Posts by Joal Ryan
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV9 days ago
Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Chelsea Handler were floated as possible "Late Show" replacements for David Letterman, but in the end, the traditional broadcast-network, late-night model held, and Stephen Colbert got the gig.
What's it going to take for a nonwhite, nonmale star to crack the club of Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and, as of next year, Colbert?
1. Get on the short list, the real one. Names such as Fey, Rock, DeGeneres, and Handler were promoted by typists (reporters, social media users, etc.), not by the power brokers at CBS. As soon as Letterman announced his retirement, Hollywood reporter Nikki Finke tweeted that Colbert had been tapped as the replacement-in-waiting. If there was a short list, it'd already been cut — to one. "Would it have killed the networks and its ratings if they at least considered a Latino, African American, Asian, or even a woman?" César Vargas wrote for Fox News Latino.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV10 days ago
Stephen Colbert, signed Thursday to a five-year deal to take over "The Late Show"in 2015 for the retiring David Letterman, is the known unknown of late-night TV.
Here's what to expect when the Emmy-winner leaves the fake-news world of Comedy Central for the real-deal talk-show wars:
1. He'll be the real Stephen Colbert, not the "Colbert Report" version of Stephen Colbert. "I won't be doing the new show in character, so we'll all get to find out how much of him was me," Colbert said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to it."
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV11 days ago
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." didn't get a boost from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on Tuesday night. Even worse, the small-screen ABC entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe registered the smallest audience of its once-promising freshman season.
Spoiler alert: If you didn't watch Tuesday night, then you may not want to read this article about why you (possibly) didn't watch Tuesday night.
Good. Now that there's a small group of us, let's review the confounding facts.
1. On Sunday, the "Captain America" sequel, "Winter Soldier," reasserted Marvel's muscle and set a new box-office record for an April release, grossing $95 million in its three-day, domestic debut.
2. On Tuesday, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." deployed a "Winter Soldier" tie-in episode that saw primetime's S.H.I.E.L.D. agents learn, as their movie counterparts did, that the top-secret agency had been infiltrated by the evildoers of H.Y.D.R.A..
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV17 days ago
David Letterman is retiring, but the spectator sport is just getting started, and the game's called "Who'll replace him?"
Letterman announced on Thursday's "Late Show" that he'll step down sometime in 2015. Johnny Carson-ologists, those who have studied the original king of late-night TV and its influence on Letterman, might suggest the host will say goodbye before his birthday on April 12, 2015, in order to assure that Letterman will go out as Johnny Carson did at "The Tonight Show": at age 66.
Watch Letterman's retirement announcement right here:
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV25 days ago
"How I Met Your Mother," which wraps Monday, has long been a romantic epic with a laugh track — with the emphasis on the "long" part. The series has logged nine seasons, zigzagged back and forth in time more than "Lost" (which only ran six seasons), and journeyed through dozens of fraught relationships and dead-end hookups as Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) searched for the mother of his children-to-be.
If you're not prepared for a 75-hour, binge-watching marathon (with 75 hours being approximately how long it would take you to watch, or rewatch, the 206 half-hours leading up to the two-part finale), then here's a manageable list of some of the essential "How I Met Your Mother" episodes that — either for their key plot revelations or their glorious "Mother"-ness — you should be sure to bank by the time Ted finally meets you-know-who (played by Cristin Milioti).
Watch a preview of the series finale:
1. "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
From NPH and Kate Hudson to SJP and Ricky Martin, Here's a Look Back at the Top 16 'Glee' Guest StarsJoal Ryan at Yahoo TV1 mth ago
For its 100th episode Tuesday night, "Glee" pretty much will do as it's done in all its previous episodes: It'll boast a special guest star. (On Tuesday, actually, it'll boast two special guest stars — Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth.)
In honor of the show-choir show's centennial, here's a rundown of the top "Glee" guest stars, a not-small collection of performers who've bravely pitted their vocals against those of the kids from New Directions.
1. Kristin Chenoweth
Known outside of "Glee" as: The Emmy-winning TV actress, and Broadway star of "Wicked."
Known on "Glee" as: April Rhodes, the talented but messed-up former McKinley High classmate of New Directors adviser Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
First appearance: "The Rhodes Not Taken," from Season 1, when the show was young and famous people weren't yet in the habit of turning up on it.
Stunt casting or superb casting? Chenoweth was the first "Glee" special guest star, and, judging by the fact that she's been booked for the 100th episode, she's still one of the best.
- Yahoo TV1 mth ago
Once upon a time, "American Idol" rivaled the Oscars telecast for TV viewers. Last week, it got beat in the weekly Nielsen ratings by the Will Arnett sitcom "The Millers."
"All prominent TV shows eventually go into decline," Jeffrey McCall, professor of communications at DePauw University, said via email.
All things considered, "Idol" is coming in for a soft landing. For the TV season to date, the show's Wednesday edition is averaging more viewers (13.8 million) than all but 11 other broadcast network shows.
But "Idol" isn't just a smaller version of its old self; it's a quieter version of its old self, too. In its recap of a recent performance show, Entertainment Weekly dinged this season's contestants for their "placid mediocrity," for being "JUST NOT GREAT."
- Yahoo TV1 mth ago
Matthew McConaughey's Oscar-winning month may have set the stage for a history-making awards-show year.
A week after McConaughey claimed the Best Actor statuette for "Dallas Buyers Club," the 43-year-old star is the consensus pick of early-bird Emmy pundits to take Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for HBO's "True Detective." If the buzz holds, McConaughey will be the first Best Actor Oscar-winner to take home an Emmy in the same year.
"True Detective," costarring McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops on the trail of a serial killer, wrapped its eight-episode inaugural season on Sunday night before a series-high 3.5 million live TV viewers, HBO reported.
At the awards-tracking site Gold Derby, three of the four experts weighing in with Emmy picks have McConaughey as the actor to beat in his presumed category ahead of the likes of Harrelson.
- Yahoo TV1 mth 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.
[Related: Complete Oscars Coverage on Yahoo Movies]
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 TV2 mths 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: