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.
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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.
“Raising Hope” canceled after 4 seasons
The Fox comedy will end its run on April 4 with two back-to-back episodes.
“True Detective” ends season with a ratings high
Overall, “True Detective” was HBO’s most-watched freshman series since “Six Feet Under.”
Gabourey Sidibe joins hip-hop drama “Empire”
Sidibie will reunite with “Precious” director Lee Daniels, playing Terrence Howard’s assistant.
There was a period after the instant, explosive success of "Lost" where J.J. Abrams seemed to be creating every new drama on television. I say "seemed to" because in most of those cases, these shows — "Six Degrees," "What About Brian" and "Alcatraz," among others — were shows from Abrams' production company that traded on his name in their marketing, but didn't have him around as any kind of hands-on creative force. Every now and again he might actually co-write or direct one of the pilots with his name on it (for the short-lived "Undercovers," he did both), but Abrams often seems to be most useful simply using his muscle to get shows on the air, and then as a hook to use in marketing. Some of these shows last a while — "Fringe" went five seasons, and "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" are still around — while others have demonstrated the limits of Abrams' name as a drawing card.
With "his" new NBC drama "Believe" (it sneak previews tonight at 10 before moving to Sundays at 9), Abrams has cleverly outsourced the name-branding to one of the few creators in the business with an even higher profile at the moment: Oscar-winning "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, who co-created the series and directed its pilot episode. As co-creator of the show, Cuarón seems less likely to vanish like Martin Scorsese from "Boardwalk Empire"(*), but I also don't expect him to direct an episode again anytime soon.
Ray LaMontagne kicks off his Supernova Summer tour on May 27 in Portland, Maine.
“Cosmos” doesn't impress
The Seth MacFarlane documentary series that premiered on Fox, Nat Geo, FX and other Fox Networks backed by a lot promotion attracted just 5.8 million viewers.
A member of Netflix’s “Marco Polo” crew is among the missing on Malaysian Airlines plane
Ju Kun had completed training and choreography on the pilot, which begins filming in three weeks, when he flew from London to Asia and boarded the plane that would go missing.
TNT sets premiere dates for “Falling Skies,” Eric Dane’s “The Last Ship,” Sean Bean’s “Legends”
“Falling Skies” and “The Last Ship” air on June 22, while “Legends” kicks off Aug. 20. PLUS: Watch the trailers for "The Last Ship" and "Legends."
“SNL" newbie Sasheer Zamata’s mom handed Lorne Michaels a letter congratulating him for hiring her
“I think that may have been why it’s taken them so long to hire another black girl,” Zamata joked, recounting at SXSW her first “SNL” after-party. “Because the people we bring around are crazy.”
Jimmy Kimmel: I would’ve taken “The Tonight Show” job, if offered
“If David Letterman wanted to do ‘The Tonight Show,’ who am I to say I wouldn’t want to do ‘The Tonight Show,’” he tells Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live.” Kimmel also revealed that he and Jimmy Fallon talked, and joked about their rivalry as being like Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird. PLUS: Watch Kimmel’s Austin opening credits.
Is “True Detective” overrated?
“The level of reverence for and devotion to 'True Detective' seem out of proportion to the material,” says Matthew Gilbert, writing before the finale. "I mean, this isn’t 'Twin Peaks.' The show is just another stylized serial-killer whodunit with a pair of oil-and-water detectives, right?” He adds: “It’s as if ‘Lost' fan types are so completely jonesing for the good old days of Easter egg hunts that they’re forcing 'True Detective' into that TV-puzzle slot. They’re bringing their formidable analysis and Sherlock instincts to bear on a much flatter piece of work.” PLUS: One critic says: “I am a little in awe of how totally snookered we all were,” why “True Detective” was great for having such a disappointing finale, Marty’s daughter tells all, “True Detective” embraced its ridiculousness and self-seriousness, the final 15 minutes were a Rorschach test for what you want from the series, the show was about the bromance -- not the plot, all those high-minded observations were reduced to production design, this was a total disappointment, “True Detective” had pockets of greatness that were stunning, what was it like to play Errol Childress?, and Nic Pizzolatto may write Cohle and Hart novels “after Hollywood kicks me out."
Elisabeth Moss: Being married to Fred Armisen was "extremely traumatic and awful and horrible"
"Looking back, I feel like I was really young, and at the time I didn't think that I was that young,” the “Mad Men” star says of her short-lived marriage to Armisen, whom she met when Jon Hamm hosted “Saturday Night Live."
“Psych’s” James Roday lands on a CBS comedy pilot
He’ll star in marriage comedy "Good Session."
Every “Real Housewives” housewife, ranked
From Alex McCord to Lisa Vanderpump.
“Entourage” cast will honor Mark Wahlberg at MTV Movie Awards
Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara will present this year’s MTV Generation Award.
“Community” creator and “Arrested Development” creator are working on a project together
Dan Harmon would only say of his collaboration with Mitch Hurwitz (who filmed a guest spot on “Community”): “It would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren't compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest. That's all I'll say."
“GMA” unveils a “Social Square”
It’s “Good Morning America’s” new social space, not unlike “Today’s” Orang Room.”
Letterman unveils a “Young and the Restless”-themed “Late Show” opening
Featuring Biff, Pat, Paul, Sean and Dave.
Alana De La Garza, Mehcad Brooks land pilots
She’ll star in ABC’s “Forever,” he’s headed to CW’s “Identity.”
Adam Driver recounts last night’s “Girls” sex scene
“I tried to do a good job of staying focused but I just remember losing it so many times because I thought Lena was pretty genius in the way she plays it,” he says. "It was really hard for me to keep it together because she’s so funny.” PLUS: A reminder that Adam is a sleaze.
Well, if anyone deserves an award from MTV for a career that bridges the channel's generations, it's actor, producer, former underwear model and onetime Funky Bunch leader Mark Wahlberg. The 42-year-old star will be honored at the MTV Movie Awards next month with the MTV Generation Award -- the irreverent ceremony's slightly more youthful answer to a career achievement award.