Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Nashville'
The First Lady is adding another TV credit to her resume. Michelle Obama will be making an appearance this spring in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama Nashville, the Associated Press reports.
Obama will guest star as herself alongside American Idol's Kellie Pickler in an episode titled "All or Nothing With Me," set to air on May 7th. The episode will find Rayna James (Connie Britton) enlisting the First Lady and Pickler to help host a »
Discovery Cancels ‘Everest Jump Live’ in Light of Deadly Avalanche
After Mt. Everest suffered its deadliest avalanche early Friday which killed 13 people, Discovery Channel has cancelled “Everest Jump Live,” scheduled for May 11.
“In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community,” a statement from the channel read.
“The avalanche last night on Mount Everest is a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are lost and with their families. The immediate priority for Joby and the team is to assist the search and rescue efforts in any way possible,” Discovery Channel said in an earlier statement. »
- Alex Stedman
'Everest Jump Live' canceled by Discovery after tragedy
Discovery has canceled its planned live special Everest Jump Live in the wake of Friday’s avalanche tragedy.
The network released this statement on Sunday: “In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.”
Everest Jump Live was set to air in May 11, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s planned leap off the top of Mt. Everest and gliding down in a wingsuit. The network also planned a five-night late-night talk »
- James Hibberd
Discovery Cancels Everest Jump In Wake Of Avalanche Deaths
“In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live,” the network said in a statement early Sunday afternoon, adding, ” Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.” Friday morning NBC News, whose Peacock Productions is producing Discovery’s Mount Everest live jump, had said “the future of the production will be assessed at the appropriate time” after an avalanche occurred Thursday night — the deadliest disaster ever recorded at the peak. Saturday, the project’s star, Joby Ogwyn had tweeted that the project would continue, a charity would be set up “to take care of our fallen Sherpa and those who could fall in the future” and that his jump had taken on a larger meaning: Today is a brighter day. We are staying on the mountain to honor »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Watch: The New ‘Batman Beyond’ Short Unveiled at WonderCon
It’s been 75 years since the now famous Dark Knight graced the cover of May 1939′s “Detective Comics No. 27,” and DC is rolling out all kinds of new material for Batman’s 75th anniversary. The latest is a “Batman Beyond” animated short, revealed by the Warner Bros. on Saturday at WonderCon.
The short is based on the animated series of the same name that started in 1999, which followed Bruce Wayne as he taught a young Terry McGinnis to carry his legacy as Batman. It comes from Darwyn Cooke, who created “DC: The New Frontier” and “Parker.” The artist and writer also used to work for Warner Bros. Animation and animated the title sequence for the “Batman Beyond” series.
- Alex Stedman
'Penny Dreadful' trailer: We're all monsters -- Video
Monsters of classic literature — they’re just like us.
In a new trailer for Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful, the show’s leads attempt to persuade — or reassure — viewers that their dark tendencies are simply human nature. Or are we all just monsters masquerading as men? The drama, set in Victorian London, does intertwine the origin stories of various classic horror characters, after all.
“No matter what secrets you possess, no matter what fears you hold, no matter what darkness you hide, no wonder how monstrous your dreams, no matter what hungers you feel, there are others just like you, »
- Amber Ray
DWTS' NeNe Leakes Discusses Her and Tony's "Little Tiff"
There was no shortage of drama on Dancing with the Stars last week, after the show introduced NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani with a package that showed the partners getting into an argument that ended with Leakes walking out of their rehearsal. And according to Leakes, no one in the ballroom was more uncomfortable seeing the dustup play out on screen than her and Dovolani.
"We were kind of surprised," Leakes tells TVGuide.com. "It almost threw us off."
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- Liz Raftery
Neil Patrick Harris yells at fan during 'Hedwig' performance
“I love you, Neil!” a female admirer yelled out during the Broadway show, according to Page Six. In character, as the titular transgender East German punk, Harris responded: “I’m doing something up here, motherf–ker!”
Which, of course, was a much friendlier reaction than Hugh Jackman had that one time an audience member’s cell phone went off – twice — during his Broadway performance:
Harris’ response was reportedly met with adoring applause. »
- Amber Ray
Tila Tequila Is Pregnant
Tila Tequila is pregnant with her first child — and she's already showing off her baby bump.
The reality star, 32, shared the news by posting a selfie on Facebook on Friday. "Surprise!! I'm 10 weeks pregnant!" she wrote. "I just couldn't hold it in any longer as this brings me so much joy and happiness to know that there is a baby Tila on the way!"
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- Liz Raftery
Veteran Fox TV Executive Fired Over Fundraising Campaign For Relatives Of Missing Malaysia Plane Passengers
Fox Cable Networks Group VP Standards and Practices Darlene Lieblich Tipton has been fired for using her company email address to organize a fundraising campaign to benefit relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing last month. “The conduct and communications at issue were not authorized by Fox and were in violation of company policy,” a spokesman said in a statement. “As soon as we became aware we took appropriate steps and, while we cannot discuss the particulars, we can tell you the employee is no longer with the company.” Tipton had been at Fox for 24 years, 11 at Fox Broadcasting and 13 at Fox cable. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
PopWatch Planner: 'Parks and Rec' finale, 'The Blacklist' big episode, 'John Oliver' premiere, and more
As some of your favorite shows wrap up, it’s also time for those summer shows to begin. This week alone has four premieres, as well as a few finales. And, of course, The Blacklist episode that cannot be missed. Well, not if you want to know who Tom Keen is.
Here’s what your pop culture week looks like:
Devious Maids, 10 p.m., Lifetime
In the season 2 premiere, Valentina is back from Africa, Marisol has a new romance, and we hear there’s also a handsome new bodyguard.
The Blacklist, 10 p.m., NBC
Who is Tom Keen? »
- Samantha Highfill
'Orphan Black': The creators discuss the shocking return of [Spoiler]
What The Hell?!?!? That may have been your reaction upon watching Orphan Black’s season 2 premiere. So allow me to issue the standard Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s Orphan Black season premiere.
Helena is not dead. Repeat: Helena is not dead. And it turns out that was the master plan all along. Orphan Black creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett explain why they insisted on lying through their teeth when they told anyone who asked that the Ukranian clone/clone killer was indeed a goner after being shot by her twin sister Sarah in last season’s finale. »
- Dalton Ross
'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany talks about that big premiere shocker
Orphan Black returned for season 2 tonight with a big shocker, and if you have yet to watch then you may not want to read any further. [Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s season 2 premiere of Orphan Black.]
She’s baaaaaaaaaack! That’s right, Ukranian clone/clone killer Helena was thought to be dead after being shot by Sarah in last season’s finale and left to die in a pool of her own blood. But Surprise! She’s alive, and that was just one of the twists. Sarah impersonated Cosima to lay the smackdown on Rachel, and Alison got Aynsley’s part in the local community musical. (Who says watching your »
- Dalton Ross
Cloning Around: Orphan Black Resurrects the (Presumed) Dead
[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Saturday's Orphan Black Season 2 premiere. Proceed with caution (unless you're Alison on a chardonnay binge.)]
When Helena died last season on Orphan Black, we knew we were going to miss that crazy clone.
Orphan Black Roll Call: What's next for the clones in Season 2?
Fortunately, by the end of Saturday's Season 2 premiere, we learned that we didn't have to. It turns out that getting shot in the torso won't slow Helena (Tatiana Maslany) down much.
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- Hanh Nguyen
Fox Cable Networks Group Exec Fired Over Malaysia Airlines Fundraising Email
Fox Cable Networks Group exec Darlene Lieblich Tipton was fired earlier this month after using her company email address to help raise money for relatives of passengers on the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Tipton’s dismissal came after she sent an email seeking support for a fundraising campaign to aid families of the 239 passengers and crew members on the plane that disappeared last month on what was supposed to be a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
A Fox spokesman declined comment on the specifics of Tipton’s departure but confirmed she has left the company.
“The conduct and communications at issue were not authorized by Fox and were in violation of company policy. As soon as we became aware we took appropriate steps,” the spokesman said.
Tipton had been with Fox for at least a dozen years, most recently serving as VP of standards and practices for the cable networks group. »
- Variety Staff
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