Life met art in the 2016 TV Hot List. Veep, a political satire about a White House run, was declared Hottest Comedy, but was trumped by the real thing, which […]
What's one huge lesson Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America, has learned from events like Comic-Con? "Be superfans of your fans!"
Are you a tiny sentient sprout-person who is hated by everyone, even at Christmas, when people are supposed to be nicer to other people (and vegetables)? Never fear. The stars of British TV shows have room for you at their table.
In March 1995, readers of The New Yorker happened across a Talk of the Town piece that, if it hadn't been about food, could easily have been about sex.
Sarah Barnett hasn't been genetically engineered, like all those clones in Orphan Black, for the job at hand. It just seems that way.
AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million.
Does Brian Wilson know who Lorde is? Or why there's a tiger on his piano? This lavish video boasts an array of stars performing Wilson's 1966 Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows" to help launch BBC Music, described by the company as "an ambitious wave of new programs, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives." Karmarama created the clip, which features luminaries representing various generations and styles. The Impossible Orchestra, as it's called, features Wilson, Lorde, Elton John, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Jake Bugg, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin and many more. Kylie Minogue floats in a soap bubble. Baaba Maal rides by in a balloon. Alison Balsom sits perched in a gilded cage. The extravaganza debuted yesterday during a pan-channel BBC broadcast, and the video's nearing 800,000 YouTube views already. The song also benefits BBC's Children in Need charity, is available for download and streaming and was released as a physical CD single in the U.K. "One of the things that interested me most about this project was the idea of bringing together so many different styles of music," says Ethan Johns, who produced the tune. "To make so much diversity work within one piece of music was quite a challenge." Naturally, the initiative's been compared, favorably and otherwise, to other musical megastar team-ups, such as the 1997 Children in Need reboot of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," which was a global smash. (Elton John is the only star from that outing to appear in "God Only Knows," by the way.) One story in the Guardian brands the new effort as "not quite a perfect day," noting, "There's something self-aggrandizing about this—but with the amount of music the BBC covers, perhaps it is deserved?" Coverage elsewhere on the site disdainfully notes that "God Only Knows" arrives just as "the corporation's battle to retain the television license fee [is] getting almost tougher by the week." Tough crowd.
Online auction house eBay has once again come under fire for its slow response to a reported hack that drove its buyers to a phony "Welcome" page that gathered users' credentials.
Yahoo is buying Flurry, a mobile app advertising and data firm, the companies said today. CEO Marissa Mayer's latest acquisition should give Yahoo a bigger presence in mobile advertising, an area in which it has noticeably lagged.