Demi Moore will be a featured panelist on an upcoming episode of The Marriage Ref, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Moore, 47, will be joined by morning-show host Kelly RIpa and comedian Jim Breuer. The episode is scheduled to air May 20. The series is hosted by comedian Tom Papa, and each week celebrity guests debate a real couple's argument until Papa ultimately decides who is right. Moore, who is married to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, 32, can be currently seen on-screen in The Joneses. Source Here
Bette Midler will be a panelist on an upcoming episode of NBC's The Marriage Ref, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Midler will be joined on the panel by Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel. A third panelist has not been announced for the episode, which is slated to air May 13. The series, hosted by comedian Tom Papa, has already had such high-profile guests as Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Alec Baldwin and Eva Longoria-Parker. Each week, the celebrity guests evaluate both sides of a real couple's argument before Papa makes his ruling about who is right or wrong. The Jerry Seinfeld-produced show debuted in March and was recently picked up for a second season. Midler, a three-time Emmy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee, is best known for her roles in the films Beaches, Hocus Pocus and The First Wives Club. Source Here
NBC has picked up three freshman alternative series as The Marriage Ref , Minute to Win It and Who Do You Think You Are? are renewed for the 2010-11 season. The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "All of these new series have demonstrated increasing popularity and generated far-reaching interest among viewers," said Telegdy. "Equally important, each has a compelling and innovative format, and a second season will allow these shows to grow creatively and attract an even wider audience." From executive producer Jerry Seinfeld, "The Marriage Ref" is delivering a 3.0 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall to date in its Thursday 10 p.m. ET slot in "most current" figures from Nielsen Media Research. "The Marriage Ref" is averaging a 93 percent retention of its lead-in from "30 Rock" in 18-49 and is up 7 percent versus that lead-in in total viewers. "Marriage Ref" has also consistently over-delivered in key upscale demos, currently ranking in the top 10 among all primetime network series in its concentration of homes with $100K+ incomes in its adult 18-49 audience. The competition series "Minute to Win It" hosted by Guy Fieri is averaging a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall in "most current" results for its regular Sunday telecasts to date. Those "Minute To Win It" Sunday editions have been building from half-hour to half-hour by an average of 29 percent in 18-49 rating and 25 percent in total viewers. A "Minute To Win It" encore also ran in the 8 p.m. ET hour on Wednesday of last week and finished #2 among the major networks in the time period in adults 18-49 and total viewers. "Who Do You Think You Are?" from executive producer Lisa Kudrow is averaging a 1.6 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in "most current" results for its season thus far. In preliminary results for last Friday, "Who Do You Think You Are?" won the 8-9 p.m. ET hour in adults 18-49, marking the first time any regular competitor in this slot has beaten an original episode of CBS's "Ghost Whisperer" in 18-49 rating since November 17, 2006. "Who Do You Think You Are?" has improved the time period by 23 percent in adult 18-49 rating versus NBC's average for the traditional 2008-09 season in "live plus same day" results. Read the rest of the article at NBC.com
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This week on "The Marriage Ref", host Tom Papa is accompanied by three celebrities, namely Kirstie Alley, Jimmy Fallon and Sheryl Crow. A sneak peek is given ahead of the April 1 episode, Papa selects Kirstie as the one who should determine the married couples' fate and express her opinion about their case. In "Marriage Ref", couples from across the country will face off to settle their marital tiffs which run the gamut of disagreements - quirky, funny, relatable - all with the signature "Seinfeld" tone. The couples that present their problems will be given a call by the Ref, popular comedian Tom Papa, just like in sports, with the declared winner walking away with a prize. Advising and influencing Tom's decision will be a rotating panel of "experts" offering their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions. Jerry Seinfeld who produces the show has weighed in as celebrity judge in the first episode, along with Kelly Ripa and Alec Baldwin. Source & Preview
Natalie Morales is known for reporting the news on the Today show, but now she's also researching and delivering facts you never thought you wanted to know on NBC's The Marriage Ref (Thursdays at 10/9c). The 38-year-old mom of two told us about the wildest arguments between couples she's witnessed on the show - like a man who stuffed his dead dog - and how she finds time in her busy life to make her own marriage work. To Read More Click Here .
Oh, baby! The long-awaited arrival of Jim and Pam's child helped The Office win its hour among adults 18-to-49, besting Grey's Anatomy and boosting The Marriage Ref to equally strong numbers. The Office's one-hour episode drew 9 million viewers, but it easily defeated ABC's Grey's Anatomy (11.8 million viewers) and CSI (15.6 million viewers) in the coveted demo. Despite the loss, Grey's was up 8 percent over its last new episode. Following The Office, The Marriage Ref scored 7.7 million viewers, but also won its hour in the demo, giving NBC some hope in its post-Jay Leno Show lineup. (NBC has improved to third overall three nights in a row.) The Peacock kicked off its night with Community (5.1 million viewers) and Parks and Recreation (4.6 million viewers), both on par with their previous new episodes. Fox still won the night overall, thanks to an American Idol results show (19.3 million viewers). Idol and its lead-out, Kitchen Nightmares (8.1 million viewers), were both down in the demo, however. CBS was the night's most-watched network, but came in second in the demo. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains drew 12.4 million viewers and The Mentalist returned to 14.8 million viewers. Survivor and CSI were up from their last outings by 3 percent and 16 percent, respectively, while The Mentalist dumped 14 percent of its demo rating against Marriage Ref. ABC bookended the new episode of Grey's with a Grey's repeat (4.8 million viewers) and a fresh Private Practice (8.1 million viewers), which suffered its lowest demo rating since moving to Thursday. Source Here
TV was all about body parts this week. Jules creepily enlisted her son in her hair-removal regimen on Cougar Town. Those cheeky Canadians poked fun at their Olympic cauldron's bum leg. Penelope Cruz got personal with Halle Berry. And now that the Office baby has arrived, it's a perfect time for a good breastfeeding joke, isn't it? Welcome to Top Moments: Body of Work Edition. 12. Weirdest Mother-Son Moment: On Cougar Town, Jules needs help removing the wax-coated strips she uses to depilate her underarms. Grayson delights in the job, but he's not around. Who better to sub for him than Travis, Jules' put-upon, eye-rolling teenaged son? His discomfort is hilarious. 11. Best Do-Over: After getting the Winter Olympics off on the wrong foot, er, leg, with a cauldron malfunction, the good-natured Canadian hosts inject a dose of self-deprecating humor in the closing ceremony: An electrician mime "fixes" the recalcitrant leg so speed skater Catriona LeMay Doan can light the torch and have the moment in the spotlight she missed 17 days prior. At least she didn't have to wait four years. 10. Most Bittersweet Finale: Throughout Nip/Tuck's seven seasons, we rooted for Sean to get away from Christian's toxic narcissism. But when he finally leaves, one-way ticket to Bucharest in hand, we're sad instead of relieved. It's then that we realize that we are sick people who would rather watch the pain and perversion of a show about unnecessary plastic surgery than one about saving orphans. It's just another thing we don't like about ourselves - we really need to do some volunteering. To Read More Click Here .
Here is an exclusive clip for tonight's episode of The Marriage Ref on NBC, featuring Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, and Eva Longoria. The Desperate Housewife reveals wedding rings interfere with basketball skills, so she made hubby Tony Parker get his tattooed on his finger. Source & Video
Jerry Seinfeld's model ex-girlfriend Susan McNabb has blasted the comedian for attempting to diffuse domestic disputes on new U.S. comedy show "The Marriage Ref" - insisting the funnyman was a bad communicator. Seinfeld has lined up an ever-changing all-star TV panel, including Alec Baldwin, Madonna and Eva Longoria, around him in the hope they'll be able to end marriage spats presented to them on the program. He came up with the idea after asking a friend to settle a dispute between him and his wife of 10 years, Jessica. But his ex, Susan McNabb, insists coaching married couples is an ironic career move for the comedian she dated for eight years. She tells U.S. magazine Star, "Seinfeld? Marriage counseling? What?! It's ironic that the man who avoided the mere mention of marriage in my presence for years has now grown into a full-on, TV-show-producing expert on the subject of marriage." Source Here