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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
'Rookie Blue' Season 4: Gregory Smith and Missy Peregrym return for another summer on the beat
Even after three years on the beat, rookie cops still can have a lot to learn.
That's evident right from the start of Season 4 of "Rookie Blue," the Canadian-made drama that's now a well-rated summer programming mainstay for ABC. The show resumes Thursday, May 23, with what was set up by the previous round's last scene: Officers Andy McNally and Nick Collins (Missy Peregrym, Peter Mooney) are in the thick of the dangerous meth-related sting operation they've gone deep under cover for.
The loves they left behind, Sam Swarek and Gail Peck (Ben Bass, Charlotte Sullivan), and other colleagues from 15 Division search for them when they suddenly fall off the radar. Dov Epstein, Traci Nash, Chris Diaz, Oliver Shaw and Sgt. Frank Best (Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Matt Gordon, Lyriq Bent) also are back and in on the hunt, joined by new training officer Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril). Rookie »
Rally For ‘Fashion Police’ Strikers Draws 150
About 150 supporters of striking “Fashion Police” writers have picketed the Los Angeles offices of E! Entertainment in support of the scribes’ unionization pushc.
The noon-time action featured chants such as “Fashion Police, you’re under arrest” and “What do we want? A contract. When do we want it? Now.”
A trio of the strikers — Todd Masterson, Bryan Cook and Jackie Beat — spoke to the crowd and disclosed details of not being paid overtime or having to work for free. Beat thanked host Joan Rivers for helping him raise funds for a recent hip replacement procedure, but noted that his “begfest” would have not been necessary had he been covered by a WGA contract.
Cook admitted that it may be difficult to understand the complaints of the writers. “Its not like were working in a coal mine,” he told the crowd. “You can’t get black lung from writing jokes, but rest assured — E! »
- Dave McNary
Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS, Castle, Psych, NCIS: La, Covert Affairs, Suits, Beast and More!
Did NCIS‘ Ziva (gasp) “Friend” Tony? Which Castle couple is due for more lovin’? Which NCIS: La agent will get a blast from the past? Who’s conspicuously silent in Psych‘s musical episode? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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NCIS | To Inside Liners Nisha, Joyce and others, this is for you. With many “Tiva” fans fretting that the pair’s season-ending heart-to-heart essentially landed Tony in the dreaded Friend Zone, showrunner Gary Glasberg maintains that over the course of Season 10, “We made huge strides. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
NBC’s Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon Deliver Biggest Weeks of 2013
Nielsen estimates that “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” averaged 1.12 million adults 18-49 for the week of May 13-17, well ahead of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (792,000) and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” (738,000). A year ago at this time, Leno and Letterman were in a virtual tie with about 990,000.
This was the biggest 18-49 audience for Leno since mid-December, while it repped a season low for a week of Letterman originals. Leno has now topped Letterman in 18-49 for 26 consecutive weeks, and has beaten Kimmel in 17 of 19 weeks.
“Tonight” also dominated in total viewers with 3.62 million (up 5% from last year), with “Late Show” averaging 2.69 million (down 15%). “Jkl” (2.40 million) was up 37% from its episode of a year ago, which began at midnight.
- Rick Kissell
Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Chain your door if you're in danger!
While we’re busy celebrating the best (and worst) in TV season finales, let’s also take a moment to air random grievances. One of my biggest pop culture pet peeves was poked by Law & Order: Svu’s season ender last night: People who know they could be in danger and do not use the chain on their door. Yes, the chain probably won’t do much, but isn’t it just human nature to use it if it’s there? Especially if, say, the sadistic serial rapist you were trying to put away — the one who likes to torture »
- Mandi Bierly
Pam Veasey Signs Development Deal With Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Warner Bros TV
Exclusive: As CSI: NY just ended its nine-season run, the series executive producer/showrunner Pam Veasey is staying in business with CSI: NY production company Jerry Bruckheimer TV. She has signed a two-script development deal with Warner Bros TV-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Additionally, she has joined the upcoming Wbtv drama series for the CW The Tomorrow People, which is slated for the post-Arrow Wednesday slot, as a consulting producer. Veasey, repped by CAA and Nina Shaw, was with CSI: NY for its entire run. During the 2011-2012 season, she juggled running the CBS forensic crime drama and the CW’s Ringer. Her series credits also include The District and In Living Color. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Lucille Bluth vs. the Disney Princesses
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
Coming Up Next: 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.
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• 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 with 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
'The Originals' star Phoebe Tonkin: 'I'm team Klaroline!'
When she and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had a drunken encounter -- fueled more by boredom than by any actual interest in each other -- they never expected to need protection, since vampires can't get sick, and can't procreate. Turns out, though, hybrid vampires can procreate.
It was surprising to the actors as well as the fans, but Tonkin is taking it all in stride. "I didn't know I was going to play a pregnant woman! I'm excited, I'm going to eat ice cream, get into character," she jokes.
There's an old saying warning actors to avoid working with children and animals on set -- but Tonkin has her fingers crossed that there will be a toddler hanging out on "The Originals" stages in Atlanta. "I want a little kid running around! »
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
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