Jimmy Kimmel has already braved Oprah, the White House Correspondents Dinner and the Emmy Awards this year — so why not cap it off with a hurricane in New York? Of all the weeks to be broadcasting live from New York City, Jimmy Kimmel Live happened to be in Brooklyn for a week of shows when Hurricane Sandy hit.
The zombie apocalypse has upended the entire TV business. AMC's The Walking Dead is now the No. 1 entertainment series on TV among adults 18-49 — a landmark accomplishment for a cable show, particularly in the fall.
The first three episodes of The Walking Dead's Season 3 have attracted at least 6.5 million viewers in that key advertiser demographic, beating everything else on TV — even mainstream hits like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.
Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh
There are 104 days of summer vacation, but Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb has already been on many more adventures than that — nearly 175, and counting. The hit animated series' latest episode ("This is Your Backstory"), which premieres this Friday at 9/8c, explores the life of evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz via an odd reality show hosted by his giant human robot, Norm.
Phineas and Ferb has become a major franchise for Disney, spawning merchandise, theme park attractions, a TV-movie, soundtracks and soon (in 2014), a feature film. The brainchild of Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Phineas and Ferb balances the story of two young stepbrothers who go on adventures via their fantastical inventions with the tale of their pet platypus Perry, a secret agent who fights the bumbling Doofenshmirtz. The show's rich backstory, pop culture parodies and recurring irreverent gags have made Phineas and Ferb a hit with adults as well as kids. Povenmire and Marsh filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why watching Phineas and Ferb should be what we do today.
Nevermind the hurricane, the show must go on — and it did Monday night at the Ed Sullivan Theater, where David Letterman hosted CBS' Late Show to an audience of zero. "It was very strange for all of us to be standing there and watching the show, with all of it looking the same, except for...
Sofia The First
Disney Channel will roll out Disney's first "little girl princess" franchise, Sofia the First, via a new animated TV movie set to air next month.
Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess will premiere...
This could be the most unusual profile yet on TLC's Extreme Cheapskates. This week's episode (Tuesday at 10/9c), introduces viewers to Roy, who literally freezes his assets to prevent his wife from spending money.
It's April Fools in November on Disney XD, which is celebrating the art of the practical joke throughout the month, including the launch of new hidden camera series Just Kidding. The show, hosted by YouTube personality Zach Fox, launches on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7/6c.
The channel will also start airing episodes of sister Disney Channel's Code: 9.
As G4 finalizes plans for a channel makeover in 2013, the young male-skewing network will conclude the runs of its two signature series, Attack of the Show and X-Play. Both long-running shows will wrap up production at the end of this year.
Attack of the Show and X-Play will continue to roll out new episodes through December...
The networks still aren't lighting up Friday nights. Attempts this fall to reclaim the night with original scripted programming were over before they even began: Fox punted Touch to January; NBC yanked Whitney and Community at the very last minute; and the first cancellation of fall was CBS' Friday drama dud Made in Jersey.
"It all comes back to a lot of changing viewership habits," says Andy Kubitz, ABC Entertainment Group's executive vice president of program planning and scheduling. "People aren't staying around to watch TV on Fridays."
Viewership on the night has grown fragmented...