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Published reports indicate that American Idol will be coming to a close after the next season. The final season is also expected to bring back former judges and winners as well as many non-winners. The singing talent show has been a rating success for the broadcaster Fox but seen viewership slipping away slowly.

American Idol was launched in summer of 2002. It has been the No. 1 broadcast television show for eight seasons. Rating for the show peaked in 2006 drawing more than 36 million viewers for the finale. This year’s viewership is estimated at 11.6 million, a series low. It is still dominating the viewership during broadcast nights. Besides the slipping ratings, rising cost to produce the show, competing and successful other shows are contributing to end the show after next season.

Producers expect to bring back current judges and the host for the final, American Idol Season XV, show. Current judges include Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. While judges changed hands over the years, the host of the show, Ryan Seacrest, has been with the show from the very beginning. Many are sure to miss the show.

Rumors about premium digital TV service from Apple

Posted by elegant On April - 20 - 2015

Apple TV has been the center of conversations for years and it appears that new signs coming from Cupertino, California may be good news for those who are waiting. Earlier this year, Apple introduced HBO Now to its customer offerings for $14.99 a month. In March 2015, Apple silently updated Apple TV to add CNNgo allowing it to provide live TV and on-demand video. Its third generation Apple TV was introduced in 2012 and incorporated 1080p high resolution video standard. Apple TV device can be connected to a traditional TV using a HDMI cable and port.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Apple is getting ready to launch a premium digital streaming TV service soon. It will be a virtual multichannel video programming service to include most major broadcast and cable networks, live sports and on-demand offerings.

Apple is entering into a crowded field that includes Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable Inc., Dish Network Corporation and DirecTV. Apple is sure to take away a sizable share from each of the existing service providers.

More and more people are opting to use their mobile devices to watch TV and other content and Apple is making a right move.

The American television drama series, Mad Men, is scheduled to be end after its seventh and final season. The drama has been airing on AMC. The seventh season consists of 14 episodes split between two parts. The first half named “The Beginning” started on April 13 and ended on May 25, 2014. The second half of the final season known as “The End of an Era” will begin airing on April 5 and will end on May 17, 2015.

The final season deal with the life and office issues and will be split between New York and Los Angeles. The Seventh and Final Season has been a good one for the show creators. Critics give it a “certified fresh” grade (Rotten Tomatoes). They say it rekindle viewer enthusiasm of the show and puts it back on track. Another critic, Metacritic, gave the first part of the seventh season 85 out of 100. At the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series has been nominated for Outstanding Drama series, actor Jon Hamm is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, Robert Morse has been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and Christina Hendricks for the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Controversial Pussy Riot to appear on House of Cards

Posted by elegant On February - 25 - 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions are upsetting many inside the country as well as outside. His annexation Crimea, a part of Ukraine rattled the whole world and his continued support for Eastern Ukraine separatists are bringing in additional sanctions on the country. It is no wonder why Pussy Riot is still making music criticizing President Putin.

Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rock protest group is based in Moscow and well known for staging unauthorized and provocative acts. Group was formed in 2011 and consists of several women and men ages 20 to 33. They are known for promoting LGBT rights, feminism, and opposition to President Putin for his dictatorial actions and connection to the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot were arrested in 2012 and sent to prison for nearly two years for protesting President Putin’s actions of gay rights. Their surprise performance at a church brought in additional legal actions on three main female performers of the group.

Pussy Riot will appear in episode 2 of Season 3, House of Cards. They are engaged in speaking parts and the episode will air some footage from a Pussy Riot concert. They include the group’s writing against a fictional character that is trying to militarize their country.

What to watch on TV now

Posted by elegant On January - 2 - 2015

The TV lineup for January 2015 and beyond is very exciting. Marvel’s Agent Carter is on ABC at 8 p.m. Veteran movie star Hayley Atwell who started on two Captain America movies and the short film, Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter is paying the main character on the TV show. She will play the undercover character Peggy. It is expected to air seven episodes.

Starting January 7, 2015, Empire will air on Fox at 9 p.m. It is about a music business and Terrance Howard plays the head of the company. Taraji P. Henson plays the role of his ex-wife, Cookie and the character makes a mess in the company after she gets out of jail where she spent few years. Their three sons are put against one another to compete to succeed the leader at the top of the company.

Starting on January 22, 2015 you can watch Backstrom on Fox at 9 p.m. If you liked “House!” definitely you are going to love this show. Rainn Wilson plays the brilliant puzzle-solver, cranky, and can’t get alone with anyone police detective character. Show is created by the famous Bones creator, Hart Hanson. But be aware of sensitive racist jokes.

America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFHV) turns 25

Posted by elegant On October - 15 - 2014

The reality television series on ABC that started on November 26, 1989 will reach 25 years in November 2014. Since January 1990, funny AFHV is a weekly staple with American families. According to Nielsen, it is the No. 1 family viewing during the last summer season just doing the re-runs. Since its inception, Vin Di Bona produces the show. Hosts of the show over the years include Bob Saget, John Fugelsang, Daisy Fuentes, and the current host Tom Bergeron.

Who can forget the piano playing chickens, backyard trampoline mishaps, cutely misbehaving cats, denture-losing grandmas and many others? The show continues to provide laughs for families that enjoy unexpected. There are no limits to the continuously flowing hilarious videos from viewers. Some are more creative while others are more spontaneous.

YouTube is a formidable contender for AFHV lately and many expected that it will bring death nail to the show. However, often time we can see many of AFHV clips are being glorified over the Internet on YouTube. Instead, the new found love affair with video clips is bringing new customers to watch AFHV. In future telecasts, YouTube video stars are expected to appear on AFHV episodes.

Goofy Gilligan’s Island turns 50

Posted by elegant On September - 12 - 2014

First aired on CBS on September 26, 1964, Gilligan’s Island ran on TV for three seasons until April 17, 1967. Gilligan’s Island will turn 50 this September. The American sitcom is known for some of its goofy characters and for its comic adventures. The cast included Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tim Louise, and Dawn Wells. The seven castaways’ comic survival (they later escape from the island in a movie) treated TV viewers young and old for decades. Their marooned island life made people laugh for a half a century. The show paved the way for later comedies on TV such as Hogan’s Heroes.

Some critics say that when the show was debuted in 1965, America has gone through social unrest due to Cuban missile crisis and assassination of John F. Kennedy giving the prominence to the show more than it deserve. Whatever the reason, the war weary Americans latched onto the show immediately after its first telecast. Its impact goes beyond the initial three seasons run due to rebroadcast when children were coming home from school. The first episode shows that Gilligan and the Skipper going on a raft to find help and the last episode (Gilligan and Goddess) ends the show still the castaways stranded on the island.

Saturday Night Live (SNL) turning forty

Posted by elegant On June - 10 - 2014

We all look forward to “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night.” The iconic late night show broadcast from Studio 8H of GE Building in New York City turns forty in October 2015. Premiered on October 11, 1975 with late George Carlin and musical guests Billy Preston and Janis Ian, the NBC networks Saturday Night Live is a variety show that includes comedy. Large number of talented cast involved with the show. Each episode of the show hosted by a celebrity guest supported by the SNL cast members and includes a musical guest. The show already conducted more than 760 shows and counting. The show is planning a big 40th birthday bash in February 2015.

The show won numerous awards including 36 Emmy Awards (156 nominations), three Writer’s Guild of America Awards, Peabody Award and inducted in to the National Association of Broadcast Hall of Fame. Many cast members of SNL gone on to do other things including TV and films. Recent notable cast members who left the show to do other things includes Tina Fay (30 Rock), Amy Phehler (Parks and Recreation on NBC), Seth Myers (the current host of Late Night on NBC) and Jimmy Fallon (current host of Tonight Show on NBC).

Favorite TV character to brighten children during holidays

Posted by elegant On January - 24 - 2014

Last Christmas Barbie and Legos were joined by Disney’s latest toy, Doc McStuffins. Within the last two years, the new character became a sensation for kids. Based on Disney Junior channel’s animated pre-school children’s television hit series, Disney introduced a six-year old aspiring doctor Dottie “Doc” McStuffins and her medical kit along with her dragon and snowman friends as toys for the holidays. The television series is produced by Brown Bag Films and started airing on Disney Junior and Disney Channel on March 23, 2012. The story revolves around a six-year old girl who can fix toys with the help from her stuffed animals. Series have been well accepted by many.

Doc McStuffins is a hit animated feature in Disney Junior channel. Kids of white and black are equally attracted to the black main character of the show. The character appeals to a wider range of demographics, especially children because of its nurturing nature. Also the dark character appeals to a worldwide audience.

Toys based on TV characters generate enormous revenue for Disney as well as other companies including Viacom. Most companies generate more than one half of their toy sales revenue during the holiday season.

The popular singing competition, “American Idol” will start airing in mid-January 2014 on Fox on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This will be the 13th season for the much popular show. Ryan Seacrest once again will host the show and judges will include former judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban and newcomer Harry Connick Jr. Jennifer Lopez is returning to the show after a brief absence. Keith Urban served as a judge last season along with singers Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Harry Connick Jr. served as a mentor before so, he is not new to the show. Many hope that the new show will be without drama that engulfed the last season due to on-air sniping between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Hope this time contestants are the limelight instead of judges.

Many expect the new season to bring some changes to the show based on viewer and contestant input. Viewers as well as younger contestants are asking the show producers to include popular current hits in addition to golden oldies. Still the show will feature popular Auditions, the Hollywood Week, and finally the Top 13 picked by judges. As usual the show will end in May 2014 after crowning a new “American Idol.”