Fox Announces Fall Premiere Dates and Moves up Glee

July 30, 2009
Glee_logoFox has moved up the premiere date of Glee to Sept. 9, where it will follow the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, in addition to other changes to its fall lineup. Glee, the highly anticipated new series, had a 2nd episode sneak peek at this year's Comic-Con.

Fox also released a music video from Glee to promote the upcoming season. It features Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) as she sings her version of Jazmine Sullivan's "Bust Ya Windows" to Hulu. Check it out: BUST YA WINDOWS

For more behind the scenes footage and videos: GLEE

The new Fox schedule is as follows (season premieres are in bold):

Wednesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          GLEE

Friday, Sept. 11
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? (all-new episode)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          GLEE (premiere encore)

Saturday, Sept. 12
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT            COPS
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT            COPS (all-new episode)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          AMERICA’S MOST WANTED

Thursday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            BONES
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          FRINGE

Friday, Sept. 18
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER? (season finale)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          GLEE (encore)

Monday, Sept. 21
8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          HOUSE (two-hour season premiere)

Friday, Sept. 25
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            BROTHERS (one-hour series premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT       DOLLHOUSE

Sunday, Sept. 27
7:00-8:00 PM ET/PT            BROTHERS (encore)
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT            THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT            THE CLEVELAND SHOW (series premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT            FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT          AMERICAN DAD

Monday, Sept. 28
8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT            HOUSE (all-new episode)
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          LIE TO ME

Friday, Oct. 2
8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT            BROTHERS (time-period premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT            ‘TIL DEATH
9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT          DOLLHOUSE (all-new episode)

Saturday, Nov. 7
11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT   THE WANDA SYKES SHOW (series premiere)

Fox Reality Show 'House Husbands of Hollywood' Puts Different Spin On The Genre

channel_tileYou've watched and heard about The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Orange County, and even The Southern Belles of Louisville. Celebrity wives are no stranger to the reality mix. BET's Tiny and Toya, which follows the day to day lifestyles of the significant others of R&B and rap artists, T.I. and Lil Wayne, is the newest hit for the cable channel in recent history.

Fox Reality is following in the footsteps of those shows, but there's a twist. The housewives are househusbands. The Househusbands of Hollywood,  premiering August 15 on Fox Reality follows, some Hollywood househusbands who stay at home and run the household while their wives are bringing home the bacon.

The cast includes:

--Former Los Angeles Dodger Billy Ashley and his celebrity make-up artist wife, Lisa

--Aspiring actor Danny Barclay and his wife, Katherine Barclay, an attorney.

--Convicted bank robber Charlie Mattera, who is married to a prominent psychologist (name withheld).

--Tempestt Bledsoe of "The Cosby Show" and her partner, Darryl M. Bell of "A Different World."

--Former Marine Corps sniper Grant Reynolds and his wife, Jillian Reynolds of Fox 11's "Good Day L.A." and "American Idol Extra."

"Most of reality TV is a train wreck," Billy Ashley said. "People like to see the bad side of what's going on. For our show and the reality we've portrayed, it's natural. Our storyline is basically what we do in life. For most of us here, it's not a train wreck."

For more on the show: House Husbands Of Hollywood

BET's Debra Lee Talks Michael Jackson, The Nielsen Ratings System and President Obama

BETBroadcasting and Cable sat down with BET networks head Debra Lee to get her thoughts on branding BET and how President Obama's presidency will help Black America and the cable channel in general. "President Obama has had such a great effect. Having a black family in the White House increases awareness of black culture, and the number of non-black viewers coming to our network has increased", said Lee.

For the full article, read here: DEBRA LEE

Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 to end Broadway Run in September

July 29, 2009
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"9 to 5: The Musical," the Broadway based on the hit movie of the same name will end it's Broadway run in September. The musical, nominated for multiple Tony awards, has played for four months. Country superstar, Dolly Parton, who starred in the movie and who wrote and sang the title song, wrote the musical's  score. Though the show will end on Broadway, it is possible that it will still tour the country. Parton said in a statement, "I can't wait for this show to hit the road so people across the country can see why I'm so proud of everyone involved," she said. "And I'm so pleased that we'll be opening the tour in Nashville. Great things happen in Nashville."

Choreographer Merce Cunningham Passed Away

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Merce Cunningham was a highly celebrated choreographer and known to those in his field as a dance revolutionary, died at the age of 90.

He formed the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York and choreographed over 200 works.

In one of his last interviews, Cunningham spoke of what it took to be a dancer.  "Courage, you're doing something you want to do, may even not know how to do it, but you still want to do it, so you go ahead and try.  That seems to be a part of courage.  But also to keep [ something up] at something for a long, long time as dancers do...that they can with the kind of courage it takes, physical and mental to keep going as a dancer,  is remarkable. "

Bryce Dallas Howard Cast In Third Twilight Film

Bryce Dallas Howard
Like her predecessor, Howard has long red hair

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is to play evil character Victoria in the third Twilight film, Eclipse.

The screen star will replace Rachelle Lefevre, who took on the role in the first two installments of the franchise, its makers have said.

Lefevre quit because production on a film with Dustin Hoffman is due to start in another part of Canada at the same time. Howard's other screen credits include Terminator Salvation and Spider-Man.  Her father is Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, whose films include Frost/Nixon and A Beautiful Mind. The character of Victoria in the vampire saga is the sworn enemy of the story's heroine, Bella.

The first film in the series was released last year, and its follow-up, New Moon, is due to hit cinemas in November. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are the stars of the franchise, which - to date - has proved a box office success. The third film, also based on the books by Stephanie Meyer, is due to begin production next month and is scheduled for release next June. A fourth movie based on Meyer's novel Breaking Dawn is also due to be produced. Summit Entertainment's Erik Feig said: "Rachelle brought Victoria to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character.

"The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role."


Primetime Ratings July 20-26 2009

Source: USA Today

The week's top 20:

Network top 20
RankShow nameNetworkViewers in millions
1.America's Got Talent [Tuesday, 9]NBC13.7
2.America's Got Talent [Wednesday, 9]NBC11.3
4.The MentalistCBS9.6
5.Two and a Half MenCBS9.3
6.Big Bang TheoryCBS8.8
7.CSI: MiamiCBS8.5
8.So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday)Fox8.4
9.America's Got Talent [Tuesday, 8]NBC8.3
10.The BacheloretteABC8.0
12.Law & Order: SVUNBC7.5
13.So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday)Fox7.4
14.60 MinutesCBS7.3
16.Hell's Kitchen [Tuesday, 9]Fox6.9
17.Criminal MindsCBS6.5
18.Big Brother (Thursday)CBS6.4
20.Big Brother (Sunday)CBS6.1
*Dating in the DarkABC6.1
*Hell's Kitchen [Tuesday, 8]Fox6.1
48 Hours MysteryCBS7.7

Broadcast: Tops among 18-49-year-olds
RankShow nameNetworkViewers in millions
1.America's Got Talent (Tuesday, 9)NBC4.5
2.Hell's Kitchen (Tuesday, 9)Fox4.4
3.So You Think You Can Dance (Thursday)Fox3.9
4.So You Think You Can Dance (Wednesday)Fox3.8
5.Big Bang TheoryCBS3.7
*Hell's Kitchen [Tuesday, 8]Fox3.7
*Two and a Half MenCBS3.7
8.The BacheloretteABC3.6
9.Copa Oro 2009Uni3.3
10.America's Got Talent [Wednesday, 9]NBC3.2
*Dating in the DarkABC3.2
13.America's Got Talent [Tuesday, 8]NBC2.7
*Big Brother (Thursday)CBS2.7
15.Big Brother (Sunday)CBS2.6
*Big Brother (Tuesday)CBS2.6
*CSI: MiamiCBS2.6
*Law & Order: SVUNBC2.6
*The MentalistCBS2.6
*Manana para Siempre (Wednesday)Uni2.6
48 Hours MysteryCBS7.7

Cable top 15
RankShow nameNetworkDay, timeViewers in millions
1.Burn NoticeUSAThurs., 96.8
2.The CloserTNTMon., 96.6
3.Royal PainsUSAThurs., 106.2
4.WWE RawUSAMon., 105.3
5.Wizards of Waverly PlaceDisneyFri., 85.0
*WWE RawUSAMon., 95.0
7.NCISUSAMon., 84.9
8.Hannah MontanaDisneySun., 7:304.8
9.Law & Order: CIUSASun., 94.6
10.Law & Order: SVUUSASun., 84.2
*In Plain SightUSASun., 104.2
12.Food StarFoodSun., 94.0
13.Sonny with a ChanceDisneySun., 83.8
*Army WivesLifetimeSun., 103.8
*NCISUSAThurs., 83.8
*Suite LifeDisneyFri., 8:453.8
*Sky HighDisneyMon., 83.8
48 Hours MysteryCBS7.7

Spotlight: Tops among African-Americans
1.Tiny & ToyaTues., 10, BET1.6
2.America's Got TalentTues., 9, NBC1.5
3.CNN PresentsWed., 9, CNN1.4
*Meet the BrownsWed., 9:30, TBS1.4
*House of PayneWed., 10:30, TBS1.4
*House of PayneWed., 10, TBS1.4
*Tiny & ToyaTues., 10:30, BET1.4
8.WWE RawMon., 10, USA1.2
*WWE RawMon., 9, USA1.2
*Meet the BrownsWed., 9, TBS1.2