Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community
Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.
The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
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- Michael Schneider
'Sons of Anarchy' guest star Walton Goggins on that Venus-Tig moment
Venus Van Dam (Justified’s Walton Goggins) has become a dear friend to Tig (Kim Coates) on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and their relationship took another step in the Sept. 30 episode. “He’s got that twisted, twisted deal in his head, but that’s pure care and love for her in that sort of protective way,” Coates says of the characters’ first kiss. Goggins tells EW about the emotional return—and teases Venus’ next appearance in the final season’s tenth episode.
EW: What kind of moments have Venus and Tig shared off-screen, in your mind, since we last »
- Mandi Bierly
MTV's Happyland: Is New Comedy Worth the Price of Admission?
MTV’s Happyland spins a tale as old as time: Boy meets girl, girl falls for boy, girl discovers she and boy have the same father.
That’s my one-sentence plot summary of the new comedy, which premiered Tuesday, though it’s a little more complicated than that. The show centers around Vanessa Hudgens Lucy Velez, a 17-year-old living at a Disneyland-style theme park with her mom Gloria, who’s been playing Happyland’s “Princess Adrianna” for the better part of two decades.
Towards the beginning of Gloria’s royal run, »
Sons of Anarchy Recap: Risky Business
Who knew Sons of Anarchy could get so poignant?
During a moment of crisis for Samcro on Tuesday’s episode of the FX drama, Bobby reflects on the club’s good ol’ days: “Remember when our biggest problem was which Mayan to kill?” Jax insists those were simpler times, but Bobby takes it a step further: “Simpler men.”
That statement seems particularly fitting for this week’s installment, which finds the motorcycle club getting into hot water with multiple allies — and realizing there’s very few places left to turn. Without further ado, here’s what went down on “Poor »
Sons of Anarchy: Walton Goggins Tells Us About That Kiss
Guess who's back?
Tuesday's episode of Sons of Anarchy featured the return of Venus Van Dam, the transgender escort played by Justified's Walton Goggins in each of the FX drama's last two seasons. But this time things went to a whole new level.
When Jax (Charlie Hunnam) needed to track down the wife of a preacher the club had killed, he called on Venus to help. (Turns out the dead man was one of Venus' frequent clients.) According to Goggins, coming back for Sons' final season was a no-brainer. "I look for any opportunity to put on high heels honestly," Goggins tells TVGuide.com with a laugh....
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- Adam Bryant
The Voice Recap: The Curious Case of Un-Pushed Buttons [Updated]
“Why Aren’T You All Turning Your Chairs? Turn Your Chairs! Turn Them! Turn Them!”
Oh dear. I am so sorry to begin this recap of The Voice‘s fourth round of Season 7 Blind Auditions with an all-caps rant, but come on, I’m not the only one who finds himself shouting and gesticulating wildly when Gwen, Pharrell, Adam and Blake ignore winning PowerBall tickets falling from heaven, am I?
And by “winning PowerBall tickets,” of course, I mean serious contenders like Toia Jones and Amanda Lee Peers, who tonight had to settle for two- and one-chair turns, respectively, while »
The Mindy Project Recap: Evasive Maneuvers
“You’re a perfect couple: You’re terrible people and you’re huge liars,” Cliff hollers at Danny in Tuesday’s Mindy Project, and he’s not wrong — at least not in this week’s episode.
After all, by the time Cliff’s frustration reaches its zenith, both Danny and his self-involved girlfriend have flung falsehoods at each other and repeatedly fibbed to the heartbroken lawyer. Plus, we learn Mindy hasn’t paid taxes in six years?!
It’s as if the docs’ romance has made them even bigger weirdos than when they were apart, as you’ll see while »
Jury Orders CBS to Pay $10.4 Million in ‘NCIS’ Death
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has ordered CBS to pay $10.4 million in connection with the death of a security guard who was killed in an freak accident on the set of “NCIS” in Santa Clarita, Calif.
The 52-year-old security guard, Julio Villamariona, was killed after the driver of a CBS production van lost control and crashed into him, according to TMZ, which first reported the news of the jury’s verdict Tuesday.
Villamariona’s widow and his three children filed the suit against CBS Corp. The family’s lawyer, Brian Panish, confirmed the report Tuesday night. Closing arguments in the case were held Monday.
CBS declined comment.
- Alex Stedman
Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Vampire Diaries, Walking Dead, Bones, Bates, Dixie, Chi Fire, Witches and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: I’m still Team Stelena on The Vampire Diaries. Is there any hope? —Allison
Ausiello: Never give up hope, Allison! Elena’s emotions are all over the place in Season 6 and I have it on good authority that her love life is going to be far from dormant. In fact, I hear she’ll be locking lips with a handsome fella in Episode 3 — and his name does not rhyme with Shmamon.
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'Manhattan Love Story' premiere react: Rom-com pilot offers little to love
The opening act of a TV show needs to grab the audience, give them a reason to stay after the opening credits roll. Even more so with a pilot, the first scene can set the tone for the entire show—and help a viewer decide whether a show is right or wrong.
Manhattan Love Story’s first scene is disappointing—on the verge of offensive—as it introduces two leads who will likely fall in love, and who the show hopes viewers will fall in love with, too. The problem is from minute one, the familiar Love Story makes it »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Hollywood Post Alliance Announces Engineering Excellence, Judges Award Winners
MacOm, Nvidia and the Wohler/Cinnafilm joint venture will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Engineering Excellence Award, the org announced Tuesday.
The Hpa also named its Judges Award honorees: American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (Asc Cdl) and DigitalFilm Tree.
The Engineering Excellence Award “spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.”
MacOm will receive the honor for its 12G-sdi Chipset, a line of products that enable 4K video production, and can support 4K res0lution at 60 frames per second over a single coaxial cable or optical fiber.
Nvidia is recognized for its Visual Computing Appliance, with Iray digital rendering solution and graphic processing units that help filmmakers, animators and artists create “interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes.”
The Wohler/Cinnafilm joint venture’s Tachyon Wormhole drew the honor for the partnership, »
- Kevin Noonan
Is ABC's Manhattan Love Story Worthy of a Second Date?
The would-be couple at the center of ABC’s Manhattan Love Story sure do spend a lot of time in their own heads. But what were you thinking as you watched the new rom-com on Tuesday night?
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Before you give us your take, here’s a brief refresher of the pilot: Dana (played by Crazy, Stupid, Love‘s Analeigh Tipton) is fresh to New York City, having moved from Atlanta to finally start her publishing career. (How is publishing still a rom-com trope?) Although it appears »
Fall TV Popularity Contest: Will You Make a Date with Manhattan Love Story or Selfie?
Will you make a date with Manhattan Love Story? Do you give Selfie a thumbs-up? Now that ABC's newest romantic comedies have debuted, we want to know: Did you fall in love?
Vote: Which fall premieres are hits? Which are misses?
Will you continue to root for Manhattan Love Story's Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman)? Or was their inner monologue just too damn loud for your liking? Did Selfie's twist on My Fair Lady win you over?
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- Robyn Ross
ABC's Selfie: Could It Be a 'Favorite'?
Eliza Dooley has no real friends. And frankly, it’s not hard to figure out why.
In ABC’s new comedy Selfie, Eliza (Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan) is a narcissistic, social media-obsessed pharmaceutical sales rep, who considers her present-day Insta-fame redemption for those awkward, friendless teenage years.
But as Eliza observes in the first few minutes of Tuesday’s premiere, “Being friended is not the same thing as having friends.” It’s a lesson she learns the hard way, after she tosses her cookies twice en route to a business trip — upon learning that her co-worker boyfriend is, in fact, »
'Selfie' premiere react: It's not just Eliza who needs help
You’ve seen the basic story of Selfie before—it’s the modern-day My Fair Lady. Karen Gillan plays an updated, self-absorbed, Instagram-obsessed Eliza while John Cho serves as the titular Henry. Along with Selfie, fall’s TV lineup has seen a surge in the rom-com sitcom, including NBC’s A to Z and ABC’s other romantic endeavor, Manhattan Love Story. It would seem love is in the air… just not about Selfie. EW’s Esther Zuckerman and Kat Ward discuss whether the show can be saved from itself.
Esther: I will admit that on first watch—perhaps because »
- EW staff
Will the Word ‘Redskins’ Be Banned from Broadcast TV? FCC Weighs Action
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is considering a petition to issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term “Redskins” when referring to Washington D.C.’s professional football team.
In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC “will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly.” But he personally believes that the term is “offensive and derogatory,” according to an interview he gave earlier this month to Broadcasting & Cable.
The idea of punishing stations for using the word came about in a petition filed by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf earlier this month. He is challenging the license of team owner Dan Snyder’s Wwxx-FM radio station, and contends that the word is an “offensive demeaning racial swear word.” The FCC has authority to sanction stations for indecent or obscene content. »
- Ted Johnson
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