VENICE - NBC's "The Office" rang frequent laughs from Dwight Schrute's beet farm, with glimpses of backwards Cousin Mose and his feral antics proving particularly fertile ground for comedy ("And as of this morning, we are completely wireless here at Schrute Farms, but as soon as I find out where Mose hid all the wires, we'll get all that power back on.") This kind of vaguely unsettling boys-on-the-farm vibe is played straight in "The Goob", a character piece that has atmosphere to spare, and whose minimal plot is helped along by the happily original setting; this might be the first film shot in Norfolk to premiere at Venice.
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Well, this is not necessarily the final match-up we were expecting when the Uncanceled Showdown brackets were set up, but the competition has come down to two shows: "Almost Human," which held off a late charge from "Freaks and Geeks" to win the One-Season Wonder field, versus "Jericho," which crushed all comers, including the once-mighty "Firefly" and its browncoat fans.
That is, of course, part of the fun of a thought experiment like this. "Firefly" seemed an obvious finalist, but it turns out that the same fans who convinced CBS to uncancel "Jericho" in the first place were able to stomp everyone in their path. "Almost Human," meanwhile, was one of a large group of shows we were considering for the lower seeds on that side of the bracket (look for "Rubicon," "Better Off Ted," "Karen Sisco" and more in Uncanceled Showdown 2: The Uncancelling, sometime in 2015!); it could just as easily have been, say, "The Chicago Code" in that 10 seed, and then who knows how that bracket might have turned out? Still, when in doubt on any internet-based pop culture poll, it's safest to bet on the sci-fi show, even over something as beloved as "Freaks and Geeks."
So go vote for your favorite if you have one left (or vote against the one whose victory would annoy you most). You have until Thursday, August 28 at noon Pacific to cast a vote; the winner will be announced that day.
The spare piano ballad features the Fleetwood Mac singer questioning her future with her man. “I’m tired of knocking on doors and there’s nobody there,” she sings. Though she expresses uncertainty about what’s to come, her lover reassures her. “I’m unsure, I can’t see my way/And he says, ‘Lady, you don’t have to see.”
The song is the second from “24 Karat Gold” to be released in advance of the album’s Oct. 7 album following the more upbeat “The Dealer.” The album contains previously unreleased songs written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995.
Chris Soules is expected to be named the next “Bachelor”
The Iowa farmer looks like the one after Arie Luyendyk Jr. announced on Twitter that “I’m not the Bachelor,” adding: "Have fun on the farm people.”
Stephen Colbert: “I think I just might change my name to Colborg”
Reacting to Gwen Stefani’s flub of his name, Colbert said: "I am the Colborg. Resistance is futile.”
Miley Cyrus’ homeless date is wanted on an Oregon arrest warrant
Jesse Helt reportedly violated his probation over several minor crimes.
L.A. Times mixes up “Parks and Rec’s” Retta with “OITNB’s” Danielle Brooks
Retta tweeted the mistake to her many followers.
CBS’ all-female sports talk show will be called “We Need to Talk”
Premiering Sept. 30, “We Need to Talk” will feature CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson, Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Allie LaForce and Dana Jacobson.
Check out Lucy Lawless on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Here’s your first look at Lawless as veteran agent Hartley.
CW reveals “The Flash” poster
Also, see the poster for “Jane the Virgin.”
Anna Camp to guest on “The League”
The “True Blood” alum will date Mark Duplass in one episode.
Watch a new “Game of Thrones” visual effects reel
This one showcases many of the locations and landscapes created on computer.
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! You want a lot of Emmy ranting from me and Dan on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast? Boy, have you got it! We did about 45 minutes on all the Emmy predictability (and the many good moments in the show itself) before jumping over to catch up on IFC's "Garfunkel and Oates" and break down "Rectify" season 2, before shifting into the stretch of "Friday Night Lights" season 2 that began to remind us of the good show it was both before and after.
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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
It's time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
If you have a hankering for nearly 45 minutes of Emmy blathering, you'll love this podcast.
If you don't... We discussed the full second season of "Rectify," the first three episodes of IFC's "Garfunkel and Oates" and then we had two relatively good "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes to talk about.
It is, as she said, a long one...
The 2014 Emmys (00:00:45 - 00:43:10)
"Garfunkel and Oates" (00:43:10 - 00:54:50)
"Rectify Season 2 (00:55:00 - 01:13:10)
"Friday Night Lights" Summer Rewatch (01:13:15 - 01:38:10)
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“Full House” may be revived
According to TV Guide, Warner Bros. TV is mulling a new take on “Full House” that would include some of the original cast. John Stamos is leading the revival plans, but just about everybody is on board, including “Full House’s” creator, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Andrea Barber and Jodie Sweetin.
15.6 million watched this year’s Emmys
That’s down from last year’s 17.8 million, which, unlike this year, aired on a Sunday and followed an NFL game. But it was the 2nd highest-rated Emmys in eight years.
Even “Breaking Bad’s” Vince Gilligan expected “True Detective” to win
“I didn’t think we would win — I thought it would be 'True Detective,'” the “Breaking Bad” creator said at an Emmy after-party. “I felt like there was an awful lot of groundswell for 'True Detective,' which was an excellent show and a worthy show, and I thought, ‘We’ve been off the air now for a year and a half.’” (Actually, “Breaking Bad” has been off the air for 11 months.)
CBS sued over “NCIS” farting hippo puppet
CBS is accused of violating copyright by selling a Bert the Farting Hippo puppet on its online store.
Check out “Breaking Bad’s” Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin
The "Under the Dome" star couldn’t make it to last night’s Emmys because he’s in Romania filming the “Sons of Liberty” History channel Revolutionary War miniseries.
“Sherlock” Season 4 will be “devastating”
So says Steven Moffat: "We have a plan to top it — and actually I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan."
TV Land will air a 12-hour “SNL” marathon on Labor Day
The marathon will include several “Best Of” specials, from Jimmy Fallon to Amy Poehler, plus Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Justin Timberlake.
Donald Glover will play Spider-Man in Disney XD cartoon
"Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” will have the former “Community” star play a half-Latino, half-black version of Peter Parker in a parallel universe.
After stepping down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer binge-watched 100 episodes of “The Good Wife” in 2 weeks
That’s according to a Wall Street Journal profile of the new L.A. Clippers owner.
Ricky Gervais crashes other Netflix shows
Check out Netflix’s “Superfan” ad, plus outtakes.
Meredith Vieira promotes her NBC 30 Rock-based talk show on ABC’s “GMA”
Turns out that though "The Meredith Vieira Show” will air on many NBC stations, it will also be shown on some ABC affiliates.
Matt Groening releases a trailer for his “The Simpsons Family History” book
The hardcover book, containing 400 illustrations, is due out next month.
Watch ABC’s “Forever” pilot online
The drama series about an immortal NYC medical examiner starring Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza has been posted to Hulu in advance of its premiere.
Lifetime’s "The Brittany Murphy Story” suggests the late actress may have been murdered
The trailer emphasizes that there are “the suspects” and she was “afraid for her life."
Here’s “The Originals” Season 2 trailer
Klaus finds a potential new ally.
CNBC renews “Restaurant Startup”
The reality show will return in January with 10 new episodes.
“Revenge’s” Emily VanCamp takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
She challenged her co-stars Barry Sloane and Gabriel Mann to do the same.
Apple TV adds Showtime Anytime
You can now stream Showtime shows like “Homeland” if you have an Apple TV.
“Modern Family’s” Sarah Hyland is single
She and boyfriend of five years, Matt Prokop, have broken up.
As we continue to celebrate the female form via songs like Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” Iggy Azalea is now weighing in on a remix of Jennifer Lopez’s Latin beat-infused “Booty.”
The remix is largely the same as the original song with the insinuating beat as Lopez recommends giving your man what he wants on his birthday—your booty. Azalea comes in around the 2-minute mark with a 30-second rap declaring “The last time the world saw a booty this good, it was on Jenny on the Block.” Remember to raise your hands if you like a big booty…
Lopez and Azalea have a growing friendship: They’ve performed together in Chicago, and Lopez taped an episode of MTV’s rejuvenated “House Of Style,” now hosted by Azalea.
"Booty" is on Lopez's current album, "A.K.A."
Fast National ratings for Monday, August 25, 2014.
Airing on an atypical Monday in August, the Primetime Emmy Awards delivered primetime-winning numbers for NBC, despite the repetitive nature of the big winners.
Per NBC, fast nationals for the Emmys telecast were down from last year's show, which benefited from an inflated NFL lead-in, but they were up from the 2012 telecast. In fact, NBC is claiming that these were the second highest ratings Emmys in preliminary metered market ratings in the past eight years.
We will, of course, have more accurate figures later, but if Seth Meyers' claim that these were the first Monday Emmys since 1976 was correct, then we're confident saying this was the highest rated Monday Emmys telecast since 1976.
The Emmys had only limited impact on the competition. FOX's "MasterChef" dropped in viewers but was flat in the key demo, while "Hotel Hell" maybe even rose a hair in the demo. ABC's "Mistresses" was up week-to-week and CBS' "Under the Dome" posted only a small drop. On The CW, "America's Next Top Model" was down, but only a hair.
On to the numbers...
“Breaking Bad’s” Emmy victory: “A scrappy, hard-earned, communal triumph over an imperious, well-funded newcomer"
As Spencer Kornhaber points out, "'True Detective' had arrived fully formed and built to win awards, bringing Oscar-level talent, a presumption of significance, and a hunger that no show ever had. Its impact was blockbuster-like. Even the memory of its underwhelming finale has faded, replaced by deafening casting speculation not unlike that which usually surrounds, say, an upcoming Marvel-movie installment. 'Breaking Bad,' on the other hand, was a distinctly TV-ish story of success in increments.” PLUS: Why Bryan Cranston deserved to beat Matthew McConaughey, why “True Detective” lost, and why HBO made the right decision to put “True Detective” in the Best Drama category.
The Emmys are stuck in 2011
"If you believe everything written lately about television by its critics and outspoken fans,” says Hank Stuever, "the shows have never been better — especially the newer ones. But if you watched Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, you saw that the medium is stuck in a loop where it’s always the late-middle of 2011. TV viewers are moving forward at a voracious pace — this year’s Emmys, not so much.” PLUS: Nearly every winner had previously won, Ranking the Emmy acceptance speeches, Which Emmy loser was best at faking happiness for the winner?, Why rush the winners at the end?, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga became declared an “Emmys Crush,” Emmy voters stopped Netflix—something networks couldn’t do, how Jon Hamm’s beard was groomed, Aaron Paul’s wife’s website crashed after he mentioned it in his acceptance speech, Emmys censored Robin Williams' punchline, and Seth Meyers DM'd "Weird Al" Yankovic on Twitter a few weeks ago -- they cut the "True Detective" song.
Seth Meyers’ opening monologue was great yet terrible
"The thing that Seth Meyers did that was very tricky in his monologue is that he wasn’t mean,” says Kevin Fallon. "He did not turn the Emmys opening into a roast, which is something that we’ve become a bit accustomed over the years. That might explain why his schtick—sort of a bemused truth-telling about the industry that bordered on way too insider-y—didn’t seem to go over as riotously as your typical Ricky Gervais-Seth MacFarlane-Jimmy Kimmel brand roasting. But it was smart. Welcome to the Smart Emmys, Meyers seemed to be saying, which is about as polarizing a greeting you could give at one of these things.” PLUS: Meyers brought a breezy charm to his hosting duties, Meyers left the “very funny” meanness to Jimmy Kimmel because nastiness becomes tiresome during a long awards show, and Amy Poehler took half a second to upstage Meyers.
Sofia Vergara slams critics who cried sexism over her rotating pedestal Emmys bit
“I think its absolutely the opposite,” Vergara told the press backstage. “It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it's ridiculous that somebody started this — I know who she was — who has no sense of humor (and should) lighten up a little bit.”
Seth Meyers took the Ice Bucket Challenge immediately after finishing the Emmys
Watch Meyers get drenched off stage. PLUS: “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery screamed at her Ice Bucket Challenge.
“The Simpsons” mural unveiled in Springfield, Oregon
The Oregon town on Monday asserted itself as the only and only Springfield from “The Simpsons.” PLUS: See more photos, including of “Lisa Simpson” Yeardley Smith.
Check out Geena Davis on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Here are her first pics from the set.
“SNL” alum Phil Hartman gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star today
Sixteen years after his tragic death, Hartman’s star will be presented today by his brother and his former “SNL” castmate Kevin Nealon. David Spade is also expected to be on hand.
“Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” win more Emmys, while newbies were mostly shunned
At this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, buzzworthy shows like “True Detective” and “Orange is the New Black” were shut out in favor of winners from last year. In fact, Netflix was shut out on Monday night. Meanwhile, “Sherlock” scored the most wins with seven, followed by “Breaking Bad's" six and “True Detective” and “SNL” with five each. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Sarah Silverman brought a marijuana vapor pen — but she insists she wasn’t high on stage, Jimmy Kimmel outshined Seth Meyers with his Matthew McConaughey roast, the “Orange is the New Black” cast took a party bus to the Emmys, Ryan Seacrest got revenge on Jimmy Fallon for calling him out, Gwen Stefani mispronounces “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert half-apologized for having 1 woman on his writing staff, Sofia Vergara was part of the “incredibly sexist” portion of the Emmys, Colbert got “Kanye’d” by Jimmy Fallon, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson channeled "A Night at the Roxbury,” Weird Al put lyrics to theme songs and had and Andy Samberg played King Joffrey, and explaining Lena Dunham’s dress — she wasn’t wearing a wig.
Watch Billy Crystal’s poignant Emmy tribute to Robin Williams
“Robin Williams, what a concept,” he said. PLUS: Sarah Michelle Gellar to Crystal: "I'm not ready to watch yet, but I heard the tribute was beautiful."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Bryan Cranston and I got our spouses to OK us kissing
"I asked my husband if he was OK with that and he said, ‘Sure,’ and Bryan checked with his wife and said, ‘Sure,’ and we said we would go for it,” she says of their surprise kiss. Adds Cranston: “It’s not a question of why, but more a question of why not?” PLUS: Louis-Dreyfus apparently dissed NBC in her Emmy speech.