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It Came From The Tube: Something Evil (1972)

While some directors learned their craft through thrift bare independent features, others came up through the TV divisions of studios; one such fellow, Steven Spielberg, would go on to have a fairly successful career with big screen projects. Before he would make that leap however, he started with episodic shows, and then onto TV films like Something Evil (1972), a fun ride that shows the kid knows his way around a camera. I’m glad things turned out okay for him.

Originally airing on January 21st as part of the CBS Friday Night Movies, Something Evil had the ABC Friday night juggernaut of The Odd Couple/Love, American Style to contend with, and posted Something Lesser in the ratings. Too bad, because even though Something Evil’s material, from the title on down, is paper thin, Spielberg whips up one hell of a wallpaper.

Crack open your faux TV Guide and
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Garry Marshall Reflects on 'The Odd Couple' in a Recovered Interview (Exclusive)

The loss of writer/producer/occasional actor Garry Marshall in 2016 was something felt by anyone who is or ever has been a fan of Classic TV. Think about it: He got his start as a writer for Tonight Starring Jack Parr, but made the shift to writing sitcoms like Make Room for Daddy, Gomer Pyle: Usmc, The Lucy Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Love, American Style. Then he began creating or co-creating his own shows, some of which didn’t work (Hey, Landlord; Me and the Chimp, Blansky’s Beauties, Joanie Loves Chachi), and a lot that did. In terms of the latter, there was Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and, of course, The Odd Couple. In their time, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirely, and Mork & Mindy were huge, while The Odd Couple — based on Neil Simon’s play of the same name — struggled to
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TVLine Items: Tonight Show Gets Small for Olympics, Top Gear Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Tonight Show Gets Small for Olympics, Top Gear Trailer and More
A mini version of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon will air during the back stretch of NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.

“The Fallon 5” will air Monday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 23, following each of those nights’ primetime Olympics coverage and offering a five-minute mish-mash of comedy, monologue and guest segments.

NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Games formally launches this Friday at 8/7c, with the opening ceremony.

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* Thomas Lennon (The Odd Couple) will guest-star as a vigilante in the sixth episode of Shondaland’s For the People, which premieres Tuesday,
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The Apartment Special Limited Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Films Available December 26th

“When you’re in love with a married man, you shouldn’t wear mascara.”

The Apartment (1960) starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine is available on Blu-ray from Arrow Films December 26th. It can be ordered Here.

In 1960, following on from the success of their collaboration on Some Like it Hot, director Billy Wilder (Ace in the Hole, Sunset Boulevard) reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon (The Odd Couple) for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: The Apartment.

C.C. ”Bud” Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm’s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity), his career prospects begin to look up… and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the girl of his dreams,
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Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael

Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael
Good Time” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie have chosen their next project, and it’s a bit of a doozy. The Queens-bred filmmaking duo will helm a remake of “48 Hours,” the 1982 crime comedy starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, Josh Safdie confirmed to IndieWire. “The Carmichael Show” co-creator and star Jerrod Carmichael will co-write the script.

48 Hours” was an early addition to the buddy cop genre, and an early big screen success for Murphy. The odd couple comedy tells the story of a cop (Nolte) and a convict (Murphy) who team up to catch a pair of cop-killers. The title refers to the fact that Murphy’s character, a former cop serving time for armed robbery, is released from prison for 48 hours in order to help solve the murders. The movie was originally directed by the illustrious Walter Hill (“The Warriors”), produced by Joel Silver, and starred James Remar and Annette O’Toole.
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46 TV Shows That Have Been Straight Up Canceled in 2017

Can you feel the tension in the air? Networks have been announcing decisions about which shows will return in 2018 and which will . . . not. While there are a number of shows that are ending in 2017, many of them at least got a final season to finish out their stories. (New Girl and Portlandia aren't on this list, as they have been granted final seasons and will end in 2018.) Ahead are all of the shows we were forced to say goodbye to this year. ABC The Real O'Neals: After two seasons, the show is over. Dr. Ken: Ken Jeong's medical comedy is history. Imaginary Mary: Viewers didn't tune in for Jenna Elfman's show, and now they never will. American Crime: Though critically acclaimed, the anthology drama is through. Secrets and Lies: After a solid first season, rating dipped in season two and ABC has canceled the drama.
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‘Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #7′ Review

Written by Emma Beeby | Art by Ivan Rodriguez, I.N.J Culbard and more | Published by Titan Comics

I am having something of a love/ hate relationship with this ‘event’, as I have detailed in previous reviews of it. It’s hard to not love any time multiple Doctors team up, rather like a cosmic The Odd Couple, but there are good ways and bad ways of doing it. Virtually all the previous years have had nice, tight storylines, consistent creative teams, and set beginnings and wrap ups. This year’s effort, The Lost Dimension, has been all over the place creatively and storytelling wise. While a couple of individual issues have managed to shine, more have not. Which will this Special be I wonder?

Looking at the creative side of things, hopes are not high. While I have no problem with Emma Beeby scripting, I see we have six artists involved,
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‘Crash Pad’ Review: Domhnall Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church Make a Crackling Odd Couple

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‘Crash Pad’ Review: Domhnall Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church Make a Crackling Odd Couple
Odd-couple roommate pairings have been fodder for guffaws since, well, “The Odd Couple.” It’s become a tired and usually mirthless conceit. So you’d be forgiven for guessing that “Crash Pad,” whose story hinges on the concept, is yet another lazy, cable-unworthy comedy full of sorry slapstick and barn-broad humor. And you’ll be surprised to discover that it’s actually smartly written and expertly pulled off. Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate and Thomas Haden Church lead the cast in director Kevin Tent’s first non-action film — Tent is also executive producer Alexander Payne’s go-to editor — penned by a similarly inexperienced scripter,
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Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the Best Scripted Sports Shows Ever — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is your favorite scripted TV show about sports? Old and current shows are fair game.

June Thomas (@junethomas), Slate

I was a big fan of the Freeform show “Make It or Break It,” about the lives of a group of elite gymnasts working toward their dream of competing in the Olympics. Even typing that sentence, I know how hokey it sounds, and yes, it touched on all the clichés about women’s gymnastics – eating disorders, overburdened parents, inappropriate relationships with coaches – but you know what, all those things bubble up in the real sport with depressing regularity.

The show had more than its fair share
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TV's Laura Bell Bundy Returns to the Stage After 10-Year Hiatus in ‘The Honeymooners’ (Exclusive)

After a 10-year hiatus, Laura Bell Bundy, a Tony-nominated actress, is back on stage (despite a broken toe from rehearsals), singing and dancing in the world premiere production of The Honeymooners. The musical, based on the 1950s CBS TV show, is playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, through Oct. 29. In it, Bundy plays Trixie, a former burlesque dancer married to Ed Norton (Michael Mastro), who wants to get back into show business.

“Even though she loves her husband so much, it’s not enough for her to stay in the house and be a housewife. I think [writers Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss] felt that message resonated with women of 2017,” she tells Et, explaining that the character is not stuck in a time warp of the show’s 1950s conventions.

Originally from Kentucky, Bundy, known for originating such roles on Broadway as Amber Von Tussel in Hairspray and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, first got her start
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Arthouse icon Agnès Varda takes a wise and whimsical road trip in Faces Places

Driving a box truck disguised as a giant camera, Agnès Varda and Jean “Jr” René tour the French countryside in Faces Places, visiting farms, coal towns, factories, tiny cemeteries, and a toppled German bunker that sits like a Brutalist monument on a Norman beach. The odd couple pairing is almost too cute: the arthouse…

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CBS 2016-17 Season Ratings (updated 9/25/17)

Last season, CBS introduced only seven new shows during the regular season. They cancelled three,  renewed three, and one (Supergirl) moved to The CW. How will their new programming do in the ratings this time around? Stay tuned.CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 48 Hours: NCIS, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Rice, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Bull, Candy Crush, The Case Of, Cbsn: On Assignment, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Doubt, Elementary, The Great Indoors, Hawaii Five-0, Hunted, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, Salvation, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Survivor, Training Day, Undercover Boss and Zoo.There's lots of data that CBS execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows
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CBS 2016-17 Season Ratings (updated 9/3/17)

Last season, CBS introduced only seven new shows during the regular season. They cancelled three,  renewed three, and one (Supergirl) moved to The CW. How will their new programming do in the ratings this time around? Stay tuned.CBS shows this season (so far): 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 48 Hours: NCIS, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Rice, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Bull, Candy Crush, The Case Of, Cbsn: On Assignment, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Doubt, Elementary, The Great Indoors, Hawaii Five-0, Hunted, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Ransom, Salvation, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Survivor, Training Day, Undercover Boss and Zoo.There's lots of data that CBS execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are typically the biggest piece. Here's how the network's shows
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of CBS TV Shows

Below, you'll find a list of CBS and CBS All Access recent/current/upcoming primetime TV shows and their current status. To see a series' ratings, click the links in the middle column (where applicable).Shows include 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 48 Hours: NCIS, 60 Minutes, 9Jkl, The Amazing Race, American Gothic, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Big Brother: Over the Top, Blue Bloods, BrainDead, Bull, Candy Crush, The Case Of, Cbsn: On Assignment, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Doubt, Elementary, The Good Fight, Hawaii Five-0 (2010), Hunted, Instinct, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver (2016), Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, Me Myself & I, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple (2015), Pure Genius, Ransom, Salvation, Scorpion, Seal Team, Star Trek: Discovery, Superior Donuts, Survivor, Swat, Training Day, Undercover Boss, Wisdom of the Crowd, Young Sheldon, Zoo, ...
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Hopscotch

A generic spy story becomes an inspired light comedy with the application of great talent led by the star-power of Walter Matthau. Matthau’s CIA spook hooks up with old flame Glenda Jackson to retaliate against his insufferable CIA boss (Ned Beatty) with a humiliating tell-all book about the agency’s dirty tricks history. Matthau’s sloppy, slouchy master agent is a comic delight; Ronald Neame’s stylishly assured direction makes a deadly spy chase into a wholly pleasant romp.

Hopscotch

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1980 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date August 15, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Ned Beatty, Herbert Lom, David Matthau, George Baker, Ivor Roberts, Lucy Saroyan, Severn Darden, George Pravda.

Cinematography: Arthur Ibbetson, Brian W. Roy

Production Designer: William J. Creber

Film Editor: Carl Kress

Original Music: Ian Fraser

Written by Bryan Forbes from a novel by Brian Garfield

Produced
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Exclusive: Drake Bell Talks Josh Peck Wedding Drama, Says He's Open to 'Drake & Josh' Reunion

Exclusive: Drake Bell Talks Josh Peck Wedding Drama, Says He's Open to 'Drake & Josh' Reunion
It's all good between Drake Bell and Josh Peck.

The 31-year-old actor told Et's Sophie Schillaci on Friday during a Facebook Live that he and his former Drake & Josh co-star are on good terms after the wedding drama.

Related: Drake Bell Had His Own Abs on His Birthday Cake -- See the Pics!

Bell made headlines last month when he tweeted that he was not invited to Peck's wedding, writing in since-deleted tweets that "the message is clear….Loyalty is key… Always remember where you came from."

"We've been together 18 years, Josh and me, me and Josh," Bell explained to Et. "We've been so close, it was just one of those things where you know, I'd been talking to him, and he's been telling me about the engagement. And then I saw on social media, the wedding, and I didn't hear about it. So, it was just one of those things where it was just like, 'You
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Animaniacs Reboot in Development From Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg

Animaniacs Reboot in Development From Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg
After nearly two decades in captivity, the Warner Bros. Studio’s worst nightmares are plotting their next escape. (Details are scarce at the moment, but it’s safe to say there will be much running. And it will be amok.)

VideosDuckTales Reboot (Already) Renewed for Season 2 — Watch Trailer

Per a report from TVLine’s sister site IndieWire, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are in early talks to bring back Animaniacs, the Steven Spielberg-produced cartoon series about three out-of-control children — the Warner Brothers, Wakko and Yakko, along with their sister, Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca the Third.
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Training Day, Ransom Cancelled at CBS

Training Day, Ransom Cancelled at CBS
Neither Training Day nor Ransom will be returning for Season 2.

RelatedRenewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?

The cancellation of CBS’ two lowest-rated and least-watched dramas, reported by TV by the Numbers, leaves the network with no shows still on the bubble, seeing as the reality-tv series Undercover Boss (which is currently airing Season 8) was picked up for a ninth cycle on Wednesday morning.

RelatedCBS Fall Schedule: Young Sheldon Lands Post-Big Bang Slot

An international co-production, Ransom premiered in January and averaged 3.5 million total viewers with a 0.4 demo rating in its Saturday time slot.

Training Day launched in February,
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CBS Fall Schedule: Young Sheldon Lands Post Big Bang Slot

CBS Fall Schedule: Young Sheldon Lands Post Big Bang Slot
CBS on Wednesday revealed its primetime schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, following similar announcements from NBC, Fox and ABC. As expected, Big Bang Theory prequel spinoff Young Sheldon has landed on Thursday-at-8:30 following Big Bang. The single-camera comedy — which centers on a 9-year-old Sheldon (Big Little LiesIain Armitage) entering high school — will get a special sneak preview on Monday, Sept. 25, before settling into its Thursday perch after Thursday Night Football completes its early-fall run.

RelatedFall TV Schedule 2017: What’s on When? And Versus What?

Also on the new-show front, David Boreanaz’ Seal Team will air Wednesdays-at-9, pushing Criminal Minds to 10 pm,
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