Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Method Man and Hailey Baldwin to Host
TBS’s Drop the Mic, Coming this Fall
Comedic Music Series Executive-Produced by James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp
|Music icon Method Man and supermodel Hailey Baldwin are
ready to pick up the mic as the hosts of TBS‘s Drop the Mic,
the new comedic music series from executive producers
James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp. The pair
have been tapped to emcee the celebrity battle rap
competition based on the enormously popular segment
from the Emmy®-winning series The Late Late Show with
James Corden. Drop the Mic, which is also
co-executive-produced by Ed Thomas, will launch on
Turner’s TBS this fall. The series is produced for TBS by
CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73.
Drop the Mic will pit four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture against
each other in a rap battle royale packed with “I can’t believe they just said that” moments. At the end
of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience will vote to pick the winner.
Network Debut of Players Only, Expansive
Studio Coverage & Original Series for 2017-18
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Editor’s note: click here for the NBA on TNT Autotrader Premiere Week announcement
Innovative Players Only Franchise – With Full Cast of Former Players in All Commentator
Roles – Expands to NBA TV for First Half of NBA Season Starting Tuesday, Oct. 24
Season-Long NBA TV Studio & Original Programming to Include NBA GameTime, The
Starters, NBA Inside Stuff, 10 Before Tip, Beyond the Paint & NBA CrunchTime
NBA TV, the destination for fans seeking the most expansive season-long coverage of the league, will
showcase the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars with 106 live game telecasts, including the
Players Only franchise expanding to the network for the first half of the 2017-18 season.
Players Only Presented by Verizon on NBA TV – with former NBA players filling all commentator
roles – will air as the network’s signature weekly game of the week for 13 Tuesday nights – starting
Tuesday, Oct. 24, with the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Chicago Bulls – as Dwyane Wade
faces his former team – at 7 p.m. ET – before transitioning to TNT for the remainder of the regular
season starting Tuesday, January 23.
Def Jam records chose a teenager as their face when ushering in hip-hop’s second wave, and 17-year-old LL Cool J made an unforgettable impression.
He delivered both hardcore raps and sexy love songs with swagger still heard in hip-hop today.
Born James Todd Smith in Bay Shore, NY, LL Cool J has always had his sights set on rock & roll.
LL was only 17 in 1985 when he recorded “Rock The Bells,” which included the following couplet: “It ain’t the glory days with Bruce Springsteen/I’m not a virgin so I know I’ll make Madonna scream.” A year earlier, LL had made his debut on Def Jam, which was also the debut of the label itself.
His first two singles – “I Need A Beat” followed by “I Want You” – sketched out the two main gears of his career: testosterone-maddened battle raps and tender, sexy love songs. The former included “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985), “Jack The Ripper” (1987) and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991).
The stylish aggression built into these songs influenced no less a figure than Michael Jackson, who cut “Bad” after meeting LL in person – and after LL himself cut “I’m Bad.” The love songs may have been even more influential and popular. When “I Need Love” went to Number One on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in 1987, it was the first rap recording ever to reach that summit.
His success in music has served as a launching pad to concurrent careers in the movies, on television, in fashion, and in fitness.
“I Need A Beat (1984) • “I Want You,” “Rock The Bells,” “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” Radio (1985) • “I’m Bad,” “I Need Love,” Bigger And Deffer (1987) • “Going Back To Cali” (1988) • “I’m That Type Of Guy,” Walking With A Panther (1989) • “The Boomin’ System,” “Around The Way Girl,” Mama Said Knock You Out (1990) • “How I’m Comin’” (1993) • “Hey Lover” (1995) • “Doin’ It,” “Loungin,” Mr. Smith (1996) • Phenomenon (1997) • “Father” (1998) • G.O.A.T. (2000) • “Headsprung” (2004) • Todd Smith (2006) • Authentic (2013)
Announces Nominees for 2018 Induction
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Fans Can Officially Cast Their Vote for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees at rockhall.com/vote
Cleveland (October 5, 2017) — The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 are:
- Bon Jovi
- Kate Bush
- The Cars
- Depeche Mode
- Dire Straits
- Geils Band
- Judas Priest
- LL Cool J
- The Meters
- Moody Blues
- Rage Against the Machine
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
- Nina Simone
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Link Wray
- The Zombies
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction. The 2018 Nominees had to release their first official recording no later than 1992.
Nine out of 19 of the nominees are on the ballot for the first time, including: Eurythmics, Dire Straits, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rage Against Machine and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine became eligible for nomination for the 2018 Ceremony this year, having released their first official recordings in 1992.
Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will again offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning Oct. 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2017, fans can visit rockhall.com/vote to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. Fans will need to login with a Facebook account or email to vote. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees will be announced in December 2017. HBO will once again present the ceremony. Details will be announced later.
SiriusXM will also carry a radio broadcast of the ceremony in April and carry special broadcasts throughout the year devoted to the Rock Hall’s Inductees—past and present— on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio (Ch. 310).
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductions, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. The 2018 Induction in Cleveland will also include a weeklong series of events including an Inductee exhibit opening, free admission day to the Museum and more. Details and ticket on-sale information will also be announced later.
All Inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the nonprofit organization that tells the story of rock and roll’s global impact via special exhibits, educational programs and its library and archives.
Klipsch Audio, a leading global speaker and headphone manufacturer, is a strategic partner and presenting sponsor of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, its Induction Ceremony events and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Main Stage. Klipsch’s renowned products deliver the power, detail and emotion of the live music experience throughout the iconic museum.
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT
Golden Globe-nominated EMPIRE continues to be one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television. A powerful drama about a family dynasty set within the glamorous and sometimes dangerous world of hip-hop music, the show revolves around the Lyons and their media company, Empire Entertainment.
In Season Four, EMPIRE’s explosive twists and turns resume, as Empire Entertainment embarks on a celebration of its 20th anniversary. LUCIOUS (Terrence Howard) makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, and all members of the Lyon family, as well as Lucious’ nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore), have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties. While Lucious struggles with his recovery, COOKIE (Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson) begins to revisit the most challenging time of her life – her 17 years in prison – in a series of flashbacks. Throughout the season, Lucious, Cookie and their three sons will be forced to take a hard look at their choices, both past and present, in order to secure their legacy and save their Empire.
In true Lyon fashion, Season Four will be filled with exciting new music, splashy events and high-profile guest stars. In addition to Moore’s return, Phylicia Rashad will reprise her role as Diana Dubois, who, along with her son, Angelo (returning guest star Taye Diggs), launches an elaborate plan to take revenge on the Lyons. Forest Whitaker also join the cast for a multi-episode arc as Eddie Barker, a charismatic music icon and Lyon family friend.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, EMPIRE was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri and Brett Mahoney.
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT
Known throughout the world for his no-holds-barred comedic genius, Damon Wayans is best known as writer and star on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning series, “In Living Color.” There, he created some of the show’s most iconic sketch characters, including “Homey the Clown,” “Handiman” and outrageously gay film critic “Blaine” from “Men on Film.” His writing for the series earned him two Emmy Award nominations.
Wayans also starred in, co-created and executive-produced the hit comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” The series received numerous awards, including the 2002 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series and Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.
Additionally, he created, executive-produced and starred in the comedic sketch show “The Underground.” Other television credits include the half-hour FOX comedy “Damon,” in which he starred and executive-produced, and the hour-long drama “413 Hope Street,” which was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. He served as an executive producer on “Waynehead,” a Saturday morning animated cartoon, which featured the voices of his siblings, Kim, Marlon and Shawn Wayans. On the big screen, Wayans starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed film, “Bamboozled.” He also starred and executive-produced the independent film “Harlem Aria.” Other feature credits include starring roles in “Major Payne,” “Blankman” and “Mo Money,” which he wrote and executive-produced. Wayans also was featured in “The Great White Hype,” “Celtic Pride,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Earth Girls are Easy,” “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Colors,” “Punchline,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Roxanne” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”
Wayans has enjoyed tremendous success in stand-up. After starting his career in 1982 touring the comedy club circuit, he landed a role as a featured player on “Saturday Night Live.” Wayans went on to star in his own critically acclaimed specials, “One Night Stand,” “The Last Stand,” “Still Standing” and “WayOut.”
Also a New York Times best-selling author, Wayans penned the 1999 book “Bootleg,” a humorous compilation of his observations on family, children, marriage and politics. In May 2010, Wayans’ debut novel, “Red Hats,” was released.
From New York City, Wayans resides in Los Angeles.
Entering its second season, LETHAL WEAPON combines action and drama with friendship and humor as it follows classic cop duo RIGGS (Clayne Crawford) and MURTAUGH (Damon Wayans), who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Murtaugh has everything to live for, Riggs has nothing to lose, and in the Season One finale, Murtaugh found out just how much Riggs was willing to sacrifice in pursuit of the drug cartel that he believes is responsible for his wife’s death.
Season Two finds the pair up to their same tricks, with Murtaugh attempting to steer clear of the demons that haunt his partner, while navigating some challenging times at home, alongside his wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp). And even though Murtaugh seeks support in Riggs, he realizes their partnership is still a volatile roller coaster ride.
LETHAL WEAPON is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG serve as executive producers.