Posts by Joal Ryan
- Yahoo TV6 days ago
TV ratings and social-media stats for Sunday night's Oscars suggest host Ellen DeGeneres did more than orchestrate the world's most-retweeted selfie: The 86th Annual Academy Awards averaged 43 milllion viewers, up nearly 3 million from last year, and the most since 2004.
The show clicked from coast to coast and points in between, ABC reported, with New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City, Missouri, among the top-rated markets for the three hour-plus show.
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This marks the third straight year the Oscars telecast has trended upward in the Nielsens. The show, per usual, was the most-watched TV event since the Super Bowl (111.5 million). This year, it topped the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony (31.7 million), too.
On Twitter, Oscar-related posts during the telecast shot up 75 percent from last year.
Lorne Michaels's Blacklist: A Look Back at Martin Lawrence and 4 Other Celebs Who've Been Banned From 'SNL'Yahoo TV18 days ago
It was 20 years ago Wednesday that Martin Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" for his first — and last — time.
The comic's opening monologue, a critique on feminine hygiene that included recommendations for the "unusual use of Tic Tacs, Certs, and Stick-Ups room deodorizer," as the New York Daily News put it back in the day, prompted hundreds of complaint calls, howls from NBC affiliates, and an on-the-fly editing job by "SNL." (Only East Coast viewers watching the Feb. 19, 1994, show live saw Martin's routine in its entirety; the offending portion was deleted for the tape-delayed broadcasts and subsequent reruns.)
Watch Lawrence's (edited) "SNL" monologue:
- Yahoo TV23 days ago
Ralph Waite, who played the patriarch of Walton's Mountain on the long-running family drama "The Waltons," and appeared as the father of Mark Harmon's Jethro Gibbs on "NCIS," has died. He passed away midday Thursday in his South Palm Desert home, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed through Steve Gordon, the Waite family's accountant. Waite was 85.
He spent nine seasons as the dad of a rural Depression-era family on CBS's beloved family drama. "The Waltons" was a Top 20 hit in the mid-1970s, and is fondly remembered for the family's heartfelt good-night routine: "Good night, John-Boy."
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Waite was nominated for one Primetime Emmy for his role as John Walton on the 1972-1981 series.
- Yahoo TV25 days ago
Sid Caesar was the original TV king of Saturday night. Caesar, the primetime pioneer behind a breeding ground for comedy known as "Your Show of Shows," has died, his longtime friend and collaborator Carl Reiner confirmed to Yahoo. Caesar was 91.
Talk-show host Larry King, a friend of Caesar's, broke the news of the passing via Twitter.
Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic- there will never be another one like him
Reiner and fellow filmmakers Woody Allen, and Mel Brooks, along with writers Neil Simon ("The Odd Couple") and Larry Gelbart ("Tootsie," TV's "M*A*S*H") were among those whose careers were nurtured by Caesar; Reiner, Brooks, and Simon got starts on "Your Show of Shows," a 90-minute, live-without-a-net sketch show that aired on Saturday nights and predated the likes of "Saturday Night Live" by decades. Gelbart got his break writing for the subsequent "Caesar's Hour," while Allen worked on later Caesar TV specials.
Brooks offered his fond remembrances of Caesar on Twitter, too:
- Yahoo TV1 mth ago
Arthur Rankin Jr., the producer, director, and part-namesake of Rankin/Bass Productions, the TV/film company behind so many holiday and family favorites, including "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," passed away Jan. 30, it was reported this week. He was 89.
"We are still watching Rankin/Bass films because of the heart and warmth in them," said Rick Goldschmidt, author of "The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass" and two other books about the company's productions.
Here's a look back at how Rankin's work with partner Jules Bass influenced pop-culture — and our lives:
Janet Jackson's Super Bowl 'Wardrobe Malfunction' 10 Years Later: Things That Did — and Didn't — ChangeYahoo TV1 mth ago
It was the very definition of flashing — a less-than-one-second shot of Janet Jackson's exposed right breast at the end of Super Bowl XXXVIII's halftime show, a moment that changed our pop-culture world. Except, that is, when it didn't.
On the 10th anniversary of the Feb. 1, 2004 wardrobe malfunction that launched a half-million complaints to the Federal Communications Commission and a Congressional hearing, here's a look back at both the things that changed and the things that didn't.
Things That Changed
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV2 mths ago
On TV, it was a good year to be a bearded duck hunter. It was not the greatest year to be a leotard-clad bunhead.
Here's a rundown of 2013's ratings winners and losers:
1. "The Blacklist": In recent seasons, a solid success like Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" (averaging 10.1 million total viewers this fall, per the latest Nielsen stats) would be the freshman standout. But this NBC crime drama starring James Spader has been out-of-the-box big, building on its "Voice" lead-in, dominating DVR playlists, and amassing a Top 5-sized weekly audience of nearly 17 million.
2. "Scandal": One year ago at this time, this Kerry Washington ABC series was a good-sized guilty pleasure, averaging 8.4 million viewers. Now it's a full-blown hit, with 12.2 million viewers each week, not including those who intend to binge on its Shonda Rhimes plot twists at a later streaming date.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Rewatching Maria? 14 Tips for the Rebroadcast of 'Sound of Music Live!'Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV2 mths ago
Will Carrie Underwood pray for you this time?
Yes, "The Sound of Music Live!" is back.
NBC is scheduled to rebroadcast the live musical telecast on Saturday. Since its top-rated Dec. 5 unveiling, "The Sound of Music Live!," mainly has lived on in snarky tweets and posts, most of which were directed at Underwood. The show itself only just began streaming on NBC.com, and won't be issued on DVD until next week.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV3 mths ago
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed everything — or so those who've grown up in the wake of the events of Nov. 22, 1963 have long been told. But did it change everything for the characters of "Mad Men"? With the 50th anniversary of the assassination being marked Friday, we looked back at where the Sterling Cooper crew were on that historic day and where they’ve gone since.
Coincidentally, or possibly not, given series creator Matthew Weiner's eye for both detail and duality, this past season's finale, "In Care Of," is set around Thanksgiving 1968 — almost precisely five years after the history-marked goings-on in Season 3's assassination episode, "The Grown-Ups."
And coincidentally, or possibly not, Weiner's characters keep living out the same drama.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV4 mths ago
The TV world is in the midst of a shake-up these days. A newly revamped version of the Neilsen ratings system has begun to release numbers taking into account everyone who watches a show not just live during its first showing, but for the entire month that follows on DVR. The new numbers have produced a bevy of unexpected winners and losers.
Here are surprising winners (plus a couple of not-quite winners) of the 2013-2014 fall TV season:
1. "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW): According to its network, the veteran bloodsucker series, averages a sparse (but huge in The CW terms) 2 million so-called live-TV viewers, but is currently the biggest scripted broadcast series on social media, outdoing even the Twitter favorite "Scandal."