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A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I look like I should be sitting on Edgar Bergen's knee...
Fox on shortening “Glee’s” final season: “It burned so hot and so fast"
“It’s been on for over 100 episodes now in six seasons, and we want to go out in a way that celebrates it,” explains Fox’s Peter Rice. "And we thought that finding 13 episodes and compacting it and doing it in a straight run was a better way to finish the show.” PLUS: Chris Colfer is a NY Times bestselling author.
Nasim Pedrad on exiting “SNL”: "At some point you have to leave”
"Obviously there's nothing like that show and I was lucky to be there for five years,” the “Mulaney” star told critics. "At some point you have to leave, and I can't think of a better reason to leave than for this particular show and this particular cast."
John Mulaney mocks “Mulaney”-“Seinfeld” comparisons: “I just watched 'Seinfeld' and copied it”
But seriously, Mulaney wanted to do an update on the “cool” sitcoms he grew up on “with my sense of humor – my sensibility…Two years later we’re here (with) an updated version of an old-school sitcom with maybe a weirder bent to it, and I hope I accomplished that.”
“Gracepoint” will begin differing from “Broadchurch” after Episode 2
Producers of the UK “Broadchurch” remake couldn’t bring themselves to completely rewrite the first two episodes, so both shows will look the same through Episode 2. Meanwhile, David Tennant joked about playing both lead roles on “Gracepoint” and “Broadchurch,” saying “they both look quite like me and have similar heights.”
Children’s hospital drama “Red Band Society” won’t kill off its patients
"It is not a show that has a body count,” says exec producer Margaret Nagle. "That is not where the show lives. (It's about): What if you were able to learn what life is all about when you were old enough to do something about it?”
Fox’s “Utopia” has been whittling down 5,000 potential contestants to live 1 year on reality TV
About 5,000 applicants have been cut down to fewer than 40, four of whom were paraded today before TV critics.
“Gotham” boss: The show won't feature Batman
"If there is a superhero in the show, it is Gotham,” says exec producer Bruno Heller. "That's a larger than life character that's a central part of the show. To me, heroes are more interesting than superheroes because the difference is superheroes do the impossible and drama is really about the physically possible."
From the moment FOX ordered "Gracepoint," a remake of the acclaimed British mystery series "Broadchurch" (which aired here last year on BBC America), featuring "Broadchurch" star David Tennant reprising his role with an American accent, the prevailing reaction I've heard has been one word:
Yes, it's a cliche to remark that the movie business isn't easy. If it were Hollywood would be celebrating multiple blockbusters grossing over $300 million this summer and, if you haven't been paying attention, they clearly are not. What works as a pitch, a screenplay or a development package doesn't always work on screen.
FOX's "Gotham" is one of this fall's most intriguing pilots, but also one of its most confounding. On the one hand, it has the full weight of DC Comics behind it; an interesting cast that includes Benjamin McKenzie as a young Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as his cynical partner Harvey Bullock and Jada Pinkett Smith as local crime boss Fish Mooney; and a fascinating look created by director/producer Danny Cannon that evokes '70s cinema classics like "Dog Day Afternoon" and "The French Connection." On the other hand, it is a Batman show that is never going to actually feature Batman, since the story begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, with Bruce played by 13-year-old David Mazouz, while the show will feature origin stories for classic Batman villains like the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), making it a story heavily weighted towards the decay of Gotham, without any promise of true redemption so long as Bruce remains out of costume.
“Futurama” cast to guest on “The Simpsons” season premiere
Jane Fonda and Willem Dafoe are also lending their voices to the Season 26 premiere. PLUS: New Zealand man sets a “Simpsons” tattoo world record.
Remembering James Garner: TV’s Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford won you over with their mind
Garner’s roles on “The Rockford Files” and “Maverick” "got through trouble with cleverness, charm and subtle wit,” says James Poniewozik. "James Garner wasn’t the kind of star who won love because he seemed so elevated above you: he made you love him by showing you that he was on your level–had in fact spent some time down in the dirt, brushed off the dust, and moved on with a rascally smile.” PLUS: “Rockford Files” was the perfect marriage of storytellers, star and genre, Kaley Cuoco remembers her “8 Simple Rules” grandpa, and read the NY Times obituary on Garner.
Fox exec blames the contestants for “Idol’s” woes
Fox Networks’ Peter Rice told critics “American Idol” is “aging gracefully,” but "We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public.”
Hank Azaria to star in “Bordertown,” Seth MacFarlane’s latest Fox animated comedy
He’ll voice the lead on MacFarlane’s border comedy.
It took Matthew McConaughey a few seconds to realize only the winners attended the TV Critics’ Association Awards
McConaughey, winner for individual achievement in drama for "True Detective," had trouble spotting his fellow nominees in the TCA Awards audience. In fact, fellow nominee Bryan Cranston was in attendance for “Breaking Bad."
Kevin Sorbo is upset he isn’t in the new “Hercules” movie
The ‘90s “Hercules” stars said he asked for a cameo in the Dwayne Johnson film. "I think it's kind of stupid really," he told Dish. "To not put me in a cameo is taking the business out of show business."
Fox hopes this isn’t “Bones’” final season, will begin talks on “24’s” future
Fox’s Peter Rice says of “24," "they did a great job this year.” And of “Bones,” he said: “I hope it’s not the last year” and "I hope that will come back.”
Skye McCole Bartusiak, the little girl from “24" Season 2, is dead at 21
Bartusiak appeared in eight episodes of “24’s” 2nd day, with Elisha Cuthbert's Kim Bauer as her au pair. Bartusiak died in her sleep, but the cause of death is unknown.
The Coen Brothers had the right to remove their names from FX’s “Fargo”
Read the story of how the FX miniseries came together.
“Teen Wolf’s” Tyler Posey will host the Teen Choice Awards
This year’s TCAs is scheduled for Aug. 10.
Saturday was an excellent night and a strange night to be a member of the Television Critics Association. On the one hand, we held our annual TCA Awards ceremony, filled with terrific winners giving terrific speeches. On the other, the power in the hotel (and the surrounding neighborhood) randomly went out late in the post-show reception, and then news broke that the great James Garner — who had won our Career Achievement award four years earlier — had died.
Kevin Reilly is gone.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman won't be taking over and Chairmen and CEOs for the newly formed FOX Television Group until the end of the month.
That means that on Sunday (July 20) morning, our Television Critics Association press tour Fox Executive Session is with Fox Network Group CEO and Chairman Peter Rice, who hasn't met with us for several years and even when he did meet with us, it was always clear that he was far enough above the network's day-to-day that our questions weren't part of his thought process.
At least he'll be able to talk about the FOX executive restructuring, which will make for a buzz-y panel, I'm sure.
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There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy.
“Breaking Bad,” “True Detective,” “The Good Wife” all win TV Critics’ Awards
While all three competed in the same Emmy category, the TV Critics Association named them, respectively, program of the year, best drama and best miniseries. “Orange is the New Black," meanwhile, was honored as best new program, while “Louie” and “Veep” tied for best comedy. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won best reality show. “Cosmos” won best news program, “SNL” won the Heritage Award and James Burrows was honored for his career achievement.
“Sons of Anarchy” books Malcolm-Jamal Warner
"The Cosby Show” alum will play Sticky, the right-hand man to T.O. Cross, in two episodes, starting with the season premiere. PLUS: Watch a new “Sons of Anarchy” teaser.
Zendaya on exiting Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic: "I felt not really morally OK with moving forward with the project”
Zendaya Coleman congratulated her replacement Alexandra Shipp on Friday, and explained her exit via Instagram: "The main reason (I left) is that the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation.”
Networks want to move away from live/same day viewership ratings
Says CBS research guru David Poltrack: "If you were a sports reporter, you would not report the winner based on the third-inning score – that’s what you’re doing if you use Live + Same Day ratings.”
The Queen’s Guard covered the “Game of Thrones” theme
Watch their performance at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
Check out Bobby Cannavale filming HBO’s ‘70s rock ’n’ roll drama from Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger
He has fluffy hair and sideburns, plus an orangey leather jacket.
“The Fosters” star Jake T. Austin charged with hit and run
The 19-year-old allegedly slammed into three parked cars early this morning.
LeVar Burton shares his lessons from his Kickstarter campaign
"The biggest lesson here has been if you believe in anything ... and you're not achieving the kind of traction you're going for," he says in a new video. "Just keep going."
Listen to Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic version of “I Will Always Love You”
Deborah Cox has been tapped for all of Houston’s songs in the TV movie.
“The Wire’s” David Simon took a selfie with Maryland’s “Wire”-hating governor
Simon bumped into Gov. Martin O’Malley, a possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, on the train on Friday.
See “Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt looking straight out of the ‘50s on “Masters of Sex”
Brandt makes her debut as Bill’s new secretary on Sunday’s episode.
Adam Levine weds
“The Voice” star married model Behati Prinsloo on Saturday.