A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'
Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.
Starting this week, AOL TV's Brody-o-Meter will gauge the rescued Marine sergeant's likelihood of being a sleeper agent for the Taliban on a 100 percent scale. Read on to find out this week's score!
If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.
So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?
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While the film doesn't reach the sublime heights scaled by the director's Bob Dylan movie, 'No Direction Home,' it does paint a moving and nuanced portrait of the guitarist, songwriter and spiritual seeker, who succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001. But you don't care about that: You want the facts! So here they are -- all seven of them.
According to EW, Perkins will play Gail Meyers, the wife of the LAPD commissioner. In the Dec. 19 episode, Gail gets into some trouble when she tries to cover up potential scandal.
Mark Moses will play the commissioner and Maggie Wheeler will play a friend of Gail's.
'The Closer' returns to TNT on Nov. 28.
In other casting news ...
There were plenty of surprising twists and turns at the 63rd Emmy Awards, and more than a handful of remarks to remember. From host Jane Lynch's (jokingly) bitter comments about drowning her sorrows in a tub of turkey meatballs to Peter Dinklage's endearingly odd shout out to his dogsitter, the best quotes of the night are right here.
Click through the gallery to read the highlights, and tell us what caught your attention during the broadcast.
More roasters are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Ross, known as Comedy Central's Roast Master General, saved Sheen's nearly disastrous live-tour by taking the stage to rip on the torpedo-of-truth-teller. Jeselnik was perhaps the breakout comic star of the highly-rated Trump roast.
Tyson has been branching out into film and TV work in his boxing retirement, guest starring in 'The Hangover,' and an episode of CBS's 'Same Name.' Most anything that Tyson says in his signature high-pitched voice is instantly hilarious, and him going after Sheen should be funnier than the time he promised to eat his opponent's children.
"We were sort of like eagerly anticipating, you know, what kind of girls are going to come out and freak on our laps," said Berkman. Lewis thought Berkman enjoyed herself perhaps a little too much. "I think Sarah actually preferred the female strippers," he said. "I mean, she might want to reconsider this marriage."
The judges had to decide tonight between Swank and Smage Bros., the motorcyle stunt team, as to which act would make it through to the semi-finals. After judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne split their votes between the acts, it was left to judge Howie Mandel to break the tie -- and he chose the Smage Bros.
"I don't want to be the person responsible for sending someone home," Mandel sighed to AOL TV after the taping. Still, he feels he made the right decision.
In this video from the AOL You've Got series, he talks about just how accurate the lie detector test results you see on TV are, and what he's come to expect right after he delivers his results.
"Usually when we do relationship testing we'll ask the accuser to leave the room," he says. "You'll have somebody see their spouse either confess to something or fail badly on a question, and they'll come and slap or punch that person."
Clearly this is a man with much wisdom to dispense. Check out the video after the jump.
Of course our readers know how much we love to analyze everything TV (see our Best Comedy Nominees video playlist and critic Mo Ryan's take), but sometimes clips speak louder than words. So we've rounded up the best moments of each of the nominated shows to give you a better idea of the competition's playing field.
Here, a TV Replay clip from each of the 2011 Emmy Best Drama Series nominees.
There's 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Boardwalk' Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' and 'The Good Wife.' Watch the highlights of the shows right here, then tell us who you think will take home that golden statue come Emmy night.
The Warblers leader will head up the 'Glee' panel alongside fellow full-time newbie Harry Shum Jr. (also known as Mike Chang), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) and Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste). While Ryan Murphy will be M.I.A., TVLine reports that co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, executive producer Dante di Loreto and choreographer Zack Woodlee will be in attendance.
The panel, which will be held in Hall H on Sun., July 24 at 10AM, will be moderated by TVLine's Michael Ausiello and will also give fans a sneak peek at the 'Glee' 3-D concert movie.
Regis Philbin set up a clip by saying Johnson was "really getting frustrated about the way things are going at the department, but that's always been, more or less, her little angst, right?"
"She really gets hammered this season," said Sedgwick. "It'll be good."
Holly Robinson Peete started the discussion on a lighter note, saying, "There hasn't been a man called 'Dick' in the oval office since President Richard Nixon." Leah Remini said she liked the fact that the president could be kind of a dick. "I don't know, I like to hear that people are like hard-asses a little bit, especially our president," she said.
Sharon Osbourne said that wasn't the context in which Halperin used the term. "He didn't say 'this guy is a ball-buster, he's a toughie,'" said Osbourne. "He did it in a very disrespectful way."
It's been at least a month since La Toya Jackson became the only contestant on the 'Celebrity Apprentice' to be fired, re-hired and then promptly re-fired. Anxious to return to the spotlight, Jackson sat down with Matt Lauer Monday on 'Today' (7 AM ET, weekdays on NBC) for a bizarre interview filled with confusing statements and contradictions that gave off more smoke than fire.
Jackson was there to talk about her recent book 'Starting Over,' in which she claims to investigate Michael's death and identify his true killer. In the book, she posits that Michael's death was a conspiracy and that Dr. Conrad Murray is merely a fall guy. But when Matt Lauer pressed her on why the book doesn't name anyone or offer any evidence about that, Jackson could only respond with a hollow, "If you read the book you'll understand."
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