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The Voice The singing competition moves to its battle rounds in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBCStar-Crossed Gloria (Victoria Platt) grants the Atrian Seven some time outside their sector, and Roman (Matt Lanter) takes advantage of the opportunity to investigate his father's past — with unexpected results. Greg Finley and Natalie Hall also star in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA
Dancing With the Stars Sportscaster Erin Andrews, who came in third in Season 10, replaces Brooke Burke-Charvet as Tom Bergeron's new co-host as the hit dance competition launches its 18th season. This year's contestants include former hockey player Sean Avery, actress Candace Cameron Bure, Olympic champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Billy Dee Williams. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman return to...
After a hoax report that Wayne Knight had died in a traffic accident near the New York–Pennsylvania border, the actor who played Newman on "Seinfeld" and a treacherous techie in "Jurassic Park" took humorously to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors of his sudden demise.
“Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed … but I am alive and well!” tweeted Knight, 58, taking a wry view of some folks’ tendency to confuse him with the characters he has played.
Packed houses cringed — and possibly cheered — when Knight bought it in “Jurassic Park,” the victim of a hungry young Dilophosaurus that blinded him with venom, then delivered the coup de grâce in the Jeep that Knight’s character, Dennis Nedry, was using to escape.
But Knight, who went on to further fame as Jerry Seinfeld's nemesis "Newman" on “Seinfeld,” learned Sunday that not all folks hold his roles...
Comedian David Brenner, a record-setting “Tonight Show” guest with his wry and observational brand of comedy, died Saturday at the age of 78.
The Philadelphia stand-up comic, who had been battling cancer, died at his home in New York City with his family by his side, according to friend and publicist Jeff Abraham.
A former documentary filmmaker, Brenner's stand-up routines were revered by “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson, culminating in a record of more than 150 appearances on the late night stage.
He was a frequent guest on game shows and talk shows throughout his career. And long before Chris Rock and Dennis Miller were getting HBO specials, Brenner had four of his own -- even getting married on one. In 1987, he briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show.
As the times changed, so, too, did the focus of Brenner's comedy. Material on garden-variety life troubles eventually gave way to social and political issues.
And even at 78,...
There's quite a few taco nights between now and the second-season roll-out of "Orange is the New Black," but that doesn't mean we can't sneak you some goodies.
Creator Jenji Kohan and a good portion of the show's sprawling cast were on hand Friday night at the dramedy's PaleyFest panel in Hollywood to reflect on its lauded debut season, and to tease--as much as Netflix will allow--what to expect from the upcoming second season, which is up for parole on June 6.
It was previously revealed that a new inmate would be joining Litchfield Penitentiary--and the cast all seem to be in agreement that this newbie will shake things up.
Lorraine Toussaint joins as Yvonne "Vee" Parker and she disclosed to the crowd that her character is a street-wise drug maven who runs children. So, yeah, pretty ruthless. Vee will serve as a foil to Red (Kate Mulgrew).
"Kudos to Jenji because I think this is one of the more complex characters I've ever played," Toussaint,...
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public.
She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal"), a Spanish-language corrido recorded by the Mexican American supergroup Los Tigres del Norte in the early 1970s.
Thanks to the classic tune's wide cultural impact, Camelia's fame has made the question of whether she actually existed largely irrelevant. Mexican tabloids have run interviews with at least two women claiming to be the real Camelia. Over the past 40 years, there've been Camelia-inspired spinoff books, cheesy flicks, even an opera that premiered last year in...
With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC's "Crisis," which premieres Sunday, seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages" — create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not clear).
Our story opens with something Very Bad happening. In the middle of a field a sweaty and distraught man seems to be disarming security satellites as an FBI agent ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor) tries to stop him. So you know, going in, it's that sort of show — lots of tricky laptop action while the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.
As with "Hostages," the president is involved as well as a political vendetta of sorts. But creator Rand Ravich ("Life") has smartly given himself a lot more room to maneuver. On a field trip from their prestigious private school, a group...
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Nightline Prime The late night newsmagazine debuts in prime time. 9 p.m. ABC
When Calls the Heart Abigail (Lori Loughlin) learns more about Gowen's (Martin Cummins) dangerous behavior leading up to the mine disaster in this new episode. 9 p.m. Hallmark
Black Sails As the hunt for the Urca gets under way, big changes are in store for Eleanor (Hannah New), while Bonny and Rackham (Clara Paget, Toby Schmitz) find their past misdeeds coming back to haunt them in the season finale. 9 and 10 p.m. Starz
Deion's Family Playbook Deion Sanders worries that Shilo's pursuit of music is interfering with his football playing in this new episode. 10 p.m. OWNSPECIALS
Summer DreamsThis new documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the NBA's Summer League, an annual exhibition event where rookies and unsigned...
Kevin Spacey snubbed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford backstage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, and the mayor and his brother are giving YouTube an earful.
The mayor and his brother, Doug Ford, who is on the Toronto City Council, co-host their very own YouTube show, "Ford Nation," which has been in production since February after a short-lived (one episode) life on local TV last year. The series, which boasts cable-access production value, features the Brothers Ford discussing topics of interest to the voters of Toronto. In their latest episode, they talk at length about their trip to Hollywood to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Though Ford wasn't officially a guest on Kimmel's show until March 3, he actually made a cameo appearance on the much-hyped post-Oscars edition of Kimmel's show on March 2, which had Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as a guest.
Spacey, who knows a thing or two about playing politicians from his role on the Netflix series "House of Cards,"...
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"30 for 30" charts the rise and fall of a college-basketball conference in "Requiem for the Big East." 6 p.m. ESPN, 8 p.m. ESPN2
Fear and clothing, or lack thereof: The survival series "Naked and Afraid" is back for a new season. 8 and 9 p.m. Discovery Channel
The gorgeous ladies of pro wrestling return with new episodes of "Total Divas." 9 p.m. E!
"Army Wives: A Final Salute" features former cast members — including Kim Delaney — reminiscing about their tours of duty on the long-running drama. 9 p.m. Lifetime
"The X-Files'" Gillian Anderson, no stranger to conspiracies, is in the middle of another in the new drama "Crisis." 10 p.m. NBC
Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the doors, and here's the new series "Church Secrets & Legends." 10 p.m. Travel Channel
Girl next door:...
"First Kiss" is the viral video of the week, a three-minute black-and-white ode to the simple act of kissing, which features 20 strangers kissing for the very first time. It's become an online sensation, with more than 47 million views since being posted on Monday. So it's only natural that Jimmy Fallon would create his own parody on Thursday's "Tonight Show."
But rather than go the celebrity route, which Fallon has gone many times before with his parody videos, he chose to mine one of the Internet's most tried-and-true sources of content: cute puppies and kittens.
In "First Lick," Fallon assembled 20 puppies and kittens and asked them "to kiss for the first time."
Puppies and kittens can't pucker, but they sure can lick. And lick they did. Not just puppies with puppies and kittens with kittens. Some kittens licked with puppies and vice versa.
While Fallon's video is half the length of the original "First Kiss," it's...
The day is here.
Practically seven years in the making, the "Veronica Mars" movie is finally out for Marshmallows to consume. The PG-13 flick released Friday in select cities and through OnDemand. And while the series made an impression, albeit a small one, on the small screen, creator Rob Thomas hopes fans will head out to their cineplexes to see the movie.
"I absolutely hope fans will go to theaters to experience this," Thomas told The Times ahead of Thursday night's "Veronica Mars" PaleyFest panel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. "All the 'Veronica Mars' fans have gotten to see it on television before. They know what that's like. But going to see it on the big screen with other 'Veronica Mars' fans, there's nothing like it. I know from experience. It's so fun."
And he's not done!
"I'm going to sneak into some [Friday] night," Thomas sad. "We're planning on renting a car [Friday] night and dropping in on theaters...
As promised, Thursday’s “Scandal” ended with an “OMG moment,” or what used to be known simply as a “cliffhanger.” Jake sets up a meeting between James, David, Vanessa Chandler and that NSA lady -- whatever her name was -- that turns out to be a trap. (Note to everyone on “Scandal”: Don’t take meetings set up via text message. Ever.) As David and James stand there debating whether to go public with the truth about Daniel Douglas, Jake appears out of nowhere and fires his gun three times at point blank range, instantly killing Vanessa and the NSA lady instantly. As for that third bullet, we’re left wondering whether it was aimed at David, James or -- this being “Scandal” and all -- perhaps some other person whose presence we’re not yet aware of.
The most shocking aspect of this plot twist isn’t the wanton killing, but who’s doing it: Seeing Jake in full B613 homicidal robot mode is deeply...
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
It's not necessary to know much about basketball, or that there is a thing called March Madness going on now (in the broadcasting of which CBS is also involved), or even care about sports particularly, to understand the action and get involved with the characters. (I am the proof of this, America. Indeed, the first sentence of this pick contains virtually all I know about this game.) Without sentimentalizing overly, as is often the...
Let's hear it for the "American Idol" voters. They were spot-on this week.
The voters didn't care if the judges told Majesty Rose that her shouty rendition of "Let It Go" was "strong." Nor were they willing to unquestioningly accept all that Sam Woolf-is-the-next-big-heartthrob propaganda the show has been handing them when his performances have been consistently awkward and underwhelming.
And they certainly won't sit idly by when a guy who'd portrayed himself as a down-home country boy suddenly sees fit to lose the backward baseball hat, slick back his hair, groom his scraggly beard, replace his flannel shirt with a velvet jacket and make like Elton John. No, they will not.
Although Ryan Seacrest had warned at the outset of Thursday's results show that outcome might "surprise a few people," the only real surprise (and forgive me for being a little surprised by it) was that the voters had gotten it so right. As Seacrest built the bottom...
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Raising Hope Sabrina and Jimmy (Shannon Woodward, Lucas Neff) are worried when Hope (Baylie and Rylie Cregut) isn't saddened by the death of her pet fish in this new episode. 9:30 p.m. Fox
Blue Bloods Danny and Baez (Donnie Wahlberg, Marisa Ramirez) search for violent game-playing teenagers who have been punching unsuspecting people — including a pregnant woman — in the head. 10 p.m. CBS
Hannibal The people closest to Will (Hugh Dancy) must take sides as his trial begins, but that's difficult for Jack (Laurence Fishburne), who's already in trouble because of Alana's (Caroline Dhavernas) damning report about his conduct. 10 p.m. NBC
Banshee In the season finale, Lucas and Carrie (Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic) prepare for the fight of their lives against Rabbit (Ben Cross) and his...
Showtime has made its first pilot order of the new year, investing in the finance drama "Billions."
The script is being written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and the creative duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
According to Showtime, the series is a (fictional) look at the "collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.
It's a world Sorkin knows rather well. At the New York Times, he founded the popular financial news blog DealBook, and he also wrote the bestseller "Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves," chronicling the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. That book was adapted into a film by HBO starring Paul Giamatti and William Hurt, on which Sorkin was a co-producer. CNBC viewers will also recognize him as the co-host of "Squawk Box."
Levien and Koppelman...
TV's popular curmudgeon is baaaaaack. "Louie," centered on the self-loathing semi-alter ego of comedian Louis C.K., will at long last return to FX with new episodes in May.
After a 19-month hiatus, the cable comedy will return to the small screen with a 14-episode fourth season that kicks off Monday, May 5 -- but will he have returned from China, where he baptized his new self at the end of Season 3?
And wait -- there's a special roll out after all that waiting. FX will air two all-new episodes back to back in the 10 p.m. hour for what will result in a seven-week run that culminates on June 16.
You can thank the multi-hyphenate headliner for a slightly bigger serving of crank. FX had originally ordered 13 episodes for the season, but creator-executive-producer-writer-star-director-editor Louis C.K. offered up a bonus 14th episode.
A holder of so many titles would undoubtedly need some time to recuperate between seasons. During a conference call in...
Sam and Samuel — together again.
KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, who gained what he called "global" notoriety last month after Samuel L. Jackson blasted him for confusing the African American actor with Laurence Fishburne during a live interview, faced off with Jackson for the first time since the blowup.
Rubin spotlighted his chat with Jackson on a "KTLA Morning News" segment Thursday morning that apparently was meant to take a swipe at some of the harsh criticism Rubin has received over the earlier Jackson interview. The new interview with Jackson took place during a junket for the upcoming "Captain America" film, in which Jackson plays Nick Fury.
There was no mention of "Captain America" during the interview. The segment was geared to let Rubin put himself in a positive light, downplaying the significance and impact of his mistake.
Rubin said that he had a feeling that Jackson was unaware he was lashing out specifically against Rubin...
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced the next round of original animated series from their partnership on Thursday, with three new original series and new episodes of the previously launched "Turbo FAST."
The three new series, which are expected to debut on Netflix later in 2014, are "King Julien," a solo series starring the zany lemur character from the "Madagascar" films; "Puss in Boots," starring the Antonio Banderas-voiced character from the "Shrek" films; and "Veggie Tales in the House," new Christian-themed stories from the long-running franchise.
Additionally, a new batch of episodes of "Turbo FAST," the racing snail series that launched with five episodes of its 26-episode first season on Christmas Eve. The new "Turbo FAST" episodes will debut on the streaming video service on April 4.
The new series are part of a multi-year deal between DreamWorks Animation and Netflix announced last year, which is expected to bring more than...
On Sunday night, the premiere of the science documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on the Oklahoma City Fox affiliate KOKH was briefly interrupted by a local news promo. These things happen all the time on TV. Big deal, right?
Well, it just so happens that host Neil deGrasse Tyson was referring to the theory of evolution just as the accidental preemption occurred. As first reported by the left-leaning website Raw Story, in the omitted portion, Tyson explained how "three and a half million years ago" humans "stood up and parted ways" from our biological "ancestors." (You can see the uninterrupted version here.)
In the version that aired on KOKH, posted below, Tyson's 20-second discussion of evolution is elided almost entirely, thanks to a misplaced spot plugging an upcoming local news broadcast.
Sorry, Robin Williams, but you and your peeps at "The Crazy Ones" will just have to wait a little longer.
CBS announced Thursday that it will return 18 series already on the schedule for the 2014-15 TV season, including old favorites like "NCIS," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Two and a Half Men."
The new comedies "The Millers" and "Mom" made the cut as well, as did the critically acclaimed but sometimes ratings-challenged drama "The Good Wife."
But some notable freshmen weren't on the list, including Williams' ad-firm comedy "Crazy Ones" and the cyber-thriller "Intelligence," which premiered last month.
"The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler wrote in a statement.
Other dramas being picked up for next season are "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest," "Hawaii Five-O," "Blue Bloods," "Criminal...
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.
On Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," Colbert rounded up those who had a real beef with the leader of the free world doing a comedy sketch to drum up registration on the Healthcare.gov website. Not surprisingly, those pundits mostly existed on Fox News and "later in the day on Fox News," according to Colbert.
So what was their take on Obama's comedy turn? Unimpressed, disappointed and mostly feeling that the sketch diminished the office of the president.
On "Fox and Friends," Elisabeth Hasselbeck said, "Some would argue it's inappropriate." While co-host Brian Kilmeade called it "tragic."
But no one had a more widely seen dissent than the Fox News "underminer in chief" Bill O'Reilly. Colbert's "Papa Bear" compared Obama's move to Abraham...
"Crisis": With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages"--create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is both familiar (newbie FBI agent up against emotionally charged odds) and unexpected (the point of the abduction is not at all clear.)
As with "Hostages," the president is involved as well as a political vendetta of sorts, but creator Rand Ravich ("Life") has given himself a lot more room to move. Heading off for a field trip from their prestigious private school, a group of disparate teenagers (including the president's son) is taken hostage. Only one gets away, through the super-cop effort of Secret Service agent Marcus Finley (Lance Gross), who is having a very bad first day on the job.
Back at command, agent Susie Dunn ("666 Park Avenue's" Rachael Taylor) becomes the FBI's point person, even though her niece, Amber (Halston Fitch)...
The Top 11 on "American Idol" tackled songs from the cinema on Wednesday night, and in keeping with the theme, many of the singers seemed to come into artistic focus for the first time.
As each stepped forward to sing a song either written for or "heavily featured in" (or in some cases, loosely connected to) a film, they faced heightened stakes. They were singing not only to remain in the competition but also to earn a spot on the summer "Idol" tour. But more than anything, they probably did their best in hopes of not displeasing Harry Connick Jr.
They succeeded. "The competition, as far as I'm concerned, started tonight," the tough-love judge said halfway through the performances.
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Connick also took the opportunity, early in the show, to get in a dig at the dawg, Randy Jackson, whose on-screen presence was significantly diminished this time around.
After Jennifer Lopez declared that the judges were looking for the contestants to show...
By killing a disillusioned combat veteran bent on murder, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) averts an international crisis -- and supposedly scores points with his Russian mistress -- on Episode 3 (“The Walk-In”) of “The Americans” on FX.
Bruce Demeran (Erik Jensen), a mysterious visitor to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C., took a bullet for his country in Vietnam. Now his outlook is radically different as he regards the “real enemy” as not Viet Cong guerrillas but wealthy World Bank executives “who own everything.”
Armed with a sniper rifle, Bruce is about to gun down the financiers as they enter a hotel. Fortunately for the bankers, Stan races to the scene and draws his weapon.
“You don’t want to die, Bruce,” Stan yells, hoping to defuse the standoff.
But Bruce does die when he swings his rifle in Stan’s direction and shouts: “Ronald Reagan doesn’t care!” Stan...
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Chicagoland Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheers on the Blackhawks on their NHL playoff run in this new episode. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN
The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is in for a surprise when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS
Community Professor Hickey, Jeff and Shirley (Jonathan Banks, Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown) discover a cache of textbooks in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland The Knave and the Red Queen (Michael Socha, Emma Rigby) encounter the Jabberwocky (Peta Sergeant). 8 p.m. ABC
Hell's Kitchen Aspiring restaurateurs present chef Gordon Ramsay their signature dishes in the return of the cooking competition series. 8 p.m. Fox
ReignMary (Adelaide Kane) becomes suspicious of Lola's (Anna Popplewell) behavior and uncovers a...
Turns out you can teach an old time slot new tricks.
The recent passing of "The Tonight Show" torch from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon sparked the inevitable state-of-the-genre conversation. In a world ruled by tweets and memes, Netflix and YouTube, is there even a place for late-night talk shows anymore?
Don't know about talk shows plural, but there's certainly a place for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," if only because Fallon's been rigorously carving it out from the calcified post-nightly news landscape himself.
Whether he's playing Flip Cup with Annette Bening, photo-bombing tourists with Jon Hamm, taking a Polar Plunge dare from Rahm Emanuel or just...
Comedy Central has expanded the coming fourth season of its hit series "Key & Peele" and given its creators, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a development deal to spin off their "Vandaveon & Mike" characters into an animated series.
The "Key & Peele" extension brings to 22 the number of episodes ordered for the fourth season, plus two "best of" installments.
Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season.
It's the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn't need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy's ratings plays into its life extension.
The Thursday series is TV's top-rated comedy among adults 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and 'The Big Bang Theory' is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with [show producer] Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the...
Ronan Farrow stopped by "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night for a confab about the youth generation and just who exactly is the target demo for his new MSNBC show -- hint, it doesn't exclude grandmothers leaving church collection early.
After introducing the 26-year-old wunderkind (against the background song from could-be/could-not-be father Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon") and listing his various achievements at a tender age, host Stephen Colbert teased Farrow about the purported generation his show, "Ronan Farrow Daily," intends to appeal to.
The show airs at "1 p.m. weekdays to appeal to the youth demographic of people who are just waking up from not getting to their job," Colbert said.
A smiling Farrow quickly interjected, saying his show is "not a youth show" but one that connects with his generation -- setting the youthful twentysomething up for a bit more ribbing.
"What is your generation?" Colbert pressed.
"Strange people .... who have...
The coaches took their teams from almost full to completely full on "The Voice" on Tuesday.
"I truly believe that we all have winners on our team," Adam Levine said magnanimously as the final night of blinds kicked off. Later, though, he was less generous. "Team Adam is the best team," he said. "Duh."
Levine and fellow coaches Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira all added solid talent to their rosters Tuesday.
Shelton filled the final spot on his team with Kaleigh Glanton, a 20-year-old classical guitarist, singer and CrossFit enthusiast from Wichita, Kan., who turned all four chairs with her take on "Have You Seen the Rain?"
Levine, who had turned first, told Glanton he thought she had moments of greatness and others that needed work, but promised to help her become more consistent. Shakira said she liked the "quirky" sound of the singer's voice. "If I'm quirky and you're a little quirky, we should quirk up and I should be your coach," she said. Usher...
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Revolution Monroe, Charlie and Connor (David Lyons, Tracy Spiridakos, Mat Vairo) return to Willoughby, and a new ally joins Neville and Jason's (Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo) mission in this new episode. With Billy Burke and Elizabeth Mitchell. 8 p.m. NBC
The Middle When Frankie (Patricia Heaton) is arrested over an unreturned library book, she blames Brick (Atticus Shaffer). 8 p.m.ABC
American Idol The eleven finalists perform songs from their favorite movies. 8 p.m. Fox
Melissa & Joey Mel and Joe (Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence) befriend another couple, Nate and Gillian (Ian Reed Kesler, Tamera Mowry) in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC FamilyBaby DaddyPhil Morris guest stars in this new episode as Tucker's (Tahj Mowry) father, who still doesn't know his son isn't a lawyer. Christopher O'Shea...
President Barack Obama's appearance on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die Web series "Between Two Ferns" is the viral video of the day, but while your friends on Facebook may be laughing, not everyone is into the joke. Especially those on the White House press beat.
During the daily briefing with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News' Jim Avila questioned whether the appearance had damaged the "dignity" of the office of the president.
According to the political website Talking Points Memo, Avila asked, "How much discussion was there in the White House about the dignity of the office and whether or not, in order to reach these people who don't watch us at 6:30, or who don't watch this briefing." He also wondered, "how much the dignity of the office might be lost? This is an interview like no other probably ever done by a president."
Obama appeared in the six-minute short in order to sell young viewers on the importance of the Affordable Care Act,...
Something historic happened in the early hours of Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The President of the United States was a guest on "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," a highly occasional semi-fake talk show that lives on the website Funny or Die.
To say that Barack Obama has been no stranger to entertainment television is to put it mildly. He has done the late-night talk shows, guested on "MythBusters." Sunday night he introduced the rebooted "Cosmos." But this was a step beyond, straight into the maw of the Internet -- what some would still consider a disreputable backwater of the culture -- to go one on one with a star of "The Hangover." It was as if the leader of the free world had shown up one night to do a little improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Just as Willie Sutton famously robbed banks because "that's where the money is," Obama went to the Web to promote the Affordable Care Act to the people -- the young people -- who hang out there. The choice of...
For “Mad Men” creator and show runner Matthew Weiner, the reality is beginning to sink in. The series returns to AMC for the first half of its seventh and final season in April, and Weiner is currently toiling away on Episode 9 -- leaving just five episodes until the story of elusive ad man Don Draper reaches its conclusion.
“There is a weird psychology to saying ‘OK, there’s five episodes left, three stories an episode. That’s 15 stories left to tell in the entire show.' That’s pretty overwhelming,” said Weiner in a telephone interview Tuesday.
In a calculated move by AMC, the final season of “Mad Men” will be split into halves: seven episodes to air this spring, followed by seven more in 2015. The first batch of episodes have already been filmed, and production is set to begin on the back half of the season later this month.
Although Weiner says it was not his idea to divide the...
The "Trophy Wife"-ABC union hasn't exactly been a match made in ratings heaven, but creators Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are hoping they make it past the paper anniversary.
Loosely based on Haskins' real life, the Tuesday comedy centers on a young woman (Malin Akerman) who marries an older man (Bradley Whitford), who already has two ex-wives and three kids. It's part of ABC's attempt to carve out a new block of comedy to complement its Wednesday lineup, propped by awards darling "Modern Family."
Despite critical support, mass viewership has stalled. Its most recent episode brought in just over 2.6 million viewers and a 0.8 in the key age 18-to-49 demographic.
As the show kicks off a two-part wedding event Tuesday, Show Tracker spoke to Haskins and Halpern to talk about its time slot challenges, the show's title kerfuffle and the wonder of Bert.Let's start with the genesis of the show. Sarah, "Trophy Wife" is loosely based on your life....
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years.
"Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating." Yes, Lucas is essentially retired from telling "Star Wars" stories, but the bedrock of his teachings are still in practice today.
"The same team of people in lead roles making 'Clone Wars' is going to be responsible for making 'Rebels,'" Filoni recently explained in a phone interview. "Not many people seem to have grasped that. To me, there aren't as many differences as people thought as far as the people making these shows."
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting his show from Austin, Texas, this week and to celebrate one of the city's favorite sons, he paid tribute to Matthew McConaughey's stellar performance in the HBO series "True Detective."
As many people know, McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson were only signed on for one season of the anthology mystery series. Next season will have new actors in an entirely new story. But who will get those plum roles? Speculation is rampant on the Internet.
But Kimmel used his Monday night show to "reveal" the identities of season two's actors as well as the location of the second season. The new season of "True Detective" will take place in Austin, Texas, and it will star... Kimmel and Seth Rogen.
It was an elaborate set-up for a sketch parodying "True Detective," with Kimmel in the Harrelson role and Rogen in the McConaughey role, mustache, Lone Stars and all.
In this version, Rogen quotes '80s song lyrics and confesses...
CBS has set its summer slate, with return dates for "Big Brother" and Stephen King's "Under the Dome" announced -- among others -- and a slight delay for the Halle Berry-Steven Spielberg limited-run series "Extant."
The end of June kicks off the rollout. "Big Brother" will return Wednesday, June 25. New legal drama "Reckless" will make its debut a few days later, on Sunday, June 29, finished off by the third season premiere of "Unforgettable."
Then, on Monday, June 30, it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome." As previously announced, the premiere will be penned by Stephen King, who wrote the bestseller on which the series is based.
Meanwhile, Berry's debut as a TV topliner has been pushed back a week. Sci-fi drama "Extant," which boasts Spielberg as an executive producer, was previously scheduled to premiere July 2; it will now get a post-Fourth of July debut on Wednesday, July 9.
The penultimate night of "The Voice" Season 6 blind auditions started off, as shows at this stage of the competition so often do, with each coach predicting his or her team will carry off the win. How the talent will ultimately fare remains to be seen, but one thing becomes more clear every week: From an entertainment perspective, the superstar team in the red chairs is a definite winner.
On Monday night, the coaches again struck just the right balance of lighthearted humor and amusing friction as they jousted and jostled, cuddled (Adam Levine apparently just loves to share Blake Shelton's chair), cajoled and critiqued. In one amusing interlude, Levine and Usher teamed up to try (unsuccessfully) to undercut Shelton's pitch and steer talent to Shakira; Shelton called them "Siskel and Ebert."
At another point, Levine furiously stormed off after losing an auditioning duo to Shelton, with whom they had much in common. "They might as well have been his little cousins or something," Levine...
Can we get a slow clap going for Jason Mesnick? After five long years, he is no longer the most hated man in the history of "The Bachelor."
That title now belongs to none other than El Bachelor himself, Mr. Juan Pablo Galavis. It was hard-won, to be sure. Jason set the bar pretty high -- proposing to one girl on the finale only to dump her on national television weeks later and subsequently marry his runner-up? And yet somehow good ol’ JuanPabs managed to top Mesnick. Congratulations, sir.
From the beginning, I didn’t have a good feeling about JuanPabs. Though ABC touted his status as a fan favorite during his turn on “The Bachelorette” last year, I never really felt that “Bachelor” nation was super into him. Basically, we all thought he was hot. We never said we wanted him to be The Bachelor.
And yet months later, there he wasin front of the “Bachelor” mansion,...
In what might be an industry first, movie director Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado," "Machete," "Sin City") has his own TV channel.
Born out of a commitment by Comcast, as it acquired an interest in NBCUniversal, to carry minority-owned networks, El Rey (also available via Time Warner and DirecTV) has as its sometime-stated target young English-speaking Latinos. Or rather, young English-speaking Latinos — and anyone else with a television — who likes the sort of movies Rodriguez makes. The schedule is made up of replays of genre films and cult movies that lean on violence and sex, in that order, plus reruns of "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X-Files."
As the El Rey home page has it: "It's a white-knuckled suicide leap into a chum bucket filled with the sex, gore, and fist-pumping action that'll have you screaming." In one way or another.
The channel, which went live in December, now has its first homemade program, some of it directed...
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jaimie Alexander reprises her role as Lady Sif from the "Thor" films in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC
Glee The kids head to L.A. to compete at nationals; NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Jackée Harry, "Pitch Perfect's" Skylar Astin and "prancerciser" Johanna Rohrback guest star. 8 p.m. Fox
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee The plight of young refugees is detailed in "Fleeing Syria: Children of War." 8 p.m. Nickelodeon
About a Boy "Iron Man's" Leslie Bibb guest stars. 9 p.m. NBC
The Real Housewives of New York City The docu-soap returns for another season. 9 p.m. Bravo
Rizzoli & Isles "NYPD Blue's" Sharon Lawrence is back as Maura's (Sasha Alexander) birth mother. 9 p.m. TNT
Trophy Wife Megan Mullally and Dennis Haysbert guest star. 9:30 p.m. ABC
JustifiedEric Roberts ("...
Adult Swim appears to be inviting controversy with its latest live-action offering, the just-greenlit half-hour series "Black Jesus."
The series, from "The Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder, is based on the premise that Jesus is back on Earth in the modern era and living in Compton, a crime-ridden suburb of Los Angeles. There, he carries out his mission of preaching love and understanding with the help of his small group of disciples. Although that's all the information Adult Swim provided about the series, one suspects it'll have considerably more edge than the standard Trinity Broadcasting Network fare.
Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson will play Black Jesus. And if his voice sounds familiar, it's because he was one of the voice actors in "Grand Theft Auto V," uttering some very un-Jesus-like language.
Other performers in the series will include Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb and John Witherspoon. The series is shooting in Los Angeles and set to...
Was "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" a red giant in the TV ratings or more of a white dwarf?
Well, that depends on whom you ask.
The science-minded people at Fox predict that Sunday's premiere of "Family Guy" producer Seth MacFarlane's reboot of the classic Carl Sagan docu-series — this time hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — will be seen by more than 40 million total viewers this week, according to Nielsen numbers.
How did the network arrive at that figure? Nielsen estimates that a total of 8.5 million watched Sunday on a total of 10 Fox-owned networks, including Fox broadcast, National Geographic and FX. Throw in foreign territories and time-delayed viewing via DVR, and supposedly you'll quintuple that figure by week's end.
That sounds a bit blinded by science, though. "Cosmos" failed to throw off much light on Fox Sunday, gathering fewer than 6 million total viewers despite heavy promotion. It was trounced by ABC's premiere of...
Another week, another step along the path to Terminus for our far-flung survivors on "The Walking Dead."
There's no question now that this mysterious sanctuary known as Terminus appears to be the end point for this season's arc, as we've witnessed each member of Rick's former crew stumble across the direction signs and head in that direction. And with just three episodes to go before season's end, it's a safe bet that the crew won't get there until the finale.
So how to spend the final few hours of Season 4? Lost in the woods.
The second half of Season 4 has bounced around between the various survivors of the prison battle as they've tried to regroup and figure out what they're going to do next. As has become apparent, these people are better off in a group instead of on their own. As Jack from "Lost" once said, "Live together, die alone."
This week's episode, titled "Alone," followed two separate groups: Daryl and Beth playing...
To paraphrase the late Carl Sagan, billions and billions failed to show up for "Cosmos."
A reboot of Sagan's 1980 smash science series on PBS, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" premiered on Fox on Sunday, this time with outspoken astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson as host and — of all people — "Family Guy" writer-producer Seth MacFarlane as executive producer along with Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan. (Sagan died in 1996.)
But despite heavy promotion and curiosity — a science documentary right after "Family Guy," how crazy is that? — "Cosmos" did not exactly deliver a big bang, with 5.8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.
That amounted to third place in the 9 p.m. time slot. Instead of true science, more viewers seemed to prefer sci-fi drama, with 13.3 million tuning in to the launch of ABC's "Resurrection," about the dead returning to life. It was this season's most-watched drama premiere after CBS'...
He’s a guy who knows how to make an entrance and an exit.
In the pilot episode of HBO’s“Looking,” barber-and-bouncer Richie came in by way of Muni Metro—his flirtatious charm enticing Patrick (Jonathan Groff) to step out of his comfort zone by episode’s end. Over the course of the eight-episode season, their relationship would swipe left and right like an extended session of Tinder, all the while Patrick’s hunky boss Kevin (Russell Tovey) settled in as a point in a love triangle—unbeknown to Richie, who is played by Raul Castillo.
Spoiler alert: In Sunday’s finale, Richie ultimately decided it was time to walk away from his rushed relationship with Patrick with his dignity intact. But it won’t be the last of him. “Looking” was recently renewed for a second season, and Castillo will return as a series regular next go-round.
We spoke to the New York-based actor by phone just after...
"New York City Serenade" brings us back from the midseason hiatus on "Once Upon a Time," offering a whole new story line and leaving Neverland far behind. Emma and Henry are in New York, blissfully ignorant of the magical world, while the menagerie of heroes, creatures, evil queens and pirates that inhabited the Enchanted Forest have been banished from our real world. But something has happened to make Captain Hook return to the Big Apple for Emma. Oh, and there's a Wicked Witch now, but we'll get to that. You're caught up.
Prince Philip and Princess Aurora watch as the curse that sent many of the denizens of the Enchanted Forest to Storybrooke reverses, and purple-smoked magic brings back the seven dwarfs, Snow White, Prince Charming, Granny, Captain Hook, Neal/Baelfire, Belle, Evil Queen Regina and more. Aurora gives them an update. Ogres are gone, things are OK, and Sleeping Beauty is pregnant. Snow proposes that she and the Queen return as a united group, and they plan to set out...
Dear Lindsay Lohan:
Just caught the first hour of your new OWN reality show “Lindsay,” and honey, this show is so not a good idea.
I understand that, after 90 days clean and sober at Cliffside Malibu, you felt the need to prove you are not an irretrievable mess; that, despite recent evidence to the contrary (“Liz and Dick,” “The Canyons”), you still have much to offer as a performer.
And having Oprah Winfrey promise she will call you out must make you feel somewhat safe (who wants to disappoint Oprah?) and special. Which is one of the biggest reasons filming one’s recovery for display on national television is not standard practice among 12-step followers.
In your path to sobriety, you aren’t special; you’re just another drunk with the same sort of issues as the guy sleeping in the doorway of whatever part of New York in which drunks are still allowed to sleep in doorways.
It was difficult not to wonder if you had, perhaps, rushed...
Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer.
As with Abrams' other NBC series, "Revolution," "Believe" concerns a band of heroes, some righteous, some in need of redemption, on the move in a dangerous world. Here, the world is our pre-apocalyptic present; but in both series the fate of all things is invested in a young person.
Science geeks whipped themselves into a veritable frenzy of anticipation over the weekend for the premiere of "Cosmos," the much-touted reboot of the classic series created by astronomer Carl Sagan in the 1970s.
You have to understand: Sagan and his original series touched the hearts of millions of people over the years, inspiring new generations of budding young scientists– not to mention "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, who championed this project from the start. Small wonder the excitement was so palpable; it even inspired a mocking Twitter hashtag, #COSMOSspoilers. (My personal favorite: “Special effects fail during show, so deGrasse Tyson MacGyvers a new universe together to use with Cheetos and silly string.” -- @DrSkySkull)
No doubt there are purists among the die-hard Sagan fans who consider any reboot a heretical act. I’m not one of them. There’s precious little real science on TV anymore, certainly not on the major network channels, so it&...
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The Bachelor Juan Pablo makes his choice on the season finale, followed by "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose." 8 and 10:01 p.m. ABC
Bones The forensics drama returns with new episodes; "24's" Freddie Prinze Jr. guest stars. 8 p.m. Fox
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills The docu-soap wraps another season. 9 p.m. Bravo
Believe A 10-year-old girl (Johnny Sequoyah) possesses mystical powers in this new drama from J.J. Abrams and "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón; Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan also star. 10:01 p.m. NBC
Inside Comedy Dick Van Dyke and "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus are featured. 11 p.m. Showtime
Heirs to the Dare This new special spotlights daredevils who perform dangerous feats a la the late, great 1970s-era motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel. 9 p.m. Discovery