Monday, March 30, 2015

TV: This Easter, it's all About Jesus

Religious movies airing Easter 2015.
"Killing Jesus" (National Geographic Channel)
In a time where some Christian publications remind us on a daily basis that our world is going to hell in a hand basket, the rest of the world surprises us. While some fight for freedom FROM religion, others are embracing it. And who better to take advantage of this trend? TV.
This week's schedule is full of Easter and religious-themed programing all around the dial, a rare occurrence indeed. But will people watch? If last night's ratings of Killing Jesus are any indication, then yes.
Last night, the National Geographic Channel brought in 3.7 million viewers to watch the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's book, Killing Jesus. This is the channel's biggest audience ever and much of the audience fell into the 25-54 age range. Later this week, the film will be shown on the Fox News Channel and will air globally in 171 countries.

Video of the Day: Easter Bunny Attacks Kid

Worst big brother ever.

'The Daily Show' Announces New Host

Trevor Noah is the new host of "The Daily Show."
Trevor Noah is the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, announced today that the decision on who should replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show has been finalized. Trevor Noah, who began working on the show as a contributor in 2014 has been awarded the coveted spot.
Born in South Africa, Noah was first featured on American television on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman in 2012. He was the first South African stand-up comedian to do so on either of those shows. While Noah is not a household name yet in America, he is one of Africa's top comedians and even hosted his own late-night show there, Tonight with Trevor Noah. He was also the subject of David Paul Meyer's documentary, You Laugh but it's True.

“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Ganeless in today's press release. “For the next host of The Daily Show, we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central."

President Ronald Reagan is Shot

President Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981.
March 30, 1981
Many still remember where they were when they first heard that President Ronald Reagan had been shot on this day in 1981. John Hinkley Jr. shot at Regan outside of a Washington D.C. hotel. Other victims included Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, policeman Thomas Delahaney and James Brady who was left with permanent brain damage. Ironically, the 70-year-old wasn’t even aware that he had been shot at first and even though he was suffering from a collapsed lung, he walked into the hospital under his own power and told his wife just before surgery, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Last Airing of the Carol Burnett Show

The "Carol Burnett Show" aired it's last episode on March 29, 1978.
March 29, 1978
Carol Burnett is one of America’s funniest comedians. Beginning in September of 1967, she was given her own variety/sketch comedy show on CBS. For 11 years, Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke brought viewers to tears with laughter with such notable characters like Mr. Tudball, Mrs. Wiggins, Stella Toddler, Mother Marcus, Mama, Eunice, and The Oldest Man. (If you are unfamiliar with these characters, look them up on YouTube!) After 278 episodes, the show aired it’s last on this day in 1978. During its run, the show won 25 prime-time Emmy Awards and is considered one of TV’s greatest TV shows of all time by TV Guide and Time magazine.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Video of the Day: "The Dovekeepers"

CBS' The Dovekeepers stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman’s bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. The Dovekeepers premieres Tuesday, March 31 at 9/8c.

P.T. Barnum Joins Forces with James Bailey

P.T. Barnum Joined James Baily to make the "Greatest Show on Earth" o March 28, 1881.
March 28, 1881
Entrepreneur P.T. Barnum, became a natural salesman at the age of 12 selling lottery tickets and cherry rum to soldiers. Later, he tried out a variety of businesses, including newspaper publishing and running a boarding house. But he didn’t find his true calling until 1871. His new venture was called “P.T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth” which was quite a mouthful. By this day in 1881, Barnum joined forces with James Bailey and James Hutchinson, and in 1887, the re-branded circus went by the name of “The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth.” Barnum died on April 7, 1891 and his circus was bought by the rivaling Ringling Brothers in 1907. 
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TV: There's Nothing New Under the Sun

"Coach" to make a revival.
Craig T. Nelson from Coach (IMDB)
What may be new on TV this fall you've already seen. Sort of. It's deja vu all over again in TV land. Just this week, NBC announced that it had greenlit a 13-episode order of Coach, a new sitcom based on the old one but still starring Craig T. Nelson. The original show ran on ABC from 1989 to 1997 and also starred Jerry Van Dyke, Shelly Fabares,Bill Fagerbakke and Clare Carey. Although, no other cast members have been announced as of yet, the new show will pick up  18 years later with Coach Hayden Fox now serving as an assistant coach for his grandson. Original show creator, Barry Kemp, will also write for the new series.

Re-boots of favorite TV shows are nothing new of course, but rarely do they do well. Ironside, The Bionic Woman, Night Rider, The Munsters and even the current The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon have failed to connect with viewers while the new version of Hawaii Five-O has done well.