Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CBS Ushers Preview Trailers for 2016 New Shows Including New Versions of MacGyver and Star Trek

"MacGyver" (CBS)
CBS is the latest network to reveal sneak preview synopsis videos of their upcoming fall 2016 shows and even a few teasers for 2017. Among the offerings are new sitcoms for former sitcom stars, Joel McHale, Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc. Also returning to the small screen is Katherine Heigl who is appearing in yet another new show as a feisty but smart blond professional woman.

Unlike the other networks, CBS is shying away from supernatural storylines, comic book characters and sci-fi fare with the exception of proposed reboot of Star Trek. Also being rebooted this season is a new version of the tinkerer (and a much younger) MacGyver that is starring Lucus Till and former CSI star, George Eads.

Star Wars Comes to Theaters

Star Wars was released in theaters on May 25, 1977.
May 25, 1977
Almost weekly, there is a new story about the upcoming Star Wars sequel, but on this day in 1977 is when the phenomenon first began as 20th Century Fox released the classic for the first time. After George Lucas scored a hit with American Graffiti, Fox allowed him to spend $9.5 million for the space epic. It took four years to create the cowboys and Indians tale told in space. Initially, the film was released to only 42 theaters, but by the end of the film’s first week, the movie had made $3 million allowing it to be expanded to a lot more. By the end of summer the film made over $100 million. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won in six. The movie alone resurrected the idea that science fiction movies could be profitable.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'The Voice' Crowns Its Winner

Alison Porter and Christina Aguilera (NBC)

Alisan Porter was crowned champion of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice tonight (Tuesday, May 24), live from Universal City, Calif., earning the grand prize of a recording contract and being named as the "Voice" for season 10. 

Porter, from Team Christina, competed for viewers' votes in the finals against runners-up Adam Wakefield from Team Blake, Laith Al-Saadi from Team Adam, and Hannah Huston from Team Pharrell. 

'America's Next Top Model' Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' Mirror Ball Trophy

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd (ABC)
If you have been watching this season of Dancing With The Stars, you will not be surprised to learn that the winner of season 22 is Nyle DiMarco and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. DiMarco, the winner of last season's America's Next Top Model, won America over with his good looks and the fact that he was extra challenged given the fact that he was born deaf. Without hearing a single note, DiMarco was able to master numerous dances.

Second place went to American mixed martial artist Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas, with Good Morning America's Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy coming in third.

Mary Had a Little Lamb…for Real

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" was based on a true story.
May 24, 1830
It was on this day in 1830 that the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was published for the first time. It is a poem written by Sarah Joseph Hale that was, as Hollywood likes to say, “ripped from the headlines.” The true tale is about Mary Sawyer from Sterling, MA, who indeed had a pet lamb and did bring it to school. "Visiting school that morning was a young man by the name of John Roulstone, a nephew of the Reverend Lemuel Capen, who was then settled in Sterling,” said Mary. “It was the custom then for students to prepare for college with ministers, and for this purpose Mr. Roulstone was studying with his uncle. The young man was very much pleased with the incident of the lamb; and the next day he rode across the fields on horseback to the little old schoolhouse and handed me a slip of paper which had written upon it the three original stanzas of the poem..."

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bonnie and Clyde are Shot

Bonnie and Clyde were shot on May 23, 1934
May 23, 1934
On this day in 1934, the infamous duo of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death by both Texas and Louisiana state police riddling their stolen car with a spray of bullets. Bonnie met Clyde when her husband was serving time for murder. During the relatively short romance, both were convicted of crimes and served time in jail. During a two year spree, the couple met up with other unsavory types and robbed a string of banks and stores across five states. The couple were famous for basically two reasons: Bonnie was a woman (of course) and the two posed for a many playful photos during their “time on the road.” It is believed that the Barrow Gang are responsible for the death of 13 people.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NBC To Bring Back Familiar Faces And Stories With 2016 TV Shows

"This is Us" (NBC)
NBC’s 2016 TV shows plans include a few familiar faces and storylines with their large list of replacement series to begin airing this fall. Many of the 15 TV shows that were announced during the network’s upfront presentation for advertisers feature familiar names of franchises, producers, storylines and stars.

Two spin-off shows planned for fall 2016 include The Blacklist: Redemption starring Famke Janssen and the newest “Chicago” series, Chicago Justice. Emerald City, which takes place in the land of Oz, sounds similar to ABC’s popular Once Upon a Time while Midnight Texas, which includes stories about vampires and witches sounds a lot like NBC’s own Grimm series.

Pac-Man Arrives

Pac-Man was released on May 22, 1980.
May 22, 1980
On this day in 1980, the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man was released by Namco and made his debut in Japan. He made his way over to the states by October of the same year. As you may remember, the game was hugely popular with tons of tie-in merchandise created, a TV cartoon show and even a top-ten hit. At the time of his arrival, arcade games were focused on shooting games which mainly appealed to males, but Pac-Man appealed to both genders. It is one of the highest-grossing video games of all time having generated over $2.5 billion in quarters by the 1990’s! To this day, more than 30 official “spin-offs” of the game have been produced. Pac-Man also has the highest “brand-awareness” of all video game characters among Americans – being recognized by 94 percent of them. He’s the “golden arches” of video games.