The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today its list of nominees for TV programming. CBS series "The Big Bang Theory" and FX's mini-series "American Horror Story: Asylum" led the way with six nominations apiece. On the drama side, FX's "The Americans," AMC's "Breaking Bad," HBO's "Game of Thrones" and CBS's "The Good Wife" led with four nods each.
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Remember the Lisa Kudrow-produced NBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Miss it? Well, after NBC dropped it TLC picked it up. Eight all-new episodes will begin airing on July 23.
CANNES - Two years ago, at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, J.C. Chandor made his feature film debut with "Margin Call." The drama about a Wall Street investment bank on the verge of collapse featured a prestige-worthy cast and received solid reviews, but got lost as an out of competition premiere in Park City. Eight months later, however, it became one of the first true direct to VOD success stories and earned Chandor his first Oscar nomination in the best original screenplay category. Now, he returns with a much different film, "All Is Lost," which debuted today at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Fox mulling an "Idol" judging panel with 1 or more ex-contestants
Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson have been approached, and Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken have been discussed.
"Dancing" has its lowest-rated finale ever
Last night's season-ender was down 21% from last spring.
"The X Factor" saved a lot of money by losing Britney Spears
Britney was paid $15 million, while new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio will be paid $1 million and $1.5 million, respectively.
Emma Roberts closing a deal to join "American Horror Story"
She'll play a girl named Madison in the "Coven season.
With "Happy Endings" canceled, Damon Wayans Jr. may return for a "New Girl" cameo
Says Jake Johnson: "There would be such funny episodes with the Coach seeing what’s happened in the past two years since he's (been) gone."
Mitch Hurwitz urges "Arrested Development" fans to not binge-watch, and to watch in order
"You'll get tired!" Hurwitz says of taking in all 15 episodes in one sitting.
Hannibal Burress signs Comedy Central deal
As part of the deal, the comedian will produce a pilot and have a recurring role on "Broad City."
NBC planning an Oklahoma tornado benefit concert special with Blake Shelton
"Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly," says "The Voice" judge.
Robin Roberts writing her memoir
The "GMA" host will recall her battle with cancer in a book due out next year.
"American Horror Story" and "Big Bang" lead Critics' Choice TV nominations
The awards show will be hosted by "Parks and Rec's" Retta on June 10.
Sharon Osbourne returning to the UK "X Factor"
Osbourne originally served as a judge on the first four seasons of the original series.
Bill Hader recalls Justin Bieber's 20-guy "SNL" entourage
He also tells Howard Stern "it's weird" not being on "Saturday Night Live" anymore.
Piers Morgan writing a book about life at CNN
Titled "Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney."
CBS keeping the Tonys through 2018
The awards show has been on CBS for 35 years.
Who knew science -- not scifi, but actual science -- could be this cool? Probably scientists. And anyone who paid attention in science class. Never mind. Whether or not you loved science as a subject (and whether or not you are crushed that one of the few women on the show got eliminated last week, sniff), "The Big Brain Theory: Real Genius" is all about building cool stuff to rigorous standards, then trying to blow it up, set it on fire or destroy it in some other way. Who doesn't love blowing stuff up? Don't answer that.
Bob Greenblatt was hired as NBC's latest would-be savior because of the success he had at Showtime, which went from HBO's ignored rival to a buzz and awards magnet under his leadership, which yielded "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie" and other success stories. Other than a brief window back in the fall, his tenure at NBC hasn't been any more successful than the last bunch of entertainment presidents — and in some ways has been worse — but what's interesting is how little connection his programming taste has had between his old job and his new one.
CANNES - If nothing else -- and like many Cannes folk who entered this morning's screening bleary-eyed, and left it black-eyed, I'm still working out just how much else it is -- "Only God Forgives" may be the single reddest film to grace our screens since "Moulin Rouge!." Just about the only scenes in which blood isn't virtually seeping from the walls in Nicolas Winding Refn's sleek, stunted, undeniably startling revenge thriller are those in which it's quite literally splashing them.
Parents TV Council protests urine drinking on Ke$ha's reality show
The PTC blasted MTV's "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life" and its "disgusting, vile content."
"Friends" reunion: Jennifer Aniston visits Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox
Watch the bit they did for "Ellen."
Disney Channel sorry for gluten-intolerance jokes on "Jessie"
The episode "Quitting Cold Koala" with two gluten intolerance scenes has been pulled from the schedule.
"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham getting her own reality show
A New York-based production company has signed a deal with the MTV star, though it's unclear where her reality show will air.
U.S. Army teams with Ricky Schroder to make reality TV-style commercials
The 30-minute long commercials aim to attract recruits using a reality TV format.
"Oprah's Next Chapter" visits "The Voice"
Oprah was on set Tuesday for filming of her June 2 special on the NBC reality show.
Nigel Lythgoe blames judges' lack of chemistry for this year's "Idol" woes
"Each one of them is terrific on their own—they all bring something to the table—but they just don't gel as a whole," he says. PLUS: Season 8's Allison Iraheta weds.
David Spade donates $200,000 to Red Cross for tornado victims
Says Spade: "When I was four, I moved from Michigan to Arizona and our house got hit by a tornado a week later. Always been scared of them."
Andy Samberg used "The Wire" as inspiration for his Fox cop comedy
In "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Samberg describes himself as the "comedy McNulty."
Watch the 2nd episode of Jimmy Kimmel's "The Baby Bachelor"
In this episode, little Wesley goes on a group date. PLUS: "Parks and Rec's" Jim O'Heir films another bit for Kimmel, as Toronto's mayor.
Rumer Willis headed to "Pretty Little Liars"
Bruce and Demi's daughter will guest on one episode next season.
Jesse James slices off part of his pinky figure
Warning: Graphic photo!
When you go to Vegas to talk about "The Hangover Part III," of course part of your trip has to be a sit-down conversation with The Wolfpack.
Already, I am getting hammered with letters and comments from people who seem genuinely angry with me over my review for the film, and one guy suggested that I go easy on films where I interview the talent.
Let me explain once again the way this works. When I sit down with people to discuss their movie, that is their opportunity to tell me what movie they think they've made. When I write the review, that's my opportunity to explain what movie I think they've made. Sometimes those things line up, sometimes they don't, but one does not affect the other.
In this case, I had a couple of days after seeing it to think about my reaction, and while I'm not sure I'd describe the film as "hilarious," I am sure I'd describe it as "fascinating." This was never meant to be a trilogy. When Jon Lucas and Scott Moore sold their script for the first film, I'm sure they weren't already imagining the way the third film would play, and even when the first film came out, I doubt anyone was immediately saying, "Yes, this demands to be a trilogy."
CANNES - Straight from the Palais, HitFix's Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge of In Contention break down a few of the most-talked about films from the first half of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, including "A Separation" director Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," the Coen Bros.' "Inside Llewyn Davis" starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, and the WIlliam Faulkner adaptation "As I Lay Dying" starring and directed by ubiquitous multi-hyphenate James Franco. Check out all their thoughts on these films and more in the video above.
One of the things I've heard a few people bring up several times when discussing Guillermo Del Toro's new film "Pacific Rim" is the idea that you need to pilots to make the Jaegers work. I've heard people who readily accepted the premise of giant monsters versus giant robots hesitate suddenly when it comes to the notion of a neural link between the pilots in these things.
There's a new featurette online today that explains a bit more about what they're calling "The Drift," which was one of the big ideas present from the very start when Travis Beacham first pitched the project. While it is definitely a big science-fiction idea, the reason it is part of "Pacific Rim" is part logic, and part emotional opportunity.
The relationship between Lindsay Bluth Funke and her husband Tobias Funke is one of the strangest parts of "Arrested Development," and rewatching the series again right now, I'm struck once again by how gloriously dysfunctional they are.
I think the world of David Cross. "Mr. Show" is a tremendous showcase for his comedy brain, and I think he's a fascinating actor. His work as Tobias is endlessly interesting to me because of the way he finds reality in the person who is by far the broadest persona on the show. Tobias is such a buffoon at times that it would be easy to just play him as a cartoon, but Cross always plays something under that as well, something uncomfortable and genuine and sad, and it makes the funny stuff even funnier. His never-nude fixation, his inability to understand the parade of boners falling out of his mouth, and his painful desperation to become an actor all combine in a performance that I think offers Cross more meat than anything else he's ever done on film.
Portia de Rossi must be completely free of ego to have signed on to play Lindsay, who may be one of the worst people I've ever seen depicted on television. Horrifyingly self-absorbed, her relationship with her daughter Maeby has a few decent moments in the three seasons of the show, but for the most part, her behavior is basically criminal at all times.