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Josh Duhamel joins Vince Gilligan drama at CBS
The ex-Vegas star will play Det. Milton Chamberlain in Battle Creek. His character is described as a “a clean-cut, and humble FBI agent who heads from Detroit to Battle Creek to set up a satellite FBI office.”
Here’s the official log line of the promising drama: “When two detectives, »
- Lynette Rice
'Real Housewives': How fame became part of the franchise
When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, the show was nothing more than a harmless look at the lives of wealthy women living in a gated community in Southern California with their families. The show was a response to the popular ABC series Desperate Housewives and America’s growing love of reality TV at the time. People became so invested in the scripted TV characters that it was easy to get invested in their real-life counterparts because they were so similar (you know, aside from all the murder on Wisteria Lane).
But as the years went on, the »
- Jake Perlman
Lena Dunham talks boyfriend and leaving acting -- maybe -- in 'Glamour' cover story
Lena Dunham is everywhere. She hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, she’s working on a series of Archie Comics, she was on the much-talked about cover of Vogue last month — and now, she’s gracing the cover of the latest Glamour. In the accompanying story, Dunham chats about her boyfriend (fun.’s Jack Antonoff), how she chose the cast of Girls, and her future as an actress. Check out some highlights from the story below:
Boyfriend Jack Antonoff has been supportive from the start
“I remember talking with him on our first date and him being like, ‘God, »
- Ariana Bacle
Tom Bergeron to exit 'America's Funniest Home Videos' after next season
Tom Bergeron has set the date for the last time he’ll introduce a montage of grandmothers tripping down the stairs while losing their wigs.
ABC has confirmed that the genial host of America’s Funniest Home Videos will leave the series at the end of next season, its 25th. Bergeron made reference to his departure in a tweet on Friday, and explained his decision to Vulture thusly: ‘I’m embracing change… As Doctor Who fans know, every so often a regeneration is a good thing.’”
Bergeron — who continues to host Dancing with the Stars — will walk away from Afv as its longest-tenured emcee, »
- Dan Snierson
TV Academy Plans Expansion, Major Fundraising Push
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is planning a major makeover in advance of its 70th anniversary in 2016 – breaking ground on an ambitious expansion of its facilities, initiating a $40-million fundraising drive and simplifying its name to the more colloquial “Television Academy.”
The effort is being advanced under the stewardship of elected Chairman Bruce Rosenblum (pictured), who is expected to discuss the details in remarks at the organization’s Hall of Fame event Tuesday evening in Beverly Hills.
Rosenblum, as the president of TV and digital media for Legendary Entertainment – and before that a senior exec at Warner Bros. – is in his second two-year term. He holds the distinction of being the highest-ranking executive to lead the organization since then-Disney Studios chief Richard Frank in the 1990s, and thus might be better equipped to engage in the kind of arm-twisting needed to champion such an agenda at the often-fractious group. »
- Brian Lowry
Malin Akerman Previews a Trophy Wife Wedding
Wife No. 3 is about to have wedding No. 2 — if she doesn't get deported first! Tonight's episode of Trophy Wife, the first of a two-parter, finds Malin Akerman's Kate wanting a real wedding to her husband, Pete (Bradley Whitford), since their first was a no-frills quickie at the local courthouse. Akerman filled TV Guide Magazine in.
TV Guide Magazine: Why does your character so desperately need a traditional marriage ceremony? That's so not her.
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- Michael Logan
Tuesday TV in Review: From Dusk Till Dawn, a Trophy Wedding
With Cinemax's grungy cult hit Banshee preparing to close shop for its second season this Friday, fans of grindhouse pulp may want to go searching for the fledgling cable El Rey Network, where a 10-episode series version of the 1996 crime-horror hybrid From Dusk Till Dawn begins wreaking bloody mischief.
Robert Rodriguez, who founded El Rey, returns to his breakout genre roots, directing and writing the stylized pilot episode of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (Tuesday, 9/8c), which reintroduces the bank-robbing Gecko brothers: the suave Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and psycho loose-cannon Richie (Zane Holtz), who's beset by monstrous visions during a routine stop in a dusty roadside liquor store in Texas, setting off a chain of violent events that will eventually include a run-in with vampires.
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- Matt Roush
Seth Rogen and Jimmy Kimmel find romance in 'True Detective 2' trailer -- Video
In Kimmel’s Austin-set trailer for True Detective 2, Rogen takes on the McConaughey-inspired, beard-ridden role of a man who once ate an entire Cosco-sized bottle of Tylenol Pm. Meanwhile, Kimmel is »
- Samantha Highfill
Chernin Group’s Social-Media Series @SummerBreak To Return For Second Season
With “24” and “Under the Dome” returning to TV in coming weeks, summer viewing may generate heat among couch potatoes. But one of the season’s most interesting programs won’t be seen on the boob tube.
That show, “@SummerBreak,” is a reality series about kids ripping through their last summer before college, and can be viewed only by using social media. It sounds like an experiment. As the program enters its second season, however, its backers hope to turn it into a familiar and expected piece of entertainment.
Casting has begun for the show, which is produced by The Chernin Group, Omnicom Group ad agency Bbdo and telecommunications giant At&T, and aims to harness the attention younger consumers devote to social-media sites and the increasing ease with which they use such venues to watch video content. The series is slated to surface in mid-June on such outlets as Twitter, »
- Brian Steinberg
Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan': First look -- Exclusive Video
After making a bold Broadway debut in the powerful equine drama Equus and following up with a singing, dancing stint in the glossy 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the always astonishing Daniel Radcliffe is back for round three on the Broadway stage — in something completely, totally different.
Radcliffe willreprise his role as Billy in playwright Martin McDonagh’s 1996 black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which follows a handicapped Irish boy (Radcliffe) who dreams of appearing in a documentary being filmed by a Hollywood crew on a nearby island (the real-life 1934 film Man of Aran). The »
- Marc Snetiker
TV Review: ‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’
No one can blame Robert Rodriguez for turning to his own filmography to help launch his El Rey Network, and there’s no denying the name recognition offered by “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” derived from the 1996 movie that previously spawned a couple of cheap direct-to-dvd knockoffs. The problem is the movie’s mashup of two genres — noir-ish crime and monster gore — worked precisely because it was so compact and silly, whereas stretching it out over 10 episodes, as Rodriguez and company have done, can’t help but look pompous and flabby. And unlike the movie’s notorious bar, viewers won’t need to fight their way to an exit.
Unlike many past attempts to create a new mythology around a franchise name (the syndicated “Friday the 13th: The Series” comes to mind), Rodriguez, who wrote and directed the premiere, appears content to simply take every part of the movie and expand it. »
- Brian Lowry
'Are You the One?': What happens in the Boom Boom Room -- Exclusive Video
…is a whole lotta tension! And many a moral quandary, I might add.
On the next episode of MTV’s pairing-is-caringhumping reality series Are You the One?, once-solid presumed Perfect Match Ryan and Kayla find themselves in the middle of their biggest fight yet when Kayla refuses Ryan’s invite to the Boom Boom Room on moral (high)grounds. Given all the sexy time the duo has logged in the shower and various hallways, Ryan is understandably confused — and, as the outmoded sexual politics of the show tend to go, a little offended that she dare deny him.
Watch the »
- Lanford Beard
Lionsgate Says Opening Weekend For ‘Catching Fire’ Video Set Digital Sales Pace
Santa Monica, Calif. and Vancouver, BC, March 11, 2014 — Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the Company’s history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film. The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others. Higher-margin Blu-Ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film. “This is a monster opening and a tremendous result for the second film in a franchise, underscoring »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Zach Galifianakis Lands Obama Interview On ‘Between Two Ferns’: Video
A little more than a month after Fnc’s Bill O’Reilly landed his contentious pre-Super Bowl sit-down with President Obama, Zach Galifianakis scored an interview with the president on his Funny or Die show, Between Two Ferns. In the interview, which was taped a couple weeks ago, the two men discussed why a third term would be as bad an idea as that third Hangover movie, Obama’s birth certificate, Obamacare, and the rash growing on Galifianakis’ arm. “That’s disgusting — how long have you had that? That’s one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen,” Obama said. Watch here: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama from President Barack Obama »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
SXSW: 'Penny Dreadful' Scares Its Audience Right Out of the Theater
Josh Hartnett and director Juan Antonio Bayona couldn't have been more welcoming when they introduced "Penny Dreadful," their new horror program backed by Showtime at SXSW. Bayona, the director of the series' first two episodes, joked about his height relative to the quite tall Hartnett as the happy duo welcomed a full house to the series' world premiere. The episode -- which still had some color correction and musical work left to be done -- was quite chilling. Enough so, even, that fans bolted from the theater the moment the credits rolled, undoubtedly terrified by the eerie antics of Hartnett & Co. on screen. Okay. Maybe they were just in a hurry to get to their next screening in a packed SXSW lineup, but half the theater emptied despite pleas from the moderator for people to stick around. It's hard to blame them. As charming and laid back as Hartnett and Bayona were during the session, »
- Ben Travers
Chase Carey: Fox Network Is A “Work In Progress” But On Track
The 21st Century Fox COO acknowledges that with disappointments including the failure of The X Factor the “results are not what we want.” Still, Chase Carey told the Deutsche Bank Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference this morning that he likes the momentum in program development pointing to shows including 24, Hieroglyph, and Gracepoint “We have to execute in finding the shows. But I feel pretty good.” While Fox steadies itself, revenues from retransmission consent deals with pay TV distributors “will be an underpinning for profitability for the broadcast business, and that’s a stream that’s growing.” The company also expects increases in the rates cable and satellite companies pay for its pay TV channels. “We’re still not getting fair value, but you can’t get there in one fell swoop.” He adds that Fox execs “like this ecosystem….We know there’s a lot of upside left.” And with »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor
Mason Dye Joins MTV's Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf is adding some new faces to its lacrosse team in Season 4.
Mason Dye will join the cast in a recurring role as Garrett, a new student who joins the Beacon Hills lacrosse team, E! Online reports. Ender's Game star Khylin Rhambo has also signed on for the recurring role of Mason, a gay freshman who's also a member of the lacrosse team.
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- Liz Raftery
Jon Hamm photobombs tourists on 'Tonight Show' -- Video
Watch your back, George Clooney: You’re not the only star who smolders and loves a good practical joke.
On Monday, Jon Hamm followed up his recent Saturday Night Live cameo by participating in a new Tonight Show bit. As Jimmy Fallon explained, the show had had asked tourists to pose on the “Top of the Rock” — the roof of the building where Fallon tapes — for pictures that would be used to promote Rockefeller Center. Naturally, people agreed — but when it came time to say “cheese,” Hamm appeared behind them, striking the perfect pose to ruin enhance the shot. »
- Erin Strecker
Mariska Hargitay Lends Support to Detroit Rape Kit Project
Hargitay held a news conference in Detroit Monday to raise awareness about the backlog of rape kits across the state, which are unable to be processed because the county prosecutor's office is "severely understaffed" due to budget cuts, the Detroit News reports.
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- Liz Raftery
Cosmos’s Ratings Not Stellar On Sunday Night
I can’t say I’m shocked to hear that Fox/Seth MacFarlane/Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos reboot didn’t exactly burn up the 9Pm slot this weekend. It premiered in third place with 5.8M viewers, according to Nielsen, but it’s easy to see why. Sunday at 9Pm is a hugely competitive slot, particularly this Sunday where it was up [&hellip
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