Jane Lynch talks about hosting Hollywood Game Night was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Ruben Jay
American Idol went off the air almost one year ago. Currently, the show’s producer Fremantle is seeking to bring the show back on NBC. According to reports, the competition series has been in talks with NBC to bring back the once popular show. While no deal has been reached, there is a high probability of the show returning.
For much of Idols run, it was the go to show to watch in primetime. Even at the end, Idol was doing ratings that most shows would kill for. The series finale was seen by 13.3 million viewers and had a 3.o share.
“When you’ve got a franchise that has this kind of heritage and you’ve got a franchise that generates X amount of millions of people, if it sustains, does that mean it’s the end?” Seacrest said, according to a Variety report. “I’m not so sure,” he added.
So how would it work?
Well, no one really knows. There has been talks about NBC cutting The Voice down to one season a year, which would help The Vocie seem more important. Even if this was a one-year revival, it would help The Voice a ton. If you look at The Voice, in 5 years we’ve had 12 Seasons, and 10 coaches. That’s a high turn over.
Commentary: I think that American Idol would be great to revive. If they did revive the show in 2017, it would be nice to see who they would tap get as judges and see what NBC was able to bring to the table to make the show more interesting and new. A fresh set of producers, judges, and hosts would be fun to see.
NBC has picked up “This Is Us” for 2 more seasons, guaranteeing at least 36 additional episodes of what was TV’s most watched new drama in the fall.
The series follows a unique ensemble (Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown) whose paths cross as their life stories intertwine in curious ways.
When asked at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour about the show’s critical and commercial success, Creator and Executive Producer Dan Fogelman pointed out that the show “opens people’s emotions” and puts up a mirror to the viewer to say “there you are.”
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Jan. 18, 2017 — NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its edge-of-your-seat new alternative hit “The Wall,” executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter and hosted by Chris Hardwick.
“When we started ‘The Wall’ we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change peoples’ lives. Maverick and I couldn’t be more proud of the show’s early success and we want to keep building on that,” said James. “I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support.”
“We’re thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by ‘The Wall’ as we are,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James. Every time a player releases a green or red ball, the tension is palpable because each drop can affect the contestants life in the most extraordinary way and that makes for great television.”
“A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset joining NBC’s powerhouse reality brands such as ‘The Voice,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘American Ninja Warrior’ and ‘Little Big Shots,’” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour.”
Following “Better Late Than Never,” “The Wall” marks the second show to launch under the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studio, which was announced in June.
“The Wall” is also garnering exceptional interest across the globe with top French broadcaster TF1 being the first foreign territory to commission the show and gearing up to produce 40 episodes this spring.
In its first two regular Tuesday telecasts, “The Wall” has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research, with both telecasts building substantially from half-hour to half-hour in virtually every key ratings category.
“The Wall” also increased its audience from week one to week two (6.8 million to 7.0 million), making its Jan. 10 episode the most-watched telecast of an in-season first-year alternative series on the Big 4 networks, excluding last season’s NBC hit “Little Big Shots,” since March 2013.
With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four-stories high, “The Wall” was built for one purpose — to change everyday people’s lives in an instant.
Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, “The Wall” offers a pair of deserving teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players’ winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.
However, the towering wall is not easily conquered. Wildly unpredictable, the wall is capable of millions of different outcomes. As the game progresses, the stakes get even higher when one player is sent into an isolation room behind the wall. It is here where the pair’s faith in each other will be tested as the teammates play the remainder of the game without any communication.
A rollercoaster of emotions, the wall gives and the wall takes away. One minute you’re up and the next you’re one bounce away from zero. In this game, you need both the answers and bounces … with millions at stake every night.
“The Wall” is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with James, Hardwick, Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. “The Wall” was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
It’s the latest Dick Wolf series, following the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecuters and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on.
The program stars Monica Barbaro, Philip Winchester, and the iconic Carl Weathers.
Following in the footsteps of the other Windy City series, “Chicago Fire”, “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med”, the show promises at least a cross-over or two with some of the already established characters while branching off on its own in the tradition of another Dick Wolf show, “Law and Order.”
Wolf compares the four shows to four parts of the body. Fire is the “crotch”, P.D. the muscle, Med is the heart, and Justice will be the brain. The three-hour debut will intermingle all four with the last hour being, as Wolf put it “pure justice”
“Chicago Justice” premieres Sunday, March 5th at 9pm
The hit sitcom ended its eight-season run back in 2006, and now “Will & Grace” (and Jack and Karen) is headed back to television. NBC has slated a 10-episode limited run of the series sometime during the 2017-2018 season.
The four Emmy-winning stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally have all agreed to return along with original series creators Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and James Burrows.
Nobody ran the table Sunday when members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gathered in the The Beverly Hilton Sunday night to give the the Golden Globe awards for the 74th time. As usual, many in the entertainment world are hoping to find glimpse of the future in the Globes crystal Oscar ball. Will it happen? We won’t know until February. Until then it was a night for the elite of Hollywood to drink, laugh and show off in front of each other.
La La Land and Donald Glover came as close to dominating the night as anyone. We have a complete list of winners below. But first, let’s run down the opening of the show.
Hosted by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, the night started of course with the red carpet. Seven days of rich people wearing fancy clothes and talking to entertainment reporters. OK, maybe not seven days, but it was a while.
The show proper started with a La La Land homage. Jimmy Fallon started off singing in a limo waiting to get to the red carpet. He was then joined in song by nominees singing in the street. Among many movie and TV references Jimmy made his way to the Globes stage. Two highlight: Rami Malek as his Mr. Robot character confronting Jimmy with some comprising pictures; and the rap breakdown by the Stranger Things kids. Oh, and Barb is alive in case you didn’t know, or care.
The open then cut to Jimmy backstage on piano joined by Ryan Reynolds lounging on the top of the instrument. They shared a mint and Jimmy sang about the “Room Full of Stars.” Next Tina Fey was there, no longer extorting walnuts from airplane passengers, she tried to confess her love for Jimmy, but Jimmy only has eyes for Justin. Timberlake takes Jimmy up an magical staircase to the clouds where they dance. Then JT makes fun of Jimmy and ushers him onto the stage.
The monologue started with a malfunctioning teleprompter, prompting Jimmy to vamp with several exclamations about how crazy the evening will be, you know drunk stars and all. Tech got fixed quick, much to Mariah’s chagrin, and the jokes started with a fine popular vote jab. Then Fallon went to the audience shout-out portion of the monologue which included a bit about Ryan Gosling’s pianist and an odd Chris Rock. After a few more jokes and shout-outs to Jeff Bazos and Matt Damon the awards began.
The night’s winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
La La Land
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Television Series – Drama
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Foy, The Crown
Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Best Motion Picture – Animated
Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture
Viola Davis, Fences
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“City Of Stars”, La La Land
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
La La Land
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Performance By An Actress In A Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Sarah Paulson, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-Ish
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
The night finally came for us to find out who has made it to The Voice finale, but not without a couple extra performances!
Time is not wasted as the first person is announced… he made it to number 1 on iTunes after last night’s performance singing “I Surrender”, Billy Gilman from Team Adam Levine!!!
There is no doubt in my mind that Billy definitely deserves to be the first person to take a spot in the finale, he has done an amazing job this season, and deserves to stay in the competition!
Taking a break already from the results, we have OneRepublic performing their new song”Let’s Hurt Tonight”;
as well as a look inside the Hairspray Live set with the Top 8 and none other than Jennifer Hudson!
Hairspray Live! is airing December 7th on NBC at 8/7c.
Back to the results!
No surprise here, the next person announced to be in the finale is Sundance Head from Team Blake Shelton, who was actually number 2 on iTunes after last night’s performance!
What’s a Voice results show without breaks in between each person?
Next we have a performance from Season 10 finalist Hannah Huston, performing her new song “I Alone Have Loved You”. Great performance!
And back to the results.
The third person to make it to the finale is We McDonald from Team Alicia Keys!
At this point Miley Cyrus is the only coach who does not have someone going straight the finale! The two singers with the least amount of votes will automatically be sent home, while the other 3 battle it out for a Instant Save!
Of course we need to take one more break for another performance, but this one is from Coach Blake Shelton, so I’ll let it slide!
Blake performs his new single, “A Guy With a Girl” and it is awesome!!!!
FINALLY the time has come and we find out that the two with the least amount of votes are Aaron Gibson from Team Miley and Brendan Fletcher from Team Adam, which means that they are automatically sent home.
This also means that the 3 that are battling it out for the Instant Save are Ali Caldwell from Team Miley, Josh Gallagher from Team Adam, and Christian Cuevas from Team Alicia.
They are all truly amazing performances, but only one of them can be saved to go to the finale.
The final contestant is… Josh Gallagher from Team Adam!!!
This means that your FINAL FOUR, aka the Season 11 FINALISTS are:
What do you think of the results? Anyone else sad that Miley won’t have anyone in the finale?
Be sure to tune in next week for the finale!!!!