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Presidential Candidate to DWTS: Rick Perry

Former Texas governor to join Amber Rose, Vanilla Ice, Ryan Lochte on 'DWTS'

(Newser) - Rick Perry will join the next season of Dancing With the Stars, joining Ryan Lochte (probably not doing the Brazilian bossa nova), Amber Rose (doing dance moves that epitomize whatever she's famous for doing), and other celebrities for the ABC show's 23rd season, ABC News reports. Perry, who... More »

Jon Stewart's Strong Words on Larry Wilmore's Last Show

'You took something and got better every [expletive] day'

(Newser) - Comedy Central may have been disappointed with how Larry Wilmore's late-night show performed, but one high-profile person certainly wasn't: Jon Stewart, who showed up to the final Nightly Show on Thursday to bid his former Daily Show correspondent adieu, USA Today reports. Calling Wilmore's show a "... More »

No Joke: Comedy Central Cans Larry Wilmore

Network president says ratings just aren't there

(Newser) - Larry Wilmore is no more in Comedy Central's 11:30pm slot after Thursday night, Wilmore informed his staff Monday, per Deadline . The Nightly Show, which debuted in January 2015, didn't grab young adults and hadn't had much impact on social media, Comedy Central President Kent Alterman tells... More »

'Estados Unidos' Kicks NBC's Ratings When They're (Way) Down

Like, really down from 4 years ago

(Newser) - An estimated 26.5 million people watched NBC's coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony, a sharp 35% drop from the record-setting viewership of the curtain-lifter in London four years ago, reports the AP . The opening ceremony of the London Games was seen by 40.7 million people in the... More »

The World's Slowest TV Show Comes to Netflix

Who needs plots, characters, dialogue, narration, sets...

(Newser) - Finally, TV for people who find C-SPAN too intense. Quartz reports Netflix is bringing Slow TV, a hit in its native Norway, to US audiences this month. The show features hours upon hours of regular activities shown in real time. There are no cuts, no narration, and the camera never... More »

The 10 Favorite TV Shows of Republicans, Democrats

Everybody loves Supernatural , apparently

(Newser) - It seems there's still three things Republicans and Democrats can agree on: zombies, nerds, and Jared Padalecki. The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, and—surprisingly—Supernatural are the only shows that make the top 10 of supporters of both political parties, PR Newswire reports. E-Score ranked the shows... More »

John Oliver Schools America on Thursday's Brexit Vote

He even calls in an emergency barbershop quartet

(Newser) - Not sure what or who a Brexit is? John Oliver understands why a good number of Americans may not, and so the HBO talk-show host took it upon himself to educate the US of A in an "epic" rant that Mashable calls a "thing of beauty." In... More »

Snoop Dogg: Don't Watch Roots

He's sick of seeing depictions of slavery

(Newser) - To Snoop Dogg, Roots, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, and other depictions of slavery apparently aren't important history lessons, but attempts to rub black people's faces in the oppression they suffered centuries ago. In an expletive-filled Instagram video , the rapper urges fans to steer clear of the History... More »

'Carpool Karaoke' Becoming Its Own Show

Popular 'Late Late Show' segment branching out

(Newser) - "Carpool Karaoke" is going international. The popular segment and YouTube sensation from The Late Late Show—in which James Corden drives celebrities around in a car fitted with cameras as they belt out tunes—is being shopped around to international broadcasters as a TV show, reports Variety . A US... More »

Game of Thrones Holds One Door, Opens Big Ones

The analysis and speculation following episode 5, 'The Door'

(Newser) - Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones—the season's fifth—was appropriately titled "The Door." And while one door was held tight for a good long while, others were opened. Here's the best of the analysis and speculation to follow (if you're looking for... More »

Michael's Last Show With Kelly: 'I'm Not Dying!'

Final broadcast with Ripa 'bittersweet,' Strahan says

(Newser) - Just as they had done a couple of weeks ago , Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan strode out onto the stage of Live With Kelly and Michael on Friday holding hands—except this is likely the last time they'll do it. It was Strahan's final day on their ABC... More »

These 13 Shows Are Being Axed

Early announcements were bad news for 'Nashville,' 'Muppets'

(Newser) - It wasn't quite the Red Wedding, but Thursday brought viewers news of more than a dozen prime-time shows being axed to make room for new programs next season, the AP reports. ABC took the sword to seven series—including country music drama Nashville and veteran whodunit Castle—while Fox... More »

TV Is Getting 'Supersized' —and Annoying

'NYT' critic James Poniewozik says episodes are becoming more and more bloated

(Newser) - These days there's said to be "too much TV to choose from," but according to TV critic James Poniewozik writing for the New York Times , there's another prevalent problem: too-big TV, or what he refers to as TV that's "come down with a case... More »

FX Raises the Bar for Basic Cable Cursing

They can't say that, can they?

(Newser) - Is it the end of decency as we know it or just good television? "Cochran … motherfucker," Sarah Paulson's Marcia Clark said during Tuesday's episode of American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson. With the utterance of those two words, FX caused hordes of viewers—... More »

Nielsen Will Use Social Media for New TV Ratings

'Long overdue'

(Newser) - It's too late to save Community, but Nielsen is finally entering the 21st century. The ratings company announced this week it will start taking streaming and social media into account when looking at a TV show's viewership, the New York Times reports. The new system is called "... More »

Goodbye, 'Grizzly Adams': Dan Haggerty Dies at 74

We'll never forget his adventures with Ben the bear

(Newser) - The bearded woodsman whose best friend was a bear named Ben has died. Dan Haggerty, the namesake star of the '70s TV show The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, passed away Friday morning at the age of 74 of cancer, sources who say they're close to the... More »

Here Are Your Golden Globe Winners

Ricky Gervais hosts the star-studded awards show from Beverly Hills

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais kicked off the 2016 Golden Globes with an intro that surprised absolutely no one, starting off by shushing the audience and calling them "disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum." And the awards were off!:
  • Channing Tatum and the bear from The Revenant (aka Jonah Hill) presented the
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Study: Depictions of Abortion on TV Have Real-Life Consequences

Characters having abortions tend to be white, well-off, and childless

(Newser) - The women having abortions on TV are richer, whiter, and younger than in reality, and that can create serious problems for women and politicians in the real world, NPR reports. Researchers looked at 78 abortion plots on TV from 2005 to 2014 and published their results this month in Contraception... More »

Colbert Is Turning Off Conservative Viewers

And that's bad for his ratings and CBS

(Newser) - Ten weeks after his debut as host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert is falling behind in the late night race, Mediaite reports. And the answer why seems obvious: "Old Comedy Central habits die hard." Colbert is alienating conservative viewers with jokes at the expense of such targets... More »

The Snarkiest Show on TV Ending After 22 Years

It helped launch the careers of Greg Kinnear, Joel McHale, and more

(Newser) - Dec. 18 will be your last chance to talk about chicks, man. That's because E! announced Wednesday it's ending venerable network stalwart The Soup after 22 years, Deadline reports. The show—which started life as Talk Soup—launched the career of first host, Greg Kinnear. After hosting stints... More »

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