July 24, 2013 |
Hallmark Channel, which refers to itself as "the heart of TV," took every opportunity to play up its warm-and-fuzzy vibe Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. With its first original prime-time series, "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," as well as upcoming movies including a holiday special called "Christmas With Tucker" and an uplifting family drama set in 1963 during the height of the civil rights struggle called "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," Hallmark is carving out a niche as a wholesome voice in a TV wilderness of aggression and excess. It's a tactic that stands out in an era when hyper-violent, hyper-sexual shows like "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Orange Is the New Black" break new ground in vivid shades of red and pink.
July 19, 2013 |
The latest network to enlist big-screen talent and muscle its way into the original scripted-series business, Hallmark Channel premieres on Saturday its adaptation of Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels. It's called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove," presumably to avoid any confusion among the author's built-in fan base. There is, for example, absolutely no potential crossover with fans of the similarly named "Hemlock Grove," though it is set in the kind of small rocky Northern coastal American town other authors do tend to fill up with vampires (Stephen King to the East, Stephenie Meyer to the West)
July 3, 2013 |
The cast members of CBS' hit reality series "Big Brother" raised eyebrows this week with offensive comments carried over the show's live-streaming Internet feed. And now the network is moving to distance itself from those comments. In a statement released Tuesday, CBS said, "'Big Brother' is a reality show about watching a group of people who have no privacy 24/7 -- and seeing every moment of their lives. At times, the Houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.
July 3, 2013 |
Marie Osmond, whose daytime talk show was just canceled by Hallmark Channel, is planning for a syndicated talk show in 2014. Associated Television International, who produced Osmond's talk fest, said they will be pitching the show to broadcasters. "Our initial exposure on Hallmark Channel provided the perfect launching ground, and we're delighted with the unprecedented media attention Marie and the program has enjoyed," Jim Romanovich, Associated Television International's president of worldwide entertainment, said in a statement.
July 2, 2013 |
Marie Osmond got some unwelcome news from the Hallmark Channel, the home of her daytime talk show. The cable network, which is transitioning to what executives say is a "much more diversified portfolio of family-friendly programming," is not renewing Osmond's show for a second season. "With so many talk-show offerings in the daypart, particularly in broadcast syndication, Hallmark Channel has decided not to green-light a second season of its Critics Choice Award-nominated talk show, 'Marie,'" the network said in a statement.
April 18, 2013 |
Get ready for more change along the Las Vegas Strip: Look for alterations to the faces of the New York-New York and Monte Carlo hotels and the addition of an expansive public plaza featuring a variety of new restaurants and shops. The new outdoor space, expected to open early next year, will bring significant changes to the facades of both properties, it was announced Thursday. New York-New York's mock skyline, including its replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, is to be modified to make room for the new development.