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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 »

Watching TV Can Kill You 8 Different Ways

Researchers find link between prolonged viewing and leading causes of death

(Newser) - Need a reason to watch less TV? Here are eight: cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, Parkinson's, liver disease, and suicide. Scientists are telling people to get off the couch after a study found a link between TV binge-watching and those leading causes of death. Researchers... More »

Supergirl Just Flew Away With a Ratings Record

CBS show was most-watched, highest-rated new show this fall

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Lynda Carter brought Wonder Woman to the small screen—and 40 years since the debut of any other show centered on a female superhero on a "Big Four" network (CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox). Monday night changed all that with the CBS premiere... More »

Netflix Brings Gilmore Girls Back to Life

Show is returning for 4 90-minute episodes

(Newser) - Gilmore Girls fans talked, and it looks like Netflix listened. The much-loved show will be returning for a series of four 90-minute episodes that Netflix plans to start producing as early as next year, sources tell TVLine . Cast members from the series, which ended in 2007, have yet to sign... More »

CBS Is Bringing Back MacGyver

Furious 7 's James Wan will direct the pilot

(Newser) - Someone at CBS must have finally figured out how to combine a number of household items in the exact right way to successfully reboot MacGyver, because the network is preparing to bring it back, Entertainment Weekly reports. CBS Studios describes the new MacGyver thusly: “A reimagining of the television... More »

Is Samsung Pulling a VW With Its TVs?

Claims of TVs cheating efficiency tests pour in

(Newser) - Claims are coming in from multiple European countries that television manufacturers are pulling a Volkswagen and installing software to cheat energy-efficiency tests, the BBC reports. An EU-funded lab presented findings Tuesday that showed televisions manufactured by Samsung—the largest television manufacturer in the world—cut their energy consumption nearly in... More »

Someone's Coming Out on The Simpsons?

Smithers, long rumored to be gay, has something to say to Mr. Burns: producer

(Newser) - This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit:... More »

Trevor Noah's First Daily Show Guests Revealed

Kevin Hart, Chris Christie are among them

(Newser) - Some of Trevor Noah's first guests as host of the Daily Show will combine much of what the show focused on under the reign of Jon Stewart: comedy and politics. Comedian-actor Kevin Hart will appear on the show's premiere on Monday, followed by GOP presidential contender and New... More »

Netflix: Here's When People Get Hooked on Shows

You'd think it'd be the pilot, but no

(Newser) - If you're hoping to avoid adding another TV show to your must-watch list, Netflix has a plan to help you out: All you have to do is skip a particular episode and you should be in the clear. Well, maybe. Based on first season viewing data from 25 different... More »

Fancy New TV Selling for a Whopping $133K

And it'll be years before there's anything to watch on it

(Newser) - Great news for anyone in the market for a prohibitively expensive, largely useless status symbol: Sharp is releasing the first commercially available 8K TV next month. The BBC reports the 85-inch set—which comes with a $133,000 price tag—has a resolution 16 times better than a regular HD... More »

Colbert: He's Not Letterman, but He Doesn't Need to Be

Critics give new 'Late Show' host a thumbs-up for energetic start

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert's long-awaited takeover of The Late Show took place last night , and the critics are weighing in. The overall consensus: He may not be David Letterman's clone, but that's probably not what we want anyway. The consensus is Colbert looks to be a solid addition to... More »

Watching 5 Hours of TV a Day Could Kill You

That level of viewing can increase likelihood of deadly blood clots six-fold

(Newser) - Here's a study to make you get off the couch. Researchers from Japan's Osaka University found that watching more than five hours of TV a day can make you six times more likely to suffer a fatal blood clot, the Telegraph reports. The study, presented to the European... More »

Meet the Subject of Netflix's Priciest Show Yet

$157M series 'The Crown' will follow Queen Elizabeth's life from 1947

(Newser) - Sorry Downton Abbey, there's another British period drama on the scene: Queen Elizabeth II will be the subject of Netflix's upcoming show, The Crown, its priciest yet with a budget of nearly $157 million, reports the Telegraph . Flummoxed by that number? Consider that filming has required a royal... More »

TV's Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dead at 78

She also appeared alongside Elvis Presley in 1960s films

(Newser) - Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit Batman, has died. She was 78. Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family says. She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe... More »

Series on Amazon Is Best Rom-Com of Year

'Catastrophe' is more than worthwhile, says Vulture critic

(Newser) - Anyone scraping for something to watch who has access to Amazon Prime's live streaming will want to check out Catastrophe, writes Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture . In fact, this British TV series is the "romantic comedy of the year," he declares. The first season of six half-hour... More »

Pope Francis Remembers Last Day He Watched TV

It was July 15, 1990

(Newser) - If the Vatican has a water cooler, Pope Francis is decidedly not the guy spouting off Monday morning about last night's Game of Thrones: As NBC News reports via an extensive interview with Argentina's La Voz del Pueblo , the pontiff says he hasn't watched the boob tube... More »

Jon Stewart Has Been Helping Veterans on the Sly

'Daily Show' 5-week 'boot camp' has been training, placing vets in TV jobs

(Newser) - Jon Stewart's last day on The Daily Show will be Aug. 6 , but there may be a few employees sticking around that he's been hiring on the sly: military veterans. In a surprise revelation in the New York Times , Stewart cops to a stealth "boot camp" he'... More »

This 'Golden Age' of TV Can't Last

Columnist: Money is flush as competitors woo us, but that won't go on forever

(Newser) - Seen any good shows lately? The answer is probably yes, given that we're in what many call a "golden age" of television, writes Justin Fox at Bloomberg . Pick your source—cable, Netflix, broadcast TV, Apple, YouTube, wherever—and it's easy to find quality entertainment. The problem is... More »

Hot Rumor: Obama Could End Up in Magnum, PI Digs

Friend Marty Nesbitt has purchased the Hawaiian residence

(Newser) - After the White House, where will President Obama be spending his time? Locals along Hawaii's Waimanalo Beach wonder if he might be joining them, KHON reports. A house in the area has just been sold for $8.7 million—and it's already famous, regardless of the buyer. It... More »

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