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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
'American Idol' stabbing: Candice versus Kree leads to blood
"American Idol" finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison are both very nice girls. So it's odd that two "Idol" fans in York, Pennsylvania used the singers as a reason to get into a knife fight that left both arrested and injured with stab wounds.
The fight erupted when Karen Elaine Harrelson and Gregory L. Stambaugh were watching the "American Idol" Season 12 finale on Wednesday (May 15). A great deal of alcohol accompanied the argument which escalated until one of them went to the kitchen to get a knife, according to the York Dispatch.
That's when events get murky. Stambaugh says Harrelson got the knife and stabbed him first. Harrelson says Stambaugh got another knife and was the first to attack. Whatever the case, both held the weapon at some point and both ended up with multiple stab wounds.
Police arrested the pair and -- after treatment for non-life-threatening injuries -- charged »
'Rookie Blue' Season 4 premiere recap: 'Surprises,' indeed
The rookie cops of Division 15 may have more experience now, but they still can land in a heapin' helpin' of trouble.
Thursday's (May 23) Season 4 opener of ABC's "Rookie Blue," titled "Surprises," demonstrated that amply. For starters, there was the expected front-and-center story of Officers Andy McNally and Nick Collins (Missy Peregym, Peter Mooney).
Right off the bat, they were seen immersed six months later in the undercover operation they left everything and everyone behind for -- including their respective, fellow badge-wearing loves Sam Swarek and Gail Peck (Ben Bass, Charlotte Sullivan) -- at the end of Season 3.
That case would be closed in the first hour of Season 4, but not before a new bond between Andy and Nick made itself known ("It hasn't all been bad," he said as their job was winding down, met by her warm smile). And not before each of them took some blows, quite literally. »
L.A. Screenings: Canadian Deals Aplenty, CBS in Russia Pact
Canadian TV buyers have been buying new shows at a fast clip this week as the major studios hosted a movable feast of program sales for international TV execs attending the annual L.A. Screenings events.
CBS, meanwhile, has set its first volume deal with a Russian outlet, setting a multi-year pact with pay TV and Svod provider Amedia Group for a raft of shows, including CBS’ entire new slate, plus existing series such as “Elementary,” CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Showtime’s upcoming drama “Ray Donovan.”
“We are excited to partner with Russia’s leading production company and newest broadcaster, Amedia, for our first volume deal in the market,” said Armando Nunez, prexy of CBS Global Distribution.
The Eye also announced a pact with MTV3 Finland covering new series such as CBS drama “Reckless” and CW’s “Reign.” The channel is already home to CBS’ “CSI” franchise. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Amanda Bynes Arrested in New York: Report
Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested for reckless endangerment Thursday night and taken into custody for a psychiatric evaluation, according to NBC New York.
The 27-year-old ex-Nickelodeon star reportedly threw a bong out the window of her New York apartment when police arrived. They were responding to a report of a disorderly person.
Bynes was taken to the nearby Roosevelt Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, before leaving for the Midtown police station to be processed.
The embattled actress, whose bizarre behavior has been ridiculed in the tabloids as of late, currently has a pending DUI case in Los Angeles. »
- Stuart Oldham
'Showville' premiere: Blaine is the stool capital of the world
AMC debuted a new reality show Thursday (May 23) called "Showville." The theme song should tell you all you need to know:
"All across America there's people who should be famous. And now they're gonna get that chance to show us, entertain us. Each week a new town we go to, a dentist, farmer, could be you."
Alec and Lisette are performance coaches who travel to small towns and find people to perform in a talent show, after being given coaching from the said performance coaches. The acts they find are ... creative, certainly.
The first episode took us to Holland, Mich. and it made us think of "America's Got Talent" meets "Waiting for Guffman." There's a man named Doug who sings about the "mime in [his] head" and married couple Randy and Darlene -- Randy works in pest control -- who play the Irish pennywhistles.
You can't make this stuff up, folks. »
The Elvis Presley Family Supports Potential Sale Of Core Media’s Majority Estate Stake
As we reported earlier this week citing the Financial Times, Core Media Group is exploring a sale of Elvis Presley Enterprises as well as Muhammad Ali Enterprises. There had been no official comment on the potential sale until now. Deadline has obtained exclusively a statement from the Presley family about the development. “Our family enjoys a strong working relationship with Core and is supportive of their process,” the statement says. “Lisa [Marie Presley] will maintain her interest in Epe and ownership of Graceland Mansion and looks forward to whatever opportunities enable the best long-term interests of the family.” Lisa Marie Presley owns 15% of Epe, which manages the assets of the Elvis Presley estate, including the 100-acre property in Memphis, Tennessee. Core’s predecessor, Ckx, bought the other 85% in 2005. (The Muhammad Ali family retains 20% ownership in Mae.) The Presley and Ali assets are estimated to fetch more than $200 million but Core is not »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'Save Me' series premiere: Never has a title been more accurate
There's an inherent risk in naming your show something that critics and viewers can turn into a joke, but Anne Heche's new NBC comedy went ahead and did it anyway. Several times throughout the premiere of "Save Me" on Thursday (May 23), I found myself muttering the title -- something I'd imagine Heche did more than once while filming.
There's such a weird tonal dissonance during the series' first episode, which sees Heche's Beth spared from choking to death and resolving to change her drunken, messy ways. Shortly after, she begins to hear God speak to her, though the audience never does, which allows for the show to avoid having to clarify whether Beth is insane, suffering a brain injury, or truly a prophet. It's worth noting that "God" only speaks to Beth twice in the premiere; once to tell her that her daughter is fooling around with a boy, »
Independent Commercial Producers, Iatse Reach Accord
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers have reached a three-year successor deal covering technicians and artists who create commercials.
The agreement was reached more than four months before the current pact expires on Sept. 30. In a joint announcement, the producers group and the union said they had agreed to early negotiations to promote stability and give both sides an opportunity to plan and budget past the expiration.
“We recognized the value of early negotiations when both sides are willing to address the important issues and provide stability to the members of the Ia and the commercial producers,” Iatse president Matthew Loeb said in a statement.
Details were not disclosed. The issues discussed included wages and benefits, training, safety, overtime, long work days, non-traditional commercials and low budget commercials.
“The industry is changing and it is important that as we see new opportunities that come with new challenges, »
- Dave McNary
What’s Hot At This Week’s La Screenings?
After ad buyers at last week’s upfronts, it is international buyers’ turn to get a glimpse of the broadcast networks’ crop of new shows. The annual La Screenings are wrapping after marathon sessions of the studios unveiling their new series, with talent and producers on hand to promote them. After lackluster La Screenings last year, with international buyers lamenting the lack of breakouts, there is some excitement this week. That is a promising sign for the broadcast networks as the screenings usually serve as a good barometer — last year’s broadcast freshman class indeed failed to produce major hits. The interest seems spread almost evenly between drama, which normally travels better overseas, and comedy this year. Not surprisingly, hot NBC drama pilot The Blacklist is garnering a ton of attention for producer Sony TV. Also hot at the studio is 1980s comedy The Goldbergs. Interestingly, Australian networks are very high on Rake, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS releases full trailer videos for 'The Crazy Ones,' 'Mom' and more fall shows
CBS has finally released full trailers for most of the network's new fall shows. While previously released videos relied heavily on cast interviews and making-of footage, these new trailers show only footage. These were, in fact, the videos shown to advertisers and reporters during the CBS upfront presentations.
First up, we have the comedies.
It may be the presence of Kelly Clarkson that inspires it, but everyone sings. Like everyone. Yay!
There is much more of Martindale and Bridges in this version. This is a good move on CBS' part. A less-good move would be the ever-prevalent laugh track. It's hardly necessary. Then there's the best move -- Arnett and Martindale reenacting "Dirty Dancing."
Top Moments: Ellen Stages a Friends Reunion, Svu Goes Out with a Bang
Our top moments of the week:
12. Oh, Baby Award: Babies, babies, babies. That's pretty much the theme of the Chicago Fire season finale, in which Hermann become dad after his wife and newborn baby endure life-threatening labor, and Shay finds out she's not pregnant, much to her dismay. Although Shay and Severide get to be godparents to Hermann's new bundle of...
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- Joyce Eng and Kate Stanhope
EW's Bite of the Night: Submit your favorite quote from tonight's best TV!
As you tune in to your favorite TV shows tonight, we think it’s only fair that You decide the night’s best sound bite.
After you’ve watched, submit your choice sound bite in the comments section of this post. Did someone say something hilarious on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, or the series premiere of Save Me? What about something from Motive or Rookie Blue? It’s up to you!
Leave a comment with your favorite quote of the evening and the name of the character who said it or vote for someone else’s by hitting “Like” next to their submission. »
- EW staff
Did NBC's Save Me Make You a Convert?
Did Save Me have you shouting hallelujah?
NBC’s newest comedy premiered Thursday (8/7c) with two back-to-back episodes. In them, we meet Beth Harper (played by Anne Heche, Men in Trees), a Midwestern wife and mother who has a near-death experience in her kitchen after choking on a hero sandwich.
When she’s revived, she claims to be able to receive messages from God. This mortifies her daughter Emily (Madison Davenport, Shameless) and stymies Beth’s husband Tom (Michael Landes, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)… who’s got a different kind of religious moment happening on the regular »
- Kimberly Roots
The 20 Most Absurd Moments in Hemlock Grove (And Why You Need to Watch)
Hemlock Grove isn't good by any means, but it is great (just not if you watch earnestly). The Netflix original series is unfocused, over-dramatic, convoluted and stagnant all at once — which is exactly why you need to watch. Because Hemlock Grove doesn't even attempt coherence, it's impossible to predict what's coming, making every episode an exhilarating surprise. The mad scientist has super-strength? Weird. What's this secret Catholic werewolf hunter society? Bizarre. Are we ever going to find out why Roman has mind-control powers? Who cares!
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- Sadie Gennis
A Message to Game of Thrones Haters
Are you baffled by the love for Game of Thrones?
The fantasy drama has been an unqualified success for HBO, but even as it's entering the home stretch of its third season, not everybody is on board the Westerosi train. Take, for example, this Thrillist writer who insists that women hate Game of Thrones. Crazy as Mad King Aerys, right? Her points are so ridiculous, we're tempted to think this is supposed to be satire, except it's neither clever nor funny. Of course, this far more eloquent and learned New York Times writer offers a similar argument in her review of Game of Thrones when it first debuted.
As bona fide women, TVGuide.com's Hanh Nguyen and Sadie Gennis (of the Game of Thrones By the Book chat series) would like to very respectfully discuss some of the biggest issues that the detractors have with the series.
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- Sadie Gennis
Sons of Anarchy Casts Shield Vet Cch Pounder
Another Shield alum is ready to live a Charming life.
The actress joins Soa as a San Joaquin County District Attorney who comes into contact with the biker bad boys of Samcro.
- Megan Masters
Tamra Barney gets 'Real Housewives of Orange County' wedding spinoff at Bravo
The currently single "Housewife" spoke to Us Weekly about her plans. "I'm so excited to share my wedding with the viewers," she tells the mag. "They watched every transition I've made and am happy to be giving the opportunity to share our wedding too."
Tamra says she and Eddie may actually have two weddings, the extravagant televised event with hundreds of guests, and a private family wedding in Mexico. If that's the case, she better start thinking about hiring a wedding coordinator. "My days right now are insane, planning a wedding, filming, running C.U.T Fitness, 'sweating for the wedding' and most importantly, being a mommy," Barney says. "I couldn't be happier and am thankful to have found Eddie. »
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