10 items from 2015
On last night’s Scandal, Lena Dunham played Hannah Horvath, only a version of Hannah Horvath that lived in Washington D.C., had sex with the most powerful men in the U.S. government and wrote a memoir about it. She had a really bad wig, but she fit right in with the cast — particularly when it comes to reciting one of Shonda Rhimes’ trademark monologues. Salute to you, Lena, for making it do what it do.
Ok, now for the rest of the people on this show.
1. Aren’t we glad that Abby and Olivia are friends again so we can watch Liv judge Abby’s dating tastes like the good ole days?
It was nice to see Oliva fight off making a face upon discovering that Abby and Leo have been boning for months now. Granted, Olivia is in no position to judge anyone’s taste in men or sexual activity, »
“You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest, and then you get”…That is right. The Facts of Life, the sitcom that ran on NBC for over 200 episodes in the 1980s, will have the complete series released by the Shout Factory on DVD. The Facts of Life revolved around a group of girls named Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), Jo (Nancy McKean), and Blair (Lisa Welchel) in a boarding school, and their housemother Mrs. Garrett (Charlotte Rae). Many episodes dealt with very special issues, such as adoption, losing one’s virginity, suicide, and drug abuse.
In celebration, Entertainment Weekly published an oral history on the beloved series in a neat microsite that can be found here. Interviews of the cast and crew reveal the beginning of the show, its evolution and struggles, and why it remains popular today. Included are the writers, directors, the then-president and CEO of NBC, »
- Michelle Leibowitz
When it comes to hairstyles, there can be only one truly iconic king, perched atop its fluffy throne gazing down upon the lesser looks. And that king is the mullet. We may think of the mullet as reserved for only certain types of celebrity, typically those of the country-western genre or perhaps ’80s hair bands, but many of our favorite stars rocked the business in front, party in back look. And for that, they must be celebrated.
When you’re having a bad hair day, never forget that Johansson spent most of 2003 with this coif.
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He may have sported this look in The Lost Boys, but we hope Sutherland brings it back if he does another run of 24.
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Long before Game of Thrones, we like to think Dinklage repaid his debts to the barber who gave him this look, like a Lannister always does. »
- Courtney Enlow
Earlier this year, we asked our readers to pick their favorite TV shows of the 1990s. Votes poured in by the hundreds, and ultimately Seinfeld topped a list that included The Simpsons, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.
Now we have another question for you: What is the the single best television show of the 1980s? Not all shows fit neatly into decades, so we're going to accept any program that reached its cultural peak during these years. That means Happy Days won't count, but The Facts of Life will. »
Jenna McMahon, a three-time Emmy Award winner and the co-creator of the long-running comedies The Facts of Life and Mama’s Family, has died. She was 89. McMahon, whose real name was Mary Virginia Skinner, died March 2 of heart failure at a hospital in Monterey, Calif., her daughter, Kerry Holden-Dixon, told The Hollywood Reporter. McMahon partnered with the late Dick Clair to form one of the top comedy writing teams of the 1970s and ’80s. Newly arrived from New York, McMahon (her mother's maiden name) had opened a playhouse in West Hollywood
- Mike Barnes
The White House continues to understand the power of web video as a tool for reaching young voters, and the latest collaboration born from that understanding brings the First Lady to an unusual game show. Michelle Obama was a guest on Billy Eichner's Billy On The Street series, where she played a game called "Ariana Grande or eating a carrot" alongside Big Bird.
The video is live on Funny or Die, which produces Billy On The Street for TruTV and the Internet. The First Lady joined Eichner to promote Sesame Street's Eat Brighter! campaign, which teaches kids the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. That is one of Flotus' favoritetopics, and she's discussed it on Funny or Die before. She previously had a cameo in Snackpocalypse, a short video about nutritious snacking that starred Chloe Grace Moretz.
This time, she stands in the produce aisle of a supermarket »
- Sam Gutelle
Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.
The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.
While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late, »
Larry Wilmore’s career has toggled back and forth between work in front of and behind the camera. He arrived in the business as an actor, then shifted over to writing for comedies like “In Living Color” and “Sister, Sister” before becoming creator and showrunner of “The Pj’s” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” But he also has popped up in many sitcom guest roles in recent years (I loved his deadpan recurring role on “The Office” as Mr. Brown), and for the last eight years has been a periodic “Daily Show” contributor as the Senior Black Correspondent. Now he’s finally merging the two sides of his career as both host and producer of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” which inherits the post-“Daily Show” timeslot from “The Colbert Report” beginning tonight at 11:30. I spoke a week ago with Wilmore about being an African-American comedian at a »
- Alan Sepinwall
A lot of people in showbiz are rich and famous, but most of them have higher aspirations: They want to be George Clooney.
That’s not just because of his success, taste, humor and home in Italy’s Lake Como. Clooney knows how to handle the spotlight, yet maintain his privacy. But the real reason he is respected/idolized/envied is his ability to capitalize on his clout for things that matter.
In an entirely different arena, his work on behalf of various humanistic causes is a reminder that Hollywood activism can mean more than writing a check or hosting a fundraiser. Clooney supports many industry philanthropies; and on a global scale he brought attention to humanitarian crises like Darfur, »
- Tim Gray
“Love is a lot like farming,” mused Chris Soules on Monday’s Bachelor season premiere, a metaphor that can also be applied to the episode itself, which was basically a three-hour parade of clucking, weeding and — at one lady’s polite behest — plowing.
Soules may have bestowed his “first impression” rose upon 27-year-old waitress Britt — of course he’d pick the normal girl, right? — but we at TVLine have curated a list of ladies who made pretty strong first impressions on us. Let’s begin:
* Amanda, the 24-year-old ballet instructor with eyes that can pierce into your very soul — and not in a sexy way. »
10 items from 2015
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