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POSTED: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:32 AM
Filed Under: Television
George Takei speaks to Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."
While “Star Trek” fans like to imagine the crews of their favorite starships getting along as famously off-screen as they appear to when the cameras are rolling, it just isn't always true. In particular, George Takei and William Shatner have famously not gotten along for years.

On Friday's “Real Time,” Takei spoke with Bill Maher about it, and he didn't shy away from saying what he thought about the original Captain Kirk. “He is Canadian. And Canadians have a certain image of being even-tempered and friendly and all that,” Takei said of Shatner. “Well, he is a person who is that way … with himself. He is very self-centered.”

He said that the men are both professionals and so they are able to get the work done. “But, it's with a lot of difficulty,” he conceded.


POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 9:02 AM
"All The Way" Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will return to television for "All the Way," an HBO Films adaptation of Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning play that will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg. 

"All the Way" follows Cranston's President Lyndon Johnson as he struggles to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and deal with the escalation in Vietnam. It won this year's Tony for Best Play, and Cranston won for Best Actor. It ended its Broadway run at the end of last month. 

Spielberg, who saw the play at least twice, has been weighing an adaptation for some time. Like his 2012 "Lincoln," it focuses on the arm-twisting a president must do to pass legislation. 

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:37 AM
Comedy Central

Jul 17 (TheWrap.com) - Stephen Colbert loves comic books, and has had Marvel Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada on the show before. So when it came time to announce that someone new would be taking over the mantle of Captain America in the Marvel Universe, where better for Quesada to do it?

After all, Colbert has Captain America's shield hanging in his studio. He's been ready to defend freedom and punch Hitler in the face for years. Alas, Quesada broke his heart. It won't be him. 

While Colbert won't be putting on the costume, one of Captain America's long-time friends and allies will. In the Marvel Comics Universe, Steve Rogers has lost the super soldier serum that kept him young and gave him his super strength. As a result, he rapidly aged 65 years, rendering him incapable of continuing. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:09 PM
Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Nasim Pedrad. (Getty Images)

(TheWrap.com) - Noel Wells and John Milhiser are also leaving “Saturday Night Live,” TheWrap has learned. The news follows Monday's departure of fellow former freshman player Brooks Whelan.

Nasim Pedrad is also exiting the sketch comedy show — her departure comes in part at least to her commitment to Fox comedy “Mulaney.”

Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Mike O'Brien were also brought on in the beginning of Milhiser's and Wells’ only year. Colin Jost replaced Seth Meyers behind the “Weekend Update” desk mid-season. Other casting decisions are expected in August.



POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5:45 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
red Savage attends the 10th Annual CineYouth Festival at Columbia College Chicago on May 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Actor Fred Savage has reunited with his "The Wonder Years" co-stars for the first time in 16 years for a special TV interview.

The former child star, who played lead character Kevin Arnold in the coming-of-age sitcom, recently sat down with cast members Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo and Danica McKellar, who portrayed his love interest Winnie Cooper, to reminisce about their time on the late 1980s series for breakfast show Good Morning America.

During the interview, which aired on Tuesday, Savage admitted he was a ball of nerves as he filmed his first ever onscreen kiss with McKellar, confessing, "It was terrifying! We were both really scared and nervous and didn't know what was gonna happen, if we were gonna do it right. All that stuff (their characters experienced) was very real..." Savage adds, "I see these episodes, and I remember shooting. It's an incredible kind of time capsule for us. I mean, this was our childhood."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:12 PM
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Actor Brooks Wheelan attends the American Museum of Natural History's 2013 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Brooks Wheelan will not return for the next season of "Saturday Night Live," the comedian announced on Twitter. The first year featured player had a standard one-year contract given to all "SNL" newbies, and Wheelan's contract was not picked up, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

"Had a blast and loved every second of it," Wheelan posted to his Twitter on Monday. "I'm totally honored to be able to make this next joke... FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"

Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Mike O'Brien and Noel Wells were also brought on in the beginning of Whelan's only year. Colin Jost replaced Seth Meyers behind the "Weeked Update" desk mid-season. Other casting decisions, like the fates of Wheelan's fellow freshman class of the show's 39th season, are expected in August.



POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:21 AM

Jul 15 (TheWrap.com) - The producers behind Syfy's upcoming apocalyptic drama, “12 Monkeys,” distanced the series from the Terry Gilliam film during Monday's Television Critics Association press tour. 

“It's a complete re-imagining,” said co-executive producer Terry Matalas. “We're all big fans of the original film and we didn't want to just re-do what the movie does. Everything from the top-down changed. While the story has a lot of the same themes, it wouldn't make sense to tell the same story again.” 

The 1995 film took place in the future, which is devastated by disease, a convict (played by Bruce Willis) gets sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 10:53 AM

Jul 13 (TheWrap.com) - Although production has been down since April, Nickelodeon has officially canceled “Sam & Cat” after just one season, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. 

The network released the following statement:

“Nickelodeon will not be producing more episodes of ‘Sam & Cat.’ We are very proud of the show and its very talented cast and we wish them all the best.” 



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