Latest Blog Posts

'The Simpsons' to visit 'Family Guy'

"The Simpsons" to visit "Family Guy"

In an episode titled "The Simpsons Guy," Peter Griffin and his family will go on a road trip that ends up in Springfield, where they'll meet the Simpsons, voiced by the actual "Simpsons" cast.

"Happy Endings" alum Adam Pally joins "The Mindy Project"
He'll play a new doctor as part of a multi-episode arc.

"Pee-wee's Playhouse" is being remastered
All 45 episodes will get a Blu-ray release next year.

Read Full Post

Overabundance of Good TV? It's time for Emmys to expand to 10 nominations for major categories

Overabundance of Good TV? It's time for Emmys to expand to 10 nominations for major categories

As Tim Goodman notes, "The job of Emmy voters this year was nearly impossible (especially factoring in the notion that you can't overlook the achievements of broadcast television even though there's so many better options on the cable side, and Netflix, to boot). Even if Emmy voters were on their game about what’s current, what’s fading, what’s even out there -- which they clearly were not -- their job would have been impossible."
These days, Emmy nominations get almost everything right
"The Americans" dissed -- even the wigs deserved nominations
"It’s a phenomenal feeling," says Emilia Clarke of her "Game of Thrones" nomination
"Orphan Black's" Emmy snub may be the best publicity it has ever received
Some more snubs: Jeff Probst, Julianna Margulies, Mads Mikkelsen
Even more snubs: Jennifer Carpenter, the rest of the "Game of Thrones" cast
Netflix exec: "We’re thrilled. We're a little giddy about it"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus breaks Lucille Ball's Emmy nomination record
Celeb reactions: Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Don Cheadle, Homer Simpson
PBS down 34 nominations from last year -- what happened?
Netflix creating quality shows has led to fewer outrageous Emmy noms
Don't get excited about Nextlix's noms: It's basically being celebrated for 1 show
Eric Stonestreet: "I don't feel snubbed, so please don't feel snubbed for me"
Jon Cryer wasn't even nominated after winning last year
Steven Soderbergh nominated 3 times, but only once under his real name
Elisabeth Moss overwhelmed by her 2 noms -- 1 for "Mad Men," 1 for "Top of the Lake"
"Big Bang Theory" and "Homeland" didn't deserve their nominations
Bill Hader partied with Jon Hamm last night, not expecting his nomination
Louis CK has 7 nominations and other Emmy tidbits
Kerry Washington reacts to her Emmy nod

Jon Hamm may become the Susan Lucci of the primetime Emmys

The "Mad Men" star was nominated for the 6th time today, but he's not likely to win. PLUS: Did "Mad Men" deserve its Emmy nomination?

Watch Chris Rock get coffee with Jerry Seinfeld

See them get pulled over by a cop (here's what happened). PLUS: Seinfeld and Stephen Colbert discuss "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."

NBC bringing a Hologram James Spader to Comic-Con

Crowds will be able to interact with his "The Blacklist" character.

"Veep's" Anna Chlumsky celebrating her daughter's birth and her 1st Emmy nom

Chlumsky gave birth to daughter Penelope Joan So last Thursday.

Watch a Cory Monteith video shot 1 week before his death

The "Glee" star filmed the video for a flight attendant aboard a plane from Japan to Vancouver.

ESPYs up 19% with Jon Hamm as host

ESPN got good ratings out of its annual awards show. PLUS: Watch Jay Pharoah's ESPY performance as Jay-Z.

Kris Jenner lands an exclusive interview with daughter Kim Kardashian

Kim K will show off her post-baby body on her mom's talk show.

"Big Brother" racist Aaryn Gries getting PR help
Aaryn's mom has hired a PR firm to help redeem her daughter's reputation.

"Person of Interest" unveils a George Washington-themed Comic-Con poster

Says exec producer Jonathan Nolan: "In light of the news about PRISM, we felt this poster celebrated both our panic at America’s descent into an Orwellian nightmare and our excitement over all the free marketing we’re getting out of it.”

Power Rangers releasing a 98-disc DVD box set

It's the 20th anniversary of the children's series.

Read Full Post
<p>Jean Grey returns in 'The Wolverine,' and we talked to Famke Jannsen about how that's possible and how she fits into the still-expanding 'X-Men' universe</p>

Jean Grey returns in 'The Wolverine,' and we talked to Famke Jannsen about how that's possible and how she fits into the still-expanding 'X-Men' universe

Credit: HitFix

Famke Jannsen talks about playing as the conscience to Hugh Jackman as 'The Wolverine'

Plus we talk about what this means for 'The Last Stand'

I had a moment of panic as I walked into the room with Famke Jannsen on the recent press day I attended for "The Wolverine" in New York. I have spent much of the past fifteen years referring to her in print as "The Dutch Treat," and as long as I am just a faceless person on the Internet, I can enjoy a silly way of acknowledging that she has always been a strikingly lovely and intriguing performer.

But I've had several moments recently where I had a conversation with someone and realized that they've read the site and that, more specifically, they've read things I've written about them. I am always pleased to hear that and happy to then dig into the conversation afterwards, but in Jansen's case, I had a sort of mini panic attack because I have no idea what she'd think about that nickname, and since she is seven feet tall when wearing big crazy high fashion heels, as she was that day, I was pretty sure she could kick my ass easily if she didn't like the joke.

Thankfully, Jannsen seemed to in a great mood. It helps sometimes when you're the last person scheduled for an interview that day, because you walk in and they're in this sudden great mood because someone just told them this is the last one. They get that one last blast of energy, but by that point, they're sort of punchy, and that can be the perfect condition to be in for an interview. It also might help that I was a bit punchy myself because of the travel I had just done.
Whatever the case, talking to her about this particular film should be a difficult thing because I don't want to give away too much of what she does in it, but I also wanted to really discuss it as a choice. If you don't want to know how she fits into the film, bookmark this page and then come back to it once the film is out next weekend. If you aren't afraid of a tiny bit of spoiling, then you might enjoy our conversation here.

When we talked about how this builds off of the ending of "X-Men: The Last Stand," it came through clearly that she was frustrated by that film and by the way it wrapped up a storyline in which she was the focal point. We talked a bit about how this film redeems some of that one, and it felt like things wrapped up very quickly. Once the cameras were off, we talked about the film's biggest surprise, and then they told her she was done for the day. Considering the last few films in the series, it was great to talk to her about the way the series seems to be rebounding now.

See for yourself when "The Wolverine" opens everywhere July 26, 2013.

Read Full Post
<p>Helen Mirren and Al Pacino in &quot;Phil&nbsp;Spector&quot;</p>

Helen Mirren and Al Pacino in "Phil Spector"

Credit: HBO

Oscar winners crash the 2013 Emmy nominations

The list is flush with movie award-winning talent this year

I'll leave it to those more embedded in Emmy history to tell us whether Oscar winners landing a slew of nominations from the TV Academy is typical or not. But it was nevertheless striking to me how many Academy Award winners popped up on today's nominations list.

Read Full Post
"Orphan Black"

"Orphan Black"

Credit: BBC America

Emmy Snub: 'Orphan Black'sTatiana Maslany gets overlooked

She was a dark horse, but more deserving than some

She was definitely a dark horse in the Emmys race, but it's still a little hard to believe that the voting members of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences couldn't find a little love for "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany. The Canadian actress did not receive a nod in the Best Actress category this morning, and this is the kind of oversight that only helps to make the awards show look shamelessly, ridiculously biased in the face of impressive work it's supposed to applaud.

Read Full Post
<p>&quot;House of Cards&quot;&nbsp;director David Fincher</p>

"House of Cards" director David Fincher

Credit: AP Photo

My favorite Emmy nominees: Anna Chlumsky, David Fincher, Jonathan Banks

Spotlights on 'Veep,' 'House of Cards' and 'Breaking Bad' made my day

So the 2013 Emmy nominees were announced this morning. Poor Kate Mara had engine trouble (her plane, not her) in New Mexico and so Emmys host Neil Patrick Harris filled in at the last minute to announce the lucky names alongside "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul.

Looking over the nominees, yeah, okay, right, that's expected, oh that show's still on?, etc., etc. I rarely find much to get excited about in an Emmy announcement, I mean. I had all my hopes on Rob Lowe's facelift getting a supporting actor nomination for "Behind the Candelabra" and somehow they spring for the window dressing of Scott Bakula. Huh?

My favorite notices, however, came for HBO's "Veep," my favorite comedy show on television right now. Last year it got a handful of looks including, naturally, leading lady Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but this year Tony Hale and (this next part is so awesome) Anna Chlumsky got to tag along in the supporting ranks and that's just awesome.

Read Full Post
<p>It was a good Emmy day for Netflix's &quot;House of Cards,&quot;&nbsp;less so for some other newcomers.</p>

It was a good Emmy day for Netflix's "House of Cards," less so for some other newcomers.

Credit: Netflix

Emmys 2013: A big day for 'House of Cards' and 'Game of Thrones'

So many worthy shows and performances to be recognized, and not remotely enough room for them all

We are in the middle of a massive glut in quality scripted television. Every other week, it seems, some new channel — or, in the case of Netflix, some new content delivery service — gets into the original programming game, and starts churning out product that at least merits awards consideration.

So you can look across the 2013 Emmy nominations list and be outraged by all the quality performances and series that weren't included. (And, on occasion, by the sorts of people and shows that were.) Or you can look at it as the Emmy voters just trying to keep their head above water and recognize what they could, even as they knew they wouldn't come close to covering everyone who deserved recognition.

Read Full Post
<p>Kevin Spacey from &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards."

Credit: Netflix

Emmys: Netflix scores with noms for 'House of Cards,' Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey

Emmys: Netflix scores with noms for "House of Cards," Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey
"Arrested Development" didn't score a best comedy nomination, but "House of Cards" made history, becoming the first digitally distributed series to score a major nomination, bumping "Boardwalk Empire." Overall, "House of Cards" scored nine nominations and "Arrested" had three nominations. Kerry Washington scored her first Emmy nomination for "Scandal." "American Horror Story" and "Game of Thrones" had the most nominations, with 17 and 16, respectively. PLUS: Read the full list of nominees.
The biggest snubs: "New Girl," "Parks and Rec," Timothy Olyphant, "The Good Wife"
More snubs: Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, "The Newsroom," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Office"
Noms by series: "American Horror" 17, "Game of Thrones" 16, "SNL" and "Candelabra" 15
Kerry Washington is the 1st black lead drama actress to be nominated since 1995
"The Bible" facing "American Horror Story," "Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra"
Neil Patrick Harris filled in for Kate Mara, whose plane had mechanical trouble
Nominations by network: HBO 108, CBS and NBC 53
Kevin Spacey: "House of Cards'" 9 noms an "incredible acknowledgement of the work we’ve done"
Don't blame Emmy voters: There's a glut of quality TV shows
Lena Dunham reacts to all the "Girls" nominations
"New guard": Jimmy Kimmel vs. Jimmy Fallon in variety category

Read Full Post

Jane Lynch gets emotional talking to Jay Leno about Cory Monteith

Jane Lynch gets emotional talking to Jay Leno about Cory Monteith
She told Jay Leno of her "Glee" co-star: "Cory's one of the biggest hearts, was a real bright light. He was one of those guys that…you know, he knew he was breathing rarified air…the gifts that this wonderful show gave us." PLUS: Finn Hudson was a revolutionary character, Monteith's mentor recalls dining with him two days before his death, and did the drug treatment system fail Monteith?

More Netflix viewers watched "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" than "House of Cards"?

During one week in April, "House of Cards" amounted to less than 1% of TV shows viewed by Netflix viewers, according to research firm GfK.

Watch Jon Hamm's opening ESPYs monologue
How did the "Mad Men" star work out as an awards show host? PLUS: Why the ESPYs are a waste of money.

Charlie Sheen is a grandpa
Sheen's 28-year-old daughter, Cassandra Estevez, has given birth to a baby girl named Luna.

Keith Olbermann will host "SportsCenter" for a week

He'll return to his old ESPN stomping grounds in the week before his ESPN2 late-night show premieres.

Billy Campbell joins Syfy's "Helix"

He'll play the lead in the thriller about a team of doctors investigating a disease outbreak.

See "Next Top Model" alum's mugshot
Cycle 8's Renee Alway was arrested after a six-hour standoff with police.

"Revenge" books "Pan Am" alum

Karine Vanasse will guest as Margaux.

Watch Karen Gillan on "NTSF:SD:SUV"
The former "Doctor Who" star is a "gadget girl."

"Sons of Anarchy" giving away temporary Opie tattoos at Comic-Con

With the message: "I Got This." PLUS: Ryan Hurst buys a mansion.

TV Guide Network orders a Wendy Williams reality show, plus "Tequila Sisters"

Country singer John Rich is also getting his own TV Guide show.

"Breaking Bad: Alchemy," a companion book, is now available for download
The electronic book features more than 100 pages of original content.

Alan Thicke lends his voice to son Robin Thicke's new song
The "Growing Pains" alum can be heard on "Ain't No Hat."

"Under the Dome" unveils a half-cow Comic-Con poster
The CBS series is scheduled for a Sunday session.

Discovery will air a documentary on the White House Chief of Staff
The Sept. 11 broadcast is from the Naudet brothers, who filmed the 1st plane striking the World Trade Center.

Presenting a "Honey Boo Boo" Glossary

Here's a guide to the TLC star's mysterious vocabulary. PLUS: Why viewers love "Honey Boo Boo."

"Super Fun Night" adds Rebel Wilson's Aussie sketch partner

Australian Kate Jenkinson will play a neurotic lawyer on the ABC comedy.

Jason Sudeikis: A lost a lot of weight by having sex with Olivia Wilde
"I have the greatest workout partner in the world," he says of his fiance.

Read Full Post
<p>Ted Levine, Demi&aacute;n Bichir and Diane Kruger in &quot;The Bridge.&quot;</p>

Ted Levine, Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger in "The Bridge."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Bridge' - 'Calaca'

The killer targets a truckful of illegals, while Sonya rubs Marco's boss the wrong way

A review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I give you my lenticular business card...

Read Full Post
Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

Is Aaryn still on the block after the Veto Competition?

Credit: CBS

'Big Brother' Recap: Romance battles greed as the veto competition looms

Helen turns on the waterworks to help backdoor Jeremy, but is she successful?

Hey there, “Big Brother” fans. With most of the HitFix staff currently in an insanely long line at Comic-Con, I’ll be filling in for a few days covering the show. I’ve spent the last few weeks watching the program with as much enjoyment as dread: while certain aspects of the show have been as compelling as ever, the sheer amount of bigoted hatred on display has dulled almost all pure enjoyment. Watching “Big Brother” has turned into hanging out at a family reunion with THAT RELATIVE who always spews the craziest nonsense at the loudest volumes. “Big Brother” isn’t above rigging the game in order to keep controversial players in the house as long as possible. But if Aaryn isn’t sitting with Julie Chen this Thursday (and my God what an interview THAT would be), I’d be shocked.

Then again, stranger things have happened in the show’s history, so far be it for me to put tons of stock in that prediction. Maybe she’ll win MVP and spark the country’s second Civil War. Anything can happen! So let’s find out, as I liveblog the next three episodes.
Read Full Post
<p>Sarah Polley in &quot;Stories We Tell.&quot;</p>

Sarah Polley in "Stories We Tell."

Credit: Roadside Attractions

'Stories We Tell,' 'Incendies' compete in Venice Days's Film of the Decade poll

Public invited to choose between 50 standouts from the Venice sidebar's history

The Venice Film Festival may be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, but there's a separate, smaller milestone contained within it: the tenth birthday of the independent Venice Days sidebar. Founded in 2004 by an association of Italian filmmakers to showcase offbeat independent work  outside the main festival selection, Venice Days is effectively the festival's equivalent of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes, and while it doesn't get as much publicity, a number of significant films have premiered there over the past decade.

Read Full Post