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Here's how little we know about "Star Wars: Episode VII" so far: the news that the new film will take place 30 years after the conclusion of "Return Of The Jedi" is being treated like an amazing announcement.
Don't get me wrong… I'm interested to see how the world of "Star Wars" has changed after 30 years. It's nice to see them allow for the same amount of time to have passed in the movies as has passed in real life, so they don't have to pretend that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford are younger than they are, and it gives enough time for things to have changed in some significant way.
Even so, the film starts shooting in May, and we still basically know nothing about the story or even the casting. Sure, we've heard plenty of rumors, and in some cases, the people posting those rumors have been adamant that will will indeed see Adam Driver playing a bad guy and Lupita N'Yongo playing a major role and that we'll likely see Jesse Plemons or John Boyega playing a key role as well. It is taken as common knowledge at this point that there will be returning appearances by Hamill, Ford, and Fisher, and that the Millennium Falcon is already standing on a soundstage in London. Is all of that true? I think so, but because nothing is official yet, I wouldn't just run that as fact. Not yet.
“Boy Meets World’s” Rider Strong will appear on “Girl Meets World" -- so will Cory's parents
He’ll reprise his role as Shawn Hunter in a holiday-themed episode.
David Cross will guest as the “Dead Boss” on Fox
He’ll play the "narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic” boss that Jane Krakowski is accused of killing.
FX’s “How and Why” adds Catherine Keener and “Blue Jasmine’s” Sally Hawkins
They’ll join John Hawkes and Michael Cera on the drama from Charlie Kaufman.
Sam Champion’s Weather Channel show bombs
“AMHQ’s” premiere attracted just 207,000 viewers, which is lower than the Weather Channel’s typical ratings in that timeslot.
OWN cancels Lisa Ling
“Our America with Lisa Ling” is finished after four seasons on the Oprah network.
As we all know, this is going to be a tough season for 'The Little Couple' (TLC, Tues. at 10:00 p.m. ET). Though they've finally completed their family with the adoption of baby Zoey, Jen is ill. In this week's episode, we learn what the diagnosis is. Although we've all read about it, it's not easy to hear.
Final ratings for Monday, March 17, 2014.
"Dancing with the Stars" returned to its smallest spring premiere ratings ever, good enough to help ABC win Monday night among total viewers but finishing a distant second to "The Voice"-powered NBC.
For the night, NBC averaged a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.69 million viewers overall. ABC was second (2.3, 13.65 million), followed by CBS (1.8, 6.72 million), FOX (1.4, 4.79 million) and the CW (0.4, 1.08 million).
8 p.m. -- "The Voice" easily won the hour for NBC, 13.52 million viewers over the two hours. "Dancing" (2.6, 15.44 million) drew a bigger audience from 8 to 10, but continued to show its old age in its demographic ratings, and from 8-8:30 finished third behind CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" (2.9, 7.78 million, followed by a 2.2 demo rating and 7.21 million viewers for "2 Broke Girls"). FOX's "Bones" (1.4, 5.63 million) was fourth, followed by the CW's "Star-Crossed" (0.3, 1 million).
9 p.m. -- "The Voice" was first for the hour, and "Dancing" second, followed by CBS' "Mike & Molly"/"Mom" combo (1.8, 7.38 million), FOX's "The Following" (1.4, 3.95 million) and the CW's "The Tomorrow People" (0.4, 1.17 million).
10 p.m. -- After a week off for the premiere of "Believe," "The Blacklist" returned to win the hour for NBC (2.7, 10.97 million), followed by ABC's "Castle" (1.8, 9.99 million) and CBS' "Intelligence" (1.1, 5.3 million).
It's hard to be the father of a teenaged daughter, isn't it? Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best" (USA, Tues. at 10:00 p.m. ET) is certainly feeling challenged by 16-year-old Savannah, who is embarking on a runway modeling career. The problem is that she has to wear the clothes given to her, which might show skin, like elbows and backs and stuff. I'm fairly sure most people wouldn't find the outfits she wears for her first runway show all that scandalous, but you be the judge. Watch the clip and weigh in. Too much?
It is the day fans have been asking for since 2004, and for many years, it was a day that I was sure would never happen.
In the decade since the first film was released, Brad Bird has probably answered the question about whether or not there would be an "Incredibles" sequel a hundred times, and each time, he's been very blunt. The problem was always coming up with a story that was worth telling again with those characters. It would be easy to crank out a dozen movies where we just spend time with Bob, Helen, Dash, Violet, and the deeply freaky Jack Jack, and I'm sure audiences would have been happy to watch those films.
But Brad Bird is not a guy who had a lot of patience for business as usual. Before "The Iron Giant," I knew Brad primarily from his work on "Family Dog" and as a screenwriter, and I got to know him as a film fan because he was a regular at Dave's Video. Talking to him about the business twenty years ago, he already had a fairly healthy sense of disgust towards the calculated business side of things, and it was obvious that for him, story and character are everything. He wants to tell good stories. He wants to make things that connect with people on some real level. He is not the guy you go to if you want someone to churn out indifferent product to satisfy the stockholders.
After breaking through with”Torches’” hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the most uplifting infectious song ever about a serial killer, Foster the People returns three years later with its second album, “Supermodel.”
Fox hip-hop drama “Empire” snags Macy Gray
The R&B star will have a recurring role on the Lee Daniels series.
Aaron Paul is apparently interested in joining “Sons of Anarchy”
Creator Kurt Sutter had the former “Breaking Bad” star in mind for a key final season role. And apparently Paul is interested in “making serious stuff happen."
"Grey's Anatomy" bringing back "Private Practice's" Caterina Scorsone
Derek Shepherd’s younger neurosurgeon sister will return to “Grey’s” at the beginning of May and will remain on the show for the rest of the season.
Judge allows Kim & Kanye to sue YouTube’s co-founder over his leaked proposal video
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley’s posting of the video, despite a confidentiality agreement, meant that E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” didn’t get an exclusive on the proposal at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
CBS delays “Taxi-22,” James Gandolfini's "passion project"
CBS picked up the project in January, but the network has been having trouble casting its lead.
The first part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" season reunion is never all that fiery. The ladies have just arrived, they're still thinking about how pretty they look in their big girl clothes, and no one's been drinking (actually, can't rule that one out entirely). But the cracks start showing in the women's composure once Andy starts poking them with a stick, and soon we get a good idea of who will be going for the throat, who will sit meekly on the sidelines, and who will emerge the queen bee.
“Breaking Bad’s” Betsy Brandt joins “Masters of Sex”
“The Michael J. Fox Show” star will play William Masters’ new secretary.
“Nathan For You” returns June 24 -- will the season premiere feature the "Dumb Starbucks" prank?
Nathan Fielder announced his Comedy Central show's 2nd season will air this summer.
“HIMYM” cast members reunited with their spouses
Last night’s episode featured cameos by Taran Killam, Alexis Denisof and David Burtka, the significant others of Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, respectively. PLUS: Hannigan is tossing out her “Buffy” jean overalls.
“Game of Thrones’” Stark children look older on “Today”
Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright previewed the new season this morning. PLUS: How to dress like King Joffrey.
Watch a preview of Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson’s job-swap
Carey will host “The Late Late Show” and Ferguson will host “The Price is Right” on April Fool’s Day.
“Da Vinci’s Demons” releases naked cast pics with Da Vinci’s drawings projected on bodies
Check out the cast wearing nothing but Leonardo da Vinci’s work.
“Party of Five’s” Michael A. Goorjian lands on “Covert Affairs”
He’ll guest-star as an ex-soldier whom Annie investigates.
DirecTV’s “Rogue” gets a Season 2 premiere date
The Thandie Newton-Cole Hauser series returns May 28.
“Jeopardy!’s” Arthur Chu now acting on stage
He’s part of a play, portraying a “dumb redneck.”
E!/NFL star Eric Decker welcomes a daughter
The "Eric & Jessie: Game On” stars welcomed their first child on Tuesday.
TLC will catch up with “Kate Plus 8”
Kate Gosselin in her kids are getting their own one-hour special in June.
“Teen Wolf” star: It was tough being a 29-year-old playing a 17-year-old
Read an interview about last night’s episode. PLUS: MTV created a special "Teen Wolf" website.
Erin Andrews quickly established herself as “Dancing” co-host
The former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant showed “no-nonsense strength” in her debut last night. PLUS: Ranking the contestants, and watch Billy Dee Williams’ “Star Wars”-themed dance with R2D2.
“The Following” shocker, explained
Last night’s episode had been in the works since last season.
“Dancing” ratings tumble
Last night’s premiere attracted 15 million, compared to 16 million last fall and 17 million last spring.
Watch Sarah Palin’s “Amazing America” trailer
The former Alaska governor is starring in a new TV series on the Sportsman Channel, debuting April 3.
“Mad Men’s” Jay R. Ferguson lands a CBS comedy pilot
“Stan Rizzo” is joining “Saved the Date."
“Peanuts” gets a 3-D makeover for the big screen
Check out the CGI Charlie Brown from producer Paul Feig.
Franka Potente joins “The Bridge”
The German actress will appear in a multi-episode arc.
Kermit the Frog & Jimmy Fallon sing a duet of “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
Kermit also talked to Jimmy about being licked by Tina Fey.