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“The Grizzly is unpredictable — and we’ve got the mother of them all,” The Sportsman Channel said this morning in announcing Sarah Palin will attempt to make her reality TV comeback with a show focused on the outdoors. Amazing America With Sarah Palin will premiere in April on the channel that also features an NRA talk show, Antler Insanity, Personal Defense TV, and a series with rocker Ted Nugent. Related: Sarah Palin Returns To Fox News The Palin family were Barrymores of reality TV for a period. Palin previously starred in Sarah Palin’s Alaska — it aired for eight episodes starting in 2010 on TLC but was not renewed for a second season though the network called the ratings “solid.” She also showed up regularly in the audience, and was interviewed on camera, when daughter Bristol became an improbable finalist on the 11th edition of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
“We are gathered here today to reunite these two urns in holy matrimony….”
TLC’s Best Funeral Ever chronicles the unbelievably absurd workflow of the Dallas-based Golden Gate funeral home — Monday’s series premiere saw caskets roll down a bowling alley and across the finish line of a 100-meter dash, plus a gospel choir-infused “breakfast funeral” and a well-beyond-creepy “urn wedding” (pictured), in which Baptismal couture elegantly replaced the tux and white dress of a traditional living-person affair.
I’m sure the ridiculata presented below will make some people rage — “Reality TV has gone too far! Oh, how America has fallen! »
- Annie Barrett
The early buzz has been tremendous for Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' upcoming film about the Sixties folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York. One scene in particular is generating extra attention: the film's title songwriter (played by Oscar Isaac) lands a gig recording a goofy space-race protest tune alongside a pair of awkward folk artists (played by Justin Timberlake and Girls star Adam Driver). Watch it here.
Justin Timberlake Takes a Drag in 'Tko'
The three-minute clip is equally surreal and hilarious. Isaac's character is clearly slumming for »
It was more than just a "Portlandia" reunion, but also a pop culture mind warp in Boston when Fred Armisen took the stage alongside Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis, as well as members of Sixpence None the Richer and Seattle darling Telekinisis to perform, among other things, TLC's "Waterfalls."
Armisen was slated to perform at the Berklee College of Music with a special guest, his "Saturday Night Live" character, Ian Rubbish.
Fred -- er, make that Ian -- was joined by Mascis, Leigh Nash of Sixpence and Michael Lerner of Telekinesis fame for the TLC cover, as well as a rendition of Dinosaur Jr.'s 1994 hit, "Feel the Pain." And indie rock minds melted in unison.
The Sopranos, The Wire and Game of Thrones are among the shows that have been added to Sky's Box Set Collection, which is available for Sky+HD box owners and Sky Go users.
Sky's entertainment extra+ customers will also have access to the first three seasons of AMC's Mad Men and comedy classic Seinfeld.
The full list of new box set collections includes:
- The Wire (Complete box set - season 1-5, Sky Atlantic, from Nov 1)
- Sopranos (Complete box set - season 1-6, Sky Atlantic, from Dec 1)
- Game of Thrones (Season 1& 2, Sky Atlantic, from Oct 1)
- Mad Men (Season 1-3, Sky Atlantic, from Oct 1)
- Seinfeld (Season 8, Sky Atlantic, from Oct 1, and season 9 from Nov 1)
Other series available on catch-up include modern classics such as Boardwalk Empire and Hannibal.
Sky's Catch-Up services are also expanding over the next 12 months to include 12 new channels including Discovery, TLC, E!, Star, »
We had double the fun with the Brown family on Sept. 22! In the first half of the special two-part season four finale of ‘Sister Wives,’ Kody and his wives throw some therapy at their marital problems when they go on a ‘couples’ retreat — if you can even call it that! Later, the Browns sit down to answer all your burning questions about their relationships, and some of their answers may surprise you!
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching TLC’s Sister Wives over the years, it’s that it is possible to have a strong, successful plural marriage. Still, every relationship comes with its own set of problems and the Browns’ unique union is no exception. In the two-hour season finale, Kody Brown and his wives Meri, 42, Janelle, 44, Christine, 41, and Robyn meditate, hike and sculpt to help solve their deepest struggles. But does getting their zen on do the trick? »
Much-missed Vampire Diaries vet Matt Davis has a new role. TVLine reports that Davis is getting a recurring role on CSI as someone “with the soul of a poet and the mind of a mathematician” and the looks of Matt Davis. Somebody find me my swooning couch.
G4 lives! Sort of. It turns out the gaming channel won’t go away when The Esquire Network debuts. Instead, The Style Channel will disappear, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. Style was deemed redundant with Bravo, E! and Oxygen and is also available in more homes. Too bad they didn’t make this decision before cancelling a solid show like X-Play. Unfortunately, there are no plans to develop new programming for G4.
- Lyle Masaki
It's a hard-to-spell-and-even-harder-to-say American actors double-bill this week with both We're The Millers' Jason Sudeikis and Lovelace's Amanda Seyfried joining Team Empire for conversations about moustaches, dry heaving as a workout regime, stuffed animals and corpses (amongst other things).Find out what Amanda Seyfried's favourite cloud is! Win Seasons 1-5A of Breaking Bad on Blu-ray thanks to Squarespace.com! Listen to Jason Sudeikis singing TLC's Waterfalls! Hear our thoughts on the Ben Affleck Batman casting news! Potentially libellous nonsense! It's all here, and it's all free.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. »
• Watch the trailer for We're the Millers
• News on Sudeikis's departure from SNL
• Sudeikis on his previous collaboration with Aniston, Horrible Bosses
Kansas kids have whirlwind adventures, whether it's Dorothy en route to Oz or Jason Sudeikis tilting at movie stardom. The American comic bounces into London jet-lagged and bleary, slurping coffee from a paper cup. He has a gilded status as a Hollywood clown and a glossy fiancee in Olivia Wilde, formerly of House. He is not in Kansas any more; the place is a memory. But he is poking all kinds of fun at red-state USA.
We're the Millers casts 37-year-old Sudeikis as a Denver-based pot-dealer who changes his hairstyle and his surname in order to pass »
- Xan Brooks
This post contains spoilers about an end credits joke in "We're the Millers."
One of the funniest moments in "We're the Millers," the new R-rated comedy that has grossed $38 million during its debut week, is a group sing-along to the TLC song "Waterwalls" from characters played by Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter. That moment makes a return during the film's de rigueur closing credits outtakes, but with a twist: Instead of "Waterfalls," Sudeikis, Roberts and Poulter break character and serenade a bemused Aniston with The Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You," a.k.a. the "Friends" theme song.
"That was something that Jason and I came up with together," director Rawson Marshall Thurber told HuffPost Entertainment. "I forget who said it, but we all started laughing really hard."
For Thurber and Sudeikis, the issue wasn't if the prank was funny, but whether Aniston would find the »
- The Huffington Post
With ads prominently pushing both its R-rated laughs and Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, you've probably figured out by now that "We're The Millers" isn't exactly a conventional family road trip movie. That's because the Millers aren't your conventional movie family.
Lead by Jason Sudeikis (fresh off his recent exit from "Saturday Night Live") and Aniston and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball"), "We're The Millers" stars Sudeikis as David, a small-time pot dealer forced to graduate to international drug trafficking by his boss Brad (Ed Helms), who's like Tony Montana by way of Mr. Rogers. So, reasoning that clean-cut families draw less suspicion at the border, David recruits a fake wife and kids to help move his boss' product back from Mexico. Only this supposedly "all-American" family consists of a stripper, a runaway and a dorky teen.
In other words, the Millers aren't exactly a Norman Rockwell painting. So who are they then? »
- Rick Mele
On TV this Tuesday: Rizzoli & Isles creates a YouTube sensation, Drunk History frees Winona (from religious persecution), Suits introduces Harvey 2.0 and a new CW competition wants to Capture your attention. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Extreme Weight Loss (ABC) | Chantell, a 25-year-old from Chicago, plans a Parisian shopping spree and a marathon to celebrate meeting her weight-loss goals.
8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW »
- Kimberly Roots
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Friday, July 18. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.
Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? Yeeeeeeeeuh you do! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artists Toby Jones and Calvin Wong. Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza, »
To broadcast a show in which a daredevil tightrope walker might fall while attempting to cross the Grand Canyon, you’ve got to have a strong stomach. And, as it turns out, you might need skills in negotiating with Native American Indian tribes, the ability to build a road in three weeks and the moxie to rappel down 1,500 feet to set up a camera.
Discovery Channel’s recent June 23rd broadcast of high-wire artist Wallenda’s feat (reminiscent of ABC’s 1970s-era telecast of an Evel Knievel motorcycle jump) is being billed as a success for the cable network: The live telecast captured approximately 13 million viewers, according to Nielsen. And it provides ammunition for those TV nets who want to use “live” programming other than sports to help goose viewership in an era when couch potatoes can record whatever they like and play it back at their convenience.
Yet as »
- Brian Steinberg
Do you remember "Saturday Night Live"'s Stuart Smalley character (played and invented by Al Franken)? He was the guy who would sit in front of the mirror and try to assure himself he was good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people liked him. It turns out real people actually do this, and sometimes not even with a therapist there to force them. In this clip from TLC's "Crown Chasers" (premiering Wed. July 10 at 10:00 p.m.), Jocelyn talks to her mirror, works on her enunciation, complains about menopause, and bursts into tears. Is it crazy? Oh, yeah. But hey, pageant »
- Liane Bonin Starr
In a rather surprising development, Amazon plans to start selling fanfic. Really. The online retailer will let fanfic writers sell their Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars or Vampire Diaries-inspired stories and keep a portion of the sale. All three series are based on books brought to TV by Alloy Entertainment and Amazon says its working to get more properties into the mix. Now, anyone knows if they’ve banned crossovers? It would be fun to see how “A” and Gossip Girl would react to each other.
Why aren’t there more hosting gigs that include moments of shirtlessness?
It’s taken nearly a year, but TLC has picked up the Bukudroos-produced celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?. The new season will include episodes focusing on Zooey Deschanel, Chris O’Donnell and Christina Applegate. »
- Lyle Masaki
Five of the best examples of cinema characters unexpectedly bursting into song
You know how it is – you're watching a film, when suddenly, out of nowhere, the characters burst into song. Fine when it's a musical – much more surprising when it's not. Here's some of the best of these moments – but can you think of any others? Share them in the comment thread below..
500 Days of Summer
Joseph Gordon Levitt's adorable Tom finally spends the night with the beautiful and quirky Summer and launches into a cheery, dance-filled rendition of You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates. Almost as elating as losing your virginity, this happy, colourful scene is easily one of the highlights of the film. Sadly the next scene is not nearly so cheerful…
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Taking a break from the hyper-macho guy talk, the Channel 4 »
- Guardian readers
They may have three million viewers in the Us hanging on their every word, they may have been spoofed by such institutions as Saturday Night Live, and they may even have had their nation's leader President Obama referencing them in a pre-election speech, but Honey Boo and her clan have yet really to make their presence felt in the UK.
Honey Boo Boo is on her way...
That could be all about to change, with newly launched UK channel TLC investing heavily in the goings-on of the Thompson family from Georgia as part of its initial charge on the nation's consciousness. It's even made the Thompson family pig its channel mascot.
So, going in, what do we need to know?
1. How did this happen? Well, back in 2011, even amongst all the competitiveness, strangely vicarious and occasionally creepy business of mini beauty-pageants covered in reality show 'Toddlers and Tiaras', »
- The Huffington Post UK
Some of the most popular elements on YouTube are clips from favorite TV shows. If Marc Juris has his way, however, his Tru TV will take a click, as it were, from YouTube by launching more programs that remind viewers of the streaming-video service’s funniest shorts.
In Juris’s eyes, a better YouTube is a more controlled YouTube. Web surfers the world over have transformed videos about cute cats, accident-prone children and surprised prank victims into viral sensations simply by posting them on the Google-owned video-sharing site. Now Juris, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Time Warner’s Tru TV cabler, sees an opportunity to harness some of that zeitgeist – without going overboard on questionable content.
“There’s this huge cultural shift to capture real people doing real-life action,” said Juris. “That’s really what YouTube is. It celebrates the outrageous and the unique.”
Going forward, those »
- Brian Steinberg
Oh, TLC, you've found a way to overwhelm my sense of taste.
The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob sings the praises of Chopped, the Ted Allen-hosted cooking competition, noting how it manages to mix the thrill of competition while also teaching viewers a little about food, something the Food Network has mostly left behind.
Saturday Night Live cast member Nasim Pedrad has nabbed a pilot role and it's one that keeps her in the SNL family. Pedrad has joined the Lorne Michaels-produced comedy pilot created by and starring SNL writer John Mulaney (he co-created Stefon).
Production on Sullivan & Son has been suspended as series star Steve Byrne heals from an injury to his face. We wish Byrne a speedy recovery.
Considering how it continues to be one of the biggest shows on TV, it's not a surprise that HBO has already renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. »
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