MTV to premiere series on app
MTV is releasing a full season of a new series about a luckless high school football team on its mobile application Friday, a week before the first episode will be shown on television.
It appears to be a new milestone in the fast-moving world of technology changing traditional television content, much like when Netflix made an entire season of "House of Cards" available at once through the streaming service. MTV made its free app available on iPhones, iPads, iPods and the Xbox 360 in June, and nearly 2 million have been downloaded.
The series, "Wait 'Til Next Year," is a 12-episode docudrama about a high school football team that had lost 43 games in a row and the community surrounding it.
"It will be fun to see if we can get them to come back and watch on television," said Kristin Frank, MTV's executive vice president of connected content.
Arcade Fire pays tribute to Haiti on new album
Arcade Fire's lead singer says the Canadian band's new album owes a lot to Haiti.
"Reflektor" comes out next week. The band played two shows in Miami this week under the name "The Reflektors."
On Thursday night, the band performed in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. Lead singer Win Butler says the new album was heavily influenced by the band's travels in Haiti. His wife and bandmate Regine Chassagne also is Haitian.
Haitian musicians playing horns and drums snaked through the crowd before Arcade Fire took the stage. The band scattered Haitian Creole phrases and references to Haiti's ongoing rebuilding efforts throughout the show, which was a fundraiser for the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Partners in Health.
With Red Sox in World Series, TV ratings rebound
With the Boston Red Sox back in the World Series, television ratings jumped for the opener.
Boston's 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals drew an 8.6 national rating, a 14 share and 14.4 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.
The rating was up 13 percent from the 7.6/12 for San Francisco's 8-3 victory over Detroit last year, which was a record low for a World Series opener. Wednesday night's game was seen by 14.4 million viewers, an 18 percent increase from 12.2 million last year and the most-watched Series opener since the Giants' 11-7 win over Texas in 2010 was seen by 15 million.
Wednesday's game peaked with 16.9 million viewers during the second inning, when the Red Sox scored twice and took a 5-0 lead.
The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a program, and the share is the percentage tuned to a broadcast among the TV households with sets on at the time.
Lindsey Gort plays young Samantha Jones
About a year ago, Lindsey Gort's name came up for a part but the casting director said she wasn't right for it because she was more of a young Kim Cattrall-type.
Now Gort is playing a young Samantha Jones -- Cattrall's character in "Sex and the City" -- on The CW's "The Carrie Diaries."
"When the part came up, my manager was like, 'Hey, remember when you said she was a young Kim Cattrall-type? Well, you're looking for that right now so you should come see her,"' Gort said in a recent interview.
"It's such an iconic character, and I'm such a huge fan of the show," she said.
Set in the 1980s, "The Carrie Diaries" stars AnnaSophia Robb as teen Carrie Bradshaw, who lives in Connecticut with her widowed father and younger sister. The show is based on novels by Candace Bushnell, as was "Sex and the City."