Saturday Night Live Recap: Cameron Diaz Is a Back Home Baller
One of the standout sketches on Saturday Night Live this week — and there were many — was an ode to the tsunami of compliments that await most of us upon going home for Thanksgiving. For the host, Cameron Diaz, however, all the positive notices she receives from returning to the show owe nothing to familial goodwill and everything to the fact that she crushed it.Cameron Diaz has been hosting SNL since There's Something About Mary came out a distressing 16 years ago. (R.I.P. my youth.) In addition to appearing on the show a number of times since, she has spent the intervening years acting as the gamest goofball in comedies like The Sweetest Thing and last summer's Sex Tape. This kind of thing is old hat to her. When Diaz is involved with a funny project, she presents herself as essentially the living embodiment of Gillian Flynn's "Cool »
- Joe Berkowitz
'Arrow,' 'Flash' Cast, Creators Preview Epic Crossover
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Arrow/The Flash crossover.] Arrow and The Flash have staged mini-crossovers during the past year — Barry, Cisco and Caitlin made their debuts in the second season of Arrow, while Felicity and Oliver have appeared in The Flash's first season. But during the Dec. 2 episode of The Flash and the Dec. 3 episode of Arrow, there will be a full-fledged crossover event between The CW's DC Comics shows. "If there is anybody who is watching only one of the shows, [this is an opportunity] to sort of check out the other," Arrow and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday ahead of a fan-screening
- Marisa Roffman
Jennifer Aniston Would Do a Friends Reunion When the Cast Is Super Old
Jennifer Aniston was on The Graham Norton Show to promote Horrible Bosses 2 alongside Jason Bateman when inevitably, Norton asked about when we get that darn Friends reunion so that people would stop "wanging" on about it. "I say we just wait until we're much older and then we're golden friends," replied Aniston. So that way, no one will make comparisons about how they look now versus then. (Aniston also talks about how she got the "Rachel" cut because her stylist was completely stoned at the time). Then Norton suggests they make it "really grim and depressing" so that no one will ever ask for that again. It all gets charmingly morbid from there. »
- E. Alex Jung
Major Crimes Boss Talks of TNT's Faith, 'Slithery' Stroh's Return, Spin-Off Fate
Surveying a TNT landscape that in recent weeks saw Dallas and other dramas fall by the wayside, Major Crimes creator James Duff does not take for granted the fact that The Closer‘s spin-off thus far has reaped relatively easy renewals.
“We’ve been incredibly lucky,” Duff told TVLine during a Q&A previewing the crime drama’s upcoming winter run. “Believe me when I say that we are all very aware of the rarified air in which we exist at the moment” – especially with former Fox boss Kevin Reilly about to take the reins at the cable network.
ABC Cancels John Stamos-Led Members Only Drama Before Premiere
ABC has decided to deny admission to Members Only.
The drama, which was to star John Stamos, will not join the Alphabet Net’s midseason line-up as originally planned, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Stamos was to play the billionaire husband of a character played by Natalie Zea (The Following). The cast also included Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) and Michael Landes (Save Me).
ABC Scraps ‘Members Only’ Midseason Drama
ABC has formally pulled the plug on the midseason drama project “Members Only.”
Project, a co-production of ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, was picked up in January with a straight to series order. It was billed as an “Upstairs, Downstairs”-esque vehicle revolving around a Connecticut country club. John Stamos, Betsy Brandt and Boris Kodjoe were among the ensemble cast.
“Members Only” was originally set to mark director David O. Russell’s TV debut, but he left the project about a month after the series was picked up. Susannah Grant wrote the pilot script and was an exec producer with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
The pilot was shot this past spring, directed by R.J. Cutler, but no other episodes had lensed. ABC had not set a premiere date beyond its midseason designation.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported ABC’s decision to nix the show.
- Variety Staff
Scoop: Craig Robinson's NBC Comedy Adds Greek Grad Spencer Grammer and A to Z's Lenora Crichlow
The student has become the teacher.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. »
Quotes of the Week From Htgawm, Marry Me, Family Guy and More
Homemade cranberry relish or canned cranberry sauce with tin-can stripes? It’s just one of the tough calls you might have to make this Thanksgiving.
Lucky for you, the smorgasbord that is TVLine’s Quotes of the Week lets you have it all… great retorts, one-liners and zingers from a wide variety of shows.
This time around we’ve got a culinary delight from Modern Family, a journey to Middle Earth on How to Get Away With Murder, a Seussical interlude on Once Upon a Time, double doses of The Good Wife, The Originals and Marry Me — and much more! »
Ex-nbc Employee Claims He Helped Bill Cosby Pay Off Women
Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old ex-nbc employee, is the latest to go public with stories of Bill Cosby’s past.
Scotti, who worked as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where “Cosby Show” was filmed, told the New York Daily News that he arranged for monthly payments and more for eight women during “The Cosby Show’s” run from 1984-1992. He claimed some women would receive as much as $2,000 at a time.
“He had everybody fooled,” Scotti said to the Daily News. “Nobody suspected.”
Scotti provided copies of money orders to four women to the Daily News and said Cosby asked him to put his own name on them.
“He was covering himself by having my name on it,” he said. “It was a coverup. I realized it later.”
- Alex Stedman
Jane the Virgin Preview: Michael's Heartache, Petra the Kidnapper & More
Jane the Virgin isn’t the only one who has some explaining to do — in particular, to her disapproving mother — after last week’s jump from fiancé Michael to baby daddy Rafael.
Michael may need to justify his actions after he makes a surprising attempt at getting over his ex in Monday’s episode (The CW, 9/8c), while Petra finds herself in a tricky situation that will definitely require some damage control.
Read on for scoop on Petra’s criminal behavior, Michael and Rafael’s mounting tension and Xo and Rogelio’s drunken night out.
How Do You Mend A Broken Heart? »
Say It Isn't So! Will Fox Bring Back The X Factor?
After three seasons, Fox canceled The X Factor in February, amid dismal ratings that plunged year after year despite ploys like adding Britney Spears to the judging panel. The show never came close to matching the popularity of Cowell's other export, American Idol.
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- Liz Raftery
Ex-nbc Employee: “Covering Up” for Bill Cosby Forced Me to Quit
A former NBC employee has come forward to say that years of "covering up" for Bill Cosby eventually made him quit his job.
Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that he was essentially Cosby's yes-man — standing guard outside the comedian's dressing room while he brought young models in, paying off women in exchange for their silence, and even securing a second apartment for Cosby's exploits.
"I did a lot of crazy things for him," Scotti, 90, told the Daily News. "He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later."
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- Liz Raftery
Cameron Diaz Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches
When a long-time A-lister with proven comedic chops like Cameron Diaz hits Studio 8H to host Saturday Night Live, expectations tend to be high. But would the Annie star’s wacky charm spin her first official hosting stint since 2005 — she’s done numerous guest spots, it must be noted — into comedy gold?
Despite a promising but eventually flat “Schoolhouse Rock”-themed cold open (highlighted by Jay Pharoah’s President Obama repeatedly throwing Kenan Thompson’s “Bill” down the Capital Hill steps) and Diaz’s less-than-stellar audience Q&A as opening monologue (“Is Shrek just as grumpy in real life?”), the »
Stephen Merchant answers burning questions about 'Hello Ladies: The Movie'
Spoiler alert: Stephen Merchant wrapped up his one-season wonder Hello Ladies with a movie Nov. 22 on HBO. His character, Stuart, finally learned to appreciate his real friends (as opposed to men who could get him closer to models) and ended up with his roommate, Jessica (Christine Woods). Merchant answered a few of our burning questions about the movie's most memorable scenes: EW: How did you get Nicole Kidman to cameo as herself, someone who Stuart claims he dated to impress his ex? Merchant: How did we get Kidders involved? Nicky K, as I call her. I actually did a standup »
- C. Molly Smith and Mandi Bierly
Report: X Factor May Return to Fox
Is Fox looking to reunite with its X?
Cowell, who created the singing competition and is now a judge on its British version, would leave that post in order to return to the United States, the British publication Mirror reports.
Representatives from the network have not commented on the report. X Factor‘s Season 3 finale was watched by only 6.2 million people — and scored a 1.7 demo rating — marking year-to-year declines of 36 and 45 percent.
The series’ American »
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