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Shark Tank is riding a wave of popularity that is really kicking up the quality of life for its millionaires and billionaires. The denizens of the tanks are regulars on the talk show circuit and have journalists filing story after story after story in all types of media. They need to be careful though — their parent network, ABC, could be pushing this show off the rails of the gravy train even faster than they would like.
Another ABC show can provide a cautionary tale that Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O'Leary should heed: Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Over a decade ago, it was the toast of the television world. Regis Philbin, with his assortment of ties, had all of America repeating his trademark phrase, "Is that your final answer?" It was must-watch TV and the first time that someone actually answered the million dollar question was national news.
Then ABC got greedy. It started airing new episodes multiple times a week. People got bored of the program and it eventually fell out of prime-time grace. The very same thing can happen with Shark Tank if the programming honchos aren't more careful. The show has served as a stalwart stand-in for series that have already ended their seasons or have already been canceled. While there is educational value in a repeat viewing of a Shark Tank episode, there's no small chance that people might start tuning these lessons out.
The show's format has served it well, especially with the bringing in of Cuban and Greiner to further humanize the show; still, there's always a need to shake up thing after a while, since even the most successful formula and get stale after a while. One suggestion might be for the five sharks to make some road trips and visit the entrepreneurs in their element. That way, they could spend an episode in one place and go really in-depth, much like Marcus Lemonis does on The Profit. Imagine Cuban snarking on the work area of an entrepreneur. Even if this shakes up what we loved about the show to begin with, fresh material like this could be what saves the series from going stale.
Just remember... a shark has to keep moving forward, otherwise it will die. The same could be said of this show if ABC keeps this up.
Jerry Seinfeld and Robert De Niro are set to headline a special TV tribute to veteran comedian Don Rickles. The Toy Story star, 87, will be feted by some of his close pals and Hollywood's biggest stars in One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.
Alongside Seinfeld and De Niro, Rickles' long career in the entertainment business will be remembered by David Letterman, Martin Scorsese, Bob Newhart, Tracy Morgan, John Stamos, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis Philbin, and Jon Stewart.
The show will be taped at New York City's iconic Apollo Theater on 6 May (14) and will air on America's Spike TV network on 28 May.
If you thought sitting across from Regis Philbin and his coordinated shirt and tie sets on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was stressful, then wait until you get ahold of NBC's latest game show, The Million Second Quiz. Contestants on the show will not only have to answer questions 24 hours a day, they'll have to live in a giant glass hourglass cage structure in "the heart of Manhattan" (Times Square or NBC's Rockefeller Center, if I had to guess) while they wait for their million seconds (which is about 277 hours, or 12 days) to run down.
It's unclear whether all the contestants will live together in the box (now that is a show!) or if they each live there for their close-to-two weeks all alone with nothing but their own reflection and a crowd of school kids from Florida who are on their way to Radio City Music Hall on a field trip to keep them company. We don't know what the questions will be or how these people will prove themselves. We do know that the show will air this fall, it will have a prize of "up to" $10 million (which is different from a $10 million prize), and will be super awesome. You know I'll be down there harrassing the contestants all the time. That's what they get for canceling Glass House!
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M*A*S*H star Alda and Lear each received a Special Founders Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the star-studded ceremony, hosted by retired U.S. talk show host Regis Philbin at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.
Lear, best known as creator of hit 1970s TV show All In The Family, said in his acceptance speech, "The world will, and needs to, come together through the arts."
Alda paid tribute to "the men and women in the hospital tents," referring to real-life medical personnel who risk their safety to treat war-time casualties, who he noted usually go unmentioned at award shows.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy was presented with the International Founders Award by Jessica Lange, the star of his hit TV series American Horror Story.
British novelist Sir Terry Pratchett was awarded the Best Documentary nod for his controversial programme about the process of assisted death, Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die.
Presenters at the ceremony included actors Victor Garber, Donnie Wahlberg and Cheyenne Jackson.
Last week's Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday featured visits from none other than Bill Hader's wonderfully demented take on James Carville, impressive newbie Kate McKinnon's waving, Beyoncé-loving Ann Romney, and — because no party would be complete without him — Drunk Uncle. So who will show up alongside host Seth Meyers on tonight's second edition of the weeknight special? My personal hope: Stefon. Always Stefon. His political commentary would have everything. No matter who pops up at the Weekend Update desk tonight, the political world has given SNL a wealth of comedy riches over the past week. From GOP candidate Mitt Romney's confusion about the function of airplane windows to Samuel L. Jackson's f**king message for President Barack Obama (not about snakes), it's wise Meyers and co. opted to do two of these Thursday editions. Not only because they have to compete with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, but because the next new episode of SNL doesn't air until October 6. With the election getting closer and closer, they too have got to stay in the race. Plus, there's always the vain hope of a Stefon appearance. Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday airs tonight on NBC at 8 PM ET. Until then, check out what Meyers had to say about what's in store for tonight's episode and why Romney and Obama have to stop by Studio 8H before the election. [Photo credit: NBC] More:
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Sure, the race for the Presidency technically started when Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney accepted their nominations from their respective parties, but as far as we're concerned, the race really begins when The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live get started in on the fun. With The Daily Show having already paid visits to the DNC and the RNC, it's finally SNL's turn to weigh in on this year's election.
But why wait for the weekend to get brilliant political skewering from the same show that changed Sarah Palin's game for good in 2008? ("I can see Alaska from my house!") Beginning tonight, Seth Meyers will man the Weekend Update desk a few nights early for Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, a half-hour primetime special that will satirize the race between and Obama and Romney, perhaps with cameos by some of the candidates themselves. (Or, at the very least, the SNL stars like Jay Pharoah and Jason Sudeikis who play them.)
SNL already got a bit of a head start on Saturday during the Season 38 premiere with a spot-on POTUS impression cold open and hilarious anti-Romney commercial parodies, not to mention a visit from Bill Hader's growling Clint Eastwood and his infamous chair. But with Election Day edging closer (just seven short weeks away) and news prime for the comedy picking emerging every day (thanks, secret waiter cam!), more SNL during an election year always gets our vote.
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday airs — you guessed it — live from Studio 8H tonight at 8 PM ET on NBC. A second special will air the same time next week.
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Wunderland: Following the (success?) of their upcoming series Beauty and the Beast, the CW folks are developing a contemporary drama based on Alice in Wonderland. The show will focus on a young female detective in Los Angeles, who discovers that there is another world that exists underneath this Godless city. The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge will pen the script, and executive produce with McG and and Peter Johnson. [Deadline]
Criminal Justice: Tony Soprano will return to HBO! Well, sort of. James Gandolfini has taken on a starring role in Criminal Justice — a crime drama project based on a British hit — that has officially been given a pilot order. Gandolfini will play jailhouse lawyer Jack Stone, and the show will be loosely based on its British counterpart, which chronicled the experiences of people charged with murder as they made their way through the justice system. Color us intrigued. [Deadline]
The Vampire Diaries: An Olympic champion is headed to Mystic Falls! Gabby Douglas announced her TVD fandom to the world this summer, and her loyalty has paid off — she is currently in Atlanta, filming an episode. The episode is slated to air Nov. 29, and she will not be playing herself. [THR]
Homeland: Looks like an Oscar winner is joining a surefire soon-to-be Emmy winner! F. Murray Abraham will recur on Homeland later this season as Dar Adul, a "brilliant intelligence operative in his 60-70’s. He has worked all over the world for the Special Activities Division of the CIA.” [EW]
Big Brother: "But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother." (In news that is surprising to no one, Big Brother has been renewed for a 15th season. Quote courtesy of George Orwell.) [Deadline]
Rachael Ray: Historical landmark Regis Philbin is set to recur on Rachael Ray. He'll show up once a month and do... something. [Deadline]
Tosh.0: Daniel Tosh's hit series has been picked up for a whopping 30-episode fifth season. The show regularly attracts more viewers than any other show on the network, so this one was pretty much a given for Comedy Central. [THR]
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LIVE! With Kelly and Michael's debut episode managed to rouse the talk show's ratings out of slumber. Former NFL player Michael Strahan's first episode of the morning show — which was briefly renamed LIVE! With Kelly following Regis Philbin's exit in November — nabbed a 3.9 household rating/13 share, according to Deadline. That's a 24 percent increase from last season's final premiere with morning show legend Philbin.
Of course, the show didn't manage to meet its highest number in nine years, when Philbin's final day attracted a 7.3 household rating. Still, good news for the morning talker, which saw ratings dip following Philbin's departure. And though it's too soon to tell whether buzz surrounding Ripa's choice or the choice himself is responsible for the uptick, the number is encouraging for a series taking a chance on Strahan, an athlete with little name recognition amongst LIVE!'s demographic. But, then again, we could have said the same about Kelly Ripa in 2000...
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Ever since Regis Philbin stepped down from his post on Live! with Regis and Kelly back in November, America has been wondering who will fill the legend's shoes. Well, after 10 months of anticipation/speculation and watching Kelly Ripa hold her own alone on LIVE! with KELLY, Ripa announced Tuesday that Michael Strahan will be stepping in as her sidekick, wing man, awesome co-host.
"Now it's time for a new era of our show to begin," Kelly said. "It gives me great pleasure to introduce the newest member of our Live! family, Michael Strahan." And the balloons and confetti fell!
Some people may wonder why Ripa would pick Strahan, who is a former NFL star (he was a Defensive End for the New York Giants) — but besides taking the football field, Stahan has also tackled the television screen. He is currently the host of Fox NFL Sunday, and has made several guest appearances on LIVE! with KELLY. Strahan also had a starring role on the sitcom, Brothers, back in 2009.
After 59 guest co-hosts, Ripa has finally found her man! "We are actually going to last unlike The Bachelor couples," Ripa joked on Good Morning America prior to making the announcement.
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In what may be the most recent example of "the worst-kept secret in Hollywood" (a phrase that comes and goes every time the network suits try to hide a rumor that won't rest until it worms its way out through the annals of TMZ), the television industry is expecting ABC to announce that former footballer Michael Strahan will officially step in as Kelly Ripa's new co-host in the slot vacated by Regis Philbin on Live! with Kelly.
The program (which ostensibly must be changed now to Live! with Kelly and Michael) announced on Monday that it wouldn't be revealing Ripa's new co-host until September 4, leaving the Internet to wonder which of Ripa's 59 celebrity guest hosts would fill the empty cushioned chair that Philbin left when he departed the show in November 2011. Mere hours later, TMZ reported that the new host would be none other than Strahan, the former defensive end for the New York Giants.
Strahan has already hosted the program a whopping 14 times (since October 2011), so he's no stranger to the morning hours, the strained perkiness or the croissants. In anticipation of the September 4 announcement, here's a primer in (mostly) everything you need to know about Strahan's history with morning programming:
He's game for anything. Like, seriously, anything.
He'll do that whole "let's bring animals on the show" thing that morning shows do.
He has a live TV history of charming outrageousness.
He's been dunked and shirtless.
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