Clay Aiken’s Democratic Congressional primary opponent dies
It looks like the former “Idol” has won the Democratic primary for a North Carolina Congressional seat after his opponent, 71-year-old Keith Crisco, died in a fall this afternoon. Aiken's race vs. Crisco had been too close to call, with Aiken leading by 369 votes.
Clay Aiken’s Democratic Congressional primary opponent dies
“Once Upon a Time” boss: “We’re dealing with the world of ‘Frozen’”
“That was Elsa,” exec producer Adam Horowitz says, adding: "We are honored to be allowed to do it. We loved the movie. We fell in love with it when it came out last year like everyone did, and we want to do our best to do it justice.” PLUS: Producers were surprised the big reveal was a surprise.
NBC banking on “The Blacklist” and its late-night dominance
At this morning’s upfronts, NBC said it is counting on the James Spader drama to help rebuild its Thursday lineup. PLUS: Rating NBC’s new show trailers.
“Mad Men” could be taken down by history
SC&P doesn’t look so good, based on historical events. PLUS: What that nipple crisis really means, and Megan is now the most compelling character on “Mad Men."
Michael J. Fox: "If you want to hide from the FBI, go on NBC on Thursday nights”
Fox made the crack about his failed NBC sitcom this morning on “The View.”
Jimmy Fallon tonight presents late-night’s 1st vinyl-pressing
Fallon tweets: "Making history tonight - Neil Young is going to perform and press a vinyl with the help of Jack White live on the show. One take. Fun.”
“Orange is the New Black” releases posters of its characters in action
Check out moving images of Nicky and Sophia.
Tonight’s David Boreanaz-directed “Bones” season finale is “literally explosive,” like “24"
So says John Francis Daley: “The way David directed it was with a focus on people being very intense because we’re dealing with some heavy stuff. So it was fun to play it as the stakes were higher than ever. It was almost like filming an episode of 24 in that sense. Every scene is high-stakes.”
Megan Boone promises “a very epic finale” for “The Blacklist”
"You will get a lot of answers,” she says. "It’s a very, very involved episode. We reach a lot of conclusions, and just as we’ve been doing throughout the series, we open new questions."
Are music shows dying?
“American Idol” is “now your grandmother’s ‘Idol’” as music competition shows, with the exception of “The Voice,” are beginning to fade.
Letterman jokes on “The View”: "Now I feel like I made a mistake”
David Letterman also responded to Bill O’Reilly’s concerns that Stephen Colbert couldn’t do his job. "Take a good look at me. I've done this show for 30 years," Letterman said. "If I can do it, I'm pretty sure Stephen Colbert can do it."
“The Blacklist’s” post-Super Bowl episode will be a 2-parter
NBC is taking a page out of the “Grey’s Anatomy” playbook. “Grey’s” got huge ratings by splitting its post-Super Bowl episode into two parts.
Fox is “going back to our roots” in its decision to end the all-animated Sunday block
Speaking about “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney’s” addition to the Sunday block, Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly pointed to past live-action Fox shows that aired on Sunday, from “Married with Children” to “Malcolm in the Middle.”
NBC’s new schedule looks boring now that it’s no longer in freefall
"Calling NBC’s new schedule ‘boring' might sound like a burn,” says Josef Adalian, "but it’s actually just the opposite: Winning networks tend to be dull networks, and right now, the Peacock is totally winning.”
Jay Leno addresses his college alma mater’s graduates: “I always read bad reviews"
“You will learn more from your critics than you will ever learn from your friends,” Leno told graduates of Emerson College, where he graduated in 1973.
Michael Rosenbaum dropped from NBC’s “Mission Control”
The “Smallville” alum's role as "a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut” is being recast.
Weather Channel apologizes for snarky “bullying” tweet to a Ft. Worth City Councilman
Councilmember Joel Burns, who was part of the “It Gets Better” campaign, was told by The Weather Channel: “Sorry to see you go. Good luck on ending bullying.”
Why does “SNL” keep cutting its best sketches and putting them online?
It’s become a trend to see the most interesting sketches end up on the web Sunday as an “extra” from dress rehearsal.
“Parks and Rec’s” Perd Hapley talks about playing a fake newscaster, including last night on “Revenge”
Turns out actor Jay Jackson is a former news anchor himself. In fact, he was part of an Emmy-winning newscast. Besides playing a newscaster, Jackson is pursuing his "real passion” as a jazz singer. But he also has a company that helps TV news reporters make their demo reels.
Sherri Shepherd didn’t talk about her separation on “The View”
A source tells People that she didn’t want to take away from Barbara Walters’ final shows.
There is talk of “Sherlock” filming Season 4 next year
“It will not be this year – but 2015 is very much the hope and expectation,” a source tells Radio Times. If it happens, “Sherlock” would likely air on PBS in early 2016.
Disney Jr.’s “Lucky Duck” to star “Ed’s” Tom Cavanaugh and “Smash’s” Megan Hilty
They’ll voice the characters in the rubber ducky movie.
This was “Mad Men’s” craziest episode yet
Does the character of Ginsberg have a connection to beat poet Allen Ginsberg? PLUS: Ben Feldman took home a souvenir from last night’s episode, “Mad Men” is returning to normal, this was the show’s most incoherent yet, and that scene felt sterile, manic, and oh-so-very creepy.
NBC’s “Constantine” trailer looks nothing like the movie, and that’s a good thing
The 2005 Keanu Reeves film was a disaster.
Ricky Gervais live-tweeted a night out with Russell Crowe
When Gervais posted a photo of them together, Crowe quipped: “see . . . that photo right there . . . the difference between TV and Cinema.”
“The Bachelorette’s” Andi Dorfman photoshopped without a shoulder in ABC promo
Also, her hands have been replaced. PLUS: “Bachelor” alum Kacie Boguskie weds.
NBC will tackle “The Music Man” for a live musical performance
The 1957 musical will follow “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan."
“Rosemary’s Baby” remake bombs on NBC
About 3.7 million viewers checked out part 1 of the two-part miniseries.
“30 Rock” reunion: Jane Krakowski joining Tina Fey’s new NBC comedy
Krakowski will recur on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from the “30 Rock” producing team of Fey and Robert Carlock. She’ll play a rich woman who hires Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, as her nanny.
Dan Harmon “won’t stand in the way” of a “Community” revival
Harmon writes in a Tumblr post that he was initially resistant on Friday to reviving “Community” elsewhere. “But,” he adds, "it doesn’t matter right now WHY I’d be lukewarm or if my reasons would be valid. What matters is, I won’t be lukewarm. I’ll heat up. I said 'eh' on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a 'Sure, let’s talk' on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled ‘Community.'"
“Mad Men” using its characters and products to campaign for an Emmy
"In the past, we've campaigned for Mad Men by letting the show sell itself," says AMC executive vp marketing Linda Schupack. "This year, we wanted to be a little more fun and playful."
Seth Meyers mocks NBC
Read his jokes from this morning’s upfront presentation.
“American Idol” will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season
The plan is to air two shows a week during the audition phase, followed by a two-hour show once a week, Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced. He also said “Sleepy Hollow” will air 18 episodes next season and that “Glee’s” 22-episode final season may be trimmed.
“Modern Family” will cover the costs all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies today in NYC
This is ABC’s way of promoting Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding.
Fox’s fall schedule: “Gotham” to Mondays, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Sundays, “Glee” to midseason
Sunday’s Animation Domination block is being invaded next season by two live-action comedies, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney.” “Bones” is moving back to Thursdays, where it’ll be paired with “Broadchurch” remake “Gracepoint.” Meanwhile, Fox is holding “Empire,” “Backstrom,” “Hieroglyph,” “Weird Loners,” “Bordertown” and “Last Man on Earth” for midseason. Fox also plans to air live motorcycle jumping over a canyon special “Jump of the Century.” PLUS: Fox airing a New Year’s Eve special with Pitbull.
“Game of Thrones” writer: We tried to avoid making “Law & Order: Westeros”
"It was a tricky balance,” Bryan Cogman says of writing last night’s riveting courtroom scene. PLUS: Is “GoT” killing time?, can writers afford to kill Tyrion?, was that an Emmy moment?, how does the justice system work on “GoT,” was that a “Monty Python” shout-out?
“Gotham” promotes 3, including the future Riddler
Cory Michael Smith, who plays future Riddler Edward Nygma, has been upped to series regular status, along with detectives on the show Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart Jones.
David Tennant will go from Fox's "Broadchurch" remake back to "Broadchurch"
Tennant, who's starring in the remake "Gracepoint," has agreed to a 2nd season of the acclaimed British series.
Larry Wilmore: “My mouth hit the floor” when Jon Stewart offered me “The Minority Report”
The “T” will no longer be silent, like on “The Colbert Report," when Wilmore assumes hosting duties on "The Minority Report." Jon Stewart says he picked his “senior black correspondent” because of his work in front of and behind the camera (Wilmore was a producer on “The Office” and created “The Bernie Mac Show” for Fox). “I just think Larry is so ready,” says Stewart, who adds that “The Minority Report” won’t be limited to minority issues. “I love the idea that he’s going to put together something that doesn’t work the well-worn path in late night.” PLUS: Watch Wilmore’s funniest moments from “The Daily Show."
Fox expected to give “American Idol” fewer hours next season, with all the judges returning
“Idol” had been airing about 60 hours a season.
Report: Dan Harmon not interested in reviving “Community” elsewhere
According to Deadline, Harmon is ready to move on to other projects and concentrate on “Rick & Morty." PLUS: How Harmon learned of cancelation.
“SNL” posts 3 sketches cut from the Charlize Theron episode
Check out “Mornin’ Miami” with Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon, “Cocktail Hour” and John Milhiser as “Viper."
PBS is creating a special on demand channel for its members
Member Video On Demand, or M.V.O.D., will allow subscirbers to watch old shows from the PBS archive.
Donald Sterling breaks his silence to Anderson Cooper: "I'm not a racist”
"I'm here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I've hurt,” the L.A. Clippers owner tells Cooper.
“Parenthood’s” final season will involve the “cycle of life”
Exec producer Jason Katims sees a “Friday Night Lights”-style ending, but he won’t say if anybody will die.
Lea Michele tweets a photo of Cory Monteith on what would’ve been his 32nd birthday
"The biggest heart and most beautiful smile.. In all of our hearts.. We love you so. Happy Birthday,” she wrote.
Here’s a full list of all the network cancelations
ABC had 12, CBS had six, Fox had seven, NBC had 10 and CW had three.
PBS is creating a special on demand channel for its members
Member Video On Demand, or M.V.O.D., will allow subscribers to watch old shows from the PBS archive.
TBS cancels “Men at Work”
The Breckin Meyer-produced comedy lasted three seasons.
“Parenthood” will end with a 13-episode final season
The NBC drama will return for a 6th season in its Thursday timeslot. PLUS: To cut costs, each cast member will appear in 11 episodes.
“Parks and Rec” will end after Season 7
NBC announced that next season will be the last for the Amy Poehler comedy.
NBC unveils its fall schedule: “The Blacklist” will air after the Super Bowl, then move to Thursdays, joining “The Biggest Loser"
“The Blacklist” will make its Thursday at 9 pm debut on Feb. 5. Meanwhile, that timeslot will be filled by “Bad Judge” and “A to Z." PLUS: “Parks and Rec” and Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will air at midseason, "The Bible" sequel "A.D." will premiere on Easter Sunday, and NBC is killing off Thursday Must-See TV comedy block.
Watch NBC’s new show trailers
Check out Cristin Milioti in “A to Z” and Kate Walsh as “Bad Judge.”
NBC officially cancels “The Michael J. Fox Show”
It still remains to be seen whether the seven remaining episodes, including a “Back to the Future” reunion episode with Christopher Lloyd, will ever be shown.
Kevin Hart’s rejected ABC pilot, “Suburgatory” and “Friends with Better Lives” are being shopped to other networks
Hart’s sitcom partly based on his life, starring Romany Malco, was rejected in favor of “Black-ish” starring Anthony Anderson. PLUS: SEE more photos of the new shows.
Barbara Walters finally appears as herself on “SNL”
“Saturday Night Live” saluted “Baba Wawa” by showing all the people who’ve done impressions of her since the ‘70s.
Shonda Rhimes sued over “Off the Map”
A writer claims Rhimes used her manuscript about American doctors living in a remote part of South America on her failed 2011 ABC medical drama.
Boy Scouts rescue Ann Curry
The former “Today” star thought she broke her ankle during a walk through a state park in New Jersey when a scouting troop came across her.
Maria Menounos talking to E! and “GMA”
The “Extra” star could end up with E! in a “major capacity.”