The King of Country, George Strait, made a rare trip back to the press room after winning Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday (7) night.
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The Band Perry “came, we saw, we confetti’d them all,” with “Chainsaw,” the rollicking tune the sibling trio performed to open the Academy of Country Music Awards, Sunday night (April 7). And they also took home the award for Vocal Group of the Year.
Jason Aldean declared himself “the most shocked person in the room,” when he won male vocalist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards here in Las Vegas Sunday night.
Unfortunately, you can’t hear the questions, but Aldean’s second answer addressed how many of his songs don’t showcase the strength of his vocals, he loves digging deep every now and then, like on “Night Train” or “Going Where the Lonely Go” and “Are The Good Times Really Over” the Merle Haggard tunes he tackled on “Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard,” out last week.
Hitfix asked Aldean about his rise to stadium act: He’s got five stadium dates on his upcoming tour, making him an elite act of any genre who can fill such a giant venue. He admits he’s still a little surprised himself: “I just passed Garth Brooks in the hall way and I’m like, ‘that was the guy doing that stuff’. I never thought we’d be in a position to do that.”
The good news is Aldean is very close to wrapping up his new album, his follow up to 2012’s “Night Train.” “I actually go in to finish the vocals on it this week. I think we’ll have a new single coming off of it end of June, first of July and then the album dropping later this fall.”
Aldean closes out by going back to the stadium question and how he’s packed the line-up with hot artists, including longtime friend Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Check out below what he has to say about his buddy.
Syfy teams with “Sharknado” producers for zombie drama “Z Nation"
Syfy is promising this new zombie drama will "take viewers where no zombie has gone before."
Neil Patrick Harris on replacing Letterman: “It would be an asinine amount of work”
The former “How I Met Your Mother” star said this morning he hasn’t been approached about “The Late Show” job.
Stephen Colbert could be No. 1 as Letterman’s replacement, says his former warm-up man
Pete Dominick, who warmed up “The Colbert Report’s” audiences for six years, weighs in: "Can Colbert drop the character and still succeed? Of course. Hosting the 'Report' has always been far more difficult than a late night network-style talk show. But can he just be himself and be a success? Inside his slick suits, Colbert possesses every weapon and trick a comedian can utilize. As long as it’s the same guy in the same suits, Colbert will more than hold his own on CBS.” PLUS: Taiwanese animators tackle the Colbert-to-“Late Show” rumors.
Nat Geo to televise an attempt to break the free-diving record
A swimmer will attempt to dive down to 350 feet.
Xbox hands shows to Sarah Silverman, Seth Green and Michael Cera
While Cera and Silverman make a sketch comedy show, Green will do another stop-motion animated show similar to his Adult Chicken.
Pete Townshend wrote a song he’ll perform for “The Americans”
The Who star worked with the show’s composer on his first song for television. "It Must Be Done” will premiere on the April 30 episode.
Why “Game of Thrones’” Daenerys Targaryen is like President George W. Bush
"Her approach to foreign policy and making war, as laid out in this episode, is Bushian to a tee,” argues Zack Beauchamp. PLUS: Why Sansa Stark is the strongest “GoT” character, why there should be nudity in every episode, Angry Birds does “GoT,” meet the new “GoT” stars, including Pedro Pascal as Oberyn, and listen to a Dave Koz jazz version of the “GoT” theme.
Barbara Walters tells "View"-ers: “You’re not free of me yet”
This morning on “The View,” Walters addressed her retirement date announcement and emphasized that she’ll still be involved with the show, at least behind the scenes.
“Shameless” and “House of Lies” each end the season on a finale high
About 2.83 million and 1.4 million watched both Showtime shows, respectively, through all airings.
“Covert Affairs” recruits “Felicity” alum Amy Jo Johnson
She’ll play a National Counter Terrorism Center investigator.
“Veep” has become a master class in cursing
Unlike other shows, says Kevin Fallon, “on ‘Veep,' cursing is actually a tool for comedy, and one that’s harder to use properly than you might think.”
"Under the Skin" finally arrived in theaters this past weekend and, happily for moviegoers, A24 Films were rewarded for their gutsy acquisition of Jonathan Glazer's transcendent film. "Skin" grossed $140,000, or $35,000 per screen in just four theaters, in New York and Los Angeles. It's the second-highest limited per-screen of the year after "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and quite impressive considering A24 did it almost completely via old-fashioned publicity and word of mouth.
Game show contestants will defuse fake bombs on Fox’s “Boom!”
On the Israeli-based format, colored wires on the fake bombs will represent multiple-choice answers, which allow viewers at home to play along.
Conan’s MTV Movie Awards sidekick will be Ice Cube — not Andy Richter
“Andy’s not reliable,” Conan tells EW. “I’d love to bring Andy — in fact, I’ve tried to bring Andy to many things. But he’s like the country singer George Jones late in his career: Maybe he’ll show, maybe he won’t.”
Watch the “Silicon Valley” pilot
HBO has posted the censored version on YouTube. PLUS: Why the protagonist needs to become the next Mark Zuckerberg, and, how Thomas Middleditch got cast in the leading role.
Ricky Gervais’ “Derek” returns in May
Season 2 of the Netflix series debuts May 20.
NBC Universal’s Emmy campaign unveiled
Mindy Kaling is a “Certified Romantic,” Any Poehler is a “Certified Public Servant” and Andy Samberg is a “Certified Smartass” in NBC Universal’s Emmy campaign key art.
Carol Leifer: I struggled on “SNL” as a female writer
Before she was wrote for “Seinfeld,” the comedian joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1985, where she quickly found out she wasn’t part of Lorne Michaels’ exclusive “group,” as she reveals in her new memoir.
Recalling Letterman as a college freshman
At 18 years old in 1965, David Letterman had his own midnight rock ’n’ roll show on Ball State’s radio station. “David Letterman’s Make It or Break It” lasted a week.
Neil Patrick Harris: “As far as I know, there is no other ending”
“We only shot one,” Harris responded when asked about the “HIMYM” alternate ending.
Syfy orders drama series “Olympus”
A Syfy exec says of the drama series: “'Olympus' is a fantastic blend of action, intense thrills, creatures and great storytelling. It will feature characters from mythology in a way never before imagined."
Food Network renews “Beat Bobby Flay”
The game show will be back for another 26 episodes.
Does ABC have a women problem?
Advertisers are complaining that ABC is too reliant on female shows, including aging dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy."
Kirstie Alley rejoins Jenny Craig after watching herself on her TV Land sitcom
“I was like, you look OK on the street, but you don't look (OK) on TV, not so much,” she tells Matt Lauer of her decision to resume her role as Jenny Craig pitchwoman, which she did from 2004 to 2007.
“Shameless” season finale even shocked Emmy Rossum
"HOLLLLLLY MOLY NO IDEA,” she tweeted after last night’s season finale. PLUS: This was “Shameless’” best season yet, the finale sucked for using a cheap stunt, and “Shameless” has TV’s best gay couple.
“Jeopardy!’s” Arthur Chu: We need more Asian villains
Chu thought #CancelColbert was “dumb,” but he can’t help appreciating its founder, Suey Park, because of the villainous role she took on. "Perfect people are freaking boring,” he says of the roles many Asians play. "Perfect people don’t get to be the protagonist of the story, because you can’t tell a story about perfect people."
Nick Offerman: Amy Poehler is the funniest person on the “Parks and Rec” set
Chris Pratt is the “#1.1” funniest, followed by Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza.
Rob Lowe: It’s tough to be good-looking
"There’s this unbelievable bias and prejudice against quote-unquote good-looking people, that they can’t be in pain or they can’t have rough lives or be deep or interesting,” he tells NY Times magazine. "They can’t be any of the things that you long to play as an actor. I’m getting to play those parts now and loving it. When I was a teen idol, I was so goddamn pretty I wouldn’t have taken myself seriously.”
Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 6, 2014.
Sunday night's telecast of the Academy of Country Music Awards was down significantly from last year, but it still helped CBS cruise to victory in all measures.
While "Once Upon a Time" was up week-to-week for ABC, the network witnessed continued declines for "Resurrection," plus another drop for "Revenge."
Among new shows, there were also drops for NBC's "Believe" and "American Dream Builders," though both "Cosmos" and "Crisis" were up a hair in total viewers and flat in the key demo.
[Expect "Game of Thrones" premiere numbers either later in the day or tomorrow.]
On to the numbers...
"Shameless" concluded its fourth season last night, and I have some thoughts on the finale and the season as a whole coming up just as soon as I feel a bit like "Pretty Woman"...
Barbara Walters will retire from “The View” on May 16, followed that night by a 2-hour special honoring her
In addition to airing "ABC: A Barbara Celebration,” ABC News will name its NYC headquarters after her.
Simon Cowell’s “Got Talent” earns the Guinness World Record for world’s most successful reality TV format
The reality format that first launched as “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007 has expanded to 58 countries.
HBO teases “The Leftovers”
Watch a preview of the drama from “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof.
Jay Leno reacts to Letterman’s retirement in a joking way
“Oh well you know, he and I gonna do the Sunshine Boys on Broadway so we’re very excited about that,” he told “Extra” at a comedy show in New Jersey. PLUS: Did Letterman retire over his inability to make viral videos?
Shannen Doherty starring in "Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys” -- from “Sharknado” producers
The Animal Planet TV movie, airing Memorial Day Weekend, also stars Christopher Lloyd as he, Doherty and Jason Brooks battle “Killer Lampreys."
Yahoo! planning to create its own prestigious TV comedies
The Wall Street Journal reports that Yahoo! is preparing to spend $700,000 to $1 million per episode on four 10-episode half-hour comedies.
HBO Go crashes during “Game of Thrones” premiere
This is the 2nd time in a month that HBO Go has crashed during a big HBO event, following last month's "True Detective" finale rash.
“Game of Thrones” star recounts the premiere’s biggest moment
"It was about being in the right pace at the right time," she says. PLUS: Season premiere questions, answered, “House of Cards” says “welcome back,” Clorox jumps on the “GoT” bandwagon, the premiere had some of the best banter yet, the Lannisters dominated this hour, and Sansa Stark sings in "Game of Moans" music video.
George Stephanopoulos denies a report he’s upset with “GMA’s” softer direction
Page Six reports that the “GMA” star, who’s in early contract negotiations, isn’t happy with the addition of more entertainment personalities. But Stephanopoulos tells Page Six, "So much of what you’ve been told is false.”
BBC taps Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III
Sam Mendes will produce a BBC2 TV movie based on Shakespeare’s historical play.
Jimmy Fallon to have on Nirvana’s surviving members, plus KISS
“The Tonight Show” will celebrate this year’s Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees all week.
Watch Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis mock their relationship on “Two and a Half Men”
"I bet you only date hot actresses,” Kunis says. "God no, I'd never date an actress. They're all crazy,” Ashton responds.
Nick Cannon booed trying to yell “America’s Got Talent” at a Knicks game
The NBC reality show tried to tape an opening at Madison Square Garden.
Erin Andrews worried about reports she’s caused “Dancing” tension
"I've got to be honest. ... It kind of got me worried and scared,” she says, adding that she called producers to find out what was wrong. "I just went back and forth with the producers like, 'Are we good here? Please tell me what I need to work on. Please tell me what I need to do. 'And they're like, 'We couldn't be happier.'"
Read an excerpt from Rob Lowe’s new memoir
Lowe writes about kissing Evan Handler on “Californication” and working on “The West Wing” in this excerpt from “Love Life,” Lowe’s 2nd memoir. PLUS: Lowe & Aziz Ansari reunite in a pool, Rashida Jones & Retta dished on Lowe on “Watch What Happens Live,” and Jones talked about kissing Lowe.
AMC teams with Ford for “Mad Men’s” final season
Ads will not only promote the 2015 Ford Lincoln in the first commercial break, but Lincoln will roll out a series of 30-second vignettes featuring some of the past six seasons’ most unexpected moments, according to Ad Week. PLUS: Kevin Rahm is becoming a dad.
Amy Poehler’s brother’s Swedish sitcom renewed
Greg Poehler’s “Welcome to Sweden” is set to air this summer on NBC.
Comedian John Pinette, who got mugged in the “Seinfeld” finale, dies at 50
According to TMZ, the hefty comic died in a hotel room in Pittsburgh.
By winning female vocalist of the year at the ACM Awards Sunday night, Miranda set a record for grabbing the award five years in a row. As thrilled as she was when she came backstage (she also won single record of the year for "Mama's Broken Heart" and vocal event of the year for "We Were Us" with Keith Urban), when she got to the press room, she had an apology to make.
Kacey Musgraves snagged album of the year at tonight's 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards for the critically acclaimed "Same Trailer, Different Park." Backstage, she exalted in being able to follow her arrow, wherever it points: " I've been so lucky from day one to just do what I do, follow my gut, my instincts," she said.