Netflix is holding fans of "Orange Is the New Black" in solitary (figuratively speaking) until Fri. June 6, when the show returns for its second season. To tempt us, the network has released posters of some of our favorite characters (Alex, Lorna, Nicky and Sophia) as well as a brief interview with Uzo "Crazy Eyes" Aduba, who simply sees her character as "passionate." Well, that's one way of putting it.
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We can all be heroes of our own lives, according to Janelle Monae’s new video for “Heroes.”
Letterman jokes on “The View”: "Now I feel like I made a mistake”
David Letterman also responded to Bill O’Reilly’s concerns that Stephen Colbert couldn’t do his job. "Take a good look at me. I've done this show for 30 years," Letterman said. "If I can do it, I'm pretty sure Stephen Colbert can do it."
“The Blacklist’s” post-Super Bowl episode will be a 2-parter
NBC is taking a page out of the “Grey’s Anatomy” playbook. “Grey’s” got huge ratings by splitting its post-Super Bowl episode into two parts.
Fox is “going back to our roots” in its decision to end the all-animated Sunday block
Speaking about “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney’s” addition to the Sunday block, Fox Entertainment boss Kevin Reilly pointed to past live-action Fox shows that aired on Sunday, from “Married with Children” to “Malcolm in the Middle.”
NBC’s new schedule looks boring now that it’s no longer in freefall
"Calling NBC’s new schedule ‘boring' might sound like a burn,” says Josef Adalian, "but it’s actually just the opposite: Winning networks tend to be dull networks, and right now, the Peacock is totally winning.”
Jay Leno addresses his college alma mater’s graduates: “I always read bad reviews"
“You will learn more from your critics than you will ever learn from your friends,” Leno told graduates of Emerson College, where he graduated in 1973.
Michael Rosenbaum dropped from NBC’s “Mission Control”
The “Smallville” alum's role as "a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut” is being recast.
Weather Channel apologizes for snarky “bullying” tweet to a Ft. Worth City Councilman
Councilmember Joel Burns, who was part of the “It Gets Better” campaign, was told by The Weather Channel: “Sorry to see you go. Good luck on ending bullying.”
Why does “SNL” keep cutting its best sketches and putting them online?
It’s become a trend to see the most interesting sketches end up on the web Sunday as an “extra” from dress rehearsal.
“Parks and Rec’s” Perd Hapley talks about playing a fake newscaster, including last night on “Revenge”
Turns out actor Jay Jackson is a former news anchor himself. In fact, he was part of an Emmy-winning newscast. Besides playing a newscaster, Jackson is pursuing his "real passion” as a jazz singer. But he also has a company that helps TV news reporters make their demo reels.
Sherri Shepherd didn’t talk about her separation on “The View”
A source tells People that she didn’t want to take away from Barbara Walters’ final shows.
There is talk of “Sherlock” filming Season 4 next year
“It will not be this year – but 2015 is very much the hope and expectation,” a source tells Radio Times. If it happens, “Sherlock” would likely air on PBS in early 2016.
Disney Jr.’s “Lucky Duck” to star “Ed’s” Tom Cavanaugh and “Smash’s” Megan Hilty
They’ll voice the characters in the rubber ducky movie.
This was “Mad Men’s” craziest episode yet
Does the character of Ginsberg have a connection to beat poet Allen Ginsberg? PLUS: Ben Feldman took home a souvenir from last night’s episode, “Mad Men” is returning to normal, this was the show’s most incoherent yet, and that scene felt sterile, manic, and oh-so-very creepy.
NBC’s “Constantine” trailer looks nothing like the movie, and that’s a good thing
The 2005 Keanu Reeves film was a disaster.
Ricky Gervais live-tweeted a night out with Russell Crowe
When Gervais posted a photo of them together, Crowe quipped: “see . . . that photo right there . . . the difference between TV and Cinema.”
“The Bachelorette’s” Andi Dorfman photoshopped without a shoulder in ABC promo
Also, her hands have been replaced. PLUS: “Bachelor” alum Kacie Boguskie weds.
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, one of the clear (or not-so-clear) wild cards of the lineup: Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders."
So the phone rings, and I answer it, and it's Mel Brooks.
That's an actual thing that happened. That's now something I can say. And even better, the 40 minute conversation that followed me answering the phone is one of my favorites in recent memory. How often do you get to talk to a comedy legend about one of the pinnacle moments of not only their career, but of film comedy in general?
I was told I'd have about 15 minutes originally. Time was tight. And if you get offered 15 minutes to talk to Mel Brooks about "Blazing Saddles," you take it, right? We ended up having a really fun back and forth about that film, about films he's produced, about his partnership with Gene Wilder, and about the ways Hollywood failed the great Richard Pryor. The only reason we wrapped it up is because we had to, and it would have been easy to talk to him for twice as long.
What I enjoyed most is that from the moment I picked up the phone, I felt like he was willing to play. I managed to get out, "Hello, Mr. Brooks. How are you this afternoon?" before he was off and running.
"Okay, Drew, you're on."
"You're on. You are on. Describe your network. Describe it."
"My online home is HitFix. It is a website where we cover film, television, music… it's a broad entertainment site."
"It's a website? Is it popular?"
NBC will tackle “The Music Man” for a live musical performance
The 1957 musical will follow “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan."
“Rosemary’s Baby” remake bombs on NBC
About 3.7 million viewers checked out part 1 of the two-part miniseries.
“30 Rock” reunion: Jane Krakowski joining Tina Fey’s new NBC comedy
Krakowski will recur on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from the “30 Rock” producing team of Fey and Robert Carlock. She’ll play a rich woman who hires Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, as her nanny.
Dan Harmon “won’t stand in the way” of a “Community” revival
Harmon writes in a Tumblr post that he was initially resistant on Friday to reviving “Community” elsewhere. “But,” he adds, "it doesn’t matter right now WHY I’d be lukewarm or if my reasons would be valid. What matters is, I won’t be lukewarm. I’ll heat up. I said 'eh' on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a 'Sure, let’s talk' on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled ‘Community.'"
“Mad Men” using its characters and products to campaign for an Emmy
"In the past, we've campaigned for Mad Men by letting the show sell itself," says AMC executive vp marketing Linda Schupack. "This year, we wanted to be a little more fun and playful."
Seth Meyers mocks NBC
Read his jokes from this morning’s upfront presentation.
Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 11, 2014.
"Rosemary's Baby" was no "Sound of Music Live" when it comes to NBC event ratings, as the first part of the horror remake drew impressively low ratings in its Sunday night debut.
Sunday stayed true to its usual form. "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" both rose in their series finales as ABC ruled primetime among young viewers, but it was CBS cruising to its usual overall win, paced by "The Good Wife."
Meanwhile, facing enhanced competition, FOX's "Cosmos" took a tumble, as did "The Simpsons" without last week's Lego hook.
On to the numbers.
If FOX is looking a bit lighter on its feet for the 2014-2015 season, that's probably because the network is dedicating a lot less programming time to singing competitions.
The roughly 39 hours of "X Factor" programming that have glutted FOX's schedule the past three years with variable success are now entirely gone, making room for both more reality -- Two weekly hours of "Utopia" are on the fall schedule -- but also more scripted programming.
And at midseason, while "American Idol" is slated to return for a 14th season, the colossus that towered atop the ratings heap for the better part of a decade will also be looking leaner in 2015.
For a decade or so, the schedules FOX announced during upfront week followed a predictable, amusing pattern: one schedule for the fall that would inevitably struggle, another schedule for mid-season built around the dominant presence of "American Idol," and then many, many changes made to that second schedule at a later date due to the struggles of the first.
Normally upfronts bring the first video and images from new shows. That's not exactly the case with FOX's DC Comics prequel "Gotham," which has been anticipated enough that FOX and Warner Brothers TV have been teasing pictures for several weeks and the first trailer for the drama aired last week with the premiere of "24: Live Another Day."
Here, however, are the first official gallery shots and stills for "Gotham," which has been ordered for 16 episode, rather than the normal 13, up-front with the potential for more.
“American Idol” will go from 2 nights to 1 night a week next season
The plan is to air two shows a week during the audition phase, followed by a two-hour show once a week, Fox Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced. He also said “Sleepy Hollow” will air 18 episodes next season and that “Glee’s” 22-episode final season may be trimmed.
“Modern Family” will cover the costs all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies today in NYC
This is ABC’s way of promoting Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding.
Fox’s fall schedule: “Gotham” to Mondays, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Sundays, “Glee” to midseason
Sunday’s Animation Domination block is being invaded next season by two live-action comedies, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney.” “Bones” is moving back to Thursdays, where it’ll be paired with “Broadchurch” remake “Gracepoint.” Meanwhile, Fox is holding “Empire,” “Backstrom,” “Hieroglyph,” “Weird Loners,” “Bordertown” and “Last Man on Earth” for midseason. Fox also plans to air live motorcycle jumping over a canyon special “Jump of the Century.” PLUS: Fox airing a New Year’s Eve special with Pitbull.
“Game of Thrones” writer: We tried to avoid making “Law & Order: Westeros”
"It was a tricky balance,” Bryan Cogman says of writing last night’s riveting courtroom scene. PLUS: Is “GoT” killing time?, can writers afford to kill Tyrion?, was that an Emmy moment?, how does the justice system work on “GoT,” was that a “Monty Python” shout-out?
“Gotham” promotes 3, including the future Riddler
Cory Michael Smith, who plays future Riddler Edward Nygma, has been upped to series regular status, along with detectives on the show Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart Jones.
David Tennant will go from Fox's "Broadchurch" remake back to "Broadchurch"
Tennant, who's starring in the remake "Gracepoint," has agreed to a 2nd season of the acclaimed British series.