt Schilling won’t appear on ESPN baseball telecasts for the rest of the season.

Schilling was removed from broadcasts on Aug. 25 after he sent a tweet equating Muslim extremists with Nazis in Germany. This week, an email exchange between Schilling and editors of the sports blog Awful Announcing regarding the tweet, and subsequent reaction, were published online.

“At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand,” ESPN said in a statement. “We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations, nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.”

After he was taken off the Little League World Series broadcast on Aug. 25, Schilling said in a statement: “Bad choices have bad consequences and this was a bad decision in every way on my part.”

According to the USA Today sports column For the Win, Schilling wrote in an email to the sports blog Awful Announcing “that he refuses to ‘apologize for the content of the tweet.’ Schilling contends that he was comparing ‘radical’ Muslims to Nazis, not ‘peace-loving’ Muslims.

“‘The forum was about as poor a choice as I could have made in trying to elicit a potential discussion on that topic. I did not, and will not apologize for the content of the tweet. If you, or anyone else, can’t wrap your head around your native language enough to understand that omitting words, or adding them, is plain and simple lying when it comes to journalism.’”

For the Win continues, “You can read Schilling’s entire email at Awful Announcing….An ESPN spokesman told For The Win that ‘we weren’t aware of Curt’s plan to craft or send this email.’”

Interestingly, a number of reports on this story noted, as Yahoo Sports did, that before Schilling’s conversation with Awful Announcing was made public, “ESPN was reportedly giving Schilling the green light to return this week.”

Schilling,CurtCurt Schilling several years ago on ESPN

Sep 3, 2015
9:46 pm
Sep 3, 2015
2:07 pm

Why ‘Rugrats’ and Other Classic Nickelodeon Shows Are Being Readied for Revival (Variety)

Nickelodeon is ready to start bringing back shows from another era, for a simple reason: The time is right, says Russell Hicks, the network’s top programming exec, because the people who were fans of those shows now have kids of their own.

Hicks told Variety: “We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way.”

The report says retooled versions of “Rugrats,” “Hey Arnold!” and “You Can’t Do That on Television,” among other early Nick hits, could be in the works.

Hicks, the network’s president of content and development, declined to name specific shows that are under consideration, but said the first generation of Nickelodeon fans has been letting the channel know that it has its favorites.

Said Hicks: “We are getting ready to bring back some of the ones they’ve told us multiple times they want to have brought back.”


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