Today’s TV news bits include some reality TV news, The Walking Dead preview clips from their upcoming mid-season premiere, a bit about Syfy‘s new show, 12 Monkeys, and the TV schedule news for ice skating on NBC.
So You Think You Can Dance
It’s official, Paula Abdul is Fox’s reality TV go-to girl! Fox announced that Paula and Jason Derulo have joined SYTYCD.
The Walking Dead
Here are a few trailers for the upcoming mid-season return of The Walking Dead:
This one does not feel all that inspiring, but…
Surviving Together: The Walking Dead: Season 5
This one is more like it…
Another Day: The Walking Dead: Season 5
12 Monkeys Mini Review
Did anyone catch Syfy’s premiere of 12 Monkeys? I wasn’t sure what to expect from it and I never saw the original movie starring Bruce Willis.
To be honest I thought it was well done. It had a fascinating tone of dread and urgency all peppered with a wee bit of time travel. And a conundrum or two related to the time traveling and the challenge of trying to figure out how to prevent something you know is coming.
I was engaged. And I will be watching some more.
via Syfy Press Release:
Syfy’s critically acclaimed 12 Monkeys shattered channel records for a series premiere, soaring 85 percent among Adults 18-49, the highest lift ever based on L+3 data.
12 Monkeys delivered 1.0 million Adults 18-49, 1.1 million Adults 25-54 (+73 percent) and 2.3 million total viewers (+73 percent) from its Live+SD deliveries on Friday, January 16.
12 Monkeys also scored the highest Men 18-34 delivery for a Syfy series premiere since Helix in January 2014.
The series, which airs Fridays at 9PM (ET/PT), ranked as a top 10 cable telecast in prime among Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and total viewers.
Hey, Ice Skating Fans…
via NBC press release:
NBC PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2015 PRUDENTIAL U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGINNING THIS SAT., JAN. 24, AT 3 PM ET
Coverage Includes Live Pairs’, Ice Dance, Ladies’ and Men’s Free Skate Competitions
Smucker’s Skating Spectacular Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2:30 p.m. ET
NBC presents live coverage of the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, beginning with the pairs’ free skate and free dance competitions this Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET and continuing in primetime with the ladies’ free skate competition at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the men’s free skate competition begins at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 25. In addition, NBC will present the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular exhibition gala on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Highlighting the ladies’ competition are 2014 Olympic team bronze medalists Gracie Gold, the defending U.S. champion, and Ashley Wagner, a two-time U.S. champion. 2014 U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds and 2014 U.S. bronze medalist Mirai Nagasu will also compete. The men’s event features 2014 Olympic team bronze medalists Jeremy Abbott, the four-time U.S. champion, and Jason Brown, the 2014 U.S. silver medalist, along with 2013 U.S. champion Max Aaron and 2014 U.S. junior champion Nathan Chen.
NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating commentary team, featuring three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon, will call the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships and Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, with four-time U.S. champion and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton offering analysis and insight throughout NBC’s coverage this weekend. They’ll be joined by 2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith Belbin and reporter Andrea Joyce on-site at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
NBC’s figure skating coverage (all times ET, subject to change):
Date Event Time
Sat., Jan. 24 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Pairs’ Free Skate and Free Dance 3 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 24 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Ladies’ Free Skate 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 25 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Free Skate 4 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 31 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular 2:30 p.m.
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Did you catch The World’s Funniest Fails? Don’t worry if you missed it. It was the world’s most painful fail. They tried to take America’s Funniest Videos and change it up a little with a panel of a few folks watching a few videos then voting for which one was the funniest. Comparatively speaking. I only saw a few segments and it was dull and trying. The host has to pretend to find things funny and the audience is repeatedly cued to applaud often. So I bailed on this show.