"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is getting killer reviews and I couldn't be happier for Matt Reeves and company. Though I think some of them might be a little too effusive ("Godzilla" remains, for me, the movie of the summer), this is a fantastic showcase. And naturally, the technical prowess on display is phenomenal; pity it seems something else is destined to come along and snatch the Best Visual Effects Oscar from this team every time ("Hugo" in 2011, "Interstellar" this year?).
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Report: Colin Farrell is “deep in negotiations” to join “True Detective”
It looks likely that Farrell will be part of the Season 2 cast, according to Deadline. PLUS: Taylor Kitsch is also reportedly in consideration for Season 2.
MTV kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Friday (July 11) with a big series pickup, a big renewal and a slew of premiere dates.
The renewal is, if my Twitter feed is any indication, an important one: "Catfish: The TV Show" has been picked up for a fourth season. The adaptation of the hit Sundance documentary, "Catfish: The TV Show" is Wednesday's top original cable series among viewers 12-34.
Shouldn't the ongoing existence of "Catfish" make it harder and harder for the obfuscations necessary for the ongoing existence of "Catfish"? I would thing so. But I would apparently be wrong.
MTV also gave a series order to "Shannara," based on the Terry Brooks fantasy series.
"Smallville" veterans Al Gough and Miles Millar are serving as writers and executive producers on the 10-episode first season, with Jonathan Liebesman ("Wrath of the Titans") directing the first two episodes.
If this matters to you: The first "Shannara" season will actually be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."
MTV also announced premiere dates for "Are You The One?" (September 29), "Awkward" (September 23), "Faking It" (September 23) and "Happyland" (September 30)
Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Kiss, and OneRepublic are among the acts whose concerts you can watch for free as part of Yahoo and Live Nation’s new partnership that will feature one live concert a day for 365 days.
The partnership, originally announced in April, released the first month’s line-up today. The series kicks off July 15 with Dave Matthews Band from its sold out show at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Live Nation has plenty of shows to choose from: the world’s largest promoter presents 23,000 concerts each year, said CEO Michael Rapino, in a statement. Kellogg has signed on as the sponsor of the series.
Concerts will air on yahoo.com/live. Here’s the line-up for the first month:
July 15 Dave Matthews Band
July 16 The Fray
July 17 The Neighbourhood
July 18 Michael Franti &Spearhead
July 19 KISS
July 20 Chevelle
July 21 Common
July 22 Everclear
July 23 Jurassic 5
July 24 311
July 25 Wiz Khalifa
July 26 Ray LaMontagne
July 27 Three Days Grace
July 28 Jess McCartney
July 29 Gogol Bordello
July 30 Panic @ the Disco
Aug 01 Toad the Wet Sprocket
Aug 02 Rixton
Aug 03 Daughtry
Aug 04 Sick Puppies
Aug 05 Gavin DeGraw
Aug 07 MKTO
Aug 08 The Kooks
Aug 09 David Gray
Aug 10 OneRepublic
Aug 11 Lila Downs
Aug 13 Emblem3
(We don’t know if the Emblem3 date should be Aug. 12 or if Yahoo still needs to fill in Aug. 12)
MTV renews “Catfish”
The reality hit will be back for a 4th season.
"The Good Wife" is bringing Josh Charles back, as a director
Charles says he’s expected to direct his 4th episode of the CBS drama.
MTV greenlights fantasy series “Shannara”
The “high fantasy” show is based on Terry Books’ series of novels.
Watch VH1’s “Dating Naked” trailer
There’s a lot of blurring, except for the bottoms.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 10, 2014.
The season's second "Big Brother" eviction delivered Thursday's best key demo numbers and combined with a "Big Bang Theory" repeat to help CBS lead primetime in most measures.
Also on Thursday, NBC's "Welcome to Sweden" premiered got off to a decent start, with the launch of "Working the Engels" dipping a bit. Both comedies came in below the May premiere for "Undateable," but "Sweden" was above recent "Undateable" numbers and "Working the Engels" was comparable.
Among other notables, ABC's "NY Med" and "Rookie Blue" were consistent and helped the network finish second overall, while "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX take second in the key demographic.
On to the numbers...
Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson spend much of the second season premiere of the Showtime drama "Masters of Sex" (Sunday at 10) trying to redefine the nature and parameters of their relationship after the events of the show's marvelous first season. Are they now a couple? Is this just an affair? Is it still simply one small component of their groundbreaking study on human sexuality?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck continues her war with Rosie on Instagram
Read the Fox News star’s hand-written response to Rosie O’Donnell.
"HIMYM" co-creator: We're done with “How I Met Your Dad”
Carter Bays says a report of redeveloping the pilot for next year is untrue. "I don't know why I keep reading articles about this, but since nobody bothers asking us: We are really, truly not working on HIMYD anymore,” he tweeted, adding: "HIMYD was fun to work on, terrific cast, terrific writer, but it's over now and we have other stuff we want to do ... .Maybe in the future it could be something, but I think we need to try something new before we go back to it." Adds co-creator Craig Thomas: "Sadly, that project will not move forward."
Why the Emmy nominations process is “completely insane”
The entire process has become a “dungeon of traps” to ensure that the best shows don’t get through.
CNN’s S.E. Cupp could join “The View"
Cupp could end up becoming the conservative panelist on the ABC talk show.
Brian Williams makes a sex joke about screwing on “NBC Nightly News"
"How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people?”
“Welcome to Sweden” debuts to 3.5 million
The Amy Poehler’s brother comedy had a soft debut, despite NBC calling it the 2nd highest-rated summer comedy launch in five years (after "Undateable").
A Ted Williams miniseries is in the works
The baseball legend’s life will be adapted from the book "The Kid: The Immortal Life Of Ted Williams.”
“Glee” star Becca Tobin's boyfriend found dead in a hotel room
Police are seeking to interview Tobin after her boyfriend was found face down in a hotel room in Philadelphia, reports TMZ.
“Homeland” Season 4 details, revealed
Carrie will be mentally stable next season, producers promise — at least when it comes to managing her mental illness.
Jimmy Fallon reflected on his 6 Emmy noms during his “Tonight Show” monologue
Fallon devoted 2 1/2 minutes to joking about being nominated.
Dana Carvey sings “Choppin’ Broccoli” with an orchestra on Fallon
Watch Carvey redo his classic “SNL” sketch.
Jerry Seinfeld is now a model
Seinfeld is making his modeling debut for Rag & Bone's Spring/Summer 2015 Collection.
Fred Armisen is doing bits for Seth Meyers from “Portlandia”
Watch the first installment of Armisen’s “FredEx” segment.
Joel McHale: My “True Detective” spoof Emmy nomination shows the power of Matthew McConaughey
"It just shows you how successful McConaughey has been the last couple years — even when you parody him, you get nominated,” says the first-time Emmy nominee. "He’s nominated, and the parody of him is nominated, so I’m sure they’ll be having us present together."
Claim: “Downton Abbey” stars told to lose weight and stop snacking on set
"Between takes and reshoots some actors were munching through a loaf’s worth of sarnies,” a source tells The Sun.
With an Emmy nomination, Jodie Foster is becoming known for her TV-directing skills
Foster earned her 2nd overall Emmy nomination yesterday for directing “Orange is the New Black.”
FX delivering exclusive “The Strain” content to Xbox users
The content includes a fan Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and behind-the-scenes videos.
James Gandolfini’s son attends a charity event with his dad’s “Sopranos” co-star
Check out Michael Gandolfini, 14, with Tony Sirico.
Janice Dickinson apologizes to Tyra Banks
“The one regret I've had is badmouthing Miss Tyra Banks when I was not speaking with a sober mindset,” Dickinson says of her former “America’s Next Top Model” co-star.
“American Idol” tour loses one of its singers
Seventh-place finisher Dexter Roberts has been too ill to participate.
Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours.
Cinemax preceded its Thursday (July 10) Television Critics Association press tour panel for the 1900 NYC medical drama "The Knick" by announcing that it has already renewed the series, which won't premiere until August 8.
The 10-episode renewal wasn't a huge shock, because "The Knick" is a very important series for Cinemax as it continues its transition from Skinemax to the fun action-fueled destination for shows like "Strike Back" and "Banshee" to the kind of network capable of luring talent like director Steven Soderbergh and star Clive Owen.
When we left things yesterday, Devin had just reversed himself, decided he had parental solidarity with Brittany and taken her off of the Block, even though she was his top target all week up to that point. He had put Zach up, breaking his word to never put up a Bomb Squad member, but also doing what Zach told him to do.
But then Brittany said she wanted to make an announcement or something and... CLIFFHANGER!
Let's get to Thursday's (July 10) "Big Brother" to find out what the heck went down after the Veto and what's going to happen with this week's vote.
Emmy nominations were mostly right, but it’s fun to complain about “snubs” anyway
"The simple fact is it’s no fun being reasonable about the Emmys,” says Willa Paskin. She adds: "The Emmys are now generally sophisticated enough that getting exercised about them feels worth it. And that, more than anything, is a reflection of just how much excellent television the Emmys has to choose from. The Emmys, even when not making boneheaded mistakes … couldn’t possibly acknowledge everyone deserving. And this is obviously great, if occasionally infuriating. But it’s infuriating in an invigorating way: Who wants to have exactly the same opinions as the Emmys?”
—Snubs should be expected when there’s so much great TV
—How to fix the Emmys: Expand the major categories to 10 nominees
—Read a preview of Matthew McConaughey’s Emmy acceptance speech
—Gaming the system proved beneficial to “True Detective” and “OITNB”
—“OITNB” cast members instagrammed their celebration pics from the set
—Tatiana Maslany should benefit from being snubbed
—“The Good Wife” didn’t get snubbed — it got spurned!
—Mindy Kaling kept it together while announcing her own Emmy snub
—It’s Jay Leno vs. Jerry Seinfeld in the same Emmy category
—Steve Buscemi was nominated for AOL’s “Park Bench"
—“Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” “Masters of Sex” among contenders for best opening sequence
—Matt Bomer says “it’s great” to be up against 3 of his “Normal Heart” co-stars
—The British continue to “invade” acting categories
—Emmy trivia: Louis CK and Melissa McCarthy were nominated again for hosting "SNL"
Emmy nominee Kurt Sutter says “Sons of Anarchy” fans would lose viewers if his show got major Emmy recognition
An Emmy nominee for co-writing the song that ended Season 6, Sutter penned a piece for NikkiFinke.com explaining that "I still suffer the emotional and spiritual depletion every July when ‘Sons of Anarchy’ gets zero nominations in all major categories.” But he adds that if "SOA" was actually nominated in a major category, "My bombastic outlaw-a**hole reputation would be tarnished. Or rather, untarnished. I’d be just another smiling douchebag in a new suit, pretending to give a shit on the red carpet. Actually…taking a sh*t on the red carpet, that’s something that might drop as a ‘real and honest moment.’”
“The Comeback” Season 2 will follow Valerie Cherish on her new HBO show
This time, she’ll be followed by a behind-the-scenes crew as she gets cast on an HBO dramedy. “The DNA that we liked about Valerie is her in front of a camera unedited,” says co-creator Michael Patrick King. However, “this time we found a different way to get her in front of the camera because we wanted to evolve the character.” PLUS: It isn’t certain if “The Comeback” will come back for Season 3.
Ryan Murphy's shows earned 34 Emmy nominations
Murphy’s “American Horror Story,” “The Normal Heart” and “Glee” had more nominations than Netflix, Showtime and AMC.
Frances McDormand has been too busy to watch FX’s “Fargo”
McDormand, the star of the “Fargo” movie and the wife of Joel Coen, was promoting her HBO miniseries “Oliver Kittredge” at the TV press tour today when she was asked about the FX “Fargo.” "I will take a (‘Fargo’) question but I will not do the accent,” she said. PLUS: McDormand says HBO was brave to make the 4-part “Traumedy” “Oliver Kittreddge."
The majority of Americans use a 2nd screen while watching TV
About 56% of American viewers watch TV while using a smartphone, a computer or tablet, but that’s far behind many Asian countries.
Dave Grohl slams reality TV “song contests"
“I don't want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you if you're not a good singer,” Grohl said at the TCA panel promoting his new HBO series. “Don't get me started. To me, that's not what music's about.”
Cinemax plans to show the final season of “Strike Back” sometime next year
Production was delayed after star Sullivan Stapleton was injured.
“Getting On” cast and crew were asked about HBO’s lack of promotion
We’re a … tiny show, unlike any other show on HBO,” said exec producer Mark V. Olsen. “We’re a guerrilla show. We were always going to come in under the radar.”
Why Fox should pull the plug on “Glee” now
"Even high schoolers know you're supposed to rip the Band-Aid off."
Leah Remini addresses the camera crews on her new TLC reality show
Remini turns out to be too self conscious of the cameras on “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative,” which premieres tonight.
Roger Ebert’s documentary poster was photoshopped to put a smile on his face
It looks like the marketing department for “Life Itself” tried to soften his image.
Sprout channel is having its new space animal characters “break in” to other kids’ shows
To promote “Astroblast!,” Sprout is having its characters invade other shows on the kiddie cable network for five to 10 seconds.
Dan Rather reacts to Robert Redford playing him on the big screen
The former CBS News anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I at least know enough to recognize that having the Sundance Kid make a film about political and corporate interference of news can only help audiences understand why a truly independent press and strong investigative reporting are so important in a country such as ours."
“Elementary” casts a new protégé for Sherlock
British actress Ophelia Lovibond will play Lucy Liu’s rival.
An appreciation of Meshach Taylor
His “Designing Women” character, Anthony Bouvier, proved to be groundbreaking.
Watch a preview of truTV’s 1st sketch comedy show
The cable network devoted to reality shows is expanding to scripted programming with “Friends of the People.”
“Pawn Stars” spawns “Pawnography”
Rick Harrison says of the History channel game show, premiering tonight: "We were throwing so much stuff against the wall for a couple of years. Originally, they just wanted me to be in it, and I just thought it would just be so much funnier and so much fun with Corey and Chum in it.”
See what “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked like in high school
Check out the Emmy nominee's yearbook photo.
El Rey Network renews “Matador” before its premiere
Season 2 will air next year.
Emilie de Ravin’s marriage is ending
The “Lost” and “Once Upon a Time” star actually filed for divorce in 2007, but her husband has recently filed papers to end their marriage.
NBC’s “Working the Engels” wants to be “Arrested Development”
The new comedy has assembled all the right ingredients, but without any of the right quirks.
Amy Poehler’s brother wrote “Welcome to Sweden” with the help of “How I Met Your Mother”
"I had a big, gigantic, clunky Dell computer in my attic,” says Greg Poehler, "and it’s kind of embarrassing, but I’m not even joking, I started by Googling 'How to write a script.’ That was step one. In quotes. 'How to write a script.’ And then I cut and pasted the 'How I Met Your Mother' pilot, which is available online when you type in 'How to write a script.' And then kind of just went from there. I had no idea what I was doing.” PLUS: Amy Poehler says her brother has always been funny, “Welcome to Sweden” is NBC’s best comedy in a long time, it’s actually funny with a story to tell, it requires active watching by going in and out of English, this could become an NBC utility player, and “Sweden” is the terrible antithesis of “Parks and Rec."