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Let no one accuse the American Film Institute of not giving us sufficient notice on this: it won't be presented until next summer, but veteran actress/activist/workout instructress Jane Fonda has been named the recipient of the next AFI Life Achievement Award. She'll accept the honor at a gala tribute evening of June 5, 2014.
"24" bringing back Kim Raver and William Devane
"24: Live Another Day" will feature Audrey and her dad, James Heller.
Albuquerque newspaper runs a paid Walter White obituary
Albuquerque residents who are part of the Facebook group “Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour” placed today's obit, which states: "He will be greatly missed." UPDATE: The obit cost $166 plus tax.
"Scandal" returns to it best-ever ratings, "The Millers" premieres big
Olivia Pope attracted 15% more viewers than her Season 2 finale, while "The Millers" scored 13.2 million. On NBC, "Welcome to the Family" got only 3.3 million and "Sean Saves the World" premiered to 4.9 million. "The Originals" retained 75% of "The Vampire Diaries'" audience, which was down 25% from last year's premiere.
Nat Geo orders "Duck Quacks Don't Echo"
The "Brain Games" companion, based on a UK series, will have panelists challenge each other with scientific questions.
Watch Kate Walsh on DirecTV's "Full Circle"
The "Private Practice" alum is one of several big names in the Neil LaBute limited series.
Remember when you thought hybrids were just cars? Oh, those were the days! Watching the premiere of "The Originals," I'm a little overwhelmed with the new layer of mythology that has been slapped on top of what I thought I knew from "The Vampire Diaries." While I'm sure it entirely makes sense somehow (Julie Plec wouldn't lead us astray), I can't help but think, man, it's been an awful lot of work just for Klaus to claim dual citizenship.
Forest Whitaker's awards season prospects are very much in flux: his potential Oscar nomination for summer hit "The Butler" (which would be only the second of his career) is largely dependent on whether or not certain prestige films take hold in the months to come. One honor he'll definitely be receiving, however, is the Actor Tribute at the indie-oriented Gotham Awards on December 2. "Breaking boundaries and challenging audiences with complex, multifaceted roles, Forest Whitaker is a significant independent voice whose performances have only been elevated by his visionary work as a producer, director and humanitarian," says Gotham Award director Joana Vicente. Previous recipients of the tribute include Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Robert Duvall. [Hollywood Reporter]
"Scandal's" Tony Goldwyn: "When we read the script, I was like, 'What?!'"
Goldwyn says Season 3 of "Scandal" is very different. "It is different, which I was so happy to find out, because I didn't know, and I was so afraid we'd start repeating ourselves," he says. "It's darker. It's more complex than Season 2, if you can believe that. The complexities of it are just more intricate. So far, while a lot of crazy stuff that happens, they aren't the big, dramatic things. We are really starting to sink deep roots." PLUS: Gladiators and cast and crew react to the season premiere, "Scandal" stars become mannequins at Saks Fifth Avenue, Olivia Pope's fashion detailed, even guys like "Scandal," is "Scandal" optimistic?, Scott Foley defends Jake Ballard, should you root for Fitz & Olivia?, why Olivia is no role model, and Capitol Hill is hooked.
"Glee" releases "Farewell to Finn" promo
"It was very hard," Ryan Murphy says of next week's episode. "I struggled even working on it because what you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love." PLUS: Naya Rivera gets engaged to Big Sean.
Stephen Colbert performs an epic gov't shutdown wedding
A couple couldn't be married at the Jefferson Memorial, so they wed on Colbert. (Watch Part 2).
Louis CK taking a much more leisurely approach to "Louie" Season 4
At NY PaleyFest, a reinvigorated Louis CK explained: "We usually start shooting in February for that year's show, and we’re four months ahead this time. So we have much, much more time."
Tina Fey's "SNL" premiere was the best opener in 2 years
That may have something to do with last year's "SNL" season premiere with Seth MacFarlane airing two weeks early.
Hallmark Channel picks up "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" starring Eric Mabius
The "Ugly Betty" alum's movie, airing next week, will become a series.
"The Originals" is a far cry from "The Vampire Diaries"
It's lacking in "Vampire's" post-adolescent heat. PLUS: There's a steep learning curve.
Why is "Hell on Wheels" so anti-Mormon?
On the AMC series, Mormons are "either bloodthirsty, violent jerks or simpletons," says Scott Pierce. "It's lazy writing relying on clichés and stereotypes."
"Breaking Bad" characters get "Simpson"-ized
What if Walter White & Co. lived in Springfield?
In defense of "The Millers'" use of fart jokes
The gassy CBS sitcom does have a point with its reliance on flatulence. PLUS: Margo Martindale is terrific on terrible "Millers," and Will Arnett has had quite a year since "Up All Night" ended abruptly.
Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof renew their wedding vows on their 10th anniversary
The Whedonverse stars celebrated their 10th anniversary this week.
"Sean Saves the World" is hilarious despite obvious jokes
The new NBC comedy is a serviceable sitcom. PLUS: Sean Hayes was made for TV.
For nationwide audiences, the wait is over. And hopefully we haven't built it up too much around here but me, Greg, Guy, Drew -- we're pretty much over the moon for "Gravity," an experience like none you've ever had in a theater. I caught it twice at Telluride and it seemed at the time that a tandem piece with "All is Lost" made sense, given thematic and narrative parallels. We've talked to the film's director, Alfonso Cuarón, as well as producer David Heyman and star Sandra Bullock. It truly is one of the great movies of our era and I'm not personally concerned about overstating it. Now, however, it's your turn. So when you get around to seeing it this weekend or whenever, please tell us what you thought in the comments section and feel free to vote in our poll. I know I'll be heading out to see it in IMAX tonight and, at some point, Dolby Atmos. It warrants multiple trips to the multiplex, I think.
War makes strange bedfellows, doesn't it? As much as the drama on "Scandal" seems to swirl around Fitz and Olivia doing it in dark corners of the White House, the truth is this show is really as much about duking it out as an old special on the History network. In the season premiere, we see unexpected alliances and declarations of intent; battle lines are drawn and shots are sent arcing over the bow. The secret of Fitzlivia is out, and it's going to take a whole lot of force to stuff it back in the box. Oh, our poor gladiators. Their white hats definitely got dirtier this week.
"The Vampire Diaries" is back, and for just a moment it's possible to pretend that the season opener might ease into the action. Caroline and Elena are skipping off to college just like regular girls who drink beer instead of blood, talking about laundry days and where to put the panini press, while devoted Damon has promised to keep the flame alive long distance while babysitting Jeremy. This makes me miss old, bad boy Damon just a little bit, as he seems to be one step away from wearing an apron and making French toast, but he's still his snarky self, so I'll let it pass. These first few moments are as charming as they are jarring, as we know "The Vampire Diaries" never lets our vampires relax for long.
I briefly reviewed both "Welcome to the Family" and "Sean Saves the World" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For anyone who tuned into either one, what did you think? With "Welcome to the Family," did you find yourself enjoying one family more than the other? Did you want to see Mike O'Malley and Ricardo Chavira duke it out in the boxing ring? Are you invested in the teen lovebirds at all? With "Sean Saves the World," did you enjoy all the slapstick? Linda Lavin and Sean Hayes both performing at top volume? Tom Lennon (and I highly recommend reading our interview, if only for the section on "the mustache discount") having a 'stache and doing weird things? Megan Hilty not singing? And will you watch either one again?
Have at it.