The Walking Dead
As time goes on, more viewers will no longer know the difference between broadcast and cable networks (just ask Conan O'Brien). The disparity in ratings is disappearing, too. Here are the channels that provided the big ratings successes — and busts — of 2010...
Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel
Does the American Museum of Natural History really have "magic" acoustics?
During a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother, architecture geek Ted (Josh Radnor) excitedly showed his pals an area in the museum where you can hear a conversation that's taking place clear across the room. According to Steve Reichl, senior director of communications for the NYC institution, Ted's claim is sound.
Though the sitcom didn't shoot on location, the real building does indeed have an indentation in the ceiling in the Hall of American Mammals that causes an echo effect about 30 feet away...
Gather 'round the dinner table with the Reagan family as TV Guide Magazine takes you behind the scenes during our exclusive photo shoot with the cast of Blue Bloods. Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan and Will Estes discuss New York City cops, their relationships with each other and working with Tom Selleck. Check out the exclusive video after the jump...
Finally! After spending the last three months slow-burning the "Teddy likes boys" storyline, we finally got the goods on 90210. And it was kind of hot, right? And, better yet, the big moment wasn't hyped to death, so we also got a bit of a surprise when Teddy grabbed Ian — the classmate he hooked-up with (off-screen) during a blackout at the start of the season — and planted a big ol' sloppy on the kid while they were cleaning up after a West Bev luau. How's that for putting the "man" in manual labor?
The build-up, of course, has been the fun of Season 3 (God knows anything with Ivy isn't). Proving to be more than a human Ken doll...
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
When Heidi Klum announced her retirement as Victoria's Secret's top model in September, all eyes turned to Adriana Lima — not that that doesn't happen regularly — the likely successor to inherit Klum's wings as the lingerie brand's "head angel." It's a suggestion the Brazilian-born beauty brushes aside. "I don't consider myself head angel. I think each one of us has a different personality," Lima says.
Still, she was chosen to wear the $2 million Fantasy Bra at this year's peekaboo parade in NYC. It's no small honor, considering the supermodel, 29, missed last year's show to give birth to daughter Valentina with husband Marko Jaric...
Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez
CBS is making sweeping changes to its third place morning program The Early Show.
The network is moving ...
Jeers to Fran Drescher for not knowing when to shut up.
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The Nanny veteran has returned to TV with The Fran Drescher Tawk Show, a daytime chatfest getting a three-week test run on six Fox affiliates (because that approach worked so well for The Kilborn File and Huckabee?). Despite the presence of the "Fran Band" and celebrity guests — like Drescher's "dear friends" and Doctor Detroit costars Dan Aykroyd and Donna Dixon — the show's all about Fran...
NBC will soon have a new owner, a new entertainment chief — and a long road back to prime-time ratings success.
Once the government gives its stamp of approval to cable company Comcast's deal to buy a controlling interest in NBC Universal, former Showtime chief Robert Greenblatt will try to restore the luster of NBC's entertainment division. While NBC is a powerhouse in TV news and its cable networks are a profit machine (current executives in both divisions will remain in place when Comcast takes over), the most visible aspect of its business — the broadcast network's prime-time lineup — has deteriorated steadily throughout the decade. The once proud peacock has not turned out a new major ratings hit in five years, and its biggest shows — The Office, Law & Order: SVU and The Biggest Loser — are aging and in decline.
New management is looking for a rescue effort from Greenblatt, who in seven years at Showtime stewarded such lauded series ...
Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi
At first glance, the green room on the New York City set of Top Chef looks more like Romper Room. Judge Tom Colicchio, sporting casual jeans and a baseball cap, strolls in with his 1-year-old son, Luka. They're on hand to watch the taping of a Quickfire Challenge featuring cookies and a uniquely fuzzy panel of judges — Elmo, Telly and, of course, Cookie Monster.
"Normally on my day off, you can't drag me on the set," Colicchio laughs. "But this is special."
"Special" sums up the moment for Top Chef, the addictive cooking contest that nabbed its first Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program this summer and is now poised to launch its red-hot eighth season, Top Chef All-Stars (premiering Wednesday, December 1 at 10/9c on Bravo). "This is going to be our best season yet," says host Padma Lakshmi. It certainly has all the ingredients...
If they gave separate Nielsen ratings just for hardcore fans rewatching a show in the days after an initial airing, "Enemies Domestic" would probably be the top-rated NCIS episode of the season. This is why DVRs were invented, even for homebodies.
Writer Jesse Stern packed about three hours of plotting into 44 minutes. And while you might have found yourself wishing that this second half of a two-parter had been allowed to play out as at least a two-parter itself, you also had to marvel — and maybe even laugh — at just how many tasks were being accomplished in how short a time. In some ways, the real enemy was neither foreign nor domestic, but the clock itself. How could they wrap up last week's mystery plotline, wrap up Vance threads dating back three seasons, wrap up Ziva's relationship with her father from a season and a half ago, introduce the novelty of an "origins" episode, AND still give every series regular at least one satisfying chuckle?