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'SNL's' Kate McKinnon brings 'The Jinx's' Robert Durst to an improv comedy show

8 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever wonder what would happen if a serial killer was asked to participate in a comedy improv skit? Probably not, but "Saturday Night Live" thought that was the perfect way for the world to experience Kate McKinnon's impersonation of Robert Durst, the infamous subject of HBO's critically acclaimed docu-series "The Jinx." The good news is that McKinnon's impersonation is spot on (she also looks oddly like fellow cast member Pete Davidson).  The bad news is that the entire skit feels like it was chopped in half or severely edited in rehearsals.  Still, if you wonder why McKinnon gets so much hype this is another great example of her impressive talents. Check the skit out in the embedded clip at the bottom of this post. For more on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" check out Ryan McGee's popular recap. »


- Gregory Ellwood

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David Duchovny Thought Mulder Was the ‘Worst FBI Agent of All Time’

22 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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 »


- E. Alex Jung

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‘Top Gear’ Fallout: BBC Director-General Receives Death Threats After Jeremy Clarkson Firing

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Days after “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson was fired, BBC Director-General Tony Hall has received death threats, according to authorities in London. “Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill,” Metropolitan Police told CNN in a statement Sunday. The threats against Hall started shorty after he made the decision to drop Clarkson from “Top Gear,” one of the most popular television shows in the world. On Wednesday, The BBC announced that it wouldn’t be renewing Clarkson’s contract following an investigation into his “fracas” with producer Oison Tymon. Also Read: ‘Top Gear’ Host Jeremy Clarkson »


- Anita Bennett

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'Mad Men': How Megan Got Her Job And How Peggy Lost Hers, According to Matthew Weiner

38 minutes ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: In 'The Phantom,' 'Mad Men' is Haunted by the Ghosts of the Past As part of Film Independent at Lacma: A Tribute to Mad Men, showrunner Matthew Weiner and series star Jon Hamm sat down with Elvis Mitchell (the curator for Film independent's ongoing joint venture with Lacma) to talk about "The Phantom," also known as the Season 5 finale. They expounded on everything from the possibility of Bjork as Peggy ("That's totally going to trend," joked Hamm) to the reasoning behind Don's toothache storyline (as Weiner put it, "Dentistry has not progressed even slightly since then"). Weiner also talked at length about how Season 5 shook out careerwise for two of the show's leading ladies — after all, it was in Season 5 that both Peggy and Megan both quit their respective jobs to move to greener pastures. If the details are hazy for you, here's a (very »


- Rosie Narasaki

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

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

Stage and screen director Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won Tonys for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” died Saturday, according to the New York Times. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks did not direct many feature films, but those he did included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also helmed 1974’s “Mame,” which he had previously directed on Broadway to a best musical Tony and a directing nomination for him (both the stage and screen versions of “Mame” co-starred Saks’ then-wife Bea Arthur). In “Cactus Flower,” he directed Goldie Hawn to an Oscar for supporting actress.

Saks started »


- Carmel Dagan

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BBC Chief Gets Death Threat After Firing Jeremy Clarkson From ‘Top Gear’

1 hour ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Metropolitan Police is investigating alleged death threats made against BBC Director General Tony Hall in the wake of his decision not to renew Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's contract. Hall announced Wednesday that Clarkson would not return to the popular motoring show, following  an inquiry into an altercation between Clarkson and a producer on March 4. Britain's The Mail On Sunday reported Hall and his wife have been under 24-hour guard since the alleged threat was… »

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TV Review: ‘The Dovekeepers’

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

Designed to play as a moving adaptation of Alice Hoffman’s bestseller, “The Dovekeepers” is more of a wounded duck. Similar in tone to Lifetime’s “The Red Tent” by entering into such a story from a female perspective, the entire first half of this two-part miniseries essentially feels like an extended preamble to night two, which closes on a sobering note but proves dramatically flaccid until then. Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have made a splashy migration into scripted epics with “The Bible” and NBC’s sequel “A.D.,” but anyone who can endure this with their wits is a true survivor.

Granted, it’s been a generation since the 1981 miniseries “Masada,” but assuming it’s available somewhere, going back and watching that splendid pairing of Peter O’Toole and Peter Strauss is an infinitely preferable prospect.

As is, “Dovekeepers” should be most notable to fans of “NCIS »


- Brian Lowry

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‘The Rock’s Revenge Of ‘Bambi’ Targets Disney Remakes: ‘SNL’

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

Dwayne Johnson eased on through the Saturday Night Live live sketches; the funniest had him in a WWF promo (B) and later paired him with Cecily Strong’s twit Brit as his date (A+), crashing an intimate dinner with Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer and undoubtedly setting the SNL record for single-sketch use of the word “boner” (sometimes broken up, as in “bone her”): http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/dinner-date/2855724 Nevertheless, the SNL video team continued… »

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Could Trevor Noah Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'? (Maybe…)

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

Could "The Daily Show’s" most recent addition, Trevor Noah, be tapped to replace Jon Stewart when he leaves the show as host, at the end the year? It’s very possible, at least says Variety (Here); According to insiders, Noah is on “the shortlist” to replace Stewart. The South African comedian and satirist has many things going for him, including the fact that he has experience doing late night TV, having hosted a late night TV show in South Africa for two seasons, and that "The Daily Show" would most likely want to promote an existing member of the show to the new host position, for continuity. Also in his favor is that, 2 other likely candidates - "Daily Show" regulars, Samantha bee, and her husband, Jason Jones - are leaving the program to create their own comedy show for TBS. In addition, correspondent Jessica Williams, who was rumored as a possible replacement, »


- Sergio

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‘The Rock’ Obama Shows Dwayne Johnson As Host With The Most: ‘SNL’

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

Last night’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted Saturday Night Live wasn’t what you’d call intellectually brilliant. It was merely flat-out funny, as the Furious franchise frontman made it all look easy during his fourth tour in the SNL spotlight. Johnson’s so comfortable in his own skin that he easily morphed from cue-card stoned star to the gamest member of the ensemble, which gave the evening an engaging collegial vibe — even when sketches went limp. He was there right… »

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BBC Chief Receives Death Threat over Jeremy Clarkson Sacking

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

London — BBC chief Tony Hall is receiving around-the-clock protection after he received a death threat linked to his sacking of “Top Gear” presenter Jeremy Clarkson, according to reports.

Hall, the broadcaster’s director general, received an email containing the threat on Wednesday. London’s police service, which is investigating the threat, said the email appeared to have been sent from outside the U.K.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the BBC sought to hire an eight-man security team on Wednesday. A vehicle from a security company, London Protection Services, was stationed overnight at Hall’s home in Oxfordshire. The company’s bodyguards are all former members of the military or police.

Hall decided on Wednesday not to renew Clarkson’s contract, after the “Top Gear” host allegedly attacked the show’s producer Oisin Tymon while they were on location in Yorkshire, Northern England. According to Hall, Tymon had to »


- Leo Barraclough

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Dwayne Johnson Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

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

It’s almost too easy to declare that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “rocked” as host of this week’s Saturday Night Live — but that doesn’t mean such a statement would be inaccurate.

PhotosJohn Noble Recalls His Time on Fringe, 24, Sleepy Hollow and More

In fact, it says a lot about the Furious 7 star’s comedic chops that the evening’s worst sketches either gave him absolutely nothing to do (“Cooking With Paul”) or didn’t include him at all (“The Circus”).

Johnson proved so fearlessly committed to his punch lines that he even scored a few laughs »


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Kids’ Choice Awards 2015: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez & Tons of Slime

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

Nick Jonas wowed the crowd at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, held Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., which seats 17,500 — screaming kids.

The host pulled double duty, kicking off the live show with a medley performance of his hits “Chains” and “Jealous.” Welcomed by a video montage of A-listers chanting his name — Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum and, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Patrick Star — Jonas took the stage, in front of the star-studded audience, including Chris Pratt, Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie who was joined by two of her kids, Shiloh and Zahara.

“A lot of girls in the house are still struggling after One Direction became two directions,” Jonas greeted the crowd, alluding to this week’s news of the boyband losing member Zayn Malik. Poking fun at himself, he quipped, “What’s next, the Jonas Brother?”

Emma Stone won the first award of the night for Favorite Movie Actress. »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Kids' Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Modern Family, Austin & Ally and More

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

Superheroes, fairytale saviors and professional nerds met for battle Saturday at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, but not everyone managed to snag a coveted blimp; some of ‘em just got slimed.

Photos2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Orange Carpet: Grant Gustin, Zendaya and More

Hosted by Nick Jonas, who also opened the show with a medley of his solo hits, this year’s ceremony found several TVLine regulars up for major awards, including Once Upon a Time‘s Jennifer Morrison and The Flash‘s Grant Gustin.

So, who won big? Keep scrolling for a breakdown of this year’s TV winners…

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