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Bill Hader Compares Saturday Night Live Hosts: Disses Justin Bieber, Calls Justin Timberlake a "Class Act"
Call it a tale of two Justins. Bill Hader was chatting with Howard Stern on his Sirius Xm radio show on Wednesday about his recent departure from Saturday Night Live when Justin Timberlake came up in the conversation. "He's great," Hader said about SNL's frequent host. "Also, the guy doesn't show up with anybody. It's just him." Unfortunately, Hader didn't exactly have the same praise for another of this season's hosts. "Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys," Hader recalled. "He had a guy holding a slice of pizza. A guy holding a Diet Coke. You're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed. Timberlake, it was just him. »
Ratings: 'Modern Family' Hits Season Finale Low But Tops Night as ABC, CBS Tie
On a low-rated final Wednesday of the 2012-13 season, ABC's "Modern Family" was the top-rated show of the night despite having its lowest-rated season finale to date. ABC and CBS tied for first in the ratings, and CBS won in total viewers, as CBS's "Criminal Minds" and NBC's "Law & Order: Svu" also hit season finale lows. CBS, which had a 2.2 rating/7 share in the key 18-49 demographic and averaged 9 million total viewers, followed reruns in the 8 p.m. hour with the two-hour "Criminal Minds" season finale at 9. »
- Tim Molloy
'Homeland' Adds 'Boardwalk Empire' Actor to Growing List of Guest Stars (Exclusive)
With production on the third season getting underway on Wednesday, Homeland is adding a slew of guest stars to a cast that saw more than a few character casualties during its last few episodes. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that David Aaron Baker is set to play Dr. Harlan, an assessment shrink who'll likely be meeting with Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and the countless other C.I.A. survivors of the deadly blast that rocked the December finale. Photos: 'Homeland': Portraits of the Emmy-Winning Cast and Creators Baker, whose recent TV credits include The Big C, The
- Michael O'Connell
'Bad Teacher' gets a late series order from CBS
CBS celebrated the one-week anniversary of its 2013 upfront presentation to advertisers by giving a late series order to the small screen version of "Bad Teacher." "Bad Teacher" is, of course, based on Jake Kasdan's 2011 hit, which featured Cameron Diaz and took in more than $100 million at the domestic box office. Ari Graynor steps in for Diaz playing a former trophy wife who becomes a teacher in order to meet a new man. Hilary Winston wrote the single-camera comedy pilot, with original screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky serving as executive producers. "Bad Teacher" will »
- Daniel Fienberg
Lucille Bluth vs. the Disney Princesses -- Video
Mere days before Netflix’s May 26 Arrested Development binge, boozy-witchy Bluth matriarch Lucille has generously taken time out of her day-drinking to snap some sense into the damsels of Disney. They could all stand to lose some weight, by the way. You want your belt to buckle, not your chair. (Click the microphones on and off to hear the audio.)
Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora:
The Little Mermaid’s Ariel:
Beauty and the Beast’s Belle
Next Page: Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida… and Simba
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- Annie Barrett
Lionsgate Shares Rise On Growing Optimism About Earnings Report
The stock is up about 4% in mid-afternoon trading after Piper Jaffray’s James Marsh raised his price target for Lionsgate this morning by 18.5% to $32 ahead of the studio’s financial report next week for the quarter that ended in March. The analyst says that investors may be impressed by DVD and VOD sales for Twilight, which he figures generated about $150M in revenues for the quarter. In addition The Impossible, a film about the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, “largely slipped under the radar,” grossing just $19M at domestic theaters but $154M overseas. He expects Lionsgate’s TV operation to impress with results from Mad Men, Anger Management, and Nashville. Looking ahead, Marsh says that he’s “comfortable that management will find a way to extend the Twilight franchise” while Hunger Games could could do better than expected “driven by international box office and high margin merchandising opportunities.” On Monday Stifel »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Apolo Anton Ohno hosts Gsn's 'Minute to Win It' -- Exclusive Promo
Tonight at 10 p.m. Et, Gsn will offer a sneak peek at its new version of the game show Minute to Win It, now hosted by Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, following the season finale of the cable net’s top-rated original series, The American Bible Challenge (the more you know!). Check out the Minute to Win It promo, fittingly touting Ohno’s “body of a god,” below.
Each one-hour episode features competitors facing up to 10 one-minute challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. At various points, contestants can walk away with the money they »
- Mandi Bierly
‘Fashion Police’ Writers Chant On Picket Lines: “Give Us Back Our Paycheck B****”
Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor Update, 12:25 Pm: The protest just wrapped up around its scheduled 12:30 Pm target. Among the speakers was writer Bryan Cook, who addressed the picketers that reached about 150 in number and generated notice from passersby on foot and in cars along Wilshire Boulevard. He touched on why the writers are seeking union representation. “We’ve worked hard to make Fashion Policeone of E!’s top-rated shows, and we don’t even get health care benefits…” he said. “It can be hard to get how hard this work is. Its not like were working in a coal mine — you can’t get black lung from writing jokes, but rest assured, E! will try to find a way”. Said fellow writer Ed Rice to Deadline as the event was breaking up: “I don’t know what’s specifically next on our part. To a certain extent, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TVLine Items: Intervention Cancelled, Idol Alum Gets Campy, FX Sets Date for Bridge and More!
A&E is staging its final Intervention.
The Emmy-winning docu-series will end its 13-season run this summer, with five all-new installments set to debut Thursday, June 13 at 9/8c.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• American Idol alum Matt Rogers has been tapped to host Summer Camp, USA Network’s new reality series that centers on 16 adults indulging in over-to-top competitions inspired by classic camp games. It launches July 11.
Related | 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What Got Axed?
• Anna Nicole, Lifetime’s upcoming »
- Megan Masters
FX Drama ‘The Bridge’ Gets Premiere Date
FX‘s newest original drama series The Bridge will debut on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 Pm. Based on the European series Bron, which was set on the border of Denmark and Sweden, The Bridge is a crime thriller exploring the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. When an American judge known for her anti-immigration views is found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) from El Paso Pd must work with her Mexican counterpart from Chihuahua State Police, Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. The case quickly pulls them into a string of murders on the border, a scene already consumed by illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violence and prostitution. Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid adapted The Bridge for American television, with Shine America producing. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' From The First 3 Seasons
"Arrested Development," as the opening credits inform us, is the story "of one wealthy family, who lost everything and the son who had no choice but to keep them all together." This synopsis, about the Bluth family and their continued struggles, makes it sound like something out of the Chuck Lorre factory of middlebrow mediocrity. But "Arrested Development," created by cracked genius Mitchell Hurwitz, would go on to become one of the most beloved (and short-lived) comedy series in the history of television, one whose fan-base was so outspoken that this weekend the series will be resurrected as a collection of episodes airing exclusively on Netflix's streaming service. The unthinkable has happened: The Bluths are back from the dead. In honor of this glorious return, which is far more impressive than Jesus showing up, we decided to run down the five best episodes from the first three seasons of this twisted series. »
- The Playlist Staff
Robert Kirkman talks about his crime comic 'Thief of Thieves.' Plus: check out the first four pages of the new issue -- Exclusive
Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman may be King of the Zombies (or at least crown prince to George A. Romero’s Z-monarch) but he also toils on a number of undead-free titles, including the superhero-filled Invincible, the kiddie-aimed Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. The latter details the adventures of a light-fingered master criminal named Conrad Paulson and is produced by Kirkman in collaboration with other writers, including Andy Diggle (The Losers) whose first issue hits stores May 29.
Below, Kirkman — who is also an executive producer on the Walking Dead TV show — talks about Thief of Thieves. Then, click on, »
- Clark Collis
Discovery's 'North America': Don't piss off a woodpecker -- Exclusive Clip
Last Sunday, Discovery’s latest seven-part series North America debuted to 3.4 million viewers, making it the night’s second-highest rated cable show behind Game of Thrones). If it’s battles you want to see, narrator Tom Selleck talks you through a few in the next hour, “Learn Young or Die” (May 26, 9 p.m. Et), including one between an Ocd woodpecker and a hungry squirrel. Watch it below.
Tom Selleck to narrate Discovery’s ‘North America’ series — Exclusive
Discovery’s ‘Africa’: An ‘Argo’-esque arrest!
Discovery’s ‘Africa’: The fun of filming chimps, elephants, and kickboxing frogs »
- Mandi Bierly
Steven Soderbergh To Direct 10-Episode Cinemax Series 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen
....and hiatus over. It's safe to say that Steven Soderbergh has pretty much done it all in the cinema world (except make a western, which he has said is not a genre he's a particular enthusiast for) and has grown a bit weary of storytelling in that format. He's been there, done that, won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar, so now it's time to conquer a new medium, so how about television? Okay, he went down that road a bit with the short lived "K Street" in 2003, but the industry has changed massively in the ensuing decade. Now, Soderbergh is getting back behind the camera. He'll be taking on "The Knick" over at Cinemax, a ten-episode series (which he'll helm every episode of -- take that David Fincher!) set to star Clive Owen. Sweet fancy moses. Sounding like an old-timey "E.R.," the show is set in 1900s New »
- Kevin Jagernauth
R.I.P. Steve Forrest
Veteran actor Steve Forrest, who had more than 100 TV credits including starring on the mid-1970s police actioner S.W.A.T., died May 18 in Thousand Oaks. He was 87. The brother of actor Dana Andrews, Forrest made guest appearances on scores of TV shows and recurred on the original Dallas. He also played Lt. Hondo Harrelson on ABC’s 1975-76 police actioner S.W.A.T. — he had a cameo in the 2003 feature adaptation — and starred as John “The Baron” Mannering on the 1966 Cold War spy drama The Baron, the first color series on UK TV. Forrest, from Texas, was a sergeant in the Army and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He later moved to La and graduated from UCLA in 1950 with a theater arts degree. He went on to work as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse, where he was discovered by Hollywood icon Gregory Peck, who cast Forrest in a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Steven Soderbergh Will Direct and Produce Cinemax Series 'The Knick,' Starring Clive Owen
Look, he said he was retiring from filmmaking. Filmmaking. Deadline reports that Steven Soderbergh, whose last movie before his indefinite hiatus from the medium "Behind the Candelabra" airs on HBO this Sunday, has now signed on to direct and produce "The Knick," a Cinemax series that will star Clive Owen. Apparently cable TV suits him just fine -- Cinemax, which is owned by HBO, will be giving a 10-episode season commitment to the period drama, which is set in downtown New York in 1900. Soderbergh, who recently launched his own t-shirt vending website, is reportedly directing all of the episodes -- the series will be set at the Knickerbocker Hospital, where the staff conducts groundbreaking measures to push medicine forward at a time of high mortality. Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (both of "Raising Helen") are writing the series and executive producing alongside Owen, Soderbergh, Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Gregory Jacobs. »
- Alison Willmore
David Slade To Direct Syfy Drama ‘Helix’
Exclusive: Feature and TV director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is set to direct the opening episode of Helix, Syfy‘s upcoming series from from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore. The project, written by Cameron Porsandeh and produced by Sony TV, is a dark thriller about a team of scientists investigating a possible disease outbreak. Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst executive produce and Porsandeh co-exec produces the series, with Slade set to executive produce the premiere episode. Production is slated to begin this summer in Montreal. In TV, Slade most recently directed the opening episode on another straight-to-series genre drama, Hannibal. He served as executive producer and directed multiple episodes of the NBC series. Wme-repped Slade previously directed the pilot for NBC’s Awake and an episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!
Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead’s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. Vote now. Winners will be announced Friday.
Next: Best Kiss, Best Fight, Top Tissue Moment, Best Use of Music »
- EW staff
Here's What Your Fox Fall (Black) Primetime Lineup Looks Like...
Fox's 2013/2014 lineup (and NBC's as well) probably presents us with the most to look forward to, with regards to new series with black actors in starring roles. First, Almost Human, the futuristic thriller from Fringe executive producer, writer, director and showrunner, J.H. Wyman, as well as creator J.J. Abrams. Michael Ealy co-stars alongside Karl Urban in a series described as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future, where all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved humanlike androids. Ealy plays a character named Dorian, the android partner of Lapd officer John Kennex (Karl Urban), who understands humanity more than his human counterpart. Wyman penned the script for the project, and also executive produces, alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk, with Kathy Lingg and Reid Shane. Brad Anderson, who just directed Halle Berry in The Call, directed and co-exec produced the pilot. USA Network...
- Tambay A. Obenson
CBS Picks Up Bad Teacher Midseason
Bad Teacher wasn't exactly a smash hit when it came out in 2011, but the Cameron Diaz film drew enough interest conceptually for someone to try and make it into a TV show. The TV version stars Ari Graynor in Diaz's role as a slacking, borderline alcoholic, asshole teacher. In the film, she eventually finds [...]
CBS Picks Up Bad Teacher Midseason »
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