You wouldn't think a bad guy from "Breaking Bad" would be a ton of fun to interview, but guess what? Jonathan Banks is more fun than a barrel of monkeys on meth. Well, that might not be all that fun. Might be kind of crazy and violent. But he's really fun. Promise.
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AMC orders a KISS-themed arena football reality show, starring Gene Simmons
The "docu-series" will follow the brand-new LA KISS arena football team, co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
"Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper was stunned by Rachel's dramatic weight-loss
As he told Rachael Ray, "What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave to go home...they're in charge of themselves," he began. "I had not seen her until that night, and so when she walked out, I was just kind of like, 'Whoa.' And I've been on the show since the beginning, forever."
Charlie Sheen mocks "Masthon" Kutcher for his low ratings -- then wishes him happy birthday
Sheen tweeted a screenshot of a ratings report showing that last night "Two and a Half Men" hit a series low. He followed that up with a tweet wishing Kutcher a "happy 36 Boo-Churr!"
TNT orders 6 more episodes of Dick Wolf's "Cold Justice"
The Season 2 "docu-reality" series is averaging 1.8 million viewers.
Jere Burns is set to boss Rashida Jones around on TBS' "Tribeca"
Burns is in talks to join the comedy pilot from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy.
CNN yanks Anderson Cooper's "AC360 Later"
The 2nd hour of Cooper's news show will be off the schedule for the foreseeable future.
UK judge rules against "Glee"
A judge has sided with a comedy club called "The Glee Club," which has claimed that the Fox series has infringed on its name.
See Conan's transformation into a "Walking Dead" zombie
"Conan" has posted pics from Conan's makeup session.
Last April, Amazon entered the original series business in a very novel way: by making 14 pilot episodes — six children's shows, two animated comedies and six live-action ones — available for all of its customers to watch and offer feedback on, whether through customer reviews or surveys about each show. Amazon didn't say those things — plus the number of times each show was viewed — would be the only factors for what got turned into a series and what didn't, but it seemed like a much more democratic, and sensible, approach to series development than the byzantine process most of the networks still use.
Kacey Musgraves surprised the Nashville music community when she snagged Grammy Awards for both country song for “Merry Go ‘Round,” and country album of the year with her debut album, “ Same Trailer, Different Park.” A number of other newcomers hope to follow in her successful path. Like Musgraves, many of them have already experienced success on the charts as songwriters for other artists.
Here’s a look at five hot new country acts to watch and listen for. They range from good-time party boys to artists you'll want to lean in closely to hear what they have to say.
Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show" ratings: 14.6 million, the best since 1998 "Seinfeld" finale
Last night's goodbye was the highest-rated "Tonight Show" broadcast since the show after the "Seinfeld" finale in May 1998. In fact, it was the 4th-biggest "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" broadcast. (The post-"Cheers" finale "Tonight Show," Leno's debut in 1992 and the post-"Seinfeld" finale episode are Leno's Top 3 shows.
Rosie was her controversial self in her return to "The View"
Rosie O'Donnell quickly proved perfect for the format, starting off by saying: "Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking."
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is coming to "Parks and Rec"
Says "Parks" boss Michael Schur: "He plays the former lead singer of a band called 'Land Ho!' — complete with exclamation point; Tweedy’s pitch — that was very popular in Indiana a while back."
Watch Letterman interview Paul & Ringo for Sunday's Beatles special
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Debi Mazar joins "Entourage" movie and Darren Star's TV Land pilot
She'll play Sutton Foster's best friend on "Younger," while also reprising her "Entourage" character in the feature film.
"The Real World" is bringing in big ratings with "Ex-Plosion" twist
This week's episode was the highest-rated in three seasons.
Simon Cowell is rejoining the British "X Factor"
Cowell left the UK "X Factor" in 2010 to launch the American version. Now he's returning as a judge.
ABC orders 10 more years of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve," plus more American Music Awards
The AMAs will continue to air on ABC for the next nine years, while Ryan Seacrest is signed on for "Rockin Eve" through 2017.
"Dancing" pros Derek Hough & Mark Ballas buy a house together
The two friends are splitting a $1.275 million house.
"Sherlock" might not return for 2 more years
Steven Moffat doesn't know definitively how long the wait will be, but he says: "If people have to wait two years, they'll have to wait two years." PLUS: What about a "Sherlock" spinoff?
Paul Wesley to direct for the 1st time on "The Vampire Diaries"
"It's an honor and the cast couldn’t be any more supportive, which I feel truly grateful for," Wesley says of his directorial debut.
Australian model-turned-rapper Iggy Azalea is back with a new single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX.
Winter Olympics open to 19.6 million
The first night of the Sochi Olympics was down from the first night of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which opened with the Opening Ceremonies.
Jay Leno goes out with his best ratings in 5 years, Jimmy Fallon has his best night ever
His final "Tonight Show" saw Leno's best numbers since President Obama's first appearance in March 2009. PLUS: Leno seemed like he was really done this time, it was hard to feel emotional about him leaving, and the final show was proudly unhip and awash in nostalgia.
Watch the "trippy" intro to the Sochi Olympics
The Winter Olympics ceremony is happening right now -- nearly 9 hours before its East Coast broadcast and about 12 hours before its West Coast airing. PLUS: There was already a screwup, and the opening ceremonies will feature a Russian pop act that was a hit in America.
"Game of Thrones" promotes Missandei, Daenerys Targaryen's translator
Nathalie Emmanuel will become a series regular in Season 5.
Wendy Williams is donating her "artifacts" to the Smithsonian
a wig, a pink wig head and a bedazzled microphone will join the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's television collection.
Ex-"Idol" bandleader named music director at "Dancing with the Stars"
Ray Chew and his band will make their debut when Season 18 premieres on March 17.
Barbara Walters made a "catty" comment to Elizabeth Vargas on "The View"
"We all knew!" Walters said to her ABC News colleague on Thursday's show. Walters later clarified: "I never would have deliberately said anything to hurt her, and I called to tell her that."
"Nashville" coming to Hulu Plus
All episodes are now available on the streaming service.
Not everyone was expecting "Captain Phillips" writer Billy Ray to take the WGA Award last weekend -- though Kris, I believe, called it. Anyway, it seems to have been a popular win, and while he seems unlikely to repeat that triumph on Oscar night, it's nice to see one of the season's most formidable also-ran films get a moment in the sun. Ray himself has now written a good piece about his experience of writing the film -- in which he refuses to claim much credit: "I like the feeling I get when I'm working on a true story — a sense of authenticity, that I'm really reporting and not just writing ... [Phillips], like the movie itself, is real and unvarnished, imperfect but thoroughly human. I always felt there was a real nobility in that; my job was simply to capture it. In that sense, it's really Captain Phillips who wrote this movie — I just wrote it down." [LA Times]
Jay Leno chokes up as he says goodbye to "The Tonight Show"
"It really is time to go," Leno said before quoting Johnny Carson and tearing up. PLUS: Watch the star-studded musical surprise for Leno, and Leno dresses in drag as celebs offer him advice
Letterman offers congrats to Leno
"Congratulations on a wonderful run," David Letterman said on Thursday's show, "and I'll tell you something -- If I was Jay Leno and I was retiring? You know what I would do? I'd go out and buy myself a car." PLUS: "The Late Show" Twitter also said goodbye, and Jimmy Fallon offered a classy sendoff.
Jimmy Kimmel has more celebs read mean tweets: Jon Hamm, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Garner
Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matt Damon are also part of the 6th edition of celebrities reading mean tweets.
"HIMYM" co-creator tweets a pic of the 1st draft of the "Finale" -- from 2/21/06
"No memory of writing it. Wish I could show the rest!" tweeted Carter Bays.
Chuck Lorre accomplishes a rare showrunner feat: 4 shows in the Top 20
"The Big Bang Theory," "Mom," "Mike & Molly" and "Two and a Half Men" all placed in the Top 20 shows.
Conan celebrates "The Walking Dead's" return with kissing lesbian zombies
According to Conan, it's a TV first.
"Once Upon a Time" is casting for "The Wizard of Oz's" Glinda
Glinda the Good Witch is coming to the ABC drama.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio hit the stage at the Arlington Theatre Thursday night as co-recipients of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award. A two-hour discussion, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy, covered all bases of their 12-year pas de deux, including, of course, their introduction to each other's work.