Tonight's the night! This isn't the final three I expected (it never is) but it's still going to be interesting to see how this plays out. I don't envy the members of the jury house, as each of these players is so different they will not only have to decide on who had the better game, but they will have to define what they consider good (or at least winning) game play in the first place.
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A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming right up...
NYPD shuts down filming on "Person of Interest"
The CBS drama failed to inform the NYPD before filming a gun shootout scene on the streets of New York. Locals complained thinking the gunshots were real.
"Justified" promotes Jere Burns
Winn Duffy will be regular part of next season.
"Survivor" turns 400
Tonight's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" season premiere is also the 400th episode of the CBS reality show.
Miley Cyrus crashes into No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as “Wrecking Ball” becomes her first chart topper, soaring 22-1.
Streaming and digital sales propel the push following the controversial video, which features a nude Cyrus. “Ball” replaces Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which falls to No. 2, following two weeks at No. 1.
An interesting Cyrus family note: While Cyrus is the only member of her family to score a No. 1 song on the Hot 100, three Cyruses have landed top 10 hits: Miley, her father Billy Ray, who landed at No. 4 with “Achy Breaky Heart” 21 years ago; and her brother Trace, who hit No. 10 with “Shake It,” as part of Metro Station in 2008, according to Billboard.
Miley’s previous peak was No. 2 with “Party in the U.S.A.”
Lorde’s “Royals” holds at No. 3, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell,” falls 2-4, and Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” remains at No. 5.
Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,” slides 4-6, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” is at No. 7 for the second straight week, Eminem’s “Berzerk” rises 10-8, Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, slips one spot to No. 9, and Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” fades into fall as it declines four spots to No. 10.
"Breaking Bad's" final 2 episodes will be "extra long"
The penultimate episode and series finale are each scheduled to run 75 minutes.
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is getting a 10-year reunion special
Andy Cohen has gathered the Fab Five for an October special, titled "Queer Eye Reunion: 10 Years Later."
"Chinatown" screenwriter Robert Towne joins "Mad Men" writing staff
The 78-year-old Towne is considered a legendary screenwriter, having worked as a "script doctor" on movies from "Bonnie and Clyde" to "The Godfather" to "The Rock." He also directed "Personal Best" and "Tequila Sunrise."
ABC developing "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" event series
The writer of "Snow White And The Huntsman" will take on "the Hunchback" in a limited series called "Esmeralda."
Check out Justin Bieber rapping on the new video for Maejor Ali’s “Lolly,” which also features Juicy J.
Though the song has been on YouTube since February, it was only released on iTunes yesterday, the same day the video came out, and it has quickly climbed into the Top 10 in iTunes.
Maejor Ali has a piece of candy and it’s just for you, girl, and he’s so thrilled that you want to kiss the top. If you haven’t gathered that he’s talking about his tootsie roll yet, we can’t really help you.
Justin Bieber doesn’t embarrass himself as a rapper and he saves most of the provocative lines for Juicy J.
The video features women and Ali, Juicy J and Bieber dancing against a colorful background and that’s really about all there is to it, aside from some licking of actual lollypops.
It’s a big week for Juicy J, who is also on the new Katy Perry single, “Dark Horse.”
What do you think of “Lolly?”
So far, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios have been running things separately, and there's been almost no synchronicity between their storytelling. That's great because it means the writers and artists working on the comics aren't being forced to build the work they're doing around someone else's storyline, and it means that movie fans don't have to feel driven to read comics between the movies just to figure out what's going on.
That may be changing, though, and some recent rumors about the plans they have for Phase Three as well as some behind-the-scenes battles that have plagued the studio for the last few years raise some fascinating questions about the future of the studio.
As strange as it sounds, I'm not sure I'd put Stan Lee on the short list of credible sources when it comes to Marvel's upcoming plans. Sure, he has a cameo in everything they make, but I don't think he's consulted on anything they're doing. Still, he made a recent mention of several movies that he says are being developed right now by the studio, including the long-rumored "Black Panther," Kevin Feige's pet project "Doctor Strange," and, to the surprise of many, "Inhumans."
Twenty-four solid months without a single Pixar film in theaters seems almost unthinkable.
At D23 Expo recently, Disney seemed like everything was full speed ahead on the Pixar slate, and they announced that "The Good Dinosaur" was set for release on May 30, 2014, with the highly-anticipated sequel "Finding Dory" set for November 25, 2015.
They still have a film set for November 25, 2015, but now it's "The Good Dinosaur," and unless something radical happens, that means "Inside Out" is the next movie the studio is releasing, and that comes a full two years after the release of "Monsters University." While Disney has plenty of major content brands under the larger umbrella of Disney these days, and they seem to be gearing up for something like nine Marvel movies a year, two years without a Pixar film sounds like a genuine crisis for the studio.
Having found a formula that works in "The Real Housewives" franchise, Bravo has done its level best to milk it dry before flogging it to death in endless permutations (look for a "Real Housewives" in a town near you!). With the franchise aging and America possibly running low on actual housewives to film, the network has been sniffing around for new territory with mixed results. Very mixed results, mind you.
Australia wooing "Modern Family"
The Australian Tourism Board is offering to pay the bills if "Modern Family" shoots a special episode Down Under.
"Big Bang Theory" gives Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch a raise
As contract negotiations for the rest of the cast commences, the two actresses are getting a pay bump -- at least double of the $20,000 to $30,000 an episode they were making.
Danica Patrick: Awards show host
The NASCAR star will co-host the American Country Awards with Trace Adkins.
"Grey's Anatomy" offers sneak peek at the season premiere
Does this nearly two-minute reveal who dies?
"Ax Men" star dies in helicopter crash
Bart Colantuono was transporting logs in Oregon when his helicopter went down.
The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 Eastern on CBS, with Neil Patrick Harris as host. From now until Sunday (sometimes multiple times a day), Dan Fienberg and I will be making our usual picks for the major categories — for both what should win and what will (and keep in mind that Dan is much better historically at predictions than I am).
Next up, we're dealing with the comedy and drama lead actress categories. The former includes three former winners for their nominated roles, while the latter has seven nominees due to ties, which will likely be rendered moot when Claire Danes repeats.