With a break-out hit in "Orphan Black," co-creator Graeme Manson could be forgiven a smug attitude about creating such a smart, fast-paced series (full disclosure: I'm a fan), but no reason -- the friendly, easy going writer-producer still seems a little stunned by the show's success. When I got a chance to talk to Manson, he enjoyed talking about all things "Orphan Black," including the science and politics driving the plot, challenges facing our favorite characters in season two, some possible plans for an origin story (!), and he even gave a few hints of his master plan for the series. This is a long interview, but if you're a fan you'll want to read it through to the end, promise.
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Comedy Central wishes Stephen Colbert luck, looks forward to 8 months of “The Colbert Report"
“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” the cable network said in a statement. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson congratulate Colbert on Twitter, Colbert confirms he won't do the CBS show in character, and #CancelColbert is trending worldwide on Twitter.
Report: Stephen Colbert’s replacement is expected to come from “The Daily Show”
Does that mean Chris Hardwick doesn’t have a chance?
“SVU” sticking with Donal Logue
His recurring role as acting commander of the New York Special Victims Unit will extend through the remainder of the season.
Charlie Sheen to star in a WEtv relationship show pilot: “Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence"
Sheen will produce and star in the reality show in which he’ll put engaged couples to the test. The Sheen show is part of several brand-new WEtv series, including “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” and “Mystery Millionaire.”
Stephen Colbert: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me”
"Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” Colbert said in a statement, reacting to the news of his replacing Letterman. PLUS: Jon Cryer pitches himself as "unctuous sidekick."
Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel share the same agent
James “Baby Doll” Dixon — who also represents Jon Stewart and Carson Daly — will soon represent two of the three 11:35 pm network late-night hosts. (Dixon was in the "touchy position" of representing Kimmel and Stewart in 2002 when they were both being considered for ABC's late-night gig.)
Rebecca Romijn to star in TNT's "Librarian” series; Noah Wyle will produce and recur
Romijn, who last year starred on TNT’s “King & Maxwell,” will return to the cable network later this year in “The Librarian.” She’ll be joined by John Larroquette, Christian Kane, as well as Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who will reprise their roles from the movies.
Watch the “Girl Meets World” trailer
Here’s the first footage from the “Boy Meets World” spinoff.
“Dancing with the Stars” losing its showrunner
Conrad Green, who’s been in charge of “Dancing” since its launch in 2005, is leaving to join Fox’s “Utopia” social experiment reality show.
Prepare to say goodbye to "Stephen Colbert" and hello to Stephen Colbert, America, now that CBS has wasted no time whatsoever in naming "The Colbert Report" star as David Letterman's successor to host "The Late Show."
CBS names Stephen Colbert as Letterman's replacement
CBS made the announcement official today: "The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of 'The Late Show,' effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment." PLUS: "He was the most logical choice from the start," says "The Late Shift" author Bill Carter.
Jon Stewart endorses Stephen Colbert, not himself, for the Letterman job
“He’s done an amazing job with just that very narrow cast of character, but he’s got a lot more he can show,” says “The Daily Show” host, adding that he doesn’t "have that gear, I don’t think” to host a network late-night show. “I just don’t really have it anymore,” he tells Vulture. "I really like what I do, not that Stephen doesn’t. But he has a real opportunity to broaden out in a way that I don’t.”
“GMA” adds ESPN’s Tony “Stat Boy” Reali as a contributor
The “Around the Horn” host will move his show from Washington, D.C. to New York — and exit “Pardon the Interruption” — to cover social media news for the ABC News morning show.
CNN announces shows from Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh
The “Dirty Jobs” host will profile unique individuals in "Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Ling will immerse herself in bizarre American cultures and “America’s Most Wanted’s” Walsh will investigate international crime in "The Hunt with John Walsh.”
“Mad Men’s” Jessica Paré becomes fat for Funny or Die
Watch her eat whatever she wants.
Starz orders “Project Greenlight” with a twist
“The Chair” from “Greenlight” producer/star Chris Moore will have two directors make their own distinct movie based on the same script.
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Tessa Ferrer joins “Extant”
The departing intern will play an astronaut on the Steven Spielberg series.
Ellen “auditions” for Letterman’s job
"I am very flattered but I really love doing my daytime show,” she said as she recreated “The Late Show.”
Tracy Morgan pitches himself as Letterman’s replacement
“We’ll shake the game up. I think Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he tells Matt Lauer.
New York Post puts more of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rear end on its front page
See the “Veep” star’s extended butt crack along with the hand of the tattoo artist.
Goats recreate the “Game of Thrones” theme song
It’s “Game of Goats.”
HLN announces a daily news program “The Daily Share,” plus “America’s Most Liked”
HLN’s social media-centric slate will also include “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” "Wkly M@shup With Chuey Martinez, "News or Not” and “Beyond the Like.”
Conan plays video games on the Dallas Cowboys’ giant video screen
Watch Conan O’Brien fulfill every gamer’s fantasy.
Watch Amy Poehler and her brother on “Welcome to Sweden”
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Jimmy Fallon poses as Tom Petty to sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Stevie Nicks
Watch them recreate the 1981 video.
Fast National ratings for Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Wednesday night held true to recent form with "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds" holding off "American Idol" and leading CBS to slim wins both overall and in the key demographic.
There were a few notables outside of the top positions on Wednesday. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" got a big bump for a heavily promoted episode and gave "Chicago PD" a smaller audience bump. Over on ABC, leaving "Mixology" alone in a sea of repeats resulted in predictable series lows for the freshman comedy. And while "The 100" also hit series lows on The CW, the drama held up reasonably well in its first airing without a new "Arrow" as a lead-in.
On to the numbers...
We're in the home stretch now as Fox prepares to release "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," which means we're going to get pounded by publicity materials between now and the actual release date.
This new behind-the-scenes feature that was just released deals primarily with Bryan Singer and his reasons for jumping back into the director's chair for the latest entry in one of the longest-running of the modern superhero series. Singer's first two films paved the way for much of what we see now, and when he left the series, it wasn't completely voluntary.
While I understand how attractive the chance to revisit Richard Donner's "Superman" must have been to Singer, I think it was a mistake for him to leave the "X-Men" series before he made the film that he planned to follow-up "X2" with, and I'm not sure the series has ever truly recovered from that moment.
Pre-credit sequence. "That was a cool Tribal Council," Spencer announces to his fellow castaways as they return to Solarrion after Sarah's blindside. "I expect everybody to be mad," Kass says, but Spencer claims he's not mad, just not appreciative of the move on a qualitative level. Somewhat stupidly, Spencer blames Kass' decision on being steered by "her estrogen." "The No.1 rule of "Survivor" isn't 'Cater the person on top,' it's 'Wonder about the person on the bottom,'" Kass explains. She takes shelter with her new alliance, as her old alliance keeps peppering her with frustrated insults. "You talking strategy, just stop please," Spencer tells Kass. "So, I pissed off five people, but I gained five friends," Kass says, calling herself a free agent. I'm really not sure Kass understands "Survivor" at all. Or maybe Kass understands "Survivor" flawlessly and it's friendship she doesn't get? Dunno.
What a difference a year makes!
Last spring, my BubbleWatch gallery was speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville" and this year my gallery is speculating on the tenuous futures of shows like "Community" and "Hannibal" and "The Mentalist" and "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville."
Speaking of... ABC is the only network that hasn't done at least one batch of early renewals, so that means that I'm treating shows like "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy" as being "on the bubble" even though they're totally not. They're just not officially renewed.
Anyway... Check out my full BubbleWatch gallery below. As always, I'll update it as various things become formal. And yes, it's a lot of slides to click through. Sorry. I put a lot of effort into this and it's 9500-ish words. So... Enjoy a little, hopefully!
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I have a friend in Japan named Hirohito...
On their Instagram account, Foo Fighters—led by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl—posted a photo of Grohl’s drum set, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic’s bass, Pat Smear’s guitar and Joan Jett’s guitar, according to Stereogum, in a set up from what looked like a rehearsal.
The Rock Hall has not announced whether Nirvana would play at Thursday night’s induction (Fellow inductees Kiss and Linda Ronstadt will not, in fact Ronstadt will not even attend).
Taking the late Kurt Cobain’s place in Nirvana, even just for one night, takes balls, but we can think of few better than Jett to jump in. First off, she and Grohl are great pals and seem to love playing together. Second, she can handle the job. In fact, it would be a real kick to see her tackle “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or “Come As You Are.”
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO on May 31.