'True Blood' ends as it lived: 'A complete mess with no emotional center'

“True Blood” ends as it lived: “A complete mess with no emotional center"
"In seven years,” says Noah Love, "'True Blood' got close to emotional gravitas only once. In the ninth episode of Season 2, Eric’s maker, Godric, decides he has lived enough and faces the “true death” as the sun rises. He dies after an emotional plea from Eric, and Sookie keeps him company until the end. It was weirdly touching, and nothing that came before or after it (and five more seasons came after it) could match that moment. So of course, the writers of the show would try to emulate it to close out the show.” PLUS: Maybe there was no logical ending, what a whimper of a finale, this season contain episodes that were essentially "frustrating bits of nothing,” “True Blood” never figured out what it wanted its vampires to be, HBO auctioning off the wedding dress, Sookie and Bill aren’t among "True Blood's" 10 best characters, and Lafayette deserved better.

IFC buys Chelsea Handler’s brothel comedy
“Rabbit Hole” is set in Nevada’s “second most famous” brothel.

Increased competition has made the Emmys a big deal this year
Digital shows have added a new dimension to the “Golden Age of Television.” PLUS: Jimmy Fallon presents Emmys Bingo.

Donald Trump: Seth Meyers hosting the Emmys “is a total joke”
Trump weighed in this morning on his fellow NBC star hosting the Emmy Awards: "He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!” Trump tweeted, apparently still not over Meyers mocking him at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

It almost seemed like “SNL’s” Jay Pharoah hosted the VMAs
This year’s awards show was host-less, but Pharoah kept coming out with impressions of Kanye West and Jay Z that proved essential to last night’s broadcast. PLUS: What was up with that awkward Robin Williams tribute?, the best and worst of the VMAs, Kardashians texted during Michael Brown moment of silence, and the VMAs existed for Beyonce.

Miley Cyrus sending a homeless teen to accept her VMA award was inspired by Marlon Brando
Cyrus, according to her rep, modeled her “not a stunt” after Brando sending Sacheen Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” in 1973 as a protest against the movie industry’s treatment of Native Americans.

TiVo announces its first antenna-only DVR
The special DVR will cost $50 plus $15 a month in service fees.

Small Croatian town forbids “Game of Thrones” from filming a naked Cersei scene on location
According to TMZ, the film commission in Dubrovnik, Croatia won’t allow the “crucial” scene to be filmed because of pressure from the local Church of St. Nicholas.

John Oliver hits a piñata to slam the overblown headlines about "Last Week Tonight"
"Up until this point, I’ve just made some mean jokes about them,” the “Last Week Tonight” host said in a web exclusive video. "But now, for the sake of actual internet headlines, I will literally destroy them.”

HBO teases the final “Newsroom” season
Check out the copy machine promo.

Read an excerpt from Lena Dunham’s book
The New Yorker has an excerpt from "Not That Kind of Girl."

DirecTV and NFL are closing in on a $1.3 billion Sunday Ticket deal
The deal will go up over the next decade.

Watch the “Iyanla: Fix My Life” trailer from Ferguson
The special “Healing in Ferguson” airs Tuesday.

E! unveils its trailer for “The Royals”
E!’s first scripted series stars Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen.

Jim Parsons talks about the “Big Bang” contract dispute
“You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from,” he says with a laugh. “That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”

“Rising Star” crowns its 1st winner
But the West Coast had no say in Jesse Kinch winning.

Valerie Cherish pleads with the paparazzi in new “The Comeback” teaser
“Give her another take!”

Read Full Post

Rapper Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence for Ferguson

Rapper Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence for Ferguson
Before presenting the award for best hip-hop video, Common called a moment of silence "for Mike Brown and for peace in this country and in the world.” PLUS: Miley Cyrus sent a homeless teen accept her award, Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction, here is Taylor Swift's vocal track isolated, and VMAs paid tribute to Robin Williams.

“Better Call Saul” teases Jimmy McGill
How does Jimmy McGill become Saul Goodman?

Read Full Post

MTV to show 2 Ferguson PSAs during the VMAs

MTV to show 2 Ferguson PSAs during the VMAs
The spots are part of MTV's “Look Different” campaign made in conjunction with the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center and National Council of La Raza.

More ice bucket challenge videos: George R.R. Martin, “Tina Fey,” Shonda Rhimes, Kiefer Sutherland
“God help me,” said George R.R. Martin before his Ice Bucket Challenge. Shonda Rhimes left drought-stricken California to do hers. Jason Sudeikis responded to Mitt Romney’s challenge. Somebody resembling Tina Fey also did it, as did Kiefer Sutherland and Minka Kelly and Padma Lakshmi.

Nicki Minaj backup dancer bitten by a snake during VMAs rehearsal
The snake was a boa constrictor named Rocky.

FXX’s cropping has spoiled “The Simpsons” marathon
“The Simpsons” was broadcast from 1989 to 2009 in a square-shaped standard definition format, but FXX has been showing those episodes cropped in the rectangular HDTV format. This has resulted in some in-jokes being removed from the series.

Kathy Griffin: “I’ve just signed on to do a multi-year for New Year’s for CNN”
Griffin will apparently continue tormenting Anderson Cooper for years to come.

Minor league baseball team to celebrate ‘90s Nickelodeon night
The Brooklyn Cycles, which last month devoted a night to “Seinfeld,” will have "Keenan & Kel’s” Kel Mitchell throw out the first pitch on Wednesday. In addition to slimed jerseys, fans will be able to play “Double Dare.”

Josh Charles to become a dad
“The Good Wife” alum and his wife are expecting their first child.

Read Full Post

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' adds Matt Bomer

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” adds Matt Bomer
Ryan Murphy will reunite with his “Normal Heart” actor for one episode.

Read Full Post

Do the Emmys matter anymore?

Do the Emmys matter anymore?
That the Emmys have been relegated to a Monday night in August this year should be a cause for concern. Yes, the Emmys had an eight-year high last year, but that was thanks to football. As Verne Gay notes, the Emmys are "sliding into, if not outright irrelevance, then senescence … That's the harsh view, and maybe an unfair one, but the numbers appear to confirm that slow, inexorable slide.” PLUS: How Emmy voters vote, and play the Emmy drinking game.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” unveils a split-tongue trailer
Check out “Lick.”

Fox explaining “Gotham” with a 4-part online special
The 20-minute series explores the mythology behind the Batman prequel.

Seth Meyers would rather celebrate than roast TV at the Emmys
“This is a time to remind people how good the good is in television right now,” he says. “It’s maybe better than ever.” PLUS: Meyers and Brian Williams have lunch together, and Meyers gets why people are upset over the reported James Corden pick.

Peter Capaldi explains how his “Doctor Who” is unique
"He's sort of fiercer than Matt," Capaldi says of predecessor Matt Smith. "But he's not grim; he's actually very funny and passionate. He loves the universe and this job that he has, this freedom to travel through time and space. He's a guy who's passionate about life and art … and he gets impatient with people who don't recognize how fantastic the universe is.” PLUS: Steven Moffat says Capaldi looked “incredibly right” for the role, a beginner’s guide to “Who,” Moffat seems to preoccupied with the Doctor’s age in the premiere, Capalidi’s gravitas and wry eccentricity make up for his lack of youthfulness, and Capaldi is instantly endearing.

“The Simpsons” boss would like to end the series with Episode 1
Al Jean tweeted: "My idea for last episode -- ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…” PLUS: What happens when you watch 24-straight hours of “The Simpsons” marathon?, Wisconsin farm creates a “Simpsons” corn maze, James L. Brook says: “We are misty eyed in Simpsonland,” Hank Azaria says he’s lived the “Simpsons” marathon, and the marathon gets big ratings for FXX.

Happy 75th birthday, Valerie Harper!
The “Rhoda” star is “seemingly indestructible.”

Aaron Paul starts a production company, inks a deal with “Breaking Bad” producer Sony TV
Under the deal, Paul will help develop and produce new series.

“Silicon Valley” creator Mike Judge may attend Burning Man for “research”
Burning Man has become a must-attend event for rich techies.

“Houdini” star Adrien Brody was told that doing TV could help revive his movie career
The Oscar-winning actor, who hasn’t done any high-profile movie projects in years, was told that the 15 million viewers watching the History channel could showcase his talents and put him up for better roles.

Melissa Joan Hart launches a clothing collection for boys
The "Melissa & Joey” star created the line because she found the clothing for her three young boys lacking.

Revisiting the “True Blood” pilot
Bill Compton’s hair sure has changed since Episode 1, but Sookie has been working as a waitress since the beginning. PLUS: Recalling the “True Blood-iest” sex scenes, where “True Blood” buys vampire gear, the 17 most disgusting deaths, ranking the best and worst villains, and ranking the sexiest characters.

Even as a kid, Kelsey Grammer looked like “Frasier”
See a photo of Grammer from "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Every MTV Video Music Awards, ranked
Why the 1995 VMAs = No. 1.

“SNL’s” Kenan Thompson: An appreciation
Going into his 12th season, Thompson appears to be the old guy who never moves on. "'Why is Kenan still on this show?' is a commonplace thought,” notes Rembert Browne. "And it’s understandable when, well after you’ve reached the decade milestone, you still aren’t a beloved cast member. But that lack of universal acceptance sheds light on why Kenan is special. And in a small group of ‘SNL' cast members who can pull off a very difficult, built-to-fail brand of performance art.” PLUS: Meet the “SNL” editor responsible for all those viral videos.

MTV reality star Diem Brown diagnosed with colon cancer
Brown is now battling cancer for the third time after being treated for ovarian cancer twice.

Lizzy Caplan thinks “Real Housewives” stars deserve Emmys
"Clearly they all deserve Emmys for those riveting performances as normal human beings,” the “Masters of Sex” star tells NY Times Magazine. "I find reality television to be so delectable. I cannot even fully express how much it means to me.” Why is that? "It’s this idea of taking a somewhat normal human being and then putting them on this frying pan of fame. In real time, you can watch fame ruin somebody and makes them go insane.”

A “Pawn Stars” episode lasts 3 minutes when you cut out all the filler
Here is what the History channel reality show looks like without the padding.

What is the future of “Rectify”?
Ray McKinnon says of a possible Season 3: "There were a lot of things left open, if they brought us back, we would try to figure out a way to confound expectations if we can.” PLUS: “Rectify” overcame some growing pains in Season 2, and Aden Young talks about the season finale.

Ranking the “America’s Next Top Model” judges
J. Alexander is the best.

“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams passed her driver’s test
The event was so important that her driving school wrote up an article about it.

Every “My So-Called Life” episode, ranked
Is the pilot the best episode?

“Dating Naked” stars are getting married
Will they get married naked? PLUS: 8 things that “Dating Naked” should ban.

“Mad Men” in a hospital? PBS presents “Breathless”
The “Masterpiece” miniseries, starring Jack Davenport, takes place in a hospital in the ‘60s. It premieres Sunday night.

“Scandal” nabs a “Mistresses” hunk
Matthew Del Negro has been cast in "a secret, yet juicy role.”

“Today’s” Jenna Wolfe is pregnant again
She’s expecting her 2nd child with NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk.

“Bojack Horseman” is more clever than funny — and bleak
The Netflix animated comedy, available for streaming now, is very comfortable with darkness and being lonely. PLUS: It’s strange and somewhat delightful, and it’s not very good.

BBC America’s “Intruders” is a show about body snatchers that doesn’t mess around with mythology
Premiering Saturday after “Doctor Who,” “Introducers” stars John Simm and Mira Sorvino. PLUS: There is not enough life in this concept.

Read Full Post

Watch Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy biopic trailer

Watch Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy biopic trailer
Amanda Fuller plays the “Clueless” star in "The Brittany Murphy Story."

An ABC special will attempt to determine the best “Schoolhouse Rock” song
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson will host "The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock” special, airing at 7 pm on Sept. 7.

“State of Affairs” books James Remar, plus Courtney B. Vance as husband to the president of the United States
Vance will play the First Gentleman to POTUS Alfre Woodard, while Remar will guest as a CIA agent.

Lifetime puts out the first 5 minutes of “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story”
The film debuts on Labor Day.

NBC won’t proceed with its “Wizard of Oz”-themed series
“Emerald City” had been ordered straight to series for next season.

“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore sells a romantic comedy to NBC
Highmore is teaming with “Bates” co-creator Kerry Ehrin on a venture capital-themed romantic comedy they came up with at the Critics Choice Awards.

“Sleepy Hollow” headed to Hulu Plus
The Fox drama will be available on the streaming service the day after each episode airs.

Read Full Post

NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger

NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger
The confidential settlement ending the NFL's $16.6 million lawsuit comes after the league levied a $12,000 fine on Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel for flashing his middle finger during a “Monday Night Football” preseason game this week.


Oprah Winfrey Network sends Iyanla Vanzant to help Ferguson heal
Tuesday’s episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will bring together Iyanla, Ferguson’s police chief and Michael Brown’s uncle.

Mindy gets a new “Mindy Project” rival: Niecy Nash
The "Reno 911!" alum will play the new hospital chief who happens to be a lesbian.

Could “SNL” replace Don Pardo with Darrell Hammond, his impressionist?
Hammond pretended to be Pardo when he filled in for him several times on "Saturday Night Live," and says he would be “honored and thrilled” to carry on his announcing duties.

Twitter will debut a zip-line camera above the Emmy red carpet
The live zip-line footage will be shown on NBC’s Twitter account and on “Access Hollywood.”

State Farm reviving classic “SNL” characters Hans & Franz and Rob Schneider’s “Richmeister”
As part of “SNL’s” 40th-season celebration, Lorne Michaels is teaming with State Farm for the ad campaign, launching during the VMAs and featuring Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as well as Schneider’s “Making Copies” guy, which you can watch right here.

Read Full Post

“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for 'Parks and Rec’s' final season

“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for “Parks and Rec’s” final season
She’ll play the nanny to Leslie and Ben’s triplets in a one-episode role that could be expanded.

Read Full Post

Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted'

Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted”
The military comedy has no other potential suitors, so it is not coming back.

Read Full Post

Fox posts 'Red Band Society' pilot online

Fox posts “Red Band Society” pilot online
The hospital children’s ward drama, which debuts on Sept. 17, is now available on Hulu through Tuesday at 5 pm ET.

Read Full Post