Although if I had to pick an ABC show to get a two-hour season finale tonight I would have picked "Once Upon A Time" over "Revenge" (though I'll admit I haven't seen the "Revenge" finale yet, so that's admittedly unfair), I have to say the possible destruction of Storybrooke and the attendant twists created some solid cliffhangers. Some are mentioned below. So, you know, spoiler alert.
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Well, I'll say this for BAFTA: they know how to make an apology. You may remember that the British Academy came in for some flak last year when they announced their film award nominations -- and beloved local actress Olivia Colman, who otherwise cleaned up on the UK awards circuit for her shattering lead turn in Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur," wasn't on the Best Actress list.
NBC moves "Revolution" to Wednesdays, "Parenthood" to Thursdays
"Parks and Recreation" will kick off Thursday nights, followed by "Welcome to the Family," "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show." "About a Boy" and "Chicago Fire's" spinoff will debut at midseason. PLUS: "Community's" return not scheduled yet, and watch NBC's new show teasers.
CBS orders "Friends with Better Lives" starring James Van Der Beek
Brooklyn Decker and Kevin Connolly also star in this multi-camera comedy about 30-somethings. PLUS: CBS orders Catherine Hardwicke drama "Reckless."
"Celebrity Apprentice" renewed, says Donald Trump
"SEE YOU AT THE NBC UPFRONTS TOMORROW," he tweeted Sunday.
For a few months last fall, it looked like NBC had finally pulled itself out of the gutter and built a foundation for ongoing success. The Peacock was even the number one network going into 2013, had a genuine freshman hit in "Revolution" and several other promising rookies in "Go On" and "The New Normal," both of which were said to symbolize NBC's move away from the niche appeal of "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" and towards something broader and more sustainable.
Then, as usual, NBC went back to being NBC. The three shows that had been primarily responsible for that fall success — "Sunday Night Football," "The Voice" and "Revolution" — went away, and all the ratings success went with them. Without "The Voice" as a lead-in, "Go On" and "The New Normal" cratered, and eventually weren't renewed, while "Parks and Rec" and "Community" are the network's only returning comedies. Every new premiere was a disaster. The return of NBC president Bob Greenblatt's pride and joy, "Smash," was a catastrophe that was eventually banished to Saturdays before cancellation. Even when "The Voice" came back strong in the spring, "Revolution" returned to fading numbers suggesting that, like "Smash" and "Go On," it might be barely viable without Adam Levine and friends as a lead-in.
It's official: Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as "Late Night" host
The "SNL" star will take over the 12:35 slot with his show originating from 30 Rock with Lorne Mchaels producing, NBC announced today. "We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” said NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “His years at 'SNL‘s' Weekend Update desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the 'Late Night' franchise.” PLUS: Lorne Michaels will for the 1st time run all big NBC late-night franchises: "The Tonight Show," "Late Night" and "SNL."
Seth Meyers will stay with "SNL" through the fall for his 13th season -- "Obviously I can't quit Lorne"
Meyers is expected to begin his "Late Night" gig after the Winter Olympics, when Jimmy Fallon takes over "The Tonight Show." But it hasn't been decided what format changes he'll make -- even whether he'll have a band. " "I don't want to make any broad pronouncements about how the show is going to be, whether it’s going to be the same or different," Meyers says. "But I have to draw on my background in improvisational comedy and sketch comedy and stand-up comedy and try to find some mix of that."
(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, François Ozon with "Young and Beautiful.")
ABC releases the first "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." footage
Agent Coulson lives.
"American Horror Story" gets Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone
They'll be part of the "Coven" cast, says Ryan Murphy.
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too.
(Welcome to Cannes Check, your annual guide through the 20 films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 15. Taking on a different selection every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Steven Spielberg's jury. We're going through the list by director and in alphabetical order -- next up, Takashi Miike with "Shield of Straw.")
"Real Housewives of NY" stars agree to a small raise
Cast members had been holding out from doing Season 6 for big money.
Lindsay Sloane exits NBC's Sean Hayes comedy
Sloane was in the pilot for "Sean Saves The World."
"The Shield's" Kenny Johnson joins "Dexter"
He'll play a U.S. Marshall in the final season.
Network cancelations take toll on gay characters
This season saw a record number of LGBT characters, but not anymore after the cancelation of shows like "The New Normal" and "Smash."
1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The pair pull off a “heist” on the Billboard Hot 100 as they become the first duo in the chart’s history to land their first two singles at No. 1.
2. Mariah Carey: After a few less than “triumphant” starts, it looks like she has a hit on her hands with “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel. Do lambs like hashtags?
3. Paul McCartney: A telegram requesting his presence to play bass with Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Tony Williams has surfaced. The recording never happened because of Hendrix’s death, but that’s way cooler than Sir Paul playing with the remaining members of Nirvana.
4. Randy Jackson: He becomes a free agent: first Mariah Carey dismisses him as her manager, making the next few weeks on “American Idol” potentially even more awkward, and the last original judge declares he is quitting the show after this season. What up, Dawg ?
5. Madonna: She’ll receive an award at the Billboard Music Awards for last year’s MDNA tour, last year’s top grossing tour.
6. Cher’s mom: Yes, Cher’s mom. Georgia Holt debuts on Billboard’s country chart at No. 43 with her first album, “Honky Tonk Woman.” She’s giving Tony Bennett some competition for the oldest hipster on the charts!
7. Adam Levine: Not only did “The Voice” revive his and Maroon 5’s career, he now has a development deal with NBC. The band's name may be burgundy, but the only color he’s seeing is green.
8. Britney Spears: She confirms her long-rumored Las Vegas run to, of all places, Shape magazine. Expect full details about the Planet Hollywood stint to be unveiled by month’s end in Gun and Garden magazine.
9. Carrie Underwood: She replaces Faith Hill as the voice for the Sunday Night Football theme. Doesn’t that count as cheating on her NHL-playing husband?
10. Tim Lambesis: In this week’s weirdest story, member of Christian rock band As I Lay Dying pleads not guilty to charges that he tried to have his wife murdered. We’re pretty sure that’s breaking one of the 10 commandments.
Okay, this one minor detail from tonight's episode of "Orphan Black" is going to bother me for a while. Given all the amazing improvements Dr. Leekie promised his neolutionist followers, why would Olivier pick a tail? I mean, sure, it's a conversation piece. It's good for delivering some of the episode's truly funny moments (and later, one horrifying one), but really, a tail? Why not just pick horns or a high-tech eyeball or at least a so-called "improvement" that won't get stuck under the waistband of your pants?