Latest Blog Posts

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan will guest on 'Community'

"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will guest on "Community"
Gilligan, who will be playing a "smooth-talking gold digger," is just the latest TV show creator to cameo on the NBC comedy. "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz recently shot his own cameo.

E! picks up "Saved by the Bell" reruns

The '90s comedy will air from 7 a.m to 9 a.m. weekdays starting next week.

"SNL" writers also have a diversity problem: Kerry Washington was stuck with black female stereotypes
As Soraya Nadia McDonald notes, "Mammy, Jezebel and big booty ghetto girl are our ball-and-chain. We can’t shake them."

"The Following" adds Jacinda Barrett
The former "Real World" star will play a "very disarming and alluring woman."

TNT orders a missing persons reality show that uses an app
"APB With Troy Dunn" will utilize a social media app to get viewers' tips.

Did Eminem lip-sync on "SNL"?
It looked like the rapper didn't try to hide during his "Berserk" performance.

"The Simpsons" takes shots at "Cable News Alley"

Watch Ken Brockman's visit to CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Charlie Sheen throws the "Anger Management" crew a party at his house
A plane was flown overhead to celebrate the completion of Episode 55.

What if David Hasselhoff sang the "Fresh Prince" theme song?
Watch a "Baywatch"-"Knight Rider"-"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" mashup.

Morrissey hires "The Walking Dead's" David Morrissey
The British actor will read the audiobook of the singer Morrissey's "Autobiography" (no relation).

Nancy Pelosi will deliver the Letterman Top 10
The Democratic former Speaker of the House will deliver the Top 10 on Tuesday in honor of election day.

Read Full Post
<p>Justin Bieber live on Oct. 25</p>

Justin Bieber live on Oct. 25

Credit: AP Photo

Justin Bieber has a 'Bad Day' on new single

Is it another song about Selena Gomez?

It turns out Justin Bieber’s newest song, “Bad Day,” is definitely an apt title. In case you’ve missed the lastest Biebs’ news, in the last 72 hours, he was supposedly caught leaving a Brazilian brothel, then he was struck with a water bottle while performing in San Paulo, and then if that weren’t enough, Katy Perry surpassed him on Twitter to become the new queen of social media.

All that, however, is nothing compared to the pain he’s feeling in the lulling, mainly acoustic “Bad Day,” his fifth release in his #MusicMondays flight of putting out a new song every week.

As the visual below shows, there’s a gray cloud over Bieber and it’s because his lady walked away “like it was nothing, baby.” He couldn’t breathe because “you took away the biggest part of me,” he sings.

The song goes into a sweet falsetto about a minute in as he remains stunned that it was so easy for for her to walk away.

Throughout the tunes we’ve heard so far from Bieber’s diary, he’s taken responsibility for the breakup, but he’s also been decimated by it. And, like the other songs we’ve heard, “Bad Day” is a nice pop song, but there’s nothing so dynamic on it that it feels like required listening.

Read Full Post

'Breaking Bad's' Anna Gunn is coming to 'The Mindy Project'

"Breaking Bad's" Anna Gunn is coming to "The Mindy Project"

She'll play Mindy's idol, "the Tory Burch of Manhattan OB/GYNs."

See Marilyn Manson on "Eastbound & Down" -- without makeup

He plays a waiter in a brief scene with Kenny Powers.

Amazon will release the first 3 "Alpha House" and "Betas" episodes to all, at once

"Alpha House," starring John Goodman, will release the first three episodes on Nov. 15 to everybody, followed by a new episode every week for Amazon Prime members there are 11 in all). "Betas" will follow the same model, starting on Nov. 22.

"NCIS" promotes Ziva's successor before her debut
Emily Wickersham will become a series regular.

"Duck Dynasty" cast will be on a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float

Other celebs appearing this year include Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Ariana Grande.

"Nikita" star lands lead in "12 Monkeys"

Aaron Stanford will star in Syfy's remake of the 1995 film.

Jon Gosselin: My ex-reality star kids have developmental problems
The former "Jon & Kate" star tells Oprah that "developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."

Watch a preview of Bill Cosby's 1st standup special in 30 years
Cosby's Comedy Central special airs Nov. 23.

Hulu renews "Quick Draw"
The Western comedy will be back for a 2nd season.

Read Full Post
<p>Colts QB Andrew Luck</p>

Colts QB Andrew Luck

Credit: David J. Philip/AP

TV Ratings: Tight Colts-Texans showdown leads NBC Sunday, 'Once' and 'Revenge' rise

NFL overrun boosts CBS to overall victory
Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 3, 2013.
A sloppy-but-tight Sunday Night Football game between the Texans and Colts helped NBC score its normal primetime win among young viewers, while an hour of NFL overrun let CBS win the night overall. 
With slightly less competition than last Sunday, which included both football and a World Series game, ABC was able to get small week-to-week bumps for "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge," plus a flat performance from "Betrayal," if anybody actually cares how "Betrayal" is doing at this point.
And without football preemptions and overruns, it's possible to see solid performances from "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" on FOX.
On to the numbers...
Read Full Post
<p>John Goodman, Clark Johnson and friends in Amazon's &quot;Alpha House.&quot;</p>

John Goodman, Clark Johnson and friends in Amazon's "Alpha House."

Credit: Amazon

Binge or hold? Amazon tries both with 'Alpha House'

John Goodman political comedy will debut with three episodes at once, then go weekly

Back in the spring, Amazon tried to find a solution to the TV business' broken series development process by crowd-sourcing reaction to a group of new comedy pilots (some for adults, some for kids). All of the traditional networks do audience focus testing of their pilots, but not on this scale: all of the pilots were available to anyone with a good internet connection.  Decisions on which shows would be picked up would be based in part on how highly Amazon's customers rated them, and how many rated them, period.

Read Full Post


Credit: ABC

'Revenge' recap: Can Nolan 'Control' his feelings for Patrick?

Daniel sees an old flame, but the sparks that fly aren't pretty

That was quick, wasn't it? This week the flickering passion between Patrick and Nolan not only ignited, but furniture was actually destroyed by the raging inferno that ensued. Seriously, when your friend thinks you're dead because of the broken glassware, overturned lamps and general chaos of your lovemaking, you may want to rent a cheap hotel room or a bouncy house next time. Of course, Nolan really should assume anyone who excites him this much isn't long for the Hamptons, and guess what? Ding, ding, ding!

Read Full Post

Kerry Washington showed what 'SNL' was missing by not including black females

Kerry Washington showed what "SNL" was missing by not including black females
The "Scandal" star was a natural for the hosting gig, says Gwynne Watkins, who says Washington "managed to make a fierce argument for the inclusion of black women on SNL simply by being so damn good in every sketch. If her secret agenda was to show SNL viewers what they're missing, well. . . Olivia Pope, you've done it once again." PLUS: Did Washington fix "SNL"?, joking about diversity doesn't fix "SNL's" diversity problem, and "SNL" hit a season high with Washington.

"The Simpsons" pays a chalkboard tribute to Marcia Wallace

"We'll really miss you Mrs. K."

Jay Leno: I talked to Letterman a month ago

That revelation came when Andy Cohen grilled Leno over his relationship with David Letterman.

Why "Homeland" hasn't jumped the shark, as shown by Sunday's episode

"Still Positive," says Andrew Romano, "wasn't a transformative episode, but it was taut, precise, and compelling from start to finish largely because it focused on the stuff that made Season 1 so gripping in the first place. PLUS: More bad storytelling, and does "Homeland" need another soap opera twist?

Barbara Walters sticks up for Jenny McCarthy
"I think the criticism about her was unfair, and it was criticism that had to do with her personal views," Walters said on Fox News. "It's not a subject (vaccines) that we have discussed on 'The View.'"

"Entourage" stars reunite to celebrate the movie news
Where was Johnny Drama?

"The Mindy Project" gives Timothy Olyphant long hair and a ponytail
See the "Justified" star as you've never seen him before.

Oprah's "Biggest Yard Sale Ever" raises $600,000 for charity
The auction featured "antiques, contemporary furnishings, and fine art" from Oprah's many homes.

Danai Gurira: "The Walking Dead" is the most diverse show -- not racist at all
"I don't quite know what people are talking about," Gurira, who plays Michonne, addressing racial complaints about the AMC series. "I'm like, 'Huh?!' I'm very grateful for the cast I have." PLUS: Walker Stalker Con was held in Atlanta this weekend.

Egypt's "The Daily Show" suspended

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, who had Jon Stewart on as a guest this summer, was told his show wouldn't air after his channel said he refused to follow editorial guidelines.

Fox releases "The Following's" Season 2 poster
"They Will Never Let Go."

It's an "Everwood" reunion
"Revenge's" Emily VanCamp reunited over the weekend with former TV dad Tom Amandes (now on "Scandal"), her "Everwood" best friend Sarah Drew (now on "Grey's Anatomy") and "Everwood" boyfriend Gregory Smith (now on "Rookie Blue").

Fox's Cleatus the Robot meets "Almost Human"
Watch the NFL on Fox's cross-promotion promo.

Watch a preview of "Big Bang's" Bob Newhart vs. Bill Nye
The Science Guy makes his "Big Bang Theory" debut on Thursday's episode. Leno said they chatted about "things in TV and what was going on here," meaning his "Tonight Show" exit.

NBC's midseason drama "Crisis" halts production for "course correction"
Writers will use the eight-day break to tweak storylines on the Gillian Anderson/Dermot Mulroney drama.

"Once Upon a Time" couple calls it quits
Jennifer Morrison and Sebastian Stan had been dating since last year.

"Top Gear" visits "Family Guy"

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are set to visit the Fox comedy.

"Dracula" tumbles in Week 2
The NBC limited series fell 28% in its 2nd airing.

Harrison Ford pierces Jimmy Fallon's ear

Before submitting himself to the movie star, Fallon asked: "What's the worst that could happen to me? Could I get an infection?"

Read Full Post
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
Credit: Focus Features

Roundup: Truth and fiction in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Also: James Franco's 'Taxi Driver' comparison, and Netflix shoots for an Oscar

From "12 Years a Slave" to "Captain Phillips" to even fictional contenders like "Gravity," a number of Oscar hopefuls are being subjected to rigorous fact-checking in the blogosphere. The latest to go under examination is "Dallas Buyers Club." In an interesting piece, Slate writer Aisha Harris explains that the film is in an unusual position relative to other biopics, in that protagonist Ron Woodroof's life hadn't really been documented in other media; screenwriter Craig Borten, who began the project after interviewing Woodroof in 1992, is his own most informed source, and admits to taking some artistic license in a "pretty accurate" portrayal. Harris separates the film's facts from its fiction. [Slate]

Read Full Post
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Credit: Bravo

'Real Housewives of Atlanta': Porsha suggests Kordell Stewart is gay

Kenya rips into NeNe, but that's not the big surprise

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is back, and amazingly, so is the entire cast. Given that Porsha's husband Kordell seemed to have a game plan in place to dump her long before she became aware of it (heck, she found out they were getting divorced via Twitter), you'd think he would have petitioned long and hard for her not to come back for a second season while he still had a say in the matter. But I wonder if he thought Porsha would just meekly accept being kicked to the curb. Gosh, she'd never air their dirty laundry on national television, would she? Hahahahahaha!

Read Full Post
<p>Jamal croons on &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Jamal croons on "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Choir Boy at Heart'

The teams head to Vienna for dancing and singing
A couple minor ethical and strategic wrinkles entered the game in Sunday (November 3) night's episode of "The Amazing Race," livening up an episode that probably would have been disappointingly flat otherwise. 
And you could sense the "Amazing Race" producers feeling the same way, because there's no way this was how this particular Leg was structurally designed to work. Human drama is fine, but trumped up human drama can only go so far to redeem a Leg that featured an anti-climax of a Fast-Forward, a dud of a Detour and a Roadblock in which the local mentors worked hard to upstage the contestants.
I'm not sure I have much to say about the Leg, even with the ethical and strategic wrinkles included, but whatever I have to say is after the break...
Read Full Post
<p>Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Caitlin FitzGerald in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Brave New World'

Allison Janney is fantastic as Mrs. Scully turns to Masters and Johnson for help

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I turn you in for 12-year-old library fines...

Read Full Post
<p>Rick (Andrew Lincoln)&nbsp;and Carol (Melissa McBride) on &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Carol (Melissa McBride) on "The Walking Dead." 

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Indifference'

Two different road trips go poorly for Rick, Carol, Bob and the others

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as the color brings out my eyes...

Read Full Post