The ease with which we access TV becomes more ubiquitous every year, but some shows will always top out demand for piracy. Now, for the third year in a row, HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ has topped TorrentFreak’s annual list of pirated TV show downloads, though a few of the entries on this year’s countdown might actually surprise you.
The Big Bang Theory
HBO surprised the TV world yesterday with the announcement of a standalone streaming option for the reclusive network, but it isn't the only TV giant looking to secure a streaming future. CBS has announced (and launched) its own pay-service to give non-cable users access to their library of content, calling the new innovation "CBS Access."
Well, no major changing of the guard here, as actor Jim Parsons tonight takes home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award at the 2014 Emmy Awards for his role as brilliant 'Big Bang Theory' egghead Sheldon Cooper.
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' has become one of the more successful sitcoms in recent memory, achieving a 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'-like popularity that assures its stars will band together for big paydays in the future. And while recent contract negotiations with Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki held up production on season 8, reports suggest the trio have succeeded in negotiating a major raise. Get that sitcom money, nerds!
Now that 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff 'How I Met Your Dad' seems to have fallen through, the CBS lineup looks a little bereft of anything we might normally follow. And now with CBS' acquisition of Thursday Night Football, the full fall 2014 schedule looks a little jumbled with 'The Big Bang Theory' filling in for 'HIMYM' Mondays, while 'Elementary' and others move to October to accommodate football.
Among the last, but certainly not least, the eye network CBS has officially gotten in on the Upfront 2014 game by releasing their schedule for the fall, and full trailers for the newest series. Few major surprises (minus that 'How I Met Your Dad' pass), but take a look at the future of CBS with new trailers for Halle Berry's 'Extant,' sporting family sitcom 'The McCarthys' and more!
Surprise, surprise, and a hearty "bazinga" to fans everywhere. CBS' unstoppable juggernaut 'The Big Bang Theory' continues to reign supreme as one of the most-watched series on television, and the CBS empire has no intention of letting it go quietly into the night. The nerd comedy has been renewed for an additional three seasons, keeping Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler on the air through at least 2017.
We haven't heard much from 'SNL' since Melissa McCarthy hosted the pre-Super Bowl installment on February 1, but given NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics, late night took an understandable back seat. Now, with the long-running sketch comedy series due to return on March 1, 'The Big Bang Theory' Emmy winner Jim Parsons will make his hosting debut!
ScreenCrush's 2nd Annual Fan Choice Awards are officially closed, and when it comes to the Best TV Comedy of 2013, CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' is victorious ... again! The series, which also won the honor last year, is once again No. 1 in the eyes of TV fans.
All year we've heard about the monster ratings garnered by such buzzworthy series as 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' but Nielsen boxes certainly aren't everything. Which of our favorite series rounded out TorrentFreak's annual list of the most-pirated programs of 2013? 'Game of Thrones' remains king, but find out what other shows made surprising advancements this year!