Unwind & Rewind

Retirement for 200

May 10th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Then and now: Forever a television icon

We’ve watched the show for years, yelling answers at the TV that we hope are correct. We’ve sang the theme song and we recognize the host in an instant. After 28 years, Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek is considering retirement. The 71-year-old host says he recognizes two thirds of the show’s answers before reading them and we’re not surprised in the least. At the 28th year, he is slowing down and doesn’t think he is as sharp as he used to be, and that is expected. He has been torn since he enjoys doing the show so much. “A lot of people have been telling me: ‘Alex, you’ve got to go for at least 30. At least do two more,’ ” he tells FOX news. “That has a nice ring to it: Put in your 30, and go help people.” We’re hoping we’ll get to see Alex in other forms of media and who doesn’t like a great cameo?

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Katie Campo

Keeping Up With TV Ratings

April 30th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Left to Right: Khloe, Kylie, Kris, Kourtney, Kim and Kendall at the Kardashian Kollection launch in LA.

Scan a gossip page or news site and count how many times you see the Kardashian name. It’s a little overwhelming. It leaves some people asking “When will it end??” Unfortunately for them, it won’t be anytime soon. The pop royalty family just signed a new three-year deal with E! for seasons seven, eight and nine of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself…

It seems the spinoffs Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Khloe and Lamar has sparked some ideas for the potential of the Kardashian empire including Kris and Bruce Jenner as well as stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. (As if we hadn’t had enough.)
Does anyone else find it a little hasty for a company to decided three years in advance that an already long-run sensation will still be a sensation? We’ll find out, won’t we?

If you’re brave enough, Season 7 premieres May 20th.

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Katie Campo

If You Don’t Know Jack About NimbleTV…

April 23rd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

 

 

 

 

From years of co-curricular activities, work, more work, and missing my favorite shows, I had become an anti-TV watcher. I’d stay far away from shows I might like for fear of being stuck on it, inevitably missing weekly airings and playing 3-week-long games of catch-up only to watch it online with 3 times the commercials than watching on TV in the first place! I know I was speaking for a crowd when I asked “Can’t I just watch live TV when I want how I want to?” It seems someone was listening.

NimbleTV is a cloud-based technology due out later this year that allows you to 1) watch live TV 2) from the US or any country a viewer wishes, wherever you are on 3) whatever device you want with 4) unlimited storage that can be 5) shared with friends with only 6) month-to-month subscriptions. Ridiculous, right? Yes, and in the best way possible. Pricing has yet to be released, and legality has been questioned, but NimbleTV CEO Anand Subramanian said in a press release: “Our model is predicated on the belief that providers and content producers should be paid. NimbleTV is a solution that’s both consumer friendly and industry friendly.” Offering channels like CNN, FOX, Disney, Lifetime and the lot would signify the price would not be too different from a cable bill, and it has been said there will be a “small fee” for DVR options and added portability that no one knows much about. The beta test began today, April 23rd exclusively for New Yorkers, featuring around 24 channels, so it is expected that we’ll be hearing more soon.

Here’s a screenshot from the UK’s version of NimbleTV in 2010.. Let’s wait and see if it’s anything in comparison. Looks like a battery-drainer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Katie Campo

Going to the Dogs

April 20th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Thousands of dogs across the US are left sitting home all day anxiously awaiting their master’s return. With nothing but sleeping to do, they often get bored, restless and many experience separation anxiety. To help dogs stay clam and occupied during the day and set to a routine, DOGTV was made available to keep our four-legged friends (or in some cases, family) more at ease.

“I always feel guilty leaving him alone all day when I’m at work,” says dog owner Mary Catania. “He’s like my kid. I don’t have any children so I really treat him like my child. Anything that makes him happy makes me happy.”

The producers of DOGTV built the programming around the expertise of three renowned pet specialists: Veterinarian behaviorist and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University, Professor Nicholas Dodman, family/pet counselor and star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series “It’s Me or the Dog” Victoria Stilwell, and Animal rights activist, pet trainer and popular radio broadcaster Warren Eckstein. The shows are scientifically created in 8-hour blocks to calm and entertain canines which ultimately make them less apt to depression or separation anxiety based on the functions of their vision, hearing and behavior patterns.

“DOGTV’s subscription-based channel organizes programming into 3 to 6 minutes of relaxing, stimulating and behavior-improving segments that work collaboratively to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved ‘stay-at-home’ dogs” reads the DOGTV website. Check it out to learn more http://dogtv.com/Page/whatisdogtv.

Right now the channel is only available on Cox Communications (channel 2365) and Time Warner Cable (channel 148) in the San Diego, CA as a pilot run until the show can be further refined at $4.99/month, but as the channel’s success is growing, it could be available nationally!
Here are a few tips from DOGTV’s website:

• Turn on the TV and switch to DOGTV, the ultimate television experience for your dog.
• Set volume on TV to the same level as if you were watching it. DOGTV content is already adjusted to fit your dog’s hearing sensibilities.
• Give your dog some space to interact with DOGTV content. If this is your first time tuning in, watch it together with your dog for a little while until you feel they are relaxed.
• Give your dog some time to adjust. DOGTV is like a new friend so they may get extra excited or unusually relaxed. Don’t worry, they’re just getting used to the channel.
Watch the “Stimulation” video that uses exciting and fast-moving camera angles that occupy your pet.

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Katie Campo

The Man with the Pan… (And the Really Quick Temper)

April 13th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Gordon Ramsay is a very – intense chef, to say the least. He’s been featured on 9 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen and 5 of Kitchen Nightmares, both with impressive ratings. With the success of last season and the 10th season in tow beginning Tuesday May 29th at 8pm, seasons 11 and 12 have already been renewed. Last season garnered a viewership of 3.4% and 7.5 million viewers which was a 3% increase from the season before. Kitchen Nightmares has also been renewed for a 6th season.

But who is Gordon Ramsay, exactly? Well, you’d be surprised to find that his original intentions didn’t include food at all. The barking culinary genius was pursuing a career in soccer in his home of Stratford-upon-Avon in England, but when he sustained an injury that ended that hope, he went back to college for hotel management and soon began to work with some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

It was 1993 when Ramsay began as a chef at Aubergine in London and in just three years after his addition, scored two Michelin stars, a prestigious award of the “Red Guide” of restaurants in major cities which means “excellent cuisine, worth a detour.” When Gordon’s own restaurant, opened in 1998, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was later awarded three stars, representing “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” We can’t wait to tune in and see what this season will bring, more Ramsay? We’re in.

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Katie Campo

American Idol’s 11th Season

April 6th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

TV’s American Idol is celebrating their 11th season on the air. When the show first aired June 11th 2002, America was floored. It was a bit reminiscent of American BandStand, which carried a strong following from the first show in 1956 and it’s last in 1989. The modernized concept opened opportunities for pop-star hopefuls (and fame-seekers) in their rise to the top. The first few seasons were extremely successful, breeding superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. As the seasons went on and the theme stayed the same, as with many other TV favorites, less and less viewers tuned in each week. It was roughly around the 3rd season that Idol decided to lower the age requirement to 16 to include a younger audience, and extended it further to 28 in Season 4. That brought new talent to the show along with new viewers. Ratings were strongest in the 5th and 6th seasons, beginning a slow decline in the 7th.

Like any product, there is a life cycle. A new concept gains much attention and earns more money in its beginning stages. As the product matures, more competitors arise to the challenge (cue The Voice, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent etc…) and innovations need to be made. Idol has done a decent job of changing the judges and visiting a wider range of locations, but apparently it isn’t cutting it. Earlier in the week, an episode aired where 16 year-old contestant Symone Black has a fainting spell, falls completely off the stage and hits her head, causing alarm in everyone on the scene, including judges, producers, a cameraman that tries to save her and her father. The producers thought it would be a great idea to end the show directly at that moment, leaving the audience in a state of shock not knowing the outcome, seemingly to attract more viewers to Thursday’s episode. One would hope that if the girl was seriously injured that Idol would resist exploitation.

Too many questions arose asking if the teen was injured seriously, if the fall was an attempt to gain support and if she will continue the show, so much so that a FOX spokeswoman had to make a statement saying she is just fine, that she was treated by on-site medics for dehydration and will carry on in the competition as planned. Being the fifth contestant to faint during Hollywood week in the past 11 seasons paired with the fact that she was completely fine, it seems we can forgive Idol for garnering more viewers in that way. We also hope this does not become a commonplace occurrence, and that American Idol keeps their viewers for the show they have been for this long.

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Katie Campo

Fox’s Global “Touch”

March 31st, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

It was January 25th when I sat down with my American Idol-obsessed sister who was in charge of the remote. It was one of the first episodes, so it was bound to be at least amusing. So I watched. Comfortable in my seat, I stayed put after the laughs were through, and I saw the beginning of what might be one of the greatest television series I’d seen in a long time.

Kiefer Sutherland filled the screen, and I knew I was in for a great show. You might be familiar with his 9-year-long run in 24, where he was no-nonsense Federal Agent Jack Bauer as a member of the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit. The show was an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat type, where the entirety of the season was in the span of 24 hours. Remembering what a great series it was, I stayed glued to my seat for the “sneak preview” of Touch on FOX.

I was astounded at even the general storyline. FOX explains it as such:”Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series will follow seemingly unrelated people all over the world whose lives affect each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown.”

Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks highly of this show. It was the first U.S. series to immediately gain a global viewership. Touch earned the number one spot last week in the premiere in the United Kingdom and Spain, second in Italy and doubled and tripled primetime viewership in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico with much success in Germany, Norway and Russia as well. Touch premiered in the U.S. on Thursday, March 22nd with 13.4 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 with a 3.6 rating. I think I just solidified my plans for Thursdays for the next few months..

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Katie Campo

 

New Show Fashion Star Premieres with a Positive First Episode

March 20th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Fashion Star

I was one of the 4.6 million viewers that tuned into the premiere of Fashion Star and I think I may have found a new favorite show. Coming from someone who makes a point not to get hooked to a show based on a busy schedule, it means something. The concept of the show is a fantastic opportunity not only for the aspiring designers, but for the companies as well.

Sak’s Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s each featured designs that, as promised were buyable in-stores and online the next day. Below, find some designs that made the cut. The response was exciting: As of Friday morning all are sold out! Talk about on-demand.

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I read reviews of the show and there was a lot of judgment on the number of viewers and damning the show to be just another unwatched attempt soon to be cancelled. I, however disagree. As with any premiere, viewers who’ve seen the commercials and ads and were interested enough will tune in immediately. Others wait to hear from their friends to consider it worth their time. I think that the show could eventually have a large viewer population.

One review I do agree with is that the show might benefit companies over the designers, but I feel that issue is remedied by the mentors having the overall last say in who leaves the show. Fashion is one of those things that is so subjective, it’s hard to say what looks good and what doesn’t. But in the world of business, it’s pretty much black and white. Either it can be sold or it can’t. We can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow. Good luck, future designers.

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Katie Campo

 

Community Goes Back to School This Thursday

March 14th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Viewers will see some familiar faces on NBC this Thursday at 8pm when Community finally returns from its long hiatus. The show’s loyal fan base loves watching Jeff, Britta, Annie, Pierce, Troy and Abed every week as they have epic paintball tournaments, pay homage to movies like Pulp Fiction and Batman, and, in one episode, even live through seven different timelines of the same day. Community loves to turn the sitcom genre on its head and you never know what you’re going to get when you tune in, but it’s guaranteed to be funny. The return of Community is such an event that series star Joel McHale is doing a special comedy set at Caroline’s in New York City that includes a live viewing of the show’s first new episode since December. If you haven’t seen Community yet, be sure to check it out on NBC this Thursday at 8pm.

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Michelle Loeb

 

Lindsay Lohan Named Latest Host on Saturday Night Live’s Hottest Season

February 25th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »


Saturday Night Live has been on a hot streak this season with plenty of first-time hosts, talked-about musical performances (hello, Lana Del Rey) and unexpected guest cameos. Just this past week, the hilarious and multi-talented Justin Timberlake showed up for not one but two cameos, including a very funny takedown of recent Grammy winner Bon Iver. Amy Pohler showed up for some “Bronx Beat,” and even Fox News host Bill O’Reilly made an appearance on Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Kenan Thompson’s popular sketch “What Up With That?” Even if you haven’t been keeping up with SNL this season, you won’t want to miss the next new episode on March 3 when the host will be none other than Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay’s been spending more time in the courts than on the movie sets lately. Has she still got it? And will she be willing to make fun of herself in light of all her recent troubles? We’ll find out March 3.

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Michelle Loeb