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'Mob City' premiere: Frank Darabont's noir is nice to look at, but that's about it
3 hours ago
TNT premiered its new drama (excuse us -- event series) "Mob City" Wednesday (dec. 4), a hard-boiled noir from former "Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont. It was an anticipated return to TV for the auteur following his unceremonious ousting from AMC's zombie drama and, well -- at least it looked pretty?
The two-hour premiere of the series, telling the tale of the epic battle between L.A. Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) and the mobsters threatening his town in 1947, presents a sumptuous-looking period piece with remarkable attention to detail. But beyond that, it all feels a little bit overblown.
The show certainly has all the trappings of a successful noir: There's the cop with the shifty motives (Jon Bernthal's Det. Joe Teague), a rogues gallery of mobsters including Ed Burns' Bugsy Siegel and the dame caught up in the mix (Alexa Davalos -- the only dame in cast, »
'Kirstie' premiere: This pedigree should have better comedy
5 hours ago
TV Land debuted its new comedy "Kirstie" Wednesday (Dec. 4), a sitcom starring "Cheers" alums Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman plus "Seinfeld" alum Michael Richards. One would think with the sitcom pedigree gracing the small screen for TV Land's new "Kirstie," the comedy would be better.
Unfortunately, the show looks and feels like something made 20 years ago -- except not as funny as the gems of 20 years ago. The laughs, when there are some, are cheap. A Viagra joke? "Suck it, Angelina Jolie," as if she cares about some Broadway actress being put on the cover of People.
As if a Broadway diva would be on the cover of People. Is this set in the 1950s?
It's not devoid of bright spots -- there was a lovely moment when Alley's character Maddie is telling assistant Thelma (Perlman) about giving her son up for adoption. "I'm not a mother," she concludes, »
'The Tomorrow People' recap: Kidnapping, Dr. Death and John's lies in 'Thanatos'
6 hours ago
Everyone was very busy in the "Tomorrow People" episode, "Thanatos." Kidnapping, murder, revelations, British professors with weird mushroom tea and even a "Matrix"-style brain machine were all part of the fun.
It's just too bad it all ended so poorly for just about all of the good guys.
Worst. Idea. Ever.
Stephen is still all worked up -- and rightly so -- about seeing his maybe-dead father and learning the word, "Thanatos," from him. Everyone else is a bit skeptical of this -- and rightly so -- since Stephen was having a near-death experience himself at the time.
But these crazy genetically evolved kids will do anything for Stephen, so Cara and Russell concoct what may be the worst plan in "Tomorrow People" history: They decide to break into Jedikiah's house and pick his brain while the man is asleep.
Nothing could go wrong, right?
Yeah ... Unfortunately, Jedikiah isn't »
'Nashville' recap: Juliette finally makes the right call romantically ... just a little too late
6 hours ago
Before things take a dangerous turn on next week's "Nashville" (according to the promo, someone's going to die), Wednesday (Dec. 4) night's episode, "I'm Tired of Pretending," focused on relationships ... both romantic, professional, and familial.
On Juliette's tour, Layla's been giving herself more and more time onstage (with increasing encores), and it's pissing Juliette off. So she decides to flip Layla and Will's sets, making Layla the opening opener. Layla tries to once again give herself more time by singing a duet with Will at the end of his set, and Juliette snakes it from her, ambushing Will onstage and singing with him. Layla runs off in tears and Juliette claims, "What? She started it." Kind of immature, but super hilarious. This isn't going to end well, and we agree with Glen: Charlie's influence is bringing out the worst in Juliette.
That's right, Charlie is still around ... but he's also pissing Juliette off, »
'American Horror Story: Coven': Fiona rises up to help with the war of the witches
6 hours ago
"American Horror Story: Coven" looks to have set up a war of the witches for the last group of episodes this season -- who ya got your money on?
Fiona and the Sacred Taking
Cordelia has had enough with hiding out and hoping Marie Laveau doesn't get them, so she rallies the witches of her coven to start to fight back. They are aided by the arrival of one Misty Day, who is toting Myrtle with her.
It would seem a would-be assassin came creeping through the swamp, but Myrtle dusted herself off from her bog o' resurrection and warned Misty in time. The two of them hid out until Hank (we all know it was Hank, right?) went away and they headed straight for the coven.
The six coven witches perform a ritual called the Sacred Taking, which they hope will cause Fiona to kill herself for the good »
'X Factor' Top 6: Jeff Gutt and Ellona Santiago bring it
6 hours ago
After last week's shocking elimination, the Top 6 for the "X Factor" know that anyone can go home in any given week, so they gotta bring it. The theme this week is diva hits for song no. 1 and unplugged for song no. 2.
1. Restless Road, "Red" and "Wake Me Up"
Well, this starts out pretty well, though there aren't a lot of discernible harmonies. However, the tall one really needs help with his stage presence -- he seriously just wanders and bops around out there. Also, his solo on this song was terrible. Really bad. It's not enough that he can sing low, girls who are screaming like banshees. He needs to be on key, too. Oof.
Their second song is miles better -- there are harmonies, the solos are pretty strong. I mean, we all know this group is going to win it all and then fade into oblivion, right? They're »
'Christmas in Rockefeller Center': Mariah Carey gets funky on 'Joy to the World'
7 hours ago
The call to open "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" was to have diva Mariah Carey, no stranger to NBC's annual tree-lighting ceremony, stand behind some very enthusiastic child dancers and belt out a very funky version of "Joy to the World."
It was actually a mash-up of the classic non-secular carol and the classic Three Dog Night song "Joy to the World," which is not something one hears every day. We'll post video as soon as we have it.
Later, Carey took to the stage in a red bustier dress, white fur collar and black leather gloves (as one wears during the holidays) to sing her classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" as the enthusiastic children danced like maniacs again. »
'Arrow' recap: Barry Allen flashes in for 'The Scientist'
7 hours ago
In the "Arrow" episode, "The Scientist," a young man named Barry Allen visits Starling City. This Flash-to-be might just be necessary since Oliver and his team are trying to stop a medically enhanced superman-type.
We're talking about a bad guy that might even be too much for Oliver to handle.
Barry Allen: The sweet, adorable hero-to-be
What can we say about Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)?
He looks like a child, even if he is a CSI tech of an appropriate age to flirt with Felicity. Barry gets caught in the rain, carrying bags far too large for one person. He stammers while grinning. Felicity is attracted to both his charm and his brains.
Could he be any more adorable or awesome?
Barry may have arrived to help with the Queen Consolidated case, but this CSI assistant ends up staying just as much for Felicity and to ask vigilante questions. »
'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Unbelievable - Ciera steps up big time
8 hours ago
Back from Tribal, Hayden makes a bold move by congratulating Tyson on his good move, but also telling the whole rest of the tribe that Tyson is playing the best game. No one can beat him at the end. But then weirdly Gervase starts yelling about how he's part of it, he's just as in control as Tyson. Nobody actually believes that, Gerv. Sorry.
Anyway, Tyson is pretty annoyed that Hayden "threw him under the bus," but what else was Hayden supposed to do at this point? Hayden correctly points out this is his only shot. He needs people to move against Tyson and the only way to do that is to make them realize none of them can win against him (which they can't).
'Sherlock' Season 3 photos: 'The Empty Hearse'
8 hours ago
"Sherlock" is really coming back! Season 3 begins on Jan. 1 in the UK and Jan. 19 in the United States, but there are already photos from the upcoming season to help fans wait.
Check out this collection of pictures from the premiere, "The Empty Hearse."
Related: A "Sherlock" mini-episode is coming on Christmas Day.
Mary Morstan looks a little happier at least.
What's the verdict on Watson's mustache? Think he'll keep it?
Mrs. Hudson looks a little shocked. Is Sherlock to blame for this?
Inspector Lestrade, meanwhile, just looks as perplexed (and vaguely amused) as ever.
Poor Molly. With Sherlock dead, »
'American Horror Story: Coven' adds 'Fringe's' Lance Reddick as ...
9 hours ago
In addition to Stevie Nicks stopping by for two episodes, "American Horror Story: Coven" has another new face for the end to Season 3 -- Lance Reddick, whom you may know as Agent Phillip Broyles from Fox sci-fi drama "Fringe."
EW reports that Reddick will join the show as Papa Legba, a pivotal person in the life of Maria Laveau (Angela Bassett). He'll be an important character for the final four episodes of the series.
Papa Legba is yet another character borrowed from real life. The figure is a voodoo middleman, of sorts. He is the go-between for humans and the spirit world in the practice of Haitian voodoo. Creator Ryan Murphy teases, "You find out that's how come Marie Laveau looks so good -- because she sold her soul."
"American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on FX. »
'Doctor Who': 'The Time of the Doctor' poster declares 'A change is going to come'
9 hours ago
Matt Smith's days as the Doctor are numbered. The "Doctor Who" Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor" is closing in fast and will see Smith's final turn as the Time Lord, before he regenerates into Peter Capaldi.
BBC America has released a poster for the special episode and it looks like the 12th Doctor's final adventure is going to be an epic one. Much like with the art and teaser already released, it looks like the Doctor is going up against Daleks, Weeping Angels, Cybermen and The Silence. That's one heck of a lineup.
"The Time of the Doctor" airs December 25 at 9 p.m. Et on BBC America. »
'Dominion' gets a series order from Syfy
10 hours ago
The series, which stars Christopher Egan ("Kings") and Anthony Stewart Head ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), will premiere in 2014. It's set 25 years after the events of "Legion," in which the archangel Gabriel led an army of angels in a "war of possession against mankind."
Human survivors have gathered in a handful of fortified cities, the largest of which is Vega, formerly Las Vegas. A power struggle between two families threatens the city from within while the fallen angels continue their quest to wipe out humanity.
"Legion's" co-writer and director, Scott Stewart, also directed the "Dominion" pilot, which was written by Vaun Wilmott. Both will be executive producers, along with Michael Litvak and David Lancaster.
'Orange Is The New Black' creator Jenji Kohan developing HBO Salem period drama
11 hours ago
The Hollywood Reporter says Kohan is prepping the drama with Lionsgate TV for HBO. She is writing the script with Bruce Miller and Tracy Miller, and Kohan and Bruce will both executive produce. Tracy will get a supervising producer credit.
The project is described as an untitled Salem period drama that "explores the circumstances around one of the most compelling chapters in American history where intolerance and repression set neighbor against neighbor and led a town to mass hysteria." If that sounds familiar, it's because it's not the only Salem drama in the works.
Wgn America also has a TV show called "Salem" that is set in 17th century Salem, Mass. It will also explore the witch trials, »
Martin Bashir resigns from MSNBC after Sarah Palin furor
11 hours ago
Bashir says in a statement that he's resigning so that his colleagues at MSNBC "will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments." Mediaite was the first to publish the statement.
Palin came under criticism last month after comparing the burden of the national debt to slavery in a speech. Bashir's take on the speech, however, stood out for its harshness. He described the diary an 18th century plantation overseer named Thomas Thistlewood, who chronicled his merciless treatment of slaves -- including instances where he forced other slaves to defecate in the mouths of rule-breakers.
"When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance," Bashir said at the time. "She »
'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Christmas special pics: Paul Giamatti swings into town
11 hours ago
The "Downton Abbey" Christmas episode has some more details and photos released, care of ITV, the network in Britain that produces the popular drama. Spoiler alert -- don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled.
We already know the two-hour special will take place heavily in London (Buckingham Palace, here we come!) and feature actors playing the real-life King George V and the Prince of Wales. Now we have a bit more information about the program. More of the episode description reads:
The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social program. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Cora's mother, Martha Levinson makes the journey from New York with her playboy son Harold, fresh from his recent brush with the law. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London's high society, in particular with Lord Aysgarth, »
'I Love Lucy' in color: CBS releases first look clip, pic from redone 'Christmas Episode'
11 hours ago
After announcing back in October that it would rerelease "The Christmas Episode" of "I Love Lucy" in color, CBS has now shared a first look at the newly colorful episode.
Above is what the episode looks like in color, while below is the original footage. A clip of the redone episode can be watched at Yahoo TV. It's pretty remarkable the way the color makes the episode feel like it's from a new show, and (as expected) the colorization is getting a mixed response from fans.
The episode first aired as a special in December 1956. Also being colorized is "Lucy's Italian Move," and they'll be edited together with just one set of opening and end credits. The new "I Love Lucy" special will air on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Et.
What do you think of the redone episode? Do you think the color adds or detracts from "I Love Lucy »
TLC's 'Gypsy Sisters': Watch Kayla and Nettie reach a boiling point
11 hours ago
The family drama on TLC's "Gypsy Sisters" is about to reach a boiling point when the series returns on Thursday (Dec. 5).
In West Virginia's Gypsy community, the Stanley family will put everything on the line to protect their reputations and relationships. But when a web of lies and Mellie's meddling causes Kayla and Nettie to reach a boiling point, it erupts into one of the most outrageous and violent brawls in reality television history.
Watch a sneak peek clip below:
"Gypsy Sisters" returns with a special two-hour premiere on Thursday (Dec. 5) at 9 p.m. Et on TLC. »
'Mob City': Neal McDonough plays 'Band of Brothers' Buck Compton's best pal William Parker
12 hours ago
Zap2it: You play former Lapd Chief William H. Parker in the 1940s TNT drama "Mob City." What's your take on him?
Neal McDonough: He's such a good-natured person. He's just this guy from South Dakota that came to Los Angeles for high school, didn't really fit in, became a cop. He policed the streets, and he loved the city. Then he went off to Normandy (during World War II) when he was well into his 30s, and that's where he became great friends with Buck Compton.
Zap2it: Wait, is that the same Army officer Lynn "Buck" Compton you played in the HBO WWII miniseries "Band of Brothers"?
Neal McDonough: I know, exactly. So those guys, they were very tight because they were in Normandy together, police academy together and everything else.
Zap2it: Compton passed away on Feb. 25, 2012, at the age of 90. Did he know you were playing Parker? »
'Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore drinks wine, flirts on Twitter
13 hours ago
Zap2it: You were social-media ambassador this year for the Emmy Awards, which aired on your home network, CBS. What appeals to you about being out there on Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
Shemar Moore: Now that I'm more and more into it, it is nice, because with everything I've done in almost 20 years of my career, I get to introduce myself to fans on my terms. So, it's not me on "Ellen" or this movie or TV show or whatever. That's a part of me, but it's the character I'm playing.
Zap2it: Don't you risk getting overexposed?
Shemar Moore: Of course, I'm not going to give them everything, because it's my life, but they get a better sense of me, and I get to promote positive things. So I can get on there and flirt and be silly. I can put up halfway, wannabe sexy pictures of myself or play with my dogs. »
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