Archive for January, 2016


Mark Harmon, star of NCIS on CBS, has displaced Ellen DeGeneres as Americans’ favorite television personality in the annual survey by The Harris Poll. NCIS also won as the favorite current TV show.

Although DeGeneres saw her three-year reign atop the poll come to an end, the syndicated talk show host was still second and one of four talk show hosts in the top five. Jimmy Fallon, of The Tonight Show on NBC, repeated as #3 after entering the list for the first time last year. Steve Harvey, who hosts two shows in syndication—his own talk show and the Family Feud game show—claimed the #4 spot again and Stephen Colbert—who moved from Comedy Central to host The Late Show on CBS—moved up two spots to #5.

The rest of the Top 10 are: Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Tom Selleck of Blue Bloods, CBS; Jon Stewart, who left The Daily Show, Comedy Central; Tim Allen of Last Man Standing, ABC; Jerry Seinfield, whose Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an OTT streaming video show; and Oprah Winfrey, who appears in various capacities on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

After NCIS, the other top shows—not surprisingly—were The Big Bang Theory on CBS and The Walking Dead on AMC. Rounding out the Top 5 were Scandal on ABC and Game of Thrones on HBO.


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ABC is teaming with the restaurant chain Panda Express to celebrate Chinese New Year in conjunction with a new episode of Fresh Off the Boat airing Tuesday, February 2, at 8:00 pm (ET). Panda Express restaurants across the country will display special branded Fresh Off the Boat Chinese New Year Posters and table tents featuring the stars, the Huang family. In the episode, the Huangs are getting everything in order to celebrate Chinese New Year with their family in Washington, DC, but a mix-up with their plane tickets forces them to spend the holiday in Orlando……Despite the poor ratings to date, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend got praise from The CW President Mark Pedowitz at the winter Television Critics Association gathering in L.A. Will the series starring Rachel Bloom get a second season? Pedowitz said The CW is known for defying the odds and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has the potential to do the same……ABC is bringing the game show $100,000 Pyramid back to primetime in summer 2016. Michael Strahan will host the 10-episode series featuring hot stars teaming up with players from across the country in the timeless war of words……CBS announced some spring scheduling moves, including the series premiere of Rush Hour on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 pm (ET) and the updated premiere date for Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:00 pm (ET), which was previously slated for Wednesday, March 2. In addition, Elementary moves to Sundays at 10:00 pm (ET) beginning March 20.