Fans of Veronica Roth's "Divergent" finally got to see their favorite novel come to life on the big screen this weekend as the Neil Burger movie opened to a massive $54.6 million at the box office. That's the second biggest opening of the year after "The Lego Movie" and the film's "A" Cinemascore grade proves that Summit Entertainment has a potent new franchise on their hands. Of course, while the HitFix crew enjoyed "Divergent" more than a majority of nation's critics, the movie has its pros and cons.
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Original “CSI” star Paul Guilfoyle is leaving after 14 seasons
Producers decided to write his character, Captain Jim Brass, off the show in May,. Guilfoyle is one of only two original “CSI” series regulars. The other being George Eads.
Judge Joe Brown arrested for contempt of court
The TV judge, who is running for D.A., allegedly “blew a gasket” while going to court to represent someone in a child support case.
“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt lands on ABC’s “The Club"
“The Michael J. Fox Show” star, who just nabbed a role last week on “Masters of Sex,” will play the wife of a country club owner.
“Rookie Blue” gets 22-episode supersized order, but ABC will only show 11 this summer
No word yet on when ABC will show the rest of the Canadian drama’s 11th season.
Letterman tackles “The Good Wife” twist
“What the hell happened?"
Nick Cannon: “It’s official….I’m white!!!”
Watch the “America’s Got Talent” host transformed as a white man.
Netflix dropping “24”
Netflix users have one week to watch all eight seasons. Afterwards, they’ll only be available on Amazon.
“Archer” will mostly “unreboot” itself for Season 6
“I think this next season we will sort of unreboot, or whatever — deboot,” creator Adam Reed tells EW, “and get back to the basics of some spy missions.”
It's going to be an absurdly busy summer of original programming on ABC. I mean, you may not be excited about any of that original programming, but it's sure going to be filling a lot of primetime real estate.
On Monday, ABC announced a summer 2014 schedule that includes four new shows, plus eight returning series. There are scripted dramas, competitive reality shows, docudramas, things from Canada and more.
ABC announces summer premiere dates
ABC’s summer lineup kicks off April 24 with “Black Box,” which will take over for “Scandal.” “Mistresses” returns June 2, “The Bachelorette” on May 19 and “The Astronaut Wives Club”
debuts on July 24.
Kevin Connolly’s broken leg won’t halt the “Entourage” movie
Connolly was playing football last week on set with Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson when he suffered the injury.
Jessica Lange will manage a 1950 Florida “Freak Show” on Season 4 of “American Horror Story”
According to EW, Lange will play a German ex-pat who manages one of the last freak shows in the U.S., consisting of Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson. Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.
Here’s Mila Kunis on-screen reunion with Ashton Kutcher on “Two and a Half Men”
And here’s one more pic of the "That 70s Show” engaged couple, who are having a baby.
Why “The Good Wife” twist was a betrayal on the entire series
Last night’s shocker, says Margaret Lyons, was "totally abrupt and unconnected to the rest of the story, not at all part of a broader web of ideas or characterizations. No one's complicit in it, no one's responsible for it ... and it doesn't advance the story so much as go back to an old one." PLUS: Julianna Margulies says: “Next week’s episode was the hardest thing"
Whatever happened to anti-drug PSAs?
They are hardly any on TV these days, thanks in part to the lack of government funding and competition from other public service announcements.
Kelli Williams joins “NCIS’” special episode on sexual assault in the Navy
The former “The Practice” and “Army Wives” star will play an NCIS agent on the episode.
Check out “Gotham’s” Alfred
Here’s a pic of British actor Sean Pertwee in his Batman prequel role.
Alyson Hannigan: Final “HIMYM” season “was almost like our methadone”
"This ninth season was shot around so many different schedules,” she says, "and it was such a weird season that it was almost like our methadone. It was a nice way of getting used to not seeing everyone every day of the week. So it prepared us for the finality of it all.” PLUS: “HIMYM’s” costume designer tells all.
“Ally McBeal’s” Gil Bellows to guest on “CSI”
He’ll play a powerful casino mogul in the episode that will launch “CSI’s” latest spinoff.
“American Horror Story” Season 4 gets a “Freak Show” title
Ryan Murphy revealed that next year's carnival-themed installment will be called “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
Maria Menounos out at “Extra”?
Page Six reports Menounos’ contract is being renewed amid rumors she has clashed with Mario Lopez. Menounos, who joined “Extra” from “Access Hollywood,” is due to star in the Oxygen reality show “Chasing Maria Menounos."
Established in 2012, Sundance London is growing into a quiet fixture on the British film calendar -- a three-day roundup of highlights from the Sundance Film Festival lineup making their UK premiere, I'm not sure if it's built up much of a public profile -- possibly because of its less-than-central location in the vast O2 Dome -- but for the many Brit industry folk and film fanatics who can't fork out for the January trip to Park City, it's a handy catch-up, and returns for its third edition next month.
Welcome to the third and concluding portion of the long interview I did with Dan Harmon a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. In part 1, Harmon discussed the initial process of his return to “Community” and the beginning and end of his feud with Chevy Chase. In part 2, he talked about some of the specific goals of “Community” season 5 and the non-impossibility of a season 6 (and a movie).
Shocker boosts “The Good Wife’s” ratings
The CBS drama had its best numbers last night since January.
“Scandal” should learn from “The Good Wife” on how to create a genuine “OMG” moment
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like. PLUS: Watch a “Good Wife” video about last night, CBS shouldn’t use Letterman for “Good Wife” synergy, and this episode was very reminiscent of Kellie Martin’s key “ER” episode from 14 years ago.
OWN shows Oprah saying the F-word, telling Lindsay Lohan to “cut the bullsh*t”
On last night’s “Lindsay,” Oprah guilt-tripped a complaining Lohan telling her she knew she wanted to continue on. "If that is the case, then you're not going to be f*cking up,” said Oprah, adding: "And I know you're surprised to hear me say ‘f*ck.’"
A Belgian math teacher is using “Game of Thrones” spoilers to discipline his children
If the “Throne” fan students don’t behave, he’ll reveal spoilers from the books. PLUS: HBO releases 2 more “final” trailers.
Alfred Molina joins El Rey’s “Matador”
He’ll co-star with Gabriel Luna in the pilot about a soccer star turned CIA agent from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
Judd Apatow talks “Girls” Season 3, says he expects to go back to 10 episodes next season
“I am a big fan of doing more episodes,” he says of this season’s 12-episode run. "Unfortunately, most of the shows on HBO are 10 episodes, so I think we will be doing 10 next year. We don't line up with anybody when we do 12. That's why we double-pumped episodes at the beginning of the season and it's why there's no one around us (at the end)."
Study: TV stars’ tweets motivate viewers to watch
A new study found that a majority of Twitter users who see a tweet about a show are more likely to take immediate action to watch, search for, or share content.
Animal Planet jumps on the aftershow bandwagon for “River Monsters”
On April 6, a special will air called "River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade."
Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 23, 2014.
CBS got 41 minutes of overrun from a tight NCAA Tournament thriller between North Carolina and Iowa State, which boosted the network's lineup to Sunday primetime wins in most measures.
Due to that NCAA Tournament overrun, I have to remind you that these numbers are time period data and thus we don't have any sort of exact ratings for Sunday night's pivotal episodes of both "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."
On the other three networks, there was some consistency, at least: Nearly everything went down. ABC got a second straight week of fairly steep declines from "Resurrection," though the freshman hit was still easily Sunday's top drama. Also drooping were FOX's "Cosmos," as well as NBC's "Believe" and "Crisis," which shed viewers after a weak premiere for "American Dream Builders."
Let's get to the numbers...