Danielle Bradbery beat out rivals Michelle Chamuel and the Swon Brothers to emerge as the Season 4 winner of "The Voice" on Tuesday night, giving coach Blake Shelton his threepeat. Yup, for the third straight year, and in three out of the four seasons the show has been on the air, a contestant mentored by Shelton has taken the show's top honors.
"I don't give a crap, honestly, about a threepeat," Shelton had said early in the night, long before the results were revealed, insisting he was focused only on this year, when he again had two contestants in the final three.
Admirable sentiments, but perhaps not entirely believable. It's not hard to imagine how much Shelton is going to jocularly lord this unbroken streak over his fellow judges – and especially his bromantic partner Adam Levine. Not only that, Shelton won the darn thing on his very own birthday. Quite a nice gift. Better than any ol' cake, even one baked by Shakira.
Charlie Sheen is evidently still having trouble getting along with costars.
The producers of Sheen's FX comedy "Anger Management" confirmed late Tuesday that costar Selma Blair will be leaving the show immediately, after reports of friction with Sheen became public over the last day or so.
"We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to 'Anger Management' and we wish her the very best," Lionsgate, the studio behind the show, wrote in a terse statement. FX declined to comment, referring questions to Lionsgate.
The website TMZ reported that Sheen went on the warpath after Blair complained to the producers about his lax work ethic. During his time on "Men," Sheen was known for taking long weekends and skipping routine meetings and table reads. According to TMZ, Sheen gave "Anger Management" producers an ultimatum to fire Blair or he'd quit.
"Anger Management," loosely based on the movie of the same title, has Sheen playing a retired baseball...
The ink is barely dry on Dan Harmon's agreement to return to "Community," the NBC comedy series he created and then was fired from, but already the outspoken writer is causing trouble.
The latest dust-up came from comments Harmon made Sunday during the taping of his "Harmontown" podcast, in which he expressed his intense dislike of the work done on the show during its fourth season, the season after he was replaced by showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port.
"It is very much like an impression, and an unflattering one," he said of the 13-episode season. "They ... replaced us with two guys that didn't know what they were getting into.... And I think they tried their best ... and that was their most admirable impulse, to not let these people down."
Harmon's comments spread like wildfire through the online community that forms the heart of "Community's" rabid cult following, prompting Harmon to write an extended apology on his Tumblr, "Dan Harmon...
Real-life violence is taking a toll on kids' overall outlook, a new MTV study says.
More than one-third of kids ages 14 to 17 say they "plot out escape plans when in public places, because of events like Sandy Hook," last year's elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and six adults.
In addition, more than half the respondents said they were scared of violence at school.
An even bigger worry? The economy. Three-quarters of kids said they worried "about the negative impact that today's economy will have on me or my future."
And they may be getting tired of social media: "My parents Facebook more than I do," one girl was quoted as saying.
The findings were part of "The New Millennials Will Keep Calm and Carry On," which the network called a "landmark generational study." The survey relied on 1,800 respondents in online polls as well as on focus groups and interviews with demographic experts.
Dave Chappelle has managed to remain a man of mystery ever since the end of his much-loved Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show" in 2005. But after inspiring rumors of a return to stand-up following a series of appearances in March, the comedian is making it official. He's headlining Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, which will tour the U.S. this fall.
Sharing the bill with Chappelle are the New Zealand music duo Flight of the Conchords, "Daily Show" correspondent Al Madrigal, Demitri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and John Mulaney. A second stage will be hosted by Brody Stevens.
The 13-date tour kicks off Aug. 23 in Austin, Texas, and concludes Sept. 22 in Phoenix.
When Chappelle did three nights at the Comedy Cellar in New York City in March alongside friend Chris Rock, The Times wrote, "In jeans, a white long-sleeve T-shirt and black jacket, his hands frequently reaching for the cigarettes he's known to chain-...
The Disney Corp. means a lot of things these days: Marvel superheroes, "Star Wars" and Pixar among them, but the company is going back to basics for its latest Disney Channel series, titled simply, "Mickey Mouse."
The new series will feature short adventures starring the company's mascot getting involved in slapstick hijinks the way he used to back in the 1930s. In a deliberate attempt to get away from the modern look of computer animation, the new Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in traditional 2-D animation and feature a Mickey Mouse styled as he was in the 1930s, back when his short films were nominated nine times for best animated short film.
Adding to the retro style, the background designs are inspired by the look of Disney cartoons in the 1950s and '60s, and it's said that the production team is paying homage to other Disney icons along the way. So there will be plenty to pick apart for Disney trivia buffs, as well as for kids.
It's down to just three in the final week of "The Voice": funny Oklahoma siblings the Swon Brothers and 16-year-old country cutie Danielle Bradbery, of Team Blake, and Team Usher's expressive, earnest Michelle Chamuel.
On Monday night, each of them sang one new song, selected either by or with input from the contestant's coach; one old song, reprising a "defining moment" from the season; a duet with the coach; and a group number with the other finalists and, ultimately, with this season's top 16 contestants.
The coaches also joined together to sing a group number, launching the show with a messy, though energetic "With a Little Help From My Friends." Oh, and Blake Shelton and Usher met with their contestants' families.
In short, it was a night of many songs, generally well sung and performed.
The Swon Brotherssang a version of the Eagles' "I Can't Tell You Why," with which Adam Levine, a devoted fan of the iconic rock band, said they'd done themselves proud. They also reprised their...
“I subscribe to the anyone-but-Jay philosophy,” Stern explained. “If they had replaced Jay with [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad over in Iran, I am telling you I wouldn’t have cared. Charlie Manson could have taken over ‘The Tonight Show,’ as long as it’s not Jay Leno.”
From there, Stern commandeered the interview, interrogating Fallon about how he plans to adjust the show for an earlier time slot while also berating Fallon's house band, the Roots, for their decidedly 12:30 a.m. song choices (e.g. Morrissey).
In the world of reality television, what do Emmy nominations mean for a show? It depends on who you ask.
According to "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, awards buzz is no big deal. At a recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, he said of being nominated, "I don't know that it really does matter [to audiences]. I don't actually know that it matters to the audience in scripted either."
It's possible that Probst was just being modest, of course — fellow panelist Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance?") got him to admit that he has won four Emmys for hosting.
And Mark Cuban ("Shark Tank") agreed with Probst, shaking his head and chiming in, "There's no way it matters to the audience." Recalling "Shark Tank's" Emmy nomination last year, Cuban said, "Everybody on set was so excited. I was like, 'OK.' It doesn't matter to me, but I realized it mattered to everybody else."
"That's because you're rich!" interjected Carson Daly of "The Voice."
Last week, I wrote that this season of “The Bachelorette” is lackluster. This week, the show took place in Atlantic City. So just let that soak in for a minute.
Really, guys? This is all you’ve got for us? Usually we’re in the Swiss Alps at this point. Instead, we get AC? Land of run-down carnival rides and out-of-place-looking casinos? Even Des could barely muster any excitement upon arriving in Jersey. Actually, scratch that: Des is never excited. About anything.
But even for her! Even for her, this was bad. Upon arrival, she wandered the local boardwalk in her peacoat, taking in the sights: A slow-moving Ferris wheel. A rusty pier. Yummy!
To make matters worse, she selected Brad as her first date. You know, Brad: The guy who possibly morphed from a Ken Doll into a human — sans for his past involving a domestic violence charge. That’s right, in case that morsel of information slipped by you earlier in this...