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.
Drew and Chris are all in, but it may not matter
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
I'll gladly admit to being a bit of a "Doctor Who" geek, so getting a chance to talk to outgoing Doctor Matt Smith and his feisty companion Clara (and previously Oswin) Jenna Coleman was a Comic-Con high for me.
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.
Dr. V looks like a miracle worker, but for how long?
So, after years (and seasons) of bitter feuding, failed therapy, hurt feelings and high-pitched squeaking from Teresa, it seemed in Sunday's episode of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" that the war is over. Somebody, set up a parade and call the baton twirlers! Or give Dr. V her own series on Bravo (wait, she has one)!
A young mom can't get the support she needs for the hardest choice
On Oxygen's "I'm Having Their Baby" (Wed. at 10:00 p.m.), each week we meet a new mom faced with a terrible choice -- place the baby she's carrying in the hopes he or she could have a better life, or try to raise the child with few resources and usually little support. That these women also face the condemnation of loved ones is just a given.
In this HitFix exclusive clip, Cathleen asks her mother to be with her when she has to hand off her son the the adoption professional. It's a request her mother doesn't take lightly, and the conversation that ensues isn't a pretty one. The milkshakes don't even help.
Arlene and Eric grieve, but Sarah is coming into her own
This week's episode is a little less giddily bloodthirsty and quite a bit more somber than usual, as befits a death in the "True Blood" family -- last week Terry Bellefleur (the always excellent Todd Lowe) was shot and killed. We knew it was coming, but I had been hoping for some random twist to save Merlotte's fry cook. Wishful thinking. But in losing Terry, our surviving humans are given an opportunity to deal with a loss both more straightforward than what we're used to seeing on this show (no vampires, no werewolves, that sort of thing) and yet more complicated than anyone has yet to realize. R.I.P., Terry. You're just one more casualty on a show that's positively silly with them -- and chalks up another big one this week as well.
Christina Aguilera doesn't mind 'coming back to the Blake Shelton show'
Well, they're back. While many fans are probably sad to see Shakira and Usher give up their spinning chairs on "The Voice," Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green (joined by host/producer Carson Daly and fellow judge Adam Levine) didn't skip a beat promoting their return to the show at a press tour panel for the NBC show, whether we like it or not.
The 'Dr Who' genesis story 'won't be an episode of 'Dr. Who''
Having seen the advance footage of "An Adventure in Space and Time" (premieres on BBC America Nov. 2013), I suspect even people who are more fans of first season "Mad Men" and not "Doctor Who" may still be fired up to see this TV movie. It tells the story of the genesis of the show, which first aired Nov. 23, 1963. That means lots of retro costumes, great old cars, London streets and a little train that could tale about a show everyone suspected was a whole hella lot of crazy.
I got a chance to talk to David Bradley ("Harry Potter," "Game of Thrones") as well as writer Mark Gatiss ("Sherlock) about the movie while we were all at Comic-Con, and it seems the "Doctor Who" legacy is in very good hands.