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I didn’t stick with "Bunheads" -- credit my inability to accept moving on from the loss of "Gilmore Girls" -- but man, is that Sutton Foster likable. So is her new TV Land show "Younger" worthy of her? Yes and no. I like the basic existence of a show whose premise is, "How is it that the older and more experienced you are, the less desirable you become?" This is the lament of Foster's 40-year-old character, Liza, back in the workforce after taking more than a decade off to raise her daughter. A newly single empty-nester, she passes herself off as 26 to re-start a career in publishing -- as assistant to a Miranda Priestly-ish boss, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor, of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch!"). As Foster put it in a recent interview, "It's like 'Tootsie,' but with age." Adding to the credentials of "Younger" -- based on »
- Sara Stewart
If you think Jensen Ackles has changed a lot through the years, wait until you see Jared Padalecki! It's been more than a decade since Jared burst onto the scene, nabbing his first major role in Gilmore Girls. Since then, we've fallen in love with him on Supernatural and tried to contain ourselves over all his cute family pictures. Keep reading to watch him change before your eyes. »
The 2015 Atx Television Festival (June 4-7) is beefing up its schedule with eight new panels, including a farewell to FX’s long-running drama Justified and an in-depth conversation with Friends creator Marta Kauffman.
The Justified panel will find series creator Graham Yost discussing his experiences during the FX drama’s six-season run — the series finale airs April 14 — alongside still-to-be-announced producers and cast members.
“Justified” will get its final farewell at the Atx Television Festival in Austin, Texas, this summer.
The annual fest has added more programming to the previously announced “Gilmore Girls,” “Queer As Folk,” “Journeyman” and “Dawson’s Creek” reunions, including panels for FX’s “Justified,” Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Fox’s upcoming “Wayward Pines,” USA’s “Playing House,”Comedy Central’s “Drunk History,” a premiere screening of Starz’s “Power,” and a discussion with the creator of “Friends.”
“Justified” creator and exec producer Graham Yost will take an in-depth look back on his series, which stars Timothy Olyphant (pictured) and wraps this April. Cast members and additional producers are yet to be announced, though in a statement, Yost expressed his excitement “to mark the end of the series [with] the whole cast of ‘Justified'” at Atx this June.
Yost will also be part of »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
How would you pump yourself up to craft the twists and turns of hip-hop soap Empire? How about if you don't work in the music business? How about if you're a white guy? Danny Strong knows — he has to, as the show's co-creator. (He's also a part-time that guy, playing Elijah's ex on Girls, Danny Siegel on Mad Men, Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Doyle on Gilmore Girls). Here's how, as he told Kcrw:“I was in my car in L.A., and I was driving around, and I heard a news story about Puffy, and I just thought, ‘Hip-hop is so cool. That’s what I should do next, something in hip-hop.’ And I immediately began thinking King Lear and The Lion in Winter, and that’s how I work. I go to classical archetypes.” And how else do you, a white guy, write that patented Empire drama? »
- Lindsey Weber
Have you enjoyed the Empire guest stars this season? Do you agree that there’s one special performer who can arguably take the already successful show to the next level? Beyoncé Oprah might be closer to linking up with Cookie than you think.In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (yes, Doyle from Gilmore Girls) revealed some of what they’re cooking up for the second season — and yes, it involves the billionaire media queen.
Here’s what to expect on Empire’s second season:
1. The show will be back sooner rather than later.
Fox has clearly benefited from Empire‘s ratings explosion over the past 10 weeks. Rather than risk losing some of the momentum with a midseason return (like it did after long hiatuses for season two of The Following and Sleepy Hollow), the network expects »
- Emily Exton
TV Land is about to continue its own trend of reinventing television, but this time it isn’t with another throwback to another era’s sit-com (though those are almost all good shows as well).
No, this time, Sex and the City’s Darren Star is using the novel of the same name as a jumping off point, and putting together an impressive cast, for something a little different. If pure potential is any guide, this one should be the next big thing.
With Sutton Foster getting another shot after the somewhat premature departure of Bunheads, and Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar in key roles, Younger has just the right mix of talent for what could well be the show fans of Gilmore Girls have been waiting for.
Well, before the March 31st premiere gets too close, you might want to see what the story is about, and Audible.com has the book available… »
- Marc Eastman
Not even Conan O'Brien can resist the small-town charm of Stars Hollow! The comedian found himself unexpectedly drawn into the quaint, quirky world of Gilmore Girls recently when he and a few members of his team headed down to Havana, Cuba, to film the March 4 episode of his late-night TBS talk show. The Conan host and his crew spent four days mingling with locals and soaking up the scenery in Cuba, where there's currently an embargo that restricts trade and travel to and from the U.S. [...] »
With all 10 seasons of Friends now on Netflix and our excitement over the service's recent addition of Gilmore Girls, we started thinking about all the beloved past series you can watch on Netflix. Whether you've been meaning to get around to watching (or rewatching) Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, or Arrested Development, we've rounded up the excellent old series that you can stream in their entirety. Say goodbye to your weekend plans and hello to your remote. »
Hollywood’s lack of diversity has been a hot topic in recent weeks after Oscar voters snubbed female directors such as “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay and “Unbroken’s” Angelina Jolie, depriving them of nominations.
Amidst the ongoing debate about how to crack the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling, film and television students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts are planning to gather to celebrate emerging female talent behind the camera and to hear from women who have succeeded in a business that remains male-dominated.
This year marks the thirteenth edition of the Fusion Film Festival, one of the only student-run gatherings providing a platform specifically for women creators in film, TV, and new media. The purpose is to elevate, not exclude, according to students involved in the program.
“It’s not that I’m for having fewer men telling stories, we need everyone’s voices,” said Lucy Ross, »
- Brent Lang
Now in its 13th year, Nyu Tisch School of the Arts' Fusion Film Festival celebrates women in film, television and new media. The upcoming festival, which runs from February 26-28, will feature events with TV legends Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Janet Tamaro ("Rizzoli and Isles"), "American Psycho" director Mary Harron in conversation with Mary Lambert ("Pet Sematary") and cinematographer Reed Morano, Fusion's "Woman of the Year." Among on-the-rise DPs, few are as impressive or as downright tenacious as Reed Moran, the youngest member to ever be admitted to the prestigious Asc. Following her breakout work on the award-winning "Frozen River," she's repeatedly proved her mettle, shooting indies such as "The Skeleton Twins" and "Kill Your Darlings" as well as HBO's critically acclaimed series "Looking." Leading up to this year's Fusion Film Festival, Morano »
- Reed Morano
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I'm the girl who gets killed in a Lifetime movie... Though "Girls" hasn't taken any time off since last week's episode, "Close Up" has the feel of a mid-season premiere, if not the start of a whole new season. Iowa is done, and so is Hannah and Adam's relationship, and now it's time to catch up with everybody and start either introducing new plots or taking big steps forward in other stories. In bouncing from character to character, plot to plot — with only the brunch scene bringing most (but not all) of the regulars together for a few minutes — it didn't have the focus of a "Sit-In," but it's the kind of episode you have to do in an ensemble-ish comedy like this after such a tight one-character piece. What links most of the stories together is the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Hep Alien of Gilmore Girls fame is one of the great onscreen bands of all time, not only because of their talents but because of the work the show put in to chart their evolution from high school students messing around to talented enough they could tour extensively. Even though Zack, Brian, Lane, Dave (the very missed after he was stolen by The Oc Adam Brody) and later Gil, started as a rag tag group of high school students messing around with covers at the local music shop, they eventually became a locally known band making trips down the Eastern Seaboard in a packed and smelly band. It isn’t unbelievable that the only gigs they can get early in their history are children’s birthday parties or Kyle’s illicit kegger. At one point they didn’t even have a name when performing, which rings true to how thrown »
- Whitney McIntosh
Mr. Ed was a horse, and he ended up more reputable than Ed Stevens, the titular character in NBC’s Ed. Created by Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, this 2000-2004 series is criminally underrated and deserves more attention than it’s gotten, and is one of the most regretfully forgotten television shows of all time.
Ed‘s premise is a simple one. The lead character is Ed, of course, who travels back to his home town following his divorce from an unfaithful wife. Originally, his plan was only to visit his hometown of Stuckyville, but following a run-in with a girl he loved in high school, Ed decides to move back home permanently. What follows is a wonderful story that may seem somewhat plain by today’s television standards. Ed is a good person and he works as a lawyer in his home town helping people and facing the occasional moral dilemma. »
- Joseph Allen
The Spy Who Cooked Me Dinner and Tucked Me Into Bed.
That could be an alternate title for NBC’s new Russian spy thriller/family drama Allegiance. But did the twisty turns of the covert O’Connor clan capture your loyalties during Thursday’s series premiere?
RelatedAllegiance vs. The Americans: How Is NBC’s Russian Spy Drama Is Different?
Before you weigh in with your thoughts, a recap of the pilot: Alex (Gavin Stenhouse of the UK’s Iconicles) is a newbie CIA analyst who’s only been on the job for 129 days. Yet already, he’s being recruited »
Gotham will be turning Heroes into villains in its final episodes of Season 1. The Fox drama has cast Heroes and Gilmore Girls alum Milo Ventimiglia to recur as a major villain in its first season. Ventimiglia will play Jason Lennon, a serial killer known as the Ogre, in the Batman prequel series and will make his debut in Episode 19 of Gotham‘s first season. Kind of made obvious by the fact that he’s serial killer, Lennon will, of course, find himself going up against Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon, as Gordon’s obsession with catching and taking down Lennon will ultimately lead to a tragic ending for both men. Per TVLine, Lennon is “described as handsome, wealthy and seductive. He has been preying on the young women of Gotham for nearly a decade, luring them into his web and confronting them with a series of ‘tests’ as he searches for his perfect mate. »
- Chris King
Spin-offs are easy. Spin-offs are hard. Spin-offs get to use pre-existing characters from popular shows — or, at a minimum, get to introduce their new characters on a pre-existing show — and therefore have an easier time getting the audience's attention than some wholly original concept. But spin-offs also remove those characters from the context where people first liked them, and they can be unfairly held to the standards of the original show, whereas a brand-new series is only judged for being itself. And it's hard to know exactly what kinds of spin-offs will succeed, creatively or commercially. Frasier Crane worked spectacularly well away from the gang at Cheers, while Joey Tribbiani seemed much less lovable once he was 3,000 miles away from Chandler and the other Central Perk regulars. "The Simpsons" far outstripped the popularity of "The Tracey Ullman Show." Sometimes, audiences instantly take to characters introduced to a pre-existing show for »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Gotham cast warned us that more villains are heading our way...and now, we know exactly who will be causing some major trouble for Det. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie)! E! News has learned that Heroes fan-favorite alum Milo Ventimiglia has been cast as a guest star in a major recurring arc this season on Gotham. So which DC character will the Gilmore Girls vet and star of ABC's upcoming sci-fi drama The Whispers play? Ventimiglia has landed the role of Jason Lennon, a.k.a. the Ogre...but there's a catch. According to both Fox and Warner Bros., while this Ogre shares a nickname with a character from the DC Comics, it is a different character, not from the DC canon. Interesting... Here's »
Such Moving Pictures Clayton picks his top 11 of the year
The Film Doctor and his wife discuss Birdman and crisis of identity
The Backlot does a readers poll of the greatest gay movies but Yikes some of the titles and their rankings. It's also very very American movie centric. No Happy Together on a list of 100 greatest gay movies? That's A Deal Breaker, Ladies.
20 Weeks to Oscar - David Poland wonders if it's wide open due to preferential balloting which he hates (and explains why)
NY Times Colleen McCullough author of the Thorn Birds dies at 77. My mom was obsessed with that miniseries when I was a little kid so I vaguely remember it.
Variety reviews Lila & Eve starring Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez. Yes, I realize they're billed the other way round but let's be real, okay? I really wanted to see this one but it did not screen during »
- NATHANIEL R
Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell had never met before landing the title roles on “Mike & Molly.” Five years later they’re thick as thieves. Variety’s Geoff Berkshire asked the stars to reflect on their journey together on the occasion of the show’s 100th episode (which McCarthy directed).
On Meeting For The First Time …
Melissa McCarthy: We had a great beginning, I felt like it was meant to be. The second we read (together) I think I audibly went, “Oh!”
Billy Gardell: I did the same thing. I walked out of there thinking, “If I have any shot, it’s because I read with her.”
McCarthy: Even when we did the pilot we felt like we were three years in, in a good way.
Gardell: We just trusted each other, I think that was the key. I don’t know why or how, maybe it’s a Midwest thing, »
- Geoff Berkshire
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