Judge Judy still reigns supreme in court TV
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“Lynn Toler and Alex Ferrer are incredible personalities and legal stars ruling on the bench and in the ratings," announced Paul Franklin, EVP & general sales manager for Twentieth Television. "We are thrilled they will continue to preside over their successful television courtrooms with both compassion and strength that their viewers admire.”
Judge Toler presides over television’s longest-running court show, “Divorce Court,” while Ferrer's "Judge Alex" is in its seventh season. Both shows have been cleared in 75% of the country, including the Fox Television Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, for the upcoming season. They are also set to return to Tribune, Sinclair, CBS, Local TV, Belo and Newport stations.
According to the release, this season, “Divorce Court” and “Judge Alex” are the only television court programs to deliver 3 months (Oct. - Dec.) of consecutive growth with households, growing 14% and 13%, respectively. Additionally, in December “Judge Alex” hit a 41-week high, maintaining this rating through the New Year.
Of course, with tough as nails Judge Judith Sheindlin on contract through 2015, "Judge Judy" still remains not only the courtroom show to beat, but also the syndicated program to beat, along with "Wheel of Fortune."
“Divorce Court," “Judge Alex" and "Judge Judy" air weekdays in syndication. Check local listings.
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Bonnie reconnects with kin as Klaus and Stefan continue their battle of the wills
Last week on “Vampire Diaries,” Caroline nearly died on her 18th birthday – but Klaus gave her the gift of life. Hybrid life. And there seemed to be a romantic spark between them.
He wasn’t so sweet to all the ladies of Mystic Falls. In fact, this week, Bonnie woke up in a coffin courtesy the original bloodsucker – at least in her dreams. She was still at the old burnt witch-haunted house guarding Klaus’s coffined kin, and the stress was starting to get to her. She realized she needed help and that her estranged mom, Abby Bennett, would be the only one who could give it to her. So Damon found her info and suggested a road trip. But Elena told him he wasn’t invited. When Bonnie asked what was up with them, he told her: “We kissed. Now it’s weird.”
Meanwhile, Tyler showed up at Caroline’s, all apologetic. And by way of apology, he brought her dad – yeah, the one who almost killed her – to show him how to resist the sire bond. “To break the sire bond,” he told Tyler, “you have to make yourself turn. Own your pain and you’ll be set free.” Tyler resisted, but he wanted to do it for Caroline. She couldn’t handle it, so when she left, Papa Forbes started whacking Tyler with an ax to get him mad enough to turn. When Tyler finally turned, he attacked Bill Forbes.
Alaric, meanwhile, was smitten with doc Meredith Fell. Damon, intrigued, asked what was wrong with her. Then he told Al that the chick’s ex, the medical examiner, was dead – murdered with a stake like a vampire. Damon went to the hospital to introduce himself to the hot doc and find out if she was a psychopathic killer. After their confrontation – in which she revealed that she knew Damon’s blood saved Alaric – she vervained him with a shot in the neck. Ouch. Then she stole some of his blood.
At the Salvatore house, Klaus was waiting for Stefan. He said he banished his hybrids from Mystic Falls, as Stefan had asked, so he wanted his kin delivered. But Stefan wasn’t done yet.
On the road, the girls discussed the situation. Stefan called, and Elena lied about where they were headed. “We need a night off from your insanity,” she told him – but he was looking at a picture of Bonnie’s mom. And he wasn’t the only one who knew what the girls were up to. Klaus’s minion TK got to Bonnie’s mom’s place first.
When Bonnie and Elena got to the house, missing mom Abby wasn’t around. But Jamie was. And he was hot. Luckily, he wasn’t related to Bonnie. Abby was his ex-stepmom who took him in when his dad split. When Bonnie confronted her mom on why she bailed, she told them she left because of a vampire – Michael – who was actually after Elena. She said she lost her magic after that. She said she wanted to be somebody else after that – “Abby Wilson, the woman. Not Abby Bennett the witch.” Plus, she said, Grams was way better at that parental stuff. So Bonnie told her Grams was dead.
Stefan showed up at Abby’s house, and he was pissed. Jamie came out trying to protect her, but Stefan nearly choked him. Then Jamie pulled a gun. He was compelled. So was Bonnie’s mom. She brought Bonnie right to Klaus’s minion. And she said Bonnie had to share where the coffins were. “If you don’t, that man compelled Jamie to kill himself.” Then she showed Bonnie a text message saying “Tell your friends.”
Jamie, meanwhile, told Elena what he was compelled to do. “I’m not supposed to hurt you,” he said, so she told him the ropes were hurting her. When he untied her, she whacked his pretty face with a gun.
Damon swung by Alaric’s to share his experience with the hot doc. Then he apparently got the text from Bonnie, because he was at the witchy house, where Klaus was waiting – and the witches were torturing him. So he threatened them, promising to end the existing Bennett line. “Now, please, show me the coffins.” And so they did. But the fourth was missing. “I will tear you limb from limb and only then, when you are a writhing mess of blood and flesh, will I tear your heart out,” he told Damon. But Damon didn’t flinch.
Alaric went to the hospital to confront Meredith – and then a bloodied Bill Forbes was brought into the ER. So Meredith showed him why she’d been stealing blood. She injected Bill with Damon’s blood. “I cheat. I’m a doctor and I hate when people die. So when I have the ability to do something about it, I do.”
Elena helped Stefan get the wood chips from the bullets out of his heart, gore and all. “You’ve changed, Elena, you’re stronger.” Then she told him that she kissed Damon. Infuriatingly, he barely reacted. He did, however, apologize for kidnapping and nearly killing her on the bridge. Then he said, “You’re better than him, Elena. You’re better than both of us.”
Bonnie was disappointed in her mother. “You have no magic and I don’t trust you.” Abby said, “I think nature was punishing me for abandoning you. Maybe you can help me get it back.” She said that she would help Bonnie, if she could.
Tyler visited Bill in the hospital. He told Tyler that he’d have to turn again and again – until it was painless. “Until you’re capable of acting on your own free will, I’m not going to let you anywhere near my daughter.”
At the Salvatore pad, Damon told Stefan about his interaction with Klaus – and the fact that he still had the fourth coffin. And there was one final surprise for Klaus. His brother Elijah was wide awake – and ready for action.
The actor/comedian's reportedly deciding between one of two network projects
Which talkers, daily dramas and soap stars made the cut?
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NAACP Outstanding Talk Series nominees include newcomers "Anderson" and "Oprah's Lifeclass," along with long time award show fave "The Doctors," "The View" and "The Wendy Williams Show."
NAACP Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series nominees are Emerson Brooks (ex-Ben, “All My Children”), Aaron D. Spears (Justin, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Texas Battle (Marcus, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), James Reynolds (Abe, “Days of our Lives”) and Bryton James (Devon, “The Young and the Restless”).
The Outstanding Actress nominees are Yvette Freeman (Dr. Lewis, “The Bold and the Beautiful"), Christel Khalil (Lily, “The Young and the Restless”), Tatyana Ali (Roxanne, “The Young and the Restless”), Tonya Lee Williams (Olivia, “The Young and the Restless”) and Julia Pace Mitchell (Sofia, “The Young and the Restless”).
Datyimer Judge Mathis also made it into the NAACP's Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special) category.
As mentioned, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" nabbed GLAAD's noms for Outstanding Talk Show Episodes. They'll duke it out with "Neil Patrick Harris" ("The Talk"), "Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story" ("The Nate Berkus Show") and "Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?" ("The Dr. Oz Show").
GLAAD only picked two Outstanding Daily Dramas, this year. “All My Children” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” both made the cut.
The NAACP Awards airs Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Now that the CW's ordered up the 'Sex and the City' prequel, we put out a casting call
Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell will pop up as Rachel's adoptive parents
Can this daytime diva rescue a national treasure?
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“Like many, I’ve enjoyed the gooey goodness of Twinkies since I was a child,” Williams says. “Right now, the iconic American symbol that drives our salivation is at the risk of being depleted. We the people must take action. Embrace a box ... or three. Don’t be a ding dong, save the Twinkie!”
Twinkies and other hostess goodies have fallen from favor as Americans have become more health conscious. Word is, however, the Twinkie isn't actually as bad as we all believe. For one, in spite of the urban legend, Twinkies don't actually last forever. They last just over a week, according to a company executive sourced by The New York Times in 2000. Twinkies also boast 150 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. You could do worse, with say, a Ding Dong, which comes in at 368 calories and 19.4 grams of fat.
While Hostess hopes to restructure and work with their union to stay in the game, Williams is ready to help, at least as far as Twinkies are concerned. She hasn't commented on the future of Wonder Bread or other products, but her new initiative intends to incorporate regular Twinkie promotion into the show’s programming to drive sales and consumption. Celebrity guests will receive custom gifts made of Twinkies, experience the taste of unique Twinkie recipes involving the popular indulgence and share stories of their favorite Hostess delights.
Do you think the Twinkies should be saved? Leave a comment below to weigh in and feel free to get involved with Williams' campaign.
"The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays in syndication.