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<p>Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in &quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

Taylor Schilling goes to women's prison in "Orange Is the New Black."

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Review: Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black'

Dramedy from 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan doesn't come with the hype of 'House of Cards' or 'Arrested Development'

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.

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James Franco: Comedy Central is roasting me


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.

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<p>James Cromwell of &quot;Betrayal&quot;</p>

James Cromwell of "Betrayal"

Credit: ABC

Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal'

Like watching paint dry on the wall of an apartment you could never afford

[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.]

Show:"Betrayal" (ABC)
Airs:Sundays at 10 p.m.
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.

 

Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Paula Abdul is in, a dancer is injured

A Sonya Tayeh routine is too much for one dancer

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!

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Report: 'The View' let Elisabeth Hasselbeck find a new job, rather than dump her


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.

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<p>Luminita Gheorghiu in &quot;Child's Pose.&quot;</p>

Luminita Gheorghiu in "Child's Pose."

Credit: Parada Film

Karlovy Vary Film Festival: 'Child's Pose,' 'Concussion,' 'Miele'

Catching up with highlights from Berlin, Sundance and Cannes

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.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving 'The View' for 'Fox and Friends'


Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" for "Fox and Friends"
Fox News boss Roger Ailes confirmed that he's hired the controversial "View" star, who will begin her stint on Fox News in mid-September. Wednesday is Hasselbeck's final day on "The View."


George R.R. Martin: HBO got the Iron Throne on "Game of Thrones" wrong
Check out what the real throne should look like. PLUS: Amy Poehler casts "GoT" with their "Parks and Rec" counterparts.


Obama appoints ex-"Alias" writer to a State Department post

Crystal Nix-Hines, who was a major Obama fundraiser, was a producer and executive story editor on the J.J. Abrams series.


John Barrowman pushes for a female "Doctor Who"
"If it doesn't work, she can always regenerate back to a man – I've been there, I've seen them do it," says the former "Who" star.


"Happy Endings" creator talks USA and what would've happened in Season 4
"It was as close as it could come without happening," says David Caspe.

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<p>Seriously... someone book these guys on a comedy tour, because they are awesome together.</p>

Seriously... someone book these guys on a comedy tour, because they are awesome together.

Credit: HitFix

Charlie Day and Ron Perlman dig deep into the details of 'Pacific Rim'

Can we get twenty more films starring these two together?

I saved this one for last.

After all, you don't often witness chemisty as immediate and as just plain weird as whatever's going on between Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. In "Pacific Rim," Charlie Day stars as a scientist who has devoted his life to the study of the kaiju, the giant monsters that have been pouring out of a hole at the bottom of the ocean. I love Day's work in the film, and I think they made some sensational choices in terms of his look. I love that he's got tattoo sleeves that are all kaiju that have fallen in battle. His character is trying to contribute something to the war efforts that is totally different from what the Jaeger pilots do, but just as valuable.

It's because of his efforts that he comes into contact with Hannibal Chau, played by Ron Perlman, who is such a brother to the film's director at this point that Perlman could probably get away with changing his last name to Del Toro. Chau runs the black market for kaiju organs and anything else they can salvage when these giant monsters fall. Even thought Day is playing a kaiju expert working for the military, he still have no choice but to reach out to Chau. There is something he needs that only Chau can provide, and from the moment they meet, there is this great tense mood of near-violence between them.

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Fox orders 'The League of Extraordinary Gentleman' pilot


Fox orders "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" pilot
The comic book that became a 2003 film is poised to become the next superhero TV series.


"The Wire's" Jamie Hector is headed to Cinemax

The actor famous for playing Marlo Stanfield will play a disillusioned Vietnam vet in "Quarry."


Check out Seth Meyers' "The Awesomes"

Meyers voices Professor Doctor Awesome in his new animated series that also features "SNL" colleagues Bill Hader, Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson.

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<p>There's so much cool in this room that air conditioning was redundant.</p>

There's so much cool in this room that air conditioning was redundant.

Credit: HitFix

Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba discuss the human side of 'Pacific Rim'

It's not all just monsters and mayhem

One of the things that surprised me after I took my sons to see "Pacific Rim" is how certain details landed for them.

For example, there's a moment in the film where Charlie Hunnam's character, Raleigh, is trying to make a point to Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), and he grabs his arm. Elba turns around, surprised that anyone would consider grabbing his arm a good idea, and says something to Hunnam. The line he says has become a permanent part of Allen's vocabulary, and it was an immediate thing. He cackled in the theater, and I've heard him quote the line about twenty times now in different situations.

When I asked him why the line entertained him so much, he told me, "Because, daddy, he's awesome."

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<p>Ciara's &quot;Ciara&quot;</p>

Ciara's "Ciara"

Credit: Epic

Review: Ciara's new album 'Ciara'

Is 'I'm Out' and 'Body Party' the best the singer can offer?

Watch Ciara’s videos, and you get some sort of sense who the singer is. Though she’s been making albums since 2004, the newly minted Epic artist has started becoming her own for diggable and stylish clips. She’s a ferociously adept dancer; her fashion and facial expressions say so much more than her words do. And on her self-titled effort, Ciara has a lot of words that don’t mean very much.

It was smartly indicative that “Ciara” kicks this off with biting and fun “I’m Out”: Nicki Minaj is in top form, the production and arrangement will set all your stuff on fire and dance around it and the core kiss-off is darkly celebratory. But Ciara doesn’t have first verse. She’s basically doing two versions of a hook, one of which sounds like the updated version of “Luck Be a Lady.” There’s a lot of flash-bang and you exit having only a hint of what the rest of the album is on, and what she’s about.
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HBO to air a documentary on gay marriage fight


HBO to air a documentary on gay marriage fight

Two filmmakers had behind-the-scenes access to the legal time fighting against California's Prop. 8.


Another job for Ryan Seacrest: NBC game show host

Seacrest is poised to host and produce "Million Second Quiz," a game show format that will air on 12 nights in September.


Wayne Brady returning to "HIMYM"

He'll recur in the final season as  Barney's brother.

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