I had been sitting back wondering whether Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be ready in time for this year's upcoming awards season. Paramount already has a couple of things to play with, from Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Well, add another, as DuVernay's film has just been slated for a Christmas Day limited release.
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NBC’s Beatles miniseries hits a snag
The Peacock hasn’t secured likeness rights of the Fab Four, or music rights to The Beatles catalogue. NBC will also have to contend with another Beatles project that Sony is developing for cable TV.
“The Simpsons” books Will Forte
He’ll play the owner of King Toot’s Music Store.
“Freaks and Geeks” creator Paul Feig has released his character bible
“The bible for 'Freaks and Geeks' was for the executives, of course, but I mostly wrote it for me,” Feig explains in this excerpt from the book "Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers."
Mindy Kaling pitches app ideas in a speech at “Made With Code” event
Kaling’s ideas include “What’s His Deal?” and “Shazam for Perfumes!”
A dictionary has added “New Girl’s” tagline “adorkable”
Collins English Dictionary defines the word, coined by a Fox exec, as "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way."
Tracy Morgan out of the hospital, transferred to a rehab center
Morgan's publicist released a statement today saying: "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go."
Samantha Harris may need chemo after her cancer spreads
Says the former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host, who underwent a mastectomy: "If I need it, I will take a deep breath and readjust my focus."
Report: NBC declined to air “Obvious Child” ads because they contained the word “abortion”
Page Six reports that NBC turned down the ad, while NBC says it never received the proposed commercial.
Adam Richman apologizes for calling a woman the C-word on Instagram
The “Man Vs. Food” star got in a fight on social media.
Sasha Obama is the latest Obama daughter to visit a TV show set
The 13-year-old Sasha got to meet the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” — but she didn’t have to fetch coffee, unlike her sister Malia on the set of “Extant.”
Allison Janney won 2 Critics’ Choice TV Awards -- and told an orgasm joke in each acceptance speech
Janney won awards for “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” PLUS: Watch Matthew McConaughey’s befudding Critics' Choice TV Awards lecture.
Amazon orders “Really” comedy pilot starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Sarah Chalke, Selma Blair
Lindsay Sloane and Rob Delaney also star in the comedy about four hard-charging couples in Chicago.
“Royal Pains” books Cheyenne Jackson
He’ll play the owner of a perfumery in the Hamptons.
Could “Enlisted” survive elsewhere?
Why the Fox military sitcom’s final episode, airing Sunday, may not be the last we see of it.
“Rookie Blue” returns down, about 1 million watched the Critics’ Choice TV Awards
Season 5 of “Rookie Blue” was down slightly from its Season 4 premiere.
“Looking” is set to get 2 extra episodes in Season 2
According to TV Line, Season 2 will consist of 10 episodes, up from Season 1’s eight episodes.
“Storage Wars” auctioneer Dan Dotson suffered a double brain aneurysm
Dotson underwent a successful surgery on Tuesday after behaving bizarrely on Monday.
J. August Richards joins “The Lottery” on Lifetime
The former “Angel” star will play the deputy secretary of state on the post-apocalyptic drama.
Jimmy Kimmel gets a 6-year-old girl to give him parenting advice
“I suggest you start changing the diaper” was her biggest piece of advice.
Matt Lauer wore a shorts suit on “Today”
Lauer was just demonstrating the latest in guy’s style this morning.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 19, 2014.
A solid week-to-week bump for "Hell's Kitchen" helped FOX win Thursday night among young viewers, while the night's overall leader continued to be CBS, powered by a "Big Bang Theory" repeat.
Among other notables, "Hell's Kitchen" helped "Gang Related" post a tiny gain as the drama tied with NBC's dipping "Undateable."
Meanwhile, ABC's "Rookie Blue" returned with soft demo numbers, but a solid overall audience and The CW also got OK returns for the Critics' Choice TV Awards.
On to the numbers...
It's funny, the things you get caught up in on this job sometime. This morning, I sat down to write my review of Sunday's episode of "Enlisted." Part of that process involved writing a headline in our publishing system, and that in turn required me to decide if I wanted to refer to the next episode as the season finale or the series finale.
Continuing our periodic look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 2, I have a review of episodes 5 and 6 coming up just as soon as the song is a metaphor about my vasectomy reversal...
LOS ANGELES — For the first time in nearly a decade, Pixar Animation Studios is taking the year off. The Emeryville-Calif.-based company will not be releasing a film in 2014, and it also finds itself in an interesting position, striving to maintain its identity as a haven for bold original visions while at the same time seeing some of its biggest successes inevitably move into franchise and sequel terrain. Wednesday night representatives of the studio took over a theater in West Hollywood's Directors Guild of America (DGA) headquarters to present materials from one such original vision from "Monsters, Inc." and "Up" director Pete Docter: "Inside Out."
Reminder: For our annual Emmy contenders coverage, Sepinwall does his personal preferences, while I handicap mostly in terms of likelihood of landing nominations. As usual, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, or might accidentally become part of the conversation, just because.
Our next category:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
This is a weak field. Louis C.K. is Louis C.K. and I'll always express admiration for what Jim Parsons does on "Big Bang Theory," but otherwise you're looking at two Showtime stars who are favorites at least 75 percent by default and then your choice of decently regarded parts on shows very few people watched, well-regarded performances on shows that nobody watched or contenders who are only here because they won Emmys for better shows years ago. This is what happens when the stars of "Modern Family" are all "supporting" and the stars of the year's best new comedy, "Orange Is The New Black," are all women. This is a category that either needs an infusion of good new product next year or else needs voters to actually watch Andy Daly in "Review."
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots last week. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest.
“Breaking Bad,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Fargo" win Critics’ Choice Television Awards
They were named the best drama, comedy and miniseries, respectively. PLUS: Sarah Silverman ticks off Mark Burnett while sarcastically presenting the reality TV award.
Cable TV is struggling to find network sitcom hits it can use for reruns
“New Girl” is the only viable option for 2015, while “The Mindy Project” and “Last Man Standing” are the only comedies left for 2016 syndication. Yet all three aren’t big hits. "We're all getting starved,” says an FX executive. "For every elite show like 'Big Bang Theory', there is an awful lot of mediocrity out there that won't pull ratings."
Early Critics Choice Television Award winners include “Fargo’s” Allison Tolman, “OITNB’s” Uzo Aduba
Matt Bomer also won for “The Normal Heart,” while Andre Braugher took home an award for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine." UPDATE: "Orange is the New Black" wins best comedy series, "Fargo" nabs best miniseries, and Billy Bob Thornton and Matthew McConaughey also win awards.
Bill Clinton to introduce USA’s broadcast of “Philadelphia”
The former president will introduce the AIDS-themed 1993 film on Saturday at 7 m as part of Pride Month and National HIV Testing Day.
Bill Nye on a “Science Guy” reboot: “Does it make sense now”?
Bill Nye has been talking about bringing back “Bill Nye The Science Guy” for years, but he says “now there are millions, just literally millions of competitors (on YouTube). Certainly tens of thousands."
Why “Fargo” isn’t all it was cracked up to be
The glaring problem was that the FX event series paled in comparison to the brilliance of the Coen brothers, however much it tried, says Matt Zoller Seitz. "As long as (creator Noah) Hawley's show is doing things that are different from, but as aesthetically and philosophically rich as, things that the Coens might do in their films, it's in fine fettle. The problem arises when the show does things that seem lazier or dumber or more retrograde than things the Coens would do. And unfortunately, the show had many such lapses.” PLUS: “Fargo” became the antidote to bloody “shock-ya” TV.
History channel enlists Dierks Bentley to pen the theme song for “Biker Battleground Phoenix”
The country singer, a motorcycle enthusiast, penned the song “Ride On."
January Jones deletes an old modeling pic she posted to Instagram after it was called racist
The modeling pic shows the “Mad Men” starring wearing a trial-themed sweater while standing between two shirtless black boys.
“Rookie Blue” Season 5 picks up tonight exactly where Season 4 left off
“This,” says co-creator Tassie Cameron, "was more challenging because we're picking up moments after the finale of Season 4 and trying to remind everybody where you're at. And you're starting in this very intense, emotional place.”
Kerry Washington: I’d love to play Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones”
The “Scandal” star was asked, "If you could play another role on any other show, what would it be?” PLUS: What it’s like to be a man on “Scandal."
“Teen Wolf’s” Bianca Lawson joins “Witches of East End”
She’ll play a mysterious character named Eva.
John Oliver gets some “Fresh Air”
The “Last Week Tonight” host tells NPR’s Terry Gross of his net neutrality viral video, "It took a week of sifting through almost paralyzingly dull footage to try and work out how to present it."
Vienna gets the “House of Cards” treatment
A filmmaker in Austria recreated the Netflix series’ opening credits using locations in Vienna.
Jill Duggar and her fiance’s Walmart wedding registry lists guns, ammo, cereal, duck tape
The TLC star is getting married on Saturday.
TCM Cruise to feature Richard Dreyfuss, Alex Trebek, Roger Corman
Shirley Jones will also be part of this year’s cruise, taking place Oct. 21-26.
“Rectify” is to drama what “Louie” is to comedy
The SundanceTV series returns for a 2nd season tonight, offering "an emotional marathon unmatched by anything else on television.” says Jason Lynch, adding: "It might sound clichéd to say that Rectify is unlike anything else on television, but it’s also entirely accurate. The show’s languid, deliberate pace is almost hypnotic.” PLUS: “Rectify” needs to get on with it, "Rectify's" slowness and care is even more distinctive and refreshing than they were a year ago, and creator Ray McKinnon on deciding to do a Season 2.
Syfy’s “Dominion” uses just about every fantasy/sci-fi trope
The TV series about angels based on the 2010 film “Legion,” says Diane Werts, "seems to have assembled elements of just about every fantasy/sci-fi trope -- dystopic urban landscape, royal house-joinings, flying monsters, secret-message tattoos, 'religious theater’ vs. "politics." Not 10 minutes into the pilot comes a good old-fashioned penance whipping. There's even a subtitled angel language.” PLUS: It’s utterly familiar and predictable, “Dominion” may be the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written TV series ever.
As "Dear White People" heads to theaters on Oct. 17, remember: this isn't "The Help," "The Butler," or any of the other films where a white person leads black people in the charge, or one where Tyler Perry wears a dress.