Just a few housekeeping notes before I head to California for a few days:
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Just a few housekeeping notes before I head to California for a few days:
Juan Pablo has “The Bachelor’s” most-awkward finale yet
Juan Pablo refused to play by “The Bachelor” rules, frustrating producers. As Emily Yahr notes, "While the final episode was wildly uncomfortable to watch, it was also one of the most riveting hours of reality television in recent memory. The reason? It exposed the fascinating disconnect between veteran show producers stubbornly anchored in tradition and a star who doesn’t follow — and frankly, couldn’t care less about — the rules of the franchise.” PLUS: Juan Pablo seals his fate as the most-depised “Bachelor,” and it’s official: Andi Dorfman is the new “Bachelorette”
President Obama to appear on Zach Galifiankis’ Funny or Die talk show
The 6 1/2-minute “Between Two Ferns” interview was taped two weeks ago. UPDATE: Watch Obama on "Between Two Ferns."
Jimmy Kimmel & Seth Rogen star in “True Detective 2”
Check out the newest HBO “bromance."
Kerry Washington approves of “SNL's" spoof of “Scandal”
"SO FUN! SUCH AN HONOR! Thank u @lenadunham & @nbcsnl family!” she tweeted.
Disney Channel is not ready for a “High School Musical” reunion
At least not now, a spokesperson says, responding to Zac Efron’s interest in a reunion.
Jimmy Fallon and Jon Hamm photobomb tourists on the top of 30 Rock
It was the “Mad Men” star’s 2nd cameo on an NBC late-night show in as many days.
Alex Trebek gets revenge on Conan
The “Jeopardy!” host put a stop to “Conan” mocking him.
Miles Teller and Jai Courtney are no strangers to the Hollywood movie making machine. Miles has won critical acclaim for roles in films such as "The Spectacular Now" and the upcoming Sundance hit "Whiplash" as well as candidly charm audiences in mainstream fare like "Footloose" and January's "That Awkward Moment." Courtney is an Aussie TV veteran who was "showcased" alongside Bruce Willis in "A Good Day to Die Hard" and had supporting roles in "Jack Reacher" and "I, Frankenstein." Both men will be seen next in Neil Burger's "Divergent," but it goes without saying that most movie fans are interested in their next big projects.
So, Bravo must have thought they'd have yet another humdinger of a season finale this year. The setting was perfect (the pool by the Beverly Hilton, which is a lot smaller than it looked on the show). The ladies were all in attendance, most of them with a grudge and tears at the ready. The problem was that everyone's anger was aimed at Lisa (and to a lesser extent her husband Ken) Vanderpump. Guess what? Yeah, didn't work out quite as planned.
So far, ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been fairly restrained when it comes to tapping into the goodwill from Marvel's hit theatrical franchises.
Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill topped up in the pilot and hasn't been seen since. Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the tag of one episode as Nick Fury, but he hasn't been seen since. A November episode featured a tie-in to "Thor: The Dark World" and I honestly don't remember if the threads introduced in that episode have rippled forward.
The latest movie-to-TV crossover occurs on Tuesday's (March 11) episode, as Jaimie Alexander brings Lady Sif to ABC for an episode that also features Lorelei, a seductive Asgardian with a complicated relationship with both Thor and Loki.
Lorelei, played by "Magic City" veteran Elena Satine, was introduced at the end of last week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." using her amorous wiles to charm a ride from the desert towards civilization, presumably with nefarious intent.
Will it be up to Lady Sif to stop Lorelei? Let's just say that Jaimie Alexander wasn't offering many hints when we talked last week. In lieu of spoilers, though, she discussed the difference in pace and scale of playing Lady Sif for TV and talked about the excitement of working on a set with so many strong actresses and strong female characters.
Click through for the full Q&A, with its few teases...
As befits one of the crappiest installments in the 18-season run of "The Bachelor," we got a finale which was amazingly unromantic, endlessly frustrating and chock full of moments that made most of us want to throw something at Juan Pablo. When our host Chris Harrison actually comes right out and says there's going to be a run on televisions next week because so many viewers probably threw stuff at theirs because of this show, you know it's not just you. No, Juan Pablo may make his mark as being the most unappealing Bachelor ever, and if you didn't feel that way before the finale, you probably did afterward.
Okay, so tonight was a Mother-less "How I Met Your Mother," which either means we get an opportunity to table discussion of the "Is the Mother dead in 2030?" question(*) or it means that her absence will make us focus on that issue all the more.
(*) Cristin Milioti gave an interview where she called the idea "insane," but it's also possible that she's being on message for the producers, who've been known to dissemble in the press before. Or people have pointed out that last week's episode was called "Vesuvius," and that earlier in the season Ted realized that word didn't fit in a puzzle, which could mean the whole thing could just be one more head fake from Bays and Thomas. It is up to you to decide what option you prefer.
"Daisy" was otherwise another final season episode that was very broad for much of the running time, with callbacks to old characters (the Captain and BoatsBoatsBoats) and running gags ("The Mosby Boys"), but that then went for a big emotional ending, and a new glimpse of the future.
What did everybody think? Did you like Tracey Ullman as Robin's mom? Did it all hang together, or did the conclusion feel unearned? Or did you just spend the entire thing pondering the latest Mother mystery?
Have at it.
Adult Swim orders “Black Jesus,” a live-action comedy from “Boondocks” creator
Aaron McGruder’s new series stars Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus Christ living in Compton.
Jimmy Kimmel sees no booking war with Fallon, says he’d take over for Letterman if Dave asked
Kimmel says Fallon’s “Tonight Show” “inspired me to work harder on my show” and says of the recent report of a booking war: ""The fact of the matter is, you want the celebrities to do your show first," Kimmel says. "They either will or they won't. The truth is, there is a balance they can strike — if you do one show first, the next time you do the other show first."
Louis Gossett Jr. joins CBS’ “Extant” as Halle Berry’s dad
He’ll play the “good-natured but unreliable” father to Berry’s female astronaut character.
The company that put “OLTL” and “AMC” on the web files for bankruptcy
Prospect Park briefly revived "All My Children” and “One Life to Live” a few years ago.
The “True Detective” FAQ
Here are your questions about the finale, answered, including the Alfred Hitchcock connection. PLUS: Director Cary Fukunaga on filming the final scene in 3 takes, the costume designer on the yellow tie, something was off about that final scene, “SNL’s” Weekend Update anchor creates a Yellow Kingdom map, and yes, “True Detective” has a woman problem.
Seth Meyers’ final “SNL” sketch bombed so badly it was cut before airtime
“I'm very happy to say that the last sketch I wrote at ‘SNL' in the Melissa McCarthy show, I had the last sketch at dress,” Meyers said at SXSW. "I pitched this idea that, she had ordered wings to a Super Bowl party, and she wouldn't pay the delivery guy until she did a full count of the 300 wings. And it played to silence. And I was just under the bleachers, I've been here 12 and a half years, I've probably written 1,000 sketches, and my last one is a total zero. Which is just a good reminder that I never have this thing figured out."
AMC’s “Preacher” will try to stay as “true to the comic” as possible
Says Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen’s producing partner: "We need to change some stuff but we’re not gonna change much, I hope. We’re just gonna do a little more of the preamble instead of doing flashbacks and restructure how we dole out the information a little, but we’re gonna (do the) same characters, same story, same ending.”
Zac Efron would be up for a “High School Musical” reunion
“We’re all thinking about it,” he says.
Letterman talks to John McCain about his Sarah Palin flub
“Another trip down memory lane."
Check out “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville” in his new BBC sitcom
Bonneville plays the Head of Values at the BBC in this BBC2 satire about the British Broadcasting Corporation. PLUS: Bonnevile was refused entry into the BBC while filming the BBC sitcom.
Simon Cowell is reuniting with Cheryl Cole for “X Factor” UK after booting her off “X Factor” US
"It's official. Cheryl is back,” Cowell tweeted.
Sean Combs wants to buy Fuse for $200M
The hip-hop mogul wants to convert Fuse into Revolt TV in order to gain wider distribution for his new cable network.
Did Lena Dunham intentionally save the best “Girls” episodes for last?
Was it her plan all along to start the season out so badly?
Keeping up with all the quality TV shows is too hard these days
"Oh no, not another one,” David Carr says of hearing that there’s a new quality TV show coming out. "Television’s golden age is also a gilded cage,” he adds, "an always-on ecosystem of immense riches that leaves me feeling less like the master of my own universe, and more as if I am surrounded."
Is Alex Trebek obsessed with gender?
The “Jeopardy!” host kept referred to a “Battle of the Sexes” during last week’s “Battle of the Decades.”
“My Five Wives” patriarch: I am a feminist
TLC star Brady Williams says he believes in equality so much in his marriage he’s actually taking a college class on feminist theory.
Bravo is 10 years too late with “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male”
Bravo’s new dating reality show feels old compared in our Tinder world.
“Dancing with the Stars” reveals official cast portraits
Check out Billy Dee Williams and Drew Carey having a little fun.
“Bones” has a big cliffhanger planned to end the season
“We’re ending the year in a very surprising way,” says exec producer Stephen Nathan. “Two different stories converge and it throws Booth and Brennan’s work relationship into turmoil and causes big, big changes for our people.” PLUS: Ranking “Bones” conspiracy theories.
NBC's “Believe” is a cliché-ridden mess
"It is a terrible sign when a show has no sense of humor, but ‘Believe' almost has too much of it,” says Willa Paskin. "It looks great—(co-creator Alfonso) Cuarón, who just won an Oscar, directed, after all—but there is something off-puttingly cutesy about it. It’s not just Abrams-trademark banter, but a fundamentally silly setup, as if 'Agents of SHIELD' or even ‘Alias' found itself caught inside a serious and stentorian body.” PLUS: Cuarón’s directing makes “Believe” worth watching, the dialogue is “Believe’s” downfall, the best moments are when the dialogue does the talking, and everything is kind of "meh."
Other than inadvertently scaring small children, Sebu Simonian, one-half of Capital Cities, feels the duo’s career is going pretty well.
He and partner Ryan Merchant certainly can’t complain about lack of radio play. The pair’s breakthrough hit, “Safe and Sound” has been all over the radio this past year, topping Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, and crossing over to the Top 5 of the Pop, Hot AC, Triple A and Modern Rock charts. The global hit has sold more than 2.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Not bad for a song the duo recorded in 2011 that took its time catching on with the public.
“Cosmos” watched by 8.5 million over 10 networks
Fox had expected much bigger, especially after simulcasting it over all its cable networks plus Nat Geo. PLUS: NASA turned to Instagram to accentuate the “Cosmos” broadcast.
Introducing Fitz and Mellie's “Scandal” kids
Jerry and Karen make their debut on the March 27 episode.
OWN’s “Lindsay” debuts to 693,000 viewers
"We feel really good about the goal that we had set out,” OWN’s president says of the Lindsay Lohan reality launch.
HBO Go moochers: You have no right to complain about the “True Detective” outage
Let’s face it, says Richard Lawson, last night’s outage was caused by too many freeloaders watching via borrowed HBO Go passwords. "These are people who want, really expect at this point, top-tier television programs, ones we might even call premium, without having to pay a cent for it,” he says. "As if sprawling, epic, ambitious, gorgeous television just grows on trees."
BBC America unveils “Orphan Black’s” Season 2 trailer
The one-minute trailer includes a shocking final image.
ABC Family announces premiere dates for “Pretty Little Liars” and other summer shows
“PLL” returns June 16, while ABC Family will debut “Chasing Life,” “Young & Hungry” and “Mystery Girls” over the summer.
“Bachelor” Juan Pablo’s final Rochester Appliance ad released
“All he wants … is to sell you a fridge."
You probably hoped that a trip to India to adopt a baby sister for Will would have been nothing but fun for Bill and Jen. It's certainly fun for Will, who thinks the nonstop wall of traffic is actually AWESOME. It helps to be a little kid. In this exclusive clip, Will determines that India is the next best thing to Disneyworld (and possibly better) because there are not only cars, but elephants! Just wandering around! It's crazy!
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on FOX.
It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off.