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A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I put Dick Cheney on my pro/con list...
Mark Harris' latest Oscar column is, as usual, a good read. The first half of it deals with the already much-discussed Oscar prospects of "Gravity," but things get really interesting when he turns to the Best Actress race, which is in danger of becoming only the second acting category ever to consist wholly of past Oscar winners. (The first, of course, was last year's Supporting Actor lineup.) And that, Harris writes, is "deplorable": "I don't know what's most dispiriting, the strong suggestion the Best Actress field lacks a deep bench, the comparative paucity of opportunities for actresses that a non-deep bench implies, or the assumption that Academy voters are disinclined to look beyond people they already know can give a nice speech." Of course, it doesn't have to be this way. Delpy, Gerwig, Exarchopoulos, Garcia: think outside the box, Academy. [Grantland]
GLAAD finds fewer LGBT characters on TV
A new report from GLAAD says that the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters has fallen from 4.4% last year to 3.3%. Fox was found to be the most gay-inclusive, while History channel had no LGBT images on screen last year.
"Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute left out one of the show's lasting attributes: cold honesty
"Erasing Finn," says Hank Stuever, "seemed to be the ultimate goal: no clips of Monteith’s character from past episodes, just vague memories and broad strokes. That undermined the episode's strongest scenes, including one in which Finn’s mother, Carole (Romy Rosemont), broke down in tears while packing up her son’s bedroom." PLUS: No one can accuse "Glee" of crass exploitation, and it was a triumph of restraint.
Is "Falcon Crest" getting a reboot, too?
Several stars of the '80s CBS primetime soap say they've been approached about doing a possible reboot.
Jon Stewart gives "The Daily Show" showrunner a heartfelt sendoff
Stewart chronicled Rory Albanese's ascent from production assistant to executive producer. "He was a wiseass, and I really liked him," said Stewart.
Miley Cyrus called out by The Stroke Association
Her "SNL" joke about "having tiny strokes, yo!" during her monologue didn't go over well with The Stroke Association, which says "having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter."
Happy 40th birthday, Mario Lopez!
The "Extra!" star is celebrating his 40th as perhaps the most successful "Saved by the Bell" alum.
I feel as if we gush over every guest we have on the show, but this time we want to REALLY gush over this week's guest -- the iconic, incredible Terri Nunn of Berlin. She's candid, funny and insightful -- and she has lots of opinions that will make you think. We loved spending time with Terri -- so much so, we went WAY over our usual time limit. We think you'll love her, too. If you want to hear Terr's radio show Unbound, check it out at kscn.org. Find out more about "Animal" on iTunes and at berlinpage.com. Check out the rundown:
This episode is going to fill in some gaps and answer some questions, and if that takes a mess of flashbacks to do it, so be it. As we know, Fitz's grand plan to tell the world about his affair with Olivia has been effectively (and pretty brilliantly) derailed by Mellie. Now the poor, innocent girl who's been stuck in the role of White House mattress back has hired Olivia to save her bacon. What happens next requires further explanation, so the story kicks off five years ago with Olivia hanging with homeless Huck. Yeah, I was wondering about how that progressed, too.
It isn't easy being a vampire, or at least not a vampire in Mystic Falls. There's always someone chasing you, occasionally the townspeople turn on you (if only because they're under some Silas mind control, but still), your friends have a tendency to die, you have to take introductory college classes, that sort of thing. This week, we also deal with the fact that not everyone is telling everyone else the truth. Worse, not everyone is telling themselves the truth. It's enough to make you want to curl up in your coffin and weep.
BBC will make 9 lost "Doctor Who" episodes available for download
Discovered in a Nigerian TV studio, the Patrick Troughton haven't been seen since the early '60s.
Chris Elliott to play Betty White's "Hot in Cleveland" boyfriend
He'll play the "laid-back Luke" in Season 5.
Justin Long returning to NBC with his own comedy project
The former "Ed" star is expected to star in "The Younger Man," a comedy he's writing with his brother.
Shonda Rhimes: I've applied my "Grey's Anatomy" lessons on "Scandal"
"I learned on 'Grey's' that you don't want anybody on your show that doesn't want to be there," she says. "I wanted 'Scandal' to be a place where everyone that you're working with was a lovely, giving person who was as excited about this as we all were. There's no competition, no jealousy and no drama; it's just a family, and that's what Grey's is now." PLUS: "Grey's" cast reflects on 200 episodes, 11 memorable moments, cast share their audition stories, and Ellen Pompeo posts a thank you note on Twitter.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." still has a lot of work today
It may have earned a full season, but the ABC drama's ratings have dropped week to week. Here are tips for improving the show.
Claim: Many young people have never watched "The Sopranos" because it's not on Netflix
A college professor writes that many of her students are unfamiliar with HBO's Golden Age of Television because they're too busy watching the many TV options offered by Netflix.
Carol Leifer joins "Devious Maids" as an executive producer
The comedienne is one of several producer additions for Season 2.
Google has tweaked its search results for TV shows
Add "TV shows" to a search of a TV show and you'll get specialized info on that program.
How long can "Scandal" keep up its craziness?
As Mike Hale notes, some of the exchanges are starting to sound the same, adding: "Its becoming hard to avoid the realization that one of the show's most important plots involves two smart women fighting over a needy, sly, middle-aged baby." PLUS: Kerry Washington is surprised Olivia Pope isn't a drug addict in jail, Joe Morton on his relationship with Olivia, and everything you wanted to know about Olivia's style.
CBS orders a Matt Damon-Ben Affleck comedy pilot, starring Tom Papa
Damon and Affleck are producing "More Time With Family."
Why does live-tweeting of scripted shows result in terrible tweets?
It's hard coming up with something interesting to say when you're immersed in a show.
A bear from Miley Cyrus' VMA performance tells all on Reddit
The bear claims Robin Thicke knew what was about to happen -- he even suggested some moves.
"Real World's" Sean Duffy: How did he become the "Shutdown Congressman"?
The Wisconsin representative seemed like a totally different person 16 years ago on MTV.
Shows with 1-word titles are all the rage
"Dads," "Mom," "Betrayal," "Scandal" ...
Oprah will auction off stuff from her house
Her Montecito mansion is undergoing a renovation.
"Mom" is funny yet sad
It's unusual to have a network comedy based on addiction and recovery.
Mary Lou Retton signs on for a "Celebrity Champions" gymnastics reality show
Celebs will compete in bars, floor, rings and vault.
Watch the trailer for Hulu's sports mascot reality show
"Behind the Mask" premieres Oct. 23.
"Bright Young Things" book series is coming to ABC
The book series set in 1929 Manhattan will be adapted by producer John Wells.
Car designers are getting their own reality show
The company behind "Project Runway" is casting for "Revved Up."
David Milch's "The Money" adds Ray Liotta and Mamie Gummer
Liotta will play a Wall Street tycoon on the HBO pilot.
Fox's Tuesday: TV's best night of comedy
"New Girl," "The Mindy Project" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" help form the "smartest, funniest, and all-around best night of comedy on television."
"Parks and Rec's" Counciiman Jamm -- more understandable thanks to the gov't shutdown?
Why Jon Glaser's character doesn't seem so far-fetched. PLUS: 24 things learned from the "Parks and Rec" set.
Abandoned hospital hosts an "American Horror Story" sleepover
Linda Vista Community Hospital held a special event to promote the "Asylum" DVD release.
Will "Glee's" Cory Monteith tribute romanticize addiction?
How sanitized will tonight's Finn tribute episode be? PLUS: Fox launches a "RememberingCory" website, and Monteith's estranged father speaks out.
How the "Breaking Bad" finale is explained in Marty Robbins' "El Paso"
"Felina" seems to echo the plot. PLUS: Britney Spears retweets Bryan Cranston's concern about her finale complaint.
There are 13 kinds of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" episodes
Fifteen of the 100 episodes have been devoted to the gang doing something gross with food. PLUS: An appreciation of "It's Always Sunny."
NYC's "Saved by the Bell" musical is a lot like "Rocky Horror Picture Show"
Fans have attended "Bayside! The Musical!" dressed as their favorite characters. PLUS: Watch the "Bayside!" trailer.
It's been 15 years since "Felicity" premiered
Scott Foley explains why the college drama still resonates today.
Ex-"Dancing" stars Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo are expecting a baby boy
It'll be the first child for the couple, who married in 2007.
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is more brand extension than spinoff
But unlike the original, "Wonderland" skips straight to bewilderment.
After watching "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland" (which we should just call "Wonderland" from now on, even if it reminds a few of you of that murdery 2003 Val Kilmer movie), I had an idea. if you've been reluctant to jump into "Once Upon A Time" because there are too many characters, or because you've missed the first season, or if you just don't like whatever character has emerged as a focus this week (though it could easily change next week), this might be just the show for you. Even though it's a spinoff of "Once Upon A Time," think of it as the gateway drug. Drink me!
Chopping and screwing a track of applause is nothing new -- and James Murphy re-titles his remix to David Bowie's "Lost Is Lost" as such. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman tips his hat to composer Steve Reich and his "Clapping Music" in this dark dance redux.
The result of the "Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy For The DFA" is something spirited and menacing, with a wry smile as you put your hands together. Bowie's lamentations reside in caverns of reverb next to rhythmic sythesizers, the clapping ultimately dying out after a dramatic chorus and then 5 more minutes of music.
Murphy and Bowie spent some time in the lab together as they both worked on Arcade Fire's "Reflektor," at least; knowing Bowie's affinity for the band, he may show up on more than just one song on the double-album. Murphy signed on to produce much of the Montreal band's new album. Now when is Regine going to sing on a Murphy song, with Bowie directing and acting in the video, hrm?