Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal
The E! star is signed a deal to star in Netflix’s first talk show, premiering in early 2016. She’ll also star in a Netflix standup special and make several other “docu-comedy” specials.
Chelsea Handler lands a Netflix late-night talk show deal
FX should turn “Fargo” into “Coen Brothers Theater”
Rather than do another "Fargo" season, Season 2 could be a riff on “No Country for Old men, and Season 3 could be a new version of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” PLUS: Billy Bob Thornton shot 3 different endings, “Fargo” proved to be Allison Tolman’s show, and introducing “Fargo” death trading cards.
“The Bachelorette" fan fave Marquel Martin joins “Bachelor in Paradise”
Can he also become the first black “Bachelor”?
If “Rising Star” does voting live in real time, how will tape-delayed West Coasters participate?
About 80% of the country, including the Mountain Time Zone, will get to vote on “Rising Star” live. If results are too close by the time the show airs on the West Coast, the tape-delayed broadcast will be interrupted with live hits from the studio allowing West Coast viewers to weigh in. Meanwhile, viewers in Hawaii and Alaska won’t have a chance to vote.
Dana Carvey performs standup as Johnny Carson on Letterman
Watch “Carson” tell a Justin Bieber/Rob Ford joke.
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” dad Frank Giudice dies
The father of Joe Giudice suffered a heart attack early today. He was 63.
“Game of Thrones” creators recall casting complaints over Daenerys and Cersei and Jamie Lannister
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spoke recently at Cannes Lions: "When Lena Headey was cast, people complained she was a brunette, people actually complained when we cast Nikolaj Coster-Waldau because his nose isn’t perfect, and people complained when we cast Emilia Clarke as Daenerys because the character in the book is like 13 and she’s 23 or 24. I started tearing my hair out, and we realized if we were to keep our sanity, we’d have to stop looking at everything.” PLUS: Watch a supercut of every “GoT” grunt.
MTV2 orders “Fatawesome”
The sketch comedy pilot comes from the makers of the viral video “Cat-Friend vs. Dog-Friend.”
Meet “Gotham's” villains
A new promo reveals Fish Mooney, and the future Penguin and Catwoman.
Hulu orders a “Los Cowboys” rodeo reality show
The show will follow a group of wannabe Latino cowboys as they try to qualify for the Mexican National Rodeo Finals in Guadalajara.
FCC received some complaints over ESPN's airing of NFL draft pick Michael Sam's gay kiss
Read all the complaints over Sam’s kiss.
Ashley Benson gets a restraining order against a Warner Bros. security guard
The former security guard had said told him to have a sexual relationship with the “Pretty Little Liars” star.
Conan O’Brien and Andy Cohen trade late-night stories
Conan says the talk show landscape is "like 'Game of Thrones' now with different realms. There’s an endless number of comedy realms. Maybe I’m the Lannisters, I don’t know."
“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer recalls battling childhood leukemia, and interning for “Sesame Street” and Conan O’Brien
Bayer today answered questions on Reddit. PLUS: Aidy Bryant talks “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” 8 of the most fascinating "SNL" cast member bios, and watch the angry outtakes from Mike Ditka’s 1993 “SNL” appearance.
Anna Paquin poses nude with her “True Blood” hubby on the cover of EW
Check out her and Stephen Moyer cuddling in a coffin.
Listen to The Situation tanning salon brawl 911 call
The former “Jersey Shore” star got in a fight with his brother.
Who is Cottonelle’s “Bum” girl?
Cherry Healey has been making videos of uncomfortable subjects for years.
How “Suits” costume designer comes up with the right office wear
"I'm sensitive to the mood of the script,” says Jolie Andreatta, "and the particular case that's being addressed. I feel like I can always be a little more sexy, a little more elaborate, when it’s dealing with corporate takeovers. If it's a more emotional case, I don't want to distract from what's going on.”
MTV: Alaska-set “Slednecks” isn’t “Buckwild” on ice
The two shows may come from the same producers, but MTV compared “Slednecks” to “Jersey Shore” and “Laguna Beach.”
What it’s like to watch the Spanish-language “Breaking Bad”
Episodes of “Metastasis” have been posted on Hulu. But despite the lack of English subtitles, it’s easy to follow along.
“Blossom’s” Jenna von Oy is pregnant
Von Oy, 37, is expecting her 2nd child.
Martin Sheen heads to Netflix to play Jane Fonda’s husband
The former “West Wing” president has joined the Lily Tomlin-Jane Fonda comedy pilot “Grace and Frankie.”
ABC renews “Extreme Weight Loss”
In addition to a 13-episode Season 5, “Extreme Weight Loss” will air three special editions next summer, including one called "Love Can't Weight."
“Big Brother” will have 2 heads of households this season
Julie Chen says that four contestants will be up for eviction each week as a result of the new twist, which won't guarantee that a HOH is safe from eviction. Producers will also use a "Battle of the Block" competition to shift power in the house, and fans will be able to influence what goes on via a "Team America" twist.
Showtime orders “Roadies” from Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams
The rock ’n’ roll tour comedy series will also involve “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman.
Adam Levine: "I’m not going to lie to you, I think there are problems” on “The Voice”
The Maroon 5 singer tells Rolling stone: “Millions . . . watch the show every week and fall in love with a singer, then you don’t hear much from them. We haven’t had a breakout success like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood.”
Aaliyah’s family has hired a lawyer to block Lifetime’s biopic
The family is miffed that it wasn’t contacted about the movie, and family members intend to block Lifetime from using any of her music.
AMC will marathon every “The Walking Dead” episode starting on the 4th of July
The “Dead, White and Blue” will lead into the "Talking Dead Season 5 Preview Special” airing on Sunday, July 6.
China’s Community Party: “House of Cards” shows how widespread corruption is in the U.S.
Party’s Discipline Inspection Commission published an article yesterday on the Netflix series, saying, “Are these plots real? Is America that corrupted? In fact, if you dive deep into these issues, you will discover that the corruption problems in developed Western nations such as the U.S. are widespread.”
“Vikings” adds 3
New additions for Season 3 include the Emperor Charles of France and his self-possessed daughter.
Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly to announce the Primetime Emmy nominees
The Fox star and “The Voice” host will present the nominees early on the morning of July 10.
Queen Elizabeth II to visit the “Game of Thrones” set
The British queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will tour the Belfast studios where the HBO series is filmed, next week.
“Game of Thrones” creators: Season 5 could be “the strongest yet”
Some book readers worry that Season 5 isn’t as compelling as the previous seasons. But David Benioff and Dan Weiss don’t see it that way: "For season 5 ... the fear started to dissipate when we outlined it and realized how much story we had to tell. Now that we’re nearly finished with the first drafts of each episode, we see no reason why the coming season shouldn’t be the strongest yet.”
Wil Wheaton presents a “Brady Bunch”-themed “Game of Thrones” opening
“The Wil Wheaton Project” also presented a supercut of “Game of Throne” theme covers.
“The Shield’s” Michael Jace pleads not guilty to killing his wife
The actor is currently being held on $2 million bail.
Check out the “Big Brother 16” house
There will be a “Fire Bedroom" this season.
“Angel” alum J. August Richards will play gay for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
He’ll be married to Patrick Heusinger's character, Max, on the Bravo series.
TMZ’s CW reality show “Famous in 12” bombs
Just 628,000 viewers watched the reality show that has a family seek fame with the help of TMZ.
TCM to honor Quincy Jones
On Monday, Robert Osbourne and the 81-year-old music legend will host a series of films featuring Jones’ scores, from the original “Italian Job” to “In the Heat of the Night."
Carol Leifer: “Seinfeld” scrapped my idea of Elaine wearing a fanny pack
As she explained on Reddit, "I always thought it would be a great Elaine story if she started to use that, the fanny pack, as a way to make her day in New York a lot less taxing, you know -- getting the first taxi because she looked pregnant, getting concert tickets first because people saw her standing in line, and I think they always liked the notion of it but it never became an episode.” PLUS: Jerry Seinfeld takes his 1st selfie, and John O’Hurley recalls a lost J. Peterman monologue.
“Book of Mormon” gets mashed up with “South Park”
Watch the “Hello” opening with “South Park”-style animation.
Jay Leno to be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
The former “Tonight Show” host will be honored in a Kennedy Center ceremony on Oct. 19 that PBS will broadcast on Nov. 23. The recent previous recipients of the Mark Twain Prize include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Bill Cosby.
A “True Blood” musical is in the works
The HBO drama’s composer, Nathan Barr, has pitched a “True Blood: The Musical” that would focus on Sookie Stackhouse. "I think we're really going to try to return to the roots of the show,” says Barr, who got some help from Stephen Moyer in his presentation to HBO.
“Fargo” creator: We’re not like Rust Cohle — "This is a more optimistic view of the world”
Noah Hawley says he wanted to create a show that wasn’t like the “True Detectives” of the world. "One of the things that I take pride in is that ‘Fargo' is a very different story than the sort of haunted-demon-hunter-cop stories that have become the norm for us,” he says. "This idea that in order to protect the innocent, these men who fight evil have to become these tortured figures. That may be true, but certainly in the assignment I was given, there was a basic decency to Molly and Gus and Lou and Bill. Nobody is saying, we are good with a capital G, they’re saying we’re decent with a small d.” PLUS: Hawley says it would be disingenuous to bring back Season 1 characters for a 2nd season, how Lorne Malvo won, Hawley calls the ending a “big deal” because it’s a hero moment and morally questionable, Hawley says 10 episodes ended up being the perfect amount, this “Fargo” had a lot in common with “Friday Night Lights,” the ending was so satisfying, but having Molly and Malvo cross paths only once felt a bit unsatisfying, Hawley explains the missing characters, and what the heck happened to Molly?
Stuntwoman sues after getting burned on “Face Off”
Tamiko Brownlee claims a fireball burned her during filming of the Syfy reality show.
Joan Rivers’ new book lashes out at Lena Dunham
In “Diary of a Mad Diva,” Rivers writes if she has to see Dunham’s “a—, boobs or tattoos” again, she wants HBO charged with crimes against humanity.
“Royal Pains” twist, explained
"We've always had, from the beginning, family as the major theme of our show,” says exec producer Michael Rauch.
Jimmy Fallon makes Kevin Hart conquer his fear of roller coasters
Watch Hart go crazy at the Universal Orlando Resort.
Zendaya responds to the backlash over her Lifetime biopic role as Aaliyah
Some have said the 17-year-old Disney star looks nothing like the late singer.
Ozzy Osbourne will play a “rock and roll fish” on Nickelodeon
He’s set to guest-star on “Bubble Guppies” as Sid Fishy, a "rock and roll fish who loves being rotten."
VH1’s “I Love The 2000s” comes 6 years after VH1’s “I Love The New Millennium”
“I Love The New Millennium” only covered the events up until 2007. This one goes all the way to the end of the last decade, 2009. PLUS: Here’s everything mentioned from 2000 and 2001.
British Prime Minister David Cameron gives signed “Downton Abbey” script to China’s premier
Turns out “Downton” is big in China.
NBC to counter ABC’s “Rising Star's" debut with a special “America’s Got Talent” and Guinness world record stunts
“AGT” will get a special airing on Sunday in an attempt to thwart the ABC singing competition — and “AGT” will include Howie Mandel-hosted interstitials featuring Guinness World Record attempts in fire diving and jumping over moving cars.
“Rizzoli & Isles” boss: Writing out Lee Thompson Young was "very daunting"
The first two episodes of Season 5 pay tribute to the late actor’s character, Det. Barry Frost.
PBS to add a 30-minute version of “Sesame Street”
The shortened “Sesame” aims to capture the short attention span of kids these days.
TV Land taps “Smallville’s” Michael Rosenbaum to play a man pretending to be a gay pastor
On “Impastor,” Rosenbaum will play a lowlife who hides away in a small town by convincing residents that he’s the new gay pastor.
Lena Headey was shocked by reaction to “Game of Thrones” “rape” scene
"I was kind of shocked by the reaction, actually, because the show is full of crimes against humanity,” she says, adding: "She wanted him. She’s saying ‘no' for many reasons. She’s saying ‘no' because of the f*cking pain of her loss—she can’t bear what she’s feeling. She was saying, 'No, no… not here,' but a lot of stuff was about how, right in that moment, she couldn’t bear to feel what she was feeling and wanted him to take some of that away.” PLUS: Headey wore an “I’m Not Sorry” shirt on Monday, Jaime raping Cersei was one of Season 4’s many problems, and Sarah McLachlan meets that dragon scene from the finale.
Donald Trump: “Awkward” Seth Meyers “shouldn’t be doing television”
Trump apparently is still not over being roasted by Meyers at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.
Howard Stern show contest winner auditions for the shock again on “America’s Got Talent”
Comedian Rachel Butera already has a link to one of the judges, having won $5,000 on Stern’s Staff Impression Contest in 2010. UPDATE: Stern wasn't allowed to vote because of his connection to Butera.
“Mystery Girls” will feature a 3rd “Beverly Hills 90210” cast member
Peach Pit owner Joe E. Tata will reunite with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on their ABC Family series.
“NCIS: New Orleans” star: My husband filed for divorce to get a piece of my new salary
Zoe McClellan has been hit with divorce papers, and she claims her husband filed for divorce to get some of her $45,000-an-episode salary via child support payments, according to TMZ. McClellan is also battling her husband to move her son with her to New Orleans.
“Gunslingers” docudrama will feature commentary from Kurt Russell and “Deadwood” creator David Milch
American Heroes Channel’s six-part series will highlight a different figure from the past, from Jesse James to Wyatt Earp to Billy the Kid.
When did “miniseries” become a bad word?
Why are new terms like “event series” and “limited series” bandied about these days?
See more of “Mad Men's" Don Draper from one of his final scenes
Jon Hamm again is not wearing a suit. PLUS: Christina Hendricks pens “A Letter to Men."
Michelle Dockery: I’m not leaving “Downton Abbey”
"I’m here till the end, whenever that may be,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Where would J.Lo’s career be without “American Idol”?
Jennifer Lopez released her 8th studio album today, and she has reality TV to thank for her recent success.
“Fargo” burning finale questions
Tonight’s finale has so much to answer for, including: What happened to all the missing characters, from Stavros Milos to Wrench? PLUS: Rounding up the Easter eggs, and more Easter Eggs.
Here’s the 1st look at “Bachelor in Paradise”
How different is it from “Bachelor Pad”?
Count down the 50 best TV scenes from the last year
From “The Simpsons’” Lego episode to “Louie’s” plus-sized woman rant.
Give “Louie” credit for continuing to avoid being an ordinary sitcom
"I loved a lot of this season,” says James Poniewozik, "and I admired its effort not to be too cool, to risk taking itself too seriously, to take off its shirt and risk being laughed at and not with. I don’t want ‘Louie' to become ordinary–an artsier, looser version of a kind of dramedy that other shows are already doing–and I hope Louis CK doesn’t want that either.” PLUS: Louis CK cares too much about what we think.
Watch the opening credits to IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates”
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci's musical comedy act comes to TV on Aug. 7.
Bryan Cranston has tentatively titled his memoir “Say My Name”
It looks like Cranston will use a “Breaking Bad” reference for his memoir title.
The Situation arrested at his tanning salon
Cops were called on the “Jersey Star” after he got into a fight at his Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey.
George R.R. Martin made a cameo on Funny or Die’s “Gay of Thrones”
Watch him play a grandfather reading his son the book of "Gay of Thrones."
For every celebrity guest, Jimmy Kimmel's staff searches for “Mean Tweets”
Kimmel’s co-head writer/wife Molly McNearney explains the “Mean Tweet” process, noting that each celebrity guest reads three to five mean tweets and that they are always cleared through their PR rep or the celebrity themselves in advance.
More than 11 million watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game
It was the most-viewed soccer game in ESPN history.
Cable TV boxes are the 2nd-biggest energy users in many homes
As the L.A. Times reports, "A set-top cable box with a digital recorder can consume as much as 35 watts of power, costing about $8 a month for a typical Southern California consumer. The devices use nearly as much power turned off as they do when they are turned on."
“Louie” exec producer: It’s fair to say we’ve become more dramatic this season
"There's a lot of humor but they're definitely more dramatic,” says exec producer Blair Breard, "and he probably thought about that a lot before we started shooting—how are they going to react to this? This was probably less comedic than the other seasons. But, if you look at the first three episodes, as I was saying, I think they're much more in line with the first three seasons.”
Nickelodeon renews “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for 4th season — Seth Green replaces Jason Biggs
Green will become the voice of Leonardo.
Dr. Oz admits the weight loss products he peddles on his show don’t pass “scientific muster”
The TV doctor was grilled today before a U.S. Senate committee. "I get that you do a lot of good on your show,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told him, "but I don't get why you need to say this stuff because you know it's not true."
Brian Williams’ “NBC Nightly News” website promotes his Jimmy Fallon "rapping"
NBC News is going along with “Baby Got Back."
MyNetworkTV slates reruns of “The Walking Dead” and “The Mentalist”
“The Walking Dead” reruns will air back-to-back on Wednesdays, while “The Mentalist” reruns are slated for Thursday.
Christopher Titus to host “Pawnography” on History Channel
The former Fox sitcom star has been tapped for the “Pawn Stars” spinoff game show.