Sean Hannity says he loves 'extremely talented and funny' Jon Stewart

Sean Hannity says he loves "extremely talented and funny" Jon Stewart
"I love, I think Jon Stewart is extremely talented and funny," the Fox News host said Thursday on his radio show. "I must be missing the chip because some said ‘Hannity he took you down last night.' Yeah, it’s pretty funny, I laughed." PLUS: Stephen Colbert sings about Hannity.

Report: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped shape CNN’s “Chicagoland”
More than 700 e-mails reviewed by the Chicago Tribune "reveal that the production team worked hand in hand with the mayor's advisers to develop storylines, arrange specific camera shots and review news releases officially announcing the show,” the Tribune reports. Producers also asked the mayor’s office to help them set up key interactions as part of the “nonscripted” series. PLUS: CNN denies Emanuel had editorial control over the documentary series.

Bryan Singer’s “Black Box” fails to live up to "Scandal's" big ratings
About 6.6 million watched the premiere of the ABC drama.

David Simon: "I am not sure 'The Wire' could survive now”
That’s what Simon admitted yesterday, in a discussion with “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon: “In some ways, HBO is a new window,” says Simon, "and 10 years ago when they were throwing stuff up against the wall, 'The Wire' could survive. I am not sure The Wire could survive now. The stakes are higher for HBO now.”

“House of Cards” creator: Why I refuse to see the Netflix data on our viewers
"That data leads to pandering, which is the antithesis of creativity,” says Beau Willimon.

“Bad Teacher” has a big debut
About 7.9 million viewers watched last night’s premiere, up 51% from its “Crazy Ones” timeslot predecessor.

“Parks and Rec” unshackled itself with its shocking twist
"'Moving Up' is one hell of a series finale,” says Alasdair Wilkins, "which makes it all the more exciting that it isn’t one. This hour of television doesn’t represent 'Parks And Recreation' at its funniest, but it is the show at its most charmingly celebratory.” Wilkins adds: “The potentially drastic shift in circumstances for its characters and the freedom that comes from the knowledge that next year is probably the end means that the show has a real chance to push forward, instead of just retracing the same few story beats.” PLUS: This episode was “Parks’" way of having everything it wanted, this was essentially the “Parks and Rec” series finale, will “Parks” turn into “Lost”?, and watch Michelle Obama’s cameo — how does it compare to other political cameos?

Dr. Phil helps Jimmy “Putin” Fallon resolve his relationship with Obama
Welcome Vlad and Barack!

“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Sarah Drew: "I was really, really surprised”
Drew says there’s somewhat of a “mixed bag” to April’s latest development.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is bringing Bob Barker back to CBS daytime
The former “Price is Right” host will be part of a three-day arc next week on animal rescue.

“Orphan Black” gets a record-breaking 97% DVR bump
As EW reports, "That’s more than any TV drama premiere — cable or broadcast — this season. The first episode is up to 1.6 million viewers and 746,000 in the demo.”

Roger Ebert’s statue unveiled
A life-size bronze sculpture of the critic giving a thumbs-up while sitting on a bench was revealed yesterday in Champaign, Illinois as part of Ebertfest.

“Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner reveals his book-reading habits
Gabriel García Márquez is his favorite novelist of all time. He also tells the NY Times: "I recently gave my son my high school copy of 'Wuthering Heights for his English class, forgetting that a friend had drawn a penis on the cover. It was a bonding experience. He loved it — the book, I mean."

Here’s a glimpse of “The Maya Rudolph Show”
There will likely be a song-and-dance number.

“Girls” casts 2 students for Hannah’s writing program
Desiree Akhavan is, like Lena Dunham, a filmmaker herself, while Peter Mark Kendall is an upcoming actor.

“GMA’s” Amy Robach completes her chemotherapy
The “Good Morning America” news anchor went through eight rounds of chemo.

Happy 50th birthday, Hank Azaria!
“The Simpsons” star enters his 50s today.

Julie Bowen and Jimmy Kimmel play “Tweeter Totter”
Watch Kimmel force Bowen to tweet bad things, like that she doesn’t like the Pope.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey” may be delayed by Teresa Giudice’s prison sentencing
Bravo reportedly is still trying to figure out how to maximize her screentime next season.

NBC “forces” Lester Holt to be friends with Seth Meyers
Is this Meyers’ 1st “Late Night” bit outside the studio?

Michael Pitt makes his “Hannibal” debut tonight
The “Boardwalk Empire” alum will play the brother of one of Hannibal’s patients.

New “Simpsons” couch gag takes you inside Homer’s brain
Sunday’s opening is from award-winning Polish animator Michal Socha.

It’s true: Malin Akerman dating Colin Egglesfield
The “Trophy Wife” star has been spending time lately with the “Rizzoli & Isles” star.

Read Full Post

'Parks and Rec' boss on the season finale shocker: 'Shonda Rhimes agrees with me'

“Parks and Rec” boss on the season finale shocker: “Shonda Rhimes agrees with me”
"I’m a broken record about this,” says Michael Schur, "but I think that’s the best weapon we have in our arsenal, and that’s doing things unexpected and throwing people off-balance. It’s the last potent weapon for a network television show. And by the way, Shonda Rhimes agrees with me. That’s why people love ‘Scandal' so much, because they never know what’s going to happen.” PLUS: Schur on that cameo and how "Battlestar Galactica" inspired the finale.

John Oliver is the latest alum to crash “The Daily Show"
“HBO will let me say whatever the f— I want!” Oliver said while promoting “Last Week Tonight.”

Read Full Post

Seth Meyers to host the Emmy Awards

Seth Meyers to host the Emmy Awards
The "Late Night" host not only was named one of Time's 100 most influential people, NBC has tapped him to host this year's Emmys. Meyers becomes the 4th-straight "Late Night" host to helm the primetime Emmys on NBC (Jimmy Fallon did it in 2010, Conan O'Brien hosted in 2002 and 2006.) “Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at ‘SNL,’ as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on ‘SNL’ and ‘Late Night,’ makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, Meyers' late-night boss who's also in charge of alternative programming for NBC.

Read Full Post

John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st 'Last Week Tonight' interview

John Oliver’s is set to grill the former NSA director with his 1st “Last Week Tonight” interview
It’ll be Gen. Keith Alexander’s first interview since his retirement.

"Girls" will use Brooklyn to portray Iowa
The Midwestern-looking Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park was being used today to film what looks like a frat house scene.

BET to air “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” plus “The Book of Negroes” miniseries
The six-part “Book of Nergoes” will be BET’s first miniseries, while Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold will star in “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.” BET has also ordered reality shows “Gone Gospel” and “Got Game.”

“Bones” and “Big Bang Theory” are having to share the same actress
Sweets and Raj are in a "love triangle" with Laura Spencer.

BET renews “The Game,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”
They’ll be back for a respective 8th, 2nd and 3rd season.

“Dancing with the Stars” names a new boss
“X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” vet Rob Wade worked on “Dancing” for its first four seasons.

Neil Patrick Harris tells Letterman why he liked the “HIMYM” finale
“I was a big proponent of it, big fan of it,” he says of the controversial series finale.

Discovery sets Mt. Everest avalanche documentary for May 4
"Everest Avalanche Tragedy” will feature all-new footage over the course of 90 minutes.

1995 dating show Jon Hamm was rejected by an actress who treated it like a casting audition
"I think I had, like, five different accents and 20 different facial expressions in that clip. I was a dork,” says Mary Sandler of that viral clip. In an interview with LA Weekly, Sandler describes the aftermath of becoming a sudden media sensation — her brother died 5 days after the clip went viral — and how it has affected her life.

“Family Guy’s” Emmy campaign mocks New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
“Vote for us, or it’s time for some traffic problems in Brentwood,” Peter Griffin says in the Fox comedy’s Emmy mailer.

USA’s “Rush” promotes Larenz Tate
He’ll become a series regular on the “medical fixer” drama.

Why “Parks and Rec” should wrap it up next season
"Go out on top!” says Margaret Lyons. “'Parks' hasn't gotten less funny, but it is running out of narrative steam a little bit. Just ask Councilman Jamm, Mona-Lisa, or Dr. Saperstein — funny-ish each in (very) small doses, but nowhere near deserving of the amount of screentime they've had. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe might have left for budgetary reasons, but their story lines were fully exhausted.” PLUS: Why “Parks and Rec” should end tonight, and Billy Eichner hopes “Parks and Rec” promotes him to series regular

An appreciation of “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Cristina Yang
“Yang,” says Brittany Volk, "is a tricky character; her cocky and overly confident demeanor can be a turn-off for some. At first, it seems she’s just a cold, stubborn, know-it-all doctor. But of course, that’s not really the case, and that’s what I love about her. She practices tough love and tough medicine — on her patients and herself.” PLUS: Shonda Rhimes recalls when an unknown Taylor Swift stopped by the “Grey’s” set.

See the 1st images from “Downton Abbey” Season 5
Filming has already begun this week.

In defense of watching HBO sex scenes with your mom
Kate Hakala recalls being a teenager watching “Sex and the City” and “Six Feet Under” with her mom. She explains: “Something about those HBO nights with my mom, the feeling of illicitness, intimacy, and vulnerability paved the way for unscientific and honest post-show sex talks. Sure, of course I was a little humiliated, but looking back, I would have missed out on something if I had just stolen away to my room with an HBO Go password.”

VH1 releases an "I Will Survive” anti-bullying ad
Does the 1-minute PSA work or fall flat?

Read a fake “alternate” script of the controversial “Game of Thrones” scene
What if the scene was more talkative? PLUS: Australian football releases a “Game of Footy” trailer, and "Arya" and "Sansa" make funny faces over FaceTime.

"Salem" adds a Marilyn Manson song to its opening credits
Manson’s new song “Cupid Carries a Gun” will be part of Sunday’s opening.

“Orange is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba recalls her audition — not for Crazy Eyes
Aduba also reveals that she also got a job on “Blue Bloods” at the same time. PLUS: Pablo Schreiber on his pornstache.

Presenting TV’s weirdest musician cameos
From Devo on “Square Pegs” to The Flaming Lips on “Beverly Hills 90210."

USA announces “Suits After Hours”
“Suits” is getting its first early-morning fan-centric marathon.

Is there a books-to-TV miniseries trend?
JK Rowling bringing “The Casual Vacancy” to HBO and BBC may be part of a new trend to bring books to the small screen.

Monica Potter: How I got through “Parenthood’s” most emotional scenes
Potter looks back at Kristina Braverman's Top 10 most emotional moments.

CBS’ “Bad Teacher” doesn’t have enough story to merit a series
"The real challenge of the show,” says Karen Valby, "will be to give it an actual surprising arc. In three episodes, the narrative is the same. Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.” PLUS: It’s a well-played ephemeral farce, it’s a pretty amusing sitcom, it’s a flavorless, sanitized and timid retread, how CBS wooed Ari Graynor, and Graynor looks back at her TV career.

ABC’s “Black Box” combines the annoying aspect of “Homeland” with the formulaic parts of “House”
“We need good shows about complicated women, as opposed to something like ABC's new 'Black Box,” ... a clumsy, pretentious, cliché-riddled mess that just happens to have a woman at the center of things,” says Alan Sepinwall, who adds: "Describing the show makes it sound like the sort of thing Jack Donaghy might have scheduled on the '30 Rock' version of NBC.” PLUS: “Black Box” is ridiculously bad, it suffers from "prime-time multiple-personality disorder,” and it’s one of the most resonant pilots in years.

Read Full Post

'The Mentalist' is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS

“The Mentalist” is trying to find a new network home in case it’s canceled by CBS
Warner Bros. has been shopping a 7th season to both broadcast and cable networks in case. Meanwhile, the season finale is being written to work as a series finale and to set up a 7th season. “It will be a very pleasing and satisfying series finale if that’s what happens and if not it's a very pleasing and satisfying precursor to a new season,” says creator Bruno Heller.

MTV renews “The Real World” and “Snooki & JWoww”; new “Buckwild” will be called “Slednecks”
The cable network also ordered more “Girl Code,” while announcing the reality shows “One Bad Choice” and “Beyond Dance.” PLUS: MTV unveils summer schedule — “Teen Wolf” returns June 23.

Read Full Post

A 'Friday the 13th' TV series is in the works

A “Friday the 13th” TV series is in the works
The director of the original 1980 film, Sean S. Cunningham, will produce the project that reimagines Jason in multiple time periods. Unlike the original 1987 “Friday the 13th” TV series, this one will actually use Jason Voorhees.

Read Full Post

Is the 'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff actually 'When Harry Met Sally'?

Is the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff actually “When Harry Met Sally”?
Meg Ryan, after all, will be voicing the character of “Future Sally" on "How I Met Your Dad."

Lifetime denies “True Tori” is fake
The cable network says talk that Tori Spelling faked her cheating scandal to get a reality show is “so false."

Netflix announces “The Killing’s” final season premiere date
The final six episodes drop on Aug. 1.

Meet Tatiana Maslany’s “Orphan Black” clone double
“I could cry thinking about her,” Maslany says of Kathryn Alexandre, who also helps play every single clone. “She’s so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of.”

“True Blood’s” Sam Trammell will star in the Amazon pilot “Cocked”
The series from the creator of “Lie to Me” will have Trammell playing a man who returns to his family’s gun business after a falling out with his brother and father.

Discovery reality special will follow “mechanical savants” who mash-up cars
The Appalachian-set “Rebel Road” will follow the people who create what are known as “rat rods.”

Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for her joke about the women held captive in Cleveland
“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” Rivers said on “Today” while promoting her “Melissa & Joan” reality show and comparing her living situation to theirs. The joke prompted the womens’ attorney to ask for a “sincere apology.”

See the “Girl Meets World” poster
Check out Disney Channel’s happy family portrait.

Read Full Post

NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English

NBC and USA to remake Telemundo telenovelas in English
Shows like "Mujer de Acero” (Woman Of Steel) will get an English language remake as the two NBC Universal channels have agreed to remake shows from its Spanish-language sibling for the first time.

“The Bachelorette” creator: “This transcends everything, certainly a television show”
"He was such a young guy who lived life to the fullest,” Mike Fleiss says of Eric Hill. "I couldn't believe it when I heard. I'm still in shock. We're all in shock.”

ABC News renews George Stephanopoulos’ contract
He’ll continue with his roles on “GMA” and “This Week."

Jimmy Kimmel's “Scandal” special was his most-watched episode ever
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandalabra” attracted more than 4 million viewers.

“Longmire” returns June 2
A&E has some details on the Season 3 premiere.

“The Americans’” Holly Taylor says she has to occasionally leave the room while watching the show
The 16-year-old actress, who plays daughter Paige, also admits she’s never watched “Felicity,” but she’s worn the “Felicity” wig.

Jon Stewart fires back at Hannity: “My God, you’re the Arby’s of news”
On being called a “comedic hack,” Stewart replied: "The hack thing hurts a little. But the wound is healed by the ointment of your attention.”

“Veep’s” Jonah says he “boned” his audition
Timothy Simons tells Letterman he tries to be overly nice in real life.

Ginnifer Goodwin talks about marrying Josh Dallas soon after wrapping “Once Upon a Time”
The very pregnant Goodwin learned that she wasn’t Jimmy Kimmel’s most pregnant guest ever.

Colin Quinn urges Seth Meyers to crack down on Fred Armisen’s frequent “Late Night” absences
The “Late Night” bandleader was expected to take time off to film “Portlandia,” but he’s out again this week attending another festival in Austin.

Read Full Post

Stephen Colbert crashes 'The Daily Show': 'It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television'

Stephen Colbert crashes “The Daily Show”: “It’s become clear to me that I’ve won television"
Colbert formally announced his departure to Jon Stewart, saying: “I’m really going to miss me" and that Letterman's job is going to "some fat guy." PLUS: “Cake Boss” bakes a Colbert Bust cake.

MTV is reviving "Buckwild" -- near Sarah Palin's home in Alaska
TMZ reports that the West Virginia reality show, which was canceled after one of its stars died, is currently filming in Wasilla, Alaska.

CBS’ final “Thursday Night Football” game is set for Oct. 23
Will “The Big Bang Theory” reclaim its timeslot in time for Halloween?

Kerry Washington, Seth Meyers, Key & Peele, Benedict Cumberbatch among Time’s 100 Most Influential People
President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett penned a tribute to the “Scandal” star, while Amy Poehler honored Meyers, her "SNL" pal. Meanwhile, Judd Apatow wrote about how Key and Peele “make me laugh — hard.” Colin Firth paid tribute to Cumberbatch, Richard Linklater had a few words for Matthew McConaughey, and Michael Bloomberg said Charlie Rose's interviews are "substantive, thoughtful and probing." UPDATE: And Shonda Rhimes on "Weeds" and "Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan, and Naomi Watts on Robin Wright.

Read Full Post

Did Tori Spelling fake a cheating scandal to land her 'True Tori' reality show?

Did Tori Spelling fake a cheating scandal to land her “True Tori” reality show?
As Jezebel notes, "the entire first episode rang so incredibly false that many are now questioning whether there was ever a cheating scandal to begin with, or if this was all a machination by the financially-strapped couple to land a new TV show after their long-running Oxygen series was canceled.” PLUS: “True Tori” debuts to 1.2 million.

“The Big Bang Theory’s” current plan is to end after Season 10
"The mindset is it's going to be the 10 and then we'll see what happens after that,” says showrunner Steve Molaro of the three-season pickup. He adds that Season 7 will end with a cliffhanger. PLUS: Kaley Cuoco really does chop off her hair.

HBO’s Amazon plan will hook millennials who were too young for “The Sopranos” and “The Wire”
As Alex Fitzpatrick, who was 11 when “The Sopranos” premiered, points out, ""They’re going right after me and my friends, millennials aged 18-25, because we’re vaguely aware 'The Sopranos' and 'The Wire' were pretty great shows, but we were way too young to catch ‘em on their first go.” PLUS: Where’s “John  From Cincinnati”?

Lifetime orders "The Sisterhood,” a Catholic Convent reality show
From the producers of “Breaking Amish” comes a reality show that follows five young women as they decide whether to become nuns.

“The Bachelorette” reacts to contestant Eric Hill’s tragic paragliding death
"We're all extremely saddened by this news. We enjoyed our time with Eric on the show,” says Chris Harrison "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. He will be missed." PLUS: Hill was Andi Dorfman's 1st one-on-one date.

Why the controversial “Game of Thrones” rape scene was more upsetting than the Red Wedding
This was a moment the show invented on its own, and it was really, really gratuitous and out of character. PLUS: Maybe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were carelessly trying to ramp up the sex and violence.

Elmo puppeteer cleared in 3 sexual abuse cases
Kevin Clash is still facing legal action by his first accuser.

“SVU” stars will combat domestic violence and sexual assault via a USA "SVU" marathon
The "No More Excuses” marathon will be fronted by Mariska Hargitay and her fellow castmates Ice-T, Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish.

Howard Stern: I don't think Stephen Colbert is making the right decision in moving to CBS
“CBS is lucky to get him,” says the shock jock and 30-year Letterman guest. But he adds: "Why would he want to leave that to just go interview an actress about her latest movie?”

VH1 sets a “Dating Naked” premiere date for this summer
VH1 is promising "no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you” for the July 17 premiere.

Watch “The Simpsons’” Lego promo
“Kiss my flat, plastic butt,” says Homer.

“The Vampire Diaries” author is using fan fiction to reclaim her book series
L.J. Smith was fired three years ago and replaced with a ghostwriter. Now she’s writing “Vampire Diaries” fan fiction” and uploading them to Amazon.

Why “Fargo” used sign language in Episode 2
“It just seemed Coen-esque to have these very sort of lethal characters who have these completely private exchanges in front of other people,” says exec producer Noah Hawley. PLUS: “Fargo” easter eggs revealed, Keith Carradine on “Fargo” vs. “Deadwood,” and Allison Tolman says, "I did everything I could to not be cast in a show."

“Parks and Rec” boss talks about having multiple pregnancies this season
Leslie Knope’s pregnancy won’t mirror Ann’s — and April will definitely not get pregnant. PLUS: See a clip of “Parks and Rec” in San Francisco.

Introducing the “Game of Thrones” workout
Do 20 crunches every time Tyrion is called “The Imp.” PLUS: A restaurant has created a “Game of Thrones” menu.

“Nashville” has found a way to invigorate the clip show
Tonight’s episode is an “On the Record Music Special.

Mindy Kaling met Chris Messina via her “Office” pal John Krasinski
Krasinski and Messina were in the film “Away We Go.”

Aussie actress talks about going topless for “Modern Family’s” teenage boys
Marissa Wynne bares all in tonight’s Australia episode. PLUS: Sarah Hyland poses as a doll for a photo shoot.

Watch a music video tribute to "Pee-Wee’s Playhouse"
The band tUnE-yArDs has released its own spin on the classic kids’ show.

Andy Samberg returns to NBC Thursday to host an “SNL” special
The two-hour special will be devoted to Samberg’s specialty, digital shorts.

Bryan Cranston: “Breaking Bad’s” bed death scene was really personal for me
At the Tribeca Film Festival, Cranston says he saw his daughter in Krysten Ritter’s eyes.

Toni Morrison geeks out over Omar from “The Wire”
The first person the legendary author wanted to meet at a party was Michael Kenneth Williams.

An “Alpha House” alum is headed to “Royal Pains”
Willa Fitzgerald will recur on the USA series.

Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis welcome a baby boy
"Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I'm the building),” tweeted the former “House” star.

Read Full Post