Maya & Marty: NBC Still Considering Season Two

Whether the Maya & Marty TV show on NBC will be cancelled or renewed for a second season is still up in the air. Talk at the Summer 2016 TCA presser indicates the network likes the live variety series starring comedians Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, but wishes the ratings had been more robust.Chairman Robert Greenblatt has reportedly said Lorne Michaels' newest TV show did well enough that the Peacock Network is looking for a way to "sustain" it. Per entertainment reporter Diane Gordon, Greenblatt added, "It's a new franchise. You try things. Six episodes yielded a lot of great stuff."Read More…
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HBO chief just proved why talking about sexual violence against women is important

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At their TCA presentation today, newly-appointed HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was seemingly unprepared for reporter's questions about the network's use of sexual violence against women, something many viewers have noted as a recurring theme. Bloys, a former comedy executive, joined the network in May and was set to speak on several of HBO's properties at the TCA event today. But when one reporter's question about the rape of women as a plot device was brushed off, others rallied to the cause. The Hollywood Reporter wrote of the scene: Five reporters pushed Bloys on the HBO dramas' penchant for including rape, murder and other violence (particularly against women) as plot devises, as the conversation about an opening scene in Westworld and [Game of] Thrones' track record nearly hijacked the entire panel. Bloys, who was visibly frustrated by the repetitive line of questioning, pointed to the fact that men are frequently victims
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James Burrows Shares His Secrets From Four Decades of TV Directing

James Burrows Shares His Secrets From Four Decades of TV Directing
It’s often said in television that nobody knows what makes a hit. But that’s not entirely true. James Burrows has a test that has rarely failed him in his 40-plus years of directing multicamera comedy series.

When working on pilots, Burrows likes to bring in an audience to watch a bare-bones run-through after a few days of rehearsal. No amount of focus-group testing of the finished product can tell him more than the first impression of an impartial crowd.

“For most of my hits, those run-throughs have been through the roof,” Burrows says. “That’s how I gauge the show. I see if they like the characters and the actors they don’t know. That’s how you know what you have.”

Burrows’ track record speaks for itself — from his start as a director in 1974 on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Cheers,” “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory,
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Ryan Murphy Toasted, Lady Gaga Wows the Crowd at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala

Ryan Murphy Toasted, Lady Gaga Wows the Crowd at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala
Thursday’s amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios was filled with a parade of Ryan Murphy’s blockbuster talent that populate his shows and his offscreen life as well. The event was filled with stars such as Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis and boasted a special performance by Lady Gaga, the centerpiece of “American Horror Story: Hotel” and as Bomer phrased it, “Ryan Murphy’s creative soulmate.”

After joking that the evening was being referred to as “Ryan Murphy’s Bar Mitzvah,” CAA Managing Partner Kevin Huvane gave the first of many testimonials to Murphy’s devotion to amfAR and the work the organization does for the gay community. When Murphy took to the stage to accept the Inspiration Award, after joking that he was “honored to be amfAR’s big gay of the year,
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Nashville, Modern Family, Leftovers and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Grey's, Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, Nashville, Modern Family, Leftovers and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to

Question: Love Ask Ausiello! Anything on Grey’s Anatomy? —Mark

Ausiello: Not just anything but something quite intriguing. “Somebody comes along during the season from Owen’s past,” the doc’s portrayer, Kevin McKidd, revealed to us at Saturday’s #Tgit-themed Hollywood soiree. And, though he wouldn’t say whether the “somebody” would be played by Martin Henderson, who’s slated to debut around midseason, McKidd did admit that the character in question “ignites a lot of things
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Htgawm: Rebecca's Killer 'Relieved' By Revelation of Guilt

There are plenty of ways you could’ve appropriately responded to the unmasking of Rebecca Sutter’s killer on the How to Get Away With Murder Season 2 premiere — surprise, horror and disbelief all topping the list.

But happiness and relief? Well, that’s how the actor whose character did the bad deed felt upon seeing the script for “It’s Time to Move On.”

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“I was relieved, actually, when I found out it was me,” shares Liza Weil, whose mousy-but-loyal
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The 2015 Vulture TV Caucus: What Cultural Insiders Loved Most on TV Last Season

The 2015 Vulture TV Caucus: What Cultural Insiders Loved Most on TV Last Season
All this week, we’re presenting the Vulture TV Awards, honoring the best in television from the past year. (Browse through our entries by Mike Schur, Mad Men's casting directors, Kenya Barris, and more.) Over the past month, we polled 135 showrunners, executives, writers, actors, actresses, and a host of other bigwigs to get their take on the best shows, actors, and characters on TV this past season. The results confirmed that the people who make TV are just as passionate — and opinionated — watchers as we are. Reporting by Stephanie Eckardt, Diane Gordon, Marcus Jones, Claire Landsbaum, Jenni Miller, Jenny Peters, Trupti Rami, Vicki Salemi, Renata Sellitti, Valentina Valentini, and Kat Ward.
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Aquarius Producers and Stars Preview NBC’s New, Charles Manson-Inspired Series

Today was the NBC Universal Summer Press Day, and tons of new summer series held panels detailing what to expect this season. Among these featured shows was Aquarius, an upcoming 13-episode “event series” airing Thursdays on NBC beginning May 28. Relatively few details have been released before today about this David Duchovny-starring vehicle, which centers on the missing persons investigation that will eventually lead to Charles Manson. The show’s official Twitter (@NBCAquarius) live-tweeted (and retweeted) the panel, revealing plenty of interesting facts about the highly anticipated series. Here are some of the highlights: - Aquarius is a “work of historical fiction,” and it was originally planned as a series of five novels. In fact, the characters played by Duchovny, Gray Damon, and Emma Dumont were all created for the show. When you watch #Aquarius, Duchovny says “it’s historical fiction” – not a documentary. Good to keep in mind. — Diane Gordon
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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Reviews: British Funnyman Scores Solid Start With Critics

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James Corden’s ‘Late Late Show’ Reviews: British Funnyman Scores Solid Start With Critics
James Corden is off to a solid start with critics as the host of the “Late Late Show” on CBS. After premiering Monday night, most media agreed that Corden turned in a funny, affable and respectable performance, though there is definitely room for improvement. “ debuts go, his was very good,” TheWrap‘s Diane Gordon wrote in her review. “Following in the feel-good footsteps of Jimmy Fallon, Corden promised to try to put a smile on viewers’ faces as they went to sleep. He made good on this promise during his first hour hosting the show.” See Photos: 10 of David Letterman’s Most Memorable Guests Jonathan.
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Critics’ Roundtable: “Nashville”

Nashville divas Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) & Rayna James (Connie Britton)

Who doesn’t love a good soap? And there are plenty of them on the air now like the uber-popular Downton Abbey, ABC’s revitalized Revenge and even shows like Homeland have serialized elements that hook us.

And then there’s Nashville, a soap set in the exciting and already over the top world of country music. There are the successful country divas like stoic veteran Rayna James (Connie Britton) and bratty superstar Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the up-and-comers like songwriter Gunnar (Sam Palladio), singer Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and guitarist Avery (Jonathan Jackson, whose soap pedigree goes back to General Hospital) and late last season the series added Will Lexington (Chris Carmack), a closeted country heartthrob.

Will doesn’t believe a gay man can also be a country music superstar, and he might just be right on that score. Despite
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Critics’ Roundtable: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast: (l-r) Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Andre Braugher,

Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and Chelsea Peretti.

The new Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine could’ve been your stereotypical workplace comedy relying on predictable romances with a cheeky lead taking the best lines and putting everyone else in the shadows.

Thankfully, the series, created by Dan Goor and Michael Schurr (who also created NBC’s Parks And Recreation), is off to a good start by creating an ensemble work comedy led by Saturday Night Live vet Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta. The rest of the stellar cast includes Stephanie Beatriz (the tough-as-nails Diaz), Terry Crews (muscley squad leader with a big heart, Terry), Melissa Fumero (competitive Santiago), Chelsea Peretti (the sardonic Gina), Joe Lo Truglio (heart on his sleeve Boyle) and Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt. Holt casually revealed in the pilot episode that he
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Live Blog From TCA, Day 7: ABC

The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman, Lacey V. Rose, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie and Diane Gordon are covering the Television Critics Association panels at the Beverly Hilton. ABC takes center stage Friday, with panels on new series including Nashville, The Neighbors, 666 Park Avenue, How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), Malibu Country, Family Tools and Last Resort. The network also will spotlight Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars as well as the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. THR's TV team is providing live updates here on all the panels at the semi-annual confab.

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ABC Pulls Happy Town – Will be Burned Off in the Summer

I could make any number of jokes here (ie. “Happy Town will be sad”), but I’ll somehow refrain myself from doing so (mostly because they suck). Unfortunately, the new ABC series Happy Town suffered from poor ratings from the beginning – which only happened to be a few weeks ago. Despite a solid cast with actors such as Sam Neill, Steven Webber and Amy Acker, the show premiered to lackluster ratings and they have only declined.

ABC has, therefore, pulled the show from its schedule as a mid-season replacement. An episode will air tonight (Wednesday, May 12) in its regular 10:00 p.m. timeslot and then the show will disappear until June 2, when the remaining four episodes of Happy Town will be burned off on Wednesday nights during the summer.

ABC seems to be searching for that elusive heir to Lost with sci-fi and mystery shows such as FlashForward, V and now Happy Town.
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Top 10 List of My Darling Future Ex-tv Husbands

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By Diane Gordon

A good man is hard to find. That’s why I use my favorite TV shows to help me find the kind of men I’d like to marry – and then divorce.

1. Jack Donaghy, "30 Rock": Because not only is he Liz Lemon’s charismatic boss, he also knows his way around microwave oven programming, the Sheinhart wig company and he’s the next Don Geiss. Also the only Republican I’d sleep with &nda...
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Diane Gordon

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Diane Gordon writes The Surf Report, a must-read email newsletter for the entertainment industry’s executives, producers, directors, writers, actors, managers and agents. She's a veteran of the TV industry who knows how and why TV shows get made. A passionate supporter of writers, Gordon’s point of view is savvy, smart and informed. Watching TV with a critical eye, Gordon has become well-known for her honest and straightforward take on the powerful medium of television. She says what she thinks but is careful not to take cheap shots. The Surf Report celebrates great television, makes note of the bad shows and always tries to find new and exciting shows to watch. As the worlds of television and digital viewing merge, The Surf Report also keeps readers informed of fun clips to watch online as well as where to go online if you missed a show on the air. The Surf Report is a smart,
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