Ryan Murphy on Glee’s Final Season: New Location and Smaller Cast
After Cory Monteith’s unexpected passing last summer, Ryan Murphy knew he had to change directions with Glee. Suddenly, it felt wrong to be hanging around the high school. “The big idea, the big plan of what the series was gonna be and how it was gonna end radically changed when Cory passed away,” Glee boss Ryan Murphy told Vulture. Finn would have taken over the glee club while Rachel would pursue her dreams in New York City. When Cory passed away, “that part of the story as we imagined it, it just didn’t make any sense anymore, and it felt bad, to be quite honest.” So producers decided to reset the show leading up to the final season. They’d close the McKinley High chapter with the 100th episode, and start fresh with all of the core cast relocating to New York. Creatively, Murphy’s happy. On Monday afternoon, »
- Denise Martin
Global Showbiz Briefs: Denise O’Donoghue Exiting ITV Studios; BBC Three’s Zai Bennett Joining Sky Atlantic
Denise O’Donoghue Exiting As ITV Studios Managing Director Denise O’Donoghue, a veteran television exec and four-year Managing Director of ITV Studios, is leaving the UK-based producer. She will exit at the end of the year with a successor yet to be named, though she will remain a member of the board. ITV Studios is the largest commercial production company in the UK, with titles including Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Breathless and the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! The production arm of ITV is one of the biggest growth areas for the group, which has been busy making acquisitions in the UK and U.S. “A key part of our strategy is to build a strong international content business, creating more of our own programs which are successful here in the UK and internationally,” ITV Studios Managing Director Kevin Lygo said. “Denise has played a crucial role in »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
'New Girl' recap: I'm Okay, You're Okay (Jk, We're All Broken Up)
Whenever New Girl has had a big plot point in, it’s always been interesting how they handle –or don’t — the fallout in the next episode. A few examples: Jess and Nick’s first kiss in “Cooler” was followed by the Indian speed dating shenanigans of “Table 34″; the roomfriends were doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well in “Virgins,” but “Winston’s Birthday,” felt a bit like a digression; and it’s probably best if we don’t dwell too much on “Exes,” (aside from Adam Brody’s dreaminess therein) because it had the misfortune to air »
- Lanford Beard
FX Pulling Out Of Late-Night For Now; John Landgraf On Strategy & Chelsea Handler
At FX‘s upfront presentation last spring, Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a central piece as the late-night show was envisioned as a potential cornerstone for the new comedy-centric network Fxx. But, facing stiff competition from broadcast and cable, the Chris Rock-produced show didn’t transition well to the new network after its solid original run on FX, leading to its cancellation. That followed the demise of FX’s other late-night effort, Brand X With Russell Brand. At FX’s upfront presentation last week, there was no mention of late-night. Instead, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said announced that FX and Fxx will be doubling their primetime original output from 11 to 20 series during the next year. That involves the relocation of resources to primetime as the network is retreating from late-night, at least for the foreseeable future. “There is less interest in late-night, and that is in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'Fargo' premiere: Martin Freeman talks That scene
Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.
Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo’s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her. »
- Amber Ray
'The Originals' recap: Three men and a baby
Welcome back to New Orleans, everybody! I don’t know about you all, but I have missed this place, bloodshed and all. I even missed Thierry’s hats. Ok, I especially missed Thierry’s hats, but that’s not important. What is important is the theme of this week’s episode, which was all about picking a side in the war that’s about to come to a head. And nobody — I mean nobody — is messing around. Let’s dig in, shall we?
We kicked things off with one of my favorite sights, and one that will never get old: »
- Samantha Highfill
MTV Movie Awards Down Double Digits In Viewers & Demo From 2013
About 2.8 million people tuned in to Sunday’s Conan O’Brien-hosted MTV Movie Awards, a million fewer viewers (-27%) than last year’s show. The 2013 trophy show clocked 3.8 million total viewers — up compared to previous year’s 3.2 million even though big winner Jennifer Lawrence didn’t show up, and Parks And Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza got thrown out. Those who watched Sunday’s fan-voted awards saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cop movie of the year, Mila Kunis hide her baby bump, Zac Efron lose his shirt and Mark Wahlberg score the MTV Generation Award — or, as he called it, the You’re Too Old To Come Back Award — and Eminem and Rihanna doing the TV debut of their hit “The Monster.” Related: Oscar, Schmoscar: MTV Votes ‘Catching Fire’ Best Movie Sunday’s show also was down by double digits in the network’s core 12-34 demographic, pulling a 2.6 compared »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
'Mindy Project' recap: The case of the missing scarf
Mindy and Schmidt, sitting in a tree…Well, not exactly.
But Schmidt, err, Max Greenfield did drop by The Mindy Project Tuesday night and boy was he a welcome surprise. Let’s back up. Mindy was still pretty devastated Danny broke up with her last week (Aren’t we all?). But, as a regular Glamour/Cosmo reader, she knew she needed to get back out there and go on some dates, including one with Betsy’s friend, the nice but unbelievably dull Phil (Adam Shapiro). (Phil = The reason the Lemon Law should be a real thing). Despite having a less-than-stellar time, »
- Erin Strecker
Arrow: Will Laurel Reveal that She Knows Oliver's Big Secret?
With Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) determined to ruin Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) life, the last thing Arrow's billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante needs is more people learning the truth about his extra-curricular activities. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Slade had in mind when he showed up at Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) door to tell Ollie's former love the truth about the emerald archer. But that doesn't mean Laurel will believe Slade.
Arrow: More people will learn Oliver's secret identity!
Naturally, the inquisitive Ada will set out to uncover the truth for herself in Wednesday's episode (8/7c, The CW), which finds her slowly putting the puzzle pieces together in more ways than one. The truth...
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- Natalie Abrams
Sports Comedy ‘Blue Mountain State’ Seeking Movie Resurrection Via Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign
Spike comedy series Blue Mountain State was cancelled in 2012 after three seasons, but a second life on Netflix and Hulu reinvigorated fan interest. Now the show’s creators are hoping to channel that demand into a big-screen film continuation with a Kickstarter campaign launched today. “We’ve seen fan activity on social media since the show ended and went on to Netflix, and we’ve seen the audience continue to grow through that platform,” said Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), who played high-strung All-American linebacker Thad Castle on the show and is aboard to produce the film project with co-creators Chris Romano and Eric Falconer. “When they find it on Netflix, they also find out it’s no longer airing on Spike or being made. A lot of them are asking for another season. We didn’t get our senior year and we want to do that. »
- JEN YAMATO
Global Showbiz Watch 34: The Cannes Preview Podcast
In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom do the Cannes can, previewing this week’s announcements in Paris of the lineup for the Cannes Film Festival, including likely entries from usual suspects such as Atom Egoyan and DreamWorks Animation and less likely prospects for slow-to-arrive new projects from Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson. Nancy and David also wrap up news out of last week’s Mip-tv market in Cannes, led by Keshet’s fast-selling reality formats and two hot programs out of Turkey. They finish up with their weekly peek at news and trends in the international box office, dominated abroad and in the United States by the debut of Rio 2 and the continued strength of fellow sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Noah continues to sail along with another strong week. Global Showbiz Watch podcast 34 (.MP3 version) Global Showbiz »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Killer Kids: How The 100 Blurs the Lines between Savagery, Sacrifice and Survival
They're young, they're hot and they'll murder you without a second's hesitation.
Thanks to The Hunger Games and Divergent, dangerous children have gone from things to be feared to the epitome of modern-day protagonists— something the CW is currently cashing in on with the post-apocalyptic drama The 100.
Based on a young adult novel of the same name, the series follows a group of underage kids who grow increasingly violent since leaving the grasp of adult civilization. But unlike its blockbuster predecessors, the majority of violence on The 100 isn't spawned from a need for survival or a fight for justice, nor are those who commit it romanticized as heroes.
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- Sadie Gennis
Howard Stern’s White Supremacist Interview Suddenly Doesn’t Look So Funny
Howard Stern was just being Howard Stern when he booked accused Jewish center shooter Frazier Glenn Miller on his show a few years ago. And therein lies a cautionary tale, for clowns and serious news organizations alike.
Part of Stern’s shtick has long included bringing on freaks, for wont of a better term, in order to goof on them, whether that was Miller – a guest in 2010 – or frequent guest Daniel Carver (a Ku Klux Klan member known for saying, “Wake up, white people!”). In theory, it’s all good fun, a way to treat Stern’s radio audience to out-there voices.
Yet the problem with booking people who hold such views is that they are, by their nature, unpredictable. And if they do something terrible – or even just embarrassing – you are linked to them in perpetuity.
To be clear, this doesn’t mean you are responsible for them, and certainly not for their actions. »
- Brian Lowry
Blurred Lines: Alan Thicke's Unusually Thicke Is Not Your Average Reality Show
Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)
Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, Tvgn), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.
The most loathed TV characters
"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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- Joyce Eng
Hot TV Trailer: Wgn America’s ‘Salem’
“Precious Salem — caught up in the stinking witch panic.” Indeed. Here’s the loud and violent two-minute trailer for Wgn America‘s first scripted series. The producers took some flak over the fuzzy math in its reinterpretation of the actual events of 1692, but what Salem imagines is simply this: The witches were real. And they were in charge. The series from Fox21 and creators Brannon Braga and Adam Simon premieres at 10 Pm Sunday. Have a look — if you dare (evil laughter): »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Kevin Williamson looks back at the 'Dawson's Creek' series finale: The art of saying goodbye
For Entertainment Weekly’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic TV shows to learn how they crafted their series finales. No one’s story was quite like Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson’s. He’d stepped away from the drama, which was originally set to end with the season 6 episode “Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption,” which sent Joey (Katie Holmes) off to Paris. But then the network had an idea: “Warner Bros. called Greg Berlanti up knowing we were friends and said, ‘See if you can talk Kevin into doing the finale. »
- Mandi Bierly
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