There are a lot of perks to being famous. Free stuff, big money, annoying paparazzi following you around and taunting you... okay, it's not all fun. But super chef/writer/personality Anthony Bourdain has just created yet another win for stars with "The Getaway," the reality TV travel show he's producing for the Esquire Network. Premiering Sept. 25 at 9:00 p.m., the show follows stars like Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Eve, and more as they wander around the exotic locale of their choice, drinking in the scenery and living like a local, probably all expenses paid.
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Justin Timberlake continues to tease fans with updates on his musical doings via short black and white clips.
A new 50-second clip popped up on YouTube over the last several hours that features Timberlake getting out of a convertible on his way into a club. He holds up several signs that herald the release dates of two singles, “Suit & Tie January 14th” and “Mirrors February 11th,” as well as the release date for “The 20/20 Experience March 19th.” He then holds up a sign that reads “Take Back the Night,” but the next card is blurred out to obscure the release date.
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New York will allow Lifetime's naked "Project Runway" posters
NYC is the only city that will put up the nude posters, after they were banned by L.A. PLUS: AOL isn't happy with Heidi Klum's racy Twitter pics.
"Idol" to allow auditioning with guitars for the 1st time
The show explains on its website, "Please note that each audition MUST start with an a capella piece and hopefuls will only be able to use their guitars after the a capella audition at the discretion of the producers." PLUS: Ex-manger sues Scotty McCreery.
"SYTYCD" dancer previously auditioned for Paula Abdul on her CBS dance show
Fik-Shun, who made it through last night, also competed on Abdul's short-lived "Got to Dance" show.
3 CBS dramas are the most valuable TV shows imported to Europe
"NCIS" generates $205 million a year in European revenue, followed by "CSI" and the canceled "CSI: Miami."
Jay-Z's new album gives "Homeland" a shoutout
"Feel like a stranger in my own land / Got me feeling like Brody in 'Homeland'"
Al Gore dismissed from lawsuit over Current TV's sale to Al Jazeera
A media consultant had sued for $5 million, claiming he was owed a piece of the $500 million sale of Current TV.
"Royal Pains" books Jenna Elfman
After joining an NBC sitcom, Elfman will lguest as a party girl on the USA series.
Jimmy Kimmel presents "Shark vs. Jesus"
A parody of "Sharknado."
Watch the opening credits for "Orange is the New Black"
The Netflix series from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan arrives Thursday.
"The Waltons" storekeeper dies
Joe Conley, 85, was battling leukemia.
So, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" returns for a second season Wed. July 17 at 9:00 p.m. on TLC, and fans can rest assured that Mama June and the kids are keeping it classy. In this clip, the family introduces us to the concept of "cup-a-fart" and how it might some day be the weapon of choice for professional wrestling. Bag on Honey Boo Boo and her kin all you want, but don't say they're not innovative. Or at least don't say they're not stinky. Let's hope this particular scent isn't included in the episode's scratch-'n'-sniff cards (available in People magazine this week).
Elisabeth Hasselbeck bids an emotional farewell to "The View"
Hasselbeck called her 10-year view stint the "Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism." PLUS: "Fox & Friends" welcomes Elisabeth: "Can you imagine? She is going to get a chance to be on a show where they let her talk."
Charlie Sheen's long-lost "Two and a Half Men" daughter is a lesbian
The new Jenny character will share many traits with Charlie, including his love of women.
Letterman: My 9-year-old son's favorite person on TV is Larry the Cable Guy
Harry Letterman, who turns 10 in November, is "aware" his dad has a TV show, David Letterman tells Adam Sandler. "Oh, look, grandpa."
Paula Abdul fails to boost "SYTYCD's" ratings
The addition of Paula and Erin Andrews didn't change the ratings at all.
Comedy Central's James Franco roast will air on Labor Day
The roast will be followed by Franco's documentary, "Francophrenia."
The female prison dramedy "Orange Is the New Black" is the fourth Netflix original series to debut this year (all 13 episodes of the first season should be available to stream after 12 a.m. Pacific tonight), and battling it out with the horror series "Hemlock Grove" for the lowest profile. "House of Cards" was the splashy, expensive acquisition, bought out from under the noses of HBO and company, starring Kevin Spacey, directed by David Fincher, and arriving with all the polish and fanfare of a premiere cable drama. The new season of "Arrested Development" was the resurrection of a beloved comedy series that was canceled much too soon in the mid-'00s. And yet each was something of a disappointment: "House of Cards" felt formulaic and emotionally empty, while "Arrested Development" struggled to recreate the old magic with the characters mostly separated.
James Franco: Comedy Central is roasting me
Franco announced on Instagram that he's subjecting himself to the Comedy Central Roast. No word on a date and time.
Sean Astin joins FX's "The Strain"
He'll play the head of the Center for Disease Control in the drama from "Lost's" Carlton Cuse and Guillermo del Toro.
Presenting Elisabeth Hasselbeck's greatest "View" hits
From battling "SVU" to arguing with Rosie.
Check out Esquire Network's "The Getaway" with Seth Meyers, Joel McHale, Rashida Jones
The Anthony Bourdain-produced celebrity tour guide show also features Josh Gad, Aisha Tyler, Eve and Ryan Kwanten.
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
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The Pitch:"It's like a upper-crust soap opera only without any sense of fun. Think 'Dirty Sexy Money' only leaden. Oh and you've never seen longer close-ups of Stuart Townsend's blurred, bare butt than you'll get here. If that's a selling point."
Quick Response: I've said this before and I'll say it again: "Betrayal" probably won't be the first show cancelled this year, but it's the show with the least chance of success. I don't know what made ABC buy this pitch or what made them pick up this pilot. And nothing is going to make people watch. Structure-challenged scribe David Zabel has two new shows at ABC, both of which start with completely gratuitous, value-diminishing in medias res openings. One of those shows is actually pretty decent despite the lazy-ass structure. The other is "Betrayal." I've gotta say: I've watched hundreds of pilots over the years and I've seen probably dozens that were worse than "Betrayal." Heck, there are worse pilots this season. Several. "Betrayal" is full of pretty people. I'd watch Hannah Ware do just about anything, forgiving that she's woefully incapable of doing an American accent. And I'd watch James Cromwell do anything because he's Farmer Hoggett and also because when he goes with the bald-and-goatee look, he's a total badass. And Patty Jenkins knows how to craft a superficially shiny and handsome pilot. So yeah. I've seen worse pilots than "Betrayal" -- Yes, ABC, you're welcome to that as a pull-quote -- but I've probably never watched a pilot that I found less gripping or even vaguely interesting. Yes, 21 minutes of "Work It" felt like going to a tattoo parlor and getting barbed wire inked onto your eyeball, but 42 minutes of "Betrayal" felt like two years of watching very, very expensive paint dry on the wall of an apartment you could never afford to live in. Ware and Stuart Townsend play two people who have trouble connecting with other people who start an affair because they have a sterile connection brought about by their troubles connecting, or just because they're very pretty, not that everybody isn't very pretty. Or maybe they just bond over the difficulties of speaking excruciatingly bad dialogue with bad American accents? I don't know. I'm not as interested in empty infidelity as some people seem to be and I don't doubt that there's a tiny subset of disenchanted housewife that will swoon over all of the yearning glances here. But nobody else will. Because these aren't humans. Any of them. And then, as if the infidelity nonsense isn't soulless enough, there's a murder plot that's only spiced up by "E.T." star Henry Thomas giving a strange performance that is going to have more than a few callous sorts referencing "Tropic Thunder." I won't do that, but it's an odd, odd performance that, if nothing else, Henry Thomas is fully committed to. Is the performance confusingly jarring in the context of this anodyne nightmare of expensive real estate, art galleries and corporate boardrooms? Well, yes. But it's the only part of the entire show that made me pay attention, even if only to write, "Really?" in my notes a few times.
Desire To Watch Again: Zero. I strongly dislike "Revenge," but I keep watching it because even though the scandals of the idle rich are meaningless to me, sometimes it has a sense of camp. This has no camp, no fun and even the in medias res tease at the beginning, which is repeated at the end, isn't nearly enticing enough for me ever to tune in again.
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Hey, America! If you were furious with "So You Think You Can Dance" for stuffing the eliminations into the top of the show, rejoice! As Cat Deeley informs us, the producers have heard your complaints and changed the show accordingly. As of this week, we're back to the old format -- the bottom six are announced at the top of the show, but the cuts aren't made until the end. So, let's move on. Great opening number from Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott!
Report: "The View" let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her
Us Weekly, which first reported Hasselbeck's exit in March, reports that Hasselbeck got the "Fox & Friends" job after producers gave her time to seek new employment. A source says producers didn't want to make the show look bad for axing her.
Once a TV fixture, the presidential Oval Office address has all but disappeared
Ronald Reagan interrupted primetime for 29 Oval Office addresses. That's compared to a total of six for George W. Bush and two so far for President Obama -- his last Oval Office address was three years ago.
Meredith Vieira's talk show will have a band, and the set will be inspired by her home
Why try a daytime talk show? "The worse that can happen is it doesn't work," says Vieira. "I'm almost 60 years old and I've been in the business a long time. At this point, I'm willing to take the chance. I have nothing to lose this point. And possibly, it will succeed."
George Lucas: "Star Wars" stood on the shoulders of "Star Trek"
In the new documentary "Trek Nation," Lucas says, "'Star Trek' softened up the entertainment arena so that 'Star Wars' could come along and stand on its shoulders."
Parents TV Council: Female teen characters are sexually exploited on TV
The conservative watchdog found that girls were often the targets of sexually exploitative jokes, moreso than women.
Jenna Elfman officially joins NBC's "Growing Up Fisher"
Elfman replaces Parker Posey, who replaced Elfman after the pilot.
Coming soon: "The Walking Dead" female clothing line
AMC has licensed "Walking Dead"-branded apparel for females.
HBO opening sequences, ranked
Here are 29 opening credits, from worst to best.
Why Jenny McCarthy should not co-host "The View"
Should her "vaccines cause autism" stance be used against her?
Movies are flocking to advertise on "Under the Dome"
It's unusual to see so many movies advertising on CBS on a Monday night. PLUS: "Dome" questions, answered.
PTSD sufferer: I watch "Law & Order" to treat my condition
"Watching episode after episode of 'L&O' helps me maintain an even keel," explains Jennifer Levin. "I have seen every episode of every franchise at least a dozen times (except for the season of 'Criminal Intent' with Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows. No.)"
Watch the trailer for Billie Jean King's "American Masters"
The tennis great's life story will air Sept. 10.
Discovery orders a Ridley Scott miniseries set in Scotland in 1200s
Scottish patriots William Wallace and Robert Bruce will be the focus of the miniseries, which is set amid King Edward I's English invasion of Scotland.
"New Girl": TV's best-edited comedy
Is any other show better at cutting between scenes?
"Girls" guest-star calls Lena Dunham "a monster in the best way"
Melonie Diaz won't, however, divulge details of her role.
Striking "Fashion Police" writers release a "Can We Talk?" video slamming Joan Rivers
The writers have been striking for three months now.
Guy Fieri promoting "Grown Ups 2"
With "Guy Fieri's Grown Ups Chili."
The Onion: Even "True Blood" characters can't wait for each episode to end
"Christ, when is this sh*tty show going to be over?"
Wendy Williams: I thought Kerry Washington would marry a white man
"I thought she had a type," says the daytime host, "and I thought it started out being white."
Jeff Lewis: I was too "overproduced" on "Interior Therapy" Season 1
For Season 2, he says, Bravo "took the leash off."
"Grey's Anatomy's" Jason George joins "Witches of East End"
He'll stick with "Grey's" while recurring on the Lifetime series.
21 "Seinfeld" scripts are up for auction
They include scripts from episodes between 1992 and 1998.
Watch the trailer for "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Season 2
A start-studded/absurd trailer.
Angie Harmon: I'm always the man in "Rizzoli & Isles" fan fiction
"I want to be sexy. I want to be the girl one time, or maybe twice," she tells Conan.
"Married to Jonas" stars are having a baby
Kevin and Danielle are expecting their first child.
Brandi Glanville gets wasted, loses her clothes
Check out pics of the "Real Housewives" star stumbling around the streets of West Hollywood.
"Wild 'N Out" returns
Check out how Nick Cannon revamped the MTV2 show.
"Drunk History" works as a TV show, but it's still ideal for the web
The "funny in spurts" Comedy Central series feels like it's best consumed on the Internet. PLUS: "Drunk" makes the successful jump to TV, and "Drunk" feels like an internet meme forwarded from your dad.
The 48th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed over the weekend with a handful of juried awards for its premieres. I'm afraid I didn't see the winner of the festival's crowning Crystal Globe prize, Hungarian director Janos Szasz's WWII drama "The Notebook." I can, however, endorse the shared Best Actress award for the strong female ensemble of Lance Edmunds's painterly but ponderous US indie "Bluebird": Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade and Margo Martindale. Less so: a Special Jury Prize for British director Ben Wheatley's vastly disappointing "A Field in England." I caught up with the film in the UK on its unconventional multi-platform release (cinemas, DVD, VOD and terrestrial TV, all on the same day) last Friday, and will discuss it further at a later point.