Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare game show that aired on NBC from 2001 to 2006. It was revived by NBC in 2011, only to be cancelled again in 2012; the show was revived a second time in 2017 to air on MTV. The original Dutch version was Neverland; when Endemol USA and NBC adapted it to the American market in 2001, they changed the name to Fear Factor. The show pits contestants against each other in a variety of stunts for a grand prize of US $50,000. From seasons one to five, the contestants were three men and three women, all competing for themselves, but in season six, the show moved to a permanent format of four teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship with one another; the show was hosted by comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, produced by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz, directed by J. Rupert Thompson. Rapper/actor Ludacris took over as host when the show was rebooted in 2017; as NBC's answer to the successful series Survivor, the show was a hit for the network in the summer of 2001, built strong ratings and popularity for the next couple of seasons.
Joe Rogan known for his role on the sitcom NewsRadio and as a commentator for Ultimate Fighting Championship was hired as the host. According to a 2015 interview with Art Bell, Rogan expected Fear Factor would be cancelled after a few episodes due to objections with some of the content and further reported that he took the job to obtain observations and anecdotes for his stand-up comedy career; the series had a runaway success during the first few seasons, but after the series' fourth season, the popularity and ratings for Fear Factor began to decline. By 2006, when Fear Factor was in its sixth season, the ratings for the series were in steep decline as a result of content concerns and a growing loss of viewer interest, coupled with the series facing tough competition with other TV shows in the same time slot; as a result, the series was only averaging a 2.6 in the ratings. That year, Fear Factor faced tough competition with the TV ratings champion, Fox's talent series American Idol on Tuesday nights, the ratings declined further, continued to trend further downward during this period.
Despite much publicity concerning an improved format and better stunts for Season Six, the series' ratings continued to drop and NBC put the struggling program on hiatus for the remainder of the season to make room for the sitcom Joey, removed from the NBC lineup a few weeks later. After a continuous and steep drop in the series' ratings, it was cancelled by NBC in May 2006 after six seasons and the network began airing the remainder of the season on June 13, 2006, with the remaining episodes to be aired throughout the summer, with its last episode airing on September 12, 2006. In 2004, Fear Factor became. Over its six seasons, Fear Factor earned NBC a reported $600 million in advertising revenue. Only the first season has been released on DVD, but in early 2009, plans were made to release a box set containing the entire series on DVD; the project was put on hold for an unknown reason in March 2010. On June 5, 2010, it was announced that the project was cancelled because of the low sales of the first season DVD.
With Chiller airing reruns of the show every Sunday night, the ratings on Chiller led to Comcast informing Entertainment Weekly in a May 31, 2011 report that Fear Factor would be revived for a new season. Eight episodes were ordered, with two of them being two-hour episodes and Rogan returning to the hosting duties; the revival was shot in high-definition, owing to concerns over the then-ongoing NFL Lockout and the loss of NBC Sunday Night Football episodes, TV Guide reported in early July the show could be ready as early as September as lockout replacement programming. The program began airing December 12, 2011, with the final episode airing July 16, 2012. On May 13, 2012, NBC announced that Fear Factor was cancelled. In April 2017, MTV announced that it would be reviving Fear Factor a second time for 12-episode season; the first season of MTV's Fear Factor premiered on May 30, 2017 and concluded on August 22, 2017. Just prior to the first-season finale, it was announced that MTV had renewed the series for a second season consisting of 20 episodes.
The second season, subtitled Season From Hell, began airing on February 25, 2018. The MTV revival is hosted by Ludacris and continues to use the format of four teams competing for a $50,000 prize; the stunts draw inspiration from elements of pop culture, such as horror movies, urban legends, viral videos. In addition to Chiller, reruns of Fear Factor have aired in syndication, on FX and MTV2; the series has a YouTube channel, where unaired footage is shown. Before the contestants are introduced, Rogan gives a verbal disclaimer; the wording has changed with certain versions, but this is one most used: Before Rogan gives a verbal disclaimer, the narrator gives a statement, this is one most used: The normal format involves three men and three women, or four teams of two people with a pre-existing relationship, who have to complete three professional stunts to win US$50,000. Rogan noted that the stunts that not only test any contestants/teams physically, but mentally as well. If a contestant/team is too scared to attempt a stunt, failed to complete a stunt, or had the worst performance on a stunt, they are eliminated from the competition.
If only one contestant/team completes the first or the second stunt, they automatical
Liverpool is a city in North West England, with an estimated population of 491,500 within the Liverpool City Council local authority in 2017. Its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the UK, with a population of 2.24 million in 2011. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district in the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest in the Liverpool City Region. Liverpool is on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, lay within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the south west of the county of Lancashire, it became a borough in 1207 and a city in 1880. In 1889, it became a county borough independent of Lancashire, its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution. Along with handling general cargo, raw materials such as coal and cotton, the city merchants were involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In the 19th century, it was a major port of departure for Irish and English emigrants to North America.
Liverpool was home to both the Cunard and White Star Line, was the port of registry of the ocean liner RMS Titanic, the RMS Lusitania, RMS Queen Mary and RMS Olympic. The popularity of the Beatles and other music groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination. Liverpool is the home of two Premier League football clubs and Everton, matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby; the Grand National horse race takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of the city. The city celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2007. In 2008, it was nominated as the annual European Capital of Culture together with Norway. Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004; the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City includes the Pier Head, Albert Dock, William Brown Street. Liverpool's status as a port city has attracted a diverse population, drawn from a wide range of peoples and religions from Ireland and Wales.
The city is home to the oldest Black African community in the country and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Natives and residents of the city of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians, colloquially as "Scousers", a reference to "scouse", a form of stew; the word "Scouse" has become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect. The name comes from the Old English lifer, meaning thick or muddy water, pōl, meaning a pool or creek, is first recorded around 1190 as Liuerpul. According to the Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, "The original reference was to a pool or tidal creek now filled up into which two streams drained"; the adjective Liverpudlian is first recorded in 1833. Other origins of the name have been suggested, including "elverpool", a reference to the large number of eels in the Mersey; the name appeared in 1190 as "Liuerpul", the place appearing as Leyrpole, in a legal record of 1418, may refer to Liverpool. Another such suggestion is derivation from Welsh llyvr pwl meaning "expanse or confluence at the pool".
King John's letters patent of 1207 announced the foundation of the borough of Liverpool. By the middle of the 16th century, the population was still around 500; the original street plan of Liverpool is said to have been designed by King John near the same time it was granted a royal charter, making it a borough. The original seven streets were laid out in an H shape: Bank Street, Castle Street, Chapel Street, Dale Street, Juggler Street, Moor Street and Whiteacre Street. In the 17th century there was slow progress in population growth. Battles for control of the town were waged during the English Civil War, including an eighteen-day siege in 1644. In 1699 Liverpool was made a parish by Act of Parliament, that same year its first slave ship, Liverpool Merchant, set sail for Africa. Since Roman times, the nearby city of Chester on the River Dee had been the region's principal port on the Irish Sea. However, as the Dee began to silt up, maritime trade from Chester became difficult and shifted towards Liverpool on the neighbouring River Mersey.
As trade from the West Indies, including sugar, surpassed that of Ireland and Europe, as the River Dee continued to silt up, Liverpool began to grow with increasing rapidity. The first commercial wet dock was built in Liverpool in 1715. Substantial profits from the slave trade and tobacco helped the town to prosper and grow, although several prominent local men, including William Rathbone, William Roscoe and Edward Rushton, were at the forefront of the abolitionist movement. By the start of the 19th century, a large volume of trade was passing through Liverpool, the construction of major buildings reflected this wealth. In 1830, Liverpool and Manchester became the first cities to have an intercity rail link, through the Liverpool and Manchester Railway; the population continued to rise especially during the 1840s when Irish migrants began arriving by the hundreds of thousands as a result of the Great Famine. In her poem "Liverpool", which celebrates the city's worldwide commerce, Letitia Elizabeth Landon refers to the Macgregor Laird expedition to the Niger River, at that time in progress.
Great Britain was a major market for cotton imported from the Deep South of the United States, which fed the textile industry in the country. Given the crucial place of both cotton and slavery in the city's economy, during the American Civil War Liverpool was, in the words of historian Sven Beckert, "the most pro-Confederate place in the world outside the Confederacy itself." For periods during the 19th century, the wealth of Liverpool
Virgin Media Limited is a British company which provides telephone and internet services in the United Kingdom. Its headquarters are in Hampshire. Since 2013, Virgin Media has been a subsidiary of Liberty Global plc, an international television and telecommunications company; the company was listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and London Stock Exchange. Virgin Media is not a sister company of Virgin Mobile USA, owned by Sprint Corporation; the company was founded in March 2006 by the merger of Telewest, which created NTL: Telewest. In July 2006, the company purchased Virgin Mobile UK, creating the first "quadruple-play" media company in the United Kingdom, offering television, mobile phone and fixed-line telephone services. In November 2006, the company signed a deal with Sir Richard Branson to licence the Virgin brand for the combined business. All of the company's consumer services were rebranded under the Virgin Media name in February 2007. Virgin Media owns and operates its own fibre-optic cable network in the United Kingdom, although their optical fibre network does not reach the customer premises, rather they connect to a street cabinet.
As of 31 December 2012, it had a total of 4.8 million cable customers, of whom around 3.79 million were supplied with its television services, around 4.2 million with broadband internet services and around 4.1 million with fixed-line telephony services. At the same date, it had around 3 million mobile telephony customers. Virgin Media competes in broadband with Sky, BT Group and TalkTalk, in mobile with EE, O2, Vodafone and Three; the company's origins lie in both Telewest and NTL, which merged in March 2006. Telewest began in 1984 in Croydon under the name "Croydon Cable", was acquired by United Cable of Denver in 1988; the company expanded during the 1990s and adopted the Telewest name in 1992 following the merger of its then-parent TCI and US West. It expanded into cable television access in 1999 by purchasing the remaining 50% stake in Cable London, one of the first cable TV companies in the UK, from NTL, adding 400,000 homes in north London. In April 2000 Telewest merged with Flextech, in November extended its cable network with the acquisition of Eurobell, taking the total number of homes past 4.9 million.
NTL was established by Barclay Knapp and George Blumenthal in 1993 as "International CableTel", taking advantage of the deregulation of the UK cable market. Cabletel acquired local cable franchises covering Guildford, Northern Ireland and parts of Central Scotland and South Wales. In 1996 CableTel acquired National Transcommunications Limited, the privatised UK Independent Broadcasting Authority transmission network. In 1998 CableTel adopted "NTL" as its new name. NTL purchased the ISP Virgin.net in 2004, having operated it as a joint venture with Virgin Group since it launched in November 1996. It sold ADSL broadband services through BT landlines to those living outside areas served by NTL's cable network and offered subscription-based and subscription-free dial-up Internet access. Prior to acquiring Virgin.net, NTL offered. Telewest and NTL began discussions regarding a merger in late 2003. Thanks to their geographically distinct areas, NTL and Telewest had co-operated as in redirecting potential customers living outside their respective areas.
On 3 October 2005, NTL announced a US$16 billion purchase of Telewest, to form one of the largest media companies in the UK. The merger agreement as structured would have required NTL to negotiate with BBC Worldwide due to a change-of-ownership clause written into the agreement for UKTV, a joint venture with Telewest's Flextech content division. To prevent this, Telewest instead acquired NTL. In December 2005 NTL:Telewest and mobile virtual network operator Virgin Mobile UK announced that talks had taken place regarding a merger. Virgin Mobile's independent directors rejected the original bid of £817 million, taking the view that NTL's bid "undervalued the business". Sir Richard Branson expressed confidence that a restructured deal could go ahead, in January 2006 NTL increased its offer to £961 million. On 4 April 2006, NTL announced a £962.4 million recommended offer for Virgin Mobile. According to reports, Branson accepted a mix of shares and cash, making him a 10.7% shareholder of the combined company.
NTL and Telewest formally completed their merger on 3 March 2006, making the merged company the UK's largest cable provider, with more than 90% of the market. The combined company renamed itself NTL Incorporated, with ex-NTL shareholders controlling 75% of the stock and ex-Telewest shareholders 25%. Nine of the 11 directors of the new board came with two from Telewest. NTL:Telewest's takeover of Virgin Mobile completed on 4 July 2006, creating the UK's first'quadruple play' media company, bringing together television, mobile phone and fixed-line phone services; the deal included a 30-year exclusive branding agreement that saw NTL adopt the "Virgin" name after it completed its merger with Telewest. NTL:Telewest announced on 8 November 2006 it would change its name to "Virgin Media Inc". On 9 November 2006, NTL announced it had approached the commercial television broadcaster ITV plc about a proposed merger, after a similar announcement by ITV. BSkyB blocked the merger on 17 November 2006 by controversially buying a 17.9% stake in ITV plc, a move that attracted anger from NTL shareholder Richard Branson, an investigation from media and telecoms regulator Ofcom.
On 6 December 2006 NTL announced that it had complained to the Office of Fair Trading about BSkyB's
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Crime Channel is a British free-to-air television channel, focusing on crime television programmes and documentaries. It was launched on 6 February 2018 and it is owned by Sony Pictures Television, it airs crime programming targeted at a female audience. Sony Crime Channel 2 launched on 6 February 2018, replacing True Crime on Sky channel 184.. The channel closed on 15 November 2018, along with sister channel Scuzz; the True Crime channel was relaunched again on 12 February 2019, replacing truTV. 48 Hours Caught on Camera Cops Crime 360 Crime Town USA CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Deadly Women Dog Patrol Dog the Bounty Hunter Fatal Attraction Hustle Killer Kids Law and Order: Criminal Talent Law and Order Line of Duty Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force Orange is the New Black Paternity Court Person of Interest Police Women of Dallas Psychic Detective Real Detective Spooks Taggart The Devil You Know The People's Court Unforgettable Very Bad Men Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? Wife, Bounty Hunter Official website
Tattoo Nightmares is an American reality television series based in North Hollywood that broadcast on Spike from October 16, 2012. The series showcase the horror stories behind the public's unfortunate tattoos and the tattoo artists attempts to fix them; the cast include Jasmine Rodriguez and Tommy Helm. Tattoo Nightmares airs on UK TV channel truTV available in Ireland. Tattoo Nightmares on Spike
Conan (talk show)
Conan is a late-night talk show airing each Monday through Thursday at 11:00 p.m. eastern time on TBS in the United States. The show premiered on November 8, 2010, is hosted by writer and performer Conan O'Brien, accompanied by his long-time "sidekick" Andy Richter. Describing itself as a traditional late-night talk show, Conan draws its comedy from recent news stories, political figures and prominent celebrities, as well as aspects of the show itself. For eight years, Conan aired as an hour-long show akin to O'Brien's previous NBC late-night shows; the show was reformatted to a half-hour length starting January 22, 2019. On May 17, 2017, TBS renewed the series to 2022. Conan followed the established six-piece late-night format popularized by evening talk show hosts such as Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson and David Letterman, executed during O'Brien's tenures as host of NBC's Late Night and The Tonight Show; each episode of Conan from its first eight years runs 60 minutes in length, including commercials, consists of: Act 1: Monologue Act 2: Comedy Bit Act 3: Celebrity Interview 1 Act 4: Celebrity Interview 1 continued Act 5: Celebrity Interview 2 Act 6: Musical or Stand-Up Comedy Guest, SignoffGuests come from a wide range of cultural sources, include actors, authors and political figures.
The original hour-long show opened with Richter proclaiming "Coming to you from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, it's Conan!", introducing O'Brien, The Basic Cable Band, as well as the episode's guests. For the first several seasons, each episode had a title, which Richter would announce at the end of the opening sequence; the titles were in the style of old fashioned murder-mystery radio shows, television sitcoms, or other assorted jokes. The episode titles were dropped in early 2014; the original title sequence was designed by Dan Dome and Eric McGilloway. There were several different variations of the opening credits, with the final product being inspired by graphic designer Saul Bass; the opening design process was described by Ashe as utilizing "organic-looking textures made of construction paper, soak them in soda, light them in Photoshop." O'Brien opens each episode with a monologue drawing from current news issues. The monologue is sometimes accompanied by clips and brief comedy skits, in addition to occasional interactions between O'Brien and Richter, the audience.
One or more comedy bits followed the monologue. Following the monologue, some comedy bits were presented from the monologue stage. Following the first commercial break, additional comedy sketches were introduced presented from the desk area; some sketches appeared only once. An additional sketch would air between the first and second guest. In May 2018, O'Brien and TBS announced the show would be reformatted into a 30-minute show, with a looser structure starting 2019. In January 2019, O'Brien gave a more detailed description of the new format of his show, it would not feature a band or a desk area, for the first time as host of a talk show O'Brien would not be wearing a suit. He commented, "I don’t miss the desk, it started to feel like I’m doing someone’s taxes." The last hour-long regular episode aired on October 4, 2018. The new reformatted version premiered on Tuesday January 22, 2019 on TBS. O'Brien's first guest for the new-look show was Tom Hanks. October 31–November 3, 2011: taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Guests included Jimmy Fallon, Hugh Jackman, Matthew Broderick and Louis C. K.. June 11–14, 2012: taped at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Illinois as part of the TBS Just for Laughs Festival. Guests included Andy Samberg, Johnny Galecki and Adam Sandler. April 1–4, 2013: taped at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia to coincide with the NCAA Final Four being held a few blocks away at the Georgia Dome. Guests included Paul Rudd, Steven Yeun and Charles Barkley. March 31–April 3, 2014: taped at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas to coincide with the NCAA Final Four. Guests included Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Simon Helberg and Charles Barkley. July 8 -- 11, 2015: taped at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego. Guests include Elijah Wood, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Peter Capaldi. July 20–24, 2016: returned to the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con. Guests include The cast of Arrowverse shows, Will Arnett, the cast of Game of Thrones. October 31–November 3, 2016: taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
July 19–23, 2017: had live shows from the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con for the third year in a row. Guests were the casts of Bright, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Lego Ninjago Movie, Game of Thrones. November 6–9, 2017: taped at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. July 18–22, 2018: had live shows from the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to coincide with Comic-Con for the fourth year in a row. Guests were the casts of Breaking Bad, The Predator and Aquaman. O'Brien filmed several specials abroad; these episodes were not filmed before an audience. Instead, they involve O'Brien being followed by a camera crew as he focused more on the normal life of the locals and visiting cultural locations, all while improvising to provide comedy. March 4, 2015: Conan in Cuba, taped in Havana. With relations between the United States and Cuba improving, O'Brien and a film crew went to Havana for four days around the weekend of February 14–15 to tape segments for an episode; this is not a regular live-to-tape show featuring celebrity guests, with Conan focusing on normal life for citizens of the country by visiting a cigar factory and le
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network's late-night programming block Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures; the series premiered on December 2, 2013, the third season concluded on October 1, 2017. In May 2018, the series was picked up for an additional 70 episodes over an unspecified number of seasons. Roiland voices the eponymous characters, with Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer and Sarah Chalke voicing the rest of the family; the series originated from an animated short parody film of Back to the Future, The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, created by Roiland for Channel 101, a short film festival co-founded by Harmon. When Adult Swim approached Harmon for television show ideas, he and Roiland decided to develop a program based on the short.
The series has been acclaimed by critics for its originality and humor. The show revolves around the adventures of the members of the Smith household, which consists of parents Jerry and Beth, their children Summer and Morty, Beth's father, Rick Sanchez, who lives with them as a guest. According to Justin Roiland, the family lives outside of Seattle in the U. S. state of Washington. The adventures of Rick and Morty, take place across an infinite number of realities, with the characters travelling to other planets and dimensions through portals and Rick's flying car. Rick is an eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist, who eschews many ordinary conventions such as school, marriage and family, he goes on adventures with his 14-year-old grandson, Morty, a kind-hearted but distressed boy, whose naïve but grounded moral compass plays counterpoint to Rick's Machiavellian ego. Morty's 17-year-old sister, Summer, is a more conventional teenager, who worries about improving her status among her peers and sometimes follows Rick and Morty on their adventures.
The kids' mother, Beth, is a level-headed person and assertive force in the household, though self-conscious about her professional role as a horse surgeon. She is dissatisfied with her marriage to Jerry, a simple-minded and insecure person, who disapproves of Rick's influence over his family. Different versions of the characters inhabit other dimensions throughout the multiverse and their personal characteristics can vary from one reality to another; the show's original Rick identifies himself as "Rick Sanchez of Earth Dimension C-137", in reference to his original universe, but this does not apply to every other member of the Smith household. For instance, in the first-season episode "Rick Potion #9", after turning the entire world population into monsters and Morty move to a different dimension, leaving Summer and Jerry behind. Following the conclusion of the third season, co-creators Harmon and Roiland wanted to have assurance that there would be many more seasons of Rick and Morty in the future, so that they would be able to focus on the show and minimize their involvement in other projects.
After prolonged contract negotiations, Adult Swim announced a long-term deal with the creators in May 2018, ordering 70 new episodes over an unspecified number of seasons. Talking about the upcoming fourth season a few months earlier, Harmon had said that he wishes for it to consist of more than ten episodes, writer Ryan Ridley had said that he did not expect it to air any sooner than late 2019. Rick and Morty was created by Dan Harmon; the duo first met at Channel 101, a non-profit monthly short film festival in Los Angeles co-founded by Harmon. At Channel 101, participants submit a short film in the format of a pilot, a live audience decides which pilots continue as a series. Roiland a producer on reality programming, began submitting content to the festival a year after its launch, in 2004, his pilots consisted of shock value—"sick and twisted" elements that received a confused reaction from the audience. Harmon took a liking to his humor and the two began collaborating. In 2006, Roiland was fired from working on a television series he regarded as intensely creatively stifling, funneled his creative energies into creating a webisode for Channel 101.
The result was The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, an animated short starring parodies of Doc Brown and Marty McFly, characters from the Back to the Future film trilogy. In the short, which Harmon would dub "a bastardization, a pornographic vandalization", Doc Smith urges Mharti that the solution to all of his problems is to give him oral sex; the audience reacted to it wildly, Roiland began creating more shorts involving the characters, which soon evolved beyond his original intentions and their obvious origin within the film from which it was culled. Harmon would create and produce Community, an NBC sitcom, while Roiland would work in voice acting for Disney's Fish Hooks and Cartoon Network's Adventure Time. In 2012, Harmon was fired from Community. Adult Swim, searching for a more prime-time, "hit" show, approached Harmon shortly afterward, who viewed the channel as unfit for his style, he was unfamiliar with animation, his process for creating television focuses more on dialogue and story.
Instead, he phoned Roiland to inquire. Roiland brought up the idea of using the Doc and Mharti characters, renamed Rick and Morty. Roiland wanted the show's run time to consist of one eleven-minute segment, but Adult Swim pushed for a half-hour program. Harmon felt the best way to extend the voices into a program wo