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When Is Colbert Report Ending?
Stephen Colbert will officially sign off from Colbert Report on Thursday, Dec. 18, he announced during Thursday's broadcast.
"Stephen Colbert, the guy you've seen here for every night for nine years will be gone. All you'll have left of me is this book," he said, holding up his book America Again: Re-becoming Greatness We Never Weren't. "So pick up America Again in paperbook for a loved one. Or for a hated one."
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- Robyn Ross
TNT orders pilot for monster drama 'Breed'
TNT announced that they have ordered a pilot for Breed, a supernatural drama about a string of murders in the Pacific Northwest that are being committed by beings that not quite human. Written by John Scott Shepherd and set to be directed by Scott Winant (True Blood), Breed follows the primary antagonist, Detective Cooper Wells, as he follows the trail of murders. Realizing that the serial killer may be some sort of barbaric race of creatues, Wells seeks out the help of a female assassin to hunt the perpetrators down. »
- Teresa Jue
PopWatch Confessional: What's the scariest thing you saw as a kid (that wasn't supposed to scare you)?
Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they've been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children's brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today's Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What's the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.) Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original »
- EW staff
Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock Holmes is pretty great at sex
There's no denying it: Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes is the object of affection for just about anyone who watches BBC's Sherlock, whether its Molly's unrequited love on the show itself or the legion of Tumblr fans who turn every wink, smirk, and step into a Gif-able moment. But for all the love Holmes receives, he hasn't exactly returned the favor. More bluntly, Holmes has never had sex on the show. Not with an actual proposed love interest, nor with Watson, to the dismay of all "Johnlock" fans. But while viewers shouldn't expect a Sherlock sex scene anytime soon, Cumberbatch »
- Jonathon Dornbush
‘Boardwalk Empire’s’ Terence Winter Left Law Career for Hollywood
Having just wrapped the successful five-season run of “Boardwalk Empire” — and having been onboard for the finish of “The Sopranos” — producer Terence Winter is clearly an expert at telling the end of a story. His own Hollywood tale got off to a challenging start, when he gave up a successful career as a lawyer. But he eventually landed a place in Warners’ TV writers workshop — and his first mention in Variety.
Do you remember seeing this mention in Variety?
Very well. If nothing else, it’s hard evidence that for a very brief fleeting moment I was in show business. It’s something I’d been working so hard for. I’d devoted my whole life to that single moment, and to see it in print was surreal. We had a 7-Eleven by my house, and I ran out and bought probably like 10 copies.
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- Debra Birnbaum
Kevin Reilly Back in Talks at Turner; TNT Orders Drama Pilot ‘Breed’
Former Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly has re-engaged in negotiations to take the top programming job at Turner Broadcasting, two weeks after the last round of discussions broke off.
This time around, sources say, Reilly and Turner Broadcasting prexy David Levy are getting down to the nitty gritty details and a deal is looking more likely. Reilly’s return to Turner’s exec radar, which had been suspected all along, was first reported by Deadline.
Turner has been without a programming head for two months since Michael Wright stepped down after nearly 10 years with the Atlanta-based cabler. Reilly exited his post as Fox Broadcasting’s entertainment chairman in June after seven years with the network, which has had a rough time of it the past two seasons with new series.
Still, Reilly has the chops and the relationships in the creative community to bring a new thrust of original series development to TNT and TBS. »
- Cynthia Littleton
New Docs on South Africa Abound, But Local Network Can’t Air Them
With the death of Nelson Mandela still fresh in the minds of millions, and the nation celebrating the 20th anniversary since the end of apartheid, South Africa has spent much of 2014 in a reflective mood. So it seems only fitting that a wave of local docs is putting a microscope to the complex reality of life in the Rainbow Nation.
South African helmers have showcased a range of styles and subjects in recent releases, giving voice to both personal and political struggles in a young nation still looking to find its democratic footing. Still, many believe that sources of funding, while growing in number, are insufficient to offset a lack of support from local TV.
As the broader South African film industry has come into its own in the past decade, longtime helmer and producer Don Edkins sees a maturity in local docs as well. “There have been more sophisticated films coming out, »
- Christopher Vourlias
Are we tired of reality TV?
Maybe it was DC Cupcakes, because we didn’t need another cable reality show about cake bosses. Or perhaps it was the latest chronicling of blue-collar workers in Alaska or Louisiana. (Doesn’t Crawfish Catchers look tedious? And we bet you can’t even tell whether that title is real or not). Or it could have been Bravo’s seventh Real Housewives series. Or E!’s fourth Kardashians title. Whatever marked the official tipping point, it all feels familiar now: the master chefs, treasure seekers, tattoo artists, makeover experts, ghost hunters, dirty jobbers, untrained pets, C-list celebrity families, and glow-tanned bickering glambots overturning restaurant tables. »
- James Hibberd
From pegacorns to Cheetos: The best celebrity Halloween costumes
Here's a fact: celebrities, with their access to talented makeup artists and costumers, have the best Halloween costumes. (Except when they don't.) Though Frozen's Elsa may be the dominant Halloween costume among children this year, celebs went for the obscure with pop stars dressing up as the likes of pegacorns and Cheetos. Stay tuned throughout the day as we update with more. North West, skunk Kim and Kanye's spawn as a super adorable skunk. Beyoncé, Janet Jackson Beyonce, naturally, is flawless on Halloween dressed as an icon that came before her. (You can see Beyoncé praise Janet in this video compilation. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Ratings: Bones Bopped by Big Bang, Elementary Premiere Down, A to Z falls
Fox’s Bones on Thursday night returned to 5.5 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating now opposite The Big Bang Theory and Mom, dropping 17 and 23 percent from its last fresh outing.
Leading out of that, Gracepoint (3.3 mil/0.8) was steady.
CBS | Pending adjustment due to NFL preemptions, The Big Big Theory marked its homecoming with 16.2 mil and a 4.1, down sharply from last fall’s Thursday premiere (19 mil/5.5) and slipping from its most recent Monday telecast (16 mil/4.6). Mom (11.7 mil/2.7) improved on its previous premiere (8 mil/2.5) and finale (6.9 mil/1.9), both of which aired on Monday, as well as The Millers‘ most recent »
Thursday Ratings: Sluggish Bow For CBS’ ‘McCarthys’ as ‘Big Bang’ Hits Season Lows
CBS had an unspectacular premiere for its Thursday comedy lineup, with “The Big Bang Theory” easily topping the night but at season lows and “The McCarthys” looking lackluster in its debut behind the solid “Two and a Half Men.” ABC, off to a hot start on the night this fall opposite football on CBS, stayed on top in young adults with “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC opened the night lower than usual with the annual special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which placed second for the 8 o’clock hour and was down half a ratings point from its performance on the same night a year ago. It was followed by “Scandal” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which held up well »
- Rick Kissell
CBS' Supergirl Casting Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant and Others
On the heels of sharing details about the casting for Supergirl‘s titular heroine and her foster sister, TVLine now has the scoop on four other series-regular roles to be filled on the drama, which already has a series commitment from CBS.
Cat Grant | The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour.”
James Olsen | In his late 20s/early 30s, »
Chelsea Handler Goes Topless on Horseback to Battle "Sexist" Instagram
Is Instagram's photo policy sexist? Yes, if you ask Chelsea Handler.
On Thursday night, Handler posted a topless photo of herself riding a horse, spoofing Vladimir Putin's famous shot of himself baring his chest on horseback. "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better #kremlin," the comedienne captioned the split images.
But Handler wasn't too pleased when Instagram removed the pic, so she added it again, writing, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin." But again, Instagram removed the images and Handler then immediately posted the company's notice to her, captioning, "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?"
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- Robyn Ross
See 'Walking Dead' cannibal Andrew J. West hunting his next target on 'Hot in Cleveland'
Andrew J. West sure does have an appetite. First we saw him eating humans on The Walking Dead as leader of the cannibals at Terminus, and now the man who played Gareth is following that up with a scene in — where else? — a restaurant. West will be appearing on the Nov. 12th episode of TV Land's Hot In Cleveland, and we've got an exclusive early look at his appearance right here. In the episode, West will play a guy who hits on Valerie Bertinelli's Melanie at an L.A. eatery. But not unlike the way Gareth had something »
- Dalton Ross
Vampire Diaries Midseason Finale Scoop: Who's Returning to Mystic Falls High for the Holidays?
The Vampire Diaries' BFFs Bonnie, Caroline and Elena are finally reuniting — in a flashback! The trio will appear together in the show's midseason finale.
Postmortem: The Vampire Diaries boss breaks down that final scene
In the episode, Bonnie (Kat Graham), Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) return to their high school days in a flashback set in the show's first season in 2009. The scene will feature a big holiday gathering, and since we were on hand for the filming, we can promise ...
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- Robyn Ross
Why The Originals Should Recombine With The Vampire Diaries
The CW has amassed a pretty solid line-up of shows these days, created big fanbases that watch one, two or all of them, if they have time during the week. Though most of them are standalone shows, Supernatural, Jane the Virigin, The 100 and Reign (the last of which may be the weak link and not survive another year), four of their major shows are pairs. That would be Arrow and its spin-off The Flash, and The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals. While I think Arrow and The Flash are still in a pretty good place, only 3 and 1 seasons into their lifespans respectively, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals are wavering in my eyes, at 6 and 2 seasons respectively. I understand why The Originals exists. When Klaus and his Mikkelson family of Original Vampires were introduced into The Vampire Diaries, they were instantly hated by…
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J.K. Rowling Reveals Secrets About Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge in New Essay
Rowling's Pottermore website published a short essay Friday about Dolores Umbridge, the bossy, villainous witch introduced in the series' fifth book. Umbridge, who was played by Imelda Stanton in the films, was based on Rowling's real-life teacher — someone she did not like -- the author revealed in the essay. As such, "Dolores is one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike," she writes.
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- Robyn Ross
TV Review: Cartoon Network’s ‘Over The Garden Wall’
“Over the Garden Wall” aspires to, and in part achieves, true whimsy, which doesn’t make the outlook for this animated, not-so-grim fairy tale for adults any less cloudy. Patrick McHale’s creation has been expanded into a 10-part miniseries (each night runs a half-hour, consisting of two chapters), which Cartoon Network will air over consecutive nights. Yet while the notion of two brothers seeking a way home is simple enough, the resulting production might be a bit too mature for kids, and not edgy enough for young adults. Who that leaves is anybody’s guess, but credit the network for taking a leap of faith over this “Wall.”
Based on McHale’s film short, the series mixes various styles, juxtaposing extremely basic character design (the noses are dots and triangles) against beautiful, ornate backgrounds, filled with mood and atmosphere, and accompanied by original songs.
The story is equally rudimentary: Two brothers, »
- Brian Lowry
Kurt Sutter and the Cast Have Finished Filiming the Sons of Anarchy Finale
It’s been a pretty crazy week for Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, as he had to have his appendix suddenly removed during the middle of shooting the series finale of the show. However, after having longtime Sons director Paris Barclay fill in for him while he was recovering, Sutter returned to set on Wednesday and continued his directing duties until last night, when Sutter, the cast, and crew all finished filming the Sons of Anarchy finale. Sutter let fans know that they had wrapped on the final episode by posting the tweet below. That’s a wrap. Thank you. #soa#finalridehttp://t.co/TGYgugPNfI — kurt sutter (@sutterink) October 31, 2014 Although the final scenes of on the Sons of Anarchy finale finished last night, some of the show’s main actors had already had their last days on set. Kim Coates (who plays Tig) and David Labrava (Happy) had their final days filming on… »
- Chris King
We're not worthy of the best Halloween costumes from 'Today,' 'Gma'
In a move of synergy that suggests Jack Donaghy is still hanging around 30 Rockefeller Plaza, The Today Show anchors dressed in their Saturday Night Live best for this year's Halloween episode. The results were eerily accurate at times, but that may have something to do with the crew probably having access to Studio 8H's wardrobe department. Lester Holt and Al Roker channeled John Belushi and Dan Akroyd for their Blues Brothers costumes: Putting the soul in Soul Man with my fellow Blues Brother Al Roker @TODAYshow #halloweentoday pic.twitter.com/HKkl68c0ns — Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) October 31, 2014 Have a pair of Mom Jeans lying around? »
- Jonathon Dornbush
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