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‘The Flash’-‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover Adds Darren Criss as Villain
The CW’s Arrowverse is staging a “Glee” reunion, and has cast Darren Criss to play the villain Music Meister in the musical crossover episodes featuring “The Flash” and “Supergirl” in March. Criss is an alum of Fox’s “Glee,” where he sang and danced alongside The Flash himself Grant Gustin and Supergirl Melissa Benoist. While the vast majority of the musical action in the crossoverwill take place on “The Flash” in an episode fitting entitled “Duet,” the story will be set up at the end of the “Supergirl” episode preceding it the day before – much like with this year’s four-show crossover. »
- Linda Ge
Alec Baldwin Sets 'Saturday Night Live' Return as Host
The actor, who has been making appearances all season long as President Donald Trump, is set to host on Feb. 11, it was announced Monday.
This will be Baldwin's record-breaking 17th turn as host. He was previously tied with Steve Martin. In addition to his frequent cameos this season as the new president, Baldwin last hosted in 2011.
Ed Sheeran will return for his second time as musical guest the same evening.
Baldwin will be preceded by Kristen Stewart, who makes »
- Kate Stanhope
Ratings: CBS' 'Hunted' Has Solid Kickoff Leading Out of AFC Championship
Leading out of the NFL’s well-watched AFC championship game, CBS’ new reality competition hit the ground running.
The Patriots’ defeat of the Steelers drew 41.3 million total viewers and a 13.4 demo rating from 7 to 10 pm ET, on par with the fast nationals for last year’s primetime NFC championship (which did 40.7 mil/14.3 on Fox). The premiere of "Hunted," in which pretty people didn’t do the smartest things to evade capture — like, say, buy the bus tickets but don’t use them! — then retained 10.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating. »
Jennifer Morrison, Jenna Elfman, ‘Underground’ to Be Honored at aTVfest
Jennifer Morrison, star of ABC’s hit fantasy series “Once Upon A Time,” and Jenna Elfman, who’s top-lining the Alphabet’s upcoming new comedy “Imaginary Mary,” have both been tapped to receive the Spotlight Award at the fifth annual aTVfest in Atlanta.
The television festival, which is presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), also announced that the cast of “Underground,” including Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, and Christopher Meloni, will receive the cast award for outstanding achievement in television. The second season of the Wgn series is set to premiere in March.
The festival will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 through Sunday, Feb. 4, and features premiere screenings and panels of several of TV’s top comedies, dramas and animation features at SCAD venues throughout midtown Atlanta.
- Debra Birnbaum
Luke Bryan to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
Country music singer Luke Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
His performance, which marks his first time appearing at the Super Bowl, will come as part of the pregame show. Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.
The announcement was made by the NFL and Fox.
A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year, Bryan has sold nearly 8 million albums and had 17 number-one singles. His latest album, “Kill The Lights,” is certified platinum and has sold 3.5 million tracks.
Last year’s national anthem was performed by Lady Gaga, who gave a rousing rendition decked out in a glittery red pantsuit. The pop star will be headlining this year’s halftime show.
- Debra Birnbaum
‘Entertainment Tonight’ Senior Producer Bonnie Tiegel Dies
“Entertainment Tonight” senior producer Bonnie Tiegel has died, the entertainment news program announced on Monday. Tiegel, who produced the show for more than 20 years, died in Los Angeles on Monday surrounded by friends and family, according to the “Entertainment Tonight” website. “Our entire ‘Entertainment Tonight’ family is mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Bonnie Tiegel,” the program said in a statement. “For over 20 years, Bonnie has been the heart and soul of our show and a respected member of the Hollywood community. Her energy, laughter and love will be immensely missed by all who knew her.” Also. »
- Reid Nakamura
Amazon Prime Strikes BBC Content Deal For India
BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has agreed to license some 600 hours of library content to the newly launched Amazon Prime Video service in India. The deal largely covers factual and pre-school programming.
It includes CBeebies shows vintage puppet animation, “Clangers,” animation series Dinopaws and Hey Duggee, which recently won the Pre-School Animation of the year at the 2017 BAFTA Children’s Awards. BBC factual programs in the deal include “Gandhi,” an in-depth look at Mahatma Gandhi, “The World’s Weirdest Weapons” and “The Genius of Inventions.”
That growth is exemplified by figures from Reliance Jio, a new phones and broadband Internet provider. From a standing start in September, it this week claimed to have 72 million subscribers. Amazon Prime launched in India in July last year »
- Patrick Frater
‘Scandal’ Gets Live Aftershow on Time Inc.’s Pen Streaming Network (Exclusive)
ABC’s “Scandal” hit political drama now has its own superfan-fed aftershow, launching on Time Inc.’s People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen) free streaming service.
Pen will launch the live “Scandal Superfan Recap: Gladiators Don’t Run” on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 11 p.m. Et, one hour after the conclusion of its season 6 premiere at 9 p.m. Et/8 p.m. Ct. The 16-episode series will be hosted by Laura Coates (pictured above), CNN legal analyst and former Justice Department federal prosecutor — and self-described “Scandal” megafan — who will be joined each week a new panel of “Scandal” enthusiasts, including editorial staffers from People and Entertainment Weekly.
Time Inc. isn’t partnering directly with ABC or “Scandal” showrunner-creator Shonda Rhimes on the aftershow. But the network obviously is supportive of any effort to drive more live viewership in primetime. Time Inc. developed “Scandal Superfan Recap” as a way to tap into the rabid TV fanaticism of its audience (especially EW »
- Todd Spangler
'Allo 'Allo! actor Gorden Kaye dies
Agent confirms actor best known for role as cafe owner René Artois has died in care home, aged 75
Kaye’s agent confirmed he died in his care home on Monday, aged 75.
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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Super Bowl: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons Headed to Feb. 5 Game
While most of the attention between now and the NFL championship game Feb. 5 in Houston will be focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta's score-at-will offense, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defense of New England, which allowed the fewest.
Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their — and the Patriots' — fifth Lombardi »
- the Associated Press
‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Katie Rich Suspended Over Barron Trump Tweet, Issues Apology
Katie Rich, writer for Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, sparked backlash with a tweet on Friday targeting President Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron who she wrote “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” She deleted the tweet a couple hours later but the controversy did not subside over the weekend, with many calling for the writer’s dismissal. SNL has not commented on the issue but a person familiar the situation tells Deadline that Rich was… »
TVLine Items: Lucifer Finds God (?), Lucci Hosts AMC Reunion and More
Lucifer is setting its sights on the Man Upstairs.
VideosLucifer: Maze Offers Chloe Tips After Witnessing Bedroom Antics
Lucifer sets out to prove that God Johnson is a phony, but in the process, he discovers that the man has knowledge of things that only his true Father would know.
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‘The Young Pope’: How an HBO Drama Thrived After All Those Memes, and The Funniest Moments Yet
When “The Young Pope” debuted overseas, America kept quiet. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016 and then on Italian TV in late October, Jude Law devotees and Paolo Sorrentino aficionados were aware, but little spirit — holy or otherwise — survived the trip across the pond. Even when HBO announced the premiere date and sent out a trailer in early December, it took another month for the series to catch fire and send white smoke billowing from the internet’s chimney.
Yet when the signal sounded, the dopest pope of TV was quickly coronated. Memes, fan art, and more funny commentary spread across the web like prayers during lent — quickly and in droves. We’ve discussed them a few times already, but here are a few choice offerings to set the mood:
- Ben Travers
Vampire Diaries Photos: Sheriff Forbes, Tyler Lockwood (and More?) Return
What would a trip into Damon Salvatore’s subconscious be without a visit from a few (mostly) friendly faces?
The CW on Monday released several new shots from Friday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (8/7c), appropriately titled “Nostalgia’s a Bitch,” featuring the return of two beloved characters: Sheriff Forbes (played by Marguerite MacIntyre) and Tyler Lockwood (played by Michael Trevino).
As you probably recall, Caroline’s mom lost her battle with cancer back in Season 6, while »
The Americans Season 5 Promo: Is Paige Heading to Spy School?
One of the biggest burning questions going into Season 5 of FX’s The Americans: Is teen daughter Paige ready to join her parents in the spy game? A new promo might just offer a clue.
In the just-released promo for Season 5 — debuting Tuesday, March 7 at 10/9c — we see Paige (Holly Taylor) walking out of school with her friends. Everything seems nice and normal until a squadron of fighter jets come screaming overhead. Leaves swirl, and every other student ducks for cover… but Paige just calmly keeps walking, completely unfazed.
Hulu To Become First Stop For Streams Of Magnolia Pictures Films
Hulu this year will become the exclusive first stop for streamed access to Magnolia Pictures’ new films as a result of a carriage deal the companies just unveiled. "As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content, films are essential to that mix," Hulu Head of Content Craig Erwich said. “Magnolia Pictures continuously releases thought-provoking and award winning titles that we know our viewers will love." Hulu has a similar pay one licensing deal for… »
‘Nightcap’: Lauren Blumenfeld & Don Fanelli Upped To Series Regulars For Season 2
Lauren Blumenfeld (Doubt) and Don Fanelli (Orange Is The New Black, 30 Rock) who recurred on Season 1 of Pop’s comedy series Nightcap have been promoted to series regulars for Season 2. Blumenfeld plays Penny Jones, assistant to head talent producer Staci (Ali Wentworth). Penny is loyal to a fault, single and idolizes Staci. Although plagued by a myriad of health concerns and unusual issues, she would never miss a day of work because her job and her relationship with… »
Todd Hoffman: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Gold Rush Star
Gold Rush is a reality show on the Discovery Channel. It focuses on the mining of gold deposits around the Yukon Territory in Canada. The first season of the show focused on six men from Oregon who lost their jobs due to the economy. They decide to travel to Porcupine Creek, Alaska to mine for gold. Since none of them have any experience, they learn on the job. During every season, the teams mine in different areas. One of the main characters is Todd Hoffman. He is 47 years old and has been on the show since season one. If
- Nat Berman
Guest Column: Oscars Are Black And White, But Not Brown
Editors note: Santiago Pozo is founder and CEO of Arenas Entertainment, the oldest Hispanic company in Hollywood. He is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Public Relations branch executive committee. Watching last week's Golden Globe Awards, and noting the number of nominations for Moonlight, as well as seeing awards-season regulars like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer (Fences and Hidden Figures)… »
The Joker Will Have a New Look when Gotham Returns
While many may know Cameron Monaghan for his role as Ian Gallagher on Shameless, he definitely making a name for himself for his role as Jerome Valeska Aka The Joker on Fox’s Gotham. Young talents like Monaghan and Robin Lord Taylor (who plays the Penguin) have propelled Gotham to a show that was once in question by many of its viewers to one of the better primetime shows on Fox. As far as the return of Gotham tonight, it looks like Monaghan’s character is getting a little crazier. Here’s what Cameron had to say about it: I really can’t wait
The Joker Will Have a New Look when Gotham Returns »
- Nat Berman
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