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Sesame Street is undergoing some serious renovations as it moves to HBO in the new year. The children's show will premiere with a new 30-minute format, an updated set, a new cast member, Nina (a bilingual Latina played by Suki Lopez), new opening and closing songs (!), and a new segment for Cookie Monster, called "Smart Cookies." In the segment, Cookie Monster and "a team of crime-fighting cookie friends are on call day and night to thwart the continued efforts of The Crumb," and in doing so will learn valuable lessons in self-restraint and using your brain. The show will play host to a number of human celebrity guests, including Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Alan Cumming, Nick Jonas, Ne-Yo, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Gina Rodriguez. Sesame Street will debut two new episodes at 9 a.m. on January 16. The same content will be available on PBS in the fall. »
- E. Alex Jung
As “Sesame Street” moves to its new home, HBO, the long-running pre-school show is implementing many new changes.
“Sesame Street’s” 46th season — the first to be broadcast on HBO, after decades on PBS — will debut on Saturday, Jan. 16 with two new 30-minute episodes airing back-to-back, starting at 9:00 a.m.
The new half-hour format is a change from the hourlong episodes on PBS, which HBO cites as enabling pre-schoolers to focus their attention and engage more with each story. Following the Jan. 16 premiere, each Saturday morning will kick off with one new episode, followed by a repeat.
Aside from length, HBO’s new “Sesame Street” will also feature a new segment from Cookie Monster called “Smart Cookies,” new preschool-relevant themes, new opening and closing songs, an updated set and a new cast member, Nina — a young, bilingual, Hispanic woman, who will continue the series’ mission of modeling diversity.
Nina is described as a witty, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“Sesame Street” will make its debut on HBO on January 16, the premium cable network announced Tuesday. Two 30-minute episodes will kick off the 46th season of the iconic former PBS children’s program at 9 a.m. This season, stars including Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Sara Bareilles, Alan Cumming and Ne-Yo will make guest appearances, and a new Muppet character, Nina, who is bilingual and Hispanic, will be introduced. Also Read: 13 of Hollywood's Biggest 'Game of Thrones' Fans (Photos) “Families will see fun and fresh changes to ‘Sesame Street’ and can depend on their favorite Muppet friends to provide them with engaging. »
- Linda Ge
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The new batch of episodes, as previously reported, will run a “dynamic” 30 minutes (versus an hour), beginning with a double pump on Jan. 16 (starting at 9 am Et). From there on, a new original will air every Saturday at 9, followed by a repeat.
Also new: the show’s theme song is getting an “upbeat update” but »
Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
At Monday’s night New York premiere of the Weinstein Company’s drama “Carol,” Cate Blanchett took her time to advocate that a love story between two women set in the 1950s is not meant to be a lesbian love story but, simply, a love story.
“To me, the film is about the power of falling in love. Whether it’s a woman falling for another women or a heterosexual couple falling in love, any great love story has roadblocks and impediments, but our film shows that it’s about the dangerous, volcanic feelings that you experience when you fall in love,” Blanchett told Variety on the red carpet prior to the screening at the Museum of Modern Art. “When you fall in love, you’re out of control and there’s some fear and panic and your heart beats faster. That doesn’t change if you are gay or heterosexual. »
- Paul Chi
Despite its title, the Nov. 9 “Make Believe On Broadway” gala at the St. James Theatre in New York City helped raise awareness for a cause that is anything but make believe. Honoring Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and Morgan Stanley Clo Eric Grossman, the 15th annual event was presented by Only Make Believe, an organization that brings interactive theater to chronically ill children in need. The non-profit was founded by Dena Hammerstein (pictured above with Cumming) and has served over 35,000 children since 1999, sending working performers to over 55 hospitals and care facilities in NYC and Washington, D.C. Among the evening’s musical acts were Leslie Odom, Jr. (“Hamilton”), the Mark Stuart Dance Company, beatboxer Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, The Skivvies, Brad Oscar (“Something Rotten!”), The Co-Werkers, Rob McClure (“Chaplin”), and Tony winner Lena Hall (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”). Also in attendance were Geneva Carr (“Hand to God”), Constantine Maroulis (“Rock of Ages »
As I watched the first two-thirds of last night's episode of The Good Wife, my notes were full of effusive comments — about the incredible work Alan Cumming is doing this season, the professional chemistry between Lucca and Alicia, the irascible charm of Jeffrey Dean Morgan (yes, I know I bring that up every week), the show's ability to pack story on story on story, doing more in a single episode than most shows do in a month. But toward the end of the episode, we found ourselves in an all-too-familiar setting — the cubicles of an Nsa-surveillance operation — and my heart sank, because honestly? The Good Wife covered interesting ground when it focused on the Nsa in seasons five and six, but I will have trouble staying interested in another extended storyline rooted in Nsa surveillance. Of course, the fact that the Nsa operatives now have permission to »
- Lauren Hoffman
Silver Skies screens Sunday November 8th at 6:45pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. The film’s director, Rosemary Rodriguez, will be in attendance and will receive Sliff’s ‘Women in Film’ Award.Ticket information for the event can be found Here
With humor and compassion, Silver Skies chronicles the unexpected developments that occur when a group of eccentric seniors have their lives turned upside down by the sale of their beloved apartment complex. A refreshingly original story about getting older and trying to hold tight to the American Dream, the film features a cast of much-loved screen icons: George Hamilton, Valerie Perrine, Barbara Bain, Jack McGee, Alex Rocco, Mariette Hartley, Jack Betts, and Howard Hesseman. Far from playing their usual roles, however, the actors fully inhabit characters of real complexity: Long-time pals Phil and Nick (Hamilton and McGee) tenderly »
- Tom Stockman
Welcome back to Stay Tuned, Vulture's TV advice column. Each Wednesday, Margaret Lyons answers your questions about your various TV triumphs and woes. Need help? Have a theory? Want a recommendation? Submit a question! You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @margeincharge with the hashtag #staytuned. This fall I decided to quit Sleepy Hollow and Arrow for having terrible or not-great seasons last year in order to make room for other things (like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!). Additionally, I have Good Wife episodes piling up on my DVR, despite my love for Alan Cumming, because I'm still wounded by the misuse of Matthew Goode last year. That said, I'm quite often a completist when it comes to shows, and I've heard noises about improvements on all three this year. Is this true? Should I give any of these another shot? —JessicaGo back to The Good Wife, absolutely. While I'm with you »
- Margaret Lyons
Do you know who Margo Martindale is? Probably, yes, though perhaps you’ve not paired her face with her name. Over the past ten years, Martindale, 64, has built an increasingly high profile on TV, stealing scenes on shows like Justified (as badass Harlan County marijuana queenpin Mags Bennett, for which she won an Emmy), The Americans (as badass Kgb spy-handler Claudia, for which she won another Emmy), and now The Good Wife, where she’s currently sparring with Alan Cumming weekly as badass political strategist Ruth Eastman. Offscreen, Martindale is far cheerier than her usual roles, and has a stronger Texas accent than she allows onscreen. Over her morning coffee, she chatted with Vulture about her late-career renaissance, having a cartoon version of herself, and what it’s like to have everyone think you’re evil.So I was looking on Twitter to see how people liked you on The Good Wife, »
- Rebecca Milzoff
Between 1989 and 1995 the Bond franchise was in limbo due to a changed world. The Soviet Union had collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down, effectively ending the Cold War. Between those were legal troubles with MGM, owner of Bond distributor United Artists, and producer Albert R. Broccoli, the man who owned the Bond film rights and been involved with the series since its inception in 1962. This resulted in Timothy Dalton leaving the series and putting the next Bond movie in development hell. Given all these circumstances, people asked the question: was James Bond 007 even relevant anymore?
Bond’s boss M, now played by Judi Dench, directly addresses this question as she calls him “a sexist, misogynistic dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War”, in GoldenEye. Yet even still, the world needs its most famous secret agent as Bond »
- Ricky Church
"The Good Wife" is so hot right now, it's hard to believe the CBS drama is in its seventh season. By dropping unnecessary storylines (Kalinda and Bishop) and giving Alicia yet another new life-changing wrinkle (working from home), the show has found new dynamics for many of its long-running characters. In particular, Sunday's third episode of the season, titled "Cooked," was a series highlight and proves that the show's still just as good as ever. -Break- Emmy spotlight: Margo Martindale takes control in 'The Good Wife' season premiere In the episode, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and new friend Lucca (Cush Jumbo) worked together on a complicated court case involving a mysterious drug dealer, while Eli (Alan Cumming) encouraged Alicia and Veronica (Stockard Channing) to participate in a mother/daughter cooking TV show to help Peter's (Chris Noth) campaign. The hour was written by Luke Schelhaas and directed by Michael Zinber. »
Has The Good Wife's Eli Gold met his match in Ruth Eastman? After getting pushed off the campaign by Peter Florrick in favor of Ruth, Eli clawed his way back into the thick of it by becoming Alicia's chief of staff. Both he and Ruth have all sorts of mischievous things in the works on The Good Wife and that makes for great comedy and performances from Alan Cumming and Margo Martindale. In the exclusive clip above, Martindale's Ruth shows Cumming's Eli his new broom closet office. They just look like they're having the time of their lives, right? One sabotage begets another sabotage and Eli knows Ruth's in for a rude awakening when she books Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and her mother Veronica (Stockard »
“The Good Wife” is renowned for its stellar casting, and this season doesn’t disappoint: Two-time Emmy winner Margo Martindale has joined the lineup as Ruth Eastman, a political operative who’s been hired by Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) to help his campaign to win the vice-presidency (behind presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton).
In just the first episode, Eastman went toe-to-toe with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), whom she unseated as Peter’s chief of staff, and Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who’s not too happy to be taking orders. Expect more sparks to come in tonight’s episode, as Eli plots his revenge and recruits Alicia as his ally.
Here, Martindale talks to Variety about why she joined the cast, what battles lie ahead, and what she looks for in a role.
First of all, congratulations on your Emmy win for guest actress for “The Americans.”
It was shocking. I »
- Debra Birnbaum
There's another presidential candidate joining the already crowded field: The Good Wife's Peter Florrick. Ok, so he's a fictional presidential candidate, but still. In the world of The Good Wife, Chris Noth's character is running for president with the help of Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale) and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is along for the ride with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) by her side. But Eli is just there to undercut Ruth and potentially destroy Peter. Whatever works best for him, clearly. Peter's running to be Hillary Clinton's vice president, he knows he can never win the presidential election, but he wants on the center stage. So, would The Good Wife stars vote for Peter Florrick? Click play on the »
When TNT’s official trailer for The Librarians‘ sophomore season begins, Jake Stone & Co. feel confident they can vanquish any bad guy in their path.
A minute and 45 seconds later, they’re decidedly less sure of themselves — and rightfully so, based on the action-packed teaser.
Ahead of The Librarians‘ two-hour Season 2 debut (Sunday, Nov. 1, 8/7c), press Play on the video below to catch a glimpse of what the titular book-lovers will encounter this fall.
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* House Speaker John Boehner — who »
Last season, original castmember and fan favorite Archie Panjabi left The Good Wife TV show. How will this development affect the series' storylines and ratings? Will they rise or continue to fall? Is this the year that the series is cancelled by CBS or will it be renewed for an eighth season instead? Stay tuned.
On The Good Wife, attorney and mother Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) continues to face new challenges and opportunities in both her personal and professional lives. This season, the series also stars Matt Czuchry, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christine Baranski, and Cush Jumbo.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around »
The good news about The Affair‘s Season 2 premiere: Unlike December’s season ender, no one was held at gunpoint.
The bad news: Not a single person seemed remotely happy throughout the hour.
Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Noah certainly cracked a smile or two during the episode. Helen’s new boyfriend seemed mighty pleased throughout (with himself, mostly). Even Helen and Noah’s divorce mediator (from one Pov) seemed positively jovial about the couple’s decision to end their marriage.
But aside from those fleeting moments of optimism, the Showtime drama’s sophomore debut featured a number of »
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Good Wife's season seven premiere, "Bond."] The lawyers of The Good Wife have been through firm changes and personnel changes galore in the past few seasons. But on Sunday's season premiere of the CBS legal drama, one of the show's longest running partnerships came to an end. After Peter (Chris Noth) brought famed political strategist Ruth Eastman (Margo Martindale) onto his presidential campaign, he promptly fired Eli (Alan Cumming) — to the shock of not only Eli himself, but also Alicia (Julianna Margulies). After a little soul searching and downtime at home, Eli made
- Kate Stanhope
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