A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I listen to a TED talk by the color beige...
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“Mad Men” gets a groovy ad campaign for Season 7
Matthew Weiner tapped 84-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser, famous for his advertising work in the ‘60s, to capture the late ‘60s feel of Season 7. Glaser is responsible for the I ♥ NY logo and many famous advertisements of the ‘60s. The result is a very groovy-looking poster that looks like it’s straight out of the late ‘60s. PLUS: See the Season 7 poster.
Brooke Burke-Charvet: “Dancing” fired me over the phone, while I was in the car with my kids
"My son shouted, 'You got fired Mommy?!'” she says. "I tried to explain the difference between being fired and being let go. Then he yelled, 'You quit!' I laughed at the fine line in it all."
“Chuck’s” Captain Awesome is returning to NBC for “Salvation”
Ryan McPartlin will co-star with Ashley Judd, playing a congressman on the megachurch drama.
Lena Dunham gets picked up by Taran Killam and The National in new "SNL" promos
Killam also pitches the "Girls" star on his proposed spinoff: "Boys." PLUS: "SNL" is bringing back the Potato Chip sketch.
Parents TV Council finds CW’s plan to put uncensored “Reign” online “appalling”
“It's appalling that a broadcast network would flaunt broadcast standards in this manner and the network should be condemned for this action,” says a PTC spokesperson.
“True Detective” creator: "There is a clear mandate in pay-cable for a certain level of nudity”
In his Buzzfeed interview, Nic Pizzolatto responds to criticism of the show’s female nudity: "I’d be happy with none,” he says. "Seems to me if people want to see naked people doing it, there's this thing called 'the internet.’” As for the misogyny, he says, "The gender criticism was expected, but it seems very knee-jerk in the total context of what we did here and what the show is supposed to be.” PLUS: Read about the origins of 13 “True Detective” set pieces.
HBO will air a Bruce Springsteen documentary
“Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes,” airing April 4, will chronicle the making of The Boss’ new album.
“Orphan Black’s” teasers have a secret message
A secret binary message.
George Lopez’s new sitcom premieres tonight: "I'm ‘Saint George’ on TV. I'm not a saint in real life”
Lopez promoted his new FX comedy on “Extra” days after his arrest for public drunkenness in Canada. "As Latinos, we struggle at times with carnitas and alcohol,” he told Mario Lopez, "but the best thing is not to make the same mistake twice. Justin Bieber does it here. I thought I'd do it in Canada.” PLUS: Lopez seems to be recycling setups from other comedies, and is FX trying to be CBS for a day?
What would the “Game of Thrones” characters look like as rappers?
See the hop-hop version of Jon Snow.
Chris Harrison isn’t sure that Juan Pablo is the worst-ever “Bachelor"
"We need you to love the Bachelor or hate the Bachelor because we need you to have an opinion,” he says. "Apathy is what kills us, when you just don't care what happens.” PLUS: “Bachelor” Juan Pablo’s parents “live with him” -- not the other away around.
Molly Parker talks about her “House of Cards” character
"it’s not something you see very often,” she says of portraying a single congresswoman.
Andy Cohen sings and dances in a cowboy outfit to promote his show going to SXSW
Watch the Bravo star sing and dance about Texas.
Bellamy Young on “Scandal’s” Mellie Grant: "She is often the smartest woman in the room”
“It’s so easy to disregard or underestimate Mellie,” she says. “She can be so hyperbolic. She has big hair. But she is a smart, smart woman. She is often the smartest woman in the room.”
See “Glee’s” 100th episode pics
Including a touching tribute to Finn.
Carrie Brownstein doesn’t like when “Portlandia” homeowners leave their underwear on the floor
“I’ll be honest. it’s not okay,” she tells Letterman. PLUS: Brownstein says "There is a permeating earnestness” on “Portlandia.”
Mayor Rob Ford saw a boost in campaign donations after his Jimmy Kimmel appearance
"It was overwhelming,” says the Toronto mayor’s brother Doug Ford, who’s also his campaign manager. "The numbers came in so high it crashed the website. We're adding a little more horsepower behind it to handle the volume that has been coming in right now.” PLUS: Shame on Kimmel for "ambushing" Ford.
Tom Brokaw talks to Letterman about his battle with cancer
The former NBC News anchor wouldn’t go into details, but says he benefits from having more advantages than your typical cancer sufferer.
Here are 7 things that happen in every “Suits” episode
In honor of tonight’s return of the USA series.
“Grey’s Anatomy” based a lot of Dr. April Kepner on Sarah Drew
The character wasn’t originally supposed to be a Christian, but Drew inspired the writers to turn her into an “authentic Christian.” “For April, the first thing that was revealed was she was a virgin,” says Drew. “I waited until I was married to have sex so I understood April’s motivations. The writers thought it would be a really cool and interesting story to tell that isn’t seen too often.”
Comedy Central’s “Review” tackles our review-obsessed culture
Comedian Andy Daly reviews everything from real life in his new pre-“Daily Show” comedy premiering tonight, a remake of an Australian series. PLUS: Comedy Central had been trying to find a show for Daly, and “Review” is much more dark and brilliant than it appears.
“The Mentalist” gets an Airstream trailer
Check out Patrick Jane’s new digs.
“Bob Burgers” sings about its new Sunday timeslot
“Cosmos” is sending the Fox series to 7 o’clock.
Russell Brand talks Philip Seymour Hoffman with Oprah
"As a drug addict, the first thing you have to do is accept you can never use,” Brand says on Sunday's “Oprah Prime,” reflecting on his addiction.
Denis Leary’s “Sirens” is geared toward “Rescue Me” fans
The USA comedy, a remake of a British series debuting tonight, has the same comic sensibility as Leary’s previous series, but it has more emphasis on the comedy while being just 30 minutes in length. PLUS: “Sirens” is strictly for Leary fans, it is surprisingly funny, and the scripts are holding the show back.
Cobie Smulders: I'm glad I chose “HIMYM” over 2 rival projects
“I decided to go with 'How I Met Your Mother,' which was the best call,” she tells Fashion magazine. "I would’ve been so pissed off if I had gone the other way, don’t you think?”
See 10 new “24: Live Another Day” photos
Here’s another look at Goth Chloe O’Brian.
“L.A. Law” is now out on DVD
With the NBC legal drama’s 1st season now available, the cast looks back on the drama series co-created by Steven Bochco.
Geoff Edwards, game show host in ‘70s and ‘80s, is dead at 83
Edwards hosted shows like “Jackpot!” and “Treasure Hunt.”
Wednesday (March 5) night was a bad night for "American Idol."
It wasn't just the imbecilic studio audience sabotaging one performance after another with against-the-beat clapping.
And it wasn't just the performances themselves, which were generally poor, but not exclusively poor.
A big part of the problem was that the judges also seemed disappointed and uncomfortable with the tone being set. Harry Connick Jr., in particular, came across as more consistently dyspeptic than Simon Cowell ever did on his grouchiest of days. I've never seen a reality judge making so little effort to cover up the sense that he'd rather be some place else.
The big impact is that just about anybody could go home on Thursday. I'm assuming teenage girls will keep Sam Woolf safe, so he's the picture with this recap, but I had a hard time picking. I'd also have a hard time guessing which potentially eliminated contestants might get the Judges' Save. I know the judges worship at the altar of MK Nobilette, but after two straight lackluster performances and a Bottom Three finish last week, would they really waste the Save if MK isn't striking a chord? If Majesty were punished for the second half of last night's Coldplay cover, would the judges take pity? Would the judges keep remembering how good Jena "Gina" Irene was on her original song and ignoring that she hasn't come close to connecting in the same way with anything else?
Let's find out!
Often, an artist can feel like he’s stumbling around while making an album. Then he’ll find just the right song that brings all the pieces of the puzzle together. So it was for David Nail with “Whatever She’s Got.”
[Insert your favorite "Archer" catchphrase/punchline here.]
"Archer" continues to hit the mark with audiences, so FX has rewarded the animated cult favorite with a two-season renewal. And how could you blame FX for being this bullish about a comedy that just landed a vocal cameo from Mr. Kenny Loggins?
The Thursday (March 6) renewal is for seasons six and seven of "Archer," with 13 episodes apiece.
"'Archer' is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand," blurbs FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier. "We’re grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons."
In the renewal announcement, Adam Reed adds, "I am figuratively over the moon."
The current fifth "Archer" season is averaging 1.93 million viewers, up 2 percent over last year, making it the show's most watched season to date. FX likes to give multi-run averages, so I can tell you that episodes are averaging 3.86 million viewers, including 3.02 million in the 18-49 demographic, in that metric.
"Archer" will wrap up this season on Monday, April 21.
And there's no word yet on Season 2 of "Chozen," if you care.
[Insert your favorite "Archer" catchphrase/punchline here.]
Isaiah Washington is coming back to “Grey’s Anatomy”
Dr. Preston Burke, who hasn’t been seen since Season 3, will help Dr. Cristina Yang complete her sendoff in a May episode. “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all.
One of last fall's pleasant comedy surprises, "Ground Floor" averaged 1.8 million viewers in Live+7 numbers, including 1.1 million in the 18-49 demo. That's not especially huge, but it still rated among 2013's top 10 basic cable sitcoms in the key demo.
The 10-episode second season will premiere in late 2014, picking up from the first season finale which potentially left our main character Brody (Skylar Astin) having made a pivotal decision in his ongoing struggle to balance work and new love Jennifer (Briga Heelan). Will everything be forever changed? Probably not!
In addition to Astin and Heelan, "Ground Floor," stars John C. McGinley, Rory Scovel, Alexis Knapp, James Earl and Rene Gube. The comedy is produced by Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Jeff Astrof. [Now if only Lawrence could get NBC to give "Undateable" a premiere date.]
Sepinwall and I reviewed "Ground Floor" back in this November podcast.
If anyone is going to solve the drug problem in the United States, Oprah Winfrey is the best candidate we have for the job. This week on "Oprah Prime" (Sun. March 9 at 9:00 p.m.), Winfrey sits down for a one-on-one conversation with Russell Brand to talk about addiction. In this exclusive clip, Brand talks about what he sees as a first step toward solving the problem -- and it might not be what you expect.
It’s such a ubiquitous, of-the-moment idea that it’s hard to believe no one thought of it before: The Chainsmokers’ song and video, “#Selfie,” perfectly captures people’s ongoing obsession of posting self-portraits of themselves onto social media. It’s no surprise that a song that simultaneously celebrates and lampoons our narcissism is having its day, even if it will very quickly be resigned to a pop culture footnote.
Here are 5 things you need to know about “#Selfie”:
1. The two men behind the sensation are Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, collectively known as The Chainsmokers. The DJs recorded a demo of the pulsing dance track, added in an intentionally comedic narcissistic woman totally obsessed with herself in the club discussing her every move, then posted the tune on SoundCloud, as well as shorter version on Vine and Instagram, and the song took off after being picked up by DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records, according to Billboard. The viral video propelled it to the stratosphere: The YouTube clip is approaching 5 million views (but will undoubtedly have surpassed that by the time you click on the video... while we wrote this, it got 35,000 more views).
2. If it reminds you of last year’s No. 1 sensation, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake" (crossed with Moon Zappa's "Valley Girl") you’re not the only one. That’s become the go-to comparison for “#Selfies” rapid-fire viral success. Don’t think any of this is happening organically: TheAudience, a marketing firm that deals with social media, paired The Chainsmokers with Aoki and enlisted the help of its team of “influencers” to spread the video around, as well as helped put together the video.
*3. In addition to the fan-submitted selfies, the video features selfies from the Hof— David Hasselhoff— as well as selfies from DJ Steve Aoki and Snoop Dogg. We had you at Hof, right?
4. It looks like it will be the next “Harlem Shake” in another way: Radio won’t really touch in any meaningful way other than as a novelty, but its viral success and download sales will send it soaring up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song debuted at No. 55 this week, having sold 92,000 copies. It is No. 6 and climbing on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
5. The “Go F*** Your #Selfie” t-shirt that The Chainsmokers wear in the video is for sale. Yes, you can buy one for yourself for the low price of $29.99. Don’t even pretend you’re surprised that it only comes in sizes S and XS.
The Chainsmokers are on the road, but we think we’ll wait for the package tour that pairs them with Baauer and Psy. We just made that tour up, but it’s inevitable, isn’t it?
What do you think about "#Selfie?" Love it or hate it?