18 items from 2013
The 86 members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. -- which hands out the Critics' Choice TV Awards -- really loved "American Horror Story: Asylum" and "The Big Bang Theory" this year. They top the list of nominees for the third annual edition of these kudos with six bids each, up from two apiece last year. (For the complete list of nominees, click here.) Popular CBS sitcom "Big Bang" returns to the two categories it was nominated in last year -- Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actor (Jim Parsons) -- and adds four more: Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Simon Helberg), Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch), and Best Comedy Guest Performer (Bob Newhart). "American Horror Story" returns to the races for Best Movie/Miniseries and Best Movie/Mini Actress (Jessica Lange), while also earning acting bids for supporting stars James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, and Lil. »
Darren Criss attends Fox 2103 Programming Presentation Post-Party in NYC.
Birthday shoutouts go to Olly Murs, who is 29, Miranda Cosgrove is 20, and Cate Blanchett is 44. Angelina Jolie made a startling announcement today. Jinkx Monsoon Performs “Ladies Who Lunch” Live At The GLAAD Media Awards Brazil on track for Marriage-Equality. In ratings news, last night’s Warehouse 13 was about even with last week’s show.
Help GLAAD end the ban on gay leadership and troops in the Boy Scouts.
We’ve got more trailers for some upcoming shows. Here’s the trailer for ABC’s Back In The Game, about a woman who moves back home and ends up coaching a kids’ baseball team, filled with rejected players (including one who sings “Born This Way.”)
Now watch (if you dare), the trailer for the Fox comedy Dads, »
"I could have easily never worked again after Precious," Gabourey Sidibe tells me over breakfast in Los Angeles. "I could be back at my receptionist job and no one would be surprised, but I'm having a very crazy little career that no one thought would happen. Although that was never the plan. "
It's not clear whose plan Sidibe is referring to (hers, God's, Hollywood's), but it's plain to see nothing in the NY native's career has happened by accident. Although, as she's the first to admit, no one on her team is working off a calculated, step-by-step, career plan. Thankfully the fates led her from Precious to The Big C, which ends its phenomenal four-year run with hereafter, a 4-part limited run series, featuring Sidibe as Andrea, the wayward high schooler Laura Linney's character took under her wing back in season one.
Related - How The Big C Shaped Its Final Act
Like Andrea, Sidibe has flourished »
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While the actors who portray our favorite characters get the majority of fan adoration, more and more, writers and show runners are rightfully getting their place in the spotlight. Sure, Ali Liebert brings Betty’s swagger on Bomb Girls, but writers dream up the lines that cut through us like a warm knife through maple butter. Paige McCullers would be just a footnote — a field hockey penalty — if Pretty Little Liars’ show runner hadn’t seen her potential and gone with her gut. So here’s to the writers who inspire us, and the women and men who run the show. (Thank you to all of you who tweeted me your favorites.)
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"The New Normal" received top television honors at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards. In the clip that can be seen above, Matthew Bomer presents Ryan Murphy and the cast of the show the award with a touching tribute.
"Television has the unique capacity to bring subjects we may not be comfortable with or which may seem taboo directly into our living room on a week-to-week basis. When these topics are grounded in compassion, humor and understanding, they can spark a conversation and not always, but sometimes, that conversation can dissolve ignorance," Bomer says when presenting the award to Murphy. "In the same vein as Norman Lear before him, Ryan Murphy has taken hot button issues and started conversations in homes across the country. He's done more to create mainstream, widely accepted Lgbt characters and stories, hired more openly gay actors, actresses and writers and done more to advance our equality than anyone else in the business. »
The world's most notable anthropomorphic fruit is continuing to make it big on TV. The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange, Cartoon Network's TV adaptation of Dane Boedigheimer's mind-bogglingly popular web series, will return for a second season, which will debut at 7:30 Est on May 16th. The first TV season of Annoying Orange averaged close to two million views an episode, making it one of the most popular cable programs in its timeslot. It was particularly popular with boys ages 6-14, which is not a surprise given the young age of its YouTube audience. Season two will once against center around the titular orange, voiced by Boedigheimer, and will undoubtedly feature many, many fruit puns. Popular YouTubers Toby Turner and iJustine will return as members of the main cast, as will noted voice actors such as Jim Cummings and Tom Kenny. Season one featured many recurring and guest stars, »
- Sam Gutelle
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture," accesshollywood.com quoted Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, as saying.
- Meeta Kabra
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All kinds of cast reunions have been happening lately, with Courteney Cox visiting Matthew Perry on Go On, Entertainment Weekly bringing the stars of Clueless and Melrose Place, among others, back together for photoshoots and Boy Meets World is even getting its own spin-off 13 years after going off-air. This led me to pose this week's Huddle question: What former cast members would you die to see reunite?
Emily Hartl: Roseanne, especially after the last episode's big reveals. The whole Mark and Darlene/Becky and David switch up? Dan's Death? Jackie Is Actually A Lesbian?! I want all of the answers. I also want the Roseanne Halloween Exclusive DVD box set.
Sarah Terez Rosenblum: Family Ties, but can Nick be a dyke?
Marcie Bianco: Duh, Buffy!
Dana Piccoli: I'd pay about a million dollars to see the Buffy cast »
Today, gay characters populate all of Ryan Murphy's TV shows ... and many TV shows, for that matter. But when Murphy was first getting started in the entertainment business, his characters weren't met with as much acceptance.
When his TV show "Popular" launched on The WB in 1999, the network told openly-gay Murphy that his straight characters were "too gay" or had a “gay sensibility," according to Out magazine.
Over a decade later, Murphy has "Glee," another high school dramedy on the air. And this time, it's full of gay characters.
“Now it’s like, if you don’t have a gay character, something is wrong with your show,” Murphy told Out.
The amount of gay characters the TV world has seen in recent years has been largely beneficial as far as gay marriage is concerned. In November, THR reported that 27 percent of people in a survey said that gay characters »
- Leigh Weingus
"Burning Love" ... and burning money!Comedians Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, June Daphne Raphael and Natasha Leggero are back in the hilarious online series "Burning Love: Burning Down the House" -- and we've got the exclusive first look at the third season's new poster.The show is tweaking their formula this time around, taking on ABC's recently-canceled "Bachelor Pad" instead of "The Bachelor.""Burning Down the House" will see "favorite rejects" returning to compete for a $900 prize. Yes, $900.And they'll do some crazy stuff for that money, which the show promising "hookups, backstabbing, romance, candles, champagne, outfits and more."Leslie Bibb (of "Popular" fame) and Abigail Spencer ("Mad Men") will be featured on the show as well, which debuts on Yahoo! on April 12.Check out the trailer below: Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Matt Lauria is best known for playing really decent guys. In his roles on TV's "Friday Night Lights," "Chicago Code," and "Parenthood," his characters have all been inherently good men with strong moral compasses that help them to navigate difficult issues and painful situations. In the off-Broadway play "Really Really," though, Lauria plays Davis, a college kid whose moral code is a little more ambiguous. What kind of person does he want to be?
"At first, I thought, 'Audition for Johnson, because he's a straight-up guy, he's got a really strict moral code to which he adheres, and he's keeping his nose clean,'" admitted Lauria when we caught up with him after a performance this week. "But I decided to go for the character that was much more of a departure for me. In terms of the choices I make when I take roles, this broke some new ground »
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As reported by our sister site Deadline….
* Turco has joined The CW’s newly enumerated The 100, which revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents dispatched from a space station to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing a nuclear war-ravaged Earth. Turco will play the mother of the space station’s chief medical officer.
* Fresh off »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
On Wednesday night, Glee and The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy was honored with the PaleyFest Icon Award in Beverly Hills...and the actors whose careers he helped launch were there to celebrate. Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Andrew Rannells, Jane Lynch, NeNe Leakes, Justin Bartha and Chord Overstreet all stepped out to honor Murphy, who also created Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story and Popular. At the event presented by Samsung Galaxy, costars turned couple Michele and Monteith were "super lovey dovey," an onlooker tells People. "They barely left each other's side throughout the evening." The source adds: "They »
Long before the kids of McKinley High were singing away their problems on a weekly basis, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy worked on another classic high school comedy: The WB's "Popular."And this week, the stars of the show were out in Hollywood at not one, but two different events.First, they reunited at an event honoring Murphy ... and last night Leslie Bibb (who played queen bee Brooke) and Leslie Grossman (who was the Southern Belle Mary Cherry) hit the red carpet at the "Dukes of Melrose" launch party.It was there toofab's Lawrence Yee asked the two stars about their time on the show and its television legacy.Watch the clip below to hear what Bibb says about how she "lost her virginity on the show" and what she thinks about doing a reunion: See more of the cast in the gallery below: Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Before the CW, there was The WB.The network's stable of teen-targeted shows included "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dawson's Creek," "Charmed" and a comedic gem titled "Popular" from a then-unknown producer named Ryan Murphy."Popular" only lasted two seasons, but it gained a cult following. Many of its actors went onto other TV roles (mostly on ABC): Leslie Bibb (Brooke) starred in "Gcb," Sara Rue (Carmen) in "Less Than Perfect," and Christopher Gorham (Harrison) on "Ugly Betty." Carly Pope (Sam) had a memorable stint on "24."The cast reunited at the PaleyFest Icon Award last night in Beverly Hills, where Ryan Murphy was honored for his work in television. Stars from Ryan's current shows, including "Glee," "American Horror Story" and "The New Normal" were also in attendance to fete the prolific producer. Presented exclusively by Samsung Galaxy, the evening gave attendees the chance to check out the latest offerings from »
- tooFab Staff
Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Jane Lynch were joined by their Glee cast members to honor Ryan Murphy as he received the PaleyFest Icon Award in La last night. Lea wore a sheer black Vivienne Tam dress while her boyfriend, Cory, went for a simple suit at the event. The Glee cast weren't the only stars from Ryan's shows to attend the shindig - Leslie Bibb, Carly Pope, and Leslie Grossman from Ryan's first show, Popular, walked the red carpet along with Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha from The New Normal. Many of the stars of Ryan's shows have grown close with the prolific TV creator, and Andrew, Naya Rivera, and Darren Criss even did some impressions of Ryan Murphy on the red carpet for the Associated Press. After the award ceremony, Lea tweeted, "A beautiful night honoring the amazing Ryan Murphy. So happy for him. What a joy to »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Avenue Q's Lucy the Slut (pictured with rumored past dalliances) to star in HIV PSA
The Tony Award-winning puppet musical Avenue Q is teaming up with our parent network Logo. They'll be partnering on a series national public service announcements to raise awareness for HIV and HIV prevention. Popular characters from the musical including Lucy the Slut, Rod and Ricky, will be featured in the PSAs, alternately known as "puppet service announcements." (Lucy in particular might speak with some authority on Std prevention, having been romantically linked to such notorious Hollywood lotharios as Rob Cordry and David Hasselhoff.)
Joking aside, this seems like a great partnership. Our resident Avenue Q nut Ed Kennedy is quite keen on this project.
Airing on Logo-tv, the first spot will debut during the 90-minute fifth season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 9 Pm Et/Pt. Each on-air spot will be complimented »
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen The Latest American Horror Story: Asylum!!!]
We only have one more episode of American Horror Story: Asylum and the most recent, “Continuum,” certainly advanced the plot into surprising directions. Lana (Sarah Paulson) is now a published—and quite successful—author despite turning her back on her promise of taking down Briarcliff. Kit (Evan Peters) has had to raise his two children alone after Alma (Britne Oldford) killed Grace (Lizzie Brochere). And Jude (Jessica Lange) found herself falling further down the well into insanity. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about all these developments as well as next week’s finale which he says will leave only one character standing. »
- Tim Stack
18 items from 2013
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