The Best & Worst of 2014! People Mags December 22 Issue

People Magazines Best & Worst of 2014 Dec. 22 Cover

People Magazines Best & Worst of 2014 Dec. 22 Cover

When this issue hits our mailbox at work, I always make sure to read it cover-to-cover. Most of the other People Magazines that arrive in the mail I just page through, but the Best & Worst is always interesting and since I don’t pay for the subscription, that’s even better.

This year-end issue they usually forecast who will be HOT in the coming year and they didn’t disappoint … They mention Kathy Griffith taking over for the late Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. I never watched that show, so I could give a rat’s ass who takes over. Up and comers versus backstabbers is the daughters of Melanie Griffin and Don Johnson, Dakota Johnson, who we’ll be seeing in the adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. That girl has strong acting genes on both sides of the bloodline.

Katy Perry will be headlining the half time show at the Super Bowl in 2015 (Feb. 1), which is just a week before the Grammys (Feb. 8). I wonder if Taylor Swift feels snubbed.

On page 50 they list the Top 10 “Your Faves” Pop Culture’s Most Wanted, Streamed, Watched and Read of 2014. Under Prime-Time Cable, #8 was… yep, you guessed it … Longmire. The show A&E dumped and the show Netflix has now picked up and put into filming for Season 4. That was the only A&E show listed. The Walking Dead was #1 (of course) followed by Game of Thrones (HBO); American Horror Story (FX); Sons of Anarchy (FX); Rizzoli & Isles (TNT); Major Crimes (TNT); The Last Ship (TNT); Longmire (A&E); True Blood (HBO); The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo).

Movies, Most Streamed Songs on Spotify, Kindle Bestsellers, Increase in Twitter Followers, and some other social media garbage is also listed.

I also use this issue to see if I missed anyone in my 2014 list of obituaries. People, of course lists the really big celebrities who died, but they also included some of the lesser known celebrities.

I’ll be putting up my list starting on Friday, December 19.

 

 

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What’s Cancelled … What’s Coming Back?

I don’t watch much network television. CSI, Criminal Minds, that’s about it. This past season CSI had CSI: Cyber which was excellent. This coming season they’ll be switching up between regular Vegas CSI and the CSI: Cyber.

Here’s an up-to-date list of some of what the cable networks have cancelled and renewed so you can start marathon watching what’s on your DVR and begin making room.

AMC
Hell on Wheels: Season 4 to debut Aug. 2
The Killing: Season 4 to debut Aug. 1 on Netflix (all six episodes)
Mad Men: Part 2 of Season 7/finale season to debut summer 2015
TURN: Season 1 finale aired June 8; Season 2 renewal could go either way.
The Walking Dead: Season 4 finale aired March 30; Renewed for Season 5

BBC America
Copper: Cancelled.
Doctor Who: Season 8, now starring Peter Capaldi, to debut August 2014
Orphan Black: Season 2 debuted April 19; Season 3 renewal a safe bet
Ripper Street: Renewed for Season 3 The last I heared Ripper Street may be on a new network. 

FX/FXX
American Horror Story: Renewed for Season 4 – AHS: Freak Show
The Americans: Season 2 finale aired May 21; already renewed for Season 3
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17, 2013
Archer: Season 5 finale aired April 21; renewed for Season 6 and Season 7
The Bridge: Season 2 to debut July 9
Chozen: Officially cancelled
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed for Season 10 (FXX); already renewed for Seasons 11 and 12
Justified: Season 6 will be show’s last
The League: Renewed for Season 6 (FXX)
Legit: Season 2 finale aired May 14 (FXX); Officially cancelled
Louie: Season 4 debuted May 5
Married: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)
Sons of Anarchy: Renewed for Season 7
The Strain: Season 1 to debut July 13
Tyrant: Season 1 to debut June 24
Wilfred: Fourth and final season to debut June 25 (FXX)
You’re the Worst: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)

PBS
Call the Midwife:
 Season 3 finale aired May 18
Downton Abbey: Renewed for Season 5
Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 finale aired May 18
Sherlock: Season 3 finale aired Feb. 2; Season 4 a sure thing

TNT
Dallas: Season 3b premieres Aug. 18
Falling SkiesSeason 4 to debut June 22
Franklin & Bash: Season 4 to debut Aug. 20
King & Maxwell: Officially cancelled.
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut June 22
Legends: Season 1 to debut Aug. 20
Major Crimes: Season 3 to debut June 9
Mob City: Officially cancelled
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 3 debuted June 17
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5 debuted June 17
Southland: Officially cancelled

USA NETWORK
Burn Notice: Series finale aired Sept. 12, 2013
Covert Affairs: Season 5 to debut June 24
Graceland: Season 2 debuted June 11
Necessary Roughness: Officially cancelled.
Playing House: Season 2 could go either way.
Psych: Series finale aired March 26
Royal Pains: Season debuted June 10
Sirens: Season 1 finale aired May 1; Renewed for Season 2
SuitsSeason 4 to debut June 11
White Collar: Renewed for shortened sixth and final season.

WGN America
Salem
Renewed for Season 2

Jessica Lange’s ‘Surprising’ Success on ‘American Horror Story’

Jessica Lange’s ‘Surprising’ Success on ‘American Horror Story’ – and Why She Doesn’t Watch It | TheWrap TV.

On Friday night I got caught up on AHS: Asylum watching the latest two episodes: Name Game and Spilt Milk. You don’t have to go back and refresh your memory with AHS. It’s one of those shows that stays with you. By the time I sat down with my cup of cocoa, the chiweenie walked and fed and burrowing under his afghan, the DVR remote in hand, I was all set to see the progression of Lana, Kit, Grace and Pepper, and of course, Sister Jude.

I was not at all prepared for the music video of the day room at the sanitarium doing “The Name Game” and sat there with my mouth open briefly till I was laughing loudly. It was so unexpected and so hysterical. I guess Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee) just couldn’t help himself. But it was soooo delightful. See for yourself:

The link at the top is quite a lengthy interview with Jessica Lange talking about her past, present and future film and TV work, from King Kong to American Horror Story (season 3). Yes, it’s already been confirmed there will be a season 3 and Ms. Lange has signed on for it.

No telling who else might make the crossover from season 1 & 2 to season 3 . I certainly wasn’t expecting to see Dylan McDermott in this season and then he shows up in several episodes, including Spilt Milk. I never cared for him in Dark Blue or some of his other TV work, but he’s great as a killer (oops, did I say too  much?).

Viewer’s Voice Awards – The Viewer’s Spoke

In the August, 2012 Channel Guide Magazine announced some new Annual Awards that recognize the Best and Worst on cable TV. These Awards are decided by the Viewers and will be known as The Viewers Voice Awards.

Each year Channel Guide sends out a Reader Survey and the nominations on favorite shows and networks plus a few categories from the magazine staff were all compiled to create the categories of these new annual awards.

The official ballot was sent out in the August 2012 issue of Channel Guide Magazine.

Here are the winners:

FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Ends Season With Record 3.22 Million Viewers – The Hollywood Reporter

FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Ends Season With Record 3.22 Million Viewers – The Hollywood Reporter.
This is a short, but interesting article to read because of the demographic facts (18-49) and also talks about factoring in DVR viewership. Now aren’t you glad you did some reading up of that in my recent post “2012-13 DVR Hits Tipping Point” so you know the lingo?

The AHS they’re talking about is last season’s, not the one just starting.

American Horror Story – Asylum Oct. 17

Head on over to American Horror Story‘s official Facebook page for a five-minute look at the first episode airing on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Of course everyone knows by now that Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (The Lovers) get caught up in this season’s AHS by exploring the 12 most haunted places in the country, bringing them to the very door of Briarcliff Asylum (oops).

In a recent interview with Ellen, Adam Levine said he’s really not a big fan of “scary” things and hadn’t even seen the first season of AHS when he had agreed to do Asylum.

Go now and check out the first five minutes on the AHS Facebook page.

Also, make sure your DVR is set up correctly. Make sure you have it set to record “American Horror Story: Asylum.”

Just copy and paste the link below in your browser, or (hopefully) just click on the link below. You’ll be required to enter your birthday to watch the clip.

http://www.facebook.com/americanhorrorstory?ref=ts&fref=ts

The Walking Dead Wins Emmy For Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – The Walking Dead – AMC

The Walking Dead Wins Emmy For Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – The Walking Dead – AMC.

American Horror Story

AHS – Asylum, Season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 10pm (Eastern).

In the meantime I’ve noticed that my DVR has been recording Season 1 episodes that I missed. I’m certainly not complaining. I had originally recorded them on my regular DVR and when I decided to watch them I was greeted with glitches, skips and entire sections skipped over.

I could have just blamed it on the “ghosts” but unfortunately that wasn’t the problem … or the solution. I instead set-up my HD DVR to record the episodes and sat down on a Sunday to watch 8 of them in a row.

There are two that I missed: Murder House (Episode 3) and Halloween, Part 1 (Episode 4).

That’s the real beauty of DVRs. You have nothing better to do on a Sunday, it’s cold and rainy, you pop some popcorn and sit down with your DVR remote in hand and zoom through the commercials and get completely caught up on a series in less than 6 hours.

FXnetworks.com also has a great website promoting the new season and lots of fun things for Season 1 including a witchy family portrait game and an opportunity to Explore the House from Season 1.

AHS Season 1 is nominated for 17 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Movie or a Miniseries.

What fun the FX American Horror Story Season 1 web site is. I wish I would have gone there before viewing the episodes. If you haven’t viewed any of Season 1, go to the FX web site and partake in the interactive “exercises.”

Then get ready to record Season 2 premiering Wednesday October 17.

Jessica Lange returns in a lead role with other original cast members including Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson. Adam Levine, James Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny, Joseph Fiennes, Clea Duvall and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are new this season.