I suppose somewhere in the world there's someone who believes reality TV has a fair amount of reality in it. That's such a sweet, innocent ideal I would direct said person not to watch the third part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"'s reunion, because the level of meta nattering will not only destroy that idea, but it could cause spontaneous combustion or a head explosion. When the ladies start talking about how they strategize what to say in front of the cameras, the gig is pretty clearly up on the whole "reality" thing.
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"One Daniel to another. Perfect," Aden Young says as we're connected on the phone.
It's no surprise that Young feels a deep connection to Daniel Holden, his character on SundanceTV's "Rectify." A 35-year-old man freed after spending 19 years on Death Row for a murder we're not quite sure if he committed, Holden is the sort of deeply tortured and intriguingly internalized character who I suspect must be hard to set aside at the end of the day. It's a bit of a shock, in that light, to be reminded that Young, like seemingly half of the leading men on network and cable TV, is Australian by residency and upbringing and Canadian by birth.
While Young has a strong roster of Aussie film, TV and stage credits, "Rectify" is his biggest America TV role, which offers the pleasant pleasure of enjoying Daniel Holden without a decade of screen baggage. It's similar to Jon Hamm's breakout as Don Draper and, in a perfect world, it would be receiving the same level of acclaim and awards attention.
"Rectify" premiered last spring as part of a breakout year of original programming for SundanceTV and it has just become available on Netflix so that y'all can catch up before Season 2, 10 episodes rather than six this time, premieres on June 19.
In our chat, Young explains why he almost prioritized pulling Chinese noodles over "Rectify," the challenges of stillness and how much he does or doesn't know about what the crime that nearly cost Daniel his life. I did a little goading to try to get Young to talk about the shocking first season finale and although his answer is 100 percent spoiler-free (really, the whole interview is), I put it on a second page, just in case.
Click through for the full Q&A.
Robin Roberts is the season's first guest judge. She's a huge fan and not a dancer, so she'll probably just gush over everything and talk about how much she likes her future guests, I mean, the performers. Also of note, this week each celebrity had to pick a song to illustrate their most important year, giving them an excuse to well up for the cameras. Some people have moving, emotional stuff. And some people really don't. Sorry, kids.
Well, here we are at the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," and I have a review of everything that went down, coming up just as soon as I post the Boner Joke of the Day...
Fans were crushed when Jessica Lange announced she'd be doing just one more season -- the upcoming "Freak Show" -- of "American Horror Story." Before the PaleyFest panel for "American Horror Story: Coven" I got a chance to ask Angela Bassett what she thought about the "queen bee" leaving. The short answer? She's got her co-star's back.
Bassett also knows a little something about playing real-life characters. She's been Tina Turner ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), Betty Shabazz ("Malcolm X"), Rosa Parks ("The Rosa Parks Story"), Katherine Jackson ("The Jacksons: An American Dream") and Voletta Wallace ("Notorious"). Last season on "Coven" she tackled yet another real person -- Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess in Louisiana in the 1800s. Unsurprisingly, she told me she takes playing real people pretty seriously -- and had to face the high standards of New Orleans' dwellers. Yeah, I think she did fine, don't you?
"HIMYM" was once a struggling sitcom, saved by Britney Spears
At first, "How I Met Your Mother's" innovative sitcom format didn't appeal to viewer, so much so that the show was on the bubble when it filmed its series finale scene during Season 2. It took a Season 3 appearance by Britney -- accompanied by gobs of media attention and paparazzi -- to make "HIMYM" a certified hit. PLUS: Looking back at "HIMYM's" rating highs and lows, director Pam Fryman recalls her favorite moments, 10 "HIMYM" jokes as infographics, Ted Mosby was a slut, fans are having trouble coping with the end, a political history of "HIMYM," ranking Ted's girlfriends, looking back at the pilot episode, and how the co-creators met in a band.
"SNL's" Taran Killam went on his 1st date with Cobie Smulders the day after "HIMYM's" pilot table read
In a 2 1/2-hour interview with Kevin Pollak, Killam recalls how much his life with Smulders has coincided with "How I Met Your Mother." Killam met Smulders thanks to his Canadian co-star Paul Campbell on the failed Bill Lawrence WB pilot "Nobody's Watching."
George Lopez's "Saint George" looks like it's going to be canceled
FX has an option to pick up 90 episodes after the initial 10-episode run, like Charlie Sheen's sitcom. But Lopez's comedy has been performing poorly.
Binge-watching study: D.C. is No. 1, most viewers prefer binging on current shows
A Harris Poll commissioned by Comcast also found that 11% of viewers would pick Rick Grimes from "The Walking Dead" as their "binge buddy."
Why "Cosmos" disappoints: Neil deGrasse Tyson is too annoying
The acclaimed astronomer talks to viewers like their little kids, and the entire presentation is too cartoonish.
If Chelsea Handler exits E!, then late-night will become all-male again
Not only all-male, but almost entirely white males (except Arsenio).
"Raising Hope" was Martha Plimpton's only steady job in her long acting career
She says of her role on the Fox comedy : “There were things about doing that character every week — every day — that were incredibly freeing and confidence-building and gave me a new relationship to work, and how to work, and how to be present and available and game. I will miss it. But I cannot complain. I don’t feel in any way robbed of anything. Do you know what I mean?”
Asian females are dropping like flies on network TV this season
By the end of the season, three Asian-American characters will be gone from their shows.
Anderson Cooper talks to Howard Stern about "The Mole," Alec Baldwin and Kathy Griffin
The CNN host even uttered a bad word during his nearly 1 hour and a quarter interview.
How "Game of Thrones" is handling its child stars aging
“I’m happy Bran is a cripple,” says co-creator D.B Weiss, who notes that Isaac Hempstead-Wright is now almost as tall as him.
Here's some advice for Josh Charles
What should he do now that he's no longer part of a hit show?
Does FX have the best TV show promos?
Are FX's promos better than AMC's or HBO's?
Drew Carey wanted to keep his April's Fools swap with Craig Ferguson a secret
"Well, that’s what I thought we were going to do, but then CBS had to approve it all," says "The Price is Right" host. "Originally when I heard the concept I thought, 'That would be a fun thing to spring on people.' And then once CBS found out about it, they were like, 'No, we’re going to publicize the hell of it and get people to watch.'"
Watch a supercut of every "Community" movie reference
Universal Orlando opens a hotel that looks like it was inspired by "Mad Men"
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort takes advantage of the '60s theme.
See a preview of CBS' "Bad Teacher"
Ari Graynor takes over the Cameron Diaz role in the remake of the 2011 film.
VH1 spoofs reality TV tonight with "This Is Hot 97"
As the NY Times describes it, "Hot 97" is a "workplace comedy masquerading as a hip-hop-insider tour masquerading as a reality show, and not particularly successful at any of them."
CBS' "Friends with Better Lives" really does want to be the new "Friends"
The comedy starring James Van Der Beek and Kevin Connolly has "a professional, even a grim efficiency to the jokes," says Robert Lloyd, "which approach like B-52 bombers, drop their punch lines and head back to base. There are breast jokes, genital jokes, a long oral sex joke, an alcoholic-sorority-girl-defecating-in-a-closet joke. A few hit, many miss. The war goes on." PLUS: The pilot is so awful it has nowhere to go but up, it's wrapped in 100 percent market-proven cardboard humor, and what Van Der Beek learned from "Don't Trust the B---."
On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event.
We’ve long known at Michael Jackson left unreleased material before he died on 2009. Now the world will get to hear eight of the songs on “Xscape,” an 8-song collection featuring “contemporized” versions of the tunes. Epic Records will release the set May 13 in conjunction with Jackson’s estate.
NBC is going back to the past in its latest piece of scheduling for its future.
The network announced on Monday (March 31) that it has given a direct-to-series order to "Aquarius," a true crime drama that will mark David Duchovny's return to broadcast TV.
David Duchovny to star in NBC's Charles Manson drama "Aquarius"
Fresh off "Californication," Duchovny will star in a period drama playing a detective who hunts a hippie cult leader who turns out to be the notorious Charlie Manson.
"The Walking Dead" promotes 3
Alanna Masterson, Andrew J. West and Christian Serratos will become series regulars next season.
Spike TV renews "Ink Master"
The tattoo reality show will be back for a 16-episode 5th season.
Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd go "topless" on "The View"
They were talking about "Girls" when they decided to take off their tops, which were obscured by black bars.
"Once Upon a Time" character is really gone
"The decision was one that was not made lightly," exec producer Adam Horowitz says of last night's episode.
Surprise, bitch! Didn't you love Madison's snarky, witchy attitude on "American Horror Story: Coven"? I had a chance to talk to star Emma Roberts about her memorable character during PaleyFest, and while she wouldn't name any real-life stars who inspired the character (darn), she did explain why Madison might feel a little familiar.
The ceremony, which airs live from Las Vegas, will be co-hosted by Shelton and Luke Bryan. The Band Perry will open the show with what the ACMS are calling an “explosive” performance (we’re hoping they mean pyro).
Other previously announced performers include Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks (in a re-creation of their CMT “Crossroads” special). Garth Brooks will present Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award.
Hitfix will be at the event and will bring you all the news at it happens.