A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...
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A quick review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I make my best offer for irregular socks...
A review of the "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" finale coming up just as soon as I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go...
ABC, with its diverse new shows, has made Shonda Rhimes the heart and soul of the entire network
Rhimes’ DNA is all over ABC’s new shows, even the ones she’s not involved with. A lot of the new ABC shows either have non-white male leads, and/or diverse casts and/or non-white male executive producers. PLUS: ABC is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to diversity, judging ABC’s new fall shows, and why does ABC continue using terrible titles?
An appreciation of “Trophy Wife,” a more complex version of “Modern Family"
The ABC comedy exits tonight having eclipsed “Modern Family” in portraying the politics of a complex family, says Eliana Dockterman. "To its credit, 'Trophy Wife’ directly confronted the complications of divorce that Modern Family often ignores—and did so without vilifying the exes,” she explains. PLUS: The creators talk about ending “Trophy Wife,” and the entire cast made “Trophy Wife” great.
George R.R. Martin’s writes his books on his DOS computer
The “Game of Thrones” honcho has one computer for the internet, and a DOS machine for his Wordstar 4.0 program. PLUS: 4th “GoT” beer revealed, and Super Mario Bros. meets “GoT."
Don Draper to meet Rip Van Winkle in new Sundance drama
"Crack in the Sky” will revolve around a Don Draper-like man who falls asleep in 1962 and wakes up in 2012.
Why Louis CK got it wrong in the “Fat Girl” speech he wrote for Sarah Baker
As Willa Paskin points out, "A woman as confident and comfortable as Vanessa would not, I don’t think, imagine herself as the victim of her weight and blame guys like Louie as entirely as her speech suggests. As a guilt trip, her speech is perfect; as a character exploration, it’s a little bit too much of a guilt trip. Vanessa’s teachable moment, and the episode more largely, is as scathing to Louie as possible. But it’s also condescending to Vanessa: I mean, if all Vanessa wanted in life was to hold hands with a nice guy, a girl as cool as she is could do just that.” PLUS: Louis CK pulled his punches and his speech was condescending, Louis CK finally destroyed his "Manic Pixie Dream Girl” fantasy, at least he started a necessary conversation, why do overweight men rank higher than overweight women, and what about men who love “Big Beautiful Women”?
Claim: “The Biggest Loser” refused to show fat people getting into relationships
Season 3’s Kai Hibbard reveals “5 Details They Cut from My Season,” and writes: "'The Biggest Loser' had romantic subplots that would build throughout the season, (like any other reality show), but the producers and editors made sure to Jim & Pam that sh*t as slowly as possible. Those ‘relationships' weren't allowed to bloom until both partners were skinny enough that their kisses were safe for a presumably very shallow audience that knows love only as something bedazzled on the butts of pretty girls' pink sweatpants."
“Frasier” ended its 11-year run 10 years ago tonight
Why is the 10th anniversary of the end of “Frasier” receiving less attention than the 10th anniversary of the end of “Friends”?
Steve Carell tonight debuts his new “Riot” improv game show
“I have no idea what I’m getting myself into,” he says of the Fox show that he’s filming along with his “Office” co-star Andy Buckley.
Jim Parsons: I thought I was auditioning for a Chuck Woolery show, not for Chuck Lorre
“The Big Bang Theory” star tells Letterman he was confused as to why Woolery would have his own show.
In praise of “Fargo’s” Martin Freeman, and his "understated facial guitar solo of abjection”
For Freeman, the former star of the original “Office,” "Reaction shots have long been his foremost weapon,” says Chris DeVille. "He pioneered the bemused camera-mugging that John Krasinski rode to a comfortable living Stateside, and his perplexed head-cocks are the Picassos of the form. But on ‘Fargo,' he's reaching a new pinnacle of pitiful.”
Danny Strong came up with Fox's “Empire” while driving
The “Buffy” and “Gilmore Girl” alum says: "I was literally driving in my car and I thought, I wonder if you could do King Lear in a hip hop empire. I literally was like: King Lear. Hip hop Empire and then my next thought was, 'I should call Lee Daniels.’"
Roseanne Barr detailed more sexism on “Roseanne” after her former writer Norm Macdonald defended her
Macdonald called Roseanne "a true feminist in a world of false ones" and "a genius who is being wasted.” Roseanne responded, saying: "They hate me because I have ideas.” PLUS: Is Norm Macdonald a comedian who doesn’t do comedy?
Carson Daly gets that “Voice” fans, especially West Coasters, don’t like the Twitter Save
“I love the Twitter Save,” he says, "but there’s definitely been some backlash. I see it online — maybe more because I’m from L.A., and the West Coast still doesn’t have a clear grip on how they can participate.”
“Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman: “I was devastated” when I found out about bachelor Eric Hill's death
"I had just seen him,” she says. "He was a member of our cast and we had an inherent bond. The (other contestants) shared that bond too. It was shocking and devastating to all of us and it's still a tough thing that we're going through.” PLUS: See photos of the new “Bachelorette” bachelors.
Juan Pablo won’t watch “The Bachelorette” season
Why? Juan Pablo tweeted that he "“will CALL Andi to get her VERSION.” PLUS: Juan Pablo blamed for St. Louis Cardinals losing, and Jimmy Kimmel jokes that ABC won’t have another non-white “Bachelor” after Juan Pablo.
Comedy Central passes on “The Chris Gethard Show”
The comedian’s public access show won’t be making its way to cable.
Sweet TV moms are being replaced by “TV momsters”
The June Cleaver type of TV mother has given way to Norma Bates, Gemma Teller Morrow, and even Gillian Darmody.
Bill Paxton had a great time on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but he’s not ready for a full-time return to TV
"To take on a whole series does not interest me,” he says. "I mean I had a great experience doing the five seasons as the male lead in 'Big Love.' That was a great experience. I’m glad I have done it, but I just don’t feel like I have the stamina to try to do that again. it’s just an experience I’ve had, I enjoyed it. I like jumping around now."
Ben Feldman: That’s how I’m really like on the “Mad Men” set
"That’s just — that’s just how I am on set,” he says. "High-anxiety, sweaty, freaking out. It’s just my process. It’s not an evolution.” PLUS: Feldman was at an NBC Upfronts party Sunday when he started receiving all these nipple-related texts.
What to expect from “The Originals” season finale
“There is going to be a point of critical mass,” says Daniel Gillies. “I do think that he’s going to reach a breaking point of sorts. And when he does, I think that it could be a really frightening thing to watch."
Check out Giada De Laurentiis’ 1st-ever restaurant
The Food Network star is opening a restaurant for the first time. “Giada” opens in Las Vegas on May 28.
Carson, Letterman and Stewart all had early failures when they had their own “The (fill in the name) Show”
Here’s recalling the early struggles of “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The David Letterman Show” and “The Jon Stewart Show.”
Elisabeth Moss beat out Danica McKellar, and 8 other revelations from “The West Wing” oral history
Also, Rob Lowe had to audition while Moira Kelly didn’t.
“Frontline” tonight tackles the “United States of Secrets”
Tonight’s episode delves into the NSA’s vast data collection operation.
It's upfront week at the Firewall & Iceberg Show, which leads to three logical segments. In the first, Dan and I discuss NBC's schedule. In the second, FOX's. In the third? ABC. What do we think of the scheduling moves? What about the new show trailers? And how many excuses will we find to say "HIEROGLYPH!"
NBC (0:00- 10:10)
FOX (10:10- 20:20)
ABC (20:20- 31:00)
As always, you can send us questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.
My initial reaction to the concept of ABC's new sitcom "Selfie" was a snarky expression (maybe one of those colon capital P emoticons) and possibly a GIF of a cat rolling its eyes. The show is a riff on "My Fair Lady," but in this version Eliza is "instafamous" and wants to find out how she can function in the real world! After seeing the trailer, I'm feeling more colon backslash. This could be a fun, light way to spend thirty minutes, or it could be the worst kind of romcom. The only way to know for sure is to watch.
Dear Paul Lee,
Titles are tough.
I don't have a magic answer for what titles are good and what titles are bad.
I have, however, gotten a handy rule of thumb in recent years: If the ABC Comedy Development Department thinks a title is good, it probably isn't.
What network, you'd be smart to ask, is actually good at making sure that its shows have good titles? I can't tell you. More shows on TV have awful titles than have good titles. It's just a thing.
But I know that ABC keeps screwing over perfectly good shows with perfectly dreadful titles and I don't think I'm going to get many protests on this one.
ABC just can't help itself.
Dolphins are truly magical creatures. Mostly everyone loves them. But does anyone really need a dolphin tattoo? More importantly, do they need a dolphin tattoo in the side of his or her head? That question will be answered tonight on "Tattoos After Dark" (Tues. May 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET on Oygen). If you haven't seen the show, it's from the producer of "Jersey Shore" (SallyAnn Salsano), so you already know she has an eye for colorful talent. In this case, rather literally.
Since "The Whispers" has some pretty tony credentials (executive produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo"), we have every reason to think the new ABC show will be sufficiently polished. What the trailer (posted below) tells us is that it might be damn creepy as well. Here are the five reasons why we'll have our hands in cover-the-eyes position when we watch the first episode, just in case.
Jimmy Kimmel takes shots at ABC, Fox’s “Gotham,” NBC musicals
During his annual upfront standup routine, Kimmel also offered advertisers the chance to pay $25 million for naming rights for his baby — a “cervical integration.” Kimmel also called Fox’s “Gotham” “the show for people who love everything about Batman except Batman” Kimmel also proposed a show called “Kittens with Cancer” while questioning NBC’s strategy: “You know what you do when you’re No. 1? You double down and hit ‘em with Peter mother#$%^ing Pan. Is (NBC Entertainment chief) Bob (Greenblatt) running a network or a high school theater camp?”
ABC posts full trailers for its new shows
Here’s a full look at “Fresh Off the Boat,” "Forever," "Galavant," "The Whispers," “Cristela” and “Secrets and Lies."
Anderson Cooper gets a huge boost from interviewing Donald Sterling
Cooper’s CNN show was up 73% in the key news demo last night.
“Girls” adds a former “Homeland” terrorist as Hannah's classmate
Actress Marin Ireland is joining the cast next season as Hannah’s “rich, sexual, beautiful but cold” classmate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
ABC boss calls Shonda Rhimes “the Charles Dickens of the 21st Century”
"I call her the Charles Dickens of the 21st Century if Charles Dickens had been black and a woman,” said ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee at the network’s up fronts.
Here are 8 ways “Mulaney” resembles “Seinfeld”
Is “SNL’s” Nasim Pedrad the new Elaine?
“Mad Men’s” Ginsberg might be schizophrenic, says a psychiatrist
Dr. Paul Puri says of this week’s episode: "Through the contemporary psychiatric lens, which is very biology-based, the show has really dropped hints all along that Ginsberg is an odd guy and possibly on the schizophrenia spectrum.”
Watch the trailer for ABC’s new fantasy reality show “The Quest”
“The Quest” mixes geek fantasy with a reality competition.
“The Walking Dead” offers the 1st glimpse of Andrew Lincoln in Season 5
What is Rick Grimes looking at?
“Xscape,” out today, features eight previously unreleased Michael Jackson tunes, completed by top tier producers.