LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ABC's "American Music Awards" isn't the biggest event on TV, but one of its sponsors treated the awards show as though it was.
Chrysler Group ran four 30-second spots during the two-hour special, each featuring portions of music videos featuring new music from Interscope Records artists. Fergie promoted Chrysler while highlighting her song "L.A. Love." Eminem previewed a video for his song "Guts Over Fear" while throwing a spotlight on the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Philip Phillips sang "Unpack Your Heart" while his ad promoted Ram Trucks. And Imagine Dragons helped advertise Jeep as they unveiled a sneak peek at a video for "I Bet My Life." Interscope ran a 60-second spot during the program that featured Gwen Stefani and her song "Spark The Fire" while tipping a promotional hat to Chrysler, Ram Trucks, Fiat and Jeep.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode seven, titled "Crossed."
Compared to the streamlined narratives of the past few episodes, which focused on small groups of characters to achieve maximum dramatic impact, "Crossed" revisited all of our scattered survivors in an attempt to weave the disparate story threads back together ahead of next week's midseason finale.
While it was good to check back in with Rick and Michonne after several episodes spent elsewhere, the hour had many masters to serve, and ended up feeling somewhat disjointed as a result. It succeeded in moving the chess pieces into their necessary places for next week's dramatic showdown, but lacked the tension and urgency of "Slabtown" or "Consumed," which was probably something of an inevitability when the season has been moving at such a brisk pace.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Homeland''s" ninth episode, "There's Something Else Going On," was a combustible mix of action, nail-biting tension and plot twists and turns. In the middle of all this, the show has made its way back to holding a mirror up to U.S. foreign policy actions to examine them in the harsh glare of a naked florescent light.
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you haven't seen the Nov. 23 episode of "Homeland."
There was a lot to chew on in this week's episode surrounding the high drama of the hostage exchange, the Faustian bargain agreed to in the previous seg of swapping five of Haqqani's most ruthless lieutenants for ex-CIA chief Saul Berenson.
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Just days after ordering a fourth season of “Longmire” from A&E, Netflix is plucking yet another series from the hands of network TV.
This time it’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that will now move over to the streaming service as part of a two-season order set to premiere in all Netflix territories next March.
“Kimmy,” which stars “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who starts her life over after escaping a doomsday cult, is produced by Universal TV. While the project was initially set up at Fox, which ended up passing, NBC was intending to put “Kimmie” on its schedule sometime in the midseason.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - AMC has announced a premiere date for "Better Call Saul," the highly anticipated spinoff to "Breaking Bad."
"Better Call Saul" will have a two-night premiere, with back-to-back episodes airing on Sunday, February 8 at 10PM, followed by Monday, February 9 at 10PM. The series will then continue to air Mondays at 10PM.
The series, which stars Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, is set six years before the ethically-challenged lawyer ever met Walter White. "Saul," from Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Mark Johnson, and Melissa Bernstein. The first season consists of 10 episodes; the series has already been greenlit for a second season of 13 episodes.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The producers behind "The Cosby Show" have weighed in on the controversy over the rape allegations levied by multiple women against Bill Cosby.
"The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension," Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner said in a statement Thursday.
The pair are the first prominent showbiz figures to speak out regarding the allegations from multiple women levied against Cosby.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox is moving "Glee" to Fridays for its sixth and final season, which wraps with a two-hour season finale on March 20, 2015. The network also announced premiere dates for several new shows, including Rainn Wilson's comedy-drama series "Backstrom" and Will Forte's "The Last Man on Earth."
"Glee's" final season kicks off Jan. 16 with a two-hour premiere, followed by the launch of YouTube series "World's Funniest Fails," which features comedians discussing the worst "epic fails" of the week.
"Backstrom," starring Wilson plays as an unruly detective, premieres Jan. 22 while Forte's "The Last Man on Earth" bows March 1. Fellow comedy "Weird Loners" will premiere March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.
IFC's "Portlandia" released its season five trailer Thursday, giving glimpses at some of the very unique characters and scenes from the minds of "Portlandia" stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.