Saturday, January 31, 2015

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2015, 9:46 AM
Show creator Peter Gould, actors Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk arrive at the series premiere of AMC's 'Better Call Saul' at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - With shockingly little meth in sight, the cast and crew of "Better Call Saul" gathered Thursday night at L.A. Live for the AMC drama's premiere, with "Breaking Bad" cast members including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, R.J. Mitte and Betsy Brandt in attendance. 

No meth, of course, because this isn't Walter White's show -- it's Saul Goodman's. Or, more appropriately, it's Jimmy McGill's, as the story begins in 2002, long before Jimmy McGill, attorney at law, becomes Saul Goodman, modern-day Tom Hagen. 

Bob Odenkirk, who played Goodman in "Breaking Bad" and stars as McGill in "Better Call Saul," said that to go back in time to Saul's origins required completely revisiting the character. 

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 3:51 PM
Actor Jack Falahee attends the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

"How to Get Away With Murder," the Philly-set (but not shot) murder mystery starring Viola Davis, returns tonight on ABC after way too long of a hiatus for lovers of the steamy legal procedural. 

Vulture has an interview with Jack Falahee, a/k/a boundary pushing gay law student Connor, who uses whatever .. ahem ... assets he has to help himself out. Vulture noticed that the cast seemed quite tight knit. Falahee responded:

We all get along extremely well, which shocks me, to be honest. You get a bunch of actors in the room and you figure a few of them have to be assholes. But I think it's a testament to Shonda [Rhimes] and Pete [Nowalk]. They flew us out a week early to Philadelphia to shoot the pilot just so all of us youngsters could hang out and get to know each other. From day one, we were romping around the streets of Philadelphia and just having slumber parties with cartons of ice cream.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 4:24 PM
Filed Under: Television
Jay Leno has reportedly been invited to David Letterman's "Late Show." (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian David Letterman's CBS "Late Show" reportedly has invited his former late-night television arch rival Jay Leno to appear as a guest on the program before Letterman retires from TV in May.

The offer was extended last year, according to a report published on Wednesday by tvinsider.com, which cited unnamed sources.

A guest appearance on Letterman's show by Leno, who stepped down last year as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show," could potentially be a ratings coup for CBS as it looks to capitalize on hoopla surrounding Letterman's May 20 send-off.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10:19 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming revival of "Wet Hot American Summer," confirming a number of original cast members are back for another stay at Camp Firewood.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are all on board for "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," according to the trailer. 

Though Meloni's name pops up as a cast member, there's no mention in the video of H. Jon Benjamin as the scariest can of vegetables in summer camp history. 



POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10:16 AM
Starz.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Amazon.com, keeping the pressure on Netflix, announced a pact with Starz Digital Media for "The White Queen" making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-subscription service in the U.S. to carry the cabler's historical drama miniseries.

The deal marks the first of its kind between Amazon and Starz Digital Media in the U.S. The 10-episode "White Queen" miniseries originally aired on Starz in the summer of 2013. 

"The White Queen," based on the historical novels from Philippa Gregory's bestselling series "The Cousins' War," is set during England's War of the Roses and tells the story of three women vying for England's throne.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 5:09 PM
Filed Under: Television
Screenshot from Netflix's "Wet Hot American Summer" teaser via YouTube.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix has released the first trailer for its upcoming revival of "Wet Hot American Summer," confirming a number of original cast members are back for another stay at Camp Firewood.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter are all on board for "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," according to the trailer.

Though Meloni's name pops up as a cast member, there's no mention in the video of H. Jon Benjamin as scariest can of vegetables in summer camp history.



POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:29 PM
Nick Jonas performs onstage at The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family presented by The Friars Foundation at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for The Friars Club)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Nick Jonas has landed a recurring role on Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck's horror comedy "Scream Queens," Variety has confirmed.

Jonas joins a cast that already includes "Glee" star Lea Michele, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Joe Manganiello.

Ariana Grande is also set to guest star. 

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9:50 AM
Actress and emcee Rosie Perez arrives at the second annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from "The View," after Variety broke the news of the decision on Jan. 14.

At the time, the network wasn't ready to announce the co-host's departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs' thinking, fear of "an Ann Curry situation" -- a reference to NBC's botched firing of the "Today" anchor in 2012 -- led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network's 11 a.m. talk show for now.

Perez had only been on "The View" for four months when ABC execs concluded that she wasn't the right fit for the show. The network thought it had an easy plan to offer Perez a graceful exit: The actress was already scheduled to take a month off from "The View" in January to prepare for her role in Larry David's Broadway play "Fish in the Dark." Instead of having her return to the Hot Topics table once she was done with rehearsals, the show would announce she had to leave permanently for her other commitment.

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