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Manti Te'o to appear on Katie Couric show for first televised interview about 'Lennay Kekua'
20 January 2013 1:47 PM, PST
This week, Notre Dame player Manti Te'o sat down for an extensive interview with Espn about his nonexistent online girlfriend, Lennay Kekua -- but the interview was not put on video. Te'o and his parents have agreed to give Katie Couric the first televised interview since the scandal broke.
On Sunday, ABC announced that Brian and Ottilia Te'o will join their son on "Katie," speaking out on-camera for the first time since it was revealed that Te'o's highly-publicized relationship with Lennay Kekua, who he said died of leukemia, was a lie. Lennay Kekua did not die, because she never existed.
Andy Richter cast on 'Happy Endings' as Penny's very young dad
20 January 2013 1:34 PM, PST
Penny (Casey Wilson) on "Happy Endings" has a bevy of issues with men -- and we're about to meet one of the reasons for her relationship problems. Conan O'Brien's longtime sidekick Andy Richter has been cast on the show as Penny's father, Roy.
There's only a 14-year age difference between Richter and Wilson, and TVLine reports that this will be addressed when Richter guest stars on an episode this spring. Turns out that Roy and Dana (Megan Mulally) were very, very young when they had Penny.
We can expect Roy to reenter Penny's life just as things are getting more serious with her and her new boyfriend (Nick Zano) -- who is the first long-term Bf she's ever had. »
Jennifer Lawrence hosts 'Saturday Night Live': Watch the best sketch of the night
20 January 2013 1:20 PM, PST
Lawrence is usually extremely charismatic and hilarious -- we want her to be our best friend -- but the writing on Saturday night's show didn't play to her strengths. (Or, possibly, she was trying to be diplomatic and careful in the midst of awards season.)
Her opening monologue was about trashing her fellow Best Actress Oscar nominees -- but unfortunately, she wasn't willing to be particularly brutal, so the humor fell short.
In fact, our favorite skit of the evening didn't even involve Lawrence at all! The Starbucks Verisimo skit below was »
What it takes to make Emmy Rossum 'Shameless'
20 January 2013 1:00 PM, PST
Emmy Rossum: Well, she probably has my temperament, a little bit. But she has my mother -- my mother is a single mother -- my mother's loyalty and fierceness, that kind of mama bear instinct that my mother always had for me. And she has my instinct for a good time. So it's kind of a combination of a lot of different things.
And then there's also just experimental things that you'll try in a scene, and suddenly the way that person laughs will become the way they laugh. Or a nervous habit that they do with their hands that'll seem right and will become part of the character, part of their tics, their antics, whatever. So it's kind of a hard process to ever really explain because it's always different.
I usually start with the way the character speaks, »
Rachael Ray: Guy Fieri and I 'are a lot like brother and sister'
20 January 2013 11:00 AM, PST
Zap2it: You were the first-season winner of "Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off." Does that up the stakes for you against Guy Fieri in returning for the show's new season?
Rachael Ray: You know what? Guy and I are both very competitive people, but everybody's playing for charity ... and seeing how hard everyone works, no matter whose team they're on, there's a certain amount of keeping it in perspective. You're excited for whoever the winner turns out to be, because they've truly earned it.
Zap2it: How would you describe the nature of your rivalry with Guy?
Rachael Ray: We're a lot like brother and sister, so it's fun for us. It's like friends ribbing each other.
Zap2it: With the busy schedule that also includes your syndicated weekday talk show and the book tour you recently finished, how comfortably does the making of "Celebrity Cook-Off" fit in for you? »
Did 'Glee' steal Jonathan Coulton's version of 'Baby Got Back'?
19 January 2013 9:35 PM, PST
Jonathan Coulton may not be the original artist behind "Baby Got Back," but he does have a rather distinctive version of the song out there. And now it looks like "Glee" may have used that version without permission.
Is this stealing? Is it legal but morally reprehensible? Or is "Glee" entirely in the right? A look at the case may help you decide.
The music/Internet fiasco began on Friday (Jan. 18) when Coulton -- an independent singer with a devoted Twitter following (almost 100,000 of them as of this writing) -- tweeted that a "Glee" recording sounded a whole lot like his own cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot anthem:
"Hey look, @GleeonFOX ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back... Never even contacted me. Classy."
Twitter furor rose yet again when Coulton posted a follow-up to his first tweet:
"After listening, I think that @GLEEonFOX may have even used parts of my recording. »
SyFy's 'Tasmanian Devils': Did you watch Danica McKellar and Apolo Ohno star in the gore-fest?
19 January 2013 6:00 PM, PST
SyFy has done it again! In its grand tradition of monster B-movies, the network has enlisted "Wonder Years" child star Danica McKellar, as well as Olympian (and "Dancing with the Stars" alum) Apolo Ohno, for its latest film, "Tasmanian Devils."
In the movie, Ohno plays a daredevil base-jumper who tresspasses on a remote mountain in Tasmania -- and then plummets to his death in a bloody encounter with an angry nest of, you guessed it, Tasmanian devils. The base-jumpers have revived an ancient aboriginal curse, and McKellar's character is an expert on the creatures who, obviously, goes into battle.
Let's just say the movie is a far cry from Winnie Cooper.
Check out more of SyFy's B-movies in our gory gallery -- »
'Ripper Street': Crime-fighting in the shadow of a killer
19 January 2013 5:42 PM, PST
How do you fight crime when the greatest criminal of them all, Jack the Ripper, walks free?
That's the central question asked in "Ripper Street," a new crime drama airing on BBC America. And the answer creates a new kind of TV show -- a British period drama, a character study, a mystery and a graphically sexual and violent setting all come into play.
The result is as excellent as it is dark.
"Ripper Street" is, in its essence, a police procedural. The show follows the murder investigations of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen, "Mi-5"), former Us Army surgeon Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg) and Detective Sergeant Bennett Drake (Jerome Flynn, "Game of Thrones"). These three men -- alternately aided and hindered by a collection of policemen, informants and prostitutes -- are brilliant but flawed crime-solvers.
It's almost as if someone took Sherlock Holmes and split him into three parts. »
'Criminal Minds' Paget Brewster cast on 'Modern Family'
19 January 2013 3:04 PM, PST
"Criminal Minds" fan favorite Paget Brewster has nabbed a key role on "Modern Family." The actress, who usually chooses dramatic roles, is giving fans a chance to check out her comedy chops as she plays a (sort of) romantic rival for Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.
In an upcoming episode, Gloria's ex, Javier (Benjamin Bratt) will return to the show. This time, when he comes to visit his son Manny, he's bringing company. Brewster plays Javier's new girlfriend, Trish. TVLine reports that Trish is essentially Gloria's opposite -- sophisticated, book-smart, and super classy.
After a mercurial relationship with "Criminal Minds," Brewster ultimately left the show at the end of last season, hoping to pursue comedy and to do a half-hour sitcom. "After six wonderful years playing Emily Prentiss, I have decided it's time for me to move on," she said in a statement to Deadline. "As much as I will »
TV Ratings: 'Fringe' finale goes quietly, CBS wins the night
19 January 2013 10:36 AM, PST
Fox said goodbye to "Fringe" on Friday night with a two-hour finale episode, and though ratings were up a bit from last week's penultimate "Fringe" Friday, that's not saying much. It did come out about even with last year's Season 4 finale.
CBS easily led the night in average viewers, with 10.5 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households. It was followed by ABC, with 5.3 million (3.4/6) and NBC with 4.6 million (3.1/5). Fox's "Fringe" event averaged 3.2 million viewers (1.9/3) and The CW had 1.08 million (0.7/1).
CBS won the night in the 18-49 demo, with a 1.7 rating. ABC (1.3) and NBC (1.1) took second and third place, and "Fringe" earned Fox a 1.0. The CW trailed with a 0.4.
Friday hour by hour:
CBS: "Undercover Boss" (9.4 million viewers, 6.0/10 households)
ABC: "Last Man Standing" (6.6 million, 4.2/7)/"Malibu Country" (5.8 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" rerun (3.6 million, 2.3/4)
Fox: "Fringe" (3.3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "Nikita" (1.2 million, 0.8/1)
18-49 leader: "Undercover Boss" (1.9)
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'Fringe' finale: Peter says goodbye to Walter -- did the ending satisfy you?
19 January 2013 12:25 AM, PST
The critically acclaimed cult series "Fringe" took its final bow on Friday night with a two-hour finale event on Fox, after hanging on for five seasons despite low ratings and risky storylines. We're still sorting through the science fiction of it all, but emotionally, the finale was immensely satisfying, bringing the "Fringe" team to a heartbreaking but hopeful conclusion.
As expected, Walter had to sacrifice himself -- traveling with the child Observer, Michael, into the distant future in order to create a time-paradox which would prevent the Observers from invading in 2015. In order to complete the plan, the team used all of the previous Fringe events they'd experienced as weapons against the Observers -- which, as Walter so eloquently put it, was "cool."
When Peter realized that Walter was going to go into the future, he called out to him, "I love you, Dad," and our hearts broke, even though »
Meet Ashlee, the 'boss bitch' of 'Big Rich Atlanta'
18 January 2013 11:19 PM, PST
"I knew I was going to be the ringleader calling the shots of this show. These people are like pawns in my circus. ... I get these women all f***** up and I love it."
That's Ashlee, the self-proclaimed boss bitch of "Big Rich Atlanta" on the Style network. She knows she's the villain of the show -- and she's just fine with that. "People know what reality television is. We're here to entertain." As for what people will think of her? "My friends and family know who I am."
And she thinks you need to know who she is, too -- because as far as she's concerned, she's "the only legit person on the whole show." The trust-fund baby has been looking down from on high since she was a kid -- literally. "When I was a small child, I actually had my own office [in my grandfather's building]. He would put me at »
'The Vampire Diaries': Does Stefan still have hope to get Elena back?
18 January 2013 4:49 PM, PST
This week's episode of "The Vampire Diaries" certainly wasn't any fun for Stefan. A little compulsion and a ruthless game of truth-or-dare revealed that while Elena still loves him, she's no longer in love with him -- she's in love with Damon, and at least as far as her own feelings right now, it's unrelated to the sire bond.
The revelations were so heartbreaking for Stefan that he begged Rebekah to Eternal Sunshine his love for Elena right out of his mind. Of course, Rebekah isn't the type to hand out free psychic painkillers -- she'd rather watch Stefan writhe around in his agony. He's not just going to sit at home and mope, though. With nowhere else to turn, Stefan and Rebekah teamed up in their efforts to find the cure. We know why Rebekah wants the cure -- to weaken Klaus.
But why does Stefan want it? Is it because, »
Ryan Murphy teases 'American Horror Story' Season 3: Here's what you need to know
18 January 2013 2:00 PM, PST
"American Horror Story: Asylum" might be wrapping up in a matter of days, but showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are already hard at work on Season 3. The series is set to air in the fall and it's already been announced that Jessica Lange is going to return, but beyond that only a handful of other details have been revealed.
While Murphy might not be ready to unveil what Season 3 is going to be about just yet, he did spoil some elements of the show during a Q&A session with reporters. He still hasn't pitched the season's story to FX yet, but he and the writers are getting to work on the new episodes starting Jan. 21. Here are some important things Murphy's already decided about the third installment of his hit FX horror miniseries:
First off, Murphy confirmed that two recurring »
'Bones' photos: Pelant returns for 'The Corpse in the Canopy'
18 January 2013 11:43 AM, PST
Everybody's favorite genius/tech-geek/psychopathic killer is back in the upcoming "Bones" episode, "The Corpse in the Canopy." And, as always, the evil Christopher Pelant is turning everything into part of his personal vendetta against the Jeffersonian.
The difference is that this time Hodgins and Angela are the most direct targets.
The latest of Pelant's (guest star Andrew Leeds) attempts to terrify and destroy our "Bones" heroes begins when Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) and Angela (Michaela Conlin) awaken to discover an unpleasant surprise atop the canopy of their bed. Somehow, Pelant has placed a dead body up there.
At least this time it doesn't look like anyone at the Jeffersonian is a strong suspect. Da Caroline Jordan (Patricia Belcher) shows up to deal with the case, but at least she's working with the team.
Since the corpse seems to be nothing but fleshy, dripping bones (yuck), the main parts of the »
'Parks and Recreation': Annabeth Gish cast as Ben's sister
18 January 2013 11:11 AM, PST
The Wyatt family just keeps getting bigger on "Parks and Recreation." And the newest member of the family will be Ben's sister, played by Annabeth Gish.
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and fiance Ben (Adam Scott) will meet up with Stephanie in the Wyatts' hometown of Partridge, Minnesota. Although this town has been discussed many times on "Parks and Recreation" -- that's the town that Ben was briefly the mayor of when he was 18 -- this will be the first look at Ben's roots. Filming of the episode begins next week.
'Suits' winter premiere: Mike spirals, Harvey softens and Louis...?
18 January 2013 9:59 AM, PST
So much for the thrill of victory on "Suits." Daniel Hardman may be gone, but the troubles of Harvey, Mike and the rest are just getting started as season 2 resumes with new episodes. And thank goodness -- television is so much better when life sucks.
We all fall apart in the face of loss. It's a natural part of the human condition -- when something rocks our world to its core, decision-making is often the first thing to go.
Mike's world hasn't just been rocked, it's been shattered.
Think about it this way: Who does Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) have in his world, now that his grandmother is gone? He has lost Trevor. Jenny walked away. Mike doesn't really have any other friends, and except for his work, he is completely alone.
You'd probably smoke some pot and reconnect with your first love too.
Not that any »
'Bachelor's' Sarah Herron on Tierra, Sean and feeling comfortable about her arm
18 January 2013 9:20 AM, PST
One of the early frontrunners on the new season of "The Bachelor" is Sarah Herron, the girl who was born with only half her left arm. She spoke with the press Thursday (Jan. 17) about her experience on the reality dating show.
Her thoughts on Sean:
"He's 100 percent authentic and genuine. And he has a very big heart. And he's a gentleman. And he's patient. And he has an awesome sense of humor and he's a prankster. He's just kind of the whole package."
On her arm situation and how maybe it helped her:
"I did think that my situation played a role in Sean choosing me for the first date in a positive aspect, because I think what happened was I introduced myself to Sean and he - I made an impression. And I hope that that's why he chose me -- because he saw me as a unique, »
Rob Lowe: 'Prosecuting Casey Anthony' star talks 'shocking' trial
18 January 2013 8:45 AM, PST
Rob Lowe returns to Lifetime this weekend with the film "Prosecuting Casey Anthony." Instead of shining a positive light on Anthony, the story is told from the perspective of one of the case's prosecutors, Jeff Ashton.
In anticipation of the movie's premiere on Jan. 19, Lowe has been doing the rounds promoting "Prosecuting Casey Anthony." He talks to Showbiz Tonight about his impressions of the trial.
"This was a circus, and I think Jeff is a gentleman of court," Lowe says. "He comes from an era where certain things are done and certain things are not done in court. I think [Anthony's attorney] Jose Baez is the type of lawyer who just goes for it and the jury believed Jose."
He adds to Fox411 of his reaction to Anthony not being indicted, "I was shocked by the verdict like I think 99 percent of people were, but then when I dug into the minutiae »
TV ratings: 'American Idol' leads Fox to a big win Thursday
18 January 2013 8:45 AM, PST
Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
"The Big Bang Theory" has been on a ratings tear as of late -- could it keep that up once "American Idol" came back on Fox? The answer is we don't yet know, since "Big Bang" was a rerun the first night it was up against "Idol."
The CBS reruns gave Fox a big win, nearly doubling the Eye's totals. It'll be interesting to see how each network fares when they are both showing new programming.
Fox earned 16.2 million viewers and a 9.2 rating/14 share in households for first place. CBS' reruns came in second with 8.98 million viewers and a 5.7/9. ABC was next at 7.2 million, 4.8/8, NBC was fourth at 3.89 million and a 2.5/4 and the CW was fifth at 2.03 million, 1.3/2.
In the adults 18-49 demo, Fox crushed the other networks with a 5.6, followed by ABC (2.2), CBS (1.9), NBC (1.5) and the CW (0.9).
Thursday hour by hour:
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