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Forty-film John Wayne megaset coming

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

All the movies have been released previously, but some people just can't get enough of the Duke.

The official word: To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 SRP), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history  and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy Award®, True Grit (1969). The collection comes packaged in a handsome book with unique collectibles and hours of special features.

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CNN sets Kent State special for Sunday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

The official word: On May 4th, 1970, the country was changed forever after the Ohio National Guard was called on to the campus to dispel an anti-war protest at Kent State University in Ohio.  May 4th was just four days after President Nixon announced he was expanding the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and just like many students around the country, the students of Kent State went out in protest.   A short time after the protest began, 28 guardsmen opened fire on the students, killing 4 and wounding 9 others.  The protesters were all unarmed, and all those wounded and killed were Kent State students. CNN Special Report: Witnessed:  The Killings at Kent State premieres on Sunday, May 4 at 7pm ET

This CNN Special Report: Witnessed:  The Killings at Kent State reconstructs the events leading up to the protest on that fateful day through the stories of those who were there and lived through the shooting.  Alan Canfora was perhaps the most visible anti-war activist on the day of the protest, and was shot in the wrist.  Dean Kahler was a pacifist, who was watching the protest, and was shot in the back, permanently paralyzing him.   Professor Jerry Lewis ran around campus, convincing students that the bullets were real, and they had to evacuate.   Laura Davis and Carole Barbato were also witnesses and they, along with the others, have searched for answers on how and why US troops could open fire on a college campus.  Captain Ron Snyder with the Ohio National Guard, tells his side of the story, from his point of view after he was dispatched to Kent State to keep the peace.

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Upcoming author events at the Rock Hall

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

The offical word: This May, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives will host two Author Series events: Greg Kot, author of I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers and the March Up Freedom’s Highway on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. and Richie Unterberger, author of the two-volume 1960s folk-rock history, Turn! Turn! Turn!/Eight Miles High on Saturday, May 31 at 1 pm.  Both events will take place in the Reading Room of the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives located at 2809 Woodland Avenue in downtown Cleveland. 

These events are FREE with a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.  After the presentations, both authors will answer questions from the audience and participate in a book signing.

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Tuesday notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 29, 2014

The Tony Award nominations are out. Neil Patrick Harris! Sutton Foster! I have no idea about their nominated work, but come on: Neil Patrick Harris! Sutton Foster!

Joan Rivers has made enemies outside Northeast Ohio -- including among writers whom she should consider colleagues. Especially interesting that Rivers, supposedly so fearless, would not back her writers when Chelsea Handler and Joel McHale supported theirs.

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Craig Ferguson leaving CBS show in December

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2014

He did not get Letterman's job, and there have been questions about his compatibility with Colbert's show. I liked what Ferguson did, but I am also rarely awake that late.

The official word: Craig Ferguson announced today that he has decided to step down as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW in December 2014.

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Nicolas Cage's "Joe" coming to DVD/Blu-ray on June 17

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2014

Reviews have been very positive, especially considering the way Cage's career has gone lately, and you can see the film now at the Cedar Lee.

The official word: Academy Award® Winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) gives the performance of a lifetime in the pulse-pounding action-filled drama, Joe, coming to Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD June 17 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Joe is currently available on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Joined by rising star Tye Sheridan (Mud, Tree Of Life), the heart-wrenching and "brilliant not to be missed" (Twitchfilm.com) film from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche) was an official selection of the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Adapted from Larry Brown's Joe: A Novel, the critically acclaimed film has been heralded as "one of Nicolas Cage's best performances" (Collider.com).

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RIP, DJ E-Z Rock of "It Takes Two"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2014

The rapper, partner with Rob Base, has died; cause of death not yet known. One obit is here. Another is here.

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Comcast/Charter and other notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2014

Here's an early take on the Comcast/Charter cable deal and what it could mean to Time Warner subscribers in NE Ohio.

In case you missed it, this week's DVD/Blu-ray column is an extended appreciation of "Hill Street Blues," with some comments from series star Charles Haid.

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"Masters of Sex" DVD/Blu-ray plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2014

The official word: Witness the start of the sexual revolution when
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the first season of the hit Showtime drama, MASTERS OF SEX, available on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital June 24.  The smart, stylish and seductive series, which premiered September 2013 to glowing reviews, chronicles the work and after-hours lives of the science of human sexuality’s pioneers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

 Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris) portrays the brilliant and renowned fertility specialist (Golden Globe® nominated for his role) and Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls) is the former nightclub entertainer who becomes his invaluable partner.  Based on the book by Thomas Maier, the first season also features a top-notch ensemble cast. Costarring in the series is Caitlin FitzGerald (It’s Complicated), Teddy Sears (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and Nicholas D'Agosto (Final Destination 5). Guest stars in the series include Beau Bridges (The Descendants), Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Allison Janney (TV’s “Mom”).

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Bob Barker visits CBS daytime in "Bold and Beautiful" guest role

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 25, 2014

The official word: Multiple Emmy Award-winning television icon and animal rights activist Bob Barker will return to CBS Daytime in a guest-starring role on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL on Wednesday, April 30 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET; 12:30-1:00 PM, PT), on the CBS Television Network, when the daytime drama features a three-day arc about animal rescue. This will mark Barker's second appearance on the show. His first was in March 2002.

 

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Seth Meyers to host Emmys

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 25, 2014

The official word: Seth Meyers has been named host of the “66th Primetime Emmy® Awards,” to be telecast live Monday, Aug. 25 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) on NBC. The event takes place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

Award-winning director and producer Don Mischer will serve as executive producer, producing with Mischer will be Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.

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Two Guys Talkin' - Joan Rivers Edition

By Ohio.com Published: April 24, 2014

Our two guys are doing just what Joan Rivers wants - talking about her.

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap

By Ohio.com Published: April 24, 2014

And we bid a sad farewell to Drew Carey

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"Longmire" Season 3 premiere date, details

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2014

The official word:

A&E Network's critically acclaimed hit series "Longmire" returns for a third season on Monday, June 2 at 10 PM ET/PT. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming, along with Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley.

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ICYMI: The Joan Rivers "Today" clip

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 23, 2014

Black Keys set for "Saturday Night Live" on May 10

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 23, 2014

The official word: On May 3, Andrew Garfield will make his SNL hosting debut. Garfield can next be seen in, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” premiering in theatres nationwide on May 2. Coldplay will make their fifth appearance as musical guest. Coldplay’s latest album, “Ghost Stories,” will be released on May 19.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning actress Charlize Theron will take her second turn hosting on May 10. Theron stars alongside Seth MacFarlane in the upcoming western comedy, “A Million Ways To Die.” The Black Keys will make their third musical guest appearance. The next album, “Turn Blue” is out May 13th and features the single "Fever."

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USA Network summer program plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 23, 2014

"Son of God" coming to DVD and Blu-ray

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 22, 2014

 

The movie was spun out of the History Channel's "The Bible" series. Even with material people had seen before, it did well at the box office thanks in part to outreach to the faith communities that also supported "The Bible" (and are now supporting "Heaven Is For Real"). The official word:

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Kevin Spacey's "Richard III" documentary to show at Cedar Lee

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 22, 2014

 

It's a one-night only gig, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cinemas info is here. Spacey had information on his website  here.

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ICYMI: Brian Williams mashed up for one of my favorite Snoop songs

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 22, 2014

I just wish this was longer.

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UA announces presidential search finalists: Tressel's one

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 22, 2014

The Beacon Journal story is here. The memo from the university follows:

We are delighted to announce the three finalists selected by The University of Akron’s Board of Trustees through the presidential search process. Each finalist will spend an entire day interviewing on campus with the multiple Constituency-Advisory Groups who helped to define the qualities sought in the next University of Akron president. Those groups include University deans, senior administrators and the elected presidents of undergraduate, graduate and law student governments, as well as representatives of academic department chairs and school directors, Faculty Senate and Akron-AAUP, contract professionals and staff employees, and community leaders. Each finalist also will appear at an open, public forum on campus.

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"True Blood" Season 6 Blu-ray/DVD plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 22, 2014

The seventh and final season begins on June 22. Here's the official word on the season 6 discs:

Vampire Bill is rebirthed as a powerful ancient deity, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell declares open season on all vampires and Sookie Stackhouse finds herself sidelined by a mysterious stranger with a hidden agenda.True Blood shows no signs of slowing down in its sixth season. The sexy, scary, wildly entertaining series from Academy Award®-and-Emmy®-winner Alan Ball is packed with "suspense, surprises and crackling dialogue: True Blood is pumping strong." (Boston Herald) True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season will be available on Blu-ray with Digital Copy ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital HD on, just in time for fans to catch up before the final season makes its HBO debut this summer. Both sets include the full 10-episode season, along with extensive bonus materials including behind-the-scenes interviews and never-before-seen content.

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Kim Novak coming to Youngstown with her paintings

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 21, 2014

The upper-case K in some of the spellings of her name is the way the museum did it. The official word: 

The Butler Institute of American Art, located at 524 Wick Avenue in
Youngstown, will present 27 pastel paintings by artist Kim NovaK beginning May 4 and
running through June 29, 2014. The exhibition will be seen in the Youngstown museum’s Giffuni Gallery of American Pastel Art. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Sunday, May 4 from 1-3 pm.

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"LEGO Movie" DVD/Blu-ray/digital plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 21, 2014

Remember studying the seven wonders?

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 21, 2014

Sunday notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! Fred and Judy mark the day. We did so in church this morning, where there was a lot of joyful noise. Amazing how much louder all the hymns get when the Easter crowd is there.

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Rich and the movies: 'Heaven Is for Real'

By Ohio.com Published: April 18, 2014

Beacon Journal pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels says Heaven Is for Real may not be a perfect film, but is for the most part a good movie-going experience.

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"Saturday Night Live" announces 40th-anniversary special for 2015

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2014

The official word: NBC will air a three-hour live special on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic franchise “Saturday Night Live.”

Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show’s incredible five-decade run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.

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Video: Two Guys Talkin' - Explicit edition

By Ohio.com Published: April 18, 2014

Our two guys talk about some of the language that is now common on broadcast and cable TV.

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Friday notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2014

My look at a local TV-memorabilia collector's last exhibit is here. The vintage TV sets are very cool. the little toy TVs possibly even cooler. And the Bomb Shelter itself is more than worth a visit.

Like many of you I watched the season finale of "Scandal." Oh, there was plot, lots of it. And there was an attempt to wring some emotion out of the audience. But overall, it was no more than OK. We have come to expect spectacular shocks from "Scandal" and none of this rose above the level of surprise. Compare the finale to the shooting of James, and tell me which was more powerful. Consider the show's willingness to kill characters willy-nilly and how it dodged the bullet - or, more precisely, the shrapnel and debris -- in the church bombing. (Anyone else think of Moldavia?)

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"Jersey Boys" movie trailer

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2014

Unreleased 1950 Hank Williams performances are coming

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 17, 2014

"Orange is the New Black" Season 2 trailer

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 17, 2014

Yes, I am watching this. The new season begins June 6. The first season is still on Netflix, and will be on DVD and Blu-ray on May 13.

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"American Bible Challenge" will include Akron team

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 16, 2014

The new season begins May 22 on GSN. The Akron team is:

TEAM DEVOTED DIVAS. Charity: Unity in the Community, which provides education, community enhancement and public services. Team Members: Patrice Smith, Gloria Williams and Randi Bibbs

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Mixed notes Wednesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 16, 2014

The Brooklyn Cyclones, a farm team of the New York Mets, have planned a "Seinfeld"-themed night to mark the show's 25th anniversary. The Cyclones' eye for detail is impressive, as this description of the event makes clear.

Last summer I sat in the sun on vacation and followed the announcement of major Supreme Court decisions on SCOTUSblog. Its reporting and explanations were miles ahead of other news sources. Yet it has had problems getting press credentials for the Court, as it explains here.

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FX renews "The Americans" for a third season

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 16, 2014

The official word: FX has picked up its hit drama The Americans for a 13-episode third season, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.  One of television’s most critically-acclaimed series, The Americans has fast become a signature show for FX.  Six episodes remain in the current season, including tonight’s broadcast.  The series airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P.

In its first season, The Americans was the most critically-acclaimed new program of 2013, winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program. The critical acclaim for season 2 has surpassed that of its remarkable first season.

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TV Land orders new Sutton Foster series

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 15, 2014

For those of you who will miss her on "Bunheads." I sure do. The official word:

TV Land has picked up “Younger,” which is written, executive produced and directed by Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), to series with a 12-episode order, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, President of TV Land. The 30-minute single-camera comedy stars Tony® Award-winning Sutton Foster (“Bunheads”), Hilary Duff (“Lizzie McGuire”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) and Miriam Shor (“GCB”) and will premiere fall 2014 on the network. The series will shoot in New York – a first for TV Land.

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"House of Cards" Season 2 DVD/Blu-ray set

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014

For those of you who don't do Netflix ... this official word:

The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on
Blu-ray™ and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with
Robin Wright, this year’s Golden Globe® winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama).

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Bacon Brothers coming to Kent Stage in July

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014

Yes, one of them is Kevin Bacon. The show is on July 23, and tickets go on sale on Thursday at 10 a.m. Pricing:

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"Route 66" Season 1 comes to Hulu and Hulu Plus

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014

 

If you have not caught up with the DVD releases of the '60s series starring Martin Milner and George Harris, it arrived arrived on those streaming services today. The series was famous not only for the too-cool Nelson Riddle theme (heard in the video, above) but for literally taking its stories on the road, with a bunch of episodes shot in Northeast Ohio.

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David Suchet's final "Poirot" performances set for PBS and Acorn TV

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014

The last three telecasts are exclusive to the streaming service  Acorn (www.acorn.tv). The official word:

With the summer 2014 premiere of the final episodes, David Suchet will have completed the unsurpassed feat of portraying Agatha Christie’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot in all 70 Poirot stories. For the last 25 years, David Suchet has been synonymous with the brilliant Belgian detective and recently received Royal Television Society’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Poirot.

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And you thought you were having a bad day ...

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2014

"Mad Men": new season begins

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 13, 2014

Below is my discussion of tonight's season premiere of "Mad Men."  Instead of a full synopsis, it's more notes about at least one element of the premiere.

Spoilers in abundance. You've been warned.

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Sunday notes (updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 13, 2014

As I mentioned in the previous post, I had several pieces in the pipeline, and the rest of them are now online.

My roundup of some upcoming TV events, including "Mad Men's" return and "Fargo's" debut, is here.

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Mixed notes Saturday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 12, 2014

Not long ago I had a chat with young Connor Corum, a Macedonia resident who is in the new movie "Heaven is for Real," along with his parents Shannon and Chris. My story about them is here. I should have a review of the movie later this week.

It was a kind of thin week for new DVD/Blu-ray offerings, so this week's column suggests better ways to watch Ivan Reitman, Kevin Costner and Denis Leary at work. You will note I did not include Jennifer Garner, who seemed largely unimportant to the movie -- as Buzzfeed also observed. Later today or tomorrow, I will also have a piece available about local Browns' fans reaction to "Draft Day," and will add a link.

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New "24: Live Another Day" trailer

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 11, 2014

OK, so the promo lines and dialogue can be painful: "they don't know Jack," "this is bigger than ...," "there's no going back" and so on. There's still a lot of energy -- and Kiefer is plain scary.

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TCM offers Mickey Rooney marathon on Sunday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2014

The lineup:

April 13:

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Video - Two Guys Talkin' about the rock hall: Who should be in?

By Ohio.com Published: April 10, 2014

Malcolm Abram is fairly satisfied with this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorees but Rich Heldenfels has his own choice.

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CNN shakes up prime time (again), adds Rowe, Walsh, Ling

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2014

The official word: CNN today announced a new primetime lineup that continues to build on the network’s strategy of offering both live, breaking news programming as well as quality, original series, CNN Films and in-house documentaries.

 

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Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of 'The Late Show' on CBS

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2014

The official word: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Lettermen determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

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Mixed notes Thursday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2014

"The Voice" tour includes Cleveland date

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 9, 2014

The official word: Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice”, can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Talpa Media and AEG Live announced today the 31-show concert tour launches June 21st in San Antonio, TX and stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, ON before wrapping in Redmond, WA on August 2. Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10:00 AM local via www.thevoice.com/tour and www.aeglive.com.

Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season’s Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media.

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"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sets "Captain America'-related episodes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 7, 2014

When I saw "Captain America," which many of you have also seen, I was immediately wondering when and how its events would affect "Agents." We will find out over the next two weeks.The official word:

Don’t miss one heart-pounding moment as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs back-to-back episodes, which follow in the footsteps and tie into Marvel’s new feature film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” TUESDAY, APRIL 15 on the ABC Television Network. 

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Mickey Rooney: Always chasing applause

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 7, 2014

"I will always be leading the cheers for life, and I hope that's the way people will always see me and remember me, as a cheerleader for life, out there in front of the crowd with a megaphone in my hand. ... But if I energize people, people in turn energize me. Applause got me started, it kept me going through my bad days, and it keeps me going still."

                                      -- Mickey Rooney, in his memoir "Life Is Too Short," 1991

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Barbara Walters' final "View" appearance on May 16; tributes will surround

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 7, 2014

The official word:
She was the first woman ever to co-host a morning show and the first female co-anchor of a network evening newscast. She co-anchored one of the longest-running newsmagazines, was host and producer of countless top-rated primetime specials and is the creator and co-host of one of daytime’s most successful talk and entertainment programs. She has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history, and her notable interviews and controversial reports have made some of the most memorable moments on television. She didn’t just report history, she made history. She is Barbara Walters. And now, after more than five decades entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Barbara Walters says goodbye to daily television on FRIDAY, MAY 16 with her final co-host appearance on “The View” and a two-hour ABC primetime special celebrating her incredible life, both on screen and off.

Behind the scenes Walters will continue to be an active part of “The View,” the multi-generational talk show she created for ABC, in her role as Executive Producer along with Executive Producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years. Last May, Walters announced live on the program that the 17th season for “The View” would be her last. All season, “The View” has been celebrating Walters’ career by highlighting her most famous interviews with the ongoing series, “The Year of Barbara.”

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Mixed notes Sunday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 6, 2014

Last year I visited a set of "Draft Day," the movie about the Cleveland Browns, which opens this week. Here's my story from the set  visit. A short sidebar about locations is here. And a piece about other notable Browns moments in scripted film is here.

Some brief looks at upcoming TV shows is here.

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Dish Network, Sports Time Ohio make deal in time for Indians game

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 4, 2014

Both sides had been at odds for more than a month. The full announcement is as follows:

"DISH and SportsTime Ohio are pleased to announce an agreement that restores the television home of the Cleveland Indians to DISH's lineup effective immediately."

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Heldenfels videos: 'Captain America,' 'Dancing' and two guys talkin'

By Dan Kadar Published: April 4, 2014

Rich and the movies - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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"Veronica Mars" movie set for DVD/Blu-ray

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 4, 2014

The official word: Following a successful theatrical release that was spurred into development by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, "Veronica Mars" arrives onto Blu-ray and DVD on May 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on Rob Thomas' beloved television series and inspired by demand from fans, "Veronica Mars" stars Kristen Bell as a former high-school sleuth who thought she left her past behind her, until a murder in her home town pulls her back into her old life.

 

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David Letterman announces retirement in 2015

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2014

This felt like a surprise when news broke, reminiscent of Johnny Carson's abrupt announcement of his own plans to leave "The Tonight Show." But on closer consideration, it makes sense. Letterman is not young. His great rivalry, with Jay Leno, is not only over since Leno has left "Tonight" -- but Letterman's pronouncements in recent years have indicated a mellowing toward Leno. Now Jimmy Fallon is the opposition -- and showing real strength with the younger viewers who are going to see Letterman ever more as an old dude. Fallon and Kimmel can match Letterman's whimsy; he is the better on-air conversationalist most of the time, but late-night is less and less about conversation and more about stunts like Kimmel's Matt Damon bits or Fallon's music parodies.

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OWN sets Darlene Love biopic with Toni Braxton

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2014

The film about the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, recently seen in "20 Feet From Stardom," will air in December. More from OWN about the movie and other plans:

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today six-time Grammy-winning artist and actress Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”  In addition, superstar Justin Timberlake will kick off a star-studded new season of “Oprah’s Master Class” on May 11, and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event mini-series “Tulsa” (working title) currently in development. 

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Mixed notes Thursday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2014

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is upon us. You can read my review here, and my chat with director brothers Joe and Anthony Russo here.

This week's mailbag is here.

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"House of Cards," "Key & Peele," "Scandal," "Orange/New Black" among Peabody Award winners

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 2, 2014

There are 46 winners of the awards which "recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals." The full list:

180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School (PBS)

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"McElroy and LeFleur" one more time

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2014

Since "How I Met Your Mother" has ended, and this is the fifth anniversary of the first time I posted this, I offer my look at the history of "McElroy and LeFleur," the Canadian action movies loved by Robin. Here goes ...

Those guys on "How I Met Your Mother" sure know their Canadian film history. I thought I was the last diehard fan of the "McElroy and LeFleur" movies, which I have saved on VHS because those low-budget 1999 DVDs did not get the rights to Trooper's original version of the "McElroy and LeFleur" theme and instead substituted a much less compelling rendition by Ontario session musicians. I admit they're not all great, especially the fifth and sixth ones. And the TV series was just silly. How could anyone but Jeff Wincott have plausibly played McElroy? I know, Clark Johnson was still the best LeFleur, too, but that part became more and more irrelevant to the movies.

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NBC orders new Duchovny series

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2014

The official word: NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order for the drama “Aquarius,” starring two-time Golden Globe Award winner David Duchovny in his return to broadcast television.

In this gripping drama series set in the late 1960s, Duchovny stars as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.

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Rock Hall announces induction "special guests"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2014

That quintet saluting Linda Ronstadt sounds especially cool. The official word:

This year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will have a wide array of special guests to pay tribute to this year’s inductees: Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.

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