Bill Hader returning to host 'SNL' on Oct. 11
Bill Hader is returning to his roots.
The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live’s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)
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- Esther Zuckerman
'New Girl' returns sexier, but loses viewers
Critics say New Girl had a sexy, funny premiere Tuesday night for its fourth-season opener. Too bad more people didn’t see it.
The creatively refreshed, now-with-more-sexiness Fox comedy returned to only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 45 percent from last year’s debut. The third season return of companion comedy The Mindy Project had an even sadder story, with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, down 32 percent. The New Girl rating is better than how each show was performing by the end of last season—both shows dropped a significant amount along the way last year—but »
- James Hibberd
Survey: 81% of TV Directors Are White, Only 14% Are Female
Minorities and women haven’t achieved significant progress in directing series TV, according to a survey from the Directors Guild of America, with Caucasian directors accounting for 81% of all primetime episodes while female directors were hired on only 14% during the past season.
The DGA survey covers more than 3,500 episodes and includes broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and high budget original content series made for the Internet.
The report also showed that Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes; minority males directed 17%; Caucasian females directed 12% and minority females directed 2% of all episodes.
The 14% figure for female directors matches the number for the 2012-13 season.
“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “But the end result is something worth fighting for. This should matter to all of us, as a culture, as an industry, »
- Dave McNary
Greg Garcia Sells a Pair of Comedies to CBS (Exclusive)
The Millers boss Greg Garcia is off to a strong start this development season. The producer's Amigos de Garcia's CBS Television Studios-based banner has sold two comedies to CBS, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. CBS has handed out a script commitment to an untitled multicamera workplace comedy from Garcia's frequent collaborator Bobby Bowman, who will pen the script and exec produce alongside Garcia. Bowman's credits include writing and exec producing Garcia's My Name Is Earl, writing and co-exec producing Raising Hope, and penning episodes of CBS' The Millers. Bowman is repped by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker. Photos
- Lesley Goldberg
'Bad Judge' taps Betsy Thomas to showrun after Liz Brixius' departure
The series stars Private Practice alum Kate Walsh as a respected judge whose personal life is often messier than the criminals she sentences. Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Adam McKay, Jill Messick, and Walsh are executive producers.
- Natalie Abrams
James D'Arcy cast as Edwin Jarvis in 'Agent Carter'
When Agent Peggy Carter makes the transition to television this winter on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, a few Howling Commandos and Strategic Scientific Reserve agents will join her. And with the latest addition to Agent Carter’s cast, an important figure has been added that should tether the series even more firmly into the Marvel cinematic universe.
Marvel announced on Sept. 16 that James D’Arcy will join Agent Carter as Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. Jarvis will be an ally to Carter, helping her as she embarks on missions for the Ssr. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Gloria Steinem will guest star on 'The Good Wife'
The strong women of The Good Wife are about to come face-to-face with a feminist legend. EW has confirmed that activist Gloria Steinem will guest star on the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. Steinem, who’s a fan of the show, will play herself in the season’s third episode. There’s no word yet on which characters she’ll interact with, but one can only hope she’ll offer Alicia a few words of wisdom.
The Good Wife returns Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. »
- Samantha Highfill
Extant Finale Recap: This Boy Is on Fire
Never underestimate the things a son will do for his mama.
That’s the takeaway from the Extant series finale, in which both of Molly’s (for lack of a better term) “kids” play a significant role — and one of them sacrifices himself to protect her and the rest of the world.
But which non-human saved the world: the robot or the alien? Read on to find out.
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The Mysteries of Laura: Will You Remain on Debra Messing's Case?
Related Mysteries of Laura Ep on Debra Messing Cop Comedy: ‘We Push the Envelope’
In the first five minutes of the NBC drama’s comedy’s pilot — which aired Wednesday as a special preview of sorts — Messing’s Laura Diamond (literally) shoots a perp’s ear off, then shifts her (metaphorical) target onto her twin boys, who seem to land her in far worse danger than any criminal ever could. They also apparently inherited their mother’s perfect aim, »
Red Band Society Premiere Recap: Are These Kids All Right?
It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.
But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.
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Big Brother Recap: Four the Win
In the world of professional basketball, there are few milestones more exciting and nerve-wracking than the Final Four.
In the world of Big Brother, the Final Four is just as pivotal.
If it’s not enticing enough that this week’s Head of Household is eligible to play for the crown again next week, what makes the Final Four unique is the sole eviction vote (usually cast by the Power of Veto winner). Aside from the finale, this week in the Bb house boasts the highest stakes of the summer.
How did those pivotal moments shake out? Let’s recap: »
Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime movie
The movie, written by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin), follows a lonely cat (played by Grumpy Cat herself, Tardar Sauce) who becomes, well, grumpy living in a mall pet shop. That is, until a 12-year-old girl named Chrystal realizes she can talk to the feline. On Christmas Eve, Chrystal rescues her after the mall closes. »
- Emily Blake
Warner Bros. Expected to Cut as Many as 1,000 Jobs (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. Entertainment is expected to cut as many as 900 to 1,000 jobs worldwide as part of a studio-wide cost-cutting move, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The estimated reductions would amount to more than 10% of the studio’s 9,000-person workforce.
The cuts will be made in late October or early November.
Senior managers are currently assessing their businesses to come up with ways to trim overhead. Only at the end of that process will an exact reduction figure be known. It could be somewhat lower than the current numbers being speculated, but cuts are expected to be substantial.
“There is no head count target or percentage reduction target,” said Dee Dee Myers, Warner Bros.’ new executive vice president of corporate communications. “This is a budget issue, not a head count issue,” she added.
In a Sept. 4 memo to staff, Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara warned that layoffs were »
- Claudia Eller and Stuart Oldham
Watch 'Big Bang Theory' star Kunal Nayyar sing Boyz II Men
Raj definitely doesn’t have an issue talking to women anymore.
The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar will show off his vocal skills Thursday when he appears on The Queen Latifah Show. The actor serenades the audience with Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You,” and it’s everything you could ever hope for. Seriously.
Watch a sneak peek of his karaoke session below:
Visit QueenLatifah.com to find out where to watch. »
- Natalie Abrams
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