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On TV this Sunday: The Good Wife hits 100 with a bang, The Walking Dead lurches into winter hibernation, Treme kicks off its final season, PBS shares a peek inside the Abbey and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Preview | Once Upon a Time Creators Tease Adoption Flashback Twists, Warn of Peter Pan’s Resilience
- Misha Solomon
The present state of the Hallmark Hall of Fame is such that the once-hallowed franchise has to be graded on a curve. By that yardstick, “Christmas in Conway” is perhaps better than most of its recent card-peddling sojourns, even if the whole movie is essentially a long, rather tedious buildup to one grand, snow-capped romantic gesture. Andy Garcia, Mary-Louise Parker and Mandy Moore lend a star halo to the pic, but even for those who listen to all-Christmas-song radio stations starting around Thanksgiving, this one is a pretty thin alternative to simply watching one of the holiday classics.
In the early going, Moore’s Natalie signs on as the caregiver to Parker’s Suzy, who is dying of cancer. She’s the friendly half of a couple with Garcia’s Duncan, whose main attribute – other than gruffness – seems to be that he truly, madly loves his wife, so much so »
- Brian Lowry
Law & Order: Svu has scared up another gig for Pablo Schreiber.
“We are thrilled and terrified that Pablo Schreiber is coming back to Svu to reprise his role as psychopath William Lewis,” executive producers Warren Leight and Julie Martin tell TV Guide Magazine. “He’ll again be tormenting Det. Olivia Benson. Although he’s the one on trial, he turns it into hers.”
The Orange Is the New Black actor was last seen in the NBC procedural’s two-part season premiere, in which his sadistic alter ego abducted and tortured Benson until she turned the tables and nearly beat him to death. »
- Megan Masters
Say what you will about Miley Cyrus, but you’ve got to admit a few things: One, the girl clearly has a healthy sense of humor. And two, when she’s not distracting you with foam fingers and errant tongues and several square inches of bare skin, it’s a lot easier to appreciate how good her singing voice really is. (See also: Her cover of godmother Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” posted on YouTube just nine months ago.)
- Hillary Busis
Tina Fey was so triumphant as the host of Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season opener, jumping from a dead-on Girls parody to a seriously macabre Model T commercial, that I had no choice but to think about SNL‘s breakout female stars all day. And rank them. I’m sure you’ve had this instinct, no?
So here they are: the 11 greatest female SNL cast members ever. Apologies for not ranking Ellen Cleghorne, who wrote one of my favorite standup jokes of all time. (“My friend bought a dog. I told her, ‘Give me $500 and I’ll sh*t on your carpet.’”)
11. Jan Hooks
The ferocious Jan Hooks gave us arguably the most lachrymose impression of Tammy Faye Bakker ever (a true feat), along with kickass takes on Sinead O’Connor and Kathie Lee Gifford. As one half of the dynamic and fabulous-as-hell Sweeney Sisters, she served as the »
- Louis Virtel
Ask any comic what their scariest audition story is, and they say Saturday Night Live. The fact that the whole Lorne Michaels-led process is shrouded in mystery only adds to the anticipation and intrigue. So for comedy junkies, The New York Times’ compilation of interview stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and remembrances is mandatory reading. You should really go and scroll through the whole thing now (where else on the Internet today can you read new info about 22 different auditions?), but we’ve compiled some of the best quotes below.
1.) “There was a woman scouting for the show, and she said: “Whatever you do, »
- Erin Strecker
To complain that Big Brother is ridiculous is not to get Big Brother. It’s like complaining that Lady Gaga is pretentious or that Madonna is 55: These are obvious facts and not inherently damning ones. Big Brother should be infuriating, just like Survivor and The Amazing Race, except it doesn’t even bother with the ruse of achievement. This is a game about Cutting. B*tches. Up. Behind their backs and to their face. All the time. It is seriously ridiculous, and the seriousness is often sweet as hell.
Take for instance last night’s episode, where our new Hoh Aaryn turned the game around with some thrilling eviction nominations. That’d be satisfying enough, except Big Brother 15‘s cast is renowned for bad decision-making, and that brings us to today’s topic: 5 regrettable, hilariously dumb moments from the cast. Bring a hanky, because these five examples from Sunday »
- Louis Virtel
This is the last time I apologize for a boring episode of Big Brother, I swear. Because it sure was boring. And it didn’t have to be, since Aaryn won Hoh (and America’s collective fright), earning herself the power to nominate any of a number of tolerable houseguests for eviction. Except here’s the dumb thing: She simply caved to another player’s wishes, nominated Howard and Spencer as part of her prearranged deal with Helen, and now we realize that Aaryn’s become worse than an offensive player; she’s an inoffensive player. She’s simply a quieted-down bigot who’s surviving on desperate deals and jerry-built alliances, even though she’s the Hoh this week. She could’ve leveraged this advantage much more. Poor her. I’m kidding.
Now, since nothing happened besides Aaryn’s nominations (and a dull-as-doornailz Have/Have-Not competition featuring an awkward-ass Poppy Montgomery »
- Louis Virtel
"It's just so much fun to be able to play with your friends and then use that as your world," James explained.
James went on to insist that the Grown Ups 2 cast were also dedicated to delivering a movie that would meet their fans' expectations.
"It is work too," he stressed. "We do honestly put a lot of effort into it. Sandler, and [writers] Fred Wolf and Tim Herlihy write incredible scripts and they come up with great stuff, but it's just awesome. It's so much fun."
Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from the comedy feature sequel "Grown Ups 2", starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Erin Heatherton, Cheri Oteri, Shaquille O'Neal, Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows:
"...'Lenny' (Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up.
"This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises:
"...the last day of school..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Grown Ups 2"...
- Michael Stevens
So we’re just about at the Summer midpoint and we’ve gotten three big studio comedies. First out was Hangover III which sputtered and crashed soon after its May opening. Then there was the delightful surprise This Is The End which turned out to be a pretty smart satire of disaster flicks and spoiled movie stars. Very recently movie fans have been falling out of their seats at the inspired teaming of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat (it should be in the box office top ten through the end of this month). But these are all rated R. Where’s the more family friendly PG-13 comedies? Who’s that sneaking into the multiplex? Why it’s Mr. Adam Sandler, still stinging from last year’s foray into the R-rated Apatow territory, the vile That’S My Boy (the first film that go no stars from me »
- Jim Batts
"SNL" hotshot Kate McKinnon chatted with NBC's Janine Brady over drinks at 30 Rock, and revealed that not only is the famed sketch show her dream job, but cited the funny women on the show in the past that inspired her.
"I'd do anything with them. I would clean their houses," she joked.
Check out the interview above to see McKinnon talk about her pre-"SNL" career aspirations and her audition for the show. »
- The Huffington Post
It's that time again, hamster fans! "Big Brother" is here to take over our lives for the next three months. As always, we'll be here with all the latest from inside the house, but if you'd like to follow along for yourself, sign up for the live feeds.
Either way, Wednesday night marks the first broadcast episode, which should be chock full of goodies since the houseguests have been inside the house for nearly a week.
So, follow along here starting at 8 p.m. Et/Pt with our premiere live blog for all our thoughts about the houseguests -- and check out our "Big Brother" odds to find out who we think is going to go all the way for Season 15.
All times Eastern.
8:00 -- Here we go! We haven't been this excited about a cast in a while, so we hope the season lives up to our excitement. »
It wouldn’t be a “Saturday Night Live” season finale without the bittersweet moment that comes when a veteran cast member makes a final appearance. Last night it was Bill Hader’s turn to say goodbye, just as Kristen Wiig had done the previous season.
Given the revolving door at “SNL” has never seemed to stop moving over its 38-season run, the exit shouldn’t be cause for concern. Hader made a strong case for cast Mvp over 2012-13, but Wiig also ended her run as “SNL’s” top player. And yet the show seemed to have enjoyed a solid season without her and another high-profile defector, Andy Samberg.
But 2013-14 could very well shake out to be one of those tricky transitional seasons that every now and then seems to threaten “SNL” over a history that has seen its share of low points. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
On TV this Tuesday: Golden Boy loses a little of his lustre, NCIS‘ “Tiva” takes a vengeance-filled trip, some rowdy bros visit Dixie and MTV’s party don’t start ’til Ke$ha gets her own show. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | The team members must pluck their animal protein from a farm pen to determine what they’ll cook in the challenge. (Note to contestants: I’m not sure if it’ll work on cows, pigs and such, but it probably won’t hurt to chant “baa-ram-ewe” when you’re there among the hoofs. »
- Kimberly Roots
Saturday Night Live has been in our lives since Oct. 11, 1975. It has had its share of hilarious, multi-talented, brilliant actresses and comediennes. Who gets your vote as the funniest one of them all? To give you a guide, here are 12 nominees, in alphabetical order: 1) Jane Curtin 2) Rachel Dratch 3) Tina Fey 4) Ana Gasteyer 5 Jan Hooks 5) Cheri Oteri 7 Amy Poehle 8) Gilda Radner 9) Maya Rudolph 10) Molly Shannon 11) Julia Sweeney 12) Kirsten Wiig Media Matrix: Who Gets Your Vote?
- Jon Friedman
Warning: Calling the following piece an "Idiot's Guide" is a bit of a misnomer. You may or may not be aware of what happens in the "Scary Movie" movies, but there's no way you will emerge from reading this a smarter person overall. I just watched all four "Scary Movie" movies consecutively and my brain is currently curled up in a ball shivering in a far corner of my skull, asking what it did to deserve that.
That said, it is true that you will know more about the "Scary Movie" franchise — a Lot more — after having read this piece. We here at NextMovie would hate to see you go into "Scary Movie 5" without having a lick of knowledge about the first four movies. Imagine the embarrassment in front of your friends! "Ugh, you didn't know that The Oracle, played by Queen Latifah in a spoof of 'The Matrix, »
- Nick Blake
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Glamour magazine has a collective girl crush on Saturday Night Live's current female cast, including out comedian Kate McKinnon. In the April issue, Kate is joined by Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Nasim Pedrad and Cecily Strong in a photospread and interview about their work on the legendary weekend comedy series, which was also home to women like Tina Fey, Gilda Radner, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig, just to name a few.
"Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer…I had T-shirts of all their characters," Kate told Glamour of her favorite SNL women. "I taped the sketches every week and transcribed them the next morning. It was unhealthy."
I'm hoping that there will be T-shirts made of Kate's characters, but most recently she's been doing a lot of impersonations. On last night's SNL, though, Kate and her female co-stars were part of a Nuva Bling commercial sketch. »
TBS is putting its Men back to work this spring.
TVLine has learned that the cabler’s Men at Work is slated to launch its second season on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c.
Additionally, TBS’ new competition series Who Gets the Last Laugh? will bow Tuesday, April 16 at 10 pm.
Related | Men at Work Season 2 Casting Scoop
Season 2 of Men at Work — which stars Danny Masterson (That ’70s Show), Michael Cassidy (The O.C), Adam Busch (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and James Lesure (Las Vegas) — will feature guest spots from Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr, White Collar’s Marsha Thomason and Fraiser‘s Peri Gilpin, »
- Megan Masters
Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm kicks off Black History Month this Friday at 8/7c with an episode that finds Chyna channeling three African-American music icons — and TVLine has a first look at the far-out half-hour.
Related | Disney Channel Renews A.N.T. Farm for Season 3
In the episode “influANTces,” Chyna (played by China Anne McClain) is struggling to write a song for her Black History Month presentation, so she locks herself in a recording booth until she comes up with an idea. When she then dozes off, she embarks on a dreamy time-trip, envisioning herself as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Janet Jackson. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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