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Oct 21, 2014
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Fox Debuts Simpsons World App Today (EW)

Fox was set to debut its Simpsons World app today, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, enabling fans to watch all the episodes of the animated show “The Simpsons” that have aired in its 26 seasons whenever they want, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.

“In a release that went wide Monday afternoon, FX revealed that the ‘Simpsons’ smorgasbord will feature every episode of the sitcom’s first 25 seasons — 552 in total — as well as every new episode from the series’ 26th season, available the day after each one first airs on Fox,” the story adds.

Features will include a dynamic newsfeed that will feature the latest Simpsons news and social media updates, and a search function enabling fans to find their favorite characters and guest stars, the piece notes.

The Simpsons World app is available on FX’s FXNOW app, which can be found here.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 21, 2014
7:59 am
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ABC Close to Sold Out of Oscars Ad Inventory — and Prices Are Up (Variety)

ABC is close to selling out its advertising inventory for the 2015 broadcast for the annual Academy Awards ceremony, reports Brian Steinberg at Variety.

ABC is asking about $1.9 million for a 30-second ad in the broadcast, compared with about $1.8 million to $1.9 million for the most recent telecast of the event, the story adds.

The next telecast is set for Feb. 22, with Neil Patrick Harris set to host for the first time.

“The slight uptick in ad prices suggests that so-called ‘event’ programming — shows that draw outsize audiences and are only available for a limited duration — has become as important as sports broadcasts as TV-viewing behavior becomes ever more splintered with the rise of time-shifting devices, video streaming and other new technologies,” Steinberg writes.

Earlier this year, the telecast reached a 14-year ratings high, with about 43.7 million people tuning in to watch the ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

The show typically features 9 to 10 minutes of national ad time per hour.

Steinberg adds, “Just a few years ago, the Oscars were in something of a post-recession slump. Ad prices in 2009 and 2010 fell as low as $1.3 million to $1.5 million for 30 seconds, as the nation worked itself slowly out of an economic crisis. In 2008, Oscars ads hit a previous high of $1.82 million for a half-minute berth.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 21, 2014
7:53 am
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Sibling Cable Channels HGTV and DIY Greenlight Seven New Series (TheWrap)

Seven new TV series have been ordered by HGTV and sibling network DIY Network, reports TheWrap.com. On HGTV, terrible kitchens will be featured on “America’s Most Desperate Kitchens,” which will star “Kitchen Cousins” hosts Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri.

Also on HGTV will be “Log Cabin Living,” about couples leaving the city to find a country cabin, while “The Shalina Joy Project” will track a teacher from New Jersey as she renovates and flips a Victorian mansion. “Real Estate Riches,” meanwhile, will feature a real estate investor and his wife as they renovate homes and flip them.

On DIY, one of the new shows is “The Treehouse Guys,” which tracks experts building tree houses in exotic locations such as Hawaii. Other new programs include “Miami Rehab,” about flipping homes in that city, and “First Time Flippers,” about novices trying to buy and resell homes.

“We’re hyper-focused on developing and producing series that give viewers fresh perspectives on popular home themes,” said Allison Page, HGTV and DIY Network’s general manger.

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Oct 21, 2014
7:00 am
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Famed Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies (ABC News)

Oscar de la Renta, a legendary fashion designer who helped create the iconic looks of Jacqueline Kennedy and other first ladies along with a series of Hollywood icons, has died. ABC News reports that de la Renta died Monday at 82 after a battle with cancer.

“Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, de la Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris. Soon after, he moved to New York City,” the story reports.

In an interview with Gotham magazine last year, de la Renta is quoted saying: “When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store]. You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition.”

He launched his own label in 1965 and soon began designing outfits for Jacqueline Kennedy. He went on to design clothes for first ladies Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton, along with Hollywood celebrities including Sandra Bullock and Jessica Biel.

Just this month, George Clooney’s bride Amal wore a de la Renta wedding gown.

De la Renta also reportedly said in the Gotham interview: “A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you’ve deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you’d spent more time with. I always say this: Live, love and laugh.”

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 21, 2014
6:42 am
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Star of ‘The Office’ Developing TV Project Focusing on Vine Favorites (Deadline)

A new comedy project from one of the stars of NBC’s “The Office” focuses on five social media personalities who have become celebrities through Vine. Deadline.com reports that the TV project from Rainn Wilson features popular Vine personalities including Curtis Lepore and Jerry Purpdrank.

Vine, a short-form video platform, has created some social media celebrities through its looped six-second clips. The project, which is produced by Wilson, will be a scripted show called “Hollywood and Vine,” tracking five social media stars who are trying to break into traditional Hollywood, the story reports.

“We believe this show is going to be the first to celebrate these amazing, talented Viners in an authentic way and bring their style of humor to a broader audience,” Wilson said. “Plus, who doesn’t love a six-second twerk?”

Vine, which debuted in 2012, is owned by Twitter. Along with Lepore and Purpdrank, the cast includes Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd and Christian DelGrosso. The five Vine stars collectively have more than 30 million followers.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 21, 2014
6:18 am
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Star of 1980s Children’s Show Dies (THR)

An actor who starred in a beloved 1980s children’s show has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gerard Parkes, who was a star of “Fraggle Rock,” died Sunday at age 90.

Parkes died in Toronto from natural causes, the story reports. On “Fraggle Rock,” he played the eccentric inventor Doc, and was the only regular human character in the live-action puppet show that aired on HBO and on the CBC in Canada.

His other credits include ABC’s “A Muppet Family Christmas” in 1987 and playing Dr. Cobourne on “The Littlest Hobo.” Parkes was born in Dublin and moved to Canada after World War II.

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TVBIZWIRE
Oct 20, 2014
2:43 pm
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NBC Rolls to Big Sunday Win as Viewers Turn Out for Peyton Manning’s Historic Night (TVbytheNumbers)

NBC saw a viewer surge for “Sunday Night Football” as viewers tuned in to see Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning become the all-time leader in NFL touchdown passes thrown.

Citing Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC rolled to an easy win in the broadcast ratings. “Sunday Night Football’s” game between the Broncos and San Francisco 49ers averaged a preliminary 7.0 rating in the demo, up from a 6.0 for last week’s game. The report notes that the numbers are subject to significant adjustments due to the nature of live sports programming.

Fox also got a bump from NFL coverage, as football overrun delivered a 7.4 average rating in 18-49 for the 7 p.m. half-hour, with the postgame show “The OT” pulling a 4.4 at 7:30. Leading out from football, “The Simpsons” had a 3.5 average for the annual “Treehouse of Horror” edition, up two-tenths of a point from a week ago.

Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Family Guy” both had 2.5 averages in the 18-49, with “Brooklyn” rising three-tenths from last week while “Guy” saw a six-tenths improvement from its previous original installment. “Mulaney,” which recently saw its episode order cut, held steady with a 1.1.

ABC and CBS were well off the pace with their non-football programming. ABC was led by “Once Upon a Time” with a 2.7 average in adults 18-49, equaling last week. CBS had three shows hit the 1.4 mark: “Madam Secretary” and “CSI,” which both equaled last week’s marks, and “The Good Wife,” which ticked up one-tenth.

For prime time overall, NBC led the big four with a 5.9 average in 18-49, followed by Fox (3.6 average), ABC (1.6) and CBS (1.4). NBC also tallied a huge win in total viewers with 17.4 million, ahead of CBS (10.8 million), Fox (9.0 million) and ABC (5.8 million).

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Oct 20, 2014
2:43 pm
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HBO’s ‘The Comeback’ Comes Back — Here’s the Trailer (HBO)

HBO has released a trailer for the Lisa Kudrow vehicle “The Comeback,” which returns to the pay-cable channel Nov. 9 for a six-episode mini-season. The comedy series is back after nearly 10 years off, having aired its lone season back in 2005.

Here’s the new trailer:

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Oct 20, 2014
2:43 pm
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Lawsuit Against Actress Who Refused to Do Nude Scene Gets Green Light (THR)

The production company behind a pay-cable series received court approval for a lawsuit against an actress who refused to do a nude scene on the show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq., reports that True Crime, the company behind the Cinemax show “Femme Fatales,” is countersuing Anne Greene for alleged breach of the “nudity rider” in her contract.

“Greene, whose credits include ‘Saw 3D: The Final Chapter,’ sued first, alleging in a complaint against Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and production company True Crime that she was bullied, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment,” the article reports. “A trial was scheduled to happen this past summer, but then, True Crime filed counterclaims at the last second over its series that premiered on May 13, 2011.”

Characterizing the program as “soft-core porn,” Greene has indicated she would not have taken the job had she known that’s what it was.

“She says she only went ahead with simulated sexual intercourse ‘under duress,’ the result of a $100,000-plus threat for breaching her contract, and that the producers violated multiple union rules and regulations, including the requirement to have a closed set and a requirement to make the performer aware in writing to any script changes involving explicit nudity and depiction of sexual intercourse,” the story reports.

But the company says Greene was sent a preview clip for the show that made it clear that the program is adult-oriented and that the cast members appear partially nude and engage in simulated sex.

“If it wasn’t clear enough, Greene also got ‘casting breakdowns’ for roles said to ‘require partial nudity,’ defined as ‘chest’ and ‘behind,’” according to the production company, the piece adds.

The producer alleges that Greene never expressed a problem with the nature of the material until the last minute, when she balked at simulating oral sex. “The producer says it ‘accommodated Greene’s concern and revised the script’ and didn’t ‘attempt to convince, persuade or coerce Greene to perform any scenes against her will or to which she expressed objection or discomfort,’” the story reports.

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Oct 20, 2014
2:42 pm
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Cable Series Pulls In 15 Million Viewers (Deadline)

Even going up against Peyton Manning’s shot at the touchdown record on “Sunday Night Football,” the zombie drama “The Walking Dead” on AMC had a pretty good night Sunday. The show followed its record-breaking premiere with 15.143 million total viewers for the season’s second installment, Deadline.com reports.

The show also had 9.796 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo. Airing at 10 p.m., the zombie show “just avoided a surge on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ as the Broncos’ Peyton Manning threw his 509th touchdown pass to set the NFL’s TD record,” the report notes.

The turnout for “Walking Dead” was down 12% from the season five premiere a week ago, matching the decline from week one to week two in season four. Sunday’s program had a 7.7 average rating in the 18-49 demo, topping “Sunday Night Football’s” preliminary 7.0.

Sunday’s installment of “Dead” ranks as the show’s third-most-watched episode, behind the season five and season four premieres.

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