The tragic passing of Cory Monteith won't be ignored by "Glee," according to FOX Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly. At the network's executive panel at press tour, Reilly addressed questions about how the death will affect "Glee," though the storyline appears to still be in the works.
Proceeds from music sales for the episode will be donated
The Bible, Clark Kent and Ned Stark all get shout-outs
"Sleepy Hollow," a re-imagining of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," will ring familiar to audiences who've gotten used to creative tweaking. This time around, Ichabod Crane is a hot guy (Tom Mison) instead of a geek, the Revolutionary War wasn't just about expats fighting the Brits for freedom, and there are witches and curses and Biblical horsemen of the Apocalypse in addition to the Headless Horseman. The debut episode also surprises with an unexpected murder, which co-executive producer Len Wiseman explained, "We wanted to keep you off balance a little bit. We wanted to make sure you were never sure which characters were gonna get it."
After the dancers talk about their first performances, two dancers are cut
By the end of this episode, we'll be down to twelve dancers, which doesn't seem like a lot, does it? The good part about fewer dancers, however, is the opening number looks less like a riot out of "World War Z" and more like, well, dancing. And when the opening number is choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Dmitry Chaplin? Well, then it really, really looks like dancing.
Less smoke! But otherwise, this opener is a fabulous piece. I love the use of the stage, especially because we don't just see the dancers cycle through solos while everyone else performs in unison (and really, haven't we seen that enough already?). There's an architectural element to this that's really remarkable. And was that Malece on the swing? Loved it!
History gets a slick remodel plus the Lumineers' music
The true story of Mary Queen of Scots, who took the sickly 14-year-old Francis, the Dauphin of France, for her first husband, doesn't seem like the stuff of a romantic CW drama. But, with a little tweaking, "Reign" (premiering Thurs. Oct. 17 at 9:00 p.m.) is giving history a slick, sexy remodel, according to the panel for the show at press tour.
Julie Plec hints at another ship to watch
The eagerly-awaited spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries, "The Originals," doesn't air until October 3, but the journalists at press tour had plenty of questions about the show. The biggest question about the spin-off, which takes "TVD" regular Klaus to New Orleans to explore a witches' curse and relationships from his distant past, was how it will differ from the mothership.
Drew and Chris are all in, but it may not matter
So, Drew loves Des blah blah blah. Chris loves Des blah blah blah. The show, in some respects, hits all the familiar benchmarks this week. "I love her more than I ever expected! I have no doubt that she's the woman I'm going to marry!" Then, from Des, a slightly edited echo: "I can see a future with him! He's so hot!" If you've seen one season of "The Bachelorette," you can rest assured they're working from the same script (which may or may not be literal) and it hardly needs repeating here. Basically, it's all snuggling and romance in Antigua, at least until we have to deal with Brooks, aka Grumpy.
Justin Long and Octavia Spencer will be added to the mix
CBS closed out their part of the press tour with "Mom," the latest sitcom from hit maker Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men," "Big Bang Theory"). Lorre, who was joined by co-creators Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker as well as stars Anna Faris, Allison Janey, French Strewart, Matt Jonses and Nate Corddry, made a joke to warm up the room. 'I wanted to do a show about vampires. Been done."
The comedian talks about 'the sign you can go back to work'
At a panel for "The Arsenio Hall Show" during press tour, Hall (joined by executive producers Neal Kendall and John Ferriter) seemed eager to let everyone know that, though it's been almost 20 years since he left late night, he's raring to return in the late night format. While a clip of greatest moments from his old series seemed to confirm he may have been out of circulation a little too long (he promised not to bring back the massive shoulder pads from the era, unless audiences want them), he swears he's still a young whippersnapper who loves social media -- then tweets like an ADD-riddled teen to prove it.
Still, Hall must realize he's returning to a very different world of late night programming, right? "I'm trying to change my name to Jimmy," he joked in reference to Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. "There's a lot of competition. [Back in the '90s] I was trying to take anything that was left over on Carson's plate. But I know everybody doesn't have a late night host... There's a huge audience out there that doesn't have a late night show... You don't have to go after Chelsea's fans or Leno's fans to be in the game."
He may be older, but Hall promises that other than having less hair and different clothes, he's "kind of the same guy, put into a whole [new] generation of talent and new opportunities."
Lest anyone not believe him, Hall said, "I'm really into social media. I love it. I watch Fallon use it brilliantly with the yodel bit on the roof... Mr. Leno and Letterman, from my generation, [they're] not into it at all, but Leno's number one. They're getting to the top in their own unique ways. I'm more in the Fallon mode. I love the digital world. Do you realize, Debbie Gibson sent me a fax? She'd drawn a picture of herself holding a mic saying 'Mr. Hall I'd like to appear on your show.' I remember Barbra Streisand called me with a Bill Clinton question. Now. you tweet. I'm excited to jump back into it. When you write a joke, you can Google [research]... It used to be we'd go through a file cabinet. I can't wait to write jokes in this digital world!"
After mentioning highlights from his previous show guaranteed to make anyone who remembers them feel old (Bill Clinton playing the sax and Magic Johnson announcing his AIDS diagnosis), he talked about winning "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC. "I've never been a champion in the world of sports, so [it was the] closest moment to have a victory... I've been number two in everything I've done, and to win felt really good."
Explaining that he'd previously passed on doing the show, he said the death of his cousin from AIDS changed his mind. "Magic is so healthy and having a great time. Sometimes you forget the mission when your friend is cool. I've gotten a little lazy in my mission. When my cousin died, it was a wake-up call. It was time to do 'Apprentice,' and I knew exactly who I was playing for."
He also mentioned he knew exactly who to ask for advice -- previous winner Piers Morgan. His tip? "Read everything Donald [Trump] wrote. "Jay helped me find an apartment; he taught me how to ride a motorcycle... [then] we'd be calling each other and battling, and that lasted a couple weeks," Hall said, mentioning that Leno tried to steal employees from him. "I was battling with the competitor who doesn't want to lose. I get it. I think as far as people's personal feelings about him, he and Dave [Letterman] go way, way back to before me. But I think when you're trying to win, it's easy to do things so competitive your competitors see you as the enemy."
Hall talked about his slow, methodical attempts to get back into the public eye before launching the talk show, appearing on everything from "Tosh.0" to writing articles for Newsweek. Still, he said, "It's important to me not to do a Similac joke just because I'm going for a young audience."
So far, Hall says he's been met with a surprisingly warm welcome. Leno has recommended writers, and Kimmel was one of the stars who donated funds to him during "Celebrity Apprentice. "When you talk about the competition thing, everyone's being real nice to me."
But why come back now? After all, Hall left late night because he wanted to, not because he was canceled. "Leaving and not being canceled, yeah, I did good... I chose to work on my relationship and make a child. My son's thirteen now, and he's having me drop him off a block from the movie theater, and that's usually a sign you can go back to work."
Coleman admits she's 'in denial' about Smith's exit
Jerry O'Connell jokes about his new status as 'Speedo guy'
"I was known as the fat kid from 'Stand By Me.' Now I'm the Speedo Guy," Jerry O'Connell quipped about his new CBS series "We Are Men" during press tour. That so many of the questions had to do with O'Connell's wardrobe of tiny swimsuits on the show might have been an attempt to balance the amount of testosterone on the show, which stars and producers were quick to defend as a sweet bromance and not a woman-hating group sulk.