Television News from the New York TimesGeoff Edwards, Former TV Game Show Host, Dies at 83 – Mr. Edwards discarded the suits traditionally worn by his peers on television favor of jeans, and let his hair grow.
Advertising: NBCUniversal to Combine ‘Upfront’ Presentations for Its Cable Channels – For the big television industry event called upfront week, NBCUniversal will borrow a page from the playbook of its parent, Comcast, and bundle together its cable channels.
F.C.C. Seeks Limits on TV Stations, to Curb Cable Costs – Stations have been trying to get around rules that limit the ownership of multiple broadcasters in a single metropolitan market.
Television Review: New TV Fantasies: ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ and NBC’s ‘Believe’ – Two new dramas — “Resurrection,” on ABC, and “Believe,” on NBC — feature children with supernatural traits.
‘Mad Men’ Enlists the Graphics Guru Milton Glaser – For its seventh season, starting in April, “Mad Men” enlisted the renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser (I ♥ NY) to design promotional ads with a late ’60s aesthetic.
Encounters: Johnny Weir: Fabulous at the Olympics, Even More So at the Oscars – Johnny Weir knows when someone cuts a sharp figure.
ArtsBeat: ‘The Americans’ Recap: A Fake Rock and a Fake Relationship (or Two) – The spy gadget that your mother and father can remember from grade school.
What’s on Thursday – Television highlights.
Television News from the Seattle PILea Michele: "Grief Is a Scary Thing" – Lea Michele says writing and recording her new album Louder helped her overcome her grief after losing her boyfriend Cory Monteith last summer. Monteith, Michele's Glee co-star and boyfriend of four years, died in July from a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol. Photos: TV's most stylish characters Michele recalls hearing the song for the first time: I just literally keeled over because grief is a very scary thing, and there comes a point where it can really take you down, she says.
Comedy Central Renews Kroll Show for Season 3 – Comedy Central has renewed Nick Kroll's sketch comedy series Kroll Show for a third season, Kroll told Seth Meyers on Wednesday's Late Night. "Nick has gone so deep into his characters [that] we were worried about his mental health if we didn't pick up a third season," Comedy Central President Kent Alterman told The Hollywood Reporter.
Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle Top MTV Movie Awards Nominations – American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street topped the MTV Movie Awards nominations, with eight nods apiece. 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Picture at Sunday's Oscars, received four nominations, as did Anchorman 2, Dallas Buyers Club, The Hobbit: View original Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle Top MTV Movie Awards Nominations at TVGuide.com
Thursday Review: On USA, Sirens and the Return of Suits – The smarmy and sophomoric Sirens, about three obnoxious Chicago paramedics, is USA Network's awkward attempt to branch out into the bawdy world of dark adult comedy (Thursday, 10/9). Confusing tastelessness and cheap profanity with actual humor, this misfire from executive producer Denis Leary feels like a series of limp outtakes from the more daring Rescue Me. Michael Mosley, from the unfortunate final season of Scrubs, blandly stars as Johnny, the supposedly endearingly ringleader, who shares an ambulance with equally obnoxious gay buddy Hank (Kevin Daniels) and hopelessly dorky newbie Brian (Kevin Bigley). Because this George may not be a saint, but he's definitely a sad sack: moping over a beautiful Anglo ex-wife, resisting the grotesque advances of the lusty principal at the night school where he teaches, and reluctantly re-entering the dating game with two blustery buddies played by Dexter's David Zayas and movie heavy Danny Trejo, neither particularly well suited for comedy that involves gag-inducing gags about sexting and pepper spray. Comedy Central weighs in with the peculiar Review (10/9c), in which everyman's a critic - this everyman being Forrest MacNeil (played by Andy Daly), a colorless milquetoast who fields requests to "review" life ("It's literally all we have") by experiencing the extremes. In the opening half-hour, he explores the ups and down of stealing, escalating from nervous shoplifter (of malted milk balls) to hapless bank robber. In happier news, one of USA's more appealing dramas, Suits (9/8c), returns to finish out its third season on a very busy night, getting its sexy on as Harvey (Gabriel Macht) woos Scotty (Abigail Spencer) in bed as part of his hard sell to recruit her for the law firm, while Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) consider playing house, despite his shabby furnishings. It's a glossy, satisfying mix of drama and humor, dressing up the USA Network formula with stylish polish.
Game Show Host Geoff Edwards Dies at 83 – Game show host Geoff Edwards, who emceed such shows as Jackpot! and Treasure Hunt, has died, The Associated Press reports. In the late 1950s, he moved to California and landed a job hosting a news radio show in San Diego. Edwards is survived by his wife, two stepsons, an ex-wife, three children and nine grandchildren.
Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban to Perform at ACM Awards – Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are among the performers who will take the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards next month, People reports. Other performers include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, George Strait and The Band Perry, according to People.
Sundance Sets Premiere Date for Rectify Season 2 – Rectify will return for its sophomore season on Thursday, June 19, Sundance Channel announced Thursday. The drama stars Aden Young as Daniel Holden, a man who's been released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row and struggles to adjust to his former life.
Anchor Liz Wahl Quits Kremlin-Funded RT-America Live on Air – American anchor Liz Wahl quit her job at RT-America in spectacular fashion Wednesday, announcing her resignation live on the air after her 5 p.m. news broadcast. RT-America is funded by the Russian government and Wahl told The Daily Beast she had had enough of falling in line with the narrative she was expected to follow when reporting on events such as the crisis in Ukraine. Another RT-America anchor, Abby Martin, also spoke out on her program this week, denouncing Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. In the wake of Wahl's resignation, RT-America released a statement calling her act a "self-promotional stunt," The Daily Beast reports.
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