Netflix is continuing its original programming onslaught with the new half-hour "Grace and Frankie," and this comedy comes front loaded with names sure to resonate with the Baby Boomer set. Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will co-star with Lily Tomlin in what Netflix promises will be a "very different kind of sitcom" from "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.
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ABC has set its Spring 2014 finale dates, which include the anticipated early exit for the truncated season of "Scandal," plus a two-hour finale for "Once Upon a Time."
“Masters of Sex” returns this summer, paired with “Ray Donovan”
Both Showtime dramas will kick off their 2nd seasons on July 13.
Judd Apatow expects “Girls” to run 6 seasons, but an ending hasn't been figured out
"We've talked about doing six seasons," he says. "I guess that could change. It's not set. I think we're all committed that we'll do six.” Apatow also talks about “Girls” sex scenes, saying: "There have been things on ‘Girls' where HBO has said to us, 'If we put this on TV, we literally could lose our license to broadcast.’"
Check out CBS’ “Bad Teacher” starring Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier and Ryan Hansen
Here’s your 1st look at the sitcom based on the movie.
Alec Baldwin “nails” his “jerk role” on tonight’s “SVU”
"What is it they say about art imitating life? Well, blowhard Alec Baldwin is really good . . . at playing a jerk,” says the NY Post. That the media-hating actor can play a total tool so well — like the proverbial moth to the flame — in Wednesday night’s episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' should surprise no one who has witnessed Baldwin’s public-meltdown act.” PLUS: Producer says Baldwin’s role had nothing to do with his public life.
Dean Norris gets a new “Under the Dome” rival: Dwight Yoakam
The country singer will play a barbershop owner with a complicated history with Big Jim.
50 Cent's “Power” adds Victor Garber and “Lost’s” Sonya Walger
They’ll play husband and wife on the Starz drama, with Garber recurring as a renowned club owner.
Conan O'Brien announces his Dallas lineup
“Conan” will hit Dallas the week of May 31 for the NCAA Final Four with guests including Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Charles Barkley.
Last year, Showtime's new dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" each got to air after established hits in "Dexter" and "Homeland," respectively. This year, they'll have to support each other, as the two will air as a Sunday night bloc starting on July 13, with "Ray Donovan" at 9 and "Masters of Sex" at 10.
I didn't have much use for "Ray Donovan," either as a glib show about a Hollywood fixer or a more psychologically-fraught look at a violent, damaged family from Boston. "Masters," on the other hand, was one of my very favorite shows of 2013, and airing in the summer may give it a little more critical sunlight than when it was on opposite so many other notable Sunday shows in the fall.
Showtime's period horror series "Penny Dreadful," which is debuting in May, will have wrapped up by July 13, and "Homeland" will have a new companion, still to be announced, come fall.
ABC announces season finale dates: “Scandal” finishes April 17
"Grey’s Anatomy” bows out for the season on May 15 and “Modern Family” ends its 5th season on May 21.
Former President Jimmy Carter will visit Letterman next week
Carter, who turns 90 in October, will make his 3rd “Late Show” visit on Monday to promote his new book.
“Game of Thrones” creators promise a “100 percent” satisfying ending
David Benioff and Dan Weiss, without revealing what George R.R. Martin told them, say the ending is indeed creatively satisfying. PLUS: Benioff’s father, the former head of Goldman Sachs who worked in the George W. Bush administration, has a cameo in the season premiere.
Maggie Q will play a stalker-hunting detective on CBS
The “Nikita” alum has joined the Kevin Williamson pilot, playing the female lead opposite Dylan McDermott.
Nat Geo bringing back the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” guys for April Fool’s Day
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will make fun of National Geographic shows for an April 1 special called “Total Riff Off.”
Kim Kardashian goes “Undercover” with fake teeth and a frizzy wig on Oxygen
Check her out on Wendy Williams’ “Celebrity Undercover.”
Working nonstop since the end of "Nikita" last fall, Maggie Q is now eying her next regular TV role.
After spending four-ish seasons on The CW and WBTV's espionage thriller, Maggie Q will stay in the corporate family, landing a lead in CBS and WBTV's Untitled Kevin Williamson Project.
Netflix orders “Grace and Frankie,” a comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
From “Friends” co-creator Martha Kauffman, “Grace and Frankie” focuses on two female rivals whose husbands fall in love and get married.
“Ellen” gets an Obama visit via satellite
The president will appear on Thursday’s show from the White House to promote health insurance.
Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” to reenact cut “SNL” sketches in “Second Chance Theater”
Meyers announced the new bit while discussing sketches that were cut with Jason Sudeikis, who spent 10 years with Meyers on “Saturday Night Live.” PLUS: “Late Night” recreates New Yorker cartoons.
“Game of Thrones” King Joffrey covers EW
He is the “King of Pain.”
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
NBC's "The Voice" was up slightly to help lead the network to victory in the key demographic, while "NCIS" led CBS' procedurals to their normal primetime sweep overall.
With "The Voice" up slightly, NBC's "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" both rose a hair and have settled in very quickly with numbers that probably please the network.
Over on FOX, "Glee" got a small bump for its ballyhooed 100th episode, but for some reason FOX decided to follow that episode with a "New Girl" repeat, though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was in line with last week's performance -- down in the demo, up in viewers -- even without a lead-in.
Despite the promise of "Avengers" sequel news, ABC's "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe" special did only lackluster numbers, but "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" were both up.
On to the numbers...
While other story arcs on this season of "Parenthood" have come and gone (goodbye, Kristina's improbable mayoral campaign; hello, Kristina's improbable charter school plan), the destruction of Joel and Julia's marriage has formed the spine throughout. We can and have argued about how well the show has handled all of it, and also which party is more at fault — I ran into another showrunner while I was in LA last week and we spent a good 10 minutes arguing about fault — but it's led to many of this season's most memorable moments (including the conclusion of last week's episode) and some outstanding work from Sam Jaeger and Erika Christensen.
It's morning round-up time, with brief thoughts on last night's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Trophy Wife" coming up just as soon as I know the Papa John...
One of the lessons drilled into any young writer is a simple one: "Write what you know." The problem, at least when applying this rule to television, is that what many of the people who work in television know about is television and nothing but, which is why there have been so many shows over the years — most of them failures — about characters who work in the entertainment industry.
Inside showbiz stories aren't inherently bad, as seven seasons of "30 Rock," or even a showbiz-adjacent series like "Curb Your Enthusiasm" have amply demonstrated. But watching HBO's new comedy series "Doll & Em," all I could think about was how much I wished the setting was anywhere but Hollywood.