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"Mulaney"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: FOX's 'Mulaney'

So far, the humor of John Mulaney's standup isn't translating

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

 
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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Series premiere talkback: 'The Knick' - 'Method and Madness'

What did everybody think of the new Cinemax medical drama?

On Wednesday, I published my review of Cinemax's "The Knick." Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight for the first episode, what did you think? Did it feel like a project worthy of the involvement of Steven Soderbergh and/or Clive Owen? How did you feel about the Cliff Martinez electronica score? Are the men out there hankering to grow a mustache like Clive's, and/or to start wearing those white leather boots? Were the surgical scenes too grisly, or just right? Do you feel attached to any of the characters at this early stage, or are you just struggling to keep track of everyone? (Related: How did you feel about the use of Matt Frewer, and about his beard?) Do you like the idea of Cinemax branching out like this, or would you rather this timeslot keep going to shows like "Strike Back" and "Banshee"? And will you watch again?

Because "The Knick" is a bit of a slow build, I don't imagine I'm going to be writing about it regularly, but I'd like to check in from time to time (especially after we get to episode 7, which is the last and best of the ones I've seen so far).

For now, though, have at it.

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Geena Davis to recur as a surgeon on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Geena Davis to recur as a surgeon on "Grey's Anatomy"
She'll be part of a major arc in Season 11.
 

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CBS Sports is launching the 1st-ever all-female sports talk show

CBS Sports is launching the 1st-ever all-female sports talk show
CBS Sports wouldn’t divulge any details, including the female personalities, but CBS Sports president David Berson says: “We have been discussing and developing the show for well over a year. Internally and externally, there’s been universal enthusiasm and across-the-board support.”


Terrell Owens to guest on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
The former NFL wide receiver tweeted a pic of himself on set today with Terry Crews.


Elisabeth Moss smiles amid a grilling on “True Detective” rumors
USA Today tried to get the “Mad Men” star to say something about the rumors, but all she would say was that she was out of the loop.


Naturally blonde Pauley Perrette has stopped dying her hair black for “NCIS”
After developing a severe allergic reaction to hair dye, Perrette has started using black hair spray to darken her hair.


“Boardwalk Empire” to travel back to 1897
The HBO series this week filmed scenes featuring a young Nucky Thompson.


“The Following” adds Zuleikha Robinson
The "Lost" and “Homeland” alum will play the love of Kevin Bacon’s character’s life.


Daniel Radcliffe: Why the American “Office” is better than the British version
"I was sort of horrified by the idea,” he says of the NBC version. "And now, I actually think it’s an even better show than was made in Britain. It’s a very different show—but it is... being able to follow that relationship for eight years, and it’s such a wonderful privilege to get the chance to do that for all those writers and those actors.”


Syfy announces fall premiere dates
Check out when premiere dates for “Haven,” “Ascension,” “Ghost Hunters,” “Z Nation” and more.


John Larroquette joins HBO’s “The Brink”
He’ll play the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan on the geopolitical crisis comedy.


Why is Jane Fonda carrying a Ryan Gosling chair on the set of her Netflix series?
Is there a Gosling connection on "Grace and Frankie”?


“Devious Maid” Ana Ortiz lands on “How to Get Away with Murder”
The “Ugly Betty” alum is expected to play one of Viola Davis’ clients.


“The Bachelorette’s” Nick Viall could become the next “Bachelor”
Us Weekly says the Andi Dorfman runner-up is being strongly considered.


Accused robber committed 2 crimes at the same bank wearing the same “Sons of Anarchy” T-shirt
Introducing the "Sons of Anarchy robber."


“Backstrom” books Lolita Davidovich
She’ll play a hooker turned dental hygienist.


“Halt and Catch Fire’s” finale ratings are still disappointing, even with DVR viewers
The ‘80s computer industry drama averaged 1.2 million, compared to 1.8 million for “Low Winter Sun.”


Spike TV developing a modern "The Count Of Monte Cristo”
The revamped version would contain a "contemporary and high-octane action and political twist.”


Shark researcher: Shark Week has become a “double-edged sword”
"I'm kind of disappointed, and I think most researchers are, too,” says George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. "It obviously is a big draw, but I'm afraid that the programs have gone more to entertainment and less to documentary over the years. It's kind of a shame, because they have the opportunity to teach good stuff in what's going on with science."


Aubrey Plaza on Chris Pratt: "I’m so proud of my TV husband”
"From the moment I met him, I knew he was going to be, like, the next Brad Pitt,” the “Parks and Rec” star tells Vanity Fair. "He’s so handsome, so kind, and such a talented actor. There’s just nowhere for him to go except straight to the top. I’m only shocked that it hasn’t happened already. I’m just so excited for the world to see him if they haven’t already. Because he’s brilliant and I love him and now he has rock-hard abs. Which is just a bonus.” PLUS: Plaza has a sarcasm problem: "I don’t even know when I’m being serious or not. I can’t tell how I truly feel about anything."


The cool, edgy MTV lives on in “MTV Other”
MTV Other is an online laboratory with the tagline "short shows, random weirdness.”


“American Horror Story’s” makeup artist sometimes gets scripts 1 week in advance
“We were extremely restricted by the schedule,” says Christien Tinsley, who’s responsible for the FX series’ creepiest looks.


“Downton Abbey” is filming in snow in the middle of summer
See pics of the British series filming its Christmas special.


Ricky Gervais: "Netflix is amazing isn’t it? I think Netflix was invented for me”
"I’ve always wanted final edit,” says the “Derek” star, "and to get that sort of freedom I have to go to more fringe channels, premium cable or HBO or BBC 2 or Channel 4. Then Netflix comes along and it’s the best of both worlds; zero interference, the sky’s the limit. It’s like network ratings with no interference at all. They’re cash rich, but that’s not important.”


VH1’s biggest breakout stars include Emma Stone, Rosie O’Donnell, Laverne Cox, Zach Galifianakis
VH1 is looking back at its success stories, including reality star Stone and VJ Rosie.


“Fargo” composer: Why we waited so long to use the theme from the movie
"We wanted to illustrate the show and the movie end up in the same place emotionally,” says Jeff Russo, "and it really does tie the two worlds together. But we also wanted to be in that world and create a new identity. The only way to do that was to write new, original music for the show.”


How “I Love Lucy” influences “Scandal”
Check out an infographic on “Lucy’s" legacy.


Pivot gets into recycling with “Human Resources”
The reality show premiering tonight follows the goings-on at TerraCycle, a recycling company in Trenton, New Jersey.


Iggy Azalea’s playful personality doesn’t translate to her MTV “House of Style” reboot
“House of Style” had a very slow start when it returned Thursday via MTV’s web site.


Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” is a fantastic documentary with a terrible title
The women in this documentary about lesbians in the South have nothing in common with the women of “The L Word” or “The Real L Word.”


Don’t call “Outlander” the feminist answer to “Game of Thrones”
As Matt Zoller Seitz notes, "This new Starz drama from Ronald D. Moore is, like his brilliant and sometimes infuriating reimagining of 'Battlestar Galactica,' defiantly its own thing: part romance-novel fantasy, part time-travel story, and part wartime drama (set across two time periods). But its core is about the emotional and cultural differences between men and women, and how their relationships have and have not changed over the centuries.” PLUS: “Outlander” lacks the moral complexity of “GoT,” this could be a Starz game-changer especially with its portrayal of sex, and it’s the most novelistic show on TV — it's really, really slow.


Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” is awfully satisfying, yet it doesn’t arrive as a classic TV show
As Alan Sepinwall notes, “where 'The Knick' might have seemed an indescribable wonder even a few years ago — with Soderbergh's extended hands-on involvement such a contrast to, say, Martin Scorsese directing the 'Boardwalk Empire' pilot and then disappearing back to the movie biz — it's now more notable for signaling a change in direction for Cinemax (which until now has focused on well-crafted pulp fiction like 'Strike Back' and ‘Banshee') than it is for the medium as a whole. In a time of abundant greatness, it is very good — and gorgeously shot — but it's not as revolutionary as the men and women whose work it depicts.” PLUS: “The Knick” is the rare TV show that will make you see the world in a different way, it takes advantage of all the things you can do on premium cable, it sets a new record for cable nudity, viewers finally have a reason to watch Cinemax, it’s brain food that also quickens the pulse, how accurate is “The Knick”?, and Soderbergh talks about his approach to “The Knick.”

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October box office hopes are now on the shoulders of 'The Judge' and 'Gone Girl'
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October box office hopes are now on the shoulders of 'The Judge' and 'Gone Girl'

Everyone will be counting the days until November

If Hollywood and theater owners are depressed about the summer box office, they might be even more worried about what's coming this Fall. September is always a mixed bag, but at this point it looks like there won't be any blockbuster like "Gravity" to get people excited this October. In fact, it will be shocking if any film in September or October debuts to over $40 million.

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James Marsden joins HBO’s 'Westworld'

James Marsden joins HBO’s “Westworld”
The “X-Men” franchise actor will join Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in the sci-fi drama about a futuristic theme park.

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Lil Wayne and Drake

Lil Wayne and Drake are 'Grindin'' on Weezy's new single: Listen

There's a lot of information to take in here

As Lil Wayne and Drake head out on their co-headlining tour, Lil Wayne dropped a new single, “Grindin’,” featuring—Guess who?— Drake. Guess we know what they’ll be performing together on stage.

On the track from “Tha Carter V,” Lil Wayne is ranting about a lot of things here, but especially about guys who are stupid enough to think if they’re monogamous that means their lady is being similarly faithful. And he wants to let us know he’s never paid for sex. TMI

Toward the end, he talks about getting rid of all his cars and watches because he’s learned he doesn’t need them. And his final message to us is “I’m fucking every night up in my new house because bitch, I worked to hard for this new house.”

There’s a lot of boasting going on and precious little catchiness in the monotonous tune. Maybe all the catchiness is up in his new house.

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Yvette Nicole Brown joins 'The Odd Couple,' but she’s not leaving 'Community'

Yvette Nicole Brown joins “The Odd Couple,” but she’s not leaving “Community”
Brown will recur on the CBS midseason comedy as the assistant to Matthew Perry’s Oscar. Brown replaces Sarah Baker, the “fat girl” from “Louie,” who starred in the first pilot.

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Rosie O’Donnell: 'The View' won’t hire any jerks

Rosie O’Donnell: “The View” won’t hire any jerks
Rosie tweeted "fear not - won't happen” after a fan asked her on Twitter not to hire a “jerk just for the sake of them fighting with” her and Whoopi.


Tony Gonzalez’s wife is battling his baby mama for a co-hosting job on “The View”
Not only is the former NFL star’s wife October Gonzalez competing, but so is his ex-girlfriend and mother to his firstborn son Lauren Sanchez.


Kerry Washington details her fave “Scandal” Season 3 moments
Of one particular Jake Ballard scene, she says, "I love, love, love working with Scott Foley. I find our scenes to be some of the more challenging scenes, because their relationship is so complicated.”


“SNL” alum Victoria Jackson loses her bid for public office
The outspoken Tea Party member was up for a pot on Williamson County Commission In Tennessee.


Judge Judy settles with Connecticut lawyer who used her image in ads without permission
Judith Sheindlin had sued arguing that the ads made it look like she endorsed his law firm.

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Reports: Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez are frontrunners for 'The View'

Reports: Nicolle Wallace and October Gonzalez are frontrunners for “The View”
Conservative MSNBC commentator Wallace, a former communications advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain and Sarah Palin, was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the HBO Palin movie “Game Change,” while Gonzalez is the wife of former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez (who now works for CBS Sports).

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Universal makes a deal for full run of Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' novels
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Universal makes a deal for full run of Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' novels

Will this be '50 Shades Of Grey' with fangs?

It's going to be an interesting next few years for fans of Anne Rice and, specifically, her most famous creation, the Vampire Lestat.

I still remember the furor around the first attempt to adapt the character to the bigscreen, with Rice basically freaking out over the casting of Lestat. Neil Jordan's "Interview With The Vampire" is a beautiful movie, perverse and strange and gorgeously made, and I'd argue it's about as good a film as anyone's ever going to make from that source material.

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<p>James Franco</p>

James Franco

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James Franco to be honored for innovation at 2014 Venice Film Festival

His Faulkner adaptation 'The Sound and the Fury' will screen Out of Competition

Despite his work being sometimes tepidly received at all corners of the globe, James Franco, the filmmaker, has been a major force on the world festival stage. He'll be showing up at Venice once again this year with his William Faulkner adaptation "The Sound and the Fury," but while he's there he'll be picking up some hardware.

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