First off, let's all congratulate McCrae and Amanda on their 'Big Brother' (read: totally fake) engagement. So… the "Big Brother" house is kind of like Las Vegas? Does that apply to making racist comments? Because I think Aaryn, GinaMarie and a couple of other people would REALLY like to invoke that rule.
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A few hours ago, ABC screened the pilot for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for critics for the first time. (At least, for those critics who weren't in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con a couple of weeks ago.) I'll obviously have much more to say about the show when it premieres on September 24 at 8 p.m., but I can say that it has the snappy Joss Whedon dialogue (with an assist from showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoe), Clark Gregg is fun, and it feels very much like a hybrid of Marvel Comics and "NCIS" (which will be its direct timeslot competitor). Maybe not a great pilot, but "Firefly" is the only Whedon show with a great pilot (not that FOX thought so, as they aired it last), and a lot of promising elements being put in place.
Whedon, Whedon, Tancharoen and the show's cast will be here at the Television Critics Association press tour in a few minutes, and I'll be live-blogging the panel. Two things to keep in mind: 1)I'll be typing quickly, so there may not be the right number of periods, if any, in the show's title or references to the spy organization; and 2)I will do my best to not give away any notable surprises from the pilot, but in the process, there may be some gaps in the live-blog, as I imagine there will be questions asked about things we just saw.
I've interviewed Harrison Ford several times now, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
The simple truth of it is that the first time you meet Harrison Ford, you can do everything possible to stay cool, but if you grew up with "Star Wars" and "Raiders" as major pop culture landmarks as I did, staying cool really isn't an option. I didn't wig out the first time we sat down, but internally, I remember basically just screaming "OHMYGOD!" the entire time we were talking. The second interview went a little bit better, and certainly Ford has always been professional in conversation. But it's hard not to get the feeling that you're annoying him, and I think that's just the way he is with press. It does not appear to be something he enjoys doing, and being aware of that, I am always hoping to make the brief moment we have to speak just a little less painful for him.
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.
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.