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TBS brings Keith Olbermann back to TV -- at least for 1 month
Olbermann, who will anchor TBS' postseason baseball show, says of his new gig: "My season is about a month long. And if you check, if you go through the 37 pages of my resume, you'll see that every one of my jobs has lasted at least one month."
Is Katie Couric's talk show in trouble?
"Katie" already has been renewed for Season 2, but Fox News reports that ABC has been disappointed in Couric's ratings and its sources say they don't expect "Katie" to be around for Season 3.
"America's Got Talent" returns to its lowest premiere
Despite topping the night with new additions Heidi Klum and Mel B, "AGT" was down 16% in the key demo vs. last year's premiere. PLUS: Female comic appears on "AGT" and "Inside Amy Schumer" on same night.
Pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt gets engaged
She and "Client List" co-star Brian Hallisay are set to marry.
"Parks and Rec's" Nick Offerman coming out with his 1st book
"Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Principles for Delicious Living" is due out Oct. 1.
John Oliver gets tips from Letterman on how to interview actors
"The Daily Show" correspondent, who fills in for Jon Stewart beginning next week, has no experience interviewing actors.
"Psych" books Vinnie Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Kali Hawk
All three will guest in the 3rd season.
Meet your new "Top Chef Masters"
Here's the lineup for Season 5.
A successful undercover cop show, like a successful undercover police operation, requires patience. You need time to establish your characters, develop a relationship with their target, and plausibly get in deep enough for the real action to take place.
Most undercover cop shows — like most of the TV business in general — don't have that patience. They want instant gratification, and throw their heroes into new identities and operations with such speed that it's hard to believe in or care about anything that's happening. Every now and then you get a gem like "Wiseguy" (the '80s classic featuring lengthy guest arcs built around villains played by the likes of Ray Sharkey, Jerry Lewis and a young Kevin Spacey) or "Sleeper Cell" (the great but short-lived Showtime drama about an FBI agent infiltration an extremist Muslim terrorist group), but more often you get completely forgettable dramas like "Prince Street" or "The Handler" or "Dark Blue," where the cops tended to slip in and out of assignments so quickly as to not be worth the bother.
"Graceland," the new USA drama debuting tomorrow night at 10, is attempting to split the difference — just as it's trying to both embrace and expand upon the familiar USA "blue skies" formula.
Last night Heidi Klum and Mel B took their places at the judges' table of "America's Got Talent," and while the focus was theoretically on the performers, the good news is that the new kids blended in seamlessly. Of course, both have plenty of experience offering criticism. Mel B was a judge on the Australian version of "The X Factor," and we all know Klum as both a host and judge of "Project Runway."
Bobby Cannavale closing deal to star in HBO's Rock 'n' Roll drama
He would play an A&R exec in a drama from Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and "Boardwalk Empire's" Terence Winter.
Bruce Jenner confronts Jimmy Fallon (again) over plastic surgery jokes
At the London Olympics, Fallon and Jenner had a run-in the NBC commissary when the E! star told the "Late Night" host to stop making fun of his face. So Fallon invited Jenner on his show Tuesday, allowing Jenner to tell his side of the story. "You were such a wimp," Jenner told Fallon.
See Dominic West & Helene Bonham Carter as "Burton & Taylor"
The BBC America film focuses on Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's onstage reunion in 1983.
"Sons of Anarchy" adds C. Thomas Howell
He'll be joined in Season 6 by "Shameless'" Steve Howey.
Justin Chatwin is done with "Shameless" as a series regular
The actor, though, may return for one or two episodes in Season 4.
Jerry O'Connell to visit wife Rebecca Romijn's TNT series
He'll guest-star on an episode of "King & Maxwell."
Joan Rivers cancels her 80th birthday party after her sister dies
The "Fashion Police" star, who turns 80 on Saturday, was to have a birthday celebration tonight.
One of the reasons I fell in love with horror films early in my development as a film fan was because I realized that you could tell any story and grapple with any topic, and you could do it by dealing in metaphor. The horror films that I think cut the deepest are the ones that have something real to say about who we are and what marks us, and just because they feature corpses or werewolves or creatures from space, it doesn't mean they are any less emotionally or intellectually valid than any other form of film. They just smuggle their meaning a little more.
The flip side of that is when you see a horror film that thinks it's doing something profound while completely and utterly missing the mark, and "The Purge" is a fantastic example of that. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, the film starts with a pretty hefty premise for audiences to swallow. Set in the near future, the US government has decided to pick a single day of the year where they suspend all emergency services for 12 hours, and everything is legal. That includes murder, although there are a few rules. Nothing above a certain category of weapon types (so I'm assuming no nukes) and there are several Federal employees including The President who are off-limits. Otherwise? Feel free.
Okay, Lifetime, you win. Somehow you've found women more vile, more petulant, and possibly dumber than most of the women in "The Real Housewives" franchise. Congratulations. I think "Pretty Wicked Moms" may be a sign of the coming Rapture, or maybe just confirmation that at least some of the mean girls we all remember from high school didn't change or mature in any way unless you count their breast implants. In the past, these horrible women with perfect hair would have faded into obscurity, cursed to recycle the same tired, childish arguments at their local country club or Mommy & Me yoga classes. These days, they get their own TV shows. Lucky us.
Man, these auditions just keep going and going, don't they? This week, "So You Think You Can Dance" heads to Memphis, where there are many good dancers, a few great ones, and a lot of crazy people. The good news is that we don't spend much time with the nuts, but see them in a montage of suckitude. Thus, we get to indulge briefly in their delusions, but don't get so fully doused in them we feel the lingering side effects of depression and possible mental illness. Yay?
I hope audiences take to Aubrey Plaza as a lead in films, because I think she is fascinating.
Her particular brand of emotional reserve is a very specific comic voice, and not one that we see all the time. She's strikingly pretty, but that's not what makes her so compulsively watchable. I think it's the fact that you can see this constant barrage of thoughts just behind her eyes, this constant sizing up of the people around her, that makes her such a quiet gem on "Parks and Recreation." One of the reasons "Safety Not Guaranteed" worked was because of the value of her oh-so-rarely-seen smile and the effective deployment of it at key moments.
Now she's working with writer/director Maggie Carey, who also has her own specific comic voice, and when I visited the set of the movie, they were still trying to pin down a new title instead of what it was when it was set up originally, "The Hand Job." Looking at the new red-band trailer that showed up online today, "The To-Do List" makes perfect sense as a replacement, and it's not like people are in any danger of missing the point.
Beck apparently has two new albums in the works, and has preceded them with a mostly-electronic, non-album single "Defriended."
After it leaked a couple of days ago, the songwriter posted the song to his website, linking to a new Rolling Stone report: in it, a "source" says that Beck is working on not just one new, acoustic album as previously reported, but a second set as well, a "proper" follow-up to his last album "Modern Guilt" (2008).
"It's Always Sunny" films Swedish-speaking black & white promos
Watch the cast mock art house stereotypes for Season 9. PLUS: Listen to the "It's Always Sunny" end credits hidden messages.
"The Voice" has become a country music show, thanks to Blake Shelton
Shelton strategically tilted the competition towards country music, which could hurt "The Voice" in future seasons if it's seen as favoring a certain music genre.
"The Wendy Williams Show" renewed through 2017
The pickup comes after a strong May sweeps for "Wendy."
Women are definitely watching "Game of Thrones"
According to Wired, about 2 million female viewers watch the HBO series each week. PLUS: Blame Robb Stark for this week's developments, and 10 shocking deaths in genre shows, take a 9-hour "Thrones" tour, or read the Red Wedding chapter from the book, and go inside the Red Wedding.
Ken Burns to make a doc based on "Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer"
The project will be adapted from Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
Binge-watching has had an impact on TV composers
For instance, the "Game of Thrones" composer, Ramin Djawadi, takes binge viewers in consideration when scoring the season, taking a long-view approach so viewers won't get tired of the same music repeated over and over.
Are the boys on "Girls" the equivalent of Bond Girls?
Except for Adam, the guys on "Girls" seem to be disposable, just like Bond Girls.
"Mad Men's" problem this season: It's more concerned with 1968 than its characters
"It's sort of sad to see the show just drifting listlessly from shocking event to shocking event," says Ta-Nehisi Coates. "It points to a lack of actual things to say about actual human beings." He adds: "Increasingly the magical '60s and a crumbling New York have become a crutch for 'Mad Men.'" PLUS: How the Hollywood Hills party fashion came together, Harry Hamlin on his "Mad Men" footrace,
Broadway to dim the lights in honor of Jean Stapleton
The "All in the Family" star also had a distinguished career on the NY stage.
Check out Jimmy Kimmel on his treadmill desk
The treadmill desk is why Kimmel is looking so skinny these days. The British GQ visited Kimmel recently to compare and contrast his talk show to what passes as talk shows on the other side of the pond. PLUS: More details of Kimmel's bachelor party.
See new pics of "Homeland" shooting
The Showtime series yesterday filmed on location at the North Carolina Supreme Court building.
Could "Scandal's" Dan Bucatinsky get nominated in 3 Emmy categories?
As Lisa Kudrow's producing partner, Bucatinsky last year was nominated for "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Web Therapy." This year, he might be nominated for best guest actor.
"Teen Wolf" returns for Season 2, entirely too self-aware
Has success spoiled the MTV drama? PLUS: "Teen Wolf" returns to with highest-rated episode.
Vince Gilligan: "Breaking Bad" was saved by binge viewing
“I don't really have a complete understanding of it," he says, "or a complete metric for it but I got to believe – my gut tells me–that it’s very possible we wouldn’t have made it to 62 episodes without this creation of these technologies and this cultural creation of binge-watching." PLUS: Buy Walter White hazmat suit toy.
Listen to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" hidden messages
As played during the closing credits.
The Electric Barbarellas returns, as MTV's "The Alectrix"
This time, the Joe Simpson is the manager.
Jimmy Fallon: I injured my finger making salsa
Fallon was out of his cast for last night's "Late Night."
Check out Lego cars inspired by '80s TV series
From "The A-Team" to "Dukes of Hazzard" to "Knight Rider."
Lifetime teases "Drop Dead Diva's" return
The once-canceled drama returns June 23.
FearNet begins showing "Reaper": Watch Missy Peregrym before "Rookie Blue"
Peregrym previously played the love interest on the 2007-09 CW horror-comedy series.
Lifetime rolls out "Pretty Wicked Moms"
The reality show about Atlanta moms is described as an "unscripted comedy."