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Remembering Marcia Wallace, Lady Gaga Will Host “SNL” and Nico Tortorella is “Eye Candy”

1 November 2013 5:09 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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Tina Fey has sold another comedy, this one starring The Office alum Ellie Kemper as a woman starting over in New York City after leaving a doomsday cult. NBC has already ordered 13 episodes.

Deadline reports that PBS has picked up Vicious, a hit British comedy where Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi play a bickering couple who are nearing their 50th anniversary. I can’t wait.

I hope this is as good as it sounds on paper.

It would be a big deal if George Romero would be involved in The Walking Dead so, naturally, the show has tried to get him involved for an episode or two. So far, he’s refused because he’s been disappointed in the drama explaining, “… it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism.”

Remember The Skulls, the »

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French Zombies Descend on Sundance with “The Returned” and CBS Considers a “Himym” Spin-Off

31 October 2013 5:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family is looking to turn The Hand that Rocks the Cradle into a series. While it makes sense the network whose biggest hit is Pretty Little Liars would be looking for antoher campy thriller, I can’t figure out how such a series lasts more than a season.

Peter Facinelli will star in a mini-series for Fox, Street Soldier, about a man who was an enforcer in mobster Whitey Bulger‘s gang.

Earlier in the day, Comedy Central announced that it ordered another season of Brickleberry, tempting me to crack that Comedy Central was now wearing the name ironically. Then it also renewed Key & Peele and Drunk History, and I trust its idea of comedy once more.

Deadline reports that CBS is considering ordering a thematic spin-off of How I Met Your Mother. Nicknamed “How I Met Your Father” the show would follow »

- Lyle Masaki

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Briefs: Celebrating The Gay Appeal Of “Carrie,” Rachel On Nom’s Very Bad Day, and Zac Efron Gives Us Another Tease

22 October 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Darren Criss and Josh Henderson have an intense conversation at the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards

Birthday shoutouts go to Derek Jacobi who is 75, Jeff Goldblum is 61, and Catherine Denueve is 70.

We start with sad news, as we’ve learned of the death of John Arthur, the Ohio man who flew to Maryland in July to marry his longtime partner Jim Obergefell. Our thoughts are with Jim and his friends and family.

Chris Christie Surrenders on Gay Marriage: How Will This Play Out for Him?

Why Can Neil Patrick Harris Say That’s ‘Too Gay’ and Straights Can’t?

Here’s the latest trailer for Neighbors, with a perpetually shirtless Zac Efron.

Jon Stewart pokes fun at Cory Booker‘s exuberance at officiating his first same-sex wedding.

Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow looks at Nom’s very bad day, and talks about Brian Brown‘s trips to Russia. And Rachel still hasn »

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Christopher Guest: 'Spinal Tap are talking about something for next year'

21 July 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Spinal Tap creator on his new TV sitcom Family Tree, the art of improvisation – and the chances of a Tap reunion…

Your new sitcom is called Family Tree. Do you have an interest in genealogy?

The sitcom began when I was going through the things my father left when he died. There were boxes full of photographs, diaries, toy soldiers, his war medals… I began to research my family tree, which has branches going back 800 years, and this struck me as being an interesting starting point for a story. It became a show about the lead character Tom [played by Chris O'Dowd] searching for his ancestors.

The show feels very British. Do you feel that way?

Oh yes. I have dual citizenship. My dad [diplomat Peter Haden-Guest] was born in London and I lived there a lot as a child. Britain's like home. I have such history there. When my dad died, he was sitting in the House of Lords. »

- Michael Hogan

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Christopher Guest: 'Spinal Tap are talking about something for next year'

21 July 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Spinal Tap creator on his new TV sitcom Family Tree, the art of improvisation – and the chances of a Tap reunion…

Your new sitcom is called Family Tree. Do you have an interest in genealogy?

The sitcom began when I was going through the things my father left when he died. There were boxes full of photographs, diaries, toy soldiers, his war medals… I began to research my family tree, which has branches going back 800 years, and this struck me as being an interesting starting point for a story. It became a show about the lead character Tom [played by Chris O'Dowd] searching for his ancestors.

The show feels very British. Do you feel that way?

Oh yes. I have dual citizenship. My dad [diplomat Peter Haden-Guest] was born in London and I lived there a lot as a child. Britain's like home. I have such history there. When my dad died, he was sitting in the House of Lords. »

- Michael Hogan

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The Silliest Thing Rob Lowe Has Ever Lied About

17 July 2013 8:35 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?

First off, I could tell what Rob Lowe's guilty pleasure was as soon as he answered my phone call. “I’m eating New York pizza as we talk," he candidly revealed, "so forgive me if I sound like a mush-mouth.” (Still, the "Parks and Recreation" star later confessed that he doesn't believe in guilty pleasures ... an opinion many people agree with).

The 49-year-old actor is teaming up with Dawn Saves Wildlife to produce a seven-webisode documentary series called "The Big Picture," which will give an inside look at how marine mammals are individually »

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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

23 June 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

This Week's Must-See TV could generously be called a mixed bag, what with amazing Us drama in the form of Mad Men and The Walking Dead sitting snugly alongside a cheerful, but cheesy new Paddy McGuinness vehicle...

Plus, there's coverage of two of the biggest events in the world of British sport and music - Wimbledon, which kicks off Monday (June 24) at 11.30am on BBC Two, and the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, where the first acts take to the Pyramid Stage on Friday (June 28) at 7pm on BBC Three.

The Wanted Life: Monday (June 24) at 9pm on E!

Controversy-baiting boyband The Wanted have promised us the usual orgy of sex, partying, fighting and general debauchery in their new E! reality show The Wanted Life, which finally hits the UK this week.

They may have fame and fortune, but we're predicting antics from Max George, Tom Parker, Nathan Skyes, Jay McGuiness and »

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Soap Star Wins First Emmy After 35 Years

16 June 2013 8:38 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Beverly Hills, Calif. — "Days of Our Lives" won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night.

The NBC soap opera that began in 1965 beat out defending champion "General Hospital" and former three-time winner "The Bold and the Beautiful," among others.

The category included the only four remaining soaps still airing on the broadcast networks in addition to "One Life to Live," which has found new life on the Internet after being canceled.

"Days" only other drama series win was in 1978.

The show claimed one other trophy: Chandler Massey as outstanding younger actor.

Doug Davidson of "The Young and the Restless" and Heather Tom of "The Bold and the Beautiful" won lead acting honors.

Davidson earned his first career trophy for a role he's played since 1978. Tom, who previously was on "Y&R, »

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Daytime Emmy Awards: ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘Ellen,’ ‘Dr. Oz’ Win Top Kudos

16 June 2013 5:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” took the gold for drama series at the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The win marked the first time since 1975 that the sudser has won the top prize at the Daytime Emmy fete — and only its second drama series nod in its nearly 50-year run on NBC. And to make it that much sweeter, the victory coincided with the birthday of “Days” exec producer Ken Corday (pictured above).

“Pinch me,” he said. “Today is a great day to celebrate.”

The Beverly Hilton was abuzz earlier in the kudofest as George Lucas picked up his first Emmy — and the second award ever in his long career — for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at the 40th annual fete.

“We’ve pulled ourselves up from the outer reaches of daytime television,” Lucas said in accepting the kudo for the Cartoon Network animated series. He thanked »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

14 June 2013 1:47 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the CenturyJim Perry »

- Louis Virtel

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The 10 Greatest Celebrity "Pyramid" Players, In Honor Of The Classic Game Show's 40th Anniversary

26 March 2013 12:38 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You may have guessed that I'm a fan of game shows, but if you're a decent, totally American human being, you love game shows too. Thus, it's only right that you know today is the 40th anniversary of the first airing of Pyramid, the beloved franchise that eventually spawned the Dick Clark-hosted $20,000, $25,000 and $100,000 versions, as well as two recent incarnations starring Donny Osmond and Price is Right producer Mike Richards, respectively. The classic game of verbal clues and Egyptian iconography is just so addicting, and we're lucky that Game Show Network still airs it all the damn time. 

For the record: The first-ever Pyramid celebrities -- when the show was filmed in New York -- were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart.

To celebrate the show's incredible run, I thought we'd rank the 10 greatest celebrities ever to lend their clue-giving skills to Dick Clark's game. My list includes mainly »

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Happy 50th Birthday to "Password", The Most Fabulous Game Show Ever

3 January 2013 9:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Every year I find myself searching for ways to cope with awful January grimness, and luckily I've found us a kickass anniversary to celebrate: Password debuted in primetime 50 years ago this week, and it remains one of the definitive entertainments in the wide, mysteriously under-respected world of game shows. Like with most great game shows including To Tell the Truth, The Price is Right, and Pyramid, gaming genius Bob Stewart (who passed away this year at age 91) was a critical part of Password's inception. It's a parlor activity of hints and responses, but somehow the suspense of coming up with just the right clue is telegenic enough to endure decades of relevance.

Let's take a look back at multiple versions of this fine show and mutter in our best monotone narration, "The password is... fabulous."

Forget George Burns and Gracie Allen: I prefer the team of Allen Ludden and Betty White! »

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