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David Duchovny Thought Mulder Was the 'Worst FBI Agent of All Time'
The truth is out there, but Mulder might not be the one to find it. David Duchovny didn't think his character Fox Mulder was a very good agent. "The interesting thing about Mulder is nominally he is law enforcement but he never solved one case in nine years," he told the New York Times. "So he’s the worst F.B.I. agent of all time. As F.B.I. agents, I would say we were not by the book. Especially Mulder." As for how he thinks the miniseries-reboot will go (they're all the rage!) he believes that he and Gillian Anderson who plays his partner Dana Scully, are far better actors now than when they first began:And I think we’ve both gotten better as we’ve gotten older, so how do we bring that to bear on these characters? If I were to look back at the first »
- E. Alex Jung
‘Daily Show': Trevor Noah Emerges on Short List to Replace Jon Stewart (Exclusive)
Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.
There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned. Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.
- Brian Steinberg
Lena Dunham, Anti-Semite? That Dog Don’t Hunt
This coming week marks the beginning of Passover, a Jewish holiday commemorating my people’s enslavement at the hands of the ancient Egyptians.
Many millennia later, sadly, the Jews aren’t doing that much better today. Anti-Semitism is raging everywhere from U.S. college campuses to the streets of France.
And yet perhaps the greatest threat yet to confront the Jews emerged this week, and from within their own ranks: Lena Dunham.
The “Girls” creator and star drew the condemnation of the Anti-Defamation League and countless Twitterati for her latest work, a humor column for the New Yorker titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz.” The piece is exactly what the title suggests: a list of statements that could easily apply to one or the other.
Among the attributes Dunham ticks off: “He doesn’t tip,” “he has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Trailer For J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ On HBO
HBO’s miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller The Casual Vacancy unfolds in a deceptively cozy British village thrown into an uproar by the sudden death of the Parish Councillor. Michael Gambon stars with Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie and Abigail Lawrie. Jonny Campbell directed from a script by Sarah Phelps. The adaptation of the Harry Potter author’s first novel for adults was produced by Rowling and Neil Blair’s Bronte Film… »
Msg Sets Spinoff Plan Amid Speculation About Sale of Sports Cablers
Msg is moving forward with its plan to split off the company’s sports and live entertainment assets from its regional sports networks.
Msg said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it expects to complete the spinoff this year. The move comes two weeks after Tad Smith stepped down as Msg CEO for the top job at Sotheby’s. It also comes amid mounting speculation that 21st Century Fox may seek to buy Msg’s two regional sports cablers, Msg Network and Msg+.
As part of the spinoff, Msg said it would set long-term TV rights deals for its New York Knicks and New York Rangers teams with the Msg nets.
“While Msg has created significant shareholder value since it was established as a public company five years ago, separating Msg’s live sports and entertainment businesses from its media business now would further enhance the long-term value-creation potential of both businesses, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ncaa Tournament Ratings Jump From First Friday, ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finale Even
We may be in the thick of March Madness but it sure felt a bit like summer last night – and I'm not just talking about the weather in L.A. With the 2015 Ncaa Tournament determining its Elite Eight on Friday, repeats and movies were scattered over the primetime schedule last night. However, let's get to the college basketball first and full points to Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski who lead his team to a 74-62 victory over UCLA in the first of the Ncaa Tourney games CBS had on… »
Tyler Perry Delivers Own Its Biggest Viewing Audience Ever
Oprah Winfrey must be thanking her lucky stars that she went into business with Tyler Perry. The arrangement has proven to be a very beneficial one to her and to the Oprah Winfrey Network and now even more so. This past Tuesday Tyler Perry’s “The Have and Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” both delivered viewership highs in the history of Own. Both shows pulled in an average of 2.5 million viewers and The Have and Have Nots, which aired it's season’s finale, pulled in alone 3.5 million viewers. Not only was the show the most watched show on cable Tuesday night, but it also was the most watched show ever on the network breaking the previous record holder of Oprah’s interview with Bobby Kristina Brown on Oprah’s Next Chapter, a month after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston.
Ratings: Grimm Hits Low, Cristela Slips, Hart of Dixie Finale Flat
NBC’s Grimm this Friday drew 4.9 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, ticking up in audience but down a tenth to a series low demo.
Over on ABC, a double pump of Cristela averaged 4.3 mil and a 0.8, down 20 percent to tie its season low.
The CW’s Hart of Dixie sure-felt-like-a-series finale did 1.4 mil and a 0.4, up 27 percent in audience while flat in the demo.
RelatedHart of Dixie Season(?) Finale Recap: Happy Endings
CBS’ March Madness coverage averaged 6.4 mil/1.9 during primetime.
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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Jane the Virgin, Forever and More
I am a simple man, looking to play a simple tune… which is good because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!
What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.
Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.
DVR Gains Raise Renewal Prospects For Sunday Newbies ‘Secrets & Lies’ & ‘Last Man On Earth’, Justify ‘Royals’ Pickup
Updated: TV network executives have long said that they don’t rely on Live+Same day ratings when making renewal decisions. And for good reason. Three new Sunday midseason series have performed so-so to Ok in Live+Same Day but have posted solid ratings gains after 3 days of DVR viewing. That includes ABC mystery drama Secrets & Lies and Fox comedy Last Man on Earth, which look pretty hopeful for a second season pickup, and E! soapy dramedy The Royals, which had been… »
TVLine's Performer of the Week: Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Andrew Lincoln
The Show | The Walking Dead
The Episode | “Try” (March 22, 2015)
The Performance | We always knew that Lincoln could play the living daylights out of anything that was thrown at him. But until this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, we didn’t realize that he could act his way from A to Z all within the span of a single hour.
Talk about a revelation! Early on in “Try,” the native of London revealed his character’s sweet, sensitive side during his interaction with (forbidden) love interest Jessie. »
7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in April 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)
1) "Derek: Special" (available April 3) Why Should I Watch It? Written by, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, "Derek" is attempting to be the third member of an impressive trilogy of TV trilogies. Both the UK versions of "The Office" and HBO's "Extras" made it two seasons plus a Christmas episode, and now "Derek" is following the same mold. After airing two seasons on Channel 4 in the UK and Netflix stateside, the story of the slow-witted, warm-hearted nursing home aide will wrap up with an hour-long special. Best Episode: Here's hoping it's the special. After a moving first season, "Derek" devolved into a shell of its former self in Season 2. Much of the show's heart was lost after Gervais was forced to write out co-star (and friend) Karl Pilkington, who played the shy and nervous Dougie, after the longtime collaborator proclaimed his distaste for acting in Season 1. The focus then shifted to Kev. »
- Ben Travers
Bill Maher To PC Liberals: “Shut Up”
After nicking Sen. Ted Cruz who signed up for Obamacare, and grilling Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Christian persecution complex, HBO Real Time host Bill Maher scolded liberals for their internecine. "What is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?" he wondered. "How deeply stupid has the far left become when gay designers can't get along with gay musicians, when vegans attack vegetarians for not being pure enough…I see agnostics and atheists bitching… »
Trevor Noah’s Fast Track To Replace Jon Stewart On ‘The Daily Show’
Finally! Someone who wants to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Trevor Noah, the relatively new correspondent addition to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, now is considered the most likely candidate to replace Stewart as show host, a source told Deadline today. Contacted for comment, Comedy Central reiterated, “We are not commenting or providing guidance on any speculation about any individuals.” The news about Noah is welcome for those who, like us, are exhausted… »
‘Furious 7′ Stars Take Over ‘Kimmel’ Next Week; NBC Late-Nighters Slim On Guests From Universal Pic
This is a rather unusual cross-conglom promotion: Disney-owned ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will have four of the biggest stars from Universal’s biggest tentpole of the year, Furious 7, next week. Also in a rare setup, Jimmy Kimmel will have one Furious 7 leading man every night Monday through Thursday, leading to the film’s April 3 opening: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. Meanwhile, there will be two Furious 7 cast members on the late-night shows… »
Ernie Hudson Cast In ‘Delores And Jermaine'; Corbin Bernsen In ‘Living On Video’, ‘Uncle Buck’ Adds Young Co-Star
Ernie Hudson is set for a recurring role in ABC's multi-camera comedy pilot Delores & Jermaine. Written by comedian Jermaine Fowler based on his life, it stars Fowler as a millennial with big ideas, but very little drive, who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Whoopi Goldberg), a strict, football-loving, former D.C. cop who needs his youthful enthusiasm in her life as much as he needs her old-school parenting. Hudson will play the grandmother’s love interest. The… »
Disney TV Animation Celebrates Disneyland With An Art Show
Disney Television Animation hosted an art gallery in celebration of Disneyland's 60th Anniversary at its studio headquarters in Glendale, California on Tuesday, March 24th. And they made a video about it: "The Disneyland 60th Anniversary Show" art gallery featured individual pieces spotlighting the theme park's 60 years from the studio's pool of talented artists, executives and staff. Tom Warburton, Sam Levine, Craig McCracken and Daron Nefcy, are among those who participated.
- Jerry Beck
Leonard Nimoy’s Son Plans Spock Documentary (Exclusive)
The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the documentary.
David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.
“This will be a tribute to my dad and Spock,” Adam Nimoy told Variety. “We have plenty to work from because my dad loved telling stories and he was very fond of the role.”
Adam Nimoy said that he and his father began discussing the project several months ago and agreed that it should focus on the enduring nature of Spock and Nimoy’s portrayal of the relentlessly logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise. »
- Dave McNary
Hart of Dixie Season Finale Recap: Happy Endings
Weddings bells, a baby, a re-proposal and a musical number — Hart of Dixie‘s Season 4 finale on Friday night had it all.
At first, Zoe and Wade are concerned about stealing Lemon’s thunder by getting betrothed on the day of her own engagement party to Lavon. But then Brick tasks Wade with distracting Lemon — yay for getting in a Wade/Lemon story! — as they deal with a catering emergency, and the soon-to-be father discovers that Lemon is perfectly calm about everything, because she’s marrying the right guy this time. »
Lolita Davidovich & David Clennon Among Cast Additions To ‘Dr. Del’ Indie Pilot
Lolita Davidovich and David Clennon (Gone Girl) have joined the cast of Katie Jacobs and Nick Wechsler’s independently produced medical drama pilot Dr. Del, inspired by Peter Hessler's New Yorker piece "Dr. Don." Written by John Sayles and directed by Jacobs, Dr. Del follows Del Canyon (John Hawkes) as he reluctantly returns to his small hometown of Isotope to run his family's apothecary, the only source for medical attention for hundreds of miles. There, he emerges as… »
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