Archive for December, 2010

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the fall season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

NOTE: There will be Burn Notice marathon on USA Network all day. Check your local listings for airtimes.

6 PM
Back to the Future movie on AMC

7 PM
Pirate Radio movie on HBO Signature

8 PM
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown classic on CBS
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (reair)
Farewell Mr. Kringle movie on Hallmark (reair)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic movie on TCM

8:30 PM
Back to the Future Part II movie on AMC

9 PM
Nikita on The CW (reair)

10 PM
Doctor Who on BBC America
The Ultimate Gift movie on Hallmark


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Every year there are new faces introduced to the general viewing audience via television series and/or movies at the box office. This year is no different with very unique and diverse actors and actresses coming to the forefront to capture the attention of audiences all over the country (and in some instances the world).

Here, in no particular order, are the stand outs for 2010:

Gemma Arterton

1. Gemma Arterton – While Gemma made heads turn as Strawberry Fields in the 2008 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, she also starred as Tess Durbeyfield in the 2008 TV mini-series Tess of the D’Urbervilles and in the box office movie Pirate Radio in 2009. But it has been her work throughout this year that has put her on the map. She starred not only in The Clash of the Titans but also Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the independent movie Tamara Drewe. She is currently filming Men in Black III.

Isaiah Mustafa

2. Isaiah Mustafa – The guy from the Old Spice commercials who was “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” caused waves across the nation, putting this actor on the map. He appeared as Greta #3 on an episode of Chuck and then had a role in the Tyler Perry movie Madea’s Big Happy Family. Next up he will be seen in the 2011 box office movie Horrible Bosses.

Chloe Moretz

3. Chloe Moretz – This talented 13-year-old has quite a resume for someone so young, including the TV series Dirty Sexy Money and the 2005 box office film The Amityville Horror and (500) Days of Summer. But it was her role as Hit-Girl in the box office movie Kick-Ass that really got her noticed. She also appeared in the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the horror flick Let Me In. Among her 7 upcoming projects is the Kick-Ass sequel.

Maggie Q

4. Maggie Q – Already a superstar in Asia, Maggie is making a name for herself on American TV in the CW series Nikita. Her box office credits include Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III, Deception and Balls of Fury. She will soon be seen in the box office film Priest.

Jennifer Lawrence

5. Jennifer Lawrence – She burst onto the scene in the independent film Winter’s Bone after appearing in the TBS series The Bill Engvall Show for 2 seasons, and now she will be seen in the Jodie Foster flick The Beaver, the film Like Crazy, the horror movie The House at the End of the Street and the much-anticipated blockbuster X-Men: First Class.

Jimmy Wolk

6. Jimmy Wolk – While his first big starring role on television was the short-lived FOX drama Lone Star, Jimmy made his TV debut in the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class. He also appeared in the box office movie You Again with Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Betty White.

Matt Passmore

7. Matt Passmore – Matt is well known in his home country of Australia, having starred in the TV shows MacLeod’s Daughters and Underbelly, but he made heads turn here in the States courtesy of his new A&E TV series The Glades, which is about a Chicago cop who moves to a small Florida town, joining the state police there. The Glades will be back for a second season this summer.

Ruth Wilson

8. Ruth Wilson – Just four years ago, Ruth landed the lead role in the 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre and then appeared in last year’s AMC remake of The Prisoner. This year she appeared in the 6-part BBC America mini-series Luther alongside Idris Elba. And, it is rumored she will portray Jacqueline Kennedy in the anticipated 2011 film Flying Into Love.

Cast of Pretty Little Liars

9. The Cast of Pretty Little Liars – This new ABC Family Channel series based on the novels by Sara Shepard turned out to be quite the guilty pleasure over the summer. The show stars four up-and-coming young actresses, including Lucy Hale (Privileged), Ashley Benson (Eastwick), Shay Mitchell (Aaron Stone), and Troian Bellisario (NCIS) as well as some very familiar faces to the older TV generation such as Holly Marie Combs (Charmed), Chad Lowe (Life Goes On), Laura Leighton (the original Melrose Place) and Nia Peeples (Fame).

Benedict Cumberbatch

10. Benedict Cumberbatch – Benedict caught the attention of viewers courtesy of his appearance as the legendary Sherlock Holmes in the PBS 3-part mini-series Sherlock that recently aired here in the States and in the UK, but he has appeared in the box office films Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl and will be seen in the upcoming films War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Who are some of the new faces from this past year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

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Hey All,

Really short update for today, but there were at least a couple interesting items to share with all of you:


Starz plans to give viewers an early look at its upcoming drama Camelot by airing the full 64-minute premiere after the finale of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena airs on Friday, February 25. Spartacus airs at 10 PM and the Camelot sneak peek should air at approximately 11 PM. Camelot will then formally launch on April 1 at 1 PM. (The Futon Critic)

Legendary actor Ed Asner will appear on the new CMT show, Working Class, which stars Melissa Peterman as a single mom who takes a job at a frou-frou grocery store. Asner will play her neighbor and co-worker Hank. (Margaret Lyons at Entertainment Weekly)

Webisodes you should watch before seeing Primeval season 4


Actress Diane Kruger will appear as Marie Antoinette in the adaptation of the Chantal Thomas novel called Farewell, My Queen that will be a look at the 1789 French Revolution through the eyes of a royal reader played by Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood), who recalls the historical events 30 years later. (Allocine via The Playlist and First Showing)

Joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) in the upcoming movie J. Edgar will be Damon Herriman (Justified) as Bruno Hauptmann, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby as well as Judi Dench in an unknown role. Charlize Theron MAY appear as Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. (The Playlist, Sandwich John Films and First Showing)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Thanks to the folks over at Zap2It, here are the details on the first Vampire Diaries convention to be held in the United States:

The Vampire Diaries fandom is one of the most active and enthusiastic (we’ve ever seen at Zap2it), so we’re not surprised the fans have mobilized for Eyecon, the very first The Vampire Diaries convention in North America.

Last summer, Australian fans had the chance to meet Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Michael Trevino at a convention down under. Now it’s time for U.S. fans to have a similar opportunity.

Eyecon will take place in Atlanta, GA, where the series is filmed, from March 25 to 27, 2011.

So far, Paul Wesley — Stefan Salvatore himself — and Rob Pralgo (the not-so-dearly departed Mayor Lockwood) have confirmed that they’ll be attending the event to answer questions, take photos with fans, and sign autographs. They’ll even have dinner with a lucky group, and party at the Masquerade Ball. (We’re sure you’ll recognize them, even in disguise.) Eyecon tells Zap2it that they plan to add more of your favorite stars as the event approaches.

Tickets went on sale today at 12 Noon (Eastern Standard Time) via the Eyecon website. The earlier you buy your tickets, the closer you’ll sit to the stars! You will be contributing to a great cause, too – the event will host a blood drive (starve a vampire!) and is working with Vampire Support to benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.”

Get your tickets while they last!

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While many can argue that the Nielson ratings are flawed and in desperate need of an overhaul, the industry still greatly relies on their daily tallies. The industry seems to also dwell primarily on the 18 to 34 year-old viewers and cannot seem to get past the fact that those are NOT the only viewers of television programming.

But, before I digress into a soapbox rant, I did my own research on all the programming that aired over the course of this past year. Please note that I do not cover comedies, sports or reality so you are on your own if you wish to learn more about how those genres fared in the overall ratings war.

The details that follow are based strictly on the millions of viewers (not by any age demographic) who tuned into the dramas on the major and cable networks from January to mid-December of this year. Please note these numbers are the overall average of viewers for each show based on early overnight numbers divided by the number of episodes aired within the time frame, as referenced, for each drama.

First of all, the following is a list of all the dramas that aired during the last half of the 2009-2010 TV season, covering January through May (which is known in the industry as mid-season through to the season finales in May):

1. NCIS (CBS) – 18.1 million
2. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 15.3 million
3. The Mentalist (CBS) – 15 million
4. CSI (CBS) – 14.3 million
5. Criminal Minds (CBS) – 13.2 million
6. The Good Wife (CBS) – 13 million
7. Glee (FOX) – 12.4 million
8. CSI: NY (CBS) – 12.1 million
9. CSI: Miami (CBS) – 11.9 million
10. Desperate Housewives (ABC) – 11.8 million
11. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 11.7 million
12. House (FOX) – 11.6 million
13. Castle (ABC) – 11 million
14. Bones (FOX) – 10 million
15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 9 million
16. Brothers & Sisters (ABC) – 8.8 million
17. Private Practice (ABC) – 8.6 million
18. Human Target (FOX) – 8.3 million
19. Medium (CBS) – 7.6 million
20. Fringe (FOX) – 6.7 million
21. Chuck and Parenthood [Tie] (NBC) – 6.1 million
23. V (ABC) – 6.0 million
24. The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 3.4 million
25. Supernatural (The CW) – 2.7 million
26. Justified (FX) – 2.4 million [ran from March to June]
26. Smallville (The CW) – 2.3 million
27. Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill [Tie] (The CW) – 2.1 million
29. Gossip Girl (The CW) – 1.8 million
30. 90210 (The CW) – 1.6 million
31. Breaking Bad (AMC) – 1.5 million [ran from March to June]

Then, as we move into the summer, the following list shows all the dramas that aired from June to August on the cable networks in order of their overall viewers:

1. The Closer (TNT) – 7.3 million
2. Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) – 6.9 million
3. Burn Notice (USA) – 5.7 million
4. Royal Pains (USA) – 5.4 million
5. Covert Affairs (USA) – 5.2 million
6. True Blood (HBO) – 5 million
7. White Collar (USA) – 4.3 million
8. Psych (USA) and Memphis Beat (TNT) [Tie] – 3.6 million
10. In Plain Sight (USA) – 3.4 million
11. Leverage (TNT) and Army Wives (Lifetime) [Tie] – 3.3 million
13. The Glades (A&E) and Hawthorne (TNT) [Tie] – 3.1 million
15. The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family) – 2.9 million
16. Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) [Tie] – 2.6 million
18. Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – 2.5 million
19. Eureka (Syfy) – 2.4 million
20. Mad Men (AMC) and Dark Blue (TNT) [cancelled] [Tie] – 2.3 million
22. Haven (Syfy) – 1.8 million
23. Huge (ABC Family) 1.7 million [cancelled]
24. Make It or Break It (ABC Family) – 1.6 million
25. Rescue Me (FX) – 1.3 million
26. Unnatural History (Cartoon Network) – 1.2 million [cancelled]
27. Rubicon (AMC) – 1 million [cancelled]

Next, we have the ratings results for all of the dramas that aired on the major networks for the first part of the 2010-2011 TV season, covering September to approximately mid-December:

1. NCIS (CBS) – 19.4 million
2. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 15.8 million
3. The Mentalist (CBS) – 14.4 million
4. Criminal Minds (CBS) – 14 million
5. CSI (CBS) – 13.7 million
6. Desperate Housewives (ABC) – 12 million
7. The Good Wife (CBS) – 11.8 million
8. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 11.7 million
9. Glee (FOX) – 11.5 million
10. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) and Blue Bloods (CBS) [TIE] – 11.1 million
12. CSI: Miami (CBS) – 11 million
13. Castle (ABC) – 10.8 million
14. House (FOX) – 10.1 million
15. The Defenders (CBS) – 10 million
16. CSI: NY (CBS) – 9.9 million
17. Bones (FOX) – 9.2 million
18. Brother & Sisters (ABC) – 8.8 million
19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 8.7 million
20. Private Practice (ABC) – 8.4 million
21. Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) and Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) [TIE] – 8.2 million
23. No Ordinary Family (ABC) – 7.6 million
24. The Event (NBC) – 7.1 million
25. Medium (CBS) – 6.6 million
26. Human Target (FOX) – 5.9 million
27. Lie To Me (FOX) – 5.7 million
28. Chuck (NBC) – 5.6 million
29. Chase (NBC) – 5.5 million
30. Parenthood (NBC) – 5.3 million
31. Fringe (FOX) – 5.2 million
32. The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – 3.3 million
33. Smallville (The CW) – 2.7 million
34. Nikita (The CW) – 2.6 million
35. The Good Guys (FOX) – 2.5 million
36. Supernatural (The CW) – 2.4 million
37. Hellcats (The CW) – 2.2 million
38. 90210 (The CW) – 2 million
39. Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill (The CW) [Tie] – 1.9 million
40. Life Unexpected (The CW) – 1.6 million [cancelled]

NOTE: There were several new dramas (such as Lone Star, Undercovers and The Whole Truth) that were introduced in the fall, but were quickly pulled from the schedule and not given a full season order by their respective networks; therefore, I did not include those shows in the above list.

Lastly, the cable networks aired some of their summer shows during the fall or debuted new and or returning series during the fall, competing against the major networks. The following is a list of how those shows performed over the course of September to mid-December as applicable:

1. The Closer (TNT) – 5.7 million
2. The Walking Dead (AMC) – 5.3 million
3. Burn Notice (USA) – 4.3 million
4. Boardwalk Empire (HBO) – 3.5 million
5. Sons of Anarchy (FX) – 3.2 million
6. Psych (USA) – 2.9 million
7. Men of a Certain Age (TNT) – 2.3 million
8. Dexter (Showtime) – 2 million
9. Sanctuary (Syfy) – 1.5 million
10. Glory Daze (TBS) – 1.4 million
11. Stargate Universe (Syfy) [cancelled] and Tower Prep (Cartoon Network) [TIE] – 1.2 million
13. Terriers (FX) – 700,000 (average) [cancelled]

NOTE: Full ratings for the 3-part Sherlock mini-series that aired on PBS this fall, the 6-part mini-series Luther that aired on BBC America this fall and the season 2 run of Being Erica that aired on SOAPnet earlier in the year have been nearly impossible to locate online; therefore, none of those dramas can be reflected in these listings.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: Leverage aired 3 episodes in December on TNT with an average of 2.4 million viewers. Both Eureka and Warehouse 13 aired holiday-themed episodes on Syfy in December, which earned 1.9 million and 2 million viewers respectively.

The final analyses of all ratings listed above for the major and cable networks are as follows:

1. Once again, CBS is the number one most watched network, having the top 3 shows – NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mentalist – in fact the two NCIS shows have seen their numbers go up from last season with a slight drop in the overall numbers for The Mentalist from last season to this season;

2. CBS can also claim the top two new shows out of the fall season, those being Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods (with the shows running virtually neck-and-neck in the overall ratings);

2. The top drama for ABC for the entire calendar year is Desperate Housewives followed closely by Grey’s Anatomy and Castle;

3. Just like last year NBC is sorely lacking in any successful show (new or returning) in terms of top ratings; but for both seasons (2009-2010 and 2010-2011), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the network’s top show; but the network is consistently placing 3rd behind CBS and ABC respectively;

4. While House was once the top rated show for FOX, it has now been surpassed by Glee (for both seasons). House has fallen considerably in the ratings, losing 1.5 million viewers from last season to this season;

5. The top news show for ABC is Detroit 1-8-7, while Nikita is the top new show for The CW and Law & Order: Los Angeles is the top new show for NBC;

6. The Vampire Diaries has consistently been the number one series on The CW for both seasons (2009-2010 and 2010-2011), faltering in the ratings only slightly from last season;

7. Medium on CBS, Fringe on FOX and Chuck and Parenthood, both on NBC, have taken the steepest hits in the ratings from last season to this season. Medium lost 1 million viewers, Fringe lost 1.5 million, Chuck lost 500,000 viewers and Parenthood lost 800,000 viewers;

8. The Closer is the number one cable show for the summer out of all the summer dramas that aired on the various cable networks. The Closer also sustained its number one status during its fall airing as well;

9. Burn Notice is the number one cable drama on the USA Network for the summer; while Warehouse 13 is the number one cable series on Syfy (followed very closely by Eureka) and The Walking Dead is the number one cable series on AMC; and,

10. Summer shows from the cable networks that aired in the fall in direct competition with the major networks is proving to be a bad move by their respective networks; namely because the ratings for both Psych and Burn Notice (just as examples) are down significantly for both shows.

FINAL NOTE: I did not include any DVR ratings, online viewership or the like in the above ratings results, as those numbers – while helpful in knowing just how a particular show is watched by the viewing audience – hold no barring on the future outcome of a show. The advertisers who make each and every show possible are only concerned with the ratings from live viewings because that is when their advertising is viewed by the TV audience. The networks are at the mercy of their advertisers; therefore, the live ratings are the only ratings that can truly make a difference.

What have been the shows that you have enjoyed the most this year? Do you feel a particular show’s ratings should be higher (or possibly) lower than they appear above? Do you wish a fan favorite would get more attention from viewers? Please share.

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Every year there are guest appearances made on the latest TV shows. Some are just a natural part of the show, filling out the cast in order to depict the stories as outlined by the script while other appearances are special, being made by notable actors or fan favorites.

The following list shows just some of the big guest appearances that were made on a number of TV shows throughout 2010. To simplify matters, the actors’ names appear in alphabetical order followed by the series for which they appeared in parenthesis:

Amy Acker (No Ordinary Family)
Armand Assante (Chuck)
Rene Auberjonois (Warehouse 13)

Michael Badalucco (In Plain Sight)
Carlos Bernard (Burn Notice)
Barry Bostwick (Glee)
Billy Burke (Rizzoli & Isles)
Carol Burnett (Glee)

Richard Chamberlin (Leverage, Chuck and Brothers & Sisters)
Gary Cole (The Closer)

Timothy Dalton (Chuck)
William B. Davis (Human Target)
William Devane (Psych)
Griffin Dunne (White Collar)

Robert England (Chuck and Supernatural)
Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs)
Lou Ferrigno (Chuck)

Ana Gastyer (Chuck)
Robin Givens (Nikita)
Summer Glau (Chuck)
Pam Grier (Smallville)
Jon Gries (Supernatural and Psych)
Michael Gross (Psych)

Angie Harmon (Chuck)
Teri Hatcher (Smallville)
Tricia Helfer (Human Target)
Lance Henrickson (Haven)
Michael Hogan (Smallville)
Peter Horton (Life Unexpected)

Allison Janney (Lost)
Eriq LaSalle (Covert Affairs)
Christopher Lloyd (Chuck)
Dolph Lundgren (Chuck)

Sean Maher (Human Target and Warehouse 13)
Lee Majors (Human Target)
Ralph Macchio (Psych)
Ann-Margret (Army Wives)
Kellie Martin (Drop Dead Diva)
James Marsters (Caprica and Hawaii Five-0)
Chi McBride (Psych)
Sarah McLachlan (Life Unexpected)
Meatloaf (Glee)
Alyssa Milano (Castle)
Judd Nelson (Psych)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee)
Sarah Paulson (Grey’s Anatomy)
Luke Perry (Leverage)
Tahmoh Penikett (Human Target)
Bronson Pinchott (Chuck and Hawaii Five-0)
Franke Potente (Psych)
Freddy Prinze, Jr. (Psych)

J. August Richards (Grey’s Anatomy)
Eric Roberts (Chuck)
Gena Rowlands (NCIS)
Susan Ruttan (The Forgotten)

William Sadler (Hawaii Five-0)
Leelee Sobieski (Drop Dead Diva)
Jewel Staite (Warehouse 13)
Sharon Stone (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Gina Torres (The Vampire Diaries)

Lindsay Wagner (Warehouse 13)
Robert Wagner (NCIS)
Carl Weathers (Psych)
Peter Weller (Psych)
Kevin Weisman (The Forgotten)
Wil Wheaton (Eureka and Leverage)
Clarence Williams III (Justified)
Ray Wise (Castle)
Rick Worthy (Medium)

NOTE: A number of the cast members of the perennial classic TV series Twin Peaks made a special appearance on an episode of Psych, which paid homage to the show. Those cast members included Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Robin Lively, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Catherine Coulter and Lenny Von Dohlen.

What big name stars or fan favorites can be expected to appear in our favorite series in 2011. Well, only the powers that be behind the shows can tell us that and they’ll keep those secrets for as long as they can. Is there a particular actor or actress that you would like to see guest star? And, more importantly, was there a guest star that was featured in your favorite show who wasn’t included above? Please share.

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The following industry personalities (listed in alphabetical order) passed away in 2010. Heartfeat condolences are extended to their families, friends and fans:

Barbara Billingsley (Legendary Actress)
Lisa Blount (Actress)
Denise Borino-Quinn (Actress)
Tom Bosley (Legendary Actor)

Dixie Carter (Actress)
Christopher Cazenove (Actor)
Maury Chaykin (Actor)
Jill Clayburgh (Actress)
Gary Coleman (Actor)
Denise Cramsey (TV Producer)
Robert Culp (Actor)
Tony Curtis (Legendary Actor)

Dino De Laurentiis (Italian Movie Producer)
Jimmy Dean (Music Legend and Businessman)

Blake Edwards (Legendary Director)
Jamie Escalante (Los Angeles teacher who was inspiration for movie Stand and Deliver)

Eddie Fisher (Singer)
John Forsythe (Legendary Actor)

James Gammon (Actor)
Greg Giraldo (Comedian)
Harold Gould (Actor)
Peter Graves (Legendary Actor)
Kathryn Grayson (Legendary Actress and Singer)

Alexander Haig (Former Secretary of State)
Corey Haim (Actor)
Dennis Hopper (Legendary Actor)
Lena Horne (Legendary Singer)

Casey Johnson (Johnson & Johnson heiress)
Andrew Koenig (Actor)
Steve Landesberg (Actor-Comedian)
Art Linkletter (TV Host)

Simon MacCorkindale (Actor)
Teena Marie (Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Marshall (Legendary Music Photographer)
Kevin McCarthy (Legendary Actor)
Rue McClanahan (Actress)
Alexander McQueen (Fashion Designer)
Don Meredith (Football Legend and Legendary Sportscaster)
Mitch Miller (Legendary Musician)
Brittney Murphy (Actress)

Patricia Neal (Legendary Actress)
Edwin Newman (Journalist)
Leslie Nielsen (Legendary Actor)
Merlin Olsen (Football Legend and Actor)

Fess Parker (Legendary Actor)
Robert Parker (World-Renown Author)
Teddy Pendergrass (R&B Singer)
Ingrid Pitt (British Actress)

Frances Reid (Legendary Soap Actress)
Lynn Redgrave (Legendary Actress)

J. D. Salinger (World-Renown Author)
William Self (Actor, Producer and TV Executive)
Jean Simmons (Legendary Actress)
Gloria Stuart (Actress)
Joan Sutherland (Opera Singer)

Helen Wagner (Legendary Soap Opera Actress)
Albertina Walker (Gospel Singer)

NOTE: This list, in no way, covers all the industry talent who passed away this year. Again, condolences are extended to one and all.

Out of respect, please take a moment of silence.

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Repeats are still the norm while we are between Christmas and New Years, but here is how the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [repeat] – 10.6 million
Glee (FOX) [repeat] [hour 1] – 4.1 million
One Tree Hill (The CW) [repeat] – 930,000

9 PM Shows:
No Ordinary Family (ABC) [repeat] – 3.4 million
Glee (FOX) [repeat] [hour 2] – 4 million
Life Unexpected (The CW) [repeat] – 700,000

10 PM Show:
Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) [repeat] – 3.5 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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A lot of awards are given out every year and while every single award that is given out cannot be listed below; I did compile some of the top winners from the majority of the award shows that either aired on television or were presented over the course of 2010:


Film Actress: Sandra Bullock
Film Comedy: The Proposal
Film Actor of the Decade: Johnny Depp
TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
TV Sci-fi Fantasy: Supernatural
TV New Comedy: Glee
TV New Drama: The Vampire Diaries
Music Rock Band: Paramore

GOLDEN GLOBES (January 17):

Best Movie Actor, Drama: Jeff Bridges
Best Movie Actor, Comedy: Robert Downey, Jr.
Best Movie Supporting Actress, Drama: Monique
Best TV Actress: Julianna Margulies
Best Mini-Series Actress: Drew Barrymore
Best TV Supporting Actor: John Lithgow

SAG AWARDS (January 23):

Best Female TV Actress, Comedy: Tina Fey
Best Male Movie Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Best Ensemble TV Drama: Mad Men
Best Male Actor, Movie/Mini-Series: Kevin Bacon

GRAMMY AWARDS (January 31):

Record of the Year: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
New Artist: Zac Brown Band
Pop Collaboration: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillait
Male Country Artist: “Sweet Thing” by Keith Urban
Rock Album: “21st Century Breakdown” by Green Day


Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
TV Drama, Director: Lesli Linka Glatter for Mad Men
Children’s Programming, Director: Allison Liddi-Brown for Princess Protection Program

BAFTA (February 21):

Best Film: The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Colin Firth
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan
Music: Michael Giacchino
Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Rising Star: Kristen Stewart


Best Film Actress: Gabourey Sidibe
Best TV Drama: Lincoln Heights
Best TV Actress, Drama: Jada Pinkett Smith
Best Female Artist: Mary J. Blige

OSCARS (February 22):

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Best Animated Film: Up
Best Original Song in a Film: “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart


Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez
Favorite Song: “You Belong To Me” by Taylor Swift
Cutest Couple: Jacob and Bella in The Twilight Saga: New Moon

STREAMY AWARDS [the best in web TV] (April 11):

Best Actress, Comedy: Felicia Day, The Guild
Best Actor, Comedy: Neil Patrick Harris, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Best Comedy: The Guild
Audience Choice: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


Entertainer of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
New Artist: Luke Bryan
Song of the Year: “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum


Breakthrough Performance: Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
Generation Award: Sandra Bullock


Video: “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood
Duo Video: “Indian Summer” by Brooks & Dunn

TONY AWARDS (June 13):

Lead Actress, Musical: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Lead Actor, Play: Denzel Washington


Best Younger Actor: Saoirse Ronan
International Film: District 9
Presentation on TV: Torchwood: Children of Earth
Actor on TV: Josh Holloway
Actress on TV: Anna Torv
Supporting Actress on TV: Julie Benz


Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
Best Actor: Idris Elba
Humanitarian: John Legend
Lifetime Achievement: Prince


Outstanding Drama: The Bold & the Beautiful
Supporting Actress: Julie Pinson for As the World Turns


Program of the Year: Glee
Top Comedy: Modern Family
Comedy Actress: Jane Lynch


Best Supporting Actress: Alaina Huffman, Stargate Universe
Best Special Guest Star: Alex Kingston, Doctor Who
Best Actress: Eve Myles, Torchwood
Best Actor: David Tennant, Doctor Who


Choice Movie, Action Adventure: Sherlock Holmes
Choice Movie, Drama: The Blind Side
Choice TV Show, Fantasy/Sci-Fi: The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Show, Action: NCIS: Los Angeles
Choice TV Actor, Action: Zachary Levi
Choice TV Actress, Action: Yvonne Strahovski
Choice TV Show, Comedy: Glee
Choice Summer TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Choice Music, Rock Group: Paramore

VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (September 12):

Rock Video: 30 Seconds to Mars
Special Effects: Muse
Art Direction: Florence + the Machine


Guest Actor in a Comedy: Neil Patrick Harris, Glee
Original Main Title Theme Music: Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman for Nurse Jackie

EMMY AWARDS (September):

Best Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons
Best Actress, Drama: Kyra Sedgwick
Outstanding Mini-Series: The Pacific
Best Supporting Actress, Drama: Archie Panjabi
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Jane Lynch

SCREAM AWARDS (October 18):

Best TV Show: True Blood
Best Supporting Actress, Film: Anne Hathaway
Breakout Performance, Female: Chloe Moretz


Adult Contemporary Artist: Michael Buble
Soundtrack Album: Glee: The Music 3 – Showstoppers
Male Artist: Brad Paisley


Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Male Artist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Decade Award:  Rascal Flatts
Single of the Year:  “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum

Congratulations to all of these winners (and the countless others who won awards) over the course of 2010. Are any of your favorites included above? Was there an actress or entertainer who you thought should have received some type of award for their work in television, movies or music who didn’t? Please share your thoughts.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the fall season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6 PM
Back to the Future movie on AMC

6:30 PM
The Rock movie on Showtime

8 PM
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (reair)
Human Target on FOX (reair)
Burn Notice on MyNetworkTV
X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie on Cinemax
Practical Magic movie on Oxygen
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (animated) movie on Starz

8:30 PM
Back to the Future Part II movie on AMC

9 PM
Human Target on FOX (reair)
Burn Notice on MyNetworkTV
Coraline (animated) movie on HBO Signature

9:40 PM
Sleepless in Seattle movie on Encore

10:30 PM
Juno movie on USA Network


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