As you might expect, having Rebel Wilson and Conan O'Brien (the executive producer of her new ABC series "Super Fun Night") on the same panel meant that many, many wisecracks were traded. After O'Brien gushed about meeting Wilson when she was a guest on his show, calling her a "revelation" and "vulnerable, fearless and one of the most likable performers" he has ever met, he explained that he was then eager to work with the "Bridesmaids" star.
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While part of me was very excited about the announcement of a new Doctor Who today, at heart I had to admit I met the announcement of Peter Capaldi with a shrug. Yeah, a shrug.
If you were A24 Films you had to be a tad worried going into the opening weekend of "The Spectacular Now." The Sundance favorite received, um, spectacular reviews (81 on Metacritic, 90% on Rotten Tomatoes), but the art house market and audience can only expand so much in the summer. "Blue Jasmine" is already a powerhouse and "Fruitvale Station" and "The Way Way Back" continue to do very strong business. Could "Spectacular" find an audience during this traditionally slow time for prestige indies? Thankfully, there was no need for concern. "Spectacular" is off to an excellent start grossing $200,000 or $50,000 per theater. And, happily, it means the great performances from Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley will not be forgotten.
ABC wants "Grey's Anatomy" to go on for "many years to come"
ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee also talked about the "Nashville" finale, "Revenge's" Season 2 stumble and the possibility of more Marvel shows. PLUS: "Wonderland" spinoff is for 1 season only, Rebel Wilson defends her American accent on "Super Fun Night," and "Dancing's" results show may return halfway through the season.
While Comic-Con fans got a longer look at "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland," more details about the show were revealed at press tour. A panel including Emma Rigby (The Red Queen), Naveen Andrews (Jafar), Michael Socha (Knave of Hearts), Sophie Lowe (Alice) and executive producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz and Zack Estrin tried to explain the complex world of the new series -- and how it may function with the mothership of "Once Upon A Time."
ABC announces split-season schedule
"Grey's Anatomy," "Revenge," Nashville," "Once Upon a Time" and "Scandal" will take a break from their fall finales and return in the spring, in an effort to reduce repeats.
"Trophy Wife's" title is meant to be ironic
"The title we always meant to be ironic," exec producer Lee Eisenberg told critics. "When you look at the promos, I think that counterbalances it."
ABC jumps on the summer of shark with "Shark Tank Week"
The reality show will air for six straight nights in September.
Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor on "Doctor Who," and that sounds just marvelous.
Paul Lee is just moments away from taking the stage to justify another season of mixed ABC ratings, but most of the buzz in the ballroom is about the new Doctor.
We're easily distracted.
Let's see if Paul Lee can get our attentions back with his usual talk of ABC's brand and the scrumptiousness of the network's programming!
Last night, I published the list of TCA Awards winners. It was, as I suspected, a fun night, not just because we got to honor some shows ("Bunheads") and performers (Tatiana Maslany from "Orphan Black") Emmy hasn't noticed, but because there were a lot of terrific speeches and moments. Key and Peele killed as the opening act, doing a TV-centric Obama and Luther sketch (Luther threatened a drone strike if Netflix didn't release its viewing data). Louis C.K. kicked off one running gag by dismissing the TCA Award itself as "a shitty piece of plastic," which several other winners also pointed out, until Mike Schur studied his and said, "It's fine." Kaitlyn Jenkins, aka Boo from "Bunheads," got choked up at the idea of her canceled show winning an award, and Norman Lear and Rob Reiner read hilariously from a transcript of Nixon, Haldeman and Ehrlichman discussing "All in the Family" in the Oval Office.
1. Florida Georgia Line: The country duo sets the record for the longest No. 1 run on the Hot Country Songs in the chart’s 69-year history at 22 weeks with “Cruise.” That’s going to be a great trivia question for years to come.
2. Katy Perry: She comes “roaring” back with her first album since 2010‘s “Teenage Dream” with “Prism.” She announced the new album via a gold-plated truck driving around the country with the album name and release date. She'll use the truck again to take her earnings straight to the bank.
3. Miley Cyrus: The video for “We Can’t Stop” breaks a VEVO viewing record by hitting 100 million views in 37 days. Clearly, some people are taking the title literally.
4. Keith Urban: The country superstar is the only judge to return to Season 13 of “American Idol.” With Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj gone, maybe next season he’ll actually manage to get a word in edgewise.
5. Michael Jackson: Three duets recorded in 1983 with Freddie Mercury will finally see the light next year, more than 30 years later, according to Queen’s Brian May. The superstars apparently had a falling out, reportedly over Jackson bringing a llama into the studio, before they could complete the tracks. Bubbles knew better than to enter the fray.
6. Taylor Swift and Carly Simon: Simon joins Swift for a duet of her classic “You’re So Vain.” Simon was pulling a Swift by writing about ex-beaus before Swift was even a twinkle in her parents’ eye.
7. Bruce Springsteen: He’s named the No. 1 live act by a Rolling Stone panel of artists and other influencers. Couldn’t they have just asked the fans who actually pay for tickets?
8. Selena Gomez: Disney star earns her first No. 1 album with “Stars Dance.” What did Justin Bieber get her as a present?
9. US Album Sales: In depressing news, album sales hit new lows as this week marks the fifth consecutive week that the industry has scanned less than 5 million total units. Will we be writing stories about scanning less than 4 million a year from now?
10. Rolling Stones: In an entirely appropriate feat, the Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th entry on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as they wrap their 50th anniversary tour.
TCA Awards go to "The Americans," "Breaking Bad," "Parks and Rec," "Big Bang"
The annual TV critics' awards seemed to honor the overlooked shows this year, including "Orphan Black." "Breaking Bad" was named program of the year, while "Parks and Recreation" and "The Big Bang Theory" tied for outstanding achievement in comedy.
J.Lo and Will.I.Am are still being eyed for "American Idol"
Jennifer Lopez's deal should be done any day now, but the Black Eyed Peas and "The Voice" UK star Will.I.Am isn't close to signing a deal to become a judge.
All American Rejects frontman joins "Parenthood"
Tyson Ritter will recur as the lead singer of a rock band.
"Sharknado" stars walk the red carpet for 1st time
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid celebrated their Syfy movie today at a midnight screening.
"Parks and Rec" taps Billy Eichner
The "Billy on the Street" star will play Donna's Eagleton doppelganger.
Male contestants boost "Next Top Model's" ratings
The 20th cycle premiere was "ANTM's" highest-rated in two years.
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It was a good night to be a TV critic, as the Television Critics Association bestowed its annual TCA Awards on an eclectic and very worthy collection of shows and individuals in a private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton.