Yael Stone of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ explains Morello’s accent

Yael Stone of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ explains Morello’s accent

Also, Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne goof around

It’s not that I thought that Yael Stone actually talked like Lorna Morella on “Orange Is The New Black.” Nobody does. It was still disarming and amusing to chat with Stone on the PaleyFest red carpet and to be reminded that she’s actually Australian.

In our brief conversation, we discussed that distinctive voice, as well as Stone’s realization that “Orange Is The New Black” had become a sensation. I also asked if Morello’s much-discussed fiancé Christopher would make an appearance this season, not that I expected any sort of answer.

Check out the full interview above

And you can also read my 11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel post, plus watch my interview with Danielle “Taystee” Brooks.

And if that’s not enough, dig my interview with Kate Mulgrew and special guest Natasha Lyonne, in which I barely participate at all. It’s below.

And remember: “Orange Is The New Black” returns to Netflix on June 6.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
Read Full Post
<p>Margie and Luke of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Margie and Luke of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'The Amazing Race: All-Stars' - 'Smarter Not Harder'

The opportunity to bartend or DJ causes problems in Kuala Lumpur

Mark it down: On Sunday, March 16 at somewhere around 8:50 p.m. ET, after annoying seasons of “Big Brother” and four episodes into their second season of “The Amazing Race,” I found myself liking Brendon & Rachel. 

Look, I’m not proud of myself and it really didn’t last for very long -- perhaps only a minute, in fact -- but this blog is about nothing if it’s not about absolutely honesty. 

So if I ever try saying, “I’ve always hated Rachel & Brendon,” you can now call me a liar, because there it was, the moment that I warmed to Brendon & Rachel. And that totally justifies their presence on this “All-Stars” season of “The Amazing Race.” No? 

Oh well.

Did it at least justify Sunday’s episode of “The Amazing Race”? No, again?

Oh well.

[Full recap of Sunday’s Leg after the break...]

Read Full Post
‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Danielle Brooks promises we’ll learn more about Taystee

‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Danielle Brooks promises we’ll learn more about Taystee

She also discusses her first fan moment

Because Friday (March 14) night’s PaleyFest panel for “Orange Is The New Black” was preceded only by a three-minute clip package, there was a reduced window for the show’s stars to make their way from the Cool Kids’ side of the red carpet over to the hinterlands. 

Since I was in the hinterlands, I only got to chat with Danielle Brooks and Yael Stone. [I also talked to Kate Mulgrew and Natasha Lyonne, but mostly they talked to each other.] Fortunately, I love Taystee and Morello.

You’ve already seen my 11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel post, perhaps?

Up first for my video interviews is Brooks, who teases that this season she finally got to learn the difference between Taystee and Tasha (her character’s real name). She also discusses her first fan moment.

Check out the Brooks interview above.

I’ll post Stone and the Mulgrew/Lyonne frivolity later.

And remember: “Orange Is The New Black” returns to Netflix on June 6.

Read Full Post
<p>Jeff Probst snuffs J&#39;Tia&#39;s torch</p>

Jeff Probst snuffs J'Tia's torch

Credit: CBS

Interview: J'Tia Taylor talks 'Survivor: Cagayan'

Latest bootee discusses her meltdown and her super-shelter

Taking an early and bossy lead on a failed Day One project is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."

Being viewed as the weakest player on a weak tribe is usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."

Seemingly being on the low side of a numbers alliance is also usually a decent recipe for being voted off early on "Survivor."

Going just a bit cuckoo-bananas and dumping most of your tribe's rice into the fire? Surely that's a fantastic recipe for getting voted off early on "Survivor."

In retrospect, it probably isn't surprising that my exit interview with J'Tia Taylor came early in this "Survivor: Cagayan" season. The shocking thing is that J'Tia managed not to be the first or second person voted out of her Brains Tribe.

In fact, the Chicago-based nuclear engineer survived one surprising vote, one genuinely shocking vote and, on Wednesday, she very nearly slipped through again, as tribemates Tasha and Kass seemed to be weighing J'Tia's eventual loyalty against Spencer's immediate challenge strengths, before holding onto Spencer.

In her exit interview, the spirited J'Tia discusses, after some goading, her failed shelter plan, her camp blow-up, the overall struggles of the Brains Tribe and what the heck they were all eating out there if she threw away all of the rice.

Click through...

Read Full Post
<p>Joey &amp; Meghan of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>

Joey & Meghan of "The Amazing Race"

Credit: CBS

Interview: Joey & Meghan talk 'Amazing Race: All-Stars'

Team YouTube feels like the deck was stacked against them

So far, this “Amazing Race: All-Stars” season has frustrated me a bit. I didn’t love the huge gap between the first and second flights in the premiere, nor that we had an entire episode determined by wandering around looking for wedding dresses. I also didn’t love that this past week’s episode saw six teams get an insurmountable three-hour advantage based only on taxi-based luck, leaving the remaining three teams with a no-margin-for-error window to avoid elimination.

Not surprisingly, as frustrated as I’ve been, Joey Graceffa & Meghan Camarena  are even more disappointed. Team YouTube spent finished in next-to-last in the first Leg and, with very little room for advancement, started the next two Legs in last. Unable to get on that first flight out of China, there were left running against John & Jessica and Brendon & Rachel.

Last Sunday’s Leg came down to a simple mistake: At a Roadblock, Joey & Meghan forgot to tell their cab driver to wait. The other teams remembered. That left the competition free to rush along, while Joey & Meghan fell behind waiting for a replacement.

Unlike their first season, which saw them both get emotional as they dodged elimination, Phil Keoghan sent a largely unmoved Joey & Megan home without tears.

Joey & Meghan may not have been outwardly disappointed when they were eliminated, but they definitely sound disappointed about the way the season went down in their exit interview. In our conversation, they talk about their annoyance at the structure of this season so far and what they’d hoped for from an “All-Stars” season.

Click through for the full Q&A...

Read Full Post
<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Grimm&quot;</p>

Friday's "Grimm"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Grimm' lifts 'Hannibal,' 'Rake' lowers 'Enlisted' as CBS, ABC split Friday

'Blue Bloods' and 'Shark Tank' lead Friday as usual

Fast National ratings for Friday, March 14, 2014.

Stop me if you've heard this before: "Shark Tank" (and a strong "20/20") helped ABC win Friday night among young viewers, while "Blue Bloods" anchored CBS' commanding primetime sweep overall.

Pretty dull, right?

There were a couple little wrinkles.

Over on FOX, "Rake" moved to its new time period and showed that its dismal Thursday numbers were somehow still inflated by "Idol," as it predictably hit series lows and also send "Enlisted" down a hair.

The news was a bit better over on NBC, where "Grimm" had its best performance since its October premiere and gave "Hannibal" a small bump among young viewers.

On to the familiar numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot; stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon</p>

"Orange Is The New Black" stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon

Credit: Kevin Parry for Paley Center for Media

11 Things We Learned From the 'Orange Is The New Black' PaleyFest Panel

The mysterious Vee, the impact of binge-viewing and Jason Biggs' self-evaluation

Played out before an enthusiastic crowd on Friday (March 14) night, the PaleyFest debut for Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" was a mixed-to-positive affair. 

Mostly positive.

The 70-minute panel, which proceeded by only a brief Season 1 clip reel, was a fantastic showcase for the chemistry of the deep ensemble cast, which was represented by 11 returning stars, one fresh face and one unannounced guest. Plenty of time was spent on the show's progressive stance for women, racial diversity and diversification of gender and sexual roles. Plenty of time was also spent buttering Netflix up, as seemingly the entire cast raved about the idea of binge-watching TV, but only referenced "House of Cards" as a show that might be binged. Paying near-religious tribute to series developer and showrunner Jenji Kohan, the "Orange" team celebrated their unique working environment and the freedom it gives them.

As a big fan of "Orange Is The New Black," I quite enjoyed the frequently overlapping conversations and, for the most part, I bought the affection shown by the stars.

What the panel weirdly skipped over was any specificity, which meant that as a journalist covering the panel, I don't have a huge amount to report on. For a show that isn't really about plot twists, representatives of "Orange" have always been weirdly spoiler-phobic, so there literally is nothing concrete I can tell you about the plot of the second season. There will be continuing tensions in the relationship between Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Larry (Jason Biggs). Duh. And a new character, Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) will shake things up. OK. A list of which characters we'll learn more about included nearly all of the characters, but Kohan wouldn't say who will be getting flashback episodes.

In addition, almost none of the major plotpoints from last season were even mentioned. We somehow waited til the audience questions to even mention the cliffhanger from the first season, if not to say how it will impact Piper and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) going forward, to talk about the character arcs that took them to that point. It was enough to say that the characters all changed in Season 1, but nobody wanted to dig deeply into how that change was orchestrated. 

Oh well. It didn't mean it was a bad panel. Not at all! It just means I may not have a lot to say. Click through for some things we learned from the PaleyFest panel. There are no meaningful Season 2 spoilers. 

Read Full Post
<p>Thursday&#39;s &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot;</p>

Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Hell's Kitchen' premiere boosts FOX Thursday, but CBS still rules

'Big Bang Theory' is down, but still Thursday's tops

Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Fleeing "The Big Bang Theory" to 9 p.m. failed to give "American Idol" a bump in its new first time period airing, however the return of "Hell's Kitchen" handily outperformed "Rake," giving FOX a Thursday boost. However, "The Big Bang Theory" kept CBS atop the night in all measures.

The "Idol" shift to 9 p.m. had its biggest impact on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," which had a second straight week of big declines and also led to some "Scandal" slippage. 

Subtracting "Idol" from the 8 p.m. hour failed to provide any boost to the competition, as "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" and "Community" were flat, while "Parks and Recreation" was down a hair from last week.

Of *very* minor interest: The CW's "Reign" had a repeat for a lead-in and faced "Idol" for the first time, but came very close to reproducing last week's near-series-highs and finished in line with its general season averages.

On to the numbers...

Read Full Post
<p>I don&#39;t know who&#39;s going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.</p>

I don't know who's going home, but I know Harry is playing on Thursday.

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 11 Results plus Harry Connick Jr. performs

Mali Music will also drop by the results show

It's Anything Can Happen Night on "American Idol." 

On maybe 70 percent of "Idol" Thursdays, you can narrow your elimination predictions down to two or three singers, maximum, with anybody else being a shock. After Wednesday's decent Songs From The Cinema Night, I'll be able to give easy explanations for two or three boots, but there's a lot of wiggle room for something confusing to happen. 

Open question: Is there a frontrunner? I mean a *real* David Archuleta/Melinda Doolittle/Adam Lambert-style frontrunner? Have we ever been this later in the season without anything like a favorite?

Think about that, while I start my live-blog:

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;The Good Wife&quot; will return!</p>

"The Good Wife" will return!

Credit: CBS

'Good Wife,' 'Two and a Half Men' and 'Mom' lead 18 CBS renewals

Guess what? 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' will both be back

One day after picking up "The Big Bang Theory" for THREE additional years, CBS decided that the Chuck Lorre comedy and the previously renewed "Survivor" needed some company, so the network announced a whopping 18 series renewals for the 2014-2015 season. 

CBS now has at least 17 hours of primetime programming already in place for next season. The 18 renewals announced on Thursday (March 13) include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs.

Read Full Post