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Right now, the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour — where the TV shows try to get that elusive media buzz that turns a show into a must-see — is assembling. Even though it isn’t set to debut until next year, there was a panel to discuss Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which included several revelations about the series. The series will be set in 2002, six years before Saul‘s first Breaking Bad appearance, when Saul was still Jimmy McGill. Meanwhile, Michael McKean‘s will be playing Jimmy/Saul’s brother.
And here’s the first pic of McKean as Saul’s brother.
AMC has ordered a martial arts drama, Badlands, based on a Chinese story, Journey to the West, about four »
- Lyle Masaki
The BBC has updated guidelines for its news division, clarifying that news programs should prioritize factual accuracy over impartiality in science reporting.
Variety credits John Oliver for reinvigorating the satirical news program with long segments that pack in the facts– while still being entertaining enough to get shared all over the internet.
Harmony Gold, the company that brought Robotech to TV, is hoping to revive the series. They plan on turning to Kickstarter to make a pilot for Robotech Academy and hope it can be made into a series from that.
New York magazine declares Orphan Black‘s Helena as the series’ most interesting innovation. She’s a monster who eventually charms the audience while maintaining her horrific qualities. That’s not uncommon among male monsters, but female monsters tend to have their deeds rationalized or they turn out to be motivated by their victimhood. Helena is far more complicated. »
- Lyle Masaki
Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Grace and Frankie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The upcoming Netflix comedy is about two rivals (Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) whose marriages end when their husbands reveal they’re in love with each other. Sheen will play the husband of Fonda’s character.
Deadspin obtained all the complaints made to the FCC about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being drafted to the Rams on Espn. (Never mind that the FCC doesn’t regulate cable channels like Espn.)
This year’s Big Brother twist could reboot the game — providing that it lives up to the hype. Each week will have two Heads of Household, along with four nominees for eviction and HoH won’t be guaranteed safety. Those changes sound like they can destroy worn-out strategies like backdooring. (I will miss the times an angry alpha-jock houseguest demands to know if he’s being backdoored. »
- Lyle Masaki
Gholam comes to Rsp after serving as exec VP of alternative programming for 51 Minds, the Endemol-based production banner. His appointment as Rsp’s exec VP of unscripted programming marks the first big executive hire for Eugene Young, who came to Rsp in February as prexy.
“Rabih is a prolific producer and creator of content. He has a keen eye for projects with vast commercial appeal. His intelligence, experience and relationships are sure to energize our growing team at Rsp,” Young said.
Gholam’s projects in the past few years include CBS’ “Same Name,” Fox’s “Somebody Has to Go” and ABC’s “Whodunnit.”
- Variety Staff
TVLine reports that Major Crimes producers hope they can book Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke for Philip Stroh‘s trial. The show tried to get Burke to appear for Stroh’s last appearance but he couldn’t fit it in his Revolution filming schedule.
History has announced an impressive cast for its upcoming mini-series Sons of Liberty. It includes Michael Raymond-James (as Paul Revere), Henry Thomas (as John Adams), Ben Barnes (as Sam Adams), Ryan Eggold (as Joseph Warren) and Breaking Bad vet Dean Norris playing Ben Franklin.
Lifetime has ordered four reality series including Threads, a competition series featuring young fashion designers who will eventually face judge Christian Siriano.
The Bechdel Test was in the spotlight again, thanks to a study asking how well Doctor Who treats its female characters. io9 explains why the Bechdel Test matters and how it’s effective. Even better, it takes »
- Lyle Masaki
ABC will burn off the remaining episodes of The Assets on Saturdays starting on June 21. I rather liked ABC’s espionage mini-series when it got pulled, so I’m looking forward to seeing the remaining episodes.
How will ABC singing competition Rising Star work? The series will conduct eliminations based on how viewers vote on a show app with results being counted during the live broadcast. But how will that work in a country with five time zones? In the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones, the show will air live. Meanwhile, West Coast viewers will basically get to veto the other three time zones’ rejections. There’s no mention if viewers in Hawaii are included in the West Coast. »
- Lyle Masaki
Jay Leno left late night and David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have announced their plans to depart. Conan O'Brien isn't going anywhere however. TBS has renewed his late night talk show, Conan, through 2018. This adds another three years to his contract.
Here's the press release:
TBS Extends "Conan" through 2018
TBS and Conan O'Brien are continuing their partnership as the network has renewed the late-night series Conan through 2018. Since it premiered in November 2010, Conan has been a hit with TBS's core audience of young adults, scoring a younger median age than any other hour-long talk show in late night.
For the year-to-date, Conan is averaging 862,000 viewers in Live + 7 delivery, with more adults 18-34 than such competitors as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, »
Conan O’Brien launched his late-night show on TBS in November 2010. Fifteen months later, the show was extended though April 2014. Now TBS is making a big statement that O’Brien is there to stay, renewing Conan through 2018. With Jay Leno retiring this spring and David Letterman set to follow him, O’Brien next year will become the new doyen of late night where he recently marked his 20th anniversary. Year to date, Conan is averaging a modest 862,000 viewers in Live+7. His strength is in younger viewers, topping a number of late-night competitors among adults 18-34 including The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Arsenio Hall Show, Chelsea Lately and Watch What Happens: Live. Conan also has been a digital juggernaut, with O’Brien counting 10.7 million Twitter followers, more than any other late-night star on cable. Last year, O’Brien expanded »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.
Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:
- Ariana Bacle
David Letterman is retiring from Late Show with David Letterman next year but he won't be the first CBS late night host out of the door. Craig Ferguson, the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has announced his plan to depart the program this December.
The move isn't completely unexpected with Ferguson being passed over as host of Letterman's show and also picking up a new job as host of a new syndicated game show.
Here's the official press release from CBS:
Critically Acclaimed Host of the Peabody Award-Winning Late Night Show to Sign Off in December
If the new season of Game of Thrones isn’t satisfying all your dragon needs, you’re in luck! The sequel to 2010′s How to Train Your Dragon picks up five years later, with Hiccup and Toothless exploring previously uncharted land full of brand-new dragons, plus a run-in with someone from Hiccup’s past.
Watch the latest trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 below:
Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), Gerard Butler (Gods of Egypt), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson), Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), America Ferrera (Cesar Chavez), and more lend their voices to the upcoming animated feature, »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Jon Hamm is always game to make fun of himself, and since he's an attractive person, we should hate him for that. Alas, it is endearing. Well played, Draper. On "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Hamm was forced to discuss that clip of him on a '90s game show called "The Big Date" (hosted by Mark L. Walberg, of course), and he seems pretty at peace with his old Jordan Catalano hair and attitude. You can also tell he resents whoever uploaded it to YouTube, though. And I kind of like that angst. »
- Louis Virtel
Before Jon Hamm was Mad Men's main man, he was just another slightly awkward guy looking for love on a TV dating game show. Thanks to recently unearthed footage of Jon's 1995 appearance on The Big Date, the world got to see the actor's pre-fame "fabulosity" at its finest. Jon himself was also treated to this blast from the past, and on Tuesday's The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, he poked some fun at his younger self. In a vintage clip from the cringe-worthy appearance, Jon promised prospective date Mary Carter a "fabulous foot massage." Craig wanted to know if Jon, now 43, gives his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt "the ol' foot massage" like he promised this »
Awww, look at how cute Mindy looks after all these years?
In the episode, Dawber plays William’s girlfriend. The episode marks Dawber’s first acting role in 14 years.
- Lynette Rice
While John Oliver might not have been on the CBS short list to replace David Letterman, he was definitely on their radar for future late-night talent. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS approached Oliver last year to potentially take on either the 12:30 slot currently occupied by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson or a different late-night slot entirely. Sadly for the network, John Oliver chose to go with HBO and Late Week Tonight, leaving Les Moonves with only every other highly ambitious comedian hoping to become America's latest sweetheart. »
- Halle Kiefer
Drew Carey isn't lacking for television jobs these days, but he's taking on an additional one anyway.
It's only for one night, though, and for a very specific occasion: April Fools' Day. The host of CBS' weekday game show staple "The Price Is Right" and Season 18 contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" trades places with the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" as the former "The Drew Carey Show" co-stars preside over each other's programs Tuesday (April 1).
The stunt is one that broadcast networks attempt every so often. A memorable instance was in 2003, when Katie Couric and Jay Leno swapped time periods on NBC for a day. Leno filled in for Couric in the co-anchor role she had then on "Today," while she assumed his place on "Tonight," opening monologue and all.
In the case of Carey and Ferguson, their skills might be a bit more evenly matched, »
Buzzfeed reports that Lifetime is taking steps to turn more Vc Andrews novels into movies. That includes two more books about the Dollanganger clan (specifically, If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday). But from the online discussions I’ve seen, I suspect the most exciting news for Andrews’ fans will be that Lifetime also wants to adapt My Sweet Audrina.
In a Hollywood Reporter feature new Syfy channel president Dave Howe says the channel is moving towards more challenging programming. The aim is for more shows like Defiance and Helix which aim to be “provocative, allegory-filled science fiction.” That’s a move away from procedurals aiming for »
- Lyle Masaki
Here’s a nice surprise for you that comes with free chuckles. Peter Capaldi, wearing an outfit not unlike his Twelfth Doctor attire, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, back in 2009! Appearing on the show to promote In the Loop, the made for cinema, international version of hit TV show The Thick of It (in
- Christian Cawley
In The Vault this week, we welcome director Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red, ColdWater) and journalist Rebekah McKendry from Fangoria. These are two of the biggest horror nerds I know (and I know a lot of horror nerds) so they give some great insight on this week's film, Dead & Buried.
Dead & Buried is a kind of low-key zombie flick. I had never even heard of it until we started working on The Vault. The small New England coastal town of Potter's Bluff is a popular vacation spot, but visitors frequently end up, well, murdered. But thanks to some voodoo witchcraft, the dead rise again, as residents who don't eat brains and, frankly, act as if nothing happened - except, of course, when it is time to kill the newbies.
- Alyse Wax
The CW’s Flash pilot just added two more cast members. Deadline reports that Girlfriends alum Candice Patton will play Iris West, Barry Allen‘s best friend. Additionally, Broadway star Carlos Valdes (Once) has been cast to play an engineering genius named Cisco Ramon. Both names should be familiar to DC comics fans but since Arrow has had a character called “Speedy” and another named Roy Harper who didn’t end up the way we would have expected, don’t nerd out too quickly.
Transgender activist Janet Mock has called out Piers Morgan Live for an interview segment that was edited to focus on the physical aspects of her transition and her relationships, sensationalizing Mock’s story with similarly sensational descriptions for Mock appearing on screen. Is it really that hard for people like Morgan or Katie Couric to do some basic research on the topic they’re about to discuss? »
- Lyle Masaki
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