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Robin Thede has been named head writer of Comedy Central’s much-anticipated “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” the network’s new hope to stand with its long running “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and continue what has become a cultural institution in latenight.
Thede has been head writer on “The Queen Latifah Show,” a creator of videos for FunnyorDie and an actress. She will be responsible for much of the tone of the new program, which will inject an African-American host and perspective into a daypart that has largely been dominated by Caucasian hosts. Comedy Central said the new program would “feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television,” but declined to reveal more.
- Brian Steinberg
Get ready to meet the newest member of the Bau when Criminal Minds debuts its 10th season. Ghost Whisperer alum Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to CBS this fall as FBI Agent Kate Callahan, who will gladly fill the void at the Bau after Blake’s (Jeanne Tripplehorn) sudden exit in the season finale. The team will welcome her with open arms after spending the summer down a man, so to speak. How will she fit in? And what made Hewitt return to broadcast television? EW caught up with the actress to get the scoop. EW: How did you joining Criminal Minds come together? »
- Natalie Abrams
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
Minorities and women haven’t achieved significant progress in directing series TV, according to a survey from the Directors Guild of America, with Caucasian directors accounting for 81% of all primetime episodes while female directors were hired on only 14% during the past season.
The DGA survey covers more than 3,500 episodes and includes broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and high budget original content series made for the Internet.
The report also showed that Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes; minority males directed 17%; Caucasian females directed 12% and minority females directed 2% of all episodes.
The 14% figure for female directors matches the number for the 2012-13 season.
“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “But the end result is something worth fighting for. This should matter to all of us, as a culture, as an industry, »
- Dave McNary
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
Owain Yeoman is a traitor.
The Mentalist alum has come on board AMC’s historical spy drama Turn as a series regular for Season 2, playing Benedict Arnold, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites!
Arnold, of course, was an American Continental Army general during the Revolutionary War, who defected to the British side.
Yeoman exited CBS’ The Mentalist last season after the show underwent a bit of a creative makeover, jumping ahead two years.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Linda Hunt’s NCIS: La character Hetty will visit CBS’ new drama Scorpion, »
Author A.J. Jacobs is out to trace his family tree and track down distant relatives - and map out how we're all related somehow. Jacobs is chatting with a famous "cousin" every month (See: last month's sit-down with Daniel Radcliffe) until June 6, 2015, when he's throwing a massive family reunion. (Go to globalfamilyreunion.com to join). This month the author caught up with Hot in Cleveland actress Valerie Bertinelli. You are, officially, my aunt's 6th great uncle's wife's mother's husband's brother's wife's 8th great-granddaughter.So I'm practically your sister. Right. Your father's family is from Italy. What did you get from your Italian side? »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
Here's the press release:
Fall In Love With TV Land’S Lineup
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for TV viewers – fall premiere season! After a busy summer, we hope you include TV Land in your fall highlights and tune in to all those familiar faces that we love and adore. TV Land is excited to announce the return of fan favorites “Hot In Cleveland” and “The Exes,” which premiere with new seasons on November 5th.
The announcement ups “The Exes’” fourth season episode count from 12 to 24, the first of which will premiere in November alongside “Hot in Cleveland’s” sixth season premiere. Series regulars Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnson are set for the additional episodes, as is recurring guest star Leah Remini.
“Everything we’ve seen from the upcoming season of ‘The Exes’ is telling us it’s going to be the best one yet,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “Last week, we crossed the 50th episode threshold, and we thought, ‘these episodes are so good, let’s keep them going!’”
- Sebastian Torrelio
A TV spot has arrived online ahead of the release of Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, and we have it for you right here. The film will be distributed in more than 70 theaters in Los Angeles and the surrounding area as well as Las Vegas, Nv, on September 12, 2014.
Click here to find a show time near you.
The hauntingly seductive thriller about obsession and young love gone wrong stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, “One Tree Hill,” Final Destination), John Robinson (Big Sur, Lords of Dogtown), Julian Morris (“Once Upon a Time,” “Pretty Little Liars,” Valkyrie), James Patrick Stuart (“Supernatural,” “Hot in Cleveland”), and Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Clueless).
- Steve Barton
Betty White, 92, found herself the victim of yet another Internet celebrity death hoax after a satirical article wrote that the comedic actress “dyed” in her home.
Rip Betty White
The article, posted to Empire News on Wednesday, Sept. 3, ran with the headline, “Actress Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home.” ‘Dyes’ – spelled with a ‘y’ – here refers to the act of chemically changing one’s hair color, as opposed to ‘d-i-e-s’, which would signify a death. The unfortunate homophone led many to believe that White had actually died in her home.
Rip Betty White, you were one of the most amazing comedians of All time! No one could make me laugh quite as much as you...
— Robin Stone (@robinstone) September 3, 2014
Betty White dies peacefully at 92 years old. What a great woman she was. Rip Betty! http://t.co/WjWj0b9w0q
— Steven Rodriguez (@StevenFL33776) September 3, 2014
Rip Betty White! »
Hot in Cleveland’s longevity isn’t just impressive because it continues to draw solid ratings, but also because the show seems to have no fear, and that doesn’t historically work out this well. From live shows, to an incredible list of guest actors that often spin the plot arc toward the bizarre, people just can’t get enough.
Tonight, Craig Ferguson returns to the show, and you won’t believe what that entails.
Catch a couple of preview clips below, and be sure you don’t miss this one.
Just when Joy (Jane Leeves) is happy in her relationship with Mitch (Tim Daly), Simon (Craig Ferguson) sneaks back into her life. Meanwhile, Elka (Betty White) gets carried away with some new-found power.
Get More: Hot in Cleveland Video, »
- Marc Eastman
This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Five years ago, TV Land was at a crossroads. The cable network had subsisted since 1996 on reruns of classic sitcoms like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but now there was a push to create original series for its over-40 target demographic. In came Hot in Cleveland, a sitcom from Frasier veteran Suzanne Martin centered on three Hollywood-industry types (played by Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Valerie Bertinelli) who uproot from L.A. and move to the Midwest. "It had everything we wanted,
- Philiana Ng
Betty White can't remember what she wore to her first Emmys, but she has a good excuse - it was 63 years ago! "I haven't a clue," White tells People of her first time at the ceremony in 1951. "I'm sorry. I should, but I don't have a clue." But the Hot in Cleveland star - who is nominated this year for hosting Betty White's Off Their Rockers on Lifetime - has no trouble recalling her win for Most Outstanding Female Personality, a Los Angeles regional award she won in 1952. "Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
The Gersh Agency has booked production designer Jade Healy (pictured left) (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) on David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” at Disney, shooting in New Zealand; and producer Sean Ryerson (“Covert Affairs”) on NBC series “Hannibal.” Agency also booked producer Brad Van Arragon (“If I Stay”) on season 3 of CTV/ABC series “Motive” and editor Sidney Wolinsky (“The Strain”) on Starz series “Power.”
Cec has booked editors Chris A. Peterson (CNN’s “The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy”) on Syfy series “12 Monkeys” and Dane McMaster (“We Are Men”) on AMC pilot “We Hate Paul Revere.” Agency also booked editors Marnee Meyer (“The Americans”) and Craig Cobb (“Bored to Death”) on ABC comedy series “Manhattan Love Story.”
- Peter Caranicas
TLC's Emmy-nominated series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” continues the season's murderous trend on Wednesday's episode with actress Valerie Bertinelli. The “Hot in Cleveland” star explores her family history and goes to unlock several family mysteries. She tracks down courageous ancestors who suffered through hardship and tragedy, and discovers a royal lineage dating back centuries that she never dreamed possible. Also read: ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Season 5 to Feature Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams (Exclusive) Executive producer Dan Bucatinsky told TheWrap, “Valerie Bertinelli goes down her father's side of the family and then she goes down her mother's. »
- Jethro Nededog
Looks like Valerie Bertinelli might be touched by nobility this week on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Wednesday, 9/8c).
In climbing her family tree, the Hot in Cleveland star travels to the College of Arms in London to track down her 8x great grandfather’s coat of arms. However, not only does Bertinelli uncover a Claypoole family crest, she also discovers her 19x great grandfather is of — no spoilers here! — legendary nobility.
Press Play above to watch Bertinelli begin realizing her impressive lineage.
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Television without game shows has just gone wrong, and even if there is a whole network devoted to them (which puts out original efforts), and there are a few primetime stabs at the general idea, the genre is decidedly missing from the landscape. Enter Craig Ferguson and Celebrity Name Game. The syndicated show is kicking off soon, and will be airing in virtually every market. The show boasts a casual atmosphere, and the chance for contestants to team up with celebrities for a chance at $20,000.
Get the full scoop below, and be sure to check this one out. We will be sure to keep you posted on this one, hopefully with lots of clips and info soon.
Can You Guess The Celebrity?
Celebrity Name Game Welcomes Celebrity Guests To Compete
In The New Craig Ferguson Hosted Game Show
Syndicated Series Set to Premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014
Celebrity Guest Stars Include:
- Marc Eastman
“We are thrilled to bring back Cedric, Niecy and ‘The Soul Man’ for another season,” said Jones. “TV Land has loved working with this cast and crew who come together each week and create one of the funniest half-hours on TV.”
“The Soul Man” follows R&B star-turned minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (Cedric) and his wife Lolli (Nash) who are learning to adjust to a new life after relocating from Las Vegas to St. Louis. Wesley Jonathan also stars as Cedric’s brother Stamps.
- Shelli Weinstein
TV Land is keeping The Soul Man around. The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed the Cedric the Entertainer starrer for a fourth season of 12 episodes set to return in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The episode count is up for year-over-year and on par with its freshman order. Photos Summer TV Preview The series, a spinoff created by Hot in Cleveland showrunner Suzanne Martin, stars Cedric as an R&B superstar-turned-reverend who retires to St. Louis to become a preacher in his father's church. The comedy hails from Sean Hayes' Hazy Mills Productions, giving the producer
- Lesley Goldberg
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