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Anne Sweeney, the Disney president who has long been graced (or burdened) with the label of "Hollywood's Most Powerful Woman," is stepping down from the company early next year, Disney announced.
"Mild shock" are the words that should greet this story - Sweeney, a well-regarded chief executive, was not expected to get Bob Iger's job when he steps aside next March (Iger is Disney...Read more »
"America's Funniest Home Videos," which America hasn't much watched during the past few years, is losing a star: Tom Bergeron is ankling, to use a bit of Variety-ese. This news surfaced Tuesday, via Joe Adalian and Vulture, which reported a statement from TB: “I’ve decided that, after 15 wonderful seasons as host of AFV, next year, the show's 25th anniversary(!!), will be my last.”
Now quick, who were the first hosts of "AFHV?" Come on... you know... sure you do... Bob Saget. But here's the real trivia question -- who followed? Answer: Daisy Fuetes and John Fugelsang.
Of course, people still watch the show -- it wouldn't be on the air if they did not. It's been a Sunday fixture for as long as anyone can remember, and ABC may even be shocked to learn it's still on its air. But Bergeron, as with "DWTS," is a vital part of the success; he's got that "who-me-take-this-nonsense-seriously?" attitude that makes all the silliness so much more palatable. He will, no doubt, be missed sorely by fans.
"The Bachelor," otherwise known as Juan Pablo's Sexxytime Show, ended Monday night with no ring, no proposal and no declaration of love. At least the rose didn't go to waste.
In what had to be the most bizarre finale in "Bachelor" history, Juan broke the rules (as if there were such a thing as mundane or silly as a "rule" on "The Bachelor") by refusing to propose to the "winner" -- again, a ridiculous word, but it will have to do -- Nikki Ferrell. For ABC, this presented a problem, because the expensive ring that remained in his pocket is part of a product placement deal. What happened to the ring? (Who knows, maybe Juan hocked it.) But it has been that kind of ride for ABC, which has squirmed through this season -- which became especially squirmy after Juan Pablo said in an interview that gays should not be on reality shows because "they are more pervert in a sense..." (He apologized, saying he didn't know the meaning of "pervert.")
If you've missed this season's "Bachelor" -- and I've mostly caught up with it via "Tonight," "Letterman" or "Kimmel," where it has remained a joyous staple of enduring amusement -- Juan Pablo has effectively stood the show on its ear. He is either playing it for laughs, or playing it straight, but either way ... the laughs still come out regularly.
But give him credit at least for not proposing -- a proposal which clearly would've been written on the wind anyway. Pabs was in this for the champagne, free trips, unintentional laughs and ladies. That's right -- Juan Pablo Galavis is dumb like a fox..
To the clips! Let's begin with the one from Andi Dorfman, who was also named the next "Bachelorette" Monday night; it's full of high comedy. Finally, "Ladies Tell All." Some (clearly, sadly) assumed this whole thing really is about finding true love; Juan, not so much... : (App readers: Watch here: http://bit.ly/1fo7e9U. Unfortunately, this content is unavailable on mobile phones.)
Then the non-proposal...
Then, after the ring that was never given....
The comedy is over; TV will never be the same. Certainly "The Bachelor" won't be.
Ladies tell all...)
"Lindsay" -- which yours truly called "utterly absorbing," an opinion clearly in the minority and possibly an overstatement when viewed in the cold light of dawn -- was seen by only 693,000 viewers. That seems like a small number in TV terms because it is.
OWN did see the sliver lining, of course: "This marks OWN’s highest rating in the Sunday 10 p.m. hour in 27 weeks among women 25-54."
And in fairness to, ummm, myself, I did indeed think "Lindsay" was absorbing if only because it tried to humanize her, which doesn't exactly happen every time you see her on screen. This coulda been a disaster. It was not. Have at me if you disagree... Comment below!
"Raising Hope' - itself a great comedy hope for Fox upon arrival in 2010 - will end in early April, the network just announced.
The news release:
Critically acclaimed comedy RAISING HOPE will end its four-season run with a special one-hour farewell event Friday, April 4 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). The series finale kicks off with the all-new episode “How I Met Your Mullet”...Read more »
As "True Detective" ends -- "True Detective," quite possibly the most buzzy, buzzable and buzzed-about HBO drama series since "The Wire"-- did last night's wrap not, at the very minimum, raise the possibility of (if not flat out demand) a reprise?
Woody and Matt together again? The boys back on another case, because, after all, there are other cases.
Do not read on if you are averse to spoilers.
But seriously, at the end of this ride, and an enjoyable one it was, there were really only two reasons that drew us or most of us -- OK, me -- through eight episodes: That unexpected McConaughey/Harrelson chemistry which essentially was a bromance and an effective one as that.
The story was good if hardly surprising; the conclusion foretold even if everyone in the viewing audience spun too much nonsense out of a few red (or green, or yellow) herrings.
Yes, Ed Gein -- Leatherface himself who has inspired a hundred horror flicks, from "Halloween" to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- inspired yet another. Even "daddy," Errol's father tied down in the shed, his lips sewn together like shoe to heel, invoked Leatherface's brother, Drayton; Errol's suitably deranged sister certainly invoked him.
Did "True Detective" or Nic Pizzolatto really need eight episodes to tell us that the guy with crazy eyes, serious acne scarring, an Oxford accent, and pretty much unlimited access to children as the extremely creepy looking school janitor that nobody at school ever suspected might just be a little bit insane ... was the bad guy? Or "the Yellow King?"
As crime fiction, "True Detective" was one long tease, predicated on a story or compilation of them, that has been told over and over. But, it was good and fun and the wrap was satisfying and that final bro moment under the stars was priceless.
Rust musing about the meaning of it all ... "It's just one story, the oldest. Light versus dark..."
It would have been a laugh out loud moment, the final pricking of the balloon with all the air coming out in a noisy flatulent rush ... except the camera then went to Marty's (Harrelson) face, where the slightest breeze of a smile blew by.
Then this: "Well, I know we ain't in Alaska, but it appears to me the dark has a lot more territory."
The best parts of this series were the moments in the car -- those long drives across a wet drab green landscape where one man tried to understand the other, neither particularly succeeding. Harrelson and McConaughey pulled off the wariness, that sense of non-understanding, which bled out into the rest of the story -- if we can't really see what's in our own hearts, how can we possibly solve a terrible crime that has no meaning or context?
This series in the end wasn't about the plot -- which was merely OK, and as mentioned, Leatherface redux -- but about these two: This churning, fraught relationship between two guys who essentially completed one another by the very end. That was what made this all worthwhile, what made it all so satisfying: Two excellent actors who transcended the material.
Should they return -- maybe in New Orleans next time, or Baton Rouge? Hell, they need a fresh start: Why not bring the boys to New York where so many fresh starts begin? Fun to see Rust and Marty here.
(Pizzolatto said at the recent TV critics' tour that the next installment will most likely be in a place not normally associated with TV series; McConaughey seemed to rule out a reprisal: “It was also finite. It didn't mean we had to come back this year, next year if we were under contract. It was finite. So in that way it was exactly a 450-page film script.”)
See, this is the problem with anthologies: You love the first installment so much that you just can't imagine another one without the same constituent parts.
Or should maybe Pizzolatto and HBO -- and McConaughey and Harrelson -- leave well enough alone? You can't bottle this kind of magic twice.
Or can you?
"Game of Thrones" arrives April 6. That much we know. But what we do not know are details: key storylines, episode titles, throughlines. HBO has gone some of the way toward sating our thirst and offering some information, too, with the following. From the network, to you:
Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact…but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.
Episode #31: “Two Swords” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by D. B. Weiss.
Episode #32: “The Lion and the Rose” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (9-10 p.m.) Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go. Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Alex Graves.
Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 (9-10 p.m.) Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves.
Episode #34: “Oathkeeper” Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9-10 p.m.) Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter. Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Michelle MacLaren.
Without further comment, Lindsay Lohan's water war gambit with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night, in which good water was wasted in the service of a comic bit, notable for two things: 1.) One of the soakees is Lohan; 2.) She becomes the first woman to get soaked in this long-running Fallon game. Also: The real interview follows, in two clips (the second one is amusing).
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Tom Brokaw will be on "Late Show with David Letterman" Thursday, and there are two pieces of good news: 1) He looks great; 2) He says his prognosis (he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma) is good.
Quotes and a clip:
“Well, I’m actually being treated for something called multiple myeloma and it’s been going on since August and it got out last week. As you know, I was keeping it as private as I possibly could, which I intend to continue doing. I’m very pleased with the progress and that’s about as far as I want to go. There are a lot of other people out there.” (Audience applause.) “I do want to say one thing. A lot of people are going through what I’m going through, and they don’t have the advantages I do. I’m so conscious of that every day because it involves the whole family and it’s tricky and it becomes a big strain. In our case, we’ve got the resources and access and I’ve got this fabulous family, and so I am much more aware of what other families are going through and I think we all have to be, as a matter of fact.”
Isaiah Washington, one of the core actors on one of the core ABC series of the past decade -- "Grey's Anatomy" -- is returning to the show he was fired from. For one episode only. (Yes, a sweeps episode, to air in May.)
A surprise? A largish one certainly, given his exit -- a particularly ugly one. Per a statement, first reported in EW, show creator Shonda Rhimes said:
”It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
Yang, of course, is played by Sandra Oh, and Burke was Preston Burke, her lover. Oh is leaving at the end of this season.
The backstory, which you kinda must remember: He used a homophobic slur against T.R. Knight, reported someplace (probably TMZ). There was a huge fuss, and Knight -- who played Dr. George O'Malley -- subsequently came out; then, at a Golden Globes press conference, Washington denied he ever used the slur, then promptly used the slur ...
And that was that. A strange, sad end for a talented actor who has struggled to find work ever since.