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As "Girls" fans know, the third season of "Gilrs" ended last night, and most "Girls" fans probably don't want or need one of those "Girls" recaps that recaps everything they saw on said "Girls'" finale.
You know the kind of recap: Hannah got into the MFA program at the Writer's Workshop in Iowa, and she now has thoughts of becoming "bicoastal;" or that Marnie has invaded the emotional...Read more »
In a reasonably huge show departure -- for want of a better phrase at the moment -- Will Gardner was gunned down, and killed in a courtroom scene that no one saw coming, with of course the exception of the actor who played him, Josh Charles.
Charles, an excellent actor who has other professional aspirations beyond a hit show, explains in the clip released last night by CBS that he had signed on only for a portion of this season, while Robert and Michelle King, the showrunners, explain that they wanted this exit to be one of those game-changers that put all remaining protagonists in uncertain emotional terrain going forward.
And now, let the fans debate whether the death of Charles' core character was out of -- excuse the pun -- character for a series more dependent upon the conventions of prime-time legal dramas than upon the conventions of (to pull just one show out of the hat) "NCIS: LA."
Here's the clip and for another clip that may offer bit of foreshadowing, the one that follows explains the ongoing tension between Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will.
Billy Joel -- a very famous New Yorker, after all -- arrived at the new New York-based "Tonight Starring Jimmy Fallon" to effectively consecrate Fallon's Gothamized version Thursday night, and did so by breaking a little news, about a forthcoming Sirius channel -- and by singing a duet of that old Solomon Linda chestnut, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," with the host.
Of the Billy Joel Channel, he admitted he didn't entirely know what he was going to do with it, but that's OK -- it's his channel to do whatever he darn well likes.
Plus, some talk about WLNG -- a Sag Harbor station you likely know well -- and the fact that the stage of MSG is built on springs.
All interesting. Here are the clips.
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Do you know anyone who got engaged on an LIRR train one night this past January, whilst playing Justin Timberlake's latest hit, "Not a Bad Thing"? If you do, please call him, because the song's brand new music video was inspired by this couple.
I don't have JT's number, and if I did, probably wouldn't post it here, so you may just wanna go ahead and watch Thursday's "Ellen." Maybe she will give out the number.
(By the way, I'm making an assumption here -- maybe this couple is from Long Island, or maybe they were going home to NYC. Who knows! )
Check out this video. Let's just go ahead and call it "must-watch:"
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Setting aside for the moment the advisability of having the anchor of one of television's most important news programs — and also the flagship for an entire division — dance to Pharell Williams' "Happy" (especially on a day when the wreckage of Flight 370 may have been found)...this promotion released this morning by "GMA" is actually pretty good. And uplifting. And fun.
But back to my question... TV has long enlisted news talent in these sorts of things, particularly on the local front, so there's nothing necessarily unusual here. But ask yourself: Would Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather dance to "Happy?"
OK, not to be too surly — I do love Diane Sawyer, after all — but here it is. Again, it's nice. Just bad timing and not the best use of Diane Sawyer's talents.
In another indication that NBC's long-awaited turnaround is underway, the network Wednesday handed a new season to "Chicago P.D." the spinoff of "Chicago Fire," which was also renewed along with "Grimm."
If for some odd reason you are keeping a scorecard, that means "The Blacklist," "The Voice" and "Parks and Recreation" has also been added to the comeback list. This, you'll note, still leaves a lot of empty spaces on your score card, but it also means there will be added pressure on NBC to renew moderate-to-OK performers, including "Parenthood," "Community," and (very likely, in my opinion) the newcomer, "About a Boy." I'd expect a pickup for "Hannibal," too. "Crisis" and "Believe?" Depending on how they do Sunday, both may added to your scorecard one of these days, too.
Billy Crystal - who hasn't been in a TV series since forever-and-when - will headline a new FX series, also starring Josh Gad, of "Book of Mormon," and most recently, "Frozen." Larry Charles is attached, too, in a production role.
Per FX, this 13-episode series -- to air in 2015 --
In "The Comedians," Crystal plays a superstar veteran comedian who is reluctantly paired with Gad ("Frozen," "The Book of Mormon"), an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Rounding out the cast are series regulars Stephanie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson.
After his mid-70s run on ABC's "Soap," as Jodie Dallas, Crystal headed to "Saturday Night Live," for a pair of memorable seasons ('84-'85). There were other bit cameos here and there, but this is his first return to series TV since then, when he was on the show which ran from '77 to '81.
Crystal's one-man play, "700 Sundays," is also coming to HBO.
And now this: Showtime has announced return dates for "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex:" July 13. That's a Sunday and airtimes are 9 and 10, respectively. Both are sophomores and both are acclaimed - "Masters of Sex" in particular, based on definitive biography of Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson by Newsday's Tom Maier. Both series are twelve episodes each.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin will headline a Netflix comedy to launch next year. And here's a not-incidental detail: Marta Kauffman, formerly the "Friends" showrunner, is producing.
Also, Howard J. Morris, another veteran network comedy producer long associated with "According to Jim" and "Home Improvement," is also aboard.
Netflix's description: The single-camera comedy focuses on nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) facing the last chapter of their lives, though not in the way they expected. When their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other.
Both actresses are legends and both have been very active in TV in recent years - Fonda most recently on "The Newsroom," and Tomlin in "Malibu Country."
HBO has released a new season four trailer for "Game of Thrones," arriving April 6, which means...we have four trailers! Not to restate the obvious, but this is a full generous look at the much-anticipated new season, and therefore an opportunity to explore. Here are the four, in order, beginning with the first, and newest last. See if you can glean the fates and fortunes of our heroes and anti-heroes; and dragons too: