It's been several years since we've had a Television Critics Association press tour session with Les Moonves, but with Nina Tassler unexpectedly called out of town CBS Corp's president and CEO is taking the dais on Monday morning.
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This week's episode is a little less giddily bloodthirsty and quite a bit more somber than usual, as befits a death in the "True Blood" family -- last week Terry Bellefleur (the always excellent Todd Lowe) was shot and killed. We knew it was coming, but I had been hoping for some random twist to save Merlotte's fry cook. Wishful thinking. But in losing Terry, our surviving humans are given an opportunity to deal with a loss both more straightforward than what we're used to seeing on this show (no vampires, no werewolves, that sort of thing) and yet more complicated than anyone has yet to realize. R.I.P., Terry. You're just one more casualty on a show that's positively silly with them -- and chalks up another big one this week as well.
I never thought Aaryn would be HoH for a second time, largely because I thought she'd have been sent home by this point in the game, but wonders never cease on "Big Brother," do they? By some incredible stroke of luck (or a very precise throwing arm), Aaryn is the queen of the castle this week -- which means almost anything could happen. The only guarantee? Clowny the creepy clown is back! Mwahahahahaha!
Tonight's "Ray Donovan" was the last of the five episodes I saw before I wrote my initial review of the series. I was not crazy about the series (though I liked specific pieces of it), particularly as it moved along, and had felt that the pilot was the best of the five by a significant margin. So now that you've all had a chance to see what I've seen, I'm curious how you're feeling about "Ray." A number of you were fans of the pilot; do you still feel that way now?
A review of tonight's "The Killing" coming up just as soon as I explain that Salisbury steak is not steak...
No Tara Reid for "Sharknado 2"
According to TMZ, only Ian Ziering will return for the sequel.
Jurnee Smollett will become the 7th "Friday Night Lights" alum to appear on "Parenthood"
Exec producer likes brining actors from his old show on to "Parenthood."
Damon Lindelof worries a 10-year "Lost" reunion might be too soon
"Ten years does seem like the perfect time," Lindelof tells E! News. "But I also wonder if it's too soon? Especially if the announcement of such a panel would stir up rumors of MORE Lost, which is most definitely not in the cards at this time. That said, if someone was organizing it, I would be foolish not to attend...It's just not anything we've initiated internally."
A Secret Service agent accidentally shot JFK, claims a Reelz channel documentary
"JFK: The Smoking Gun" is how Reelz will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination this fall. PLUS: Reelz unveils "The Capones" and "Hollywood Hillbillies."
Adult Swim took out ads on Fox mocking "Animation Domination High-Def"
Fox was unaware of the stunt, as the ads were purchased directly through local Fox stations.
I've been talking to people about "Guardians Of The Galaxy" for the last week or so, some who were at Marvel's Hall H presentation, many who were not, and I think at this point, it's safe to call this the single biggest risk on Marvel's calendar. I don't think there's much middle ground on this one. Either it wins people over and becomes a big hit, or it never gets past the initial impression that many people seem to have, which is, "There's a raccoon who does WHAT?!"
About a week ago, I finally sat down and watched "Movie 43," the anthology comedy film that has been vilified since its release at the start of the year. I think the film is dirty more than funny, intentionally trading shocks for laughs for the most part, but the segment that was directed by James Gunn is, in a very strange way, the single best audition tape that Gunn could have made for the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" job.
Woody Allen films have had a built in art house audience for years, but this weekend buzzworthy reviews sent the box office for "Blue Jasmine" to record levels.
1. One Direction: The British quintet’s new video for “Best Song Ever” sets a new record for 10.9 million Vevo views in 24 hours, besting Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop.” Has Les Grossman hit on Zeyn yet?
2. Robin Thicke: “Blurred Lines” spends its 7th week atop the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any song this year. Imagine how long it would stay there if it weren’t “rapey.”
3. Lady Gaga: Not only is she named Forbes top-earning celebrity under 30, she announces her return to performing will be Aug. 25 at the MTV VMAs. Are the Little Monsters already camping out in front of Barclays Center?
4. Aimee Mann: The acclaimed singer/songwriter becomes the latest artist to file suit over digital royalties...or the lack thereof. This voice carries.
5. TLC: Surviving members T-Boz and Chilli have reunited to record four new songs for a TLC greatest hits, featuring collaborations with Lady Gaga and Lil Mama, who plays Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1’s movie about the trio. TLC=TCB
6. Priority Records: Capitol Music Group resurrects the seminal rap label, once the home to De. Dre, N.W.A. and Snoop Dogg. Could its future ever live up to its glorious past?
7. Jay Z: He makes international news by dropping the hyphen from his name. Imagine what will happen when he switches to JZ.
8. Flock Of Seagulls: Band known more for its lead singer’s haircut than its music makes big news this week when its van with $70,000 worth of equipment is stolen. The van is returned empty, but the “I Ran (So Far Away)” band gets the most press it’s received in 30 years so it’s not a total loss.
9. Beyonce: Reports suggest that Bey has scrapped her new album after rejecting more than 50 songs. Maybe she can call her next set, “Back To The Drawing Board.”
10. Whitney Houston: The singer’s grave gets a new headstone shaped like a tear drop and with the inscribed, “I will always love you.” We have another song title for you: So emotional.
On the one hand, "Parenthood" had no business being paneled during NBC's day at press tour on Saturday. TCA is generally designed to promote new shows; if returning series are paneled at all, it's usually at midseason, or it's a big hit celebrating a milestone of some kind. NBC had a very full day of panels, and didn't even have room for one of its new fall shows ("Dracula").
Well, they're back. While many fans are probably sad to see Shakira and Usher give up their spinning chairs on "The Voice," Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green (joined by host/producer Carson Daly and fellow judge Adam Levine) didn't skip a beat promoting their return to the show at a press tour panel for the NBC show, whether we like it or not.
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage will address Russia's anti-gay laws -- if they impact the games
The Peacock revealed its wait-and-see approach today, which critics feel is NBC's way is staying away from controversy.
NBC announces its own Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding doc, with an exclusive interview with Kerrigan
ESPN earlier this week announced a "Tonya and Nancy" documentary that only had an interview with Harding.
Carson Daly: Launching stars is not "The Voice's" main goal
"There's winners on this show every day," he says, responding to concerns that "The Voice" has yet to launch a successful star. "This is an experience. They leave our show feeling like they won."
Why James Spader has a shaved head on "The Blacklist"
"Actors are burdened with everything else that they’ve done before that, any role that they’re playing, and I thought it would be nice to take off my hat as an entirely different person," Spader told critics today.
Blair Underwood's wheelchair-bound "Ironside" can have sex
In fact, in contrast to the original, Underwood's Ironisde is a bit of a lady's man.
NBC giving "Parenthood" more love
After Craig T. Nelson ranted about the lack of promotion, NBC decided to do something unusual and give the cast and producers another chance to go before the press. PLUS: "Parenthood" cast and crew reveal Season 5 surprises.