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As the new CNN under the new savior — Jeff Zucker — slowly comes into resolution (lots of saturation coverage of single news events, for example) add this to the mix: a limited run news series on Chicago, produced in part by Robert Redford. Starts in 2014, and the title is "Chicagoland."
This will in fact be a joint effort of Redford and Laura Michalchyshynn — she's his production...Read more »
So: Did Sean Lowe exit "Dancing with the Stars" last night because:
a.) Len has been particularly grumpy this season but particularly grumpy with the Blond Bomber, who knows how to pitch -- both baseballs and lines to bachelorettes -- but does not really know how to move his feet?
b.) Because fans were kind of getting fed up with Peta Murgatroyd, who seemed to be grumpy with Sean, too, but who -- if you read all the tabs -- was maybe having a little "DWTS" romance with him going on the side which would pretty much screw up the results of the 17th season of "The Bachelor?"
c.) Speaking of which, Catherine (Giudici), the "winner" of the 17th season, was getting kind of fed up with those reports, too, and told Sean to dance as badly as he could or else.
d.) That Sean really isn't a particularly good hoofer, is he?
e.) That there's some other reason I haven't entirely figured out -- although, darn it, he was this season's ace-in-the-hole -- a surefire way to get viewers to tune in here rather than to "The Voice," and now he's gone. Is there no justice left in prime-time television?
f.) All of the above.
Me? I'm going with f.) Here's the last tango from Tuesday. It says a lot.
Now, with fifteen extra minutes, surely one Steve Carell will be able to find time in his busy schedule to make one...last...final...appearance on the show he helped make a classic: "The Office."
Right. And in the meantime, hats off to website Officetally.com, which months ago began a petition drive to get NBC to extend the finale of "The Office"...Read more »
There is nowhere to hide from this phenomenon, this duck-hunting, duck-whistling, duck dynastic phenom, including this blog: "Duck Dynasty" is everywhere, notably Times Square this morning when Phil Robertson happened by to promote a new aptly titled autobio, "Happy Happy Happy." (Season finale was a couple of weeks ago, but no reason not to promote off-season, right?)
In case you missed, the set-up piece and interview...
The end is near, at least for these series, as the 2012-13 wraps. Yup, it's May 6 and we've already missed a few major endings so far, and without wasting your time, here's your handy scorecard of what basics to expect and when over the next few days/weeks... (And by all means, do check back as I'll add more details and shows - no spoilers - as I learn 'em):
"Glee"...Read more »
What could wrong with Ted and Don in the same room? In the same company? Oh come on, now, really. So yes, Sunday's "For Immediate Release" was a game-changer.
But -- just to borrow a little bit of the negative vibe that Ted Chaough brings in abundance to every human encounter, let's count the ten ways this union of SCDP and Ted's outfit -- which I guess we should now be calling...Read more »
Edie Falco, just now off of the Liz Flahive play, "The Madrid," at the City Center Stage, finally has some time to make the late night TV show rounds, and turned up at "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night.
In this, she reveals to Jimmy that she hasn't seen many of "The Sopranos" episodes she starred in; and that "Nurse Jackie" is heading into a lighter phase (which should become more or less obvious to fans this Sunday, though with "Jackie" one can never been too certain.)
Well, I for one am weary of this little "The Office" finale game. Will Steve Carell or will he not return to the show he helped put on the map and in the process create one of the most indelible characters in sitcom history?
Show runner Greg Daniels said last week, or strongly indicated, "no," that was not going to happen because Carrel's presence would upstage everyone else's, and Carell felt strongly that the spotlight should be on the remaining cast-members. Fair enough. But how then to explain his presence at PNC field in Scranton this past weekend, when the city threw a wrap party for "The Office" cast?
I think we can put this now to rest once and for all: Carell, and Michael Scott, will indeed make a cameo of some sort on the May 16 series finale for the same reason he made a "cameo" in Scranton a couple of days ago. It has to happen in part because this isn't about "taking away the spotlight" but giving dedicated fans some closure in their treasured show. The fun of course will be in seeing how the needle is threaded — where Michael returns, but the rest of the cast is given full credit for keeping this all afloat the past two seasons. . .
Meanwhile, look at the PNC shot, as posted on Officetally.com:
"Cops," the little reality show that helped launch a network and an entire genre -- and sparked some controversy in the process -- is switching networks, from Fox, where it began a quarter of a century ago, to Spike TV, where new shows will air in the fall.
“ 'Cops' is a remarkable series that has been able to sustain strong ratings well into its third decade, a monumental...Read more »
"Saturday Night Live" debuted a new bit last night - "The Game of Thrones Game" ...and a special guest arrived. Zach Galifianakis hosted, and also dressed in drag...