April may bring spring showers, but it also brings season finales. NBC has released its season finale slate. Set your DVRs for the season wraps for "Parenthood," "The Blacklist," "Revolution," "Grimm" and more.
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Aaron Paul's post-"Breaking Bad" career is going to be interesting.
Being on a show that is a breakout phenomenon like that can be a double-edged sword. Sure, his visibility went through the roof, and all of a sudden, he became incredibly well-known, and not just as Jesse. People unearthed old game show appearances and a video of him chatting with tourists outside his house went viral. He became closely identified with the emphatic use of the word "Bitch!", and ended up endorsing a whiskey as himself.
So now what? We talked about how he's adjusted to the end of the show, and we also discussed his first major post-"Breaking Bad" role, the new car stunt extravaganza "Need For Speed" and why he chose this film.
“Game of Thrones” creators: The plan is to end after Season 7
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss said seven or eight seasons in Vanity Fair’s cover article that came out today, but they tell EW that it’s more likely going to be seven seasons. “It feels like this is the midpoint for us,” Benioff says. “If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right down the middle, the pivot point.”
“Breaking Bad” inspired "Game of Thrones" creators to set an early end date
"If you look at the shows that we love, it's so rare for a series to go beyond that length and maintain quality,” says co-creator David Benioff. "And, you know, looking at 'Breaking Bad,' which is probably the most consistently great show in history, and I think the fact that they decided relatively early, it's going to be five seasons and that's it, I think that was an incredibly smart choice.” PLUS: “Game of Thrones” is the 1st TV show to cover Vanity Fair, and cast answers who should sit on the Iron Throne.
Fox reveals “Gotham” log and synopsis
“Gotham,” says Fox, "is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told.”
“Nashville” promotes Oliver Hudson and Will Chase
They’ll become series regulars in Season 3.
“The Originals” loses one of its stars
Which “Vampire Diaries” alum is exiting the CW series after tonight’s episode?
On YouTube, "Fallon is kicking Kimmel’s ass"
Jimmy Fallon is not only destroying Jimmy Kimmel in YouTube views but also in YouTube subscribers added.
Ranking all 18 of “The Bachelors”: Juan Pablo was indeed the worst
Season 1’s Alex Michel was the 2nd-worst, followed by Andy Baldwin. The best “Bachelor”? Matt Grant, followed by Jesse Palmer. PLUS: Juan Pablo & Nikki rejected ABC’s car after last night’s taping — they are “FREE,” why Nikki Farrell is “brilliant,” here are lessons from this season, Chris Harrison insists he wasn’t mad and angry, Harrison approached his role as being a “tough love” parent, and Juan Pablo posts an "Adventures in Loving You" video on Youtube.
“Trophy Wife” creators explain all the Disney-ABC shout-outs
The recent nods to “The Bachelor,” “Aladdin” and “Scandal” were done to create buzz for the struggling show — plus, they're easier to clear, legally.
Why a morbid “HIMYM” series finale is a good thing
It would be "a refreshing detour from the usual sitcom punctuation,” says Joyce Eng. "Happy endings are not assured in life. Some love stories are tragic — hell, the most famous ones are, and I think Ted, the hopeless romantic that he is, would consider his and The Mother's an epic love story — and there's no reason why a sitcom cannot reflect that.” PLUS: CBS creates a “HIMYM” farewell page, and counting down “HIMYM’s” best gags.
Tom Bergeron: I really want to do a live version of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
Bergeron says he’s parting with the ABC series in good terms. But he’d be willing to host a new version if it were live. PLUS: Which “Full House” alum should replace Bergeron?
Obama didn’t pitch jokes at the White House “Between Two Ferns" taping, he just said them
Director Scott Aukerman describes surreptitiously visiting the White House to film their Funny or Die segment. "I don’t think the president has to pitch jokes, he just says jokes and we enjoy them,” he says.
Jimmy Kimmel: We don’t warn ABC News about our pranks because “we don’t trust them”
"We didn’t tell them until we launched it,” he says of the Sochi wolf prank. "We try to keep it really small. People will tell other people — even if they’re not trying to ruin the prank, just because they think it’s funny. I’ve found that the fewer people that know, the better off you are.” PLUS: Now Kimmel is getting blamed for every web prank, Kimmel pranks people with fake Tostitos, and teachers make a parody of Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets."
Would Lena Dunham be successful without the New York media?
Why the rest of the country probably doesn't share the same love for the “Girls” star as the New York media. PLUS: Dunham returns to NBC next week for Jimmy Fallon, Dunham delivered SXSW’s keynote address, and “The View” debated whether Dunham is a comedian.
Dear cable TV: Stop making shows that make Louisiana look like it’s made of magic
“True Detective,” “American Horror Story,” “True Blood” — it’s starting to get old.
“Cops” premiered 25 years ago today: It's still going strong on SpikeTV
Though its ratings are a far cry from its Fox days, the long-running reality show is getting big numbers for the male-oriented SpikeTV.
“Game of Thrones” veteran cast in CBS’ “Scorpion"
Elyes Gabel will play the eccentric genius at the center of Justin Lin’s pilot.
Watch an artist recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie in a drawing
Heather Rooney’s drawing looks almost exactly like the tweet that broke Twitter.
Nick Kroll dodges question about working with girlfriend Amy Poehler on “Kroll Show”
Kroll does, however, talk about working with a lot of his friends in Season 2.
“Christley Knows Best” is the latest Southern reality show
The USA series, starting tonight, stars bankrupt multimillionaire Todd Chrisley and his Atlanta family.
Arthur Chu has taken advantage of his “Jeopardy!” fame to establish his brand
Chu works extra hard live-tweeting episodes and posting on message boards in the hopes that this “Jeopardy!” stint leads to something bigger, like a voice-acting job.
The most popular show in each state, mapped
Two different maps try to give each state a TV show-brand — one map gives New Mexico to “In Plain Sight” while another gives it to “Breaking Bad.”
Why is “New Girl” so disappointing this season?
It seems like creator Elizabeth Meriwether isn’t as involved in the writing these days, because the Fox comedy ahs lost its creative spark. PLUS: See “True Detective’s” Alexandra Daddario in her “New Girl” guest role.
Watch “Awkward’s” Season 4 trailer
The MTV series returns April 15.
Steve Harvey explains why he’s a daytime sensation
"Here's what I knew: There were no men on daytime TV that had all of the experience that I had,” he tells “Today.” "There's not a lot of guys that's done the marriage thing the way I have, survived it, been homeless, flunked out of college, (and) started at the bottom. Kind of got an American dream story."
Jaimie Alexander was excited to bring Lady Sif to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Some of her movie character’s scenes end up on the cutting-room floor, "so this was a lot of fun to explore Sif a little bit deeper and show people what she's about,” she says.
Check out Mariska Hargitay as an “SVU” director
The “Law & Order” series has released a slew of images of Hargitay directing her first episode, which stars Alec Baldwin. PLUS: Hargitay helped catch a real-life rapist.
“Teen Wolf” adds 2 new lacrosse players
One of them is gay.
“Hogan’s Heroes” star Cynthia Lynn dies
Lynn played Col. Klink’s secretary, Helga, and various other roles on the ‘60s sitcom.
How “Looking” got its act together
The HBO gay-themed series started off boring and ho-hum.
Hunter Hayes will drop his sophomore set, “Storyline,” on May 6.
Beck, whose new album, “Morning Phase, garnered some of the best reviews of his career, will take the album on the road.
We are 10 days away from the 10th anniversary of the premiere of "Deadwood," David Milch's revisionist Western and one of the greatest drama series to ever grace this medium.
“Mad Men” final season airport images, revealed
Matthew Weiner says of the three new airport images and last week’s Don Draper airplane teaser: "We picked the airport because we felt it was something we hadn’t done. Obviously it’s an opportunity for a slight bit of irony because there is zero glamour in an airport now. So that was a little bit of time travel. But really, as disappointing as it is, there’s not much story to tell there.” PLUS: Don’t read too much into the images of Don and Roger or Don and Megan together, says Weiner.
“SNL” releases a Lena Dunham backstage video
Vanessa Bayer dances to Beyonce for Dunham, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon.
Olivia Wilde joins HBO’s ‘70s rock ’n’ roll drama from Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese
Wilde will be married to Bobby Cannavale, who will play a record label executive in 1970s New York amid the rise of disco and punk.
NBC releases its season finale schedule
“Community” ends the season on April 17, followed one week later by “Parks and Rec."
The final season of "Mad Men" begins on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. Of course, calling it "the final season" is more of a letter of the law than a spirit of the law thing, since AMC will show seven episodes this spring, then take the show off the air until 2015, when the final seven episodes will air. Contractually for the cast and crew, it is all one season, and unlike the "final" season of "Breaking Bad" — which was split into two batches of 8 episodes apiece that aired over two summers — all of them are being produced in a row.
MIAMI - Let it never be said that the Miami Film Festival doesn't know its competition. I'm not talking about South By Southwest, running concurrently in Texas at a pace so comparatively frantic that they scarcely seem like equivalent events, but the glorious spring sunshine, currently bathing the city's Art Deco-staggered skyline in honey-clear warmth too delicious to ditch for even the comfiest movie theater. Fully aware of this, Miami is the festival that comes out at night, concentrating its screenings in the evenings and following them up with parties that shoot for Cannes levels of razzle -- all without the shadow of a 7am wake-up call. If there's a more coolly considerate festival on the circuit, I haven't been to it.
WEtv picks up “Sex Box”
The British reality format -- featuring couples having sex in a box in front of a studio audience, before discussing their sex problems with sex experts -- is coming to America.
Amazon picks up 4 of its pilots, including 1 from “The X-Files” creator
Chris Carter’s “The After” will join Jason Schwartzman’s comedy “Mozart in the Jungle” starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Tambor in “Transparent” and cop drama “Bosch” starring Titus Welliver.
Judd Apatow: Everything I’ve done is in reaction to NBC canceling “Freaks and Geeks”
“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said Monday in a speech at the Paley Center for Media. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that.”
Regina Hall getting “Married” on FX
She’s joining the couples comedy starring Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple.
Adam Carolla’s “Catch a Contractor” was Spike TV’s best debut in 3 years
About 1.2 million watched the construction reality show.
Kristen Bell, like Anna Kendrick, has a more substantial background in singing than many audiences know, so it should come as no great shock that when she was finally given the chance to do a full-blown musical, she rocked it.
When we sat down to talk about her return to the character that first brought her to my attention, "Veronica Mars," I couldn't resist asking her whether or not Disney has already broached the subject of making a "Frozen 2." After all, the first one has become a full-blown phenomenon. I may not cover box-office stories, but it would be hard to miss just how big this film is at this point. It's been in the top ten longer than "Avatar" was, and it seems like fans can't get enough of it. Of course they're going to do a stage version of it, but for the first time, Disney may have no choice but to develop a theatrical sequel to one of the princess films, and as long as they keep the core creative team together, there's no reason they can't figure this one out.