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Lena Dunham Gets Naked, Spoofs Girls' Nude Scenes on Saturday Night Live
We were ready for a bunch of naked jokes and perhaps a Girls parody during Lena Dunham's debut on Saturday Night Live. And boy did she deliver. The 27-year-old star and creator of the HBO hit series went completely nude in an appropriately titled spoof called Girl, which told the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Taran Killam portrayed Dunham's on-screen love interest Adam (Adam Driver), while Vanessa Bayer channeled Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) as a snake. "Can you please not apple shame me right now?" Dunham asked the voice of God after she eats the forbidden fruit. "Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it's original. I think I deserve some credit for that. Or at least a »
Amy Poehler Joins Comedy Central Panel At MipTV
The panel will comprise “Broad City’”s creators, writers, exec producers and stars of both the original web and TV series, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, as well as Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s prexy of content development and original programming, Caroline Beaton, Svp of international programme sales for Viacom International Media Networks (Vimn).
The discussion will draw on Viacom’s recent research study (“Comedy Across Borders”) that identified comedy as “the number one social currency,” and will explore the series’ transition from the web to TV.
While a second season has already been greenlit, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Zac Efron says he's up for more 'High School Musical,' and so are we
Are you ready to get your head back in the game?
Zac Efron might be. Over the weekend, a reporter for E! asked the actor if he would ever return to the sacred (?) halls of East High — home of Disney’s High School Musical franchise. And instead of shooting down the rumors, Efron replied, “We’re all thinking about it. I continue to see all the guys from High School. Every time we do…there’s just this look between us.”
Right off the bat, I’ll acknowledge that while this isn’t a ‘no,’ it’s also not confirmation of a reunion. »
- Erin Strecker
Mip-tv: Is Interactive Israeli Format ‘The Big Picture’ This Year’s Next Big Thing? (Video)
At last October’s Mipcom, Israeli interactive talent show Rising Star, was the hot property, selling local versions around the globe. At the Mip-tv market next month, The Big Picture, a new interactive entrant from Israel, is aiming to be the next big thing. The game show hails from Israeli format company A Cappella, which recently made U.S. and UK deals with eOne for religion-themed drama Reaching For Heaven. Big Picture is created by TV host and mentalist, Nimrod Harel, whose first scripted series, The Believer, has been sold to Fox International Channels. A budget of $1M went towards developing and producing an English-language Big Picture pilot hosted by Andrew Günsberg (Australian Idol, Live To Dance) which A Cappella will shop at Mip-tv (see promo below). The trivia-based show asks a single contestant to identify photographs projected on a 20-meter high screen in the studio; the pictures can be of celebrities, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ Impresses in Its Bow On Busy Sunday Night
ABC had put an end to its string of low-rated drama premieres as “Resurrection” — despite facing AMC’s own back-from-the-dead drama “The Walking Dead” — opened to strong numbers Sunday night. It built nicely on its “Once Upon a Time” lead-in and was easily the evening’s top broadcast program as the net won the night in demos.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Resurrection” averaged a 3.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, making it a close second to NBC’s “The Blacklist” as the top drama series launch of the season in 18-49. The 3.6 rating for “Resurrection” is 33% higher than the combined scores for the first three dramas ABC rolled out in 2014 — a 2.7 for “The Assets” (0.7), “Killer Women” (0.9) and “Mind Games” (1.1).
In its time period, “Resurrection” gave ABC its best regular series performance in adults 18-49 in the Sunday 9 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
'The Originals': Charles Michael Davis ships Mabekah (or Rebel, whatever you call it)
Marcel and Rebekah have quite the epic love story on The CW's "The Originals." Is it enough to land in legendary territory? Star Charles Michael Davis hopes so.
He tells Zap2it, "I hope it ranks up there with all the great ones -- from McSteamy and Doctor Grey to Lois Lane and Clark Kent."
So yes, in case you were wondering, Davis is a total Marbekah shipper. Or is it Rebel? Whatever you want to call it, he's into it. But the vampire king of New Orleans and the Original sister haven't exactly been able to just be together -- take their complete failure in 1919, for example -- and things aren't looking great for the present-day couple either.
"That's going to be the test," says Davis of whether Marcel will be able to finally let go the hope of a future with Rebekah. "I think it's a man torn »
Cartoon Network To Launch First Mini-Series, New Takes on Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny
Time Warner’s Cartoon Network unveiled an ambitious new programming slate that includes the cable outlet’s first-ever miniseries as well as revivals of classic characters such as adversarial cat-and-mouse team Tom & Jerry and rascally rabbit Bugs Bunny.
The kiddie cable network also said it planned to expand its offerings for viewers using non-traditional viewing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to find its content. Cartoon Network said it would focus on making both original programming and digital content available to viewers as they wanted it. Later this year, Cartoon Network is expected to unveil content specifically designed for distribution on mobile devices, as well as special ads that can accompany it. The network will make move from one clip to the next by swiping their viewing screen.
The moves come as parent unit Turner decided to expand by an hour “Adult Swim,” the young-adult skewing animation block that shares Cartoon Network’s roost. »
- Brian Steinberg
5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Robert Rodriguez Tries Out The Small Screen While NatGeo Goes 'Live From Space'
Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like "Girls," "House of Lies," "Shameless" and "The Walking Dead," but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "Chozen": "Family Weekend (or How Gary Got His Groove Back)" Monday, March 10 at 10:30 pm on FX I have to be honest: "Chozen" won me over by appointing me "Heavy B Earfquake" via the show's rap name generator on its cannily constructed website. "Chozen" itself... well, it has potential. The animated comedy tracks the titular character, Chozen, after a prison stint while he tries to regain his title as the world's greatest rapper. The twists, if you would call them that, are: a) Chozen is white, b) he's gay, and c) his lyrics are intended to turn stereotypical rap tunes on their head (though it »
- Ben Travers
The Biz: Sam Champion Previews His New Weather Channel Gig
Sam Champion was the longtime weather anchor on the Good Morning America team that conquered Today, ending the NBC program's 16-year run as ratings leader. He recently left his ABC morning family for The Weather Channel; starting Monday, March 17, he will anchor a morning program of his own, America's Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion (or Amhq for short, weekdays 7am/6c). The Biz caught up with Champion as he prepared for the launch.
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- Stephen Battaglio
'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Lena Dunham makes naked ploy for laughs -- Vote
Lena Dunham’s Saturday Night Live had something for everyone — even her 94-year-old grandmother. There was pixilated nudity, Bible stories, Jon Hamm and Liam Neeson cameos, an obnoxious Gps that didn’t like Dunham’s singing voice, and Liza Minnelli impressions. At the end, Dunham said she wanted to french-kiss the audience, a Benigni-esque declaration of emotion that I don’t doubt for a moment. (After all, her granny was practically a third-base coach back in the day.)
The Girls star wasn’t fazed in the slightest by hosting the show, which isn’t much of a surprise — Dunham doesn »
- Jeff Labrecque
General Hospital Shockers: Writer Ron Carlivati on Sonny, Ava and Robin
It's been a crazy couple of weeks on ABC's General Hospital! Femme fatale Ava Jerome (Maura West) was revealed to be the murderer of Connie Falconeri (Kelly Sullivan). Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) tried to kill A.J. Quartermaine (Sean Kanan) by shooting him point-blank in the chest. And Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) abandoned her husband, Patrick (Jason Thompson), and her little girl, Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer), to leave Port Charles and save the life of her old friend Jason, a controversial decision that has infuriated many Gh fans. What's behind these big, bold, ballsy moves? TV Guide Magazine got some insight from the show's head writer Ron Carlivati.
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- Michael Logan
'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto Reveals Alternate Endings & Shares Season 2 Story Details
"True Detective" has finished, and now the debate begins on its legacy. Did it live up to the promise in the first half of the season? Was the story concluded in a satisfactory manner? Is this really one of the greatest shows in TV history? We'll let you hash it out in the comments section, but in this writer's opinion, there hasn't been a TV drama this dense, rich and satisfying in a long, long time. That said, last night's finale did leave a slightly sour taste in the mouths of some. Obviously, **Spoilers Ahead**. So, in "Form And Void," we saw both Rust and Martin near death, only to survive and spent the last quarter of the show involved in a discussion of light versus dark, and the meaning of the universe. As we wrote in our recap, it was a fitting and rather poetic conclusion, with both men changed from what they've experience. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ask Matt: Reboots and Finales, Binge-watching, Nashville, Svu, and More
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Question: There have been quite a few resurrections from the TV graveyard as of late and I must say I love it, way more than Hollywood's obsession of making a sequel out of everything as well as making too-soon remakes. Firefly and Veronica Mars both have movie continuations, Dallas and Boy Meets World have spawned new series chronicling the next generation (I know you're not too big a fan of the new Dallas, but I have to say I welcome the return of Judith Light to the series), Netflix brought back Arrested Development for a fourth season, and Heroes is coming out with Heroes: Reborn next year. So I'm wondering what are your thoughts on this phenomenon, and are there any shows that you feel should be next in this craze.
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- Matt Roush
Johnny Knoxville, David Cross, and Sarah Silverman to guest in season 2 of IFC's 'Maron,' which debuts May 8 -- Exclusive
Johnny Knoxville, Ray Romano, David Cross, and Sarah Silverman will pop up as themselves during the 13-episode season, along with Michael Ian Black, Conan O’Brien, and Andy Richter. Also joining the guest list inside and outside the garage are Chris Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Rob Riggle, Bill Burr, Paul Feig, Wyatt Cenak, Joey “Coco” Diaz, Rachael Harris, Moshe Kasher, Tom Kenny, Dave Koechner, »
- Dan Snierson
'True Detective' Finds The Light In A Truly Surprising Season Finale
For anyone foolish enough to be reading this without watching the eight-episode first season of "True Detective," you have now been warned: spoilers big and small ahead. And the closed circle is complete. The answers so many viewers have been craving for the past eight weeks have been given, and we shall never hear from Detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) or Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) again (doth proclaims McConaughey). The eight-episode first season of "True Detective" came to a close last night with both detectives living to take another case. Not only that, but a show laced with a deep black tone of drudgery and despair somehow managed to leave us with a singular message of hope -- perhaps the most surprising ending out there. The opening scene of the finale introduced us fully to the man everyone's been looking for: The Yellow King. Errol Childress (Glenn Fleshler), who we »
- Ben Travers
Monday TV in Review: Believe, Bones Moves Back
It's hard not to want to believe in talents like Alfonso Cuaron (of the amazing Gravity) and J.J. Abrams (no TV explanation necessary). These two very busy visionaries lend their names, and Cuaron his directing chops (in the pilot episode, anyway), for NBC's otherwise painfully derivative Believe (Monday, 10/9c), which plays like one of those middling Stephen King melodramas about supernaturally gifted children on the run for their lives.
Cuaron elevates the stock clichés with visual motifs of a butterfly providing mystical guidance and a dizzying flock of pigeons (my idea of a living nightmare) subduing a Big Bad Female Assassin in a loft. It's a handsome looking pilot, even at its most predictably familiar. And as Bo, the spunky little girl whose psychic and paranormal gifts seem to have no end — or, maddeningly, definition — Johnny Sequoyah is agreeable company, never too cute even when the script calls for Bo to be cloyingly precious. »
- Matt Roush
Looking at 'Looking': A Character By Character Rundown Of The First Season (And Where We Hope They Head Next)
The article below contains spoilers for the entire first season of looking, including its season finale -- "Looking Glass" -- which aired March 9th. "Looking" came to an all-too-quick season's end last night (but hey, at least it wasn't series' end), with its eighth half hour -- "Looking Glass" -- bringing each of its protagonists to a moment of forced self-evaluation, for better or worse (hence the episode's title). Only Dom left us on a hopeful note as he finally realized he wants more from Lynn than a business relationship (thanks to the consistent nudging of Doris), while both Patrick and Agustín saw their varying degrees of self-destructive behavior come back around as their now ex-boyfriends (at least for now) Richie and Frank called them out on what neither of them seemed quite capable of seeing themselves all season. It was certainly the series' most emotional episodes (Doris' "he's worth it" speech to Lynn! »
- Peter Knegt
'The Simpsons' quietly bids farewell to Mrs. Krabappel: Watch her final scene
When Marcia Wallace passed away last year after a 28-year battle with breast cancer, fans of The Simpsons mourned the loss of the series’ beloved, wisecracking teacher Edna Krabappel — whom Wallace had voiced for 24 years.
Producer Al Jean promised that the character would be retired, and The Simpsons has since paid homage to Wallace in a few brief instances: in a November episode, Bart remembered his teacher in a somber opening chalkboard gag, and a holiday opening credits sequence featured Krabappel sporting angel wings in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
But at the end of the March 10 episode “The Man Who Grew Too Much, »
- Marc Snetiker
Watch: Martin Hart From 'True Detective' Finally Sees The Red Wedding On 'Game Of Thrones'
With the first season of "True Detective" calling it a day, a rewatch might be in order to pick up on the clues, themes, philosophies and more spread throughout the show. And we bet you missed this detail. In the seventh episode "After You've Gone," Rust shows Marty a videotape with evidence of a horrifying crime, that was kept off camera from the audience. Or was it? Another look reveals that Martin's horror comes from finally witness the Red Wedding from "Game Of Thrones." We feel you bro, that was a tough one. Watch below. [via Reddit]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch: Here's What Clive Owen Looks Like In Steven Soderbergh's Medical Drama 'The Knick'
Cinemax's much-anticipated Steven Soderbergh medical drama "The Knick" is building suspense for its arrival this summer, teaser by teaser. Focused on the lives of surgeons, staff and patients at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York in the early 1900s, the drama stars Clive Owen and promises some pretty twisted, blood-soaked stuff. Check out these three earlier eerie clips, complete with cigarettes and scrubs, and then take a look at the new one below, which finally gives us a shot of Owen's face, as well a look at the nurse, a different doctor, the hospital's ominous insides and the disturbing tagline "Surgery wasn't always science."
- Taylor Lindsay
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