Grammy Winner Is Joined by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Cookie Monster for Festive Dec. 18 Telecast


NEW YORK, NY – Nov. 25, 2013 – Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé returns to NBC with “Michael Bublé’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special” on Wednesday, Dec. 18 (10 p.m. ET/PT).


Musical superstars Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey, as well as Cookie Monster, take the stage with Bublé in his hometown of Vancouver as he celebrates his favorite holiday.  Performances will include classic songs such as “The Christmas Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Let It Snow.”


“I think we’ve really outdone ourselves for this year’s holiday special.  I couldn’t have three bigger stars or better voices than Mariah, Mary J., Cookie Monster. We all had a great time and Cookie Monster shared his cookies with all of us,” Bublé said.


In 2011 Bublé realized his ultimate dream when he released the album “Christmas” and hosted his first NBC holiday special, both of which reflected the joy that the season brings to him and his family.


“Michael Bublé’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special” is produced by Chanci Ventures Inc.  Bruce Allen is executive producer and John Pantages is producer, with Brad Lachman directing.


For more information on “Michael Bublé’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special,” visit www.nbc.com/specials and the NBC Universal Media Village website at www.nbcumv.com


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“Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.”
-Nicolas de Chamfort


Seems Brian Griffin won’t get a shot at a 3rd novel … ’cause the martini-swigging, chick-bangin’ family dog DIED on “Family Guy” last night.

Brian — who’s been on the show for all 11 seasons — was hit by a car in last night’s episode … and died from his injuries.

Stewie tried to save his pal by going back in time and preventing the accident — but he had JUUUST taken apart his time machine, and was unable to rebuild it before Brian croaked.

Manny Pacquiao Wins Decision Over Brandon Rios

Manny Pacquiao got back in the ring Saturday in Macau, where he won a unanimous decision over American Brandon Rios and captured the WBO international welterweight title.

The judges scored the bout 120-108, 119-109, 118-110 for Pacquiao, who moved deftly while scoring well-executed combinations in winning round after round. Rios found few opportunities to unleash the power that gave rise to his nickname, Bam Bam.

“Manny Pacquiao is very fast. He’s fast, very awkward. His speed got me a little bit,” Rios said in a ring interview after the fight.

The victory snaps a two-bout losing streak for Pacquiao, who had not stepped in a ring since being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao has won 10 world titles in eight different weight classes and improved his career mark to 55-5-2 with the win over Rios.

After the fight, Pacquiao indicated reports that he was considering retirement were premature, telling the crowd, “My time is not over.”

5 Million People To Cut Their Cable Off


Cheaper alternatives to cable like Netflix, Redbox, free Wifi..the TV business is having its worst year ever.

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.

Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, “The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever.” All the major TV providers lost a collective 113,000 subscribers in Q3 2013. That doesn’t sound like a huge deal — but it includes internet subscribers, too.

Broadband internet was supposed to benefit from the end of cable TV, but it hasn’t.

In all, about 5 million people ended their cable and broadband subs between the beginning of 2010 and the end of this year.

Time Warner Cable, for instance, lost 306,000 TV subscribers in Q3, and 24,000 broadband web subscribers, too.

And Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, told Wall Street analysts he was “surprised” that 1.3 million of his 5.5 million customers don’t want TV — just broadband internet. “Our broadband-only growth has been greater than I thought it would be,” he said.

Comcast and Charter are reportedly going after a joint purchase of Time Warner Cable.

Comcast may be interested in merging with Time Warner Cable. The two sides aren’t in active discussions, according to CNBC, but Comcast is reportedly seeking advice on potential antitrust concerns and other regulatory obstacles that could pop up if the company decides to pursue a fellow cable provider. CNBC also says that if Time Warner Cable moves forward with a sale, Comcast would be its preferred buyer. According to “people familiar with the matter,” Comcast has been considering merging with TWC for quite some time, but only now is looking for guidance on what hurdles the companies could face if a deal is reached.

But Comcast may have some competition: The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Charter Communications is also preparing to make an offer to buy the company. Regardless of who decides to make a grab for Time Warner Cable, any deal is likely to be met with stiff scrutiny from federal regulators. Comcast is familiar with how that can go, as the company was forced to make concessions to successfully complete its buyout of NBCUniversal.

Kings Of Leon (@KingsOfLeon) – Beautiful War

Kings Of Leon is back once again with the release of their latest visual for Beautiful War.  This joint is featured on the group album titled Mechanical Bull, which is in stores now.