Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Will Remain in New York
Governor Cuomo and CBS announced Wednesday that The Late Show will continue to be shot at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, its home of 21 years, when David Letterman retires and Stephen Colbert takes over in 2015. While it had been assumed that the show would be staying put, CBS only made it official today, announcing that it had received $11 million in state tax credits and $5 million in renovation money for the theater in exchange for staying in NYC and guaranteeing the continuation of 200 jobs surrounding the show's production. While the dates for the transition remain unclear, the New York Times reports that Letterman is expected to step down next May, with Colbert starting things up again in September following a summer hiatus. »
- Anna Silman
'Better Call Saul' Unleashes Albuquerque Billboard, Real Phone Number for Fake Lawyer
There may be a minor delay in the arrival of Better Call Saul, but the Breaking Bad spinoff is already being quite generous with its built-in fan base. An Instagram user in Albuquerque, N.M., kindly pointed out Wednesday that the AMC series has erected a billboard for its fake title lawyer, going by his given name of James M. McGill when the events of the series pick up before the Breaking Bad timeline. Photos Inside THR's Emmy Drama Showrunner Roundtable The billboard is being used in an episode of the series, which recently started taping in Breaking Bad's
- Michael O'Connell
Portia de Rossi Joins ‘Scandal’ in ‘Top Secret Arc’
The news broke all thanks to De Rossi’s wife, Ellen DeGeneres.
The daytime talk show host tweeted that De Rossi has signed on to do a “top secret arc.”
So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops.—
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 23, 2014
A rep for the show said they have no other information on the role at this time.
“Scandal” is set to premiere this fall on Sept. 25.
- Nikara Johns
Norman Reedus of 'The Walking Dead' talks about disguising himself as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Norman Reedus is a Comic-Con favorite. But he loves the convention as much as the convention loves him. In fact, The Walking Dead star has been known to do some celebrity stalking himself. “I took a selfie with Anthony Bourdain and the lead dude from Yo Gabba Gabba!,” says Reedus of one of his favorite Comic-Con encounters. “I was like, this is the best moment ever!” But wait, did Bourdain and “lead dude from Yo Gabba Gabba!” (also known as DJ Lance Rock) even know who Reedus was? “The Yo Gabba Gabba! guy, he knew. Anthony Bourdain kind of looked at me like, »
- Dalton Ross
Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' will stay in New York
Los Angeles may be the long-reigning entertainment hub, but New York’s getting a grip on the nation’s talk shows.
CBS’s Late Show will remain at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, even as Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties from David Letterman next year. The decision was announced Wednesday by network CEO Leslie Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Following Letterman’s announcement in April that he would be retiring from the show, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote a letter to Moonves urging CBS to consider relocating to “the entertainment capital of the world. »
- Jackson McHenry
Mircea Monroe, Aimee Garcia Join Michael Rosenbaum in TV Land Pilot
The single-camera project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan, Bill Engvall) follows Buddy, a deep-in-debt scalawag (played by Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum) who lies low in a small town by passing himself off as the gay pastor the local church recently hired.
Per our sister site Deadline, Garcia has been cast as Buddy’s put-upon girlfriend back home in San Francisco, who is left to believe he died of a suicide, »
Secrets behind J.J. Abrams' lens flare revealed (you'll be surprised)
Have you ever noticed a subtle light glowing in one of J.J. Abrams’ films? Probably not. I mean, with Captain Kirk in the frame…
But Luke Knezevic has certainly paid attention to Abrams’ penchant for the technique, prompting him to make a comedy short revealing the truth behind the lens flare. Turns out that flash of light is actually an actor.
Meet Lorenzo Flarius, the Human Lens Flare. Abrams “discovered” Flarius after hitting him with his car. Feeling guilty, the director placed the wannabe actor—who essentially has a flashlight for a head—in his films. Like, all of his films. »
- C. Molly Smith
Whitney Houston's mom speaks out against upcoming biopic
Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston’s mother, is speaking out against Lifetime’s upcoming biopic about her late daughter. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, she said her family is “exhausted by the continuing misinformation” and pleaded to “let rest.”
“In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her,” Cissy said. “I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered »
- Ariana Bacle
Maude Apatow to guest star on 'Girls'
Maude Apatow is the latest to join the already-extensive list of guest stars—including Orange Is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Community’s Gillian Jacobs—set for season four of HBO’s Girls, the network confirmed to EW.
Apatow’s father, Judd Apatow, is an executive producer on the show and has collaborated multiple times with the Girls creator and star Lena Dunham. Apatow, 15, has made a name for herself by starring in some of her dad’s films including 2012′s This is 40 and acquiring a large Twitter following—her tweets even earned her a spot on »
- Ariana Bacle
Nathan Fielder Talks 'Dumb Starbucks' And Pranking Instagram
It's easy to understand why Comedy Central's Nathan For You struggled to attract much attention when it debuted in April of 2013. A show about Nathan Fielder, a largely unknown Canadian comedian, trying to improve small businesses doesn't sound all that exciting on paper, and ratings were dismal all through the initial eight-episode run. "Before the show began Comedy Central set up a conference call with a bunch of college newspapers," says Fielder. "They told me there would be 50 or so colleges, everyone would ask a question, and it would take an hour. »
Syfy Partners With Nick Cannon for Sci-Fi Improv Series
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment to develop a sci-fi/fantasy improv series.
The weekly, one-hour series will feature two teams battling each other in front of a live audience to win points and prizes. Each week the comedians will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.
The “home” team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians, while a nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the “away” teams.
Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers.
Cannon is the creator and executive producer of improv series “Wild ‘N Out” that debuted on MTV in 2005. After at six year hiatus, the show returned on MTV 2 in 2013 and recently premiered its sixth season in July.
This comes just a few days after the CW announced its renewal of popular improv series “Whose Line is it Anyways,” which is set »
- Nikara Johns
Resurrection Casts Michelle Fairley as [Spoiler]'s 'Returned' Mother
Apparently at least one of Michelle Fairley‘s TV characters can manage to come back from the dead.
The Game of Thrones vet and recent 24 baddie has landed a season-long arc on ABC’s Resurrection, TVLine has confirmed, playing Margaret Langston, the “formidable” matriarch of the Langston family and thus mother of Henry and Fred (played by Kurtwood Smith and Matt Craven).
Dead for over three decades, Margaret “returns” bearing knowledge of her brood’s dark past — secrets she is determined to keep hidden.
Our sister site Deadline was among the »
Gordon Ramsay Is Not Impressed with Jimmy Kimmel's Scrambled Eggs (Video)
Jimmy Kimmel's new daughter Jane isn't his first child, so you'd think he'd have at least a basic level of kitchen know-how. Apparently, you'd be wrong, which is what Gordon Ramsay found on when he visited Kimmel's show Wednesday. In a predictably profanity-laden moment, Ramsay found Kimmel's scrambled eggs somewhat … lacking. That is to say, he upended them on the studio floor. Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney welcomed Jane to the world July 10 - the late-night host joked that Jane weighed "6 lbs., 1 oz. at birth. Twenty inches long, just above the legal limit - sometimes, they make you throw them back. »
- Alex Heigl
Mayim Bialik will host TV Land's reboot of 'Candid Camera'
Don’t worry, your reaction isn’t being taped right now.
EW has learned that TV Land will announce at their Comic Con panel today that Emmy-nominee Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) will host Ben Silverman’s new version of Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and host, Allen Funt. Silverman’s company Electus will co-produce with Peter Funt’s Candid Camera Inc, with Funt and Silverman serving as executive producers.
The series will premiere on TV Land on Monday, August 11 with a new episode airing from Monday through Thursday that week. Episodes »
- Jackson McHenry
Exclusive: General Hospital Supercouple Nancy Lee Grahn, William deVry Answer Fan Questions
You ask, they deliver. TV Guide Magazine sat down with General Hospital stars William deVry and Nancy Lee Grahn — better known as the über-popular Julexis — for a sprawling chat too big for one installment. Part 1 posted last week. Now, in part 2 of the interview, deVry and Grahn answer Twitter questions from their devoted fan base, the Julexis Army.
TV Guide Magazine: Let's start out with a question that's sure to get one of you into trouble. Your fan @EdinaHotdish wants to know: "What's the best and worst thing about working with each other?"
William deVry: Nancy's constant need to protect me on the set.
Nancy Lee Grahn: I have to show him the ins and outs at the studio. He needs help understanding the vibe. He doesn't know how things work. William is like an innocent little puppy.
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- Michael Logan
The 16 Most Blood-Tingling Hookups from 'True Blood'
HBO?s horror drama series, True Blood, has taken us on a hell of a vampire ride over the past six seasons. It created a sensation from its first ripped off head to the sheer volume of nakedness it?s doled out episode after episode. Many try to imitate, but few can match its witty dialogue and hot sex scenes. The series has also done more to promote same sex ?unions? than any march at any State Capitol. Now that we?re in True Blood?s seventh and final season, let?s take a look at our favorite toe curling hookups (in season order) that have us blushing and covering one eye (because both would just be stupid). »
Ratings: Fresh Talent Boosts Taxi, Big Brother and Sytycd Rise, Extant Falls
America’s Got Talent‘s Top 48 reveal drew 10.1 million total viewers — easily Wednesday’s biggest audience — and a 2.3 rating, down a tenth in the demo from its Tuesday outing but tying Big Brother for the nightly win.
NBC’s fresh serving of Agt set Taxi Brooklyn up for gains of 19 and 38 percent, to series highs of 5.6 mil/1.1.
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CBS | Big Brother (6.6 mil/2.3) rose 6 percent and two tenths week-to-week, but Extant (6.4 mil/1.1) fell 20 and 27 percent (and is now off a good 30 percent from its debut).
Related Extant Recap: Did Molly Drop Her Baby Bombshell? »
Comic-Con reviews NBC's 'Constantine': Fans say...
NBC is placing its bets on Constantine, and that’s clear at Comic-Con, where a big interactive display for the upcoming show has taken over Gaslamp Square and ads for the series cover many of the buses in San Diego for the convention. Executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Da Vinci’s Demons), the series is based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer, which also spawned the 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves.
Fans got their first taste of the new show at Comic-Con’s Wednesday night pilot screenings. Here’s what they thought.
“I liked it. It definitely followed the feeling of the comic, »
- Emily Rome
Can TV's S.H.I.E.L.D. Not Reassemble Until the May 2015 Avengers Sequel?
As rollicking a final stretch as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivered at the close of Season 1, the fact is the ABC series had to spend much of its freshman run “treading water,” until Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit the big screen and — movie spoiler alert – toppled the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in every sense of the word.
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But when we last tuned into TV’s take on the Marvel-verse, Nick Fury (Hey, Samuel L. Jackson!) resurfaced sans eyepatch to name Phil Coulson the new director of the shattered S.H.I.E.L.D. In doing so, »
Do Supernatural Shows Need a Human Element?
Though the vampire and zombie trends might be on their last legs, it's likely only a matter of time before the next supernatural fad hits the airwaves. But no matter what type of otherworldly being is in the spotlight, is it possible for a supernatural show to be too supernatural? Does a series need that grounding humanity to keep it from spiraling into the absurd? Or is it the "anything goes," free-for-all attitude that makes us love these shows in the first place?
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- Sadie Gennis
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