LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode six, titled "Consumed."
After taking an unnecessary detour towards D.C. with Abraham's gang last week, "Consumed" was a welcome return to two of the show's most compelling characters, turning the focus onto Daryl and Carol for an hour that crackled with tension and finally gave two of our least talkative survivors a chance to speak their minds.
While the hard-won relationship between Daryl and Carol has grown more fascinating every season (whether you interpret it as platonic or something more), it's rare to see the reticent pair ever truly open up, even to each other -- they seem to prefer to let their actions speak for them. They're arguably the two survivors who have the most in common, keeping their emotions hidden and pretending not to let the horrors of the world affect them, and "Consumed" perfectly illustrated how well they compliment each other, from the efficient way they covered each other's backs to Daryl's unspoken decision to try and protect Carol from further trauma by dispatching a mother and child who had become walkers in the temporary housing shelter where Carol and Sophia once took refuge from Ed. Instead of simply leaving the bodies to rot as they ordinarily would, Daryl even wrapped the abused mother and child in sheets and burned them as he would one of their fallen comrades, a sign of respect for Carol's past and for what those nameless victims had endured before the virus took hold. For two people who try so desperately to hide their humanity, "Consumed" was a welcome reminder of just how noble Carol and Daryl still are, despite their efforts to prove otherwise.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CBS has pulled the plug on Will Arnett's "The Millers" a few episodes into its sophomore season, Variety has confirmed.
The comedy will air a new episode on Nov. 17, but no scheduling decisions have been made beyond that point. After a move to Mondays behind "Two Broke Girls," the multicam laffer has slipped to series lows in the ratings (its latest airing notched a paltry 1.5 in the adults 18-49 demo) and provides no boost to freshman drama "Scorpion," which airs at 9 p.m.
Though the show is produced by CBS Television Studios, it seems CBS lost patience with "The Millers" as its flagging ratings proved a detriment to "Scorpion," which CBS sees has a promising contender to have longevity. The Eye has a new season of "Mike and Molly" on the bench as a potential replacement, along with midseason comedy "The Odd Couple," or ever-reliable reruns of "The Big Bang Theory."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - VH1 is in talks with the Osbourne clan for a new batch of episodes about the family that kicked off the celebrity reality show craze in 2002 with MTV's "The Osbournes."
Sharon Osbourne confirmed during Tuesday's episode of "The Talk," the CBS daytime chat show that she co-hosts, that the family is looking to do a handful of episodes offering what she called a "catch up on our lives and where we are now." She said the plan was to do six to eight episodes at most, not an ongoing series.
Sources said that the biggest hurdle to getting a deal done has been sorting out the scheduling and availability of the four family members that participated in the original series: Sharon, her rocker husband Ozzy, son Jack and daughter Kelly. The Osbournes' eldest daughter, Aimee, opted not to participate in the MTV series.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Jon Stewart hasn't been obnoxious about it, but he has shrewdly used his platform hosting "The Daily Show" to promote his directorial debut, "Rosewater," in advance of its Nov. 14 opening. That's no surprise, given that his name is essentially the marquee draw on this passion project.
And that should give the folks at Comedy Central, who have seen a version of this movie before, a slightly uneasy feeling, wondering how they can keep their foremost star happy if Stewart decides -- in true Hollywood fashion -- that what he really wants to do is direct.
Stewart has been all over the place discussing the film -- good luck looking for outlets that haven't interviewed him -- and he's acknowledged both that his contract is up next year and he isn't sure about extending his 15-year run as host. While there's the tantalizing prospect of staying at least through the 2016 election cycle -- talk about a target-rich comedic environment -- Stewart has sounded like a guy enthused about his creative muscle-flexing and grappling with a bit of fatigue.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - CNN is going full-steam ahead in its effort to broaden its primetime programming with docu-series, handing renewals to "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" and shows hosted by Lisa Ling and Mike Rowe.
"Parts Unknown" (pictured) a food-and-culture travelogue hosted by the outspoken chef, has become a flagship series for the all-news cabler. It ranks among CNN's most-watched programs, and it has earned Primetime Emmys two years in a row for informational series.
Morevoer, "Parts Unknown" and Bourdain have served as a template for the kind of personality-driven unscripted series that the cabler hopes will bring a more reliable recurring audience to the channel amid the ups and downs of breaking news periods.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The American dream is alive and well.
Tune in to "Shark Tank" Friday nights on ABC, and you'll see it thriving. Budding entrepreneurs pitching their million-dollar ideas. Ruthless investors battling for the best deals. All with the hope of striking it rich. That's what drives millions of viewers to weekly watch "Shark Tank," which will celebrate its 100th episode Nov. 14.
But at the start, it wasn't at all clear the show would reach that remarkable milestone. Its first two seasons, the series barely reached 5 million viewers and never got a full-season order. The network sidelined the show from Tuesdays to Friday nights. But then the momentum finally began to shift during season 3.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Theo Rossi's wild ride from guest star to survivor on "Sons of Anarchy" is ending -- along with the show -- after seven years. Next up: "Bad Hurt," a feature he produced and in which he stars, with Karen Allen and Michael Harney.
How surprised are you to be one of the last men standing on "Sons of Anarchy?"
You go back to the beginning, and if you told me that Ron Perlman and all these people would be gone, then I would have said, "Well, obviously, we're not on the air anymore." I think the brilliance of "Sons of Anarchy" is this world Kurt Sutter's created.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Memo to Stephen Colbert:
Why did you do it, Stephen? Your on-air reminder the other day that you were abandoning the faux character you've depicted on TV for the past decade arguably is a study in bad timing.
I realize that the right-wing asshole you've been playing was not really you. He was venting his putative petulance as a set-up for your comedic barbs. But now that American voters have spoken, veering sharply to the right at the polls, this asshole is essentially running the country -- the Senate, the governorships, even the judiciary. This is exactly the character we need you to help us laugh at.