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Bill Hader Compares Saturday Night Live Hosts: Disses Justin Bieber, Calls Justin Timberlake a "Class Act"
Call it a tale of two Justins. Bill Hader was chatting with Howard Stern on his Sirius Xm radio show on Wednesday about his recent departure from Saturday Night Live when Justin Timberlake came up in the conversation. "He's great," Hader said about SNL's frequent host. "Also, the guy doesn't show up with anybody. It's just him." Unfortunately, Hader didn't exactly have the same praise for another of this season's hosts. "Justin Bieber showed up with like 20 guys," Hader recalled. "He had a guy holding a slice of pizza. A guy holding a Diet Coke. You're trying to fight through all these people to get dressed. Timberlake, it was just him. »
Ratings: 'Modern Family' Hits Season Finale Low But Tops Night as ABC, CBS Tie
On a low-rated final Wednesday of the 2012-13 season, ABC's "Modern Family" was the top-rated show of the night despite having its lowest-rated season finale to date. ABC and CBS tied for first in the ratings, and CBS won in total viewers, as CBS's "Criminal Minds" and NBC's "Law & Order: Svu" also hit season finale lows. CBS, which had a 2.2 rating/7 share in the key 18-49 demographic and averaged 9 million total viewers, followed reruns in the 8 p.m. hour with the two-hour "Criminal Minds" season finale at 9. »
- Tim Molloy
'Homeland' Adds 'Boardwalk Empire' Actor to Growing List of Guest Stars (Exclusive)
With production on the third season getting underway on Wednesday, Homeland is adding a slew of guest stars to a cast that saw more than a few character casualties during its last few episodes. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that David Aaron Baker is set to play Dr. Harlan, an assessment shrink who'll likely be meeting with Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and the countless other C.I.A. survivors of the deadly blast that rocked the December finale. Photos: 'Homeland': Portraits of the Emmy-Winning Cast and Creators Baker, whose recent TV credits include The Big C, The
- Michael O'Connell
DirecTV Comes Full Circle With David Boreanaz, Kate Walsh, Julian McMahon and More
The Bones actor will star in DirecTV’s upcoming series Full Circle alongside Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Billy Campbell (The Killing) and a slew of other familiar TV faces.
The 10-episode relationship drama from Neil Labute (The Shape of Things, In the Company of Men), who’s making his television debut, follows 11 people whose lives are unknowingly intertwined. Each episode features a restaurant-set conversation between two characters, one of whose storylines will continue in the next outing during a discussion with a new character and so on. »
- Vlada Gelman
Lionsgate Stock Roars On Upgrade
Lionsgate stock keeps roaring, setting another all-time high thanks to more Wall Street bullishness over its TV business and its young-adult franchises, such as “The Hunger Games.”
The stock jumped 4% on Thursday, rising $1.11 to $27.66. The stock has nearly doubled in price this year and more than tripled its $8.60 price when Lionsgate acquired Summit for $412.5 million in January, 2012.
James March of Piper Jaffray boosted his price target to $32 from $27 and raised his Ebitda estimate to $104 million from $86 million for its fourth quarter ending March 31, citing “more confidence” in “Twilight” DVD sales and international box office, more “Anger Management” and “Nashville” episode deliveries, and revenue from Netflix related to season 5 of “Mad Men.”
“We continue to see plenty of momentum at Lionsgate, with a strong slate, improving television business and upside to our earnings forecasts,” Marsh added. “We think the key to the shares’ performance from here is demonstrating that the company »
- Dave McNary
DirecTV Sets Cast For Neil Labute Drama Series ‘Full Circle’
Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), David Boreanaz (Bones), Keke Palmer (Akeelah And The Bee), Devon Gearhart (The Wait), Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Noah Silver (The Borgias), Ally Sheedy (Welcome To The Rileys), Cheyenne Jackson (Behind The Candelabra) and Robin Weigert (Sons Of Anarchy) have been cast in Full Circle, DirecTV announced today. The 10-episode series marks the TV debut of screenwriter/playwright Neil Labute. It examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined. Nick Hamm will executive produce for Momentum TV, the scripted division of Momentum Entertainment Group. Series creator Labute will serve as writer and co-executive producer. FremantleMedia International will handle global distribution. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
David Boreanaz, Minka Kelly, Ally Sheedy Join the Cast of Neil Labute's TV Debut 'Full Circle'
DirecTV's recently announced 10-episode original series "Full Circle" will be the television debut of filmmaker and playwright Neil Labute, so it comes as no surprise that the project has netted an impressive, star-filled cast. Making it a little easier is the fact that the half-hour drama is essentially an anthology series. Based on the play "La Ronde," each episode will feature two characters, with one carrying over to the next installment to be paired with someone new until the show comes back around to one of the first people to appear -- a light commitment for an actor. Set to star in the series are Tom Felton ("Harry Potter"), Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights"), Julian McMahon ("Nip/Tuck"), David Boreanaz ("Bones"), Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee"), Devon Gearhart ("The Wait"), Billy Campbell ("The Killing"), Kate Walsh ("Private Practice"), Noah Silver ("The Borgias"), Ally Sheedy ("Welcome to the Rileys"), Cheyenne Jackson »
- Alison Willmore
‘Good Morning America’ Hits 19 Year Viewership High Over’Today’; ‘Good Day NY’ Beats NBC Morning Show In May Sweep
Dancing With The Stars may have hit its lowest finale ever on Tuesday night but it helped provide a nearly two decade high to Good Morning America. With DWTS winners on the show on Wednesday, the ABC morning series continued its consistant dominance over rival Today by beating the NBC show by 1.596 million viewers. That’s the largest single day total viewership spread Gma has had in fast affiliate results over the NBC show since May 18. 1994. Good Morning America pulled in 6.091 million total viewers compared to Today’s 4.495 million. Back on May 18, 1994 Gma had 5.680 million viewers over Today’s 3.796 million. Until Wednesday, the biggest spread between the two was on November 28, 2012 when Gma’s 5.687 million viewers topped Today by 1.299 million. Gma had DWTS winners from last season on that day too. Over the month of May 2013, Gma was up 51% in the key 25-54 demo over last May while the Today »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
‘SNL’: How Will NBC, Lorne Michaels Fix the Cast Conundrum?
Live, from New York….speculation about ‘Saturday Night Live’!
The venerable NBC late-night skein is on summer hiatus, but the lack of fresh material on air isn’t keeping SNL-watchers from prognosticating the show’s direction come the autumn.
See Also: The Coming Cast Crisis at ‘Saturday Night Live’
Talent agents have taken notice of cast member Bill Hader’s departure from the program, and there is a widely held belief veteran Fred Armisen will not return in September. Armisen, who has been on the program since 2002, has made no official confirmation of any decision to leave. ‘Weekend Update’ anchor Seth Meyers is set to leave the show sometime in 2014 to start his tenure on NBC’s ‘Late Night’ talk show. Speculation rose last summer that Jason Sudeikis might leave, raising questions about his desire to return to the program for another season (a spokeswoman for the actor did »
- Brian Steinberg
A&E Cancels ‘Intervention’ Reality Series
After 13 seasons, A&E‘s Intervention is coming to an end. The final five episodes of the Emmy-winning series will air beginning Thursday, June 13 at 9 Pm, the network announced today. Intervention brings attention to the social, economic and environmental cost of drug addiction, alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior. Each episode follows addicts through their daily life and the devastation their dependency has brought to their family and friends. Upon reaching the brink, their loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by one of four specialists. In the end, they are pushed to get the help they need with the hope of turning their lives around before it’s too late. Intervention is produced by Grb Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are executive producers. Sam Mettler is executive consultant. A&E executive producers are David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Holcman. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Tyler Perry On Why Hollywood Lacks Roles For Black Actresses (Own 'Next Chapter' Preview)
Ahead of next week's premieres of the two new Tyler Perry serials on Own - the one-hour ensemble drama The Haves and the Have Nots, which is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 28 at 9 pm Et/Pt, in a 2-hour pilot, and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor, which will premiere on Wednesday, May 29 at 9 pm Et/Pt - the network will air some special event programming; specifically, this Sunday, May 26, Oprah Winfrey will sit down with Perry for what the press release calls "an intimate in-depth interview" on a special Oprah's Next Chapter at 9 pm Et/Pt. It will be immediately followed at 10 pm Et/Pt by Tyler Perry Comes to Own: Behind The Scenes, said to be an exclusive inside look at the making of his two new series. Below you'll find 2 previews of Sunday night's sit-down with Oprah on Next Chapter, in which Perry shares his thoughts on »
- Tambay A. Obenson
'Rookie Blue' Season 4: Gregory Smith and Missy Peregrym return for another summer on the beat
Even after three years on the beat, rookie cops still can have a lot to learn.
That's evident right from the start of Season 4 of "Rookie Blue," the Canadian-made drama that's now a well-rated summer programming mainstay for ABC. The show resumes Thursday, May 23, with what was set up by the previous round's last scene: Officers Andy McNally and Nick Collins (Missy Peregrym, Peter Mooney) are in the thick of the dangerous meth-related sting operation they've gone deep under cover for.
The loves they left behind, Sam Swarek and Gail Peck (Ben Bass, Charlotte Sullivan), and other colleagues from 15 Division search for them when they suddenly fall off the radar. Dov Epstein, Traci Nash, Chris Diaz, Oliver Shaw and Sgt. Frank Best (Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Matt Gordon, Lyriq Bent) also are back and in on the hunt, joined by new training officer Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril). Rookie »
Pandora Shares Rise On Stronger Than Expected Q1 Sales
Many investors weren’t sure what they’d see after February when the streaming music company, eager to control its royalty costs, put a 40-hour-a-month cap on mobile listening. But they liked what they saw in the Q1 report out today, even though the net loss increased: Pandora‘s shares are up 9.3% in post-market trading. The company lost $28.6M in the quarter that ended in April, worse that last year’s $20.2M loss, on revenues of $125.5M, +55.4%. The revenue number beat expectations for $123.8M. And the net loss, at 10 cents per share not including one-time expenses, matched the consensus forecast. Total listener hours were up 35% to 4.2B and Pandora says that ad sales increased 49% to $105.1M. Much of the jump is due to mobile use: The company generated $23.23 in ad revenue for every 1,000 ad-supported listener hours, +29.9%. The metric shows $48.16 for listening at traditional computers, +3.5%. Pandora ended the quarter with 2.5M subscribers, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
After eight years, A&E is cutting off Intervention.
The Emmy-winning docu-series chronicling real-life addicts and their efforts to get sober will conclude this summer.
“As Intervention comes to an end, we’re proud to have paved the way for such an original and groundbreaking series,” said David McKillop, executive vp of programming for A&E Network. “We’re honored to have been a part of the 243 interventions since its premiere in March of 2005, leading to the 156 individuals that are currently sober to this day.”
The final five episodes air starting June 13. Addiction specialists Jeff Van Vonderen, Candy Finnigan and »
- James Hibberd
Exclusive Body of Proof Series Finale Video: Megan Gets to the Bottom of Her Daddy Issues (With a Little Help From a Veronica Mars Grad)!
It’s official: Body of Proof‘s current third season will be its last — but the show has a few final twists (and a killer cameo!) up its sleeve before it heads six feet under.
Related | TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard: What Got Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s Still on the Bubble?
“We tried, tried and tried,” Gross told fans on Twitter. “No stone left unturned. »
- Michael Ausiello
'China Beach': An Appreciation of a Forgotten Quality War Drama Finally Available on DVD
ABC's "China Beach," nearly forgotten today, was an incredibly ambitious show for its time. It aired from 1988-1991, long before our current "golden age" of dramas, and is tends to be brought up in context of the longer running series writer/producer John Wells served as showrunner on in its wake -- "E.R." A network drama set in the Vietnam War with a large, strong cast, a big set and a budget that covered helicopters and a prodigious amount of period music, "China Beach" was most celebrated for an ensemble led by strong women characters at a time when this was still a rare thing indeed. The series holds up very well on DVD -- and thanks to box set released last month by Warner Brothers, StarVista Entertainment and Time Life, that's where it can finally be revisited and reevaluated."China Beach" is about the Army's 510th Evac. Center (the »
- Richard Burst-Lazarus
‘Fashion Police’ Writers Rally Outside E! Headquarters
About 150 supporters of striking “Fashion Police” writers have picketed the Los Angeles offices of E! Entertainment in support of the scribes’ unionization push.
The noon-time action featured chants such as “Fashion Police, you’re under arrest” and “What do we want? A contract. When do we want it? Now.”
A trio of the strikers — Todd Masterson, Bryan Cook and Jackie Beat — spoke to the crowd and disclosed details of not being paid overtime or having to work for free. Beat thanked host Joan Rivers for helping him raise funds for a recent hip replacement procedure, but noted that his “begfest” would have not been necessary had he been covered by a WGA contract.
Cook admitted that it may be difficult to understand the complaints of the writers. “Its not like were working in a coal mine,” he told the crowd. “You can’t get black lung from writing jokes, but rest assured — E! »
- Dave McNary
Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS, Castle, Psych, NCIS: La, Covert Affairs, Suits, Beast and More!
Did NCIS‘ Ziva (gasp) “Friend” Tony? Which Castle couple is due for more lovin’? Which NCIS: La agent will get a blast from the past? Who’s conspicuously silent in Psych‘s musical episode? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
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NCIS | To Inside Liners Nisha, Joyce and others, this is for you. With many “Tiva” fans fretting that the pair’s season-ending heart-to-heart essentially landed Tony in the dreaded Friend Zone, showrunner Gary Glasberg maintains that over the course of Season 10, “We made huge strides. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
NBC’s Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon Deliver Biggest Weeks of 2013
Nielsen estimates that “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” averaged 1.12 million adults 18-49 for the week of May 13-17, well ahead of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (792,000) and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” (738,000). A year ago at this time, Leno and Letterman were in a virtual tie with about 990,000.
This was the biggest 18-49 audience for Leno since mid-December, while it repped a season low for a week of Letterman originals. Leno has now topped Letterman in 18-49 for 26 consecutive weeks, and has beaten Kimmel in 17 of 19 weeks.
“Tonight” also dominated in total viewers with 3.62 million (up 5% from last year), with “Late Show” averaging 2.69 million (down 15%). “Jkl” (2.40 million) was up 37% from its episode of a year ago, which began at midnight.
- Rick Kissell
Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Chain your door if you're in danger!
While we’re busy celebrating the best (and worst) in TV season finales, let’s also take a moment to air random grievances. One of my biggest pop culture pet peeves was poked by Law & Order: Svu’s season ender last night: People who know they could be in danger and do not use the chain on their door. Yes, the chain probably won’t do much, but isn’t it just human nature to use it if it’s there? Especially if, say, the sadistic serial rapist you were trying to put away — the one who likes to torture »
- Mandi Bierly
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