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Like his humor or not, Daniel Tosh hit this one out of the park. The Tosh.0 host responded in kind to what he felt was Espn ripping off his "Web Redemption" idea with its own "The Awesome Video Segment," co-opting the network's flagship, SportsCenter, for his own bit detailing all the reasons why the show sucks. "Listen, I'm aware America's Funniest Home Videos and Talk Soup have a legitimate gripe against me. It's bad enough MTV has a PG girl version of this show," Tosh launched into making his point on last night's Tosh.0 (not remembering that The Soup hasn't been Talk Soup in some time, but whatever.) "But now sports channels are stealing from me?!" »
Joel McHale will be dining on “The Soup” for at least two more years. The long-running host has signed an extended agreement to lead the Emmy-nominated live pop culture show through 2016. The deal also extends to McHale’s production company, Free Period Productions, which will give E! first look rights for any non-scripted series ideas. McHale has hosted the show since its 2004 premiere. An earlier iteration, "Talk Soup" ran from 1991 to 2002. "Whether he is entertaining the audience with the best worst of the week or offering up a fresh hit of pop culture on the production development front, McHale is a valued fixture at the network for both his industry know-how and comic relief," said E!'s Jeff Olde in a press release. "On behalf of the network and fans of ‘The Soup,’ we can’t help but smile as we look forward to more years of comedy with McHale. »
- Dave Lewis
The Wil Wheaton Project won’t be back for a second season, TVLine has confirmed.
The Syfy series Wheaton described as “Talk Soup for geeks” premiered May 27 and finished its 12-episode first season in mid-August.
Wheaton broke news of the cancellation via a post on WilWheaton.net, in which the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum/Big Bang Theory guest star writes that the network’s executives “just didn’t think we had enough viewers to justify more episodes.”
A Syfy rep confirms to TVLine that the series is cancelled.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? »
Redoing the "Game of Thrones" title sequence in a variety of styles has become a geeky pastime, seemingly, and Wil Wheaton, the former "Star Trek" star and big time geek, has now thrown his hat into the ring with a "Brady Bunch" mash-up that is actually pretty funny and endearing. And you can watch it below!
The clip comes courtesy of his new Syfy series "The Wil Wheaton Project," which apparently is like a super nerdy version of "Talk Soup," with Wheaton standing in front of a green screen and throwing to things (and maybe talking about nerdy news topics, we're not sure). Anyway, as he admits, the "Game of Thrones" opening credits are maybe some of the best in television history but do a crummy job of explaining the complicated interpersonal relationships of the characters... which can obviously be rectified by a "Brady Bunch"-style opening.
The clip is »
- Drew Taylor
Last July, Screen Gems invited us on the Bronx, New York set of their supernatural horror film Deliver Us from Evil. Originally titled "Beware the Night", the film is based on a book by former NYPD Detective Ralph Sarchie. Sarchie was a sixteen year veteran of the forty-sixth precinct in the South Bronx, one of the most virulently crime-ridden areas in the seventies and eighties. Sarchie was a chronicler of the occult, participating in numerous exorcisms and cases of demonic possessions. Deliver Us from Evil takes place in modern times with Eric Bana starring as Sarchie. The film is written and directed by Scott Derrickson, who has had tremendous success in the horror genre with his previous films, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister. Deliver Us from Evil costars Édgar Ramírez as Mendoza - a Catholic priest, and Joel McHale as Butler, Sarchie's NYPD partner.
We arrive on »
Tvgn, the cable outlet once firmly associated with TV Guide, wants to cut its own swath through audiences who thrill to movies and TV shows and the people who make them possible.
In a presentation with journalists, Tvgn entertainment president Brad Schwartz articulated a vision that would attract people interested in “fandom culture” but in “a lane very different from Bravo, a lane very different from E!” The central theme of the network, in which CBS Corp. bought a 50% stake in April of last year, is to embrace the idea of being a fan, without taking up some of the jaded views that come from embracing celebrity. Tvgn runs a half-hour program based on celebrity fansite Popsugar each evening, but, said Schwartz, “it’s not snarky. It’s not ‘Chelsea,’ it’s not ‘Talk Soup,’” referring to two of E!’s best-known programs.
Independent cable networks like Tvgn have their »
- Brian Steinberg
Chicago – The actor Greg Kinnear has been known for his neat and tidy image, but never has he portrayed a religious leader. His role as Todd Burpo – a pastor of a church and the father whose son believes “Heaven Is for Real” – brings the energy of spirituality to the movies just in time for the Easter holiday.
Born in small town Logansport, Indiana, Greg Kinnear was the son of a career diplomat, and moved around quite a bit as a child, even living overseas. He is a veteran actor who first came into prominence when he hosted the first version of “Talk Soup” on the E! Network in 1991. Four years later, he made a splashy film debut as David Larrabee in the 1995 remake of Billy Wilder’s “Sabrina,” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
A couple years later, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In ratings news … everything did terribly last night.
Wil Wheaton has long been a great ally and a hilarious online presence, and starting next month he’ll have his own weekly show on Syfy titled The Wil Wheaton Project, which he describes as “Talk Soup For Geeks”
EW has video of adorable Jeremy Jordan performing “Let It Go” from this year’s Miscast Gala
Playbill talks to Cheyenne Jackson about returning to the New York Stage in The Most Happy Fella, which starts tonight.
Boy Scouts Boot Openly Gay Troop Leader. “Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, is believed to be the first gay adult to be booted from the Boy Scouts of America since it held a controversial ballot last May allowing gay youth—but not adults—to participate in one »
Wil Wheaton has been given a new forum to discuss all things science fiction.
Syfy has picked up 12 episodes of The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), which the actor-blogger has dubbed “sort of like Talk Soup for geeks.” The half-hour show, hosted by Wheaton, will allow the geek hero to dissect the week’s biggest stories in sci-pop culture with the witty commentary that has made him a social media star.
In his own words, Wheaton describes the show as a “weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the »
- Amber Ray
Wil Wheaton is back in business with Syfy. The “Eureka” alum will host a new series, tentatively titled “The Wil Wheaton Project,” which will premiere May 27 at 10 p.m. on Syfy, the actor said on his blog Wednesday. The 12-episode series, which “Star Trek: The Next Generation” favorite Wheaton characterized as “sort of like ‘Talk Soup’ for geeks,” will be “a weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen,” the actor said. See video: Wil Wheaton Has Touching Answer for. »
- Tim Kenneally
This past Sunday saw the season finale of HBO’s True Detective, a show that was hands down one of the best things to happen to television in many years. How do I know this? Well, I know this because it’s one of the rare pieces of entertainment that even internet haters had nothing bad to say about. Now that, my friends, is how you know something is truly remarkable.
While nothing but love and praise was heaped upon the show’s mesmerizing and utterly enthralling first season, that doesn’t mean that fans didn’t have a whole lot of fun with it. So iconic and memorable were so many moments and lines of dialogue throughout the show’s eight episode run that it was inevitable that spoofs, satires and parodies would hit the net in its wake… and boy did they ever.
If you’re already missing True Detective, »
- John Squires
Zap2it: Since your dramatic roles to date have been in relatively compact story arcs, what do you think about playing one character for an extended amount of time in "Rake"?
Greg Kinnear: It is a different thing than I'm used to, and how I'll like it, I guess I'll find out down the road. So far, I've really enjoyed it, and I think I'll like the idea of returning to a guy who can continue to be explored deeper as the show goes forward.
Zap2it: For someone who didn't have formal acting training, you've had an Oscar nomination for "As Good As It Gets" and an Emmy nomination as JFK in "The Kennedys." How do you assess that?
Greg Kinnear: Well, maybe that gave me courage. Ignorance is bliss. I've never really looked at any of it as a risk. I know at times you're dealing »
With Rake, Keegan Deane enters the growing pantheon on TV antiheroes. A charming, if morally questionable and self-destructive, criminal defense lawyer, he comes to Fox by way of Australia -- where the original drama of the same name premiered in 2010 and is about to kick off its third season. Greg Kinnear tackles the protagonist in his first full-time TV gig since -- can you believe it? -- Talk Soup. But creator Peter Duncan doesn't want viewers to tune in expecting to always root for the leading man. "He's still a charming character and people still love him," Duncan tells
- Michael O'Connell
Television largely gave Greg Kinnear his start, and as he returns to it, he's doing something different -- yet something he's been doing a long time.
Staking his claim to fame as a talk show host on NBC's "Later," then on E! Entertainment Television's satirical "Talk Soup" set Kinnear up for an acting career that began in earnest with the 1995 movie remake of "Sabrina." He's kept at that ever since, from his Oscar-nominated turn in "As Good as It Gets" and his Emmy bid for playing JFK in the miniseries "The Kennedys" to his current role as Ron Burgundy's rival in love in the comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
Kinnear remains an actor in tackling TV on a steady basis again. Premiering Thursday, Jan. 23, the Fox drama "Rake" adapts an Australian show by casting him as Los Angeles defense attorney Keegan Deane. When he's not standing up for clients, »
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