Monday, December 22, 2014

Television

POSTED: Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:26 AM
Filed Under: Television
“SNL” veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea’s cyber war with Sony Pictures. (Saturday Night Live)

“SNL” veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to mock North Korea’s cyber war with Sony Pictures. 

The Austin Powers nemesis, appearing in the show’s opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers (“There’s already a GOP and they’re already an evil organization”) to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil “hasn’t had a hit since the Walkman.” 

He also poked fun of “The Interview.” 


POSTED: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:04 PM
Filed Under: Television
Sarah Jessica Parker attends iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sarah Jessica Parker is eying her return to HBO.

The "Sex and the City" star is expected to star in and exec produce HBO's "Divorce," although the pilot has not yet been greenlit, Variety has learned.

The half-hour comedy is described as the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Parker will make up one half of the divorced couple.

POSTED: Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:10 AM
Filed Under: Television
Craig Ferguson reveals the secret identity of the fake horse Secretariat on the final episode of (CBS)
A wistful Craig Ferguson wrapped a 10-year run on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” on Friday with a surprise closing segment that paid tribute to a handful of classic TV series finales.

Ferguson signed off after 2,058 episodes in characteristically quirky fashion, running through many of the show’s regular comedy bits, such as bantering with sidekick Geoff the talking robot skeleton and showcasing Secretariat, the show’s “fake horse” brought to life by two people in a classic pantomime horse costume.

The guest segment featured Jay Leno in a candid, and for Ferguson fairly low-key, session of swapping stories of talkshow host gripes about lame guests, pushy publicists and the trials of aging on the job. Leno, who signed off “The Tonight Show” in February, looked like a guy who’s been semi-retired for 10 months, with a shaggier mop of silver hair and more casual look than he sported on NBC’s air all those years. He assured Ferguson that great experiences awaited him on the standup circuit.


POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 7:37 PM
Filed Under: Television

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Federal authorities have determined that hackers working on behalf of the North Korean government were behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to CNBC and CNN.

"We have found linkage to the North Korean government," a source told CNBC. 

CNN's Evan Perez said that an announcement is expected on Thursday that would "assign attribution" to the country, which threatened retaliation over the release of "The Interview."

POSTED: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 11:55 AM
Filed Under: Television
Kiefer Sutherland returns as maverick federal agent Jack Bauer in a revival of the popular FOX TV show “24.” Photo shows star Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays his old friend and fellow agent Chloe.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Bashing "liberal Hollywood" and out-of-touch celebrities has become a favorite target among conservatives. But those seeking to defend the Bush administration in light of the recent Torture Report -- and that's mostly conservatives -- could hardly have had a better ally than the images of torture in TV and movies showcasing the practice, particularly in the face of "ticking-bomb scenarios."

Fox's "24," naturally, comes to mind, and the movie "Zero Dark Thirty," which was criticized for its depiction of torture as a likely asset in locating Osama Bin Laden. Surprisingly, director Kathryn Bigelow seemed tongue-tied when Jon Stewart benignly asked her about the film during a recent appearance promoting another project in the wake the Torture Report's conclusions.

The practice has been employed in other series as well - such as "Sons of Anarchy," "Scandal" and "Homeland" - and countless movies, from the bad guys who use it (see various Quentin Tarantino films) to the ostensible good guys.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 7:58 PM
Filed Under: Television
Behind the scenes at 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Whether you plan to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show or not, odds are you’ve already seen photos and read about what happened when they filmed last week in London, Engalnd. 

That’s one of the pitfalls of social media these days. Spoilers are bound to appear on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. Long gone are the days of being excited and surprised for events like this.

But if you’re anything like me and have ignored all things Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show over the last several days, then there’s still a chance to be surprised. 

POSTED: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 8:56 PM
Filed Under: Television
Kids Week Jeopardy! contestant Ryan Elkins via YouTube.

It’s Kids Week on Jeopardy!, which means two things:

1. As adults, we feel stupid when we don’t know the answer and the kids do.

2. We know all the answers and are given a false sense of intelligence.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:08 PM
Filed Under: Television
Actress Lauren Graham attends NBC & Vanity Fair's 2014-2015 TV Season Event at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on September 16, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Lauren Graham has lined up her first post-"Parenthood" gig, with single-camera comedy project "Kate on Later" landing a script development deal at NBC. 

The project touches on the network latenight talk show changeover and its failure to produce a female host.

Ellen DeGeneres is set to executive produce the series out of her A Very Good Production banner, based at Warner Bros. TV. Graham will co-write and co-exec produce alongside Liz Tuccillo ("He's Just Not That Into You"), and she's attached to star if the project receives a pilot order. Very Good's Jeff Kleeman will also exec produce. 

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