Wednesday, February 10, 2016

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:34 PM
From left: "Bones" stars T.J. Tyne, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. (Fox)

Is Fox's "Bones," which stars Philly's David Boreanaz, in its final season?

It looks possible.

Fox execs haven't yet begun that conversation, Fox Television Group co-CEO Dana Walden told reporters at the Television Critics Association  winter meetings Friday. But then she went on to say that if this season -- the show's 11th -- were to be its last, the network would be letting the show's producers and writers know in enough time to give it a proper sendoff.

POSTED: Friday, January 15, 2016, 1:06 PM
Fox has ordered a pilot for an extension of its "24" franchise, to be called "24: Legacy" (Fox)

Jack will not be back, but "24" might be.

Fox announced Friday it had ordered a pilot, "24: Legacy," for "a potential new series installment" of the thriller franchise, which was previously revived, with Kiefer Sutherland in the lead as Jack Bauer, in the limited event series, "24: Live Another Day."

The pilot will feature "an all-new cast of characters," according to Fox, which describes the story as centering on "a military hero's return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back." Which sounds, honestly, a bit like Showtime's "Homeland," which shares a producer in Howard Gordon. In this case, though, the hero will be asking "24's" CTU for help.

POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:05 PM
Caitlyn Jenner (center) with two of her "I Am Cait" co-stars, Candis Cayne (left) and Ella Giselle, at a session of the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 14, 2016 (Chris Haston/NBC Universal)

"Eat your Wheaties."

That was Caitlyn Jenner's joking response to a reporter who  Thursday asked about her exercise and skin-care regimen during a session at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena.

Welcome to being a woman in Hollywood, Caitlyn.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 2:45 AM
Journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe at a news conference for his upcoming Showtime series "Roadies" in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 12. (Eric Charbonneau/AP)

Journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe was at the Television Critics Association's winter meetings Tuesday afternoon to talk about his upcoming series for Showtime, "Roadies," when someone asked him about any "memorable" experiences he might have had with David Bowie.

His answer was certainly memorable, and a reminder that Crowe might have had one of the coolest adolescences ever.

Here's what he had to say:

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 12:52 PM
Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy in an upcoming episode of CBS' "Mike & Molly," whose sixth season will be its last (Peter Hopper Stone/CBS)

CBS' "Person of Interest" will return at some point this spring and its fate beyond that remains up in the air, but "Mike & Molly" is in its final season, CBS entertainment president Glenn Geller told reporters Tuesday during the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena.

"Mike & Molly," which stars comedian Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy -- whose movie career appears to be doing just fine -- began its sixth season last week. It airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

"These decisions are really challenging," Geller said, sounding like every other programmer who's ever canceled a show, and expressing respect for everyone connected with "Mike & Molly," from executive producer Chuck Lorre (producer of CBS' top-rated "The Big Bang Theory") to the cast.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 9:49 AM
CBS "Late Late Show" host James Corden (right) drives One Direction in a segment of "Carpool Karaoke" (CBS)

James Corden will be driving (and harmonizing with) Adele when the latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke" debuts on Wednesday's "Late Late Show" on CBS.

And it was all perfectly safe, Corden insisted Monday.

Some reporters in Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association's winter meetings made up a chunk of the show's audience, hanging out afterward to chat with Corden on the set and getting a preview of the Adele spot, which runs about 13 minutes and shows the host executing maneuvers that would get most of us pulled over.


POSTED: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:45 PM
Kit Harington as Jon Snow had one of television's best death scenes on "Game of Thrones." Whether the character died is another story. (HBO)

Mark your calendars, Westeros fans: The next installment of "Game of Thrones" arrives April 24.

The HBO version, anyway -- we'll have to wait an indeterminate amount of time longer for the George R.R. Martin one.

Still, time to place your bets on the fate of Jon Snow.

POSTED: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 1:09 PM
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan attends the New York premiere of 'The Visit' at Regal Cinemas Union Square on September 8, 2015 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan will expand his TV footprint beyond Fox's Wayward Pines, with a new Tales from the Crypt horror block on TNT, TNT/TBS president Kevin Reilly announced Thursday.

"It is an umbrella for what I hopefully believe will be many shows," said  TNT/TBS president Kevin Reilly,"all united under the 'Tales from the Crypt' brand," and Shyamalan, he confirmed, would do some directing as well as curating the shows, which will feature hourlong episodes.

"This is a new genre for us in our series efforts and a great chance to partner with M. Night Shyamalan, whose blockbuster hit The Visit reminded movie audiences and critics this past summer that he truly is a master of horror," said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, in a prepared statement.

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