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Stars In Their Eyes to ‘RETURN to TV screens with revamped celebrity judging panel’

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Stars In Their Eyes to ‘RETURN to TV screens with revamped celebrity judging panel after Simon Cowell rests X Factor for a year’

Stars In Their Eyes will reportedly return to TV screens this year, after Simon Cowell announced he was resting the X Factor for 2020.

ITV are said to be hoping the popular nineties talent show- which saw the public impersonate showbiz stars- will provide a ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing.

The revived programmewas axed in 2006 due to low ratings but bosses reportedly think an all new celebrity judging panel will bring it back to life, according to The Sun.  

Revamp: Stars In Their Eyes will reportedly return to TV screens this year, after Simon Cowell announced he was resting the X Factor for 2020

Revamp: Stars In Their Eyes will reportedly return to TV screens this year, after Simon Cowell announced he was resting the X Factor for 2020

A TV insider told the publication: ‘This show is a huge deal for ITV — it’s their offering to take on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings this autumn.

‘There was a huge gap to fill after they found out The X Factor wouldn’t be back and this series seems like the perfect solution.

‘It’s a new take on Stars In Their Eyes. Members of the public will get dolled up and sing their idols’ songs on stage, just like the old format.’ 

Rest: X Factor was hit by its lowest ever ratings when the Celebrity series aired its first live show last year and Simon decided to rest the show for a year to rethink the format

Rest: X Factor was hit by its lowest ever ratings when the Celebrity series aired its first live show last year and Simon decided to rest the show for a year to rethink the format 

ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. 

Stars In Their Eyes remains one of Britain’s most successful shows of all time, attracting around 13 million viewers for the live grand final at the end of each series. 

The show has one of the most memorable catchphrases in TV history: ‘Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…’

Exciting: ITV are said to be hoping the popular nineties talent series, which saw the public impersonate showbiz stars, will provide a ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing

Exciting: ITV are said to be hoping the popular nineties talent series, which saw the public impersonate showbiz stars, will provide a ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing

Stars In Their Eyes: The singing contest involved members of the public impersonate celebrities (pictured contestant as Cher)

Stars In Their Eyes: The singing contest involved members of the public impersonate celebrities (pictured contestant as Cher) 

The show premiered on 21 July 1990 and ran until 23 December 2006. 

It was originally presented by Leslie Crowther but Matthew Kelly, now 69, took over in May 1993, before he was replaced by Cat Deeley in 2004.

An Elvis Presley special hosted by Russ Abbot aired in January 1993, as well as 2003 specials hosted by Davina McCall.

X Factor was hit by its lowest ever ratings when the Celebrity series aired its first live show last year and Simon decided to rest the show for a year to rethink the format.

The ITV series recorded just 2.96 million viewers at one point, and by the last 15 minutes of the Celebrity special, just 2.99 million viewers were left.

Even with a 3.73 million peak, the ratings paled in comparison to the average viewing figures of 14.13 million that the show pulled in at its prime in 2010.

Revamp: ITV are said to be hoping the popular nineties talent series will provide a ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing

Revamp: ITV are said to be hoping the popular nineties talent series will provide a ratings battle with Strictly Come Dancing

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“Let’s put out the dumpster fire that is 2020.”

As you (hopefully) know, the US presidential election is just around the corner. This is the biggest election of our lives, people!! So here are 25 celebrities who are encouraging you to make your voice heard on Nov. 3:

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Lady Gaga:

I know this is cheesy🤓…but https://t.co/EuDdrZXqhn is easy. This is my new single 😂 Don’t give up ….it’s important your voice is heard!

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Taylor Swift:

📹 | Taylor Swift encouraging everyone to register to vote #NationalVoterRegistrationDay

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds:

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Samuel L. Jackson:

You guys showed up and blasted through our Voter Action Goal for #GoodToVote! So as promised, here’s some Cussin’ 15 ways to go! Thanks for getting involved and make sure to #vote on Nov.3rd! #votemask @faircount @fairfight #MKsaysVote #yourvoicematters

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And finally, Demi Moore:

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A Collection of Celebrities ‘Angry’ At Being Made Fun of in Mad Magazine

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Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

Over the years, Mad Magazine became a cultural icon, but at the same time, it also had an unusual response from the celebrities who were made fun of in the magazine. In the early days of the magazine, when it was not yet an institution, celebrities mostly ignored it. It became a major part of the popular culture around the 1960s (with the proliferation of the collections) and over time, celebrities who grew up on it treated it with the adoration that it deserved. However, once celebrities started paying attention, it was usually fawning reactions. If you folks are interested, I’ll feature THOSE reactions in the future.

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Over time, though, in the early 1980s, a new standard reaction started to pop up in the magazine, which is celebrities feigning anger/disgust over their parodies in the magazine. There was a borderline example involving Gary Coleman that I’ll leave for that theoretical other column (as it wasn’t quite “angry” enough) and then the big one was following Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres’s parody of the Dukes of Hazzard in Mad #219…

The great Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) replied, sort of in character as the villainous Hogg, along with a photo of the cast reacting negatively to the parody, but as you can see, it was the “bad” characters who were disgusted, while the heroic Dukes are laughing at it…

However, that idea “show the cast upset at the magazine” was now firmly entrenched and so we got a bunch of them after that.

Dick DeBartolo and Mort Drucker had the major assignment of tackling the final film in the original Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi, in Mad #242…

In a clever response, Mark Hamill replied with two responses. His official response, which was the standard happy reaction, and his REAL response, which was disgust…

I love Hamill’s “You’ll never be dumb enough to print it” gag.

In Mad #261, Lou Silverstone and Mort Drucker took on Miami Vice, with the parody getting the cover treatment, as well.

Don Johnson was very busy at the time, and so his reaction was a bit more delayed than others, so it was not until Mad #271 that he wrote in with his reaction to the parody of Miami Vice, with photos of his disgust over the magazine, but along with a letter that noted that appearing on the cover of Mad magazine meant more to him than any of his other magazine covers he had appeared on so far in his career.

MIXED MESSAGING THERE, DON!!

Another delayed reaction is when Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres took on The Equalizer in Mad #271…

Ten issues later, the star of the show, Edward Woodward, was shown taking out his revenge on DeBartolo in Mad #281’s letter column…

In Mad #273, Al Jaffee did a quick parody of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and Pee-Wee Herman was also on the cover of the magazine…

Paul Reubans, Pee-Wee Herman himself, responded in Mad #275 by letting Mad know very clearly that he thought that they were so funny that he forgot to laugh…

In that same issue, Head of the Class was parodied by Frank Jacobs and Angelo Torres…

And the cast responded with their disgust three issues later…

Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres took on 21 Jump Street in Mad #286…

and Holly Robinson wrote in to the magazine with a photo of the cast reacting to the parody, with a note that Stephen Williams, the captain on the show, now has his arm stuck in his throat because of this!

Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres figuratively tore apart Murphy Brown in Mad #289…

In Mad #294, Candice Bergen responded with a photo of her literally tearing the issue apart, along with a “complimentary” notice where she invites the Mad gang to her house for some fun – not to be assaulted! Let’s be very clear that she definitely does not invite them to a location alleged to be her house so that they could be assaulted. Have to be explicitly clear about that.

In that same issue, Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres did a parody of Doogie Howser, M.D…

In Mad #299, there were two responses to the parody. One came from Stephen Bochco, who co-created the series. Previously, Bochco had responded quite favorably when his hit series, L.A. Law, had graced the cover of Mad, to the point where he had the cast recreate the cover (if I do that piece on happy responses to Mad from celebrities, that will probably be the featured image). Neil Patrick Harris, however, the star of the series, did the now-typical “disgusted” reaction and sent a photo of him throwing the issue into the trash…

Amusingly, years later, Mad had Neil Patrick Harris (still a star as an adult actor) recreate the photo of him throwing out the copy of Mad. You can check it out on their site here.

As we headed deep into the 1990s, Mad had now embraced the idea of “Celebrity Snaps” so much that they became a recurring bit in the series, but they now involved fans sending in a photo of themselves with a celebrity and an issue of Mad and in return, they would get a free subscription to the magazine. These photos overtook celebrities sending in their own photos. But it still DID happen.

For instance, after Dick DeBartolo and Angelo Torres parodied X-Files in Mad #335…

The stars of the show (along with creator Chris Carter) sent in a “shocked” photo for Mad #338…

As the magazine moved into color, Mad had become SUCH a cultural institution that celebrities were quite happy to just pose with a copy.

But occasionally, casts would still send in “angry” responses. For instance, after Josh Gordon and Mort Drucker parodied Joan of Arcadia in Mad #440…

The cast responded in Mad #450…

In that same issue, Arnie Kogen and Tom Richmond parodied Two and a Half Men…

and then, just two issues later, the cast of the sitcom responded with a disgusted photo in Mad #452 (including a mystery man dressed as Alfred E. Neuman. I suppose it COULD be Chuck Lorre, the creator of the sitcom)…

Lots of fun stuff.

If anyone has an idea for an interesting piece of comic book history, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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