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When The Good Wife Finally Returns, There Will Be Some New Faces
Something has been missing from your lives. We know, it's been missing from ours too. That something is The Good Wife. The beloved CBS drama hasn't had a new episode since Sunday, Jan. 11 and won't be back until—brace yourselves—Sunday, March 1. Before you go and start freaking out that The Good Wife is going to be canceled let us remind you that: 1. CBS loves the show. 2. It's not benched because it's getting canceled. 3. The show did this last year around the same time because of all the various sporting events—there's this game on Sunday, the Super Bowl, have you heard of it?—and awards shows that take up Sunday nights during the »
'Game of Thrones' Season Five Trailer: Snakes, Revenge, Beards
Sand Snakes, dragons, revenge plots, a haggard-looking Tyrion: It's all there in the epic trailer for Game of Thrones Season Five, which premiered this past week during IMAX screenings of Season Four's final two episodes, "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children." While the teaser hasn't been officially released, one quick-thinking theater attendee recorded the footage and uploaded the above clip.
"Justice has a price" is the tagline and essential theme of the trailer, which is soundtracked by a droning cover of David Bowie's iconic "Heroes." Other notable »
‘Htgawm': Viola Davis Reveals the ‘Wrench’ In Sam’s Disappearance
Sam Keating’s body may be missing, but his baggage is just arriving — in the form of Marcia Gay Harden.
On the winter premiere of “How To Get Away With Murder,” Harden was revealed to be Sam’s (Tom Verica) sister, aka Annalise’s (Viola Davis) sister-in-law, Hannah Keating. And Annalise has finally met her match.
“First of all, it’s a woman who just never really embraced her in the family,” Davis told Variety along with a small group of reporters on the “Htgawm” set. “I know so many relationships like that, especially interracial relationships….You’ll see that relationship be very contentious because it’s a woman that just never accepted me. She never saw me. She loved Sam’s ex-wife much more than she loved me.”
(Davis says there are no plans to cast Sam’s ex-wife at this point in the series.)
She continued, “You’ll »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Why Hannibal’s Delay Is a Good Thing
Last week, there was a collective scream from Hannibal fans when it was announced by NBC the show’s third season would be delayed until at least the summer. Stag heads were burned, large knives were brandished – it wasn’t a pretty scene, furthered by the typical fan paranoia that a delay means imminent cancellation. While I’m sad to hear of Hannibal‘s delay, I can’t help but be a little excited about the prospect of Hannibal airing over the summer. Why? The reason is two-fold; first of all, it lessens the financial risk on NBC’s back. Sure, Hannibal isn’t paid for directly out of NBC’s pocket – but regardless, ad sales (or the lack of them) can quickly lead to cancellations. Expecting big numbers out of Hannibal was never really a reality anyway, something NBC knew when they pushed it to Friday nights for its second season. »
- Randy Dankievitch
‘Mike & Molly’ 100th Episode: Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell In Their Own Words
Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell had never met before landing the title roles on “Mike & Molly.” Five years later they’re thick as thieves. Variety’s Geoff Berkshire asked the stars to reflect on their journey together on the occasion of the show’s 100th episode (which McCarthy directed).
On Meeting For The First Time …
Melissa McCarthy: We had a great beginning, I felt like it was meant to be. The second we read (together) I think I audibly went, “Oh!”
Billy Gardell: I did the same thing. I walked out of there thinking, “If I have any shot, it’s because I read with her.”
McCarthy: Even when we did the pilot we felt like we were three years in, in a good way.
Gardell: We just trusted each other, I think that was the key. I don’t know why or how, maybe it’s a Midwest thing, »
- Geoff Berkshire
ABC Family Reveals Casts For Comedy Pilots ‘Kevin At Work’ & ‘Tough Cookie’
ABC Family also revealed the casts of the single-cam series, which are both shooting in Los Angeles.
Noah Reid (“Backpackers”) will lead workplace comedy “Kevin At Work,” as the title character. Reid is joined by newcomer Paige Spara, Matt Murray (“Rookie Blue”), Jordan Hinson (“Eureka”) and Punam Patel (“Black-ish,” “Covert Affairs”). Amy Sedaris will guest star.
The half-hour series follows a young man (Reid) who professes his love to a co-worker before accepting another job, only to find out that his offer has been rescinded. Barbie Adler (“How I Met Your Mother”) penned the pilot and will exec produce with Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Secrets & Lies”) and McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), who will direct the pilot.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Nashville, Supergirl, Castle, Flash, Supernatural, Forever, Grey's, NCIS, Jane and More!
Will Nashville‘s Rayna/Deacon fans be singing a happy tune? Who is Supergirl‘s first Very Big Bad? Which Castle family is expanding? Baby drama for Jane? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Pretty please, spill some details on whether Nashville‘s Rayna and Deacon will be getting back together anytime soon? –LooLoo
Our resident Nashville native-by-association, Kim Roots, tells me that Wednesday’s midseason premiere “will simultaneously delight and frustrate Deyna fans. The big winners: People who don’t like Luke Wheeler. He has a really rough time after Rayna gives him the heave-ho, »
‘How To Get Away With Murder': Viola Davis Says Season 2 Is a Go
It looks like the Keating Five really can get away with murder — at least for one more season.
ABC’s freshman hit “How To Get Away With Murder” will be returning for a second season, according to star Viola Davis who tweeted and posted the news on her Facebook. Though ABC has not officially handed over a renewal, a second season of the ABC Studios drama is a no-brainer.
The latest series from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, “How to Get Away With Murder” is the season’s No. 2-rated new show in adults 18-49, behind only Fox’s “Empire.” It has been the top series in its Thursday 10 p.m. timeslot with every original episode to date.
“Htgawm” has quickly garnered a huge fan base, as part of the tweet-friendly Thursday night lineup. (When it returned with its Jan. 29 midseason premiere, 9 of 10 trending U.S. Twitter topics we’re related to “Tgit” shows. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Idina Menzel to Star in Happy Time Comedy from Ellen DeGeneres
Do you want to build a television career? Idina Menzel sure does.
Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio A Very Good Production are looking to develop Happy Time this summer.
Next up for Menzel: Performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before kickoff at Sunday’s Super Bowl Xlix. »
The Week in Television: Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer Leaks, Wet Hot American Summer Originals Returning & Supergirl Casts Jimmy Olsen
Another week has come and gone, and if you weren’t able to keep on all the recent television news, don’t worry. Like always, we here at TVOvermind have you covered with the biggest headlines of the week about some of TV’s most beloved shows, including Game of Thrones, New Girl, and more, in our feature, “The Week in Television.” – With IMAX screenings of the final two episodes from Game of Thrones Season 4 beginning last night, the Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer, which was also shown during the screeners, has leaked online. Watch it right now. [TVOvermind] – Zachary Quinto has confirmed that he will not be returning for NBC’s Heroes Reborn. Right now, the only original cast member returning for the revival is Jack Coleman, who played Noah Bennett/Hrg throughout Heroes‘ four seasons. [Slashfilm] – Netflix has confirmed that many of the original cast members of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, »
- Chris King
Was Parenthood's Ending Too Happy? Can Elizabeth Jennings Best Arrow? How'd Olivia Frizz Out? And More Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Jane the Virgin, Parenthood and Scandal!
1 | Which Saturday Night Live intern goofed, that the Family Feud sketch featured a weirdly outdated array of American Idol judges? (Also, raise your hand if you could do a better Harry Connick Jr. impression.)
2 | Were you as floored as we were, during the SAG Awards, to learn that Lifetime Achievement winner Debbie Reynolds didn’t know how to dance before Singin’ in the Rain? And »
Disney TV Animation Leads Annie Nominees With 20 Bids
While the temptation at this time of year is to focus on achievements in feature film, the Annie Awards also lauds television/broadcast animation.
In fact, 14 of the 31 production awards Asifa-Hollywood will give out on Jan. 31 will go to TV projects, with 13 going to films and the rest going to videogames, shorts, commercials and student films.
Disney Television Animation dominated with 20 nominations, eight going to “Disney Mickey Mouse” to lead the TV/broadcast categories. Disney’s nearest competitors were Cartoon Network with eight and studio stablemate Pixar with seven.
“We couldn’t be more proud,” says Eric Coleman, senior VP, original series, at Disney Television Animation. “I believe we got more nominations this year than ever. … It’s really gratifying for us to be recognized with so many nominations because they come from within the animation community.”
While Pixar doesn’t have a pony in the feature race, its TV »
- Terry Flores
Super Bowl: From NBC To NFL, Who’s Under Most Pressure On Game Day?
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks aren’t the only entities under pressure to deliver when Super Bowl Xlix kicks off this Sunday from Phoenix.
With 30-second spots in NBC’s broadcast of the game going for around $4.5 million (and the bargain price of $4.4 million for those who bought multiple spots), the stakes are high for everyone and anyone associated with the contest. NBC likely feels compelled to deliver outsize ratings and likely hopes the Super Bowl will, as it has four times in the last five years, break the record for the most-watched event on TV. The National Football League will hope a top-notch event can partly erase from fans’ minds recent imbroglios involving its players’ treatment of women and the way it has handled new research showing the game injures the people who take it on to the field. And marketers investing in the event will be hard-pressed to demonstrate their million-dollar, »
- Brian Steinberg
Mindy Project Bids Adieu to Adam Pally With Peter's Top 3 Moments
Too much funny from which to choose, you say? Star Mindy Kaling Bs-to-d (begs to diff) in the exclusive video below, which is full of her favorite Peter scenes — including one that’s a little less funny, a little more mrrow.
Press Play on the clip to see if your top Prentice predicaments made the cut.
Related storiesWorld's Funniest Fails Sneak Peek: Fall Under the Spell of Adorable Puppies!American Idol Recap: Ooh Bay-bay Bay-bay! »
Revamped Asifa-Hollywood Sees Big Boost for Its Signature Annie Awards
Asifa-Hollywood, the nonprofit organization behind the Annie Awards, has championed the toon industry for nearly five decades, but never has its growth been felt as much as in the last few years after the organization went through a major organizational shift in 2011.
“We’ve done quite a lot in the last three or four years, building on what’s been done before with the other generations of Asifa,” says executive director Frank Gladstone.
Gladstone was elected president in early 2011, along with a new board of directors, and they went to work to change perceptions that Asifa had become more of a fan-based group and that
its Annie voting practices were skewed.
Current president Jerry Beck says the org sees itself as “kind of the United Nations of the animation industry worldwide. We did have a problem. We had to address it. … One of those changes that Frank first instituted as »
- Terry Flores
‘Mike & Molly’s’ 10 Most Memorable Moments
Variety asked “Mike & Molly” exec producer Chuck Lorre, showrunner Al Higgins and the supporting cast to share their favorite moments and personal highlights from 100 episodes.
“Pilot” (season 1, episode 1)
“We knew that we had something special — the makings of family.”
“First Date” (season 1, episode 2)
“Molly has a horrible cold but is determined to go on her first date with Mike. The chemistry between Melissa and Billy was incredible.”
“After the Lovin’” (season 1, episode 7)
“I relish playing this very sexually active character who’s no stranger to the grape. ”
“Molly Makes Soup” (season 1, episode 14)
“When Vince gets down on his knee and asks Joyce to marry him. It is so warm and funny and strange at the same time.”
“Victoria’s Birthday” (season 1, episode 23)
“I got to sing ‘Oh Happy Day’ with the choir directed by Jimmy Burrows!”
- Variety Staff
Why FX Is the Best Cable Network on TV
About a month ago, I wrote a piece about why I believe The CW is the best broadcast network on television, and I stand by that claim, even more so since fully catching up with series like The 100, Jane the Virgin, and Reign. However, if The CW is the best that broadcast television has to offer, which network is the king of cable? While some would suggest HBO or even AMC, both struggle to match the success and quality of FX, which is truly the best cable network on TV, and there are many reasons why. First, like The CW, FX’s lineup of shows over the past couple of years, when it comes to both drama and comedy, is unmatched. Despite HBO having two of what I consider to be the best series on television, Game of Thrones and The Leftovers, the network doesn’t have FX’s depth, »
- Chris King
Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer: Danerys' Destiny, Tyrion in Exile
“The seven kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name,” Lord Varys tells Tyrion in the first trailer for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season, causing the Lannister sibling to scoff, “Good luck finding him.”
“Who said anything about ‘him,'” the Spider replies, we cut to a shot of Daenerys, and we’re off!
The roughly two-minute video, which is airing as part of the HBO series being shown in IMAX theaters across the country, gives us plenty to look at/obsess over.
This unofficial video — which was apparently shot by someone »
'Project Runway: All Stars' Season 4: Ranking the Looks of 'Always the Bridesmaid'
On episode 11 of Project Runway All Stars, the designers had to create bridesmaids dresses for Machesa client Dana?s wedding. The bridesmaids not only worked the dresses on the catwalk, but stood up for Dana?s wedding that was officiated by Alyssa Milano on the runway. The judges were not overly impressed by what the remaining five designers showed, and for good reason. Here are my rankings of the lukewarm looks from worst to best. Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. »
Stephen Fry-Hosted Quiz Show ‘Qi’ Heads to BBC America
The series, which airs on BBC2 in Blighty, features celebrity guests answering quirky questions and scoring bonus points if the answers are “quite interesting.” “Q1″ will bow with three back-to-back episodes running in 40-minute time slots.
Fry will also be seen on BBC America on Feb. 8 in his 10th outing as host of the BAFTA Film Awards.
- Cynthia Littleton
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