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33 years ago today, at age 7, Drew Barrymore hosted “Saturday Night Live,” making her the youngest ever host of the NBC sketch comedy show. She still holds that record today, and she’s hosted the show five additional times since. Her 1982 gig on the show came five months after the release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestiral.” She reprised her “E.T.” role when she played a homicidal Gertie on “SNL.” Above she’s pictured in the iconic healing E.T. pose with “SNL” cast members Tim Kazurinsky, Gary Kroeger, Brad Hall and Joe Piscopo. As for the second and third youngest “SNL” hosts, Macaulay Culkin and Fred Savage hold those titles, respectively. Other notable November 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley made his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” • 1959: “The Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough at Last” — featuring first aired. It featured Burgess Meredith in his »
- Emily Rome
Below, you'll find the status of the recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn America, and Yahoo. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.
Shows include 12 Monkeys, Agent X, American Dad!, Angie Tribeca, Ascension, Benched, Bitten, Channel Zero, Childhood's End, Clipped, Colony, Community, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dark Matter, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, The Exes, The Expanse, Falling Skies, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, Hunters, Impastor, Instant Mom, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Killjoys, The Last Ship, Legends, The Librarians, Lopez, Lost Girl, Major Crimes, Manhattan, Mr. Robot, Murder in the First, Olympus, Other Space, Outsiders, Perception, Playing House, Proof, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Salem, Satisfaction, Sin City Saints, Sirens, The Soul Man, South of Hell, Suits, Teachers, Ties That Bind, Transporter: »
Turner-owned cablers TNT and TBS are continuing their brand evolution under president Kevin Reilly by beefing up the networks’ marketing teams with the promotion of Jeff Gregor and the hire of Michael Engleman, who comes from NBC Universal’s Syfy and Chiller.
Gregor has been elevated to the newly-created position of chief catalyst officer for TNT and TBS, while Engleman — who was responsible for Sci Fi’s rebrand to Syfy — will join the company in early 2016 in the new post of exec vice president of entertainment marketing and brand innovation.
“We are reinventing two market-leading brands, TBS and TNT, which calls for a forward-reaching, re-imagining of our marketing organization,” said Reilly. “I have worked closely with Jeff since I joined the company, and he is one of the rare leaders who can draw on his deep brand marketing experience while reaching for new ideas and emergent methodologies. Michael will be »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Justin Bieber will perform at the Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, and Ariana Grande will perform on ABC’s American Music Awards. Plus, here’s a first look at Kristen Bell guest starring on Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie” in today’s television news roundup . . .
Justin Bieber will perform at the 2015 Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS. The musical phenomenon just announced his world tour and will release his album “Purpose” this Friday. The annual parade, which marks the 55th year for CBS this holiday, will be anchored by “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier and “The Insider’s” Keltie Knight live from New York City on the morning of Nov. 26.
ABC’s American Music Awards will welcome performer Ariana Grande, who will make her television debut of her new single “Focus” during the show. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez on Nov. 22, the AMAs will also feature performances by 5 Seconds of Summer, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Since it first aired on Us TV screens, on September 27 2015, Quantico has proved a hit with critics and viewers alike. The Joshua Safran created thriller achieved an early 83% positive critics review rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average 7.5 star rating from over 9,000 users on IMDb. One of the biggest talking points has been the breakthrough from Bollywood to Hollywood of Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, FBI new recruit and prime suspect in a terror attack on New York.
For over a decade Chopra has been Bollywood royalty; actress, singer, dancer and even a goodwill ambassador for Unicef. Winner of the Miss World Pageant in 2000, she has gone on to become an award-winning actress, with over 10 million Twitter followers. Now 33 year old Chopra has brought her talents to a wider audience in a role she describes as “Jason Bourne in a female form.”
Running for cover
Chopra spent her first seconds »
- Amie Cranswick
'Tis the season to annoy everyone by using "'tis the season" way too many times when talking about holiday stuff. Halloween hasn't even happened yet, but the Christmas decorations are already taking over drug stores so ABC is just going ahead and announcing its 2015 holiday lineup. It's something to look forward to after the candy is gone, anyway, and since the "Toy Story 20th Anniversary Special" and "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" are involved, you should definitely mark your calendars.
Here's a chronological list of holiday programming highlights, via ABC:
Friday, November 27
"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - In the perennial favorite created in 1970 by Rankin-Bass Productions ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman"), Fred Astaire narrates this timeless tale of Kris Kringle (Mickey Rooney), a young boy with an immense desire to do good things for others. The vocal cast features Mickey Rooney as Kris Kringle, Keenan Wynn as Winter, »
- Gina Carbone
ABC is premiering the The Great Holiday Baking Show series at 10 Pm on November 30 as part of its holiday-themed programmming lineup. Based on the hit UK series The Great British Bake Off and hosted by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and husband Ian Gomez (Cougar Town), the four-episode The Great Holiday Baking Show stars some of the nation's best amateur bakers as they compete in a series of themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be crowned Holiday… »
A week ago, I decided to wait on review the CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" because all I had to go on was the pilot episode, which was a slightly expanded version of the one made when the series was being developed at Showtime, and it felt exactly like that. There were fun musical numbers — star and co-creator Rachel Bloom is, after all, the woman who gave the world "F--k Me, Ray Bradbury" — but it was still clearly a half-hour episode padded out with 10 minutes of filler, and with an off-putting premise the show didn't seem entirely sure if it was taking seriously or spoofing. After all, in the pilot, Bloom's ambitious young lawyer Rebecca throws away a partnership offer at a prestigious New York firm after randomly bumping into Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III), whom she dated briefly as a 16-year-old at summer camp, and moves to his hometown of West Covina, »
- Alan Sepinwall
CBS has bought Married With Roommates, a multi-camera comedy from former Cougar Town co-executive producers Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. Inspired by an April article in the New York Times, Married With Roommates centers on a young, recently married couple in New York City who realize they can’t afford their own place and decide the best option is to start their life together… in an apartment with three roommates. Lisbe and Reger will write the script and executive produce… »
This week, possibly for the first time ever, You’re the Worst may pass the Bechdel Test.
For those unfamiliar with the term, the Bechdel Test was first put forth by cartoonist Alison Bechdel to evaluate fiction: If a film/book/TV show contains at least one scene where two female characters have a conversation that isn’t about guys, it passes muster. (Side note: Most don’t.)
By the end of Quantico‘s premiere, we don’t know much about an at-large newbie FBI agent involved in domestic terrorism, but we do know this:
He or she is one good-looking criminal.
The ABC drama debuted Sunday (10/9c) with an episode that — via some acrobatic time-hopping — both introduced the fetching members of the FBI academy’s newest class and showed us the destruction caused when one of them, as a fledgling agent, stages the worst attack on America since Sept. 11.
In a moment, we’ll want to know what you thought of the episode. But first, how about a recap? »
All were elected to two-year terms except for Verrone – who was elected for a one-year term to fill the vacancy created by Mendelsohn’s election to the secretary-treasurer position.
Current WGA West president Chris Keyser is precluded by guild rules from seeking a third consecutive term.
Rodman is in his second term as VP and has been active in guild politics for more than a decade with screen credits on “Joe Gould’s Secret, »
- Dave McNary
The Emmy Awards are just one "whyyyyy?" after another. Nothing about this award show makes a lick of sense. Why does it take itself so seriously? Why are the categories so random? (As host Andy Samberg said, "Orange Is the New Black is now officially a drama and Louie is officially jazz.") Why didn't Broad City get nominated? Did the voters get their wisdom teeth pulled every day this year? Peg me gently with a chainsaw! In our golden age for award shows, not to mention for TV, why are »
Don’t you just hate when a one-night stand — or, more specifically, some guy you shtup in the car after meeting him on an airplane — turns out to be your classmate at Quantico?
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That’s just one of the many relatable problems featured in the first eight minutes of ABC’s Quantico, which stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, an FBI recruit framed for the largest terrorist attack on New York City since 9/11.
Early last week, I published two posts about the fall season: one about new shows I found intriguing, the other about returning shows I was excited about. As the intro to the latter post acknowledged, I had to squint and wishcast a lot to come up with 12 names for the former list(*), particularly since this is among the most depressing network fall slates I've seen in a long time. (*) Several of the shows on that list were ones I hadn't yet seen, like "The Bastard Executioner," which didn't live up to my hopes for it. I've spent the past few days watching final versions of the broadcast network pilots, none of which have improved in any notable way. I still have a few to go (ABC only made "The Muppets" available last night), but... It's not that it's necessarily loaded with garbage. Plenty of recent seasons have had worse shows than any of these, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The series hasn’t even premiered yet, but Fox’s Lookinglass is already a bit murky.
We’re not talking about the content of the supernatural drama, which follows a corrupt sheriff brought back to life in another man’s body. We’re talking about its title, which until recently was The Frankenstein Code.
Why the change to something the average viewer won’t understand? And why, for the love of dictionaries everywhere, would the show pick an incorrect spelling?
The whole thing got us thinking about other series with titles that befuddled, irritated — grammar, please! — or alienated viewers.
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Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest, the UK’s leading horror fantasy film festival, have announced the first films which will be released under the curated banner ‘FrightFest Presents’. The seven titles – Aaaaaaaah!, The Sand, Afterdeath, Landmine Goes Click, Emelie, The Lesson and Estranged – will all have their UK theatrical premieres at the FrightFest five day festival in August, before being released across the UK and Ireland via the distributor’s digital partners including iTunes, Virgin Movies, Sky, Google Amazon, Xbox , Blinkbox, Google, Wuaki, TalkTalk and Volta.
Here are the seven titles, from the official press release…
Aaaaaaaah!, the world premiere and feature directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s cult UK hit and British Independent Film Award-winning and Cannes selection feature Sightseers. Oram also stars with Noel Fielding (The It Crowd, The Mighty Boosh), Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Lucy Honnigman (The Ex-pm), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, »
- Gary Collinson
Does Courteney Cox have worries about her age with a fiance 12 years her junior? Not so much? Cox doesn't feel she has to look young for her fiance. The 51-year-old actress is relieved there is no ''pressure'' from Snow Patrol guitarist Johnny McDaid, 39, because he isn't a fan of the ''Hollywood look''. She said: ''Johnny isn't into that whole Hollywood look anyway, so I don't feel pressure to keep looking like a 20 year old for him.'' However, the 'Cougar Town' star does her best to take care of her appearance through diet and exercise. She added: ''It's no secret I've had some Botox in the past, but I won't go under the knife. ''I'd rather take good care of my body with a healthy diet and exercise. I try to stay out of the sun, I eat well, I lay off carbs as much as I can and get lots of sleep. »
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” almost didn’t make it to air, but now, the comedy is looking ahead to seven potential Emmy wins this September.
“Kimmy’s” turnaround exemplifies the age of television we’re living in today. It’s not just a golden age, it’s an age of rebirth.
The Tina Fey and Robert Carlock-created “Kimmy” isn’t the only series Netflix has “adopted” from another network recently. The streaming service greenlit a fourth season of Western drama “Longmire,” after it was cancelled by A&E for failing to strike gold in young demos. Netflix already streams the earlier seasons of “Longmire,” and new episodes bow Sept. 10.
As “Longmire” co-creator John Coveny observed at this summer’s Television Critics Assn. press tour, “Netflix said, ‘We want human beings to watch this show — if it has heart and soul to it, we need that piece in the Netflix family. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Jennifer Aniston enlisted Courteney Cox to be her maid of honor. The 'Cougar Town' actress was Jennifer's top choice for the ceremonial role at her secret wedding on Wednesday night, which took place at the Bel Air home she shares with new husband Justin Theroux. The best pals of over 20 years met on the hit TV sitcom 'Friends'. Their co-star Lisa Kudrow also attended the nuptials. Meanwhile, Justin's best man was none other than his tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, who is married to actress Lake Bell, according to People magazine. The special occasion came as a shock to invited guests, who believed they were simply being invited to a party. Other A-list well-wishers included Chelsea Handler, Jason Bateman, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi and Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski. The happy couple's wedding rings were created by jewellery designer to the stars and Jennifer's friend Jennifer Meyer, »
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