The Cheetah Girls 2 is off and running at Disney Channel, where the original cable TV movie amassed 7.8 million total viewers Friday--more than any program on TV that day.
Cheetah even blazed past the debut of Disney's High School Musical, the pop-culture phenomenon that drew 7.7 million viewers in January.
While it's the highest-rated original movie on the network in total viewers, it fell short of breaking the mark in the key demos of kids 6-11 and 9-14, where the 2002 film Cadet Kelly still rules.
Cheetah, which stars Disney star Raven-Symone (That's So Raven) as a member of an all-girl band that travels to Spain, exceeded all broadcast competition that day, with CBS series Numbers a distant second with 6 million.
Cheetah also propelled Disney to its most-watched total day and primetime ever in total viewers. The movie scored a massive 61 national ...Read more
Each year, select television actors and producers are woken up at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m., a ringing telephone interrupting their beauty sleep. However, the bright and early wake-up call is something they've been waiting for their entire professional lives.
The 59th annual Emmy Award nominations were announced from Los Angeles this morning by actors Kyra Sedgwick and Jon Cryer, simultaneously fulfilling and interrupting the dreams of several who work in the television industry. Unfortunately, for every mantle about to be adorned with another trophy, several mantles will once again go bare as there can only be one winner in each category.
ABC once again led the broadcast networks in overall nominations with 70, up slightly from last year's total of 63 (the network walked ...Read more
Disney announced three major new Web intiatives today, starting with the free ad-supported streaming of four of the top TV shows on Disney-owned ABC. The company also announced a new soap opera site and broadband sites just for kids.
ABC will stream four of its shows, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Alias, and Commander In Chief, for free on its Website for a two-month trial period, from May to the end of June. Users will be able to watch current episodes of Housewives, Lost, and Commander, while the entire current season of Alias will be available for viewing.
All of the shows, save for Alias, are already available as $1.99 downloads at Apple's iTunes store, but this marks the first time current episodes will be availabe for free, with commercials. The shows will be presented in a ...Read more
It could herald a big change in the way we watch television: ABC network and its corporate parent, The Walt Disney Company, announced today that they will begin offering episodes of selected shows for purchase and download on Apple's iTunes music store. The move coincides with the announcement of a new version of Apple's best-selling MP3 player, the iPod, that will also play video.
ABC will offer its hits Desperate Housewives and Lost, as well as new show Night Stalker. Meanwhile, the Disney Channel will make available its popular shows That's So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. The shows will be put on iTunes the day after they air on their respective networks, and in the case of Lost and Desperate Housewives, the entire first seasons will also be purchasable ...Read more
No fooling--Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards show is coming up on April 1. The annual awards show, where kids vote on their favorite movies, TV shows, singers, video games, and more, will be broadcast live on the East Coast and will be tape-delayed on the West Coast. Taking place at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, the awards will be hosted by King Kong star Jack Black.
The show is the Academy Awards of the kid and young teen world, and it draws a multitude of celebrities to the ceremony each year. This year features reality juggernaut American Idol going up against perennial kids' fave That's So Raven for favorite TV show, and hammy funnyman Ashton Kutcher facing off against Romeo!'s Romeo for favorite actor. Somewhere along the way, one of the lucky winners will get more than an award--they'll get a bucketful of Nickelodeon green slime ...Read more
Jack Black, star of the films King Kong and Shallow Hal, has been named the host of the 19th annual Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards. The show, which will take place on April 1 in Los Angeles, gives out awards based on the votes of kids polled on Nick.com.
Black told E! Online that he had "a lot of secret plans for when I host the awards, but I can tell you I'm going to bring the super-duper, freaky-deaky, ultra-clowny super dance! But that's all I'll say."
Nickelodeon's executive vice president of development and original programming, Marjorie Cohn, said Black was a natural fit for the show. "With Jack as host, the surprise factor is naturally elevated. Even we can hardly wait to see what will happen," she said in a statement.
Black is no stranger to working with kids: He scored a hit with the ...Read more