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'The Office': Watch a 'Dunder Mifflin' Super Bowl ad playing only in Scranton
3 February 2013 2:59 PM, PST
If you live in the greater Scranton, Pa., area, you will be among the privileged few to see an ad during the Super Bowl from Dunder Mifflin.
Yes, Dunder Mifflin is a fictional company -- it's the paper supplier where the cast of "The Office" works. But Quill, an office supply company, makes a line of Dunder Mifflin-branded products, and it's airing an ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday (Feb. 3).
Quill didn't want to spend the $3.8 million on a national ad, though, so its spot is running only in Scranton, where the fictional Dunder Mifflin branch resides. The local ad is shades of Will Ferrell's local spots for Old Milwaukee in recent years.
Thanks to the Internet, though, you can see the ad regardless of where you live. Take a look:
Puppy Bowl 2013: Watch a live stream from the locker room
3 February 2013 2:54 PM, PST
Streaming Live by Ustream
It's that time of the year. The time when all eyes are glued to TV screens in hope of seeing... puppies! (Or the Super Bowl, if you're into that kind of thing). For the 9th year in a row, Animal Planet is airing its Puppy Bowl. This year, there's a live stream from the puppy locker room for your viewing pleasure.
Keep in mind that this is not the Puppy Bowl game itself. That game isn't aired live. The Too Cute Puppies live stream is indeed live. It's just not very dynamic. After all, puppies spend a great deal of time sleeping. You may see a lot of that in the locker room.
Watch the Puppy Bowl locker room here or on the official site.
If you want more action than this, you may need to give up live-streaming puppies and go for the actual Puppy Bowl itself. »
'Dracula' adds a leading lady and more casting and pilot news
3 February 2013 12:32 PM, PST
NBC's forthcoming series "Dracula" is setting up something of a love triangle, and it's just cast the third side.
Jayne will feel an instant attraction to Dracula (who's going by the name Alan Grayson), but he's hung up on Mina (Jessica DeGouw), whom he believes is the reincarnation of his late wife.
Other pilot-season news:
- Patty Jenkins ("Monster," "The Killing") has been tapped to direct ABC's drama pilot "Betrayal." It's about a woman who's having an affair with a defense lawyer -- who happens to be trying a case against her husband, who's a prosecutor. »
Super Bowl Xlvii: Phil Simms and Jim Nantz call it for CBS in New Orleans
3 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST
In case you haven't heard, there's a big football game down in New Orleans on Sunday.
That's highly unlikely, especially if you're a viewer of CBS, which for the past week has put on an all-out blitz of programming related to Super Bowl Xlvii from the Big Easy. The eye network has deployed its news, sports and entertainment divisions at what it's dubbed CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square in the French Quarter, offering reports on what's been happening there the past week, ranging from night life and celebrities in New Orleans to the recovery from 2005's Hurricane Katrina and, of course, what the teams involved have been up to.
So by now, you should be up to speed on all things New Orleans.
As for the game itself, the clash between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers airs the evening of Sunday, Feb. 3, from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, »
'House of Lies' Kristen Bell: 'We didn't want her to be a caricature'
3 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST
Zap2it: Do you consider it a bonus that your "House of Lies" character, Jeannie, is relatively self-assured as a woman dealing with many men in the world of management consulting?
Kristen Bell: For sure. When Matt Carnahan [the show's creator and executive producer] was first writing her, we were both really clear that we didn't want her to be a caricature of a woman in any industry. We just wanted her to have confidence and have that be the reason that she's moved up ... but also have that extreme hunger that allows you to continue to accelerate your career.
It happens with men, too, that when a lot of people get to a high position, it's not nearly as satisfying as they had hoped. And the next goal of getting to the next-higher position is all they can think about.
Zap2it: Is it safe to assume you're pleased about the Emmy, Golden Globe »
Fox brings back 'The Swan' with 'celebrities': Bad idea, or worst idea?
2 February 2013 5:24 PM, PST
When Zap2it was compiling a list of Fox's 25 worst shows to mark the network's 25th anniversary, "The Swan" was a no-brainer for inclusion. Here's what we had to say about it:
"Fox took the plastic-surgery concept of ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' and turned it into a pageant competition among women who radically changed their appearances, managing to offend lots and lots of people in the process. Somehow it earned a second season, but its ratings tanked and we were spared further horrors."
Alas, that part about being spared further horrors is no longer true. Reports say the network is reviving the format as a two-hour special -- with celebrities this time. (Presumably with the usual, very loose definition of "celebrity.")
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Casting is underway, although no one is as yet attached the show, which will give them the chance to, in the network's words, »
'How I Met Your Mother' says ahoy to The Captain once more
2 February 2013 4:16 PM, PST
Someone from Ted's past is making a return appearance on "How I Met Your Mother" soon.
It's not one of his exes, but it is someone who used to be involved with one of them: The Captain (Kyle MacLachlan), last seen in Season 6. Vulture reports he'll make his guest appearance on Feb. 18.
The circumstances of The Captain's return aren't being revealed, although it seems unlikely that Zoey (Jennifer Morrison), The Captain's wife-turned-Ted's (Josh Radnor) girlfriend, will return as well. Morrison is busy working on "Once Upon a Time," and most "Himym" fans would be happy not to see Zoey again.
February is shaping up to be something of a guest-star bonanza for "How I Met Your Mother." Monday's (Feb. 4) episode features another look at Robin Sparkles, Robin's (Cobie Smulders) pop-star alter ego, and a host of fellow Canadian guest stars, plus James Van Der Beek as Robin's former boyfriend Simon. »
TV ratings: 'Undercover Boss' helps CBS cruise Friday, NAACP Image Awards rise
2 February 2013 8:57 AM, PST
Fast National ratings for Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
CBS coasted to a ratings win Friday, with "Undercover Boss" grabbing its biggest total audience of the season and matching its season best in adults 18-49.
Elsewhere, the NAACP Image Awards pulled in their largest viewer count since 2009. "Shark Tank" was solid for ABC, and while "Nikita" dipped a little bit from its high last week, it still was on the high side for The CW.
CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 6.7 rating/11 share in households for the night, easily beating ABC's 6.05 million and 3.8/6. NBC (3.5 million, 2.5/4) came in third. Fox (2.7 million, 1.7/3) took fourth, and The CW trailed with just over 1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 1.6 rating, just beating ABC's 1.5. No one else managed to get over the 1.0 mark -- NBC averaged 0.9 in the demo, Fox 0.8 and The CW 0.3.
Friday hour by hour:
CBS: "Undercover Boss" (9.9 million viewers, »
'Vampire Diaries' spin-off 'The Originals' casts Daniella Pineda as revolutionary witch Sophie
1 February 2013 9:48 PM, PST
"The Vampire Diaries" spin-off's backdoor pilot, "The Originals," has just cast its first character that isn't already a part of Mystic Falls lore. Deadline confirms that Daniella Pineda will play Sophie, a witch who will be a series regular character if "The Originals" gets picked up to series.
The casting breakdown for Sophie is as follows: "Strong and driven, Sophie is a warrior. A witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed, Sophie is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers. She's a leader, a sexy social force. An enormous bleeding heart that she often disguises with a sharp tongue and a glare."
When we meet Sophie, she's mired in grief after a devastating loss, but her sadness is overpowered by her anger. Under the rule of a maniacal vampire, New Orleans witches aren't allowed to practice true magic... but Sophie isn't interested in being helpless anymore. »
Steve Capus resigns as president of NBC News
1 February 2013 7:48 PM, PST
"It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," Capus writes in a memo to NBC News staffers. "I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel [chairwoman of the NBCUniversal News Group] that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks."
There's already speculation that Capus will join former NBC chief Jeff Zucker at CNN, but neither he nor CNN has anything to say about it at the moment.
Capus' departure doesn't come as a surprise to followers of the TV-news business. He had a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave if he had to report to anyone other than NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke -- which he has since last summer, when Burke put all of the company's news properties (NBC News, »
'Bones' photos: Brennan takes a bullet in 'The Shot in the Dark'
1 February 2013 6:53 PM, PST
Is Brennan of "Bones" about to change her views on life after death? When she gets shot at the Jeffersonian and hovers between life and death, the skeptical scientist gets a visit from her mother.
That should be interesting.
The problems begin with a perfectly normal case of the week. Remains are found in a gorge under a bridge.
Perfectionist that she is, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) decides to stay late at the lab. Bad choice.
Fortunately, Booth (David Boreanaz) brings baby Christine for a visit.
But is he too late? Could Brennan actually die?
Sure, it's not likely that a show like "Bones" would kill off one of its main characters, especially when there's another season and a half to go. Still, the experience is pretty traumatic.
While the doctors struggle to save Brennan's life, she experiences a strange visit from her long-dead mother, Christine (guest star Brooke Langton).
This is problematic on two counts. »
'Suits' photos: The many mug-shots of Louis Litt
1 February 2013 5:57 PM, PST
Shortly before the end of the "Suits" episode, "Zane vs. Zane," Pearson Hardman senior partner Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) found himself arrested and in jail. He returned to the office only to find copies of his mug-shot decorating the room.
The viewing audience did not, however, get much of a chance to examine these amusing images. This article means to change that.
How did an upstanding man like Louis get arrested? The whole thing began when he and new associate Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull) began an escalating prank war over their mutual dislike. Katrina, a former assistant district attorney, got the last word when she had a security-guard friend grapple with Louis at the courthouse metal detector.
Since Louis had a pair of gold-plated nail clippers in his pocket at the time, the poor man was doomed.
While the photos in the mug-shots are identical, the captions change. Some of »
'Breaking Bad' star Anna Gunn is Bravo's 'Rita'; 'Ben and Kate' regular storms 'The Gates'
1 February 2013 4:42 PM, PST
One of the stars of "Breaking Bad" has lined up her next TV role.
Anna Gunn, who plays Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) wife, Skyler, on the AMC series, will play the title role in "Rita," one of two scripted pilots in development at Bravo. The cable channel is moving back into scripted programming for the first time in about a decade.
"Rita" is an adaptation of a Danish series about a teacher at a private school (Gunn) who's raising three teenage kids and dealing with the headaches of her job. Krista Vernoff ("Grey's Anatomy," "Charmed") wrote the pilot.
More pilot casting news:
'Supernatural' clip: Sam and Dean check out their new home
1 February 2013 4:05 PM, PST
In this week's revelatory "Supernatural" episode, Sam and Dean Winchester learned that they are legacies, born with a connection to the "Men of Letters," a secret organization that keeps meticulous record of the supernatural world.
As they discovered in the episode, they have the key to a secret hide-out bunker which will now serve as a standing home for the Winchesters, who tend to be very transient.
"It's a really stunning set. It's full of mysteries," says executive producer Bob Singer. "After eight years of never having a home base, this will be home base for quite some time." Since the Men of Letters died out half a century ago, the Winchesters will have the run of the place. We can expect to see Sam get his geek on when he finds all of the records... and Dean will have his own room for the first time since he was four years old, »
'Nikita' interview: Devon Sawa shares spoilers on what's coming up for Owen
1 February 2013 3:13 PM, PST
Now that he is a regular cast member on "Nikita," we have been seeing a lot more of Devon Sawa. This is a good thing. The actor who plays the hardcore Owen on the show is a great addition. And he is a great source of information about that character. Watch this video interview with Sawa if you want to know all about Owen.
Warning: This interview contains several spoilers about what's coming in "Nikita" Season 3. Watch at your own peril.
What are the important things that we learn from Devon Sawa:
Don't expect too much romance between Owen and Nikita (Maggie Q). "He loves her in a very respectful way," Sawa says.Still, don't expect the tension between Owen and Michael (Shane West) to dissipate soon. They have a lot of things to be rivals about, even without the love connection.Owen has a mission coming up with »
Amazon Prime inks 'Downton Abbey' streaming exclusive
1 February 2013 3:02 PM, PST
"Downton Abbey" lovers, if you haven't signed up for Amazon Prime, you better get to it because PBS just inked a deal that will make Prime Instant Video the only streaming service to carry Season 3 and Season 4 -- as well as Season 5, if there is one -- of the greatest show ever to air on television.
Not only that, but if you shell out 10 bucks for Amazon's TV Pass now, you can watch the rest of Season 3 before it airs on PBS in the U.S. (Remember when Lord Grantham thought a telephone in the house was high tech? Just saying ...)
Season 3 will begin streaming June 18. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Prime as well as on Netflix and Hulu, but it appears Amazon's deal will see those episodes yanked from its competitors' libraries later in 2013, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive "Downton" streaming site.
PBS' agreement with Prime deals »
Jesse Heiman, 'nerd' in Go Daddy Super Bowl ad, kissed Bar Refaeli 45 times during shoot
1 February 2013 2:10 PM, PST
Jesse Heiman is one lucky man. Hollywood's ultimate extra (seriously, watch the video later in this post and you'll see what we mean) got the role of a lifetime when he landed the "Walter" role opposite Bar Refaeli and Danica Patrick in Go Daddy's Super Bowl ad, and got to make out with the Israeli supermodel.
Likely known best for his roles in "Chuck" and "Old School," Heiman has appeared in everything from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" to "Heroes" -- and never in a starring role. Go Daddy tells AdWeek that the 34-year-old was a customer of Go Daddy well before he was cast as Walter. But, as the company notes, he's "never been in a Super Bowl commercial before ... and never kissed a supermodel before."
Lucky for Heiman, he and Refaeli had to do 45 takes of the kiss before they got it right. Apparently there are more hot »
NAACP Image Awards 2013: Nominees Denzel Washington, Vanessa Williams and Don Cheadle prove it doesn't have to be upstanding
1 February 2013 2:00 PM, PST
The award is about image, but the image doesn't necessarily have to be upstanding.
Consider Denzel Washington as the pilot whose rescue of an airliner means the potential exposure of his vices in "Flight." That's one performance contending for outstanding actor in a motion picture in the 44th NAACP Image Awards, which NBC televises Friday, Feb, 1, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
And that's not the only nomination gambling with the concept of "image." Don Cheadle's work as a ruthlessly ambitious consultant on Showtime's "House of Lies" has a bid for outstanding actor in a comedy series, and Vanessa Williams' sometimes questionable character on ABC's now-ended "Desperate Housewives" has her in the running for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.
Miss '30 Rock' already? Grab a pint of Ben & Jerry's Liz Lemon frozen yogurt
1 February 2013 1:11 PM, PST
"30 Rock" might be gone, but Ben & Jerry's is making sure it won't be forgotten. The ice cream company debuted a special Liz Lemon Greek frozen yogurt flavor at a special "30 Rock" fan party in New York the night of the show's finale, and has now announced it will debut in stores around the Us over the next few weeks.
"We are always looking for a fun way to serve up a Ben & Jerry's flavor, and when the R&D team came up with a lemon-based Greek Frozen Yogurt there was only one name on the list," Jody Eley, marketing manager of Ben & Jerry's, says in a statement via ABC News.
So what is the Liz Lemon flavor exactly? Ben & Jerry's has concocted a lemon Greek frozen yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Sounds delicious, and certainly is far healthier than Alec Baldwin's Schweddy Balls limited-edition flavor, which was vanilla »
'NCIS' renewed for season 11 in 2013-2014, Mark Harmon's contract extended
1 February 2013 12:56 PM, PST
Television's biggest drama isn't going away any time soon. CBS announced on Friday (Feb. 1) that "NCIS" had been renewed for its 11th season in 2013-2014. Series star Mark Harmon has had his contract extended as well and will be back next year.
Leslie Moonves, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Corporation, was enthusiastic in his statement with regard to the renewal: "In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television. NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today's global content ecosystem -- high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform."
Since the show's premiere in 2001 (when it was a spinoff from "Jag"), the ratings for "NCIS" have only gone up. Over the past year, the Tuesday-night hit has averaged 21.48 million viewers, representing a »
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