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NBC Greenlights Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show, Targets May Premiere (Exclusive)

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has formally given the greenlight to a long-gestating variety show to be co-hosted by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels. The Peacock is targeting a premiere in late May.

The project has been in the works for more than a year. Michaels is exec producing. Matt Roberts, a “Late Show with David Letterman” alum, and Erin David are producing along with Rudolph and Short.

NBC confirmed the series order but details about the number of episodes and format are still being sorted out. It’s expected to air live from NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters in New York.

The show, tentatively titled “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” was a topic of conversation Thursday night among the current and former “Saturday Night Live” troupers who were on hand at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the center’s American Songbook tribute to Michaels, recognizing his long »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Maya Rudolph, Martin Short to Debut NBC Variety Show in May

15 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Sorry, Neil Patrick Harris: Maya Rudolph and Martin Short will be the ones having the best time ever this spring.

The comedians’ long-gestating NBC variety show is slated for a May premiere and is now tentatively titled Maya and Marty in Manhattan, according to our sister site Variety.

As TVLine reported in August, SNL boss Lorne Michaels will executive-produce the series, though an exact episode count and format are still being worked out. Much like SNL, Maya and Marty is expected to air live from »

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American Crime Story's Cuba Gooding Jr. Says John Travolta Was His 'Favorite Co-star of All Time'

3 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sorry, Tom, you've been outdone. "John Travolta is my favorite costar of all time," says Cuba Gooding Jr., who won an Oscar for his performance alongside Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. The actor and Travolta are currently co-starring in FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in which Gooding Jr. portrays the infamous athlete while Travolta plays his lawyer Robert Shapiro. For more from Cuba Gooding Jr., pick up this week's issue of People, on newsstands nowWhile the subject matter is serious and sometimes disturbing, Gooding Jr. says Travolta helped to keep the atmosphere light on set. »

- Maggie Parker, @maggie_wp

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

18 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… »

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Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

17 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans", A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… »

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

17 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… »

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Dr. Dre, Apple Working on Original TV Show ‘Vital Signs’

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Apple is hoping that Dr. Dre can provide an inroad into the world of television. The rapper/mogul, who’s already aligned with Apple following the company’s 2014 purchase of Beats Electronics, is working on a new TV show for Apple, the New York Times reports. The six-episode drama series, which has the title “Vital Signs,” would be offered through the company’s, streaming service Apple TV, via Apple Music. Also Read: Jerry Heller Sues Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Others for $110 Million Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Portrayal It isn’t yet known when the show will be available, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Ratings: ABC’s ‘20/20′ Spikes With Interview of Columbine Shooter’s Mother

55 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC News has delivered another winning sweeps performance for the Alphabet, as Diane Sawyer’s exclusive “20/20” interview with the mother of one of the Columbine shooters dominated its time period in key demos and teamed with “Shark Tank” to lift the network to victory on the night.

In Nielsen’s preliminary nationals, “20/20” averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, a 2.3/7 in adults 25-54 and 7.2 million viewers overall in the 10 p.m. hour. It surged 42% week to week in 18-49 to beat both CBS’ “Blue Bloods” original (1.4/5) and nearly double the delivery of competing news program “Dateline” on NBC (0.9/3).

The 18-49 rating matched the delivery of a November sweep edition of “20/20” on Leah Remini and her time in the Church of Scientology as the newsmagazine’s highest of the season. And of course, the highest ratings in years for “20/20” came with last year’s two-hour May sweep installment “Bruce Jenner: »

- Rick Kissell

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The Originals: Vampire Fight Club

1 hour ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The Originals balances a nice equilibrium of action and drama with subtle romantic tensions under the surface. Klaus and Cami are the finest example as they’re mad as hell at each other, yet they know the other won’t hurt them. Cami as a vampire takes some getting used to. To put it simply, she’s got a bite to her now. At first I hated this new side to her usually sensible character but I’m starting to see the advantages to her change. She recognizes she made a huge mistake in taking the white oak horse from Klaus’ possession. Technically it

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- Jen Winkler

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Ashley Judd Joins ‘Twin Peaks’ Sequel Series

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ashley Judd has joined the cast of the “Twin Peaks” revival series.

Judd joins the already-stacked cast of returning original cast members (Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Horse,Sheryl Lee, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Miguel FerrerRay Wise, Grace ZabriskiePeggy Lipton and Everett McGill) as well as new residents (Amanda Seyfried, Laura Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Robert Knepper, James Belushi, Tom SizemoreBalthazar Getty, Grant Goodeve, Larry Clarke, Caleb Landry Jones and Naomi Watts). Details of Judd’s role have yet to be announced, according to Deadline, which first reported the news.

Twin Peaks” is currently in production and will air in 2017 on Showtime. It is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed by Lynch. See a teaser for the series here.

Judd recently appeared in “Divergent,” “Insurgent” and “Dolphin Tale.” Her TV credits include roles on “Missing” and “Sisters. »

- Variety Staff

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Nigel Lythgoe To Exec Produce Dance Pic ‘Tackling Romeo’ – Berlin

2 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Choreographer, producer and reality dance judge Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol) has signed on to executive produce the dance feature Tackling Romeo, which will be introduced during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Aimed at fans of films like Pitch Perfect, Tackling Romeo follows East Coast prep school senior Bobby Sherwood, a star Rugby player who sets about trying to become a ballet dancer in secret. As he juggles his life at school… »

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Performer of the Week: Ellen Pompeo

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The Performer | Ellen Pompeo

The Show | Grey’s Anatomy

The Episode | “The Sound of Silence” (Feb. 11, 2016)

The Performance | If a picture really says a thousand words, this review is superfluous: Any image we publish of Pompeo’s stricken face from this week’s Grey’s will tell you all you need to know about her visceral performance.

After an attack by a disoriented patient left Meredith temporarily deaf and unable to speak, her portrayer turned her visage into a notepad, on which she scrawled volumes about her character’s fear and confusion, her rage and despair. Frankly, between the articulateness »

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Ratings: Sleepy Hollow Slips, While The Amazing Race Returns Steady

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In its second Friday outing, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow drew 3.2 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, adding a handful of eyeballs but slipping two tenths in the demo to hit a series low.

RelatedSleepy Hollow Recap: In Which Ichabod Busts His Astral Projection

Leading out of that, Second Chance (2.2 mil/0.5) — which conveeeeeniently had a “dead pool” storyline the same weekend that Fox’s Deadpool hits theaters — dipped a tenth.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

The CW | Vampire Diaries (1.1 mil/0.4) was steady, but The Originals (800K/0.3) ticked down to series lows.

RelatedVampire Diaries Recap: Bite Club

RelatedThe Originals Recap: Musical Thrones


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Whatever Happened to the Cast of The Neverending Story?

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When it comes to children’s movies, I have a hard time deciding which is my favorite; it’s either The Dark Crystal or The Neverending Story.  Both movies are pretty dark considering their target demographics, and I can remember certain aspects of each that used to scare me.  And both movies involved some incredible work by puppeteers and voice actors, helping to bring to life the wide array of fictional creatures.  Unlike The Dark Crystal, however, The Neverending Story featured live human actors that were, in my opinion, perfectly cast for their roles.  Keep reading to find out what happened to

Whatever Happened to the Cast of The Neverending Story? »

- Nat Berman

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Bob's Burgers Video: Valentine's Day Makes Tina Think Inside the Box

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Bob’s Burgers celebrates Valentine’s Day Sunday (Fox, 7:30/6:30c) by throwing Tina Belcher into a life of petty crime.

Ok, maybe we’re exaggerating. But something untoward is about to happen in this exclusive sneak peek, when Louise saunters into her sister’s room just as Tina is trying to snoop in the school’s holiday carnation-fundraiser box.

RelatedLethal Weapon Pilot Ordered at Fox, Damon Wayans Sr. to Star

Elsewhere in the episode, Gene and Courtney’s romantic history may derail their big break as the new hosts of the morning announcements. Drama!

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20 Memorable Green Characters from TV, Movies, and Video Games

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I got the idea for this post when I was walking down the street and saw a parked green car with green characters painted all over it.  It was pretty ugly, but weird enough to look at for a bit.  I came to realize that at some point, the difficulty of being green got lost in the hype over blue.  The Na’vi from Avatar, Dr. Manhattan, and even the Smurfs themselves have made blue the “it” color.  No.  Green is where it’s at.  For the purposes of this post, at least. Below, check out 20 of the greatest/most memorable green

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- Madison

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Review: 'Vinyl' is Like 'Mad Men' on Drugs, But Do We Need Another Don Draper Story?

5 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The premiere episode of Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's first project together since "Boardwalk Empire" isn't even an episode. It's a movie. The two-hour premiere of "Vinyl," the duo's hard-cutting, deliberately jarring and louder than loud HBO music drama, features such elaborate filmmaking techniques it's hard to consider the pilot merely an introduction to what could be a 100-hour series. Scenes are bookended by transitionary shots of various artists crooning rhythmic melodies. Random signifiers of the era pop up to set the mood, like a close-up on a cigarette lighter catching fire followed by hundreds of lights filling a crowded audience. Shaking zooms and quick cuts provide an edge — an attitude — for every inch of the frame, while rock 'n roll fills the would-be quiet moments and often overwhelms scenes traditionally built to run without such boisterous accompaniment.  And then there are the Martin Scorsese trademarks. Our story begins at the. »

- Ben Travers

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From Castle, With Love, Are New Episodes Two Days in a Row!

6 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

This Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend Castle viewers will get a double-dose of the show with Castle 8 x 10 “Witness for the Prosecution” airing Sunday  at 10pm Est while Castle 8 x 11 “Dead Red” will run in its normal Monday night timeslot.  What’s Sunday’s episode all about? Here’s the ABC plot synopsis: Castle finally gets his day in court when he takes the stand as the key witness to a murder from five months ago. But when new information suddenly arises, he and Beckett must race against the clock to prevent a miscarriage of justice. Castle 8 x 10, “Witness

From Castle, With Love, Are New Episodes Two Days in a Row! »

- Joy D'Angelo

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Girl Meets World: When Commonism Rules

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The nice thing about Girl Meets World is that it doesn’t live in a fantasy world where kids are perfect and don’t make serious mistakes. Kids lie, and cheat, and try to cover it up. Adults do that too, but let’s stick to the generation we can actually get to stop behaving badly.   Riley has been cheating off of Farkle. Now they must stand in front of the Honor Board and face their punishment. Unfortunately Riley is on the Honor Board and she refuses to punish her best friend. Cory tries to let Riley make her own decision about

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- Araceli Aviles

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Hawaii Five-0 Review: Who Had the Worst Valentine’s Day?

12 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Love is in the air! At least, it’s supposed to be. This Valentine’s Day the members of Five-0 recount their not so perfect day of love while working an even more depressing attempted murder case. All things considered though, if all of Hawaii Five-0 is alive, it’s not so bad.   To start off, everyone arrives at the crime scene to find Steve’s got a black eye, and Grover’s sporting a 70s style suit. There’s no end to the giggles, but back to the victim. Luana Cruz is found shot in a rented apartment typically rented out to cheating couples.

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- Araceli Aviles

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