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The Young and The Restless Shocker: Michelle Stafford Exiting After 16 Years
A fan favorite is leaving Genoa City behind. Michelle Stafford is leaving the long-running CBS soap The Young and the Restless after 16 years, a source close to the show exclusively tells E! News. Stafford's exit follows the recent passing of beloved Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper, whom the show will pay tribute to with a special on Tuesday, May 28. Nominated seven times for a Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series category, Stafford took home the award in 2004. She also won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1997. Stafford played fan favorite Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless. After joining the show in 1994, »
Billboard Music Awards Swamp Sunday’s Finales
The allure of live programming was evident once again on the final Sunday of the season, as ABC’s “Billboard Music Awards” overwhelmed in key demos the finales of Fox’s “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” as well as NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
ABC won the night in demos, according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, kicking things off with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), which spiked 29% (0.4) week to week to match its season high in 18-49 and rise 20% above its year-ago finale (1.5).
It was followed by the “Billboard Music Awards” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall), which have become a solid ratings performer in its third year on the network. This year’s show, hosted by Tracy Morgan, and highlighted by multiple victories for Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, spiked by 33% (0.9) from last year in 18-49 for its best average since 2003 on Fox; and »
- Rick Kissell
New Star Wars TV Series Announced
Not sure you can wait until 2015 for your Star Wars fix? Help is at hand in the shape of a new TV show called Star Wars Rebels, which will explore the time period between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope. The animated show is due to premiere next year with a one-hour special on the Disney channel, followed by a regular slot on Disney Xd.So no, it's not the long-discussed live-action series, but this will still explore a new facet of the Star Wars universe. We're told that, "Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. "Beyond that, no one is talking just yet. Still, the creative team behind the show is promising. As well as Clone Wars »
Laura Linney on the Poignant Value of 'The Big C'
After four seasons, Laura Linney bids farewell to Cathy Jamison, her alter ego for 40 episodes on Showtime's The Big C, which over the course of its run put the spotlight on the courageous struggles of those who have faced cancer and the loved ones sharing in the journey. During the series, Cathy has endured ups (remission) and downs (her tumors returned and were growing) in addition to meeting a slew of people who shared in her emotional and physical journey (Phyllis Somerville's Marlene and Hugh Dancy's Lee, among others). But it's been the interaction with fans, especially those from
- Lesley Goldberg
Mad Men “The Crash”: An Expert Opinion
While this episode opens with a wild joyride, I can’t help but wonder if Don Draper will ever experience the full crash promised by the show’s opening credits. The most unexpected aspect of “The Crash” is the high-speed beginning, which marks a first for a show with a notoriously deliberate pace (one that makes Ken [...]
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- Jesse McLean
The Voice Performance Recap: Imperfect 10?
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira get tons of good press for their work as coaches on The Voice — and rightfully so. Even their shtickiest moments (like Adam and Usher hiding behind their swivel chairs during Shakira’s impassioned defense of one of her artists) are fun, frothy distractions from the stresses of our workaday lives.
Once in a while, though, it might be nice to hear them drop their shiny, happy superlatives and offer some brutally honest feedback to the wannabe singing stars in their midst.
Related | It’s Official: The Voice‘s Original Coaching Lineup Will Return »
- Michael Slezak
'Bates Motel' finale recap: Season 1 episode 10 'Midnight' - Norman goes psycho
It had to happen sooner or later: Norman Bates went full psycho in the "Bates Motel" Season 1 finale, "Midnight."
At least, we think he did. We didn't actually see the murder of Miss Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy), but we saw enough to draw our own conclusions: She brought Norman back to her house, went into her bedroom to change her clothes and Norman saw a vision of Norma scolding the teacher for being a very naughty woman. Norman slipped into one of his angry rages, and the next thing he knew he was running through the rainy streets trying to get home as soon as possible. With Norma arriving home from her almost equally eventful night out, the inseparable mother and son retire to their creepy cocoon of a house.
Now, the question is -- if Norman really did kill Miss Watson -- does he become a suspect? Or is »
'Bates Motel' season finale: [Spoiler] kills [Spoiler]
Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the season finale of Bates Motel.
So that’s what Norman’s first kill looks like. Not his first first kill, mind you. That happened before the pilot — as far as we know, Norman attacking his father was his first homicidal break. But this was different: This was Norman being comforted by an older woman and then coerced by his “mother” into slashing her throat. That’s right: Our budding psycho offed sweet, pre-pedophiliac Miss Watson in Monday’s finale, which also included a shooting and a high school dance. »
- Adam Carlson
Bates Motel Finale Episode Review
Bates Motel’s finale, appropriately titled “Midnight," had everything that had been prepared the episode prior occur at midnight. Norma faces the threat of having her entire family killed because she didn’t drop money to Jake Abernathy, his current fake persona. Emma and Norman go to a school dance, which coincidentally ends at midnight. And the [...]
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- Megan Haas
'Dancing With the Stars': So, who should win?
Hmm. Can we switch up the partnerships in our imaginations, then activate special rainbow glitter explosions to make them official? Those are the rules of Reality, right? Great! Then I vote for Kellie and Val to win Dancing With the Stars. (Here’s my full recap of Monday’s finals.) Derek has enough trophies, and Zendaya’s already won life at an absurdly young age.
I’m kidding, of course. See how I rank the final four couples headed into tonight’s finale — and vote for who you think should win, below!
- Annie Barrett
Consumers Warm Slightly To Cable But Still Prefer Satellite And Telco Video: Study
Despite the growing talk about pay TV cord cutting, providers can feel Ok — not great — about consumer attitudes toward them, according to the latest annual measure from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Subscribers gave cable, satellite, and telco video providers the highest overall satisfaction score Acsi has seen in the 13 years it has measured the public’s feelings about subscription TV. The score of 68 is up 3% vs last year, which Acsi calls “a glimmer of good news.” Even so, researchers say that pay TV remains “among the lowest-scoring industries” they study. Annual price hikes of 6% or so and “sporadic reliability” keep the group just slightly ahead of airlines (67) and Internet service providers (65) but well behind TV and video players/recorders (86), soft drinks (84) and autos and light vehicles (83). (Internet news and information services also come out ahead at 73.) Consumer attitudes vary widely by provider. Time Warner Cable took it on the »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
'Motive' premiere: Are you intrigued by the whys and wherefores?
ABC premiered a new police procedural Monday night (May 20) in "Motive," a series that purports to focus on the whys of a crime moreso than the whos, since the show will reveal to the audience at the top of every hour the identities of both the victim and the killer.
In the premiere episode, high school science teacher Mr. Martin (Joe McIntyre) is killed by his student, Tom (Tyler Johnston), seemingly as a "creeping" expedition gone wrong. Except that's not it at all -- Mr. Martin found out about Tom's private, dark thoughts and Tom couldn't bear the thought of no longer being invisible. When he broke into Mr. Martin's house to get his school bag back, he ended up bludgeoning Martin to death with a trophy.
Did it hook you? If not, we will ask that you tune back in Thursday, May 23, when the show moves to its regular »
'The Big C' series finale: 'Go get 2 forks' ... and some tissues, please
"The Big C" brought Cathy Jamison's journey (not "battle") with cancer to a close Monday night (May 20) with the fourth hour of "Hereafter," the shortened Season 4 that wrapped everything up.
The course of "Hereafter" obviously did not run smooth for Cathy, but it was such a beautiful look at someone dealing with the last year of her life. In the final chapter, Cathy came home, since insurance would not pay for her to stay in hospice any longer, and she struggled with wanting to end things on her own terms.
We're glad the show didn't go that way. It's not that assisted suicide would have been an outrage, but it didn't feel right for Cathy and Sean. Plus, if she'd gone too early she wouldn't have had that day with her father and Adam's graduation.
Yes, both those things were giant tearjerkers, particularly Adam working his butt off to graduate »
'Rectify' finale recap: Season 1 episode 6 'Jacob's Ladder' is about more than Daniel's guilt or innocence
"Rectify," the first original scripted series produced for Sundance Channel, came to an end tonight with a cliffhanger finale that saw former Death Row inmate Daniel (Aden Young) beat within an inch of his life by the brother of the woman Daniel was convicted of -- and then exonerated for -- killing.
If you were expecting a definitive answer to Daniel's guilt or innocence, you probably haven't been watching the show very closely. This slow-paced but deeply penetrating drama is more concerned with Daniel's state of mind after years on Death Row than conventional TV crime drama resolutions.
The finale wrapped up last week's cliffhanger -- Daniel strangling his stepbrother Ted (Clayne Crawford) -- right at the beginning with the reveal that Ted is still very much alive, and too embarrassed about what happened to tell anyone. And the rest of the episode managed to check in with just about »
'Arrested Development' Rewatch: Season 3, episode 8 - 'Making a Stand'
Welcome to the "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made the show one of our most beloved TV comedies. We continue with episode 8 of Season 3, "Making a Stand," which first aired Dec. 19, 2005. Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix.
Michael, tired of working with Gob at the office decides to instead set Gob up with a banana stand of his own. Unfortunately, George Sr. gets involved and, thriving on unhealthy competition between his sons, urges Gob to set up his new banana stand 20 feet from the old one, inciting a banana stand war between Michael and George Michael, and Gob and Steve Holt. To get back at George Sr. for years of starting fights (and profiting off of them with a video series called "Boy Fights"), the brothers stage an elaborate hoax with J. »
'Rules of Engagement's' 100th episode and series finale sees Audrey and Jeff about to have two babies
CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement" celebrated its 100th episode with its series finale, in which Adam and Jennifer got married and Brenda went into labor, bringing Audrey and Jeff's daughter into the world.
Adam and Jennifer were going to postpone the wedding in light of the birth, but in the end, they find a priest in the hospital and get married by Ed Begley Jr. Then Russell makes things up to Timmy by offering to marry him so he can stay in the country, so Ed Begley Jr. gets to do that one too.
And then in the end, Audrey's pregnant all on her own, so she and Jeff are going to have two babies!
What did you think of the series finale? A good way to cap off the show? »
NBC To Air Live Special On Tornado In Tuesday’s ‘Voice’ Recap Slot
The network and its sister outlets MSNBC and the Weather Channel will focus Tuesday on coverage of today’s massive twister that cut a huge swath of destruction near Oklahoma City. Along with live coverage from devastated Moore, Okla., on NBC’s Today and MSNBC’s morning programs, the broadcast network will air a one-hour special hosted by Brian Williams live from the scene at 8 Pm Et (delayed in other time zones). That will pre-empt a recap show of The Voice featuring the top 10 performances; a new live episode of the singing competition will air as scheduled in the 9 Pm hour. Meanwhile, the Williams-anchored NBC Nightly News is slated to run in its regular half-hour starting at 6:30 Pm and is not expected to be expanded. Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist also will report from Moore, as will Lester Holt, Ann Curry, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
'The Voice' live blog: The top 10 take the stage
"The Voice" is ready to eliminate another two artists on Monday (May 20), as the Top 10 take the stage in Hollywood to fight for America's vote. With coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira unable to save any more of their artists, its up to the singers themselves to earn advancement. Who will make it through?
First up, it's Team Blake's Holly Tucker. Tonight's she's going back to her gospel roots with "How Great Thou Art." Her thoughts about how she knows not everyone will identify and agree with all of her beliefs, but still wants to present her whole self are very mature, I think. She sounds incredible on the song, but I feel like I'm in church while listening -- not a feeling I'm really looking for on a show hosted by Carson Daly. Her base audience will eat it up, though. The coaches eat it up, »
'Dancing with the Stars' live blog: The Season 16 finale performances
It's the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 16 performance finale! And, for the first time on the show, there are four couples competing -- Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff, Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas, Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough, and Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy.
Any of the remaining celebrities could win the Mirror Ball this season. It all depends on these last few dances. Check out all of the performances and finale scores here.
The finale performances begin with the Judges' Pick Round.
It's probably good for these too to start all casual-like. It's also probably good to throw in Jacoby's splits at the beginning. Technically, this looks good, but I don't think Jacoby is as into his performance as usual. Anxiety from Len's technique criticism?
Len: "There was improvement. The footwork was a bit better."
Bruno: "Are you plugged into a nuclear reactor?" "You actually missed »
'The Goodwin Games' premiere: How many episodes do you think will air?
It's hard to imagine how Beau Bridges, Scott Foley and Becki Newton got roped into "The Goodwin Games" -- their talents have clearly been on display in other projects, but not so much here. We blame the source material.
The Goodwin kids are competing for their father's $23 million inheritance by having to participate in the activities their father laid out for them before he died. It's a series of puzzles and games that will force them to become a family again, starting with moving back in together in their dad's old house.
And we assume wacky shenanigans will ensue. What did you think, readers? Are you down to play "The Goodwin Games"?
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