"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 chatting it up with the endless array of his "very favorite" people, Fallon has, in less than two months, re-framed the franchise and sparked the kind of audience excitement "The Tonight Show" hasn't seen in years.
The ratings have soared, and why not? Where else are you going to...
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
"Once Upon a Time" returns Sunday night, and Colin O'Donoghue's Captain Hook looks to play his part in helping overthrow the newest villain to threaten the Enchanted Forest.
At the midseason finale, Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) was vanquished by Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), at the cost of his own life (for now). Pan's machinations led to all of the characters from the Enchanted Forest having to return, while Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and her son Henry (Jared Gilmore), had their memories wiped and settled down in New York. It's here where Hook comes in. Show Tracker caught up to O'Donoghue and asked him about the coming season, about playing a lovable scoundrel and about the translation of Captain Hook by “OUAT.”
What were your impressions of the show in general coming in?
When you hear fairy tales, people automatically assume it's for kids. This isn't. Obviously it covers the whole family, but it can be quite dark at times. The fact that Eddie (Kitsis) and Adam...
Critics of the HBO show “Girls” may not have found a lot to love about “Saturday Night Live” last night, as the show’s creator and star Lena Dunham hosted and tapped into the good-natured obliviousness and awkwardness of her character Hannah Horvath (or somebody who looks and sounds a lot like her) for a majority of the sketches. Fans of Dunham, though, may have found a lot to enjoy about the show, as she threw herself into her scenes and proved she has a comic sense of timing and capability beyond the gawky moments that make up “Girls.”
The best intersection of Dunham’s signature character and funny writing was in “Scandal,” where Dunham played a new girl who can’t stop marveling over how ridiculously attractive and efficient everyone on the show is. Instead of making Dunham the butt of the joke by making her seem inadequate for not traveling to Mexico and back in ten minutes, she portrayed the actual humans who watch...
President Obama will deliver the introduction to the new Fox science series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” in the premiere episode Sunday night being carried on 10 Fox channels and the National Geographic Channel.
The president's introduction “invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future,” according to a statement issued by Fox.
The 13-part series is hosted by scientist and educator Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a successor to Carl Sagan’s popular 1980 PBS series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.”
In his review for The Times, Robert Lloyd writes: “The subject — everything that is and how it got that way — is obviously a big one, encompassing not only planets and stars and amoebas and people, but the lenses through which we've viewed it all. Most...
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story.
An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas.
There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting. Lillian Gish played Carrie in the original 1953 teleplay, Geraldine Page won an Oscar for her portrayal in the 1985 film.
Last year, Cicely Tyson took Carrie to Broadway and won a Tony. And on Saturday, Tyson and some of the Broadway cast bring "The Trip to Bountiful" back to its own hometown, television. It's an exquisitely rendered and masterfully acted film on...
It has been at least a while, and possibly in the whole recorded history of the medium, that a blockbuster science series has aired on conventional broadcast television. But there is no time like the present, whether or not such a thing as the present actually exists.
Sunday, which as I write these words is still in what we think of as "the future," will see the welcome premiere of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson's pumped up remake of and homage to Carl Sagan's beloved "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which aired over PBS in 1980 — an eternity in terms of special effects.
Crafted to satisfy those generations of viewers for whom even "The Empire Strikes Back" looks quaint and old-fashioned, it is no less thought-provoking for being made to be fun. The different subtitles for the new "Cosmos" and the old reflect the tonal shift — Sagan's original felt intimate for all its enormousness, where Tyson's, set to Alan Silvestri's big orchestral score, brings on...
If you missed the French series "The Returned" on Sundance Channel last year, or if it was just too opaque/mood-soaked/subtitled (i.e. French) for you, ABC now offers "Resurrection," a brighter if not bolder and certainly faster-paced (i.e. American) version of a world in which the dead begin returning to the ones they left behind.
Based on the Jason Mott novel "The Returned," the series opens gorgeously enough with a young boy (Landon Gimenez) waking up in a rice paddy in China. Strangely taciturn, he knows his name is Jacob and that his hometown is Arcadia, Mo., but has no idea how he got to China.
When immigration officer Martin Bellamy ("House's" Omar Epps) takes him to the house Jacob identifies as his own, the people who live there, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), react first with anger — they did have a son Jacob, but he drowned 30 years ago — then shock; this Jacob appears in every way to be their son. At the age he died.
"It's time to get going again."
With these words, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off the new documentary series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." Premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other affiliated networks Sunday night, it is a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the groundbreaking and hugely popular 1980 PBS series hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan.
Tyson, strolling along the scenic California coastal cliffs of Monterey — just as Sagan did in the opening minutes of the original — is talking about bringing the franchise to a new generation, but with a command that can also be interpreted as a mission statement. The first "Cosmos" premiered at a time of great public enthusiasm for space exploration, when memories of Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon remained fresh.
This "Cosmos" arrives in a much different climate: Two and a half years after the end of the shuttle program, NASA's budget continues to dwindle, now...
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When Calls the Heart Elizabeth's (Erin Krakow) sister (Charlotte Hegele) pays a visit to Coal Valley and stirs up trouble. 9 p.m. Hallmark
Saturday Night Live "Girls'" Lena Dunham hosts, with musical guests the National. 11:29 p.m. NBC
Quartet Dustin Hoffman directed this 2012 drama about upheaval in a retirement home for musicians. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins star. 6 and 9 p.m. Showtime
A Ring by Spring A fortuneteller (Stefanie Powers) warns a freedom-loving young woman (Rachel Boston) that if she isn't engaged by spring, she'll never marry in this new romance. 7 and 10 p.m. Hallmark
SnitchDwayne Johnson plays a businessman who goes undercover to get the dirt on some bad guys in this 2013 crime drama; Benjamin Bratt, Barry Pepper, Harold...
"@midnight" (Comedy Central, weeknights Monday through Thursday). Busy Chris Hardwick, the alt-Allen Ludden (I might have said "indie Gene Rayburn" or "left-field Dick Clark" just as well), hosts this late-night comedy game show with a social media theme. It's one of those series, in the long tradition of "Information Please," "My Word," "The Match Game" and "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" and Stephen Fry's "QI" (as critic-picked this week by Mary McNamara) whose main purpose is the display of celebrity wit. (Points, which are somewhat beside the point, are awarded largely at the discretion of the host.)
It's a hard thing to get right -- IFC's "Bunk" was one fairly recent, overcomplicated failure -- but everything lines up here. It possibly helps that the show runs four nights a week, Monday through Thursday, and that it follows the similarly newsy (allowing for some latitude in the word "news") and hectic "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." A nightcap to their nightcaps, it...
Forget #followFriday. It's #renewalFriday over at Fox. The network announced it has picked up comedies "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Mindy Project" and thriller "The Following" for the 2014-15 season.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" are part of the network's Tuesday comedy block. Toplined by Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has performed modestly in its freshman season, averaging just over 5 million viewers, but has a few golden statues on its side -- it won two Golden Globes earlier this year, for the show and Samberg. It was also paired with "New Girl" to take on the post-Super Bowl slot. Its renewal brings it to a second season.
"New Girl" faced some criticism in its third season, as the union between Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) became a central story line. Though its same-night viewing has slipped, the show is averaging a 3.1 rating among the 18-49 demographic when time-shifting over seven days is included. And its plum post-...
Robert Rodriguez helped ignite an independent film movement in the 1990s with his film "El Mariachi," shot for a mere $7,000, before moving on to blockbuster fare such as "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" franchise. Now the restless filmmaker, 45, is trying to revolutionize the small screen with the recently launched cable network El Rey, targeted at a young, English-speaking Latino audience. It's available on Time Warner and DirecTV, among other outlets.
You've had a lot of success in films. So why start a television network?
I had always loved television, in fact even networks were interested in me doing TV as far back as "El Mariachi." But I had so much creative freedom in the film world, whereas I would have a friend trying to make TV shows and they had no control over it. I didn't like the process of TV, but I did like the medium, so I just stuck with movies. Movies always seemed like the safer bet, until about three years ago when John Fogelman, who used to be Salma [Hayek]'s agent,...
On a scale of one to crazy, the latest episode of “Scandal,” “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies,” is a relatively tame affair: No one is tortured or murdered in a jealous rage or prostituted out by his spouse. By the standards of this show, it’s a relatively quiet installment, more about character development than, as ABC’s marketing team likes to put it, “OMG moments.” Not that there weren’t any, mind you: I really did not see that last-minute reveal with Maya coming, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
That’s not to say it’s a boring episode -- far from it. Any episode with this much James and Mellie can't possibly be anything but entertaining. Let’s begin with the first lady, shall we? Months ago, we learned that she was raped by Fitz’s father, and doesn’t know if her son -- you know, the one we hear about but have seen, like, once on this show -- is actually Fitz’s. In a long overdue follow-...
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human excrement.
The little blue birdie has fluttered into the writers room on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," inspiring one episode to address viewers' dismay, voiced loudly on Twitter, over the central character's Revolutionary War era attire. For a humorous few moments, Ichabod Crane doffs his period costume for a pair of uncomfortably contemporary skinny jeans.
These shows are just a sample of the sorts of experimentation being done as network executives and producers navigate social media (and interactivity) to attract viewers to the living room TV and keep them engaged. About one-third of all prime-time shows employ some Twitter element — from NBC's "The Voice," which lets viewers turn to Twitter to "save" performers whom judges have...
Four seasons ago a quartet of young women began receiving threatening, and very well informed texts, from the mysterious "A," who they assumed was their former queen bee Alison, presumed dead. So you can imagine their shock. Now, of course, they know Alison is alive and well, as is "Pretty Little Liars." It quickly became ABC Family's break-out hit and the most tweeted about series in television, setting a template now followed by every other show, including, most recently, the Oscars.
So if Alison's not "A," who is? For years, the Liars and their fans have tried to figure it out, and while theories turned and turned again (if it's not Ezra could it be Alison's mother after all?), it seems unlikely the answer will be revealed in the March 17 season finale. And since solving the mystery could end the show, we really don't want to know.
Who do you think A is? And why do you think "Pretty Little Liars" has kept us guessing all these years? Join TV reporter Yvonne Villarreal, TV critic...
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Need a good cry? Turner Classic Movies' eight-film salute to the late Shirley Temple gets underway with the 1937 tear jerker "Heidi." 1:30 p.m. TCM
Beautiful wickedness: "Lost's" Rebecca Mader plays the Wicked Witch of the West on the return of "Once Upon a Time." 8 p.m. ABC
The dead rise and walk the earth, looking no worse for the wear, in the new drama "Resurrection." With Kurtwood Smith, Frances Fisher and Omar Epps. 9 p.m. ABC
Neil deGrasse Tyson does his best Carl Sagan in the 13-part science series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." 9 p.m. Fox; FX; Nat Geo
The eight-part drama "True Detective" arrives at its dark dénouement. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star. 9 p.m. HBO
Clear your browser history, it's time for the new unscripted series "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male."10 p....
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage." The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.
How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
I had met [host] Neil [deGrasse Tyson] through Jerry Zucker’s Science and Entertainment Exchange. I was crossing paths with him at their events and I always thought to myself, I have a connection there to the scientific community and things are going well financially and I wanted to see what I could do to throw some of this extra money around in a positive way. Science is, in many...
The "American Idol" voters got loud and sent Emily Piriz home on Thursday, turning the top 12 into the top 11.
After the 18-year-old from Orlando, Fla., had done her best impression of Jennifer Lopez on "Let's Get Loud," a song lacking in emotional resonance and vocal firepower, on Wednesday night's performance show, Harry Connick Jr. had unfavorably compared Piriz to a passenger on a "big locomotive train," rather than its driver. On Thursday, the "Idol" train pulled out of the station and left Piriz on the platform, clutching a battered satchel full of unrealized dreams.
Her ouster seemed a bit premature. Joined in the bottom three by M.K. Nobilette and (more surprisingly) Jena Irene, Piriz had performed better overall than several contestants still standing. But you can't blame Lopez. She'd praised Piriz after the teen had performed her song, and even appeared to have wanted to use the judges' save to keep her around.
"No!" the former Fly Girl howled when Ryan Seacrest asked if the...
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Last Man Standing Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) refuses to talk about her new boyfriend when they may be going on the same junior ROTC overnight camping trip in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC
Grimm A new predator in town is targeting an expectant couple. Reggie Lee, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Claire Coffee and Silas Weir Mitchell also star in this new episode. 9 p.m. NBC
Shark Tank Emotions run high in this new episode, starting when Mark Cuban gets angry with a San Francisco engineer pitching a bicycle lighting system, and a mother is brought to tears by the reaction to her line of clothes with reinforced knees and built-in squeakers for crawling babies. 9 p.m. ABC
Marriage Boot Camp The unscripted series returns for a new season. 9 p.m. WE
HannibalThe team gets a break in a grisly case when the body of...
Seven years after his controversial exit, Isaiah Washington is heading back to "Grey's Anatomy."
Oh, but it will be a short visit to Seattle Grace. The actor, who played Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama, will reprise his role in one episode set to air in May, an ABC spokesperson confirmed. The specific date of the episode was not revealed.
It's sure to be an interesting return. Washington was fired from the Shonda Rhimes series in the wake of growing tension on the set — headlines circulated that he directed gay slurs at then-closeted co-star T.R. Knight and was involved in on-set disputes with his co-stars.
The reunion comes as one of its original cast members, Sandra Oh, is set to bid farewell to the series at the end of its current 10th season. Viewers will recall that Oh's Dr. Cristina Yang was involved with Burke (Washington) and had at one time been engaged.
"It's important to me that Cristina's journey...
HBO is a great place to create a TV show — if you're a white guy.
So says a new report by Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, who argues that the premium cable channel — home of such acclaimed series as "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" — is almost exclusively the province of white male writer-producers.
Or, as the story refers to such people, "narrative architects."
"Guess how many women or people of color have been a creator or narrative architect on a one-hour HBO drama or miniseries since 2008 (the year after 'The Sopranos' ended)?" the article asks.
"None. Not one."
Ryan also faults male-created series such as "True Detective" for propagating female stereotypes such as "'crazy' mistresses, nameless strippers, randy hookups, disgruntled daughters [and] dismayed wives."
An HBO spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a Show Tracker request for comment. But a network rep is quoted in Ryan's story: "We...