John Oliver Season 2 Promo

Above is the promo for season two of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver which became a hit for HBO during its first season. The show with John Oliver a former Jon Stewart show alum has the host review and comment on the news with his dry British wit. If you have HBO and haven’t checked the show out you might want to view an episode on demand or check out the many clips of the show on the HBO You Tube channel where the clip above is courtesy of. Last Week Tonight returns for its second season on Sunday February 8th at 11pm with more biting comedy about current events.

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Simpsons Tribute To Charlie Hebdo

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Episodes of the Simpsons are made well in advance of the episode being shown on FOX, but even so they added a tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy on Paris on Sundays show. The simple clip above was added at the end of the episode showing the youngest child Maggie holding a banner with Je Suis Charlie with the French flag colors in the background. The simple tribute is very reminiscent of the French Revolution as well as the famous Les Miserable show posters. This isn’t the first time the long running Simpsons has added something to a finished episode to reference a current event and is a fitting tribute to the fellow cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo. (The above video was courtesy of The Buzz on You Tube)

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Coca Cola And American Idol Part Ways

Coca Cola have announced that they will part ways and no longer be a sponsor of FOX’s American Idol after sponsoring the show for its whole 13 years. When the show returns for its 14th season in January the familiar red coke glasses in front of the judges will be gone although another long time sponsor Ford has said they will returning for the 14th season. American Idol once a ratings juggernaut has seen its ratings slip over many years and still get a sizable audience but Coca Cola may have decided its time to use the advertising money somewhere else.

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Utopia Cancelled By FOX

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The huge reported $50 million bet by FOX on the elaborate reality show Utopia is over as FOX has pulled the plug and canceled the show. The show where a group of people was put together to build a community from scratch, has struggled in the ratings ever since its August debut as well as getting not great reviews. Utopia was a huge production with 130 robotic cameras filming around the clock and streaming to its website which as since been closed down. The cancelation of Utopia isn’t really a surprise as the ratings were so poor for all the promotion all the show got, the question really was at which point would FOX cancel the show. FOX was hoping for the next Survivor or Big Brother but it’s been a while since a new big network reality show became a hit since the Voice in 2011 on NBC. The big question for network executives is if the boom in reality shows is over or if this just an issue with people not being interested in this one show.

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American Idol To Return In January

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American Idol returns in January 2015 for the 14th season of the music talent show which for years was a ratings blockbuster for FOX. The ratings may have slipped from its peak but still millions look forward to its return soon after every new year. The fact FOX’s other reality talent show The X Factor was cancelled could be a boost for American Idol but we will have to wait for January to find out. The above video is a promo for the upcoming season with i’m sure there are many more to come before the show returns.

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Longtime QVC Host To Leave

We don’t often cover the home shopping channels on the Television Beat mainly because they don’t have much news they just showcase and sell goods. The hosts are live in peoples homes everyday so lots of them draw a big following, one of the big names in the video above is Lisa Robertson at QVC who just announced that she will be leaving the network after 20 years as a host. Lisa Robertson was their fashion guru and was often seen during prime time hours showcasing women’s fashions and will be leaving in December.

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UK TV: The Apprentice Returns Tonight

Alan Sugar returns tonight as this time a team of 20 hopefuls look to become the Apprentice and have the successful businessman from the East End of London invest in their business. The English version on the BBC still uses unknowns as opposed to US version with Donald Trump that uses celebrity apprentices and as you can see in the above video from the male team the usual drama as well as clash of personalities. The tenth season of the show begins at 9pm tonight on bbc1 with a second episode at the same time tomorrow and with more apprentices to start the show this year their is a good chance many could be leaving soon.

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