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Back from the beyond . . . two soaps living in their own soap opera . . . reborn, revived, re-some-other-word: ""All My Children" and "One Life to Live" began again Monday morning and they're online now. Easiest access at Hulu.
What do I think of the reanimated (aah, that was the other word) versions? From what I've seen, they look just fine to me: The same old bodice-rippers...Read more »
Tom Brokaw, the elder statesman of TV news (and someone with a conscience and dignity), has said that he won't be turning up at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington. Check out this Politico interview where he notes that it's degenerated -- and I paraphrase -- into a drunken, free-wheeling, junket full of narcissistic star-gazers who place greater stock in Lindsay Lohan's presence than the president's.
And by the way, the big stars at this year's dinner? Willie and Korie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty."
Here's what Brokaw said of the affair, referring to past years...
"It's who can bring in the most telegenic and outrageous celebrity..."
"For me the breaking point was Lindsay Lohan [a few years ago]. She became the big star at the dinner. Give me a break."
Good comments in this interview and true ones. Worth checking out.
Yes, a major television franchise may indeed have problems when a show about hirsute dudes who make duck whistles (or callers; whatever) tops it: "Duck Dynasty" beat "American Idol" Wednesday night.
In the demo...I add.
"Duck" got 9.6 million viewers BUT a 4.3 rating among young 'uns, aged, 18-49.
"Idol:" A 3.3 rating.
Big deal? To a certain extent, but not the End of the World for "Idol" even if it is embarrassing. "Dynasty" finished its season Thursday night, and finished it big; and my own theory is that most viewers these days who watch "Idol" also are fans of "Duck Dynasty." They made a choice - the "Duck" dudes in Hawaii or just another "Idol?" Easy choice for most of them.
Did you know that Jessica Paré - who's doing a bang-up job on this season's "Mad Men" as the soap actress with a faithless feckless husband known as Don Draper - has never ever been a guest on a late night show? I didn't either, but she made her debut on last night's "Late Show with Jimmy Fallon." I think that merits a blog post - don't you? She was - as fans would rightly expect - charming: Talked about this season, how she got the gig, and a little more about "Zou Bisou Bisou." Take it away:
Kate McKinnon -- or as we fondly refer to her around these yar parts, Sea Cliff's own Kate McKinnon -- was on "Ellen" yesterday and of course, you know why: To do her Ellen impression, which is pretty much right-on-the-money. Got a lot of mileage out of it on "Saturday Night Live" and a little more Wednesday.
Anyway, if you missed:
Breaking! Fox has approached Jennifer Lopez to replace Mariah Carey for the rest of the season on "American Idol"! TMZ has it! The Hollywood Reporter first had it! It must be true!
Now, turn over and go back to sleep. True reports or not, this is not going to happen. It cannot happen. It should not happen. And if it does happen, it will be the first indication that "American...Read more »
Amazon launched 14 pilots on its website this past weekend with the goal of creating a new series — or 14, depending on viewer response, which so far is good. The retail giant said eight of the 10 most streamed TV episodes this past weekend were among these, which include six children's show, and eight comedy pilots, including a remake of "Zombieland," and a show from Onion ("Onion...Read more »
Well, this '"NCIS" clip featuring Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) was the prime time event last night -- and that includes anything you might have seen on "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Voice" or even Ke$ha's new train derailment of a reality series on MTV. This was it . . . No spoilers so don't watch if you don't want anything spoiled. But it is quite dramatic. As a set up, they're in Berlin to find her father's killer.
Fame may last 15 minutes, but A.J. Clemente is guaranteed at least 15 seconds. You know who he is - how could you not in a web-based culture? He's the expletive-uttering-in-the-first-second-of-his-new-gig anchor ...(hey, if A.J. can't get work as a TV personality, they're still hiring in the oil fields of North Dakota and the pay's better.) "GMA's" overview from this morning...
This is nice, serioulsy: CBS has put out this video that pretty much previews the whole primetime finale shebang. Message to CBS: Please make this a regular habit, and while you're at it, a preview reel of series premieres and special mid-season episodes would be much appreciated too. And my thanks in advance....By the way, this is not the WHOLE shebang - a few series are missing, like "Two Broke Girls" and I don't think I saw "The Big Bang Theory," but maybe I was in a hurry. Still, I like this...
Take a look...