9 items from 2013
CNN's Don Lemon scored an anonymous interview with a high school friend of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, which offered some candid details about just how "American" they were. Speaking of the younger brother, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, the friend told CNN he was "American as anybody," which to him included "going to parties" and "smoking a little weed here and there." »
- Matt Wilstein
Glee has caused a frenzy today after last night's episode, which tackled the topic of school violence with a plot about a student bringing a gun to school. Critics argue it's too soon after the shooting in Newtown, while others see it as a way to keep the spotlight on the gun debate. CNN's Don Lemon invited his panel to take on the controversy this afternoon. »
- Meenal Vamburkar
London, Apr 4: Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray has claimed that after he gave the pop star the sedatives and anaesthetic propofol, he himself could have had a heart attack because of the stress that he underwent.
Murray also said that he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Speaking from the high-security La jail, where he is isolated from other prisoners for his protection, he gave an account of his own childhood before singing a bizarre rendition of 'The Little. »
- Meeta Kabra
Well, this could be interesting. CNN reportedly taped a pilot of an Anderson Cooper/Kathy Griffin talk show yesterday, in front of a studio audience. Can America handle the two of them together five nights/week instead of just once/year?
Ellen DeGeneres has really enjoyed her trip to Australia. “I shouldn’t put it out there, but I can see us living here one day. Not for a while, as I’ve got shows to do, but I can see it happening.” Hey Australia, give her back.
Does Game of Thrones need more male nudity? Is this even a question?
James Franco did not sleep with Lindsay Lohan. But he could have. "I don’t want to, like, brag about it, and I don’t know how that got out! She was having issues even then, so you feel weird. Honestly, she was a friend. I’ve met a »
I got the memo about Alex Trebek potentially leaving Jeopardy! in 2016, and that sent my mind into a frenzy (accompanied by the ping-pang-pow sound effect of a Daily Double). Alex Trebek's name is synonymous with Jeopardy! for a reason: He is an astoundingly great host who knows so much trivia and loves the learning process. You might think his knack for accents and correcting contestants is pretentious or annoying, but that discipline is so essential to the dignity and respect of the show's difficult material. Hell, this man hosts the National Geography Bee every year. He is a TV legend and it pains me to think of him departing the series.
But the task becomes a little bit easier when I think of some of the qualified people who could replace him. A few names have been thrown about loudly -- particularly Matt Lauer's and Anderson Cooper's »
White Collar wasn't planning on having a season finale tonight,
but it just happened upon a finale that was just sitting on the bench not doing anything.
Fox gave early renewals to four shows yesterday: The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope. The one surprise on that list is The Mindy Project, which has been on the bubble all year. However, Deadline reports that Raising Hope will have to go without series creator Greg Garcia who is expected to supervise one of the two comedy pilots he's developing for CBS.
Birthday shoutouts go to Darren Criss, who is 26, Barbara Hershey, who is 65, Jennifer Jason-Leigh is 51, and Laura Linney is 49. It's an historic day in the UK. I'd like to ask our UK readers what this means for them and what they think the next step will be.In ratings news, The Following was down 12%, while The Carrie Diaries was up a whopping 40%. Alan Cumming will come to Broadway this spring with his one-man Macbeth Sad Self-Delusion: There's an app for that. Someone no one has ever heard of has said homophobic things about Kanye West.Below you can see a behind-the-scenes look at Santana's return to Lima on this week's Glee.
So how long before the inevitable boycotts? If you've ever wanted to be a part of Game Of Thrones, now's your chance. You can record your own version of the Night's Watch Oath. »
One of the most talked-about moments from President Obama's speech today was the section in which he mentioned Stonewall alongside Seneca Falls and Selma, becoming the first president to address gay right in an inaugural address. The historic moment was marked in a unique way on CNN, where lead anchor Anderson Cooper, who came out publicly in July of last year, threw to reporter Don Lemon, who did the same in 2011, to get reactions from the crowd. »
- Matt Wilstein
Merthur kicks off their final season with tonight's season premiere of Merlin.
Typically, the words "Yes, Dear reunion" wouldn't get me excited but in this case we're going to get to see Mike O'Maley (along with Liza Snyder) on Raising Hope, as reported by EW. They'll play a couple that finds the sex tape Burt and Virginia lost.
IFC's getting into the animated comedy business. Out There will follow three socially awkward boys living in a small town, with a voice cast that will include Megan Mullally, Linda Cardinelli, Pamela Adlon and Fred Armisen.
In an interview with Vulture, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan says that Casablanca provides the bar for Breaking Bad's finale, "No one gets everything they wanted. The guy doesn’t get the girl, but he has the satisfaction of knowing she wants him. And he doesn’t get her because he has to save the free world. »
9 items from 2013
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