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'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
American Horror Story Casts Emma Roberts
American Horror Story has cast Emma Roberts in the upcoming witch-centric, New Orleans–set third season. According to TVLine, Roberts — whose Fox pilot didn't get picked up — will play a "self-involved party girl." She joins Ahs returning cast members Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Francis Conroy, and Jessica Lange, as well as fellow new members of the fold Gabourey Sidibe, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, and Patti Lupone. Ahs: Coven doesn't start up until October, but baffling horrors and disfiguring surprises surround us at all times. »
- Margaret Lyons
Tonys Booked on CBS Through 2018
CBS has extended its agreement to broadcast the Tony Awards through 2018.
Through the agreement with the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the Tonys will remain with the network that has broadcast them for the past 35 years.
This year’s Tonys will take place June 8, with Neil Patrick Harris hosting for the fourth time. After two years at the Beacon Theatre, the kudos will be held at Radio City Music Hall, with Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss returning as exec producers and Weiss directing for the 14th consecutive year.
Last year’s Tonys had their lowest overall audience in 21 years, with approximately 6 million viewers. »
- Jon Weisman
The Bachelor's Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici Planning Summer Wedding, TV Special
The Bachelor's Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are getting closer and closer to saying "I do!" At the Dancing With the Stars finale last night, the future groom told E! News that he and his fiancée have "no set plans or wedding date" set just yet. But E! News has learned exclusively that the reality TV lovebirds are planning to tie the knot sometime this summer. Sean confirmed that he and Catherine are still planning to exchange vows as part of a televised special, telling E! News, "Yeah, I think once we set a date, it'll probably be aired on ABC." As for the wedding planning? The ousted Dancing With the Stars hunk said with a smile, "We're talking about it now »
'Arrested Development' Rewatch Season 3, episode 11 - 'Family Ties
Welcome to "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made "Ad" one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. Today we're covering the elevanth episode of Season 3, "Family Ties," which premiered Feb. 10, 2006.
Plot: George Michael and Maeby learn that their marriage is real. Tobias and Lindsay make plans to improve themselves so that they might be more sexually attracted to each other. Michael continues his search for his mysterious older sister, Nellie. Turns out Nellie isn't his sister -- she's actually a prostitute, pimped out by Gob. Gob starts dating George Michael's ex, Ann. Buster (still faking his coma) falls in love with his day nurse, who is only into guys in comas.
Bluth Company status: "I know this looks bad, but it's »
'Arrested Development' Rewatch Season 3, episode 10 - 'Fakin' It'
Welcome to "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made "Ad" one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. Today we're covering the tenth episode of Season 3, "Fakin' It," which premiered Feb. 10, 2006.
Plot: To avoid testifying against his father, Buster fakes a coma. The Bluth family decides to do a mock trial on Judge Reinhold's courtroom show, with Michael as the attorney, since he once played a lawyer in an adaptation of Peter Pan as a kid. George Michael and Maeby agree to stage a fake wedding to entertain Alzheimer's patients at the hospital, and things go about as well as you might imagine. Michael discovers that he's listed as "Nichael Bluth" on his birth certificate, and that his father has been using the name to stash embezzled money. »
'Nashville' season finale: Every kind of cliffhanger
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Nashville’s season 1 finale, stop reading now. We’re going to break down the cliffhangers, of which there are many.
• Rayna and Deacon were in a serious car accident. Predictably on a scale of 1 to 10: 9.5. I deducted .5 only because I originally thought Deacon — who fell off the wagon (and rolled off a cliff) after hearing Maddie’s theory that he was her father confirmed by Rayna — would be behind the wheel. Instead, Rayna succeeded in convincing him to let her drive them away from the intimate Bluebird memorial for Juliette’s mother, »
- Mandi Bierly
'Nashville' season finale: Everyone's alive, everyone's a mess
"Nashville" ended its first season in a mess. Webs are tangled. The sins of the fathers -- and mothers -- come back to haunt everyone. And almost everything falls apart.
"I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" is a great season finale.
Deacon and Rayna
Maddie (Lennon Stella), having figured out her questionable paternity breaks the news to her biological father. And Deacon reacts in the only way he knows how -- after questioning and yelling at Rayna, the bender begins.
Everyone tries to snap Deacon out of it, and it almost seems to work. For about a minute. And then the guitarist is back on the sauce and ready to yell at Rayna some more. »
Update: Editors Guild Reaches Deal With CW’s ‘The Hunt’
Update, 9:34 Pm: The Motion Pictures Editors Guild said tonight that it has reached an agreement with the producers of The Hunt. “The crew will report to work as scheduled tomorrow, and they’ll be working under a union contract,” the guild said on its Facebook page. “Many thanks to all those sisters and brothers who volunteered to walk the picket line. Thankfully, this time it won’t be necessary.” Previously: The upcoming CW series The Hunt doesn’t premiere until July 31st, but its producers are already in trouble with the Hollywood unions. The Motion Picture Editors Guild, Iatse Local 700, sent an email to its members and sister Iatse locals today calling for a Thursday picket against Renegade 83 Productions’ Sherman Oaks offices doing post-production. The union claims that production subsidiary Triple Ridge Entertainment “has improperly interfered with its employees’ free exercise of their right to organize”. Mpeg took »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'Criminal Minds' finale: Erin Strauss falls victim to Mark Hamill's Replicator
In the "Criminal Minds" Season 8 finale, the identity of The Replicator was revealed -- Mark Hamill guest-starred as Agent John Curtis, an FBI agent who screwed up on the Amerithrax case and was demoted.
He blamed Bau and more specifically Alex Blake. He's been taking his revenge on the team all season. In the finale, he drugged Strauss and forced her to drink, killing her. She was on to him, unbeknownst to the others, so Curtis had to take her out.
But it was her quick thinking that clued the team into his identity, as he carved a figure 8 into her wrist -- which was a planted clue in a Doj report that wasn't actually a replication of anything. The team tracked him down to his Virginia compound, where Rossi managed to get Curtis trapped with his own explosives, taking him out.
The team buried and honored Strauss and now »
Global Showbiz Briefs: Universal Channel Coming To Germany; French, English Renew Film Partnership
Universal Channel Launches September 5 In Germany Universal Networks International today unveiled Universal Channel Germany, its first launch of a flagship channel in the country. Fresh from a rebranding that includes a new look, logo and tagline — “100% Character” — the channel goes live September 5 on Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Telecom. A core channel brand for NBCUniversal International Television channels unit, Universal Channel is seen in 103 countries and delivered in 16 languages around the world. French And English Film Chiefs Renew Partnership Olivier-René Veillon, Executive Director of the Ile de France Film Commission, and Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, renewed the partnership agreement between the two capital cities at the Cannes Film Festival. The partnership will bring together production and post production talents from London and Ile de France to attend two major film industry events either side of the Channel, laying the foundation for collaboration to develop their common goal of »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
R.I.P. Leonard Kalcheim
Veteran business affairs attorney Leonard Kalcheim died today at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 74. Kalcheim started as an attorney at ABC before moving to Paramount Pictures, where he worked for more than 20 years, rising to Svp Business & Legal Affairs. After leaving Paramount in 1986, Kalcheim oversaw business and legal affairs for several independent entertainment companies including Guthy-Renker, Nash Entertainment and Atlas Media. He was a captain in the Army from 1965-67 after graduating from Columbia Law School. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Chicago Fire Finale Recap: Baby Fever! [Updated]
NBC’s Chicago Fire put out the flames on Season 1 on Wednesday with a finale that found the firefighters defusing a volatile prison situation.
Related | NBC Orders Chicago Fire Spin-Off
On the personal side, Shay’s attempt to get pregnant doesn’t take, while Hermann’s wife goes into labor with a little one of her own. An emergency C-section is required and the baby isn’t getting enough oxygen, but it all works out in the end. Although Shay and Severide aren’t having a kid, they become godparents to Hermann’s son. Then Renée returns to reveal she »
- Vlada Gelman
Criminal Minds Finale Recap: The Replicator Is Unmasked, But Not Before Striking Back
The Replicator revealed himself in the Season 8 finale of CBS’ Criminal Minds, but not before displaying loads more bravado and, yes, doing some damage.
First, the crime-copying killer — played by out-of-this-world guest star Mark Hamill — targeted Strauss, in her New York City hotel room as she slept, doping her up on Ecstasy before leading her to be found outside on a bench. Hotch got to the boss lady while she was still alive, but she shared few clues before succumbing to her forced Od, dying in Hotch’s arms.
Along the way, The Replicator showed off his intel on the Bau and overall smarts, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Nashville Season Finale Recap: Truth, Consequences and Black Boxer Briefs [Updated]
Warning: The following recap contains spoilers from Wednesday’s season finale of Nashville. If you haven’t watched yet, boot-scootin’ boogie on outta here. Everyone else, read on.
Nashville‘s Rayna Jaymes, I’m mad at you.
This episode’s unpleasantness could’ve been avoided if, at some point in the past 13 years, you had taken Deacon aside and told him the truth: He’s the father of your older daughter, and you kept mum until you were sure he was ready (and sober) enough to handle that tough reality.
Related | Fall Preview: Watch Trailers for Wonderland, Super Fun Night »
- Kimberly Roots
Fox's Does Someone Have to Go? Brings the Office Drama Home
Think you've got a dysfunctional workplace? You're not the only one.
Fox is bringing work home from the office with its new reality show Does Someone Have to Go?, which premieres Thursday at 9/8c. In the series, the latest creation from veteran reality show producers Mike Darnell (Joe Millionaire) and Cris Abrego (The Surreal Life), company power is turned over from management to the employees. The employees must then select three underperforming co-workers who run the risk of getting fired if they can't change their tune.
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- Nicholas White
'Modern Family' Season 4 finale: 'Goodnight, Gracie' ends with a Dunphy funeral
It takes a self-assured comedy to end a season with a funeral for a character the audience has never met, which is exactly what "Modern Family" does. Wrapping up its fourth season on Wednesday (May 22), the ABC sitcom remains one of TV's most watched comedies, knowing that, at this point in its run, it can do just about whatever it darn well pleases.
So, the show kills off Grandma Gracie Dunphy, a character we've never met and therefore find little to be moved by with her death. Or so it would seem. At the onset of the episode, as the entire Dunphy-Pritchett clan descends upon Florida to mourn, not even the woman's son or husband seem that torn up about their loss. True, Claire (Julie Bowen) has an aside in the cold open about the death not being unexpected, but the lack of palpable grief from Phil (Ty Burrell) or »
Idology: Cheering Candice Glover's Season 12 Win, Debating Finale Highs and Lows, Envisioning Changes for a Brighter Idol Future!
Say what you want about Season 12 of American Idol, but a critical look back at the trajectories of winner Candice Glover and runner-up Kree Harrison paints a picture of two women who delivered as many memorable musical moments as any contestants in recent history. At least that’s what my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I are arguing in the most shocking season finale of Idology ever*. (*Last phrase should be delivered in the voice of The Bachelor‘s Chris Harrison.)
Related | Report: American Idol Mulling All-Alumni Judges’ Panel — Crazy-Good or Just Crazy?
Among this week’s discussion topics: Candice’s »
- Michael Slezak
'Modern Family' finale react: Moseying along
Swapping the sunshine of California for the humidity of Florida, the Dunphy-Pritchett clan gathered down South for Phil’s mother’s funeral. What ensued was a lot of exaggerated stereotypes, even more sweating, and a few tender moments.
Jay spent the episode reconnecting with the woman who swiped his V card back in the days before Vietnam (who happened to live next door to Phil’s dad), while Cam met up with the elderly ladies of book club, where he perfected his gossiping skills. Meanwhile, Phil tried to honor his mother’s last wish by setting his father (played by »
- Samantha Highfill
Jj Abrams Shows Deleted ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Scene Of Benedict Cumberbatch Showering: Video
Jj Abrams has taken some heat about a scene in Star Trek Into Darkness where Kirk (Chris Pine) gets a quick look at Dr. Carol Marcus (Alice Eve) in her underwear. Answering to charges of sexism on Conan, Abrams said he thought the scene was a trade-off because Kirk also shows some skin — and then the filmmaker revealed a cut scene of Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays the villainous Khan) showering. Check it out: »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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