- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV6 hrs 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.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV6 hrs ago
Jamaican diva Tessanne Chin had already experienced some success in her native land — first as a member of the reggae-rock band Mile High, later as a solo artist with the 2006 hit single "Hideaway." She even toured with Jimmy Cliff and collaborated with Shaggy. But it was actually her friend Shaggy's suggestion that she try out for "The Voice" that finally made Tessanne an American sensation, when she was crowned the Season 5 "Voice" champion on Tuesday night.
Upon hearing the good news, Tessanne broke into hysterical sobs, which only grew louder when her coach Adam Levine ran onstage, knelt at her feet, and presented her with a shiny new "Voice" trophy. She had just about composed herself, like a true professional, to perform her Ryan Tedder-penned coronation song "Tumbling Down"...when she broke down again as her mother walked onstage. "MAMA!" she screamed, as she ran into her mom's waiting embrace. Aw .
- jblacklow at Yahoo TV11 hrs ago
If you've read Kristen Johnston's 2012 memoir "Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster," you know that she's an actress who knows a thing or two about perseverance.
But even her drive to keep working through illness (as she documented in "Guts") couldn't help in her current battle. Johnston, 46, will be taking an upcoming two-episode break from her hit TV Land show, "The Exes," as she continues recovering from her recent diagnosis with an auto-immune disorder, which she's only now speaking about for the first time.
"I was vacationing at the Mayo Clinic in November for two weeks," she explains. "I've finally been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder, where your immune system starts attacking healthy tissue. This has been way worse than anything that happened in 'Guts.'" [In her amazingly candid first book, Kristen describes her painful recovery process from an addiction to painkillers and alcohol.]
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV12 hrs ago
On Monday, the "Voice" top three performed for the last time, and on tonight's big finale, either Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, or Will Champlin will be crowned the Season 5 winner.
While all three are deserving of the title in their own ways, my "The Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield and I are rooting for Tessanne, based on her epic "I Have Nothing" performance. And judging from today's iTunes numbers — "I Have Nothing" went to number one, and Tessanne's "Let It Be" duet with her coach Adam Levine got to number four — much of America is rooting for her as well.
But don't count out Jacquie or Will just yet. Both have ardent fanbases and celebrity support (and loads of talent, of course)...which means tonight's finale may be the most suspenseful in "Voice" history. Any of them could take this.
Watch us discuss all this and more, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV1 day ago
They don't call it "The Voice" for nothin'. It was a big ole battle of the multi-octave divas on Monday's final "Voice" Season 5 showdown, as the remarkable Tessanne Chin took on Whitney Houston's near-untouchable "I Have Nothing," and then pint-sized powerhouse Jacquie Lee belted Jennifer Holliday's gauntlet-throwing Dreamgirls epic "And I Am Telling You." Even with the volume turned down, this was one very loud episode.
But where did that leave the quiet man of Season 5, scrappy singer-songwriter Will Champlin, who sang in between these two mighty-lung'd ladies? Did he get lost in the shuffle? Or is it possible that Tessanne and Jacquie could cancel each other out, thus leaving an opening for the nerdy, likable Will to pull off one of the biggest underdog upsets in singing-show history on Tuesday's grand finale?
Let's recap all of the performances and assess...
- kellywoo at Yahoo TV1 day ago
After a masterful season of “Survivor” in which he controlled the game for weeks, Tyson Apostol outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted 19 other players to win $1 million.
When the near-unanimous jury vote revealed him to be the winner, it was a moment of redemption for the 34-year-old bike shop owner, who played (and lost) twice before. And this time, it was an experience that he got to share with girlfriend Rachel Foulger for a few days.
Apostol chatted with Yahoo! TV about his crafty gameplay, any regrets he has about the season, and whether he’d play in an all-winners edition of “Survivor.”
Congratulations on the win! What are you going to do with all that money?
I don't know! Cash it all in twos, two-dollar bills, and then roll around in it.
You got very emotional as Jeff Probst read the tally last night. Did you think that you had the votes to win?
- Caroline Kepnes at Yahoo TV1 day ago
"The Sound of Music" was just the beginning of this musical holiday season.
Sunday night, USA presented “Psych: The Musical,” a two-hour murder-mystery wherein Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) sing, dance, and, of course, hunt down a bad dude: Z (“Rent” star Anthony Rapp).
The fuzz starts an investigation when Z, a criminally insane playwright, escapes. Z is famous for going nuts while doing rewrites on his play about Jack the Ripper. And now a Santa Barbara theater is producing a play about Jack the Ripper. And his BFF in the institution is serial killer Yang (Ally Sheedy, intense as always).
Jimmi Simpson is back, too, and dazzling as Mary Lightly. There was truly no weak link in the cast. Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson, and Kurt Fuller are all ready for Broadway and/or the next network stunt live musical.
"Psych-Os" loved what they saw and heard. The only frustration was the classic how-do-I-tweet-and-watch-at-the-same-time conundrum. And there were a couple of fans who were longing to hear Corbin Bernsen raise his voice in song.
Anyhow, it's time for us to share a few of our favorite things about the theatrical California Caper. Enjoy!
- rchan at Yahoo TV1 day ago
Did you hear that sound over the weekend? That was the sound of a million fans of both "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" simultaneously going "Squeeeee!" over this fan-made trailer for "WHOLOCK" — a fanciful meeting of two British cultural icons.
In it, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) hears a noise outside his flat at 221B Baker Street and looks out his window to see the TARDIS has landed. He steps out onto the street and spies the Doctor (Matt Smith) peeking out of the contraption, then follows him inside. Once inside, Sherlock marvels at the machinery and (of course) wants an explanation. The Doctor invites him on a time-tripping adventure, and after some initial skepticism from Sherlock, the two hurtle through time and space together to ... God knows where.
- Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo TV1 day ago
I know, right? You’d think that the entire country settled in for deep-fried crawdad-stuffed mallards this Thanksgiving instead of turkey, the way the Robertson family has taken over American culture. And by “taken over,” I mean this: record-setting ratings, such as the 11.8 million folks who tuned in to "Duck Dynasty's" fourth season premiere earlier this year. (That one episode became the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in the entire history of cable tee-vee, and also claimed more members of the coveted young-adult demographic that night than, well, anythin’.)
The mania over all things "Duck Dynasty" has spread beyond just TV, though. The Robertson family has done it all this year: guest stints on late-night talk shows and sitcoms; greeting cards; book deals; a wine line; a Christmas album and loads of gimmickry from headphones to coolers to rain boots to child-size ATVs — wrapped in camouflage, of course. The family’s Louisiana hometown of West Monroe has even seen a boost in tourism, just because of, essentially, four guys and their very entertaining family-business dealings.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo TV1 day ago
The "X Factor" Season 3 finale is right around the corner — which means soon Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt, or Carlito Olivero will win a record contract and go on to follow in the footsteps of, um, Melanie Amaro and Tate Stevens.
All three contestants are very talented, but there are still a few others that I'm shocked didn't make it at least a bit closer to this year's finale. So, without further ado, here is my list of the most-robbed contestants of this "X Factor" season.
12. Yellow House Canyon - These country gals brought such vivacious energy to their performances, and they were so darn likable. But during the Four-Chair Challenge, Simon Cowell didn't even give YHC a chance, or a seat. He shipped them straight home. And yet, he gave Forever in Your Mind a shot? Whatever.
11. Timmy Thames - I witnessed this 13-year-old's L.A. audition in person, and I can tell you, he was a little Michael Jackson reincarnate, something very special. I predicted right then and there that he was going to go far. Later seeing him lose his seat at the last minute during the Four-Chair Challenge damn near broke my heart.