Betty White Wins 2011 SAG Award

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Betty White received top acting honors at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® last night at The Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

Hot in Cleveland” is the network’s critically-acclaimed hit starring beloved actresses Valerie Bertinelli (“One Day at a Time”), Jane Leeves (“Frasier”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”) and recent Emmy® Award-winner, Betty White (“The Golden Girls”). The series airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land.

“We could not be more proud of Betty and our entire cast,” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “Betty is a true legend and brings her magic to the set day after day. She is an amazing comedy actor. I am so thrilled that she was recognized for her work on ‘Hot in Cleveland.’”

“Hot in Cleveland” revolves around three fabulous best friends from LA – novelist Melanie Moretti (Valerie Bertinelli), eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs (Jane Leeves) and former soap star Victoria Chase (Wendie Malick) – who find their lives changed forever when their plane, headed for Paris, makes an unexpected landing. When the friends discover that life is better for them and that they are hot in Cleveland, they decide to stay. Starting over together, they rent a house that happens to come with a very opinionated caretaker (Betty White).

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer.

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GE Elephant, ‘Singing In The Rain’

GE (General Electric) is receiving positive feedback on its ‘Ecomagination’ campaign, gaining high recognition for television advertisements such as ‘Singing In The Rain’. So what’s the buzz about? It’s a dancing elephant recreating Gene Kelly’s steps from the classic movie, “Singing In The Rain”. A string orchestra soars through the tones of ‘Singing in the Rain’ as rainforest animals enjoy the rain. A green lizard, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a toucan, two flamingoes are joined by a dancing baby elephant splashing through the puddles.

And it is AWESOME!

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy & Top Shot

HISTORY has two BIG premieres on Tuesday, February 8.

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy @ 9pm/8c
Larry the Cable Guy believes the United States of America is the greatest country on the face of the earth and he’s out to prove it. In this new series, Larry crisscrosses the nation, going totally off the beaten path to find the people, places and things that define this nation’s unique history. From panning for gold in the hills of California to leading a cavalry charge in a Civil War reenactment in Virginia, Larry gives history a fun, down-home twist.

Larry the Cable Guy believes the United States of America is the greatest country on the face of the earth and he’s out to prove it. In this new series, Larry crisscrosses the nation, going totally off the beaten path to find the people, places and things that define this nation’s unique history. From panning for gold in the hills of California to leading a cavalry charge in a Civil War reenactment in Virginia, Larry gives history a fun, down-home twist in the new one-hour series ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY, debuting Tuesday, February 8 at 9 p.m. ET on HISTORY.

Each episode uncovers surprising information about America’s history from the story of how moonshine-making during Prohibition gave rise to one of America’s most celebrated past times – NASCAR racing – to the history of etiquette from Emily Post’s heirs in Vermont, complete with a lesson in good manners.

Coast to coast Larry visits cities of all sizes getting an education in its history including, Monowi, NE a town with a population of one and the bustling metropolis of San Francisco, CA and New York, NY.

Throughout this informative and quirky approach to history, Larry prompts one memorable adventure after the next. He finds himself competing in a Mark Twain-style frog race in Calaveras County, CA; crawfishing in Louisiana; logging deep in the Oregon woods; discovering dog sledding in the icy lakes of Minnesota and getting a kick out of Mule Day in Tennessee.

Larry the Cable Guy is a cultural icon. After years of working the comedy circuit he was propelled to superstardom as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour (along with Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall). Ticket sales, merchandising, books, comedy records, and movies earned him a spot on Forbes’ Top 100 Celebrity Money-Makers list in 2007.

ONLY IN AMERICA WITH LARRY THE CABLE GUY is produced for HISTORY by Pilgrim Films & Television and Parallel Entertainment. Craig Piligian and Eddie Rohwedder are Executive Producers for Pilgrim Films & Television. Larry the Cable Guy and J.P. Williams are Executive Producers for Parallel Entertainment. Executive Producers for HISTORY are David McKillop, Dirk Hoogstra and Mike Stiller.

Top Shot [Season 2] @ 10pm/9c
The hit competition series from HISTORY is rearmed and reloaded. Sixteen fearless marksmen, carefully selected from thousands of applicants, will aim for the $100,000 prize package and the title of “Top Shot.” The all-new cast of 14 men and two women includes a 10-time NRA pistol champ, two former world shooting champs, a Texas cop, a Jersey shore Air Force sniper, a Bronze Star recipient, and representatives from four branches of the military. Colby Donaldson (Survivor) returns as host.

The hit competition series from HISTORY is rearmed and reloaded. Sixteen fearless marksmen, carefully selected from thousands of applicants, will aim for the $100,000 prize package and the title of “Top Shot.” The all-new cast of 14 men and two women includes a 10-time NRA pistol champ, two former world shooting champs, a Texas cop, a Jersey shore Air Force sniper, a Bronze Star recipient, and representatives from four branches of the military.

The 13-week series premieres Tuesday, February 8 at 10pm ET on HISTORY.

TOP SHOT’s second season will see more intense challenges and surprising twists inspired by history. Trials include shooting from the back of a moving vehicle, based on a WWII training exercise, shooting while hanging from a 125 foot crane or even shooting while being turned upside down. Firearms in the contestants’ arsenal will include the iconic “Tommy Gun,”.44 Magnum and a .50 caliber sniper rifle, as well as primitive weapons like the Tomahawk and blow gun. High-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.

Survivor contestant, athlete and adventurer Colby Donaldson returns as host of HISTORY’S second season of the elimination series.

The season two premiere opens with a surprise straight from Civil War history exactly 150 years ago: marksmen will face the same test that soldiers had to pass to get into the Union Army’s first sharpshooting regiment. The two with the best shots will then get to choose their own teams. The episode also includes a game of extreme billiards and an elimination challenge which sends the first marksman home in tears. Every contender must possess incredible speed, precision and skill, but in the end, only one winner will earn the “Top Shot” title.

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HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network’s program offerings are hit series such as American Pickers, Ax Men, The Universe, Ice Road Truckers, Top Gear, Pawn Stars and Top Shot, as well as acclaimed specials including America the Story of Us, WWII in HD, 102 Minutes That Changed America, The President’s Book of Secrets and Life After People. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, seven Primetime Emmy® Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network’s Save Our History® campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network’s latest initiative connecting America’s schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY website, located at www.history.com, is the leading online resource for all things history, featuring over 20,000 videos, images, audio clips, articles and interactive features that allow visitors to dig deeper into a broad range of thousands of historical topics.

Onion SportsDome

Onion SportsDome Tuesday, January 25, 10:30/9:30C on Comedy Central

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SportsDome” is the signature show of the Onion Sports Network, which has grown from a humble UHF channel purchased as a tax dodge and a way to profit from The Onion’s vast footage library of women’s beach volleyball, into the undisputed global sports leader it is today. “SportsDome” is now the number one destination for fans seeking game reports, insight from former players and theme music heavy on bell tones and bendy guitar riffs. With its total access to the inside of sports and pulse-pounding coverage, it has become impossible to be a sports fan without being a fan of the “Dome.”

* Father Of Three Wins Event On National Bodysurfing Tour / The most talented middle-aged fathers and uncles in the country were in the pond riding waves on the National Bodysurfing Tour. CLICK HERE

* Corey Lawrence of Ojai, California is furiously masturbating his way into the record books, needing just 12 more masturbation sessions to eclipse the single-day record. 13-Year Old Nearing Record For Most Masturbations In A Single Day. CLICK HERE

Live Fanchat and Video Q&A for A&E’s HEAVY

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On Monday, January 24 A&E will host a special online fan chat and live online Q&A session via streaming video with participants from the hit original series “Heavy.” Starting at 10 PM ET/9c viewers can log on to the “Heavy” facebook page or AETV.com to chat with fellow fans during the episode’s premiere. Immediately following the premiere at 11 PM ET/10c, episode subjects Rickywayne McCartney and Jessica Murphy, along with expert trainers Britny Fowler and David Richardson will appear live along with the series Executive Producer Jonathan Nowzaradan via streaming video for a Q&A session.

Fans can RSVP by clicking HERE for details and to see who else is joining the party.

About episode 2 – Rickywayne/Jessica:
Rickywayne, 35 years old and 555 pounds, started putting on weight when he was in the 5th grade. Getting creative with how to sneak the extra food, he was eating six or seven meals a day. After losing his mother, he’s carried guilt that drives him to eat uncontrollably. Now Rickywayne must lose the weight, before he loses his life. Jessica, 28 years old and 288 pounds, has always been known as the fat girl. She’s struggled with a pathological eating compulsion that leaves nothing on her plate when she’s done. She fears that if she doesn’t lose the weight now, her family will continue to outpace her and leave her out of her own family.

Hot In Cleveland

Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Betty White

TV LAND’S “HOT IN CLEVELAND” SECOND SEASON PREMIERE WINS 10PM CABLE TIMESLOT

Sitcom is #1 Scripted Show for the Night on Cable Among Adults and Women 25-54

Against fierce competition from premieres on the broadcast networks, TV Land’s critically-acclaimed hit original sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” scored huge numbers for its second season premiere (Wednesday, January 19th at 10 p.m. ET/PT). The series was the most-watched show in its 10 p.m. timeslot in all of cable with nearly 3 million total viewers as well as the #1 scripted series for the night on cable among Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54. Additionally, the series premiere of TV Land’s second original sitcom, “Retired at 35,” which premiered right after “Hot in Cleveland,” averaged over 2 million total viewers and posted impressive triple-digit gains across all key demos versus the channel’s primetime average.

Nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards®, including: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland” starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, posted a 1.4 rating and 1.4 million viewers among the network’s target Adults 25-54 audience, up a whopping +243% in rating and +239% in delivery over the network’s primetime average. TV Land averaged nearly 3 million total viewers, an increase of +199% over primetime. Among Women 25-54, TV Land scored a 1.6/819,000, up +244% in rating and delivery over network channel average. Among the channel’s core audience of Adults 40-54, the network scored a 1.9/1.1 million, an increase of +248% in rating and +247% in delivery over TV Land primetime average.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, “Hot in Cleveland” is executive produced by Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions and is helmed by Emmy® Award-winning Suzanne Martin (“Frasier,” “Ellen”) serving as executive producer, show runner and writer. Lynda Obst also serves as executive producer.

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About TV Land

TV Land is the programming destination featuring the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their 40s and 50s. Consisting of original programming, classic and contemporary television series acquisitions, hit movies and a full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S. homes.

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About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

American Idol, Season 10 | RECAP and SPOLIER ALERT

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Okay ya’ll, as I mentioned in the previous post, no one will ever be able to replace the ‘Dream Team’ that was Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. At first, I wished they had chosen: Mariah Carey [for the crazy factor] and Harry Connick Jr [for the hotness and humor factor] as the new judges. However, I was very interested in seeing exactly how Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson would interact with each other.  I found myself curious to find out which judge would ‘Bring The Crazy’ which judge would ‘Be Too Nice’ and finally who would end up assuming the ‘Brutally Honest’ role. Because SOMEONE has to crush the dreams of the deranged and delusional. Right?

Well, I watched the Season Premiere, and my questions have been answered!

* Please be forewarned. If you did not see the show, and you do NOT want to know what happened until after you can watch it online, or on your DVR, then I suggest you do NOT read any further. *

But…

If you DID see the show, and you’re ready to discuss all the glory that is the Season Premiere, you’ve come to the right place! And what could be better than STARTING the show in my ‘Home State’? Nothing.

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Welcome, to the New Jersey Auditions! This is American Idol

[Day One]

From the moment I saw Jennifer Lopez, I was totally and completely consumed by her stunning beauty, and her incredibly perfect hair. She is simply fabulous. Steven Tyler has seen some better days, his face looks like he may have had a little too much work done, and he’s not aging very gracefully. But don’t get me wrong people. I still love Steven Tyler, and I will always love all things Aerosmith. As for Randy Jackson, well, let’s just say I was just happy to see his familiar face.

Onward.

The first audition was from a seemingly timid girl, Rachel, who was also once a contestant on Season Six, but she was cut the first day in Hollywood. And now she was back to try again. She didn’t deliver a spectacular performance, but that might have been due to the fact that her idol, Jennifer Lopez, remembered Rachel from the earlier season. I think that definitely threw her off. Rachel’s audition was a very nice way to kick off the show.

Next up, Caleb, a young man from somewhere in New York took to the stage. He was singing a song, and it was all kinds of catchy, but in the middle of his audition, it became very clear that Steven Tyler would be the judge ‘Bringing The Crazy’ this season. Steven was so excited by Caleb’s singing, he started howling and banging the table with his hands. He just might be able to fill Paula Abdul’s shoes.

15 year old, Kenzie, was up next with a beautiful smile and a working set of pipes. She was also the third contestant in a row to make it to Hollywood. I started to wonder if they would ever ‘reject’ a contestant and where were the psychos?

And that’s precisely when the very first tone-deaf person arrived on the set.  Jennifer Lopez looked as if she wanted to drop dead, after she had to say, “NO!” for the first time.  She was literally cringing with discomfort. It was painfully obvious Jennifer did not like being put in the position of power that could make or break a person’s whole life. Just when I thought JLo was going to start crying, the next contestant came into audition.

Tiffany, from Morris NJ, had a total full-blown-meltdown the first time she saw Jennifer Lopez. Oh, and did I mention she’s at least half a crazy person. I mean when she popped open her jacket in the midst of her shtick, she looked ridiculous with the stars pasted on her boobies. That? Was um, how you say – so very wrong. But, then she collected herself, and auditioned again, and seriously. And as much as I hate to admit this? I think she did a pretty good job. But I certainly don’t think she’s the next American Idol.

The next contestant to audition was another 16 year old. A young man, who used to be confined to a wheelchair when he was a small child. Or something like that. I tried to listen to his story but I was too distracted, by his gigantic nose. Nevertheless, Robbie Rosen totally rocked singing the song ‘Yesterday’ by the ‘Beatles’. He took his time with each note and executed amazing voice control. His performance was spot-on. And he’s pretty awesome.  I’m a fan.

After a string of completely awful singers, and watching Jennifer Lopez squirm in her chair with every ‘NO’ she delivered, finally, finally, finally, the deranged and delusional came out of the woodwork.  This is the part of the opening auditions that I really look forward to watching.

There was the ‘Boyscout Boy’ who’s name may or may not have been Chris that showed up in an outfit that looked as if he’d just returned from fishing. He’s audition was an epic failure. And his bangs are just shameful.

Then, there was ‘The Guy Who Probably Ate Paint Chips As A Child’ that totally freaked me out with his serial killer glasses way before he ever even opened his mouth to sing a note.

And then? Something really interesting happened.

A ‘Stage Five Weirdo’ and ‘Extreme Britney Spears Enthusiast’ [who may or may not be a meth-addict] named, Ashley, brought her ‘A Game’ with an extra dose of total insanity.  However, in a shocking turn of events, she can ‘kind of’ sing. And by that I mean if she was Ethel Merman, on Broadway. In another shocking turn of events, Ashley managed to win over Jennifer Lopez. But not just because Jennifer couldn’t say, NO, but because Ashley actually made a lucid point when she stated she thinks ‘Pop Music’ really needs to change. She said something along the lines of Pop Music meets Liza Minnelli but the way she said it actually made sense. I think Steven decided to put her through because let’s be honest, crazy loves other crazies. Ashley is definitely going to be a train wreck to watch during Hollywood Week. I am VERY curious to see how far she’s going to make it in the competition.

Next up? Another 16 year old, named Victoria. With her white smile and southern drawl she was just as adorable as she was annoying. However, she managed to win over Randy when she suddenly dropped her accent and threw him a ‘Yo, Yo, Dawg’ complete with Gansta hand gestures.

The last contestant was a War Refugee from Kosovo. Her name is Melinda. I was taken a back by her pretty looks, I was moved by her family history and the story surrounding the way they fled their country, and, her singing voice was pretty good.

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[Day 2]

20 year old Deyvin started things off. She works in NYC as a singing waitress. She gave a very nice plug for her boss, but I wasn’t expecting very much from her. However, she actually delivered a very good performance. She did NOT do that screaming thing that other try-outs do.  I really liked that she got a golden ticket, and that she was older than 16 years old. I’m going to be keeping my eye on her throughout the competition. She has real potential.

To conceal the sounds emanating from the next contestant, the judges all sang, ‘I’m A Believer’ by the   ‘Monkeys’ and I truly enjoyed watching the three of them interact on that level. That was fun.  And, on ‘Day Two’ they didn’t waste ANY time bringing out the clearly disturbed.

Yo-Gee-Pop, a 25 year old, Japanese man, claimed and believed that he entertained Michael Jackson while in the womb. And then he brought ‘A Party In The USA’ by kicking off series of crazies and bad singers. After many, many, many, bad performances, Jennifer Lopez was finally able to say ‘NO’ and without squirming! I guess all she needed was a little breaking-in.

Once again, another 16 year old auditioned. Her name is Brielle and she’s daddy’s little girl. When her father was diagnosed with throat cancer, her singing was one of the things that kept him going, and fighting for his life.  I was expecting an enormous voice, or something that would give me the chills to come out of her mouth. But, I think she just did ‘Okay’. She is a very sweet girl, and I love how close she is with her father, but she’s lacking ‘Star Quality.’ I sincerely hope she can harness her voice a little better when she gets to Hollywood

Lastly, a young man named Travis auditioned. And guess how old he is? If you said 16, you would be correct.  Travis has a twin brother and they were stuck living in a homeless shelter in the Bronx, NY. He has one of those heartfelt stories that made Ryan Seacrest buckle at the knee. Jennifer saw Ryan wipe a tear from his own cheek. At first Travis sang ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by the ‘Beatles’ and it was lovely, but when he sang the second song, he really unleashed. He definitely has the ‘IT FACTOR’. And, he can definitely hold a note. The boy has some real promise. And talent. He was my FAVORITE of the night.

All in all, it was very exciting.

51 contestants from the New Jersey Auditions made it to Hollywood.

So…

Who was YOUR favorite contestant?

What do YOU think of the new judges?

Will YOU watch the rest of the season?

*The comments are now open.*

American Idol, Season 10

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Well, well, well. Tonight’s the big night when American Idol returns to television, at 8pm on Fox. I am definitely going to watch this, but only out of SHEER curiosity. Although NO ONE will ever be able to replace the dream team that was Paula Abdul & Simon Cowell, and while I wished they had chosen: Mariah Carey [for the crazy factor] and Harry Connick Jr [for the hotness and humor factor] as judges, I am interested in seeing how Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson interact with each other. And, I am very curious to find out who will be assuming the Brutally Honest role. Because SOMEONE has to be able to crush the dreams of the deranged and delusional. Right?

Will you be watching this season?