Fans of iHeartRadio’s annual star-studded holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2014, can stream the show on Yahoo Live or via iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations across the country. An exclusive 90 minute nationwide broadcast special will also air on The CW Network. This year’s event will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, OneRepublic, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora, and Rixton and Nick Jonas. Guest presenters include Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, Seth Rogen, and more. Z100’s Jingle Ball will also capture the holiday spirit with its national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. Tune in to the video below on Friday, December 12, at 8 p.m. EST, to catch the action live.
Television is the single greatest vehicle to bring an underground musician to the masses. So it’s time to congratulate Wolf Gang, who had his song, “Suego Faults,” featured on The CW’s Gossip Girl. And in case you haven’t heard of Wolf Gang, you can lean more about his brilliance here. As an aside, when will the writers unite Chuck and Blair? They are the single greatest on-screen couple since Brenda and Dylan.
Leighton Meester is getting a lot of attention for her new film with Gwenyth Paltrow, Country Strong, and I can’t help but wonder if the people at The CW are happy. Gossip Girl is Meester’s career launching role, and it gets a lot of media buzz, but no ratings. That’s always baffled me, especially considering that I religiously watch Gossip Girl, despite falling outside their target tweenie demographic. But Meester isn’t the only actress from The CW to become extremely successful. What about Blake Lively? She also began on Gossip Girl, and she’s now had three major movie roles (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Town, and The Green Hornet). And let’s not forget Kristen Bell. Bell’s career began on Veronica Mars, which also got press attention but failed in the ratings. Like Meester and Lively, Bell has now moved on to major movie roles. So what’s the problem? Is it a CW marketing problem? Perhaps. When ratings don’t correspond with the quality of your show, you have to question marketing and promotion. Plus, you’d think if your that good at picking talent, you’d be equally as good at running your network as a whole.
I’ve started a new post on my blog, where I pick my favorite actor or actress that doesn’t quite get the praise or recognition they deserve. This week, I’ve chosen Shiri Appleby, who I saw on the unfortunately ill-fated show, ‘Six Degrees.’ Appleby now stars in The CW drama, ‘Life Unexpected,’ but is perhaps best known as Liz Parker in ‘Roswell.’ Personally, my favorite role is that of Anya in ‘Six Degrees’ where she lived out my older man/younger woman fantasy.