Given the crowd at the Television Academy last night for History's "Vikings," you'd be hard pressed to guess that the season 2 finale didn't score the numbers of the first (3.4 million, representing a drop of 6 percent from last year). Still, the network is making a solid play for Emmy nods. Given the dark twists of this season, from an unexpected final betrayal to a demanding and brutal character arc for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a little recognition doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility for this cast, many of whom were in attendance. I'll be posting my one-on-one interviews with them soon, but here's the download on a panel that went from jovial to emotional and, in one case, very personal.
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When Paramount held the first screening for "Star Trek Into Darkness," Robert Orci was one of the people who showed up to introduce the film, and during the Q&A afterwards, it was immediately clear that Orci wanted to be the director of the next film in the series. He treated it as a joke, but it didn't matter. The desire on his part was palpable, and I'm not remotely shocked to see that he's now been confirmed as the director.
So what does this mean? What is an all-Orci "Star Trek" going to look like?
To be honest, I'm not sure anyone can answer that question yet. The series itself is at a very strange place. While very few people seemed to be satisfied with the last film, it did leave things in a great place for a sequel because the crew has finally been sent away from Earth on their "five-year-mission," meaning pretty much anything is on the table for where they can go and what they can do. And Orci inherits a tremendous ensemble cast. I'm willing to admit that the reason I went easy on "Into Darkness" the first time around is because I just plain enjoy watching these people together.
CBS’ Les Moonves: “Under the Dome” was “the highest-rated drama this year”
“That’s pretty amazing,” Moonves said, that "the highest-rated drama was on in the summer.” Moonves was emphasizing that the midseason is dead and that CBS is committed to programming year round, meaning big shows will air during the summer.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will visit “Duck Dynasty” when it returns in June
Jindal has been one of the Robertsons’ biggest vocal defenders, especially when Phil Robertson was suspended.
Lifetime developing a movie on Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight
"The Michelle Knight Story” will tell of Knight’s captivity by Ariel Castro from 2002 to 2013.
Neil Patrick Harris: Les Moonves approached me about replacing Letterman
Harris tells Howard Stern that he told Moonves that he thought he’d get bored doing the late-night format — he’d prefer doing a weekly variety show.
Tyra Banks producing a VH1 docuseries on transgender women
Over eight episodes, “TransAmerica” will tell the story of a group of transgender women in Chicago.
Dave Grohl gets his own HBO show
The Foo Fighters frontman will expand on his “Sound City” documentary and tour and record at the world’s most iconic recording studios.
Norm Macdonald “congratulates” Joel McHale for “The Late Late Show"
Does the “SNL” alum know something about Craig Ferguson's replacement?
Lana Del Rey has set a June 17 release date for “Ultraviolence,” as well as released the album's cover art.
In addition to standard and deluxe editions on download, CD, and vinyl, there will also be a Collectors Box edition that will include a deluxe LP Picture disc, a deluxe CD digipak and art prints, which was assume are suitable for framing.
In addition to first single “West Coast,” the new album contains some intriguing titles, including “F*cked My Way To The Top,” “The Other Woman” and bonus track, “Guns And Roses.”
Del Rey is current on tour in the U.S. Her remaining dates are listed below the track listing.
1. CRUEL WORLD
3. SHADES OF COOL
4. BROOKLYN BABY
5. WEST COAST
6. SAD GIRL
7. PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY
8. MONEY POWER GLORY
9. FUCKED MY WAY UP TO THE TOP
10. OLD MONEY
11. THE OTHER WOMAN
12. BLACK BEAUTY
13. GUNS AND ROSES
14. FLORIDA KILOS
2014 North American Tour Dates:
5/15 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
5/16 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/19 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/25 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre
5/27 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
5/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
It's almost that time of year: August, when something aims for the heartstrings at the end of a blockbuster summer and just before the prestige movie season of the fall. We've seen films like "Eat, Pray, Love," "The Help," "Hope Springs" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" succeed in that frame in recent years, and this year, it will be "The Hundred-Foot Journey" looking to cash in. Whether it can translate that potential success into an awards trajectory a la "The Help" (the only one of those three to find Oscar traction) is anyone's guess.
While making fun of the royal family is a national pastime across the pond, here our take on royalty is mingled with a curiosity about something that seems glamorous -- from a distance. BBC America's first comedy series, "Almost Royal," proposes to plop two young British aristocrats in our backyard to see how they take to 'Murican ways. The show, which stars Ed Gamble (Georgie) and Amy Hoggart (Poppy), tears a page out of the Sacha Baron Cohen rulebook by letting the actors interact with real people. Real people including Fabio. That happens.
CBS announced its 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday (May 14) morning, or at least the first half of it.
As of now, we still don't know where the Vince Gilligan-created "Battle Creek" will go, nor where CBS will premiere Matthew Perry's "The Odd Couple," but we do now have pretty pictures from both "midseason" -- CBS hates the word "midseason" now -- projects.
CBS also unveiled pictures of Katharine McPhee helping nerds solve problems in "Scorpion" and Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott getting very intense about stalkings in... "Stalker."
Check out the first pictures from CBS' new 2014-2015 shows:
"Godzilla" rampages into the multiplex this weekend, and as I've already detailed, I'm pretty well in the tank for it. It's an exciting, suspenseful, and above all, artful piece of work that really sits on a higher tier than most movies of its ilk.
Max Borenstein was the man given the impossible task of re-imagining this iconic story for a new era (working from a story by Dave Callaham), and I think he and director Gareth Edwards have delivered. And not only that, but Borenstein had a chance to expand the universe a bit with his work in the graphic novel prequel "Godzilla: Awakening," which we've already grilled him about.
Report: CBS wanted to redo the “How I Met Your Dad” pilot without guaranteeing a series pickup
But 20th Century Fox TV, though willing to retool the pilot, was unwilling to proceed without the guarantee of a series commitment, according to Deadline. So 20th is shopping the “How I Met Your Mother” to other networks, and Deadline reports that other channels have shown interest.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is getting an HBO documentary
The documentary will cover the NBA legend’s entire life, with the film set to air early next year.
Why was CBS boss Les Moonves “hanging” with Joel McHale?
Julie Chen tweeted a photo of the three of them together amid speculation that the former “Community” star could be a candidate to replace Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show.”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ends its 1st season having finally found its way
For most of the season, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” didn’t know what it wanted to be. But the release of "Captain America: The Winter Solider” forced the show to reboot itself, which it did, resulting in a compelling season finale. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to figure out how to make the standalone episodes exciting.
Conan O’Brien’s audience averages 862,000 viewers with a median age of 39.6
In fact, “Conan” is the only major late-night show with a median age under 40.
John Oliver explains how he got an old wrinkled penis for “Last Week Tonight”
"We went through photos,” he says of his fake attack ad. "It was basically the penis version of a headshot.”
CBS is taking more chances after losing the No. 1 demo spot to NBC
Les Moonves has never been more experimental with his schedule, especially with his decision to not have a two-hour CBS Monday comedy block for the first time since the 1985-86 season.
“Glee” ends the season on a series low of 1.9 million
Meanwhile, “NCIS," "NCIS: LA," "Person of Interest” and even “Trophy Wife” ended the season on an up note.
"Fresh Off The Boat” is the 1st network Asian-American family comedy since Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” in 1994
Will “Fresh Off The Boat” have a better experience than Cho’s sitcom, which struggled through many ABC changes.
“Glee” had a ridiculous explanation for Naya Rivera’s absence from the season finale
"Oh she's shooting a Yeast-I-Stat commercial in Iowa for a week,” explained Mercedes. PLUS: Finale set up the Season 6 time jump, and is the Rivera-Lea Michele drama mirrored on the show?
Ludacris to host the 2014 Billboard Music Awards
Presenters at Sunday’s awards show include Danica McKellar, “The Bachelorette" and Sarah Hyland.
“The L Word” creator joins Fox’s “Empire” as showrunner
Ilene Chaiken will join “The Butler” team of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels on the hip-hop empire drama.
Lily Allen: I was asked to join my brother, “Theon Greyjoy,” on “Game of Thrones”
The singer says she was asked to play Theon’s brother, who is played by Alfie Allen, her real-life brother.
“Law & Order” meets “Game of Thrones”
Here’s what “Law & Order: GoT” would look like. PLUS: How Sunday’s episode should’ve ended, and George R.R. Martin talks about the “more bloodthirsty” showrunners.
Check out “Scandal’s” Josh Malina on “SVU”
He’s really creepy in this role.
“The Goldbergs” changed a lot from its pilot to its Season 1 finale
The once-loud show ended its first season on a quiet note last night.
“Supernatural” shocker, explained
What was going on in that moment?
Olivia Munn is reportedly dating Aaron Rodgers
“The Newsroom” star has, according to Us, moved on from “The Killing’s” Joel Kinnaman to the Green Bay Packers QB.
“The Fosters” star Sherri Saum welcomes twins
She gave birth to John Rubén and Michael Luís on Tuesday.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
Finales for "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "Person of Interest" all dominated their hours overall and also won among young viewers (with "Chicago Fire" tying for the demo lead at 10), helping CBS easily win Tuesday primetime in all measures.
Yes, that means that "NCIS" even beat "The Voice" in the 18-49 demo for the first time this season.
With CBS and NBC leading, FOX had a rough night with the "Glee" finale hitting series lows and the summer series "Riot" getting off to an atrocious start.
The CW's "Originals" had a strong finale, while "Supernatural" was also up, though the network was preempted in New York City for baseball, so the numbers are sure to come down at least somewhat.
On to the numbers...
CBS had what was, by their impressive and very stable standards, a down year. Though still the most-watched network on television, the network slipped behind football and Olympics-enhanced NBC for the season among the adults 18-49 demo. "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams' return to television was a ratings dud, and won't be back. "2 Broke Girls" regressed in the ratings this season, and the network failed to develop any other viable successors to "How I Met Your Mother." (And they also passed on the "How I Met Your Dad" pseudo-spin-off.) And its new Monday night dramas — the fairly off-brand "Hostages" and the very on-brand "Intelligence" — were both resounding failures.