Hatfields & McCoys, the three-part miniseries about the 19th century clan feud starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, drew 14.3 milion viewers for its final episode last Wednesday making it the most-watched scripted entertainment program in the history of basic cable TV, according to Nielsen.
The Emmy Awards competition will soon see a change. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said recently that it will merge the leading and supporting acting categories for long-form programming. Starting with the 2013 awards, instead of four performing categories with five nominees each (actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress), there will be two categories (actor, actress) with six nominees.
The Recording Academy said that its 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in downtown L.A.
Remember in 2010 when Iyanla Vanzant went back on Oprah after the two women allegedly had a feud. Well, I guess bygones are bygones because Oprah and Iyanla are connected once again.
Vanzant is set to host a show on Winfrey’s OWN network. It will begin with a "first look" at what to expect in the fall.
The show, called Iyanla, Fix My Life (Sept. 15, 2012), will feature Vanzant using her patented way of helping others. One of the episode,s "Fix My Broken Family," focuses on Vanzant dealing with a family emergency. Some secrets will be revealed.
SLY IS ‘UNSUNG’
TV One recently announced Unsung’s upcoming summer schedule.
Leading off the award-winning series on June 25 is Sly & The Family Stone, a group that ruled the ‘70s.
Others set to be profiled include: Angela Bofill (July 2), Con Funk Shun (July 9), Kool Moe Dee (July 16), The Marvalettes (July 23), the late Gerald Levert (July 30), Arrested Development (Aug. 13) and Lou Rawls (Aug. 20).
Unsung airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET with encore episodes throughout the week.
DOES DUETS WORK?
ABC finally threw its hat into the ring regarding a singing style reality show. Yeah, I guess we needed one more.
This one is unlike American Idol and The Voice, both of which have been very successful. This one has celebrity judges pair themselves with contestans in hopes of having a fabulous duet.
Eight contestants are handpicked by the celebrities themselves, who include John Legend, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles and Kelly Clarkson. Lionel Richie was supposed to be one of those stars but had to back out because of schedule commitments. The show is hosted by Quddus.
CBS recently announced its 2012-13 programming schedule. The network picked up four new shows (one comedy and three dramas) and brought back most of its existing shows including: Two and A Half Men, CSI, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, Person of Interest, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, Hawaii 5-0, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Survivor, The Amazing Race and 60 Minutes.
TARAJI P HENSON of 'PERSON OF INTEREST'
Shows that got the axe include: Rob, CSI: Miami, A Gifted Man and Unforgettable.
New shows include: Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis are the leads in Vegas, a show based on the crime career of a real-life Vegas sheriff from the ‘60s.
Made in Jersey is a show about a blue-collar Jersey kid (Janet Montgomery) trying to keep pace with her Ivy League colleagues at a Manhattan law firm.
Elementary is a drama that stars Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.
Partners, a comedy, stars David Krumholtz and Michael Urie.
The CW has several new shows including: Arrow, based on the DC comic book The Green Arrow; Cult, The Carrie Diaries, the Sex and the City prequel; First Cut and Beauty and the Beast.
Returning shows include: Vampire Diaries, 90210, Gossip Girl, Heart of Dixie, Nikita, Supernatural and America’s Next Top Model.
Shows kicked to the curb include: Ringer and Secret Circle.